What are you willing to die for?

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Today during AP Literature class we were asked the following question: What, if anything, are you willing to die for?

This was my answer:

Am I willing to die for something I believe in? Am I willing to die for my belief in Jesus Christ? I believe that Jesus Christ died for me 2,000 years ago on a cross out of LOVE. I wasn’t even born yet. Nor were my parents, nor my grandparents, nor my great grandparents, nor my great-great-great-great grandparents, for that matter. And yet He died for them, too, simply out of love. He has shown grace and mercy towards me and that is something I cannot repay. And even though as a Christian I am facing and will face trials and tribulations due to my choice to believe in Jesus and all that He stands for, I still choose to live for Christ. And if it came to the point that I would have to die for believing in Him, I would gladly accept it. I am not afraid of dying. To live is Christ, to die is gain. Dying for Christ means meeting Him face to face and listening to Him say “well done”.

Am I willing to die for Jesus?
Heck yes.

I choose Jesus.

You are Loved

As a teenager who’s known love since birth, it breaks my heart when I read or hear about girls and guys who feel like they aren’t worth it, that feel unloved and unworthy. Many people don’t know they’re loved. People need to know they’re loved. Because they are.

Maybe you need to know you’re loved, too.

I wish I could be where you are right now, sit with you, hug you, and let you know you’re loved.
But I can’t. So I’ll settle with writing this and hope you’ll read it.

About 2,000 years ago, a man named Jesus died for you and me. He died for you out of love. He didn’t have to do it. He chose to. Can you understand that? He chose to! He loves you with a love like no other. You are loved. You are loved and made by the same Someone that created heaven and earth. Isn’t that amazing?! You belong to Him! Even when you feel undeserving or unlovable, He loves you. His love is forever. He loves you in every season of your life and He always will. He loves you when you’re happy, and He loves you when you’re sad. Even when you’ve sinned, even when you’ve done the unthinkable, even when you’ve made mistakes, HE LOVES YOU! His grace is there to reach you and save you. He will never let you go. Open up your heart and let Him come inside. Abide in His love.

And if you still don’t believe me, here’s some more proof:

“‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the LORD, who has compassion on you.”
-Isaiah 54:10, emphasis mine

“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
-Zephaniah 3:17

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
-John 3:16, emphasis mine

Do you believe me now? The list goes on and on, there are so many verses I could write about how much God loves you.

Guess what?
You are loved.

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Look Like Love

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” If I believe there’s a Savior, is the proof in me?
Is He alive and breathing?
Is He what they remember? Is He what they see when they look at me?
Do I look like love?”

Look Like Love, Britt Nicole

What does it mean to look like love?
To look like love is to be compassionate. To be caring. To show Jesus. Looking like love is not hard. You don’t have to go on a missions trip to the Dominican Republic to look like love. You don’t have to go to a poor neighborhood and give out food and clothing. Your mission field is where you are. Your home. Your school. Your friends. When you help your little sister with her homework, you look like love. When you help your mom with dinner, you look like love. When you help pick up the books your friend dropped at school, you look like love. When you stand up to the boys that were bullying the new kid, you look like love.

I dare you to look like love today. Right now.

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Times

One of my favorite songs by the band Tenth Avenue North is “Times”. My favorite lines of the song that inspired this doodle:

“My love is over, it’s underneath, it’s inside, it’s in between. The times you doubt me, when you can’t feel, the times that you question ‘is this for real?’. The times you’re broken, the times that you mend, the times you hate me and the times that you bend. The times you’re healing, and when your heart breaks, the times that you fell like you’re fallen from grace. The times you’re hurting, the times that you heal, the times you go hungry and are tempted to steal. In times of confusion, and chaos and pain, I’m there in your sorrow, under the weight of your shame. I’m there through your heartache, I’m there in the storm. My love, I will keep you, by my power alone. I don’t care where you’ve fallen or where you have been. I’ll never forsake you. My love never ends. It never ends.”

His grace is always there to reach us. Because of God’s grace we are here. He has unending, limitless love for us. He is always present. God is always there, in every situation we find ourselves in. When we’re worn, when we’re broken and hurt, even when we question and doubt His goodness, He is there with arms wide open, ready to pour His love on us. God is there all the time.

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