What the heck is this . . . ?

What the Heck is This . . . ?

About the blog

Written as of May 3, 2013
 
Finding Your Way in Christ is a blog run by me, Langston--a young Christian trying to live right and unashamed. I started this blog site in January 2012, and has been going strong ever since. (Not to say there weren't times the blog was on break--for more information, read this)
The purpose of FYWIC originally was an outlet for me to speak the things on my mind--the things God was showing me. I was involved in an email devotional with some friends, and God was just opening my mind to some very awesome things. Being homeschooled, I didn't see any other way to share these new truths and messages at the scale I wanted other than the internet--specifically, a website! So I made a site with Google Sites. It looked okay visually and functioned alright in terms of interface, but in terms of stats it failed pretty epically (less than 5 views a day, most of them probably from me or a friend I sent the link to). So I looked for an alternative, found one in Blogger, and switched to it. And that's how this awesome blogspot was born. A year and four months later and we're still going strong! Now Finding Your Way in Christ has two authors, a Google Plus page, nearly 100 posts, +13,000 views and over 70 +1's on Google. The purpose of the entire blog can be summed up in this: Therefore, brothers, encourage and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing, and Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. -1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV; 2 Timothy 4:2. God has used this blog for some very awesome things, and I ask you to pray that He will continue to work through us as we try to use the gifts He has given us for His glory. 
Have a great day and God bless!


About Langston (me)

Written as of . . . sometime late-ish last year (2012).


I would be the one they call Langston. I'm a young, blessed teen trying to stand out and live for Christ. I like to write, read, play guitar, draw and just anything that involves God.
My name is actually old English, it comes from the word "Long stone." Which fits me, because I'm 15 [update: 16, now. haha. xD] and already 6ft tall. My name has biblical importance too. All throughout the Old Testament, people have made these huge memorials in places where they experienced God. One example of this is in Exodus 17:15, where Moses built an altar an called it "The Lord is my Banner." When Moses did this, he would have used a massive rock, or "long stone" to create the altar. The purpose of the stone, would be to point to God. Anyone who gazed upon the freaking 10 ft tall rock, would know that the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob had been there. It indicated God's presence. It was a testimony to the One who is Always Present and what he has done. That is the meaning of my name; the massive rock that testified about the true and living God. The object that when people looked upon it, they saw a fraction of the God they've heard so much about.
I'm not saying I'm perfect or trying to boast, because I'm not. I have my own issues, my own weaknesses and areas where I need God's help. We all do. The only difference between a Christian and a lost person is whether we acknowledge it or not. I can honestly say I'd be nothing without God. He ignited this fire inside me burning for him. I had nothing to do with it. I mean, I always respected God and tried my best to do what he said. Being raised in a Christian household, I was open about being a Christian and didn't really try to hide my faith. But my world was more Langston-centered than Christ-centered. I put me before God, but my own needs above what he said.
But he changed all that. Over the past seven or eight months I've been growing more and more in him than ever before. He's opened my eyes to new things, showed me new paths, allowed me to see what it really means to follow him. He baptized me with his Spirit and now I'm just on fire for him. It's all God all the time. It still amazes me what he can do with someone who's willing to lay down their life to follow him. God is so big and just so amazing that we can't comprehend it. Remembering all that God is doing is like a ray of sunshine, breaking through a darkened room. It let's me seem and it gives me life.
I know I'm supposed to be telling you about me, but honestly I'd rather tell you about my God. It shatters my brain to try to understand it all, to understand him fully. He looked down on me, with all my selfishness and ignorance, and still pursued me. He has made me the young man of God I am today, and is making me into the servant of Christ that he wants me to be tomorrow. God is an awesome God. If you want proof, just look at me and what he's done.







About Hannah



Written as of June 1, 2013

  Hello! I'm Hannah and about a year ago Langston invited me to start writing in his blog! I can't remember a time in my life where I didn't know God. I guess I'm just one of those "normal Christians" who pretty much grew up in church. My parents are both Christians and they actually met as missionaries in Taiwan. I started getting really serious about God when I was in 6th grade. There was something different and exciting about the 6th grade youth pastor that just sucked me in. He was on fire for God and you could tell he had a genuine love for people. I wanted to be the same way. About half way through 6th grade, we had this thing at church where you go up to the front during worship, and one of the leaders pray for you to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Well, even though I was terrified to walk out in front of everyone, I felt God was telling me to go down. So, I reluctantly obeyed and for the first time in my life, I truly felt the awe-inspiring presence of God come over me. I couldn't stop the tears from coming and I was just overwhelmed by God's love. I was filled with so much peace and joy. It was amazing!

  It's March 2012. I'm laying in bed in the dark trying to sleep. But I can't. I can't shut out the doubts anymore. I'm overcome with confusion, frustration, and anger. That night I prayed like I do every night. But something was different. I was sitting up, looking at my window, when it just hit me:

  "No one's listening to you. You're just talking to a wall, you idiot. There is no God! He can't be real. It all just can't be true."

  Instead of humbling myself before God and resisting the devil, I began to argue with him. I began to give in to him. But I never did fully believe him, and I have God to thank for that. I wanted God to be real! I wanted everything about Jesus to be true! For months I wrestled constantly with the idea of God being real. Every time I thought I got the doubts under control, they would come back and just devour me.

  "How could God be real? That's so stupid! And even if He was real, how could He love you?"

  I would pray for God to reveal Himself to me. I would cling to the memories that I had with God. I would think about how I felt His presence and how the Earth was just in the perfect spot to support life! I now realize that during these months, I tried to justify the existence of God. I tried to make it make sense. But now I know that, although there are many facts supporting the existence of God and the crucifixion of Jesus, to this world it's foolishness. People compare the existence of God to the existence of the tooth fairy or santa claus. It takes a child-like faith to be able to believe and understand the gospel. But, God gave me some amazing memories with Him that I cling to whenever I doubt Him (which I hardly ever do anymore, praise God)! He's made me rainbows and sunsets when I've prayed for them, and He's answered my prayers directly where I can actually hear His soft, gentle whisper. My Dad (God) is incredible and my relationship with Him is everything to me! I hope that my posts encourage you, and that God will speak to you and help you grow closer to Him through this blog.



  So now we aren't complete total strangers to you. We're both praying that God will use our testimonies and our young lives to help, encourage and inspire you guys to live for Jesus: to put Him first and let everything else come second. If there's anything you need to ask or know, leave it in the comments or check out the contact page and one of us (probably me :P) will get back to you.

Have a great day and God b

5 comments:

  1. I think this blog ROCKS! I'm so proud of your faith and love of Christ! I honestly can see Christ penned in each fiber of your blogs! You both are such light!

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    1. Thank you!! It means a lot to hear [read] that from someone. :D It's all God. :]
      God bless!!!

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  2. This looks like an awesome blog! I love what you are both trying to do in pointing people to Christ.

    I have a Creation Science blog which you might be interested in checking out. It's www.creationgals.blogspot.com

    Have a blessed day!
    -Leah Kathryn
    www.apassionatafortheking.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for your comment!

      I'll definitely check out your blog. :] I'm actually into Creation Science myself, so I'll head right over.

      Have a blessed day and blessed Easter as well!

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  3. I just want to say that this blog is a pretty inspirational blog. It's hard nowadays to find teens devoted to Christ, and aren't ashamed of that! Thanks Langston and Hannah, because I think your blog is pointing Christian teens in the right direction = )

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