7 Things That Won't Affect God's Love For You

7 Things That Won't Affect God's Love For You

But could reflect badly of God's love in you.

We all have those moments that make us lose our cool and question everything we know to be good in this world. I have noticed recently how easily I can get frustrated over some insignificant matter, resulting in my own sudden outburst of anger. In complete honesty, these outbursts commonly include some foul language along with a derogatory remark toward whoever or whatever was the instigator of the matter. I began to take notice of this problem in my own life after first noticing it coming from other people.

There's a certain unattractiveness to a personality that is quick to anger. As a Christian, I have heard the James 1:19 command of "be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry" enough times it seems to go in one ear and out the other. Those three simple concepts, however, can save us from a world of hurt if we just make a point to recognize when we have the most problem with it. It's easy to get mad at everyday frustrations to the point of forgetting how we are supposed to be children of light, showing love to others. When we get mad at the frustrations of life, we can forget that God's love for us is far greater than the impact of these frustrations. So, here are my top 7 frustrations that I realize put a dimmer on the light I should be showing as a Christian.

1. That gossip you heard minutes, hours, days, weeks, or years ago.

Our world is full of gossip. Whether true or not, it can be frustrating to hear rumors going around about yourself or the people you care about. The important thing to remember is God knows us far better than any human. His love for us is not affected by the story going around about you. If you handle rumors with grace and humility, people can see that God's love is greater than that whacked out story about you.

2. A bad hair day

I'll be the first to admit that my hair game is not always on point. Days that begin with uncooperative hair can seem to run a down hill slide all the way through. Don't get me wrong, my appearance is not one of my top concerns in life, but there is something to the phrase "Look good; feel good." People in the secular world today will make their first judgments of us based on appearance. God, however, looks at the heart. God's love for you or me will not be affected by those lousy bad hair days, so let's not let those day's affect how we show God's love.

3. That person driving 20 in a 35

Life as a full time college student/ full time worker is busy; the last thing I need is to be slowed down by some person who's got nothing better to do than drive 20 miles per hour in front of me while I'm already late for work. Anytime this event arises, I can become quite the outraged driver. Road rage is definetly one easy way to turn someone off to the Christ like message we may be trying to send, especially if you've got one of those "Jesus fish" on your bumper. Patience is a virtue. Love is patient. Is getting to where we need to be when we want to be there really that much more important that being a safe and courteous driver?

4. A bad breakup

If you haven't gone through one, I both respect and envy you. If you have, I sympathize with the urge to gossip about, bad mouth, and even get even with whoever the stinker was that broke your heart. Relationships were created by God for good. When those relationships that we think are going to last forever end badly, it can be easy to blame not only the other person, but also God. God sees our every tear that falls and knows the plan He has for us. We are not chained to the doors that close in our lifes. Look to God for the love that is most needed in your life.

5. That bad grade you got from that teacher who is always out to get you

We've all had them, those teachers you just can't seem to please no matter how many hours you've poured into their classwork. It can become so easy to vent out our frustrations toward the way a teacher grades by attacking their personality as a whole. God wants us to respect our authorities, even if we disagree with them. The light that we are called to shine as followers of Christ should not be hidden by malice or disagreement with one teacher. The class will end. We will get through.

6. Terrible Customer Service

You're in a hurry. You're really hungry. You're running low on money for the week. Why not just run through the fast food drive thru and get something cheap? Of course it's times like this when you either have to wait in line a little longer than you had time for, get your food and it's cold and chewy, or end up driving away missing an item in your bag. Bad customer service can turn a good day bad and a bad day terrible. I know how easy it is to turn my focus for the rest of the day to remembering the bad service I had. The better thing to do would be to focus on what good I had accomplished in the day and can accomplish.

7. Terrible Customers

Working in fast food, I have countless stories of customers who have frustrated me to the point of saying things I should not have said. Some people are impossible to please or at least they seem to be. The people I work with know I am a Christian, so every outburst of anger I make reflects badly on my own Christian faith walk. God knows my frustrations and loves me through my anger. Coworkers see my frustration and question my love for others. I would rather reflect well of God's love than voice my frustrations to turn someone away from God.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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5 Facts About Spiritual Gifts That You Need To Know

Different gifts, but from the same Spirit


1 Corinthians 12:4-5 states; "[4] There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. [5] There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord." We see that there are multiple spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Lord.

1. We all have different gifts and that's okay


Just like a body has different parts that each has its own function, that's like the body of Christ. We all have different gifts and different purposes, but we're all part of the body of Christ. God has a plan for you and has given you certain gifts. God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the calling.

2. There are various spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible


Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 are some of the bible passages that talk about spiritual gifts. Giving, leadership, mercy, prophecy, service, tongue interpretation, administration, discernment, hospitality, missionary, and evangelism are some of the spiritual gifts that people can have. We can desire any gift, but it's God's choice on what gifts He gives us.

Remember, everyone can receive speaking in tongues via baptism in the Holy Spirit, but not everyone will get the gift of tongue interpretation.

3. Spiritual Gifts are supernatural abilities that are either given or enhanced via the Holy Spirit


God gave us these Spiritual gifts because God wants to invest in His church.

4. Spiritual gifts are for strengthening others


We have spiritual gifts in order to help others.

5. It does take time for gifts to mature and develop


Like with a skill that you have, it does take time for you to own said skill. You put in the work, and because of that, you grow in your skill, and you get better. That's the same way with your gifts. God gives each of us certain gifts to use, and it will take time to mature those gifts.

Spiritual gifts are important.

In Romans 12:6 states; "[6] We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; [7] if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; [8] if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

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