Be Like The Ethiopian Eunuch 

Acts 8:26-38 The Ethiopian Eunuch’s Baptism

“26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Ga’za, which is desert. 27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to  Jerusalem for to worship, 28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. 29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. 30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. 32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: 33 In his humiliation his judgement was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken rom the earth. 34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.”

This passage from Acts is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. It is one of the more shocking or surprising passages with how easily the Ethiopian Eunuch is persuaded by the word of God and Jesus Christ. All it took was one conversation with Philip and he was convinced, and as soon as he knew what needed to be done to be saved and to know Jesus he did not hesitate to do the right thing. He saw the water, he knew what needed to be done, and confessed Jesus as the Son of God and was baptized. I wish that everyone could have this kind of bravery and fearlessness like the eunuch did. We all like to question and have many concerns about who and what Jesus is, but if we would all just look at the knowledge of the book, the Bible, like the eunuch we would not have to worry so much about where our life is going and not have to fill it with earthly things.

There is this song on K-Love called “Old Church Choir” by Zach Williams that I absolutely love listening to. It is one of those songs that just makes you want to sing your heart out and dance in the car. 🙂 I have kind of, hopefully, made a connection with this song and the Ethiopian eunuch. The Bible doesn’t tell us anything else about the eunuch’s life and what happens after he was saved and baptized. So I have made my own conclusions on how maybe he would be living his life after: he has praises, joy and happiness, and everlasting faith in the Lord.

“It’s the rhythm of a gospel song

Oh, once you choose it, you cant lose it

There ain’t nothing, there ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy

I got an Old Church Choir singing in my soul

I got a sweet salvation and it’s beautiful

I’ve got a heart overflowing ’cause I’ve been restored

There ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy

No, there ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy” by Zach Williams, the chorus of “Old Church Choir”

In the song, it says that once you have it, meaning knowing Jesus, you won’t be able to lose it very easily and even if you think you are lost, God will always find his way to get back into your life. We pray to stay close to Him when we are actually close or feeling distant from Him. We sing in church to praise Him and raise our voices to Him. These bible verses reflect how I think that the Ethiopian eunuch would be praising and living his life now that he was saved.

–“Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.” -James 5:13

–“Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.”- ‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭16:11‬ ‭KJV‬

–“The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.” – ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:17‬ ‭KJV‬

–“Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.”- ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭101:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬

 

–“Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;”- ‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

–“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”- ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:31‬ ‭KJV‬‬

–“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.”- ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭28:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

–“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,”- ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22‬ ‭KJV‬‬

–“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”- ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

–“For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”- ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:8‬ ‭KJV

The lesson that we all need to learn from the Ethiopian eunuch is that we need to trust in the Lord, that he will show us the way that we need to be walking and that we should not be scared of knowing the knowledge of Jesus Christ. It will bring you all the joy to your life knowing Him, and all of the comfort you need as well.

As always, if you have any questions, please ask, and seek for someone to help you learn more about Jesus.

A Little Fun & Healthy

IMG_1376When I first started this blog I chose to have it be focused around God, my journey with Him and to let y’all in on my life. Well over the past year I have discovered a new-found LOVE for essential oils, and let me tell you guys they are the bomb. Like how did I ever live my life without them in it everyday???

Essential oils are not cheap, no matter where you get them or what brand you are going to get, and if you do find some that are cheap – I would investigate just to make sure they are 100% pure essential oils. Most people use doTERRA, Young Living, or NOW brands. With working at Walgreens, I have the accessibility to Nature’s Truth Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, which most of you have probably never heard of and are now questioning what these are. I understand, new products – lots of questions, but trust me they are 100% pure essential oils, says so on the bottle and website – http://www.naturestrutharoma.com/about-us/  -.

And let me just say this right here, Lavender is probably the best thing that anyone, and I mean anyone, could happen upon. It’s magic, plain and simple, ha! But the reason I am talking about these awesome things is because I want to share with you all the benefits that they have brought to my everyday life so far, and no I am not doing this for their advertisement just for your own knowledge :).

  1. First discovery, a remedy for allergies when they get really bad: Lavender, Peppermint, and Lemon. Diffuse it in your diffuser. With a small diffuser, I just put in about 5 drops of Lavender, 5-6 drops of Peppermint and Lemon both. The lavender is to mostly calm down the lemon and peppermint because tIMG_1379hose can get overbearing sometimes, but it works miracles guys. Most of the time I put it on when I’m sleeping and I wake up in the morning feeling awesome :).
  2. Anyone ever have a problem with ACNE?!!!! I do, constantly. I have switched to YesTo wipes: the charcoal black wipes for detoxifying and the cucumber wipes for cleansing and refreshing, which both work very well, but something was not working. Boom, essential oils come in – Lavender (I’m telling you miracle worker, also a calmer), Tea Tree (great for skin), and Lemon (use carefully, some may be sensitive to this, you don’t have to add it if not wanted), all mixed with a carrier oil of your choice. I chose coconut oil because I found IMG_1377this off of Pinterest and that is what she used, and I trust it because it is also awesome. I can’t remember how much I put in it because I made just a little bit to test it out, so mix it the way you see fit. But I have been using it for about two months now and I have fewer break outs than I have had in a long time. I use it mostly on my main break out areas before bed every night (I try my hardest, sometimes you just fall asleep with your makeup on and regret it entirely the next day. What can I say?)
  3. Newest discovery, but was too scared to try a long time ago, sorry Whit. Lavender oil for your hair. Got dry, frizzy ends? Curly, frizzy hair in general? Tangles at the end?? Ugh, my life; put some water in a spray bottle with abouIMG_1378.JPGt 1 drop of lavender for every ounce and shake well before every use. I only tried it this morning, so it’s still being tested with me, but when has lavender let me down? Never. I’m going to try it with a little Eucalyptus too :).

 

And of course there are many MANY more options that you can do with your essential oils and the brand you choose. Peppermint can be used for spiders or other bugs, they don’t like the smell. The Muscle Ease blend by Nature’s Truth is great for headaches and soreness, it includes: peppermint, rosemary, cinnamon leaf, and arnica oils. Lemon can be used with cleaning, or just a pick me up smell. Lavender can be useIMG_1376d to help you sleep, help you breathe better, fresher air, enjoyable scent, acne, and bug bite soother; basically anything :). And there are still many ways that I plan on trying with these precious oils, I just love them so much; I may have a slight addiction, but it’s a good one!

I hope this comes to some benefit for someone :).

As always, love and trust God with all your heart; believe and learn His word, stay true to Him. Psalm 5:11-12, “But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.”

Kick Anxiety Out

At some point, in everyone’s life, you experience some type of anxiety or worry. Anxiety comes from deep within our minds I think, personally I struggle with my anxiety quite often. Anxiety over school, work, changes, obsessing over where things go and how clean things are (not everyone experiences this ha!). I mean I almost had an anxiety attack the other night when my car alarm went off at 3 a.m., there is no stopping it from showing its face. But what are we supposed to do with our anxiety? People tell you just to forget about it, breathe deeply, meditate, but they seem to forget to IMG_1272pray.

Praying is the key to getting rid of our anxiety; we can talk to God and cast all of our worries and anxieties on Him and know that He will take care of the rest.

This is where things get difficult. We, as humans, want to solve our own problems. The first thing we think of when it comes to conflict or worry is what we can do ourselves to fix it, we do not want anyone else to know about our struggles or talk about them with others. Another thing that most people do not realize that is so special about God is that He knows all of our struggles, worries, and anxieties. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (KJV).

2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that should come to repentance.” (KJV). God does not and will not take pity on us, but he will try His hardest to show us the correct way to go and never give up on us. He wants us to talk to him through prayeIMG_1273r, everyday and without fear of what His answer will be. Sometimes he may not answer your prayer right away, or he may even answer it with something you didn’t even know you needed. That’s the miracle behind God; He knows everything we will need in this life and He knows the exact moment when to send it, but He still wants us to talk to Him. Psalm 139:1-4, “O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lyinh down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.” (KJV).

Continuing on with the book The Begging Place, it used an acronym with ASK – A for Ask, S for Seek, K for Knock. And the act on it with ACTS – A for adoration and acknowledgment of who you are talking to during your prayers (God), C for confess your sins, T for thanksgiving, S for self and supplication. 1 Chronicles 16:11 says, “Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.” (KJV), which justifies it well that we should always seek Gods’ way off communicating, always asking for his guidance, and always acting the correct way, the Bible way, towards Him with supplication. Psalm 4:1, 3-5, 8 says, “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. … But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him. Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord. … I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.” (KJV). In the NKJV verse 4 changes “commune with your own heart” to “meditate within your heart”. I don’t normally like switching between versions of the Bible but that part of the verse seems more relevant to us somehow. Meditate and think back into your heart of your troubles and send them to God in your own private message, and commune with Him.

Like I said earlier with anxiety, we like to figure out how to deal with it on our own because we don’t like to get so deep into our feelings with God that are so sensitive to us. The Begging Place author put it like this as anxiety being God’s way of saying, “Have you checked in with me yet?” Ephesians 4:23-24 says, “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”(KJV). God wants us to forget about the old you before you knew Him and rely on your new self that has been redeemed, and if you rely on your new self, you can cast all of your worries on Him without thinking twice about it.

Ephesians 5:1-2, “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” (KJV). So are you going to keep worrying or are you going to start talking to God?

Do I need to talk to God? The answer is always YES. 

         I can’t believe it’s already been almost a month since I wrote my last blog and and been out of school for the semester. Summer break has been wonderfully relaxing, even with still working. Sometimes you just need a break from all the school hustle and bustle. I left you all with my thoughts about me learning to give it all over to God in prayer and learning how to do that in the best way I can. 

         A good friend of mine who encourages me every step of the way, Lara, gave me a study book called The Begging Place, even though I’m not that far into it yet, I learned something today. God wants to talk to me and hear from me no matter what the circumstances are, if it’s good or bad, or if I just need to say hi and thank Him. But we also think that he may not like our prayers or conversations we have with Him, I mean is He really listening? I know I’m not the only one who has thought this before, but of course He is listening. We are all His children and He loves every word that we speak to Him.  

         I realized that I’m better at writing stuff down first rather than just speaking and talking to God. So I think I’ve chosen to write my prayers out and pray those words to Him. It’s like writing Him a letter or an email and he still gets it and me 🙂 

         I asked myself today, “what do I need to talk to God about today?” And the only thing that came to my mind today was that I don’t have to talk to Him about troubles, I can just talk to Him about everything I feel blessed with if I’m not feeling pressure from troubles anywhere right now. If you don’t mind I wanted to share my thoughts today — 

        Whether it be troubles or not that I want to talk to You about I can always thank You for letting me be alive and healthy today. I am truly blessed to be here, to be able to go back and forth between my homes in Fayetteville and Ozark as much as I want to, and to be able to worship at all of the churches that I go to freely. 

         Thank you God, for allowing me to have a relationship with each and everyone I meet at those churches and allowing me to become like family to them all. They all mean so much to me, and all of them have some sort of influence on me and my relationship with You. 

          Thank you for not giving up on me, and encouraging me to do my very best and grow closer to  you each and every day. Thank you for showing me how to be patient with myself and with others, especially others. I know I still need work here, but it’s working, You are working in me. It’s a hard task to learn when all you want to do is yell and scream at a coworker or customer who you don’t see eye to eye with or they don’t respect you. Thank you for putting me in my place when I get to high and proud, even if I’m not seeing the lesson You are trying to teach me.  

          I hope that you will use me somehow to make an influence on other people and the people around me. Let them see You in me, and that that may bring them closer to You. Thank you for forgiving me wholly everyday for the mistakes I make.

Amen. 

“Rejoice evermore. 

Pray without ceasing.

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-18 KJV 

Learning to Give it All Over

I’ve been wanting to learn more about praying for a while now, to be honest I’ve never thought of myself as a good prayer, and feel embarrassed when I’m praying on my own. So, I’ve set a goal for myself to study about prayer and learn about it more this summer. With being out of school for the summer I can focus more on me and my relationship with God again, and get right with it. I’m trying to think of more goals as well that I could study some more this summer too, anyone have any ideas that they want to have some light shed on?

  • “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1 John 5:14-15.
  • “I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.” Psalm 17:6.

God wants us to pray to him every day and about everything, whether it be good or bad. He doesn’t want us to think too highly of ourselves that we think we may not need to pray. Something as simple as praying that He helps me have a good day may be the most difficult thing I do, and I may only pray to him when I feel like I’m struggling. I shouldn’t just pray to Him about my difficult things in my life, I should pray to Him about the blessings He has given me in life. I still struggle with letting Him have all of me; it’s probably one of the more difficult things to do in my opinion. But He tells us, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. … Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;” Romans 12:2, 12.

  • “Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” Psalm 5:1-3.
  • “But let all those that out their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.” Psalm 5:11-12.

And then you look at Luke 18, “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint:” (1). “I tell you this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” (14). There is a right and a wrong way to pray, so you must pay attention to how you are praying to God and not exalting yourself over him or others. Be humble. James 4:16 says, “But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.”

The groundwork for prayer from this little study would consist of being humble for what you are praying to God, rejoice in your blessings and thank God for them. Pray everyday, whether it be to have a nice day, or to get you through a truly rough one. Do not boast in your prayers, and pray fervently towards Him with everything you have. And do not be embarrassed to pray.

  • Philippians 4:6
  • Colossians 4:2img_1097
  • James 4:3
  • 2 Chronicles 7:14

Coping With Myself

We all have our faults; we all wish we could be more productive sometimes and that just doesn’t happen. We wish we could concentrate more and learn more, and strive to being able to pay attention in the most boring class. Coming towards the last week of classes for the semester before finals, you realize just how bad you want it to be oIMG_0683ver. Literally, I have 3 class days left, that’s it and it’s all that I can think about.

But I also cannot stop thinking about the stress I have right now to finish those last 3 papers and push through those 2 finals. Yeah, welcome to my world of being an English major. (insert eye roll emoji) I have stress on top of stress, and people can see it and feel it. But seriously, do I have the right to complain? I have an awesome support system and a lot of things to be thankful for, and all I can think about is ‘am I going to get all of these papers turned in on time????’

The answer is yes. Yes because I will “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalms 37:5. Because I believe, He will provide for me and carry me every stressful step of the way, not matter how much He wants to tell me to do it on my own He won’t. He won’t ever leave my side as long as I follow Him. Why is that so hard for us to understand sometimes??

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31. This is one that I need to work on desperately because I do not know when to let go and let Him take control. No matter how much a professor may pile on me during the last week of the semester, how much work stress I have while doing all the school work, or how much actual life happens, I need to let Him take control and fly.

We are all trying to run this race and we cannot see the finish line. I can see my graduation next spring, but I don’t see the almost perfect life that I will have. I can’t see it because I am not patient, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1. We need to stop worrying about what is going to happen one or two or five years from now; God wants us to focus on the here and now and let Him take care of the rest. It’s only His business anyways 😉 . He tells us to “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10.

Sometimes you just want to run away from all of your problems and hide from them, or tear them apart and wish they weren’t your dreams to begin with. But if we just stick to God and follow Him we won’t have to think about throwing our dreams and aspirations away, and we won’t have to hide from our problems. God’s got this, why won’t you just let Him take control?

The Shack Discussion: Reviewing God

               I’m not real sure how to start this blog because of the topic for this one. It may be a little controversial to some, and confusing to others. I’ve recently finished the book called The Shack by WM. Paul Young. Many of you are probably anticipating the moment you get to see this movie for the depiction it gives, it looks like an amazing movie to go see, but now that I’ve read the book I don’t want to go see the movie. The summary on the back of the book sums it up to be a life changing and altering book. Mackenzie Allen Philip’s, or Mack, lost a daughter named Missy to her being kidnapped by “The Lady Killer”. Which is a true story, I looked it up, but Mack blames himself for her death because it was on his watch, so “Papa” or God, puts a note in his mailbox one day for him to come back to the shack where they believe the killer brought Missy to have a weekend there, and of course Mack thinks it’s some kind of joke, but he goes anyways. And Mack has this dream/vision type thing that he meets God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and it changes his life with what they show him. But get this, God is represented as a woman in this book, which blows all of our perceived presumptions of God out of context because you know God is a Father, our Father, He created the world and man, not she. But “God” in Mack’s vision starts out as a woman because Mack has father problems, and “God” tells him that he needs to forget about his perceptions of what man has made his appearance to be and do not focus on that. I get it. No one knows what God or Jesus looks like, but I wholeheartedly do not think that they should have shown God as a woman in this book in that image because it is not who He is, even if Mack has relationship problems with his earthly father.
But that’s just one thing that this book got me fired up about. God is love, but God is also punishment and wrath. We are to fear the Lord and be obedient unto him to reach salvation. Matthew chapter 7 verses 13-15 (KJV), “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth to life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” The Shack is promoting the idea that God is only love, and to know God you must only love, which teaches forgiveness. God doesn’t want you to fear Him and live your life obediently to Him, He wants you to live your life to fullest with no concern as long as you have a “relationship” with Him. I was appalled! Yes, love God with everything you have, to love is Jesus’ greatest commandment, but one does need to live obediently to God the Father and live your life abundantly closer to Him showing Him in everything you do. But you should also fear if you are not obedient, “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13 (KJV).
The book has “god” state that he doesn’t punish people, he has no expectations or anyone, and the books jesus denies that his life is meant to be an example for others. If all of this was true, our path to salvation would be a whole lot easier, now wouldn’t it? I am using a blog that has collected articles about this book that other believers have put together to point out the false doctrine that is pouring out of this book, biblelovenotes.blogspot.com, if you would like to see where I am getting some help of page numbers and other stuff. On page 123, God the Father says, “I don’t need to punish people for their sin. Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside. It’s not my purpose to punish it, it’s my joy to cure it.” Yes, sin is a punishment that we all endure because we are human. Yes, God wants to cure us of our sins, but you will be punished for your sin if you do not repent for them (in the correct way), which is left out of the book. Towards the end of the book, God talks about loving someone enough will lead them to repent for their sins and ask for forgiveness, but it never mentions baptism. You must repent, confess your obedience to Christ, and be baptized to wash away your sins. “One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” – Ephesians 4:5-6(KJV) (If you haven’t read and studied Ephesians you should, it’s one of my absolute favorites). And to continue your faith in Christ, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;” – Romans 3:23-25 (KJV). Acts 3:19 (KJV) says, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;”
The one thing that I have been taught from the beginning is that we are told to live more like Jesus, to follow Him as our guide to salvation, and to seek him every day. The Shack has it jesus deny his life is to be an example for others. On page 158 of my book, “jesus” says, “Seriously, my life was not meant to be an example to copy. Being my follower is not trying to ‘be like Jesus’, it means your independence is killed.” He goes on to say that he will not force anything on us about living in him and with him, but the thing that stands out here is the fact that they say that we are not supposed to live like Christ! “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” – 1 John 2:4-6 (KJV). And there are many other verses that I do not have time to name right now that tell us that we should live more like Christ every day, even though none of us will reach perfection like Jesus; if we stay steadfast in Him, every day, we will reach heaven with him and be made perfect there.
So, in summary, I recommend this book to someone who wants to cry emotionally at the true horror story that this man lived through with his daughter that went missing and for someone who is strong in the faith so that they may not be lead astray to some falsehood. And if you truly want to read this book to see what I am talking about, please study it. Study it to find out if it is true, study it to find out the truth because you may never know when you are being led to something that isn’t even taught in the Bible as the correct way. Ask questions, be curious of the truth, even if it may ruin your view on what you think is already right, look into it further for you can never stop learning about what Christ has to teach us each and every day. If you have any questions or comments or suggestions you are free to comment on my website, I would appreciate it even because I am always learning new ways to grow closer to God.

To The Man That Stole My Heart

Our one year anniversary in a few days, can you believe it??? People continuously ask us how we met, and we tell them of that day that you messaged me on Facebook and it all started from there… Not ideal to start talking through Facebook because hey you could’ve been a psychopath, but it all worked out in our favor :). I was nervous about meeting you because I hadn’t been in a relationship in a while and I was pretty set in my ways that I was going to be single for a while, and then you came along and changed everything.

Our first date started out perfect, you came to my moms to pick me up. You even came inside to meet her like the gentleman you are, and this was the first time we were meeting each other face-to-face because we had only known each other on the phone by this point. I was nervous, but not my usual nervous. I knew at that moment you hugged me hello that something important was fixing to happen in my life. We talked, or you talked all the way to Fort Smith, and I tried to keep up with you and how little I talk. We watched a movie first because we weren’t hungry yet, and it was the only time I think you stayed awake the whole time during a chick-flick :). We went to Texas Roadhouse after because who doesn’t love steak and bread(??), and it’s all going well. It’s late and the food doesn’t turn out as good and it’s loud in the restaurant so we aren’t getting to really talk to each other much unless we caught a break. I don’t remember talking much on the way home, but when we arrived back at moms neither one of us started to get out of your truck. I didn’t want to, I just wanted to be around you longer, and I think you did too. We stayed in the dodge until what felt like 4 in the morning talking, but who knows what the time actually was. But I wasn’t tired, I was infatuated.

I didn’t know then that you would change my life, but I am so abundantly thankful that you walked into my life at just the right time. I wouldn’t be the happiest girl in the world with out you, and I know for sure I wouldn’t be going to church every Sunday and Wednesday without your support. God knew what he was doing when he placed you in my life; I feel like I got a two for one deal and scored huge on it :). Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven”. We were placed into each others lives at the most perfect time, and I cannot thank God enough for you.

From the many surprises that started from day one and all the goofiness of your personality to you wanting to make things romantic and cheesy and perfect for me. To new dates and new adventures to you spending time with my family even if I am not even in town. From you offering to take pictures with me because you know I love them so much to you taking me to eat Mexican once a week (or more) 🙂 even if you’re tired of it.  You have shown me new things and adventures, and have shown me a new way to be happy with myself and to love even stronger everyday Zach.

My absolute favorite verses are 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” You help me love better everyday by the example you set for me, by the way you treat everyone around you and how understanding you are to every situation. You are the one for me, forever and ever…and ever 🙂

Happy Anniversary Love!

Always Yours.

The Struggle Is Real.

This week has been the longest ever…oh wait, it’s only Wednesday! How that is even possible with the week I’ve had I do not know, and to say that it’s been stressful is an understatement. This week has been awful, antagonizing, tearful, overwhelming, and just needs to be thrown in the trash. Period. End of discussion. Welcome to Midterm Week and getting those grades back that you so dread. I’ve never been the one to hop on the struggle

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Silas’ face here depicts the week.

bus of Midterm Week, and I didn’t think I would this semester either because I’ve just been floating along like it’s been a ride along the lazy river. I really thought I was doing well this semester, and even thought I was doing a great job on my exams/papers. Well welcome to reality Bailey, just when you think you’re going up, college has a way of sneaking up on you and kicking you in the butt.

 

I mean I’m not failing, but I am doing worse than I ever have in all of my school years. I got a D on a midterm for my Shakespeare class this week, I accepted it because I knew that I hadn’t done all the reading. It was my own fault, I know I can do better, but it’s a punch in throat to see it. I know I can get a solid B in the class if I just kick it into gear these next 7 or so weeks. (I have no idea how much longer I have till this semester is over, nor do I want to look and see how much more dread I have to go through.) I also forgot about a 100-point assignment this week that I thought wasn’t due till the end of the week, apparently not, it was just my imagination trying to spread things out further to make it seem less stressful. Hey brain, could you like get your stuff together so I can start progressing at all the things I need to be doing??? So now I just have to accept that zero because I have no lame excuse for my online teacher to cut me some slack, plus I may be afraid of him already and I’ve never met the guy.

And then today, I get back my term paper grade for my Linguistics class (yes, the name is just as bad as the actual class, dang communications minor), and it’s a C. I’m happy with it. It was a group paper so that was difficult in itself. We had to pick a language that we had no experience with and research the basic sentence structure and history from our informant and possibly one other source because he didn’t want to much conflicting research done. Uh ok, that’s when it gets hard. And you expect your teacher to have some slack on all of you because you’re studying a language you know nothing about and you’re trying to understand the basis of it, but no. No slack. The comments I got back on my paper started with MAJOR PROBLEM!!!. Uhh, ok then, thanks for the encouraging words on how awesome we did on trying to understand a foreign language!

If you’re bored by now I’m sorry, but I do have a point as to why I am writing this. It’s for me and for you.

1 Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” Even though this week has gone down the drain, all I need to keep thinking about is the love and care that God has granted me. He’s still here, watching over me every day, with every bad and good grade I get. I just need to look to him when I get discouraged about succeeding, and pray that He will guide me to what I want to achieve.

John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

Psalms 118:8, “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”

Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Psalms 27:1, “The Lord is my light and salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

It’s Wednesday, I get to go home to Ozark and go to church with Zach and see a bunch of friendly faces that make my week better. I don’t have to be at work at 7 a.m. for the first time in two months tomorrow, instead I get to hang out at moms’ house for a little bit. I only have one class Friday before spring break starts, and I got a morning shift Saturday so I get to start spring break earlier than I thought I would have. The I’ll be off school and work for almost 5 days. And the sun is shining today. Look at the positives, don’t dwell on your trials and tribulations that you may be facing during the day, week, hour or even minute. Think of the wonderful things that you have been blessed with and keep them close to you to keep you going every day. I am pushing those papers and exams to the side, and I am going to win back this semester! 😊

 

 

**As a side note: For a quick Bible verse lookup, if you are looking for something specific, download the app Bible. It’s free, and you can attach a keyboard to your messages that has categories for different emotions and it will give you the most relevant verses to what you are feeling, and will give you some encouragement, if you are needing it.**

Today: The Person I Am Becoming.

I’m figurinIMG_0404g out my life in my junior year of college. I’m almost done with my third year and many questions are coming to my mind, and many others minds. Where am I going? What am I going to do? My plan when I first started college was to become an English teacher and to get my masters in special education. This past year it has been English teacher and minor in communications. Now, I’ve been thinking that I’ll only teach for a few years, no point in going through the university to get my certification, just get it through the state. I don’t want to be in college for another year after I get my degree; who knows this could change, just like I’ve changed my mind multiple times already. I’m ready to start my life with Zach. I’m ready to start my family and settle down. God has shown me the one that I will spend the rest of my life with (hopefully) and people keep trying to discourage me from settling down because they think that my career is more important than being happy with my life.

                But I am happy with my life. I have a wonderful boyfriend, I have God, I have a wonderful family, I am finishing up my goal of graduating from a university with a college degree in the subject that I adore, but people still judge me for wanting one last thing. Starting a family. My goal of teaching the rest of my life was before Zach and I found each other. Things change, plans change. Believe me, when I first realized that I didn’t want to teach the rest of my life anymore, it was quite a shock to me. I kept thinking what will people think of me? Will they think that my degree is now a waste of time now that I am not going to use it the rest of my life? But why do I have to use it that long or at all for that matter? Shouldn’t getting a degree be an accomplishment in itself and whatever I do with it is nobody’s business but my own? I don’t want to disappoint anyone with my decisions, but shouldn’t I pursue something that is fulfilling to me?

                We have discussed it, it wasn’t his decision or just my decision, it was made together. People keep saying to me, “don’t let him control you or make decisions for you”, but he isn’t. I have my own mind, and my life goals are just changing the older and more mature I get. What I have been craving lately has been to start a family; I have been dreaming of staying home with kids (I may be going crazy, who knows). I have always been told that I am a homemaker. I clean, cook, do laundry, wash dishes, take care of kids well, read books, obsessive about keeping a home together (just ask my twin about our apartment). This is all that I want, I want to be successful in my career, yes, but I do not have to teach my life away to be able to feel successful in it. To teach my kids at home may be the most successful thing in my life, or just becoming a mother for that matter. I’m sorry I don’t have the strong feminist mind that a lot of women my age have. It’s just not in me. Ephesians 5: 20-25 points out what I am trying to get at here. My one day husband won’t control me entirely, but I will look to him for guidance just as I do God with God being first. I want my life to be a life based on God and his principles.

                Becoming a mother is a thing of the past these days. A woman isn’t supposed to want to become a mother anymore in the eyes of people my age. They tend to think that if you become a mother then you aren’t going to be able to do anything else, but be a mother. No fun, no love, everything is over. But that’s not what motherhood is. I can have my degree and substitute teach for schools, or I can have a teaching job at a school for a few years before I have children. I can educate my children at home, with that degree that people will think I’m not using, under my supervision, with the Bible being taught in my home too. What’s so wrong with that?? Everything, according to society. That’s what’s wrong with the world. Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” God wants us to grow closer to Him, to teach and learn his word, but we people try to discourage and/or take it out of our regular education. The Bible can teach so many things that we need in our everyday lives. To be trustworthy, to not cheat or lie, to honor your parents, to have responsibilities, to know authority and rules. I cannot help feeling like the world is getting more lost and I am seeing it so much more now.

                So many thoughts have come to mind since my life has started to fall into place. If Zach had not come into my life, I honestly do not know where I would be at emotionally and spiritually in my life right now. I feel as if I would be entirely lost and bitter, and more worldly than ever. Zach has brought me into a church that I didn’t know even existed before I knew him, even though there was one on a road I used every single day of my entire life practically, that I continuously passed by. The church of Christ has been a life changer for me, and has made my relationship with God stronger than I have ever had, I cannot be more thankful than I am now. Shouldn’t that be my successful goal in life, to have a meaningful relationship with His church and Him? I have began to pray every day for my success in life (Jeremiah 29:11), and for it to be the path that He wants me to be on. I ask Him to take things out of my life that I do not need, all the things that I have been greedy about, or any evil thing. I have lots of work to do on myself and it will never end, but I feel confident that whatever I pray fervently for, God will provide me with what He thinks I deserve and I will praise Him for those things. Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

                Some of you may not like my opinion, you do not have to; I just wanted to get my thoughts out. I know I am very sassy, and I am sorry if my posts offend you in any way. I would like you to take my opinion into consideration though 😊