Choose the Back Seat

by Nadia Gyane

backseatWhen you want to elevate yourself and be seen and praised by thousands even millions of people, choose the back seat.

The Bible tells us that we are to take the lowly place, the furthest seat at the wedding so that we can be elevated to our rightful place. We should not get so big headed and think so highly of ourselves that people need to accommodate our ego and pretentious ways.

You are going to have to choose who you are going to please in this life, your flesh or your God. Your flesh will want one thing and God will want another and neither one are willing to compromise. You will need to make the final deciding vote. If the praises of men is what you run after and you want to be spoken well of and seen to be doing good things in front of people, then you have chosen your flesh, and that will be your only reward. However if you want to please God and hear your Heavenly father call you out by name and lift you up to greater heights, you need to place yourself on the back seat and start to get real comfortable there, because God is no respecter of persons. He can raise up one and set down another at any given time. In pleasing God your reward will be great, but your flesh will have to die and that is something that a lot of us Christians are not yet willing to come to terms with. Needless to say you make the decision every day and either look to seek the praises and approval of people or the approval and praises from a great God and King.

The decision is yours, but I recommend that you take the back seat.

Modesty

by Haley Norris
sweaterHello, friends! Lately, I have seen several articles or blog posts on modesty circling the social media I’m on, so I decided I may as well jump on that bandwagon and put my two cents in! Modesty is something that I have found to be very important, especially as I’ve gone through my high school years and grown as a daughter of Christ. The way I dress is a reflection of who I am. When I think of the many reasons I have decided to take a stance on modesty, I think my future husband is one of the most important. I’ll admit it, I’m a dreamer. I think about my future husband often. What he will be like. What is he doing right now? This very moment. I don’t like to think that he is being tempted to lust after another girl. Especially regarding what she is wearing. So why should I dress immodestly, tempting other young men to lust after me? In talking about the wife of a noble character, Proverbs 31:12 says: “She honors him all the days of her life.” Notice how it says all the days of her life. It doesn’t say just some of them, or just the days she knows him, but ALL the days of her life. I feel that the way we dress can bring honor to our future husbands. Wearing clothes that don’t flaunt our bodies and tempt our brothers in Christ is a statement of respect. It says that we respect ourselves enough to not seek attention in that way. It also says that we respect our future husbands enough to not dress in a way that attracts ungodly men. Above all, it shows that we respect our Maker! He made us so beautifully! We are to embrace that beauty, not by revealing everything, but by dressing in a way that makes us look like the young ladies He has called us to be! I want the way I dress and the way I present myself to point others to Him.  I want to set an example for younger girls around me! I want to show them that it’s OKAY to not dress in revealing ways. That the short shorts don’t add points to your popularity. I know there are several younger girls that do look up to me, and I want more than anything to set a good example for them. I want them to see that modesty is a good thing, no matter how much society looks down on it. I will say, the term “modest is hottest”, is quite literal in the summertime. Modesty is not always the most comfortable option. And the cutest swimsuits are often the most revealing. Yes, modesty does take sacrifice, but it is so worth it! And dressing modestly doesn’t mean losing all sense of fashion! You can still look cute and dress modestly! In the long run, the sacrifices made to dress modestly are greatly outweighed by the good that comes out of it! Think of what the world would be like if more women took a stand on modesty! If we all dressed in a way that showed how much we respected ourselves, as well as our brothers in Christ! I hope to see more girls striving for that! Thanks for reading!
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 1 Corinthians 6:19

I Love You

by Nadia Gyane

 

sand-heartThere is just one important thing that I need to tell you.

 

I know you read a lot, listen to many different things and talk with your friends and family on various subjects and topics. But there is one main thing that you must know…..

 

I really love you!

 

That’s all.

 

I’ll be here waiting to tell you this again. Same time tomorrow.

 

Love Jesus

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Who am I…?

by Judd Nelson

readWho am I…?

This question is so simple, yet so hard to explain.  It has been studied for years, and caused some of the most famous and educated people to walk away stumped.  In today’s culture the answer might look different depending on how it’s asked.  You see, not only do we have an identity in relation to our families, but we also hold a different one when it comes to our friends, to our church, to our school, to sports teams, to our social media profiles…the list goes on and on.  Often times we change who we are to fit into the setting we are in, and before long “trying to fit in” leads us to lose sight of who we truly are and who we are meant to become.

The good news is that in a world that daily bombards us with who we aren’t by what we don’t have, there is a trustworthy unchanging place to go that tells us who we are because of who God is…the Bible.  God gave the Bible to us not only as a way to get to know who He is, but also to find out our identity as His children.  In its pages sits the keys to unlocking the truth about who we are in His eyes that allows us the courage to live out the purpose He chose us for.

When we allow ourselves to accept truth that nothing we’ve done can take away God’s love, forgiveness, and acceptance from us we will be freed from finding our value in what people say about us or the things we have.  We then no longer need to change who we are to fit into the environment we are in, but rather the environment we are in changes because of who we are.  In a day and age where people of this world are desperately seeking to find their identity and purpose, we who are more than conquerors and have been called to let our lights shine, have the ability to impact their future by finding and living our own.  So let me ask…who are you?

What Does It Mean To Continue?

What Does It Mean To Continue?

by Nadia Gyane

To continue means to keep at it.

To move forward.

To look forward.

To not give up or quit.

To keep doing it until you reach your goal, because you have what it takes to succeed and accomplish your dream, your vision and your purpose.

 

The bible says greater is He who is in you, than He that is in the world. So that means you have what it takes and you have more than enough to achieve your dream and live out your destiny.

 

So continue……

Sin Doesn’t Suit You

Sin Doesn’t Suit You

by Nadia Gyane

No matter how hard you try sin just doesn’t suit you. It doesn’t suit that person over there, that guy or that girl and it definitely doesn’t suit you. I mean just look at you when you try to wear sin, the places it takes you, the people you meet and the bad experiences you have. It’s just not worth it. You can’t carry it off and you look really bad trying. Like a hat that is too big for your head or a shoe that just wont fit is sin in your life, it just won’t fit. I know of only one person that could actually handle sin and even then he had to cover it with his own blood so that he could eradicate it totally. Trust me, sin is nothing but bad news even on a good day.

So believe me when I tell you, it just doesn’t suit you.

Be a Part of His-story

Be a Part of His-story

by Nadia Gyane

write nameBe a part of His story! It’s what will last, have your name written in the Lambs book of life. The world offers no form of insurance on your salvation, only Jesus Christ, He is the way, truth and the life!

The world claims that making an impact for yourself and for others is worthwhile, and you’ll be in their history books. But there is something better, being a part of God’s history. Be apart of His story, where your name contributes to His story and not just your own……

 I can see it now, you leading many to the Father, giving up your life, laying it down at the feet of the Saviour and Christ giving you His in return. The people you will meet and changes you will make because you chose to be famous for God. The places you will get to go to and the amazing people you will meet. Not forgetting the wonderful fellowship you will have with the Lord. How great it will be when you have reached the end of your life, for your name to be a part of Gods story, just like Moses, Noah, Abraham, Esther, Mary, Jesus, Peter and Paul but to name a few that have made it into Gods story. Aim to be a part of history, by being apart of His story, the one that He will get to tell and will last for all eternity!

You’re In Charge

You’re In Charge

by Nadia Gyane

open doorIt’s your house and you’re in charge of how it looks. God your father gave you that house (life) and now it’s yours. If it’s a mess, clean it. If it’s falling apart, fix it. It’s your responsibility, but God is there to help you, although He will not enter in unless you allow Him to. He will only fix what you reveal to Him. He will not impose, but will knock on the door and promote His services and all that he can do for you, and for free might I add. However, if you refuse, it rests upon you and you cannot complain that God should have intervened. He gave you a house that was in perfect and excellent condition. You cannot now turn around and complain about everything wrong that’s happening when you are the landlord and not the tenant. Either call for His help and let Him in or do it yourself and stop complaining. God is a good God and He wants to help. He loves to help you, so allow Him to. This world is a mess because mankind said, “No, I can do it myself”. So, when injustice reigns, children are neglected, families are broken and societies are in tatters, we have no one to blame but ourselves. You cannot now blame God for the mess you have created in your own house. You wanted to do it your way and this is the result. The alternative is to allow God in, because you and I both know that you’re not too good at being in charge.

We have all tried and failed, so let God in, He wants to help.

24 Hours

24 Hours

by Nadia Gyane

24 hoursEveryone gets twenty-four hours in a day, and to many that time is precious. You therefore have to be very careful how you spend it. However there are those who are not satisfied with the amount of time given to them, as they seem to want more than what they have been given and therefore demand and take it off of others. Whether it be five minutes, ten minutes of ten hours, some people are just not satisfied with the twenty-four hours given to them and instead seek ways to take others in order to increase theirs.

The devil works in the same way, any time you’re not using he has already planed to take and use it on something else. He will also try and steal the precious little time you are using and get you to waste it on something else like unnecessary sleep, arguments, the TV, day dreaming, food and unnecessary chit chat to take you away from doing what you are supposed to be doing and using your time and energy wisely.

So don’t waste time and don’t give your time away to a useless cause. Invest your time, instead of wasting your time, because you only get twenty-four hours in one day and eight of those have already been taking up in sleep.

So use it wisely!

Resurrected Lily

Resurrected Lily

by Brittany Dukes

lily
“Eyes widen and focus on the blurred images standing over the once brittle frame.
As the individual allow God’s breath to flow into the cavities,
     Restoration slowly begins to take place,
Taking the Queen to places that even her wildest nightmares,
     Hadn’t prepared the mental state,
But it was the spiritual strength and stamina that permitted the sweet spirit to endure the race.
     Patience, was not just a vintage key to the door of a new life,
But it was the key to emotional breakthroughs,
     Instead of bowing down to the enemy and breaking down.
Even when brown strands broke the naked grounds like the first cut of the day.
     Inviting a new meaning to barbershop,
         for the grand barber was the one she submitted her heart and life to,
     In only her pupils elementary stages.
As the curls danced into the air,
    Her life was slowly transforming into something fresh.
Like lilies in the spring, stretching out to every so slowly, draw in the positivity.
    “I am not my hair” was no longer just a musical piece,
 But not it was a musical healing and inspiration to go on.
    So one mountainous step at a time, she kept moving.
Not knowing that the world was watching her progress and eliminate the stress.
    Becoming victorious came through a test,
And it was now that she sat in the seat as was instructed by God to hold on to the primary principles that he had once taught.
    As as he poured water on the once infertile soil,
She sprouted and her stem was made of determination, strength, purity, and love.
    The Queen rose with a smile from the bed and looked each set of pupils in the eyes,
and the words she spoke were musical,
“Faith is believing in things we cannot see and I’m thankful that God is working on me,
    I made it this far and he declared that he would never leave. living life cancer free. HE is the cure.”