Happy Tuesday, fam! Today we have a guest post from a friend of mine, Makyna. She has a gift of writing and loving on people and I know you will be blessed by this! Love you all <3
Hey, there! My name is Makyna! I am the owner of the Instagram @simplylovingjesus and the blog www.makynaelise.com. Emma asked me to share something that was on my heart with you and I don’t know any better to share my heart then to share my journey of battling chronic pain. Enjoy!
At the age of 10, when you ask God to use you in big ways, you think that He will send you to a small village in Africa or ask you to lead someone in your school to Christ. But God's plans for me to be used was unlike those of a village in Africa or leading someone to Christ on the playground! He knew that the things I was about to encounter wouldn't be the same as if He sent me to Africa. Nope, instead at the age of nine I began what would be a LONG journey of not actually being truly diagnosed with a disease but rather being labeled under a broad umbrella of having a Connective Tissue Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Hello everyone! Today I have for you an amazing post from a good friend and my old small group leader. What she has to say is so crucial, and so important in life: you are unique; don't blend in!! I pray you would take her words to heart- but even more importantly, that you would take GOD's word to heart. Love you all!
Do you know how amazing you are? Seriously, I'll say it again. Do you know how AMAZING you are? Don't just take that for granted. You possess talents and abilities that no one else has! You are uniquely made!! There is no one in the world like you. You are destined for greatness! You have so much potential. Don't be discouraged when you see other peoples lives on social media. Social media only portrays the best parts of our lives. Everything is filtered and catered to show the best parts of life.
Hello, family! Today we have a really powerful testimony from my amazing, loving small group leader, Sindi. Some of you out there may be struggling with something similar to what she went through, and just remember that you are not alone. There are other people who have gone through what you are going through, and there is a way out: through Jesus. Not through death- remember, after death comes judgement. But through Jesus there is life- eternal life, and life to the fullest! I pray He would speak to you through this, and I'm praying for you!
Before I begin, I want everyone to know that I have never shared my whole testimony, but God's plan is better than mine, so I will just be obedient.
To understand how I got to this very moment, I think it is important to explore my childhood. I was very fortunate to have grown up with five sisters and our mother. YES!!!! Six girls … I know poor DAD, but don’t feel too bad. My father walked out on us countless times until my mother had enough and asked him not to come around. This was the best decision my mother could have made because my father was an alcoholic. Not having a male figure in my life was difficult and shaped me into the person I am today.
Today we have a compelling testimony from a good friend and amazing brother in Christ, Ty. For those of you struggling with depression: you may feel alone, but you are NOT alone. There is one who wants to pick you up, comfort you, and show you how to live a life full of joy and love. There is more than what is right in front of you. God loves you as you are. I pray that the Holy Spirit would speak life into your life right now, and that you would feel His presence as you read this and throughout the rest of your life. Love you all <3
Before I start I’d like to thank With All of my heart for this opportunity, my family for staying by me, and, most importantly, Jesus Christ.
When I was younger I would often try to see if my friends were Christian. So I’d ask them, “Are you Christian?” They’d usually respond “yes” then I would often reply, “Oh, so what church do you go to?” Yet the response that I would always seem to get is, “Oh, I don’t go to church.” It wasn’t until this summer when I realized how important church really is for our walk with God.
To show this I’m going to take you throughout the toughest period of my life, and show you how the body of Christ helped save my life from my own hands.
Welcome to Watch Them Fall: Day 1! Today we have an encouraging message from a good friend of mine. What she says is so true, in that we need to trust Him through it all, and I think she really hit on some strong points! I'm praying for you all as you read this, and I hope our faithful God will speak to you through her words. And don't be afraid to comment and let us know what you thought or how God used this to teach you something. Love you all, but remember that God loves you more.
I grew up in a Christian family with really strong foundations. Not only were my parents pastors of the church, they were our teachers. The persons that guided us through our daily life with the word of God. They have been very optimistic and encouraging my whole entire life but… sometimes it’s hard for us to be like that.
It's the last day of Guest Post Week! I have been so blessed through this series and I hope you have been, too. For our last and final guest post, we have a touching story and lesson from my older sister, Kaitlyn. Being content is so key in having joy, and being content and having joy in Jesus is the best! Enjoy this post and thank you all for reading! I'll be posting soon this week, so stay tuned! I love you all!
One lesson that can be hard to learn is contentedness. There’s a story I’d like to tell of a girl I know named Izzie. Over the last few years, she’s felt really stuck. When she was twelve, her best friend moved across the country, her family left their homeschool group of six years, and about half of her church left to plant a new church.
"I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart;
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"I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all of my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds."