What is a Christian Lifestyle?

When I used to hear the phrase “Christian Lifestyle” I used to think “here comes another boring stuck up person telling me what I cannot do.” Then the feeling of wanting to run the other direction when some random stranger is handing out bibles (especially when I was in college.)

As I matured in my walk, I learned a few things that I want to share with you all.

Here are a few tips about the lifestyle:

  • Christians believe in Jesus as their personal savior.
  • The objective of the lifestyle is to honor ourselves as a temple while having the love for others and our environment.
  • Christians are supposed to demonstrate their faith everywhere they go. I used to go the Gym and not speak to anyone. Somehow people started picking up conversations with me. It didn’t matter what I initially wanted to do, I had to represent my religion.
  • Obviously, you don’t throw a bible and holy water at someone screaming “repent or you’re going to hell!”  Jesus says the most important part of a Christian lifestyle is love for others (Mark 12:30-31.) In another scripture, it explains what love is (1 Corinthians 13.) Having respect and compassion for others is what being a Christian is all about. How you treat yourself and others is a reflection of how much you allow God to move in your life. Another thing I want to point out is no you don’t have to be perfect. Your heart is the first thing you should focus on – it will change everything else (Proverbs 4:23)
  • There are several reasons why walking with Jesus is such a great thing. If I had one sentence to say it would be: “he is the source that fulfills all needs.”

I try to write from my own experiences. I hope my examples will influence your personal walk in Christianity.

 

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Silence

If you ever met me in person you would probably say “man she is really quiet.” I love people, I’m just naturally reserved and an introvert.

Because I’m so quiet, I’m really good at listening and catering to other’s needs. I have learned so much from just sitting and letting people talk & “be themselves.”

May I suggest the challenge of silence for a bit. You might be surprised to find it is pretty powerful.

To be clear it’s ok to respectfully say something. Talking freely is good and needed sometimes. As the saying goes you were given 2 ears and 1 mouth for a reason. Listening and hearing your environment should balance out speaking.

The one who has knowledge restrains his words,
and one who keeps a cool head
is a person of understanding.

Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent—
discerning, when he seals his lips. Proverbs 17:27-28

Being an Adult Update.

[Write and delete] “No that doesn’t sound good.” [Repeat.]

Ugh hello everyone,

If only you knew how hard it is to open with how I’ve really been feeling lately. I’m thinking about my future. My mind is filled with a million and one “I guess I’m an adult now” things.

Then this takes me back to when I ever start anything great in this city. My mom had to force me out of the nest and become a fully able woman. Bored and single I started this blog with a cute puppy I didn’t ask for. All these things were a blessing I didn’t see value in until I looked back over it all.

I’m scared thinking about the future – but I believe God will provide me everything that I need for every moment I have in life. With him all things are possible and I know I will more than okay.

Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. 

Philippians 4:6-7

 

Weekly Prayer April 9th, 2018

Hello! I’m glad that you’re here and I get to write to you. Here is this week’s prayer. Hope you all have a prosperous week full of blessings.

God,

Thank you for all of your wonders and your ways. You an awesome God who perfect in all of your ways.

Please allow this week to go well. Allow me to walk in the truth while spreading love and respect to others. I pray that you put my mind at ease so that I can enjoy each day with grace.

I pray to continue to grow and blossom into who you want me to be. Let me have the discernment and strength to improve my own circumstances.

In Jesus Name I Pray,

Amen

I will give peace to the land, and you will lie down with nothing to frighten you. I will remove dangerous animals from the land, and no sword will pass through your land. Leviticus 26:6

 

Let Go & Have Fun

Let’s all be honest here. If being a Christian meant having a boring life, I would say no thank you. I like being silly and having fun. God would be great and all, but I wouldn’t see him as someone worth having a relationship with.

I would just like to make it very clear there is nothing wrong with having a good life. There is so much beauty in the world, why wouldn’t God want us to enjoy it?

I like going to the gym, shopping, and having girl time. You’re here – so we both like to read. As long as we are respecting ourselves and others, enjoying life is not a bad thing.

Here are a few tips.

  • Treat yourself to being pampered. I enjoy keeping up with my beauty and appearance. It’s ok to be a beautiful work of art. There is a way to do it without being vulgar.
  • It’s ok to talk to others. If there are healthy boundaries and no one is getting hurt, it’s ok. Being a Christian is more than just throwing Jesus in someone’s face. Every part of your life – including how you treat others, should reflect the blessings God has given you.
  • Hobbies and interest are nice to have. Don’t judge me, but I like to watch videos about Disney World. It’s an entire culture of videos dedicated to the parks and movies, it makes me feel like a kid again.

Let go and have fun – just be smart and safe.

15 So I commended enjoyment because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat, drink, and enjoy himself, for this will accompany him in his labor during the days of his life that God gives him under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 8:15

 

Forgive Yourself

2 things that will happen in life.

You will be hurt and you will hurt people. You may not do it intentionally – but it is inevitable. In recent years, I have hurt people from walking away. I love myself way too much than to stay in something that is toxic to my well being.

We always direct forgiveness towards other people. “They did this and that.” Today I want to take a different approach.

There are times in life the main person we need to forgive is ourselves. “If I knew something was going to go bad, I would have done it this way. I just didn’t know” Guilty and feeling ashamed are reactions to “mistakes” we made in life.

Yes, we should be accountable for our actions making us guilty as charged. But that does not automatically mean something is wrong with us – we are simply just doing the best we can.

Pick yourself off the ground and keep pushing towards a brighter future. The only failure is staying in the same place instead of trying to grow and improve.

Compassion and forgiveness belong to the Lord our God, though we have rebelled against him Daniel 9:9

Dear World,

A good name is to be chosen over great wealth;
favor is better than silver and gold.

Rich and poor have this in common:
the Lord makes them all.

A sensible person sees danger and takes cover,
but the inexperienced keep going and are punished.

Humility, the fear of the Lord,
results in wealth, honor, and life.

There are thorns and snares on the way of the crooked;
the one who guards himself stays far from them.

Start a youth out on his way;
even when he grows old he will not depart from it.

The rich rule over the poor,
and the borrower is a slave to the lender.

The one who sows injustice will reap disaster,
and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.

A generous person will be blessed,
for he shares his food with the poor.

10 Drive out a mocker, and conflict goes too;
then quarreling and dishonor will cease.

11 The one who loves a pure heart
and gracious lips—the king is his friend.

12 The Lord’s eyes keep watch over knowledge,
but he overthrows the words of the treacherous.

13 The slacker says, “There’s a lion outside!
I’ll be killed in the public square!”

14 The mouth of the forbidden woman is a deep pit;
a man cursed by the Lord will fall into it.

15 Foolishness is bound to the heart of a youth;
a rod of discipline will separate it from him.

16 Oppressing the poor to enrich oneself,
and giving to the rich—both lead only to poverty.

Proverbs 22