• Know your foundation--Allison Grace
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    Know Your Foundation

    If there’s one major thing I’ve learned from my criminal justice class, it’s the importance of having a foundation. Both the course and assignments made me think about things I hadn’t considered before and helped me to see them through a biblical worldview.  Now, if you’ve ever written a paper, for college or otherwise, you know that you can’t just say something is true without proving it. You have to have evidence to support your views. (And you have to cite that evidence. *shudder*) But as annoying as MLA, APA, or whatever formatting you’re using may be, there’s no denying the importance of being able to explain why something is…

  • Finding Your Balance
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    Finding Your Balance

    Plant your feet shoulder-width apart and imagine you are rooted to the floor. Pull your shoulders back and take a deep breath. Let it reach all the way to the bottom of your lungs.  Re-center yourself.   That’s what the happiness coach said to do when dealing with work stress and I’m not sure I’m buying it. Sure, everyone needs to take a minute every once and a while and just breathe. When the phone won’t stop ringing, you have twenty unread emails in your inbox, and your kid needs help with his science project, it’s way too easy to get snappish. To feel so overwhelmed that you just want to…

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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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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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…

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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…

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    The Spurgeon Collection Pt. 3

    It’s been far too long since we’ve had a Spurgeon post! If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know the drill. Spurgeon’s quotes are in italics and my thoughts are in regular text beneath.  If He could grow weary of me, He would have been tired of me long before now.  We all give our loved ones reasons to be tired of us. And we get tired of them.  You know what I mean. After about ten minutes (if that) of listening to your eccentric uncle talk about conspiracy theories, you just want to escape. But all the annoying habits of our friends and family don’t compare…

  • Whatever It Takes
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    Whatever It Takes

    If you’ve been around me in the past few months (or have read my articles on Kingdom Pen), there’s a good chance you have noticed my recent obsession with Marvel.  Their stories are so good and the characters… You guys, Marvel’s characters are amazing!  One of my favorite scenes is in Avengers: Endgame. The heroes have gathered together one last time before their life-or-death mission. After his epic speech, Captain America says, “Whatever it takes.” Just thinking about that scene makes me happy.  But this post isn’t going to be me fangirling over movies. It’s actually about a very serious topic: sin.  I want you to think back to that…