A Few Days Of Worship Can Be Life Changing

A Few Days Of Worship Can Be Life Changing

Don't be afraid to stand out in your faith.

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Now some of you might've read that title and thought, there is no way her life or my life can possibly change in just a few days. Well, to start off I have had faith my entire life but how deep I was into it was questionable, as may some of you might agree with me. I had a very long winter break from college and it gave me a lot to think about and to do for that fact. I was given the opportunity to be a group leader on my church's trip to Kalahari. My church takes this trip every year and it's over the span of three days.

The first day we get there around 6:30 p.m. and our first session didn't start till about 9:00 p.m. later that night. Our speaker for the weekend is a man named David Nasser. He is a very powerful speaker and relates his message to his own personal experience or will even ask us questions to tie the message into something that we will understand. He talked about how people care more about the inside than the outside.

Now we are all guilty of this no matter what you say. A lot of people judge off the first thing we see of people rather than their personality. That has stuck with me. I rather people judge me based on my personal character and how I carry myself rather than judging me on if my outfit is up to date or if I did my hair that day.

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." — Galatians 2:20 New International Version (NIV)

There are people who say that are a Christian and they very may as well be but do they show it? Expressing your love for God and not being afraid to talk about it is such a big step in someone's life.

David spoke on John Chapter 17. John 17:21 states,

"that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me."

Expressing your love for God is not something to be ashamed of. Talking about God, singing about him is something you should be proud of. Putting your hand up during worship because you feel the spirit of God moving through you! Break the cliques you might be apart of that are holding you back from who you feel that you need to be!

Being comfortable in who you are is so important! Don't be afraid to be the odd one out in the group. Invite your friends to church, blast your worship music when you're getting ready. Being happy about who you are is NOTHING to be ashamed of. I learned to be comfortable about my faith and I get very excited to talk about God with my friends and inviting people to Church on Sunday and groups Thursday night. I found out that God is telling me to tell people about him, and leading kids towards his word. Showing kids that God is there for them. I was once lost but now I am found!

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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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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If You Want Proof That God Exists, Just Look Around You At The World He Created

None of it is an accident.

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It has always baffled me that people can truly believe the world was created by accident. It's like saying that Leonardo Di Vinci closed his eyes, tipped over a few cans of paint, and miraculously created the Mona Lisa. Nothing that beautiful is an accident. I believe that the truest and rawest testimony to Christianity is the universe itself. A proclamation of its creator.

When I need to be reminded how great our God is, I simply just look around me.

Romans 1:20 says, "For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God."

The Bible is telling us here that everything has a purpose. The world is not this beautiful by accident. Every purple sunset was intricately designed. Each rise and fall of the tide was crafted by the creator.

Look around you.

The Northern lights are not simply a coincidence. It is no accident that people's hands are gifted with such divine talents to create wonders like the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal. There is a reason that your favorite song has such transcendent and heavenly beauty, as it escaped from the lungs that God created and gifted with talent. It is all of him; it is all from and for him.

He doesn't make mistakes.

There is a reason that we yearn for these beautiful things. That we long to glimpse sunsets and travel the world and hear beautiful music and see beautiful people. It is because we are heavenly creations, and seeing these marks of God's wonder bring us closer to him and remind of our true and divine pace in his kingdom. These beautiful things are little marks of God's divinity, and they remind us where we belong.

They are the reason our hearts constantly ache for something more.

And you are a mark of his beauty as well. The fact that of the billions of trillions of atoms that make up the matter that make up the universe were brought together in an intricate and perfect enough way to create a unique human being who could never be copied are replicated. You are a miracle. And your very body and soul are living proof that God exists. Nothing is an accident. Nothing.

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