Lets go on an Adventure ….
I love to think about different adventures I have been on, climbing etc.
I think adventure can be more than a day hike or trip. I think we need to see adventure as a lifestyle to dive deeper in.
I believe that as Christians we are on a spiritual journey, the gospels say it’s a straight and narrow path. Anyone who has gone on a hiking adventure knows the path is for sure narrow. There are going to be bumps and bruises on the way, but the end result is something beautiful! The Christian journey is the same way, we hit highs and lows in which we need to learn to overcome.
I went on a trip to the New River Gorge in WV and I remember the 3-mile hike we took was not always easy, but I was captivated by the view when we hit it. It was amazing, it made the struggle along the way so worth it. I think our spiritual journey is the same, full of struggle leading to the ultimate beauty.
Lets take apart the journey since we are all on it right now. The journey grows us makes us stronger and appreciate the end more.
Lets take apart a hike and the essentials of what makes it worth it.
Number one: a good hiker would tell you never to hike alone in case of emergency. I think the same is true in our journey. The Lord created us to be relational beings. We are designed to go through our spiritual journey with others. We need to rely on others when things get tough to lean on and gain support. We can also be those along the journey encouraging others to push forward. God created us to be spiritual beings, which rely on each other to grow. Sometimes growth means pushing through pain and suffering; but it also is sweet. We need to remember that our journeys are not meant to be static, but full of dynamic ADVENTURES.
Number 2: We need to follow those with experience! It is so important we have a mentor or spiritual mother as we progress along our journey. We need make sure we align our selves with those who have journeyed ahead of us.
I think back to my trip to the New River Gorge, I had so many friends and leader who showed us the way. The hiking was hard and I knew I had support along the way. The journey we took made the end result completely worth the struggle and learning along the way.
So lets go on a adventure!
Who do you compare yourself to? We all do this…no matter what age you may be…we are
drawn to want to be like the “cool kids.” Theirs is an exclusive club that only a very select few
can join. It’s as if you are hand picked for this honor. What makes one girl celebrated while
another is shunned? Is there an unspoken “it” factor for the cool kid? Do you ever wonder why
you don’t have this “it”thing?
Do you question, why are you not sparkly, shiny and perfect like these other girls?
It is easy for you to stand by and watch others and feel less than:
-not as pretty
-not as skinny
-not as funny
-not as many friends
-not so many stylish clothes.
Do you overlook your God-given Awesomeness?
It is time for you to choose to look at yourself through a different set of eyes.
Ephesians 1: 3 says that God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. The Bible
says in Psalm 139 that, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works
are wonderful, I know that full well.”
You are extraordinary-the Bible says so. Look inside you and see how you are unique and
special: are you an artist? Do you have an intuition when someone is hurting and needs a kind
word? Do you watch out for those left out or left behind? Are you great at doing hair, great at
running, smart in politics? Have you looked around you lately? Who is your circle of friends?
Are they the smart kids or the artsy kids? The point is that you have a circle of friends! Choose
to see what is beautiful about you and how God made you. Choose to see the blessings of the
friends that He has put into your life. Be a blessing to others and this will honor God.
When you start feeling good about who you are in Christ, you will finally see yourself as the
“sparkly, shiny, and perfect” girl that you want to be.
Written by: Rachelle
It was a Chilly November night and I was glammed up. I arrived at my friend Rachel's birthday party and was ready for a fun night! There was this cute boy she had been telling me about named "Charlie". She said he is perfect for you! I got to the party and saw all of my school friends arriving. At this point in my life I had never had a real boyfriend but I sure had read about how love and romance worked. At this stage in life I was addicted to these books by the Author Lori Wick and I had just read the infamous " A Walk to Remember" I could not wait until I had my first boyfriend and until I was someones girlfriend. As we sat and talked I waited for this guy " Charlie' to arrive. I was talking with my friend Abby when all of a sudden this blonde hair, blue eyed, cutie walked through the door. My jaw literally dropped. Rachel whispered "That's Him". He was a cute southern boy wearing blue jeans, boots and a Carolina Tarheel t-shirt. He introduced himself and we hit off. Later that night, the lights when down in the Rachel's living room and couples paired off. It was me and Charlie. I scooted close to this boy and let him put his arm around me. I got tons of Butterflies! Soooo....... I thought to myself this is awesome! After the party was over Charlie got my number and we talked on the phone and went on two basketball game dates. It was fun but the more he talked about me being his girlfriend the more I felt like I would have to change myself. Charlie never implied that I would have to change, it was just this insecurity inside me that I was not good enough. I wanted to be validated and loved by Charlie but he just did not fill that void... and I did not know at the time what would but he certainly did not meet it.
I have come across a lot of girls in my lifetime just like me that want to be wanted by a guy. They want to be loved and validated. They want to be someone's girl friend. Media, culture and sometimes christian influences make us feel like we have to have a guy to be able to be a whole person. I often thought through my teenage years as I like different guys " If I was his girlfriend"..... my life would be perfect, I would fit in more, I would feel loved, i will be complete. When really that thought and mentality is lie. We don't have to have a guy in our lives to be someone awesome. I want you girls to know that you can go through high school and not have a boyfriend and be just fine! It doesn't mean you won't ever find that Great Love.
When I was in High school I came across this verse and have memorized it!
Songs of Solomon 2:7 " Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.
I love this verse so much because it challenges us to not awaken love until it so desires. Now I am not telling you to not date. But what I am telling you is to wait. Wait until you are ready, pray about who your are going to date. If you choose date someone are you dating them just to date them or do you honestly see a future with this person. But whatever you do DON'T BUY INTO A LIE THAT LOVE WILL SOLVE YOUR PROBLEMS! Because the only GREAT LOVE THAT CAN SOLVE ALL OF YOUR PROBLEMS IS ALREADY THERE WITH YOU! He is WAITING, PURSUING YOU AND WANTING YOU TO RESPOND! SO.... What are you waiting for???
My whole life, I have heard the term “wait on the Lord.”
I have heard the verse in Isaiah 40:31 time and time again, “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
And in Psalms 27:14, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and courageous. Wait for the Lord.”
I know what it means to wait on the Lord. I feel like I’ve mastered the subject of waiting on the Lord. I have waited on the Lord to bring me the right man to marry. I have waited on the Lord to help me decide what to study in college. I have waited on the Lord to confirm my feelings that my husband and I should move to Colorado. I always knew the general end result about what I was waiting for.
But what happens when the outcome doesn’t go our way after all the waiting? I’ve felt this within the last 72 hours. I spent weeks praying for something. I had humbled myself before the Lord time after time. I had grand plans in my mind of how it was all going to play out. I felt that I knew that this was God’s purpose for this stage of my life.
And then it all fell through.
I was hurt.
And I let myself be in a funk for 24 hours.
Once the 24 hour mark hit, it was time for me to get over myself.
My home is nestled along the foothills in Colorado. From where I look at the Rocky Mountains, I can only see a few. If I didn’t know any better, those would be the only ones I knew existed along this grand mountain range. But if I leave my comfort zone, and drive just 30 minutes east and look back, I can see how many other mountains exist.
Isn’t that like our life? From where we sit, in our own comfort zone, we can only see a few possibilities for how our lives could play out. But, if we push ourselves out of our home base, and let God take us somewhere new; our minds are open to so many more options.
Listen to me, it’s okay to be upset if life throws you a curve ball. But it’s not okay to camp there. You have to know, in the pit of your soul, that the Lord will remain faithful to you.
God has made us this sweet promise that we can hold onto during those times when we are looking up at the foothills and don’t think any other mountains exist: “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
A crisis in your life will not derail our sovereign God. He knows the plans He has for you. When you are left wondering, “What’s next?” do not lose hope. There are mountains that you can’t see yet, but God can.
Written by Brittany K.
So recently I have been wanting to be taken deeper in my walk with the Lord. I start having my quiet time every day and praying to the Lord. Then the next thing I know I am wondering around again not focused on the Lord. Why do we do that? We have everything we need in front us. We have Christ. Without Christ as the center of our lives we can not be all God has called us to be. What does it take to go deeper?
1. It takes admission of sin and repentance
2. It takes a daily surrender of your will for God's will
3. It take being in God's word as much a possible
4. It takes spending time on you knees before the Lord
5. It takes accountability by other believers
I challenge you girls this week to think about God taking you deeper. Spend time in God's word and start memorizing a passage. Seek an accountability partner whether it be your parent, an older sibling, or a youth leader from church. We will be praying for each and everyone you this week and can not wait to share with you our future post on The Struggles that we all have faced as woman!