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You know that feeling when you dare to hope for something?

You finally give in, and you think your dream might be reality?

The time that your spirits soar and you can’t help smiling?

It’s an amazing feeling, isn’t it?

And then there’s the time that with a few simple words that’s all gone. And in its place is confusion, disillusionment, sadness, sometimes even depression.

And sometimes you have to stand by and watch it happen to friends, with nothing you can do to help.

I’ve frequently asked God “why would you do this? Couldn’t you bring your plan to life through another route? Why did he have to hurt so much? Why did she have to go through that? Why did you trick me like that?” and the like.

See, we as humans have this uncanny ability to pin all blame to God.

Someone’s girlfriend cheated on him, it’s “Why did you give me feelings for her, God? Why didn’t you let us just be friends?”

A person is diagnosed with cancer, and people wonder why God would do that to them.

But I think we have the wrong attitude.

Having our hopes crushed while we stand there watching is probably one of the worst feelings in all of life.

But too often we ask God “Why?”

Does it really matter why God’s allowing it to happen? Think about it. Even if you  knew why God was letting it happen, would it change anything?

Our attitude should not be one of blaming God, but instead saying “nevertheless.”

You’re going through fire, nevertheless, God will bring you through.

You’ve never felt greater heartbreak than this, nevertheless, God is still there, waiting for you with open arms.

You don’t know whether or not you’ll be able to face another day. Nevertheless, God still has a plan for your life.

I ask God “why” a lot. As if I think that even if I heard his plan I’d be able to comprehend it. But it doesn’t help to ask “why” unless you’re honestly searching for answers. Blaming God will never bring healing–only more hurt.

But seeing that he’s still there–that brings comfort. God will always be there with you. Even when there seems to be no hope left.

Becca

I found this post from a while back and apparently never posted it.. well I desperately needed to update again so I’m glad I found it!

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Don’t you hate it when you suddenly realize something about yourself that you were trying to avoid?

When you realize that, all of a sudden, you aren’t so perfect as you thought in that one area in life?

I got a bit of a wake-up call this weekend while hanging out with some amazing friends of mine, and getting to know two other awesome girls. I’ve been working on something for a really long time (which I’m not going to post on here) and I just realized this weekend how far I am from conquering it.

We all have something in our lives that we wish could just go away. Vanity, selfishness, lack of confidence, flirting, lust, gossiping, and tons more.

But no matter how hard we try, and no matter how long we succeed for, it always seems to come back, doesn’t it?

I was positive I had conquered this area in my life. But after hanging out with a bunch of different people I realized I hadn’t. I was ashamed of how I was acting around them at different points of time, because it’s not the way a daughter of God should be.

For a long time I’ve been justifying it by saying, “It’s not a sin. You didn’t do anything wrong, Becca, so snap out of it.”

But then I remember my verse… Revelation 3:16, which I quote all the time. “So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

I really hate how the Christian life can’t be lukewarm. Wouldn’t that be a lot easier?

But it’s not. And you know why? Because when we live on fire for God, giving up those habits is worth it. But if we only give up half of ourselves, we’re never going to understand all that he has planned for us.

We are not perfect. You will never be perfect. So STOP TRYING. But we can be righteous. Righteousness is for the followers of God not only in heaven, but while we’re here on earth, too. Being righteous doesn’t mean that you never sin–we all sin. But it does mean that we have a heart yearning for God, and living for him every second of our lives.

God will help you conquer whatever you struggle with. You may go back into old ways once in a while, but with His help you will conquer it completely. And no matter how much I wish God could hurry up and help me, I know that His timing is better than mine, and that I really do need to learn patience anyway…

Becca

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Easter

Hey everyone,

sorry I haven’t posted in almost a month! :( I’m going to try and post more often–I’m working on the blog so I can have a better layout and stuff, and so that’s been taking a bunch of my time. But if you guys are interested I can start doing movie/book/music reviews, too, just as quick posts to let you know some good stuff out there. Or something :P haha

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As you all know, yesterday was Easter :)

I find Easter a super interesting holiday. Everyone is so excited for Jesus, and everyone is talking about how amazing it is that he died for us in the most brutal way possible, but he defeated death!

Easter makes me happy :)

But then I notice that about a week after Easter everyone just forgets about it. It’s not as real for them anymore because they go back to their regular lives–school, friends, work, etc.

Why? Why can we easily forget about the biggest sacrifice ever made for mankind? How can we possibly just live our lives and push God into a corner? I don’t get it. I don’t understand.

But I do it, too. I forget. I focus on my life here on earth–not on God. And I really want to change that.

All through Easter (Good Friday-Sunday) I heard people speaking, sermons, praise and worship, etc. I went to the No Other Name conference in Ottawa, and it was amazing. The speakers spoke directly to what I needed to hear. (not that I wanted to hear it, I just needed to.)

God asked me, “Why aren’t you giving me 100%?” And I couldn’t answer him. The only thing I could say was “because I’m selfish and I’m scared.” What if God asked you that question? Would you say the same thing? I think we all would.

But he died for me. He died for you–And that wasn’t the end. For everyone else on this earth, death is the end. But not Jesus–he fought Satan and came out victorious. He came back to life from the dead, and he continues to live! And yet I’m scared to give my life to Him.

But God doesn’t take 99%, guys! He only takes 100%. Are you willing to join me in working on giving him your all?

Becca

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What’s more dangerous? A shark, or a vending machine?

I’d say a shark. And I’m assuming you would, too. Would you rather be in the middle of the ocean with a Great White shark, or in a cafeteria with a pop machine? Not much competition.

However, there are, on average, more deaths per year by vending machines falling on people than by shark attacks.

No one runs away from a vending machine, though. But if you saw a shark when you were snorkeling or something you’d try to get out of there. Even though you’re twice as likely to be killed by a vending machine than a shark.

Now here’s where I’m going to connect this to our Christian walk:

Too often we’re so scared of the “sharks” that we don’t even think about the “vending machines” in our lives.

As Christians, we focus so much on what are the “worst” sins, or the “most deadly” of sins. But we completely brush aside the littler, less dangerous sins.

We steer clear of things like drugs, drinking, homosexuality, fooling around with your boyfriend/girlfriend, porn addictions, etc.

But we forget about the smaller things, like lying, gossip, swearing, laziness (yes, it’s a sin), self-righteousness, selfishness, pride, vanity, and bitterness.

I’m not saying that the bigger sins aren’t to be pushed aside–even though I know that a shark is likely not going to attack me, I’m still going to get away from it as fast as I possibly can if I see one. It’s the same with sin.

But you know what? Sometimes the little things can be the most deadly.

That was the Pharisees’ problem. They were perfect when it came to the “big” sins, but they were as far from perfect as could be when it came to the smaller sins.

Be careful that you don’t underestimate the power of vending machines. They’re pretty heavy.

What do you think?

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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