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W E L C O M E – C H A N G E (In Pursuit!)

This is a post from my new blog In Pursuit


Have you ever heard someone say “welcome” to change? I haven’t. In fact change is something that used to be my worst nightmare until I experienced it, and God faithfully altered my view of change. But that’s another story for another time.

I find it ironic that autumn is my favorite season, while I used to hate change. After all, autumn is basically the season when the most things change. Leaves fall, grass dies, chilly weather rolls in, school starts. Life shifts gears. Change is natural. It’s something God created beautifully. We should embrace it.

Some might say they wish summertime would last forever. I completely understand this. I’d thoroughly enjoy the school-less, beach-filled, relaxing, sunny season for days and days. But I would get tired of it eventually. I would probably get sunburn on top of my sunburn, feel extremely bored, and tell the Texas sun to stop frying me…finish reading on In Pursuit!

 

 

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C R A V I N G (In Pursuit Post!)

Here’s a brand new post from my new blog: In Pursuit!


 

If you’ve ever had a cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes, you’ve had a little piece of heaven. I’m actually eating one right now, half of it is gone. I’m savoring every bite. (If you’ve never had a bundt cake from there go and get one.) I’m gluten free, which makes for only one bundt cake option, but I don’t mind. Chocolate Chip Cookie with cream cheese icing is enough to satisfy my craving.
I apologize for making you hungry.
As I eat this, I’m thinking about how wonderful it would be to have a craving like this for Jesus…read the rest of this post here!!

 


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Announcing…In Pursuit!

For a few weeks now I’ve been working on a new blog entitled In Pursuit. In Pursuit is a blog based around 1 Timothy 6:11.

“But as for you, O man of God, flee [evil] things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.” {1 Timothy 6:11}

This verse is pretty much my life verse right now, as I am striving to pursue things of God, even if I am unaccepted by the world. My prayer is that In Pursuit will encourage readers to pursue the things of God: righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, and gentleness, in every situation. In Pursuit will be similar to On My Toes, but different because it has a different mission. Although On My Toes will not be deleted, I will not be posting on it as often.

If you are interested in checking out my new blog, visit this link: https://1tim611.wordpress.com/

Thank you! <3

Diligence & Abundance (Back To School!)

I am a procrastinator (which you’ve probably already gathered from my inconsistent posting). Unfortunately, I don’t just procrastinate posting, but also laundry, cleaning my room, putting away clothes, among other things. At the top of my procrastination list is school work. As a homeschooler, it’s easy to procrastinate my work…the accountability level is not as high, especially since my mom/teacher has my three younger siblings as students too. Last year I was in charge of being diligent with my math homework, but I’m sorry to say that I quickly fell behind. I want this year to be different.

“It is impossible to fail if you apply yourself to your work.”

One of our youth pastors shared this with our group last Sunday, and it made me think. It’s true. If you are diligent and faithful and non-procrastinational (yes I just made up that word), it is IMPOSSIBLE for you to fail. If you try your hardest and do your best, it is IMPOSSIBLE for you to fail. The question is, are you willing to apply yourself to your work?

The book of Proverbs is packed full of inspiring wisdom on this topic. In fact, the other night I picked a verse from proverbs as my “verse of the school year”.  I’m going to hang it in my room and memorize it so I can be motivated to work hard this school year. Here’s the verse:

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance.” –Proverbs 21:5

I don’t know about you, but abundance sounds pretty sweet. But if you’re left feeling a little confused, let me explain what this word means.

Some synonyms to “abundance” are: excess, a great quantity, plenty. But this verse isn’t specific to what we will have an abundance of if we are diligent. Well, if you think about it, there are many benefits and abundances to being diligent.

  • Abundance of peace

When you focus on your work and diligently complete it, you won’t be stressed by your procrastination, and instead be filled with peace. I know I sure like feeling peaceful instead of stressing over my unfinished work.

  • Abundance of time

Diligence and distractions don’t go together. If you complete your work when it’s supposed to be completed and do it quickly without getting distracted, you will have much more time for enjoyable things. Some could argue that when you procrastinate you have an abundance of time as well, but it’s not really enjoyable time. Think about it. When you spend time doing things other than what you should be doing, you can quickly become stressed.

  • Abundance of joy

Remember that feeling of joy when you diligently and quickly complete everything assigned to you? You feel productive, successful, and joyful.

Not only do we profit from the “abundances” that come from being diligent, but we also glorify God. He didn’t intend for us to be stressed, tired, and procrastinational (there’s that word again). Sin gave us those qualities. That’s why God gives us these jewels of wisdom in Proverbs that help us become more like Him.

Whether you started school last Monday, or you plan on starting soon, remember that God wants to bless us with an abundance of joy, peace, and time. But we must apply ourselves to our work and be diligent.

  • Do you have any goals for this school year? What are some ways other readers and I can be praying for you? Leave a comment below and let us know!

A Nation Under God

We must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side, when the real question is: are we on His side? -Ronald Reagan

Over and over I’ve heard the familiar American phrases “A nation under God” and “God bless America”. Why does our country expect God to protect and bless us when we are slowly turning away from Him?

I think Ronald Reagan hit the nail on the head with this quote. Instead of looking to God to protect America, we need to look at our own hearts and evaluate them. Is our national pride bigger than our pride in our Creator? After all, we wouldn’t be breathing right now if it wasn’t for Him. Are we expecting God to be on our side when we aren’t on His?

Do we trust God with our country but not with our own hearts? 

It is a tough question. How come so many people are quick to say that we are a “nation under God” but not say that they are a “person under God”?

What would happen if we took Mr. Reagan’s advice and asked ourselves this simple question: Are we on God’s side?  


May we taste the sweetness of freedom- freedom that we have been blessed with by God! I’m not sure about you but I think freedom tastes an awful lot like red, white, and blue popsicles, juicy cheese burgers, chips and salsa, and creamy blue bell ice cream. Mmm. Praying you have a yummy, family-filled, joyful, safe, God-blessed holiday!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

 

Should I Break The Chain?

You’ve probably received one of those chain emails/texts. It sounds something like this:

A blessing is coming your way. If you believe in God, send this to 14 friends, including me
If I don’t get it back, I guess I’m not one of them. As soon as you get 5 replies, someone you love will quietly surprise you…Not joking. Pass this message on. Please don’t ignore it. You are being tested and God is going to fix two big things tonight in your favor. If you believe in God drop everything and pass it on.
TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. DON’T BREAK THIS. SEND THIS TO 14 FRIENDS IN 10 MINUTES.

The Five Points To Counter Chain Email/Text Lies

  1. God is not predictable.
  2. You can’t believe everything you hear.
  3. No one can guarantee anything.
  4. Your feelings can’t be trusted.
  5. Peer pressure is strong.

Let’s start with the first point. God is not predictable. These kinds of emails and texts often carry some sort of promise. In the one above, they guarantee that God will bless you and fix two major problems in your life. Now, don’t get me wrong, these are awesome things to desire and pray for, but we shouldn’t think performing can earn us them. God doesn’t work like that. We don’t earn salvation, we receive it. There is a major difference. Don’t cave to the idea that if you complete certain tasks then God will bless you.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8

You can’t believe everything you hear. You’ve probably heard this before, but it’s a great reminder. Just because your great aunt’s neighbor’s sister said that every time it rains you will grow a sunflower on your head does not mean it is true. Be careful what you choose to believe.

No one can guarantee anything. Hopefully I don’t have to persuade you to believe this one…This email says tomorrow will be the ‘best day of your life’ as long as you keep the chain going. How is that going to happen? I’m not sure about you but I don’t believe in the Chain Email Fairy. We cannot even guarantee that we will still be alive tomorrow, so why should we try and persuade others that we are in control of the ‘best day of their lives’?

Your feelings can’t be trusted. (Warning: I might be the only one who does this and it might be totally weird to you, but stay with me) I have gone through my closet multiple times and found a shirt that I bought last week and said to myself: “Why did I spend money on this? I don’t even like it anymore!”. Feelings cannot be trusted. These kinds of emails and texts can play on your heart strings. If you believe in God…If I don’t get this email back I guess Im not your friend…You are being tested. Take a breather. You are a child of God. You don’t need to make decisions based on feelings when you have discernment from the Lord.

Peer pressure is strong. You better believe it. If it’s positive peer pressure it can move mountains, if it’s negative it can be disastrous. The biggest seller for the email above is found in these four words. DON’T. BREAK. THIS. CHAIN. But it isn’t just those four words, its the peers standing behind them in cyber space that give them power. If you don’t keep the chain going no one will think you are their friend…we’re counting on you…just do it…don’t break this…don’t break this…don’t break the chain… If that doesn’t make you want to press “forward” I don’t know what will. Don’t underestimate negative peer pressure. Arm yourself with the armor of God in order to defeat it.

Why Does It Matter If I Forward A Chain Email/Text?

Chain email/texts are not evil. They can be, but most of them have good intentions. However, this does not mean they don’t contain lies. The five points we discussed above counter the lies, and hopefully help you see through the intimidating surface of these things.

Should I Break The Chain?

My opinion on these subjects is to let you decide. I’ve given you the information, but you ultimately have to decide what course of action you will take. You may believe chain emails/texts to be harmless fun, a way to connect with your friends and let them know how much you care. When you are faced with a uncomfortable situation, consider these questions:

  • Does this chain honor God?
  • Am I caving to peer pressure?
  • Am I believing the lies this chain is telling me?

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

How Should I Go About Breaking The Chain?

Next time, I will post on how you can deal with situations such as these without hurting feelings but still sharing truth. Stay tuned! ;)

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