6 Things I Realized In My First Connection With God

6 Things I Realized In My First Connection With God

From the girl who isn't religious.

I've never connected to religion or felt any sort of welcomeness from it and have struggled with the idea of it for the past few years, however recently I attended a church right outside of campus because a friend asked me to go with her. I didn't expect to gain anything from this experience and had no intentions of liking what they had to say or being there, quite frankly.

Much to my surprise, I fell in love with this church and felt like the energy and words were directed straight at me. I felt welcome here.

I had my first connection to God during that Sunday service and it was unlike anything I'd ever felt before, it made me realize a few things about God, religion and faith that I had been blinded to and everyone needs to know.

1. It's not about church

It's not about showing up every Sunday, it's about the connection you have to it all. This church I attended was a brand new church, only on their third service, and gathering for Sunday service in "The Warehouse" and yes, it actually looks like a real warehouse on the inside. Crosses and crucifixes weren't shoved down my throat as I walked in the door, just warm smiles and positive, growing energy.

This can apply to any church not just ones that have their sermons in a warehouse, the main idea isn't the material qualities about a church but the connective qualities. It's about the relationship and connection you have with God and faith yourself, how much of yourself you give to this, and how willing you are to make the connection.

2. It doesn't have to be hard

I always associated religion and God with difficult and unreachable. I never tried to understand, to have a relationship, or to make a connection because I thought it was just "too hard". I never let myself connect to it because I was convinced it wasn't for me and there was no way for me to relate to any of the incomprehensible words in the Bible or in the sermons.

I was oh-so-wrong.

I have found so many ways to make the connection by just putting in a little effort. Whether it be meeting and talking to relatable people or following Instagram accounts, like Soul Scripts, that post about college girls relating and connecting with their faith. It isn't hard, you just have to want it.

3. It's not a part of your life

I feel like a lot of people, myself included, have this idea ingrained in their brains that faith is reserved only for Sundays. They don't feel a connection (or want to) any other day of the week. God and faith are so much bigger than your Sunday morning, going to this church made me feel this shift in my mind on a big level. I realized this wasn't going to grow me, help me, or do anything if I didn't bring it into every aspect of my life. This doesn't mean signing your life away, but instead it means not having to go through the hardships of life alone and becoming strong within your weaknesses with God.

4. Brokenness is welcome

Within every other church I had ever gone to it almost seemed sinful to be broken in faith or it was ignored altogether. I always felt like the outcast when I didn't know the words to the songs or hymns, had no idea what the quote from the scripture was saying, or know anything about this God person; but this church showed me that it's okay to be broken.

The pastor got up on stage and genuinely said "We want broken people here, we want to help you" and that one sentence spoke to me in so many ways. Suddenly, it was okay that I had no clue where to start or even how to start. It just mattered that I did.

5. It's a growth process

To understand this realization I had at that Sunday service I have to give you a little background: I grew up in a very small, very religious town, within the county that was once known to have the most churches in it in America. It always seemed like everyone was so in love with this idea I couldn't seem to get my head around. I always thought everyone was spoon-fed quotes from the book of John when they were young and that's how these kids I grew up with were forced to be Christians.

But, sitting in that chair at that Sunday service I realized maybe all these kids I was surrounded by fell in love with the growing you can do through God. I think these kids all realized that through God you can grow into the person you want to be and I think that's how they learned to love their lives before me. But, I am on my way now.

6. It's worth it

I am not hiding behind my fears and ignorance anymore because I know pouring myself into God and faith will be worth it and I know it will change my life as it has for so many other people.

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Simplest Way to Remove Carpet Stains

How to Remove Carpet Stains

The thing you love the most will definitely cause you a great deal of tension. Wondering how? Let’s face the truth. Say for example, your beloved house is decorated with some beautiful and amazing carpets, in some cases they are very expensive. If your lovely carpet suffers a stain, the tension to remove the carpet stain will definitely take your sleep away. Those who have previous experience of carpet stains know to what extent my claim is true. 

It doesn’t matter how much careful you are at your house, your lovely carpet might become the victim any time. Whether the culprit be your kid, or your pet, or even a simple and small mishap, the apple of your eye, I mean your carpet, can get molested in a blink of an eye.

I have seen many people asking, how I can remove old stains, or red wine stain, or coffee stain from carpet. And the most common question I came through is “How can I get pet stains out of carpet?”

In face of such a sorry incident, you will probably want to tear apart your own hair looking for a quick solution. Trust me when I say, “I can feel you, Sis/Bro!” And trust me even more when I say, “The simplest solution to this SCARY problem might be hiding in your house!”

You probably have heard that vinegar is a great cleaning tool. If so, you’ve heard it right and it can be used to remove carpet stains as well. However, you’ll be even more amazed to know that adding some baking soda to vinegar will turn it into a SUPER CLEANER!

You don’t have to believe me just now. Try it at home and enjoy the MAGIC yourself! Don’t worry about the precautionary measures, it is completely safe!

In this article, you’ll be able to learn how to remove almost any kind of tough carpet stains using vinegar and baking soda. 

This is a step by step process. Go through the steps carefully and then ACTION!

The first step is DO NOT RUSH! Yes, it’s the first step. Because rushing to remove the stain from your carpet might destroy the temperament of the carpet’s fabric. Or, in some cases, the fabric might lose some color. And I’m sure you do not want that.

The second step is to gather your TOOLS. You’ll need just five things – (a) Baking Soda, (b) Vinegar, (c) Spray Bottle, (d) Scrubber, and (e) Vacuum Cleaner. Yes, that’s all you need to complete your mission. Don’t get too excited if you have all the necessary weapons at your disposal. You still have a long way to go. 

APPLY BAKING SODA is the third step. What you need to do at first is to apply a layer of baking soda over the area your lovely carpet has lost some beauty, I mean over the stains. 

Wait! There is an important thing you need to know before you proceed with this step. You have to analyze the stain you are dealing with. In general, you might face with two different situations – a stain that is wet or a stain that has already dried up.

If your stain is still wet, you need to use tissue paper to blot the stain area. Be careful to not spread the stain more. Continue this process till the wetness of the stain is gone. Then apply baking soda. And if the stain is already dried up, you can directly apply baking soda.

And don’t be a miser while applying baking soda; it’s a matter of your beautiful carpet, right? Simply apply common sense to determine the amount and that would be just fine. Nothing to worry!

In the fourth step, you need to SPRAY VINEGAR. Before you start spraying, don’t forget to add water to the vinegar and make it a 50-50 solution. Spray bottles are very common these days. I’m sure that it won’t be a big issue for you to collect one. Just one reminder in this step – be careful that all the baking soda you’ve applied are properly soaked in vinegar solution.

Step five is WAITING. I know waiting can be very boring in a situation like this. But you’ve to follow the procedure properly to revive the beauty of your lovely carpet. 

Remember that I’ve mentioned two different situations in the third step? Good news is that if you’re dealing with wet stain, waiting for 5-10 minutes will do the job. After the waiting period is over, use tissue paper to dry up the stained area.

But if you’re dealing with a stain that has already dried up, you might want to wait minimum half an hour. The waiting period will depend on how old stain you’re dealing with. You might need to wait even few hours if you’re treating a year-old-stain.

Step six – SCRUB IT LOSE. Use your scrubber to scrub the dried baking soda on the stain. When I say scrub it lose, I mean scrub it well. But don’t scrub too hard to hurt your carpet.

Step seven is to CLEAN UP THE DUST. You have one tool left to use, right? Use vacuum cleaner to suck up the dust fully. 

And the final step – ENJOY! I hope there is a big smile on your face by now. If so, mission successful!

In case your mission is partially complete, please be patient enough to follow all the steps once again carefully. You’ll definitely succeed.

However, you could be one of the very few unlucky people, if the stain is still on your lovely carpet. If that is the case, don’t worry. Your carpet is okay. Vinegar and baking soda won’t harm the carpet. You just need to call a cleaning service. That’s all.

There are tons of products and solutions available in the market including rug doctor to treat carpet stains. But after all the case studies I’ve gone through, I would give this method 9 out of 10.

So, this is the simplest, safest, cost effective and easiest way to remove stain from carpet.

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