Verse of the Week 8/21/17

He must increase, but I must decrease.  John 3:30

This is what John the Baptist said about Jesus but it’s still relevant to us today.

I know I say this a lot, but He truly is the God of the universe.

How should he not be first in our lives?

Resting In His Presence

Speed! How fast can we do that and that and that so we can do that? With so much to get done, do we ever have a chance to slow down and soak in God’s presence? Maybe we simply need to make time. He’s the God of the universe and the only thing that truly matters, so shouldn’t we make time for him?

This past week I went camping near a lake. In a beautiful environment like that, it’s hard not to praise God, and spend time with him. Yet, I need to take time to rest in God’s presence when I’m at home. Even in the mundane, everyday life, let’s take time to rest and reflect.

Here are three questions about rest and reflection:

What’s the best time for rest?

Personally, I like the evening best, but the best time is whenever you can find a peaceful minute.

Where’s the best place for rest?

For me, it’s outside. I feel closer to God when I’m in his creation. You want to find a quiet place. If you prefer the indoors then wait until it’s quiet in the house.

Quick note: it’s not about the place and time as much as the heart. Though a quiet place is defiantly ideal.

How do we rest?

  1. By simply sitting in relaxation.
  2. By thinking about and praising God.
  3. By thanking God for his blessings.
  4. By listening to God.

We live busy lives, I get that, but let’s try to take a few minutes every day to rest in God’s presence.

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.                                                             ~ Psalm 46:10

Liebster Blog Award

I want to give a shout out to Grace at Tizzies Tidbits for nominating me. Thanks a lot!

The rules for this award are:

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award on your blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gives you.
  • List 11 random fact about yourself.
  • Nominate up to 11 other bloggers who you think are deserving of this award (with less than 200 followers).
  • Let the bloggers know you nominated them.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

Here are the answers to the questions Grace asked me:

When and why did you start blogging?

I started blogging four or five months ago. As for why I wanted to encourage others with my writing along with it sounded like fun.

What is your favorite book?

Hum… I love a lot of books but my favorite is probably Code of Silence. Super cool book.

What genre do you most enjoy writing?

Realistic fiction.

What’s your favorite Bible story?

Another hard question… I love the miracles of Jesus in the gospels. I guess those are my favorite.

Do you play any instruments or sports?

I don’t play any instruments but I might play basketball for the first time this fall.

What’s your least favorite household chore?

Cleaning the toilet.

What is your favorite dessert?

Some sort of ice cream pie.

What is your favorite Christian movie?

Probably Facing the Giants or God’s Not Dead 2.

What activities do you like doing in your free time besides blogging/writing?

I love reading and playing basketball.

Who do you specifically want to reach with your writing?

Teens that are striving to serve God.

What was your favorite age and why?

I like the freedom now that I have my drivers licence but being a teen comes with a lot of struggles. I enjoyed ages 8-12 before my brother was diagnosed with cancer. It’s been a struggle on and off since then. So I’d say those pre tween and tween years were my favorite.

11 Random Facts

  1. I love almonds.
  2. I got a fidget spinner a week ago.
  3. I’ve had a concussion.
  4. I hate baked oatmeal.
  5. I have seven siblings.
  6. I have never gone to school.
  7. I own a cat.
  8. I have a pink phone case (yep, super random)
  9. I love the Green Bay Packers and Golden State Warriors.
  10. I’ve lost a brother to cancer.
  11. My favorite song right now is Oh My Soul by Casting Crowns.

I’m going to nominate:

Anna from Northern Hearts Alaska

Lilah from Walk with my Savior

Hannah from The Way of Delight

Gals you can find your questions here (let me know if you have problems).

Thanks again Grace! That’s all for today!

Psalms 139 (God’s Knowledge)

Are you feeling down? Discouraged? Or worthless? If you are Psalms 139 may be an encouragement.

Here are four thoughts on it:

God Knows Everything About Us

He knows where we are, what we’re doing and what we’re about to say.

Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.  ~Psalms 139:4

God knows even our thoughts but he still loves us. That’s amazing love.

Where can we flee from God?

Nowhere, He is with us always. Sometimes we might want to run from him or hide our sins, but the truth is, we can’t.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. ~ Psalms 139:7-8

The Psalmist thinks that the darkness will hide him, but even the darkness is not dark to God. Wherever we are he will lead us and his right hand will hold us fast (v. 10).

God Created Us

The Psalmist praises God because he is fearfully and wonderfully made.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. ~ Psalms 139:14 

Maybe I need to praise God for creating me just the way I am.

The rest of verse fourteen says: “your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Sometimes I don’t feel wonderfully made, but this verse says that God’s works are wonderful. I am wonderful. Let that sink in. We are wonderful, perfect, just the way we are.

Asking God to Search Us

The Psalmist ends by asking God to search his heart. He also asks God to lead him in the way everlasting.

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. ~Psalms 139:23-24

Do we want to be led in the way everlasting? Let’s ask him.

If there’s one thing I want you to remember it’s this: God knows everything there is to know about you, but still loves you more than you could imagine. He’s an awesome God!

Verse of the Week 7/31/17

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

How do we love God? I think we love him by loving others. Also by serving and praising him.

He is a great God!

Thanks for reading,

Cora

Verse of the Week 7/24/17

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Galatians 1:10

Seeking the approval of man. I’m sure a lot of us struggle with it. I know I do.

How do we confront it? I think one way is to get to know God better. It’s been said, “to know God is to love him.” If we love him we’ll want to serve and please him.

Let’s seek the approval of God not man.

 

The Fear Of Failure

I’m a failure. I tried and failed.  I’ll never try again. Words like these are whispered inside our heads. When we hear these words we have two choices:  to believe them or not. The truth is, now matter what we fail at, we aren’t failures. We are still God’s beautiful creation.

I don’t like to fail. I hate when I need mom to help with my math because then she sees that failure.  As I pursue possibly playing basketball this fall one of the things I fear is failure. It’s been a battle with lots of fear, but God’s  helping me.  

Fear of Failure

The fear of failure stems from pride. What will others think? Will they laugh at me?

Failure is not to be feared. Every time we fail we’re learning and growing. Here’s what Henry Ford had to say about failure:

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

Is that fear causing us to run from God’s will?

The fear of failure can cause us to run from the struggle. There could be a great learning experience in front of us that we’re missing because of our fear. We could even be missing out on God’s will. Let’s not get left out. Ask God for the strength and humility to face failure.

Let’s risk failure. It’s a risk God wants us to take.  


Content Note: I’m planning on posting an article or such every Friday. I’ll also have a verse of the week on every Monday or Tuesday.

Thanks for reading. Have a blessed evening (or day)!

Cora,

Verse of the Day 7/18/17

Today I’m going to cheat a little and give you two verses. Here they are:

Search me, O God. and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalms 139:23-24

It’s scary that God knows our hearts and minds isn’t it? He loves us anyways.

I like that the psalmist is asking humbly for God to search his heart. We all need to humbly ask God to lead us and make us holy. What a great God he is.

Thanks for reading,

Cora

5 favorite Christian Songs

Music. I know everyone has different preferences (on sytle) but today I’m bringing you five of my favorite Christian contemporary songs.

1. Beloved by Jordan Feliz

Beloved talks about how even though we’re broken and live hard lives we’re beloved by God.

Sometimes I feel worthless and hate the way I am. Beloved tells us how much God loves us.

You are beloved. Let it soak into your soul. Oh, forget the lies you heard. Rise above the hurt And listen to these words. You are beloved ~ Beloved by Jordan Feliz

Don’t be afraid. Don’t let hope fade. Keep your eyes fixed on the light above. In the heartbreak, in your mistakes. Nothing can separate you from love. ~ Beloved by Jordan Feliz

2. I Will by Citizen Way

I Will is a song that talks about how much God cares for us.

I will hold you when you’re breaking like a father and a friend. And I’ll carry you through darkness til we see the sun again. So rest your head and cry your tears, know that I am with you here. When you can’t lift that weight believe me when I say I will. ~ I Will by Citizen Way

I’m not sure what the part where God lifts our weights. He does care for us and help us with our problems but he doesn’t always take them away. I’m not exactly sure what this song is referring to with that statement.

I’d recommend this song to someone that’s going through a crushing time.

3. Forgiven by Crowder

We’re sinful. That’s all there is to it, but we’re also forgiven. As this song states, God looks at us with arms wide open. We’re forgiven and that’s a beautiful thing.

Forgiven, forgiven. Child there is freedom from all of it. Say goodbye to every sin, you are forgiven. ~ Forgiven by Crowder

4. Bigger by Citizen Way

God’s bigger than our problems. He’s bigger than anything in this life.

Bigger than my regret and my sorrow. Bigger than all my fears of tomorrow. Bigger than anything I face. And I’m gonna trust in you cause your bigger. ~Bigger by Citizen Way

5. That’s How You Change The World by Newsboys

We don’t have to do big things to make a change. Little things can make a big difference in someone’s life.

It’s the prayer in an empty room. Little things we do when nobody’s around. A hand reaching out to a heart in doubt. It’s the smallest spark that can light the dark. That’s how you change the world. ~ That’s How You Change The World by Newsboys

There you have it, five of my favorite songs. I hope you were encouraged. If you’d like to listen to any of these songs I’m putting links to their YouTube videos below.

Thanks for reading,

Cora

Beloved by Jordan Feliz

I Will by Citizen Way

Bigger by Citizen Way

Forgiven by Crowder

That’s How You Change The World by Newsboys