Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Whisper and a Wish by Robin Jones Gunn

~Saturday Stories~


Typical Christy: "No! No! Why can't we live here! Why didn't anyone tell me the dairy was so far away? ... Maybe Dad's job will fall through, and we'll have to go back to Wisconsin. What am I thinking? I want to live here, not Wisconsin!"

Christy's family is moving to California, the place she absolutely loved getting to know during the summer. But nothing is turning out as she planned. Christy has to start her school year away from all the friends she made over the summer, and she feels all alone. Soon the popular girls in school take Christy in, but just how much will their friendship cost her?



A Whisper and Wish explores serious topics: moving, good and bad friendships, eating disorders, and more. Christy learns that, no matter where she is, she can trust God to be there with her. A Whisper and a Wish is the second in the Christy Miller series.

For more on Robin Jones Gunn, visit her website and Facebook page.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Trouble (but take heart!)

~Thursday Thoughts~


"“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”" John 16:33 (NIV)



Recently I got the chance to see people I don't see that often anymore: my parents. It was an extreme blessing. But then they left again, and it hurt so much. I know this is definitely not the hardest trouble anyone has ever had, but it still hurts to miss someone so much. 

What has been hurting you? Can you lean on God for help?

Monday, September 19, 2016

First

~Monday Movies & Music~


Lauren Daigle has a great song, "First." Here are the lyrics.



"'But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.'" Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

It's hard. It's hard. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

"It's okay to be broken"

~Saturday Stories~


"It's okay to be broken. You know that, right?" -Mr. B, Angel Eyes

"It's like that first step. You have to take that first step, and then, if you want Him to, God can help you with the rest of it." -Renee, The Masquerade

"The key to everything is knowing that God loves you, and he shows you that love through Jesus. If you really want to believe that, you need to get to know Jesus better - not just in your imagination, but from who he is ... God has a book..." - Dr. Peter, Sophie's World



"Whatever His purpose, I understand something now I didn't before. A righteous God isn't bound by time. He has an eternity to make things right. In this moment I know. Even if He never reveals His reasons to me, even if He never explains why He allowed my mother and Ali to die, I'll still fight against the darkness so His light can spread." -Brielle, Angel Eyes

How about you? Have you ever felt guilty for being broken? Have you taken the first step and asked God to help with everything? Have you taken the time to get to know Jesus? Can you tell God that, even if He does not explain everything to you, you will still follow Him? 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Who has the influence?

~Friday for Friends~


"I still think you should try to have friends that aren't Christians, because how else can you witness to them?"
"True, true," ... "But the key question is, are they bringing you down? In other words, are you having an influence on them, or are they having the greater influence on you?" - A Whisper and a Wish



"Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”[a] " 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV)

Who are you friends with? Are they dragging you down or are you bringing God's truth to them?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

If God is almighty then why…

~Tuesday Thoughts~


Our God is omnipotent (Job 42:2). Amen!

That, however, does not mean that every occurrence in this world is from Him. Satan “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8). Man is sinful and continues to do what is wrong in God’s eyes (Romans 3:9-18).

God has given everyone a choice: they can believe in His sacrifice and follow Him or they can continue in their wrongdoing. At the final judgment He will judge us by that choice. “Whoever believes in [God’s Son] is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” John 3:18 (NIV).



Sometimes we suffer as a consequence of our own or someone else’s sins. Sometimes it is not because of our sin (Job and the blind man, for examples). Whatever happens, we know that God is in charge. We might not understand Him – His ways are way higher than ours- but He is in charge. Also, He has plans for us – good plans. Plans for our good. How amazing and incredible is that?

It might be hard to grasp His hand and to hold tight when the trials come. Yes, it might be hard. But it is worth it. He is God and He is love.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Love is action

~Monday Movies & Music~


Tauren Wells, previously in Royal Tailor, has a great song, "Love is Action." Here are the lyrics. Check it out!



"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." John 15:13 (NIV)

How about you? How do you express you love with actions?