The Day God's Love Found Me

The Day God's Love Found Me

A raw, truthful, and vulnerable revealing of my testimony.
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June 19th, the beginning of camp, I was praying for God to cleanse my eyes, mind, and soul of my negativity and judgment; I wanted so desperately to see the world the way God does. And I wasn't really feeling different over the next two days. I felt closer to God, but I knew there was something greater to come.

Then the day came, June 21st of 2017. I was slowly beginning to trust God over the years of recovery, but it wasn't full throttle until this day. I was at Bigstuf Camps, a youth group camp in Panama City Beach, Florida, and the theme for camp was "Filters," which basically talked about our good and bad outlooks on all aspects of life. We had a sermon addressing our "Father Filter" on this seemingly ordinary day of June.

Stuart Hall, the speaker, began by addressing our different ways of viewing God; From on-demand God, who is only there when you ask for something, to an Almighty Zeus like God, who is only there for you when you're sinless and leaves you during hardships until you redeem yourself.

This was clearly my view of God, so I started zoning into Stuart much more. He then asked us to picture our dads, no matter if we are extremely close or distant with them, storming into the convention hall, making a big scene to find us, and then when he does, he tells us how much he loves us and is proud of us. Of course, everyone loved the idea. Stuart then pointed out that this is what God is. A perfected version of our earthly fathers.

At this point, I started sobbing. Yes, God is almighty, but he's so much more than that. He is my Dad in Heaven, and he can understand what I'm feeling because of Jesus. He feels all my pain WITH me; he isn't simply watching from above. As this realization was hitting me, I could feel Jesus by my side. Literally feel him. I could feel his hand on my back, and I had seemingly endless chills surging through me. When I felt Jesus telling me to look up, I did.

And my life was changed forever.

Cover Image Credit: Katherine Sheetz

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If You're A Millennial Christian, You Definitely Have A Relationship With Christ And These 19 Other Things

“Every Christian shall be addicted to La Croix” – John 3:16
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1. A lowkey tattoo



Probably on your ankle or wrist. Bonus points if it’s scripture or a cross.

2. Birkenstocks

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 instastories for the followers. Simple.

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 OG Speedo

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.

19. Chacos

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!

Cover Image Credit: Abigail Rose Fuller

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The Truth About Politics In Religion And How It Affects Our Relationship With God

They don't have to be mutually exclusive.

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It's evident that religion can and has been used in politics from the values of voters and leaders. However, to use your religion or your relationship with God for making political decisions doesn't share the same meaning.

I've always loved finding all the best facts and research for argumentative work but I couldn't pursue that approach for this topic. Why? Because I've experienced the pattern in my relationship with God of how God defies logic.

God can't be contained to a definition or explanation. I liked the way I've heard one leader express that, "If you hear someone trying to explain to God as if he knows then he's a fool before he starts talking". That's a paradox within itself.

I've learned more recently to identify that the two sides of the paradox that you might wrestle with in understanding God are both true. That, yes, His hands are big and He knows exactly what to do to make you surrender but you'll also find no greater love than with Him because He has the biggest heart and knows what you need better than you do.

I think that accepting this paradox will differentiate between those that view politics religiously versus those that view it from 'what is God trying to do here'? The one that focuses on seeking 'what is God trying to do here?' would represent those with a relationship with God. This doesn't mean that referencing the laws of God exempts you from having a relationship but the love of God is the strength that sustains the relationship over the law. This is also a bit of a paradox because they're both important in Christianity.

There's the difference from seeing God as one-sided which is very prideful, limiting and incorrect compared to recognizing that His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.

I believe that what we believe and how we see God will bring limitations or provision on how we can be used in God's plan for His kingdom on earth when it comes to the way the world is run.

God, our relationship with God and the law of God all have to be considered in the things we do as Christians.

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