Advice for Living a Worshipful and Thankful Life

It’s hard to believe that fall is here!! The summer days just seemed to fly by.  A few of weeks ago, I was putting out decorations, getting ready for the Autumn season, when I began to think again about the subject of thankfulness and the whole overall aspect of the season.  I have been blessed to grow up in a Godly home with loving parents who have taught me from the very beginning of my life to be grateful for opportunities to bless people. So I am thankful for this opportunity to write on this blog. Because more than anything, I am hoping to encourage you all as well as myself to follow hard after Jesus.

Every once in a while, my mind will think of a phrase poised as a question; “Am I Falling for Jesus?” You know how leaves fall off the trees in autumn?” To me, they have a beautiful red, yellow, orange, and gold glow as they float to the ground. “Am I Falling for Jesus?”

We like to think that we are following the Lord as much as possible.  We set aside time to spend in God’s Word, we go to church, and maybe even go to Bible studies. But are we just going through the motions? We can do all those things to show we are faithful to God, but are we falling for Him? We should be striving to worship God all day, every single day.  Falling at his feet in honor to him; in every thought we should be praising Him.

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John 4:23-24 // But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (KJV)

Psalm 35:28 // And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long. (KJV)

When I was nine years old I prayed and asked Jesus into my heart, but it was more out of fear of Hell than anything.  I went through a rough start in my early teenage years.  I felt helpless and miserable all the time.  At age thirteen, I had a realization that there was no fruitful change in me. I knew the only right thing to do was to admit to the Lord that I believed in Him and confess my sins.  In a way, it was an awakening for me. Falling at the feet of Jesus, admitting that I was a helpless and suffering person who needed saving. I had to put away the old self, and let God take over and control my life. I was not worthy to be forgiven of my sin. I don’t deserve to live a life knowing that my Savior is keeping me safe in His arms. But it is God’s gift to me. “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.” (Psalm 96:9 KJV)

We shouldn’t only be thankful for the life that God has seen fit to give us, but we should also be falling at the feet of Jesus thanking Him for giving us another day to live another day to glorify Him.

Some days we feel like we can’t go on. Life is too hard. In those times, we need to remember to let God into our lives. In tough or hard circumstances, praise Him, because God is in control.

Sometimes we can become self focused, and all that matters is what we want. We miss out on things that are important to us, and that just isn’t fair in our opinion. We deserved to go to that party, or, we deserved to be able to hang out with our friends! When we become self drawn, we often get disappointed and say to ourselves, “I was looking forward to this, and now it’s not going to happen.” We can hold that event in high respect…but here’s the dangerous part: we can hold it in higher respect than God. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true.

In all our choices, we should honor God first before ourselves. Fall at His feet and tell God that you want to honor His choices for you instead…He will only do what is best for us.

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We can learn to worship God all the time; worshipping Him in song is a great example. In 1873 Fanny J. Crosby wrote a song called “Blessed Assurance” which in the chorus says:

“This is my story, this is my song

Praising my Savior all the day long

This is my story, this is my song

Praising my Savior all the day long”


This is the perfect testimony of how we should worship and praise God in everything.

Here are some questions for us to think about:

Are we falling for Jesus?

Are we living our lives to the fullest for His glory?

What is something that you are thankful for?

Thanks so much to Abby B. for writing this post!


About the author:

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My name is Abigail. I am eighteen years old and live with my parents. I have an older sister and brother, and sister in law. I am a full time babysitter. I love writing, enjoy baking and spending time with my family. I have had the Lord in my heart since 2013 and my constant desire is to know Him better and be changed into His image.

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The Key to True Faith in God

Faith is something that is talked about a lot amongst Christians. We tend to say things like,

“Have faith.”

“Hold onto your faith.”

What does it really mean to have faith, and how can we practically hold onto our faith in all seasons?

Recently I’ve been reading through Romans and studying a few verses a day. A topic that is very present in this book so far is our salvation by faith and not by the law or any works we could do.

In chapter four, Paul talks about the faith of Abraham, and it is very inspiring. Abraham was a man who lived in the Old Testament days. (You can read his story in Genesis!) When he was about 100 years old, he and his wife Sarah had not borne any children. One day, God told them they would have a child and that they would have many descendants after them.

Genesis 15:5-7 says: Yahweh brought him outside, and said, “Look now toward the sky, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” He said to Abram, “So will your offspring be.” He believed in Yahweh, who credited it to him for righteousness. He said to Abram, “I am Yahweh who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give you this land to inherit it.”

This seems like a crazy promise, and one that we could easily laugh at and say “Really, God?” However, Abraham had a different reaction.

Romans 4:17-22 says: As it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations.” This is in the presence of him whom he believed: God, who gives life to the dead, and calls the things that are not, as though they were. Besides hope, Abraham in hope believed, to the end that he might become a father of many nations, according to that which had been spoken, “So will your offspring be.” Without being weakened in faith, he didn’t consider his own body, already having been worn out, (he being about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. Yet, looking to the promise of God, he didn’t waver through unbelief, but grew strong through faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what he had promised, he was also able to perform. Therefore it also was “credited to him for righteousness.” (emphasis added)

Abraham didn’t look at what was seen, his old body and the deadness of his wife’s womb. Rather, this passage says that he looked to the promise of God and BELIEVED. He grew strong in his faith and glorified God. He was fully convinced that what God had promised He was also able to carry out.

WOW. That is what you call true faith. While Abraham could have focused on doubt and all the reasons why it was likely that he and his wife couldn’t have children, he chose to look at God’s promises and believe.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 says: For our light affliction, which is for the moment, works for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory; while we don’t look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

This verse reminds us, specifically for affliction, but this can apply to other areas, to look to what is unseen, for that is eternal. I believe that this is what Abraham did. He focused on God’s promises and His ability to do what He said He would.

How often do we take God at His Word and believe He is who He says He is?

How often do we look to God’s promises and are fully assured that they are true?

Abraham models what true faith is. It’s holding fast to God’s promises and having assurance that He is who He says He is and will do what He said He will do. THIS is faith.

When you go through trials and times that are tough, even in the littlest ways, it can be easy to forget about or doubt God’s promises. In those times, and in every single day, I encourage you to remember God’s promises and believe. Remember what He has done for you in the past, for people you  know, and the amazing works He performed in the Bible!

Our God is greater, our God is stronger and higher than all things in this world. His promises are true, it’s up to us if we will choose to have faith in His promises.

The key to faith is believing God’s promises and that He is who He says He is. Don’t just take my word for it though! Read these passages on faith:

Hebrews 11:1 // Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, proof of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:6 // Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to him [God], for he who comes to God must believe that he exists, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him. (things in brackets added by me)

2 Corinthians 5:7 // Therefore we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord; for we walk by faith, not by sight.

Faith is all about believing in our unseen God. It’s being assured that He is real, that He’s there, and that His promises are true. That is the key to faith. Belief and trust is all it takes. No, it’s not easy to have faith. There will be times when it feels unbearably tough and like your faith is being tested.

That is why, in all times, we look to God. We persevere. We hold onto His promises, for He who has promised is faithful. //

 

Why I Stopped Watching “Anne with an E”

I LOVE Anne of Green Gables, thanks to a friend of mine who told me about the movies a year or so ago. 😉 I fell in love with the movies and am currently reading book 4 in the series.

Last year, Netflix started a show called “Anne with an E.” It’s a very modernized version of Anne of Green Gables, and they made numerous alterations to the books and original story.

Despite these changes, I really enjoyed the first season – the actors were all spectacular, the was setting GORGEOUS, and the filming was amazing. And can I just say, GILBERT! If you know anything about AoGG, enough said. 😉 There were a couple questionable things in 2 of the episodes that made me uncomfortable, but I decided that I would try out the second season, and if these kind of things continued, I would stop watching the show.

I was disappointed after watching most of the second season. Let me just say, I don’t mind how the show strays from the story-line, it doesn’t particularly bother me. However, when they do things that are against God’s Word, along with some things that were not-so-great in the first season, I simply cannot keep watching/supporting the show. In season 2, they did something that I do not support in any way.

One of the characters is homosexual. Well, he has desires to be, and likes guys, and they support him. Anne believes that love looks different for everyone and whatever kind of love you have, whether you are straight or gay, that should be supported. She even talks about this in one episode.

You might be thinking, okay, it’s just one character, and you can fast forward through any scenes that aren’t good. However, I don’t think I’m going to continue watching this show unless things improve.

Ephesians 5:3-4 says: But sexual immorality, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be mentioned among you, as becomes saints; nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not appropriate; but rather giving of thanks. (emphasis added)

I thought about continuing to watch the show, but I honestly didn’t even really enjoy the second season much anyways. Plus, God’s Word says to not even mention sexual immorality among you. This means that we shouldn’t watch it, speak of it, think about it, or do it. “Anne with an E” obviously supports gay people and homosexuality, and God’s Word doesn’t.

Let me make this clear: I love gay and homosexual people, and I believe God does too. He sent Jesus to save ALL people, not just the straight people. John 3:16 says: For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

I don’t, however, support their sin. It’s wrong according to God’s Word. (For more on God’s design for romantic relationships, check out this post) I can’t watch Anne with an E the same way knowing that there’s a character on there who is homosexual. It’s against God’s Word, and even if there’s just a hint of it in this show, I know it’s something I shouldn’t watch.

I encourage you to be careful what you are watching and allowing into your mind. I know that there are some really great shows and movies out there that have homosexuality in them, and I want to encourage you to chose to refrain from watching those shows. God calls His people to be holy and pure, and not participating in, agreeing with, or thinking about sin. Even if you go through those scenes of sexual immorality, whether it be with a man and a woman or with people of the same sex, is it worth it? You shouldn’t have to compromise your morals for entertainment.

You are called to be set-apart and holy, so I encourage you to think before you watch.

1 Peter 1:13-16 // Therefore prepare your minds for action, be sober, and set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ— as children of obedience, not conforming yourselves according to your former lusts as in your ignorance, but just as he who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all of your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy; for I am holy.”

Romans 12:1-2 // Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God.

Philippians 4:8 // Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think about these things.

Matthew 7:13-14 // “Enter in by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter in by it. How narrow is the gate, and restricted is the way that leads to life! Few are those who find it.

More posts on television/movies/entertainment:

To Watch or Not to Watch?

// Why I Won’t be Watching Love, Simon (or most movies these days) //

Why I Don’t Watch Many Mainstream Movies (Why I Don’t Series Pt. 1)