Sunday, March 17, 2019

The True Story Of St. Patrick

Before I get started, I wanted to let you all know that these facts are from https://www.christianitytoday.com/history/2008/august/real-st-patrick.html, and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick.

When you think of St. Patrick's day, you probably think of leprechauns, clovers, money, luck, and of course, green. But, like many holidays, people have turned St. Patrick's day into something it's not.

Surprisingly, St. Patrick was a Christian! (But he didn't become a Christian until a while later.) And he actually was not Irish. Nobody knows for sure where his birthplace was, but they believe it was somewhere in Roman Britain.

When Patrick was 16 years old, he was captured and taken as a slave in pagan Ireland. He was far from home, and as a teenager, he would ignore the religious teachings he was brought up in. But during his time as a slave, those teachings are what he clung onto the most. I'm sure he was looking for some kind of hope to get him through this time. He was forced to tend sheep, and was held captive for 6 years. But that time as a slave only strengthened his relationship with God, and he eventually became a Christian. Later he was able to return back home.

Even though he was held captive as a slave in Ireland, he knew he needed to go back to those Irish people, which I'm sure was extremely difficult, because of all those horrible past memories. If I was him, all that would be going through my mind would be the awful people that wanted to take advantage of me. But he went back, because he needed to tell those people about the God who changed his life. During this time back in Ireland, he baptized thousands of people, and ordained priests in the new Christian communities. He did a lot of amazing things for the Christian Irish community! Patrick wrote about the Irish,

"Never before did they know of God except to serve idols and unclean things. But now, they have become the people of the Lord, and are called children of God. The sons and daughters of the leaders of the Irish are seen to be monks and virgins of Christ!"

It's so crazy to think that the Irish people never even knew about God. All they knew was to serve idols! It's incredible that Patrick was able to win so many people to Christ, in a country where they knew nothing about Christ. A country he was enslaved in!

Some of you probably know about the Trinity, but some of you might not. We hear in the Bible of God being referenced in 3 different parts. Father (God, in heaven), Son (Jesus, seated at His Father, God's, right hand in heaven, but once walked the earth, and died and was raised again for our sins), and Holy Spirit (often referred to as Holy Ghost, God's spirit that dwells inside of us once we become a new creation in Christ, that convicts us and guides us). Patrick described the Trinity using a Shamrock (three-leaf-clover). I'm pretty sure that's why we always connect clovers and St. Patrick's Day together. Pretty awesome!

St. Patrick's Day is always on March 17th, because that's when they think Patrick's death took place.


What if that happened to you? What if you were taken captive for so many years, and eventually went back home? Would you have the same faith that Patrick did, and go back to tell those people about the God who saved you? Let's step into this week with faith instead of fear. Let's go out and boldly proclaim our faith, without fear of the past. I know it will be hard. But the end result will be so worth it! St. Patrick is such a great example of being a proclaimer of the Gospel, even when all the odds are stacked against us. He's an example of someone doing the impossible.

Who in your life does this story remind you of? Maybe ask them for some advice in moving forward in faith instead of fear.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Here's todays Bible verse!

Luke 6:31

Do to others as you would like them to do to you.

You probably remember that as the golden rule, but it's actually a verse in the Bible! We actually get a lot of our expressions from the Bible, which is pretty cool!

God made you. Uniquely. Beautifully. Intentionally. Purposefully. Wonderfully.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Easter Sunday Blog Post

Good morning! Today, I am going to be doing an Easter blog post, so that's why I'm having my blog words in spring colors! I know, this might be crazy that I'm posting an Easter blog post while it's MORE than a month away. But, I think it would go perfect in the month of March. 
But I do have something important to say!
I am going to be gone on March 19th-23rd or 24th. This is because I'm going on vacation! So, Gracie will be filling in for me on the 22nd. I'll be back! Just, you might not catch me on Animal Jam. If you want to ask me a question, you can just comment on this blog post, or you could comment on the post that Gracie is going to do for me on the 22nd. Thanks Gracie! 😊
LET'S GET ONTO IT!
A lot of people think that Easter is about the Easter bunny.
That is not true.
Not even close.
Easter is about God.
Some people think that Easter is bad as well.
Some people make it to be bad.
But it's actually a day to make God be first, to be honest.
Some people might think, "Well why does God have to be the highest, if he doesn't bless me?"
He does bless you, you just don't catch it.
I love the song: Count Your Blessings
It really shows that God gives us blessings, while we don't even know it.
Didn't he give you life?
Didn't he give you the chance to be in Heaven when you die?
Didn't he help you through struggles?
Didn't he give you a house to live in? (I understand not everybody has a house but if you have a computer you probably have a house or at least shelter.)
Didn't he give you friends? Or at least 1 friend?
He might've gave you a family to live in?
All of these things are true. 
So why do we complain?! It's our nature.
We always complain, no matter what.
We should try working on that.
You know how people do New Years Revolution? 
Half of the people don't even keep them. (Don't worry, I didn't keep them either.)
Maybe we should try to do that on Easter.
We should put him the highest.
A lot of people live their life wicked, not even thinking about the future ahead of them.
What will they get at the Judgement Seat of Christ?
Wood, Hay, and stubble?
or Gold, Silver, and Precious stones?
And even a crown?!?!
Which would you rather choose?
I know I'd rather choose the second option...
but our flesh HATES working for God.
We should try to work on this.
Maybe we should try doing this on Easter, if we didn't keep our New Years Revolution. 
As I said, our flesh will hate if we do this.
But the spirit will LOVE it.
God will walk by our sides when we work for him. 
And no, God won't make you live your life for him!
But he will be happy with you if you do.
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Easter is the 21st of April.
Should we try to work for him? 
I think we should.
If you don't believe in Jesus Christ, and would like to, It's as easy as the ABC's...
First:
A: Admit you are a sinner.
B: Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
C: Confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord. 
And that's all! But try to keep the fellowship with him. 😊
Well that's it today, folks!
Bye!!!!
John 11:25-26 (KJV)
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
Bye guys!

   

Thursday, March 14, 2019

My Top 5's!

Hi! I hope you're having a great week! Do you have any plans for the weekend?!

Today I'm going to be posting about my top 5 favorite Christian songs, and Bible verses! My absolute favorites will be ranked first, and my lesser favorites (that sounds really weird) will be closer to the bottom.

I was originally going to post a devotional-style post, but I'm still praying on what exactly I'm going to write it about. So today I'm going to do a more simple post. :)

Let's get started!

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Top 5 favorite songs

Gosh, this question is hard. As a lot of Christian artists say, "Choosing a favorite song is like choosing my favorite child." Heh. So this is going to be a little hard! My favorite songs change almost daily... 

1. Magnify by We Are Messengers


Magnify will always be an all time favorite! My favorite line is, "God be greater than the worries in my life." You probably all know this, but I struggle with worry and anxiety a lot. I need that to be my prayer all day, everyday. God be greater than the worries in my life. Because in my head I know God is bigger and greater than whatever is going on in my life, but I need my heart to constantly be reminded of that. I need to remember that no fear is bigger than God.

2. Up Again by Dan Bremnes


I seriously love all of Dan Bremnes' songs, so choosing a favorite was hard! But Up Again is just such a good song. My sister was in the hospital on and off for about two months, and it was such a difficult time. Even after she was well, and moved away, I was having a really hard time just letting go of that time, and letting the past be the past, and stepping into the future. This song has been a really great encouragement since then. Sometimes you lose, sometimes you win. You gotta get up, up again. I can move forward. I can get up again.

3. I Don't Have To Worry by David Dunn


Again, this song has to do with fear. During Christmas time, I was having a lot of anxiety, because we had a lot of stuff going on. Family in town, serving the homeless, our annual church Christmas party, and all the stuff that Christmas brings. During that time, I had this song on repeat just about 24/7! When I felt my anxiety creeping up, I would turn this song on. It's so encouraging to know that I don't have to worry, because God uses every situation for good, and He will get us through it.

4. You Know Me Better by Stars Go Dim


When my dad became the pastor of our church, it was hard to say the least. Nobody would say a word to me. I was laughed at a lot in youth group. It was just really difficult. This song brought a lot of hope. God knows me better than anyone else ever could, and I am seen and loved by Him. I might not be seen a whole lot by people here on this earth, but I am seen and fully known by the King of Kings. And that's better than anything else. Church has become a lot easier since then. There were times on the ride home from church where I would just cry, because I felt like nobody at church cared. But now I know that people's approval does not matter at all. Only God's approval matters, and He sees me the way nobody else does. Now, most weeks people do talk to me, and I'm no longer laughed at in youth group. Things do change, but it takes a lot of patience and hope.

5. Love Anyway by Tenth Avenue North

(It's the Tenth Avenue North monkey! I was tempted to buy a t-shirt with this monkey on it XD)

This world is so full of hate, but rarely filled with love. But we need to be the people who will love, despite what the world chooses to do. We need to love those who everyone else would think of as unlovable. No matter what people have done to us, we can still love them. It might not be easy at first, but we can do it. We can love them with the same love God has shown us!

Top 5 favorite Bible verses

Originally I was gonna also do a section with my favorite Christian books, but then I realized I probably haven't even completely read 5 non-fiction Christian books all the way through, soooo... I'm trying to expand my "book-vocabulary", so maybe I'll do my top 5 favorite Christian books in a few months. XD But for now, here's my favorite Bible verses!

1. Psalm 23 (NIV)

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
forever.

I know this is technically 6 verses and not 1, but I love this Psalm so much. Different parts have encouraged me through different times, and the whole thing is so beautiful. Just that picture of God caring for us, and leading us, and guiding us. It's a picture of His incredible goodness and love, and that He will never leave us. I read this Psalm, along with the next verse every morning as soon as I wake up. I love having scripture be the first thing I wake up to!

2. Isaiah 41:10 (NASB)

'Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'

Just think of that. The God of the whole universe is telling us not to fear, because He's with us, and will strengthen us. I really don't have much else to say, this verse speaks for itself!

3. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I actually have the first verse on a ring that I wear everyday! I once read an article from a lady who was talking about how you can't just "pray anxiety away." Basically saying that we probably shouldn't ask God to take away our anxieties. This made me pretty angry, and I was wondering how anybody could ever write such a thing. It made me think of this verse, that we shouldn't be anxious about anything, but in every situation, present our prayers and petitions and requests to God. This verse is a reminder that God does care about every aspect of our lives, and we can talk to Him about every fear. You can go to Him! You're not going to be bugging Him. In fact, He loves to hear from us!

4. Matthew 19:26 (NIV)

Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

Sometimes I think my ideas and dreams are too big. But I love this verse, because it's a reminder that absolutely nothing is impossible with God! I started liking this verse a lot, and saw it popping up in different places, I believe at the beginning of this year.

5. Isaiah 26:8 (NIV)

Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws,
we wait for you;
your name and renown
are the desire of our hearts.

I could go into a big long conversation about why I like this verse, but let's keep it short and sweet, sound good?? XDD
For one thing, it's a reminder for us to always walk in God's ways. His name and his renown should always be our main focus, and desire. When we walk in His ways, we can have the patience to wait for His return, and in the meantime, tell everyone we possibly can about His great mercy, and salvation.

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What would your "top 5's" be? What was your favorite song and verse off of my list? Let me know! I'd love to see your answers! I'll try to respond to your comments within the next few days!

God made you. Uniquely. Beautifully. Intentionally. Purposefully. Wonderfully.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Power of a Second Chance

Hello, guys! I am actually writing this post a little early! You know thoes New Year plans I said I wanted to do, yeah, I stuck with them for about 3 weeks. Anyway, I came up with this when talking to a friend, so we shall get right into it.

In the Bible we see many examples of people getting second chances. For example, the Isralites. When they were in the desert, God wanted to kill them all and start over with Moses. (Exodus 32 and Deuteronomy 9:7-29) However, Moses said to God,

"...LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?

Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.

Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever." - Exodus 32:11b-13

(I said 11b, because I did not quote the first part of the verse, hence the '...' in the beginning).

God changed is mind in verse 14 which says, "And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people."

You see in this story, God gave these people a second chance. He decided not to kill them all and start over with Moses, yes, they still ended up dying in the wilderness, but their children got the opportunity to go into the promise land.

Our family or friends also deserve second chances. We are all humans; we all make mistakes. It's that simple. I know it can be hard to forgive, but really, it's important to give them a second chance. I am sure you've hurt many people before, who you may not have known that you hurt. Why? They gave you a second chance. They decided to move forward...because they've also been given a second chance. 

In Matthew 18:21-22 says, "Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven."


Lastly, YOU'VE been given a second chance. As humans, we're born in a sin-cursed world, with a sin nature. We're born after Adam, who sinned. However, there is great news, though we were bound for hell, Jesus Christ made the ultimate sacrifice for sin. We no longer have to go to hell, but you have to make the choice to be given that second chance at life. You see, when you choose to accept Christ as your Savior, we call that being "born again",  we get this from John 3, verse 7 which says. "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."

No matter where you are, who you are, and what you've done, you can be given another chance. The great thing is, is that God gives more than a second chance.

I would like to say this, if you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior yet and would like to do so.

1) You must ADMIT that you're a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned , and come short of the glory of God;" We are all sinners and are in need of a Savior. We are in a sin sick state. Jesus Christ is the Doctor, the Physician, that can connect us back to God, wiping away our sins, like they were not even there.

2) You must BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ. In 1 Corinthians 15:3b and 4 it says; "..how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" This is what you have to believe Jesus Christ did, for YOU, so that your sins could be forgiven, getting that second chance.

3) You must CONFESS Christ as your personal Savior. Romans 10:9 through verse 13 tell us this; "

9) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

11) For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

12) For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

13) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

We confess with our mouth by praying. If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and would like to. Just ask Him to save you the best way you know how, maybe something like this.

"Dear Lord Jesus,
I know that I am a sinner. I know that I am on my way to hell, but I'm putting my trust in you. I believe that you died for my sins, was buried, and rose again the third day. I am asking you to save me and become my Savior today.
In Jesus name, I pray, Amen"

I hope that you have already accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, but if you haven't you can today! Don't wait, please. You never know when your last day may be. 



Today's Encouraging Quote: 

The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the word of God through music.  - Martin Luther 


Today's Bible Verse: 

It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. - Lamentations 3:22 and 23 (KJV) 


Remember, the best friend you have is Jesus Christ.


Sunday, March 10, 2019

Bible Verses About Fear

Helloooo everyone! I hope you're having a great weekend so far!

Today I'm going to be super busy, so I decided instead of one of my devotional-style posts, that I would just post some Bible verses.

I wanted to post Bible verses about fear. Housemom322 did an excellent post about this very thing, fear. (You can click here to read it!) I almost didn't write this post, because I was having a lot of anxiety, and wasn't sure if I wanted to focus on blogging or not. Fear is such a crippling thing, and so many times it feels impossible to get rid of. Most of the time I'm nervous about a particular thing, but other times it's just for no reason at all.

Fear can have so many negative "side-effects". It sometimes will give me a headache, makes me feel nauseous, or tired. I can get so worked up about something that isn't even a reality.

During those times, it can be hard to remember to just simply look up. To look up, and focus on God. The only One who is bigger than every fear. Normally when I feel overwhelmed, I can forget to look to God. I always want to dwell on the fear, instead of dwelling on God.

I don't know where you turn when you have fear. Maybe you go on blogs, and if you do, I encourage you to just take a few minutes to read these verses. There's power in God's Word. Remember to look to Him above all else.

(All Bible verses are from the NIV translation)

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1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

Isaiah 41:10

So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Joshua 1:9

 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Luke 12:22

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.
Matthew 6:25-34
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendorwas dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Psalm 34:4

I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
    he delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 23:1-6

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

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I hope these Bible verses are encouraging! Sorry that the font went all wacky, if I copy and paste text from another site, it changes the font... Hm.

If you want to read more Bible verses about fear, click here!

I hope you have a great week! :)