Why should we know our Bible well? Why do we go to places like AWANA where we learn endless verses in the Bible? What's the point of all this?
Ever asked yourself questions like that? Well, you aren't alone! But seriously, why?
Psalm 119:11 says, "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."
Merry Christmas everyone!! I hope you are all having a blessed time with your family and friends and remembering to keep Christ at the center. It’s CHRISTmas, after all!
I don’t know if it’s just me, but the last couple weeks didn’t really feel that Christmas-y as the years before. It didn’t seem like the holiday season I normally love and hope for. I’m always excited for that feeling I get when listening to Christmas music, setting up decorations, and of course, Christmas morning.
It's day three already! I hope you have been blessed through this so far. And today we have a really good post from a good friend that I think we all need to be reminded about, every day. It's something we often forget, but need to remember. I hope you're blessed by this! Love y'all :)
Have you ever wondered why you had to get sick on that day or your parents said “no” to that party?
Welcome to the second day of Guest Post Week!! Today we have a beautiful message from my friend Kelly Kate. I'm sure all of you can relate to something like this and I hope you'll be blessed through it. Love you all and I'm praying for each and every one of you who are going to be reading this that the Holy Spirit will speak to you. And don't be afraid to comment :) Enjoy!
So these past two months I played volleyball. It was my second year playing and I was really excited when the season started. Last season was amazing and the friendships I built were amazing too. Here we were, the first week of volleyball and it was tryouts. I remember standing with my friends and teammates on the Varsity court waiting to hear who had made the Varsity team and who would be on the Junior Varsity team. The coach was naming off the people moving down to the JV court. I recall standing there as all my friends were called down and me standing there waiting to hear my name, praying I wasn’t on that list and when the coach finished reading the list of JV players, I looked around and I was standing by myself. Alone. I was excited and scared at the same time. Sure I knew the girls already on the Varsity team, but I wasn’t friends with them.
Why do we have friends? Why didn’t God create us to be loners, individuals with no one to turn to?
Here’s what the Bible says about it:
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up."
God didn’t want us to be alone. Besides our family, He created friends that we could fellowship with, encourage, and create memories with. He made the church so we could have fellow believers to worship with and learn from, and, technically, our Christian friends are our brothers and sisters in Christ!
Then during my devotion one day, I read about inner beauty, and how it was better than being pretty. I was like, “Wow, that’s what I want!” Now every morning I would challenge myself to be a servant heart, to not complain and to love everyone. Everyone. That meant even the people who’d ignored me, made fun of me, yelled at me, hated me. I don’t think I have any human enemies now!
While reading the Bible to quench my thirst for inner beauty, I was able to grow closer to God and to realize the truth about myself. It didn’t matter what other people thought of me. It didn’t matter if they told me I was ugly and weird and crazy. It didn’t matter if I had no friends. It didn’t matter if I was ignored. It didn’t matter if no one liked the way I was. It didn’t matter if I was always left out.
"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."