~Faith~

“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:1‬ ‭

Faith is always talked about. When someone is going through something, we tell them to have faith. Personally, I was taught to have faith at a very young age. I grew up in church and I was taught that Jesus loves me and we should stay faithful to Him.

Children believe anything. I know I did. I believed in the tooth fairy, Santa, and everything else little kids believe (except the Easter bunny. He freaked me out!). I eventually learned that they weren’t as real as I thought. The reason we believed them to be real was because we knew that Santa Clause would always bring us the presents we asked for, we believed the tooth fairy would always give us money for every tooth we pulled, and we believed the Easter bunny would hide candy eggs to make up for the fact that he scared us.

Story Time!!!

Children have faith in the smallest of things. When I was younger, I wanted to see snow. I live in Louisiana. Home of gators, crawfish, and humidity. Snow isn’t a common thing for us. I told my mom that I wanted it to snow. She told me just to pray and ask Jesus for it to snow, and to have faith that it will. So I prayed for it to snow for Christmas. Also, this was in July.

Christmas came. I woke up to a fresh blanket of humidity. It didn’t snow that Christmas. Another month passed, no snow. But February. That February was the best February of my life. It snowed more than it’s ever had in my whole life that winter. I remember my mom always telling me to thank Jesus for everything. That week I thanked Him for the snow.

First Point:

Children have an unbelievable amount of faith. Why can’t we now? What happened that caused us to lose our faith? It’s like we stopped believing that God can move mountains or make it snow in Louisiana. We don’t believe that God can move in our situation. It’s not a matter of “can He?” It’s a matter of “do you believe He can?” It may be that He’s just waiting on you to believe He can do it. He can heal the sick. He can cast out your feelings of depression and anxiety. He can take you out of the valley that you’re stuck in and put you on top of a mountain. Do you believe He can??

We need to get back to that place where we have a child’s faith. We need to believe that God can move in our lives just like a child believes that Santa brought him gifts. We need to get to that spot where we stop saying that you can’t and say that He can.

Second Point:

Don’t give up. Don’t stop praying. Consistency in prayer matters. I prayed so many nights asking God if He could make it snow that Christmas. I believe He saw how much I wanted it because of two things. I believed He would, and the consistency of my little prayers. Make your requests known to God. Don’t stop praying if you get discouraged.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭(NKJV)

Let me just break down that verse.

“Be anxious for nothing,”

Don’t fear. Don’t be afraid of the “what if’s”. Don’t let the devil stop you from praying because you’re scared of the outcome or that God will say no. Even if He does, it’s for YOUR own good.

“but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving,”

In EVERYTHING. Pray. Close your eyes, kneel down, lift your hands, whatever you feel comfortable with, and pray.

Supplication is defined as: the action of asking or begging for something earnestly and humbly. Show God how much you want it. Pray and actually mean it!

What does “with thanksgiving” mean? In the NLT version, this verse says to thank Him for all He has done. So after you pray and ask God for whatever you asked for, thank Him. Thank Him for everything He’s supplied you with. Thank Him for letting you breathe today. Just thank Him.

“let your requests be made known unto God;”

GOD WANTS YOU TO ASK HIM FOR THINGS. We’re His children and He loves to talk to us. Don’t be afraid! Don’t be afraid to ask Him for anything!!

Third Point:

Sometimes the wait is longer than you wanted. Maybe you prayed for something specific to happen at a specific date and time (like I did). Maybe it didn’t happen when you wanted it to. Maybe you’re mad or upset with God. Well listen here you goose. Compared to God, you know nothing. He created and holds all the answers to the universe. He breathed your goosey tail into existence. (Ima say this again for dramatic effect….) Compared to God, you know nothing.

He knows what’s best for you. His timing is everything. The reason the wait may be so long is because He’s forming you. God does things like that. He allows you to break, just so you can come to Him and be repaired. There’s beauty in the breaking (😉). There’s a purpose behind the waiting. The waiting sometimes is the only reason we give it to God because we don’t wanna wait anymore.

He could be making you wait for many reasons: so you can learn to be patient, because it simply isn’t the right time for someone else, that He wants you to hold onto faith until the very last second, or any reason He knows you need. He loves us, that’s why we have to wait.


God sees our faith. Faith isn’t just shown through prayer; it’s shown in your actions too. You can pray all day and tell God you have faith, but you have to show it too. For example: if you have faith that God is going to give you a better job, then keep that faith when you get fired. If you have faith that God is about to move you to a mountain, have faith in the valley. Don’t stop believing that God can.

You can’t do this by yourself. You simply cannot, but God can. Think of the limitless possibilities that can happen with God… it’s amazing, isn’t it? Have faith in Him.

“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭19:26‬ ‭(NKJV)

In Your Feelings

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“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” – 1 Peter 5:7

What do we do when we’re upset? Sometimes we cry, sometimes we scream, or sometimes we just stay quiet. It’s okay to not be okay. It’s okay to be sad and cry. What’s not okay is harboring that. People tend to do that without even realizing it. We keep our feelings to ourselves because we don’t think anyone cares or anyone would listen. Maybe we do it because we think our problem is insignificant, but God cares about the small problems too. It’s good to talk about your feelings. It’s good to tell someone how you feel especially if it hurts you. So pray, talk to a close friend, and move on.

Pray Before Anything

Pray. God already knows your problems and your needs. He sees your hurt, He hears your cries, and He’s there in your loneliness. Sometimes we truly believe that God has abandoned us, but in reality we’ve abandoned God. We choose not to pray. We choose not to listen to Christian music. We choose not to give it all to God. We want a miracle, but we don’t pray or ask God for anything.

“But if you remain in me and in my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!’ – John 15:7

If somebody hurt you or did something wrong by you, ask for forgiveness. Yes I said that correctly. YOU ask for forgiveness. We often hold grudges or bitterness to those that have done us wrong. Holding grudges against others hinders our spiritual growth. It’s hard to forgive people. Personally, I struggle with it. Once you forgive others, you’ll be able to move on. You can’t move forwards while you’re still having a pity party over something that the other person doesn’t even care about. Ask for forgiveness, and forgive others.

Give it to God. What does that phrase mean? I hear people say this all the time. We tell others just to “give it to God” when they’re hurting. We say it all the time, but do we really know what it means? Giving your problems to God is more than just saying that you give it all to Him. It’s living by it. It’s not worrying about what comes next because you know that God has you in His arms. It’s you trusting His will in your life. If you say you’re giving it to God, then live by it.

Talk to a Close Friend

You have to be careful with how you do this. There’s a fine line between getting things off your chest and gossiping. If someone hurt you and you gossip about them to someone, then you are just as bad as they are. Complaining about a person, telling someone things that they don’t need to know about another person, or spreading false rumors is gossiping. Be careful how you speak about another person. Sometimes we let our anger get out of control and we end up saying things we’ll regret. You never know if you and that person may become close, and everything you said about them comes back up to only separate you again. Don’t let anger and bitterness control you.

“A gossip goes around telling secrets, but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.” -Proverbs 11:13

A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.” -Proverbs 16:28

And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry,” – Ephesians 4:26

Whenever I’m having a bad time or I don’t know what to do, I struggle with talking to people about how I feel. I thought nobody would listen nor even care. All I wanted was for someone to care, but what I needed was for myself to realize that people do. People do care about you. There’s always someone out there who loves you even if you don’t believe it. Reach out. Reach out to someone and talk about your feelings. People don’t always just know when you’re not okay. It’s hard to open up to someone, but afterwards you’ll feel a lot better. Just call or text a friend or someone in your church and ask them to pray for you. You could go into detail about your situation, or you could just simply ask them to pray for you. It’s that simple.

Moving On

After you’ve prayed and talked to a friend, move on. God’s plan for you isn’t sitting around crying because something bad happened. His plan is to build and shape you into the man or woman of God that He wants you to be. You’re going to change people. You’re going to be apart of God’s kingdom. So act like it. You can’t minister to people while you’re focusing on yourself.

“Offer sacrifices in the right spirit, and trust the Lord.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭4:5

Only God can give you the closure to move on. In Him we can dive deeper into our spiritual lives. When we focus on the pain of the past, we can’t embrace the blessings in our future. We can’t have the right relationship with Him while we’re crossing our arms because of something that happened in the past.

Here’s something I try to live by:

Cry about it. Sit around for a minute and just cry. That’s okay. Don’t stay there. Get up and move on with your life. You aren’t built to break over this. You were made to overcome. Pray for strength. Pray for wisdom. Pray for His will, then overcome.

Light in the Dark

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“The life of the godly is full of light and joy, but the light of the wicked will be snuffed out.”
-Proverbs 13:9

Story Time!!!

I was in the car with my mom after church one Sunday evening. We were heading out to eat for my birthday with a group of people. We stopped at a red light and the car next to us had two small dogs looking out the window. If you know me, you know how much I love dogs. So naturally, I let out a squeal of excitement. An older woman, that was driving the car, saw me and smiled. She rolled down her windows so I could see more clearly. We made small talk about the dogs. Then she noticed my tiara and birthday sash on and asked if it was my birthday. I told her that it was, then she proceeded to tell me, “Happy birthday! You look beautiful! I hope it’s great!”

I know it seems small or practically nothing, but it meant a lot to me. It made me feel so happy and good inside. I loved how that little moment made me feel. I wanted to be that person to other people. Then (with a nudge) I realized I should write about being that kind of person and the effect it has on others.

What does it mean to be a light?

We humans can never be light ourselves, instead, we must reflect the light of our God. In that case, it’s literally a WWJD situation (flipping tables and chairs is not an option). God gave all of us a purpose. We need to use our purposes to reflect that light God gave us. Whether it’s singing on a platform, teaching Sunday school lessons, or even volunteering at the church, you are being used as a light. What our world need right now is a light.

For you were once full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!” -Ephesians 5:8

How can I be a light?

Maybe you’re a tad shy like me and it’s hard to begin conversations or your words get jumbled up as you speak. Regardless, you can still be used. Don’t hesitate to bring your friends to church. Even if they don’t end up coming with you, you opened a door for them and they’ll remember that. It’s important that we stay conscious of what we may be remembered for one day.

Will you be remembered as that person that always kept their head down and mouth shut, the person who called themselves Christian but always ran with the bad group, or the person who went to church but stayed standing their with their minds elsewhere? Or will you be remembered as that person who would invite everyone to church and wouldn’t stop talking about God, the person that inspired others to be a better Christian, or the person that couldn’t stop praising God despite their troubles? What will you be remembered for? Will people look back at you and say “that’s the person who never stopped smiling”? Or say “that’s the person who gave up”?

It’s hard being a light in dark situations. It’s hard being the only Christian in your school or your family. It’s hard when you try to have a positive outlook on things when everyone else is being negative about it all. It will be hard, but so many good things will come out of it.

“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:6‬

Why should I be a light?

The Amazon rainforest is burning. People are killing people. Money is more important than being morally right. In 2017, there was 47,773 recorded suicides. Anxiety and depression are more common than they should be in teenagers. At least 30 million people in the US suffer from eating disorders. The world is dark and cruel. The world NEEDS a light. The world needs Jesus.

So the real question is, why shouldn’t you be a light? Why shouldn’t you invite your best friend to church? Why shouldn’t you share God’s love? There’s not one good reason why not to. I find “why not to’s” humorous. Are you scared to lose that friend? If you’re scared to lose your friend because you go to church then get a new friend. Are you scared you’ll get rejected? Jesus was rejected by the world.

“He came into the very world He created, but the world didn’t recognize Him. He came to His own people, and even they rejected Him.”
‭‭John‬ ‭1:10-11‬

There’s no excuse when it comes to spreading God’s word. So ask yourself, will you be a light?

True Beauty

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“You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.”
-1 Peter 3:4

Beauty is such a broad term. Many things can be considered beautiful. The sky, poems, music, flowers, people… the list goes on and on. The definition of beauty in the dictionary is “a quality pleasing to the senses, especially the eye or ear”; beautiful is described as “pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically.” But do really know true beauty? What even is true beauty? How can we achieve true beauty in a society that tells you what to do to be considered attractive?

What is true beauty?

Everyone wants to be beautiful. Don’t even try to deny it. Every single girl that’s ever lived has looked in the mirror before and wanted to change something about herself. If you google the term beautiful, the definition will say, “pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically.” As for beauty, it’ll say,”a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.” The second one will say, “a beautiful woman.” Yes people are beautiful, but true beauty is not physical. True beauty can be defined by the way you act and the sweetness of your spirit. You can have the best cheekbones, the prettiest eyes, or the perfect body, but if you have a hateful spirit, none of that matters.

True beauty is showing love to those around you, even if it’s just by smiling. It’s shown when you’re in your darkest time and you choose to lift others up. It’s self sacrificing.

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
-1 Corinthians 13:4-7

How can I be beautiful?

  • “How to make your hair shinier than ever!”
  • “Update your style!”
  • “Get an amazing body!”

These are all things that are advertised on popular magazines triggered toward females. It’s funny how badly these magazines contradict themselves. On page 53 it’ll say something like, “how to lose weight fast” or “Flat abs in 20 minutes.” Then on page 55 it teaches you how to make a triple chocolate cheesecake from scratch. Society tells you to love yourself for who you are, but our “role models” have had plenty of plastic surgeries and wear so much makeup that we wouldn’t recognize them without it.

am I pretty yet¿?

True beauty is not what you wear, nor is it how you look. True beauty comes from your spirit. I cannot express that enough. Beauty is shown when you talk to that person sitting alone, when you hug that friend that’s having a hard time, or when even you simply smile. A smile can go a long way.

“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”” – 1 Samuel‬ ‭16:7‬ ‭

Negativity

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But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!
– Matthew 5:44

Negativity is something everyone endures throughout their life. Whether someone tells you that you aren’t skilled enough for that sports team, or you tell yourself that you aren’t smart enough to take that class. I’ve dealt with negativity before just like everyone else. It’s hard. It really is. Negativity leaves nothing but bitterness, hatred, and brokenness. If you hold in your feelings towards an issue, walls will start to build up around your relationships, your church, and your situation. When you come face to face to negativity, you have to remember three things: prayer, forgiveness, and to move on.

Prayer

It seems like we hear that a lot, huh? “Prayer changes everything”. It seems like we only believe that when some huge miracle happens like blind people gaining sight. Sometimes we think God won’t listen to the small prayers because they’re meaningless compared to some. When we finally get the mindset that God listens and will answer every prayer, we’ll start to see things that we’ve been praying for happen. Having faith that God will hear small, “meaningless” prayers is just as important as having faith that God will answer “impossible” prayers.

It’s hard to pray for those who hurt you, but there’s such a freedom that comes with it. Pray that the person gets restoration. Chances are that they are going through a time of loneliness or hurt. It may seem like they have a heart of stone, but they may be going through such a trying time in their life that all they can do is put others down to tell themselves that they have it all together. Swallow your pride and just pray.

Forgiveness

Of course forgiveness is up here, why wouldn’t it be? It’s vital for Christian lives to forgive others and ask for forgiveness. I’ve heard all my life “God forgave you, so we should forgive others.” Matthew 6:14 says, “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.” We can’t hold grudges toward people. The longer you hold in a grudge, the more hate you have in your heart. Hate destroys people. It’s hard to let go of pride. Even if the other person isn’t even sorry, just forgive them. Even if they don’t care, it’ll give you relief and strengthen your relationship with God which is more important than any other relationship.

“Do not nurse hatred in your heart for any of your relatives. Confront people directly so you will not be held guilty for their sin.” – Leviticus 19:17

Move on

Personally this is the hardest thing to do. Letting go of things is tough. You can say you forgive someone all day long, but until you stop bringing it up out of the past… nothing has or will change. When you do move on, your eyes will open up to see maybe the person has changed or you saw things the wrong way. Isaiah 43:18 says, “Forget what happened long ago! Don’t think about the past.” Get up and move on sis!! God has amazing things planned for you ahead but you need to stop looking back first.

If we’ve heard these things all our lives, then why don’t we apply them? Have we become numb to listening? Or do we just not think any of it applies to us anymore?

Introduction

Welcome.

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Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.
– 1 Timothy 4:12

What am I doing?

Hey guys! My name is Maddie Beth and I’m 14. Last week I was at North American Youth Congress, or NAYC. That week I experienced powerful sermons, miraculous testimonies, and life-changing alter calls. During that week I realized that even though I’m homeschooled and young, I can make a difference. I’ll be posting my life journeys and experiences along with simpler things like where to buy cute, modest clothes and how to piece outfits together. I’m excited where this will take me and I pray that God uses me along the way!!

About me 🙂

  • I’m a homeschooled sophomore
  • I like writing, sparing, and making goofy videos
  • I take Taekwondo at Tiger Rock Martial Arts in Columbia, LA
  • I go to church at The Pentecostals of the Twin Cities in West Monroe, LA
  • When I go to college I want to major in neurology and maybe become a brain surgeon 😉

Little things I do

  • Drink hot tea with milk when it’s cold outside and watching the sunset while listening to music
  • Pretend I hate Hallmark movies but every time my mom turns one on, I slowly move into the room with her to “play on my phone”
  • Every Christmas Eve night, I wear a Christmas onesie and fuzzy socks then wake up super earlier the next day
  • Sing and jump around in my room at night when I’m feelin’ myself

Little flaws I have

  • Bite my nails when I’m thinking or I’m anxious
  • Procrastinate smh
  • Bite my pencil when I’m stressed
  • Easily sidetracked
  • Drink lots of milk and eats tons of chocolate when I know I’m lactose intolerant

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