• Too stressed to be blessed
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    Too Stressed To Be Blessed

    Let’s face it.  Life is busy.  School. Work. Family. Friends. Church.  Everywhere we turn we seem to have more commitments, more deadlines, and more stress.  It’s overwhelming. My mom has a sign that says “Too Blessed to be Stressed.” It’s cute (and I might have picked it out) but it made me think.  How much of the time do we live as if we are “too stressed to be blessed”?  How much of the time do we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed with our to-do lists that we forget to count our blessings? Remember back in May when I talked about neglecting prayer?  Well, we also forget to be thankful…

  • Tomorrow: A Poem, Allison Grace
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    Tomorrow: A Poem

    I wrote this poem way back in September of 2017. If I recall correctly, I had put off writing something all the way up to the submission deadline for a little magazine. I had no time and no ideas, but I had to come up with something. Hence this poem. And so, to all my procrastinating friends, this one’s for you. If you ever get around to reading it. 😉 Tomorrow, The word that means Later, When I feel like it, Never. Tomorrow. When I will clean my room, Do my homework, Fold the laundry, Wash the dishes. Tomorrow. A mythical place, Where hours roam free, All the time in…

  • T-Shirt Christianity
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    T-Shirt Christianity

    We wear our faith on our sleeves. Literally.  It seems like every Christian girl’s closet is full of T-shirts emblazoned with Bible verses and sayings. We plaster our laptops and cars with stickers–crosses, fish, and John 3:16. Our phone cases say, “I Can Do All Things,” and our keychains, “Not Today Satan.” Now, before we get too far into this post, let me just say there’s nothing wrong with Christian T-shirts, jewelry, phone cases, etc.  The problem becomes when we equate wearing our Philippians 4:13 sweatshirt as being a witness for Jesus.  Yes, it certainly can be a good way to show your faith, but if your actions don’t line…

  • Little Hope or Living Hope?
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    Little Hope or Living Hope?

    On the road to Mammoth Cave is a tiny cemetery. If you blink you’ll miss it.  When my family drove by a few years ago, we were startled by the name: “Little Hope Cemetery.” Did it earn its name because of its diminutive size or because those buried in it despaired of life after death?  It’s sobering to think about.  In reality, there are only two cemeteries in this world–The Burial Place of Little Hope and The Resting Place of Living Hope. The graveyard of the unredeemed and the tombs of the saints.  The hope the world offers to unbelievers is as fleeting as the dew. It is nothing more…

  • I'm just too busy to pray
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    I’m Too Busy To Pray

    When you get busy, things start to slip. Library books don’t get returned on time. Plants don’t get watered. Blog posts don’t get written… *cough* Somedays, you just look at your to-do list and just give up. There is no physical way that everything can get done. The lowest priorities are the first to get the axe.  Sure, I care about my plants. I don’t want them to turn into crispy twigs. But they’ve gone this long without water, so they can wait until I finish this assignment.  I certainly want to write blog posts, but when I finally get a break from school, I just want to read a…

  • Give Unto Him: What Jesus Actually Wants From You (Guest Post by CoCo Ashley)
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    Give Unto Him: What Jesus Actually Wants From You (Guest Post by CoCo Ashley)

    Have you ever wondered if it is wrong to drink? Play violent video games? Skip church every now and then? What about swearing? I think it’s safe to say a lot of Christian teenagers have questioned right and wrong at some point in their lives. We just want to know we’re on God’s “good side” so we go to heaven.   Truth be told, I think a lot of us just want to know we’re avoiding the obvious sins so we can feel good about ourselves. However, God doesn’t always give us the answers we want to hear.  In Matthew 22, we find the Pharisees wanting to “trap” Jesus by asking…

  • Consider the Lilies
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    Consider the Lilies

    Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. Luke 12:27 A few weeks ago, I made a collage in art class. The assignment asked me to make it around a Biblical theme of my choice, so I chose “trusting in God.” I ripped up some old clothing catalogues and created this:  I’m really happy with how it turned out. And I love my hidden symbolism with the clothing catalogue, since not even Solomon had as fine clothing as the flowers do.  Anyway, we aren’t here to talk about art…

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    Imitate Jesus

    Imitation is in our DNA.  As babies, we imitated our parents and spoke our first words. As kids, we dressed up like our favorite superheroes and tried to be just like them. As teenagers, we tried to follow the latest trends and remain “cool.” As adults, we copy characteristics of people we admire, hoping to one day be like them.  Imitation is good.  But it can also be dangerous.  If we are imitating the wrong thing, we are harming ourselves. Because acting like someone else is powerful. It can change the very fabric of who you are.  Paul says in 1 Corinthians: Be imitators of me, as I am of…

  • What if Easter Never Happened_
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    What if Easter Never Happened?

    Here we are. The day between Good Friday and Easter.  Yesterday, we might have attended a Good Friday service and meditated on Jesus’ sacrifice. Tomorrow, we will celebrate His resurrection. But for today, we forget the story of redemption in the bustle of life. It’s just another Saturday.  But what if Easter never happened? What if the story ended at Good Friday? What would we do then? Without the resurrection, Good Friday would simply be another Memorial Day. A time to place flowers on a grave and remember times gone by.  But more than that, it would be a day of grieving.  Without the resurrection, we would still be in…

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    Come As You Are, But Don’t Stay As You Are

    Have you ever had a life-changing experience? You know, one of those events where you go in as one person and leave as another?  Once it’s over, you can’t stop thinking about it. Your whole life has been changed.  It’s probably the biggest topic of conversation when you get together with friends.  It permeates everything.  The most life-changing event as Christians is the day we were saved. Now, I know some of us don’t remember a distinct salvation moment and that’s not what I’m talking about.  When we are saved, our lives are drastically changed. Paul says we are a “new creation.” Unfortunately, we don’t always live changed lives. We…