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Online Bible Study | Walk the Same - 22nd April, Tuesday 2014
Hey All,
This study will help anyone recognize areas of temptation as well as help them battle temptation by using the Word of God.This Tuesday, we will be covering an all important topic - Battling Temptation. This session will cover (1) the things of the world, (2) the schemes of Satan, and (3) the model of Christ.
Visit the Bible Study page to download the notes which you will find helpful when following this study during the course of this session. The reference guide for the study will be available for download shortly after the study has concluded.
The chat will take place at : http://tinychat.com/walkthesame
Date & Time : 22nd April, Tuesday @ 07:00 PM US Eastern Standard Time 
*We believe that people can engage and interact in study in any way possible and is not limited to a particular stream and therefore webcam is absolutely optional.
The study will take place in the form of interactive group discussions in order to have everyone involved. We are absolutely excited and we hope that you will join us with your Bibles for a Blessed evening. Spread the word and let your friends know.
If you have any questions, feel free to get hold of us on our Ask or alternatively you can reach us on our email ask@walkthesame.com.
Love & Blessings,
Walk the Same team

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Online Bible Study | Walk the Same - 22nd April, Tuesday 2014

Hey All,

This study will help anyone recognize areas of temptation as well as help them battle temptation by using the Word of God.This Tuesday, we will be covering an all important topic - Battling TemptationThis session will cover (1) the things of the world, (2) the schemes of Satan, and (3) the model of Christ.

Visit the Bible Study page to download the notes which you will find helpful when following this study during the course of this session. The reference guide for the study will be available for download shortly after the study has concluded.

The chat will take place at : http://tinychat.com/walkthesame

Date & Time : 22nd April, Tuesday @ 07:00 PM US Eastern Standard Time 

*We believe that people can engage and interact in study in any way possible and is not limited to a particular stream and therefore webcam is absolutely optional.

The study will take place in the form of interactive group discussions in order to have everyone involved. We are absolutely excited and we hope that you will join us with your Bibles for a Blessed evening. Spread the word and let your friends know.

If you have any questions, feel free to get hold of us on our Ask or alternatively you can reach us on our email ask@walkthesame.com.

Love & Blessings,

Walk the Same team

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Let us be a Living Sacrifice (#wtsdevo everydayliving)
Read: Romans 12

Paul wastes no time into telling his audience to ‘offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God’ right at the start of Romans 12. This bit follows after where Paul shares with the people that the plan of God was made available not only to the Israelites but also to all of humanity. And it is with this in mind that we as followers of Christ need to fulfill the request made by Paul at the opening sentence of this chapter. Paul goes on to share some practical yet solid advice on how to make this achievable. 
 
Reading through Chapters 13 and 14, we are shown that one of the major ways in which we are to present ourselves as a living sacrifice before God is by being in service to those that God has placed us in relationship with. The people at the time, expecting Paul to define a living sacrifice equivalent to the temple rituals they were used to, would have least expected this as an answer. Paul stresses that it is not in the temple rituals we perform that we end up being a living sacrifice but instead we become the perfect sacrifice by not falling and practicing the ways of the world, by ever renewing our relationships, by continuing to surround ourselves with love and community, by helping and being of service to others and by submitting to the authority of God.
 
What is so amazing is that what Paul said then and there is true and relates to all of us even to this day. Everyday I am challenged to avoid being a selfish human but rather to follow the example of Christ’s utter selflessness. By obeying and applying the word of God into these areas of my life, I am playing an active role in being part of the mission of God that He started from the the creation of our world and continues to move to this day.
 

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Devotional Series: Insert Title of Your Devotional Series Here (#wtsdevo everydayliving)
Posted by: Jude \ Personal // Walk the Same

 

walkthesame:

Let us be a Living Sacrifice (#wtsdevo everydayliving)

Read: Romans 12
Paul wastes no time into telling his audience to ‘offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God’ right at the start of Romans 12. This bit follows after where Paul shares with the people that the plan of God was made available not only to the Israelites but also to all of humanity. And it is with this in mind that we as followers of Christ need to fulfill the request made by Paul at the opening sentence of this chapter. Paul goes on to share some practical yet solid advice on how to make this achievable. 
 
Reading through Chapters 13 and 14, we are shown that one of the major ways in which we are to present ourselves as a living sacrifice before God is by being in service to those that God has placed us in relationship with. The people at the time, expecting Paul to define a living sacrifice equivalent to the temple rituals they were used to, would have least expected this as an answer. Paul stresses that it is not in the temple rituals we perform that we end up being a living sacrifice but instead we become the perfect sacrifice by not falling and practicing the ways of the world, by ever renewing our relationships, by continuing to surround ourselves with love and community, by helping and being of service to others and by submitting to the authority of God.
 
What is so amazing is that what Paul said then and there is true and relates to all of us even to this day. Everyday I am challenged to avoid being a selfish human but rather to follow the example of Christ’s utter selflessness. By obeying and applying the word of God into these areas of my life, I am playing an active role in being part of the mission of God that He started from the the creation of our world and continues to move to this day.
 

____________________________________________

Devotional Series: Insert Title of Your Devotional Series Here (#wtsdevo everydayliving)

Posted by: Jude Personal // Walk the Same
 
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Online Bible Study | Walk the Same - 15th April, Tuesday 2014
Hey All,
Because the heart is the seat of one’s decision-making, Jesus’ disciples are responsible to work with the Holy Spirit to guard against its evil desires and influence.This Tuesday, we will be exploring the topic of Guarding Your Heard. This session will explore (1) the heart as the seat of an individual’s decisions and (2) the importance of guarding against sin.
Visit the Bible Study page to download the notes which you will find helpful when following this study during the course of this session. The reference guide for the study will be available for download shortly after the study has concluded.
The chat will take place at : http://tinychat.com/walkthesame
Date & Time : 15th April, Tuesday @ 07:00 PM US Eastern Standard Time 
*We believe that people can engage and interact in study in any way possible and is not limited to a particular stream and therefore webcam is absolutely optional.
The study will take place in the form of interactive group discussions in order to have everyone involved. We are absolutely excited and we hope that you will join us with your Bibles for a Blessed evening. Spread the word and let your friends know.
If you have any questions, feel free to get hold of us on our Ask or alternatively you can reach us on our email ask@walkthesame.com.
Love & Blessings,
Walk the Same team

Our Bible Study exploring the topic - “Guarding Your Heart” takes place tonight at 7 PM US Eastern Standard Time. It will be awesome to have you join us!

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walkthesame:

Online Bible Study | Walk the Same - 15th April, Tuesday 2014

Hey All,

Because the heart is the seat of one’s decision-making, Jesus’ disciples are responsible to work with the Holy Spirit to guard against its evil desires and influence.This Tuesday, we will be exploring the topic of Guarding Your Heard. This session will explore (1) the heart as the seat of an individual’s decisions and (2) the importance of guarding against sin.

Visit the Bible Study page to download the notes which you will find helpful when following this study during the course of this session. The reference guide for the study will be available for download shortly after the study has concluded.

The chat will take place at : http://tinychat.com/walkthesame

Date & Time : 15th April, Tuesday @ 07:00 PM US Eastern Standard Time 

*We believe that people can engage and interact in study in any way possible and is not limited to a particular stream and therefore webcam is absolutely optional.

The study will take place in the form of interactive group discussions in order to have everyone involved. We are absolutely excited and we hope that you will join us with your Bibles for a Blessed evening. Spread the word and let your friends know.

If you have any questions, feel free to get hold of us on our Ask or alternatively you can reach us on our email ask@walkthesame.com.

Love & Blessings,

Walk the Same team

Our Bible Study exploring the topic - “Guarding Your Heart” takes place tonight at 7 PM US Eastern Standard Time. It will be awesome to have you join us!

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Read: 1 Samuel 28:3-24

When Saul was seeking answers from God, he received no reply. Instead of diligently praying, Saul goes off to find a medium that would enable him to communicate with Samuel (who had been dead at this point). Basically, when God wouldn’t give Saul an obvious in-your-face answer, Saul had completely given up and turned to other sources. The combination of God’s silence and Saul’s awareness of his disobedience should have been enough for him to realize that he was not in a good place. Still, it wasn’t enough for him. 

The problem with Saul was that he relied too heavily on prophecies and dreams; both audible and visual aspects of how God can communicate with us. But when he couldn’t see the answer with his eyes or hear it with his ears, he would immediately go into panic mode. While God may choose to deliver His messages to us in this way at times, He doesn’t always. It is also always on His own time - not our own. God also wants us to be persistent and Saul lacked persistence.

Have you ever been in this place when it seems like God isn’t being very clear? Rather, have you ever felt as though God had cut you completely off? What do you do in those times when the Lord has given you nothing but silence? Do you immediately fall into despair? Or do you talk about it more than you pray about it? 

We as Christians must cut the habit of talking about things more often than we pray about them. We also must not rely on our senses or worldly sources more than our God to seek out answers. Finally, we must also be willing to accept that God could possibly be telling us no, or not now. As I’ve said before, His timing is not the same as our timing, and His will is not the same as our will.


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Devotional Series: In Search for Answers (#wtsdevo faith)
Posted by: Jessica \ Personal // Walk the Same

walkthesame:

Read: 1 Samuel 28:3-24
When Saul was seeking answers from God, he received no reply. Instead of diligently praying, Saul goes off to find a medium that would enable him to communicate with Samuel (who had been dead at this point). Basically, when God wouldn’t give Saul an obvious in-your-face answer, Saul had completely given up and turned to other sources. The combination of God’s silence and Saul’s awareness of his disobedience should have been enough for him to realize that he was not in a good place. Still, it wasn’t enough for him. 
The problem with Saul was that he relied too heavily on prophecies and dreams; both audible and visual aspects of how God can communicate with us. But when he couldn’t see the answer with his eyes or hear it with his ears, he would immediately go into panic mode. While God may choose to deliver His messages to us in this way at times, He doesn’t always. It is also always on His own time - not our own. God also wants us to be persistent and Saul lacked persistence.
Have you ever been in this place when it seems like God isn’t being very clear? Rather, have you ever felt as though God had cut you completely off? What do you do in those times when the Lord has given you nothing but silence? Do you immediately fall into despair? Or do you talk about it more than you pray about it? 
We as Christians must cut the habit of talking about things more often than we pray about them. We also must not rely on our senses or worldly sources more than our God to seek out answers. Finally, we must also be willing to accept that God could possibly be telling us no, or not now. As I’ve said before, His timing is not the same as our timing, and His will is not the same as our will.

____________________________________________

Devotional Series: In Search for Answers (#wtsdevo faith)

Posted by: Jessica Personal // Walk the Same
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Online Bible Study | Walk the Same - 15th April, Tuesday 2014
Hey All,
Because the heart is the seat of one’s decision-making, Jesus’ disciples are responsible to work with the Holy Spirit to guard against its evil desires and influence.This Tuesday, we will be exploring the topic of Guarding Your Heard. This session will explore (1) the heart as the seat of an individual’s decisions and (2) the importance of guarding against sin.
Visit the Bible Study page to download the notes which you will find helpful when following this study during the course of this session. The reference guide for the study will be available for download shortly after the study has concluded.
The chat will take place at : http://tinychat.com/walkthesame
Date & Time : 15th April, Tuesday @ 07:00 PM US Eastern Standard Time 
*We believe that people can engage and interact in study in any way possible and is not limited to a particular stream and therefore webcam is absolutely optional.
The study will take place in the form of interactive group discussions in order to have everyone involved. We are absolutely excited and we hope that you will join us with your Bibles for a Blessed evening. Spread the word and let your friends know.
If you have any questions, feel free to get hold of us on our Ask or alternatively you can reach us on our email ask@walkthesame.com.
Love & Blessings,
Walk the Same team

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Online Bible Study | Walk the Same - 15th April, Tuesday 2014

Hey All,

Because the heart is the seat of one’s decision-making, Jesus’ disciples are responsible to work with the Holy Spirit to guard against its evil desires and influence.This Tuesday, we will be exploring the topic of Guarding Your Heard. This session will explore (1) the heart as the seat of an individual’s decisions and (2) the importance of guarding against sin.

Visit the Bible Study page to download the notes which you will find helpful when following this study during the course of this session. The reference guide for the study will be available for download shortly after the study has concluded.

The chat will take place at : http://tinychat.com/walkthesame

Date & Time : 15th April, Tuesday @ 07:00 PM US Eastern Standard Time 

*We believe that people can engage and interact in study in any way possible and is not limited to a particular stream and therefore webcam is absolutely optional.

The study will take place in the form of interactive group discussions in order to have everyone involved. We are absolutely excited and we hope that you will join us with your Bibles for a Blessed evening. Spread the word and let your friends know.

If you have any questions, feel free to get hold of us on our Ask or alternatively you can reach us on our email ask@walkthesame.com.

Love & Blessings,

Walk the Same team

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Online Bible Study | Walk the Same - 15th April, Tuesday 2014
Hey All,
Because the heart is the seat of one’s decision-making, Jesus’ disciples are responsible to work with the Holy Spirit to guard against its evil desires and influence.This Tuesday, we will be exploring the topic of Guarding Your Heard. This session will explore (1) the heart as the seat of an individual’s decisions and (2) the importance of guarding against sin.
Visit the Bible Study page to download the notes which you will find helpful when following this study during the course of this session. The reference guide for the study will be available for download shortly after the study has concluded.
The chat will take place at : http://tinychat.com/walkthesame
Date & Time : 15th April, Tuesday @ 07:00 PM US Eastern Standard Time 
*We believe that people can engage and interact in study in any way possible and is not limited to a particular stream and therefore webcam is absolutely optional.
The study will take place in the form of interactive group discussions in order to have everyone involved. We are absolutely excited and we hope that you will join us with your Bibles for a Blessed evening. Spread the word and let your friends know.
If you have any questions, feel free to get hold of us on our Ask or alternatively you can reach us on our email ask@walkthesame.com.
Love & Blessings,
Walk the Same team

walkthesame:

Online Bible Study | Walk the Same - 15th April, Tuesday 2014

Hey All,

Because the heart is the seat of one’s decision-making, Jesus’ disciples are responsible to work with the Holy Spirit to guard against its evil desires and influence.This Tuesday, we will be exploring the topic of Guarding Your Heard. This session will explore (1) the heart as the seat of an individual’s decisions and (2) the importance of guarding against sin.

Visit the Bible Study page to download the notes which you will find helpful when following this study during the course of this session. The reference guide for the study will be available for download shortly after the study has concluded.

The chat will take place at : http://tinychat.com/walkthesame

Date & Time : 15th April, Tuesday @ 07:00 PM US Eastern Standard Time 

*We believe that people can engage and interact in study in any way possible and is not limited to a particular stream and therefore webcam is absolutely optional.

The study will take place in the form of interactive group discussions in order to have everyone involved. We are absolutely excited and we hope that you will join us with your Bibles for a Blessed evening. Spread the word and let your friends know.

If you have any questions, feel free to get hold of us on our Ask or alternatively you can reach us on our email ask@walkthesame.com.

Love & Blessings,

Walk the Same team

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walkthesame:

my name is _______________
Easter is coming and Christ died on the cross for all of us to save us from our sin that echoed in our lives from the time of the fall. His death bridged the gap that existed between us and God resulting in us being able to connect and have an intimate relationship with Christ. Today we would like to share a really special post from our very own Haley. This is her story of redemption through Christ.

When I was little, I knew who God was and that He existed. I was lucky to live in a household that “tried” to go to church – when we wanted too. I knew that if you followed and believed in Him, you would go to heaven, but I never fully understood it. My family didn’t go to church on a regular basis; instead we would go for the women’s breakfasts. I would go to church with my grandmother and my mum, but whenever we did go, I never wanted to be there. I never knew any kids there and I always thought they would treat me differently, thinking of themselves as better than I.  Even though I had these feelings towards church and the people in it, I always had a feeling that we needed to go more. I remember always staring at the clock and seeing it hit 10 am and thinking that instead of sitting around watching tv or cleaning, we could be in church.
It says in Proverbs 3:5-6  (The Message Version) “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.”  
I’ve gone through a lot of things, with the help of God, that have made me who I am today. At the beginning of my 6th grade school year, my parents divorced and my mother slowly began the transition of moving back to her family in Oklahoma (all the way from Minnesota). I thought my life was falling apart. I couldn’t understand why my parents got a divorce and I thought it was a very bad thing for them to do. Despite all this, I secretly always knew somehow that my parents were going to get a divorce, so hearing them actually say it really made my stomach turn from the inside out. Then, the next summer my father (who I’d been living with) got in contact with his ex wife (who he’d married before marrying my mum) and after coming back from a 2 week trip to see family in another state – this lady began living with us. I didn’t like her at all – I thought I would’ve liked her, but she was a very rude person to me and, sadly, I returned the rude attitude, even though looking back now that was a mistake.  My life at the time seemed crazy and I felt like I had lost control.  I was living in a house where I didn’t want to be. I would always try and find something to do to stay out of the house. Plus, I felt like I never really had someone to talk to who would fully understand the things that I’d gone through.
Now, people may say, “Oh you can talk to God about it,” but the thing is, I wasn’t that comfortable talking to God — until one night, when it all changed.  I was alone and I didn’t know what to do, because my life was such a mess. I prayed to God and decided to give all my struggles up to Him. I needed help being strong and I knew that I couldn’t get through anything without Him. I remember kneeling on the edge of my bed, just crying out to God asking Him to forgive me for what I’d done and begging Him to be with me for the rest of my life.
I’m so glad I accepted Jesus into my life that night because, little did I know, I was about to head down a crazy road and I would need Him more than ever to get me through it. Almost one year later, my dad sat me down and told me that he wanted to change his gender and become female. It felt like I was being stabbed in the heart by each word that he said. I was filled with so much anger, frustration, and hurt — I couldn’t understand why he wanted to go through with this. I’d already “lost” my mother and now my father wanted to change and not be (in my eyes) what a father should look like. I felt as if my childhood hero was vanishing before my eyes. One night, I shared my youth group this information and honestly we all started bawling for 45 minutes straight. We couldn’t handle the situation and we didn’t know why God would do something like this to me. I didn’t know why He would give this situation to me. I was filled with so much frustration towards God and I was angry. I remembered sitting in my closet and just thinking, “What would happen if I killed myself?” “Would I really be missed?” “Would my parents even care that I died?” They were both off in their own world worrying about what they wanted to do and left me stuck fighting to keep both of them happy – I felt like they’d forgotten to love and care for me.
But God didn’t. God never failed to love me, and care for me! He still does and He always will. He got me through one of the toughest things that I’ve experienced in my life so far. My dad did end up going through with the surgery to become female and even though I’m completely against what he’s done, I know I need to love him just as God loves me.
I realize this is very long and I’ve dropped one too many tears while writing this, but I want you to know that God really does have a plan for you. You may not know why God does the things that He does, but He has a reason and it’ll always be better than you can ever imagine. Trust God from the bottom of your heart! Trust each promise that He’s given you! Don’t try to figure things out on your own. I know I tried to and I became so stressed that I was a literal ticking time bomb – I found myself crying in math class over a simple problem because of how stressed I was. He will always make your paths straight, all you need to do is trust His word and trust that He will do what He’s promised. Christ freed me from having to deal with it all on my own, and He can do the same for you. 

What is your story?
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my name is _______________

Easter is coming and Christ died on the cross for all of us to save us from our sin that echoed in our lives from the time of the fall. His death bridged the gap that existed between us and God resulting in us being able to connect and have an intimate relationship with Christ. Today we would like to share a really special post from our very own Haley. This is her story of redemption through Christ.

When I was little, I knew who God was and that He existed. I was lucky to live in a household that “tried” to go to church – when we wanted too. I knew that if you followed and believed in Him, you would go to heaven, but I never fully understood it. My family didn’t go to church on a regular basis; instead we would go for the women’s breakfasts. I would go to church with my grandmother and my mum, but whenever we did go, I never wanted to be there. I never knew any kids there and I always thought they would treat me differently, thinking of themselves as better than I.  Even though I had these feelings towards church and the people in it, I always had a feeling that we needed to go more. I remember always staring at the clock and seeing it hit 10 am and thinking that instead of sitting around watching tv or cleaning, we could be in church.

It says in Proverbs 3:5-6  (The Message Version) Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.”  

I’ve gone through a lot of things, with the help of God, that have made me who I am today. At the beginning of my 6th grade school year, my parents divorced and my mother slowly began the transition of moving back to her family in Oklahoma (all the way from Minnesota). I thought my life was falling apart. I couldn’t understand why my parents got a divorce and I thought it was a very bad thing for them to do. Despite all this, I secretly always knew somehow that my parents were going to get a divorce, so hearing them actually say it really made my stomach turn from the inside out. Then, the next summer my father (who I’d been living with) got in contact with his ex wife (who he’d married before marrying my mum) and after coming back from a 2 week trip to see family in another state – this lady began living with us. I didn’t like her at all – I thought I would’ve liked her, but she was a very rude person to me and, sadly, I returned the rude attitude, even though looking back now that was a mistake.  My life at the time seemed crazy and I felt like I had lost control.  I was living in a house where I didn’t want to be. I would always try and find something to do to stay out of the house. Plus, I felt like I never really had someone to talk to who would fully understand the things that I’d gone through.

Now, people may say, “Oh you can talk to God about it,” but the thing is, I wasn’t that comfortable talking to God — until one night, when it all changed.  I was alone and I didn’t know what to do, because my life was such a mess. I prayed to God and decided to give all my struggles up to Him. I needed help being strong and I knew that I couldn’t get through anything without Him. I remember kneeling on the edge of my bed, just crying out to God asking Him to forgive me for what I’d done and begging Him to be with me for the rest of my life.

I’m so glad I accepted Jesus into my life that night because, little did I know, I was about to head down a crazy road and I would need Him more than ever to get me through it. Almost one year later, my dad sat me down and told me that he wanted to change his gender and become female. It felt like I was being stabbed in the heart by each word that he said. I was filled with so much anger, frustration, and hurt — I couldn’t understand why he wanted to go through with this. I’d already “lost” my mother and now my father wanted to change and not be (in my eyes) what a father should look like. I felt as if my childhood hero was vanishing before my eyes. One night, I shared my youth group this information and honestly we all started bawling for 45 minutes straight. We couldn’t handle the situation and we didn’t know why God would do something like this to me. I didn’t know why He would give this situation to me. I was filled with so much frustration towards God and I was angry. I remembered sitting in my closet and just thinking, “What would happen if I killed myself?” “Would I really be missed?” “Would my parents even care that I died?” They were both off in their own world worrying about what they wanted to do and left me stuck fighting to keep both of them happy – I felt like they’d forgotten to love and care for me.

But God didn’t. God never failed to love me, and care for me! He still does and He always will. He got me through one of the toughest things that I’ve experienced in my life so far. My dad did end up going through with the surgery to become female and even though I’m completely against what he’s done, I know I need to love him just as God loves me.

I realize this is very long and I’ve dropped one too many tears while writing this, but I want you to know that God really does have a plan for you. You may not know why God does the things that He does, but He has a reason and it’ll always be better than you can ever imagine. Trust God from the bottom of your heart! Trust each promise that He’s given you! Don’t try to figure things out on your own. I know I tried to and I became so stressed that I was a literal ticking time bomb – I found myself crying in math class over a simple problem because of how stressed I was. He will always make your paths straight, all you need to do is trust His word and trust that He will do what He’s promised. Christ freed me from having to deal with it all on my own, and He can do the same for you. 

What is your story?

Follow Unearthed Type for Christian Typography

A Project by Walk the Same

(via itsellecoleman)

unearthedtype:

my name is _______________
Easter is coming and Christ died on the cross for all of us to save us from our sin that echoed in our lives from the time of the fall. His death bridged the gap that existed between us and God resulting in us being able to connect and have an intimate relationship with Christ. Today we would like to share a really special post from our very own Haley. This is her story of redemption through Christ.

When I was little, I knew who God was and that He existed. I was lucky to live in a household that “tried” to go to church – when we wanted too. I knew that if you followed and believed in Him, you would go to heaven, but I never fully understood it. My family didn’t go to church on a regular basis; instead we would go for the women’s breakfasts. I would go to church with my grandmother and my mum, but whenever we did go, I never wanted to be there. I never knew any kids there and I always thought they would treat me differently, thinking of themselves as better than I.  Even though I had these feelings towards church and the people in it, I always had a feeling that we needed to go more. I remember always staring at the clock and seeing it hit 10 am and thinking that instead of sitting around watching tv or cleaning, we could be in church.
It says in Proverbs 3:5-6  (The Message Version) “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.”  
I’ve gone through a lot of things, with the help of God, that have made me who I am today. At the beginning of my 6th grade school year, my parents divorced and my mother slowly began the transition of moving back to her family in Oklahoma (all the way from Minnesota). I thought my life was falling apart. I couldn’t understand why my parents got a divorce and I thought it was a very bad thing for them to do. Despite all this, I secretly always knew somehow that my parents were going to get a divorce, so hearing them actually say it really made my stomach turn from the inside out. Then, the next summer my father (who I’d been living with) got in contact with his ex wife (who he’d married before marrying my mum) and after coming back from a 2 week trip to see family in another state – this lady began living with us. I didn’t like her at all – I thought I would’ve liked her, but she was a very rude person to me and, sadly, I returned the rude attitude, even though looking back now that was a mistake.  My life at the time seemed crazy and I felt like I had lost control.  I was living in a house where I didn’t want to be. I would always try and find something to do to stay out of the house. Plus, I felt like I never really had someone to talk to who would fully understand the things that I’d gone through.
Now, people may say, “Oh you can talk to God about it,” but the thing is, I wasn’t that comfortable talking to God — until one night, when it all changed.  I was alone and I didn’t know what to do, because my life was such a mess. I prayed to God and decided to give all my struggles up to Him. I needed help being strong and I knew that I couldn’t get through anything without Him. I remember kneeling on the edge of my bed, just crying out to God asking Him to forgive me for what I’d done and begging Him to be with me for the rest of my life.
I’m so glad I accepted Jesus into my life that night because, little did I know, I was about to head down a crazy road and I would need Him more than ever to get me through it. Almost one year later, my dad sat me down and told me that he wanted to change his gender and become female. It felt like I was being stabbed in the heart by each word that he said. I was filled with so much anger, frustration, and hurt — I couldn’t understand why he wanted to go through with this. I’d already “lost” my mother and now my father wanted to change and not be (in my eyes) what a father should look like. I felt as if my childhood hero was vanishing before my eyes. One night, I shared my youth group this information and honestly we all started bawling for 45 minutes straight. We couldn’t handle the situation and we didn’t know why God would do something like this to me. I didn’t know why He would give this situation to me. I was filled with so much frustration towards God and I was angry. I remembered sitting in my closet and just thinking, “What would happen if I killed myself?” “Would I really be missed?” “Would my parents even care that I died?” They were both off in their own world worrying about what they wanted to do and left me stuck fighting to keep both of them happy – I felt like they’d forgotten to love and care for me.
But God didn’t. God never failed to love me, and care for me! He still does and He always will. He got me through one of the toughest things that I’ve experienced in my life so far. My dad did end up going through with the surgery to become female and even though I’m completely against what he’s done, I know I need to love him just as God loves me.
I realize this is very long and I’ve dropped one too many tears while writing this, but I want you to know that God really does have a plan for you. You may not know why God does the things that He does, but He has a reason and it’ll always be better than you can ever imagine. Trust God from the bottom of your heart! Trust each promise that He’s given you! Don’t try to figure things out on your own. I know I tried to and I became so stressed that I was a literal ticking time bomb – I found myself crying in math class over a simple problem because of how stressed I was. He will always make your paths straight, all you need to do is trust His word and trust that He will do what He’s promised. Christ freed me from having to deal with it all on my own, and He can do the same for you. 


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Easter is coming and Christ died on the cross for all of us to save us from our sin that echoed in our lives from the time of the fall. His death bridged the gap that existed between us and God resulting in us being able to connect and have an intimate relationship with Christ. Today we would like to share a really special post from our very own Haley. This is her story of redemption through Christ.

When I was little, I knew who God was and that He existed. I was lucky to live in a household that “tried” to go to church – when we wanted too. I knew that if you followed and believed in Him, you would go to heaven, but I never fully understood it. My family didn’t go to church on a regular basis; instead we would go for the women’s breakfasts. I would go to church with my grandmother and my mum, but whenever we did go, I never wanted to be there. I never knew any kids there and I always thought they would treat me differently, thinking of themselves as better than I.  Even though I had these feelings towards church and the people in it, I always had a feeling that we needed to go more. I remember always staring at the clock and seeing it hit 10 am and thinking that instead of sitting around watching tv or cleaning, we could be in church.

It says in Proverbs 3:5-6  (The Message Version) Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.”  

I’ve gone through a lot of things, with the help of God, that have made me who I am today. At the beginning of my 6th grade school year, my parents divorced and my mother slowly began the transition of moving back to her family in Oklahoma (all the way from Minnesota). I thought my life was falling apart. I couldn’t understand why my parents got a divorce and I thought it was a very bad thing for them to do. Despite all this, I secretly always knew somehow that my parents were going to get a divorce, so hearing them actually say it really made my stomach turn from the inside out. Then, the next summer my father (who I’d been living with) got in contact with his ex wife (who he’d married before marrying my mum) and after coming back from a 2 week trip to see family in another state – this lady began living with us. I didn’t like her at all – I thought I would’ve liked her, but she was a very rude person to me and, sadly, I returned the rude attitude, even though looking back now that was a mistake.  My life at the time seemed crazy and I felt like I had lost control.  I was living in a house where I didn’t want to be. I would always try and find something to do to stay out of the house. Plus, I felt like I never really had someone to talk to who would fully understand the things that I’d gone through.

Now, people may say, “Oh you can talk to God about it,” but the thing is, I wasn’t that comfortable talking to God — until one night, when it all changed.  I was alone and I didn’t know what to do, because my life was such a mess. I prayed to God and decided to give all my struggles up to Him. I needed help being strong and I knew that I couldn’t get through anything without Him. I remember kneeling on the edge of my bed, just crying out to God asking Him to forgive me for what I’d done and begging Him to be with me for the rest of my life.

I’m so glad I accepted Jesus into my life that night because, little did I know, I was about to head down a crazy road and I would need Him more than ever to get me through it. Almost one year later, my dad sat me down and told me that he wanted to change his gender and become female. It felt like I was being stabbed in the heart by each word that he said. I was filled with so much anger, frustration, and hurt — I couldn’t understand why he wanted to go through with this. I’d already “lost” my mother and now my father wanted to change and not be (in my eyes) what a father should look like. I felt as if my childhood hero was vanishing before my eyes. One night, I shared my youth group this information and honestly we all started bawling for 45 minutes straight. We couldn’t handle the situation and we didn’t know why God would do something like this to me. I didn’t know why He would give this situation to me. I was filled with so much frustration towards God and I was angry. I remembered sitting in my closet and just thinking, “What would happen if I killed myself?” “Would I really be missed?” “Would my parents even care that I died?” They were both off in their own world worrying about what they wanted to do and left me stuck fighting to keep both of them happy – I felt like they’d forgotten to love and care for me.

But God didn’t. God never failed to love me, and care for me! He still does and He always will. He got me through one of the toughest things that I’ve experienced in my life so far. My dad did end up going through with the surgery to become female and even though I’m completely against what he’s done, I know I need to love him just as God loves me.

I realize this is very long and I’ve dropped one too many tears while writing this, but I want you to know that God really does have a plan for you. You may not know why God does the things that He does, but He has a reason and it’ll always be better than you can ever imagine. Trust God from the bottom of your heart! Trust each promise that He’s given you! Don’t try to figure things out on your own. I know I tried to and I became so stressed that I was a literal ticking time bomb – I found myself crying in math class over a simple problem because of how stressed I was. He will always make your paths straight, all you need to do is trust His word and trust that He will do what He’s promised. Christ freed me from having to deal with it all on my own, and He can do the same for you. 

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