• 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…

  • 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…

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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…

  • The Spurgeon Collection Pt. 2
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    The Spurgeon Collection Pt. 2

    How absolutely unexpected. Another post about Charles Spurgeon.  What can I say? I can’t help it.  I’ve been building a stockpile for you guys on my phone and now I get to share them with you!  Once again, Spurgeon’s words are in bold and mine are regular text. All Scripture quotations are taken from the ESV.  Consider how precious a soul must be when both God and the devil are after it.  If a person’s soul matters so much to God that He sent His only Son to die to redeem it, why do we often look with apathy on the people around us? In this age of hate and…

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    The Spurgeon Collection

    I love Charles Spurgeon. Scroll through my social media, and you will find a plethora of Spurgeon quotes mixed in with memes and the occasional pet photo.  I’m an auditory learner, so I was thrilled to find recordings of some of Spurgeon’s sermons! Obviously, they aren’t actually Spurgeon’s voice, but the reader’s name is also Charles. XD Over the past few months, I’ve built up quite the collection of Spurgeon quotes (in bold below). The commentary is my own. All Scripture quotes are taken from the ESV.  Enjoy! The fact is, we oftentimes read Scripture, thinking of what it ought to say, rather than what it does say. Ooo, this…