When Life Gets Hard, Remember This

When Life Gets Hard, Remember This

There are also times when I just need to know that in this big world I am not fighting these battles on my own.
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There are going to be times in our lives where nothing seems to make sense and as if everything is falling apart. There will be times when you prayed for something, and it is as if God misunderstood your request. There will be times when one thing happens, then another thing, then another, and then another, but it will be in these times when nothing goes right that God speaks the loudest. God has a way of being who we need when we need Him. There are times in my life when I need God to be my friend. There are times when I need God to listen to me cry, to listen to me rant about anything even the small, seemingly unimportant things. There are also times when I just need to know that in this big world I am not fighting these battles on my own. We sing a song in church sometimes that I believe illustrates this point beautifully as it reads, “Farther Along we’ll know all about it, father along we’ll understand why, cheer up my brother live in the sunshine, we’ll understand it all by and by.”

If there is anything that I have learned in the past three months it's the phrase “farther alone we’ll understand why.” God places different circumstances into our lives, not as means to test us but to see just how far we are willing to serve Him. Throughout our journey on the straight and narrow, there will be many obstacles and things that at the time we will not understand in the slightest, but that's part of the journey. There will be times when you look up at the sky and scream, “Why,” but there will also be times when you look up at the sky and scream “thank you for saying no, God.” God knows what we need before we even ask, and He will give us what we need when we need it even if it is not what we necessarily want.

Farther along we’ll understand why. As we look back one day when we are twenty-five and have bigger problems than broken hearts and what we are going to do for the rest of our lives, the things we don't understand right now will seem crystal clear or may not even seem important. Time is a beautiful thing that allows us to see growth and importance, which is why the further we travel down the road God has placed us on, the more we will begin to understand why certain things are happening. Even if right now nothing makes sense, everything is falling apart, or it is as if God isn't answering your prayers, He is there and He is active. My friend,“Farther Along we’ll know all about it, father along we’ll understand why, cheer up my brother live in the sunshine, we’ll understand it all by and by.”

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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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By Using God To Justify Hate, Christians Are Giving Christianity A Bad Name

I've seen people ask why young adults are straying away from Christianity, and in my opinion, it has to do with the lack of acceptance in the church.

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I grew up in Alabama, so it's no surprise that I grew up in church. I was saved, or baptized, at a young age. I grew up going to church camp, going on mission trips and participating in church activities, such as Thanksgiving lunches and Christmas plays.

As I grew up, I became interested in politics. I began watching public officials, most of whom claim they are Christians, build their platforms by turning down the rights of those in the LGBTQ community, helping the rich get richer, saying Christianity is the only correct religion and wanting to take away healthcare from those who cannot afford it.

The more I noticed these public officials saying things like this, the more I noticed that people who went to church agreed with them. This upset me.

What I was taught about Christianity was that God accepts everyone — no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, social status or economic status. He accepts all.

What I was hearing from churchgoers and those who claimed to be Christians was the exact opposite.

I faced an internal conflict, deciding whether or not I wanted to go to church anymore, much less be a Christian. I didn't want to be labeled as someone who does not accept people for who they are. That's not the person I am.

I didn't want people to think that, if they're in the LGBTQ community, I thought they were going to Hell. I didn't want people to think that, if someone was poor, I thought they did something in life to cause that. I didn't want those of other faiths to think their religion was not valid. I didn't want people who were physically or mentally sick to think I didn't want them to receive help.

So for the past few years, whenever someone asked me if I believed in God, I told them yes, but that I didn't believe in organized religion.

It may come as a shock to some Southerners when I say you don't have to actively be in a church to believe in God. My dad always taught me that you have to sometimes separate God from church. I never fully understood what that meant until I was in that situation.

According to pewforum.org, 66 percent of college graduates surveyed consider themselves Christians, and 25 percent said they do not have a religious affiliation.

I've seen people ask why young adults are straying away from Christianity, and in my opinion, it has to do with the lack of acceptance in the church.

I am a firm believer in the separation of church and state. I believe that in church, you can be taught to love someone no matter who they are and what their situation is. I believe that you can hold your own political morals.

What I don't believe in is using God's name to justify hate toward a certain group of people. And that, in my opinion, is what is giving Christianity a bad name.

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