GODS CALL FOR MEN

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It’s been a while, but I finally wrote out the blog post I promised. So men young and old, married and single, listen up…
In the beginning (much like the woman) God created man. He created man from the dust of the earth and gave him the breath of life. Adam was the first man to walk the earth and know God. God created man in a way that they are to “take charge” if you will. Now, just because Adam was created first does not mean that women are less important to him. By no means! Man and woman are both created in Gods image. Although, God placed upon them different duties and callings to fulfill. (read my last post on Gods call for woman)
Men are called to be workers, husbands, sons, providers, and leaders.
Men are called to work hard and do all that they do to the glory of God. They are called to provide for their families financially and/or spiritually. They are called to be leaders in Gods kingdom.
Being a leader doesn’t have to mean you must lead an army or be the leader in your friend group… It can simply mean being a leader in your faith. Helping others grow in their faith. Continuing to learn so that your own faith may grow.
Now, God gave man many responsibilities, but those responsibilities don’t have to be a burden. When you are living for God and following His commands for your life, your responsibilities will not feel like a burden because you will be fulfilling your God given purpose.
Men and woman alike are called to live all for the glory of God. In everything they do. Now, I’m sure you have heard that before… but just take a minute to think about that…
Are you really living to the glory of God? Or have you fallen short? The bible says all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
I can tell you right now that everyday you mess up. We are human sure, but we are also humans created by God, for God. Men are created by God and For God.
So back to where I was going before… So think about it… Do you play video games? Is the video game your playing glorifying to God? What about the words that just came out of your mouth? Is the way you treat your siblings, your parents, your children, or your wife glorifying to God?
Now, God doesn’t take away all earthly pleasures because they don’t have His name written on them. I think sometimes you can cross the line of being too legalistic… but I also think that in everything you do should be thought about and brought to God before it is done.
Being a parent is one of God’s greatest calling for man. To a raise a family up in the ways of the Lord, and to lead your wife in truth. Sadly, in todays world we see a lot of fathers failing their call. Instead of helping their children lean on and love God’s word, they assume their children got all they needed at youth group. Instead of leading their wives in truth, they fail to do so and many times it is because they fail to seek out truth for themselves. They figure one sermon a week is good enough. Good enough for whom may I ask? Good enough for God? Certainly not.
They become lazy in Gods work. And many times the family falls apart because the father does not fulfill his duty as a father.
So fathers and husbands, seek truth. Lead your families. If you are new to the faith and aren’t sure where to start, find a church that can help train you in the ways of the Lord. If that is not possible, there are many great sermons and teachings online that are easy to find. (I can recommend some if you ask)

 

Men who are not fathers… men who are single, You are to be diligent with your time. I advise you to use it wisely. Be steadfast in your faith, and always be seeking truth. Pray for God to give you a thirst for His word. If you have not come across a woman to whom you wish to marry, then continue to live for God. God has a different plan and calling for everyone. There are so many ways you can impact the world.
Younger men, take note from above… Even while you are still young, you can be used in mighty ways for Gods kingdom. Distractions will come your way so you must pray for strength. Your temper will be tested, so pray for patience. Be gentle and kind, yet strong and firm. Build your house on a rock and stand firm through storms.
It’s okay to have fun sometimes though, so make sure you do. Just remember there is a time and a place for everything… Even if you are not the “leader type” you are still called to lead in one way or another. You are still called to fight in Gods army. You are still called to honor him throughout your whole life.
Men older and younger are to be continually going out and doing work for Gods Kingdom. We are to be on the offensive and fighting for our side, not only defending it. The work that you are doing and will do, is not in vain. God is building the church, He is working through us, and He will not fail. In fact, He has already won. (Matthew 16:18)
So men, whether you are young or old, God has a calling for you. He has a purpose for you. My brother in Christ, I encourage you to be diligent and steadfast is seeking out truth and sharing it.
Have a blessed week 🙂
-Faith

 

MATTHEW 16:18
 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Malachi 2:15
Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth.

Romans 12:1
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship.

1 Corinthians 15:24-26
Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death.

1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

 

1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

Gods Call For Women

I plan to do a blog post pair, or a short series if you will… In this post I will talk about Christian women and what kind of role God calls them to play. The blog post following this one, will cover Christian Men and the role God calls them to play…
In the beginning God created the Earth and on the 6th day of creation, he created man.
Then he put man to sleep, and out of man He created woman. They both were created in the image of God. God loved them the same. Neither received more of the image of God than the other.
God did not create the man and the woman at the same time, but rather He created Adam first and Eve later for the purpose of being Adam’s helper. Eve was equal to Adam, but she was given the role and duty of submitting to him.
Throughout the Old Testament, women were active in the religious life of Israel, but they were not leaders. There was no woman with an on going prophetic ministry. No woman was a priest. No queen ever ruled Israel. No woman wrote an Old Testament (or New Testament) book. Though, there were still great women throughout the bible.
Though back then they did not teach women, Jesus never said that women could not understand spiritual or theological truth. He included them in His teachings. He spoke with them. Even at the resurrection it was women who found the tomb empty first.
In Jesus’ treatment of women, He raised their station of life and He showed them compassion and respect in a way they had never known. This showed their equality. At the same time, however, Jesus still did not put women to a place of leadership over men.

Christian Women play an incredible role in our history, and in our world today. Christian women include young girls all the way up to the elderly. Young girls will grow into women of God, so they should be taught from a young age how to live as one. The elderly women of God are called to train, and equip the young women how to follow God’s word and instruction.

Like men, women are called to honor God and love Him with all their being. However, we are different from men. Women have different roles and responsibilities than men do.
God calls all Christian women… Like Mary, a young and simple girl was chosen to carry Jesus Christ. Esther, the jew who became queen was chosen to save her people. His purposes include women with pagan pasts like Ruth, prostitutes like Rahab, and rejected, widowed, adulterous women like the Samaritan woman at the well.
His plan differs from each person. Everyone has a separate purpose. Although, we all have one thing in common, we are called to follow Him, to obey Him, and to love Him.

Now girls who are reading this… You may be the single girl that believes the only way to live a life glorifying to God is to get married and have kids. You may be worried and desperate because the clock is ticking and you still haven’t found the right man. I’m here to tell you that even though being a godly wife and a godly mother is one of the greatest acts of furthering God’s kingdom,… It’s not the only.
Your single years are a gift. Every day is a gift. If you are depressed only because you are not married, well then maybe you need another outlook. I cannot stress the fact enough that being a mother is truly amazing, but I can also say that while you are single, you can still make an incredible difference. While you are single, (1 Tim 4:12) you are to focus on Gods work. You are to be productive in seeking the Kingdom first and you are to be knowing God.
For young girls like me who are wanting to do all they can to live glorifying to God… You may feel as though you can’t really start until you’re married and out of the house. I understand that.
I don’t mean to use myself as an example… but for example, (haha) I have started a blog dedicated to challenging myself and others. Even in your young years you can be productive in furthering Gods kingdom. (Check out my blog post on YOUTH for more)
Use this time to prepare for your older years. Learn as much as you can and prepare yourself to be ready to give a defense of your faith and to be able to share it. (1 Peter 3:15)

As a married woman, you are to honor your husband, honor God and learn alongside your husband.
God calls married women to be submissive to your husbands. Honor them with a loving and serving heart. This doesn’t mean you are to do everything he tells you to do, because you are to obey God above all else. Though, if your husbands wishes follow Gods word, then you are to obey God when he says to submit to your husband. In a Christian marriage there is to be mutual respect and love. However, when you submit to your husbands it not only shows love to your husband, but it shows love for God and the desire to follow His design.

Although women have traditionally fulfilled supportive roles in serving the church and gained their greatest sense of joy and accomplishment from being wives and mothers, the feminist movement has successfully influenced many women to abandon these ordained roles.
Unfortunately, this movement has become popular even in the church, creating confusion regarding the role of women both in ministry and in the home. Only in Scripture can God’s intended design for women be found.
From the very beginning Women have played an important role in the church, but not the role of leadership.
Even the Apostle Paul respected women and worked side by side with them for the furtherance of the gospel. Although, he never appointed female elders or pastors. In his letters, he urged that men were to be the leaders in the church and that women were not to teach or exercise authority over men (1 Timothy 2:12). Therefore, although women are spiritual equals with men and women play a vital role in exploiting the gospel, women are excluded from leadership over men in the church.
Men and women stand as equals before God. They both bear the image of God Himself. However, without making one less than the other, God calls upon both men and women to fulfill the roles and responsibilities specifically designed for them. In fulfilling the roles taught in the New Testament, women are able to see their full potential because they are following the plan of their Creator. Only in obedience to Him and His design will women truly be able, in the fullest sense, live glorifying to God.

Have a great week everyone and God bless☺️
Genesis 1:27:
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

1 Peter 3:15:
… but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,…
Proverbs 31:30-31
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates

Proverbs 31:10-12
An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.

Ephesians 5:22-24
 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

Titus 2:3-8
 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.

Live Faithfully. Live Bravely. Live Courageously.

God says the meek shall inherit the earth. He uses the least likely person to fulfill His will.

Think of Moses. Jonah. Mary. etc…
When God uses the meek for Himself, and when the meek do something extraordinary, it makes an incredible impact. You don’t have to have a big audience to Glorify Him. You just need to be willing. You need to be faithful. For the people in the bible that God used to fulfill His will… their lives changed. I can’t imagine it was easy. It sure wasn’t for Jonah.
For many of us, change is a scary thing. I know for me personally (Depending on what it is that’s changing) change can be a hard thing for me. I’ve experienced quite a bit of change in my life. From my family, to where we lived, to what we do everyday… and many more things.
Change can be a good thing though too. But even if the change is a good thing, we always end up worrying about it anyway.
We are afraid of change because we become so accustomed to our everyday lives. We forget how adventure feels, so then we are too afraid to go try it. We should be open to change though. Change it what makes life worth living. If your life isn’t changing…then are you really living life?
If no change happens in your life, nothing will change. Which means that your life will always remain the same.
I can imagine that would get pretty boring.
When change isn’t a good thing, we’re to understand that it’s in God’s hands. God has a plan. Whether it’s appealing to you or not, He has a purpose for all that takes place.
Worry. Worry is so common in so many. We worry about our past and our future. What will happen if we do that or if we don’t do that.
They key word here is IF.
IF is used way too much when it comes to making decisions. Stop basing your life off of IF.
IF isn’t for sure. It’s not absolute. God is absolute. He Perfect and good, so trust in Him.
Fear and worry can eat away at our minds and bring us down to where we can’t live a single day without it.
Caution should be taken, but not in a sense of worry and fear.
Bravery and stupidity are very different things.
I’m here to tell you to go to on a limb. Don’t live in fear of the future. Ask God to give you strength and lead you in the way He should have you go. Then go for it.
I know what fear feels like. I know what it means to be afraid of the future. I know you and I don’t know the future… but we know someone who does.
Have faith and do what you are most scared to do.
Here’s one of my favorite quotes:

“Be faithful men, not careful men, because the careful men come later and write the biographies about the faithful men, lauding them for their courage.”

The world is within our grasp. God has placed an incredible adventure right in front of eyes. All you have to of is reach out and grasp it. The only thing that is stopping you… Is you.
What makes life, life? The experiences you get. The memories you make. The things you do.
I’ve mentioned this in a road schooling/homeschooling post before…As a teen, being homeschooled/roadschooled (I say roaadschooled too because my usual classroom is on the go) has given me amazing opportunities, experiences, and memories that I wouldn’t trade for the world. It has shaped me into the person I am today. It has helped me grow closer to God and my family. It wasn’t easy to start homeschooling. It was a hard change. I had to say goodbye to friends, and had to trust that God would bring me new ones. It was hard for my mom to take us out of school, but she did. She decided not to let fear and worry of the future hold her back. She didn’t let other peoples words keep her from a new experience. A new adventure.
She had to be open to change so God could usher in new opportunities and experiences she would never be able to have if she had not taken that step.
Are you living in fear?
Are you afraid of change?
Are you holding yourself back from new experiences God has placed in front of you?
Are you letting others hold you back?

When, in the title, I say, “Live Faithfully. Live Bravely. Live Courageously.” I’m not saying you need to live a reckless life, and I’m not saying you need to live a life where you travel the world, skydive, and are sponsored by gopro. Although that would awesome… That’s not what I’m saying. I’m saying that you should live in such a way that shows others and yourself that you are a child of God. That you are a warrior ready the fight for Christ. A soldier ready to fight bravely with courage and faith.

So guys, go for it. Live life to it’s fullest. Trust God and take that step.
Live faithful, brave, and courageous lives.

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

1 Peter 5:6-7

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Matthew 6:34

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

 

 

Have a good week!!

Saved For This World

I’ve heard it said before that we are “Not of this world.” I do agree that we are not to follow the patterns of this world and I agree that we should not have our focus on earthly things that have no eternal value. I don’t think though, that we should not be involved in this world.
God created this world, and even though it is filled with sin… It is also filled with God’s children.
I think that we should be involved in this world.
We should be active in making the things of this earth glorifying to God. If we are not meant to part of this world, then why try to share the good news with it?
Because God called us. God called us to be in this world to share this message; that He provided a way to be saved from sin.
 He created this earth for His children to live in. Even though we have sinned against Him, He still loves us.
Recently I watched a movie called Voiceless. (I recommend watching it by the way, it was an awesome movie.)
And one of the many good things they said in it, was this:
“He saved us for the world, not from the world.”
We are here to glorify His kingdom. If we are not for this world then why does that matter?
We need to be doing His work and focusing on making a difference instead of complaining how this world is so sinful.
Some of us sit in our homes and shake our heads while we watch the news. We can’t believe how fallen this world is. Let me ask you something… What are you doing about it? Are you trying to do anything about it? Or do you just continue to complain from the comfort of your home?
Now, I know there are circumstances that make it hard for you to make the difference you want to make, but make sure that’s true.
Are you really being held back? Is there any way you can make a difference where you are at? Even if it’s a small difference. Show kindness to your family and be an example to others, share His word with people in your small town, or get a bible study going for the teens in your town…
There are so many more ways to make a difference. To glorify God.
Another topic I’d like to talk on… Some Christians are afraid to enjoy the things of this world. Some think they shouldn’t be Christians because they enjoy too many “worldy” things. Let me remind you, it is not a sin to have joy in life. It isn’t wrong to sing along to a non-christian song on the radio. I know there are many songs though that are very wrong to sing to, but that’s not my point.
 Everyone has convictions and different ideas, but my point is that God does want you to enjoy the things He has blessed you with. If you have a Godly mindset and truly want to glorify God, then you will want the things He wants.
Theres a fine line between keeping a Godly outlook on life, and being legalistic.
There are many things of this world that are good. There are so many things of this world you can enjoy as a Christian.
When it comes to enjoying things in this world, you will need to pray for guidance and discernment. You must ask God to convict you, and lead you from temptation. That’s part of being a Christian.
My family and I believe Christians should be working towards a better future. One where God is acknowledged as King to all. In fact, He IS King to all. He’s already defeated His enemies. He’s already won. We’ve already won. So what are we afraid of?
If there is any chance of a Godly future ahead, then shouldn’t we be running toward that? Why have so many of us given up so soon? We must have faith that there is hope.
So, in conclusion to this… Go enjoy this world God has created for us. Go play arcade games, eat a tub of ice-cream, hike a mountain, or hug a loved one… because God has blessed you with this world. Don’t give up just yet. Keep faith. Keep hope. Live for God’s glory. Pray for strength and guidance. Go out into all the nations and share His good word.

Romans 1:20

 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,[a] in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

Romans 5:1-2

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

1 Peter 3:15 

But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

Have a great weekend!

-Faith

My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nachos

So this is a little different, but I wanted to tell you guys about something I’ve recently been working on…
When I was in first grade my mom gave us a lesson on the our solar system and the planets inside of it. She used the saying, “My very excellent mother just served us nachos” to help us memorize all the planets.

You see, if you pay attention to each word, each word starts with the same first letter as each of the 8 planet names.
My: Mercury
Very: Venus
Excellent: Earth
Mother: Mars
Just: Jupiter
Served: Saturn
Us: Uranus
Nachos: Neptune
Even to this day, I remember the lesson and the saying. Of course back then, Pluto was a considered a planet so we said, “My very excellent mother just served us nachos…Please.”
My mom likes to use mnemonics in teaching us kids to remember things. I know it helped me in school and I still use mnemonics of my own to remember things. Thanks mom 😉
That was the way I first learned the planet names. So I decided to help my mom out, and create the lesson again for my younger siblings. I may have changed a thing or two… but kept the same idea.
We read the lesson, they answered questions, I made sure to keep them involved, and they loved it!

So doing all this for my mom got me thinking… I know there are a lot of homeschool moms out there that have those days. You know, the days where your creativity is a little worn out? I know my mom has had days like that.

So I thought I’d make what I did for my mom available for other moms. I’m selling the lesson (craft supplies included) on my Etsy shop. It’s all there; the lesson, the questions, and the craft. It’s convenient and easy. I’ve done all the hard work for you, because let’s be honest here… you awesome homeschool moms deserve a break sometimes. And who knows? You could learn some interesting things as well! I sure did!

I like to call it, “Lesson In A Box.”
You can check it out by following this link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/520751345/lesson-in-a-box-astronomy?ref=shop_home_active_1

Here are some pictures of my siblings doing the craft:

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Below the girls are learning what orbiting means… clearly Fallon loved being the center of attention haha.

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Below is Finley standing with her final project in hand. If you can’t tell by her face… she really loved learning about our solar system.

Or she just loved eating nachos…

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So if you’re a homeschool mom or if you know one that you think might be interested…, I encourage you to check it out! Hopefully later on I will be able to do different lessons in a box…but for now, thank you for your time!
Hope you all have a great day!:)

A Christian Outlook On Social Media

Social media… That’s pretty much one of the main highlights in most of our lives. We meet people on social media, we learn on social media, we make a name for ourselves on social media, and some of us make money off of social media. Like it or not, social media is part of how our world works today. Some people believe that you should ignore it because a lot of things online are sinful and wrong. Sadly that is true, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used for good.
Social media can be a huge distraction for a lot of christians. I completely respect their idea of getting off of it. Everyone has their own convictions. As for me, I believe that social media can be a blessing. It’s one way to get God’s word out to more people than you could without it. Now I don’t think it should replace the idea of actually going out and talking to people. By no means. What I’m saying is that, to the people you cannot reach face to face, you can reach to them online.
Depending on how you use it, will depend on whether you can make it glorifying to God or not.

Social media can sometimes be depressing. Or it can be joyful. Or it can even make people jealous. Sadly it has destroyed a lot of family and friend relationships, but it has also built many, many new ones.

I know most of the time you’ll see someone only post positive things. Only pictures that they look their best in. They only put the best part of themselves out there. We don’t like to show our faults. You have to know, that just because we/they post only the best, doesn’t mean we don’t have a worst. We all have a worst. Every human being on this planet has a bad day, a struggle, and lots of practice pictures before the perfect one.
I will tell people my struggles, I know I am not perfect. I have my own failures and struggles. I just don’t put them out there all of the time. Not because I’m afraid of what people will think, but because I want to share joy. I am willing to admit my struggles, but I don’t always want to be sharing my hardships. I want to share God’s joy in my life. I want to keep a positive outlook as much as I can, so my life can be more joyful and so I can share God’s grace and love. Even in hardships, I want to do my best to keep rejoicing in God’s goodness. I want to show what He has done in my families life and how He has blessed us. I am not bragging. I simply want to give all credit where it’s due. To God.
We do our best to stay faithful to Him, and He stays faithful in His promises to us.

Back to my point…
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Is your social media glorifying to God?
There’s nothing wrong with posting a selfie with a cool quote. I’m not saying that every single post has to have a bible verse on it. Although if it does…all the power to you!
I’m just asking, that if you look at what God’s word says and then look at your account, does it glorify God? Would it be pleasing to Him? Is it good? Does it go along with how God calls you to live a Christian life?
I’ll leave with you with that thought for now, and I challenge you to look deeper into your social media accounts. Us Christians have to stick together and do all that we can with the tools we are given.

Have a a good week!

 

YOUTH

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A huge problem in our society today is that we look down on youths. And if we aren’t looking down on them, they’re looking down on themselves. And sometimes it’s not that they’re necessarily looking down on themselves, but they’re living up to the expectation the world has created for them. The expectation tells them to be immature, careless, rebellious, uncaring… so on and so forth. So when a Christian youth sees these expectations and many unbelieving teens following it, they too wander towards that idea. Sadly it’s gotten to a point where most of the time, it’s hard to distinguish a christian teen from an unbelieving teen.

The bible says in 1 Timothy 4:12
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

Let me ask you, are you setting a example? Not just for your friends, but for adults as well?
Wait…Set an example for adults?
Yes, you should be setting an example for friends AND adults in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity. Now setting an example in those things is not easy. It takes hard work, discipline, and responsibility. As a youth, you are growing up into adulthood and what you do now, will define how you will be as an adult. So you should be practicing responsibility. How will adults look up to you, or follow your example if you haven’t earned their respect?

You may even know some adults that have had a rebellious “child-teen-hood”, and they turned out fine. Well, I bet if you talked to them about it, I’m sure they had to go through some tough times to be the better person they are today.
And what about “living while we’re young?” Or when people say, “you’re only young once!” Although I agree with that on some things such as participating in your younger siblings craft time, or jumping off a cliff in Hawaii (long story), or other things like that… I do not agree with it when people apply it to the fact of being reckless and irresponsible because one day when you’re older you’ll have to pay bills. By all means have fun as a youth! I am a huge fan of fun myself. What I’m saying is that your teen years aren’t your last years. It’s not meant to be the “best years of your life.”
It’s a growing point in your life. A learning time period. Maturing and getting ready for adulthood. Every year, everyday, every hour, is a gift from God.

So back to where I was… Don’t live up to the worlds expectations. Do things the world does’t expect from you. If that means studying hard and learning everything about a certain subject even if it’s not cool… do it. If you know about church history, doctrine, theology, and God’s word, don’t be afraid to speak up about it because you might get made fun of or because you’re afraid you won’t be taken seriously. Trust me, when you speak up, that’s when you earn respect.
Who says I can’t make a blog and write to all ages? Who says I can’t speak up about my faith? And since when was it cool to be reckless? Or since when did it become weird to be smart?
Do not conform to the pattern of this world…

One more thing I’d like to hit on… Even though there are some that may have trouble wanting to stay young because they’re afraid to grow up, I know many youths that want to hurry up the adulthood process. Many times this is because of the youthful expectations. They’re tired of being called a teen, or being treated younger. They just wish they could grow up and be on their own. Some want to hurry up and get married so they can start their own life. Let me tell you this… God placed you in a specific time for a specific reason. There is a reason you weren’t born in the 1980s and early 1990s. Be patient and use this time you have as a youth to be an example for those around you right now, and at this time in your life. There is so much you can accomplish as a youth. You need to look passed this worlds expectations and take a leap of faith. In fact, we are capable of so much more as youths. When we make an example, it’s a big one. When we make an impact, It’s a huge one. We can do so much, we just have to be willing to.
So run past the worlds low expectations for your life, and take a leap of faith.

Here some verses on these subjects:

Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.

Psalms 119:9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.

2 Timothy 2:22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

Romans 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Real Love

So with Valentines Day coming up, I thought now would be a good time to write a blog post about love. I’m not talking about chocolates and stuffed animals, I’m talking about real love. God’s love and how He shows us that He loves us.
God’s love is everlasting, it does not end, and it does not change. Unlike mans love, that is always changing and does have an end. We cannot rely on man to satisfy our empty and lonely hearts.

We have a tendency to look for to man for help. We try to find peace and love in our own way, but when it comes down to it… you’re still empty. That’s because only God can fill you. Only God can give you never ending love.
Now I’d like to make a shoutout to all the singles out there… I know that with it being Valentines day, I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of couples on social media. Lot’s of chocolates and cute love letters. You think to yourself, “Why don’t I have a valentine? Why can’t I get chocolate and love letters?”
Well, for one…Let me be the one to tell you that you are worth so much more than chocolates and love letters. You are worth so much more than that fleeting feeling someone gets when they see their crush…
Now, I understand that we can become insecure in ourselves, and we search for something. Many times it’s a boyfriend, or a girlfriend. We think that maybe that’s what we’re missing. So when we don’t get what we want, we feel insecure and unwanted in a way. When you feel that way is when you know you’re looking for love in the wrong places. The only place you can find consistent security and confidence, is in Christ. When you find yourself in Christ, that’s when you will become whole.

Now, let’s talk about God’s love. Love is an attribute of God, as is holiness and righteousness. Which means that although God is loving, he is also Holy and perfect. And guess what? We are not. We are far from being those things. We are born sinners in need of a savior. We all have fallen short of the Glory of God. God has no reason to love us. What have we done to deserve His love? The answer is, nothing. How can we if we are dead in our sins?
So if we have given God no reason to love us, then why does He?
He loves us for the same reason He created us. For His glory. (Romans 9:16)
Those that He loves and that love Him, are precious. They are protected by God’s love and grace. We are His children and are worth so much to Him. So much that He would sacrifice His son for us.
So not only Has He decided to love us even when we didn’t deserve it, He sent His one and only son to die for us on the cross. Yet while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
He chose to love us even before the foundations of the world. Even before you and I were created. Even when He knew that you were going to sin. He still loved you.
Wow. If that doesn’t humble you, I don’t know what will.

So how do you know God loves you? Well, There is only one way to know for sure and that is to believe and trust fully in Him. If you have repented and turned from your sins. If there is evidence of God’s love, grace, and mercy in you, that’s how you will know. (1 John 4:19)
And when you do know, well the feeling is amazing.
So, with all that said… share the gospel, the love, mercy, holiness, ( and many more attributes) of Christ, with the world. Remember that even if you don’t have a valentine, you are still loved, and you can still love others. Remember to seek God above all else.
Happy Valentines Day!

Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

My view on home/roadschooling

Homeschooling has been a topic widely talked about these days and I thought I would share my perspective on it…

One question I’m asked the most, by both adults and young adults around my age is, “How do you like being homeschooled?” My answer is always the same…I LOVE IT!
My mom started homeschooling us when I was in first grade. Ever since then, I’ve loved it.
Not only do I love being homeschooled, I think it is the best way to learn and be educated. Now, I’m not saying that public schooling is horrible; I certainly know many great kids that go to public school. I just think it’s harder to be a great kid in that atmosphere. I also understand that there are certain circumstances that don’t allow for it. What I am saying is that, I know for me, being homeschooler has changed my life for the better. I know I wouldn’t be as close to my family if I attended school, and my family plays a huge part in my life.
Sure, there are those homeschoolers that you usually think of when you hear “homeschooler.” You know, the stereotypes. Homeschooling isn’t just doing homework at home instead of in a classroom. What real homeschoolers are and should be, are kids that get hands-on learning and life experience. In fact, I know for my family, you usually won’t catch us at home around the table doing school books. Sometimes we do though; we have school books and we do bible studies, but that’s not where we spend most of our “homeschooling” days. You’ll usually catch us in our car doing work on the go, in the outdoors, or getting hands-on learning somewhere outside of our home.

I remember when I was in 4th grade I read about digging for diamonds in Arkansas and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. I remember thinking, “Wow, those places would be so fun to visit!” I showed my mom that there was actually somewhere you could dig for diamonds. And come on, Mount Rushmore? What 4th grader wouldn’t want to see giant faces of great men carved into rocks?!

Months later, we moved out of our home into a 38ft long RV. We went to 38 states in a year and learned so much during that time. In fact, we did dig for diamonds. I didn’t find any, but I still got to say that I went. We also visited Mount Rushmore, and let me tell you… WAY cooler in person!
If I wasn’t homeschooled I would never have gotten the learning experiences I had then and have now.
We went to the old battle fields in the east and learned more about American history than I would have in my history books.
Even now, we travel and make sure to learn everywhere we go. Homeschooling has given me such a huge love and appreciation for learning.
Also, for the people that don’t think you can get enough book knowledge in life learning… I cannot tell you how many books I’ve read being homeschooled the way I have been. That’s besides the point though…

Another thing that I would like to cover is… Are you ready?… SOCIALIZATION.
Ah yes, the world famous argument for homeschooling. The common question, “Do your kids get enough socialization?” I’ve even had people around my age ask me if I worry about socializing.
From my older brother all the way down, we are all very social if I do say so myself. I think that becoming social comes along with life experience. There are plenty of kids that go to school that are uncomfortable talking to adults. I mean afterall… don’t they see the same exact people everyday at school?
My family is involved with different people’s lives everyday.
Most of the time I feel at ease while holding a conversation from young adults to men and women much older than I. I although am an Introvert so I can be quiet sometimes…
Another thing some people think is that we are brainwashed in to thinking one way. That we are sheltered from the real world and only know what our parents have taught us. This is simply not true. Homeschooling gives you the opportunity to go out into the world and see it for what it is; it’s beauty and it’s flaws. I have studied other world views and have looked closely into them on my own. I know that what I believe is true.
Now, my parents do protect us and guide us. We are still young and need guidance, but to a point they know when it’s okay to let us go explore on our own.

Recently, (if you follow my mom on instagram or are friends with her on Facebook you might’ve seen this) my siblings and I attended a Private Christian school on Monday. We all shadowed a student for the whole day. And what that means is that we followed a student our own age around. We attending their classes with them and just got a feel for the school. We came home with only good things to say about it. We still aren’t sure whether we will attend it or not, but it is one option we have. Now, we will definitely keep homeschooling if we do decide to attend. It is 3 days a week for the kids around my age and 2 days a week for the younger ones. There are only a few classes a day. Now since we have moved into a house and are settling in, we have been trying to plug into things around our community. The school offers many classes that include interests of mine and my siblings that I know will benefit us a lot. It’s just another life experience really. I’m making sure that traveling will still be on our agenda whether we attend or not. Haha!
Until we decide on that, we will be praying about it…

So, with all that said, take it from a 15 year old homeschooler… I Faith, approve home/roadschooling. (or whatever you would like to call it)
I know that I will grow up with always wanting to learn more.

What we learn with pleasure, we never forget.
-Alfred Mercier.

Self Discipline

I See people complaining about their procrastination, then they procrastinate about fixing their procrastination. Then they wonder why they never see improvement. They never try to make a schedule and keep to it.
Recently I’ve been practicing a lot of self discipline in school, writing, staying active and healthy… etc. It was hard at first, but I’ve gotten much better. I’ve made a plan and I work to stick to it. You see, I’m the kind of person that one of their favorite things is having a to-do list and sticking to it. I’m a very organized person and I get that you may not be, but it doesn’t take an organized person to write out a to-do list or stick to a plan. Anyone can learn discipline.
Another one of my favorite things is seeing results and improvements because I get to see my hard work paying off. I mean, who doesn’t? Depending on what you’re doing and how hard you’re working will depend on when you see results.
I was having trouble with a certain subject in math, so everyday I would spend time watching videos on it and practicing the problems until I could do it on my own. I understand it now and I can move onto the next subject. That’s one thing I should thank homeschooling for, it has really given me a love for learning.
Thats a topic for another blog post though…

Reading your bible is something else many of us need to discipline and train ourselves to do. Making time for Gods word is very important.
My dad, mom, older brother, younger brother and I all joined crossfit this week. We plan to stick with it and let me tell you, going to crossfit definitely takes self discipline! Now I’m big on quotes so here’s one that I thought was good for this post:

“If you are persistent, you will get it. If you are consistent, you will keep it.”

Basically, if you keep working for what you want, then you will see the results. If you keep doing it, even after the results, then you will keep them.
Here’s something I saw and thought was a really interesting way to think of discipline…

Discipline is freedom.

You may not agree with this statement, and if you don’t you are certainly not alone. For many people discipline is a despised word that means the opposite of freedom. When actually, discipline is freedom… As Stephen R. Covey wrote:

Undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites and passions”.
In other words, the undisciplined lack the freedom that comes with having a number of skills and abilities like playing a musical instrument or speaking a foreign language. Self-discipline is the act of doing what you think instead of how you feel in the moment. It takes dedication and sacrifice, but in the end you will feel the freedom.
Self discipline has the ability to make you: Work on an idea or project even after the rush of enthusiasm has faded away. Go to the gym when all you want to do is lie on the couch and watch TV. Wake up early to work on yourself, and say “no” when tempted to break your diet, etc…
So I challenge you to be more self disciplined and to keep at it. Set a day this week or next week that you’re going to start, and stick to it.

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. Proverbs 13:4