7 Reasons Going To Church Early On Sunday Beats Sleeping Off Your Saturday Night

7 Reasons Going To Church Early On Sunday Beats Sleeping Off Your Saturday Night

It's not that hard, plus you can nap in the car on the way to lunch!

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If you have read some of my other articles, you would know that I am a very strong believer in my Christian faith. While I wasn't as devoted in middle school and high school, I have definitely changed my habits since coming to college.

I do my devotionals every day, I read the Bible, and I am constantly praying throughout the day--whether I'm praying for a friend, or for Him to help me out on that math test next class. But, I have also been reincorporating going to church on Sunday mornings. My family and friends get up early, go to Port City Community Church, grab a cup of coffee, and get ready to praise the Lord.

I don't have to give up late nights and having fun with my friends, but I should incorporate spending time with the Lord. There are seven main reasons why getting up early and going to church is so much more important than sleeping off the partying you did Saturday night:

1. It starts off your day right

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No matter how badly your head hurts, how nauseous you feel, or how messy your room is, your day will start off on the right foot the moment you start worshiping the Lord.

2. It brings you closer to your friends than a party ever will

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I have become so much closer to my friends and family who I go to church with every Sunday. The productive conversations we have about God and all the amazing things He does, beats out playing beer pong any night.

3. You get to go get brunch after!

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After we go to church, we all head to Jimbo's Restaurant to get delicious biscuits with gravy, eggs, waffles, french toast, and so much more. If you're ever in Wilmington, be sure to stop by!

4. You might just hear a message God intended for you

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There have been many mornings that I was reluctant to wake up and go to church, but boy am I glad I did. God is always finding ways to incorporate his message for you into worship. Who knows, you might just hear Him give you the answer you've been looking for?

5. It will start your new week off great

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It's just another way to start off your week feeling good.

6. As a college student, we all need Jesus more than sleep

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We ask for help on tests, help managing stress, and sometimes praying for the school shuttle to hit us as we're in the crosswalk (although He would never do it). So the least we could do, as college students, is to repay him on Sundays.

7. It brings you closer to the Lord

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Who wouldn't want a closer relationship with God, especially during the toughest times of our life? School, relationships, and life in general can be hectic. Let Him help you.

I do enjoy spending time with my friends outside of church and going to the occasional party, but the feelings you get from walking into church and singing, praising the Lord, and hearing the message from your pastor is better than any beat drop.

I challenge you to try and find a church near your college or university... bring your Bible, sing, listen closely to the pastor's message. You might just find that your weeks start looking a little brighter.

If it happens to be too bright on Sunday morning, bring a pair of sunglasses.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.
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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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Your Brokenness Is Welcome In The Church

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The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

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Remember that song from Sunday school "This little light of mine." Young, bright faces so full of hope and joy waving their fingers in the air yelling "I'm gonna let it shine." Fast-forward fifteen years and those hearts are scarred and broken. We aren't yelling about shining light anymore because it's been dimmed by our fallen world. But I think those lyrics still apply today, maybe even better. More genuine, with a story, a testimony of His unconditional love. His light shines beautifully through our scars and cracks.

I didn't really hear about the "Your Brokenness is welcome here" movement until I was a sophomore in college but I instantly fell in love. This is my favorite thing about God. He sees the brokenness but looks past it. He welcomes it with open arms. He uses our brokenness to reach others and further his kingdom. But how we ask...... How can He still choose us even when we're in pieces?



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It's so different from reality. When you see a broken item on a store shelf it's pushed to the back or on the clearance rack. Nobody wants broken things. We're taught to think that broken things are useless, unwanted, trash to be thrown out. So when we notice our own brokenness we often think the same things.

"Nobody wants me."
"I'm too broken. I'm useless."
"I'm not worth anything."
"People only see my brokenness."

Honey if these are the thoughts you have please break your chains. These lies we are told by the world are the farthest thing from the truth. If only we could see ourselves through God's eyes.

"You are loved."
"You are chosen."
"You are fearfully and wonderfully made."


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You're never too far gone for God. Never too broken, too abused. Never "too much" for Him. We are his children. You were shaped and molded exactly how he wanted you to be. He is the potter and we are the clay. (Isaiah 64:8) (Jeremiah 18)

8 Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand.

One of my favorite lines from "Pieces" is "It isn't shy, It's unashamed, your love is proud to be seen with me." God sees our brokenness but loves anyway. That grace and unconditional love are unmatched and all-consuming.

The bible is full of stories of "broken" people. People that we would think why them, they're far from qualified?.....The woman at the well, Jonah, Abraham, Joseph, Peter. And look at what was done through them. God doesn't call the qualified, he qualifies the called.

One of the best things I was ever told was "His light shines best through the cracks of brokenness." Everyone has been broken down in some way. His light shines through when we let others see our brokenness. Being vulnerable allows others to understand and possibly feel God's power. Others can see where we have been healed and his light pouring out.

The Lord can use your brokenness for a greater purpose. I think God wants us to acknowledge our brokenness first. You don't have to have it all together all the time. We live in a very broken and fallen world. God is our refuge. Our father. Our safe place. Our lifeline.

He wants us to confide in him, but also create a community of support for others here on Earth. As Christians, we are called to welcome others brokenness. Love and help others through their pain. Don't shun them away, but remind them of the grace and perfect love we receive through Christ. We are chosen despite our imperfections. We are loved through the brokenness and beyond.

So take your mask off. Embrace your brokenness. Let His love heal you. Let His light shine through the cracks.

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