15 Days to Confidence- Day 6

Good morning, my lovely ladies! Hopefully you have gotten into the habit of telling yourself that you are beautiful, worthwhile and amazing over the past four days (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can start the challenge HERE). Keep it up for three more days before I add the next aspect of the 15 Days to Confidence Challenge.

You’ve got this!

-itsajthoughts

15 Days to Confidence Challenge – Day 4

The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence

-Blake Lively

Welcome to day four of the 15 Days to Confidence Challenge! If you have been with us since the first day, kudos to you! There are only eleven days left. Today, continue with the activity from day two.

You’ve got this!

-itsajthoughts

*Psst… You can find day two’s post HERE

15 Days to Confidence Challenge – Day 1

I am all about being confident. Confidence is what keeps me going as I work through high school, and an extra dose of confidence has never hurt anyone. The more time I spend with other teenage girls, the more I realize the sad truth: teenage girls aren’t sure of themselves anymore. Whether you are a teenage girl or not, and even if you are already confident in yourself, I’ve made a timeline of 15 Days to Confidence to help you build up your self-esteem. I’ll be taking the challenge at the same time as you, so just remember that you’re not alone.

Day 1: Write something along the lines of ‘Good morning, Beautiful!’ on your bathroom mirror. Every time you look in the mirror, you will be reminded about your goal to become more confident.

You’ve got this!

-itsajthoughts

Is Christianity Dead?

Is Christianity dead? Only if we let it be. This is a great post by ‘beautybeyondbones’ ❤

BeautyBeyondBones

Well folks, another Christmas is in the books!

Christmas 2K16 is officially behind us. The eggnog has been consumed. Gifts gifted. Food coma endured. And for those brave souls who took on a real tree this year, its pine needles are officially all over the floor and will be mysteriously appearing in randomcrevicesfor the next 4 months.

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Ever since I was of “appropriate age,” my family has always gone to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. It is one of my favorite memories and traditions. The caroling at 11pm. The candles. The trumpets. For the past, say, 15+ years, we have been going, and every year, we’d always get there right at 11:00, throwing elbows, and staking out our pew, as it is always standing room only. And don’t even bother coming at 11:15…because there will be no parking and you’re guaranteed to be standing – two deep – in the…

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Heart Vacancy

I was reading my Bible recently and thinking about a parable of Jesus from Matthew 12:43-45. It says this:

43 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”

This passage is a bit confusing, and it had me wondering how a person whose house (which could mean their heart) was “swept clean and put in order” could be possessed by demons. After all, just a few chapters earlier, Jesus claims that there is not room for a man to serve two masters- where God has a foothold, Satan cannot be present.

No man can serve two masters: for either he. will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Mammon meaning excessive materialism (see definition HERE).

So it seems that the Bible is contradicting itself in these two passages. However, Jesus says in Matthew 12:44 that the man’s house was unoccupied. If the man in the parable had allowed his heart to be occupied by God, rather than leaving it empty, the demon would not have been able to move in. This parable exists to warn us about how dangerous it is to leave your heart open. Verse 45 says that “the final condition of that person is worse than the first.”. We are dependent on God, not just to keep us alive, but to protect our souls from enemy attack.

Check up in your Bible to make sure I’m on the right track- don’t just take my word for it.

-itsajthoughts