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God is in Control

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13 August 2015

heaven ssWe were three hours into a fifteen hour drive to Florida when the van broke down.  Apparently we lost the chain thingee that powered the doo-ja mahickey that made something important turn inside the motor. (Can you tell I’m not a car person?)  In ten seconds, all of our careful vacation plans went out the window – or dropped onto the highway if you want to get technical. 

Instead of staying at the hotel with the indoor pool and hot breakfast like we planned, we ended up finding a room in a ramshackle spot right off the interstate.  No pool and the breakfast ended up being Little Debbie Honey buns and powdered milk. No one complained. We were just grateful we’d been able to steer the van safely off the dark interstate and find shelter.

God's Amazing Love for YOU

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06 August 2015
hands holding bibleBelieve it or not, we Samie Ladies were all once your age.  No it's true.  Back in the day when mammoths roamed the earth and fire had just been discovered, we came out of our caves and went to school just like you. We whispered with our friends. We gossiped when we shouldn't have.  And we spent a lot of time wondering what was up with all the God stuff.
Now that we're a few thousand years old (give or take!), we've figured out a few things we wished we'd known at your age. So let us share!
I wished I'd know what it really meant to be a Christ follower. I raised my hand in VBS to ask Jesus into my heart, but I really didn't know how important that was. If I’d known I was saved and part of His kingdom, I might have had more self esteem and confidence.  After all, I'm a daughter of the King. Royalty!  I am loved for who I am, unconditionally. I'm loved so much that Jesus died for me.  Wow.  Makes me feel pretty important.
Also, I wished I'd known that as a Christian, I am God's face in the world. What that means is that when people know I'm a Christian, they look to me to learn about God.  Had I known that, I might have treated people better. You have a big responsibility. Don’t let it freak you out, but remember that God does shine through you, princess! Check Out Philippians 2:14-15
LISA HOOG says: I wish I could have figured out how much God really loves me.  I'd always heard that He loves me no matter what.  The more I read in the Bible about God, the more I learned about how much He loves me!  He cares so much about us and knows so much.  Some things I know about God and His love are...
  • God loves us so much and thinks we are important.  He knows my name. He knows how many hairs we have on our head!!  Have you ever tried to count the number of hairs you have on your head?  I did once and I got to strand 5 and quit.  It was too much! Check Out Luke 12:6-7
  • He loves me so much that he knows every thought I am going to think and every word I am going to say before I say it.  Wow...He cares that much about me to know my thoughts!!   He is a BFF for sure! Check Out Psalm 139 
  • He loves me and gave me this great world to live in and helps me get through each day.  Take a look at all the stuff God created: the trees, mountains, chocolate, stuffed animals, people, roller coasters, friends, zebra print stuff,  etc.  He created all this good stuff just for me and you.  How awesome is that?!
  • And not only that stuff, but He did something totally amazing.  He sent his son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins.  Sins are the bad things we say and do.  He did this so that we can live with Him forever in Heaven.  We just have to believe in Jesus, ask Him to come into our life and forgive us for our bad stuff, and do what He tells us everyday.  He loves me so much that one day I get to live in this totally awesome place forever and be with Him along with my friends and family who are already there.
If I'd known how much God really loved me, I think I would have been a more confident person when I was your age.

Does God Make People Die?

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30 July 2015

door to heaven ssThere are lots of things I wish I'd known when I was your age.  One of the biggest things is that God doesn't make people die.

My father died when I was eight years old. My mother and I went down the street to a PTA meeting and when we came back, there he was lying on the floor, a victim of a heart attack. Needless to say, it was a hard time. I remember asking God "why?"

Here are some the reasons Christians gave for why my dad died so young: