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Hey everyone,
Really quick post to just say thanks for subscribing :) I’ve been getting a bunch of subscribers lately, and it means SO much more than you can possibly imagine!

What’s something you want to hear my opinion on? Anything!

Becca

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Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only in my presence, but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine like lights in the world.

Philippians 2:12-15

I love this passage so much :)

There’s so much good stuff crammed into 4 verses, honestly, I could go on for days about this passage. But I’ll try to keep it under 600 words, like usual. :)

I’m going to first skip ahead to the second section:

Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine like lights in the world.

You hear that? Do all things without grumbling or questioning. I get told to stop whining a lot, personally. I tend to be a bit of a drama-queen at times. :)

Sometimes it’s hard not to grumble. Sometimes God calls us to do hard stuff, whether it’s getting a certain job, making friends with some of the ‘weirder’ kids, or going on a missions trip. But we’re to do all things without grumbling or questioning… and that’s pretty tough.

But you know why? It’s so that we’ll shine like stars. :) We live in a crooked and twisted generation, as Paul says, and when we live the Christian life we just shine so brightly that everyone has a glimpse of God’s goodness, love and power. Isn’t that amazing? Isn’t that what everyone wants in their Christian walk?

But there’s a catch.

We go back to the first section:

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only in my presence, but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.


If we’re going to shine like stars we’d better have faith. And it can’t be your parents’ faith, your friends’ faith, etc. It has to be yours. (read my last post–it talks about this more in detail.)

God can’t use someone as much as he wants to unless they completely devote themselves to him. But it’s hard, isn’t it? It’s hard to give your comfort over to God. I’m definitely not above admitting that it’s one of the hardest things I’m going through right now.

And after that, he wants to use you to spread his word. Not the word of how amazing you are, not the word of how much he appreciates you… the word of his love and his salvation and his forgiveness.

It seems a bit unfair until you realize what else there is promised.

We’ll live a life content in God.

We’ll find happiness beyond what we can ask or imagine.

We’ll live for eternity in the most amazing paradise you will ever know.

We have a personal relationship with the one man who was strong enough, brave enough, loving enough to come down and die a brutal death on the cross.

And if we shine like lights in our crooked and twisted generation, we can open up this love to a thousand other people.

Becca

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Hey everyone!

So I found the verse I’ve been quoting for the last 6 months and had no idea where it was. Biblos.com is pretty amazing for finding verses, just saying. :P

But anyway, one of my life verses:

“So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16

Pretty weird life verse, eh? But it is so incredibly important.

God says right here that he would rather us be against him 100% than only 50% for him.

Let that sink in for a minute. That kid you know, the atheist, who refuses to believe that there’s a God–God is happier with them than he is with someone who goes to church on Sundays and then swears, lies, cheats, etc. on Fridays.

No matter how good you are at wearing the Christian mask, you need to come clean. If you’re only living 50% for God, you need to seriously reevaluate your life. God is disgusted when we call ourselves Christians and then live our lives glorifying sin. He’s not only unhappy, like we portray him–if we accidentally do something wrong, he’s not just going to sigh, be sad for a little bit, and then move on–he is furious when we refuse to take sides for or against him.

If you’re living your life only 50%, if you don’t take God very seriously, if you act differently at school than you do at church, you need to seriously think about where your life is headed. You may be fooling others, but you are definitely not fooling God. And that should scare you. That idea scares me.

But as soon as you decide to give your life 100% to God he will receive you with open arms. He will erase your past, and give you a clean start.You will experience love like no other, but you have to hand over your life first.

God hates lukewarm. The last thing he wants is for you to live your life without knowing his complete devotion and love, but he has given you the freedom of that decision. Are you going to take it? Or are you going to live your life in a way that disgusts your God, the one who is able to give your more love, more hope, and greater friendship than anyone on this earth?

Becca

So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.aga

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Hey everyone,

First off, thanks SO much for all the subscriptions! I’ve gotten a bunch in the last week, which makes me SUPER happy :)

I’ve not been online because our family went on a cruise for the last week, which was a great time. :) It was much warmer than here in Ontario.

The world down in the Caribbean is just gorgeous–palm trees, huge flowers, clear blue oceans–it really takes your breath away. It’s one of the places where I really see God through his magnificent creation. You know what else I find cool? God didn’t just make the world, but it was made through him.. he was an active role in the creation of the world, not just an external power which kinda pointed, said some magic words, and then POOF! A planet was born! No, he was involved, creating it through himself, and adding hints and clues to his being all over our universe.

Everywhere you look there are signs of God. A baby bird flying for the first time. Water so clear that you can see down 40 feet. Dark brown trees contrasted with sparkling snow. (Only thing I like about the stuff.)

But the world still doesn’t know him. Or, after they’ve recognized who he is, they still don’t accept him.

I find that just astonishing… when people can look outside in the middle of a gorgeous spring day and still say that there is no God, I don’t understand it. When a person can look at a gorgeous coral reef and claim that there is no God, I can’t understand it. Doesn’t all of creation point to God? Someone must have been behind all of it, and that someone must be pretty amazing to think of everything we know.

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him (John 1:10)

What about you? Do you recognize God? Would you be able to tell who Jesus was if he was here on Earth? He made you–every little thing. And so often we fail to recognize the very being who is the cause for our existence!

It is so incredibly selfish of us to live our lives without giving all glory, all honour, all praise to the one who is responsible for everything in your life. The one who loves you more than anyone ever can. Love you enough to die the most brutal death you could ever imagine–and then even more so, since he was also facing the greatest broken heart of all eternity.

We serve an amazing God. An absolutely indescribably amazing God. I’ve decided to spend a little bit more time getting to know him this year. I hope you’ll do the same. Maybe keep me accountable :)

Becca

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