He is with us;

I’m crazy in over my head, and crazy blessed and crazy overwhelmed. Fall is here, and the startup of school has put me in the center of a whirlwind of activities. 

Particularly this fall, my prayer is to build my relationship with Christ and manage my time so that I prioritize Him, as well as just honoring Him through my actions! 

Hope all is well–

D. Fayth

 

Love is:

Substantial food for thought:

Sixteen Characteristics of Love (Day 231) #BiOY 

Bible in One Year

It is my goal to start doing this before the year is up! I adore the idea of trying to genuinely love through all of the descriptors of love that God declared in His word. I most certainly will have to stop at the first one to start – what do you think of this? 

Isaiah 43:18-19

As an individual who becomes too much of a perfectionist when it comes to sports, this verse is applicable to my life in the high school athlete area as well as to my faith and other various categories of living.

He is doing a new thing in my life, and this life is soon to be of zero importance. He has bigger and better things in store for me. Dwelling on past mistakes does nothing except to tear your confidence, skill, self-worth, enthusiasm, and motivation down. Therefore, I put my past mistakes behind me and rise up to face and improve myself with each fresh moment. Praying for self-confidence and faith development — and He is with me every step of the way.

Words of the Week

Life has again sucked me up into a whirlwind, and it’s about time that I sat down and reevaluated my time management and my priorities. Always remember, He is ever with us. I too often forget it. It is a comfort, honor, and, in its own way, a confession to hear this:

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I want to live for Jesus not out of self-obligation but out of love for the amazing and awe-inspiring Creator. He is my rock, and He has promised me salvation. It is through this that I am saved, and I am beyond blessed to live this life on Earth with no need for fear for the future.

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Have a blessed week! I hope your summers are faring well. I hope to post some full-fledged content posts soon.

— D. Fayth

Verse of the Week

Oh how comforting and wonderful it is to have a God who prepares His heavens for me–for us as His sons and daughters. He is with me always, and He understands my every thought, feeling, and uttermost desires.
I rejoice in His promises and His glory.

Verse of the Week

His presence comforts me, always. I have no need to fear, for He is with me.

Believe, Aspire, and Live Inspired

Inspiration and revelation always seem to come to me at the latest hours. Anyways, I do believe this all started because tonight my volleyball practice was far from perfect. I was definitely not performing at my best, and it became very frustrating. I managed to allow the “I can’t” whisper creep into my head, and therefore, I couldn’t.

Volleyball is, like many other sports, a very mental game. You need to maintain a positive mindset so that when the ball comes to you, you will pass it well. It sounds simple, but…it’s not. Easier said than done: the general rule for most situations in life. As I replayed my mistakes in my head, shed silent tears, and blamed blameless people in my mind, I realized I was wrong.

I had approached it the wrong way. My father reminded me: “You’ve done it hundreds of times before correctly, you can do it. If you think you can’t, then you won’t be able to. You will go through so many bigger mistakes and regrets in life than this, and you just have to pick yourself up and brave through.” As the saying goes, believe you can and you’re halfway there.

A verse came to mind as I prayed to put my old mindset to rest. I need to believe in myself and in Jesus, who has blessed me with all my earthly abilities, and who gives me strength.

This verse is widely known for a reason. It is so applicable to each and every aspect of my life, of our lives. Tonight, particularly my volleyball abilities and performance. Yes, I made mistakes. But who cares? So what? Everyone makes mistakes. God knows that and He forgives us. It is not God’s goal for us to strive to be perfect, but rather it is the effort to do good in His name that counts. To live a life for Him, and spread His loves to others. He understands what its like to be a Christian teenager in this day and age.

It’s hard. I am friends with some amazing Christian youth like myself, and we all have wonderful intentions. I like to pray for others, and whenever I ask my friends for their prayers I almost always receive requests for courage to speak out and live their Christianity. Society and pressure in this century is overwhelming, and it’s no easy feat to share your faith just like that. Lots of Christian teens struggle with the fear of judgement, including me. I believe that there isn’t much value in comparing yourself to others, because every individual is unique. God made us all ourselves, and there is always someone out there who is better and worse than you at everything. Since this is the case, why are we even trying to begin to compare ourselves with anyone else? No one is lesser than I, but God still loves me all the same.

It is extremely important to always remember that He loves us unconditionally. That is something that I too often forget. He cares for us, and even if we go out and speak of our faith and get looked at like the weird kid, He is there for us. God is an understanding God, but He is also a God who pushes us to do things we could never imagine doing by ourselves. The good news is that we don’t have to do what He asks of us alone.

It is extremely valuable to believe in yourself, and to believe in Jesus. For through Christ Jesus you can do all things, for He gives you strength.

By the time my next practice rolls around, no I won’t be perfect, and no it won’t go perfectly, but I can approach it with confidence and trust in my abilities, because God will give me strength.

Believe in yourself, live and love for Jesus, and aspire to the best of your ability, because Jesus is with you every step of the way. We have no reason to fear.

We all fall short of the glory of God. Remember that.

Nevertheless, He sent His son to forgive us our sins, and we can thank Him for that by going through life and giving God the glory. Hallelujah, He works wonders through us.

Amen.

‘Tis the Festive Time of Year

December 2014 is almost over.

What did I just type?! This year has been off the charts, and God has blessed me with so much. Merely an hour ago, I was let out of school with arms open wide to embrace the eagerly awaited Christmas break. No school for 12 days, minimal homework, family, presents, friends, and Christ are all with or going to be with me in spirit and actuality.

The next time I’m back in school to learn will be in another year! 2015, the year of the future in the 80s Back to the Future movies (fabulous for a laugh).

With the festive season in full swing, I plan to do some last minute Christmas shopping this evening and then fully enjoy the rest of my week. I am again reminded and amazed at how fast a year can zip by, it seems like only yesterday we had received the news of Nelson Mandela’s death.

As gifts have already started to be exchanged, I have found that this year especially so, I find more joy in giving than receiving. Of course, everyone loves a good present, myself included. However, the joy that comes in picking things out to give to people that mean the most to you, and seeing their excitement at the gifts you have given, trumps all.

And without further ado, be joyful in this season as we remember Jesus and his gift of salvation to us.

Merry Christmas Eve, Eve! And if I don’t get back here until after Christmas, Merry Christmas as well!

–Fayth

Quote of the Week

He says we need not worry, because He has great things in store. His plans for us go above and beyond our imagination.

Blessings to you this week as Christmas approaches–

Verse of the Week

So I’ve recently made time for daily Scripture readings again. After sorting through my priorities, I finally found that a regular intake of God’s Word is so inspiring and helpful for me in my daily Christian life.

I’m not exactly sure why, but I decided to start with Job. What a man Job was! I can barely even imagine having so much taken away from me for seemingly no valid reason and managing not to curse or blame God. One day I hope to be like Job, wholeheartedly unwavering and loyal in my faith.

This verse especially stood out to me in Job the other day:

We all face trials, and I currently am a little bit lost and confused, but who are we to accept good and not trouble from our Lord?

Although we know God has already won the battle, earth is still full of evil that we will encounter.

Place your trust in God and prevail through the hard times, because love does win out in the end.

Blessings,

Fayth