Don’t play hide and seek

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

You hide in a chasm, an abyss created by yourself. A place of utter darkness where no one could ever find you. You build up these walls and retain yourself from telling the ones who truly care about, about what is going on in your life. How can you be found? By staying in the chasm you created? By refusing to tell the ones around how you’re hurting? No. You break down the walls you’ve built up for years, and step into the light and tell them what is going on. Don’t jut give them a short description, tell them the whole story, so they can pray for you, care for you and understand. Don’t play hide and seek, don’t lock yourself away from everyone because you’re hurt from other people. God has found you in the chasm, the abyss you created, and He is reaching out with a wide open hand. Picking you up from the darkness, the security you’ve built up. He wants you to let go, to move on and enclose yourself with other Christians. Not play hide and seek all your life, until it eats you inside.

Look around you, others hide as well, not just you. Cryptic words, fake smile and silence doesn’t heal a hurting heart. All it does is darkens it and crushes it to billions of pieces. If you’re hurting, cling to the Cross. If you’re angry, cling to the Cross. If you’re sick, cling to the Cross. Enough of the outbursts, the rudeness and the fake life. It’s better not to grieve alone but grieve in Christ. Don’t play hide and seek, don’t trap yourself in the chasm of hurt and depression; because soon it’ll come out in how you speak and act towards others. How does one defeat this darkness that lures us into curling up in a ball? How can you fight it off? Not on your own, but with God and other believers that are close to you. You can’t fight this battle alone, you can’t win this on your own. Hiding can’t save you, only kneeling before God Almighty can save you from you.

Life sucks sometimes; it can even cripple us to a point where we want to be done with it all. But, that’s not our plan, that’s not what God wants for us. True, one bad thing happens after another, but why run and hide? Playing hide and seek only makes you feel like you can hide forever than being found at the end of the game. Instead of someone else winning after finding you, God wins in the end. So, are you going to continue to hide, or is God going to come find you? You need healing, so don’t play hide and seek.


Suffering has nothing to with sin

Tired, depressed, stressed, sad and angry. Its all points of suffering. Whatever the time, whatever the day; there will always be suffering through the pain. But why the suffering, why the pain? Did you do something wrong, is God punishing me? Suffering is hard, trust me I know. You wonder what is going on and why it’s happening to you. Your suffering has nothing to do with sin. Its to help you draw closer and closer to Him. Open the Bible, read it aloud. Know that its for you, and everyone else. Suffering has nothing to do with sin. Sometimes its because you gave up on Him. Look to the sky, then take a knee. Pray to the Father when you’re in need. 

So why the suffering, why the pain? Why do friends seem to run away; why do people go through life? Its because God has plan for it; its just all blank. We can’t see it, we don’t know. We just go through themotions in hopes we grow. Suffering has nothing to do with sin. Its there for God to win us again. No more doubt and fear; just God standing there. Suffering is hard, dangerous sometimes. But there is a plan, a time, a day; where God can take away the suffering. Its not up to us, or anyone else; its God’s grace that can ease our souls. Suffering has nothing to do with sin or perhaps it does. All it takes is a Job like faith, a strong will to know that its God’s true will.

So no more suffering, no more pain. No more friends running away, no more sleepless nights. God has a plan for us, through it all. Just sometimes were not know it alls.

You’re not alone

You block it out, the people, the ambience, the light. All you have is the dark, and no joy inside. Where did that smile go? Where did that fighter go? Don’t trap that person inside because youcannot defend   yourself no more. God put this in your life to crawl to Him. Crawl back to the light, to the Word; don’t blur it. Show those who you love how strong you can be. Show them you’re not alone. Show them how you can fight.

The ambience is not your friend and neither is the darkness. Break the glass of depression and sadness. There is light behind those curtains, rain that grows joy. Don’t fight alone, because you’re not alone in this. A robot is not who you are, so don’t shut down. Ignite your soul with God’s consuming fire and live on. Look to the cross, the man that brough you here. He can fight your battles, because you’re not alone. Not this time, not anymore.

Bring back that smile, that disposition of hope. Being back that fighter, that joy once more. Look past the broken glass and bloody scars, you’re not alone anymore. Remember who is with you, remember who cares. Its your friends, your family and God who is there. Take off the sadness, quit relying on the ambience.Those things  cannot save you, from the fight you cannot win. Grab ahold onto Christ, reach up from the ground. Never let go, never fall back down.

Bear good fruit and be truthful

You’ve heard the song ‘Voice of Truth’ by Casting Crowns. The lyrics resinant in the back of your mind. But the real thing is, what does that song tell us? Does it tell us about how trustworthy God is, or does it tell us that we must be trustworthy with other believers. When we’re outside of the wall of our home, we see others who say they are Christians, but never act like it. Posting on social media claiming you believe in Jesus Christ is like saying you believe in Buddah or Muhammad; there is not real faith no real truth behind it. Christ paid for our sins on a cross  for those whom believed in Him. Shouldn’t that be proof enough, shouldn’t that be truth enough? 

Striding around a public place with Christian friends and claiming you’re a Chrisrian yourself is all well and good, until words spew from your mouth that aren’t Christ-like. Unless you produce good fruit, how can other believers tell that you’re walking with Christ? They can’t because of the way you hold yourself; a captive of the world, still a slave to sin. So, when you proclaim everywhere that you’re a supposed Christian, that you read the Bible daily, and hold fast to God’s commandments, but never act it out, how can others view you? 

Speak truth, show others that you are a Christian by the works you do, by the way you act. Not by going to some place with friends who supposedly believe in Christ, and fellowshiping with them while you continue to act like a jerk. Just stop. All you’re doing is acting like the world, there is no change, no good fruit bearing from you. How about being truthful with everyone and telling them you have no way of denying yourself before Christ and taking up His cross and following Him; than, lying and spuing lies and false words. 

Being truthful, showing who Christ is, is way better than proclaiming you know who Christ is than lying about it to everyone you know.

You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Matt 7:16-19

But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:21-32

Just a Paragraph, Just Words on a Page

Dark clouds begin to roll in; then, it starts to rain down onto the earthy ground. From the left, tall trees wrapped with poison ivy vines, stand tall, and from the right, bushes of all shape and sizes cover the gaps in murky forest. Beneath your very feet lie sticks and logs covered in moss, and beetles from around the world. Through the fog and dense rain blinding your sight, there is a building that peaks behind the strong trees. It was built on rocks from the most expensive countries, towers that stood higher than the trees itself, and a door made of red oak that’s harder than any battering ram. You arrive at the castle, soaked to the bone and mud splattered all over your body. The sword sheathed on your very back is protected from the weather around, but it will not be for long unless you enter in castle. A creaking sound emerges from the red oak doors, as they open wide to let you in; then, they slam behind you with an echoing boom. Now, all around the walls are plastered with murals of the prophets of old, from Moses to King David; then, in the throne room sits the mightiest of kings. Shaking in fear, you approach the throne with the sword in hand and unsheathing it to reveal a glorious blade. Your mission is complete, you returned the Sword of the Spirit back to the King. Well done my good and faithful servant.

-Written for English Class

Calm before the Storm

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Sharing is hard. It’s hard when you speak with a friendly face you’ve know for almost two years now, its hard to speak to friends you’ve know for four years now. But what’s really hard is the calm before the storm. At first the emotions that battle inside are at ease, chill like a warm breeze; then, every single wicked word escapes the hole in you head and the storm emerges from the depths of the abyss. Everyone stops, stares, and wonders what is wrong. How could a simple and kind human being made by God be such a match ready to be lit?

It’s called sin, it’s called being hurt for too long. Once the subject is breached, there you go again, spewing out words not from you but from someone much more wicked. You stand at the ready in a field with weapons of war firing metal bullets of words, while the other person at the end doesn’t even carry any armor. You’re just the calm before the storm. So, even when the battle inside of you urges words to pour evil form the hole in your head, fight back, fight back with prayer, with reading the Bible. Don’t fire the weapons unless He is there to pick up the pieces.

Sharing in hard. Ignoring it is hard. Praying for it is better. Speaking to a friendly face can help. Though you’ll be the calm before the storm, at least those who you’ll hit won’t die on impact or flee from you. They’ll listen, love and understand where you’re coming from. No more death and destruction from the wicked one. Being a human with a match ready to be lit is fine, just be ready to through the flame on Him and not on others.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:6-8

Being 21 is Hard

Jane Austen

You’ve grown up now. No more childish games and drama to get in the way; no more crushes and falling for boys. It’s now time to learn the meaning of life that God has given to you. But…being twenty-one is hard. You’ve realized that you’re no longer a child or a teenager, but a mature adult trying to fit into the world of other adults. Looking around you, how can you even be an adult though?

You cannot drive, you don’t have a significant other and you’ve closed yourself off from people trying to come in. At least you still have Christ and a job, right? Being twenty-one is hard. While everyone else has a life, there’s you, still scrapping yours together one puzzle piece at a time. Still the question remains, why? Why is being twenty-one so hard?

Well, because you’re learning, reaching goals for the first time. Attending college for a career you may or may not want. Looking for new friends and potential significant others. Having fun as a young adult, and taking up responsibility. Isn’t that why being twenty-one is hard? It’s all one big learning, and growing opportunity?

When becoming Christians, it’s always an learning and growing opportunity. You learning by reading God’s word, and grow by being around other believers and praying with not only yourself with with others. But being a Christian is also hard, just like being twenty-one. You can have a car, a job, money and even a significant other and think life is the best thing since buttered popcorn, but remember: Being twenty-one is hard and same with being a Christian.

Yes, you will be mocked, looked down upon, hated and ridiculed for being not like everyone else, but look back on your life, and know that you have an amazing God who has brought you up to this point in your life, and a great family to guide you. All you have to do it let God handle it even further; continue to have fun, and don’t let idiots step on what you have going.

Remember to pray, read God’s word, and love the life Our Savior has provided.