Today's The Day I Make Jesus Proud Of Me Again

Today's The Day I Make Jesus Proud Of Me Again

I may have accepted Him many years ago, but it's never too late to rededicate your life.
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So, I have the same story as quite a few others. I went to bible school in elementary school and did the ABC's of accepting Christ and "became a Christian." Sure, I've always believed in Jesus, no doubt about that, but accepting Him into my heart at 8 or 9 years old? I don't even think I really understood what I was doing. So that is what leads me to today, June 4, 2017, over 10 years later, being baptized for the first time and rededicating my life.

Of course, I wanted to accept Him at bible school because that's what I was supposed to do right? I had gone to church all of my short life so far, and now was time to make that next step. But what did it even mean? Okay, so Jesus is in my heart, now I have to mind my parents and be good and I'll go to heaven? I don't think I even began to understand what it really meant. And that's no one's fault because, I mean, how do you begin to explain faith to an 8- or 9-year-old when some adults don't even fully understand it? But I accepted Him, and I went home and told my parents and grandparents and everyone was so proud of me. And I really thought I was doing good, praying before bed every night, reading my little children's bible, going to bible drill and Sunday school, I mean, I was the perfect Christian right?

Well, it all seemed easy until I got older.

Faith is so innocent and pure as a child. It just seemed so much easier as a child. But then came middle school, and even worse, high school. It became easier to miss church and sleep in. I felt as if I had too much homework to try to read my bible. Kids started cussing, going to parties, drinking, and the list goes on. The kids who went to church instead of the parties got picked on and called "goody-goodies." If you read your bible in class you got weird looks. It just became easier and easier to drift away from Christ and follow the norm. And I did. I didn't read my bible very much, I hardly ever went to church, I only talked to God when I was questioning Him by asking Him why. I tried harder to be one of the cool kids and tried less to maintain my relationship with God.

But God doesn't let you get too far for too long. He sent some things my way that finally woke me up. From abusive relationships to major health problems to loss of family members and a lot of disappointment and regret, God brought me back. It was slow, but He brought me back. I'm now back in church, I now do my devotional every day, and I pray A LOT, and not just to ask for something, but to thank Him. Am I the perfect Christian? Absolutely not, but I am trying. I see what's important now. In my older mindset, I now am beginning to understand what faith truly is.

So it is perfectly fine if you became a Christian before you really even knew what that meant, and yes you can still call yourself a Christian. But what would that innocent little 8- or 9-year-old say about the way you're living today? That's something I had to ask myself recently, and I came to find she wouldn't be too proud because God deserves so much more. He deserves so much more than a lukewarm follower.

So today is the day that I make that little girl, and Jesus Christ, proud of me again. Today is the day I get baptized.

I know God appreciated that 8- or 9-year-old that tried to her best to follow Jesus so very much. But I know God is smiling down now without a doubt because after stumbling through life, trying to do things without Him, that little girl is back, and now truly beginning to understand why I need Him so much.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

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

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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Staying Strong in your faith, even when it's a struggle

In this post, I will be discussing how to stay strong in your faith and trust God.

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The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 16:13, "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong." It is important to be on your guard and stand firm in your faith. Trust me I know it is not always easy, there are so many temptations and so much peer pressure in this world. The devil will throw many things at us, but we need to stand strong.

I struggle to stay firm in my faith especially at college. At college you are not home where everyone goes to church every Sunday, and you don't have your parents making sure you go to church. It seems weird living somewhere where not everyone goes to church every Sunday or even know who God is.

It is also hard when you don't have someone making sure you go to church, or you've had a long week of school and just want to sleep in all weekend and stay in bed. You also think people will judge you because you are going to church but do NOT care what people think, stand strong for what you believe in and do not let anyone change that. I have been to the BSU at Mississippi State and those people are the most genuine, caring people I have ever met. The first time I went on a Tuesday night, they were so welcoming and very excited to have me there.

There will be people who question you on why you believe in God and you need to tell them. There will also be people at college that have never heard the word of God or even who God is. So, do not be afraid of telling them what you believe in because it could change someone's life. I have been asked, "How do you believe in something you cannot see," I respond with you can't see air can you but you still breath it in and know it is there. The bible says in Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." The bible also says in 2 Corinthians 5:7, "For we live by faith, not by sight." When I was younger I did struggle with how do you believe in something you cannot see? Then I thought about it and there's no way on this earth we would be here if God wouldn't have created us. It wasn't a star that exploded and created all the nerves in our body, all the organs, our hair, or anything on this Earth. It was God. Everyone struggles with their faith during their lifetime. You will hit your all time low and think it's Gods fault, but it is just a test to see how strong you are in your faith. Stay true to Him and trust in Him. God will never lead us down the wrong path, although it may have a few bumps in the road, He knows our steps before we take them. He wants us to walk with Him. Proverbs 16:9

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