Scripture Sunday Vol. 11

Good morning and happy Sunday!  Today I’m so happy to be sharing another Scripture Sunday post.  Since posting my last Scripture Sunday, I returned from YoungLife camp in Colorado (read my travel diary and watch the video I made here) and began attending a morning Bible study, called “Daystarters” that was run by my YoungLife leaders every weekday morning.  My leaders hosted this Bible study as a way to continue our growing in our relationship with God after camp.  In this two week period, I have learned so much about the relationship God wants to have with me and about what this relationship provides.  Today I’m sharing some Scripture directly from a lesson I heard in this time and I hope you all enjoy it and feel as refreshed by it as I did!

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Today’s verses:

Psalm 103:2-4; Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.

When I’m at YoungLife camp, it’s so easy to love God and focus all of my energy on my relationship with Him.  I spent a week at Frontier Ranch surrounded by God’s magnificent creation with daily reminders of what God did for us.  When I got home, the magic slowly began to fade as it always does after camp.  I absolutely hate this feeling.  Suddenly I catch myself saying something I wouldn’t have thought of at all while I was at YoungLife camp, or putting my Bible reading on the back burner for a few days.  I went to Daystarters every day in an attempt to keep that camp feeling and continue to grow my relationship with God.  I got a lot out of these sessions and even returned for a second Bible study on Wednesday nights, Campaigners.

This past Wednesday at Campaigners, one of my leaders had us turn to Psalm 103.  As we read this particular Scripture, my heart became overwhelmed with the joy and gratitude I felt while at camp.  The first few verses especially serve as such a great reminder of what God does for us and how much He loves us.  Verses two through four say “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.”  That truth hit me like a truck.  His love benefits us more than any other love could, and more than our love could ever benefit Him.  He forgives our sins and mistakes, He heals our diseases (both figuratively and physically), He saves us in our darkest hours.  My favorite part of these verses is in verse four when we are told that we are crowned with His steadfast love and mercy.  We don’t deserve to be “crowned” with anything, let alone the ruler of the universe’s love and mercy.  He is a good, good Father and I am so blessed to be loved by Him and to have the opportunity to love Him back to the best of my ability.

This week, don’t forget that He benefits you in so many ways.  Don’t forget that His love is greater than any other love you will every receive.  Take some time to get to know Him a little better, by reading your Bible or praying, so you can attempt to wrap your brain around just how big this love is and how badly He wants a relationship with you.

Thanks for reading!  Have a blessed week.

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Scripture Sunday Vol. 10

Happy Sunday everyone!  I hope you’re having a great day.  When you read this, I will be on my way home from Frontier Ranch, a YoungLife camp in Colorado.  I am so excited to be at YoungLife camp for a whole week and I can’t wait to share my experience with you all (I’m planning on making a video!).  Today I’m sharing a prewritten Scripture Sunday post.  As per usual, if Christianity offends you in any way feel free to scroll past this post and read some of my recent fashion or lifestyle posts.  Let’s get into it!

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Today’s verses:

Luke 1:45; Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill what he has spoken to her!

As I write this on May 26th, I just finished my last exam.  I typically have pretty good exam grades, mostly As and Bs with a few exceptions (i.e. a super hard Spanish II exam with impossible audio questions!).  This year, my three worst subjects, geometry, Spanish II, and chemistry, were the three first exams I took.  I was terrified to take my chemistry exam because I’m awful at chemistry.  I was scared to take my geometry exam because my grade would determine whether I had an A or B in the course.  I knew my Spanish II exam would be hard based on our first semester exam.  I obviously studied, but that wasn’t necessarily enough.  My geometry teacher gave us a long, hard exam that only four people in my class confidently finished.  I didn’t even get the chance to go back and bubble in random guesses for nineteen questions.  You read that right.  Nineteen.  I was so defeated and stressed about how terrible the score would be when I went home on Tuesday.

I recently finished reading the Gospels, so I looked through some of my notes and highlighted sections for some Scripture to ease my stress and get me through this.  I came across Luke 1:45, which reads “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill what he has spoken to her!”  I remembered how lucky I am to be heading to YoungLife camp in Colorado next week with all of my friends and I felt reassured that whatever God’s will is for this exam grade, just like with the rest of my life, will be done.  I prayed before going to bed that He would take care of my grades and help me push through the last few days of school.

When I returned to my geometry teacher’s room after my chemistry exam on Wednesday to ask about my grade, he told me to come back and finish my exam during the break on Thursday.  This might sound normal to you, but this teacher has never given anyone extra time on anything, never mind an exam.  I was overwhelmingly grateful and  Wednesday night I studied everything I could remember having trouble with.  When I came in during the exam break on Thursday to finish the exam, I felt confident and left knowing I answered those questions significantly more correctly than I would have on Tuesday.  My final exam grade was eighteen points higher than the grade that I saw on the incomplete answer sheet before I finished my exam on Thursday, which means I only .  I guess that was God’s will and I am so thankful to have that exam behind me with a better grade than I deserved on Tuesday.

This week, remember that God has a plan and will take care of those who believe in Him.  Remember that He will always listen when you pray.

Thanks for reading!

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Scripture Sunday Vol. 9

Happy Sunday!  Today I’m sharing another Scripture Sunday post (read my last eight here).  Today’s verses are from a chapter in John that I recently read and felt really moved by.  The Scripture talks about judgement, which I think is something we can all use a couple pointers on.  If the Christian religion offends you in any way, feel free to scroll past this post and read a recent life or style post.  I hope you enjoy today’s post as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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Today’s Verses:

John 8:15-16; You judge by human standards.  I judge no one.  And if I do judge, my judgment is true, because it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me.

I’d be lying if I said I never talk about my peers.  I participate in lunch table gossip like most everyone else.  However, I often think about it afterwards and wonder why.  Why do I feel the need to express my not-always-so-positive opinions of others?  Why do I judge others at all?  I think it’s part of human nature, but it’s not a part I like.  I constantly feel guilty for saying things, even when I’m only stating the not-so-great facts, because I know that I wouldn’t want everyone to know negative things like that about me.

I pray constantly for God to help me see the good in others and to think of kinder, better things to talk about.  Last week I read John chapter eight as a part of my nightly Bible reading and came across some of Jesus’ wise words about judgement.  To give you some context, in this section of the chapter Jesus has just told a group of people that He is the light of the world.  Some pharisees among the group speak out and claim that He is invalidly testifying about Himself.  He replies by saying  “Even if I testify about myself, my testimony is true, because I know where I came from and where I’m going. But you don’t know where I come from or where I’m going. ”  He continues on to state today’s verses “You judge by human standards.  I judge no one.  And if I do judge, my judgment is true, because it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me.”  These verses serve as a great reminder to me that He and His Father are the only ones who can truly judge us.  We judge each other by human standards, while He judges us by more important standards; God’s.

This week, set your mind on seeing the good in others.  If you think something negative about someone, say something positive to them.  If you catch yourself gossiping with your friends, change the subject to something happier that doesn’t bring somebody down.  Remember that Jesus and God are the only ones who can truly judge us, because we can’t see everything that they do.  Our human standards of judgement are insignificant compared to theirs.

Thanks for reading!  Have a blessed week.

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Scripture Sunday Vol. 8

Happy Sunday!  Today I’m sharing another Scripture Sunday post.  Today’s Scripture is something that I find super encouraging in all areas of my life and I’m so happy to share it with you!  If you enjoy this post and would like to read some of my other Scripture Sunday posts, you can find them all here!  If the Christian religion offends you, please feel free to scroll past this post.  I hope you all enjoy today’s Scripture Sunday as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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Today’s verse:

Matthew 19:26; Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

I’m sure you’ve felt overwhelmed before, I know I certainly have.  I remember one time during lacrosse season last year (2016) when I felt particularly overwhelmed by a position I was put in.  It was my second season of lacrosse and I was on the JV team again, but my coach decided I should play midfield that year as opposed to attack which I had played the year before.  If you know anything about girls lacrosse, you know midfield requires a lot more running than attack.  I have always been a decent runner, but aside from that midfield requires a lot of skill and usually the really good players play that position.  I didn’t think I was ready for that, at all.  My basic knowledge of lacrosse wasn’t significant and my stick skills certainly weren’t above average.  I was so anxious to be playing midfield, I really didn’t think I was capable of excelling in the position.

Game by game, I got better at playing midfield.  Sure, I’ll admit I ran the ball the wrong way a few times and I didn’t take every shot I could have, but I definitely improved by the end of the season.  Looking back, I’m really glad my coach had me play midfield that year because it put me in situations that required me to become more comfortable with the game.  I’m honestly not so sure I would’ve landed a spot on varsity this year had it not been for that position switch.  This situation reminds me of a Bible verse, Matthew 19:26.  The verse says “Jesus looked at them and said ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'”  I think sometimes God, a lot like my coach, puts us in situations in which we doubt our capability of.  Even if the task is too great for us, no task is too great for God.  Sometimes I think He puts us these situations as a reminder to call upon Him for assistance at times in which we are struggling.  Just like me at the end of the lacrosse season, more often than not we come out of these situations better than before; with a stronger relationship with God.

This week, remember that God is always one prayer away.  Know that He will never put you in a situation out of your and His hands.  God would never do anything to hurt you, and every ordeal He throws your way has the potential to better you.

Thanks for reading!  Have a blessed week!

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Scripture Sunday Vol. 7

I’m so happy to be sharing another Scripture Sunday post!  By now you probably get the gist of what these are (read the last six here), so I’m just going to get into it!  Today I’m talking about a super short, simple verse and how big its meaning is to me.  I hope you enjoy!

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Today’s verse:

Luke 7:50; And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you.  Go in peace.”

I’m no where near perfect, big surprise.  In my opinion, one of my biggest flaws is my constant procrastinating.  I often procrastinate because I’m stressed by the amount of things I have to do, because that makes a ton of sense, right?  I like to be in control of things and I’m very much a perfectionist, so when something doesn’t go my way, or I don’t have the time to make it go my way (often due to my own procrastination), I get really frustrated.  I like all of my school assignments to be as perfect as I can possibly make them and complete on time.  As many of you know, I play lacrosse, and we typically have two games a week and practice every day.  I love playing lacrosse, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes a late practice or far away game cuts into time I need to complete my school work due the next day.  This is obviously a very common problem for me as well as any other student athlete, but that along with my intense procrastinating and the fact that I’ve recently had a little extra work made last week especially tough.  I’m talking eighty page readings of not so interesting books and corresponding questions, multiple tests to study for, lots of geometry homework, and overwhelming chemistry packets.  More things for me to put off.  I can only stay up so late, so a few times in the past couple weeks I’ve fallen asleep before completing all of a reading or studying for a quiz.  There are very few things I hate more than waking up and realizing I didn’t finish an assignment, especially when I could’ve gotten it done earlier had I not procrastinated it.  I’ve had a few mornings in which I’ve finished my assigned reading by listening to it as an audiobook while I get ready.  I despise feeling that irresponsible.

Before I start my homework, I always read my Bible.  I’ve been reading a chapter a day for a little over a month now, and I try to prioritize it by reading before I dive into schoolwork.  I’m currently reading Luke, and this past week I stumbled upon a verse that I really loved.  It was at the end of a passage about a woman who was a sinner, just like me, who came to a dinner for Jesus at the Pharisee’s house, uninvited.  The woman cried and washed Jesus’ feet, and the Pharisee was questioning why she, a sinner, should even be touching Jesus.  Jesus turns to the Pharisee and explains that she has loved Him more than the Pharisee has, and her sins are forgiven.  In Luke 7:50, Jesus finishes the passage saying “Your faith has saved you.  Go in peace.”  Oh man I love that verse.  My procrastination, my stresses, my sins, my mistakes, my flaws, and my fears, all saved by my faith in Jesus.  Through my faith in Him, He has saved me.

Another thing I love about that verse is that He says “Go in peace.”  He tells me to lay my worries aside and focus on living for Him.  I’ve found that getting homework done, practicing lacrosse, writing blog posts, and pretty much anything else is easier and feels more rewarding when I’m doing it in His name.  Reading the Bible always puts me at ease, and I don’t think that’s a coincidence.  I love reading the Bible because I feel like I’m getting to know God and myself better.

This week, go in peace knowing that your faith has saved you.  Live your life for God.  Pray to Him for strength to look past and work through your flaws and know that He has forgiven you for them.

Thanks for reading!  Have a wonderful week!

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Scripture Sunday Vol. 6

Good morning and happy Sunday!  Today I’m publishing another Scripture Sunday post and I’m so excited to share these particular verses with you today.   If you’re new to my blog or haven’t read one of my Scripture Sunday posts before, I usually share a verse (or a few) that have been speaking to me lately along with some interpretation of that into my life.  Read my last five Scripture Sunday posts here!  If you are offended by the Christian religion, please continue scrolling and find another post on my blog that you enjoy.  Let’s begin with the post, shall we?

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Today’s verses:

Proverbs 4:23-27; Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.  Don’t let your mouth speak dishonestly, and don’t let your lips talk deviously.  Let your eyes look forward; fix your gaze straight ahead.  Carefully consider the path for your feet, and all your ways will be established.  Don’t turn to the right or to the left; keep your feet away from evil.

This past week was my spring break.  I’m so sad to see spring break fade away, and I’m not looking forward to returning to school with sights set on a summer vacation that seems so far away.  As the week of fun comes to a close today, I’m trying to remind myself where I left off last Friday; what I was doing that I was proud of, what I regretted, what I needed to work on, what I needed to stop focusing on, etc.  I was’t completely doing everything I had told myself I would do all year.  Some of the goals I’ve reminded myself to remember for the end of the school year are to really prioritize schoolwork and my Bible reading and to stop procrastinating both, to be present in the moment, to filter what I say and be kinder to others, be confident in myself, and trust in the Lord more.  Some of these things will happen over time, but I want a few of them to go into play now.

Recently, one of my friends shared Proverbs 4:23 in an Instagram post.  I loved reading what she had to say about it, so I opened my Bible and read the verse (and a few that followed) on my own.  I found that these wise verses are part of a chapter that consists of a father’s instructions.  Since God is our holy father, I read these verses as a reminder to Christians, God’s children.  I think these are kind of like the reminder I’m trying to give myself as I finish up the school year, reminders to consider when you feel as though you’re drifting from what He wants for your life.  Proverbs 4:23 says “Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life,” which to me seems to not be referencing the literal source of life as the vital organ that the heart is, but the source of your spiritual life.  Verse twenty-four continues to say “Don’t let your mouth speak dishonestly, and don’t let your lips talk deviously,” meaning that you should be honest and not deceitful.  Verses twenty-five through twenty-six read “Let your eyes look forward; fix your gaze straight ahead.  Carefully consider the path for your feet, and all your ways will be established,” which I interpret as telling us to keep our heads held high, keep our sights on the bright future He has laid out of us, and be conscious of the path we’re going down.  Verse twenty-seven closes this chapter saying “Don’t turn to the right or to the left; keep your feet away from evil” which I think is God advising us to keep in contact with Him by reading Scripture and praying often in order to stay on his path, not straying down roads we think are right that might lead us to evil.

As humans, sometimes we need reminders of what we should be doing, whether it’s what paths we should be going down, what work we need to do, what things we should or shouldn’t say, what way we need to carry ourselves, etc.  We are often easily distracted by our own desires and interests, but we need to focus on God’s plan for us and trust that He ultimately has our best interest in mind.  This week, I would like to encourage you to check in with God through reading the Bible and/or praying.  I encourage you to remember that His plan for you is far more important than what you think you want and it will benefit you far more than what you think you should do.

Have a great week!

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