Angels?

Another event I would like to mention in this series is, again, something my mom told me about.

When my mom and her younger sister were kids, they were at my great grandmother’s house. My aunt asked my mom to walk with her into my great grandmother’s room. When my mom asked why she answered saying she was scared of “them”. She explained that every time she went into the room to see her grandparents, there were two adults standing at the foot of their bed who would watch her until she got on the bed. Then they would disappear.

Years later, the same aunt was holding her baby on the couch at my great grandmother’s house. The baby was just about the age when babies start to follow peoples’ movement with their eyes more. No one was in the room but my aunt and my cousin.

My aunt noticed that the baby seemed to be following something with her eyes that didn’t exist. The baby’s eyes followed an even path from right in front of her to the couch sitting next to her. This scared my aunt into leaving the room

Initially, I thought that my great grandmother’s house may be haunted or something similar to it. However, my great grandparents were strong Christians. This makes me think that, instead of my aunt’s younger self and her baby seeing ghosts, they were actually seeing the guardian angels of the house.

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Unconditional Love

A little over a week ago, I made a post that I would be starting a new, pretty short, series. For my first post I wanted to write about a weird dream my mom told my sister and I that she had when she was in her late teens- early 20s.

Dream

She said that she dreamed she was walking through her house, looking out different windows. There was a man kneeling on the sidewalk across the street from her house with his armed outstretched. She said one thing that stood out to her primarily was that his eyes were a very bright and were always staring straight at her. No matter where she moved in the house, his eyes followed her. She said she could almost feel his eyes following her through the walls as she walked. Not only was he staring at her, but his mouth was also moving.

As another weird aspect to the dream was the other people across the street. She said they all looked like they were having fun but had blank, vacant faces. These people were walking to the kneeling man’s left side.

Analysis

Of course, the dream unnerved her when she was younger, especially because this was before she became a Christian. However, when she told us about it she said she now thought she knew the meaning.

Obviously, the man across the street was Jesus. The people having fun and walking to his left were people who had fallen to the world and were walking away from God’s right hand. Though initially, she thought that the man may be casting some sort of curse, now she thinks it was God praying for her.

I love how this dream paints such a great illustration of how Christ loves unconditionally even when we are not following him.

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*Picture from Google Images*

New Series…

I’ve been thinking about starting a new series: Supernatural Occurrences. In my family’s and a few other peoples’ histories that I have heard of, there have been a few different really interesting (sometimes creepy) and strange things that have happened.

The point of this series is not only to share weird and fun stories. Most of these weird events have also shown God watching over us in some way. I want to focus mostly on supernatural happenings in which God has protected or spoken to us.

I am not really sure how short this series will be, but I am looking forward to sharing!

Finding Purpose

At the end of my last post which was, admittedly, a while ago (sorry!) I talked about 1 Corinthians 10:31. This verse basically tells us to do everything, whether it is eating, sleeping, drinking, anything, all in the name of God.

I caught a bad case of the flu and was out of pretty much everything for over a week. I am still making up work from school and feeling the weakness that often results from having the flu. Apart from physical problems, I also have had to basically drag myself out of a mental pit.

All that being said, today I was reading in 1 Corinthians again and came across these verses:

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.

1 Corinthians 9:24-26

Though, as a runner, this caught my attention for obvious reasons, it also got my eye because of what I explained before. I have been recently questioning why I do everything I do. While I run, eat, sleep, get up in the morning, do school, exercise, etc. The first verse, I think, sums up what I have discovered as the answer.

I want to go through life with the goal of receiving the imperishable wreath mentioned in the verse. I don’t want to live life aimlessly, as one who boxes the air.

I want to challenge whoever reads this, along with me, to look to the Lord in everything we do. Look to him as you go to school/work, hang out with friends, read a magazine or book, write. Look to Jesus the Founder and Perfecter of our Faith (Hebrews 12:2).21318_if-you-cant-find-your-proverbial-purpose-first-just-find-a-why_v1

 

Resolutions

Its 2019! We survived another year! It has again reached the time where everyone is about to jump back into their regular routines and try to fulfill their New Year’s resolutions. Though resolutions related to physical health can be great and fun, what about spiritual health? How can each of us make a spiritual resolution personalized to our individual needs?

Introspection

I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes.
Psalm 119:59

How can we make any sort of resolution to change if we don’t know what needs changing? Observe how you use your time, money, and energy. My attention has recently been brought to the fact that entertainment is growing in popularity. This includes movies, phones, books, social media, magazines, the list goes on. I suggest examining yourself for using your time in the wrong areas. Try to use some of this time for something more profitable. Spend time in the Word, go on a hike, talk with friends and family. Figure out what you see in yourself that needs to be replaced.

Read the Word

But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it-not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it they will be blessed in what they do.
James 1:25

Ask God what needs to change in your life. Take the time to dive into scripture and read about what he truly wants from you as part of the Body of Christ. And once you find what you need to work on or strengthen, do it. COMMIT. Whether it is physically, spiritually, or mentally, COMMIT. This is something that humans as a whole struggle with. Commitment to anything is difficult and scary. However, the Lord tells us that if we continue to carry out the work he has given us to do, we will be blessed.

Give it to God

The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
Proverbs 16:9

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6

One of the scariest things for many people, including myself, is trust. It is one of the most difficult parts for me in my Christian walk. Take a leap of faith, let God do his work in you. Lay everything at his feet, stand aside, and watch the good he will do through you. Independence is great, but NO ONE can be independent from God. Without him, we could never execute his plan for our lives.

Final Thoughts…

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

Though it is difficult to believe, everything you do should be done for the Lord. EVERYTHING. Ask yourself if what you do is with God in mind. Why do you get up in the morning? Why do you go to school/work? Why do you have the friends you do? Let’s make this our resolution. Do everything to and for God.

Happy New Year!

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The Holidays…

It’s that time of year again. Midterm exams are over (thank all that is holy) and everyone is visiting family and friends to celebrate our Lord’s birth and greet the New Year.

As a young kid, I always struggled with celebrating the Holidays in the right mindset. Though I was a Christian, it was just too easy to get swept up into thoughts on new things I would get or give to others. Now, the Holidays mean more sleep time to hang out with friends and family.

Recently, a girl in my small group mentioned what she thought the meaning of Christmas was. She said that it was ‘the beginning of the end of our sins’.

This is truly what we should be observing the interim between Christmas and Easter as.

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The Image Epidemic

We have all seen the controversy over the real meaning of ‘beauty’ in the modern world. Large eyes, thin face, clear skin, thin, big butt, etc. NEWSFLASH: there is no such thing as the perfect body.

Do not get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with wanting your body to be more healthy. In fact, working out and having hygiene is very important. What I AM saying is that this should not be an idol. I enjoy staying fit and healthy, but I have to balance this with doing my best in school and as a child of God.

The Image Epidemic does not only involve the physical.

Let’s be honest, we have all thought longingly about being that one perfect person in school or on TV. Even though we know this girl/boy is probably not perfect, somehow she appears to be. They are talented, funny, beautiful, and athletic.

How do we get past these standards? When I start thinking about all those many other ways I could act or look like, I try to think of my personal favorite verse. I hope that you can think about this verse as well and let the meaning sink in.

Proverbs 31:30

Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

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