Anonymous said: Don't forget Matthew West!
=D Matthew West is awesome! I love the song “Hello, My Name Is”
Thanks for the recommendation! will add it to the list!
I have really been thinking a lot lately. About the battles I’ve gone through over the years. Probably my biggest battle has been and is insecurity. Or making the mistake of putting my “security” in things that would only make me more insecure in the end.
Relationships, good grades, and most other things in life will come and go. And putting our security in those things/people, will only make matters worse. It will cause our insecurity to grow greater with each let down.
The one thing that we can put our security in is with Jesus. He will never leave us, nor forsake us. He will not disappoint us. His love is the one thing that will remain throughout all circumstances.
The first part in battling insecurity is acknowledging the presence of insecurity. In order to fight it, you must first recognize it.
Secondly, you must refute whatever it is that it is telling you. Do not let insecurity fill your mind. It will try and sneak lies and assumptions into your head that will literally drive you mad. Insecurity will cause you to do some things you would otherwise never consider doing. Trust me, I have been there.
Instead, fill your mind with positive thoughts. With the TRUTH! Fill it with scripture, or pray, do what you need to in order to clear your mind of whatever insecurity is trying to tell you.
It’s a battle, and it’s not an easy one. It is so easy to just give in and let security take over, but you are so much better off fighting it now, before it gets more out of hand. YOU are more than your insecurity.
God wants us to be secure! And we can be secure if we choose to be. By putting our hope, our trust and our security in Him, we can have the security He wants for us.
When I began this journal entry, I didn’t plan on making a chart on how to battle security, but that’s what it resulted in. So I want to leave you with some verses that may help encourage you, as well as myself, to attain the security Christ intended us to have through Him.
"This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil" ~Hebrews 6:19
"The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." ~Psalm 18:2
"The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble" ~Psalm 37:39
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea." ~Psalm 46:1-2
"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you. " ~Isaiah 54:10
And I’ll leave you with my favorite. Its John 14:17, Jesus says this Himself:
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
I had a professor last semester who has battled with cancer for years. First she had breast cancer, then after chemo she overcame the breast cancer, but the chemo caused her to get leukemia. She was in remission for a few years until last semester, when her leukemia kicked back into high gear and had to leave school.
They started to get it under control but then last Tuesday she got a bad report that said the treatment wasn’t working and she wasn’t expected to live much longer. So they left the medical University and came back home to her kids and to start arranging funeral plans.
She was a very strong woman of faith. I remember hearing her tell her testimony and crying over her strength and her faith. She was so strong and faithful that God knew what He was doing through all of this.
Well I found out she went on to join God’s Heavenly kingdom this morning. Even though they were somewhat prepared, I still cannot fathom the loss. Just last week she thought she had years to live and in a matter of days that was over.
So I ask that you please keep her family in your prayers.
Thank you so much,
RIP Dr. Nicollete, you have inspired many lives and will be deeply missed
I can say first hand that it is better to walk out of your comfort zone to do as God has called than to not do anything at all. The pain of regret will hurt worse than the fear of the unknown.
God called me to get involved in children’s church over a year ago. I did not answer the call for my own selfish reasons. I have since then, lost the opportunity and someone else has taken my place.
Though I am happy to see that the person is succeeding, it still pains me to know that it should have been me in her spot. I thank God that she answered the call that I did not.
So please, I highly encourage you, no matter how big or small, no matter how frightening or intimidating the task at hand may be, please don’t let it pass you by.
Know that if you need any encouragement, I am here and will gladly encourage you. But do listen and obey God’s call.
I just felt the need to share this…
This morning I was reading through Psalms and I stumbled upon a few passages that really touched me:
The first one is Psalm 71:14-15
"But I will keep on hoping for Your help;
I will praise you more and more.
I will tell everyone about your righteousness.
All day long i will proclaim your saving power,
though I am not skilled with words.” (NLT)
David admitted what he was not good at speaking to people (skillful with words) but he does not let that stop him from praising His Heavenly Father. Remember not to let your inabiblities interfere with your worship and your sharing of the Good News. Ask God to strengthen those weaknesses with His Holy Spirit.
The second passage is Psalm 71:20-21
"You have allowed me to suffer much hardship,
but you will restore me to life again
and lift me up from the depths of the earth.
You will restore me to even greater honor
and comfort me once again.” (NLT)
Trials are what God uses to make us stronger and to bring us closer to Him. Remember as you weather the storm, that it will eventually end, and if you remain strong in your faith, you will draw closer to Him and earn your reward. Don’t lose heart or be discouraged during trials, your reward is soon to come (but in God’s time, not ours)
God bless and hope yall have a wonderful week :D
“Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2 Tim 2:2
If you know that something in your life is causing you to sin, or is tempting you to sin, the best thing to do is to flee from that temptation. I understand this may not be optional in all circumstances, but in the cases that it is, it is best to just rid yourself of the temptation. And when possible, surround yourself with other believers who love the Lord and can support you on your walk with Him.
Even if you are unable to do surround yourself with other Christians in your real life, remember, you always have any of us on this blog that will be more than happy to help you and support you however you may need.
There are so many of our brothers and sisters in Christ, both on tumblr and “in real life” who are struggling recently, myself included. Maybe you are one of them. I have written to many fellow bloggers in the past few days who are losing hope, who are struggling with loss, battling mental illnesses and struggling to cope with the stresses of life.
There are moments when all hope seems lost, when you feel like you are more alone than you ever felt before, when hurting yourself is the only way to gain control and cope, or when you just feel completely defeated.
But these moments don’t have to last, they do not have to resonate through your soul every day. God does not want to see us like this, He does not want to see us broken, feeling shattered and overwhelmed. God doesn’t want us to struggle alone. He wants to help us put ourselves back together. He protects us, guides us, comforts us, and saves us. He rebuilds our crushed spirits and gives us the hope in knowing that this works is not ours, and there are much better things waiting for us all.
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all;
he protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken. Psalm 34: 18-20
I just wanted to remind you all that God is right there with you, and if you are hurting today, turn to Him, He cares for you.
"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:7
The answer is plain and simple: Yes.
You don’t have to be a super smart person with a college degree in order for God to use you.
You don’t have to be rich and have tons of money to travel the world in order for God to use you.
You don’t have to be perfect for God to use you. Because no one is perfect.
Every single person is different. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses.
Everyone has different characteristics in their personalities.
With that many different people, God will find a way to use all of us. We can make an impact on where we are and who we’re near. Maybe it’s just something God places in your heart, or maybe it’s something that you will experience. But we can all make a difference. And if you let him, God will use you to do it.
You know when you work so hard for something (Whether its making good grades, avoiding an addiction, whatever your battle is) And then in one moment of weakness, all of the hard work is gone, down the drain. One decision can bring you all the way to square one. Sometimes meaning starting your countdown to recovery back at day one.
Sometimes we just aren’t strong enough to win every battle. The devil comes just at the time of our moment of weakness and the next thing you know, you are sitting in a hole, feeling shameful and guilty.
The devil just won a battle. Now you have two options. You can 1) sit around and wallow in your shame and self pity or 2) you can look up to your Heavenly Father and ask for forgiveness and thank Him for His countless mercies that are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23 “The faithful love of the Lord never ends!His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”)
God knows we are not perfect. He doesn’t expect perfection from us. Otherwise, He would not have sent His Son to die for us on Calvary. He DOES expect us to love Him and to try our hardest to do right by Him. But He knows we are going to mess up and fail. He knows it, and we should know it too. He does not expect perfection from us, and we should not expect perfection from ourselves either.
Sometimes Satan wins the battle, but that does not mean we give up and let him win the war. Pick yourself back up and keep fighting the good fight.
Even if it may seem hopeless, remember the war has already been won. Christ has already won this battle for us. Satan cannot defeat you because you have Christ living in you, and He has already won the victory over sin and death for us!
So the next time Satan wins a battle in your fight, pick yourself back up, claim victory in Christ’s name, and keep on fighting the good fight!
"Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses." ~ 1 Timothy 6:12
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34: 17-18
Find comfort and joy in remembering God hears you, He is with you, and He is going to take care of you.
Hey guys it’s Tiffany!
Sorry it’s been so long since I have written. I have been really busy with school work and midterms (on top of being computerless for about a month) but I wanted to share a word with you guys.
I have been reading in Colossians and there is a verse that really jumped out at me today
So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.
You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. ~Colossians 3:5-8
The verse I really want to emphasize is verse 8 “But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.”
When we accept God we become new creatures (as you can read in most of Paul’s writings. Reading all of Colossians 3 will help understand this idea). So when we accept Christ, we are to put off our old selves, and put on our new robes of righteousness.
Maybe you are new to the Kingdom, maybe you have been saved for a while. Maybe you are not quite sure where you fit in. Whatever your standing is, ask God if there is something that needs to be changed. Because when you go from being a part of the world to part of His Kingdom, there is a HUGE change. We go from being citizens from a deathly sick and corrupted world, to a righteous and Holy Kingdom
This means that there needs to be changes in our lives. Whether it be our language, our friends, or our activities, there is some things that just need to change. Perhaps you have been saved, but never put off your old self… well the time is NOW.
I encourage you not to delay any longer. You will feel so much better once you do. And God knows it is hard, but remember, He has overcome the WORLD! He can help you, and He wants to help you. The Father of ALL CREATION wants to help you overcome the sin in your life, and the time to ask for help is NOW!
I want to encourage everyone, new believers and experienced believers alike, to ask God to open your eyes to what needs to change in your life.
And I want you to know, I’m not just asking yall to do it without doing it myself. God really has convicted me of something that seemed petty and unimportant, but when I did it again, the guilt was huge and I realized I needed to stop. And I feel so much better now.
I hope that yall are able to do this, and get closer to your Heavenly Father as well.
Anonymous said: I've got it in my head that God only forgives your sins from before you accepted Him. I know that sounds crazy, but when I look at verses on salvation, they seem to be used in the past tense. Such as, 'He forgave us'. I know how weird it sounds to think that, but it's really bothering/upsetting me. Do you know any verses that reject this thought? That as Christians, we will continue to sin, but God will still forgive us? Prayers would be appreciated also. Thank you.
It may talk in past tense if it was from a certain person’s perspective, or saying that Jesus died for us, so we’re forgiven. That means then, now, and in the future.
Jesus went through what he did so we could live, and be forgiven. Because we all sin. And when we ask for forgiveness God forgives us.
To the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.
The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him
The bible constantly talks about forgiveness, I’m sure you can find many more verses concerning this topic, but here’s a few!
But please don’t stress or be upset. We all sin. None of us are perfect. None of us will ever be perfect. Jesus died for us, because he loved us. He gave us a chance to live.
If I didn’t answer your quesiton enough, or you have more questions/need someone to talk to just message us :)
God Bless <3
if your in depression, harming yourself, or have any thoughts of suicide, please talk to someone.
I know you feel like you’re alone. I promise you you’re not. I promise.
I don’t know your situation, I don’t know your family, or friends, or how they treat you.
But I know that God is there for you. And I am here for you. That is two things I know for a fact.
If you need a friend, I’m your friend. Please don’t hurt yourself. You are worth something even if you feel your not. You do not deserve the burden of depression and all these thoughts constantly racing through your mind.
I know it’s hard. It’s not easy. And it’s not easy to open up to people and just talk about your feelings.
But if you need someone to talk to, and you have no friends to turn to, I promise I am here for you.
I don’t know why but I just had a really strong feeling to post this. I am here to pray for you. I’m praying for all of you who experience these things, even though I don’t know who you all are.
And you are loved. And you are beautiful. And you are worth it.