You need to stop comparing yourself to others.
Some people are great singers, some are really smart, or a great athlete. But none of them are, or ever could be you. You are one of a kind. So stop comparing yourself to other people. You can’t be them any more than they can be you.
Anonymous asked: Has God ever spoke to you?
Of course He has. He speaks to me in different ways every day. Sometimes it’s harder to see then other times, but He does. And not all people see it. It’s a special thing!
As we read the Scriptures, we see that the cross symbolizes …
Salvation. Jesus bore our sins upon the cross and died in our place so we could be reconciled to God and receive eternal life.
Sacrifice. Christ, who was “in very nature God” (Phil. 2:6 niv), chose to leave the perfection of heaven and live among sinful people. Laying aside His divine authority, He was born a helpless baby, completely dependent upon others. His first 30 years were spent in obscurity, without recognition of His Messiahship. During His public ministry, He faithfully carried out God’s plan all the way to His death on the cross. Jesus’ days on earth are an example to us of the sacrificial life (Rom. 12:1-2).
Service. Jesus said He “did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). Christ’s supreme act of service was dying on the cross so we might have eternal life. Our Savior calls us to deny ourselves and follow Him through sacrificial service to others (Luke 9:23). As we embrace a lifestyle of humility and servanthood, we will bring glory to our heavenly Father.
You are not alone.
Our own fears and insecurities can make us feel that we are beyond help, beyond hope. Know that there is no place that far and God is always with you.
You’ve got what it takes.
God won’t give you more than you can handle. Although there may have been times you thought the world was caving in on you, you got through it. You are much stronger than you think and with God’s power, you are stronger than you can imagine.
So charge ahead, you can handle it.
Anonymous asked: (Continued) bit, I don't think In can feel His presence and I'm not sure what I can do. Going on this journey is very risky for my field of study and my family - and I know I love God but I don't know if I can feel Him or His love. Have any advice?
Being raised an Atheist, I was always curious about the idea of a God. When I went into university I joined a faith study to explore the idea of a Christian God and I thought I found Him, and I was happy. but, I don’t think In can feel His presence and I’m not sure what I can do. Going on this journey is very risky for my field of study and my family - and I know I love God but I don’t know if I can feel Him or His love. Have any advice?
I love the fact that you are curious about God and have a love for Him, it’s really a beautiful thing! And I think it’s really important for you to keep searching.
Ask, Seek, Knock
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:7
I’m not exactly sure what you can do about your family or studies.. I know that when I started living my faith out, my family thought I was crazy, one of them actually thought I was brainwashed or had joined a cult or something. She did not like the way I was living or acting. Often my family would sort of make fun of me for what I did and believed in as well. However, I didn’t let it stop me. I kept pushing through no matter what obstacles got in my way because I knew I had Christ by my side through it all.
Something that can be a really beautiful and amazing experience is going to a praise and worship, where a bunch of Christians come together to praise God through worship music. It was through praise and worship, as well as Adoration, that I was able to feel God’s presence.
Also, there are always retreats going on, depending on your age, you could attend a youth retreat. They are great and can really bring a person to know God and to learn a lot about yourself and about faith. In my town, there are often things going on that are quite like this. However, being in university, it’s a bit different, either I need to find retreats for my age, or volunteer to help put on retreats for younger people. It’s a great way to get involved and to serve God, either way. So check it out, see if anything is going on that you could be a part of!
To continuously practice Christianity in your everyday life, here are some things that you can do to better your relationship with God:
-Always remember to pray. No matter what in the world is going on in your life, no matter how you’re feeling, whatever it is, never stop praying. Prayer is essential in every day life. Not only does it keep your faith strong, but it makes God happy to speak to you, and you to Him, through prayer.
*If you cannot pray at a specific time, you cannot pray at all times. Make time for prayer, it`s extremely important.
-Keep God in your thoughts, in your words, and in your heart all day. In everything you do, acknowledge that He is present always.
-When circumstances, situations, problems, come into your life that are unhealthy and are having a negative impact on your life, it’s important to leave it behind. For example: If you have a friend who has been causing you severe unhappiness, struggles, and complications in your life, it’s important to cut off the ties of that relationship for your own greater good, because it is leading you away from God when you need to be striving to be close to Him. This is extremely hard to do, I’ve had to do it, but it pays off. And those relationships have gradually come back to me, and have been better than they ever have. They are healthier and not affecting my relationship with the Lord.
-find something, an activity, that you really enjoy and generally makes you happy, and at times that you are feeling unhappy, or struggling to refrain from sins, than use that activity as a distractions that will help you to refrain from those sins and habits that are not morally good.
-Surround yourself with people who have the same beliefs as you and are ultimately striving for the same things in life, God and eternal life. My most true and best friends are those who share faith with me. They make me happy and helps me to strive to be a better person and continue to follow God’s will and God’s plans for me.
-Be involved with your Church. Volunteer in some kind of youth ministry as to do something that is serving God in a physical way. I spend a lot of my time volunteering for different things such as youth groups, youth retreats, Catechism, youth rallies, etc. I love it, and it brings a lot of life and joy into my world. It makes every thing I do more worth while because I just love to be around youth and helping youth strive to know God like I do, and I want to spreads the love of God to all who are open to Him. Its just so beautiful.
-The Bible has the best advice, so go to the Bible, it has something in there for pretty much everything. If you don’t have a Bible, sometimes you can order one online for free or you can google things to do with the Bible!
I hope that this may help you in some way and I will be praying for you !
Please let me know if there is anything else you need,