Friday, January 30, 2015

What To Do When You Feel Scared & Alone, By Elizabeth A.

What To Do When You Feel Scared & Alone

By Elizabeth A.

“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; 
I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.  
“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; 
I will be with him in trouble; 
I will rescue him and honor him. 
“With a long life I will satisfy him 
And let him see My salvation.” - Psalm 91:14-16 (NASB)   

When we feel like everyone else has let us down, or when life becomes too hard, God wants us to know that He is there to answer and rescue you from whatever you are battling.  

I encourage you to read the rest of Psalm 91; it tells us exactly what God will do for the ones who love Him. He will even "give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways."

Don't be afraid to ask Jesus for help, because He will answer you and help you. Whatever you are battling, or whatever is hurting you - be comforted, He is right there.  

He cares about you so much, that He even directs His angels to protect and help you (just you). You are a special creation, the daughter of God, and nothing will ever separate you from His love.  

So whenever you feel alone, scared, or hurt, turn to Psalm 91, and let His love soak you through and through, to assure you that you are NEVER alone, and ALWAYS under His wings. 

Power in Prayer, By Kaitlyn F.

Power in Prayer

By Kaitlyn F.

To live a Christian life style, prayer is something that is often practiced. But how many of us believe in what we pray? We all say the short little prayers when we are struggling, but many of us fall into the trap of thinking that nothing will come from it. Prayer is communicating with someone who "isn’t there." It is easy to believe that we aren’t being heard, or that God isn’t doing anything about our prayers. But the Bible mentions many times about the power of prayer. 

James 5:15 says, “And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.”

Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

John 15:7 says, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” 

These three verses are just a glimpse of how important prayer is. God does hear you, and he does want to know about you, what you are feeling, your struggles, your successes; he wants all of it. So if you are struggling in prayer, or if you doubt if God is really listening, take these three verses and all others in the Bible to heart, and believe in what the Bible say is the truth.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Our Attitude Towards our Parents

 Our Attitude Towards our Parents

By Kaitlyn F.
If you have parents, or a guardian who is raising you, then you know that you butt heads with them on numerous accounts on a wide variety of topics. And no matter what the argument is, they seem to always throw up the "you'll understand when you are older," or the "it's for your own good," card to your face. As someone who has had conflicts with my parents, I understand how frustrating it is to have that said to you. If you have grown up a Christian, then you might know might know that one of the Ten Commandments is to honor your mother and father. But I read that direct verses again from when the Ten Commandments were being written, and there was more to that. The entire verses from Exodus go, "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you." The whole reason for us to honor our mother and father is so that we may be prosperous as we grow older. They are protecting you, and they want you to be successful when you are grown up.  The line "you'll understand when you are older" may actually have meat behind it. Many of us are still living with our parents, and we haven't experienced what it is like to own our place, to have a job and to raise a family. When you are older you will eventually understand the position that they are in, and the decisions that they made. The line "it's for your own good" is them stating that they are trying to protect you, so that you may live long and be successful when you are on you own. So what if every time that we face our parents we had an attitude of gratitude, for they are trying to protect and they have your best interest at heart. What if we went in with an attitude of knowing that we don't need to know all the answers now, but that we will soon understand?  I bet that there will be a shift in our relationships with our parents if we change our attitudes.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Spending Time with Him by Elizabeth A.

Spending Time with Him 

By Elizabeth A.

  One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to set a time each day that I spent with Jesus. I realized that I wasn't spending enough time with God. I wasn't listening to what He had to say, I was letting my feelings take control, rather than holding on to what His word said, and I noticed that often I had a negative attitude about lots of things.  

 Sometimes it got to the point of desperation, and I would turn to God in tears, asking Him to forgive me for my unfaithfulness. Then I would begin to pray and read my Bible again, and it always gave me a new joy and refreshment. But it wasn't enough; after a time I began to drift away again, and soon I developed a sort of cycle; going around and around, feeling His love and then crying afterwards.  

 But God does not want us for fair-weather friends; He wants us to love and spend time with Him as we would with our best friend. He also does not want us to have to be on the brink before we find refuge, 

 "Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between His shoulders." - Deuteronomy 33:12 

 God desires for us to rest in Him; to be safe and secure always, not only when we feel broken. I made the decision that this year I would make talking to Him a regular part of my morning, and now I can live every day influenced by His words.  

 Remember, God is always there. He will always be there to show you His love, and to lift you up when you have fallen. Have fun spending your day with Him! 


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