When You Don’t Want to Go to Church

There are some people that go to church every week. I was one of those people. I couldn’t start my week out without it. If I did miss a Sunday, I would feel so out of wack the rest of the week. In the last year, there have been times that I couldn’t get there because of other obligations or just because I wasn’t feeling it because of the things I was going through. The funny thing is when I just wasn’t feeling it was when I should have been going to church the most. Seeing as I am guilty of excuses, I am not here to judge but only offer possible solutions. Here are some excuses and my take on combating them.Read More »

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Where I Serve

For the longest time, I knew that as a Christian, you are supposed to give your time, money, and talent to the Church. It’s what I was taught at a very young age, and my mom lived this out to it’s fullest. She was a great example of this. If she wasn’t home when she was a stay-at-home mom, she was at church giving her time and talent as an artist. So as a youth, I gave my time helping at events for the church and parish school I attended. My mom also gave me 50 cents or a dollar to give on Sundays to get me into the habit of giving money to the Church. (I know some people have a hard time with the concept of giving money to the Church especially with the bad reputation of certain, not all, megachurches abusing the concept. The truth is that God asks for our first fruits of our labor. Ten percent is they general rule of thumb, but God wants us to be cheerful givers. If you aren’t cheerful about giving a certain amount, He will be happy with what you do choose to give. If you don’t want to give anything but you feel forced, He doesn’t want it. That’s off topic, but for some verses on where this is stated, check out Leviticus 27:30-33, Numbers 18:21-28, and Matthew 23:23-24. Anyways, what I was lacking was serving with my talents. I sang in the choir but it wasn’t for him. I just liked singing. As I have gotten older, I noticed I either lost that talent or I never really had it to begin with. Let’s face it, I suck, but that’s okay haha. Read More »

Resolutions

Have New Year Resolutions not worked for you in the past? I know I have failed many times with mine. The solution for some people is to just stop setting them. That is a great idea, but then what are you doing to set goals and grow in the areas that need growth? You probably aren’t. If you are, that’s awesome! Tell me how you go about that! I have some New Year resolutions that I have set and a plan to achieve them. I also have a suggestion for a book for wives and women in serious relationships. So continue reading…Read More »

Storms Can Be Messy

Despite my age, I have gone through many storms in my life, and some were not as big as others. Through these experiences, I have learned many things about life, others, and even myself. Instead of letting these hinder my life, I have taken the lessons learned to heart. Now, don’t get me wrong… I let them get to me at first, but then I really take a hard look at how it could work forms good instead of staying in the depressive state it brings me to initially.

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Storms in nature make a mess. Leaves and branches fall, and houses get torn apart. Everything too weak to withstand the storm gets blown away. Life storms do the same thing. They can strip us of our personality and character. Storms make a mess of our life, but we can use this as a chance to rebuild. We can make new and better habits for our lives. For me, this included personal development books and podcasts, going back to school, new friends, a new church, and new hobbies like this blog.

I believe that God allows us to go through these storms of life so that we can be reshaped and renewed. Instead of getting mad at Him, we should continue to praise Him and ask for Him to show us how He can use this for our near or distant future. I love the song “Praise You In This Storm” by Casting Crowns because it really paints this picture well. You can view it down below.

Here are some Bible verses for some inspiration

-Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge ~Psalm 62:8

-I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~Philippians 4:13

-The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. ~Psalm 28:7

-So we do not lose heart. Through our outer self is wasting away, out inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. ~2 Corinthians 4:16-18

 

XO Ashton