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    The Blessing of Simple Bible Reading

    As a Bible student I spend a lot of time studying certain topics in the Bible in depth. I’ll focus on specific passages or specific doctrines and do a lot of studying and learn a lot about that singular thing. The problem is that sometimes I land up feeling like I am losing grasp on the Bible as a whole. I get so bogged down on the particulars of the story that I forget about what the story tells me from a simple read through. Today, while I was at a young adults Bible conference, I had the privilege of going through God’s word with a group of like-minded people…

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    Run to Jesus

    “That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord he put on his outer garment for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea.” – John 21:7, ESV After Jesus’ death he appeared to the disciples. In this verse we see how Peter reacted to seeing Christ again. He threw himself into the sea to get to Jesus as fast as possible. I think this is a great picture of how I need to react towards Christ. I need to be ready to fling myself into His open arms. My love for Him should…

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    Lord Use My Personality

    I was sitting at the table at my friends house, old enough now to be considered one of the adults but not quite old enough to be part of the central conversation. I was on my best behaviour, because my friend just happens to be the pastor’s daughter and her guests just happened to be missionaries who were visiting for lunch. In the middle of dessert, the missionary wife turned to my friend and complimented her on her gentle and quiet spirit and how she had such a calm way about her. I smiled, all the while thinking two things: 1. that was such a missionary thing to say, no…

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    Follow Me as I Follow Christ

    When I was 14 years old I went on a camp that I didn’t want to go on. It was a Christian camp with a bunch of people I didn’t know. I had been saved for several years by that stage but had just begrudgingly moved to a new church and was not very happy with God. I went on the camp to please my parents but I was completely determined to not have fun. On the fourth night of the five day camp I dedicated my life to the Lord and it changed me. I made the commitment that whatever God wanted me to do with my life I…

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    Why I Serve at Youth Group

    Every Friday night I volunteer at my church’s youth group. This involves a few different jobs. I help with the general admin for the youth. I also help them track their quiet times and memory verses so that they can earn their scholarships for Word of Life Camp at the end of the year. On top of this, I lead a small group of girls whom I try and help apply the weekly lesson to their daily lives. I talk to teenagers and make a fool of myself, plan games or ice breakers. While doing all these things I try to have the biggest possible impact on their lives that…

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    Love Like Jesus Loves

    I just want to remind you that Jesus loves you more than you can begin to comprehend. Your worth is found in Him. He is shaping you and making you stronger (even if you feel weak right now). You are so valued by Him that He died for you while you were still His enemy and He made you His child. I also want to remind you to help others know they are loved and cherished. Don’t be afraid to message that friend that you haven’t spoken to in a while and remind them that you value their friendship. Life is short and only the Word of God and the…

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    Where’s the Reset Button?

    Do you ever wish that life came with a reset button? Even if it was just one. Like when you’re little you learn that everyone gets a reset, it’s useful for an up to six month redo allowing you to go back to exactly the same place you were six months ago; but with all the knowledge of living those six months already. I have felt like that so many times before. Honestly, if life were to come with a reset button, I probably would have pushed it way too early in life and missed a really good opportunity. Maybe when I was 10 or 11 and thought my life…

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    Why I Haven’t Given Up on Christ, Christianity and the Church

    I was just reading an article on The Gospel Coalition called The Perils of Falling for a ‘Fyre’-Style Faith. Personally I know nothing about the Fyre Festival or its documentary on Netflix. I would never have clicked on this post, I just happened to read it because I follow TGC on on Feedly and so it was the next article in my feed. The article discussed how we as Christians sometimes try and oversell Christianity and a fantasy faith. This often results in a bunch of so called “conversions” to Christianity and then a bunch of new converts who feel that they haven’t received what they were promised (like the…

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    What Am I Called to Today?

    Over the last year, a lot in my life has changed. Things that I was planning on suddenly came to an end and I was left in a place at the end of January where I realized that I had to, in a sense, start my life from the beginning again. Now the truth is that I am young and a lot of people would say that I haven’t even begun my life at 22 years old so I should stop panicking. But for me, things were different. As a teenager I did my best to build my life and know where I wanted to go and work hard to…

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    Grace Upon Grace

    I gave my testimony at my youth group on Friday. My dad was teaching on two different types of testimonies. He taught that there are some people who have been saved out of a life of sin–that is, they lived a very worldly life far away from God and then received salvation by God’s grace, were washed clean and were able to begin a new transformed life. In comparison, there are other people have been saved from a life of sin–meaning that because they were saved at a fairly young age or generally were “good” (in a worldly sense), they didn’t necessarily have a drastic outward transformation nor were they ever seen as a…