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Welcome to your last day on Earth! :)

So apparently today at 6.00 or something the world’s gonna end?

Well, it’s been a good life. God made a pretty nice world, when all’s said and done. Too bad I won’t live to get married, have kids, start my career, etc…

It really makes me laugh when I see people freak out about these “it’s the end of the world” days. I mean, as Christians, we know that no one will know the date of when the world ends, not even Jesus.

But what hit me today was really “You know, if God came today, I’d be disappointed.”
And that made me think.

I mean, I love God SO much. I honestly do. BUT I also love stuff that this world has to offer. (Getting married, having kids, etc.)

All of the things that I am looking forward to in my life are good things. Falling in love is good. Getting married is good. Having kids is good (hopefully cute ones with curly blond hair and big brown eyes). But when we are presented with the idea of living with God forever instead of all these things we shouldn’t waste a second thinking about it–our first reaction should be YES God! I want to be with you!

So what is it for you? Are you holding on to things that this world has to offer, good or bad? Or are you 100% ready for Jesus to come and take you to be with Him?

Now, I definitely don’t believe that the world is ending today. I think it’s funny when people try to predict it :) It’s like saying that you know the last number of pi or something… (yess, I’m a math nerd)

But the point remains–if he were to come today, would you be ready? Would you be excited?

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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I don’t think people understand that how a guy treats a girl can completely change her opinion of herself.

So many guys treat girls like trash. And I’m talking about Christian guys. Guys that go to church every Sunday, and then go to youth group in the middle of the week.

As soon as guys start treating girls like trash, they begin to think of themselves as trash.

Of course, a lot of girls just don’t let the words sink in, but it’s so hard not to.

I challenge girls a LOT on this blog, but I’ve been getting quite a few male readers lately, so I’m going to challenge you this time:

Even if a girl is wearing the most inappropriate clothes they can, even if they’re majorly flirting with you, even if they’re making inappropriate comments towards you, do not start flirting with them, do not start making inappropriate jokes around them. Honestly, is that the kind of guy you want to be known as?

Take it from a girl, I would MUCH rather have a guyfriend who can have a conversation with me without flirting once than one who flirts a ton. Flirting can make a girl feel good about herself for the time being, but as soon as you leave, suddenly she realizes that you didn’t mean any of it. And that can really hurt girls. I know from experience.

Girls are to be respected. I know that we don’t always make it easy, but the fact remains.

I don’t mean that they should be held on a pedestal like they’re some fragile glass object, but treat them like they’re people with feelings, and who God has commanded you, as guys, to look after. Treat them like you would your sister.

My entire opinion on myself changed as soon as I met really good Christian guy-friends. Honestly, it’s actually pretty crazy :) You look at my self-esteem (I hate that word, but that’s a different post) before and after I made a lot of my good guy-friends and it’s just sky-rocketed. I think it’s because all of a sudden I realized that there are guys who will treat me like I deserve to be treated, and that I’m not just some other girl to flirt with, but a person with opinions, and something to add to this world.

I honestly don’t think guys realize that flirting doesn’t make a girl feel beautiful–it makes her feel used.

To make a girl feel beautiful just be her friend. Treat her like she’s valuable. Respect her opinions.

I’d love to see more truly Christ-like guys in this world. You guys were born to be leaders, but so many of you are throwing that opportunity away! It’s so frustrating to watch–it really is.

So step up to the plate! Stop making inappropriate jokes. Stop flirting left, right and center.

Trust me, you could change someone’s life :)

Some questions for you..

Guys: Do girls do the same thing to you? If so, how can we fix it? I’d love to hear your opinions!

Girls: Do you agree? Disagree? I’d love to hear your opinions :)

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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Hello girls,
So I was just reading Amber’s blog and she posted this verse:
“If you who are a Jew live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel Gentiles to live like Jews?” Galations 2:14
She then went on to say that it’s the same with Christians–if we’re Christian, but we’re living a lifestyle that is anything but holy, how are we going to show people what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ?
This verse is extremely important, in my opinion. So many Christians believe that they need to become one with our culture to be able to accept new teens into youth groups, young families into churches, etc. We lower our standards for our churches, youth groups, and for ourselves to an extent that there is no difference between us and the culture surrounding us, except that we claim one more lie: we’re Christians inside and out.
If you are a Christian, your number one priority should not be what others think of you. Your number one priority should not be to have the cutest boyfriend. If you go to a Chrsitian youth group, it should be reverent to God and to the church. I don’t mean that you always have to wear a long, white dress to represent purity and give up makeup and cute clothes to constantly chant prayers from the 16th century. But I do mean that if you’re fitting in extremely well with the culture, you need to step back a little.
What is the point of Christianity if we’re the same as everyone else? What is the point of believing in God if he isn’t able to completely switch your life around? If you say you believe in God, make sure you’re ready to follow through with that statement. God says it himself that he will spit the lukewarm out of his mouth–he would rather you be against him than only somewhat-for him! Do we get that?
I have friends who aren’t Christians, and it breaks my heart. It really does–I pray so hard that they will begin to understand my faith. But they won’t if I act the same as they do. Do you get it? If we’re not different, there’s no point to change. When people become Chrsitians, they’re saying goodbye to their old life.
But if Christians give the impression that you can live the sinful life and be a Christian, what’s the point of faith?
And what about you? Are you letting God radically change your life so that you can 100% live your life for him? God won’t work against our will. But do you really want to let him?
God can do so much for us, but only if we let him change us. And when he changes us, our lives become utterly and completely different–but you experience a peace that you will never know otherwise. People will see a difference in you, and they will want it. They’ll see joy, peace, contentment, and a purer love than they can ever imagine.
It’s time to start living the Christian faith, girls–and I know that it’ll be worth it in the end.
Becca

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Giving Up Dreams

We find it really easy to surrender some dreams to God. The dream of having the newest car, for one, is an easy one to give up. If you felt that God was asking you to use that money to build wells in third world countries, I’m sure that a lot of people would be ok with it after some thought, even if they had been saving up for a long time.

But what about your dream of getting married?

I know this is a huge one for a lot of girls—it definitely is for me, I’m not going to lie. (If any of my guyfriends are reading this, don’t worry. I won’t be husband-hunting for a while yet. ;) so no cause for alarm) Girls want so badly to be loved—don’t we? I know it isn’t just me. We all want to believe that there’s the perfect guy out for us, and that God is going to present him at just the right time. Not only that, but it’s going to be more romantic than we could ever imagine.

Every Christian girl has their list of the things they need in a husband. It varies from girl to girl, but we all have one. Don’t try to deny it.

But have you ever thought that God might call you to be single?

It’s a scary thought, isn’t it, to most of us? It actually completely scares me—I don’t think I could live alone my whole life. But the point remains—he could call you to be single. He could call me. There’s no way of knowing until the time comes for him to reveal that part of the plan to us.

Would you be willing to hand your dreams of marriage over to God, and allow him to use your life however he sees fit?

Something to think about.

Becca

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Abraham Lincoln once said that “most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” I completely agree.

I’m an extremely happy person. It can actually be pretty annoying at times, I admit. Last week I got told at a youth group I go to by one of the newer leaders that he didn’t know what I looked like when I wasn’t smiling or laughing.

I’ve had an easy life, though, too. I haven’t had to face sudden death of a friend, divorce, times where money is short, or any of that kind of stuff. So to many people it seems that it’s easy to be happy if you’re in my situation.

But the funny thing is that I don’t see a lot of my friends who come from extremely bad situations moping about their lives. I see people whose biggest problem is that their parents don’t let them go to parties with their sketchy boyfriend depressed about their lives.

I still don’t really understand why teenagers are so dramatic. Although I have to admit that I can be. Yes, I cry over stupid things. Yes, I have to control my whirlwind emotions at times. But I’ve always been able to control them. Unless they’re about grades. But I see people living their lives hating their parents (who are very nice people—most of them I absolutely love) and making up their minds to be as miserable as possible all the time.

And then I see some of my friends who have faced more than enough trouble for anyone, and they’re smiling and they’re praising God for what he’s done in their lives. They’re making friends, they’re talking about how much they appreciate their friends and family, and they focus on all the good in their lives.

I’m naturally bubbly, as I’ve mentioned, but I have had purpose for being sour towards life. My brother died when I was about 1 ½ years old when he was only 29 days old. I’ve had a close friend be diagnosed with AIDs. I’ve been told by people that I’m ugly (long time ago, almost over it don’t worry) and for a long time I believed them. I’ve seen a beautiful 6-year-old girl die of a brain tumour. But you know what? No matter how terrible these things are, God is sovereign. There is reason to be joyful, because we know that God has it under control.

I don’t mean that you have to always be smiling. I don’t mean that you have to always feel like laughing–and I definitely don’t mean that you need to forget the bad things in your life. How could I ever forget about Christopher (my brother) or the little girl I knew before she died? It’s impossible. But God calls us to be joyful–and we can be with his healing power. 

You have the ability to love your life or hate it. It’s up to you, and no one else can make that decision for you. But let me tell you—if your problem is with your parents, you’re likely in the wrong. They know what they’re doing—they’re older than you, they have experience, and they’re wiser. Yes, they can be annoying. Yes, they can make mistakes. Yes, they are embarrassing. But no, they do not hate you, and no, they are not trying to ruin your life. I’m not trying to belittle anyone’s suffering, anyone’s problems, anything. But the truth is, we as teenagers can blow situations out of proportion so easily.

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” How happy are you deciding to be? Are you deciding to focus on the good, and on God? Or are you going to focus on the parts of your life that you hate?

Becca

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