A wonderful day to all you beautiful human beings!
It’s a bit sad for me to admit that another month has gone by and I have not posted a single entry in this blog of mine. Let me tell you that it’s because of a bunch of reasons that does not include me coming to the decision to abandon this blog for all eternity. Nope. And I think we’ve made that one pretty clear.
Last May, I attended a camp at my church which I really enjoyed and learned from. It was composed mostly of sessions of morning devotions, praise and worship, messages from the Word of God, small group discussions, and afternoon activities related to the theme for the day. Personally, I’d say that I grew from it, even just a little bit, not only as a person but also as a child of God.
With all honesty, I didn’t really bother reading my personal Bible before that camp. I would only read it when I need to for church services. It would be the last thing that I’d want to do during my free time. I’d attend church services out of obligation and, though I would intently listen to the message, I’d fall asleep during some parts (if not most of the time) and I can’t really say that the message would stick to me even after getting out of church. I would only pray during meals and, if I’m not asleep by then, pray before going to sleep. I didn’t really do devotions (aka quiet time) outside of the time my Christian friend and I would spend together. I didn’t practice fasting at all because I didn’t really understand why we’d have to do it.
And that’s only the SOME of the things I didn’t do. I cussed A LOT (as you can probably observe by reading most of my blog entries), I did some really bad things that cannot and I don’t really feel like discussing with anyone, and a lot of other sinful acts that I’m really not proud of.
I’m not trying to say that I’m now the complete opposite of who I was before, but after the camp, I began being more conscious of these things and I’m making a conscious effort to do the right things.
And let me make this VERY CLEAR, although it might seem that I’m the one making the conscious effort, it’s actually the Holy Spirit working within me. I am deeply blessed to have God working in my life. It was a great privilege to have been able to go to that church camp last May. It is a privilege to be able to constantly read my personal Bible (app), to understand God and to grow closer and closer to Him through His Word, and to be able to listen to worship music on my way to work.
It is a privilege to belong to a family who accepts Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and who work together for each of us to have a deeper and closer relationship with God. It is a privilege to be able to have fellowship with my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to, singing songs of worship and of praise and of commitment and listening to God’s Word and message. It is a privilege to be able to attend Sunday serviced and worship Him not only through songs but also through my ministries. I am privileged to be able to pray to Him and to know that God hears all of my prayers.
All of these and so much more are privileges and blessings to me given by God. I’m not able to do these things on my own because, without God, I’m literally nothing. I am saved not because of any good works I’ve ever done or will ever do but because of His grace and His mercy ALONE. And God is continuously working in my life so that He may be glorified because, truly, I was created and I am alive for the sole purpose of living a life that will glorify God’s name.
I was going for “- A Sort of Unofficial Blog Post-” as the title of this post because I thought it would just be able the change in Site Identity, as you may have probably noticed by now, but it led to something longer and much more legit than that. And I was also thinking of making a new blog that’s more like a Christian blog thing, but then I thought that it would be kinda weird because the me who writes entries in this blog I’ve had since I was.. what.. 14?? that has witnessed all my twists and turns shouldn’t be any different from the me writing in a brand new blog about Christianity. I’m only a singular person who wants nothing more than to glorify God through her testimony and writing.
Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that I’ve had a change of heart recently and, although there’s a lot more to decide on be it as a family or as a person, but I’ve entrusted my life to God and I know that, whatever happened or whatever happens from here on out, I’m saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. I still stumble and fall a lot of times, but by the privileges given to me as a child of the Most High God, I am able to rise again and to do better.
I sincerely hope that you don’t start to unfollow this blog because of this because I really hope I can give glory to God through this blog by making it my sort of testimony as a Christian, as a writer, and as a 20-something lady who is sort of wooshing through life. If you don’t approve of my beliefs or think that I’m doing something wrong, I’m totally open for conversation in the comments section. But I’m trying to live my life with only God’s glory in mind. I hope you can all respect that. Let us all help each other get to know Jesus Christ more and to grow as children of God.
I’ll share a few verses here which, I would say, are related to this post. I do hope you can read the entire chapter from which the verses come from because, truly, the Bible is the most beautiful book you can possibly read in this lifetime. Thank you and I hope you have a fantastic day!
“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” – Ephesians 1:4-6 (NIV)
“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—” – John 1:12 (NIV)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” – Psalm 37:23-24 (NIV)
I also would like to add one of my favorite Bible verses of all time!
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”” – Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)
P.S. This is the Bible app I’m using right now and it’s really great! Not only does it give you the opportunity to easily access your Bible (EVEN OFFLINE!) but it also has very helpful features like Verse of the Day (which I like sharing in my Messenger “My Day”), the feature to highlight verses with a variety of colors (there’s pastel!!), and plans that you can follow for your personal devotions. And that’s only some of the features! 100% would recommend if you don’t have a Bible app yet.
P.P.S. Will probably post an entry solely composed of my favorite worship songs at the moment. Stay tuned for that (get it? because it’s music?? HAHAHA ok).
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)