Courage for the Unknown Season is a book about having hope for difficult times. It is a very encouraging book. If you're in a dark and seemingly hopeless situation, I highly suggest grabbing a copy of this book by Jan Silvious.
I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my honest review.
Hey everyone! Boy have I missed writing. I apologize that I haven't written in awhile, I have been super busy and just haven't had the time to sit down and write. But I'm back now! We'll be jumping back into our 2 posts a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. I'm posting today instead of Friday just because I felt like writing today. If you're subscribed to my email list, you'll notice that I now have that up and running.
Have you ever felt like God loves everyone else more than He loves you? I definitely have. Maybe it's because you've been praying for something and He's not answering your prayers with the answer that you want, or maybe He keeps allowing bad things to happened to you. No matter the reason, that's a horrible feeling. But I'm here to tell you that God doesn't play favorites. Jesus came to earth to die for you. If you were the only person on this earth, He still would've died. He died for every single person has ever existed and ever will exist. Not just for your pastor or youth pastor, or for that one super spiritual person in your youth group. God has something amazing for you, you just haven't gotten to that place in your life yet. Speaking from experience, I can tell you that it is really hard to look around and see all your friends receiving miracles such as supernatural healing or the gift of speaking in tongues. Ever since I was 9 years old, I had prayed for the gift of tongues. I was so upset at God because I thought that He didn't love me as much as He loved my friends because they all could already speak in tongues. But God doesn't necessarily give out gifts when we want to receive them, He gives them out when He knows the time is right. When you're close enough to Him. When you're at the right place in your walk with Him. I didn't speak in tongues for the first time until I was 13 years old and praying with one of my friends for her family. Another example, I've had really bad knee pain for years. My knee will randomly dislocate and I'll have to pop in back in place. It constantly hurts, whether I'm sitting, standing, playing sports, or laying on the couch. At first it was just one knee, but now it's the other one too. And recently, my hip/thigh has been bothering me a lot. I've gotten prayer for it I don't know how many times and God hasn't healed me yet. But last week, a friend of mine came to church with a brace on her knee and a wheelchair, but left being able to run and jump. And I was super happy for my friend, but I was also jealous and upset at God. Why was she healed but I still have to be in constant pain? I had to stop and remind myself that everything happens in God's perfect timing. That's something that you should remember too. I know it's difficult to see God working all around you, but it seems like He's not doing anything to help you. But just put your trust in Him and let Him work in His own perfect timing.
This book is a great resource for Christian mothers. I gave it to my mom for Christmas and she really enjoyed it. It gives tips on loving your children and how to raise a Godly family.
I recieved this book from Blogging for Books in return for my honest review.
I really loved the book. Every day, there are scriptures about peace and place where you can draw, paint, tape pictures, or anything else relating to art that remind you of peace. I gave the book as a gift to my sister and she absolutely loved it. Great book!
I absolutely love this book! It's written to help teens find their true identity in Christ. By reading this book, I have achieved that. Throughout the book, Majors explains what things help to shape your identity. The people you spend time around: your parents, siblings, friends, boyfriend/girlfriend, mentors, etc.; your faith and what you believe and why you believe it, and many other things. Overall, great book!
I received this book from Bethany Publishers House in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.
Another book review!
Whisper by Mark Batterson is a book on how to hear God's voice. In a world where everything is screaming for our attention, it can be difficult to hear God's voice in the midst of it all. As Batterson states in the book, most of the time, God's voice is just a whisper. Batterson goes over the six love languages of God so that we can learn how to better discern His voice. The book was very inspirational for me. It showed me that even in this crazy and loud world, we can still hear God's whisper if we listen hard enough. I loved the book and would recommend it to anyone who wishes to hear God's voice better. I received this book from Blogging For Books.
Hey guys! As you may remember, I did a book review on here not too long ago. I received another book from Tyndale Blog Network and am posting the review on here.
Stones of Remembrance by Daniel G. Amen is a book full of encouraging scriptures. Amen has taken may scriptures from the Bible and put them in different categories that can help us in our daily lives. If you're feeling lonely, flip to the chapter on loneliness. Feeling joyful? Turn to the list of scriptures on joy. The is the perfect book for when you don't know where to find a scripture in the Bible, but you know the category it would fall into. I would recommend this book to people of any and all ages!
Hey everyone, after this post, I'm going to be taking a break for a little while. I'm just super busy right now and don't really have a lot of extra time in my day. Thanks for reading!
If you don’t have a boyfriend, am I right to assume that you wish you had one? It’s hard looking around me and seeing all the other girls my age with their boyfriends. I sometimes wish that I had a boyfriend. But at the same time, I don’t want a boyfriend. Because I don’t want to just get a boyfriend just because everyone else has one. I want to wait for the guy that God has for me. The point of dating isn’t to make sure you’re not sitting at home doing nothing every weekend. It’s not so you can go tell all your friends that your crush finally asked you out. The point of dating is to find the person you’re going to marry. If you currently have a boyfriend, I want you to ask yourself the following question: “would I want to spend the rest of my life with this guy?” If the answer is no, then why are you in a relationship with him? Just for fun? Just so you’ll have something to talk about with your friends when y’all hang out? Are those really valid reasons for wanting a boyfriend? I don’t think so. I read a lot of blogs and books directed to single girls, and one thing they all have in common is that they all state something along these lines, “Take a minute to truly look at yourself and ask yourself ‘am I ready for marriage right now?’ If the answer is no, then don’t date.” However, I can’t agree with that. I, at 14, am not ready to be married right at this exact second. But does that mean I’m not ready to date? Not necessarily. In my opinion, no one knows if they’re truly ready for marriage until they’re married. After all, there’s not a one-size-fits-all mold for what a “marriage ready” person is supposed to look like. While someone may be ready for marriage at age 19, another person might not be ready until they’re 35. It all depends on your spiritual and mental maturity level. There’s also not a “correct age” for dating. Once again, it depends on your spiritual and mental maturity level. If there’s someone you’re considering dating, or if you’re wondering if you’re ready to date, think about these three things.
1. Is Your Relationship With God Where It Should Be?
If it’s not, then that’s a sure sign that you’re not ready to date. Work on your relationship with God before you try to start or continue your relationship with a guy.
2. Ask God For Advice
There’s no one wiser than God. If you’re not sure whether or not you’re ready, ask your Heavenly Father. Then really listen to His answer. Don’t block out His voice just because you’re afraid that He’ll say no. Trust me, you’d rather be out of a relationship but in His will, than in a relationship but out of His will.
3. Talk To Your Parents
Ask your parents if they think you’re ready. You may think that if they say no they’re just trying to ruin your life, but it’s not true. They just want the best for you. If they say that you’re not ready to have a boyfriend, respect them and their decision, and listen to their reason.
Keep in mind that just because you have a good relationship with God and your parents think you’re ready for a relationship, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you are ready. And if you have the green light on all three things we just talked about, ask God if the guy you’re wanting to date is the right one for you. Remember, the purpose of dating is to find your lifelong marriage partner. Keep these three things in mind when you’re wondering if you’re ready for a boyfriend.
On Tuesday we talked about how when we get left out, it can sometimes leave us feeling worthless. Today I'm going to give you three things to remember when you're feeling worthless.
There are many different things that can cause us to feel worthless. People making fun of us, not making a sports team or cheerleading squad or getting a bad grade on a test, or maybe you’ve actually had people tell you that you’re worthless. But whatever your reason for feeling the way you do, you do have worth. When people tell you otherwise, or say things that make you think otherwise, that is Satan using those people to attack you. I’m sure just about everyone reading this has felt worthless some time in their life. But there are some people who feel it more than others, and that’s because Satan knows your weak spot and he’s using it to his advantage. When you’re feeling worthless, here are a few things to remember.
1. Your Worth Comes From God Alone
No person could ever take away the worth that God has given you. No matter what you accomplish or don’t accomplish in life, it doesn’t give you or take away your worth.
2. Your Appearance Doesn’t Define Your Worth
I know some girls that think that if they’re not beautiful in the eyes of their peers, then they’re not worth anything. They think that if they don’t have perfect skin, hair, eyes, teeth, and weight, then they’re worthless. But that’s just not true. As I said above, your worth comes from God alone.
3. You Have A PurposeTo Fulfill
Each and every person on earth has a specific plan for their life. [“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11] That scripture is a promise from God to us that we do have a purpose on this earth. And even if you think you’re not worthy enough to fulfill that purpose, God says that you are worthy enough or else that scripture wouldn’t be in the Bible.
People will try to tell you that you’re worthless. Satan will try his absolute hardest to get you to believe it because he knows that if you believe it, you won’t believe that you can fulfill your Kingdom purpose. Do not let him deceive you. The Bible says that when Satan spouts off lies, he is speaking his native language because all he knows are lies. There is not one ounce of truth in Satan. He is the father of lies and he will do everything in his power to get you to believe his lies. But God’s power is so much stronger than Satan’s. And God has also given us the ability to say no to believing Satan’s lies and to hold on to God’s truth. Don’t allow Satan to deceive you. Trust in God when He says that you do have a purpose, and don’t let others define your worth. Your worth comes from God alone, and nothing and no one could ever take it away.
Have you ever felt left out? I know I have. It's hard when everyone around you is engaging in conversation or activities and you're just there, being ignored. I know the struggle. Some of the thoughts that have flown through my head while being left out are, "They're not talking to me because I'm worthless. I'm not worth their time and energy so they talk to everyone else except me." If you've ever thought that, let me tell you right now that it's not true. Maybe people don't include you because you don't include yourself. I finally realized that the reason people don't talk to me isn't because I'm worthless or boring, it's because I don't engage myself in the conversation. While they talked, I just kinda stood there off to the side having my own little pity party because they were "ignoring me", when all I had to do was go stand beside them and start talking with them. As soon as I realized that, when my friends were having group conversations, I'd go over and make myself a part of the conversation. When I started doing that, guess what? They started talking to me and including me in the conversation! It turns out that my friends aren't jerks who don't want to spend time talking with me. It was all my fault that they didn't talk to me. But just because it worked out that way for me doesn't necessarily mean that it will work out that way for you. You might be asking, "Well what if I do go up and include myself, but they still ignore me?" I can't give you a reason for why they don't talk to you because I don't know them or you. But I can tell you that it's not because you're worthless. No matter how many people include or don't include you, you still have worth. Your worth is not found in things or people. Your worth is found in Jesus alone. He's the One who gave you your worth, and no one can take it away from you. No matter what people tell you, you aren't worthless. On Friday, I'll talk with you more about your worth and feeling worthless. If you're not being included, try to include and see if it changes anything.
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