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I have something I thought of on my walk around tonight. When I first started becoming closer to God I would find myself comparing myself to others. "I'm not as strong in my faith as they are." "I'm not as far as they are." "I'm not as good at communicating how I feel about God as they are." And that's wrong. Every single Christian has a beginning. Each one! Every single Christian has been at the point where they compare themselves to others when the person they're comparing themselves to have been on that journey longer. It's like comparing cookie dough to baked cookies and saying because the cookie dough isn't as far along as the baked cookies are they're not good(not saying eat raw cookie dough but just using it as an example.). I realized today that the best examples had a start where they had to make the same decisions those who are just starting out now had to make. That's one reason why I love hearing Glen Johnson(my pastor) talk. He talks about his past, his struggles, the hard times, his experiences and how he became the man he is today.
It is a process to stop comparing yourself to others who are farther on your journey but dear friends please don't compare yourself to a baked cookie! It takes time, energy, faith, perseverance, love, encouragement, mistakes, all of that to go down this road of faith. It takes making mistakes and learning from them so you don't make them again. It takes talking to someone who's farther along in their walk and getting advice when times get tough. It's a process, don't rush the process and be disappointed in yourself because you're not as far as someone else; remember they were once cookie dough too. They once stood where you are now: unsure, scared, worried, anxious, judgmental of themselves, needing guidance. Trust that they are there to lift you up; they are not there to make you feel worse about yourself.(That part is for those who reach out to those who are beginning and encourage them to continue on their walk; sadly I know there are those who act like their journey has brought them to a place they can judge others because they're not as far.)
Anyways, dear ones don't be hard on yourself. God is working with you. He's working inside of you each and every day to make you stronger, wiser, and soon you'll be able to reach out to those who need help and assist them in this journey we have with Christ. God bless each and every person who helps those on this journey. God has not and will not forget what you've done.  :heart:
Tattoo #2 by Twilightlover2007
Tattoo #2
My sister designed this for me! The lady I went to was AMAZING! Like seriously amazing. So sweet! My sister did the outline but she-the lady who did it for me Bre Ann- added in the shading and the little bits of white to make it pop! I am IN LOVE with this tattoo! It's not done yet as I'm also going to have 4 bible verses surrounding the dove in handwritings of some of the closest people to me.
To my old friend,
There was a time I felt like our friendship had no end; that we would be friends until we went to heaven and even then on afterwards. There was a time we were practically inseparable. After everything we’d been through one would think that a bond like that couldn’t be broken. Apparently it could.
I do have a few things I am thankful for in our years of friendship. You taught me how to find the right church, how that can make all the difference in one’s walk with God. You also taught me how to be more assertive when it came to doing what was right for me-such as leaving a bad relationship before it got worse. Finally, you taught me how to walk away from things that are toxic to my walk with God.
There were things you taught me that I am not thankful for-and many such things I have been able to extract. One such thing is gossiping about people behind their backs, spreading their personal information to those who have no such need for information. The fact many of the people that I heard being slandered were once considered as close a friend as I was-if not closer at times. Many times the slandering was over the smallest and most insignificant thing, but with the way you spoke of it you made it seem like the most offensive transgression of all. What was worse is I allowed you to whisper such things into my ear and allowed those things to fester, to grow and I began to think such things of that person as well. Apparently some things never change.
That being said: I pray that one day your heart is opened the way God has opened mine. Am I sorry the way our friendship ended? Yes. Am I sorry it ended? No.
Since the ending of our friendship I have begun to embrace who it is God has created me to be. I have begun to flourish under God’s constant sunshine in my life. My walk with him may be messy, but it is there. I have begun to forgive myself of my past mistakes, of the past that once held me back, and I have begun to forgive those who once blocked me from having a flourishing relationship with God. I am in the process of surrounding myself with people that are encouraging, on fire for God and want to make a difference in this world.
There are things we all must face in life and the end of a friendship is one that no one ever looks forward to burdening themselves with, however, such an event can really be a blessing in disguise from our loving Father above. Sometimes people are only meant to be in our lives for a season, they’re not meant to be there forever. There’s something we must learn from them before we move onward on our journey. I thank you for what you have taught me and I hope one day that God opens your heart and your mind and begins the beautiful metamorphosis with your heart as well.
God bless you dear child of God.
All our lives we're taught to treat people how we want to be treated. As children we're often told to share our toys with others because we would want others to share their toys with us. As adults we're told to communicate with each other so misunderstandings don't happen because of a lack of communication. Today my heart is heavy. It hurts that many of the people in my life give so much, and yet are spit on, looked down upon, treated like they're less than everyone else because of their faith. So many people that I have been blessed to know are strong, amazingly strong Christians that I look up to more and more each day. I see their struggles and how they hold onto God through it all and I want to be like that. They open up and tell me their stories of their past hurts and struggles and it makes me want to share my story with others as well.
The sad thing is: We live in a fallen world where our kindness is not returned to us. Instead there are those who mock our faith. Who parade around saying things against us, against our God and people allow them to do so yet we're not allowed to defend ourselves-because we're Christian.
I wish...all the churches were like the one I go to-or at least similar in the foundation. My church doesn't preach hate against anyone. In fact they preach love. We're not expected to be perfect yet we're loved and encouraged to become stronger children of God. Struggles are something every Christian goes through. Whether those struggles be sexual addiction, drug addiction, alcohol addiction, gambling addiction, anorexia, bulimia, depression, suicidal thoughts/actions, or other struggles that many people go through-many times in silence.
As Christians we are called to be a light to this world. We are called to go out to the lost and find them and share the amazing word of God with them. The word that says "I love you. I want you home." The word that directs our steps to keep us from the path of evil and helps us up when we trip and fall...Recently I shared my own testimony about the struggles I've had. It wasn't easy but being a Christian isn't easy. Listening to what God wants isn't easy. Waiting on God isn't easy. It breaks my heart that so many people don't see who God really is. How deeply he loves us.
All of us have people we love in our lives, and those we prefer not to be around and that's normal. But what's not normal is what God did for us. God let his only son, his ONLY son, his only perfect, pure son die on the cross. Not just a quick or painless death either. The way it's been described is that Jesus wasn't even recognized by the people who knew him. Think of this: Jesus could've saved himself at any time. He could've stopped the torture he went through at any time. He could've shaken off the cross and walked away saying "I'm done. You all aren't worth it." That's not what he did. No he bore the cross that was heavier than he was, and on that cross was ALL of our sins. Each and every person's sins were on that cross. All those who had been born up to then, all the people alive then, and all the people yet to be born. Think of this: there are 6 billion people in the world right now, think of just how many people's sins were on that cross that Jesus carried. Not once did he say that it wasn't fair, not once did he complain about how he hadn't done anything wrong. Not once did he curse at those beating him, spitting on him, throwing stones at him. No. Instead he carried that cross on his back to his death. He was nailed to that cross. His hands and feet pierced with nails-probably not even sharp nails and he was hung on the cross to die an innocent man.
I can't imagine the pain that Jesus was going through as he hung there on that cross. The physical pain he was in, the emotional pain he was in...I'm crying as I think about this. But with all that pain....someone is forgotten. God. God isn't some emotionless being that feels nothing for those he created-why would he send his son to die on the cross for them if he was? God LOVED his creations and LOVED his human children. So much so that he knew there was only one way for them to be reunited with him where he wanted them to be-by his side. I can't even imagine the heartbreak that God was going through watching this. He could have stopped this all at any time and said "No, my son is worth more." But he knew it was the only way to bring his children home. He watched his son get beaten, spit on, and murdered for those who hated him. For those who loved him, for those who didn't even know him. Just so we sinners would have a way to heaven.
I wish everyone could see the God that I know. The God that loves me in spite of me. The God that forgave me long before I forgave myself. The God that has broken my chains and lifted my face up from the dirt, called me his child, held me in his arms with nothing but love for me when I deserve nothing but his wrath for all I've done-for all the sins I've done. We Christians know we don't deserve what God has given us through Jesus. We are as unworthy of the gift as anyone else on this Earth; the difference is we accept the gift. We treasure it. We thank God for what he's done for us when he could have just as easily given up on us and left us to our own devices letting us destroy ourselves.
His love was and is so great for us that he wants us home. There's only one way to make it into heaven. There's no 'oh you're a good enough person so you get in.' No. We're ALL sinners. We have ALL fallen short of the glory of God. None of us deserve to go into heaven no matter how many good deeds we've done. As my pastor says: "What if the ticket into heaven was 15,000 good works and you died with 14,999. You would be one good deed short of going to heaven." Think about that.
There's only one way to get into heaven and that is accepting what Jesus did for us on that cross. It doesn't matter if you're 4 years old or 103 years old. It doesn't matter if you're black, white, tan, brown, cream, whatever other color there may be. It doesn't matter if you're homosexual, bisexual, asexual, transgender, whatever else there is. It doesn't matter if your only sin was lying or if you killed millions of people. All of us qualify for heaven if we accept what Jesus did for us.
I pray for those who don't know how Jesus loves them. I pray that they see before it's too late just how much love he has for them. That he died on that cross thinking about them, how his sacrifice would give them a chance to go to heaven instead of being separated from God forever. The God I know is a God of love. Why else would he send his child to die for us? Why else?


Tasha Gray
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Hello everyone! My name is Tasha, I've been drawing off and on for a few years. My inspiration mostly comes from God and from nature. My church has been an amazing part of my life, they are what's kept me going through some of the hardest times of my life. I am firmly planted in my faith and I will never be ashamed nor shaken from my faith. My God is my God and he will forever be by my side. I do not agree with homosexuality(hate me if you wish) but that doesn't mean I ever would wish ill will upon those who were homosexual. You can love someone without agreeing with their actions.

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Twilightlover2007 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have a feeling you feel that God is bad because he doesn't stop bad things from happening. let me explain something. God gave control of the world over to Adam after creating him and Eve. Adam in turn gave the control over to the devil when he chose to listen to him over what God had told them what to stay away from. God had nothing but the best interests for Adam and Eve at heart, but they chose to disobey him. It is not because of God that bad things happen; these bad things break his heart more than it breaks ours. It is because of the devil that bad things happen. The enemy-the devil- is here to steal, kill, and destroy anything and everything he can. He doesn't care about innocent lives, he doesn't care about anything but himself. God, however, didn't want his children to be forever separated from him so he sent his son, his only and perfect son, to die a horrible death that none of us could ever imagine dying so those that were lost could have a way home. God gave us free will and he does not condemn us because of the free will. God hates sin, he doesn't hate the sinner. I don't feel that God is 'out to get me' because he's ready to smite me. No, I feel that God is reaching his hand out to me letting me know that he is there for me if I turn to him and ask for his guidance and accept his help. I don't see God in the same light that you do. I hope that one day your eyes are opened and you see the truly loving God that I see.
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Twilightlover2007 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
God does love us. He didn't create evil. Satan was an angel that chose to rise up against God and is now jealous that he will never have the same power God does so he tries to guide God's children away from him. God didn't create sin either. He created Adam and Eve with free will-and because of that free will they could chose to either listen to him when he spoke of not eating from the tree of knowledge-as he was trying to protect them from the knowledge of evil. They chose to listen to Satan instead and ate of the tree therefor sinning the first sin.

I wish your eyes will be opened one day because Satan wants us to believe that God doesn't care. I've lived a life without him and a life with him; I will never go back to a life without God.
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Twilightlover2007 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Honestly I didn't bother reading this because I know that all you have in your heart is hate. I have a love for God; I know the TRUE God. Not the God that other people tell me he is, not the God that 'history' says he is, but I've spent time with him and it's because of God I'm alive and here today. It's because of him I've overcome things I never would've dreamed of doing. I know the truly loving God and I hope you will too one day.
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wakaflockaflame1 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Heard about your friend who was rape, and decided to keep the child, I also heard that the child means the world to her. :)
Twilightlover2007 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Her daughter is her world. :) She's married her old boyfriend from when she used to live back where she is now and he's legally adopted her as his child. So inspiring; the little girl steals my heart more and more each day!
wakaflockaflame1 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconheblushplz: God, makes my heart warm. Thank you and God bless~!
Twilightlover2007 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awe, God makes my heart warm too! :) God's so amazingly amazing! <3
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