Write A New Story in 2013

Erin Davis 12/31/12
Category: Myself ; 59 comments

It's been a month of stories here on the blog. You started by telling me your very favorite stories, and we've wrapped up the month by taking a second look at the greatest story ever told.

Sigh. I just love a good story.

And as much as I adore closing the book on a great tale, I love turning a fresh page on a new one even more.

In fact, today feels like doing a little of both. As 2012 wraps up and we close the book on this year, some of us may feel like we've finished a great book. Others of blank notebook and penus are glad this year is over. If our lives are like a story, this year may have felt like a tragedy to you. But tomorrow a new year begins. It's a chance to let God write a brand-new story with your life.

In fact, tomorrow would be a great day to...

  1. Drop a habit that you know is not God-honoring.
  2. Ditch a TV show that does not lead to thoughts that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, or worthy of praise (Phil. 4:8).
  3. Reach out to one of the groups Jesus encourages us to minister to through His Word.
    • The hungry/thirsty (Matt. 25:44).
    • The sick (same verse).
    • Those in prison (same verse).
    • The poor (Luke 14:12–14).
    • Those who don't know Him (Matt. 28:16–20).
  4. Commit to read the Bible every day in 2013.
  5. Love someone who is hard to love. (A sibling, perhaps?)
  6. Forgive someone (even if they don't deserve it).
  7. Tell God what you are grateful for.
  8. Confess your sin to someone who can pray for you and hold you accountable.
  9. Put some distance between you and a toxic friend or nurture a relationship with a friend who encourages you in your walk with Christ.
  10. Memorize a Bible verse you want to focus on this year.

Think of 2013 like a blank page. The best thing to do is to hand God the pen and to ask Him to write His story in your life this year.

So ... choose your own adventure. How will you start 2013? What story do you hope God uses you to write this year?

Comments

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    mist
    thank u
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 2:10 am
    A blank piece of paper! That's how I want my new year to!! I'm tired of living a lie. I want God to rule in my life this year. I don't want fear to over take me no longer. I don't wantt to live my life in what if I fall down again...I want to live my life as if God was with me to pick me back up again! I can have a good year...and take a risk or two forr the sake of Christ!
    Please pray for me!!!
    tierra
    Re:
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 5:18 am
    This is very encouraging thank u
    Laura
    Amen, Mist!
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 8:44 am
    You will definitely be in my prayers! May you know that Christ is so able to mold your life into His likeness. It's going to be beautiful!
    Brittany
    Re:
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 8:54 am
    Great post! I think the listed bullet points are what I'm going to work alot this year definitely!
    Alanis
    Thankful
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 9:35 am
    I am so thankful to have God in my life. In the new year I want to be a better Christian and try to spread it to others that don't even know who he is. I am thankful that God is so forgiving and that he hasn't given up on me thorough my toughest times I love you God sooooooo much!!!!
    Faith
    New Year
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 10:22 am
    I want to start the new year by counting all the blessings God as put in my life. My goal for this new year is to be obedient to God. I always pray for Him to speak to me, but I never really move, or put what I hear in action. I also plan on trying to dive into God's word daily this new year. I've noticed I feel like a completely different person when I start off my day hearing God's word, and receiving His love. I'm excited for 2013, and for the new blog posts on liesyoungwomenbelieve.com
    Abi
    Promises
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 10:38 am
    I know that I want to start the year with thanking God for all the promises that he has given me! And the things that you wrote down Erin, I need to work on. Thank you to all you LYWB authors for the wonderful posts you have written through the year. I know that the Lord will truly bless you and your ministry in this new year. Please pray for me in the starting of the new year and I will pray for you!
    Lots of Love,
    Abi
    C.Jazzy101
    Re:
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 10:43 am
    This past year God has been teaching how important it is to forgive. It is extremely important to forgive. If we don't forgive how can we ever get past our struggles?

    That's one thing God spoke to my heart is this past year. And also to continue to bring it into the new year. To bring healing.

    Phil: 4:8-
    This is also a verse that God has been highlighting to me. That I only want dwell on whatever is pure, true and noble. I believe that God is teaching me that and not to be afraid because of things of the past.

    Finally, I want to continue to kindly encourage one another to pray for the Hollywood celebrities. Will anyone join me in continuing to pray for them? I know it's a different group of people, but God loves the celebrities such as James Maslow, Halston Sage, Angelina Jolie and countless others.
    That's my goal is to get back into praying for these celebrities and pray others will join me.


    Thank-you! Looking forward to seeing what God has in store for me for this year!
    Something that keeps me going is: Romans 5
    Soccer<3
    Laying the fear aside
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 10:44 am
    I'm praying God will help me overcome the fear of being sick this year. I'm always fearful that I will be sick when I go somewhere (which then psyches myself into actually feeling sick). This fear is withholding me from serving God. I'm even debating whether to go on a missions trip this summer due to this fear, but I know God is stronger than my flesh. I want this fear to be layed aside this year. It is going to be really hard though since I have already been trying to get rid of it. Prayers would be appreciated. <3
    Cheer:)
    @Mist
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 10:49 am
    Hey girl! This is a quote I like:

    "Don't give up. Get up." (can't remember who said it :)

    But it means that if you do fail or fall again (not to be discouraging, but we will still mess up), don't just give up and think you can't do it. Just get right back up and run to God. Never quit :)
    Alanis
    Pray
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 10:52 am
    I hope it's ok that I could pray for all of you girls and I hope you guys could pray for me as well just so that I could connect with God a little more than I uses to
    Tabby
    Thank you and a question
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 11:07 am
    Thank you so much for this post! I need to try hard to fix a relationship with a sibling that's been very broken. I really don't want to, but I know God wants me to. Please pray for me while I try to do that.

    Also, above, one of the things you listed was to put distance between me and a "toxic friend". I'm friends with one girl who's not a Christian and does't seem to have good morals or anything at all. Normally I probably wouldn't be friends with her, but I feel bad for her. She has so many people who tease and make fun of her and even some of my friends and her other friends are very judgemental about her. I'm being friends with her mainly because I want to show her God's love. I want to be the person to be nice to her and maybe lead her to Christ. Should I stop being friends with her, or is what I'm doing okay? Also please pray for her to come to Christ.
    Alanis
    Yes
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 11:12 am
    I think you should keep what your doing I think that is very bold of you to do that I know a lot of people wouldn't step out and do what your doing I will most definitely keep you in my prayers And pray that God will give you peace and courage and faith and hope through this
    Cheer:)
    @Tabby
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 11:13 am
    Hi Tabby! It is good to reach out to others. Think about what Jesus did. He reached out to the people who were thought of as outcasts. I think you are right to be reaching out to her. If we totally separate ourselves from the unsaved, they are not going to hear the Gospel. What you need to make sure is that you are not spending so much time with her that you are starting to take up the things she does that are not right. Make sure your closest relationships are with your saved friends. Again, keep befriending her, but don't get so close that you are taking up bad things. I hope this helps. Somebody feel free to correct me if I'm wrong :)
    Christina
    New Years Resolution
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 11:22 am
    I don't make them becuase i always break them, but i do want a Revolution to occur. My original youth pastor came and preached at my church yesterday, and preached from Acts 17. Let's have a Revolution! Put yourself behind, and others first. Think when your at the store, bank, anywhere! that the people your walkin by, could be goin to Hell. Share the Gospel, but God first!

    I pray that God will use me in whatever way i'm to be used by Him!
    Sarah
    To Tabby
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 11:38 am
    Hey Tabby. You don't want someone who is not saved to be your best friend. Jesus hanged out with prostitutes and tax collectors but his close relationships were with his disciples. Its good to be nice to the girl and show her Gods love but make sure you're best friends are ones that are saved.
    Tabby
    Cheer and Sarah
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 2:47 pm
    @Cheer: Thank you! I'll keep trying to reach her. Please pray that God would soften heart and open her eyes!

    @Sarah: Thank you, too! This girl is not my best friend, we just hang out sometimes and talk from time to time. All of my best friends are all Christian girls. Thanks, again!
    C.Jazzy101
    To: Soccer<3
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 3:03 pm
    Hi Soccer<3!

    Hey, don't be afraid I have something that may help you! Go for it don't give up! If you want to go on a missions trip go do it! Don't let the enemy scare you to go!

    I have an awesome prayer that is written by the Derek Prince Ministries: " I did not receive a spirit that makes me a slave again to fear, but I have received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him I cry "Abba Father." The Lord Almighty says to me, " I will be a Father to you, and you shall be my Child."

    I sure hope this helps! :)
    Your sister-in-Christ!

    Happy New Year!
    Soccer<3
    @C.Jazzy101
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 3:19 pm
    Thanks! I'm going to keep praying about it. I have gone on missions trips before, but this year the fear of getting sick has gotten worse and it is kind of controlling me. I don't want my fear to keep me from serving God. It seems so lame that I get so worked up about getting sick, but maybe this is Satan's way of trying to keep me from serving God with all my heart :(
    Elisa J.
    off topic
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 5:13 pm
    Can anyone help me or give me some advice? Sometimes i feel like my mom has such a tight grip on me and i dont' feel like it's even right. She wants us to go along with her convictions even though we believe differently. Plus, i'm almost 21 and to the age where i would be able to make more of my own decisions. But why don't i feel right about this? I want to look attractive, not just clean and neat. But i think it's gone a little too far. I want to look perfect. I'm miserable. It seems like all my friends naturally have poreless skin and thick hair that reaches to their butt. I don't have thin hair and it's not unreasonably short and it is a pretty color, which is more than any of them can say for their hair, but... i still don't feel like it's pretty. Why do i feel so ugly? And they don't have freckles either, so i'm getting rid of mine. And why do guys seem to look at my friend more than me when she is not nearly as pretty as me, and she knows it too? I just don't understand. I know this is ridiculous, after all, i'm an adult, I should be way past this stage, but...i guess i'm not. And yes, in case you wondered, this is why i'm going behind my mom's back- i don't want her to know about my obsession, because then i'm afraid she would stop it all... thanks so much for replying and praying for me... sometimes i wonder if anyone cares about me anymore..
    Tabby
    Elisa J.
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 5:48 pm
    First of all, I'd like to start by saying that I'm sure lots of people care about you! And don't forget that God is always on your side and us girls are here to help!

    I know how it feels to have friends you feel are prettier than you and vice-versa. I think the key is to stop letting how you look become who you are. As long as you're taking care of your body, it doesn't really matter to God how you look. When I was struggling with the same problem, I tended to always spend as much time as possible trying to improve my looks. I ended up getting dangerously thin and realized I really didn't look as pretty as I used to. God doesn't want you to obsess over little things like your hair or body. And anyone who cares more about that than the jewel you are in God's eyes isn't worth your time.

    After striving for perfection with my looks for a while, I got saved. I then realized how dangerous my habits were.

    I think the first thing you should do is go to God in prayer. Then, I think you should maybe talk to someone about it. Is there a pastor, school counseler, older godly woman, or really close friend you can talk to? And if you feel God is putting it on your heart to tell your mother about it, then you should, even though it will be hard. After I talked to my youth pastor about my problems, I felt much better and stopped caring about just my looks.

    When you feel ugly, just remember how much God loves you and how He sees you.

    A song that helped me realize my worth in God was "Gold" by Britt Nicole. Maybe listening to it will also help a bit.

    Just keep living for God and He will bring you through this. Praying for you<3
    Hannah Elaine
    Re:
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 5:57 pm
    Thank you so so so much for having this blog. It inspires me so much and I just love it. I know I'm new, but it's already helped me. Thank you for this.<3
    Laura
    @Elisa J.
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 6:04 pm
    Elisa J.,

    I haven't had exactly the same struggle, but a few things about your comment struck me as I was reading.
    "Sometimes i wonder if anyone cares about me anymore..." - I've been there. It's deep and dark and it hurts like crazy. As for wanting a perfect appearance...it sounds like the heart issue is your self-worth. I think your worth is something very personal that God has to show you in His timing, but i wanted to comment to let you know that I understand and that God CAN set you free. In the past few months, He has freed me from feeling alone and worthless. The truth? On my own I still feel pretty worthless, but it's the most beautiful letdown I've ever known. The only worthy part of me is Jesus. And the worth that He has given me isn't dependent on my physical appearance or what other people think of me. The kind of worth I have in Jesus cannot be taken away or swayed by the world's opinions. With Jesus, you have this same worth. Rely on Him because He will pull you through. Tabby has some great advice as well and I hope God use us to speak to you. I'll be praying for you!
    chris
    AMEN!!
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 10:28 pm
    This is such great advice. I am entering a season in my life where I'm not sure what's next. I asked God to fill my heart with desires. Desires that challenge me, better me, and cause me to come up higher! Looking forward to a great 2013 and many new moments to embrace along the way.....
    Jenna
    Handing the pen to God
    on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 11:30 pm
    I want God to write my story this year!
    Alanis
    2013
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 11:06 am
    I want this year to be a good year for me I have had trouble getting along with my sister for years and I want a break through in that I want to be able to get along with her. Could you guys keep me in your prayers
    Hannah
    2013 is in His Hands
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 11:56 am
    I love the 10 steps listed in this post. I'm planning on printing them out and posting them in my room, so I'll be sure to continually do them.
    God, I put 2013 in your hands today and everyday. Help me not to feel like I need to take back the reins of control.
    Thanks for this wonderful post!
    Happy New Year to all!
    Hannah
    Mist
    Laura and Cheer:)
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:39 pm
    Thanks so much!
    I really want to strive in the Lord this year and not be afraid of what I "might " do wrong. I want to take some "riskolutions" for the Lord. And truly step out in faith alone!
    I have for once let go of every sin I was still feeling guilty for! On new years eve I told my mom everything!
    I cried like I never cried before....But then I felt so light and like God was with me. It was the most wonderful feeling in the world!
    I HAVE VICTORY IN JESUS!!!!!!

    Thank you for all your prayers!!!!
    Love ya chicas!
    ~Mist
    anonymous
    Re:
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm
    I've been learning a lot about stories - the ultimate Story, the Gospel. (Creation, Fall, Redemption, Restoration) And I've been a Christian a long time, but it's only been recently that I've realized that the Gospel is everything. If we apply it to our lives, it can change us completely. I struggle with fear and guilt, and I tend to be controlling. But it finally came to me through a really good conversation: What God do we serve? He is bigger than every situation, and He has a perfect plan for me. When I verbally admitted God's control, this peace just flooded me, and these things don't have the same power over me anymore. We need to always preach the Gospel to ourselves and each other. So that's my New Year resolution.
    Cheer:)
    @Mist
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 3:33 pm
    Praise the Lord! I am so thankful He worked in your heart. It is so hard to confess sin to people. I have been there myself, but you truly do experience freedom. Now you can seek to grow in your relationship with God without that being in your way. Yet again, praise the Lord for the work He has done.

    "Keep on keeping on!"
    Sarah, with the LYWB team
    @Mist...
    on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 9:27 am
    Oh, sweet one!! :-) How our hearts rejoiced when we read your post! We at LYWB are so grateful for the work God has done to lead you to confession and repentance and the peaceable fruit of righteousness it brings!! You have proved His Word true and are a witness of His great grace! OH, what a beautiful story you have written at the end of this year...and we can't wait to hear the story you and God write this year with your life!! Praise the Lord! Thank you for sharing it here!
    Sarah, with the LYWB team
    @Alanis...
    on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 9:34 am
    You can do it, Alanis, with the Lord's help! I have prayed for you this morning--let us know how you do along the way!! So proud of you!
    Alanis
    @Sarah,with the LYWB
    on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 10:37 am
    Thankyou so much for the prayers well this morning I prayed and asked God to help me. This morning my sister and I for te first time in a while played a game praise God I'm hoping that this will go well between us!
    Blue
    Re:
    on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:50 am
    I'm tired of living a mediocre life. This year I'm going to get serious about reading my Bible and spending time every day with God. I'm going to kick out some very sinful habits. I'm going to work up some courage and volunteer (eventually), and I'm going to pray for some Christian friends who will encourage me to live a godly life. I don't want to live in my lonely shell anymore.
    Lorree, with the LYWB team
    @ Elisa J
    on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm
    Tabby and Laura have given you some very wise words. I hope you read and take them to heart. I encourage you to pray about your feelings with your mom and ask God to open up an opportunity for you to share your feelings with her in a non-threatening way. Sometimes writing these things down in a letter is a good way to address it. Be sure to follow up with her during a time when you are not emotional and can discuss ways to move forward in a healthy way.

    Perfection will not be seen this side of heaven, Elisa J – whether that be in our thoughts, actions or even in our appearance. The beauty that God finds precious is your inner beauty. He loves you. He created you just the way you are and you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps. 139:14). I’m praying for you right now, Elisa J, and asking God to conform your idea of beauty to His. I encourage you to stay in the Word and trust what God says about you there rather than relying on your emotions.
    Lorree, with the LYWB team
    @ Soccer <3
    on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm
    God truly can help you gain victory in this area, my friend! I’m joining you in prayer about this specific thing. As you choose to step out in faith in smaller areas here at home, it will make the larger steps easier when God brings them along your path. I encourage you to find Scriptures that encourage you to not be afraid. Here are a few ideas to get you started: Josh.1:9; Ps. 56:3; Is. 12:2; Is. 26:3-4; Rom. 8:35-39. Counseling your heart with truth is a great way to overcome your fears!
    Lorree, with the LYWB team
    @ Tabby
    on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 12:52 pm
    Sarah and Cheer have given you some very wise advice. There are different levels of friendship. Be sure that your main support and input are from friends who will keep you pointed toward God and growing there rather than pulling you away from Him. I’m praying for her heart to be open to the Lord’s drawing and love for her. I’m also praying for you and your sibling and asking God to make a way to bring reconciliation and if possible restoration there. Keep on doing the next right thing, Tabby. God will faithfully lead you as you keep your eyes fixed on Him.
    Soccer<3
    @Lorree
    on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 5:05 pm
    Thanks so much Lorree! I have memorized verses about fear and how God is always with me and how He is stronger than my flesh. I keep a stack of index cards in my purse that have "emergency" verses on them. One of the catergories I have is verses on "My God doesn't want to me to be afraid." I just want this to be forever gone away but I guess I have to realize it is going to take a lot of trust in God.
    Tabby
    @Lorree
    on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 8:41 pm
    Thank you!
    Rozel
    Thanks!!
    on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 12:35 am
    This is a great post!.
    Truly I wanna give the pen to God to write this whole year for me. :)
    Sarah, with the LYWB team
    @Abi...
    on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 7:34 am
    Thank you, sweet Abi, for your prayers for us in this New Year. I have prayed for you this morning--asking God to draw you to Himself this year and give you His great grace, peace, compassion, love, mercy, and goodness. I pray this will be a year of growing in Christ and experiencing the fullness of His joy. "You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever." (Psalm 16:11)
    Sarah, with the LYWB team
    @Alanis...
    on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 7:48 am
    Good for you!! I am so proud of you that you not only made the commitment to have a right relationship with your sister, but you have joined in an activity to make it happen! Thanks for letting me know!

    Continue to pray and look for opportunities to bless your sister! When you do that, you do it for Jesus!! And that makes it worth it! Bless you, my dear sweet friend!
    Alanis
    @Sarah, with the LYWB team
    on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 9:17 am
    Thankyou so much for your prayers!!!! I think everything is just falling into place it's amazing how much my sister and I have grown together already!!! God is so good!!! Thankyou guys so much I love you all!!
    Carrie, with the LYWB team
    @ mist
    on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm
    Oh, yes you can precious friend! And you can know that is exactly what God desires for you. Fix your eyes on Him. Get to know Him through an intentional study of His Word.

    These short little studies will help you get started: (http://store.precept.org/c-27-40-minute-no-homework.aspx). I’d recommend starting with “How Do You Walk the Walk You Talk”.

    Praying this truth for you today, friend. “Eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has planned for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9).”
    Carrie, with the LYWB team
    @Alanis
    on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:26 pm
    Praying your heart and mind will be overwhelmed by the Savior’s love for you this year, friend!

    “We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected with us, that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love ( 1 John 4:16-18).”
    Alanis
    @Carrie, with the LYWB team
    on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 3:13 pm
    Thankyou guys so much for your prayers!! Well Day 2 is going well we had a few fights today but we were actually able to resolve the problem. So with God's help and yours I am able to get through this even tho it maybe hard I know that if I have Jesus standing by my side I know I can do it. So once again thankyou all who have been praying for me it means a lot!!!
    Lorree, with the LYWB team
    @ Soccer <3
    on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 3:56 pm
    I’m glad you are memorizing and carry these verses with you. God truly does not want you to fear but to trust in Him. It will take time to overcome your fears, but God is faithful and He will carry you through this difficulty as you choose to trust Him and not give in your fears. Your fears may never fully go away – there will always be times in our lives when we are afraid. But we also need to remember His promises and the truth that He is fully trustworthy and will always be there for us! He will never leave us nor forsake us. Hang in there, my friend!
    Soccer<3
    @Lorree
    on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm
    Thanks so much for giving up your time to reply! <3 May God richly bless you!
    Cheryl
    Re:
    on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 11:30 pm
    Although I live in a Christian household and have a personal relationship with God (I asked Him into my heart when I was very young), I want to give everything to Him and live completely in faith.This evening I was reading a book which, in the end, was talking about Jesus` Second Coming. I just completely broke down crying because I`m pretty sure, if He were to come right now, He wouldn`t take my with Him and I am holding a few things back from Him, although my relationship with the LORD has grown immensely in the past year. The truth is, a few years ago I went through a horribly dark period where my heart was also dark. It was very impure and I know most of the stuff I was doing and the attitudes of my heart weren`t pleasing to him, nor honouring. I know God wants me to confess my secrets and sings to those I`ve wronged, mainly my family, but I`m terrified to bits. Whenever I want to take a step for God the thing that holds me back is what people will think of me and I know that`s wrong. desperately want a friend to talk to, to encourage me to go through this but the truth is, I`m really shy and have Social Anxiety and I don`t have any real friends who I talk to. I can count three friends. Sort of. But one is not Christian, the other doesnt exactly have a strong relationship with God and the other I`m not close enough to have a serious conversation with. I`ve just had so many secrets and I want to let them out but I`m so scared. Can you ladies please pray for me, that God will send somebody to help me and encourage me to give myself completely to Him? I just don't even know how to bring up a serious topic with anybody and I fell frozen on the spot and in need of a Godly friend. Thank you :)
    Lydia
    @Cheryl
    on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 1:55 am
    Cheryl, what wouldn't I give to come over there, throw my arms out around you and tell you that I CARE!
    But since sadly this is only a wish and a prayer, my advice: Talk to your parents!! If you think they love you and care about your problems, do so!! If you can't face them, talk to another trusted person. I know you've said you can't find anyone, but just take a second look and make sure there is no one else to consider, because you need someone now. If you can't find anyone, cry out to God. You can't hold this in anymore and you should NOT. You can even wake up at midnight and give God your all, scream, do whatever it takes and He will hear you - as He always has. God knows best. TRUST HIM! That has even been hard for me...but you need to trust him, or you'll believe there is no hope.
    Remember Cheryl, God LOVES YOU more than you could EVER imagine! He meant it when he said he will never leave you and never forsake you. If you believe in Him, you're already saved! You just need help overcoming your sin - which God will always forgive no matter how horrible.
    So try to tell someone. If they cared at ALL they would understand in the least. But I understand if your sin is big, you want people who genuinely love you, support you, and care. And remember...that's always going to be God.
    I will pray for you all night tonight. I know I will because I am DYING to just come over there! I can't do enough through just typed letters. I love you and I am almost in tears over just sitting here at a computer and not doing anything. Praying right now.
    Cheryl
    Lydia...
    on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 12:15 pm
    Lydia,
    I really appreciate your message. It brought tears to my eyes (and I`m not a particularly emotional person) and it was apparent that you`re overflowing with God`s love. Thank you so much, now I only wish I had as much courage to talk to the people I know, rather than on this lovely site. Unfortunately, for some reason, talking to loved ones is a lot more difficult...

    God bless you :)
    Lydia
    @Cheryl
    on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    You are so very welcome, and I'm so glad!

    I know what you mean. Talking can seem so difficult, sometimes most when you want to tell loved ones. I say just trust God and keep paying for the strength to let it out.

    God bless and you're still in my prayers!
    Lydia
    Carrie, with the LYWB team
    @ Cheryl
    on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 7:03 pm
    Precious friend, it is my privilege to pray for you tonight. Thank you for sharing a bit of your struggle. You can be assured that if you have placed your faith and trust in Jesus life, death and resurrection He is coming for you when He returns! You don’t have to fear that.

    But He also wants you to live in complete freedom until He comes. That freedom comes from having a clear conscience before God and before man. If you get a chance read through the transcripts from Nancy DeMoss’ series on this topic, friend (http://www.reviveourhearts.com/radio/revive-our-hearts/today/your-surrender-complete/). I think you’ll be encouraged by the stories of those who have taken that step of obedience.
    Vic
    Re:
    on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm
    I have some friends very dear to me that don't really live as close to God as I (myself) would like to, actually they never talk about their spiritual condition (which concerns me). The friends that do encourage me in Godly ways I see less. So, how should I still be a good friend (because I love them), without seeming stuck up (I have a tendency to do that)? I know God has given certain gifts, and I'm just not sure how to use them.
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    Thanks A-milli;)
    on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 8:58 pm
    I'm so blessed! All the way from South Africa! Thank u.
    Carrie, with the LYWB team
    @ Vic
    on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 11:37 am
    Your closest friends will be those with whom you share a bond in Christ. While your friends that have not yet heard or embraced the love of Jesus will be those you are praying for daily, serving and looking for ways to share the incredible news of what Jesus has done for you!

    Can you imagine receiving a dream vacation or an incredibly valuable gift and not telling anyone about it? No! We would all rush to tell our closest friends… and so it is when we have received the gift of salvation. We want those we love to know the same love, forgiveness and freedom that we have found in Christ.

    Be bold, my friend! Tell others what Jesus has done for you and ask Him how He wants to work through you in the lives of your friends. “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you (Deut. 31:6).”
    Hanali
    Re:
    on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 7:46 pm
    This is such a good post and as I am writing this comment on the 19th of January I realise that I haven't kept up to my resolutions(like usual) but unlike other times I have god to help me and instead of waiting till next year to start again I am goon to start right now,it's always nice to start at the beginning of the year but I am going to start now.
    You mentioned putting distance between you and a toxic friend, well I realised that I am the toxic friend and my resolution is to be beautiful on the inside and become clean not toxic, thanks for your help :)
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