Sometimes it feels hard to just open the Bible and read. When that happens, do you feel like God is disappointed in you? And that you're letting yourself down? And then you end up thinking about yourself in a negative way? And end up crying like a psychopath in the corner of your room? (hahaha okay maybe it doesn't go that extreme for any of you. Just trying to get this thing moving friends.)
Sometimes, or even most of the time for some, do you feel like you're not putting God first in your life? Not setting aside a time each day to spend time with God and only Him? Not prioritizing things correctly? And so on...?
Sometimes, do you feel like you'd rather just read the Bible all day everyday and not do anything else? Do you feel like that's enough for you? Or you have to do it like that? Do you feel like it's okay to just read the Bible and that's enough? No church, no fellowship?
Well let me tell you precious, "All time can be God time. Should* be God- time, and throughout that it should be a good time, or become* a good time."
These days, for us Christians there's this stereotype of what God- time should look like? Or what it should be? (same thing hahah).
Of course God rejoices when we open the Bible and read His word, get to know him better and let him speak truth into our lives. I for one, can say I've learned a lot from/ about God as I've read the Bible. I've changed as a person and I've had God speak to me about so many different things. It's amazing. Yes, it's good and spiritually healthy for us to spend that intimate time with God, to read his word and focus on him. But if you feel like it's impossible for you, there are so many other ways. Baby steps for some, giant leaps for another.
I've had days when I definitely haven't felt like opening the Bible and reading it. I see my Bible on my nightstand every time I go to bed and oh, so many times I've looked at it and wondered why I just can't bring myself to read it. Sometimes it's just pure laziness, sometimes it's just me feeling a bit disconnected from God (on my behalf of course) and not interested enough to read His word at that moment and sometimes it really feels like the Devil is coming in between you and reading God's word.
This year I've found it so much easier to open up the Bible and just read. There was a time before that, when I struggled so much with just even opening up the Bible. Yes, I still have days when I forget to read, or am too busy to find time to read, but oh every time I do read, it's amazing!!! But remember, the best way to start reading the Bible, is to pray before you start. And ask God to speak to you and help you understand. Not everyone has a Bible you know, so it's kind of a huge blessing to be able to have God's word in our hands and get to study it and melt into it and pursue on living it as well. I feel quite thankful about that.
God speaks in more ways than one, so the people out there without
Bibles,- God is in control. He has them in his hands, just as he has
us in his hands as well.
the Bible with a "thirst" for God is the best way to read.
For me at least.
it doesn't mean that reading the Bible is the only way to be with
God. We can run to our father in any way we feel is best. But
remember that all the information we need is in the Bible. Even if we
might receive that same information in a different way, like through
another person, a dream, a feeling, a thought, a picture, a video...,
anything. It's still all in the Bible. It is God's word.
to put this thought out there as well: God is so cool! He's
like the only King I know of that has time for every single one who
believes in Him, but not just them- He also has time for all the
people that don't believe in Him. We're all at the same level in His
eyes and he loves each and everyone of us equally. It's so awesome!!
He truly is like no other. No weaknesses, just love and great
actions. Oh and so much more of course! (I'm not just going to make a
list of all I can think of right now haha!) He will always be the
Father who is constantly ready to run to you when you come home from
any life- situation you're in. Best Daddy, best King, best
everything! (haa, what a rhyme that was, eh!)
God's word is extremely good!! It will change you the more you read
it for sure. In a good way. The truth will shine through you when you
pursue to live like Jesus and like the Bible guides you to. Always
remember you are not forced to do anything. God gave us the choice to
decide freely. It's just up to us if we want to make decisions God
smiles upon, or ones He doesn't agree with. It is very good for us to
always come back to the truth. This world throws bucket load after
bucket load, heaps and heaps of different information about
everything and anything you can think of. Every day. Every freaking
day. 365 days a year. Most of us tend to believe everything we hear,
see and read. Thanks to the social media we can't escape. (smell the
sarcasm) Anyway it is good and healthy (as I said earlier) to always
find a way to come back to the truth. Push "refresh" in our
brains and have God's words sink into our minds and hearts once
again. The more we refresh the better of course. Famous professors
say a lot, but it doesn't mean they are right. They are only human
and if they knew everything and always spoke the truth and all, that
would make them all- knowing gods. God, himself. For he is the only
one who knows everything. So we should use our critical thinking in
our every day lives, but mainly just always come back to the truth.
God. Some Christians talk a lot, yet don't "practice what they
preach", others do it the other way around. We need to find the
middle ground here.
I've noticed in myself that whenever I go through a time in which I don't really read the Bible, or don't really focus on God that much, it changes me. And not for the good. I get irritated more easily, I am way more emotional and fragile, I stress a lot and so on..The word of God truly has an affect on our lives and it does change us. The way we think, speak and act. True story. But oh when I do read the Bible, I feel quite good about myself and within myself. And I feel really wise too hahaha! It's great!
totally going off track. I've just been talking about reading the
Bible, even though that was supposed to be just one in many things I
was going to say here today. Let's just mind my humanity.
it's very important to read the Bible. Yes. But if you struggle with
that, it's not the end of the world and God won't ignore you, or not
reach out to you. He loves you so much. He sees past that and he
knows your heart. He knows you'd like to read the Bible, he sees the
struggle, yet still wants to be there for you. He's like a friend you
might sometimes have a hard time listening to for different reasons,
like your own thoughts and feelings, how your day has been and all,
but every time you listen to Him he's super wise and knows exactly
what you need to hear. And he's always there, ready to listen, or
just to be there. Sit next to you. Everything. He surely is the best
of friends. I can't believe a King would want to be my best friend.
And seriously wants to just hang out with me. Incredible. I
about that prioritizing...You're God's number 1.
to be honest, some days He really isn't my number one. I might be too
busy, or distracted, or on my phone too much, sleeping too much or
editing pictures too much, focusing on my favorite hobbies too much,
or seeing too many people, or playing video games too much, or
stressing too much about school.. just basically doing
things/thinking about stuff that will keep my mind down to earth.
oh friends! My lovelies! The days you make God
your number 1, oh those days are the best of the
best!! Full of so much joy, good moments and connecting
with your Father. (lots more too!) It's perfect!!
we come back to God letting us make our own decisions. We can chose
to prioritize our life with God at the top of our list, or we can
just keep some earthly things as the most important things in our
life and stick with that. "yolo", right? (smell the sarcasm
definitely have a lot of things jumping back and forth from number 1
to number 2 when it comes to my priorities. One of my biggest prayers
is for me to be able to keep God as my number 1 each and every day. I
fail a lot, but I know God sees my heart and my thoughts. That always
encourages me to keep on going. He just loves us so. I am no perfect
Christian. There is no such thing. I just know what type of Christian
I want to be and what it takes to become a person like that. That
doesn't mean I am that person. "Pursue to be like" is not
the same thing as "being". Never forget that.
just really want to be (pursue to be) the type of person Jesus was.
Is. Best role model ever!!
really good to try to be humble and realize things, such like your
priorities and if they are God-. orientated. If not, you know what to
do, or what to try to do. Still want to repeat what I keep on
saying, God sees you, your heart, your thoughts, your
actions, the moments you're alone, at your weakest, at your
strongest, He sees your dreams, your fears, your wishes...24/7 X- ray
going on buddy!
a pause to eat and go to the bathroom---
to the importance of having a church to go to, serving in one and
having Christian friends to interact with.
of all, It's super important as a Christian to go to church. Weather
it's the church building we're talking about, or the "get-
togethers" you have with fellow Christians. To serve one and
other, learn from one and other, to lift others up when they are
feeling weak, but also to have people lifting you up when you're
feeling at your lowest. To share memories and experiences together,
get to know each other better, focusing on others more than focusing
on yourself and the things/people you're comfortable with, praying
together, worshiping together, dancing and singing together, laughing
and crying together, changing the world together, lighting the lamps
of others, encouraging others, finding time for them, for people you
love, people you like, people you don't feel like hanging out with,
people you're not interested in at all, everyone. It is so extremely
important to interact with other Christians, many different kinds of
people. And it's also very important to find a way to serve in your
Church. We have so many gifts God has given us. Each one of us has
potential for something to do to serve. For someone it might be
making others feel welcome. For another, baking/cooking good things
to eat for the other people you go to church with is their way of
serving, someone might feel more comfortable doing
computer/video/lighting etc, someone might want to teach and share
important things about God, someone feels God wants to use their gift
for worship. There is so much. So many things you can do to serve
others and serve your church.
thing, many Christians tend to forget is that there is also church
outside of church. If you know what I mean. There are people out
there to spend time with, new people and old friends to interact
with, chances to serve others daily, chances to focus on others more
than on yourself and your needs. Chances to just get to know each
other and the world around you even better. Please, I want to
encourage you to find time for people. People in your church,
one-on-ones, but also hanging out with different groups and
formations of people. I don't really know how to go on from here, so
I'll just share my own experience.
years ago I was a Christian, going to church now and then, spending a
lot of time at home, hanging out with only a specific group of
people, not really even interested or aware of the "bigger
picture" I was about to realize a few years later. I read the
bible, listened to worship music, grew in my faith, had fun and all,
but when I look back to all of that today and see the life I'm living
right now, I'm truly happy that I've realized the bigger picture.
gave God a bigger chance to use me and change me. I gave him many
more of my scars and problems, I allowed him to change me in
different areas, I found self- discipline for things I never thought
I'd be able to do and that was the beginning of another chapter in
the book of Katarina. With God all things are possible. Truly.
I started off by focusing on many more people than I had focused on
before. Less me, more them. And with just that I learned a lot about
myself, but oh so much about so many different people. And God of
course. Always learning, always learning ("just keep
swimming, just keep swimming").
I decided that I really should go to church as much as possible, even
on the days I could find excuses not to go. And I did exactly that.
And oh how lovely that has been! God has blessed that decision a
lot! I have received so much.
I go to church feeling super tired, but coming home with tons of
energy and the right attitude. Other times I go to church feeling
super pumped up and I come home with a smile that's not easily wiped
off my face, Sometimes I might go to church feeling sad and come home
feeling comforted. Sometimes I go to church feeling normal and I come
home feeling normal, but still thankful and happy, because I have
Jesus and so many amazing friends in my life. God can do and speak
anything in any situation/feeling I am in.
came the point when I decided/ realized that I could actually use my
gifts and potential to do different things in my church. So I talked
with our youth pastor about joining the hosting- team. And that's
exactly what happened. AND OH MY GOODNESS GOD HAS
SHOWERED ME WITH SO MANY INCREDIBLE THINGS through that !!!!!
Hopefully this encourages some of you!.
hosting for a few months, I realized I could do more. So I joined the
welcome- team at our church. Then came the Steissi Youth- team, then
the Social Media- team and a few weeks ago I joined the prayer team.
God has just stretched the way I think and schedule my life. He has
made me more open and thirsty for new challenges. He hasn't forced me
to do anything. I started off with baby steps. And now I gladly take
leaps here and there. I really want to encourage you to find
something to be a part of at your church. But only, if you feel
comfortable with that. I did, so I went for it. I have met so many
new people, had so many interesting interactions with some of them,
gotten to know my already existing friends even better, learned new
things about myself (yet again) and about God (haha, yet again!) and
all of this has changed me and molded me to become the person I am
today. And the coolest part is, God is still molding me and I am
excited like almost every day now about everything! The little lonely
girl back at age 9 would never have seen this coming. So please,
always believe everything and anything is possible for God. Because
it is. You have no idea how God can truly change you as a person, how
he really does guide you along the way and how he knows exactly what
fits you perfectly. His plan is the perfect plan for you. And you
will be stepping into the right shoes one after another when you
choose to follow Him and His word.
guess I'm writing a book right now or something. I can't seem to
stop! Well it has been a while since I last wrote a novel like this:D
I just really want to encourage you to read the Bible. But do not
feel like God isn't happy with you if you don't do that. He isn't a
hater. He wants to "block out the haters" ("I'm
juuuust blocking out the haters"- I can just hear my sister
Nelli say that in her funny voice). His love goes beyond all. Of
course always remember to try to read. Because it is the word of God
you know and it is super super important. Believe me. Also, I want to
encourage you to get to know the people at your church, hang out with
them inside and outside the building, in any mood you're in. God uses
people in each others lives. Join a team if you feel comfortable with
that and allow God to use you through your gifts, through your
personality and potential. There are so many things we can all do for
the greater good. We do need to make sacrifices as well. I often
sacrifice my sleep. Many of my friends do hahaha (you know who all
I'm talking about friends<333 äksdee veekolmekolme) And by making
that sacrifice I've had the best evenings and nights and mornings
with awesome people! Much to be thankful for. The sacrifices are
always worth it. Oh and stop stressing about stuff! If you do that,
it seems like you don't trust God enough.
now I really want to have God in every area of my life. I really do.
I just talked with my friend Rob yesterday and we both would really
love to just stop with all the earthly stuff and just pray, worship,
do you know all the Christian stuff and basically just have God- time
all the time. Whoopdedoop! But it is possible. We just do our best in
bringing God into everything we do on this earth. For sure that will
be blessed in more ways than one.
fingers are kind of hurting already, so I better stop. I hope this
really was worth all the writing. But it was all from my heart and I
believe, from God as well. (yet use your critical thinking and don't
take everything for granted.search for the truth in all you
do. Truth, as in Jesus.)
a lovely day!!! God bless you tons!! <3
forget, that this is my blog, with my own personal opinions, thoughts
and experiences, so don't take everything for granted and don't judge
me either. My goal isn't to let people down, or make them think that
their own opinions and thoughts and everything are wrong and that I'm
right about everything. I really want this blog and everything I post
to be encouraging and hopefully give answers to questions someone out
there might have. I know God wants me to keep writing this blog. He's
made that very clear these past few weeks, so I'll just keep doing
what I do best over here and He'll do the rest. Done deal.)
I promise the stomp, the whole stomp, nothin' but the stomp
I've been listening to this song like non- stop ever since I got my drivers license a few weeks ago. It just makes the fire inside of me blaze even stronger! Hahah I have no idea what Ida and Leo thought of me today when they were in the car as I was driving and listening to this song on high volume. I love the heart in this song and everything that's said in it. It makes me feel happy and I'm all smiles when I listen to it. So you should do the same and I hope the affect is similar!
I just had to had to share this! Please listen to it, even if you don't feel like it or think it won't be interesting or good. You might change your mind;D It's an old song from Kirk Franklin, but it still STOMPS in the present!