A Simple Truth Can Change You

A Simple Truth Can Change You

"Live simply so that others may simply live."

A simple truth can change one's whole life. A simple word can change one's life. A simple thought can change everything. "Live simply so that others may simply live." Usually, the things I think about are never simple. When I think about one thing, it leads to a million other thoughts. And, because of that, I often lie awake late at night just thinking-- sometimes about the most random things.

However, one simple truth that I have learned is that I'm better than my mistakes. But alone, I'm not. Only with God am I better than my mistakes. Because of Him, I can rest in forgiveness, and one day I won't have to live worrying if I have made a mistake.

Every day is a constant struggle to be the perfect person; but, thankfully, God doesn't call us to be that. God sent His only Son so that we would have salvation, so that we would be free. Being free doesn't mean we can do what we want. We still have to abide by God and follow Him; but, through grace and love, he allows us forgiveness.

My loving Savior teaches me every day what it means to be loved and how to love. Sometimes, I catch myself with an attitude that shocks me. What I mean when I say it shocks me is that I don't know why I act so terribly. Then I remember, I am only human. I mess up-- all of the time. I let the devil get his grip on me, and I fall into temptation.

I'm blessed to say that I have a God who is willing to pull me out of my sin and temptation no matter how many times I fall. I fall, and He lifts me up. I don't deserve anything He gives me-- not the love, not the forgiveness, not the comfort. I deserve much less. But, He loves me anyways. He forgives me anyways. He provides me comfort anyways. And for that, I can't be thankful enough.

"Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul." -Psalms 143:8
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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.

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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To All The Girls Letting Others Define Them, You Are More Than Their Labels

No one has the power to change your mood or make you feel less valuable then you are without your permission.


Let me start by saying that this topic is something that I have personally struggle with and still do. By no means am I an expert on the subject, but I hope that my personal experience can help someone who's also struggling. This change in mindset doesn't happen automatically, and there is no "quick fix," but once you let the need to please go, you will feel free. When you invest time and energy into a friendship or romantic relationship, and the other person doesn't return your effort, you'll always feel rejected and abandoned. Unfortunately, this is the reality, and everyone will have to deal with these feelings at some point. Nobody is perfect, and people will ultimately let you down, but you can't let your mood and attitude depend on their actions, or you'll always be disappointed.

I can say with one hundred percent certainty that everyone reading this article is unique and has value not because I said it, but because God did. Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." This verse is part of a letter written to a group of priests who have been exiled to a strange land. They have every reason to be upset with their situation and to feel abandoned by God. But no matter what circumstance I'm in I can always rest on the fact that God has a plan for my life that is far greater than anything I could ever plan for myself. When you believe this no one has the power to make you feel less than.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." This is so true! No one has the power to change your mood or make you feel less valuable then you are without your permission. As impossible as it sounds, imagine a world where we were utterly unbothered by the opinions of others, and we always walked and talked with confidence. That level of confidence is evident when a perfect God anchors your self-worth. Pastor Steven Furtick declared in a recent sermon, "It's not about how much confidence you have, it's about what you put it in." If your confidence and self-worth rest upon the promise of an unshakable God, you'll never feel like you're not enough.

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