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  • I know there is quite the welcome home party in heaven right now. God is overjoyed and so proud of this man. His wisdom and perspective will be greatly missed, yet always cherished. #billygraham #faithfulservant #welldone

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  • After being arrested for a second time, Peter and the apostles reply to another threat from the chief priests by saying, "We must obey God rather than human beings." This made the chief priests worried and upset, so they began to plot to kill them. But then one Pharisee, Gamaliel, stood up and advised against killing the men. He said, "Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” Acts 5:38‭-‬39 (NIV) ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• We can be sure that if we do anything out of our own strength, with our own fleshly desires and intents in heart, it will fail. Jesus told us this himself. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5 (NIV) But if we are with God, if we give Him our very best and fully commit ourselves and everything we do unto Him, we can be sure that we can do all things through His strength (Philippians 4:13). When we are with God, we are more than conquerors. We become victors and are prosperous! Nothing can overtake us! Romans 8:31 says: What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 (NIV) I encourage you to read through this story in Acts yourself. See that God's work in these men wasn't put to an end through threats and warnings. God worked numerous miracles through them and His name continued to be gloried through them all because of their faith and trust in Him. He protected them and they were more than prosperous. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• You may be in a tough spot in your faith walk right now. Maybe God has called you to do something that costs you a lot, and requires you to trust Him. I know it's hard--believe me, I'm in the same position irght now. But you can do it! We all can! Remember that God is with you at all times, and with Him behind you, you are more than a conqueror. Keep your head up and your heart open to be filled with His spirit!

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  • In Acts 4: 23-31, we get an interesting story that highlights the importance of prayer. Peter and John are returning to their group of believers after being released from prison for healing a crippled man in the name of Jesus. Before they were released they were warned from the elders and chiefs to stop teaching in the name of Jesus. They were threatened because of the work they were doing for the Lord. I can imagine how much fear and nervousness were in their hearts at the moment. Yet what was their initial response to the situation? Prayer. They went back home and they immediately began to pray. The groups of believers cried out to God in a time of need. And the scripture says the "place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly."(Acts 4:31) Prayer is a key that unlocks the power of the Holy Spirit. When we pray, we are opening a world of miracles and wonderful possibilities. Prayer changes our hearts, our perspective, and our spirits. Our initial response to any situation, regardless of how we feel, should be prayer. So today I encourage you try to move forward into a world of prayer and unlock the full power of God's spirit within you! #prayer #whenyoupray #bookofacts #biblestudy #quiettime #christians #believers

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  • So excited to walk with God into this new chapter of my life! A year ago, I couldn't see the joy in life. Every day felt like a battle, leaving me drained and defeated. Flash forward to today, and my Savior has not only saved my life, but has given me the amazing opportunity to go share the news of His love and the message of truth to others around the world! This isn't a point I could've come to on my own. I'm so grateful that the Lord has called me to do this work. Here's to the power of obedience and faith! I can't wait to see God work in the city of Barranquilla!! #newjourney #adventure #missiontrip #soexcited

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  • At times like these, words fall short to describe the twisted knot of pain and heartache inside our chests. My prayers are with the families of the victims from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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  • Today is February 14th and you know what that means?! It's Valentine's Day! So many girls get surprised when I tell them I am perfectly at peace with being single and that I am completely at peace during this season of my life (I actually really enjoy it). But I understand that a lot of girls don't feel this way. So, I'd like to leave a word of encouragement to all of my single sisters out there! If you aren't in a relationship or if you're enjoying life without a guy right now, that's okay! Despite how the world and this super commercialized holiday may make you feel, you're perfectly special as you are--with or without a man by your side. I know for a lot of girls it's easy to let Satan's lies creep in on this day. You see the commercials and your friends getting gifts and all the "perfect couple" Instagram photos and it makes you feel unloved and undesirable. But I have news for you: you are neither of these things! You are immensely loved by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! To Him you are beautiful. You are perfect. You are radiant. And you are enough. He loved you so much that He died for you. And He constantly chases down your heart every day. His love is wider and deeper than our minds can even fathom. He loves you despite your flaws, mistakes, or failures. He loves you entirely and completely. So if you're in a season of singleness, don't be discouraged. God has you here for a reason. Being single isn't a curse and it isn't a bad thing. It's a gift that God has given you to help you desire Him more than anything or anyone else. When it's your time to be with your special someone, God will bring him along. Until then, chase your Savior first. Look for the gestures of His love throughout the day--in the beautiful sunset, the kindness of a stranger, or a beautiful star-lit sky. Chase the One who matters and find complete contentment in His love. ❤❤❤ #valentinesday #happyvalentinesday #singlebuthappy #lovingmysavior

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  • God has taught me so much about the importance of waiting and trusting in Him. I'm not good at it, either. It's a process that renews itself each day. But it does get easier. I'm learning that living in complete submission and trust in God is the best decision you can make. #trust #waiting #faith

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  • Important notes from this parable: 1.) Just like the master did with his servants, God only gives us what we can handle. This was the first thing that caught my eye while reading this story. Personally, I know I have a bad habit with comparing myself to others, especially if it relates to school. I tend to think, "if she can do all of that, and still take that many classes, then I can do this." These toxic seeds of comparison limit our view of God's love. The servant with two bags didn't compare himself to the one with five. Instead he went out and brought back his best efforts for his master. God knows how much we can handle. He knows how much weight you can carry. Everything you have been given has been according to your ability in God's eyesight. 2.) No person is better or less than the other in God's sight. The servant with 5 bags is not better or more significant than the servant with 2. God looks at our hearts first. Don't think that because you're carrying two bags, and your neighbor has five that she's better than you. We are all the same in God's eyesight. 3.) Faithfulness is the key to receiving more in life. Being faithful is an act of gratitude. If you want God to bless you abundantly or make you ruler over many things, you have to start by showing Him you are thankful for what you already have. And the best way to do that is to be faithful in your current situation. Whether it's friends, relationships, school, or work, God wants you to honor Him and be content where you are. Give Him your best efforts in every part of your life. Faithfulness is the key that unlocks blessings!

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  • I've been inspired recently to go through every day actively giving thanks to God for everything that He has given me. Even the small things. I thank him for the house shoes and fuzzy socks that I can wrap my feet in at the end of a day. I thank him for the innocent, playful eyes of my dog that greet me at my car when I pull into the yard. I thank him for the fact that I have a car in the first place. I thank him for the stars, the sun, and the sunset skies that He paints differently every evening. It's harder to thank Him in the midst of chaos, but I do it anyway. Instead of snapping about traffic and slow drivers, I take a moment to thank God for giving me this time to slow down and find Him while I'm on my way to my next destination. Instead of muttering off complaints about my flawed siblings whenever we argue, I thank God that I have siblings and that they're alive and healthy. This is a new journey for me--a journey of giving thanks. To be honest this is something God has convicted me of before. How can I ask Him for more in life without even taking time to thank Him for what I have right now? Despite how monotonous and cyclic life can seem, there's beauty in every day, and in every moment. And I've learned, just after a few days of living a truly grateful life, that thanks opens new door and gives you a completely new view of life. Try giving thanks to God for everything you have in life! Try thanking him for even the small things. #thankful #grateful #givethanks #eucharisteo #agape

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  • Why does the world chase money, riches, and fame more than God himself? So many of us desire self over Jesus. We desire to elevate and glorify our own names and not the only name that will ever really matter-- the name of Jesus. This morning I read Ecclesiastes 6 and I think I was given the answer. Human nature, as flawed as it became after the fall, was designed for worship. We all will worship something because that is what we were created to do. God delicately knitted us together, pieces of art in His image and likeness, with the intent that we praise Him. Worship is the purpose of mankind. We all will worship something. Solomon was a man who had it all. To date, he is one of the richest people to ever have lived on Earth. God blessed him abundantly with so much, yet he deemed it all as meaningless and useless. Why? Because the heart can't yearn for God and the temporary pleasures of the world. Solomon disgusted the human appetite for riches, wealth, and fame. He detested our superficial hunger for more-- the digging and searching that leads only to vain and momentary pleasure. So when Solomon could've asked for anything in the entire world, he asked for wisdom-- the thing God honors the most. We should live a life that desires to please God first. Our hearts should beat and pump for our Lord and Savior, not for the job that makes the most money or for the platform that honors our own names in the best way. Every line we draw in the sand in this life, should lead directly to Jesus. This is what it means to worship God. We must learn to crucify our own personal desires and run with what God honors and wants for us. It's okay to have dreams and goals. God answers our dreams and He grants us the desires of our heart (Psalms 37:4). But if the root of them all is self gratification and self glorification, then we're in a lane far left from where we should be. "Humility isn't thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less." •C.S. Lewis #faith #c.s.lewis #biblestudy #jesus #mysavior #chasewhatmatters #goals #dreams

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  • Every time I read over these words, my heart skips a beat. Today it was no different. I think often times we forget the power of these words.... It is finished. There's no continuation here. No afterthought or run-on statement. Jesus doesn't monologue or give a lengthy list of things we must do in conjunction to His crucifixion. In a single breath, cracked dry with pain and exhaustion, He moaned, "It is finished." Today's society seems to be in a constant spiral downwards. There's so much evil and hatred seeping from people's heart and the love of many has began to become cold and dry. There's poverty, hunger, illness, racism, and so many other forms of Satan's work. Looking at news and flashing headlines, it can be easy to look down and wonder if things will ever get better. It's easy to feel tired and defeated. But that's when we have to remember these words. It is finished. This is the greatest promise there is. Jesus has already conquered pain. He's triumphed over death. He overthrew sickness. He stood victorious over suffering. He has conquered it all. Upon the cross, sin and evil were defeated. Through the dark sky, the violence and torment of sin withered away with the final breath of our Savior as he whispered, "It is finished." Whatever you're facing, remind yourself that it is finished. It was finished way before you were even born. Before you came into this world, God declared victory over the evil and sin of the world. He has declared us victorious through His son Jesus Christ. We are more than conquerors, we are children of promise. And our Father, and Savior, are victorious! {Image source: Pinterest// artist: unknown} #faith #christian #itisfinished #jesuschrist #mysavior #God #heavenlyfather #love

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  • There's a little but of Peter in all of us. If you've read the story of the crucifixion, you've heard of how Peter denied knowing Jesus three times. When I was younger, I hated that he did that. I'd sit in front of my parents and proclaim, defiant and heated with anger, and claim, "I'd never deny knowing Jesus!" "Really?" my mom would ask, her eyes never leaving the pages. "Yep! I would've gone right in there with Him. If that we're me, I'd stand right next to Him!" The seven year old version of myself didn't understand that we've all denied Jesus at some point. Sure, you might not have outwardly said that you don't know Jesus, but a lot of times our actions seem to say that. As I read this story this morning, the Holy Spirit showed me all of the times I'd denied Jesus through my actions. The time where I should've stood up for my faith, but I stayed quiet. Or the time where I should've stopped the gossip, yet I helped add fuel to the fire. There have been so many times where I claimed to know Jesus, yet my actions said exactly what Peter said--I don't know Him. The beauty is that even during those moments, Jesus never ceased showing me love. Just as He did with Peter, He forgives us and welcomes us back with open arms. Peter was ashamed of what He did, but Jesus still loved Him. When we mess up, God still loves us. His grace and mercy continues to drench us every day. Today, I challenge you to be weary of what message your actions are sending. Make sure that you're words and actions affirm the fact that you know Christ. Show the same love to others that God shows you on the daily basis.❤ #faith #jesus #love #agape #forgiven

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  • About a year ago, I often struggled with getting so caught up in the twisting tides of life that I forget to take a moment to simply thank God for all that He's done by simply spending time with Him. I would put so much time and energy into school, work, and hanging out with friends, but neglect the One who gave all of that to me. Flash forward to today, when I take time out of each morning to spend time with God first, and I can truly tell you it makes all the difference in the world. You can't spend time with God and not be changed by Him. Whether it's ten minutes in the morning or fifteen minutes at night, that time you spend with Him is crucial. Don't get so caught up chasing other things that you forget to spend time with the One who loves you the most. Fewer ways are more important when it comes to spending your time, than quiet moments with Jesus each day. #timeintheword #timewithjesus #faith #biblestudy #francischan #inspiringquotes

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  • Remember that you can be 100% real, raw, and unfiltered when you go before God with your brokenness and weakness. He loves you, even at your darkest moments.

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  • I'm in love with this song. Born Again by Cory Asbury #songoftheday

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  • Today I read John 14:15-31. Here, Jesus is having a conversation with His disciples shortly before His death and He talks specifically about the Holy Spirit. As I read this passage this morning, I realized just how beautiful the power of the Holy Spirit is! Think about this: Jesus loves us so much, that He didn't want to be separated from us. He didn't want us to have to go through life without Him. So, He asked our heavenly Father to give us the Holy Spirit, so that He may not only be with us, but reside in us (John 14:17)! How great of a love is that?! ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Jesus lives within us through the Holy Spirit. He has given us the Spirit of Truth to guide us. Don't be embarrassed if your stand for the gospel makes you an outcast or if others don't understand. I know I have this problem a lot. But reading this today reminded me that we have a physical part of our Lord and Savior living within us and that makes us different from the world. In John 14: 17 Jesus says that the world doesn't understand the Spirit because it can't see Him nor does it know Him. People who don't have a relationship with Jesus will not understand your ideas, or your convictions. And that's okay! Continue to pray for them and pray that God will give you the strength to be a light! #faith #biblestudy #bookofjohn #holyspirit #timeintheword

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  • I don't think I've done this before, but I'd like to leave a shout-out to a page I've just discovered. @the.atlas.of.beauty is a page by photographer Mihaela Noroc that focuses on capturing raw, unfiltered beauty of women. As I scrolled down her page and read the stories behind every woman shown, I was brought to tears. God has uniquely crafted all of us after His own heart. So why do we struggle with loving ourselves? •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• In today's society, beauty is strictly labeled and it's a standard that is almost impossible to reach. The world tries to tell us who we are, and what we should look like. And instead of loving who God created us to be, we pick ourselves apart in order to fit fabricated images the media feeds us. As I looked at all the beautiful women on this page God reminded me of two things: 1.) We are all fearfully and wonderfully made in His image and likeness. °These girls don't look the same. Their stories are all different, and that's what's beautiful about them all. We shouldn't try to conform to one big smear of sexualized beauty. Instead we should love one another and we should embrace who God has made us out to be. 2.) Comparison is the thief of joy. "Don't compare your chapter 2 with someone else's chapter 20." °As I scrolled through, reading each story of every woman, I realized how vain and toxic comparison is. It's so easy to get trapped in our own worlds and compare ourselves to how other people look and what other people have. In actuality, we never know what people are going through or what they've experienced in life. I see all these girls, different colors and nationalities, and I'm reminded of the most simple thing that God has given us to testify about His glory: our stories. Our lives are literally books, pages of experience and emotion, binded and wrapped into the canvas that He calls "His children." Don't compare yourself to anyone else. Love yourself and love others. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you. --Song of Solomon 4:7 #beautiful #fearfullyandwonderfullymade #godschildren #realbeauty

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  • Yesterday was quite a stressful day for me! I had a hard time at my class, and I got really overwhelmed with everything that's going on in my life at the moment. In the midst of all the chaos and craziness of trying to have it all together, I found myself asking God why He placed so much on me at once. I felt like I was losing it. And then I saw this quote today and I was reminded of the truth--that God knows exactly where we're at. Mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. He will never give us more than we can bare. The line between having peace in the stressful season of life and completely losing it, is knowing that God protects us. He's always watching over us.

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  • One thing I've learned is that comparison is the thief of joy. When we compare ourselves to others, be it physically, financially, or spiritually, we are actually sitting at the game table with the enemy and giving him full authority to speak lies into our minds and control our thoughts. And that's a dangerous game to be playing. Before you know it, you've picked yourself apart, piece by piece, until you're only left with shards of insecurity and low self-esteem. I had this thought late one night, "what artist creates the same masterpiece over and over again?" Isn't God an artist? Not only that, but isn't He the original artist? The One from which every other form of creativity and art flow? If He made every tree, snowflake, and sunset differently, then how much more so would He make us, the only part of His creation made in His own image and likeness, different? Take note of this: you are not yourself by accident. Every part of who you are, every fiber of your being, has been strategically gifted to you. Be it your talents, your interests, or your hobbies, you are fearfully and wonderfully made into the bundle of joy that you are. My favorite verse in the Bible is Song of Solomon 4:7 which says, "You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you." Learn to love yourself and see yourself through God's eyes, not through the broken, twisted perception of the world. #realtalk #beyourself #altogetherbeautiful

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  • My favorite verse...let all that you do be done in love. Because you were loved first by God.

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