Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Healthy Heart


We see everywhere how to keep our heart healthy.
  • Exercise on a regular basis. 
  • Eat healthy food. 
  • Get enough fresh air.
  • Live a healthy lifestyle.
All of these are good things to do for our physical heart. But what about our spiritual heart? Are we doing everything that we can to keep our spiritual heart healthy?
Last night I was reading a devotional that I read, and it was about keeping our spiritual heart healthy. It really hit me. So many people are obsessed with keeping our physical bodies healthy, and staying fit, that they forget about our spiritual body. Our spiritual body is far more important. Just as we need to exercise and eat healthy food on a daily basis, we need to do things on a daily basis for our spiritual body. Praying and reading our Bible daily is necessary for a healthy spiritual heart. If you don't already do it on a daily basis, it is hard to get into a habit of doing it, just like exercising. Once you keep doing it, it will become apart of your day. And that is so important. We need to allow time in our day to just spend time with God. When we do that our spiritual heart will become healthy, and it will be easier for us to fight against any unhealthy lifestyle habits that may come after us. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Relationships {Ashley's Advice}

I was recently asked on my Advice Column page for some relationship advice. Like what I think about relationships, and if the guy should always be older than the girl. So today this post is going to be advice on relationships. Now, I'm definitely not a pro when it comes to relationships, but I will try the best I can to help you.

Relationships can be a very controversial subject for a lot of families. I know many families who do not condone relationships unless you are going to court/date the man that you are going to marry. Now my opinion on relationships is that they are fine to have as long as you have boundaries. A relationship without boundaries never turn our well. If you are still living at home with your parents, I would definitely suggest discussing it with them first. Just get your parents opinion on relationships, and go from there. My parents and I have discussed dating, and for me it is okay if I get into a relationship whenever I feel the time is right.

Now the question if the guy should always be older than the girl. I think it really depends upon the person and what they want. I know many couples where the girl is older than the guy. To answer the question I don't think it is wrong. As long as both people have a mature attitude I think it doesn't really matter on the age.

I hope this helped a little to all of you that had questions. Please comment below your opinion on relationships too! I would love to hear them!
Also if you have any advice you would like posted please go to my Advice Column page. (You will always remain anonymous.)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

God Always Keeps His Promises


God has promised us so much in the Bible. If you just stop and think about everything God has promised us in the Bible, its incredible! People around us will always make promises to us, and most likely most of them won't keep them, but the amazing thing about God is that He will always keep his promises. If God has said something, He will do it! I love the feeling that I can count on Him whenever. 

Malachi 3:6 "I am the Lord your God, and I never change."

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes on Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."

Numbers 6:24 "I will bless you and keep you."

1 Peter 5:7 "Cast all your worries upon Him, for He cares for you."

1 Corinthians 10:13 "I will not let you be tested beyond what you can endure."

These are only a few of the many promises God has made for us. Some of the promises haven't yet happened in the Bible, but they will. Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, prophets prophesied that God would be born as a baby. Now that promise didn't happen immediately. It took years for it to happen. So if God has made you a promise, don't lose hope if it hasn't happened yet. God will keep all of His promises at the right time. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

You Have to Let it Go


Something that I really struggle with is holding grudges and not letting things go. When someone says something that hurts me or makes me super upset, I hold it against them. The other day I was thinking back to things that have happened when I was like 12, and I realized I am still holding grudges to things that happened to me 6 years ago. I just can't seem to let the things go. 

In Ephesians 4:31-32 it says "Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."

I haven't completed been able to let everything go, and it definitely is going to be a process for me, but in this verse it says God forgave us. We have done so many horrible things to him, and yet he still forgives us and loves us. If God can forgive us, we should be able to forgive one another. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Happiness is Good for the Soul

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Today so many people are unhappy. They are unhappy because they don't have money. People who have a lot of money also are unhappy. Everyone in the world always will have some reason why they should not be happy. Things will go wrong in our lives and can cause us to become unhappy, we can't change that. What we can change is our attitude towards the wrong things that go in our lives. Its okay to be upset when something goes wrong, but what we have to do is pick ourselves up and continue on. 
Think about the good things in life. You are alive. You are healthy. You have wonderful friends. Anyone of these should give you a more positive outlook on life. When I start feeling unhappy about where I am in life, I remind myself that I have it so much better than some people. 
First off I have a relationship with Jesus. That tops it all off. There are so many people in this world, who have no one to turn to when things go bad. When things go bad in my life, I know I can always turn to Jesus. He will always be there for me. 
Bad things will happen in your life, but the next time something does happen, why not think about the good things in your life, instead of dwelling on the negative things. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Did You Hear?

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As teen girls we all have to struggle with gossiping. Whether you are the one that is telling everyone all about the latest news about someone's family, someone is coming to you to tell you the latest news, or people are talking all about you and your personal life. As humans we all have to struggle with getting into other people's business. Women more than men sadly struggle with this more. I never realized the harm that gossiping could do to people or even how it made people feel until people were gossiping about me. Rumors have quickly spread at a place that I work that I was pregnant and just so many other stupid lies. People would look at me with disgust when I would walk past and I would have no clue what I had ever done to them. I would slowly hear about things people were saying about me, and let me tell you, it hurt really bad. The people that I called my friends ended up being back stabbers. Things that I thought were confidential, so many people ended up knowing. Now I am definitely not saying that I am perfect and have never said one thing negative about a person. I have to admit that I have, but I am working so hard not to. If you struggle with this, one thing that I find very helpful is to think about what I'm going to say before I start talking. Is what I'm going to say about any people that is with me at the moment? If not then I should probably not be talking about it. Is what I'm going to say going to hurt someone if they knew what I was saying? If yes, well you should probably not say it. These two questions really can even out whether you should be talking about it or not. So the next time your ready to say something about someone, put yourself in their shoes. Would you want someone to say this about you?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Childhood to Adulthood

Remember when you were little and all you wanted to do is be grown up? You wanted to be able to drive, have a job, and just be an adult. Now that I am 18 and adulthood is fastly aproaching, I regret spending most of my life wishing I was older. Now I wish I was that five year old that didn't have a care in the world. You didn't have to worry about how much money gas would be to go places. You would have to worry about which friend was a true friend, and which one was fake. You just could be a happy child and play. As I am growing up, I realize that I need to cherish the times that I have. Time goes by so quickly and if I spend my entire life wishing for something that I don't have, or wanting a life I don't have, everything will just be gone in a second. Slowly I am learning that I need to be thankful for where I am in life, and just live life. I shouldn't sit here and be worried about the future because it is in God's hands. He's in control over everything.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Handling Our Feelings

As humans we always seem to make our decision based on feelings. If we don't feel like talking to someone we won't. If we don't feel like doing something we don't do it. Feelings are not a bad thing, its good to have feelings. Its how we react to the feelings whether its good or bad. Its good that we have feelings, but we can't base our doings with how we "feel." We need to base them on the Bible. If someone was mad at someone and felt like killing a person would that be okay? No it wouldn't, because the Bible says that you shouldn't kill.

Some people have had things happen in their past that makes them react negatively to all the bad feelings that they have. It is good to always have a way to let those feelings out. Whether its journaling, working out, blogging, etc., you need to be able to let out your negative feelings. If we don't have a way to let out our feelings, all of those negative feelings will begin to pile up until you can't hold it in any longer and you end up lashing out at someone that you don't want to. Also another way I've found helpful is talking to people about what your feeling. Sometimes just saying it out loud helps. If you ever want to talk feel free to email me, I am always here for you guys! (agirlaftergodsheart@gmail.com)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Sixth Commandment

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You shall not murder.

Now hopefully none of you have murdering as a problem. Hating is probably something that we all have struggled or is struggling with. In 1 John 3:15 hating someone is the same as murdering. "Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don't have eternal life within them." Here in this verse it is saying that if you hate someone, its like you have committed murder in your heart. That's kind of scary if you think about it. Now I will be the first to admit that I have hated some people in the past that have hurt me, or done something that really upset me. Something I do struggle with is forgiving people that have hurt me. I hold grudges (you will read more about this in an upcoming post). If you have hatred in your heart towards someone, you really need to forgive them. As humans our human nature is not to forgive and let things go. It is very difficult. That is why we need God's help to forgive those that have hurt us in the past. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Don't Live In A Desert

As Christians we go through spiritual battles all the time. And sometimes we do get into a desert in our walk with God. When we are in that desert the devil can tempt us so much more easier than when we are at an oasis. Sometimes we need to go to God and ask for him to guide us to an oasis. As humans we like to think we can do whatever we want to on our own and we don't need anyone's help. That is so wrong though. We can't do anything without God's help. We need to call on Him when we hit a rough patch in our spiritual life.

 We can't keep thinking that we can get out of our problems ourselves. Once we ask God to help us through our problems, they will not seem so difficult for us to bare.