"Why does God hate me?" is the question I feel like asking those closest to me. When God knows what I dread the most, hears my prayers, but still allows that thing to happen... I don't know about you, but it hurts. It hurts to know that an all-powerful God can place his hand on any situation and make it turn out differently but doesn't. And no matter what that situation ranges from -- a relationship, a job, a loved one dying, or finances -- it doesn't change that it hurts. Whatever situation you find yourself in while reading this, it hurts. I acknowledge that. I acknowledge that it sucks, and I acknowledge that those are the times when your responses to questions of "How are you?" get met with, "I'm just trying to keep the faith." When the concerned questions of "What are you praying" go no further than "God, help me!" Sometimes said through tears and snot, and other times said through anger and shouts. You're not alone. I've been there. I am there.
Whatever your "status" on this day is its part of what is making, you...you, and how you handle it dictates the end result.
"Is this even worth it?" I've been holding onto my purity. I've been tithing. I haven't retaliated. I've been making money legally. I stopped going there. I've stopped hanging out with those people. I don't do that anymore! I'm going to church. "God, if you don't ________, I don't think I can do this much longer." "If one more _________, I'm done." Does that sound familiar? We all have situations that make us doubt...question...What is this walk about? Is this Christian life even worth it?
Do you have more than one passion? Well, I do! Many of you have asked, "What exactly is TeachStyleLiveFaith?" TeachStyleLiveFaith is simply a desire God has placed on my heart to share with the world the things he has made me passionate about.
One never gets a second chance to make a first impression, but remember the first impression is not the last chance to make a good impression.
Friend, I’m not less of a Christian when I disagree with you. And I’m not less of a Christian when I say I’m hurting. I’m just a Christian who happens to be black…
When we do these comparisons, nothing good comes from it. We dig ourselves into a deeper pit of despair than before. What if there’s a better way? What must I do to get out of this pit and see the light? I think it’s summed up in one word: acceptance--otherwise known as “Let go and let God.” "Sometimes holding on does more damage than letting go."
“Well, we all make mistakes, dear, so just put it behind you. We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.”
"My philosophy has always been that I don't need to decide if I like a guy until he decides to pursue me."
Every time August comes around, I have this awful reoccurring dream. It's the first day of school. Every thing is moving in slow motion. I'm panicking. I have no idea what I'm doing the first day of class. I arrive early. After clicking ferociously through files of past lesson plans saved on my computer, I race to the copy machine, only to find there's a long line because two out of three of the machines are jammed!