Faith, Guest Post, Trust, Worth, Your Walk With God

Does God Love Me When He’s Distant? {Guest Post by Bethany}

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“Could God really love me enough to die for me? I’m so unworthy.”

I was sixteen years old and acutely aware of my own sinfulness. I’d grown up knowing that I was a sinner saved by grace, but somehow that year I wondered.

How could God possibly love me? How could He want to die for me?

As I battled the growing doubts, more troubles arrived—my body had been frail for a few years, but suddenly the undiagnosed Lyme disease started to wreak havoc in every area of my life and countless bodily systems.

I felt my world crumbling, and at the very time I needed God most, He felt distant. I didn’t know if it was His own choice or my doubt separating us, but one thing I knew: I was desperate to reach Him.

I didn’t know it then, but my desperation for God showed just how much I missed Him. It was a good thing, knowing that I couldn’t handle the separation any longer.

When God Feels Distant

Dear heart, I don’t know why God allows seasons of distance. I do know that if you’re experiencing distance, it doesn’t brand you as a bad Christian. An overwhelming majority of the Psalms were written by a man who felt God had rejected him. Sometimes it was because of his sin, sometimes he had no idea why the God he loved was no longer near.

In those seasons, crying out to God is sometimes our last desire. But perhaps the dry seasons are there to remind us how much we need God.

Before I doubted my worth to God, I had just taken His love for granted.

When the wall grew between us. I pounded and screamed and couldn’t hear His response. Was He ignoring me?

When our emotions are crazy or numbed by depression, we can’t always feel God’s nearness.

I certainly couldn’t. But during that season, I learned to depend on the truth of His love, rather than my emotions.

Loved And Worthy-In Him

Of course I was unworthy. But I had let my own self-image penetrate my thoughts. I began to believe that God must reject me just as I was rejecting myself.

Slowly, God taught me truths about who I was in Him.

He showed me that even if I were to reach my own ideal of perfection, it wouldn’t sanctify me enough for Heaven.

I needed to stop looking for righteousness in myself. I could never attain holiness on my own. The Bible says,

For there is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.” Romans 3:22a-25b

Once you acknowledge your brokenness, there is no need to remain there. 1 John 1:9 tells us,

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Yes, I was indeed flawed beyond what I could repair. But God had redeemed me! I didn’t need to wallow in my past guilt or even my present mistakes.

Because of Christ, God has wiped away our sin.

And I didn’t need to worry about God loving my unworthiness again. God had died for me while I was yet a sinner. (Romans 5:8) And if God had given His own son for me, I could trust His sovereignty over my life. (Romans 8:32)

Trusting God

When God feels distant, silent, or far away, He wants us to learn to trust Him.

Trust He still loves you no matter your sin, struggle, or scars, because of Christ.

Trust God’s wisdom. He really does know best. Your life is in good hands. He has you.

Trust His plan. We need to relinquish our dreams for our life and trust that no matter the trials, God’s love lasts. There will be heartbreak and pain, but suffering is His tool to shape our hearts and share His goodness to the world.

Trust God’s strength. You can come to Him for rescue. When sin grips you, you don’t have to succumb.

Trust His redemption. If you have accepted His salvation, He truly has forgiven you of all your sins. You don’t have to be perfect on your own.

Trust God’s word. He has given you everything you need for godliness. Don’t hide from Scripture. It contains hard truths and honest teaching, but it is life to your soul.

Come to your Father when He feels distant. Is your heart cold? Does your conscience continually berate you? Have you sinned?

God may feel distant, but He has not forsaken you.

He cannot forsake one who is truly His, who truly obeys Him with their heart. Jesus was forsaken for you. He was crushed for me. The wrath we deserved was already poured out.

I know it is hard, darling. But the suffering comes out of the loving heart of the Father who gave up His son for you. He has led you to this painful place. You’re not required to minimize the pain, but rather allow God to bear it for you.

If you have been walking in sin, perhaps He is drawing you back to Him. Maybe He desires you to release props—friends, financial security, health—and depend only on Him. Perhaps He is reaching a lost soul through your humble acceptance of the trial.

Whatever wilderness we roam, God loves us with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:1-2)

His distance is only a mirage, for He is simply showing you a new angle of His presence-the one that asks you to cling to His love alone.

Lean on Him hard, pray with all your might, and someday soon you will again feel His nearness. And you will know that His love for you never wavered.

The name Bethany means “bright city on a hill.” Bethany hopes her writing becomes just that—words of hope and beauty a bright gathering place and words of longing a signpost to Heaven’s future glories. Her calling dawned gradually as she fought chronic illness. Struggling to see the glitter in the gloomy March landscape, she found lacing words together to form a coherent meaning exhilarating. Lately she holes up to write stories, poems, and articles, or study storycraft. She write about the beauty and hope and hardship of suffering at

Your Walk With God

Keeping Everything Organized, and How that Helps our Spiritual Life

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Hi everyone! Long time no see right? Well, let’s dive right into today’s topic.

Recently I made a change in my life. That change is keeping everything organized in my life (surprise, surprise!). This means, keeping my room clean, and I mean really clean. Not just stuffing everything that is on the floor into my closet. It also means keeping my desk clean, keeping my schedule organized (knowing what’s coming up ahead), and paying more attention to my schoolwork.

Now I know that this sounds intimidating, but it really isn’t. I have found that I feel so much better after I have done all this! There seems to be more room to breathe.

Now, all these things I have listed are all good in themselves, but how does it relate to my spiritual life? Well, I’m about to tell you. Now that you have everything under control, what’s stopping you from spending more time with God? Nothing!

So often we use the excuse, “I’m too busy.” Well not anymore! Also, we pray to God about our troubles a lot, and that’s good, but saying to God, “Please help me get an A on my test tomorrow,” without studying isn’t going to magically get you an A. Sure, prayer works, but God expects you to work hard on your responsibilities, and He will reward you if you do.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” – Colossians 3:23-24

Whatever you do. It’s not just certain important things in your life, it’s whatever you do. Do every little small thing to the best of your ability for God, and you will be richly rewarded.

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Courage, Guest Post, Trust, Your Walk With God

What We Can Take Away from Proverbs 3:5-6 {Guest Post by Maddi Rae}


Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding; in all your ways, submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.

That verse says a lot. First, we must trust in the Lord with all our hearts. Easier said than done, right?  Especially where the verse says “with all your heart”. Does that mean you and I should say, “God, I trust You,” and then go off with doubts and fear still there?  No.  We have to trust God completely and with our everything.  Yes, it’s hard, but He’ll help us.

Second, the verse says to not lean on our own understanding. Why? Because we’re human and we think we know what’s best, but we really don’t. When we lean on our own understanding, that gets us places we don’t want to be in. God knows that, too, and that’s why He doesn’t want us to trust ourselves and lean on our own understanding.  We’re meant to lean on HIS understanding, because trust me, He’s got expertise in that area.  He’s God, and our solid foundation.

And third, it says that in all our ways, we must submit to God and obey Him. He is our Father, and we are His children, and as His children, we must simply listen, honor, and obey Him.  When you do that, it please God, and He will make your paths straight.

Maddi Rae is the blogger behind God’s Bright Light. She loves Jesus, singing, and creating art in her art room. Maddi has a small calligraphy business that she started in 2017, called A New Perspective. Feel free to visit her blog!

Faith, Friendship, My Testimony, Relationships, Your Walk With God

Religion or Relationship?

If you said I was born into a Christian family, that would be true.

But could you say that I was therefore born a Christian? Absolutely not!

When I was young, I “became a Christian”. Once I was nine or so, and actually understood (mostly) the faith, I renewed my salvation and faith. Now I don’t mean that as in “I believe that you have to re-say the prayer every three years to stay a Christian”, I just hadn’t fully known what being a Christian was. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized it’s not enough to believe just because your family does. You have to seek it out yourself. You can’t simply believe it because “they” do, you must “own” it, in a sense. You must truly be able to say “this is what I know and believe to be true.” You must call your faith your own and really have it belong to you. This is hard to describe, so I hope you get the point. You can’t just believe because you were “born with it”, you have to truly KNOW it and KNOW God as YOUR savior and YOUR BEST FRIEND.

Maybe this is your story too. If so, have you ever really asked yourself in your heart if God is more to you than a dreamy figure that’s up in the clouds? Have you ever REALLY considered it?

It’s not a presentation to God, it’s a conversation.

It’s not always a prayer, but a talk.

God is there for you.

He can be just as real to you as your family you EAT WITH every day!

But you have to let him be.

He’s not an impersonal figure that’s billions of light years away,

He’s a best friend that’s by your side every second of every day of your life!

That is, if you let him…

And I’m not talking about the whole “inviting him into your heart and life to become saved” prayer. (I’m not at all trying to make fun of any of this by putting it this way, I just want to get my point across)

I’m talking about the prayer that says:

“God, I’m here. Right now. And I want you. God, lead my life, take the wheel. My choices are leading me astray, so I want you, God, to decide what’s best for my life. I don’t want you to belong to me- I want to belong to you. I don’t just want you in my heart, I want you pumping through my blood, showing on my face, revealing yourself in my actions. Make my life yours, and make your power my power. Help everyone to know that I am yours… forever. In your name, Amen.”

When you say this, and really mean it, (not exactly those words, please make them your own if you are going to pray this) and bathe yourself daily in God’s word and talk to him ALL DAY LONG….

It makes life so much easier. And so much more fun! And it helps others not to see you as “The judgemental goody-goody that acts like a christian”, but the person who’s identity is wrapped wholly around their faith. Is it hard to get started in reading your bible and praying every day? Come to us (and other bloggers) for encouragement! I promise you’re not alone! You’ll find encouragement here from us! I’m MORE than willing to lend an encouraging voice… and shoot up some prayers for you! I also have troubles sometimes being as close to God as I should be!! I’m not perfect, far from it actually!

When you really search it out, you’ll realize that instead of being a “good influence” on others, or straining yourself to act godly around certain people, you can let it be your personality. It’s not only so much simpler and better for you, but it will help others (even if you don’t always know it) to see you as more of an “authentic” Christian, and less of a fake. What you’re shooting for, is to relax and be yourself, and have fun, and be the same godly person that you are when you’re at church or reading your Bible. I know multiple people like this… they don’t even realize that they’re like that!!! They are SO easy to be around, and is SO obvious that they are a TRUE LOVING CHRISTIAN! Even if you met them at a concert (or somewhere other than Church), you can tell!!! I love that so much in a person!  And those few people (Thanks, G, F, K and C ..and J…) are DEFINITELY people I want to be like! Constantly happy, not judgmental, and have the love of God shining through their being!

Get whatever you’d like out of this post, and don’t let it discourage you in the least! Let it be an encouragement to all of us!!! There will be hard times figuring out what you as a person believe, and what you want to know, but one of the main keys?
BE EXCITED!!! It may sound crazy, but when you think about it, this time in your life- of figuring out your identity, and what you truly believe and how you want to act in your life (also how others see you) – is WONDERFUL! Yes, it can be scary, but really, you’re shaping WHO YOU ARE! You’re shaping this WONDERFUL relationship with God! And maybe you don’t know someone like I was talking about. Maybe you’ve never met someone like that… if not, I want you to check out this youtube channel, and video. This is an AMAZING young lady by the name of Emma Mae Jenkins. I encourage you to watch some of her videos. You’ll love them!

I made this post as much for myself as for you girls. I’ve really been questioning a lot of things lately… and I know for one thing- I want that relationship. That brings me to the title- Religion or Relationship? So why did I call it this? Because I believe as strong Christians who love God, we need to have that bond, that strong love and connection between God and us. And I’m going to show you the definitions of these two words real quick:

Religion: the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.

Relationship: the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.

So are you just merely believing in God and not letting your faith go any further? Or are you CONNECTED to God? I’m not trying to get on to anybody, as it’s an ongoing trek of dedication to have a connection. But I’m willing to go through that, because I LOVE my God, and I want him to be closer to me than any human in the universe could ever be.

So if I could chose which I want, it would definitely be Relationship. And that IS my choice. Because I believe that when you are connected to God, then it is so much nicer to be firm and steadfast in what you believe, which makes it easier to tell others about your faith.

I’ll end with some verses:

Hebrews 11:6 – But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Deuteronomy 5:33 – Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and [that it may be] well with you, and [that] ye may prolong [your] days in the land which ye shall possess.

Colossians 2:6 – As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, [so] walk ye in him:


I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks so much for reading!

And remember, if you ever need prayer or encouragement, we’re here!

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Your Walk With God

Keeping God First in Your Life

Keeping God First in Your Life

Hi everyone! Today’s topic is keeping God first.

In today’s day in age, most everyone has a somewhat busy schedule. Sometimes it is hard to find time for God. However, we have to remember that God has to deal with all the problems of the universe, yet He still made time to send His Son to die for us. You might say, “Well He is God! He can do anything!” That is true, and that’s why we don’t have to deal with all the problems in the universe!!

To us, our problems and activities seem important. But when you take a look at the grand scheme of things, they are really just small unimportant things compared to God’s big plan. Now don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying they are not important at all, it is just that there are many more important things that God has in His plan for you.

This might mean you have to give up some of the activities you do to make time for God. But not always. Just listen to what God has to say to you. And as always, keep God first in your life.

My grandmother once told me, “I don’t care how long you pray to God at night, just pray. Even if it is just a sentence. I don’t care how much you read your Bible at night, just read. Even if it is just a verse.” Now this certainly doesn’t mean that we should just read a verse or pray a quick sentence up to heaven all the time. But it does mean keep yourself in the Bible and pray to God every day.

I hope you girls enjoyed this! Have a wonderful day!



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Your Walk With God

Limiting Technology

Limiting Technology

First off, I’d like to say I’m sorry for not posting in so long. March and April were unbelievably busy. I will try to post more often from now on.

Technology can be time-consuming. Believe me, I know. Sometimes, you get on your computer and say to yourself, “I’m just going to check my email and get right back to work.” Well, checking your email leads to emailing your friends, which leads to more and more time spent on your laptop/phone/tablet, and less on your work.

  1. Finish your work first. When you have done that, you should be free to use technology as long as you want! (Depending on what your parents’ rules are)
  2. Respect your parents’ rules. If they say no phone in your room at night, don’t have your phone in your room at night. Both you and your parents will be much happier if your follow their rules.
  3. Set a timer. If you or your parents think you’ve been spending too much time with technology, agree on a time limit. For example, 30 min. each day.

Hope you enjoyed this post!

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Books, Your Walk With God

Walking on God’s Path – 3 Magazines for God’s Daughters

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Even harder than finding good books, and maybe even harder then finding good movies and music, is finding good magazines.

I love to get a magazine in my mail box each month. Do you? I’m going to share with you 3 good magazines for God’s Daughters.

Nature Friend

I love this magazine! It has so much in it. It has games, a drawing lesson, and so much more! They have a reader’s issue every year, and for a little more money each month, I think about two dollars, you can add a study guide, with gardening tips, recipes, and writing lessons! They also hide little pictures such as a squirrel and an acorn in each issue, and you have to try to find them.

Nature Friend Magazine

Adventures in Odyssey – Clubhouse

This is a Christian magazine for boys and girls, and it is really fun. It has fun stories, and lots of other things. It also has games and sometimes recipes. There is a version for younger children, too.

Clubhouse Magazine

The King’s Princess

I actually just discovered this magazine, thanks to Madison, but it looks awesome and I signed up for it! It is an E-magazine. It is also free!

The King’s Princess Magazine

Do any of you know of any other magazines?

Have an amazing week!

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Books, List, Your Walk With God

Walking on God’s Path: 7 MORE Books for God’s Daughters


Hello, Ladies! I hope you are all having a wonderful week! You girls like my last post, so I decided to share 7 more books for God’s Daughters. Enjoy!

The Betsy-Tacy series

By Maud Hart Lovelace

I love this series!

Winnie The Pooh

By A.A Milne

OK, so this may be for younger kids. Who cares? I love this book anyways!

The Mysterious Benedict Society

By  Trenton Lee Stewart

I am reading the series right now, and I love it!

The Adventures Of Lily Lapp

By Mary Ann Kinsolver

Lily is Amish, and it was very interesting to read about her life!

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew

By Margaret Sidney

This has always been one of my favorites! I love rereading the Five little Peppers series over and over and OVER.

Little Women

By Louisa May Alcott

The Complete Peter Rabbit

By Beatrix Potter

Who doesn’t love this classic?

I hope you girls enjoyed this post! Have you read any of these books?

Have a wonderful week!

In Christ,

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Faith, Your Walk With God

Walking with God


Have you ever felt like you’re not progressing in your walk with God? I know I have. Do you ever wonder if anything can be done about it? Well I have an answer for you. Don’t worry. God wants to be closer with you, and if that’s what you want too, He can make it happen.

Of course you’ll have to do your part as well. God wants you to really want it. If you work hard for it, it will mean a lot more to you than if you just sit back and expect God to do everything for you.

First thing to do : Pray. Ask God to help you grow in you walk with Him. Praying is underrated nowadays. It has much more of an effect than you would think. However, God doesn’t want you to ask for help one time and forget about it. He wants you to be persistent. He wants you to want it, and to ask, ask, ask. Here is one of Jesus’ parables showing that we need to ask and never give up.

Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘[a]Give me legal protection from my opponent.’ For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will [b]give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will [c]wear me out.’”And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge *said; now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, [d]and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [e]faith on the earth?”

Second thing to do: Make sure nothing is hindering you from progressing. It might be a love for material things, sin, or having too busy a schedule. Now I’m not saying loving something or someone other than God is wrong. Definitely not. God commands that we love our neighbors and enemies. I’m just saying that we should not love something or someone more than God.

Third thing to do: Read the Bible. I won’t go in-depth about this, since I have already in another post. I would like to say this though: the Bible will encourage you, teach you, and keep you from temptation.

Fourth and last thing to do: Get away. Spend some time alone with God. Find a special, private place inside or outside that you can talk with God in peace away from noisy siblings or TV’s. Lay all your troubles at his feet.

Alrighty! I think that’s all for now! I hope you will think about those things I said…and also have a great day!

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