Fruits of the Spirit, Joy

The Fruit of the Spirit – Joy

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Hey, ladies! Today, we will be talking about joy, as you can see from the title. Let’s get started!

Definition: the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation

Joy is important because it keeps everyone on earth from wandering around grumbling about everything. Joy has many sources. One example of mine is when my baby sister was born. I really did cry tears of joy (I have three brothers). Other sources can be holidays, relatives coming to visit, etc. Some people just have a joyful spirit. Not all sources of joy are lasting, however. This is because of our sinful world. The only lasting joy comes from Christ. This is the kind of joy that is mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23.

This was when Nehemiah and Ezra read the Law to the people of Israel after they came back from exile: “Then he said to them, ‘Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.'” Nehemiah 8:10

So, here are some ways to show  the joy of Christ:

  1. Obey the authorities with cheerfulness.
  2. Don’t complain when things don’t go your way, or when something doesn’t go as planned.
  3. Smile at everyone you meet.

Have a great day!!! 🙂

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Verse Of The Week

Verse of the Week 9/12/17

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Hey, friends!

This week’s verse is:

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe.” Proverbs 18:10

When trouble comes, where do you run? What is your first reaction to hardship? Do you run directly to God? Or do you run to worldly assets that are sure to fail you?  When we are facing hardships of any kind we must always run to God. The Lord will keep us safe and guide us.  He will lead us with truth and wisdom; the world won’t.

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Love, Short Stories

Hold Me

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Hold Me

     She’s running. Running away from the hurt. The hurt that just keeps getting thrown in her face and can’t seem to go away.

     She keeps asking God why? Why is this life so hard? Why am I here?

     Life can be a restless game, and the only way to keep going is to win. But how can we win a game that seems to have an unattainable goal?

     For the longest time she lived in this scary world, and didn’t let it bother her. For the longest time she never cried, always kept a brave face on and acted undefeated. Now, she lets salty tears stream carelessly down her face, as she just keeps running.

     All her life she was so sure things would get better. That maybe the tear she felt in her heart would be mended. The emptiness that she felt in her soul would be filled. The cold that seemed to envelope her would be melted away by warmth.

     She felt lonely. It’s all she felt. And for the first time in her life she couldn’t bare it. She hated it. She wanted more- more than just the hollow feeling that could be filled only temporarily. She wanted an everlasting sufficiency that would fill her up completely.

     Getting to the end of the road she let’s her knees hit the pavement crying out, God, help me.

     That feeling of emptiness inside of her tugs at her heart, and she continues to cry out, God, I can’t do this on my own. I need you. I need you to hold me.

     Without God we have nothing. Without God we are lonely. We are lost. Without God, that tear in our hearts can’t be mended. We can’t be put back together. We can’t go on in life alone- without God.

     He is what sustains us. He is what keeps us whole. Without Him we are nothing at all- nothing at all.  

     She cries out, God, hold me! God, sustain me! Don’t leave me. Love me. I am yours, Lord.

     What do we claim to be without God? How do we live without God? We can’t. Alone, we live in a darkness that is so strong we get lost and can’t find our way back home. But with God, we have a light that can outshine the blackness that surrounds us. Alone, we are weak but with God, we are armored with strength.

     We must trust Him. Surrender our lives to Him. In doing so He will lift us back on our feet. Direct our paths and point us in the right direction. He will hold you. Carry you in His arms.

Accept His grace. Let His love surround you. Let His peace flood your soul. Let His light encompass you. Let Him hold you.

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Verse Of The Week

Verse of the Week 8/22/17

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Hi, ladies!

This week’s verse is:

“And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your minds and hearts through Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:7

When we are firmly rooted in a deep relationship with Christ, we enjoy a sense of peace that is beyond our knowing.  Even when the world around us is in a whirlwind, we can still be confident and calm.  That is because we know that when the Lord is with us, we have absolutely nothing to fear.

 

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Courage, Short Stories

Be the Stars

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Hey, girls!

Lately, I have been reading a lot of stories and doing a lot of research on stars and I was really inspired to write this! I really felt the need to share this with you all, for it’s something I feel very passionate about.

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Be the Stars

      Look up at the stars. See how they glow in the dark, burning through the night sky? They illuminate the inky blackness. They make light so we can see. Just like stars function as a light in the night sky, we can be lights in this world of darkness.

     Let us speak truths. Let us defend our beliefs and what we stand for. With our Savior as the moon, lighting up the whole universe, we can be the stars, setting the world aglow with our words, our actions, and the truth. Aim for the sky as you make the case for Christ. Liberty. Truth. Justice. Freedom.

     When you look out of your window at night and you see the stars’ shiny glow piercing through the dark- look for you. You can be one of those stars out there. Use your voice. By speaking the truth and defending what’s right; you are acting as a light, irradiating through this gloomy, obscure darkness that has taken hold of our world. If we are not representing the King of light, then we are exhibiting the immoral attributes of the king of darkness.

     The darker the world, the brighter you must shine. As the stars are surrounded by darkness, they refuse to become apart of that tenebrosity. And so must we.  We have to set a firm foundation and reflect the light of truth. No matter what happens, what challenges or trials we face in the process, we can’t let that get in our way. Keep on glowing. Keep on shining. Keep on doing what’s right, no matter what the consequence.

     Make your choice. You can set yourself a firm foundation and let your light radiate; or, you can stand by and watch while the world becomes hopelessly lost.

     I know where I stand. I know what I need to do. I am going to burn bright. I am going to take place in igniting a fire that will eliminate the darkness.

     What will you decide?

     Come, take courage; be a STAR.

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So?? What’d ya think? Did it inspire you in any way?  Are you going to take a stand and be a star?  Let me know in the comments below! I love to chat! 🙂

 

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Beauty

Works of Art

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Did you know that you are a work of art? You are a work of art created by the Greatest Painter.

Have you guessed who the Greatest Painter is?

That’s right, it’s God.

You are unique in every way, and God made it that way. Wouldn’t it be boring if everyone was the same? I think it would be.

One thing that I tell myself all the time when I look in the mirror on a bad day and put myself down by telling myself that I’m ugly is that I’m the way God wants me to be. I am exactly the way he wants me to be, from the tips of my toes down to the last strand of hair. And it helps, and then I pray.

So if you’re having a bad day, just tell yourself that you are a work of art. And pray.

Have a great week,

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Love

Love Them Like He Loves Them

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We are called to lead others to life in Christ, but it’s a calling that’s definitely more challenging than it sounds. We live in a world full of lost and hurting people, people we are called to reach. It’s the boy in your class with anger in his eyes. It’s the girl next door who seems to be fading away. It’s your friend who is always smiling, but you have no idea what’s underneath. You are called to stand out and shine the light of Jesus to these people, but sometimes you feel a little lost. Like they’re just too far away from you. You’re afraid to make the wrong move, afraid to do or say the wrong thing. Or maybe you just don’t know where to start.

Let me tell you this: the most effective way to reach people is to love them the way Christ loves them. Love them sacrificially. Love them even when they mess up. Love them when they don’t deserve it. Why? Because that’s exactly what Christ did for you, and he did it for them too. He loves them! He loves them so much that he died for them. They don’t deserve it, but he has covered their sin. He took the punishment they deserved. He is offering them the free gift of eternal life with a God who loves and loves and loves. This is a LIFE CHANGING kind of love. This love is radical. Unfathomable. Powerful. Everlasting. By loving people the way Christ loves them, you will be different. You will stand out. When you love like that, people wonder why. That’s how you point someone to Christ.

So, what are ways you can love people the way Christ loves them? Let’s take a look at Scripture.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

I recently read something about replacing “love” with your own name and reading it that way. I’ll use my name as an example, so for me it would be this:

“Misty is patient and kind; Misty does not envy or boast; Misty is not arrogant or rude. Misty does not insist on her own way; Misty is not irritable or resentful; Misty does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Misty bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

If I want to reflect Christ, if I want to love with that kind of love, I need to remember this and set it as a goal in my life. Replace “love” with your own name and read it to yourself. Ask yourself: What doesn’t match up here? What are areas I can work on in my life to love the way Christ loves?

Look for opportunities to love people. Forgive. Ask them how they’re doing, and really mean it. Listen to them. Pray for people. Ask them if there is anything in particular you can pray for them about. Yeah, sometimes it can be awkward, but you gotta step out of that comfort zone! Aim to be remembered for the way you love. Lastly, PRAY for that kind of love. Pray for God to fill you with his kind of love. Pray for him to push you and challenge you to love people like he loves them, to help you see them as he sees them. Souls are on the line here. You have a mission! Love them like he loves them. That is how you truly stand out.

Colossians 3:12-15:

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Girls, you are loved so much more than you can imagine! I hope you all have a wonderful day, and that this has touched you and encouraged you in some way. God bless! ❤

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Faith, Kindness, Love, The Bible

An Important Subject

An Important Subject

Hi, girls! I would like to talk to you about a very important subject today. The subject is judging people.

“Judge not, that ye be not judged.

 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”

I bet your saying, “WOW.” I know, same. Let me break it down for you. First, “mote” means “speck”. Does that make more sense? And the “beam” is like a beam of wood. So it’s like me saying to my brother, “Let me get that speck out of your eye,” when I have a huge beam of wood sticking out of my eye! When you look at it that way, it makes you realize how blind we can be about our own sins.

Now let’s get to the point. Should we judge people? “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” So obviously, we shouldn’t judge. “But what if I see a brother or sister in Christ doing something wrong?” you say. Good question.  Remember when I said that it is so easy to be blind to your own sins? Well, that comes into play here. If we see a brother or sister in Christ doing something wrong, we should search deep inside ourselves for any sins we haven’t repented of. Once we repent of our sins, we should come alongside them lovingly and help them on the right path without criticizing or judging them. That way, we help them, and we make ourselves better too. But we can’t forget that the best thing to do in any situation is pray to God and trust in Him. 

I hope this helped you! Oh, and I can’t give all the credit to myself for this post. My Sunday school teacher taught me about this important lesson, and I would like to thank him. Bye!

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Fruits of the Spirit, Love

The Fruit of the Spirit – Love

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Hey, ladies! So sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but I have had a super busy summer.

So, I wanted to post a little series on the Fruit of the Spirit. Basically, I am going to post the definition from the dictionary, say why it’s important, and then list a verse that mentions it, and a few ways to show it. I will say that many of the Fruits go hand in hand.

The first Fruit is love.

Definition: A feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.

Love is one of the most important things a human needs. Not being loved is one of the biggest fears of the human race. Love fuels us and keeps us going. Just think. If no one gave you a hug, smile, or a word of encouragement for the whole week, how would you feel? I know that I would be pretty depressed. As 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 says, we are nothing without love.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3:

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

So, here are a few ways that we can show love:

  1. Clear the table and do the dishes for your mom.
  2. Visit a friend who is sick
  3. Read a bedtime story to your little brother or sister

Have a great day!

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Courage, Faith, Witnessing

Equipped or Inadequate

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Do you feel that you aren’t equipped to share the love of Jesus with friends? Or that you aren’t spiritually ready to give them advice? I’m going to give you some tips on how to feel more confident in your faith.

John 16:30 says, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” He will be with you, through your trials, your tribulations, your ups, your downs.

You may not feel you are ready to talk to people about their situations. Don’t feel that you have to! You don’t have to be that “go-to” person. You could simply say, “I think someone else could help you on this one,” or “I really don’t know, maybe ask someone else?”.

I would recommend finding someone older and maturer than yourself, to talk about your issues and get advice from them. Call it a mentor!

Maybe this isn’t your calling. Wait on Him, and He will give you His plan in His timing!

I recommend spending more and more time in God’s word. The Bible is HIS word, so by reading them, you will get advice from the one who is!

Here is a website that is full of good advice and material: http://deeperchristian.com/. They have a great book called “The Five Pillars of Christian Growth”. I read this recently and it has really been an encouragement to me.

Start with Jesus, and he will open your eyes to a whole new world of spiritual discovery.

I know I’m not an expert either; I fail, I fall down, I stumble, but I’m relying on His strength to give me advice, to pick me up, and to be there for me when I fall.

Hope this encourages you today, and remember… He is always there for you, no matter what you’re going through.

Rebecca