We have all been through those days where the world can just seem like too much. These are a few verses that help me through the hard times. I hope you can find peace and inspiration through these like I do.
1. A lowkey tattoo
Probably on your ankle or wrist. Bonus points if it’s scripture or a cross.
You’re extra Christian if you wear them with socks.
3. A church camp fling
I don't know if it’s the fellowship or the fact that it’s never really allowed, but Christians LOVE a good camp romance.
4. Extra long Patagonia shorts
Modest is ALWAYS hottest
5. XL shirts (even though you probably would fit into a small)
Shirt or a dress? The world will never know… good thing you have those extra long Patagonia shorts!
6. A thicc study bible
So what if you never actually read the stuff at the bottom? The font is big and the bigger the Bible the closer to heaven, right?
7. Hipster glasses
Because apparently freedom in Christ means freedom from contacts
8. A large collection of Christian books
"Love Does," "Not a Fan," "Redeeming Love," "Popular," and "Everybody Always" are on pre-order. We have them all and copies to give to our friends
9. A nose ring
Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we can’t be ~edgy~
10. "Jesus Calling"
It likely sits by your bedside table at home, and you read it a few times a year.
11. La Croix
“Every Christian shall be addicted to La Croix.” –John 3:16
12. A Young Life t-shirt
Whether you have dabbled in Young Life or can name all the camps in a single breath, everyone owns one!
13. The skill to create a killer Instagram story
Spending time in the Word = Spending time creating some sick
14. A Jeep, Subaru, or Suburban
Squad rolls up to church in style
15. A deep love for podcasts or a sermon series.
Did someone say The Porch? Elevation? Passion?
16. A one-piece swimsuit
Two types of people in this world: people who try to make a one-piece cute and people who rock the
17. The Church Clap
It’s not a Christian party until the church clap breaks out. The Holy Spirit loves to dance!
18. A social media cleanse
Whether you gave it up for lent or just felt compelled to give it up for a season, everyone has done it. Bonus points if you alerted your followers about it beforehand in a super long post. Bonus bonus points if it ended after a week.
Single strapped or double. Toe strap or none. We don’t discriminate!
20. A relationship with Jesus Christ
Although it's funny to make fun of the random stuff a lot of Christians do (and don’t do), what really matters is our relationship with Jesus. I know a lot of Christians who don’t fit this stereotype, and that is totally okay! Doing these things isn’t going make you a better Christian, but spending time in the Bible every day will!
So right now it's 6:09 a.m., the house is so quiet I can hear it breathing. The wind slightly knocking against the walls like an unwelcome guest. The heat running through the pipes bringing warmth to each section of the house. The rain from the skies kissing the roofs and windows. I just thought how intricate and specific each role plays. How on its own it must feel inconsequential, but together completes its purpose.
In the Bible, a house/temple is referred to as a body often. We sing songs, "Lord, make me a house of prayer." But in some seasons, we doubt the very thing we asked God for as if it wasn't already designed for us.
Sometimes in our walks, we question our purpose. We don't see the grand scheme. On why we went through what we did, or why we currently are. We want explanations for everything because if our human minds can't comprehend it that means it was in vain. I have wrestled with this concept, the "Why me?" the "I didn't/don't deserve this" and lastly, "I just want the pain to end."
See, what they don't tell you when you sign up for this is that salvation is free but sanctification costs your life. They don't tell you that you have to change your words from "Why me?" to "Count it all joy." They don't put a disclaimer saying that the walk is free but the path is narrow. They don't tell you that you are a house.
A house can have broken parts but still be used. You can be broken and still be used by God. Because God isn't looking for perfect he's looking for posture. He's looking for an open house not foreclosed one. When something is broken within your house, you call someone with that specific training in that area. The very thing that you think qualifies you as broken can be the same that qualifies you as a healer! You looked at your situation as a test but God is trying to use you as a tool.
You don't call a plumber to fix a light. You don't call a perfect person to help an addict. You want someone who doesn't look down on you but says, "I can help, I know because I've been there and I know the pain, I know how you feel. Let's tackle this together." It's okay to be a broken house, a shattered temple — I have some creaks and leaks, too. God wants to restore you because the scariest place for the enemy is the transformation from broken to healed. Why? Because then you'll start setting others free. People don't care what you say, they care about what you do.
What you thought counted you out, God is counting on to help someone for their breakthrough.
They overcame by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony. Let your house be open for not only God, but others. You may see yourself as a broken mirror, but others see a reflection. Your life is a testimony of not shame or embarrassment but of strength and grace. Your house may be missing things — a father, joy gone, love absent, peace may be missing — but God doesn't intend to keep you in lack, he is all-sufficient.
But he needed to withhold things from your house because one, you needed to know who really supplied it, and two, so you can show others how you overcame. But he is faithful He will fill those broken places and mend the broken hearts. He will be the light in your house. So that you may project your light to the world.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill can not be hidden. Neither a man lights a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on the stand — and it shines unto all that are in the house. Even so, let your light shine before men; they may see your good works and Glorify your Father who is in heaven.