Open Arms

(Isaiah 1:18- Come, let’s talk this over, says the Lord; no matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you white as wool.) Like many Christians, sometimes I have a habit of running away from God after I’ve messed up instead of running to Him. I think to myself “will God really forgive me again?”, “I’ve repented about this over and over” and God’s answer is still the same: “It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, come to me.”

Build Your Faith

I don’t think there’s any Christian that exists whose faith has never wavered. Sometimes we just have a hard time believing what God said is going to come to pass when we look at our circumstances. The great thing about the Bible is there is story after story of people that God promised things to (that humanly speaking couldn’t come to pass), but with God all things are possible.

From Healing To Heaven

I used to be ashamed, ashamed of what people would think of me when I told them I was sick, so I never told them. It’s because I was more than just sick, I had a sexually transmitted disease. To be honest, no one ever thinks they’ll get an STD. We see the commercials about getting tested, but we never actually think it’ll happen to us. Some people get STDs like Chlamydia and Gonorrhea that are curable, but what happens when you get one that has no cure. Unfortunately, I was about to find out.

Rule Number One: Don't Make God Number Two

From the beginning, God told us not to put any other god before Him. Exodus 20:3 says, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." The gods He’s referring to are anything that we put in His place. It becomes an idol in our lives, a person or thing that is greatly admired, loved or revered. It’s fine to love someone or something, but when you love it more than you love God, that’s when it becomes a problem. When we start idolizing something, God is no longer first in our lives.

Here's What Happened Once I Learned Growth And Comfort Couldn't Coexist

I thought my first relationship was everything. My boyfriend and I were shacking up, having premarital sex, bonding over getting high--you know, “relationship goals.” I was comfortable, comfortable because I had someone, comfortable because I loved him and he loved me. Then I realized, the love God and I had for each other was much different. It didn’t encourage comfort, the easy way out.