Expecting Nothing in Return

Hi! Welcome back to my blog! I hope you guys are having a great Monday!

Today I wanted to talk about serving others. Today we live in a world where true service is rare. All to often I see people living in a “me” mentality where all they worry about is themselves. Before they do anything they find themselves asking the question “how is this going to help me?” It’s one thing to serve others when it’s easy. For example: giving someone a ride to work or school when they live right next to see is very nice and helpful but it honestly is not that difficult and doesn’t inconvenience you in anyway. It’s a whole different thing to be serving others even when it is super difficult and puts you in a tough situation. That’s the kind of service Esther and Ruth had. They gave everything they had to others and expecting nothing in return. They were not thinking about themselves they were thinking about anything about themselves. I encourage you to go through this week serving others with a mentality to give other all you got. You are not on this earth to sit down and twiddle your thumbs. You are here for a reason! Serve God and others even on the gloomy monday mornings.

Thanks for reading! A blog post will not be up next Monday because I will be on a mission trip for spring break!

 

Step out of your comfort zone.

Hi and welcome back to my blog! I can’t believe that in just two months I will have been blogging for a continuous year! (WHAT??) But anyways today I will be talking about stepping outside of your comfort zone.

I know what you’re thinking.. you’re thinking “Joey, I have heard about stepping out of my comfort zone ever since I was 5 years old. Don’t you think if I really wanted to step out of my comfort zone I would have done that by now?”  And you know what you’re right!  You probably have been told to step out of your comfort zone for years now but I believe the reason you haven’t done that is because you have not realized how much it can impact your life. To me being in my comfort zone is sitting at home with my best friends playing games or going to the mall or if I am feeling exhausted I will turn on Netflix and scare myself watching Criminal Minds. Those are the things I LIKE to do and am comfortable doing. Although I am an extrovert I have an extreme fear of people not liking me. If I feel surrounded by people who know me and won’t judge me then I will be the craziest, loudest person you have met. But if I haven’t met anyone and I am put in a new situation I am perfectly fine with sitting in the corner of the room until someone comes to talk to me. It’s when someone never comes to talk to me that I get really uncomfortable.

Let me explain, when I was a Freshmen I went to my schools Bible Study about twice the entire year. Since I was new to the bible study I expected someone to immediately come and say hi to me. But after 2 weeks of going and never feeling like I had a place there I stopped going. Then Junior year I challenged myself to go again but this time I decided not to give it  a time limit. When I first started going to the bible study I WAS uncomfortable. But then a few weeks passed and I said hi to some people and then a few months and I sat by some friends and then a year and a half passed and I became a small group leader for the bible study! I can honestly say without that bible study I would not have the relationship with Christ that I have today. Because of this bible study I have been able to speak in public multiple times and constantly challenge myself to get tout of my comfort zone. I know it’s tough to leave your comfort zone but soon you will be comfortable out of your comfort zone! We are not meant to live our lives on our own island afraid what others may think. We are meant to live our life for Christ! Get out of you comfort zone!

 

Thanks so much for reading! New blog post will be up on Monday!

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”- Joshua 1:9

When worry consumes you

Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by to read my blog! I can not begin to explain how much I enjoy blogging and can not believe that I almost been blogging for a consecutive year. (WHAT).

This month I have had more opportunities to lead others in their walk with Christ than I ever had before. I was given the opportunity to speak during my church’s spring break mission trip and was also given the chance to become a small group leader at my schools bible study! Although I absolutely love giving this opportunities to share my love for Christ with others, I often find myself consumed with anxiety. I find myself asking myself “What if I say something wrong?” or “what if I am not good enough?” But then I am immediately reminded that all I do is for the glory of God and not myself. Everything I do is for His glory and because of that I know I don’t have to worry about anything. I know God will give me the wisdom to lead my small group and the courage to speak to my youth group! With God in my life I know I have nothing to worry about.

Thank you so much for reading! New blog post will be up next Monday!

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”- Philippians 4:6-7

10 things to do when you are stressed

Hi! Thanks for checking out my blog! I have a big announcement to make! Normally I blog Monday and Thursday but lately I have been so busy that I will be temporarily switching my blog posts to Monday OR Thursday each week! Because of how busy I have been I also become stressed out easily so this blog will focus on things to do when your stressed!

  1. Eucalyptus Spearmint-You guys. This is seriously the best scent on earth and you can find it at bath and body works or virtually any bath store. This scent is scientifically proven to calm your mind and I love it so much!! I have this scent in pillow spray so I spritz it on my pillow before I go to sleep. Seriously though..go get some,
  2. Read your Bible- Reading your Bible can immediately calm you down. With Jesus in your life you have nothing to worry about!
  3. Pray- Nervous, worried, stressed,happy, tired? Pray! Always pray!!
  4. Sleep- When your stressed out it sometimes means your also busy. As tough as it may seem in your busy life sometimes you just need to sleep! Sleep and have a relaxing day tomorrow with a new and refreshed mind!
  5. Play Games-If I am stressed the one thing I want to do is get my mind off what is stressing me out. Sometimes the best way to do this is to play games with friends of family! This will keep you from thinking about what is stressing you out.
  6. Listen to Music-Yes. Just yes.
  7. Relax- Pop in a movie and take your mind of the rest of the world for 2 hours.
  8. Write- Sometimes the best thing to do is write down what your doing. This may mean keeping a journal or start blogging!
  9. Work out- Running helps you relieve stress in a heartbeat!
  10. Keep a Planner- If you get stressed out from being busy keeping a planner will help you keep track of your plans easily and prevent you from getting stressed!

Thanks for reading! New post will be up nest week!

Leaving a Legacy

Hi welcome back to my blog! Today I decided to talk about leaving a legacy!

Last Thursday a man whom I only knew for a short time passed away. I met him last year when I went to DNow at a church and he was the host house for the weekend. He and his wife treated us so well and made us so comfortable for those two days. Although I barely knew him and never met him before he still talked to me like I was one of his daughters. At midnight when everyone was asleep he would stay up with all the girls that were awake and talk to us about God’s amazing grace. His passion for God was so inspiring and something I have never seen before. I remember going home after that weekend and telling my dad all about this wonderful man who was living his life for Christ.

When I heard of his passing waves of emotions passed through me. I was so happy to hear that he was going to his forever home with Christ. But I was also terribly sad to hear that the world had lost such an inspiring man.

Today I urge to decide what you want your legacy to be? Who do want to live for? How do you want to be remembered?

Thanks for reading! New blog post will be up soon!

In loving memory of Don Soula. Have a blast in heaven buddy.

Take a Break

Hi! Welcome back to my blog!

Today I wanted to talk about the importance of a break. Sometimes I find myself dealing with so many things and feeling so busy that I become emotionally drained. When this happens it is always okay to take a break. It’s totally fine to spend a day sitting on the couch resting and not leaving the house. It’s okay to take sometime out of your busy schedule to spend alone doing nothing in particular. But on these “lazy” days it can also be great to take this opportunity to spend some more time reading your Bible and praying.  Even on your toughest weeks and months if you turn to God for help he will give you rest. Never feel like you our fighting a tough time alone, God is with you on your best and worst days.

Things get tough so its great to take a break for yourself. But always remember that God is here with you everyday to give you rest.

Thanks for reading! New blog post will be up on Monday!

“28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”- Matthew 11:28-30

 

Opportunities

Hi! Welcome back to my blog! I took a break from blogging last Thursday because I was a busy bee:)

Today I wanted to talk about opportunities. I constantly hear people saying as work “I never get that many opportunities to move up in this job.” Or in school I hear people saying “I never get an opportunity to lead a club or learn a certain subject.” But in reality these things that they constantly complain about are things they can easily get.

Sometimes its not the lack of opportunities in your life but its the lack of ambition. If you really wanted to lead a club then do it. If you really want to move up in your job then do everything you can to do just that. We should not wake up each day with no goals or ambitions and feel stuck in the same cycle. Instead we must wake up excited for what the day has to offer and chase our goals.

Sometimes its not the lack of opportunities that is the issue, sometimes its ourselves.

Thanks for reading! I help this encourages you to be the best you can be! Next blog post will be up on Thursday!

Jars of Clay.

Hi! Welcome back to my blog! Today I wanted to really focus on talking about 2 Corinthians 4: 7-18.

Part of this chapter talks about treasure in jars of clay. While reading this chapter I started thinking about how when you buy a new piece of jewelry you put it in a safe place. Sometimes it comes in a tiny velvet bag and other times you put it in your own special box to keep it safe. But no matter how pretty the box is on the outside it’s what is on the inside that is precious and near to your heart. In this chapter when Paul is talking about jars of clay he is comparing us to jars of clay and the gospel as the treasure. Even believers make mistakes, lie, judge, gossip, and have some bad days. But even though we are imperfect God’s message is not. Sometimes people get so fixated on the packaging that they forget about the treasure.

As jar of clay we get to carry the message of the gospel and share of God’s amazing love and forgiveness. Although we are fragile and imperfect God chose US as his jars of clay. In this passage Paul emphasizes that although he is both ordinary and breakable he is in charge of sharing the gospel of Christ. This week let us draw attention to the the great treasure of the gospel rather than ourselves.

“7 But In this we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned;struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”[a] Since we have that same spirit of[b] faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Thank you so much for reading! New blog post will be up on Monday!

It’s not a chore.

Hi! Welcome back to my blog! Today I wanted to talk about the importance of a quiet time.

This year I have found myself having quiet times daily but it didn’t seem like it was for the right reasons. It was almost as if I was reading my Bible and praying just so I could check it off my list for that day. I think it is super important to remember that reading your Bible and praying is not and should never be a chore. Sometimes I found myself reading the words on the pages of the Bible but not taking the time to actually understand what it is saying.

No one is forcing me to read my Bible and pray but I choose to do so. I should never see quiet time as just another task to check off my daily list. Instead I need to see quiet time for what it is, a set aside time to further my relationship with Christ. Instead of viewing this as a chore or task that must get done I started viewing it as an exciting chance I get daily to learn more about Christ. I don’t  have to read my Bible I choose to.

Thank you for reading my blog! Next post will be up on Monday!

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.”- Psalm 62:1

I still have more to say.

Hey! Welcome back to my blog!

Every week I set aside a time for me to write my blog posts that I want scheduled for the upcoming week and every week I find myself staring at a blank screen trying to figure out what I should write. It has honestly become an exciting challenge to think of what to write next. After eight months of blogging and 70 blog posts the ideas I had at the very beginning when I started this have all been used. But no matter how many times I find myself staring at a blank computer screen for more than an hour, I always know that there is something else for me to share with the world. It doesn’t matter how many times I tell myself that there is nothing more for me to say and that I should just skip blogging for the week. God always gives me something to say before the week is up. No matter how many times I doubt, I still come up with something to post about. Sometimes the post is 500 words but other times it is only 50. But that’s okay.

The reason I started this blog was to be able to share with the world my l0ve for God. I wanted to tell others about all the great things he has done in my life and will do in theirs. I started this blog for a reason and by starting it I have challenged myself more than I ever thought I could and have grown in my faith more than I imagined I would. Writing blog posts twice a week has not been the easiest for me but it has made my grow. It has taught me the importance of patience, honesty, and clarity in not only these blog posts but in my life. So no matter how many times I catch myself staring at a blank computer wondering what to write and asking myself if I should stop blogging, I won’t. I won’t stop blogging because I still have more to say. This blog has used me to teach others about Christ weekly and because of that I won’t stop blogging. No matter how challenging this becomes, it’s important to me. I still have more to say.

Thank you so much for reading! Next blog post will be up on Thursday!