Proverb a Day! [6/7]

I swear I will get caught up eventually! It’s been tough!

But super exciting news, I have an instagram for solemnly sisters! I will post my journaling pages and inspirational quotes and such! Give me a follow!

And I’m hoping to have some exciting news coming up soon! I got to connect with my good friend, Amber today! It was so thoroughly wonderful to see her and catch up. I love that girl. And I also got to meet with my friend, Jenn, who is discipling me! That’s always such a good conversation!

So, back to the proverb a day! Well, 6 was good. And 7 was good. But there wasn’t a verse in 7 that I felt the need to journal. So I may come back to that. As of now, I have 6.

I realize that you can’t really read what’s written. But its just verse 23 from chapter 6. This is not how it looked in my head. But, on my permission pages [which I will post soon when I get caught up and on a schedule] perfection is on my ‘this bible is not’ list. So I’m trying to be okay with it. It’s between me and God. I’m not trying to be pinterest-worthy.

I have always been poor at time management. My entire life. So, hopefully I can turn over a new leaf!

Dear Lord, I pray that all that are reading can take your commandments and keep them as a lamp and lead their path. Keep them from straying. Keep me from straying. Keep me on my path that you have lead me to. Thank you for bringing great friends into my life. And thank you for blessing me with people who are interested in the same things I am to create a wonderful community. Thank you for the blessings you’ve provided me and all those reading. I am thankful. In your son’s name I pray, Amen.

Proverb a Day! [4/5]

Hello! I’m just gonna add these two together! And unfortunately I’m not gonna talk about them very much because it’s bed time. And we have had a long day! I will come back to these for sure though because they were awesome!

Proverbs 4 was a really awesome passage. More along the lines of the past 3 chapters of staying away from evil. And I love the passage I chose, but to be honest, I’m not that happy with the page I did. It didn’t turn out the way it did in my heart. So I will probably go back and either cover it completely, or try to add some doodles to spice it up a little.

Proverbs 5 was a good reminder. I always enjoy reading where the ten commandments are explained a little more. It was about adultery and why you should stay away. It’s always nice to reread that. I as a married woman, not that I’m ever tempted, enjoy things that pertain to my life directly. I can’t imagine ever even wanting to cheat on my husband. But, it’s a rule I enjoy hearing. If that makes any sense at all. I chopped off the first part of this verse because it’s slightly inappropriate for this specific setting. [Talks about breasts] and that’s just a little more personal than I prefer to be! But the latter part of the verse is gold.

Sorry today is short and just pure journaling. I’m so tired. And am burning the candle at both ends lately. Finally my husband has his day off tomorrow, so I will be able to get caught up on the necessary household stuff and hopefully get some real quiet time. 
Dear Lord, be with the people that are reading this blog, and bless them and their heart. Listen to their needs and make your will done through them. Remind them of the important things and let go of what’s not important. In your son’s name I pray, Amen.

Proverb a Day [3]

Salutations my friends! It’s been a busy couple days! So this was actually written yesterday. Sorry for the late post! But I will double post tomorrow!

One of my good friends came to church this morning. And man was it a good sermon. You know how sometimes when you invite a friend to church you want them to like it so much, the only thing you can focus on is how they are liking the sermon and how they are taking it? Not today. I didn’t have time to focus on how my friend was feeling because it was really hitting home in my own heart. I enjoyed the speaker’s testimony of his life and how you just need to follow what God is telling you. And to not be prideful and think you can do it on your own. Because too many times have I tried to take my own wheel and do it on my own. That’s just not how it works. You have to have God lead and guide you. Or else you won’t get anywhere.

Proverbs 3 had a lot that spoke to me. Of course there is the common favorite verse 5. Which leads right back to the sermon today. But because that verse is so strong on it’s own, people tend to forget to keep reading. Like verses 6-8 really hit home with me today too. Acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths. Similar to my blog yesterday. Then, don’t be wise in your own eyes and turn from evil. Don’t think you’ve got it all on your own. And turn away from evil. I tend to forget that last part. I think I can be around evil and not partake in it. Which, was mentioned again today in the sermon. [Guys, the sermon was really stinking good.] And then in verse 8, it will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Maybe it’s just me, but that makes me feel calm and relaxed. It’s comforting to hear.

Proverbs 3:14-15 was what I chose to do my journaling over. I thought it would be a lot of fun. I think some people get this confused with a woman. I don’t believe it’s talking about women at all. I think it’s referring to the wisdom and understanding. And that makes a lot of sense.

Verses 25-27 I think are really important in this day and age. With all that’s going on in the world, and I won’t get in to politics because this isn’t the place for it, but I think these verses are crucial to remember. Do not be afraid of sudden terror…the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught. Do not withhold good to those who it’s owed when you can provide the good. Any normal church official would immediately turn verse 27 into tithing. And I encourage you to tithe. We tithe what we can, and when we can. We are working on discipline to do it even when we can’t and to work up to the 10% God asks of us. But truly, even if it’s not tithing, giving to the needy or poor would work as well! There’s just something so gratifying about giving to others without expecting anything at all in return.

Well that’s all I have for this chapter. I just really felt like God was truly speaking to me. And those are the best days of all. I hope you all had a blessed day.

Dear Lord, lead those that read this entry to seek and gain your knowledge and to use it for good and keep them thirsting and hungry for you and for your word. Remind us that we can’t do this alone, we need you. Every part of us needs you and all that you do for us. Help us to recognize that, and to crave that. In your son’s name I pray, Amen.

Proverb a day! [2]

Hello! Day 2! Shockingly, I didn’t get to do this early this morning. I’ve kind of been working on it throughout the day while Lucas naps and such.

So this was Proverbs 2. I really enjoyed this chapter. Especially verse 20. I feel like it kind of fits my theme to my year. I want to stay on the path of the righteous and walk in the way of the good! I think everyone really does. But that verse I felt just fit my life at this moment. And really enjoyed painting this one.

But, I painted and then wrote. Well my beloved sharpie no bleed pens did not like writing on paint. At all. Dried the tip out. And so now I’m gonna have to find another pen. I will update you as soon as I find what I want. To finish this post, I just used a regular fine tip sharpie. And yes, it did bleed through. So if I eventually decide to do the page behind this, I’m going to just do embelishments to hide that.

I will try to do that tomorrow on top of chapter 3. Let me know if anyone is joining me in this! I would love to see your work and hear what verses stand out to you!

-Even if you’re not journaling with me, I hope you’re reading the chapters with me! And even then, I would still love to hear what verses you enjoy!-

Dear Lord, thank you for this day and giving me the energy and conviction to see this through another day. Thank you to all the people reading this and staying with me. Help me continue to reach to others. And help all who are reading to continue to stay hungry for your bread. Keep all of us in the path of the righteous. And to walk in the way of the good. In your sons name I pray, Amen.

Proverb a Day!

Happy New Year!!! I hope all of your evenings were fun and wonderful and filled with love, laughter, friends and family!

Now normally, I don’t do new years resolutions. Honestly, I don’t like breaking promises especially when they are to myself. Not a fan. But, this year, I have made a few! And to keep myself accountable, I will share the less personal ones (which I have shared with family).

Top resolution: Glorify God in all I do every day.
I know. That sounds kinda silly. Like, “Shouldn’t you be doing that already?” Yeah. I should. But I haven’t. I try. Mostly, if I’m honest, when it’s convenient. But, every thing I do should be to the glory of God. And I’m going to make more of a point to that.
Resolution 2: Proverb a day for the month of January.
Well I want to start with a bang! I want this year to really benefit my faith and strengthen the specific parts of my life. So, Proverb a Day! Get my mind set and focused!
Resolution 3: Spend every month in a specific study.
Oh yeah. After January, I’m hitting it hard! I want to learn all I can this year. I want to be sitting at December 31st, 2016 and say, “Whoa. I know so much more than I did.” Yes!

And of course, you’ll be with me through this journey! I hope to hear your resolutions too!

My first goal is to do a Proverb a Day. And journal. Yaaaasss. Journal! I want to dive in, head first to the world of journaling and hopefully it will exceed my past studies and help me remember!

And today I had a bit of a rocky start if I’m gonna be honest. Once again, I was exhausted, and slept in. We had a pretty packed day. We took down Christmas, my mom sent me to the store, we watched War Room (which was unbelievably fantastic and inspiring!!!) and then had New Years dinner per annual tradition. On top of being at my son’s beck and call as every day goes, all of that is a lot. So to get quiet time to myself? Leave it to the life of being a mom to only have it early in the morning, (which was not the case today, nor is it usually the case any day. I like my sleep.) or late at night. As I am doing now. But I really wanted to get it posted today. So, here I am, for y’all!

Proverbs 1! The beginning of knowledge!

I really enjoyed this. And personally, verse 7, stuck out to me the most. So therefore that’s what I journaled. No rhyme or reason to my method. I wanted something original. I wanted something fun. But also, I needed something not as detailed, because it’s already 11:30. This took me all in all about an hour. That includes my prayer time, my read time and my journal time. I made sure to promise myself to not stress about perfection. And this also isn’t to show off any ‘art skills’ I may have. This is purely for me and me alone.

Just some simple lettering and water colors. Nothing too fancy. So tomorrow will be day 2! And wish me luck. I am hoping to wake up before my son for quiet time. But I really like my sleep.

Dear Lord, I pray that you allow Proverbs 1 to jump out. Make it easily relatable and speak to someone who needs it. Thank you for everything you do. For that, I am not personally worthy. I hope you take our lives this year and change them for the better. I pray you continue to use me to reach to all those who need a hand and to guide me to guide others to you. Let us take the wisdom and instruction others give us, and to not be so quick to dismiss. In your son’s name I pray, Amen.

Bible Journaling: What I Use

I meant to do this yesterday. But there was so much to do yesterday. Plus my son, Lucas, decided to wake up 7 times the night before and I wasn’t having that so I slept in while my momma watched him for a bit. (Because she’s super awesome.)

So, I’m starting bible journaling. Bible journaling is really a great way for hands on, creative types to really connect with the bible. I am hands on and my creative mind won’t shut up half the time. Growing up, my bulletin from Sunday service inevitably had doodles all over. Sometimes, I had to steal my mom’s to draw on too. So to hear about bible journaling, I was instantly intrigued. It is perfect for me.

Normally, I don’t remember what I read; whether I read it aloud or silently to myself. I have terrible reading comprehension. So from what I’ve read, this could help! So here is my list of supplies. I know this list will grow. If I had about $200 to blow on myself and my hobbies, I would have a much longer list. I got all my supplies from Hobby Lobby. Minus the bible which was purchased from Mardel’s. And you can get it much cheaper online. Clicking all the pictures should send you to a link of where to find such items.

ESV Single Column Journaling Bible – To be honest, I’ve never used ESV, I am an NIV kind of girl. So reading a new translation should be fun. Worse case scenario, I just use one of my hundred other bibles or the app on my phone. But I think this is gorgeous! And who doesn’t love a brand new bible?
Washi Tape – I saw washi tape from Taz and Belly who is another bible journaler/blogger who is a lot of my inspiration. I found this at hobby lobby for $4. But apparently they are also at target in the dollar section. I haven’t seen them, nor have I gone looking for them either. But I will get back to you on that.
Prismacolor Magic Rub – This is for erasing my pencil marks. It doesn’t rub into a nasty color some other erasers. And it also doesn’t smear my ink. 
Elmer’s Craft Bond Glue – I’ve been using this for about a year now I think. And I use it for all my crafts. I’m a pretty big fan because it has a precision tip and a larger side for bigger projects.
Bazzill Basics Paper – Card stock! And my favorite color as of late, gold. This was $7.
More card stock. I’ve had these since July 2014 for my bridal shower. People wrote encouraging notes and advice on the back. This was left over so I’m not positive where this came from. But knowing me, most likely hobby lobby. They have a lot of choices. I will use these card stocks for tabbing and embellishments!
Crayola Watercolors – Simple crayola watercolors. Nothing fancy. Got this big pack for $5 maybe? I just loved all the colors! I almost got these instead. But went with traditional because I’m afraid of change.
These are my writers. Yeah, that’s what I’m gonna go with. First is just a simple mechanical pencil. Nothing special except the color, which happens to be my favorite, purple. The next is my pen. This is the Sharpie pen. It’s bleed free. Then we have what I will use for white, which is a Tree House Studio Paint Markers. This size is my favorite because its a fine point.  And of course, we have a paint brush. This is the same one that came with the watercolors. Nothing special. 
So like I said, it’s a short list. And as it grows, I will let you know what I find! And how I like it! But now, my son is asleep, my husband is asleep. So I get my quiet time. And I’m gonna journal for the first day! Hopefully, I will have the outcome later tonight!
Once again, happy new years y’all! 

Restatement of my basis.

Well, I thought I would share why I’m doing this. I have been accused as of late that I’m trying to become famous by talking about something I don’t have a true grasp on.

Firstly, that hurts my feelings. I have a true grasp on my faith. I have a true grasp on who I know the Lord to be. I have a true grasp on the fact that Jesus is God’s only son, and that Jesus died for my sins after leading the perfect, sinless life so that I could be loved by God and accepted.

Secondly, I didn’t not start this because of fame. I don’t want to be famous. I have zero interest in being famous. I am a wife, and a mother. I have no time for fame. I barely have time for this blog as it is. Point in case, my nearly month long absence during the holidays.

Thirdly, I started this plainly because my dream, my ultimate dream job would be a youth pastor. But because I am a woman, I cannot lead a youth group. Which, bothers me, but its not my place. So, to reach out to young teens as I am trying to do, I have created a small corner of the internet for girls to come and read, and learn and to ask questions. That’s it; that’s all.

Fourthly, never ever have I said I know everything. I am learning with you. I learn every time I do a blog post. I pray over each blog post, including this one. I want the Lord to speak through me. Because He has called me to do this. He has put an unshakable conviction in my heart to speak about the word and to speak truth. I believe that because He has called me, that I will eventually reach the people it needs to reach.

Lastly, I have had several people tell me that I have hit home. And honestly, I am proud of that. That means that what I have been called to do is doing what it is meant to do. And that is pure evangelism.

So. To those of you who have emailed me and said mean things, I laugh. I laugh because that is purely the devil trying to get me to stop. Because I believe that I am doing the RIGHT thing. And when you’re doing the RIGHT thing, the devil will always try to bring you down. Well… Not today and not tomorrow Satan. Keep trying. I have the Lord on my side. I need no other validation than His.

Proverbs 31:25 – John 15:18

And with that, I’m excited to announce that for the month of January, I am doing ‘A Proverb a Day’ going through the book of Proverbs! I hope that you join me. And learn just as much as I’m going to learn! So excited. This also may be paired with a Bible Journaling that I’m going to start! So keep a look out for January 1st!

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Who is Jesus?

Hello ladies! I prayed on this one long and hard. And whether you are a christian or not, I believe that this is a great helper! Especially when the world is in such turmoil. My preacher said something great this Sunday. Christian’s are great in times of need. People start looking for answers. And sometimes, people will come to Christ to see why we believe all that we do.

So who is Jesus? Well, He’s pretty great.

Philippians 3:10 I want to know Christ–yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death

He may be a few different things to others. But to me, this is who Jesus is.

He is possibility. Mark 10:27 Similar to Philippians 4:13.
He is the perfecter. Hebrews 12:2
He is omnipresent. Matthew 18:20
He is love. John 15:12
He is salvation. Acts 4:12
He is grace. Revelation 22:21
He is a mediator. 1 Timothy 2:5
He is a giver. John 14:13
He is consistent. Hebrews 13:8
He is patient. 2 Peter 3:9
He is refuge. Psalm 46:1
He is the judge. Isaiah 33:22

He is possibility when things look impossible. He is the perfecter when I am not so perfect. He is omnipresent when I feel alone. He is love when I feel unloved. He is salvation when I truly need saving. He is grace when I inevitably screw up again. He is a mediator when I feel like nothing can be resolved. He is a giver even when I don’t deserve anything. He is consistent when I need consistency the most. He is patient when I have none left. He is refuge when I need to be pulled out of my own head. And he alone is my judge.

I know today’s post wasn’t very long. But maybe this is all that needed to be said.

Dear Lord, I hope that more people come to you. I hope that this helps someone who may be confused. And I hope that these sweet girls take refuge in your ever-loving life. I hope that they embrace you and all that you offer. In your son’s name I pray, Amen.

Dating

Hello ladies!

Before we get started today, I want you to know if you have any questions about your faith, or what faith is, dating, clothing, girl stuff, whatever, you can always comment or just email me! I check it every day and it’s sent right to my phone. So I am always available.

Also, I am going to bring you a make up tutorial soon!

But today, we are talking about dating! Dating can be tough. No matter how old you are. Relationships in general are just tough. If it were easy, the reward of love wouldn’t be as great. I can promise you that. So lets do this thing called dating christian style!

We are gonna be jumping through the bible today. Answering a few questions on dating.

Not all christians think of dating like the Duggars. I think the Duggars do it in a really cool way. And having someone else to keep you accountable and out of trouble, is truly a great idea. But I can also understand wanting to get to know someone without an audience.

So what type of person should you date?
2 Timothy 2:22 Of course, you should date someone who is also a christian!  Dating someone else who is a christian will make it easier to remain pure and steadfast in pursuing the love of Christ and being like him.

Do you have similar views?
Amos 3:3 Have you ever disagreed strongly with someone? It’s pretty difficult to not have have towards them.
2 Corinthians 6:14-15 From personal experience, this is true. The boyfriend I had before my husband was an atheist. He made me question everything I believed in. I started asking all these questions with answers that didn’t make sense. Do not let someone else be a stumbling block for you. Find someone who believes in Christ just like you do. That way, if questions do arise, you can find the answer together. And he will have the same faith as you to keep you in the right path.

The should truly be christian.
1 Corinthians 5:11 Actions speak louder than words! Do you see people at church and then see them at school cheating on a test? Or bullying others? Maybe swearing? Don’t date someone who doesn’t act the Word out. Make it your life’s goal to let others see the Word through you! I promise, they will see you acting differently and probably wonder what that’s about.

Does he get angry easily? Have a bad temper?
Proverbs 22:24 The bible says don’t even associate yourself with them. A bad temper is contagious. It can put yourself in unnecessary danger. I used to have a friend that got so easily angry at the silliest things! It’s better to distance yourself from people who are angry all the time.

Does he see your inner beauty more so than your outer beauty?
1 Peter 3:4 Great worth in God’s eyes! Your inner beauty is so much more important than outer beauty! I’m not saying its a bad thing to look nice. I’m saying that make sure he sees your inner beauty, your soul more so than your nice clothes and great makeup. That’s what really counts in the end.

Is he encouraging and supporting?
Philippians 2:1-2 If he’s constantly building you up, encouraging you in school or other passions and supporting you in those passions, keep him! Find someone who wants you to be your best self and helps you do so!

Are you two overly involved in each other?
Philippians 2:4 There is no quicker way than to lose friends than to be overly involved with your boyfriend. When you can’t be apart of your friends lives because you are constantly with your boyfriend, your friends start to realize they aren’t that important. And if that relationship doesn’t work out, your friends will be reluctant to be friends again. Have girls nights with your friends. Specified girls nights where you aren’t texting your boyfriend. Just enjoying hearing about their lives. And they will be happy to let you gush about yours.

Are you saying no?
2 Peter 1:6-7 A guy that truly hears the word no, and obeys by it, is a good christian guy. Say no. Do not be pressured. If he gets upset or tries to force you, he is not worth it. Get away from him. Far away. I promise, that is not the type of guy you want to be around. And it’s better to sever ties now, then compromising what you stand for.

Is staying pure important to both of you?
1 Corinthians 6:13 The body is meant for the Lord. Not for yourself! Having sex is meant for one reason. And that is to create more bodies for the Lord. Aka, having kids! You don’t want kids any time soon!
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 He doesn’t want you to have sex before you’re married! I know it’s tempting. And it seems like every one is doing it. I know. But you don’t have to. And you shouldn’t. It complicates every aspect of your life. Don’t grow up too soon, ladies. Don’t be in a rush. Live your life. I promise that you won’t regret not having sex. But you can regret giving that to someone who might not stay around forever. Even if he says he will. That’s a promise that he can’t keep.

Have you already had sex?
Psalm 51:2-4 First off, acknowledge your sin. This may be difficult. But remember, you aren’t alone! I wasn’t pure for my husband. But, together, we rededicated our lives together. And acknowledged our sin.
Psalm 51:7-12 Then, ask for forgiveness. You can’t be forgiven unless you ask for it. God wants to forgive you. It pleases him when you ask for forgiveness.
Psalm 32:1-6 Then believe you are forgiven. Stop feeling guilty. Believe He has forgiven you. And move on in purity.

Always know four things:
Genesis 2:18 God made someone specific for you. There is a person that is suitable to every need and every want that you have. He is made for you. And you were made for him.
Psalm 37:4 He will give you the true desires of your heart.
Matthew 6:8 He knows what you need before you even ask him.
Proverbs 19:14 And ask for him. Ask for your partner in life. You can’t receive if you do not ask.

I hope you take all of this to heart. And I hope it answers questions! But know, just because I write about all of this, doesn’t mean that’s what I did. But I wish I had. I wish I had followed the guidelines and stopped listening to what the world told me was okay and normal. In today’s society, what is okay and normal is not what God wants. So be daring. And stand out. For it will please the Lord!

Dear Lord, I hope that this reaches who it needs to. I hope that these girls take this to heart and live by the guidelines you have set for us. I lift up all the girls struggling with their faith in relationships and to see the black and white rules you have set. Let this reach out to all the girls. And I hope this helps change the norm for dating. In your son’s name I pray, amen.

Doing Good to All

Okay, so to be honest I have struggled for more than a week on what to post next. I’ve tossed a couple ideas around, I’ve prayed and nothing has seemed to come to light. I was going to do a make up tutorial. But that didn’t work. Then I was going to just post my favorite products, then the pictures wouldn’t load to my laptop. SO. Clearly, I have had an uphill battle. But, alas, here I am. With a pretty good message, if I do say so myself.

Read Galatians 6:1-10

When I was in high school, I was constantly concerned with others actions and problems. I was full of judgement. But when it came to me and my problems and actions, when my friends tried to warn me or help me, I got extremely defensive. As I have said before, I am no saint. I have sinned. Because  I am a sinner. And we all sin. But I was way more concerned with others sins, rather than my own.

I went to the same church from birth to about 20. I was raised there, I grew up with the people there. I was loved, and I loved them. And in high school, I had the best group of friends I think I may ever have. They were christians. They went to church. We didn’t go partying or drinking or doing drugs. We had movie nights and went to church camp together. It was amazing. But, then came senior year. That’s when I thought I had it all figured out. That’s when I thought that I knew best and it was time to make my own mistakes. If I had a catchline, that was it. “I have to make my own mistakes!” I said that to my parents, to my friends, to my siblings. In reality, they were trying to save me from myself. They were trying to help me carry my burdens (Galatians 6:2). I was way more focused on doing things myself even though I knew it was wrong. My senior year, I found friends that probably weren’t the best influences. They weren’t raised in the church. They were raised differently than I was. So when my group of friends tried to warn me, I threw my catchline out and went on about my business. I remember thinking, “Jeez. My friends are prudes. I need to just move on. I’m clearly more mature than they are.” WRONG. Gosh, I was so wrong.

In my senior year, after my ‘serious boyfriend’ at the time and I broke up, I may have went off the deep end. I went to my first party. I drank for the first time. And all the sudden, I found myself with a totally different group of friends. I left the youth group. I had helped put my youth group back together after losing our long-term youth minister. I welcomed the new minister with open arms and helped him build it back up. I encouraged the younger kids to join us. I tried to help think of fun activities that would bring kids back to youth group. But then I left. I went and hung out with the college kids instead. And I was welcomed with open arms. And I got pretty involved. But I was leading a double life. I was smoking marijuana and drinking all the time. I went to church almost every day. I did things with the college ministry. Then after I left, I would go and live the fun life I wanted to live.

Why did things change all of the sudden? To be honest, I met a friend and we had the same problem. She went to the other high school in town, where my ex went. And I went to the same school her ex went to. In fact, her ex was one of my best friends in that awesome group. And we promised we would keep an eye out for each other. That led to wanting to be more like her. She was a free spirit. She did what she wanted, when she wanted. We were best friends for 3 years. Inseparable. But let me be clear. I chose this. She didn’t force me to do anything I didn’t want to do. I wanted to be more like her. Free and wild. It’s so tempting to be something you’re not. I tried to help her carry her burdens and indeed I was tempted (Galatians 6:1).

When I did change, my awesome group of friends left. In fact, I don’t talk to any of them anymore. I try to keep up with them via Facebook. But it’s not the same. They left me. And for good reason. I don’t blame any of them for even a split second. I didn’t want them around. I thought I had it figured out. I thought that my new friends were forever type of friends. For the record, they weren’t. I don’t talk to any of them anymore either.

About a year ago, I befriended a girl from high school. We were both pretty mean to each other in high school. But, we were friends on Facebook. If I remember correctly, she asked about Jesus in a status and I jumped on the opportunity. She hadn’t led the best life to that point, and I tried to take her under my wing. And to be frank, I wasn’t prepared for that type of relationship. I want to say this in the best way. She leaned on me a lot. She was kind and sweet. But I was not ready for the type of commitment it took to help her. I wasn’t strong enough. And instead, I dumped her. So instead of learning from the hurt that my friends left me with when they disappeared, I disappeared on her. (Galatians 6:10) Be good. Especially when they belong to the family of believers. And I know that I will reap what I sow for that. (Galatians 6:8).

Live your life to the fullest. Be free. But do it all with Christ in your life. Be good to those around you. Not for your own gain, but because you want to. Being free with Christ feels so much better than being free without Him. I know that from personal experience. A personal experience that I don’t want any of you to go through.

Dear Lord, I bring you these girls. I hope that they take my message to heart. I hope they live good sincere lives. Help them be good to all. Help them see that good always wins. And that being good is way better than being mean or judgmental. Let them see the truth and keep them from temptation. In your son’s name I pray, amen.