Getting into God’s Word

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Hey everyone! I hope you have all been having the best of weeks. With a new session of classes beginning and the cold weather coming, I have been pretty busy ( and cold ) haha I am NOT a fan of cold weather. Anyways, today I want to talk to all of you about how I have improved at getting into God’s Word.

So, before I begin lets do a little bit of background information on my journey of getting into my Bible. Whenever I would read books or other blogs about reading the Bible, people would always talk about how it changed their lives. They talked about how they craved it and always mediated on it. They talked about how close it made them feel to God and how they would hear Him speak to them daily.

And me? Well I just wasn’t feeling it. I would try to read my Bible, but I just was not identifying with others growth. I didn’t feel more connected to God and I didn’t know how to get into a routine of reading my Bible. I would read the entire book of Exodus in a day and not understand why I didn’t feel different. I would listen to Christian speakers or teachers at school and not get how significant God’s Word was.

But something I had to realize was the Bible isn’t just a book. It isn’t a romance novel or your college textbook. You can’t read, enjoy, or study it to the fullest potential if your heart isn’t in it and if The Holy Spirit isn’t in it right there with you. You can’t read the whole Bible in a certain amount of time and expect to suddenly be the “perfect” Christian.

The Bible is so much more than just a book. It has so many layers of deep meaning. It changes our lives. It is the guideline of how we should live our lives and it is literally God speaking to us. His Word is active and it is alive.

So, I think the first step in the journey of consistently getting into your Bible is to realize what the Bible is and the depth of God’s Word. Sometimes it takes people longer to understand this than others. If you think the Bible is just a average book, you won’t feel a difference. If you want to grow in your Bible studies you have to have a growth mindset. The Bible is like a stream through the desert, we need it in our faith. It gets us through this life here on earth.

The next step I would offer is to pray more. Before you read your Bible, take a few minutes to pray that God’s presence would be in your Bible reading. You could thank Him for your day, or even pray over a verse!

A blessing in my life that has helped me so much is having a journaling Bible. I am the type of person who loves to take notes over literally anything, and I love taking notes about sermons or in Bible studies. Whenever I had sermon notes or a handout that I took notes on, I would always just put them to the side or even throw them away. I also would try to write in the margins of my Bible really small to the point where you couldn’t even read it! So, I was so blessed to discover journaling Bibles! You can take notes in the margins and it is the best Bible ever if you are a note taker like I am. Having a Bible you like can really help you enjoy getting into The Word even more.

Finally, get into The Word everyday. When I have a day where I don’t read my Bible, I feel so off centered and off. Have a set time to read your Bible! I usually prefer to read mine in the morning before my classes. I know that some people prefer to read their Bible at a different time of day, which is fine as well! Make your experience with the Lord personal to you because His relationship with you is personal to Him as well.

“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.” -Charles Spurgeon

Thank you so much for reading today’s post and I hope you enjoyed it! If you have any questions or comments feel free to ask:) – Cami

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The Best Fall Break (Bryce’s Graduation!)

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Hello everyone! It feels like it has been forever since I’ve last blogged even though it’s only been like a week. Life changes so quickly. The leaves are falling, the air is getting a little chilly, and a hot coffee is the one thing I am always craving. Today I am going to be talking about my ( very short ) trip to Cape May and getting to see Bryce. I always have been blessed to go on a trip every time I have school off, and I am looking forward to go visit Bryce for some of my breaks from school!

So on Wednesday, my family began the long drive from Indiana to New Jersey. I am not a huge fan of road trips, especially when all of my little siblings are in the car, but I was still very thankful for it because it was a way to get to Bryce. I spend the entire drive working on my interleaved Bible, listening to music, and sleeping. Here is a list of some songs I couldn’t resist playing over and over this trip 🙂

So Will I ( 100 Billion X )~ Hillsong United 

Speechless~ Dan+Shay 

Broken~ lovelytheband

Sheep~Mt.Joy

Thick And Thin~ LANY ( and basically every song on every album haha )

Anyways, after driving until about one in the morning, we stopped at a Airbnb in Lancaster. Then, when we woke up the next morning, it was my birthday! I got to have Starbucks for my birthday so that was pretty exciting. I got the Pink Drink ( which is the most basic drink but it is honestly SO amazing! ) and a breakfast sandwich so I was pretty pumped. We had about four more hours to drive, and I started getting nervous!

I had not seen Bryce in ten weeks, so I didn’t really know what to expect. I read some articles online that said some girl’s boyfriends completely were changed after boot camp. For some reason I was worried that Bryce wasn’t going to like me anymore or something, which was dumb! I know that I tend to get caught up in worries sometimes, and I’m sure there are other girls that do as well. But we have to constantly remind ourselves that God is in control of the entire situation and He has a plan for every course of action in our lives.

Anyways, after those few hours of driving, my family finally  arrived in Cape May! We did some sight seeing and I got to get some cute stickers for my water bottle. Most people don’t do this, but if you’re a teenage girl, you understand haha. There are sooo many cute streets and shops in Cape May so I will for sure include some cute aesthetic pictures down below.

Anyways, after some sight seeing and getting some ice cream, we went to our next Airbnb so we could get to sleep pretty early because I had a big day that I had been waiting for since August Seventh! I was so excited to see Bryce and I was also really nervous because I hadn’t seen him in so long.

The time to see him finally came the next day! I made my way to his graduation and sat through the entire thing just waiting to see him. That hour of watching the graduation was the longest hour of my life! He was right in front of me and I was just ready to give him a hug!

I finally got my hug and was reunited with him. He looked sooo good and I was so proud of him. Getting to see him graduate was honestly such a life highlight for me. Those ten weeks of being sad, praying, and missing him so much were finally over. I was so happy, and I am so lucky and blessed that I got to see him that day.

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After the graduation and a super long drive home ( I got home at four am ) I got to sleep in and then go see Bryce at a wedding. Him getting to come home for a few days was also a huge blessing. We spent my whole fall break visiting with his family, watching movies til super late, and having so much fun.

It was really hard for me to have him leave again this Wednesday. Having someone back for a few days and then having them leave once again makes the pain even worse. Thankfully, I get to talk to him more now and also will get to go visit on Christmas break. I already miss him so, so much and I don’t know how it will be to not have him here for who knows how long. But, I will of course support any decision he makes and will be so proud of him through every life situation.

All of this has honestly been really hard on me, but God has a plan for me and Bryce. He works in such amazing ways that we sometimes don’t see until we look back at our lives a month, year, or decade later. He knows what’s going to happen next, so I don’t need to worry about anything. Prayers would be greatly appreciated for Bryce since he just started his first job in Virginia. Pray that I will do okay without him being here! Thank you for following our journey, I hope you will stay tuned until next time. Xoxo~ Cami 🙂

Sixteen Lessons I Learned At Age Sixteen

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Hey everyone! Since my birthday is this Thursday, I thought I should make this post to talk about lessons in life I have learned this year. I have had an amazing year and I am so thankful for how blessed I am! So, lets get started!!

  1. Social media doesn’t matter as much as you think it does. It is so easy to get caught up with likes, followers, etc. I went through a phase this year where I was totally obsessed with those things. No one actually pays attention to this kinda thing so you shouldn’t either. Put more time into being a real, interesting person with a life outside of a good Instagram picture or funny tweet.
  2. Be kind to others and put genuine effort into your relationships. If you put in a mediocre effort into others, you will have lukewarm friendships. If you are kind to others, it will bring so much joy into your soul and spirit! You will find yourself a happier and mentally healthier person. People will pour into you if you pour into them!
  3. Read your Bible all of the time. It will get you through literally anything life throws at you. I think in my life I have been pretty bad about reading my Bible honestly. But the past few months I have deeply dove into The Word and it has changed my life and perspective so much. If you struggle with reading your Bible, try getting something like an interleaved or journaling Bible. I know having both of these things has helped me a lot, plus lots of prayer of course!
  4. Work really hard in all that you do, you will never regret trying your best. Put your best foot forward in all of the things you are involved in. You will gain so much out of your efforts!
  5. Everyone doesn’t hate you, so don’t be shy! I used to be super paranoid about what other people think of me, but now I don’t care as much. Instead of being the awkward person quietly sitting in the corner of the room, this school year, I have tried to reach out to others instead. Through being friendly, I have made so many more friends and am so happy!
  6. Don’t be fearful or worry. I have struggled with this a lot this past year. Oftentimes I catch myself thinking, ” What if…” and it doesn’t help anything. I still struggle with this, but I am trying to trust in God more instead of worrying too much. Things like college, future jobs, marriage, and life in general seem so unknown to us. BUT God has a plan for us. If he told us right now what His plan was for us, we wouldn’t even believe Him because He is that amazing! We have authority over what we think about through Jesus Christ. Have an Isaiah 41:10 mindset!!
  7. Spend less time on your phone and more time on things you genuinely love. For about six months of this past year, I went through this weird phase where I didn’t know who I was or what I even liked to do with my free time. I seriously think that it was because the only thing I did was play on my phone! I still am on it more than I would like to be, but I also set aside times where I can paint, read, blog, and pour into my friends. Life is so much more fulfilling when phones are out of the picture! Be a person who is fully in the moment.
  8. Pursue your passions, but don’t idolize them. There are so many things I love! I love school, I love volleyball, and I love making blog posts! But I have idolized them way too much at different times this year. I was too obsessed with this blog, so now I don’t post just for views, I post when I genuinely want to talk to you guys about my life and what God is calling me to. The only way to conquer these idols is to love God MORE.
  9. Portray yourself in a Godly way. One of my life goals is to have people not see me when they look at me. I want people to see Jesus. I want to be the kind of person where The Holy Spirit is so filled in me that others feel it. Sometimes I don’t act like I should, and I’m sure others see it. I want to be blameless, transparent, and pure. God calls us to clothe ourselves in righteousness not just when we are in a easy setting, but all of the time.
  10. Your reputation or status literally does not matter at all. After being in college these past eight weeks, I realized that high school does not matter at all. I get to be myself at college! I don’t have to try to uphold an image of being cool because cool isn’t a reflection of who we are! You are so much more than being popular. You are a person that God made in His image. Be who you are, not who the world tells you to be!
  11. Mindset and perspective changes your life. Be thankful for that class that seems hard because God has blessed you with an education! When you are going through something difficult, remember that it is a blessing. God is teaching you so much and teaching you how to have perseverance. Be joyful, because life is so beautiful and amazing. Seek His kingdom.
  12. Don’t be insecure, you are made in God’s image! I struggle with this one big time! I always want to look a certain way or uphold an image. But, God is telling us something totally different! He sets us apart. His standards are constant, they never change, and He seals his approval on our lives. Be beautiful from the inside, not the outside. Focus on the inner beauty because one day the outer beauty fades and you will be old and wrinkly!
  13. Love what phase of life you are in right now because it is not eternal. In a couple months from now, your life may be totally different. Be in the moment. Love your friends and your classes. Embrace the world around you and enjoy it. Don’t take time with friends and family for granted.
  14. You HAVE to put your faith first in your life. Nothing else, no matter how much you love it, will fulfill you like Jesus Christ. People aren’t perfect, they will fail you sometimes no matter how great they may be. It will help you conquer the hardest points in your life. It will fulfill you so much that it will overwhelm you. Have confident trust in God. Don’t have confidence in yourself, have confidence in Christ alone. He provides us exactly what we need in this life.
  15. Life is hard, but you can conquer them and grow from them. This year has thrown some super tough things at me. Gaining and losing friends, having Bryce go to boot camp, and some other personal problems have had me laying in bed with headphones in pleading to God to provide me with comfort through the trials. And He did! God helps us conquer all problems and He has a plan for us all. The suffering we face now will not compare to the glory in our lives that is to come.
  16. We have to be willing to say “yes” to God. We hold ourselves back more than anyone else does. Let go of everything you are and instead give yourself to Him. Confide in God. Step up and be who God has made you to be. The time is now!

So there is my very long list of lessons. This year has had so much spiritual growth. I am so excited to see what being seventeen will throw at me. For those of you who have followed my journey this long, thank you for bearing with me! Have a blessed week- Cami

Coffee & College

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Hey everyone! Happy fall! I hope you are all wearing your cute fall outfits today and drinking a hot coffee by the fireplace. So I put an Instagram poll on my story to see what I should blog about today and you guys voted for a life update. My life has just closed a chapter of chaos, so I’ll be sharing all about it with you.

My college classes just finished up, so I am really thankful. The first class I took this session was an Exploring the Bible course, and I actually really enjoyed it. I love learning more about the Bible and it was a great opportunity to get into God’s Word. The class was basically a summary of the entire Bible and how it is laid out, so now I know where everything is.

The other class I took this session was Freshman Foundations, but I honestly did not enjoy it very much. Something that stood out to me was a quiz about strengths. It was helpful knowing what my strengths and skills were because now I can use them more than I would’ve prior to taking the course.

The past few weeks I have also been hanging out with my friends all of the time, which has been super fun. Having good friends in your life is honestly so important. Never forget who is there for you and always invest in those who invest in you. Going through hard times, stressful days, and rough situations is so much easier when you have people around you that will be with you every step of the way. Sometimes in my life I have been too busy for some people, and I am making more of an effort to hang out with all my friends. Be friends with people who encourage you, love you, and pray for you. I promise it will be worth it.

Since school is finishing up for the session, it means that I will go get to see Bryce soon! I am honestly so excited for him to come home for a few days! It has helped me learn to appreciate him and love him more in a whole new way. Last weekend, he got to Facetime me and it was so great. I have had a lot of struggles during this phase of life, but it has also grown me so much as a person. Whenever things get hard with him being gone, I just think about how good it’s gonna feel to get to hug him next week. I’ll be headed to New Jersey for his graduation, so I will make sure to write a post about how everything goes. But since he is coming home I will be a little busy hanging with him so maybe expect that post sometime in the next couple of weeks. To my readers who are military girlfriends or live in New Jersey, make sure you stay tuned to see how everything goes!

Since it is my last week of being sixteen, I am also going to be posting a blog about lessons this year has taught me and things I hope to experience when I am seventeen. That should be up next week as well, so make sure you check it out as well. There are lots of exciting things coming up in my life, and I will continue to post about them because y’all seem to like these posts!

Since I last updated you, something that God has been sharing with me is the importance of a good and Godly attitude. I have never really had a horrible attitude about things, but sometimes I get fearful or look at all of the negatives in my life and dwell on them. I have been trying to dwell on all of my blessings, and life has been so much more fulfilling. There are so many things to be thankful for. Amazing friends, a boyfriend who is serving our country, a college education at such a young age, and the beauty of fall and warm coffee. When we all look at our lives, we see how blessed we are. I encourage you to take some time today to think about all of the things God has blessed you with as well.

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Something I struggle with sometimes is having a little bit of social anxiety at times. I’ve been praying about it, and God is healing me from it. I have been working on being a kind, soft person who tries to include everyone. If you see someone that needs to be reached out to, do it. If they reject your efforts what is the worst thing that could happen?

Today I’m going to leave you guys with a favorite quote of mine. Have a great day!! – Cami

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Jesus Changed My Heart

Hey guys! So about a year and a couple months ago I got baptized. I want to share today about how Jesus has transformed my life since I was baptized.

When we are baptized, it means that we are truly giving our lives to God. Whatever it mean and includes, he will change us and shape us into who he wants us to be and what he wants us to do.

Before being baptized, I sort of followed Jesus but I definitely was a lukewarm Christian. I also didn’t feel the presence of God daily. I sort of only felt him at camps, retreats, or conferences. I remember in seventh grade God told my heart, let go of all the emotion and pain and choose me. But I fought it and I didn’t let go. Over the next couple of years, he continually pushed these words on my heart. I just never wanted to let go and give up my life to God.

But after going through a hard time my summer before sophomore year, I chose Jesus. I chose to follow God’s word and change my life. So, I decided that the first thing I needed to do was be baptized. I jumped at the chance and I was so ready to give my life up to Jesus.

However, when I was baptized, I honestly knew about what it meant but I didn’t really 100% know what it meant. But I knew God was calling me to give my life to him, so I just trusted in him and did it. Sometimes I feel like we think we should fully understand what God wants us to do before we do what he says, but this isn’t the case at all. We don’t need to know what God is doing and we don’t need to know what is going to happen next, we just need to say yes.

The past year after being baptized has been hard at times but it has also been so amazing. Jesus has changed my heart and he has changed my life. He has changed my outlook on life and he has made my heart so full.

Something that has been conflicting me a lot is that so many Christians lack the relationship aspect with Jesus. He is so personal to all of us. He literally picks us out of the dust. Don’t be afraid of a relationship with him.

I know that sometimes I held back in my faith because I didn’t think I was good enough to follow him. I made so many mistakes when I was younger and the enemy just kept putting lies into my head that I would never be more than my sin. But guys, you aren’t your sin. You are made in God’s image. He makes us pure. He changes our heart. He breaks us and builds us up into so much more than what we could be without him.

Another lesson I’ve learned is to be yourself. So many times we look at others and how God is working in them and we say “ oh I want to be like them. “ or we will be listening to a worship song and say “ oh I wish that I could sing like them so I could lead worship at my church. “ but instead of looking at others and wanting to be like them, we should only look to Jesus. He makes a plan for just you. We can look at other Christians and stand behind them to encourage them and thank God for using them. But God is using YOU in a totally different way. Be who God has created you to be instead of being someone who is trying to copy another Christian. Be confident in who Jesus made you to be! You are made in His image! Know who you are in his image and cheer on others when they are doing good things for Jesus.

The past couple months have been so busy and have been rough, but I am feeling so blessed and Jesus has continued to change my heart. I know this post was all over the place and probably has a lot of mistakes or doesn’t make sense at some points. But I don’t like to edit my posts because it takes away the authenticity of them. I love y’all and I hope you have a great week! If anyone has questions or wants to share with me about what I talked about today feel free to message me or comment on this post! I’m praying that you will all have a good weekend and that you will be confident in who Jesus made you to be! – Cami

Glowing and Growing

f95f02c3-205d-4118-8e8d-97f023fdfcfeHey everyone! I just want to talk to you all about some personal growth I have had this year so far. I have been so, so busy so that is why I do not blog as much anymore- I just don’t have the time! But a lot of people have been asking me to update y’all on what is going on in my life so that is what I am going to blog about today.

So I have been in school for about a month now. Though it has been very busy and stressful at some points these past few weeks, it has honestly been really great. My classes are going well and I am enjoying getting a small taste of what college is like. I am managing all of my homework pretty well too. However, I will be pretty stressed soon because I have some group projects coming up.

I have also enjoyed playing volleyball on my school’s team. It is so much fun to get to play the sport that I love everyday. It has made life a lot more busy, but I really love it so I enjoy it so much. I am one of the older ones on the team, so I have loved being a leader to the younger girls on the team.

I am taking a class right now where I am making my own Study Bible. It is so enjoyable to be creative and worship God while I am doing it. With all the stressful events going on in my life, sitting down to work on my Bible at the end of a tiring day is a highlight for sure. It helps me calm down, unwind, and really focus on what is important.

The final thing that has been going on in my life has to do with Bryce. He called me last Friday! I was so happy and it made my day. It is crazy how two people can work out a relationship if they really love each other. So the phone call was a highlight to me. Sadly, his graduation date isn’t actually until October 12th, so I won’t be seeing him for another month. That really bummed me out! I just seriously want to see him so badly haha. The only thing getting me through not having Bryce here is Jesus. Though I love him so much, Jesus is the one who can truly satisfy our hearts.

Without God, I would be so negative and lost right now in life. Instead, I choose joy. I choose joy because I am so extensively blessed. I have amazing friends, a great family, I am getting an education, and I have a boyfriend who is so selfless that he gave up his life here to go serve his country. I thank God for these blessings everyday. I thank him for the little blessings too. Iced coffee to get me through the day. Belly aching laughs with my friends. A phone call. A good grade on a quiz. The little blessings get me though the day, while the big blessings get me through my life.

God is so good. I hope you will all rest in that fact this week. Please be praying for me and be praying for Bryce! Also remember to live your best lives while ya still got em!- Cami 🙂

Halfway There!

Today is day 25 that Bryce has been gone. It’s so weird not having him here with me to start off the school year, but somehow I’m surviving.

It’s so, so hard having a boyfriend at bootcamp and not being able to talk to him. This experience has been one of the most stretching ones in my life. I often catch myself reaching for my phone to text him. And sometimes I almost call him because I want to ask him to come over. But sadly, I don’t have that privilege anymore.

This experience has also gave me so much appreciate for first of all those who serve in the military, and an appreciation for those who love someone in the military. It is one of the most self sacrificing things to give up literally your entire life and everything you know to go serve your country. It will take you all over the world, and change your life from normal to protecting the normal.

It’s really hard not having Bryce here. But thankfully, all of this is almost halfway over. I’m so, so proud of him because I would never be able to do what he is doing right now. I’m so amazed by his strength, endurance, and motivation. Whenever I’m working on homework or at volleyball practice and I want to just quit, I think about what Bryce is doing and it really helps me keep going.

I dream of the day I can talk to him or see him. I know that these days may be few and far in between, but they are what give me hope. Sometimes I just break down and lay in my bed all night and cry, but I’m trying to limit those nights as much as possible. Overall, I’m doing a pretty good job at staying positive about everything.

Something that’s really interesting is that when I’m at my lowest of missing him and feeling like I can’t take it anymore, God places a blessing in my life that gets me through. A sweet note from a friend. A group of amazing girls praying over me and Bryce. A fun dinner. An “A” on a test. An awesome evening spent worshiping God. God is blessing me so much through this hard time. Some people would be so mad at God for placing their boyfriend in the military. But I am praising him now more than ever before. I’m praising him because his plan is perfect, even if it isn’t the ideal one I think of right now. I praise him because he has a wonderful plan for the guy that I love, one where he can help others and use his talents. I’m praising him for an opportunity to focus on just me and my talents, faith, and school.

He is so good. Sometimes we ignore his blessings in the hard times, but I want to encourage you all to praise him during these times. It is the only thing that will get you through. If I wasn’t a believer, I don’t know how I would be handing all of this.

A song that has helped me through this is called Weep With Me. Some of the words that stick out to me are:

Part the seas

Lord, make a way for me

Here in the midst of my lament

I have faith, yes I still believe

That You love me

Your plans are to prosper me

You’re working everything for good

Even when I can’t see

So, things are pretty hard right now, but I’m still praising God! I’m also so thankful for a way to communicate with Bryce. I have received three letters from him, and I am so thankful he has written me! I’ve also sent him about 20, but hey I want him to know I love him 😂 have a great day everyone, please be praying for Bryce today – Cami

Perfectly Loved

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Hello everyone! Tonight I want to talk to you about something that has really been on my heart. I prayed a lot about what to blog about tonight and this just something that God has placed on my heart to speak about to all of you.

Let us begin in the Old Testament and think about what people God used to fulfill His purpose and people he put in the bible for us to follow as examples. God used Moses. Moses was a murderer. God used David. David committed adultery. God used Tamar. Tamar pretended to be a prostitute to trick her father in law so she could have a child from his bloodline. God used Abraham. Abraham did not trust in God’s promise and he slept with his wife’s slave so he could have a child.

If you are not familiar with these Old Testament bible stories, all of the examples I mentioned are great bible stories to read. Each individual story teaches us so much about God’s character and the wickedness of man, the wickedness that is still within us today. The stories are also probably kind of shocking to you. The fact is, based on every person God used in the Old Testament, God uses messed up people. Really, really messed up people.

Moving forward on the Biblical timeline, lets take a look at the Pharisees in the New Testament. A Pharisee was a person who typically separated themselves from the rest of society. They followed strict rules of the Old Testament, and they did not accept that they needed God. Pharisees thought they were more spiritual and more godly than everyone else just because they followed all of the rules. God shows their character in The Scriptures, so lets take a look at a verse.

Luke 18:11-14  “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.”

So, Pharisees were basically people who thought they were more holy and just than those who admitted they were sinners. The point I want to make today is that so many Christians are like the Pharisees. We are all like the Pharisees sometimes. We constantly judge those who we notice are sinning. We refuse to love or associate with people in the LGBTQ community. We won’t carry the pregnant girl’s books to class no matter how much her feet might hurt. We don’t share The Gospel with friends who drink or party on the weekends. And even worse- because we don’t do these things, we think we are better than the people who participate in these obvious sins. We think we are favored by God over someone else because we sin differently.

To judge others is worse than the sin itself. We are called to love our neighbor. No exceptions. I know that if Jesus were walking down streets today, he wouldn’t ignore anyone. No matter what they did, he would love them. And he would share the good news of The Gospel.

A question I have for you is how can you accept Jesus as your Savior if you don’t need to be saved? If you were the perfect Christ follower there is no point of even having a Christ. Something that is ironic to me is that those who say they are a perfect Christian are the people who end up being so deep in sin they are drowning and can’t see their own faults. These end up being the people who need Christ so badly but will never admit it.

God uses messed up people, guys. God uses me. I’m so far from perfect or a perfect Christian. The struggle of sin is so hard to resist and combat. The only thing to do to grow in our faith is admit that we are sinners. That we are messed up. Because we need Jesus. We need a Savior. We need to love everyone and not judge others while we are sinning in different way. I pray that you all will be touched by my words tonight, thank you for reading this far along if you did!- Cami

 

Life Lessons

. Hey everyone! Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while! I’ve been super busy lately. School is starting, and it feels like I don’t have a spare minute to breathe.

This weekend is college orientation, it’s currently 12:05 pm, and I have to wake up at 6. So let’s hope that goes well haha. Sometimes I just can’t sleep because I have a lot of stuff on my mind!

It’s been a while since Bryce has been gone, and it’s been pretty hard not having him here when I’m stressed or need someone to talk to. His presence is definitely missed right now in my life. Sometimes you don’t truly appreciate people until they are gone. Bryce defiantly brought some craziness to my life, and somedays were a bit hectic. But he makes me more fun! And reminds me to let loose sometimes. So now I have to remember to give myself some chill time to let God take control of what the next step should be. I downloaded the Sandboxx app so I could write him some letters, and my second one is on its way. I’m really excited for him to get my letters! I pray that they will be a great encouragement to him.

It’s approximately 1 month, 5 days, 23 hours, 51 minutes, and 24 seconds until he graduates bootcamp. It’s crazy how slow the days go by, but how fast the weeks go by. Next week will already be his third week! So everyone who reads this, please pray that Bryce will be having a great week and pray that he will grow in his faith during this hard time of life! I’m sure he would appreciate it! It’s hard not having a boyfriend to talk to, but I’m thankful I can be here and support him through it all.

I’m also thankful that I have been super busy the past couple weeks! I started my high school classes, taught my first seminar on the book of Daniel, randomly joined the volleyball team at my high school, and am beginning my college orientations. Classes start Tuesday. I’m super nervous about them! Something that I’ve struggled with is putting God first in these busy and hard times. Lately I have been resting on the fact that attitude is everything! If I stay positive, everything will work itself out.

Something else I keep thinking about is how God breaks us apart before He builds us up to who He wants us to be. Through these past few weeks, God is making me so strong. I am learning that faith is like working out a muscle. While you are doing the workout, you think it’s the worst part. You don’t think you can get through it. You finally finish it, and you feel so happy it’s finally over. But then it isn’t over. You still hurt for a few days afterwords. You have to climb some stairs, or pick up some textbooks and the pain comes back again. But after those few days past, your muscle is brand new. It’s strong again. It’s rebuilt, and even better than before. Sometimes the pain of life is worth the results we find at the end, and that’s a concept I’m going to accept as a truth in my life.

Be praying for me this week, everyone! – Cami

My Back To School Goals

Hey everyone! Today’s blog post is going to be my goals for the upcoming school year. I start school on Monday, so I need to have some things to motivate me to do well and have some drive! So here are a few of my goals!

1. Make two new friends

2. Workout at least 5 times a week

3. Only drink water & pack healthy lunches

4. Get all A’s

5. Start a girl’s bible study at school

6. Have a positive mindset

7. Do devotions everyday

8. Always have a book to read just for fun

9. Be nice to others and an encourager

10. Blog at least 3 times a week

11. Get a job

So, those are my back to school goals! For those of you starting school, what are your goals? Let me know! I really like school because I love and value learning. I also like to be busy and have a schedule. Enjoy the rest of your summer or the beginning of your school year! – Camille