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Still Wearing Purity Ring, *Poetry Corner- “Valuable”

So I have been wearing my purity ring since June, 2010. I am so psyched that this year, I am zeroing in on wearing it for a year. I will be so proud of myself!

I promised God that I would not have sex until I am married, and it still isn’t too difficult. This is because I am focused on doing the Lord’s work: reading the bible, telling others about him, etc. I really feel that the Lord loves my promise, and that he is pushing me away from sex. I love that this is easy right now.

I know 100% that it will not always be. I am sure I am going to run into cute guys, who are nice and friendly, and I will be tempted, and that’s when the true test comes. I am praying that the Lord gives me strength to get past it, and help to keep me focused. I am a young 18 year old, and there is just waaay too much room for bad stuff to happen. Pray for me! I just stopped writing and prayed for myself.

If you are not married, you should be practicing abstinence. Busy yourselves with the Lord’s work.

“I want you to be free from worry. A man who is not married is busy with the Lord’s work, trying to please the Lord. But a man who is married is busy with things of the world, trying to please his wife. I am saying this to help you, not to limit you. But I want you to live in the right way, to give yourselves fully to the Lord without concern for other things.” 1 Corinthians 7:32-33, 35

Do something you love. Get together with other believes who are working at the same goal of staying pure. Pray, and don’t put yourselves in situations where you would be tempted. Maybe avoid a certain party or person/group of people. Surround yourself with people who will lift you up for avoiding sex, not tear you down.

Wearing my ring makes me feel beautiful; like I am well worth the wait. I don’t feel the need to give myself away, because I trust the Lord to bring me the right person, at the right time. That time is not now. It makes me feel like the most beautiful person in the world, because other girls are often desperate to give themselves away when they aren’t ready, and it’s like they think they are nothing without sex.

But that’s not true! There’s no need to feel desperate, because there will be plenty of time when we are older and with the right person. We are so precious and beautiful and wonderful, even without sex!

Valuable

No man can tell me
I’m not beautiful,
That I’m not a precious gem
Because I refuse
To give it up to him

They can shut up
I’m doing just great
God’s teaching me
I’m well worth the wait
Wrapped in a golden gown
Wearing a golden crown
Dressed in the love
Of Jesus

No man can take from me
What I refuse to give away
I am valuable, wake up special
Every single day
I’m loved by the one
Who matters most
Who cherishes me
Much more than precious gold

Absorbed in God
I wear a crown of his love
And until the time has come
For my beloved
I’m just fine with Jesus
He’s the only guy
I’ll be thinking of

Declaring
I’ll remain in purity
Until He finds the one for me
No need to feel alone
More precious than gold
You’re valuable
You’re valuable
You’re valuable,
You know

The Lord sees you
In all your radiant beauty
He wants you
To ignore the lustful man
He wants you to
To take His hand
And when you feel alone,
He sees your beauty glow,
saying,
“Hey, you’re valuable,
You’re valuable,
You’re valuable,
You know”

Copyright Jennifer Clayton
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I feel cherished and loved by God, and that’s enough for me. We are his beautiful children. He wants the best for us, and that means waiting. πŸ™‚

Remember, you are so worth the wait!!

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*Poetry Corner- The Bride of Christ

I want to build up a church
Foundation of Jesus Christ
Growing in strength and size
Through the faithful hearts
Of his saints
I want a church that makes
The name of Jesus famous
One life at a time
The name that matters most
Certainly isn’t mine
I want a church built up on strong faith,
Growing through deliberate action
A church that takes risks in the
Name of Jesus
A church that burns out
The evil flame in Satan’s heart
I want to build a church
That makes larger the kindgom of heaven
And pushes the gates of hell
Closed forever
A church that stands up in the storm
Remaining beautiful and warm
Despite the troubles of the world
A church desperate for the truth of Christ
As his heart makes the word come alive
I want the church
To appear as his flawless, beautiful bride
I want a church
That stands firm in a world of distress
A church where Jesus becomes greater
As we become less
I want to build up the very love of Jesus Christ
To make much larger his glorious, beautiful bride

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I love the church. She means everything to Jesus, she means everything to me. The church is the collective people of Christ- all of his faithful Christians. It matters to me that more people are added to their number, and that she appears flawless and perfect before Jesus. The world should also notice her captivating beauty. As a Christian, it is my job to help do just that. It’s every Christian’s job to help do just that.

Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces

“Find Beauty in Negative Spaces” is a CD by the band Seether. I actually have this CD. But I am using the name to show how Jesus “finds beauty in negative spaces” when it comes to us.

God can make me feel so beautiful at any given moment. Even in the midst of a horrible day, where I just wanna cry and go to sleep. Even when someone is a total jerk to me and makes me feel useless. Even when I feel unloved, and like I’m in desperate need of someone to make me feel special.

I get so vulnerable, but he always covers up the pain with peace. I like to block out the world from time to time and only think about him. Many people don’t know this, but he truly can heal like no one else can heal. All I really had to do was put more and more trust in him, and the more I trust him, the more I feel him taking care of me.

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I drew this picture of a girl. I didn’t sit there and think “I’m going to draw a girl in a white dress, blood, wings” I simply thought, “let me draw out the worse pain I feel in my heart at this moment”

And this is what came out. I was just drawing until I felt better. And I feel a million times better. I am so fascinated that in all the pain I’m in, that makes me want to cry, I can find such great beauty in a work like this. My heart feels so liberated. x3

But I know this is the work of God. Whenever I feel pain, I never let it keep me down becasue I simply know this: Christ is bigger than this, stronger than this. He said “I told you these things so that you can have peace in me. In this world you will have trouble. But be brave! I have defeated the world!” John 16:33 ERVSo he has already overcome the world, he has already faced all my demons for me and won all my battles.

Basically, with Jesus, he helps make everything ugly that I feel seem more beautiful. Any time I feel worthless, he lets me feel love. It spreads through all of my heart and he shows me the beauty in me. For example, I might think my face, my body, my personality, and my life is ugly and stupid. So metaphorically, I look at my heart and see a bunch of ‘dirt’. A bunch of ugliness. Jesus says I am beautiful throughout, and so he finds my ‘diamonds in the dirt’. He takes anything I think is ugly and makes me see that it’s beautiful.

Girls shouldn’t let boys abuse them. And really, no one should let anyone abuse them. Friends shouldn’t let friends abuse them- and a real friend won’t abuse you. When you let people abuse you, a lot of times, you gain a sense of worthlessness. It feels very real and very much like the sky in your world is black- that you are not important. But it’s not true!!! These people look at themselves and only see dirt; they see themselves as not important or beautiful. However, Christ looks at them and always sees diamonds in the dirt, he always see beautiful things that are hidden to us. Don’t let people get in your heads or your heart and let them cut you down, telling you you are nobody.

Christ always thinks you are somebody. Someone to be loved and cherished and made to feel special. He is our father, and he sees his daughters as priceless and more beautiful than diamonds and more valuable than gold. He loves us and wants us to have good influences in our lives- good parents, friends, boyfriends and girlfriends. Christ thinks his sons are handsome and priceless, also.

Why should we settle for less? Do we deserve to feel less than we are, that we are just dirt, containing no diamonds? Heck no!!

I struggle with emotional abuse. No one physically hurts me, but people will tell me I’m not worht anything. In the back of my mind, I know I am incredibly valuable, but it doesn’t mean that insults don’t hurt. I was talking with my friend, and we both agreed that we can’t handle a bunch of meanness from total strangers- when people only know one thing about us, and based off that, they judge us and call us bad people for one little thing we do.

Some people truly make you feel like you could die. But Jesus wants to wrap up us in so much love that we never feel such pain again. We are important to him. He doesn’t see a moron who can’t do anything right, someone who is totally useless or someone who doesn’t deserve to be alive.

He sees us as his precious, priceless, hurting children that he wants to heal. He sees the tears we cry; he wants to wipe those tears. He sees the battles we fight; he says call on him for help and we will learn that he has already fought and won these battles for us. He sees that we grow weak; we have strength in him. He is an unfaltering love, an unending hope, like eternal sunlight.

I pray that he shields us when we get abused and torn down. He sees we should have security and peace in him because there are so many people who will hate us in this world and he wants nothing more than to protect us from that. Sometimes I see images of people hitting me, yelling at me, cutting me open, because they abuse me so much. Sometimes, I see boys making me feel ugly and ripping off my wedding dress because I feel like I don’t deserve to be married. But none of this is true!!

The same way parents look at their newborn baby as beautiful and breathtaking, heart breaking, wonderful, Jesus looks at his children (US!) the same way. Except he sees infinite more beauty than we could ever see in a baby. He loves us much, much more than we could ever love ourselves.

Jeus died for us on the cross because even though we can be sinful, cold, cruel, selfish people, he sees past all that and sees the beauty in us. He loves us and is always “finding beauty in negative spaces”.

The picture I drew was about all the raw ugliness and grossness I feel, how I felt being treated like shit. But despite showing all the ugliness I feel, one can see the beauty in my heart because of how beautiful the piece of art turned out. It was about disaster but was breath taking and heartbreakingly beautiful. We see the ugliness and he sees the beauty. I know my self-esteem may suffer because of people, but I have learned to differentiate what is true and what’s fake. His love his true and cruelty from bullies is fake; don’t believe them.

This is why he is the best friend I’ve ever known. He knows howo to heal me, how to love me, how to help me “find beauty in negative spaces”. A genuine and heartfelt friend can always see beauty in you, even when we fail to see it in ourselves. Christ is a great friend. Trust in his compassionate and loyal heart.

Operation Christmas Child, Donating, and Sponsoring a Child

So earlier, I posted about Operation Christmas Child. This organization that sends gifts to children around the world who live in poverty and maybe areas of war, etc. People make gifts and put them in shoeboxes or plastic containers, and when the children get the gifts, they also get to hear about Christ. So you are spreading the Gospel and the love of Christ is shown to them, for he loves them enough to bless them with gifts, and they learn that he loves them.

There is nothing that breaks my heart more or anything more beautiful. Last year I made two boxes, and I am in the process of finishing up 5 this year. I may want to do a couple more… I really am not sure. But the reason I choose to give to these children is because they get to hear about Christ.

There are plenty of organizations to give to, and while they are extremely important, because people need help all over the place, some organizations don’t really allow you to share the gospel with people. And as Perry Noble said one time about doing this: “You can free people from hell on earth, but that won’t free them from eternal hell.”

So basically he is saying we need to do both. Give them the necessities they need by donating and giving gifts, but also tell them about how true Jesus’s love is and how he saves people from pain, despite them being in poverty; how he allows them to get into heaven. He gives them peace and allows them to live above their circumstance, and even when the world around them is bad, they feel a sense of fulfillment in Christ.

If I don’t give to charities that share the gospel, my heart gets so broken because I feel like I am only doing half my job. I will still give to all kinds of charities, even when they don’t tell about Christ because these people still need to be taken care of. But I have to promise myself to also do charities that do share the gospel because these truly save souls. I know the difference between the two types of organizations, and I understand why one is so crucial in my heart.

Anyway, I did save up a hundred dollars for the boxes, and I did spend all this on my shoebox gifts! Actually, I spent around $120. I also plan on spending $100 to another Samaritan’s Purse cause (Samaritan’s Purse is the organization that started the Operation Christmas Child thing).

Samaritan’s Purse is all about rescuing people from hell on earth and from hell for eternity. So they have all kinds of things you can donate to, and I’m donating to them. So I’m spending around $200 on gifts for people this year, and these people will also learn about Jesus. That’s my absolute favorite part!

I tell Jesus that these are my “Christmas gifts to him”. For Christmas, people are always asking for what they want and sometimes they get really selfish. But Christmas is about the gift of Christ to the world. So I know what he would want for Christmas is for me to do something that truly honors him, by letting people know about Christ. By being selfless and giving up my dreams of having clothes and technology stuff and giving to children who truly need it most. If I get nothing for Christmas this year, it would truly be okay. Because I have already been radically af

fected by the message of Christ. I have peace of mind, despite my earthly circumstances, and this is because I am certain I will get into heaven because I truly have faith that Jesus has saved me from my sins in my heart.

So I’m done with my shoebox gifts and I turn them in on November 14 to my church, so they can send them to children on Christmas through Samaritan’s Purse. And then I’m spending money on donations. And one more of my ‘gift’s to Jesus’: I am thinking of sponsoring a child through a program called Compassion. It is an organization that lets you send money to a child each month, around $37, and you get to help their family and tell them about Christ. They form a relationship with you and get an opportunity to experience the love of Jesus and his Father and the Holy Spirit.

There was another organization where I could sponsor a child, and it costs about $10 less a month, but I couldn’t really tell them about Jesus and how he saves. They said we could not try to change the child’s faith with this organization. It was a tough decision to decide to pick another organization. It broke my heart because I know both children despeartely need love and to be taken care of, but I just couldn’t imagine only doing half my job by giving them heaven on earth but hell for eternity.

It seems so unfair because both children do need to be sponsored, even when you can’t tell them about your faith and how awesome it is. I truly pray that those children do get sponsored, but I would be too heart broken to go through with it, thinking about how I am not telling them about the true joy of life. But I am willing to spend $10 extra each month if it means I can talk about Jesus.

Jesus is freakin’ awesome. I plan on sponsoring a child through Compassion for a long time, because they are going to be dependent on me and my job. In a way, I get to be there mommy and I just can’t wait. I feel Jesus is leading me to sponsor a child, even though I am only 18 and have only had my job at Chick-fil-A for 7 or 8 months. I plan on actually sponsoring them on Christmas day. That’s my last gift to Jesus this year.

Haha, I can’t wait to see what I will do for him next year for Christmas. All I really want for Christmas is to please him. πŸ™‚

Why am I doing this? Because Jesus has loved me with all his heart, given me all of his love. I only understand a teeny, teeny, tiny fraction of it. And with the little I understand, I do this kind of stuff. All of his love is really too great to understand. But it absolutely rocks my world and blows my mind what he can do through me with this little bit of love. Could you imagine how he can change the world with all his love? I’ll never understand why people act like Jesus is so horrible.

He uses us to change the world. People can only change by him if us Christians are willing to go and tell the people of the world about him. The responsibility falls squarely on our shoulders. If we don’t move, he can’t get his message out. He loves us so much and he trusted us so much by giving us this responsibility.

People so often have misconceptions about God and Jesus and heaven, or don’t even know about them at all, because we are so irresponsible as Christians a lot of the time. I give this love to these children because Jesus has loved me first. It is his love reaching them, not really my love. I freakin’ refuse to be an irresponsibilty Christian.

I want these children to feel the love I have experienced through Christ. He rocked my world in such a beautiful way when he saved me, letting me know that he loves me more than anyone else could ever love me. And I’m just letting these children know this.

Christians need to wake up and smell the coffee. Get off their behinds and realize people are hurting and dying every day because we aren’t being sevrants to Christ and spreading his message. We have to minister. People can’t change without our help. Heck yeah, I want to be like Billy Graham and Franklin Graham, going up and beyond for Jesus. ‘Cause Jesus says that this is what life is all about! πŸ™‚ This is only the beginning of my ministry, barely touching the surface…

Escaping All Thoughts Suicidal

In a difficult world, I somehow escape dreams of suicide.

Somedays I wake up and just cry. Funny thing about my life is, I so often find myself in some sort of emotional pain. I don’t know how I get through it without thinking about suicide. I’ve never wanted to kill myself. One time, I even wanted to be weak enough to give into it. I get so sick of life and an aggrevating mom and annoying sister that makes me want to shoot myself and everyone else, lol.

I get sick of the grey feeling I feel inside. I feel like I’ve always been prone to depression. Sometimes I wish the world as we know it would just end. I guess I always just look inside myself and hold on to whatever I find that I can hold on to. I hold on to the hope of tomorrow, the hope of things getting better. Apparently I am much more optimistic than I am sad, because my sadness never outweighs my optimism to the point where I truly am ready to give up on life.

I constantly challenge myself to stay strong. I look at everything as precious and beautiful, every child as priceless. I try to think of myself as a princess- wonderful and fabulous.

I don’t know how life seems to get me down so much. I fight loneliness, I turn to Jesus. Lately, he has been healing my heart and getting rid of the depression feeling. I just treasure everything I come in contact with. I treasure myself. I look at all pain as temporary and only meant for today, meaning that tomorrow, it will be gone and there will be a better day.

Some days ago, I went out with one of my best friends Kayla and we chased ducks at the Civic center, outside. There were a bunch of them and she wanted to take one home. I couldn’t because my mom would kill me. We chased them until it got so dark we could barely see each other. I feel like I’ve never had so much fun in my life! We tried to do it while people weren’t watching.

We walked around the track and we talked a bunch. We went to the swingset and swang for a awhile. I hadn’t done that in years, and it felt soooo good. I couldn’t stop laughing and when I went high in the sky, I kept feeling like the sky is my limit- I can do anything.

There is nothing more fun than revisiting old roots. Me and Kayla were friends in high school and kinda drifted a part a little, and now we are getting really close again. If I give up on life and decide to kill myself, I will miss moments like this. I will miss moments of laughing so hard my stomach hurt. We also went to Schlotzsky’s Deli and used coupons to eat delcious sandwiches.

I was at church the other day and I met this girl named Bradlee. We talked about our faith and how sometimes we both are surrounded by people who doubt us and bring us down. She has a bunch of atheist friends. She seemed a lot like me- she said she wanted to major in pyschology and help people with their problems, like suicidal people or abused people, because some of her friends are that way.

I admire her courage to help people in the face of adversity, I admire her willingness to reach the most lost people. That’s what I try to do- like through this blog, through freaking anything! It was sooo nice to connect to people who are so much like me.

Despite the hardhips in my life, how can I give up joys such as these? Joys like talking to my best friend everyday, as we try to point each other in the right direction in life. How can I want to give up? Life was bad, and then it took an immediate turn towards good when I applied my skills in life and listened to Jesus. Now everything is starting to go right.

Life is too precious to throw away. Even ten bad days followed by a couple good days makes it all worthwhile. There is too much joy to waste. Find the things that make you feel peaceful and special in life, and things that make you feel closer to God. Reflect on how things are going, sincerely pray for yourself and others.

What brings me most joy is doing things I love, like exercise, reading, writing, eating, going out with friends, playing music/singing, posting on here, lol. I find constant inspiration in everything.

I hate my circumstances but I love life in general.
I hate this specific place but I love the world.
I hate complete loneliness but I love internal reflection.
I hate hardships but I love the good character I gain from it.
I hate the way some people act. But I. love. me.

Take time to love yourself, to stare at a sunset, to spend time doing what is best for you. πŸ™‚

Vending Machines and Sleeping Sisters

Soooo. I had a very interesting fight with the vending machine today, lol. I put in a dollar, trying to buy a snickers. Unfortunately, when I selected snickers, the stupid thingy pushed the candy forward, but it got stuck. So I thought I would put another dollar in, and at least get one candy. And if I got lucky, maybe I could get both of them that I paid for.

But the machine froze up after I put the other dollar in, it was so weird. When I selected snickers, it didn’t do anything, and the machine kept switching the price- it said I had no money in there and then $1.75.

I was so frustrated. I had already lost 2 dollars in the machine some weeks ago because the machine stopped working. After that, it would work, and then this happens again. ):

I kept trying to get my change back over and over, and it wouldn’t come out. I just thought I was screwed. I remember saying to myself, “God, help me”. I dunno why. I kinda felt like God wouldn’t waste his time with such a small situation. Right after I asked for help, the next time I clicked the change release thing, two dollars came out.

I was surprised because A.) it wouldn’t release my change and then suddenly, it would, and B.) normally when you pay for something, after you select what you want and it pushes the candy forward, even if it gets stuck, it says you have already spent your money. The machine doesn’t realize whether it was stuck or not. I’m sure this one didn’t, because the thing was so ancient, anyway. xD If anything, one dollar seemed like all I would get.

Right after, I told God thanks a few times. I debated a bunch of times in my head whether this was just a coincidence or not. It sure was funny, it sure made me feel cool. Regardless, it keeps making me think about how God truly does care about everything we do.

He knows every breath we take, every step we take, he cares about all the things we do, all the things we say. He knows what we will say before we say them. He has counted every hair on our head.

I remember one time, my sister was in bed asleep, and I was standing next to the wall. I was just thinking about random stuff, and I remember looking at her, and randomly I thought “get up”, in my head, like I wanted her to get up. It didn’t really mean anything, it was a thought like any other thought.

But right after I thought it, she woke up, got out of bed, stood there and mumbled something that I don’t even think were real words, and then got back in bed and went right back to sleep. How did she wake, mumble something, and then just get back in bed?

I always look at that as God just having a little fun with me. It makes me realize that he truly does know all my thoughts, great in small. Everything I know and feel, he is there looking at it all. Nothing is hidden from the Lord.

He says we are precious, and he wants to take care of us because we are so precious. Like a mother taking care of her wonderful baby.

Psalm 139:1-16 said:

“O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.
You hem me inβ€”behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you.”

You are wonderfully and fearfully made. Christ loves you. He knows you. He is close- close enough to touch- even when you don’t realize it. πŸ™‚ Take notice of it. How? Just look around you; sometimes, all it takes are vending machines and sleeping sisters. πŸ™‚

Preparing for “Operation Christmas Child”

Last year, at Electric City Fellowship, I donated two shoe boxes to Operation Christmas Child. Operaction Christmas Child is where people get shoeboxes and fill them with gifts for needy children around the world. I spent about $40 dollars last year, and I went to Target. I only had enough money to buy two.

Well, this year, we are about to start up with OCC again at church, and now since I work at Chick-fil-A, I am planning on saving $100 to make at least 4 shoe boxes. I was gonna buy some clothes for myself, but of course, this is waaaaay more important! πŸ˜€

I was talking to a friend today, and she said that she went to the Dollar Store to get stuff to make her shoe boxes. Her and her mom made them a lot.I figured I could go there and get stuff a lot cheaper than it costs at Target, and maybe I can get 7 boxes instead of four! I want to reach as many children as possible to bless them with gifts to show that Jesus loves them, and tell them that he cares about them. This is so important to me. Makes me so glad I started working.

I’m going to stuff each box with necesseties like toothbrushes and soap or deorderant, and then I’ll add a few toys, and then I’ll write a unique letter to each one explaining how much Jesus loves these children. I’ll also put in a picture of Jesus hugging a bunch of children, so they truly feel special. I also want to pray about this, that he truly changes the lives of all these hurting children.

I wish I had a thousand dollars to spend. I love making these gifts. Even if I could only make one, I would be truly happy, because that means I am blessing the life of one child and changing their hearts for the better by telling them about Jesus. Nothing is better than that! To just help one child would truly fill my heart with so much joy.

Everyone should try these! I think I am going to make it my tradition to make these shoebox gifts. πŸ™‚ I love children, and Jesus loves them much more than I do.

It’s by being selfless, spending money and time on others, that really shoes the true character of Jesus. By doing this, the children will feel loved and special and like they are important, even if they live in a rough place and don’t really have homes or the necesseties they need.

By sending these gifts, they learn to see how much Jesus cares for them. Because it’s not my own heart that is giving them these gifts, but rather Jesus’s heart in me. He is the one who actually sends them these gifts. When they realize this, the children will love him all the more.

Doing stuff like this is how you truly change the world for Jesus. Show people how much he cares for them, how he was willing to die for them because he loved us all so much. Be selfless, be courageous. Be willing to put aside a little time and money to advance the gospel. This is how you truly glorify God.

When I make the shoeboxes, I want to pray over each one of them before I send them off. Pray that Jesus truly reaches and touches and heals the hearts of these children. Pray that he gives them the courage to trust in him, despite all the problems and challenges they face. Pray that they may truly be healed by his presence. Pray that he gives them a better life and helps them get all the things that they need. I will pray that he has a close and very personal relationship with him, because they need this even more than they need things like deoderant.

This is because when they die, they will leave the things of this world behind, but their relationship with Christ after they die only continues to grow, and they get richly and eternally blessed in heaven. πŸ™‚

Just to reach and change the heart of one child is my goal. This is what I live for- changing the world for Jesus. I want those children to be thanking Jesus in their hearts after they get their gifts, not thanking me. It’s not my love that heals, it truly is his. It’s truly his message, and I’m just a messanger, an advocate for his gospel of truth and peace. I pray that Jesus saves these children.

But everyone should make these boxes! You can help heal a hurting child. I have to put aside some of the things I want- buying food, clothes, music stuff- for the sake of helping a truly hearting child, helping them in the name of Jesus. How could anyone want anymore than that? I encourage to send at least one box through Operation Christmas Child- or anything like that. Anything that helps spread the message of Christ- anything you can donate to where people can learn about Jesus and get stuff. Just give and pray.

To learn how to donate to Operation Christmas Child, click here.