There Is No Purpose Without God

Hello, friend! Welcome to my blog. I hope you’re doing well! Today, I’d like to talk to you about purpose and meaning in life. Do we have a purpose in life? Or is all lost? Keep reading to hear my thoughts on it!

If the Lord Isn’t In It, It Will Fail

I got the idea for this article from a song I was listening to recently. The song was called “Build the House” by Ross King. The first two lines of the chorus explain the meaning of the song pretty clearly.

If the Lord don’t build the house
It'll fall down

This song repeats the idea that no matter what we do, if we don’t do it with God we will fail and it will be in vain.

But what does the Bible say about things being in vain?

Is It All In Vain?

King David, in Psalm 103, speaks of man and how fleeting life is. 

As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.

Psalm 103:15-16

We may become great or important or flourish in this life, but we still can’t escape death. Death will come eventually, unless Jesus returns before then, and we will pass away and be gone. 

Solomon, the son of David and ruler after him in Israel, wrote the whole book of Ecclesiastes trying to figure out the meaning of life. Ecclesiastes is a hard book to get through, since Solomon essentially goes through the list of anything that could make a person happy and says, “This is in vain too.” He concludes that everything is in vain, nothing will last, and everyone will eventually die. 

However, there is a positive note at the end. Our days may be like grass, and all may seem to be in vain, but there is still hope. 

God Lasts Forever

The very next verse in Psalm 103 speaks of a truth that reassures us.

But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,

Psalm 103:17

All is vanity without God. All is lost without God. All is meaningless without God. 

That’s why we need God. We need God to give us purpose. We need God to give us reason. We need God to keep us going. We don’t belong to this world and its passions and treasures. Though we can experience the world, we are not of the world and shouldn’t cling to it too closely. 

Jesus said in Matthew 6:

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:19-21

Everything on earth will pass away, but we can put our hope in Jesus and lay our treasures in what’s to come, not what’s happening now. 

What does this mean our purpose is, though?

To Live is Christ, to Die is Gain

Our trust in Jesus gives us a reason to hope for something better after death, but what does that mean now, in life? The apostle Paul faced this very question and decision while in prison writing a letter to the Christians in Philippi. He wrote:

For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which shall I choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.

Philippians 1:21-24

Paul here is trying to decide between dying and going to be with Jesus or continuing to serve Christians and witness the gospel to unbelievers. Paul seems to believe that heaven with Jesus would be better than his situation on earth, whatever it may be, and I’m sure he is right. Heaven does sound a lot better than what we have to experience on earth.

However, Paul comes to a decision in writing this letter. He concludes:

Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.

Philippians 1:25-26

Paul decides that his work and his fight to keep going on earth is better for those around him at the moment than death is. He decides to continue on his journey to glorify God and spread the good news.

What can we learn from this? Well, Jesus gives us hope after death, but He also gives us a reason and purpose to live our lives.

At the end of Ecclesiastes, Solomon concludes:

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

Ecclesiastes 12:13

And in 1 Corinthians Paul repeats something similar to what he wrote in Philippians:

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31

Our purpose is to glorify God, know God, and enjoy God. We have a hope in Jesus Christ, and it should be spread and shared and enjoyed. We don’t have to fear the things of this world: the trials, the temptations, the worries, the fears, or even death because Jesus has already won the war. We can build our house on the solid rock of the gospel and know that through every part of life God is with us and we have reason to sing and learn and live. 

Learning to glorify God in everything is something that will take time, maybe even our entire lifetimes, to master. However, we can take joy in learning how to do it because we have such a great hope in such a great God.

So there you have it: we have purpose in God. How will you glorify God, even in something small, today? 

Final Thoughts & Resources

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Facts & Feelings: How They Point to a Creator (Writing Class Final)

Hey there! Welcome to my blog. Today, I’d like to share one of my final papers with you all. This paper was for my rhetoric writing class, and the topic I chose was to argue for the existence of God. One thing to be aware of: this is a formal school paper, and not a blog post, so it’s not going to be the same sort of writing you usually see.

With that being said, here’s my paper, which is titled “Facts & Feelings: How They Point to a Creator.”

The Paper

Does life just seem pointless sometimes? From an early age, science classes tell students that humans evolved from animals, essentially saying, ‘Our human race is nothing but something that came from monkeys.’ Then, as they get older, the student hears other theories: the creation of the universe was just a coincidence, there is no truth, even if you think something is wrong doesn’t mean it isn’t right for someone else. People are told that they are animals, a coincidence, nothing is true, and there is almost no right or wrong. There has to be something else that gives people more purpose, doesn’t there?

There is, and today I’d like to show you what is actually true and how we do have a purpose in life because there is a Creator, there is a God. After clarifying a few things, I will show you how it is clear that God exists because of the scientific precision of creation and the moral convictions humans have in this world.

To clarify some things first: I understand that there are many religions and many different beliefs. Some people believe there is no god, others say there are many gods, and then there are those who believe there is one God but they have different ideas about this God. However, I cannot address every perspective in this paper. I will only be trying to prove to you that there is a God. This means I’ll mainly be refuting the atheist perspective: the ones who believe there is no God at all. Hopefully, even if you aren’t an atheist, this paper will still help point you towards the truth.

First of all, how complex is the universe really? Every high school student knows how challenging a science class can be. This is because science classes attempt to explain extremely complex information. Frank Turek and Norman L.Geisler, both experts in apologetics, explain how perfect the universe is in their book, I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist, using the story of Apollo 13 and how a small problem could have killed the astronauts. They write, “… A slight change in any one of a number of factors– in either the universe or in the earth itself– could fatally alter the narrowly defined environmental conditions we need to survive” (Geisler and Turek 96). See, several parts of the world, from the amount of oxygen in the air we breathe to the amount of gravitational force that exists, even if altered just slightly, could kill us.

Let’s look at a few more examples. How about the expansion rate of the universe? The expansion rate is how fast the universe is expanding, and is tracked by measuring light wavelengths in space (“How Do Astronomers Know…”). The constant in that equation, if changed, could be disastrous: “A change in its value by a mere 1 part in its 10 to the 120th parts would cause the universe to expand too rapidly or too slowly” (“The Fine-Tuning of the Universe”). Either way, life wouldn’t be able to exist. The same is true for the mass and energy distribution of the universe. If the number wasn’t exactly right, down to the smallest number, life couldn’t exist.

Where did this precision come from? It’s unlikely it would come from chance. It’s nearly impossible to get such precise equations and numbers for the perfect conditions of life by chance. Physicist Paul Davies said, “There is for me powerful evidence that there is something going on behind it all… it seems as if someone has fine-tuned nature’s numbers to make the universe. The impression of design is overwhelming” (qtd. in “The Fine-Tuning of the Universe”). It only makes sense that there is a Designer behind the perfectly designed, that there is a God who created it all. 

A common argument atheists have against this is the Multiple Universe Theory. In this theory, there are many different universes in existence and we just happen to be in the right one. However, there is a major problem with this theory: there is no evidence for it. Turek and Geisler write, “… This multiple universe idea is no more than a metaphysical concoction– a fairy tale built on blind faith…” (Geisler and Turek 107). Another hole in this theory is that even if there were multiple universes, that doesn’t eliminate the need for them to have a beginning and a creator. Thus, atheists just can’t answer the question.

After hearing all of that, you may still not be completely convinced, so here’s another reason with which to wrestle. Imagine you had a friend over for dinner. After he’s gone, you realize that some things are missing. Some pieces of fine silverware, that expensive decorative piece that went on your dining room table, and some money you left on the counter. You know that all of those things were there beforehand, and that only your friend could have done it. How do you respond? Any normal person would at least be annoyed, if not furious. You invited your friend to your own home, and he stole from you!

Let’s take this a bit farther. Say you call your friend the next day and ask about it. You give him the perfect opportunity to confess, but he lies to you. How would that make you feel? Not only did your friend steal from you, but now he’s lying. That would be pretty upsetting.

Several days pass, and finally your friend calls you back and says these words:

“What’s right for me doesn’t necessarily have to be right for you. I’m okay with stealing. Maybe you’re not, but I am, so it’s fine.”

Obviously, at this point, you may go to the police if you really wanted to, because the law does exist, even if your friend doesn’t feel like abiding by it. See, this is an example of morality. Everyone, deep down, knows what’s right and wrong. Sometimes people may hide behind lies and denial, but if the same thing was done to them, they’d be pretty upset too. But where does this knowledge come from? Why do we automatically think stealing is wrong?

Some may object that we don’t automatically think these things are wrong, and rather these ideas are ingrained into our brains through thousands of years of following the same laws. However, where did those laws come from? Why did the first rulers think these things were wrong? Yes, there is inconsistency in some of the earliest laws, and yes, some of them weren’t exactly good or right, but we should ask why people thought laws and standards were necessary. If the law didn’t exist and everyone could steal whatever from whomever they wanted, would you think that’s right? That it would be okay?

People have these moral convictions because of God. God wrote His law on our hearts. These feelings cannot come from scientific reactions and evolution– chemicals do not feel emotions like people do. They can only come from God. Without God, there is no standard, and everyone just has their own opinion. For example, you could like oatmeal raisin cookies better than chocolate chip. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just your opinion. However, what if someone went outside and shouted, “I love murder!” When questioned, he could say it’s just his opinion, but everybody knows it’s wrong. That’s because God gives us objective moral values. 

You may question, however, how God can give us objective moral values. Isn’t there some subjectivity in that because He made them up Himself? See, these values aren’t just random rules God came up with because He wanted things to be difficult– they’re part of His nature. He is good. He is faithful. He is loving. Thus, things that go against His nature are objectively bad. Since God created the world, He created us. Since He created us, and the Bible says we are made in His image, we have convictions against those things because of His nature. 

From these two ideas then, the fact that the universe must have been designed and that we all have objective moral values, it can be concluded that there is more out there. There is a purpose in life. We are not animals, not a coincidence, there is truth, and there is a right and wrong. What you do with this information is up to you. Will you continue to seek the truth about this God who created the world? Or will you disregard it as a myth and continue living as you always have? The choice is yours.

Works Cited

Geisler, Norman L. and Turek, Frank. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist. Crossway Books, 2004. 

“How Do Astronomers Know the Universe Is Expanding?” Australian Academy of Science, www.science.org.au/curious/space-time/how-do-astronomers-know-universe-expanding. Accessed 7 May 2021. 

Kunkle, Brett. “Does God Exist?” Stand to Reason, www.str.org/w/does-god-exist-?inheritRedirect=true. Accessed 3 May 2021. 

Koukl, Greg. “What Are the Most Powerful Arguments For the Existence of God?” Stand to Reason, www.str.org/w/what-are-the-most-powerful-arguments-for-the-existence-of-god-?inheritRedirect=true. Accessed 3 May 2021.

“The Fine-Tuning of the Universe.” Youtube, uploaded by drcraigvideos, 8 June 2016,  www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE76nwimuT0

“The Moral Argument.” Youtube, uploaded by drcraigvideos, 21 Jan. 2016, www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxiAikEk2vU&t=0s.

“#349 The Moral Argument for God.” Reasonable Faith, www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/question-answer/the-moral-argument-for-god/. Accessed 11 May 2021. 

Final Thoughts

Thanks for reading today’s post! What did you think of the paper? Would you like to see more content like this? Let me know in the comments down below or through the contact page. Finally, if you’d like to hear more from me and get updates when I post, please consider subscribing to my email list in the form below.

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~Caroline

Do We Love Him More Than This?

Do you have a favorite TV show you like to watch and rewatch? A social media account you follow all the time? A video game you play constantly?

Today, I’d like to talk to you about a passage in the Gospel of John and how it relates to some of our favorite things to do in our free time.

Recently, a couple of my friends and I finished a study we did together on the book of John, and some of the passages near the end of the book stuck out to me, so I’d like to talk about one of them with you.

First, I’d recommend you read chapter 21 of John. Though I will only be discussing verses 15-19, I want you to have the context.

You can click here for the passage.

What’s Happening Here?

In this chapter, Jesus has appeared to seven of the disciples after His resurrection. He had already appeared to them twice before at this point, but each one has been unique. This time, he came to them from the shore while they had been fishing all night, and told them to cast on the other side of the boat, resulting in a ton of fish. This helped the disciples realize it was Him. 

After eating with them, Jesus asks Peter a question (verse 15):

“Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”

He then goes on to ask Peter twice more if he loves Him, which points back to Peter’s three times of denying Jesus earlier during His trials. 

The Takeaway

While this is an important passage in a number of ways, I’d like to hover for a moment on that first question. In this question, the translation adds “more than these” while the following two questions only ask if Peter loves Him. 

It isn’t clear what Jesus is referring to: it could be the bounty of fish they just pulled in, it could be the other disciples, or it could be related to his pride. Whatever it is, though, I think there’s an important takeaway we can draw from here. 

It’s really easy to be caught up in this world and its treasures. Favorite TV shows, social media, games, possessions, promotions, money… you name it– all of it is the world’s. 

While it’s alright to enjoy those things, I think occasionally asking the question, “Do I love this more than Jesus?” can be beneficial. We need to be checking with ourselves to see if we’ve fallen into a pit of holding these things as idols and as a higher priority than the One who matters most, because it’s so easy to do so. 

Now, I know this is hard. I fall into this too. The point of this article isn’t to make you feel ashamed, but to remind you to evaluate and remember that Jesus is better than anything else. I know it’s easy, when you read articles like this, to fall into a pit of “Oh, I should be doing X, Y, and Z, and stop doing A, B, and C.”

Please don’t fall into trying to be perfect all at once. Instead, just take a few minutes at some point in the next week, and evaluate one thing that may be distracting you from your faith and Jesus. Then, come up with one step in how to redirect yourself. Maybe it’s fasting from TV for a week, taking a day away from social media, or spending a few more minutes praying or reading the Bible. It doesn’t have to be huge– just take it one step at a time.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal, but lay up yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:19-21

Final Thoughts

Thank you for reading today’s article! What is one thing you think may be distracting you from Jesus? For me, it’s probably some TV shows I like to keep up with and watch a lot, though there are likely other things. Feel free to send me an email through the contact page or comment here with a response. 

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Have a blessed day,

~Caroline

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Change the Way You Pray: From Self-Improvement to Kingdom-Advancement

Hello, friend! Today, I’ve got another guest post from a fellow blogger called CoCo. I guest posted on her blog back in February, and now she has a special post for you guys on mine! Want to hear a great message about Christian self-improvement? Well, keep reading!

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I’m a perfectionist. I’m also an overachiever. Add in a tendency to strive for self-righteousness, and you get a flailing, floundering mess.

I have prayed so many prayers that God would help me to live a godly life in order to be pleasing to Him, and there’s nothing wrong with those prayers. In fact, God desires for us to pray in that way to ask for His help. It puts a smile on His face when we ask to be made like Jesus.

However, I’ve come to realize that my motivation for praying that way is often very distorted. I often make it about me, and my goodness, and what I’m doing for the Kingdom of God. 

I ask that I would be seen for my good deeds–a distortion of the biblical idea that we are the light of the world. I ask that I would be “blessed”–the false idea that the gospel is for our own prosperity. I ask that those around me would know that I am a Christian–for selfish, holier-than-thou reasons. 

I may be praying pretty words and even biblical prayers, but if my heart isn’t in it for the right reasons, then I’m no better than the arrogant Pharisee we read about in Luke 18:10-14 (ESV):

“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Luke 18:10-14 (ESV)

Self-Improvement Vs. Kingdom-Advancement

God has brought to my attention that there is a significant difference between self-improvement and Kingdom-advancement.

Self-improvement should never be our end goal. Why? Because our lives start and end with the gospel, and the Bible makes it very clear that we are saved by grace and grace alone. We play no part in our salvation beyond accepting it as a free gift. Our Christian works and reputation add nothing to our salvation. (Of course, faith without works is also dead, but that’s a topic for another article).

Consider these words from Galatians 3:2-3– 

Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?

Galatians 3:2-3

No human attempt at righteousness is ever going to succeed apart from the grace of God. So why do we still strive to be perfect? Why do we still find ourselves trying to be holy on our own? 

It’s time to give it up.

It’s time to let it go.

It’s time to realize that our good works do not make us good people, just the same as our mistakes do not make us bad people.

If you are in Christ, you are a sinner made saint. You have a new identity–one that you don’t have to work to maintain through fruitless efforts of self-improvement.

As Christians, we shouldn’t pray self-improvement prayers as much as we should pray Kingdom-advancement prayers. A Kingdom-advancement prayer is a prayer of surrender that asks for God’s will over our own. It holds the idea that we are broken vessels, while God is the Healer–we are the clay while God is the Potter–we are the branches while God is the Vine. Self-improvement prayers ask for our own kingdom, while Kingdom-advancement prayers ask that God’s Kingdom come.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.

2 Corinthians 4:7

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:5

Don’t Seek Glory–Seek Surrender

Do we desire to be a light for God? We should change our prayers from “may they see my good deeds,” to “may they see Christ in me and may God be glorified.” It isn’t about our reputation; it’s about God’s.

We shouldn’t pray for recognition or honor, but instead for humility enough to redirect all the glory back to God. His Word says that, in the end, it is the last who shall be first. 

We shouldn’t pray for others in order to boast about our godliness or because “I’m praying for you” is a nice thing to say. We should pray for them because we love people and desire to see God work in their lives. Prayer is not only public, it is also private.

So much changes when we shift from self-improvement legalism to kingdom-minded surrender in our prayer lives. That perspective takes the pressure off of us to be good and instead gives God room to work through us. Because of grace, life suddenly isn’t about being good as much as it is about being sanctified. 

Out of Our Hands and Into His

Since the Bible tells us that we are God’s stewards, we might be tempted to think that we hold all these resources in our hands and it’s up to us to spend them wisely in order to please God. And while that’s true in some ways (like in the parable of the talents), we must also keep in mind that our very lives belong to God–meaning that we ourselves are among His resources. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills and tells the sun when to rise, but His word says that even our bodies aren’t our own because we were bought at a price (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). He will use us if we surrender to Him. Being a good steward starts with realizing that God is in control, and we are not.

The Church needs to stop using God as a catalyst for self-improvement and instead let God use us to bring glory to His name. God gives us resources so that we may advance His Kingdom, not give His Kingdom so that we may advance our resources. 

As I’ve discovered in my own life, self-improvement and the need to be good can actually become a god if we aren’t careful. Resources are helpful, but when we are seeking them first they are no longer assets, but hindrances. 

Mercy Over Sacrifice

In the end, it won’t be about what we’ve done: the tithes and offerings that we gave, the good deeds we performed, or the Instagram captions we wrote filled with “Christianese” words. It won’t be about our friendly smiles or our modest outfits. 

It will be about what God did: redeemed sinners with His blood, performed miracles through the least of these, and changed lives for no reason other than His love for His children.

The least of these don’t need to be good enough for God; God needs to be good enough in the minds of the least of these.

Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.’

Matthew 9:13

That is what David meant in the Psalms when He said:

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Psalm 51:17

I have had to learn that it’s okay to be broken. In fact, we are all broken, whether we admit it or not. But the ones who do admit it are the ones who find true restoration. The ones who ignore their brokenness and go on living in self-righteousness are the ones who are “well” and “in no need of a doctor,” as Jesus explains in Matthew 9:12. They continue to strive for self-improvement and miss the fact that freedom is found in surrender. 

Not only is it okay to be broken, it is necessary to be broken. 

Not only is it okay to not be enough, it is necessary to not be enough.

Those who are “well” get stuck in self-improvement and drown because of all the pressure. 

But those who recognize that they are broken and in need of a Savior will be passed from death to life and will fly on wings like eagles.

We can either continue to build our houses in vain, or we can allow the Lord to build them for us. The choice is ours to make.

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CoCo Ashley is a young writer devoted to using her words for the glory of God. She has been writing for as long as she can remember and dreams of one day publishing both fiction and nonfiction. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her talking with her friends, reading a book, or simply being an introvert with music in her headphones. Connect with her on her blog at cocoschitchat.com.

Book Review: Soundtracks by Jon Acuff

Hello, friend! Welcome back to my blog. Today, I’ve got a book review for you. The only book reviews and lists I’ve done in the past are Christian living books, really, but this book is a bit different. So without further ado, introducing my book review of Soundtracks by Jon Acuff.

Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking, is a nonfiction book about, well, overthinking. Acuff introduces the idea that we have specific sayings and thoughts, or as he calls them, soundtracks, playing in our mind. They can either encourage us (I am the best!) or discourage us (I’m a horrible person, how could I do that?). 

I think all of us can relate with overthinking. Ever gone back to a conversation you had days, months, even years ago and thought — “I could have said something else”? Ever told yourself you’d never succeed at something because of x, y, and z?

Broken soundtracks like to traffic in absolutes. Everything, nothing, none, and forever, are sure signs that you’re overthinking.

Soundtracks by Jon Acuff, p. 122

In the book, Acuff talks about various ways to dial down the bad thoughts (or, as he calls them, broken soundtracks) and maximize the number of good thoughts you have in your brain. For example, writing down encouraging, short sayings and playing them in your mind when you’re feeling discouraged will help you out. 

I actually really liked the book. It was very well written and Acuff had a very conversational and fun voice in his writing. It felt like he was talking to me, and he gave lots of examples from his own life and others. 

One of the strategies Acuff talks about in his book is the New Anthem. Basically, he gives a list of encouraging soundtracks and a script to recite in the mirror every morning when you wake up and every night before you go to bed for thirty days. Apparently, the results he got from a test said it was very beneficial.

I haven’t personally tried it. Partly because saying “I am my biggest fan” in the bathroom mirror is ridiculous (he does address this, though), but also partly because I want to tweak the New Anthem before I try it. 

See, the book isn’t written from a Christian perspective, and I think Acuff’s strategies can be more useful if we use more powerful words than just, “I am my biggest fan.”

Instead of taking Acuff’s playlist of soundtracks, mixing it or completely replacing it with verses or phrases that speak Biblical truth can be much more powerful.

So instead of saying, “I am my biggest fan” say “Jesus is by my side.” Instead of saying, “Everything is always working out for me” say “God has got a plan, even if I don’t know it.”

Pretty easy, right? 

Just because the book isn’t from a Christian perspective doesn’t mean it won’t be helpful. We just have to be careful when reading books like these and make sure we are looking at it with a critical eye and figuring out how the book will work for us, not how we’ll work for the book.

That’s not to say, however, that we should avoid being critical about books labelled “Christian.” People make mistakes and can stray from the truth, and it’s important that we check what people say and write with what God says in His Word. In many New Testament letters, Paul warns those he is writing to about false teachers and twisted messages, and I think that we should still take that seriously today.

But, back to the current review, with some rephrasing and rewriting, the majority of Acuff’s New Anthem can be this:

I am confident in my identity in Christ, and I’m ready to trust Him with what happens next. With His help, discipline, and dedication, I can stick with it. Here are ten things I know:

  1. I don’t have to worry about today or tomorrow. God will provide.
  2. Jesus has given me the greatest gift.
  3. Anything is possible with God.
  4. Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords– He cannot be shaken.
  5. Loving one another is the second greatest commandment, so I should do it.
  6. Jesus is my comfort in times of trouble and worry. I can trust Him.
  7. Jesus never said things would be easy.
  8. God has a plan, even if I don’t know it.
  9. Jesus is by my side.
  10. Jesus gave up everything for me, which was extremely hard. With Him, I can do hard things too.

I simply took the main portion of the New Anthem on p. 153 and rewrote it. If you want to read more and see his overall tips, I’d recommend you get the book!

You can even tweak my list and mix in complete Bible verses. Acuff encourages you to make your own playlists with our own encouraging sayings and quotes, and if we’re Christians, why not just use the Bible?

If you get the book and want to try the New Anthem challenge, shoot me an email at live2thelord@gmail.com or reply to this post with a comment saying so– perhaps I can try it with you!

So essentially what I’m saying is this: The book is good, and will likely be helpful once I try the strategies. However, maybe the surprising solution to overthinking isn’t just listening to different people, but rather listening to the voice of the One who matters most. The One who broke us free from sin and gives us the ability to say, “I am a child of God.”

Thank you for reading today’s article! Have you read Soundtracks? What did you think of my perspective on it? Feel free to comment down below or email me through the contact page with an answer. And, if you’d like to get my weekly emails and notifications when I post, please consider subscribing to my email list in the form just below this.

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Holding On Through Times of Suffering

Hey there! Welcome back to my blog. Today, I’ve got a special guest post from one of my closest friends, Luella. In this article, she will break down how suffering is ultimately for our benefit and how we should respond, while drawing examples from a special person’s life. Who is that person? Well, I’m not the one writing today, so don’t look at me, just keep reading!

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When was the last time that you were in a place of hardship or suffering?

The past week, month, or even a few years?

There was a clockmaker who was quite familiar with suffering and her name was Corrie ten Boom. If you don’t know who she is, she was a Dutch woman who was born on April 15, 1892 and endured hardships she faced during both World War I and World War II.

Now, Corrie was a simple and quite frankly, ordinary Dutch woman whose days were not spent doing very exciting things. She would go for a walk with her father, get the daily supplies, tend the watch shop, help repair the watches, and in the evenings, spend time with her family reading the Bible. However, God was using her in the ministry of teaching the Bible to the mentally disabled and housing those without a home in the small village of Haarlem, Netherlands.

The Nazis invaded the Netherlands in 1940 and Corrie got involved with God’s calling for her to protect His people. Helping the Jews was a massive and dangerous undertaking because while God wanted to protect His chosen people, the Nazis wanted the extermination of them. Protecting the Jews often resulted in great punishment in prison camps. 

Even though God could have protected her from the fate she was about to face, He knew what was best for Corrie. He allowed her to be imprisoned along with her whole family to protect the eight Jews she was keeping in her house. By the Lord’s grace, all of the Jews she hid in the secret room were not found! 

Through her grueling experiences in three different prisons and all of the things that happened in them, good and bad, the Lord still kept a close watch over her life. In her story, we learn why God allows suffering, how He uses our hard situations to bless us and others, and in what ways we should respond to our own suffering.  

Ground Rules 

Let me just lay out some of the ideas and theologies I will be using throughout this article so that we’re on the same page.

Suffering and struggle in life doesn’t mean God isn’t in control of what is going on or that He is maliciously letting us suffer; instead, He is giving us room to grow and deepen our character and relationship with Him. God knows exactly what needs to happen in our lives to produce the kind of character we are lacking. Most often He does that through hard experiences, as we’ll see with Corrie.

With that said, let’s get back to her!

Why God Allows Suffering

Sure, Corrie had a great faith before the trials she went through, but God gave her the experience she needed to put even more trust in Him and an even more profound passion for spreading the gospel.

While she was helping the Jews find safe places to stay, God was shaping her reliance on His strength and His provisions that she would otherwise not have had. Later, she would be in situations where what God had supplied her with in past experiences would be put to good use. In our lives and in Corrie’s life, His gifts often come in strange packages and always at the right time.

How God Uses Our Suffering to Bless Others

Not only will our suffering shape us into the person God wants us to be, but will also be a tool He uses to skulpt other people’s lives at the same time! Through Corrie’s time in the Underground, the secret revolution against the Germans, her head was always on a swivel and she was scared for the lives of everyone she was protecting, for her family, and herself if they were ever found out.

Despite that, in that time of dread and trusting God, she rescued eight-hundred Jews! Even in her darkest hours in prison, the love of Jesus was still her lifesaver and she tried very hard to get past her own suffering to help others. 

During her time in person, she and her sister Betsie would hold prayer, worship, and Bible studies whenever they could and God would always provide them with the supply of strength, translators, and also peace from the guards. An example of this is the story of them and the fleas.

God is Ultimately Glorified in Our Suffering

Have you or your pet experienced or even just heard a story of how awful fleas are? Fleas are little insects that live and love to burrow their little icky heads into a host and drink their blood until they look like a swollen balloon. Ravensbruck prison, where Corrie and Betsie were staying at this point in their story, was infested with them! Their cots, clothes, blankets, and themselves were all stricken by these little demons of pain and infection, but they too served God’s purpose. 

Somehow, Corrie and Betsie would go uninterrupted while teaching others about Christ and helping them. That was because the guards detested the fleas and would never go into the room to ever find their prison ministry. How incredible God is to find such a clever way to use suffering for His children’s good! 

After the war, Corrie fulfilled the prophetic vision Betsie had told Corrie before she died of making a sanctuary for people who went through the horrors of prison. Corrie could personally relate to all of them since she had gone through the same thing. She also traveled the world telling people about the hardships and trials they went through, but also how God brought them through it all.

Though she died in April of 1983, her story has continued throughout the world to comfort those who are hurting and are equipping those who haven’t yet experienced pain like that with the courage they need to fight when it comes. One of the people Corrie had influenced with her story was Joni Eareckson Tada. Joni is paralyzed from the neck down due to a diving accident and battled with depression for many years because of it. A few years into her new condition a friend gave her Corrie’s first book, The Hiding Place, which gave her hope in her suffering and the power to move onto what God had for her. 

Suffering Opens Opportunities 

This one will make your toes curl, but oddly enough, our suffering opens opportunities we would not otherwise have. Knowing what a certain type of suffering entails will open opportunities for God to work through you to help others who are or have gone through that same suffering.

As I have already mentioned, Corrie opened a house for prison survivors and truly helped them to forgive their guards or fellow countrymen who betrayed them. When we are in that suffering, God still uses it to benefit others! All of the eight-hundred Jews who Corrie assisted in saving were saved in a time of their distress, but at the same time she put herself into their suffering.

All of our suffering points to God and how He is using this time to prepare us for eternity with Him in heaven, where there will no longer be pain and suffering.

You see now, God is exemplified in the anguish we go through! He desperately wants us to have a relationship with Him and sometimes He uses our suffering to dip our toes into the world without Him. When we finally realize we need to run back to His grace, He doesn’t turn us away because we didn’t love Him before, but opens His arms to give us a warm embrace. Then He’ll sit you down to tell you how He was using the hurt to bring a certain characteristic we needed for our future along with a story of how He loved us way before we were even born.

The love we see Him pour out on us is the love of a great Father who, no matter the circumstances, will always do the best thing for His child.

Closing

With all of those things in mind we now ask, “How then am I supposed to deal with suffering?” There are three things I’ll leave you with.

First, our suffering is ultimately for our good. All God wants is for us to be is fruitful and sometimes that fruit is made with a freeze, like how tulips have to be planted before winter so their bulb will break in the winter and produce a dashing flower in the spring. 

Second, God may even plant some other bulbs in our life that we can help show how there is a time coming where they too will become beautiful flowers, like dahlias.

And finally, those flowers may be used in a bouquet or in a pot or simply left to grow for people passing by, and they will be used for a greater purpose. 

We shouldn’t be viewing our trials as trivial; instead, we should look at them the way James describes them in James 1:2-4:

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 1:2-4 NASB

You Are Not Your Sin

“I’m a horrible person.”

“I’m supposed to be a Christian– why did I say that?”

“This sin is too much and it’s too hard. I can’t give this up. It’s part of me.”

How many times have you allowed thoughts like that to slip into your mind? Your heart? How many times have you told yourself you’re beyond help?

We’re sinful human beings. Even though we try, we often still make mistakes and fail. It’s easy to hide behind your failure and say things like that– whether it’s only in our head or aloud. 

But today I’d like to echo an important truth to you. A truth that came to me through a fiction book.

The Book

I’ve been reading a lot of books by one particular author recently. See, I was looking for historical fiction recommendations because it’s a genre I’m curious about writing, and the best way to start working on that is reading it.

Someone recommended a couple of trilogies by Roseanna M. White: Shadows Over England and The Codebreakers.

I really liked the books.

If I had to describe the genre, it’d be Christian historical fiction romance. Usually, there’s not just a struggle between the two characters’ relationship, but also a struggle with faith and God. The first book in the Shadows Over England series, A Name Unknown, might be my favorite of all of them. And that might be partly because Peter Holstein, one of the main characters, is a writer.

Set just before World War I in England, Peter Holstein, with a German last name and family, has to prove that he’s loyal to England before it’s too late. Rosemary Gresham arrives one day, undercover as a librarian, and is quickly hired by Peter to help clean up his library and find some documents to prove his loyalty. Rosemary, however, is really a thief hired to find evidence against Peter. Though, knowing the genre I just stated, of course something else happens instead.

This book was really well written, and if you read it, you can see the sharp contrast between Peter and Rosemary. Peter is a writer, and that’s partly because he has trouble speaking and finds it easier to express himself on paper. He usually speaks little and slowly, and when he’s uncomfortable or nervous he’ll stammer. Rosemary, however, arrives, and after just a few minutes on the job Peter asks if she always talks so much, which makes for some entertaining interactions.

This book, though fiction, did have some important truths in it. At the end of the book, when Peter has proposed to Rosemary, an important exchange goes on between them. Rosemary thinks, in a way, that she isn’t worthy of Peter’s love.

How can you? How can you want me, knowing what I am?

Rosemary Gresham, A Name Unknown

This question cuts deep. She not only refers to herself as ‘what’, but she also doubts Peter and wonders how he could love her.

But Peter responds: 

That’s not… not who you are. It’s just… something you did.

Peter Holstein, A Name Unknown

Peter’s words, though few, are huge. He points out that the sin Rosemary committed isn’t who she is. He separates the person from their past. 

That’s what I’d like to talk about today.

You Are Not Your Sin

Just because you have bad habits and make mistakes doesn’t mean that sin owns you or has power over you. It doesn’t mean that you’re beyond help or that Jesus doesn’t love you too. 

In fact, the Bible speaks specifically on this topic. 

But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.

Romans 6:17-18

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

Galatians 4:4-7

Christ has set us free from sin and death. We are no longer slaves to sin. We are children of God, made in His image, and have the gift of grace through Jesus. 

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:16

You are not your sin. You are not stuck. You are not worthless. 

If you believe in Jesus and what He has done for you:

You are free.

You are a child of God.

You are saved.

That is the identity we should be taking on. No matter how many times we fail, we are not our sin, because of Jesus.

Should We Stay In Sin?

Just because we are free from sin doesn’t mean we should say, “Oh, you know what, since Jesus has saved me I can basically do whatever I want!”

See, there’s a balance between following the law and doing good works and being justified by Jesus Christ. Ultimately, Jesus has saved us. We can never do enough works or keep enough rules to be saved on our own.

However, this doesn’t mean we go and be crazy. In fact, quite the opposite. Because Jesus has saved us, we are born again Christians. We should be trying to do better and be better because of what Jesus has done for us.

But we’re going to fail. We’re going to mess up. And that’s okay, because we have our Savior to fall back on and be encouraged to try again.

I’d recommend reading the book of Galatians for more on this topic. Yes, the whole book, but it’s only six chapters. I could give you a bunch of single verse scripture quotations, but I think it’s better that you just read it for yourself. You can find chapter one online here, and you should be able to find the rest of the chapters on that same site, Bible Gateway.

Loving Others

I think it’s important that we learn from the character Peter in A Name Unknown. He separated Rosemary from her past sins and mistakes, and we should too when conversing with others. Love the person, not their sin. 

When loving a person, you don’t have to approve of what they’re doing. You just have to be there and love them for who they are, not what their sin is.

This can be challenging, especially if the person believes their sin is part of themselves, or even denies that it’s a sin altogether. But who did Jesus reach out to?

The sinners.

The tired.

The broken.

And when He died for us, He freed us from that sin so that we can be righteous, redeemed, and healed.

Shouldn’t we show that to others, no matter what their sin is?

Remember, you are not your sin, and they aren’t their sin either.

I know that this is hard to implement, especially when some of us are still unable to go many places or converse with many people. I also know that I can probably do better in this aspect as well. But that’s another great part of Christianity: the body of Christ. Not only do we have Jesus to fall back on, but also Christian friends and family to support and encourage us as well.

Final Thoughts

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Easter 2021: Reflections On God’s Love

What do you think of when Easter comes around?

The world has ways of celebrating it with Easter bunnies, egg hunts, and chocolate.

And though chocolate is good, that’s not the point of Easter. 

The point of Easter is celebration, thanksgiving, and praise to God for Jesus.

John 3:16, one of my favorite verses and essentially the Gospel in a nutshell, says:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

In this article I’d like to focus on that word ‘loved’ and help remind you of what Easter really means.

God First Loved Us

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

1 John 4:10

From the very beginning, we have been choosing other things over God. We have always been this way– thinking we know best and taking matters into our own hands.

And this is the judgement: the light has come into the world, and the people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.

John 3:19

We chose the darkness. Sometimes, we still choose the darkness.

But God… He first loved us. He first chose us.

God’s Love Was Planned

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:4-6

Hundreds of years before Jesus walked the earth, prophets spoke of Him. They prophesied everything from where He would be born to what He would do. 

God knew we would fail. He knew we wouldn’t ever be able to be enough on our own. He knew we would make mistakes again and again. 

That’s also why He sent the ultimate sacrifice.

God Sent His Son

For one will scarcely die for a righteous person– though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die– but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:7-8

We’re a mess.

We choose darkness over light.

We choose sin over righteousness. 

We choose earthly desires over God.

And yet, God loved us so, so much He sent His son to die for us. And though we still make mistakes and still choose those things over God sometimes, He still loves us and the hope we have still stands.

Jesus’s death shouldn’t be taken for granted either, nor should the things he went through before His death.

Jesus was betrayed by one of His disciples, mocked, beaten, accused of sins He never committed, sentenced to death, had nails driven into His hands and feet, hung on a cross, and died. 

He knew this had to happen, but that didn’t make it any easier. While He was praying before his arrest, Luke says:

And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling to the ground.

Luke 22:44

He knew what was coming, and though it would be hard, He said, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42)

He didn’t run or fight back or return to heaven, rather, He knew what God’s will was and went silently to fulfill it.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.

Isaiah 53:7

God’s Love Will Never Let You Go

Our lives can change in an instant.

Our lives can end in an instant.

But we have an amazing, imperishable, everlasting, great hope.

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

That love God showed us when He sent Jesus to die for us will never leave us. Even if we lose everything– God is still there, and He loves you.

This Easter

This Easter, remember how God showed His love for you. Remember what Jesus did. And don’t just dismiss it– pray, praise, and reflect. This holiday and event in history is one of the most important parts of our faith. It’s why we don’t have to worry about being perfect. It’s why we’re okay to stumble. It’s why we have this confidence in life.

Because we know, no matter what, Jesus has saved us. 

Since, therefore, we have been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Romans 5:9-11

Let us rejoice this Easter.

Final Thoughts

Thank you for reading this article! I hope it was encouraging or helped you in some way. Let me know if there’s any way I can serve you as we near Easter Sunday; even though we have Jesus as our hope, life can still be hard. If you need a prayer or words of encouragement, don’t hesitate to email me at live2thelord@gmail.com or through the Contact page on this blog.

Have a blessed day and wonderful Easter,

~Caroline

P.S. Here’s A Song

Here’s a song I’ve been listening to recently that especially fits this Easter article:

Thank You Jesus for the Cross – Life Worship

One Year Of Blogging

You know, I had an idea or two for what I would do for this day.

Today is supposed to be a celebration of a whole year of blogging.

But… those ideas didn’t go too well.

It’s not that they failed. It’s that I failed to really do anything with them.

Last night I was realizing that I had nothing for this occasion that was supposed to be special.

Thankfully, God gave me a wonderful best friend to tell me to get some sleep and provided me with the capacity today to write this blog post anyway.

So here it is– my thoughts on one year of blogging.

One Year Ago Today

One year ago, I launched this blog. I had started working on it before that, however. There was a lot of preparation, a lot of me just messing with the theme and trying to make it look right, and a lot of excitement.

Let’s start at the beginning.

In February of 2020, I joined the Young Writer’s Workshop. It’s a program for young writers to learn and grow in their writing. They are given access to an extensive content library for learning and a community of other writers like themselves.

In the program, one of the things they emphasize is growing a platform. Growing a platform is important for writers to get their writing out there and build an audience. This is what I had in mind as I watched the lessons on setting up your blog and platform.

Originally, I thought my blog would be book reviews. However, my perspective was shifting a bit, and I started specifically saying I would do “book reviews from a Christian perspective.”

I’m not entirely sure how I made the switch to what Live to the Lord is now, but it seems I was leaning that way anyway. So on Friday, March 20, 2020, I posted my first article (other than the introduction post): “Why Reading the Bible Is Important For Your Faith.

I was especially excited at the beginning. Consistency was easy. However, I won’t say it stayed easy. In fact, it got a lot harder.

During the summer of last year, I struggled with a period of doubt in my faith, which thus caused me to doubt my blog and what I was writing. It was hard. Thankfully, I had a family and friends that supported me and I got through it. 

Even though I haven’t exactly stayed perfectly consistent, the blog is still going, and I have only the Lord to thank for that. He held onto me when I felt my grip slipping from Him, and right now He is giving me the ability to write these words for you to read.

It’s interesting to think about fearing God. Really, He could take us away to be with Him at any moment. I like to think of Gandalf’s quote from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. For a bit of context, Frodo is speaking to Gandalf about the evils happening in their world and the One Ring.

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.

“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

I also find this quote relevant to our present day circumstance with the pandemic. We can’t decide what times we live through or what trials we see, but we can trust God’s plan and do the best with the time God has given us.

But believe me, using out time wisely is hard. I mean, this blog post is so late partly because I didn’t spend my time wisely. I’m not perfect, and I hope none of my blog posts ever convey that I am, but I hope that my words have helped you at some point.

Speaking of you, reader, I’d like to thank you for sticking with me all this time. Whether you’ve been reading my writing since the beginning, only for a few weeks, or even just jumped on this post today: thank you. Thank you for taking the time to read my words and support me. 

I’d also like to share a bit about me and why I blog, or, more generally, write. I don’t know if any of you have ever wondered this, but this question has arisen before as part of my YWW Academic program, and so I thought I’d share my answers for that assignment with you guys.

Why I Write

Here are the slightly revised reasons I gave in my assignment:

1. I write for joy.

I write because writing makes me happy. Writing gets me excited. Writing not only helps me escape reality but dive deeper into it. Writing sends me on adventures I would never be able to experience otherwise. Writing gives me freedom to create worlds and stories filled with whatever I want. Writing reminds me of the glory of Jesus when I write about Him. 

2. I write for Jesus.

I write because God has given me this gift, in both nonfiction and fiction, to write. I can move people with my words, whether it’s a blog post talking about the Gospel or a fantasy story about a woman choosing forgiveness, my words can matter to someone, and I want them to matter in the right way. 

3. I write for the joy of others.

I write because my words have the chance to move people. I write because, when my words do see the light of day, they can cause someone to laugh, to cry, to want more, and ultimately bring them joy as well. I write because I can share the Gospel directly to those who need it. 

Now that you know a bit more about why I do what I do, let’s talk a bit about some blog changes.

Changes Coming

In the coming weeks, I’m going to attempt to revamp a few things on my blog. First of all, I’m going to try to post more consistently again. You also may see some of my first ever guest posters very soon, so be on the look out for those.

Also, for those of you subscribed to my email list– I have not forgotten you (well, maybe I did for a bit, sorry)!

I will begin sending out weekly emails. These won’t be like the blog posts, but more informal thoughts from the week or, if there’s enough interest, a challenge to work on a specific spiritual discipline together.

If you don’t want to be getting those weekly emails, feel free to unsubscribe. I’m not going to be offended; I understand inboxes can get messy. I’d encourage you, however, to see how it goes at first before you unsubscribe. 

Final Thoughts

Thank you so much for being part of this journey with me. I’m curious though, what do you want to see on the blog? Any topics you want me to write on? Things you want me to do? Changes you’d like to suggest? Feel free to comment down below or go to the contact page and shoot me an email!

And if you’d like to get those emails I mentioned above, you can subscribe right here:

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I Was Published On The Rebelution!

Hey friend!

Today I have something very exciting to tell you instead of the usual blog post.

Earlier this week, an article I submitted to a website called the Rebelution was published! The Rebelution, or the Reb, is where teens and young adults submit articles about rebelling against low expectations, Christian-living, relationships, and other topics. It was founded by Brett and Alex Harris, co-authors of the book Do Hard Things.

My article is about why Christians should read the Old Testament, so if you’re interested in that topic, you can check it out HERE.

I hope you enjoy the article if you decide to check it out!

Have a blessed day,

~Caroline