Something You Need To Know

Something You Need To Know

In the struggles of this life, what are you holding on to?

We are busy people. We have classes to go to, assignments to do, friends to hang out with, work to go to. Some of us have families to take care of or loved ones to watch after. Typically rushing here and there while we fill up our planners with stuff to do, day after day.

We are hard on ourselves. We tell ourselves we aren't good enough. I have to go to the gym because I need to lose weight. I suck at school. I will never be as good of a (fill in the blank) as he/she is. I need to do better. I need to work harder.

We go through stressful and difficult situations. Loved ones get sick. Loved ones pass away. Managing finances is hard. We don't always get along with our family members or our friends. School work piles up. Trying to find a job is stressful. Moving on from a past relationship is difficult.

We encounter unkind people and at times we, too, are unkind. A driver cuts you off. You blare your horn. A group of girls laugh as a boy trips in the Brickyard on campus. You don't smile at the nice lady at the cash register. People gossip about your current situation. You post an offensive status on social media.

There is a lot of pain and hurt in this world. We see it all over the news; you can't miss it. People are hurting and it hurts us to see it. It makes us angry and frustrated. How could this be the world we live in?

It is easy to become hopeless. It is easy to be discouraged.

But, there is something you need to know.

God loves you so much.

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him (1 John 4:16).

God knows you and cares for you more than anyone else.

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:16).

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them (Genesis 1:27).

Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, you are of more value than many sparrows (Luke 12:7).

You were created to do good.

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).

The God who created you has overcome the world.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33).

The God who created you is bigger and more powerful than the pain and struggles of life.

Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure (Psalm 147:5).

For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes (Deuteronomy 10:17)

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable (Isaiah 40:28).

God sent His son, Jesus, as the payment for our sins.

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:2)

This is His love. This is what you need to know.

You are adequate.

You are enough.

You can make a difference.

We have a great hope to put our trust in.

Even if you're not a Christian, God loves and cares for you.

God wants to have a relationship with you and wants you to experience the overwhelming power and joy of His love.

You do not have to earn salvation. God offers eternal life as a gift freely given as long as you believe and choose to accept it.

As a Christian, you know all these things to be true, but often we need to be reminded of the greatness of our God and of the vastness of His love for us. I encourage you that when life becomes difficult and you're overcome by the things of this world, run straight to Jesus and His word. It is so easy to run to other things, whether that be friends, food, gossip, social media, isolation, or something else we're tempted to go to. I often fail to make it a priority to run straight to the feet of Jesus, too. But every time I do run to the Lord, I experience complete satisfaction and reassurance; something I know I will never receive from the things of this world.

If you are not a believer, I'm praying that God will speak to you through what you have just read. I encourage you to ask questions. God created you for so much more in this life. Through Jesus, He offers to you eternal life and fellowship with him. He will change your life for the better. He will be steadfast and faithful to you when the people and things of this world are not. He wants you to know Him today and He is pursuing your heart. You don't have to fix your life before you come to Him. Believe. Know that God loves you and wants to have a personal relationship with you. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). Confess and repent of your sin. We all are by nature, sinners. For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 8:28). Don't try to please God on your own. Realize that salvation through the blood of Jesus is a gift that no one deserves. But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were still sinner, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Trust Him and truly accept his gift. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name (John 1:12). Receiving Jesus is a matter of sincerely asking Him to come into your heart, to forgive your sins, and to become your Lord and Savior over your life. It is an act of sincere faith, true belief, and heart-felt will. Trust in Him. He's the something you need to know today.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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5 Facts About Spiritual Gifts That You Need To Know

Different gifts, but from the same Spirit


1 Corinthians 12:4-5 states; "[4] There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. [5] There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord." We see that there are multiple spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Lord.

1. We all have different gifts and that's okay

Just like a body has different parts that each has its own function, that's like the body of Christ. We all have different gifts and different purposes, but we're all part of the body of Christ. God has a plan for you and has given you certain gifts. God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the calling.

2. There are various spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible

Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 are some of the bible passages that talk about spiritual gifts. Giving, leadership, mercy, prophecy, service, tongue interpretation, administration, discernment, hospitality, missionary, and evangelism are some of the spiritual gifts that people can have. We can desire any gift, but it's God's choice on what gifts He gives us.

Remember, everyone can receive speaking in tongues via baptism in the Holy Spirit, but not everyone will get the gift of tongue interpretation.

3. Spiritual Gifts are supernatural abilities that are either given or enhanced via the Holy Spirit

God gave us these Spiritual gifts because God wants to invest in His church.

4. Spiritual gifts are for strengthening others

We have spiritual gifts in order to help others.

5. It does take time for gifts to mature and develop

Like with a skill that you have, it does take time for you to own said skill. You put in the work, and because of that, you grow in your skill, and you get better. That's the same way with your gifts. God gives each of us certain gifts to use, and it will take time to mature those gifts.

Spiritual gifts are important.

In Romans 12:6 states; "[6] We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; [7] if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; [8] if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

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