Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Why We Celebrate Christmas

This a post I wrote for my friend +Matthew Clayton and his blog series, The Christmas Series, on his blog Loving Christ With Your Mind. He asked me if I would like to contribute; I said yes, and I got stuck with the posts for Christmas Day and New Year's (yay. :P). So, here's my post for Christmas day, titled "Why We Celebrate Christmas." God bless, and happy holidays!

. . .

Here in America, Christmas is an annual thing. Stores set up their Christmas layouts; people buy Christmas trees. Some even decorate their houses or yards—illuminating them with bright lights throughout the night.
But what if I told you that not everyone celebrates Christmas? This might be hard to imagine—especially if you’ve grown up in America—but Christmas isn’t an international celebration. Some Americans don’t even celebrate.
               
For example, if you visited India, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, or Israel, you’ll most likely find that in these countries Christmas isn’t very widespread. Why not? Well, Christmas is supposed to celebrate the birth of Jesus and His arrival into our world. Most Indians are Hindu, and simply have no reason to celebrate Christmas. Saudi Arabia and Turkey are Muslim countries, and Israel is largely a Jewish nation. So it would make sense that most people in these countries wouldn’t celebrate Christmas.
Even here in America, not everyone celebrates. Most Muslims, Hasidic Jews, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Sikhs don’t celebrate Christmas, as they see no reason for it or it conflicts with their faith. People of these religious groups are in the minority when compared to the large number of professed Christians in America, but it does show that Christmas isn’t a total nationwide celebration—like many assume it is.
But what if someone asked why you celebrate Christmas? Assuming that you do, how would you respond? What would you say?

I imagine most of you would answer something like, “Because it’s the day that Jesus was born and came into our world,” or “We celebrate it because Christians like us have been doing it since Jesus’ time.”
I admit, before I started researching Bible history and learning more about the Bible, I used those answers too. Something else that might surprise you is that both those statements are actually false.

Let’s say you time-traveled back to the first-century. You’re staying at Thessalonica and bump into the Apostle Paul while heading to the market. It’s three days until Christmas; you ask Paul what he’s planning to get Silas and Timothy. All you get back is a blank, confused look.
Why the look of confusion? Christmas wasn’t celebrated back then.

In the early years of Christianity, Easter was the main holiday. Almost no one celebrated Jesus’ birth—probably because no one knew when it was. It wasn’t until the fourth century when church officials, under Pope Julius I, decided to institute Jesus’ birthday as a holiday. However, there was problem. The Bible doesn’t tell us exactly when Jesus was born. (It probably wasn’t anywhere near December though. Why would shepherds be out in the middle of winter?)
In spite of this, Pope Julius I chose December 25th as the official holiday for Christ’s birthday, which was celebrated with a great feast. It’s commonly believed that the Pope did this to parallel a widely celebrated pagan holiday known as Saturnalia—the celebration of the Roman god Saturn—that began in the week of winter solstice and ended in January. Also, December 25th was the birthday of the Roman god Mithra, which the Pope probably hoped would make Christianity more “appealing” to pagans.[1]

Originally called “The Feast of Nativity,” the celebration of Christ’s birth had spread as far as Scandinavia by the eight century—four hundred years later. However, after the fall of the Roman Empire and the plunge into the European Middle Ages, the celebration of Christmas changed. Christmas went from a peaceful feast to a drunken carnival-style celebration. It stayed this way until the 1800s, when the Americans completely reinvented the holiday.[1]

The early 1800s were a time of class conflict and turmoil in America. Unemployment was high, and riots from disenchanted social classes hit their peak during the Christmas season. Around this time, authors Washington Irving and Charles Dickens reinvented Christmas in America and England. Irving’s The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon and Dickens’s A Christmas Carol shifted Christmas from a wild, carnival-style celebration; to a peaceful, warm-hearted holiday centered on family, giving, and showing kindness to others. With families becoming less rigid and more sensitive to emotional needs of their children, this new view of Christmas grew in popularity. Parents could now give their children the attention—and gifts—they desired without coming off as “gushy” or “spoiling” their children.[1]

The once dead holiday was brought back to life in America. At first, people looked towards immigrants and Catholic and Episcopalian churches for how the holiday was to be celebrated. However, over the next hundred years, Americans added their own unique traditions to Christmas: decorating Christmas trees, giving gifts to each other, and sending holiday cards. These were all part of the new, reinvented Christmas—the same Christmas that much of the world still celebrates today.[1]

Okay, great! But was does all this have to do with why we celebrate Christmas?

A lot, actually. See, many people do or don’t celebrate Christmas because they think it was always celebrated how we see it today. But as you can see above, that notion is wrong. Why should we celebrate then? What’s the real purpose of this holiday? The answer comes from Philippians 2:6-8.

Philippians 2:6-8
Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
who, existing in the form of God,
did not consider equality with God
as something to be used for His own advantage.[
a]
Instead He emptied Himself
by assuming the form of a slave,
taking on the likeness of men.
And when He had come as a man
in His external form,
He humbled Himself by becoming obedient
to the point of death—
even to death on a cross.

The entire meaning and message of Christmas is summed up in those 68 words.

Many people have forgotten this. They look at the gifts and the Christmas trees, the parties and the TV specials, and they think that’s what Christmas is all about. If that’s you, then please just hear me out for one second.
Christmas isn't about any of that. The holiday isn’t about Santa Claus anymore than it’s about Saturn or Mithra. Neither does it revolve around gifts and presents, as those traditions were just added recently. What’s Christmas truly about then?  Again, it’s all in Philippians 2:6-8.

One could easily argue that today, this just isn’t the case. Christmas was been secularized, industrialized, and commercialized beyond belief. Many people are acting just as self-centered and carnal as they have all year. The holiday seems to be more focused on what’s under the Christmas tree or who has the best decorations than is on Christ.

Well, those statements are partially right. We, the Christians have let this get out of control. We need God back in our holidays. My brother likes to talk about how modern society and certain organizations practically hate it when people associate Christmas with Christ, or anything religious in general. But we need to push past this fear of opposition and let people know the truth. What’s more important, what people think or what God thinks?

Jesus is the reason for Christmas, and no one should deny that. As Christians, as witnesses for Christ; we should be the ones reminding the world of this. Please understand there’s a big difference between standing up for Christ and just being rude (respect and gentleness are two of those differences. -1Pt. 3:15 NIV). At the same time, however, we need to be bolder in standing up for our faith and our God—despite whatever opposition it might cause us to face.

Ultimately, Christmas is what you make it. I don’t know what you’ve been told, or taught, but when it’s all said and done the choice falls on your shoulders to decide what this day means to you. No one or thing can define what Christmas truly means to you personally. That’s strictly between you and God. Even if you don’t believe in Him, it’s still your choice. And when it comes to Christmas, you only have two real choices.
A)     Christ
B)      Other

I’ll be praying that you’ll make the right one. :]

 Merry Christmas and God bless!


1. Source: History.com. "Christmas." http://www.history.com/topics/christmas

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Feeling Like a Christian



I don't always feel like a "Christian."

We have this image that Christians are supposed to be invincible.

We have this image that Christians are supposed to be perfect.

We have this image that Christians are supposed to always have the up most confidence in their God.

We have this image that Christians are supposed to be..well, unstoppable. (or at least for my point-of-view)


But the truth is, no one is like that.
No one.
And no one will be.
Ever.

The only person who was perfect like that, was Jesus. And even He wept and got "emotional" at times. John 11:35 and Luke 19:41 tell how it was.

Our image of the ideal Christian is twisted. It's not about our strength; it's about our weakness. It's not about our ability; it's lack thereof. It's not about our spiritual fitness; it's about grace.


It's not about us. It's about God.

Being a Christian isn't about what you can do for God. It's about what God can do, through you. Our world should rotate around God and His will, not ourselves and our small-mindedness. Our entire purpose for being here is to be the salt and light of the earth. How can we do that on our own? If we could be the light of the world by ourselves, there wouldn't have been a reason for Jesus to come. We are the light because God shines through us. Not because we shine for God, not because of all the righteous things we do, not even because we're saved. We are light simply because of God Himself, and what He chooses to do through us.

So no, I don't always feel like a Christian. I am not enough to do all the things that God has for me to do. But He is. His grace is sufficient in me. And as long as I have that, I think I'll be just fine.

Have a great day and God bless. :]

Friday, December 7, 2012

Pray for President Obama

I know many people aren't exactly happy about President Obama winning the Election this year. While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, many Christians have been riled up, angered, depressed, and discouraged by the President's reelection. I'm sure some have even said God has abandoned America all together. But we need to remember who's exactly in control.

God knows what He's doing

Yes, I believe God allowed the President to be reelected. Compared to what you've heard, that may sound like a completely foreign idea. But here me out. Look at the first verse of Romans chapter 13.
"Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God." (Romans 13:1, NIV)
Paul is saying that all authorities have been established by God. All authorities, including the president of the United States.
As a nation, we've been blessed with the privilege to choose who our nation's leader will be. And as of November 6, 2012, America chose President Obama.
Whether you voted for him or not, President Obama is now the man in authority. We need to accept that. Romans 8:28 says God works all things together for the good of those who love Him. Don't you think includes the President's reelection too?

But why God would allow the President to be reelected in the first place? Many of his policies contradict the Bible.

So why would God disregard that and give him another term?

Well, God has given us free will. In this nation, we are able to choose our leaders. God isn't going to dictate who we can or can't elect.
However, God is more than able to use whoever we elect to accomplish His purposes. One person can't stop an all-knowing, all-powerful God from accomplishing His plans, no matter who they are or how much power they have.
But at the same time, unless He sees it fit, God is not going to destroy that ruler or run them out of power simply because we don't like them. God can work through, around, and in anyone and everyone--that includes the President of the United States.

To us Christians, it shouldn't matter so much as to why God allowed America bring the President back in office; what should matter is that He allowed it in the first place. We need to stop whining and complaining like little kids. You can accept President Obama as president, without agreeing with him. There has never been any president--or candidate, for that matter--who was perfect. (Yes, that includes Governor Romney.) But America has made it's choice. God has allowed that choice to become reality.
Shouldn't we be the first to trust that God has the situation under control, whether He plans to use this term to bring disaster or prosperity? Can't we trust that God knows what He's doing? Even if we don't particularly like it?

We are God's people. Sometimes that means putting up with choices that we don't necessarily like. 


Pray for the President

We need to pray for the President as well. Consider 1 Timothy 2:1-2.
"First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." (1 Timothy 2:1-4, HCSB. [emphasis added])
It's our responsibility to pray for people holding positions of authority--especially for whoever it is sitting behind Oval Office.

President Obama needs God. I don't want to start a huge debate here, and while I'm not an expert on government, some of the President's policies conflict with the Bible. Instead of insulting him or gossiping about him, we can simply pray. 2 Timothy 2:3-4 tells us that it pleases God when we pray for those in authority, because He wants everyone to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. God created President Obama too, and loves him just as excruciatingly as He loves us. That, along with the fact that he is head of our country, should be enough motivation for any Christian to get on their knees and start praying for our president.


I'm not trying to promote President Obama and his policies, or trying to trash him and what he stands for. I'm not saying he's the next Abraham Lincoln, or that he's going to drive us all down the drain. I'm just echoing what the Bible speaks. If Romney had been elected, I would have written this for him too.
What I am saying, is that we need to stop with the temper tantrums and wake up. President Obama is our president. All authority has been established by God. We need to pray for those in authority.
The Bible is not silent on government; it makes itself clear on where it stands. God has made His decision, and it's up to us to be faithful and trust Him. We may not agree with it, and it doesn't matter. When you can save all mankind by dying on a rugged cross, then maybe you can add your suggestions. But until then, I suggest you just relax, pray, and let God do His thing, leading this country where He wants it.

Have a great day and God bless. :]

A king’s heart is like streams of water in the Lord’s hand:
He directs it wherever He chooses. {Proverbs 21:1, HCSB}

Verse of the Day: 2 Corinthians 10:17-18

2 Corinthians 10:17-18 HCSB

So the one who boasts must boast in the Lord.  For it is not the one commending himself who is approved, but the one the Lord commends.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Matthew 5:5--Verse of the Day


Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 

{Matthew 5:5}







Random awesome photo which fits more or less with the verse. xP

Friday, November 23, 2012

Verse of the Day: Romans 15:13

Romans 15:13 HCSB 

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe [in Him] so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Verse of the Day: Psalm 107: 1, 4-6

Psalm 107:1, 4-6 HCSB

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;

His faithful love endures forever.

Some wandered in the desolate wilderness,

finding no way to a city where they could live.

They were hungry and thirsty;

their spirits failed within them.

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;

He rescued them from their distress.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Verse of the Day: Isaiah 40:28-31

Isaiah 40:28-31 HCSB

Do you not know?

Have you not heard?

Yahweh is the everlasting God,

the Creator of the whole earth.

He never grows faint or weary;

there is no limit to His understanding.

He gives strength to the weary

and strengthens the powerless.

Youths may faint and grow weary,

and young men stumble and fall,

but those who trust in the Lord

will renew their strength;

they will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary;

they will walk and not faint.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Verse of the Day: Matthew 5:3

Matthew 5:3 NIV

"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

Friday, November 16, 2012

Verse of the Day: 1 Corinthians 2:9

1 Corinthians 2:9 HCSB

But as it is written:
What eye did not see and ear did not hear,
and what never entered the human mind-
God prepared this for those who love Him.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Verse of the day: Joel 2:23

Joel 2:23 HCSB

Children of Zion, rejoice and be glad

in the Lord your God,

because He gives you the autumn rain

for your vindication.

He sends showers for you,

both autumn and spring rain as before.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Verse of the Day: Psalm 100:4-5

Psalm 100:4-5 HCSB

Enter His gates with thanksgiving

and His courts with praise.

Give thanks to Him and praise His name.

For Yahweh is good, and His love is eternal;

His faithfulness endures through all generations.

Via YouVersion. God bless!


Monday, November 12, 2012

Verse of the day: Psalm 33:4-5

Psalm 33:4-5 HCSB

For the word of the Lord is right,

and all His work is trustworthy.

He loves righteousness and justice;

the earth is full of the Lord's unfailing love.

Have a great day and God bless! :]

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Verse 'O The Day: Isaiah 12:4-5

Isaiah 12:4-5 HCSB

And on that day you will say:

"Give thanks to Yahweh; proclaim His name!

Celebrate His works among the peoples.

Declare that His name is exalted.

Sing to Yahweh, for He has done glorious things.

Let this be known throughout the earth.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Verse 'O The Day

[Photo by me]
I'm currently an android user now(yes, I ditched apple. xP), and I installed this widget on my device that displays the YouVersion verse of the day. I figured since I'm basically having the verses handed to me, I might as well share them with you guys.
I can't promise a verse everyday, but I'll try to keep it somewhat consistent.
Anyway, here's the verse. Have a great day and God bless!
Philippians 3:13-14 HCSB
Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead,  I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God's heavenly call in Christ Jesus.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Getting to Know God


"But I am close to God. I go to church three times a week, and read a Psalm everyday."
 "I do know God. I've read the entire bible twice, and I'm halfway done for my third time." 
"I already have a relationship with God. My dad's a pastor and so was my grandfather. It's in my blood."
All that stuff is great, but it does nothing to get you any closer to God. If you really want to get closer to God, you're going to have to take some major steps. Here are three points that I came up with to actually know God.


1. Simply reading isn't enough.

In all honesty, we all could probably use some work in this area. But seriously, you can't read about someone and expect to get to really know them. That's knowing about them.
For example, if you clicked my name up there and read everything I have on my Google Plus profile, does that mean you know me? Personally? Or does that mean you know stuff about me?

Sadly, that's how many of us are with our relationship with God. We know all about God--that He's Almighty, Sovereign, omnipresent, the Beginning and End, our Comforter, our Protector, etc. But many of us never actually experience any of that in our own day-to-day lives; it's just knowledge. Like knowing your friend is a doctor, but never going to see him when you have some disease.
I'm not saying it's bad to read about God--it's great. But it's no replacement for an actual relationship. Knowledge is useless if not applied. Actions and understanding need to come with it. This leads me to my next point.

2. A relationship works two ways. 

A common definition of "relationship" is
"Emotional or other connection between people: the relationship between teachers and students." 
Notice the word "connection." A relationship is a connection between two or more people, not one person doing all the work while the other just sits and listens. Unfortunately, we've began to apply this to our relationship with God, in two ways.

The first way is when we work tirelessly to reach God, but don't give Him any time to talk or say anything back. Some people teach that if you read your bible cover to cover, or pray every hour of every day, then you'll be "spiritually connected" to God.
That's not true.
That's the equivalent of someone trying to do all these nice things to get close to you, but forget to actually spend time with and get to know you. They're so busy with their works, that they forget the relationship part.
In reality, we get ourselves even farther away from God than we were at the beginning.

The second way is when we turn ourselves off to God completely. Our world becomes us-centered and all we think about is ourselves. God becomes some distant memory, and we're off indulging ourselves in what we want to do. We basically say to God, "If you want me, come and get me!"

Neither of these examples are relationships with God. You're either trying to hard, or not trying at all. You're either not letting God in or pushing Him out. If there's a secret ingredient to a good relationship, then in my opinion; it would be balance.
You need to balance your relationship. Remember that some of the responsibility falls on God, just as some of it falls on you. You don't have to do everything; God doesn't have to do everything. You guys are supposed to meet in the middle-ish area. (I say that because God probably does more work than we do) While we definitely have to do our part to stay on key with God; it's not all our responsibility.

In our Relationship, we have to trust God as well. If we take too much of it on ourselves, we become crazy workaholics, only working ourselves away from God. If we take on too little, we became lazy brats who expect God to do everything. How do you balance it then? Simply get to know Him. :] Which leads me to my third point.

3. Simply Obey

If you want to really advance in your Relationship with God, you need to be willing to take those steps to obey Him, completely. Take Moses for example. Exodus 33:11 tells us that he spoke with God face to face, totally unlike anyone before or after him. How exactly did Moses get to this point? I believe it was because Moses obeyed God.

From appearing before to Pharaoh, to leading the Israelites out of Egypt, to parting the Red Sea and leading God's people to the Promised Land, Moses was obedient. Not to say he never disobeyed, as Moses had his moments as well. Numbers 20:12 gives us an example of that. Moses had his doubts, his fears, his "what ifs", and his worries.
But you know what? Most of the time, Moses didn't let those stop him from obeying his God. Despite criticism, backlash, arrogance and complaining from the +2 million Israelites he was leading, Moses never resigned from, backed out of, or left the calling God gave him. And simply because of his obedience, Moses experienced God in more ways than many of us can even dream of.

Obedience puts your faith into action. If God tells you to run head-first into a brick wall, for whatever reason, what do you do? Do you ignore God's command, or do you start running?

Seriously. Think about it.

Usually, when we obey, it usually put things at risk. There's usually some kind of doubt in our minds or a chance that things will go wrong. But God uses those experiences to teach us who He is and how He works. You get to know Him more when you obey. When you listen, you get to see how He works through you. You get to witnesses for yourself God's plans and what He has in store. You get to experience Him in a personal way, in a way that only you can.



These are just three things I think are really essential to having a genuine relationship with God. Many people--while sincere in their motives--end up getting themselves farther from God then they were in the first place. We've become more focused on us and what we can do, than on God and what He will do. We need to stop just knowing about God and actually get to know Him!

Because God knows you. He's already at the door, knocking and waiting. (Revelation 3:20) Either you can be like Mary and let Him in, or you can be like Martha and get so caught up in what you think is right that you miss God yourself. {Luke 10:38-42}

Let's pray that we all let Him in. :]

Have a great day and God bless!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Keep Calm


This is just something I found online and thought would be awesome to share with you guys. I know a lot of you live stressful lives and have to put up with a lot; so I imagine this will help you guys carry on even when you don't think you can.

Remember Ephesians 3:20:
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
And Philippians 4:13:
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Whatever situation, trial, or hard time you're facing; remember that you are more than a conqueror through Christ. -Romans 8:37

Whatever you're going through, God's going to use it for your good. -Romans 8:28

Whatever you're enduring, it will mold you into the strong, spiritually mature man or woman of God that you were created to be. -Hebrews 12:7, 10-11

Let's just trust that. :]

Have a great day and God bless!!

Friday, October 5, 2012

God Already Has.

Yes, I did in fact take this picture. B)

The other day I was talking with God, and I asked Him for more Christ-loving friends in my life. Not that I don't have any; I do. They're like brothers and sisters to me.
But I just haven't really been meeting that many people here who love God like I do lately. So I decided to pray about. *shrug*
But God answered before I could even finish, "I already have." And that's true; he has.

See, sometimes circumstances and situations blind us from what God has already done.
Say you're living on your own in a third-world country. For the past month, you've barely been able to scrape together enough food to keep yourself from dying of hunger. But you're wet, cold, constantly on the move and always hungry.
You turn to God and ask him why he's turned his back on you.
He answers, "I didn't."
In actuality, he's been providing for you all along. He's been giving you what you absolutely need, instead of what you want.You're still alive, right? That's solely a result of God meeting your needs.

We always seem to get those confused. At the church I'm attending, the youth pastor just finished wrapping up his series on contentment. The verse he pinpointed last Sunday was Philippians 4:19:
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Notice how Paul says "will" supply your needs. God always gives us what's necessary, even if we think it's too much or too little. I mean, come on; he's GOD. I think he knows our limits and what we can handle, seeing how he knew us before we were born. (Jeremiah 1:5)

So maybe God has already taken care of that one thing (or things) you keep bugging him about.

"God, I really think I need some more friends.."

"Lord I really need some extra money now."

"God, I need courage."

"Lord, I need strength."

"I need boldness."

"I need your Love."

"God, I really really need girlfriend/boyfriend." [Can't forget that one. xD]

Just remember this: Whatever your needs are, God has already fulfilled them. No doubt.

So what about all those other things God seems to forget about?
Well, I guess they just aren't necessary. :]

Have a great day and God bless!


. . .

Matthew 6:31-34
Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

31 So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. 34 Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.



Note: Sorry if my posts seem a lot shorter and more brief than they were before. I am busier now, so I don't time to sit down and write a 5,000 word post like I could earlier. I'm working on my first book and trying to keep myself caught up with school, so that takes a huge chunk out of my blogging time. xD But I am trying to at least post something weekly, and Hannah seems to be back in business; so there will always be some kind of awesome-inspiring-mindblowing-epic-amazing-jesusrelated post being written or published on here during the week. :P Even if I fail to finish mine on time. xD
Alright, that's all. Have an awesome weekend! :D 

Oh, and how do you guys like the new look? Yes? No? Comments?

Friday, September 28, 2012

Tiredness. Bleh.

The past couple days, I've felt tired. Not a physical tiredness, but a spiritual one. It was like a big, annoying, energy-sucking cloud kept hovering over my head. Or someone pulled the plug from my connection to God. Or something began interfering with my spiritual radio..I don't know. But I felt drained and confused, like my spiritual vision was blurred. I can't tell you exactly what it was, but I imagine a lot of you guys out there feel the same way at times.

So whenever you feel drained, confused, weary or depressed; whether it's spiritually, physically, emotionally, or whatever; try checking out these verses. They destroyed whatever fatigue or evil spirit that was bringing me down, and they can do the same for you. 


Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

28 “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”


New International Version (NIV)

29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.


Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

13 I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.

English Standard Version (ESV)

28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.


Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

6 A voice was saying, “Cry out!”
Another said, “What should I cry out?”
“All humanity is grass,
and all its goodness is like the flower of the field.
7 The grass withers, the flowers fade
when the breath of the Lord blows on them;
indeed, the people are grass.
8 The grass withers, the flowers fade,
but the word of our God remains forever.”


English Standard Version (ESV)

33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. ...



New International Version (NIV)

11 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 hope and a future.



New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)

2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Have a great day, and God bless. :]

Friday, September 21, 2012

Brokenness


I know most people tend think brokenness is a bad thing. It isn't. In fact, it could be one of the best things to happen to you. That is, if you have Christ.

I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. 3 And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— 4 was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. 5 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. 6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, 7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:1-10)
"For when I am weak, I am strong." If you read last week's post, titled Strength; you'll probably recognize that verse. (Seriously, the verse applies on so many levels.) In the passage above, Paul is basically saying that despite all his accomplishments, all he's been through, all the people he's been used to save and all he's done; he will brag about nothing except his own weakness.

To get the full impact of this, remember Paul is probably one of the most powerful and influencial Christians to walk the earth. If we catagorized all Believers, past, future, and present; Paul would probably be labeled under something like "Spiritual Giants."
Now, despite all this, Paul writes in his second letter to the Corinthians that he will boast only about his weaknesses. No bragging to other Christians about all the work he's done for Christ, no going on and on about how much he's suffered, no putting others down because they haven't worked as hard, no constantly reminding others of all the things God's revealed to him, etc.
Although Paul does describe some of the things we went through earlier in the letter, he does this solely out of defense of himself and his ministry, specifically from false teachers who've actively been trying to trash his reputation.

So, what exactly does all this have to do with feeling broken?

Try "everything."

We shouldn't try to hide our weaknesses from ourselves or act like we have it all together, when we obviously don't. It's okay to feel upset, angry, sad, lonely, pain, disappointment, lust, bitterness, etc. It's not okay to let those feelings or emotions influence your actions, thoughts, or decisions. But we're all going to experience those feelings sometime. The difference is whether we're open and let God handle it, or if we try to cover it up and overcome the issues ourselves.

Like I said in last week's post, we should rely on God for our strength. That also means we should be able to boast in our own weaknesses. I am a broken person. I struggule with sin and they're some times when emotions like depression or anxiety try to take hold of me. But Christ gives me strength to shrug off those things and press on forward down the path he has for me. And in realization of this, I'm becoming much more content and relaxed about who I am in Christ and just about life and God in general. When you're true to yourself, and have faith in the right Person, God opens doors and breaks down barriers in ways only he can. Paul was saying that he boasts in his weaknesses, because it's when he is weak that he is strong. It's the same when feeling broken. At your weakest point, you're actually your strongest; because you're relying more heavily on God and on Him to carry you through, instead of trying to power it out on your own. Boasting on your failures and mistakes reminds yourself that you're not perfect, that you don't always have it all together, and that you need God's help. That's the position you need to be in, if you really want to experience God in your life.

So be honest with yourself, and with God. You're either perfect or broken; there's no in-between. You can fake perfection, driving yourself insane trying to prove you're fine; or you can boast in your weakness, and make it known that it's in Christ alone your strength is found.

Have a great day and God bless!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Strength


People have different ideas on the meaning of the word "strength."
One of the most off-base definitions I've heard; is that true strength means keeping your head held high, your emotions down, keeping to yourself, and carrying on; without anyone's help or guidance.

In all honesty; that's about as far from the truth as you can get.
I say that, because you can't do it all by yourself. You can't always keep your head high. You can't always bottle up your emotions. You can't always keep calm and carry on. And you definitely can't always keep to yourself.

You need help.

We all do. And there's only one place we can truly get it. Yes, friends and family are definitely a huge support. But, being only human, they'll fail us time to time as well. (and vice versa)
What I'm talking about, is real help.


2 Corinthians 12:10:
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
True strength is found in weakness.Why? Because when we're on our knees, in total humility, acknowledging our brokenness and weakness; that's when God fills us with his strength.
When we try to fight on our own; we fail for the most part. But when you stop all your efforts and trying, and finally ask God for his help in your life; that, my friend, is when things change.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
Our strength shouldn't come from ourselves. It should come from God, and from God alone. We need to stop putting all our confidence in ourselves, and start looking to the Cross, where all our dreams, hopes, and faith should be found.
We need to stop pretending we have it all together, and stop fooling ourselves into thinking we're good on our own.
Let's just trust in the One who loves you with the greatest love imaginable; and rely on Him, and on His Strength. (John 15:13)
It will open your eyes to a whole new world.

Have a great day and God bless!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Faith in the Right Thing


It's common knowledge that faith is a gift, something essential to serve our awesome God. But what if I told you that your faith can be abused? Or what if I said that your faith could be your own downfall?
Confused?
Let me explain a bit.

Okay, so let me start off by saying faith is an amazing thing. It's a gift that God gives each and everyone one of us, so that we might use it to seek and please Him. Hebrews 11:6 plainly tells us that without faith, it's impossible to please God.
So it's easy to see why our faith is essential. But, just like anything of this world; faith can be misused. To help illustrate this, I'll share one of my experiences. 

Well at the time, we had just moved to a new city, and were looking at new churches and such. We eventually found a decent seeming one, and attended the service. It was pretty good, and their youth group met on Sunday nights, so a week or two later; I went.  
I got there during worship, (fashionable late xP) and it was way louder than I was expecting. I mean, you could hear the rumble of the bass and the beat of the drums from outside the building. It really added to the awesomeness factor. 
The service soon started, and their youth pastor was amazing. He was practically on fire from the second he started preaching. He was bouncing around, getting excited, just preaching the message God gave him and having a great time doing so. They also had live worship(probably figured that out by now) their own building, and food.(and candy)  I also met this awesome dude named Alex who showed me around. 
The one thing it lacked though, is that it never really felt like a church home. (at least to me.) I'm used to the smaller groups, the ones with like less than twenty people, where you goof off, get to connect with new people, learn about God, play weird games, etc. The service here had at least 70+ teens, was fast moving, exhilarating, and I could really feel the Spirit's presence in that place. But it still didn't really feel like a potential church home.
Despite that, I came the next week, and the week after, thinking that the whole homeyness factor might fix itself as I went more. But nothing changed. I stopped going for a week or two, but during this time I got it into my skull that God wanted me at that church, and if I just went; He'd work everything out. ("everything" meaning me meeting new Christ-loving friends, finding my place in ministry, finally finding a church home, etc)
Sounds like a solid, bible-based plan, right?
Not exactly.
Sunday rolled around, and sometime before 6, I found myself standing at the entrance to the youth building. I didn't know what to expect, I just new I expected something.  
I left disappointed. Nothing really happened. The message was great, and I did talk with a couple people, but didn't connect with anyone; and the place still didn't feel like a home. I felt as if I wasted my time. 

See, the problem was, that God never told me to go. I had thought up everything, about me going and God working everything out, and just assumed it was right. I acted as if the words themselves had come right out Jesus' mouth, only to realize the hard way that they didn't.
I think many of us make the same mistake. Something pops into our minds, we think it sounds good and Christ-like, and decide that's what God wants for us. We pour all our faith into the idea that God will accomplish what we want, think, or even see as most efficient; just because it sounds biblical, or spiritual.

But God doesn't work that way.

God chooses what He sees is best, then reveals the plan to us. As Amos 3:7 (NIV) says,
"Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets." (commas added by me, the Grammar Nazi in training. xP)  
update: took out the commas. Turns out they aren't needed. (Grammar fail. xD) Also, I was informed that the term "Nazi" could greatly offend some readers. I apologize if the way I used it upset anyone, or made anyone uncomfortable. I'll try to be more careful with my goofing-off in the future. 

Notice how the verse says 
"the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing His plan, to His servants, the prophets," 
Not, 
"Surely, the Sovereign Lord does nothing without waiting for His precious Children to decide what they would like to do, and then automaticaly makes it happen."

I'm not saying God doesn't love us, or that He's a control freak that doesn't trust us with our own lives. None of those statements are true. What I'm saying, is God is God; and He has a specific plan for each and everyone one of us. 
We, the Believers, have to make sure that we put our faith in that plan, and not in our own intuition or our understanding of what God wants. Because in all honesty, we fail. If you'd like proof, just scroll up and read over my story again. But God knows exactly what He's doing, and has crafted a beautiful and perfect plan, including each and every moment of our God-given lives. It's up to us to trust that, and put our faith in Him and His plan alone.

I know a lot of us don't intentionally try to pour our faith into our own ideas like that; it's usually an honest mistake. We're imperfect people, and mess up sometimes. However, that doesn't give us the right to make all the mistakes we want. We have to be careful and alert. It's extremely easy to mix up God's will with your own, and can be nearly as hard to separate them. That's why we have the bible and prayer. Our understanding of God and His will for us should come from two sources.
These would be:

  1. God Himself, from spending time with Him.
  2. His Word, Aka the bible.

No religious magazine, preacher, blog, church, doctrine, theology, angel or person has any authority over God's will; no matter how much they may help us or how good they sound. (that includes ourselves) 
The only one who has the final word on that, is God Himself. And while God may keep the specific details away from us, (like He did with Abraham in Genesis 12:1) He will always, always, always, tell us what we need to know.

Okay, back to the main topic. 

Anyway, as I was saying earlier, we need to make sure that our faith is truly in God and His plan. It's so easy to make up some biblically-sound fantasy, and expect God to follow through with it. Like, for example; I could wake up one morning and decide God wants me to be a missionary. I tell all my friends, and supporting it with Matthew 28:19. ("Go make disciples of the nations..") 
But did God actually tell me He wanted me to become a missionary? No, I decided I wanted to work in the mission field, and concluded that it must be what God has for me. Do you see the error? I didn't even stop to see what God Himself had to say about it! Yet, I go through my whole life training to become a missionary, only to become utterly disappointed when I realize it isn't what God has for me.

Don't make that mistake, guys. Pray and ask God what He has planned first, and build upon that. Sometimes He'll show us before we can even ask, and other times we'll spend days praying before He answers. But He is there. He does love you. He has plans and a future for you, (Jeremiah 29:11) and He wants you to experience them. But, that'll only happen if we put our faith in Him alone, follow His lead, act according to His plan, and wait for His voice.

Have a great day and God bless! And happy Friday!!

Friday, August 31, 2012

I begged God, "I just want one good friend."

In today's social media world, "friends" come and go with each passing day. We collect vast numbers and mass communicate with them via a keypad. In many ways they are just names in a directory.Having true friends is much more complicated, especially during those critical school years. Doug Bender's perceived lack of friends growing up greatly impacted his life. In his I am Second film, Doug remembers the scarring that took place during his search for friends, and how he finally discovered the key to understanding friendship. -description of the video, from iamsecond.com

I'm trying to start this thing where I post something every Friday. It doesn't have to be much, just something Christ-centered I can share with you guys. This blog needs to get back to it's usual consistency. (Maybe call it Feature Friday? xP)

Anyways, today I want to share with you this amazing video, and testimony from I am Second.

The person in the video is Doug Bender. His story is similar to a lot of ours, I believe. Feeling worthless, alone, and just unloved and even hating yourself; almost everyone can relate to that, including me. Especially us younger people. That's one of the things that makes Doug's testimony special, along with what God does to rock his world. It's really amazing, and I'm praying that you'll watch it, and take what he says to heart.

Have a great day, and God bless!


For more from I am Second, either check out their website, iamsecond.com; or scroll down this page and watch some of their videos via widget. (it's embedded in the space under the comments) Have an epic weekend!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Guest Post: This One Thing

Eeyy! Well, both me and Hannah have been pretty busy lately. As a result, this blog hasn't been updated in months. So, I figured I'd share this post from Life of a Radical Misfit with you guys, just to get this blogspot moving again.
God has been great enough to continue drawing people to FYWIC,  (He's just awesome like that) but I still think it's really about time to update this place.

So, without further delay; here's "This One Thing" by Kieya Hudson. She's an awesome writer, and friend of mine, and God has really been using her to speak some amazing stuff. I'm hoping and praying that God will use this to help you in your life, and in your walk with Him. God bless!


TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2012 
This One Thing 
"It's "this ONE thing" that is keeping from drawing closer to You, God!" Have you ever said something like that to the Lord? If you have ever been serious about your relationship with Him, you probably have. You get to the point where you desire to draw closer to the Lord, but this one addiction—this one mountain seems impossible to move. No matter what the addiction was, I truly believe that every follower of Christ has had "one thing" that has stood in their way of getting to the Lord at some point. Addictions come in so many different forms, it's easy to just look at sex, alcohol and drugs as the ONLY hardcore addictions. However, doubt, worry, and attention addictions can be just as detrimental. It certainly doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out how these addictions can stop someone from drawing closer to the Lord.
The guilt and shame that comes alongside addictions makes pursuing God seem almost impossible. I've had quite a few of addictions in my life, depression, people, doubt, fear, cutting, lust, are just a few. However, my "one thing" was definitely lust. I felt like the more I struggled, the further away I was driving myself from the Lord. But isn't it like the Lord to make all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28)? No matter how bad your "one thing" looks, it's actually bringing you closer the Lord. I got to the point where I knew I had to COMPLETELY lean on the Lord for healing in my life. The more I began to lean on Him, the closer I began to draw to the Lord. 
The lady with the issue of blood in the bible shows us perfectly how the Lord sometimes uses that "one thing" to bring you closer to Him (Mark 5:25-34). During this time period, anyone with a deformity or disease was outlawed. Since her disease was so visible, she was deemed "unclean" wherever she went. With judgement and ridicule following her everywhere, we can conjecture that her "one thing" was people. But when she heard that Jesus was in town, her "one thing" was not going to stop her from getting to Him. As she pushed through the crowd, exposing her "one thing," she grabbed the hem of His garment (Mark 5:27). She knew that she needed to lean on Him more than ANYTHING to receive healing. By recognizing this, she ended up at the feet of Jesus, somewhere she probably could've never imagined that her "one thing" could take her. 
It's very easy to look at how bad your "one thing" is. However, this mentality will only leave you disappointed. Your "ONE THING" that you THINK is pushing you away from God is actually bringing you closer to Him. How is this so, you say? Well, our God is so amazing that He takes negative situations and turns them into a greater testimony. He uses the egg that was cracked to bring together all of the ingredients for the beautiful cake. So the cracks in your shell are necessary for the outcome of the cake. If you were never cracked, you'd never be used. You'd think, "I've got it all together, not one single crack is on my shell. I don't need the Maker... I don't even need this cake. I'm perfect." Ultimately, you would never lean on the Lord if you didn't have that "one thing" because you would have it all together. Allow Him use your "one thing" for His good and His glory. 
Today, stop telling God what He already knows. He knows you more than you even know yourself. He knows exactly what "one thing" you struggle with and He desires to heal you. But it's up to you, Believer, to lean on Him in this season like you never have before. The lady with the issue had to push through the crowd to get to Jesus. Push through those crowds of thoughts in your head that say, "You will never get set free from this one thing." OR " This one thing is what is going to stop you from getting to Jesus." Those are all lies from the devil. The more you focus on how bad your "one thing" looks, the less you'll fix your eyes on Jesus. Remind yourself of His grace. You can start by daily declaring, "I WILL receive the healing I need! I AM drawing closer to the Lord by His grace alone!" Every time you fall into that "one thing" and get back up through His grace, you are one step closer to the Lord. "It's this one thing that is bringing me closer to Your grace... To Your love... To You, God."

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Trinity isn't supposed to make sense

Let's face it. The trinity is pretty confusing. It makes absolutely no sense to us. Three separate beings that are one God, even though they're separate individuals. Think about it too much, and your brain might implode.
Many critics and skeptics of the trinity, such as people of opposing religions like Islam or Jehovah's Witnesses, and a few Christian denominations, try to use the fact that the Trinity is confusing, to prove that it's false. But what they don't realize is, that the Trinity's confusing-ness just shows that it's true.

I mean, just think about it for a second.

Here is the God that created the Earth, 

who created the Sun,
(that little blue dot is Earth)

(the size of the sun compared to Earth and other planets)
who created the stars,
(not to mention these guys, who make the Sun seem like a golfball.)

 and created the entire universe.

Not to mention creating time, space, human logic, human reasoning and knowledge, creating light, form, mass, gravity... we can't even begin to comprehend all he's done!! (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
We can barely understand time itself, from how it exists, to what caused it to start. We're also only beginning to understand the universe we're living in, and why and how it operates the way it does. We still have many unanswered questions about everything.

So how can you expect to completely understand the Creator, if we can't even comprehend his creation?
I mean, if trying to understand time travel movies makes your head hurt, then totally comprehending everything about God, and everything he is; will make it explode.
It's like trying to squeeze 120GB of music on an 8GB iPod. Our minds are too limited to completely understand a God who isn't limited by time, space, and the laws of physics. I can't even picture that, and neither can you. God is just too big, and too awesome for us our minds to really grasp.
That's why other religions believe in things like the Father, Son, and Spirit being separate Gods; the Father being God, Jesus an angel, and the holy spirit only an active force; and God being God, Jesus only a prophet, with the holy spirit not existing.

Despite none of that being found in the bible, people believe it, because it makes sense to them.
They can understand it, and that's what they see as the truth. While that's their decision, and we should all respect it; God is not limited to human logic. He can be anything he wants to be, wether it makes sense to us or not. 
Saying the Trinity is false because it doesn't make sense, or because it's "illogical", is saying that God can only be something if it makes sense to us. That's a lie, because God isn't limited to what we can think. He created our ability to think. God is not limited to anyone, except himself.
Like my friend tweeted a while back: "God is a God who can do anything and everything. Stop putting human limitations on him."
That includes being three persons, but one God.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

This is my last post [outdated]

I'm really really sorry this is just out of nowhere. But I need to make some changes.. and one of those is with my blog. 
See a while back, God told me to delete it. But I didn't. I didn't want to leave it. I was too attached and stuck on what I wanted to do for God, instead of what he wanted to do through me. So I kept the blog up and running. (this was like February/March-ish by the way)
Well, last Thursday night, May 3rd, I finally got myself to do my devo-book again. I hadn't done it in about a month and I realized I needed to get back to it. So I opened the book and it opened up to a half-finished section on faith. I highlighted all the verses and statements that really hit me, so you guys will know where the emphasis is. Anyway, the first thing I saw on that page was this: (the highlighted part)
This was pretty much like Jesus tapping me on the shoulder and saying "Hey bro, you're doing this wrong." See, that whole series I was doing on world religions, was built on me using my knowledge to build your faith, instead of relying on God's power to do that. I didn't know it, but through that series I was doing the opposite of what God wanted. I was having people rely on me and what I knew, instead of relying on God and his power. So at that point, I knew I was going to cancel the series. No question there. But God was finished yet.
I felt him saying that he wanted me, not to only stop the series, to leave my blog. Not delete like last time, but leave it. And I hesitated. I hesitated, because, I. did. not. want. to. leave.
I was concerned about what would happen if I just stopped writing posts, and how it would effect others, whether the viewing stats would plummet, what would happen to the blog, and, of course, what other people would say or think. I just had a lot of doubts about how it would work out.
But then, as I continued reading, this popped out at me.

Then I read this,
and then this.
So yeah, God was definitely speaking to me. I didn't want to lack faith, or be disobedient. So that motivated me to mentally take the steps that I didn't take last time to follow what God said. But I wasn't ready for action. My faith was strong enough to accept what I had to do, but not enough to take action, and carry it out.
Then I read this. (the first two paragraphs)

And that's what I did. For the first time I can remember, I prayed about my faith. I haven't realized it until now, but that's area I've been been lacking. I mean, I did have faith, but it was more faith that God would help me accomplish my plan, and what I wanted to do, instead of having faith that God accomplish his plan and what he wanted to do, through me.
So I prayed that God would increase my faith and show me what he wanted to do. He did both, which is why I'm writing this post. 
So yeah, I'm going to be leaving for a while. I still can't really imagine it, because I'm so used to writing posts and managing my blog. I'm really going to miss writing for you guys and just the whole blogging thing in general, because I really do have a passion for encouraging and inspiring my sisters and brothers in Christ.
But, God has something else in store for me. So I need to adjust, and unfortunately, that for now means leaving. But like stated above, our faith shouldn't be based on human wisdom. It should be based on God's power.
So God bless you guys, and have a great day, week, month, year, just have a great, God centered life.
I'll still be here, replying to comments, reading other blogs, occasionally checking stats, etc. I just wont be writing any posts for my blog, or be nearly as involved as I usually am.
But while I'm gone, try checking out some other (awesome) Jesus blogs, like Loving Christ With Your Mind, Life of a Radical Misfit, Agape, Joyful, This Journey of Life, Christaholic: The God Addiction, and We Are 3G-Giving the Glory to God.
They're all amazing, and God speaks through them just as much as he speaks through this blog. 
Also, I don't know if I'll be on Agape either. I'll pray about it, but when God was spoke, the focus was on my blog, not Agape. So I like I said, I'll pray about it.
(Front cover)

Too, if you ever have a chance, get this book. This is the devotional book I've been using. Experiencing God: Youth Edition. It's amazing, and God has serious used this book to help set me straight in my walk with him. Without it, I wouldn't be where I am now with God. It can do the same for you. :D
(Back cover)

But guys, that's it. I thank God for giving the opportunity to do this and for using me to touch and to help and to guide so many people, and even get to know a few of them. I just thank him for being able to use me this way and to reach you guys. I just thank him for everything. And I know he has greater things planned. Me leaving is just one small part in his massive plan. A plan that "no one can fathom... from beginning to end." (Eccles. 3:11)

And thank you for being awesome and actually reading this blog too. :D but hey, even though this blog won't be active, the ones I mentioned above will be, so check them out. But thank you for putting time aside to read my posts, and for supporting me and my blog too. It means a lot to me. It really does. And I pray that you show the other blogs the same love and support that you showed me.
Like I said earlier, the blog will still be up, and I'll still be here; I just won't be updating it, and will be on blogger a lot less.
Again, I really apologize for the out-of-nowhere-ness, this was just as sudden for me as it is for you. But we all have times where God tests our faith. Right now is that time for me, and I don't want to fail this test. Whatever God is doing, its bigger than Finding your way in Christ, bigger me, bigger than you, bigger than Blogger, bigger than the universe itself. It's a God-sized plan, with a God-sized purpose, where God does what only God can do. We just have to trust that.

So goodbye you guys, and God bless. This probably isn't the last time you'll hear from me, but I can't really guarantee that. All I can guarantee is that this is in God's hands now. And that's where it should be. I'm really going to miss doing this, and I hope I'll be back at some point, but we'll just have to wait and see.

But until then, God bless you guys, and have a great day. :)



Update: 
[as of November 1, 2012]

I'm back on now. 

Yes, yes I know, hold your applause. 
*crickets*

But yeah, I'm back now; so stop viewing this post so much! xP It has 512 views and counting! Read some of the new stuff! This is outdated!! XD