TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS DEVOTIONAL! πŸ’–πŸ™πŸ»#stressbutton

As people, we all experience burdens that can weaken our hearts and trouble our minds. Even now I feel stressed and overwhelmed with school, friends, family, and the incoming holiday. There is so much to do and so little time to do so. These burdens can gnaw away our focus and love for God and lead us astray.

GOD IS MY REFUGE

(and no stress or worries in GOD’s refuge) πŸ˜‰

Matthew 11:28-30 says,
β€œCome to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
God calls us to find refuge in Him. In our troubles on Earth, we can find peace through prayer! While studying for midterms or dealing with friend drama, just take a break and focus on the gifts God has given you. Nothing bad can come from Christ, remember that always.

THE SUN WILL RISE

Psalms 30:5 proclaims,
“Weeping may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
Through thick and thin, God is always with us. And where there is God, there is always hope (and yes, even with math grades – trust me hahaha). The pressure from your struggles is temporary. Even after a dark and gloomy night, the sun must eventually rise to bring light. Everything takes time, but with our prayers and trust to God, our burdens will no longer feel like hefty stones upon our back, but only wings carrying us to God’s grace.
I hope this devotional helps inspire and bring Christ closer to you. πŸ™‚

Happy December!!! Thanks for reading my weekly post!Β β™₯β™₯β™₯ -KATIE

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BEAUTY TIPS & TRICKS by GOD πŸ’–πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’‹

“True beauty begins inside.” 1 Peter 3:4


 

Often, we can find ourselves fixated on our appearance and never about our inner beauty. Trips to Sephora quickly begin to replace our weekly visits to church and our hearts and eyes soon lose focus of what is most important.

Our personalities, soul, heart, and dreams are the things that truly define us, not the amount of tattoos a person has or how much eyeshadow is on a person’s eyelids.

Youtube videos show us how to make the perfect beautiful makeup tutorial, but where is the guide of how to be beautiful on the inside?

THE BIBLE!!! who would’ve thought?? hahaha

Here are God’s tips on being beautiful, straight from the beauty bible itself :)))

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MISSING SUMMER by DESTINEE

the grass so green,
the sun so bright,
life seems a dream,
no worries in sight

tans and tank tops,
laughter and bliss,
each moment passes,
without even a miss

friends and cookouts,
memories and laughs,
good times to remember,
but how long will it last

the grass soon fades,
leaves begin to fall,
school replaces sleepovers,
oh I’ll miss it all

Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/summer


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1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18

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β€œRejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”


I looked up this Bible verse because I personally neededΒ a BIG WAKE-UP CALL. It all started with how a conversation with one of my friends turned into a “complaining fest”- I felt miserable at the time and just spewed all of my unimportant annoyances and petty anger. After, I took a step back and was like “No, nope. I have nothing worth complaining about because there are other people suffering much worse without blessings I’m fortunate to have”. Instead of wasting my breath being ungrateful for what Christ has given me, I decided that I’m going to use my voice to “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks..”Β 

So I hopped on my laptop, scouring the internet for the perfect bible verse that described my new goal to achieve!!

I believe what God commanded through Paul’s writing in the first book of Thessalonians, is difficult to achieve but an important goal to strive for in our lives. He says:

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A DAY IN MY LIFE: VIETNAM WEDDING

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On July 7th, 2017 – I attended a family friend’s wedding in Saigon, Vietnam. It was an amazing cultural experience and you can read more about it down below!! Enjoy!!

 

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as you can see, I was SUPER pumped for the wedding!!!

 

It was really exciting to get to dress up in the traditional Vietnamese long dresses and experience an amazing part of the Vietnamese culture.

We were only able to attend the reception party because the ceremony was exclusively for close family. It was still a GREAT experience though! πŸ‘

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THE GIFT OF FREEDOM: JULY 4TH!!!

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Peter Marshall once said, “May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.”

 

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Fireworks in Washington DC. Photo Β© Capitol Concert

 

This quote is close to my heart and a touching reminder of why I am a proud American. According to Oxford Dictionaries, freedom is defined as, “The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants.” Freedom gives people the power to do evil or good. I believe it is the duty of righteous citizens to use freedom for the good of others. So, I speak here to show my passion and gratitude to America, the country that has blessed me and millions of people with independence.

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