Hi! My name's Lucy and I'm a sophomore in college. Currently I'm an English major and a Theology minor, & I'm planning on going to law school after graduation to pursue religious liberties. I was raised in an Orthodox Church until about high school, and then I started going to the Catholic Church. In high school, I befriended a lot of people who we're not followers of Christ and found my religion "silly", to be put kindly. I started spending a lot of time with them, going to parties with them, and basically not acting the way I should. I was fortunate enough to not do anything permanent or very dangerous to dramatically hurt my relationship with God all at once, but I did little things that created a distance between us. I didn't have the best spiritual guidance during high school & started living according to the ways of the world instead of to please the Lord. What a mistake! Around last Christmas, I had the time to put my priorities back in order. I started reading and studying the Bible again and thought, "Uh oh. I have a lot of things to fix". I tried fixing things, but was scared to give up all my friends and all the things I was used to doing, and didn't fully surrender to His will until all of the truth hit me at once. It was an evening in July & I was at a party with friends and all of a sudden I realized, "What am I doing? What am I doing with the gifts He gave me? Is this really what Christ died for? So I could party & be drawn into the ways of the world?" No." There I was surrounded by my "friends" and people who looked like they were having fun, but I was just so unhappy. That was the last party (like that) that I ever went to & that night I gave my life to Christ. There was no longer the option of being part of the world and being a good Christian. I could no longer obey two masters. It was time to give all of myself to God, where I always belonged. My friends don't quite understand it yet, but once you finally realize how important it is, there's just no going back! I was born again about 8 months ago & now go to an Evangelical Church that I absolutely LOVE ! I used to be so depressed and worried about the future, but now I am secure in the knowledge that wherever God takes me down the road, He'll already be there & will be guiding my steps. How amazing is that! I never quite realized the meaning of the lyrics for Amazing Grace until I was found. That's when everything fell into place. I feel so blessed that He called me back to Him! :) I now run a Christian Instagram (Elledee10) and am creating a Christian Club at my college. I'm also into apologetics and Biblical history. Its amazing to learn about the foundation and truth of our faith! I am so blessed by all these wonderful Christian communities, like C28, where we can build each other up and grow in our knowledge of Christ. Let's remember to always pray for one another & grow in love! God bless you all! :) Colossians 3:16 "Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts."
Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
John 14:6 "Jesus answered, â€œI am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
John 3:16-17 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."
John 1:5 "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."
Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength"
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CharlotteWhat a testimony of Gods Love and Forgiveness. Thank you for your prayers and may the Lord continue to use you to draw others to Him.
I need prayer for strength to walk the path that God has called us all to walk, close to His word. Its hard for me as a college student because Im constantly surrounded by people who are against Christ and how God calls us to live. Im always the "odd one out" because I choose not to participate in what other people my age are doing and Im criticized for it. Normally, I love it when they make fun of me because I know not walking with the ways of the world but according to Gods standard, but lately its has not been easy. Im really struggling with my emotions and obedience to Gods word. Please pray for me. I so desire to live without fear of sinning. I know thats its impossible to live a life free from sin and thats where Gods grace and Jesus gift of salvation save us, but I just so want to be free from temptation of sinning voluntarily. Please pray for me, brothers and sisters in Christ. It means a lot. Love and Blessings to you all.
All of a sudden, I felt the Lord was giving me all his strength and I felt such a peace in my heart letting me know everything is going to be okay. Thank you for praying for me! Praise the Lord that he heals all those who seek his Word. Amen!
Original Prayer Request (posted 8 Months Ago): I have just not found the right man yet & all my friends go around having boyfriend after boyfriend & hookup with guy after guy & Im still single, and I start to wonder- whats wrong with me? why dont these boys ever have an interest in me? I ask that you guys please pray for me to wait on the man God is sending for me and to maintain my purity until my wedding night. Right now I just feel like hes never coming. Im struggling and the doubts and fears of my own worth and future are tearing me up inside. Please ask the Lord to send me wisdom and peace to my heart and mind. Pray for me! Thank you!
Im waiting to see the path the Lord has picked for me, but I am not worried as I know he will send my feet in the right direction.
I know this has nothing to do with being a Christian, but does anyone have any personal cutting stories? I know that's a big thing to ask, but I'm writing an essay on cuttingand know my own story, but I don't know how to relate to other facets of cutting and its causes. If you want to send me a Facebook message at https://www.facebook.com/sarah.white19 I would appreciate it. It may be your story or a friend's, and it can be completely anonymous (you don't have to tell me it's your story, just as long as it's a true story). I'm not including any names; I just want perspectives--what caused it, what [you] were thinking/feeling/going through at the time, etc.
Also, if you guys could please pray for me as I go through the research and drafting of this essay, I would really appreciate it. I'm finding the research--and particularly the images involved--quite difficult emotionally. It's actually weird, because I was looking at images on Google, and despite the fact that they were making me positively sick I felt the urge to cut, to draw blood; as crazy as it sounds, to feel their pain. If you've never cut, you'll read this and think I'm insane; if you have, you just might be able to relate to how powerful the pressure can be. People say it's not addictive but it is, and I'm really struggling right now.
Okay, so before I really committed myself to Christ, I was friends with a group of people who were used to partying and cutting when depressed and all that stuff. I never really knew much about cutting and personally, I couldn't find a reason why anyone would want to hurt themselves like that, until one of my best friends at the time told me that she cut to get rid of her depression and stress. She told me how she did it & that it didn't really hurt, but that it just got rid of her emotions. When she told me, I was like "wow, you know you shouldn't be doing that to yourself!" But when I got into the same situation of depression, thats what I started doing.
High school was kind of a rough time for me because I was no longer going to a good church & didn't have much spiritual guidance at all. I turned to my friends (who were not followers of Christ) and took their advice, which was one of my biggest mistakes ever.
I went through a serious time of depression & I was just awful to be around. My parent's and I would fight over stupid things & after saying mean things to them, I would feel so guilty that I started cutting myself. Looking back, it really was a cry for help. I mean, if someone really looked at me and examined my wrist, they could tell what I was doing to myself. Plus, it almost came to be like a bonding thing between my friends who were cutting themselves & me, saying "look, I'm just like you now."
Thankfully, once my mom saw what I was doing, she told me how much I was hurting the precious life that God gave me & that really put things in perspective. Cutting is almost like the "gateway drug" of self-harm. It first starts out with little cuts and little actions that hurt you, but it can grow into something much bigger and ultimately end in suicide.
I know initially you said this doesn't have much to do with being a Christian, but really, it kind of does.
When you are too influenced by the world & what they're doing, you start to ignore the Bible and what God says to do with your life. If I would have been more active & read Leviticus before I started cutting, theres no way I would have done it. I just almost didn't think about what God would say about me cutting myself because I didn't have Him first in my life. Plus, as it Christian, when you lose focus and start engaging in a bad activity like cutting, you then stop and think, "How can God forgive me for all that I've done?" which is a hard thing to get past, too.
I know that a lot of people, Christians and Non-Christians alike, struggle with depression, but cutting is not the answer. I wish that people would stop glorifying it and portraying it as being "cool" or "intense" because its really not. I wish I wouldn't have done it & I hope that if someone is reading this & they're depressed and maybe has considered cutting before decides NOT to do it.
Cutting only made me feel worse & hopeless.
The only thing that cured me of my depression was reading the Bible & cutting free from the ways of the world.
Also, if you have "friends" who are persuading you to cut, they're probably not such good friends to be around with after all. God tells us not to be yolked with the unbeliever, and boy, does He mean it! It really is destructive to surround yourself with people who are going in a different direction than you are, because they are very likely to drag you with them. That being said, I am now part of a new church (Evangelical) where we pray for each other & build each other up in the knowledge of God's love and teachings for us.
Also, I know that once you start a behavior like cutting, its sometimes hard to totally break free from it, but thats what God wants us to do. Don't let the images and moody captions of it draw you back into the "lure" of it. The devil works on lies and I can tell you that there's NOTHING good about cutting. Nothing at all.
Things at the time seemed super hopeless and I wasn't sure if God was ever going to turn things around for me. However, now I see that all this time, with all the struggles I was going through, God was just building me and testing me to have a better testimony to help someone else one day!
Coming to Christ was the best thing I've ever done & it totally freed me from all of this bondage. I know that there will still be times of trial, but ultimately, God is working things out for me & is just giving me opportunities to increase my faith & trust in Him!
I hope this post helped! God bless you, sister!
I just wanted to ask what your views on this topic was. Do you believe we should be careful of what music we listen to and that famous music videos have messages in it? I am not going to be hysteric about this, like the Salem Witch Trials, but this is freaking me out. I saw some Youtube videos on this. I felt this strange feeling... I am not sure if it is the Holy Spirit warning me about something when I watched Taylor Swift's I Knew You Were Trouble.
Similar to what @kaitlynn said with the one world order, or the New World Order that will usher in the antichrist, the illuminati is the media/popculture portion of the NWO. A lot of new celebrities talk about being part of the illuminati and bring up illuminati symbolism.
If you're looking for more information, check out the Youtube videos by theforerunner777. He gives A LOT of information on this.
Also, always make sure God is being glorified in everything you do in your life. If the music/shows you're watching don't glorify God, then turn them off. Hope this helped! God Bless!
The Message translation of the Bible is a super cool place to start if you're looking to start reading the Bible again! Also, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young is AMAZING (http://www.c28.com/products/books-jesus-calling-enjoying-peace-in-his-presence-96499/?iadid=search-products)
Also, in a non written form, if you have instagram, start following Christian instagram accounts! Its a great way to have a daily reminder of God's love & His word. Some good accounts are InstaGodMinistries, Proverbsdaily, the_love_of_Christ, instapray, storm_326, or mine, Elledee10 !
I hope this helps you on your journey! Reading and familiarizing yourself with the Bible is super important. May God bless you!
@Alpha, sometimes its not something you can verbalize, but its just something you know.
However, once you start to understand and learn the history behind Christianity, it just builds your faith 100% as you know you are following God's Truth.
Does anyone know any good Christian bands? Ones that are alternative, pop, acoustic, indie, or soft rock perhaps? I'm having a difficult time finding Christian bands that suit my taste and aren't overplayed :(
Some bands/artists that I like are:
Jars of Clay (the older one)
Death Cab for Cutie
Some Tenth Avenue North songs as well as The Afters
If anyone could help that would be great! I really do need some more Christian songs to listen to.
Hillsong United, Above the Golden State, Anthem Lights, Ashmont Hill, Brandon Heath, Crystal Aikin, For King and Country, Gungor, Jesus Culture, Kari Jobe, Newsboys, TobyMac, and Youthful Praise are good too! :)
If a Christian girl and non-Christian guy date, does it mean it's not going to work out? What could possible go wrong? There may be a little difference but what if they both are interested in other things?
I agree with most the people on this thread. Its impossible to date a nonbeliever and have it go somewhere. I've done this before, the whole "missionary dating" thing where you hope you can convert someone, and it just doesn't work most of the time. We would end up arguing over him coming to church with me or something I didn't want to (or wouldn't do) because of my relationship with Christ. I guess it really depends on how deep your relationship is with God. But if your relationship with God isn't first, then maybe refraining from dating wouldn't be such a bad thing.