Beware of Christians

Does anyone love coming home from work and settling down with a flick on Netflix? I’ve discovered this luxury and have recently watched this:

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These guys are so real. Completely down-to-earth dudes who want to know what people around this nation really think about God, Christianity, and their beliefs. They don’t throw out that they’re perfect and righteous know-it-all angels. “I am a Christian and I am a hypocrite,” was Will Bakke’s introduction line and one scene was of them playing Ray J’s “Sexy Can I” while searching for a homeless person to give a box of pizza to. They exemplified and experienced what many Jesus- loving, twenty-somethings are struggling with today.

Two years later…

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This time they’re going through Europe and still as honest as ever. Topics include identity, materialism, sex and relationships, the church, wealth and poverty, media and entertainment, and alcohol. I have watched this about five times now and have learned so much by watching their journey. The last statement that Alex made is absolutely on point.

“I sit in church and I listen to the pastor… and his voice will change and everyone will get serious. He’ll start talking and saying, ‘If you’re out there and you’re not saved and you don’t know Jesus, just say this little prayer with me. That’s all you have to do.’ …But I just want him to add after that little statement, ‘All you have to do is say a little prayer’ and then right after say ‘and it’s gonna be the hardest decision you’ll ever make in your entire life.’ …You are completely surrendering and humbling yourself for God and changing your life. It’s the best decision you’ll ever make… The scariest thing in the world today is that there’s hundred of thousands of Christians walking around thinking that they’re saved…and that breaks my heart. If you’re truly a Christian and you’re truly trying to distinguish your lifestyle from this world, it’s gonna suck. And it’s gonna be hard. And you’re gonna be made fun of. But it’s worth it.”

If you haven’t watched these yet, I suggest you do! They will broaden your perspective and think about principles and morals in a different light. Most of all, you can identify, grasp, and understand the fullness of God and His love through these real conversations. Watch!

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It’s a Bloggers World

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The terms “blog” and “blogger” are nothing new to this day and age. Ever since the Internet was born and the computer was used for more than just Google, thousands upon thousands of people have become comfortable to put their thoughts, opinions, advice, and passions out in the open for all the world to see. The genres? Endless. There’s photography, religious, cooking, do-it-yourself, sports, music, home furnishing, decorating, marketing, make-up, politics, and, of course, fashion.

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“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3)

Flashbacks

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Bolero: Wet Seal • Top, Jeans, Shoes: Forever 21 • Necklace: Quiapo

Whooooooooo the first day to hit 50˚F! Can I get a Hallelujah AMEN! Even though this was taken about two weeks ago and we’re back to a blizzard, getting a “warm” day was a blessing. I hope you don’t mind all the weather intros either, that’s just what we Michiganders do. Talk about [crazy] weather.

High school flashback. Before I discovered the thrift store, I was all over a certain store and its specific area. The sale area of Forever 21 (surprise, surprise). I distinctly remember rushing to Great Lakes Crossing for six weekends straight to rummage through racks filled with the hand written red sharpie markdown tags. This top- less than $10. And then, alas, Salvation Army came into my life.

Grade school flashback.

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Had to. My OOTD was inspired by my old best friend and I didn’t even realize it.

Faith

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Worship Night at Bridgewood

Sunday. Sunday meant church, fellowship, life group, and Bible Series. But this one was particularly special. Worship Night at Bridgewood. She opened the doors of the House knowing what would happen but thought of what may be. As she walked in, friendly faces and warm smiles contrasted from the shivering cold and quickly filled her sights. A smile here, a greet with an occasional hug there. She made her way into the room, sat down a few rows from the front in the center, and waited. A few minutes passed by and the crowd continued to make their way in anticipating what was to come. Right on time, the lights dimmed and the team made their way on stage. The drummer made his queue and the night commenced. With each passing song, she not only wanted to worship her Father but surrender her every being. A look up to heaven here, a tear there. The moments leading up to communion were so moving and intimate that all she could say was “I am nothing without You.”

The night progressed and Pastor Tunde preached and preached he did. He called people to the altar: the blind, deaf, physically disabled, those who felt called to ministry, and the spiritually weak. Clusters of people slowly made their way up to the front and knelt down. The Holy Spirit continued to touch people’s lives as a deaf man regained hearing, a woman’s hip was healed, and child’s sight was restored among many others. Witnessing these experiences was incredible. Her heart cried out. Each tear that fell down her face represented freedom from each sin, doubt, and worry. It was there she felt weak. It was there she felt strong. Completely in awe and captivated by His grace.

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“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” (James 4:8)

Oceans

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Jacket & Tights: Marshall’s • Necklace: Quiapo • Boots: Charlotte Russe

Just posing with some tree branches and a stump. Finding look shot locations in Ortonville is becoming a very creative process, I’ll leave it at that.

“Oceans” and “Still” by Hillsong United have been on constant repeat; I find myself humming their tunes during work while embracing each meaningful line. I realized that both songs are very similar, not because they both include “oceans” but they have the same message: through the overwhelming, unknown times, God will give you the strength to rise above it all. He will take you farther than you ever thought possible if you just let Him. It’s supernatural, really. Nothing earthly. That’s assuring.

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Find rest my soul
In Christ alone
Know His power
In quietness and trust

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with You above the storm
Father You are king over the flood
I will be still, know You are God

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” (James 1:2,3)