"wow.. i just randomly came across your blog, and wow. idek how to explain it but it stands out to all the other christian blogs i follow... it spoke to me. thank you."
- Vance Havner
"How is your current relationship with God? I'm struggling to grasp that i can actually have a relationship. i feel like my prayers have been so empty lately..."
Rest assured that every believer will enter a dry season. That doesn’t give us an excuse tho. Whenever we’re feeling distant from God, I believe that it’s because there’s something in our lives that’s getting in the way. & until we realize what it is & address it, we’re going to keep feeling distant.
Like for me personally, the beginning of this year I felt SO distant from God. & it took me months to figure out that it was because there was a certain thing that I wasn’t letting go of. & it was getting in the way of my relationship with God. It wasn’t until I surrendered it to Him that my walk started to move forward again. This year has just been so crazy with all that’s happened & it’s still hard. I still fall. But I know that God is honored when we continually seek Him. So keep going, & I will definitely pray for you <3
"Is it a sin to smoke cigarettes? Or hookah? I'm not sure if there is a black and white answer to this question, but just curious of your opinion. Thanks in advance (:"
You’re right. There is no black & white verse concerning smoking. BUT, the Bible does say that our body is a temple that belongs to God & commands us to take care of it. Taking care of our bodies is honoring to God, therefore doing anything that harms the body is dishonoring to God. Smoking has a lot of negative effects on the body, both physically & mentally.
The chemicals in cigarettes are physiologically & psychologically addictive, meaning the body & mind become addicted. Smoking also has negative effects on the lungs, mouth, brain, & more. One of the more commonly known effects of smoking is lung cancer. But there’s also other diseases connected to smoking such as asthma, emphysema, & it can also cause birth defects. Yes, just went nurse mode on you there. The nicotine can become habit forming, which affects your mind. We are commanded to protect our minds as well.
So in my opinion, yes, smoking is a sin.
"Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you & was given by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body." - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT)
Sorry I haven’t been posting or answering questions lately. I’ve been uber busy because…….God blessed me with my first job as a registered nurse!!
I’m still getting used to my new sleep schedule. I work 5am-130pm. I am so not a morning person. But once I get used to it, I should be back to posting ;)
Hope everyone is having a lovely December. Love y’all :D
"I feel wrong with God. I feel like I can't take back the mistakes I've made, and the He won't forgive me. I pray to him everyday asking Him for forgiveness. I wish I could set my life straight. But I was wondering, will you pray for me?"
If we feel that our sin is too great, then we have to ask ourselves if we really understand what Christ did for us on that cross. No sin is too great for God to forgive.
1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful & just to forgive us our sins & to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” It is not because of anything we did, it is not because we deserve it…we don’t deserve it & there’s nothing we can do to earn His forgiveness. But that’s the great thing, Christ paid the price we could never pay. He gives us complete freedom & forgiveness. All we have to do is ask.
I will definitely keep you in my prayers :)
"I just wanted to say that I really appreciate you taking your time to answer questions and help everyone out (: It really means a lot and has helped me tremendously when I have no where else to turn. Thank you and hope you have a fantastic day <3"
You are very welcome! I’ll always do my best to be here for all of you guys <3
& just in case you guys didn’t know. I always answer questions privately unless they are asked anonymously :)
- Charles Stanley