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One Semester~A Story of Faith Overcoming Fear

The following is a guest post by the talented blogger Courtney of 1 Timothy 4:12 Girl. I hope you enjoy her creative story on how God used her to reach a lost fellow student.


The story below is based heavily on my own experience at a local state college. While names have been changed for privacy purposes, the accounts described are true, and it speaks of how I believe God chose to use me during my semester at my former college. I pray that you can be inspired and encouraged, and that this story inspires you to live boldly for Christ.

 Dear God,

Remember what I wrote in my diary five years ago–about how I needed to go to Greensburg State College to reach someone for you? Well, over this past semester, I think I finally figured out who it was.

Liam Anderson.

Somehow I knew. Five years ago, when I was only thirteen years old, I knew that someone at Greensburg needed to hear about Jesus. I knew you were calling me there–just like how you called Jonah to go to Nineveh in the Old Testament.

All that was missing was the face and name. Somehow, in an event that could only be explained in the language of divine intervention, you had a plan for me to share the good news of your love and grace with a fellow classmate.

Who would have thought it would be Liam, the one guy in class who was openly involved in Wicca, and a self-proclaimed witch?

I certainly didn’t know–at least not at first. I remember the fear that washed over me when he gave a speech about his beliefs, which served as a stark contrast to my own Christian faith. I’ll be honest, I had one very distinct feeling in the midst of it. A feeling that I rarely seem to have around other people.

Fear.

Like Jonah, my instinct was to run–quite literally even, as I stood outside the classroom in the following week, very tempted to ditch class–something that I have never done before in my entire life. But this felt different, like a battle between darkness and light. A battle between two very different sides of the spiritual realm.

You gave me the courage to go back–to face my fear head on. I talked to pretty much every Christian I knew about it–my pastor’s wife, my closest friends, my parents…in a battle between fear and faith, I thought for certain that fear was going to win. But, it didn’t. Faith won–faith had the last word.

Due to the classroom setup and the way that the seats were positioned, I had the opportunity to talk to Liam on more than one occasion. I held on tightly to my faith and got up the courage to talk to someone from a very different belief system and worldview. In the midst of it, you taught me something that I should have realized all along.

Liam is a person–a person who is undoubtedly on the wrong path, but a person nonetheless. You formed him with the same hands that crafted the most devout believers on the planet. He is someone you care about–someone you’re pursuing even as I write this. As the semester continued, I began to see the many ways that you’ve gifted him. I began to see past the sin to the heart of a very sincere person, who had the capacity to make a mark for you, if he only knew you.

But there have been signs you’re doing something powerful in his life, and all this time you were using me to help plant a seed. Two weeks ago, when I gave a speech, incorporating Bible verses as I spoke, I caught him nodding–as if something about the verses resonated with something deep inside of him. He’s been surrounded by Christians this whole semester, and was sitting right up front when another girl mustered up the courage to read straight from the Bible in class.

Not to mention that dream that I had about a month ago–the one where I ran into him and he announced that he became a Christian. After that, I have an unexplainable peace about the situation–a strange sort of knowing that I’ll see him in Heaven someday. His words on the last day of class served as further confirmation of this: “I’ll see you around.”

Maybe not at Greensburg, as I’ve recently made the decision to transfer to a school that will be better fit for my degree and career, but I believe I will see him again someday. I believe that you’re leading him to you–and that my urgency to go to Greensburg, even for just one semester, was a chapter in the story that you’re writing in his life.

I don’t know what you have in store for the rest of my life or for the lives of my former classmates at Greensburg, but I know you have good plans for all those who earnestly seek you. I can trust you with my story because you’ve already written itfrom my first inkling of my mission to go there, to the last day of my semester, to the time you will call me home. You have a story.

And because of this I can have faith–a faith that’s big enough to overcome any fear.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).


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Real Talk~What the Bible Says About Sex

This is a guest post by the creative and fun blogger, Dainty M. I think it’s awesome how boldly she wrote on such a complicated topic. I hope you all enjoy!


So this a topic most people shy away from, especially me. I’m a conservative, and I can come up with a thousand other topics to write about before this one. But this remains a core part of every young adult’s life, and God has led me to write on it. I’m no pro when it comes to stuff like this, but I believe in His guidance.

So yes, young adults are said to be sexually active. Generally, youths are hot blooded, so it’s no surprise we are active in almost everything. This post is particularly geared at becoming Godly young people. A lot of youths struggle with the issue of sexual immorality. For some it’s a temptation while for others, there’s no  conviction for sexual abstinence at all.

Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.  Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Corinthians 6:18-20)

 

You Don’t Own Yourself.

Okay, M…last time I checked, no one else owned me.

Wrong! God bought you with His blood. You belong to Him. Your body houses the Holy Spirit inside you. The Bible says your body is a temple. That makes it so sacred. It’s meant to be holy and acceptable to God at all times, fit for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. So before you go around having sex outside of marriage, remember this.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1).

Sex Outside of Marriage is Sin.

That’s the hard truth, but the truth sets us free. 1 Corinthians says every other sin one does is outside the body, but sexual sin is against one’s own body. That’s like an armor tank shooting everything outside and then shooting itself. Simply put, you’d be shooting yourself in the foot if you get entangled in sexual immortality.

You are not as strong as you think.

Believe me, I know this. Personally, I paraded in the cloak of being invincible when it comes to sexual immorality… until I fell face down. And that’s when God got my attention and explained what flee actually means.

You can’t negotiate clearly when sex is on the table. No wise decision has been made in the sexual ‘heat of the moment’. Why do you think people say ‘it was a mistake?’ That’s because it happens so fast. Suddenly, your fast working brain shuts down and logic is thrown right out the window. That’s why the Bible says ‘Flee!’ To flee is to run away from a place or situation of danger. No waiting to talk or negotiate–run away!

Sex is a Blessing

I’ll admit it, I’ve been of the school of thought that sex is bad. But that’s a misconception. Sex, in the right context of marriage, is a beautiful gift from God. Paul admonished:

It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. (1 Corinthians 7:1-2)

I know some of us may have gotten mixed up with sexual immorality already, but these truths will help you as you move forward. And hey, if you are still struggling with this sin right now, I implore that you repent.

It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve done it or with who–you can still be redeemed. God loves you but hates the sin. He loves you so much that He wants you to return to Him in repentance. That’s the best deal there is dear.

Check this out:

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16)

Thank God we have an advocate who gets us. He knows what it means to be weighed down by the flesh, but He was able to live above sin and so can we!

Repent, and enter boldly to the throne of grace and obtain the mercy and grace to help you overcome sexual immorality.

With love,

M. 


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Separated at Birth~A Guest Post by Jeffrey H. King

Hello lovely readers and followers! Today’s post is brought to you by Jeffrey H. King. Jeffrey is a Christian blogger and writer with a humorous and creative edge. When he submitted this post about a man’s viewpoint on women and marriage, I was intrigued. It’s really refreshing to hear a Christian man’s perspective. Ladies, this one’s for you. Enjoy!


And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man (Genesis 2:22).

I love women.  I really do.  I find women to be as beautiful as any sunset or sunrise God ever made.  I can sit and watch women walk by for hours just to enjoy these works of art God made.

Why?

Men and women were, shall we say, separated at “birth.”  Women are the better half.  They are the partner God made so man wouldn’t be alone.  They reflect so much of God that you can’t help just wanting to be around them!

I’m not just talking about some company for when you’re lonely or to pick up the remote.  They are life giving and life sustaining.  No man can nurture like a woman.  No man can comfort like a woman.

Let me get specific for you.  My wife Julie and I have been married for 31 years.  I made a real effort to be involved in my daughters’ lives, but when things got ugly, they wanted Mom.  She was the one who taught them their basic life skills, how to act with people, to love books, to make your own games, and so much more.

I’ve found myself skidding up to the grave three times so far; double-bypass, gangrenous gall bladder, and a bad reaction to a drug that should have caused renal failure but didn’t.

My Julie pulled me through each time.  After heart surgery, she helped me sit up in bed in the morning.  I couldn’t do it myself right away.  She dressed me, made GREAT sandwiches for me, and was even part body-guard, always looking out for something I might get hurt by.  She took me to the ER in the middle of the night when my gall bladder perforated, leaking gangrene juice into my abdominal cavity,  and she cared for me when that statin reaction had me so weak I could barely get around.

Let’s face it; my family swam in the shallow end of the gene pool!

I didn’t have any water wings when I found myself in the diving well, but I did have my Julie!

Our marriage is 100/100.  We both give and we both get.  We are partners!  She is my love and my life.  This world would be a darker place without her.

Each of you ladies reading this need to understand that this is the God-given “superpower” bestowed upon each of you!  You are His guardians of life.  You are the best part of man – and God – here to do some awesome work.  And the great thing about that?  It’s your gift.  You come by it naturally.  It’ll happen when the right guy comes along.  It’s like a Tomb Raider movie where the two halves of something special are brought together and the power is released.

I’m not saying there won’t be trials; there will be!  But you are that special part of humanity ordained by God to tend to life.

So, if you are ever walking through a mall or down a street, and some old guy watches you go by where he’s sitting, maybe that’s me watching a beautiful part of Creation pass by.


Hey there, it’s Emily! I hope you all enjoyed this guest post. Stay tuned for Friday because I am planning a special post for you all <3

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Believe Again

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A Guest Post by Dainty M. 

It’s absolutely exhausting and distressing to believe something will happen and it doesn’t. Or to believe someone wouldn’t do something and they do. When unpleasant things happen and disappointments lace our days, it’s really hard to believe in anything.

Some people have stopped believing in love because their experience with it left them heartbroken. Some don’t believe in God because they felt disappointed by Him when bad things happened.

I’ve trusted and believed something will happen this year but hey, the 8th month is about to roll around, when will it happen? I’ve drowned in despair and to be honest, believing again is much harder than just writing it in a post. I honestly fear hoping again or believing again. But you know what? Nothing will happen if you don’t believe!

Jesus worked with people’s faith. “If you believe”…”just believe”…”she believed and saw”…these are snippets of miracles in the Bible. James also talked about trusting without wavering.

Some of us believe in plan A but have plan B safely tucked in a corner of our minds. If God doesn’t do A, we will do B. I’ve come to understand that trusting and believing means falling back on the confidence that God will catch you. He won’t let you fall (and if He does, it’s because there’s a greater glory to attain in making you rise again).

So hey! Life happens. It gets crappy sometimes. But you’ve gotta believe again. You’ve gotta trust God again. Stand on His unfailing word and watch Him wow you.


Hello lovely readers and followers, it’s Emily! I hope you enjoyed this encouraging post by my blogger friend, Dainty M. Check out Dainty M’s blog here to see more of her posts.

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