When I was a kid God really could do anything. No matter what mess I brought to Him, He could fix it. God was my daddy to be trusted fearlessly, and faith in Him could really change things.
It's on the Christian radio station, it's in the books; many youth leaders embrace it, some pastors even preach it - so just what could be oh-so-wrong with promoting self-esteem? In a nutshell, self esteems says "I'm good enough," while the cross commands our eyes to Jesus, whose perfection exposes just how broken we really are.
When I was 16, I was a junior, and it was by far the most challenging year of high school for me. On top of having eight classes, I was in a rough situation. I had caught a person in some serious sin, and that situation did not get handled the way I had hoped. Between trying to study sulfur for a class presentation in chemistry, editing photos for my photography business, and attempting to address the situation, the Lord strongly convicted me of an issue in my heart
As we study what makes a woman after God’s own heart, we often think about being in the Word, praying, and living out a pure life. Serving our families is very important in the Bible and so it should be in our lives as well. When looking back on your home life, how well can you honestly say that you have served your family? I do not know about you, but I have really let this subject slide in my own life. I will admit, I am not where I would like to be. I’m far behind, but the future is open for us. We can either stay in the same rut or choose to change.
Have you ever picked a word for the new year? A couple years ago, a friend introduced me to this concept. I tried it last year, and I decided to try it again this year too. I wanted the word to act as a base for my activities for the year.
“Yes, it’s Friday! I am looking forward to the weekend! I’m excited to sleep in and to see friends! It’s sad that the weekend ends so soon. I wish we didn’t have to start the week with a Monday…”
Growing up, I had always considered myself a fairly healthy person. I played sports, ate decently healthy, and was rarely sick. But when I began high school, I discovered I had scoliosis, a pretty significant spinal curve.
In one month I will turn 17! I’m so excited! And as I look back on everything that has happened as a 16 year old, I can’t help but stand in awe at how faithful the Lord is. He has taught me so much this year and I am looking forward to everything He has ahead. As I look back, I know I have made so many mistakes that would have been totally avoidable if I had been putting Jesus first in those specific areas.
Anyone who has been through a basic junior high health class knows how important it is to stay hydrated by drinking water. However, the recommended 8 glasses of water a day is MUCH easier said than done. I don’t know about you, but even though I’m not particularly attached to soda or juice, I still find drinking enough water to be a challenge. With temperatures rising this summer and many of us increasing our outdoor activities, hydration is a necessity. I came up with a list of simple strategies to help establish routines for drinking more water on a daily basis.
I honestly believe that memorizing Scripture is one of the hardest spiritual disciplines for Christian believers. It’s one of those tasks that doesn’t always cause us to feel spiritually uplifted while we’re doing it, but instead, provides us with hard mental work. Today, I wanted to share 7 tips with you that have helped make the process easier for my own memorization.