Brooke

Dating

Today I wanted to discuss a rather touchy subject: dating. Not dating in general, though, but a specific type  of dating.

I know of a few people who have begun dating, and that is perfectly fine. The problem is when you are a Christian, and the person you are dating is not.

In the Bible, God says that it is a sin to marry someone who does not share your faith. Some people think, “They may become a Christian while we’re married.” But you can’t state that as a fact.

I personally know of couples who have married despite their differences in religion, and it doesn’t work out. It creates a lot of issues.

  1. There may be arguments about the other converting to their religion, creating bad feelings toward one another and their religion.

  2. They may just ignore the problem, which also creates bad feelings and tension.

I’m not saying that I am an expert on this, but what I am saying is that I know the Bible, and I know that God’s word says not to marry someone who doesn’t believe in Him.

The reason I have brought this up is because I don’t want anyone to have to go through the pain that I know others have, not because I want to preach at whoever decides to read this.

Bibleinfo.com says the following,

An important Bible verse about understanding interracial marriage is 2 Corinthians 6:14: “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers.” That last word, “unbelievers” is of key importance. A Christian should not marry a non-Christian no matter how kind and good they are.

I hope this either gives courage to any of you who may be in a similar relationship, or open your eyes to something when you do begin dating.

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God bless, all!

-Brooke
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Brooke

Take a Breath!

I am currently sitting at my kitchen table, tea near me, and lots of books. I am content.

Sometimes we get so stressed and busy in life, we forget how to relax. Even if it is for just two, maybe five minutes, it becomes hard to sit down when you are used to constant activity.

When we don’t give ourselves time to settle down and think deeply for just a few minutes, we can get into a crazy workaholic mode. I’ve been there, and it leaves me stressed, sometimes depressed, and overall, completely worn out.

This applies for both teens and adults. It’s not only one or the other.

I am one of those types that wishes to be constantly busy, always having something to do, and not really thinking about what the constant brain activity is doing to my person.

We especially need to find those moments in our day to sit down and talk to God, or work through our devotions. When we don’t set that time aside, we may forget to do it at all until the end of the day when you are too tired to get out of bed.

My suggestion is that throughout your day, just sit down for a few minutes to breathe, and possible not think at all, before moving on with another task. Trust me, it will do you wonders. 🙂

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-Brooke
Brooke

Makeup

I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup until I was 16. I’m not the best at it right now, but I really like it.

The thing is, I purposefully don’t wear it a lot so that I know I am not doing it because I am unhappy with my face, but because it is sort of like an “art”.

Makeup, to me, is an art. I can play around with all sorts of things, but I am still the same person.

I don’t cover up the flaws or “defects” of my face, because if God made me this way, why would I hide it? Sometimes I do wish certain aspects of my face would go away, but then I remember that I am me, and me is the best me I can be.

So this is to all of the girls who aren’t happy with the way they are, and feel that others aren’t either. You know what? Everyone feels the same, and  who cares if you have a pimple on your nose? Everyone has gone through the same thing, and they won’t not like you because of that.

-Brooke
Brooke

Forgiveness

Everyone in their life struggles with forgiveness. No matter how much you may want to tell yourself you are perfect, you just aren’t. I’m sorry. It’s the plain, naked truth.

Sometimes I don’t want to tell myself that I haven’t forgiven someone. I desperately want to forget about it, so that I don’t have to forgive them. That isn’t the way it works, though.

The first step to forgiveness is realizing your sin. You have to take a step back from life and think about it. Realize that you have sinned, and then determine to fix that.

Second, you need to make yourself right with God, because you can’t have the relationship he wants you to have with him if you are holding hurt/angry feelings against someone else.

Third, no matter how hard it is, you have to forgive the person. God has forgiven you, He even sent His own Son down to earth to save you from your sins! Even though it seems like the end of the world when you have to admit your wrong, it isn’t. Just remember what God did for you.

I am still working my way through this… I don’t often hold bad feelings against people, but sometimes it is just too hard to forgive someone. I have been holding on to my anger for almost five years, and it’s weighing me down. I didn’t even realize I was holding this pain until three years ago. I have seen how it has affected my life. I want to get rid of it, but the only way to do that is to admit “I was wrong. I’m sorry.”

Is there someone you are having a hard time forgiving? Do you not know where to start in your forgiveness process? Here is a collection of verses from the Bible. Go pull your Bible out and search these verses to help you.

  • 2 Thesalonians 1:11

  • Ephasians 6:10-17

  • Psalm 103:8-12

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17

  • Colossians 2:13

  • 1 John 1:9

  • Colossians 3:13

  • Psalm 31:24

  • Psalm 121:7-8

  • 2 Thessalonians 1:11

  • James 1:19-20

  • Proverbs 15:1

  • Colossians 3:8-10

  • Ephesians 4:31-32

  • Philippians 4:8

-Brook
Brooke

Friends

You’re lonely. You want more friends. You want people you can call at any time of the day, and they will answer. You want them now!

Does that sound familiar? All of my life, I have always been on a search for new friends that will be that special life-long friend for me. The problem was that I wasn’t looking at the friends I already had.

As a young girl, I had a large group of friends from church. The type that you see every Sunday and play with, learning your lessons, and goofing off. The kind that you invite to all of your birthday parties, and in turn, get invited to their parties. But as I grew up, something happened to those friends… we all just split apart. Now when I see them, they practically ignore me.

Next are the friends that you meet through your siblings. You don’t think much of them, because they are just the siblings of your siblings friend. But later on, you realize that you actually really like this person as a friend, but you feel awkward talking with them.

There are the people you see constantly, but hardly take the time to get to know… but what if you did?

In the past two years, I have joined many different groups and clubs, wanting to make more friends, because I didn’t feel satisfied with the ones I had. Unfortunately, I felt somewhat rejected everywhere I went. Eventually, I turned to the friends I knew, and an amazing thing happened. I grew closer to those people, and realized that I didn’t need dozens of friends… as long as I had that small group who knew me well and loved me for who I am, I would be fine.

It’s hard to come to that conclusion… especially when you are feeling very lonesome and/or can’t hang out with the people you want to. But everything turns out for the better at some point. You only have to be patient and wait out the dry spell. 🙂

-Brooke

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Apologies & Updates

Hello, amazing readers!

I would just like to make an apology for the inconsistency of posts, and unfinished posts popping up… I personally have been pretty busy, as I have told y’all, and have been having a hard time finding time to make my daily posts.

I would like to say that everything will be back up to speed soon, and you will be seeing a lot of different posts from Anne & I! We have both had a lot to get done over the las few months.

I think we will be changing our shceduling soon to being more spontaneous, so you won’t know what you will be seeing weekly! (Doesn’t that sound fun?!)

As always, thank you for sticking with us, even though we haven’t been very active!

-Brooke