Holding On To The Past…

Have you ever found an old photo album or an old photo file on your computer and just looked at the photos you forgot you had? Have you ever found an old notebook or even your primary school books?

What feeling do you get from that? Do you get a sense of proudness because you can look back at that and say that’s the reason why I am here today? or do you feel regret, embarrassment or feeling sorry for yourself?

2861_1126220643109_3065819_nThis is me when I was 6 years old (I think…). Now when you look at this photo, do you think I feel happy because that was the start of my education and the start of who I am now? Or do you think it’s just a photo of when I was 6 and it made no difference in my life?

In all honestly, this photo makes me happy because it shows I was happy as a little kid. It shows I had a good and happy childhood.
But what about this picture?

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This is me when I was 15. Same question applies, do you think I feel happy when I look at this or do I feel embarrassed and regret?
I may be smiling in the photo, but in reality there was pain behind that smile. That year was the most difficult year I had faced so far. I had an eating disorder, I had anxiety and I was struggling with life. So when I look at this photo I feel embarrassed and regret.

When I was 6 years old, nothing in the world bothered me. I wasn’t worried about anything or anyone, I could live a happy childhood. But when I was 15, I couldn’t let go of things that had happened, things had that ended. I was hanging on to the past hoping and praying it will all go back to normal. But it didn’t so I got more and more hurt and my life became unhealthier and grew worse.
Eventually, after a year or so, I was back to my normal self but I still thinking about what had happened and why everything went wrong.

There’s a verse in the bible from Philippians that says forget what’s in the past and focus on the things ahead.

“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead…” – Philippians 3:13

There will come a time in your life, whether your a girl or a guy, where something will happened and you will try and hold on to it as long as you can. It may be a relationship has ended, it may be a friend has gone or it may be something completely different. But are we expected to live with this feeling, well that’s what I thought.
What we need to do is to stop, step back and look at the bigger picture. My theory now is everything happens for a reason. God planned this to happen so maybe there’s something bigger and better coming your way? No one knows but God. But any situations in your life will only ever be temporary, the feeling you feel will go if you let it. It’s time to look at the future and the present and be excited for what is to come, and stop thinking and reliving the past. God has your life in His hands and He still has a massive plan for you!

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Liebster Nominees!

I got nominated for a Liebster Award!!!!

What’s an Liebster Award?!
Liebster Award isn’t a real award, it’s a chain post (just like the Ice water bucket challenge…). It’s to encourage new bloggers and to get them more followers and get their posts out there 🙂

The rules for the Liebster Award:
Thank and link the person who nominated you.
Answer the questions they asked you.
Nominate and link the chosen bloggers and ask them questions.
Let the bloggers know that you have nominated them.

My Nominees:
1. Joshua Price
2. Chronicles of a kid next door

My questions for the nominees:
1. Why did you start your blog?
2. When did you get saved?
3. How do you get your spiritual intake?
4. What’s your future plans for you and your blog?

Thank you to couch pilgrim for my nomination 🙂
Here’s the answers she asked me…

How do you experience the love of God in your life?
The way I feel the most spiritual and where I find God’s love at is Christian music. For example, I can listen to any Casting Crowns song and I have a sense of love and protection from God. It’s the best feeling…I love it 🙂

When and why did you start blogging?
I started a personal blog in 2013 but decided to start up a Christian blog, which started in 2014, and I aimed it to young adults though of course it’s open for everyone. I started it because I used to get magazines that was a Christian advice type thing and I thought I would be my own!!

When did you get saved?
I’ve always been a Christian, I was brought up in a Christian household. I got baptised when I was 16, but I remember when I was little my sister and I wanted to give our lives to God so we did. I must if been about 7/8?!

What has been a revelation to you in the last couple of years?
I suffer from anxiety and I was really bad for a while. I couldn’t eat at people’s houses, I couldn’t eat at restaurants, it was bad. But I’ve managed to control it now, I can eat out though I still struggle with going out with some friends. I have become very good at forcing myself to go something I don’t want to do but I know it will help! That is DEFINITELY a prayed answered!

What do you hope for the future?
I hope to make this blog bigger. I’m hoping it will reach to people and praying it may help them to! I would also LOVE this blog to become a small magazine like the ones I had when I was a young teen. I want it to be an encouraging thing for teens and young adults who may not know God that well or people who do but need help in situations.

Can A Christian Date A Non-Christian?

I’m going to start off with a question that may have crossed your mind a few times, can I date a Non-Christian when I am a Christian?
I have thought this question a few times, but every time I went to look for answers I wouldn’t find any. So I’m gonna try my best of answering that question my own way.

When I was younger (not so long ago…I’m still only a teen!) this question popped into my head a couple of times and it would get me confused. Could I date a non-believer? Would my family accept it? If I did, maybe I could convince him to believe?
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who have thought this thoughts. These thoughts aren’t bad thoughts, but they aren’t realistic thoughts. Trying to convert a person is a hard job, a continuous role that doesn’t stop unless you succeed. Now I’m not saying we shouldn’t at least encourage this type of support. When my non-Christians friends are low I would give them a bible verse and just pray that gives them a little bit of hope to get them through. But I feel trying to convert a guy or a girl just because you want to date them is a little bit OTT and could scare them away!

The type of bible I own is a Youth Bible, so it has several situations and scenarios that we may get into and it links with a story or bible verse in the bible that is there for encouragement. When I looked in my bible, I was trying to find a scenario about dating but there wasn’t any. I knew the bible talks about marriage and marrying a non-believer is wrong but I didn’t know if that applied to dating as well. Since that point I thought I will just wait for a Christian guy. (No clue where I heard it from but I definitely heard it!!). Did a Christian guy come along? After about 4 years of waiting since the last relationship I was in, I finally found the Christian guy I had been praying for and we are very happy together.
But it wasn’t until very recently I understood the answer to my question. On a website called ‘christianitytoday.com‘, they used a quote from the bible that made everything seem less confusing.

“Everything is permitted, but everything isn’t beneficial.” (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10‬:‭23‬ CEB)

The topic of dating a non-believer shouldn’t be based on ‘is it right?’ but it should be based on ‘is it beneficial?’
Think about it, is dating a Non-Christian beneficial for you in your walk with Christ? Is dating a non-Christian beneficial to you with your help at your church? Is dating a non-Christian beneficial at all to you? The only benefit I feel you can only get out of it is the fact you are no longer single.
I have a friend (who so happened to be the Christian guy I was telling you about earlier) who was in a relationship with a non-Christian. He said to me that when she would stay over on a Saturday night he would feel bad leaving her on her own on a Sunday morning when it was time for Church. So instead of going to church, he would stay at home with his girlfriend at the time. So was dating a non-Christian beneficial for him? No it wasn’t. But that’s just one story. There are so many stories like these but have different outcomes. Sometimes it can be beneficial, but I think most of the time it isn’t.

So back to my question, can I date a Non-Christian when I am a Christian?
My answer isn’t going to be a yes or no answer. I can’t tell anyone what to do, but I can say this. Before you make any decisions, think about if the relationship will be beneficial to you and your faith. Or will holding out until you find a Christian guy, no matter how long it will take, be more beneficial?

The Most Extraordinary Film…

Have you ever seen a film that has a real impact on your life and your faith? Neither had I until I watched a film about an Atheist University Professor and one of his students which so happened to be a Christian. This film is called God’s Not Dead.
This film is based on a true story. A college professor challenge one of his students to prove that God exists. Did he manage to do it? Well you will have to find out for yourselves!
This film is extremely inspiring, not only does it have a great debate about whether God exists or not but it opens your eyes about reality. Some people go through situations which may make them struggle but they carry on believing in God. This film shows that Christians face difficult situations that challenges their faith and there are people out there who are willing to defend their faith and God.

In this film, there are many influential lines that you may not have thought of before in detail. There are a few of my favourites…

“My Life and my whole eternity belongs to God. All this stuff is temporary. Money, Fame, success…Temporary. Even life is temporary. Jesus…that’s eternal” – Willie Robertson

“Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life free of trouble, cause he doesn’t want them turning to God.” – God’s Not Dead

“Sin is like a jail cell except it’s nice and comfy and there doesn’t seem to be any need to leave. The door is wide open. Until one day, it slams shut.” – Mrs. Banks

“Atheists say that no one can prove the existence of God and they’re right. But I say no one can disprove that God exists.”

Willie Robertson’s quote, Life is temporary, is something I hadn’t thought about. Yes I’m a Christian, always have and always will, but never had I fully acknowledged that this life is temporary. You’re temporary, I’m temporary, this world is temporary but God is eternal. Without God there is no purpose, no meaning of life! Every living thing is meaningless without the Creator.

Another topic covered in this film is the question, why do people say God is good when there are wars, illnesses that kill and evil in this world?. The answer they portray, which I completely agree with, is because of freewill. God gave us the freedom to choose, but man chose to do evil. It is that simple.

All in all, God’s Not Dead is a great film and a must see. Here is where you can buy/rent it

Amazon UK – £12.99: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gods-Kevin-Sorbo-Willie-Robertson/dp/B00M97DWZ2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420291896&sr=8-1&keywords=gods+not+dead+dvd

Amazon Instant Video – £3.49: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00OTMLGLW/ref=dp_rt_cl_dp_0

Always remember…GOD’S NOT DEAD!

What’s in store for 2015?

Hi everyone

I hope you all had a great New Year’s Eve celebrations and are looking forward to what’s to come this year!!

I am looking forward to writing more posts that I hope may help at least one person. There will be a few new sections as well that I’m hoping will go off with a bang!

Thank you for reading my blogs! Without all your views, I wouldn’t have the encouragement to carry on with it!

See you all soon!