A Story. . . or is it?

 

A Story. . . or is it

The country laid waste in a pile of mere ashes. Only a glimpse of what the country was, remained. The founding fathers were rolling over in their we KNOW that He is no longer there.God founded this country and He used it many ways. Continue reading “A Story. . . or is it?”

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A LIFESTYLE OF GOALS: especially friendships.

Goals are so important. They are something that we should constantly be working on. When we become people who are never learning, growing, and working on our character, we become stagnant people who will not end up doing many things for God. The truth is that if we are not working on ourselves and on working on our relationship with God and being tuned into him, we will never do something truly impactful for the kingdom of God. So, for me, I have seen this in my own life. I want to be working on myself, and learning to be the best me that I can be 🙂 With this in mind, I created a list of goals for the month of December!

Maybe you have trouble staying on track, or you are simply not motivated. Friendships are always something to focus on. Growing your friendships and making those people feel special and loved ❤ I would like to encourage you to make yourself goals and then work towards them! Here are my goals for this month:

  1. Grow closer to God and make my time with him even more of a priority.
  2. Make my Prayer life deeper.
  3. Memorize my lines for drama.
  4. Grow closer and encourage my friends!
  5. Learn to cook!
  6. Workout, eat healthy, and drink more water!
  7. Become a person who is more joyful and finding joy in the small things.

What are your goals going to be?

Remember that when you do not quite make these goals a reality to not beat yourself up about it. Simply add it to the next months list and pray about it. You will never be perfect! Rejoice that you don’t have to be! And choose to work on the things you  can 🙂

Have a beautiful day ❤

Emma Grace

Fixed on Jesus During Christmas

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Christmas is coming soon! I am so excited! Christmas is a fun time, but I’m even more excited to celebrate Jesus’s birth! I know we hear that a lot, but how often do we actually put him first; at Christmas time, or even in general. So, how can we make sure that we DO keep Jesus first this season, and in life?

  • Stay in God’s Word! Maybe for this month, you can read the gospels and study the birth and life of Christ. I feel like after doing this, I feel so much more focused on Christ and all that he has done for me.
  • Keep a nativity set in your room. Okay, I know this may seem dumb but, when I wake up, I see it, it reminds me of Jesus. When I see it in the morning, it reminds me to start of my morning praying.
  • Focus on your family. Your family should be the most important thing in your life, below God. Treat them like you love them! I will be off school, so I will have much more time at home. So, as a result of this, I’m going to be focusing on being more patient. I’m also going to try to make some meals for them over Christmas.

And enjoy the season. Enjoy the time you have off of school! Take the time to make a habit out of reading your Bible. Take time to be yourself and enjoy the life that God has so freely given to you. Take time to really figure out who your Savior is. Enjoy time in his presence.

Have a lovely day, Emma Grace ❤

Staying Christian in College

 

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I sat in my classes, letting my eyes follow my professor across the room. His monotonous tone droned in my ears. He continued with ridiculous evidence for evolution. I feel indoctrinated every single day. Every single day is a war to stay true to myself and my God. The strength it takes to stand up for my beliefs are starting to weaken. My heart aches in the mornings while I prepare for a day full of classes. Every day is a struggle and every day God continues to give me strength, as long as I ask him.
Okay, School is hard. Whether it is high school or college, we all struggle to fit in. It is a very real feeling. We want to be accepted and we definitely do not want to seem weird. But, when we become Christians, we often have to kiss that dream goodbye. However, we do not always have to. In order to make it through an experience like this, we must be solid in our beliefs and in who we are as a person. You cannot allow someone els’s opinion of you, rattle you. When discussing this topic, there are many different things that could be discussed. However, we will be discussing how you can prepare before college, so that when you do get there, you are ready for it. Whether secular, or a Bible college, there is much to learn!
Read your Bible! Okay, this may seem completely obvious, but you have no idea how serious I am. Know your Bible. Know what it says about different topics. Topics that I have had to biblically combat here at college so far include: spanking, abortion, raising children, creation, LGTB community, slavery, utopian societies, intelligence, conscience, etc. – 1 Peter 3:15, “But in your hearts set Christ apart [as holy—acknowledging Him, giving Him first place in your lives] as Lord. Always be ready to give a [logical] defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope and confident assurance [elicited by faith] that is within you, yet [do it] with gentleness and respect”(AMP)
Know how to answer. A big part of being able to answer someone’s questions is by reading your Bible. But beyond just reading your Bible, read books to accompany your Bible. One that I would recommend is “The School of Biblical Evangelism”, by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron. This book gave me a lot of practical ways to share my faith and make an impact in the world.
Know your own identity. If you do not know who are in Christ, you will be swept away in the culture. Your identity in Christ should be the most important thing in the world to you. When you are saved, God looks at you not only as flawless, but as if you never sinned in the first place. This world will try to remind you of past mistakes. It will try to tear you down. But guess what? You are not defined by the world’s standards anymore, you are defined by Gods.
Pray, pray, pray. Pray for the unsaved people in your classes. Pray that you would be humble as well as a good witness. Ask God for courage to speak up as well as gentleness and respect.
Going into a college university, you will get pushback. Even from some Christians, as the case may be. I had one Christian friend tell me that I was being “too spiritual”. Problems arise, and you must be ready for them.
Be encouraged though. If you are getting pushback, it is most likely because satan does not like what you are doing and is trying to get a hold on you. I hope these few tips were helpful to you and I will be praying for all of you as you are finishing up your first semester this school year.