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Freedom.

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Galatians 5:7,8
"You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom."

After we have lived life for a while, it is very possible that we may feel guilt or worry for a fellow Christian or friend--like it is our responsibility to make sure that they're keeping up on the right path. We may think that they took the wrong turn in life because we weren't watching over them enough or we didn't pray for them enough. However, we must accept that each man has his own free will to do what he pleases, whether or not we are there in his life.

And while it is true that we need to be there to encourage and support our fellow Christians and friends, we must not beat ourselves up for the other person's decisions. Yes, we want the best for that person, but not to the point that we should try to control the other person's actions.

Sometimes God has different plans for different pe…

Everything Beautiful.

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Ecclesiastes 3:11

"Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end."

What a wonderful display of God's goodness to us! Situations around us may not be the best, and we may feel like life is ugly, but it says right here in God's Word that He makes everything beautiful for its own time. Because God's purpose is perfect, so are the things He does in our lives. Life is hard: change, death, hearbreak, loss--but God has promised to make it beautiful. Wow!

We cannot see the whole span of everything God has for our lives, but God is faithful, so we can trust that He has what is best.

One example of this that I love is one I heard when I was in kids church way back when: Imagine a tiny hamster in his cage, having a good ole' time running around in his wheel. He starts thinking to himself, I'm a mighty hamster. I can do anything I want,…

A Christmas Poem!

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What is the meaning of Christmas?
So many do not know.
Why do we string up lights
And decorate with mistletoe?
Why does Santa Claus come to town
With his flock of reindeer,
Bringing presents to girls and boys
Each and every year?
Why are there decorations—
Red and green in every store?
Snowmen, candy canes, and elves—
Oh wait! I see more!
Two humbly dressed parents
In a little stable kneel,
They seem to have a newborn boy.
How happy and proud they must feel!
It’s said that this child is the Messiah,
The Savior of the World.
That this precious boy is Jesus,
God’s special plan unfurled.
I guess He’s what’s been missing
Through the shopping and the malls—
He may not fill our stockings,
But he holds the best of all.
Through Him our sins are cleansed,
They’re washed as white as snow!
We can live a happy life
And to Heaven someday go!


-Laura Prosapio

We Do Not Cry Alone.

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Psalm 56:8

"You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book."
How breathtaking to think that every tear we cry is collected by the Lord in a bottle. Not one tear or sorrow is unknown by Him. He feels our pain and He hears our every plead for help. We are never praying to a God who is unaware of what is happening to us or who is uncaring. God is not dead, or is He sleeping, or is He occupied with other work. He is living and faithful and true. We never walk in life alone because He is there for us every second of it. He cares about you and me and He never will let us be forsaken, no matter what our circumstances are. This world may fall apart and people around us may fail us, but the One who will never leave us or forsake us is our Creator, the Savior of our lives and souls.

Trust.

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If you haven't noticed, lately I've been writing blogs about things I struggle with from time to time. Just so it doesn't get left out, I thought I'd write about a toughie--and that's trust in God.

Trust is so hard, especially when we can't see where God is leading us, or what His purpose is for some of the things that happen in our lives. Trust is like a branch of faith, believing in God to lead us by His will because we know that it's the best. Trust, in the end, fulfils God's perfect plan for us, but it can sometimes be the hardest thing we can ever do.
When we trust in God, we surrender our hopes, our dreams, our plans, our will, and our desires at His feet. We say, "Not our will, but Yours be done in our lives, Lord." And if you're like me, you like to have control. I like to dream about my future and plan my life out detail by detail; but sometimes it's as if I plan it so much, that I forget to trust God and open myself up for His …

Everlasting Life.

Today, this Bible verse has been popping up multiple times; and although I've heard it countless times and memorized it and quoted it indefinitely, it's still sometimes nice to look it over again to sink it in and experience God's love. Below are several versions of the same passage: John 3:16. This verse is not just God's declaration of adoration for us as a people, but it's also a constitution of hope that we have been redeemed. We are free from sin for eternity because of this single act of God--His Son being sacrificed for our sin. If we believe in Jesus, and that He died and rose again with the purpose to cleanse our sins and prepare a future home for us in Heaven when we die, this verse is our life support--our eternal life support.

Especially during this time of year, it's vital that we recognize the true "reason for the season," and that's our Savior being born into this earth.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only S…

PATIENCE!!!

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"Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord." Psalm 27:14 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ One fruit of the Spirit that I have trouble with is patience. Ask me for kindness, you got it! You want gentleness, I've got a fresh supply. But patience...oh patience. Ever since I was a little tyke, I can see my lack of patience, even though I've tried to deny it definitely. The evidence is one such home video of my 3rd birthday. Daddy said that I had a present, but then he went too far. He said that he'd give it to me for Christmas. My first response was a dragging and complaining "NOOO! I waaant it!"
Patience. Whether it's waiting for a new possession, a crowded hallway in school, an upcoming weekend, a holiday, or my life to just scurry on by--patience is quite involved in my life (or at least the lack of it). I love to be able to have a grasp on life's situations, and when those life situations are far away, then I feel as if …

Contentment.

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Sometimes in life it's so difficult to be content. I know it is for me. It seems like I'm always looking forward to the next big thing in life. In junior high, it was high school; now for me, it's college. Soon it'll be marriage, then kids, then grandkids...and so on.

But what am I doing today to change the world and enjoy the moments that I am given? I can daydream all I want about my future and what I'm going to do when I get older for God, but what I often don't realize is that I can do something in the here in now for God--stay open to Him and be a vessel that He works through.
When we as God's children are open to what He wants to do in our lives, even if we don't know what that is--God can use us beyond anything we could ask or imagine. And it may seem a little backwards to have the mentality that God can work in us even when we don't even know what He is working through--but that's just the way that God works sometimes. His ways are better…

Thankfulness

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As I ponder my life and the multitude of blessings I've been given, I can't help but give God so much thanks. I could probably sit down for more than twenty-four hours and constantly rattle off things that I am thankful for--blessings that I don't deserve but what God gives to me anyways.

One blessing, for example, is another day. While this may seem like an ordinary blessing, to me it is definitely extraordinary.

God is not finished with us yet; He has a plan and purpose for our lives; He has given us a fresh new joy everyday; He gives us breath and grace and freedom--all these blessings come with another day.

Sometimes the simple things in life are some of the most special and noteworthy of all.

May we never forget to praise and thank God everyday for all the big and even little blessings He gives us--for His contentment and joy truly come when we think about such things.
The sensation of Your presence overwhelms me.
The power of Your love makes me utterly free.
That you hold me in Your hands and never let me go--
Your Spirit lives within me, a beautiful, brilliant flow.
My past and my present aren't hidden from Your sight.
My future in Your mind is tender and bright.
All of my suffering and all of life's pain
Are covered in Your comfort and drenched in Your rain.
Fear is not my ruler, darkness does not prevail.
In You, I find no disappointments; You never fail.

Grace

During the summer, I asked my youth pastor if I could speak about a topic that had been on my heart and mind for a very long time. That topic was God's grace. It has always seemed so amazing that no matter what we do as human beings--good or bad--God never loves us less and he never ceases to forgive us.

This past Wednesday, I got to share this message. I was so excited to be able to talk about what God was speaking to me about. God's grace truly is breathtaking!

Here is the mp3 link to me speaking:

http://thestonecrew.com/downloads/

Just click on the mp3 that mentions "grace" in the title.

True love.

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Isaiah 53:3-6

"3 He [Jesus] was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.
4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins!

5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.
6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all."

I have read Isaiah 53 and memorized it in King James Version, quoting it over and over again. But after reading this passage in a different translation (New Living Translaton), I saw it in a whole new light. Things that I never understood about this passage have now made sense and it is so cool!

The one thing that really stands out to me in this scripture i…

He will walk with us.

I read this passage this morning, and I thought it should be shared!

Isaiah 43:1-3a

"1 But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.
2 When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
3 For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior..."


That is so reassuring: that no matter what we go through, God has set us apart to be with us in any situation. He has claimed us as His own, and He will never abandon us. He will continually save us time and time again, without fail, in His own timing and plan.

Who is God to you?

Who is God? Is He mighty? Is He forceful? Is He loving? Is He just? Is He kind? Is He holy?

Our God is all of these things. He can make all creation shout His praise, and all the heavens thunder and applaud His glory; but He also speaks to us in a gentle whisper and knows every tiny detail of our lives.

Isaiah 40:12-20, 26-28

"12 Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?
13 Who is able to advise the Spirit of the Lord? Who knows enough to give him advice or teach him?
14 Has the Lord ever needed anyone’s advice? Does he need instruction about what is good? Did someone teach him what is right or show him the path of justice?
15 No, for all the nations of the world are but a drop in the bucket. They are nothing more than dust on the scales. He picks up the whole earth as though it were a grain of sand.

16 All the wood in Lebanon’s forests and all …

He will never forsake us.

Ever since I was little, I've known that God says He'll never leave or forsake us. While that meant a lot to me back then, I'd reason to say that it's meant even more to me now as I've been growing up. It was super easy to believe that God was always with me when I was in a Christian school, learning all about God and the stories of the Bible. But now, when I see teenagers at school that have never had a relationship with God before, and don't have Him as a part of their lives, it's easier to believe the lie that God is not here to stay in our lives. But when I think that, I just need to remind myself that that is not true according to God's Word.

Hebrews 13:8 says, "God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

Matthew 28:20 says, "And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Psalm 36:5 says, "Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies."

Our God is f…

Always There.

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Isn't God so faithful? This world and everything in it could fail us, but He will never leave our side. His presence will never subside, and His truth will never fade. He formed the whole entire universe, yet He still cares for us, his children. He handcrafted the sun, stars, and ocean, but he still listens to our every word and cares for us when we cry.

For the truth is, God isn't just the sovereign Master of all; He is the closest and most intimate One to us that we could ever know.

Joy in the Mourning

Recently, I was in the Fine Arts competition with church. (For those who have never heard about it, Fine Arts is an opportunity for teenagers to minister with their gifts and talents)

I love to write, so I decided that for the category of "First Person Essay," I would write about what God has done in my life ever since the death of Katie. As I started writing it, I was amazed as I looked back at my past and saw how God is currently shaping my future through Katie's testimony.

I entered this essay in the district competition, and it advanced down to Orlando for National Fine Arts. I felt so blessed that God let it advance. More importantly, though, I was blessed that God was using the essay to bless others with it. I've been able to read this essay numerous times: in front of relatives, for those who have lost loved ones, and even in a church youth group last month.

I feel that as I read this account of what God's done, I am being poured out by Him. For me, there …

Psalm 34

"1 I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises.2 I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart. 3 Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together. 4 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. 6 In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles. 7 For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him. 8 Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!9 Fear the Lord, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need. 10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing. 11 Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the Lord. 12 Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous? 13 T…

Beautiful

God's handiwork is so beautiful! It's amazing to think that God created everything that we see and enjoy. All creation shouts His praise!

Psalm 148

"Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens! Praise him from the skies! Praise him, all his angels! Praise him, all the armies of heaven! Praise him, sun and moon! Praise him, all you twinkling stars! Praise him, skies above! Praise him, vapors high above the clouds! Let every created thing give praise to the LORD, for he issued his command, and they came into being. He established them forever and forever. His orders will never be revoked. Praise the LORD from the earth, you creatures of the ocean depths, mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all livestock, reptiles and birds, kings of the earth and all people, rulers and judges of the earth, young men and maidens, old men and children. Let them all praise the name of the LORD. For his name is very great; his glory towers over the earth an…

God's Meaning to Me

I was looking through my old notebook with notes in it from last summer's teen camp. In it, I found a poem I wrote during that week. Here it is!

"How amazing it is that I am unique.
May I, O Lord, be humble and meek!
You care for me when I feel so small.
I surrender and I give you my all.
Holy Spirit, fill my life and being;
Thank you for giving my life meaning.
I'm excited, I'm preparing
For all Your love that needs sharing.
I'm open to Your cross, I'm open to You risen.
With You in my life, nothing am I missing.
I can sing a brand new song;
Lord, only for Your face I long!
I need Your wisdom every second.
Jesus- please on me do beckon.
Change me fully, renew me now-
Holy Spirit do allow.
What would I do without Your love?
I look at the countless stars above.
I observe Your power, Your mercy, Your grace-
Lord, You are awesome in this place.
All of my worship and all of my praise
I lay at Your feet; Your name I do raise!"

7.17.08

Jesus Among Other Gods

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I was looking through some books that I had in my room, and I found this one book that I got around three years ago, Jesus Among Other Gods: The Youth Edition by Ravi Zacharias and Kevin Johnson. I never picked it up before, but I thought it deserved a chance.Immediately as I started reading, I was captivated!
Growing up as a Christian, it's easy to say you believe in God and in Jesus's death and resurrection. It's basically a given- you know that you know that Jesus is real. But, trying to witness at school to kids who have never before had a real relationship with God, it's hard to put into words how real Jesus is when those kids are skeptical and are totally defensive on the subject of God.
However, after reading through this book, so much tangible information was given as to the reality of Jesus and the price He paid for our sins. It gets down to the center of why certain people cling to eastern religions and also atheism. It expresses that while some people may thi…

My Mission Field

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School is starting tomorrow. Wow! I just wish I could have one more month, one more week, one more day- but that's not gonna happen, is it?:/
I love the freedom of summer; not just the freedom to do what I want, but also the spiritual freedom. I love being super connected to church, my youth group, my family, and my friends. I can go weeks without hearing a swear word, but now I'm heading back to the real world- my mission field. It would be so easy to live like I am right now, in the spiritual bliss from day to day with no worries or cares. But I have to be open to be used in the difficult situations at a public school. If I am not open, I will not find true fulfillment in my life. It is definitely easier said than done though.
Being open is a daily choice to be used by God. The reason He has us be uncomfortable is so that we can fully rely on Him.

Image compliments of Pastor Erik:)

Every Knee Will Bow

Romans 14:11

"For the Scriptures say, '"As surely as I live," says the Lord, "every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God."'"

As I pondered this morning the thought that one day every person that's ever lived will bow before the greatness of God, I was awestruck at how powerful that statement truly is. Every murderer, every ruler, every atheist, every person that's tried to reject God- they will all accept that God is their Maker and the Creator of all the earth. That is so amazing!

Christ's Forgiveness

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Isaiah 1:18-20

"'Come now, let’s settle this,'says the Lord.'Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.'"

I love the way this verse illustrates the forgiveness found in Christ. If only we ask Him, He can take our sin and wash it away- a brand new, clean slate. I love that!

A Dream Made Real

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So, I'm back from Florida, so that means back to blogging! Yay!:)

When I was in the Orlando area, my family visited some old friends that used to live here in Chicago. They knew about Katie's Comfort Ministry, and that my family is available to speak to adults/teenagers about my sister and how God brought us through her death. So when we went to church with them on a Sunday, they set up the opportunity for us to minister to the people at their church.

My dad and mom were going to talk to the adults, and I was asked to speak to the youth group there. With only 3 days notice, I asked God what to say to the youth group about my sister, and on Wednesday night, I shared what God had put on my heart.

Now, I've always been the shy one, so it had to be the Holy Spirit to help me speak to these youth. Everything seemed to flow just like I imagined, and I felt so honored to be able to give hope to teens around my age that God can get them through anything.

This opportunity was so exciti…

Typical Beauty Exposed

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More and more these days, this culture focuses on the perfectly made-up face, the perfect hair, the perfect skin, the perfect body- but what of a kind and compassionate spirit? Gone are the days of judging a person by their morals and their integrity; it seems like the first thing attractive to a person is an outward appearance. It is really sad.

1 Peter 3:3-4 says to women, "Don't be concerned about the outward beauty that depends on fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

This isn't to say that we shouldn't take care of our appearances, but it basically means to focus on our relationship with God and pleasing Him more than trying to please this world by our looks. When we model God's truth and love in our lives, God think this is so beautiful. Proverbs 31:30 says, "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is…

This Evil World

1 John 2:15-17

"Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only the lust for physical pleasure, the lust for everything we see, and pride in our possessions. These are not from the Father. They are from this evil world. And this world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever."

As I'm growing up, I see more and more that this world is trying to capture and suffocate those who have grown up in the church, and those who have had a real experience with God in the past. I don't get angry easily, but when Satan attempts to destroy those who belong to God, it makes me furious. I just wish that every young person that falls prey to Satan's tactics could realize that God is really the only person that they need in their life. When we have a relationship with God, all of our needs for love, ac…
After posting my last blog I felt inspired to further express what Jesus's death means to me by writing a poem:

"How many times have I heard the tale
That my Savior died for me?
How many times have I taken for granted
That I am purchased and free?

Lord Jesus was beaten and scourged—
Mocked by angry crowds.
All sin was on His shoulders
As He looked for God in the clouds.

Forsaken was He for an instant
By the Father up above.
What pain and grief He felt
As He was aching for Heavenly love.

Yet the task still lay before Him,
Although so utterly hard.
He would die for the sins of the world
And in His hands and feet be scarred.

He claimed the end before He took the last breath,
Hope and love in his eyes.
For why else would He give His life
So that we could live in paradise?

Three days later He rose again;
He took the keys of life from hell.
And in His resurrection—
God claimed that it was well.

All sin in life is vanished;
For Jesus paid it all.
With the crimson blood He shed
He’s promised we won’t fall.

For i…

Salvation

1 Peter 1:18-20

"18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him for this purpose long before the world began, but now in these final days, he was sent to earth for all to see. And he did this for you."

Reading this passage can"t help but make you feel special. When our lives were empty and broken, God rescued us by sending His Son to die. He did this for us. What a loving Father we have!

Purpose

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I'd venture to say that each human being, sometime in their life, has a hard situation that causes them to question God and frantically ask Him why He would allow that bad thing to happen to them. We wonder why God sends this heartbreak to us, as if He is punishing us for doing something wrong. We wonder why God would allow us to cry and sob and feel like life holds nothing but sorrow. But God only allows these hard times for a season, and after they are over, it is as if we are a caterpillar turned into a butterfly, transformed through a difficult situation.(Hardships should make us draw nearer to God)

I've had one of those such situations: when my big sis Katie died in a car accident when she was 19. I was 12. Although young, I couldn't help but ask God "Why?" Nothing in life made sense. It was as if time stopped and nothing else mattered. I felt sad and alone, like the grief of Katie's death would overcome my life. But then God started to remind me that He …

Worry No More.

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Matthew 6:25-34

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already know…

Beauty for Ashes

Recently, the song "Beauty for Ashes" by Crystal Lewis has been in my head and in my spirit. You can listen to it on my playlist on the very bottom of this page.

Here are the lyrics to the song:

"He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair

When sorrow seems to surround you
When suffering hangs heavy o'er your head
Know that tomorrow brings
Wholeness and healing
God knows your need
Just believe what He said

He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair

When what you've done keeps you from moving on
When fear wants to make itself at home in your heart
Know that forgiveness brings
Wholeness and healing
God knows your need
Just believe what He said

He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair

I once was lost but God has found me
Though I was bound I've been set free
I've been made righteous in His sight
A display of His splendor all can see

He g…

It's Worth it.

1 Peter 4:4-5

"Of course, your former friends are very surprised when you no longer join them in the wicked things they do, and they say evil things about you. But just remember that they will have to face God, who will judge everyone, both the living and the dead."

This passage refers to when you have friendships with others that don't build you up in your relationship with Christ, but rather make you turn away from God. When you make the hard decision to not associate with those friends anymore, it is difficult, but in the end it is worth it. God sees when you don't do bad things, even when no one else seems to care. You will be rewarded in Heaven for every single good deed you do here on earth.
1 Peter 1:14-16

"Obey God because you are his children. Don't slip back into your old ways of doing evil; you didn't know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God-who chose you to be his children-is holy. For he himself has said, 'You must be holy because I am holy.'"

Because we are God's children and have been changed by Him, we must not slip back into our sinful pasts and wrongdoings. We must strive for holiness because God is holy; and we can only do it with His help. God chose us to be His own. The least we can do is give up the sin that we've been saved from.

God's Promises

1 Peter 1:3-9

"...Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls…
Galatians 5:16,17,24,25

"So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires...Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives."

I love this passage so so much. They are such encouraging words to the Christian. When we feel tempted to do wrong, it is so easy to feel discouraged: like we are fighting the battle of life alone. But this passage clearly states that because we have become Christians, we have been done away with our wrongful desires. When Christ was nailed to the cross, He took care of our sin once and for all. That's not to say that we'll never have bad …

Good Ole' Sensible James

James 1:2,3

2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

How hard it is to have the mindset that the troubles we go through are supposed to be a happy occasion in our lives. The loss of a job, the loss of a friendship, the death of a loved one, pain...the troubles of this life go on and on...

The good news is, though, that each hard situation we go through is ordained by God with a purpose for our lives. If we're having happy-go-lucky lives, we hardly have the chance to grow in our relationship with God. The purpose for the troubles we go through is not merely to beat us down, but for us to grow our trust in God. If you think about it, the purest of joys is drawing closer to God, even if it is because of a hard circumstance. When God l…

God's Delight

Recently, I decided to read Psalm 37. I'm not exactly sure why I read that chapter in particular, but I suppose the verse about delighting in the Lord and Him giving you the desires of your heart has always stood out to me. I guess I wanted to see what else the Psalm had to say. As I started reading the passage, I began to continually underline verses in the passage that stuck out to me. After I was done reading, there were probably more verses underlined than not. God just kept speaking to me through His Word, that every kind action I perform on earth is not overlooked. Sure, I may "miss out" on things that people in this world deem so necessary to have an enjoyable life such as movies that are not the best, or language that is not the best; but in this passage, God clearly communicates that every little righteous act committed is worth it. He cares that we don't engage in immoral activities, even when it seems like we're the only ones on earth not getting invol…

Life...

Last Saturday I went to a pro-life convention for teenagers. I've always been against abortion, but I treated it more like an issue than an actual problem that needs fixing.

I wrote this poem in response to what I heard and what I feel about life:

“Life”
By Laura Prosapio

Little hands and little feet,
A constantly beating heart-
A purpose and a plan for his future
God has set apart.
His life has just begun.
Soon he’ll be out in the world.
Yet now he feels safe to be
In mom’s belly nestled and curled.
God has given this tiny one life
And His unfailing love.
What blessings will he be given
From Heaven up above!
His first steps, his first words,
The first day to preschool;
Giggles, laughs, and whispers
Playing with friends in the pool.
High school and college graduation
And his wedding day.
Kneeling by his children’s bed
With them to simply pray.
What excitement lies ahead
For this precious boy.
God has his best in mind
For him to soon enjoy.
God has him in His loving care
Awaiting the day to come
While this lit…