I Have Avoided Reading My Bible Like It Is My Least Favorite Vegetable, But God Has Brought Me Back

I Have Avoided Reading My Bible Like It Is My Least Favorite Vegetable, But God Has Brought Me Back

I know it's sometimes the last thing you want to do, but hear me out.
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Sometimes it feels like life is always hitting you down and never giving you a break. As if it’s life’s personal vendetta to make sure you have the worst time living, whether that be spilling your coffee on your newly-clean white blouse before work, forgetting to do an assignment, parking too close to a pole so that your side mirror flies off the minute you back up, or losing someone you love.

It all really sucks.

At one point, the last thing you want to do is open up your Bible and read about God and “stuff.” You want to cry, curse, and just sulk in your sadness. In fact, one time I sat in my car for a solid 40 minutes and pouted because I did not want to see anyone or talk to a single person.

Did I feel better when I got out of my car and walked back to my apartment? Sure. Did it last? Not at all. The minute I got back I felt that same sadness and anger I had in the car. In my room, I tried to fill my pain with chocolate milk, food, and a hot shower, but all it did was numb me at that moment. It didn’t provide a real solution for what I was going through.

That same night I saw my Bible sitting on the desk and knew what I had to do. I could feel God pulling me to Him. So I sighed super loud, and grudgingly sat at my desk, and opened it to the book I was studying, and read. I was like a child whose parents were making them eat vegetables.

And just like vegetables, while you may not want to eat them, sometimes they are healthy for you. The Bible is the same way.

After reading just a few verses, this calming force seemed to shoot back at me. It felt something like this:

As I kept reading and reading, the more every tense muscle in my body left, and my mind was filled with this soothing bliss.

There is just something magical about being in the presence of the Lord. When you open your Bible it's like this instant burst of calm has washed over you and all your anxiety, worries, etc. is gone.

It’s just you and Jesus. Then you wish you could always feel this way all the time. But you can!

God is always here, the Bible is always here, and we are always in need to calm down our wrecking ball of feelings.

He is the calm to your storm. The bringer of peace, and the One you should always go to...Your Father.

Am I still going to sulk and cry in my room at night? Probably. I’m only human.

But I know the peace and calm that I get from spending time with the Father, and therefore will always know, the biggest answer to any of my problems is Him.

Only He can give you peace to whatever you are going through. Not food, Netflix, boys, coffee, crying, showers, chocolate milk, etc. Even though we try, we will never experience true peace when our dam breaks and pain floods our lungs. Food and crying are all temporary things, that may soothe us at the moment, but don't compare to the effervescent joy you get when you simply open up your Bible or pray.

If you are feeling beaten down, and like you can’t get up, open up the Bible. Read a passage or two. Believe me, you’ll end up feeling a lot better. And if you don’t know what to read, here are some suggestions!

Comment your prayer requests and I will pray for you and whatever pain you are going through in this season of your life.

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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!

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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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