“Christians should always be happy. If you’re not, something’s obviously not right with your soul. You better change your attitude and put on a smile quick.”
This is an attitude I’ve occasionally seen in Christianity that needs to be transformed. I've personally felt the weight of this many times. Even if something is really bothering me, I feel this pressure to put on a happy face to the world- they can't see a Christian who isn't perfect and beautifully content! I've also thought this lack of unwavering happiness pointed to something that was wrong with me.
“What's going on? Why I do feel so dull? I shouldn’t be struggling with these thoughts. I should be automatically, overwhelmingly joyful, right? This shouldn’t be so
I’ve noticed idolatry becoming a more widespread topic in Christian articles and conversations lately. So, you probably know the kind of idolatry I’ll be discussing today doesn’t involve chanting to ancient golden statues or meditating before eerie fish gods.
Idolatry today is dangerous in a very different way, because it’s deeply ingrained into our everyday lives in ways we normally don’t notice. Things like comfort, self, romantic relationships, beauty, technology, coffee, and wealth are getting more authentic, daily worship than our Creator and Savior. This is the sad yet undeniable truth for many Christians.
Do overtly spiritual acts like going to church and listening to worship music always make God happy? Is this all it takes to please Him? 1 Samuel 15 is a pivotal turning point in the book, which determines who will ultimately have God’s favor and rule over Israel. However, it also teaches a message about obedience, sacrifice, and motives that still holds just as strong and true today.
I recommend reading the full chapter at this link, as it lays out the events, details, and dialogues very clearly. If not though, the story basically goes like this: God gives Samuel clear and specific battle instructions to tell Saul, who is to completely destroy the Amalekites (a nation who had recently defied Israel and the Lord). They aren’t to leave
In my seven months of being a college student, I’ve come to truly love coffee (duh) and mornings (what?). No, seriously. Coming from a self-proclaimed night owl who used to hate. . . ok, still hates getting out of bed, yes indeed: I love mornings.
Dedicating some time to simply being with God and preparing for the day ahead sets a mood of intentionality, positivity, and productivity that lasts all day. Here are 5 simple habits I've been forming that help me enjoy and maximize my mornings.
1. Decide on one thing to look forward to in the morning. For me, this is simply a cup
We’re two solid months into the new year, and if you’re anything like me, your resolutions from January 1st are pretty much forgotten. By now, many of them have been broken and left behind with an embarrassed shrug.
Many of these resolutions were at quite a personal level. You wanted to lose weight, become more friendly, start a healthy lifestyle, stop being irritable. You just wanted to be. . .better.
But why hasn’t it happened?
Hello! I'm Anna, a college student living in the Midwest. I'm a strong believer in uncontrollable laughter, powerful words, and a morning cup of coffee. I pray these posts will encourage you to live a full life with and for God: unhindered. Look forward to new posts every Monday morning!