Anonymous said: Hey there! I recently I followed my main Christian blog and now my dash is lacking God :/ any blogs you could recommend?
Did you know that a caterpillar has 228 separate and distinct muscles in its head? That’s quite a few, for a bug.
The average elm tree has 6 million leaves on it.
And your own heart generates enough pressure as it pumps blood throughout your body that it could squirt blood up to thirty feet. (I’ve never tried this and I don’t recommend it).
Have you ever thought about how diverse and creative God is? He didn’t have to make hundreds of different kinds of bananas, but He did. He didn’t have to put 3000 different species of trees within one square mile in the Amazon jungle, but He did. God didn’t have to create so many kinds of laughter. Think about the different sounds of your friends’ laughs—wheezes, snorts, silent, loud, obnoxious.
How about the way plants defy gravity by drawing water upward from the ground into their stems and veins? Or did you know that spiders produce three kinds of silk – when they build their webs, they create sixty feet of silk in one hour, simultaneously producing special oil on their feet that prevents them from sticking to their own web. (Most of us hate spiders, but sixty feet an hour deserves some respect!) Coral plants are so sensitive that they can die if the water temperature varies by even one or two degrees.
Did you know that when you get goose bumps, the hair in your follicles is actually helping you stay warmer by trapping body heat? Or what about the simple fact that plants take carbon dioxide (which is harmful to us) and produce oxygen (which we need to survive)? I’m sure you knew that, but have you ever marveled at it? And these same poison-swallowing, life-giving plants came from tiny seeds that were placed in the dirt. Some were watered, some weren’t; but after a few days they poked through the soil and out into the warm sunlight.
Whatever God’s reason for such diversity, creativity, and sophistication in the universe, on earth, and in our own bodies, the point of it all is His glory. God’s art speaks of Himself, reflecting who He is and what he is like." Francis Chan in his book, Crazy Love
Anonymous said: I'm in high school and all my friends are interested in boys but I'm not. I mean I like boys but right now I don't want a relationship but there is so much pressure to be in one. I don't know how to explain that to them also it's hard to explain that the boy I want to be with has to be a christian.
Well dear friend, you’re a Christian so you should probably get used to people not understanding why you do some of the things you do, but if it is language you’re looking for I suppose I can help with that. As far as explaining why you’re not interested in relationships to Christians and not Christians alike, you can just tell your friends that you’re hoping to take some time to learn more about yourself before getting into a relationship. Explain that its a personal choice and that you don’t expect others to do the same but that this is just your decision. Explain that you consider relationships a big deal and its not so much about the age as it is about your desire to enter into a relationship with a whole heart and mature outlook.
As far as explaining why you’d only be in a relationship with a Christian you can just say that Christianity is the central part of your identity so in order for you to consider dating someone it is important for them to share that with you because if not then there will be a divide between the two most important things in your life, and that very difficult for anyone to handle.
Hope this helps you friend.
Though He slay me…
Anonymous said: I need some serious help. I am a Christian but I find myself not wanting to read the Bible and when I pray, I get extremely distracted. I spend 30 minutes 'praying' when I actually only prayed for about half the time. I want to be completely devoted to God, what am I supposed to do?
The disciples struggled with this very issue in the garden and Jesus’ exhortation to them was simple. The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. What Jesus is illustrating is a constant struggle between the flesh and the Spirit that we all experience. Believe it or not, no one automatically wants to pray all of the time and for long periods of time. This only takes place after training your mind to seek His Presence. They way to do that is to utilize the willingness of the Spirit to press past the weakness of the flesh during your prayer time. Limit your distractions by praying in a room without a computer or phone. Also keep a notepad with you so that when you begin to think of things that are seemingly distractions, just write them down, Thank God for bringing them to your remembrance and continue praying. Lastly it is very effective to pray out loud when you want to limit distractions. When you are speaking out your Narrative to God, you’re more likely to be focused on what you are saying. It will be a little weird at first but the more you do it the better it will feel.
And like I said, don’t worry. There is absolutely nothing wrong with your for not wanting to pray or read scripture. Sometimes it is a greater expression of love to persist despite not really “feeling” it. God is all the more pleased when its not as easy for you.
"Steady heart that keeps on going, steady love that keeps on holding; lead me on. Steady grace that keeps forgiving, steady faith that keeps believing; lead me on."(via jacintanest)
"I’ll be your lighthouse when you’re lost at sea, and I will illuminate everything. No need to be frightened by intimacy, just throw off your fear; and come running to Me."(via jacintanest)