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Pre-Dating FAQs – Biblical Dating Series (Part 1)

 

Dating FAQs Today we are kicking off the Biblical Dating 4 Part Series! You know those questions you have always wanted answered? Now you can find them here. This series will include questions about the pre-dating friendship, dating, and physical, emotional and spiritual boundaries.

If you have any other questions about Biblical dating that are not discussed, ask them below in the comment section. I will try my best to answer them.

I am praying that this Q&A helps you all. God has taught me a lot about guys, dating, and purity the last few years and I’m glad my pain is now being used for good. God is using my painful past to glorify himself – his plan all along. (I just never knew it until today!) God is so cool. Anyways, enjoy the Q&A!


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Never Give Up On Unbelievers

Never Give Up On Unbelievers Do you ever wonder if God cares about the people who don’t love him? While being a college student, I wondered this daily. I questioned, “Jesus, will my classmates ever know you?” I recently read through Psalm 62 and found encouragement, hope, and some answers.

The main point of the passage – we can never give up on others because God never gave up on us. (Tweet this!)

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You Can Dance With God – What I Learned in Puerto Rico

A few weeks ago, I went on the trip of a lifetime to Puerto Rico with my friend Alexandra. We had an amazing time exploring the island and visiting all the tourist attractions. I expected to have an amazing time, but something happened that I was not expecting. God brought me to Puerto Rico to show me a deeper glimpse of his love.

 

Dancing with God

I’m sorry that this photo is blurry, but salsa dancing is a fast moving activity! In Puerto Rico, everyone loves to dance. Edgardo, pictured above on the right, told me that salsa dancing is as vital as walking.

I barely knew what I was doing, but Edgardo led me through the motions of salsa dancing. He took my left hand and placed it on his shoulder and held my right hand with his left hand. As he led me through the steps, there were a few mistakes, but mostly I spun around confidently. Every now and then I would step on his foot, we would laugh it off and keep dancing. His leadership and guiding hands were so gentle and sweet. I had a blast and felt like a cherished dance partner.

After a night of dancing, I asked God, “Why can’t I dance with you? I want to experience these feelings with you God. I want your love to lift me off my feet and spin me in a circle. I don’t want to just know you love me, I want to experience your love.”

I went to bed that night wondering why I couldn’t dance with God. That is when I remembered a Psalm that I had read that very morning. I got up, opened my Bible and read exactly what I had read that morning.

“and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great. You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.” Psalm 18:35-36.

To me, those words sounds like dancing. When dancing with God, my feet would never slip and his right hand would support me just like Edgardo’s right hand. God showed me a glimpse into his gentleness during that salsa dance.

One of my college friends always said what she looks forward to most about heaven is getting to dance with Jesus. I never understood what she meant until this moment. I can’t wait to dance with Jesus face to face, but I can still experience him now. I can experience his support, gentleness, and guidance, as if we were salsa dancing and he was the leader.

Take God’s hand. His hand is there for support.

Take God’s hand. His gentleness can make you great.

Take God’s hand. Your feet will not slip.

Take God’s hand. Join him in the dance.


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6 Scripture Passages about God’s Love

Christmas - God's Love God’s love for us is complex, fascinating, and beautiful. His love for us could only happen through the death of Jesus. It is hard to comprehend that we humans are so sinful that another person had to die for us in order for a perfect God to love us. Jesus had to die for us, and his death was God’s largest act of love. As this Christmas season is approaching, I wanted to share scripture that explains God’s love.

Here are 6 passages that show us a glimpse into the amazing love of God:

  1. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” – John 15:12-16.
  2. “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8.
  3. “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39.
  4. “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.
  5. “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” – 1 John 3:1.
  6. “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.” – 1 John 4:9-12.

As Christmas draws near, ask God to reveal his love to you. Ask him to show you his love in a powerful and personal way.


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Only Jesus can heal your heart.

Only Jesus can heal your heart.

Jesus came to heal the sick and the broken. He came to save the sinner. In one of my classes, this thought came to mind as I heard sad story after sad story from my classmates. (Jesus, will my classmates ever know you?) This does not mean that he supports their actions, but his love for them will never change. Why is this? Because Jesus came to save the broken.

Jesus came to save my classmates, but they lack the realization that they need him. Maybe they think their lives are fine without him. Maybe they think they’re spiritually healthy.

While on earth, Jesus spent most of his time with the lost and broken. In Matthew 9:12-13 (NIV) Jesus states, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Healthy people don’t understand that they are sick, sinful, and in need of a savior. But the sick, they line up outside of the doctor’s office hoping for something to heal the pain. Do you realize that you are sick and in need of a savior? Maybe you are immune to the hurting in your heart. Maybe like my classmates, you think these feelings are a normal part of life. Or maybe you actually think you are healthy. (more…)

Do you believe God delights in you?

Even when we sin, God delights in us. He cheers us on and is our number one fan. Always.

“There is a level of bond in love that a parent has for their kid that you don’t have for anyone else… There is something special about the parent-kid love.” – Jefferson Bethke

That is the kind of love God has for us.

God loves us even when we are struggling through seasons of sin. He loves us when we fall. At my church today, my pastor Aaron Proffitt said, “Even in our most sinful moments, God wants to be close to us and encourage us.”

Is this hard for you to understand? It is for me. (more…)

God’s Love Letter to You

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You know those nights where you feel so unloved and alone? When you wish you could have someone to hold you and tell you they love you? The love we experience on earth will never compare to God’s love for us. Our hearts have been made to cry out for a love that can only come from our creator.

A guy may seem like the best fix, but only God’s love is a lasting solution. This truth is written all over the Bible.

Did you know that the Bible is God’s love letter to us? Isaiah 43 is a great example of a love letter from God. When I study scripture, I like to read it and then write it out in my own words. This helps me better understand what I have read. For this particular chapter, I read the passage as if God hand wrote me a love letter in beautiful calligraphy. I wrote it in my journal in the exact same way. You can do the same thing. (more…)

3 Ways to Love Your Dad

3 Ways to Love Your Dad on Father's Day Happy Father’s Day weekend!

It’s important to show your dad some love every day, but since it is Father’s Day weekend – Daughters lets go out of our way to love our dads.

Here are 3 Ways to Love Your Dad

  1. Ask him questions. Ask your dad questions about the things he loves. This will show him that you care about what he cares about. For example, my Dad loves playing music. He recently tried out as guitarist for a local band. The band gets together and plays for fun, but I secretly hope they’ll make it big. Either way, I have a rock star for a dad. When he came home from the audition, I made a point to ask him about it. I asked how he did, what they said, how they sounded together, etc. I may not be as interested in music as he is, but because I love my Dad, I care about what he cares about. What is your dad interested in? Go out of your way and ask him about it.
  2. Spend time with him. My Dad loves to golf, so every fathers day we go golfing. Think about what your dad likes to do. Could you spend time doing this with him? Plan something for the weekend that your dad would love. Has he mentioned something that he’s been wanting to do? For example, my Dad mentioned how he wanted to go to a concert downtown. So, I found one for us to go to. Brainstorm different things you could do with your dad this weekend. You could even make him a delicious breakfast or some fancy cupcakes. What dad doesn’t like to eat!
  3. Share Jesus with him. This may be the hardest, but it may also be the most important. There are many ways to do this. Invite him to church or share your story. Depending on where your dad is on his journey with God, you can ask different questions to have Jesus centered conversations. Here are some examples: What have you been learning in your recent Bible reading? How have you been growing closer to God? What question would you like to ask God? After he has talked, then you could share your answer to the same questions. Share how Jesus is working in your life.

I hope you all have a wonderful Father’s Day weekend! Comment if you have any other tips or ideas. xoxo joy

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When Prince Charming Isn’t Enough

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Friends, I am so excited! Today I get to share my story on a wonderful blog called Revolutionaries! I hope you check it out!

Click here to read my story of how prince charming wasn’t enough for me.

If you are a Christian, Bonnie @ Revolutionaries would love to post your story! Just contact her on her blog. Let her know that you have a story you want to share. Remember, that your story is powerful and can impact someone’s eternity!

 

 

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A Love Story

A Love Story Every girl dreams about the day she will find her Prince Charming. The guy who will love her for who she is, call her beautiful, and put the twinkle in her eyes. She dreams about the day he will sweep her off her feet, and the day they will fall madly in love, get married and ride off into the sunset.

Media is constantly telling us that our lives should be a love story. Countless movies, TV shows, and songs try to tell us that we need a man to save us from the misery of a single life. That we need a man to complete us. But what the media fails to mention, is each and every one of us are already part of a love story. An even bigger love story than any thing media could show us. Media tells us we need a savior, but they fail to mention correctly who he is.

Our Prince already came for us.

Romans 5:8 “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

He loved us so much that he didn’t just give us roses and a horse to ride off into the sunset, but he gave us eternal life.
Our prince loved us so much that he died for us.
He loved us so much that he moved Heaven and earth to prove it.
Jesus Christ is our prince.
Jesus Christ is our savior.

Proverbs 8:17 “I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.”

He is always there for us.
He will never give up on us.
He loves us for who we are.

Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” 

He puts that sparkle in our eyes and a smile on our face.

We spend so much time dreaming about the day our Prince will come, that we never realize our Prince is already here. Our lives are already love stories!

Jesus Christ is our love story!

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