Standing Firm

So, life as a teenager is pretty typical. Schoolwork, texting, friends, family, hang-outs, and guys. Now of course there is alot more to being a teenager than that. But, these are pretty much the things people think about when you say you are living an “average teenage life.”

So, I recently went through something in my life a few months ago. I’d thought I’d share it with y’all. So here it is: (keep in mind the names used in this story are not the real people’s names)

In July my sister and I had the opportunity to go to a christian 4 day summer camp at one of our local churches. The camp enables tweens and teens to socialize, reach out into the community, help the less-fortunate, jam out to praise and worship music, listen to guest preachers, and just have a great time serving, loving, and praising Jesus.

Well, they also had fun games at this camp. And while we were playing one of the games I saw a guy. He looked about my age. Blonde hair. Blue eyes. Tall. Cute. And I assumed since he was at a christian camp, he was a christian too. What more could a girl ask for?

And then to my surprise and delight, he comes over and starts talking to us! One of his close friends was there and after he left his friend came up to me and said “Will definitely likes you.”  And I sat there thinking “wait a minute. Will as in the girl who used to be on our cheer teams brother? The short awkward guy? That Will?” And to my surprise his friend replied “Yep”

So yeah, my insides like exploded with happiness. I never thought the little brother of one of my old cheer friends could turn out like he did. I liked him, he liked me. It was just awesome.

That night he added me on an app called Snapchat. I added him back (why wouldn’t I?) And we talked. We asked each other questions and just talked. I told him about my faith, and asked him if he was a christian (which he replied “Yea” to. Not very convincing now that I think about it)

Well, skip forward a month or two after the camp was over, We ended up going to this church every Sunday and Wednesday night for youth services. Will just happened to go to this church so I got to see him every week. But what’s weird is, he would never talk in person to me.

Another girl started going to youth services there too after the camp around the same time we did. She was pretty, got all the guys, and dated everyone under the sun. Well Ursula and I became good friends and we would always hang out at services.

Well, sometime later guess what happened. Will announced that he and Ursula were going out.

So yeah. Guess how that made me feel. After a month or two of thinking he liked me, he never did. So now my good friend and lying crush are going out.

That’s my story summed up. I skipped a few major details but you get the just of it. Now for the point of the story…

 

Will had told me at one point that he liked girl’s personalities more than looks. I thought about that. I had told him about my faith, I said a few bible verses every now and then, and he knew my faith was important to me. If he was truly a christian he wouldn’t want to go out with a non-christian girl who has dated everyone.

I think now the reason he doesn’t like me anymore is because of my strong faith. I am bold and I proclaim my faith. Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a christian.

And the thing is, I have no regrets. I am glad I proclaimed Jesus.

I’d rather be “dumped” by a guy because of my faith then dumped for some other reason.

“What if you didn’t talk about Jesus so much”, “What if you just had a quiet faith”, “Maybe if you quieted down about Jesus he would like you.” Maybe he would like me then. But I’m not going to shutup my faith for some guy. I won’t shutup about my faith for no one. I have to stand firm. We have to stand firm.

“I LOVE JESUS” – I’m not afraid to say it and you shouldn’t be either

Matthew 10:22 You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

Guys might leave you, friends might turn against you, the world might rise up against you, but you have to stand firm.

It will seem so hard. Trust me. But at the end you will feel so good that you stood firm and you kept the faith.

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Jesus will be proud of you. And when you get to heaven you’ll be able to hear him say “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

People will say “How can you still love God after all you’ve been through.” Well it’s because of what I’ve been through I still love God. He’s gotten me through the thick and thin times. And he is always with me and always will be.

Psalm 54:4 Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.

Psalm 27:3 Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident.

 

I hope you’ve made the choice to fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith. Amidst the hardships, difficulties, and struggles life throws at us. Keep proclaiming Jesus, no matter what. So at the end of this life or when Jesus calls us home you can truthfully say, I have fought the good fight, I finished the race, I’ve kept the faith.”

Stand firm.

Acts 20:23-24 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

 

1 Corinthians 9:24-25  Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

 

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Long time no see

Hey y’all. I’m sorry for not posting at all this summer. It’s just been a wild ride and I’ve been extremely busy.

School just started for me today. I’m officially a freshman and that’s going to be a rollercoaster ride in it’s self.

I promise a longer post is coming. I just wanted to give y’all an update.

Jesus loves you ❤

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My future

Hey y’all forgive me in not posting in over a month. I’m been really busy with my local theater, school, vacation, etc.

Anyways, I’m back

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And school’s out. So hopefully I’ll be able to post alot more.

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So I’m officially a highschool student. And personally it’s kind of scary. Because you have to start thinking about your future, college, a job, a car, etc. My mind gets filled with questions.  What if I don’t get enough schooling? What do I need to take to get into college? Will I go to college? What for? What job should I get? Will I get a car? What will I be? What will I become?

It’s like an emotional rollercoaster.

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I’ve always been a planner. I plan what I’ll do today, tomorrow, in ten years, twenty, etc. So when I really can’t plan my future life it’s nerve racking. I don’t know what I’ll do and I don’t know what I’ll become.

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But the amazing thing is I’m not in charge of my future. I’m not in charge of who I’ll become. I make decisions that can either help or hurt these things but in the end God controls my future. And it’s in way better hands that way.

We just need to trust Jesus with our future and our lives. He knows the plans he has for us. Plans that are good and will make us prosper. And they will give us hope and a future.

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And the thing is, my future isn’t unknown to God. He knows it all. Even though I know nothing of it.

 

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God is already there. He knows it and he has it in his hands. And I’m gonna let him take care of it.

And trust him to do what’s best for me. Because I know he will.

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A little reminder

Begin by whispering his name. As you bow to pray, as he begins to forgive your sins. Take your fears and your cares, nothing else compares to a heart that’s made new in you. Now he listening to you. You will find his promise true.

All who call on the name of Jesus. All who call will be saved. All who call on the name of Jesus, will find his love, and find his grace.

In all your troubles, fears, hopes, dreams, everyday, every night, every hour, call on Jesus. And he is there waiting, listening, and willing to help you. His promise is true.

Psalm 116:2 Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.

Romans 10:13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

1 Chronicles 16:8a Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name;

Job 27:10 “Will he take delight in the Almighty? Will he call on God at all times?

Well, will you?

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I’m not ashamed

I’ve had the opportunity to go see I’m not ashamed, the true story of Rachel Joy Scott, who died for her faith in Jesus in the Columbine shooting, on April 20, 1999. The movie brought tears to my eyes, it was so, so good.

I encourage you to go see this movie! And make sure to bring tissues.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes:

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Hurricane

Hey guys. Sorry for not posting in awhile. September slipped away from me, and now October is halfway through! Many of you might have heard about Hurricane Matthew. We are all good, but I have a story to share.

So the winds were blowing, and tons and tons of rain falling. And one of our pine trees decided to lean. So I told my mother about it and we started praying that it would stay up and not hit the house. Well the tree still leaned even more, but this time towards our neighbors house. So we prayed some more that it wouldn’t hit our neighbor’s house.

Well we had faith, especially momma, but the tree still came down. It didn’t damage anything, thank the Lord. Momma thought about it later and she asked her sister “I had faith.I knew God could hold it up. But why did it still fall?”

Romans 8:28 says that ‘All things work together for good. To them that love God to them who all the called according to his purpose.’

#1 The Lord used my mother to witness to our neighbors. She told them how she prayed that it wouldn’t hit there house, and it didn’t.

#2 God increased my faith during this. I am what people call a “worry-wart”. I don’t mean to be but it just happens. I freak out and worry to much. So, even though the tree still fell God increased my faith because I had doubts about God holding it up. It didn’t seem possible. But nothing is impossible with God. I need to trust him.

#3 He worked through my dad. Momma called my dad and told him about the tree falling. (He was at work) And she told him how she had faith that God could hold it, but he didn’t hold it up. But dad told her this:

He did hold it up. It didn’t come crashing down. It didn’t hit our house, or our neighbors. It didn’t break the fence.

What is really cool is if you look at the tree it’s leaning on a power line and on another tree. The tree that is holding it up has two branches that look like arms outreached, holding it up.

Even though we had a tree down God was still with us. Some were left homeless,flooded, trapped in their homes because roads collapsed all around. One collapsed near our house, we call it “the canyon”. But thank the Lord we have another road on which to travel. And all we had was a tree down. That’s a blessing.

God works in mighty ways. And I thank the Lord for that.

Romans 8:28 ALL THINGS work together FOR GOOD to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 

Like the tree

An old song goes “I saw a tree by the riverside one day as I walked along. Straight as an arrow in went pointing to sky growing tall and strong. How do you grow so tall and strong? I said to the riverside tree. This is the song that my tree friend sang to me. I got roots growing down to the water. I’ve got leaves growing up to the sunshine, and the fruit that I bear is a sign of life in me. I am shade from a hot summer sundown. I am nest for the birds of the heavens I am becoming what the Lord of trees has meant me to be. A strong young tree.”

Jeremiah 17:8 They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

We need to be like a tree. Never fearing when things come our way, no worries, and never failing to show fruit of the spirit.

Psalm 1:2-3 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither– whatever they do prospers.

Always prospering, standing tall, always delighting in the Lord, meditating on his law.

Psalm 92:12 The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

Psalm 106:5 That I may see the prosperity of Your chosen ones, That I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation, That I may glory with Your inheritance

Proverbs 11:28 He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf.

If we trust in the Lord we will flourish like a leaf. Stand tall and not be moved, like a tree. Never being afraid, no worries, and never failing to bear fruit.And also humble.

If you have seen a willow tree, notice in bends. It is a humble looking tree. Almost like it is willowtree2bowing down to it’s maker.

We also need to drink water like the trees. Only not physical water, but spiritual water. Jesus said to the woman at the well, “but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst again. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

If we follow Jesus he will give us the water he talks about. He will come into are hearts. And the water of life will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life with Jesus forever. And in heaven you won’t thirst at all. But in hell you will. In this life you will thirst for ways out of situations, thirst for love, hope, other things. But all you need is Jesus and you won’t thirst for again again. Jesus fills you. He is enough.

Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.

John 7:37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.

We also need to stand strong on the word of God. Ever heard of the song, “The wise man built his house upon the rock. The foolish man built his house upon the sand. The rains came down and the floods came up. But the house on the rock stood firm”

The rock is meaning to symbolize Jesus. “On Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand.”

Isaiah 26:4 Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.

Psalm 78:35 And they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer.

2 Samuel 32:22 “For who is God, besides the LORD? And who is a rock, besides our God?

Deuteronomy 32:31 “Indeed their rock is not like our Rock, Even our enemies themselves judge this

Deuteronomy 32: 4 The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.

Psalm 62:7 On God my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.

We need to be humble like the willow. Strong like the cedar. Green like the oak. Fruitful like the apple. Flourishing like the palm. Delighting in the Lord like all trees delight in sunlight, water, soil. Prospering like the healthy tree. Tall like a pine. Not thirsty like the tree by the stream. Have a strong foundation like the tree on strong ground.

When you think about it we need to take these attributes from the trees and apply them to our own lives.

We need to be humans after God’s own heart. And we can apply a few things from God’s creation to our lives too.

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No longer a slave

 

Please forgive me for not posting in a very long time. I’ve just been busy with summer activities. Camps, church, the beach, and the Olympics etc.

I entitled my post no longer a slave because there is a song with the exact same name. The song tells about how we are no longer slaves to fear. But a child of God.

With Jesus’ help; if we ask him, we can be no longer slaves to anything. Anxiety, stress, fear, worry, sin…. Whatever might be bothering you in this life.

Galations 4:7 says that, You are no longer slaves, but God’s child. And since you are his child you have become his heir.

And John 8:36 says that “So if the son has set you free than you SHALL be free indeed.

If you ask God to help you with whatever you might be struggling with he will help you. Like the verse says ‘than you shall be free indeed’

Free from whatever is bothering you, attacking you, holding you ‘hostage’. With his help we can no longer be slaves to anything in this life.

And since we are no longer slaves, we are God’s child.

And no one could ever pluck us from his hand.

Back from the mountains.

Hey guys! Sorry for not posting in a long while. My family went on a little trip to visit family and then we stopped by the mountains.

The mountains were beautiful! God’s amazing creation was so gorgeous. Birds, trees,mountains, flowers, ducks, water. We saw many gorgeous things.

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

The lake was just the right temp to swim in.

Not to hot. (it never really is 🙂 )

Or too cold.

Just right. It was very good. Just like God said after finishing all he had made.

Genesis 1:31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning–the sixth day.

While we were swimming we saw a little something in the water. And the ground, and in the creek behind our cabin. Seashells, and mussels.  In the mountains.

 

Now, don’t try to say someone dumped them on the mountain, or there used to be an ocean or something weird like that. Just face the facts. There WAS a global flood. Like the one mentioned in Genesis.

Genesis 7: 14-19 They and every beast after its kind, all cattle after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort. 15 And they went into the ark to Noah, two by two, of all flesh in which is the breath of life. 16 So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in.

17 Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. 18 The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered.

 

People are still finding seashells in rock, and canyons today!

But either if God made the mountains before the flood, or if the flood made the mountains they are still so gorgeous that we know that there MUST be a creator. And he is God.

Even though God had to flood the whole Earth, for that is how wicked people were, he still made something beautiful come out of it. Valleys, mountains, etc. Every time God must judge someone or something, something beautiful always comes out of it.

Thank the Lord.

 

Sweeter than Sweet Tea

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So, I really love sweet tea. And the kind that I make is pretty sweet. 🙂

I am sitting here drinking sweet tea as I type this post to y’all.

Did you know that Jesus is sweet? Did you know that his word’s are sweet to our soul?

The bible says in Psalm 119:103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

And honey is pretty sweet.

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Notice the bible didn’t say sour like lemons. Because God’s word, the bible. Which are Jesus’ words, are sweet to our bodies.Like a spiritual food.

So for #1, we know that God’s word, Jesus’ words are sweet to our bodies.

#2 In Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

So, now we know that pleasant words, words that have the fruits of the spirit. Love, joy,peace,patience,kindness,goodness,faithfulness,gentleness,and self control. Are sweet to our soul, and healing, nourishment to our bones.

We must try to say uplifting,kind, and sweet words. Although it might be hard sometimes.

#3 Psalm 55:14 We who had sweet fellowship together Walked in the house of God in the throng.

We need a sweet fellowship. With God, with siblings, with husbands or wives, with anyone.

God wants us to have a sweet relationship with him. And others.

1 John 1:3 What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ

#4 And if you haven’t been saved, you need to trust in Jesus. Like the song says “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus”

Say sweet words, read Jesus’ sweet words,  have a sweet fellowship with God and man, and if you haven’t been saved, trust in the sweet name of Jesus.These things have spiritual sweetness. And they are SO much sweeter than sweet tea. 

2 Corinthians 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour (perfume) of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish

 

There’s within my heart a melody
Jesus whispers sweet and low:
Fear not, I am with thee, peace, be still,
in all of life’s ebb and flow.

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
sweetest name I know,
fills my every longing,
keeps me singing as I go.

 

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
and to take him at his word;
just to rest upon his promise,
and to know, “Thus saith the Lord.”

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him!
How I’ve proved him o’er and o’er!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust him more!

 

1 Corinthians 13:11  Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.