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1 Timothy 4:12- “Let no man despise thy youth, but be an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in faith, in spirit, and in purity.

It’s the verse I have on my lock screen, the verse I have memorized and practically live by

So… that’s where I’m going to start…by saying that that verse has changed me for the better. It’s made me pull a complete 180 on how I was living. I wasn’t a bad girl, I just wasn’t who God wanted me to be and strayed from him.

Secondly, my name is Rivers. Yes, I am female. My name is unique and I’m certain God told my parents to name me that.

I’m an aunt to 5 kids that are growing way too fast. I love having adventures with them.

I’m both an older and younger sister to my three siblings.

I’m a city girl that loves the FFA (agricultural leadership organization). Does that make sense?

I’m looking to be a pastor for the ELCA and I write poetry because it’s another beautiful thing in this world.

I am a lover of the beauty in this world. There is beauty in everything, you just have to look for it and be positive.

I live where the air hurts my face some mornings for 6 months out of the year.

I love to travel and there is an adventure in everyday you live. Waking up is a blessing.

You may be wondering why I wanted to start this blog. I’m really young, I haven’t even finished high school yet and I have a lot to learn that’s for sure, but doesn’t everyone? As I grow in knowledge of Christ and the world I want to share the things I learn with you. So join me on my adventure. This is going to be so much fun!

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Forgiveness

I get it, we’ve all had people that have hurt us and done things that seem super unforgivable. (Is that even a word?! Haven’t had much sleep all weekend as I’ve been going and going). Forgiving someone can take years. For me it only took a couple, but finally I realized holding the grudges is the least of my worries and super silly. It keeps me from knowing someone great and furthers me from Jesus.

Ephesians 4:32 says, “be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another as Christ forgave you”

We all sin, the church is full of sinners. But us as Christians are supposed to at least try to be nice to them and not hold grudges against anyone. We don’t have the power to do that and we’re all equal to the lord.

Forgiving people just came as a form of giving up for me. I was unhappy, and stressed. I don’t like tension and felt all the weight on my shoulders. I chose happiness and remembered what I saw in these people in the first place, tried to find it still in all of them. I thought up apologies for all of them (the ones who didn’t say sorry, anyway). Some of them don’t even think or know they did something. Just remember, forgiveness does take time, but it will lift weight off your shoulders. It’s peace with your inner self.

Luke 6:37- Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;

Colossians 3:13-bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive

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How life’s been

Okay guys! I know, I’ve been lacking on the posts! But I’ve truly been busy with life’s wonders and God’s blessings! Here are some of my accomplishments in the past few weeks:

1. I made it in the state team for FFA after a full weekend of stressing

2. I got asked to prom by a really nice (future) pastor!

3. I did my first children’s sermon about love!

4. I have a job at an indoor waterpark now!

5. I made high honors at school!

6. I haven’t been the busiest in all truth, but I can assure you, God is doing great things in my life!

7. I’ve continued to go to bible study

8. I took the preACT

9. I’ve dug into 1 Corinthians (favorite book of the Bible now!)

10. I met Jesus in the form of two college girls who helped me during a snow storm!

11. We had our first major snow storm of the year!

12. I’ve realized some things about me I can fix and have been working on!

13. I changed my whole church family with a few words!

14. I battled words and self esteem and haven’t won the battle yet, but I continue to with the help of God!

What are some of your recent accomplishments? I’ve missed blogging! God bless 😊

Liebster Award

Thank you, Gail, for nominating me for the Liebster Award! Also, thank you for always reminding me he loves me!

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Liebster Award: The award is for new bloggers or those with little followers. We like to give encouragement here on WordPress 😉


Here are the answers to Gail’s questions:

1. What movies have you watched lately? Uhhh…. the other week I watched Wonder for the first time! Otherwise I’ve been super busy!

2. Do you have any favorite songs right now? Not really, I listen to a lot of Country and worship music but picking specifics isn’t easy

3. What is the theme/purpose of your blog? I just want to continue to walk in faith and share my journey/ lessons with you guys!

4. Where in the world do you live? North Dakota

5. Where were you when you met Jesus? I’ve met him so many time, Jesus is love and kindness so you meet him every time you walk into church and meet someone kind or in need of help

6. What do you like about blogging? It’s cool. I can share my thoughts and lessons which makes me a stronger writer and builds relationships.

7. Who is one of your favorite bible characters? I don’t really have one… I’m really indecisive and they all have HUGE significance.


Random facts about myself:

1. I try to read the Bible every night and caught myself being surprised when my FFA family I was sharing a room with this weekend wanted me to read it to them! It’s so relaxing and I love that we bonded over something besides ffa!

2. I write poetry! I find it relaxing and I also knit ruffle scarves. They’re the only thing I know to knit.

3. I like to stay focused and I start uncontrollably pacing and bouncing sometimes for no reason. My mom thinks I have anxiety but we’re not sure; it’s a side effect to my thyroid medicine, I guess.

4. I’m a high school student and very busy. I love my friends and family a lot. I realize I have such a privilege to live here and be surrounded by amazing people, and I’d do pretty much anything for all of them. I’m only now realizing my self worth and it’s so amazing.

5. I run a virtual bible study group chat with a few other teens. There, we talk about our bible readings and pray and support each other when we need it. It’s cool meeting girls from across the country that have the same interests as you and love Jesus just as much! I get excited when I meet teens as devoted to him and I am!

My nominees:

Whoever reads this! Come on, it’s fun!


Questions for you:

1. Why do you have this blog?

2. What is your favorite bible verse? And what is the story of significance of it to you?

3. What is your favorite animal and why?

4. Have you always been a follower of christ? If not, can you tell me the story?

5. What does your daily life consist of?

6. Who is your favorite bible character and why?

7. Have you read any good Christian books lately?


Let’s praise the Lord! Remember, you don’t have to participate! I just did it for fun!

I love you,

Rivers ❤️

How do you hear him?

So last Wednesday I went to a bible study on a very interesting topic. During this bible study, we talked about the four ways to understand his word. Those ways are hearing, seeing, feeling, and knowing.

Hearer: a person who physically hears him in their mind. It can be just a sound or sometimes even a voice.

Seer: a person who sees things through dreams and visions. These can be in the form of a picture or even moving images.

Knower: a person who just knows! They can’t explain it, they just know through intuition.

Feeler: a person who emotionally and physically feels his presence when they walk into the room.They can sometimes pick up on other people’s emotions and get emotional interruptions from God.

Keep in mind you can have a little bit of all four! Until you seek God and explore his word, it’s hard to understand them. When I began to seek the Lord more, I began to hear his word a lot more, or realize the “small actions” at the time were so much more than just small actions.

So are you a hearer, knower, seer, or feeler? I’m definitely more on the seer with a hint of feeler side!

God speaks to and wants to use all those to call upon His name, even the stragglers who’ve barely made it out of the desert alive, even those whose lives seem burned to the ground. All it takes is the desperation to cry out in the wilderness, the willingness to walk into the furnace, and faith the size of a mustard seed (Matthew 17:20)

Bible Verses for When…

You’re angry… Ephesians 4:26 and Ephesians 4:31

You’re worried… Philippians 4:6-7 and Matthew 6:25

You’re joyful… Isaiah 55:12 and Job 8:19

You’re anxious… 1 Peter 5:7 and Matthew 6:34

You’re sad/upset… Job 41:22 and Proverbs 10:22

You’re in love… 1 John 4:7 and 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

You’re at peace… Philippians 4:7 and 2 Thessalonians 3:16

You’re scared…2 Timothy 1:7 and Psalms 56:3

You’re in need of Strength… Philippians 4:13

You’re hopeful… Hebrews 6:19 and Jeremiah 29:11

You need forgiveness… Colossians 3:13 and 1 John 1:9

You’re Surrounded by Children to teach… John 3:16 and pretty much any verse

You are in need of trust… Romans 8:28

You’re Graceful… Ephesians 2:8 and James 4:6

You’re seeking wisdom… James 1:5 and Colossians 3:16

You’re insecure… Deuteronomy 31:8 and 2 Corinthians 10:12

You’re broken hearted… Psalms 147:3 and Psalms 34:18

You’re feeling alone… Hebrews 13:5 and Psalms 24:4

You’re needing faith… 1 Timothy 4:12 and Galatians 2:20

You’re tired… Matthew 11:28 and Isaiah 40

You’re frustrated… Hebrews 12 and Psalms 90

You need courage… Joshua 1 and Psalms 27:14

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” -Matthew 7:7

No matter what you’re going through or what you’re feeling, you can find God’s words to help you. These verses aren’t the only verses, either, just a few so seek answers from him and ask. I promise, you’ll feel better.

Dear 2017 and hello 2018,

Every year before you, I have said that things are going to change, and 2017, the things that I wanted to change going into this year turned out to be things I never changed. A lot of things did change, don’t get me wrong, but it was more on terms of maturity and personality growth.

2017, you saw some of my worst moments. Those days where just getting out of bed or eating was a struggle. I moved once again and started my sophomore year of high school on a good note, but it caused me to lose touch with people who meant the world to me. I failed a lot, made promises I couldn’t keep, and went against heavy morals I held myself to. I set goals, but let those goals slip through my fingers once the world turned on me again.

2017, you also keep some of my favorite memories. I got to stay on the Oregon Coast for a week- I promise I have never seen a sunset like that before or been to the tide pools and seen a real lighthouse. I finished my first year of high school and got my drivers’ license. I got my wisdom teeth out, I’m still recovering from that but I think my puffy cheeks are hilarious. I worked as a lifeguard all summer long and got quite the weird tan. Prom was another experience that was fun, but stressful. Last but not least, 2017, I learned things about myself that will guide me in my future.

2018, you are just a year, a year with endless possibilities. I just hope that you bring me more happiness than pain, more success than failures, and endless love. I hope that I am able to make so much more of a difference in the lives around me, which in turn, will forever change my life. I want to see more beauty in the world, beauty I haven’t seen yet. I want to continue to improve on loving myself, but also loving Christ above anything and anyone else. I will find more ways to step out of my comfort zone and inspire others to do the same.

2018, you are just a year, 365 Days, only 8,760 hours. All that time will go by so fast. Please bring good luck to those in need, the grieving families, the homeless, those that feel unloved and unsafe. Bring the soldiers home safe and provide peace, smiles, and laughter. Let there be more good than bad and less tragedy. Continue to bring Christ into the homes of the non-believers and those who haven’t had the opportunities to hear the message. I will make the most out of the 8,760 hours you provide me with.

To 2017, thank you, and may 2018 be a good follow up. Goodbye.

To 2018, I welcome you with full arms. I know you’re going to shape me so much.

Sincerely,

Rivers

Christian Teen Date Ideas

1.Church/ Youth Group

2. Bible Study/prayer circle

3. Ice Skating

4. Movie with family

5. See the Christmas lights (with or without other family)

6. Bowling (with and without family)

7. Go to the library

8. Escape room with friends/family

9. Go to the zoo

10. Go to the park

11. Take your younger family to the park

12. Have a picnic

13. Go to high school sports games

14. Art museum w/ casual lunch

15. Go fishing

16. Go snowboarding/skiing

17. Go sledding/snow tubing

18. Go to an outdoor concert

19. Watch the fireworks

20. Go to the fair/carnival

21. Craft shows

22. Farmer’s market/ thrift store

23. Go hiking/biking

24. Take a photo walk

You just wander around taking pictures of anything that catches your eyes! Make sure you use a different perspective.

25. Have a photo shoot

26. Go roller blading

27. Go to a play

28. Go mini golfing

29. Go rock climbing

30. Go to the gym

31. Play basketball/ baseball/ frisbee golf

32. Have a study date

As a bonus, get coffee too

33. Just go for coffee

34. Laser tag

35. Bake sweets together

36. Go stargazing

37. Go to the pumpkin patch/ go apple picking

38. Learn new musical talents/ teach each other your musical talents

39. Go paddle boating

40. Go canoeing

41. Go to the arcade

42. Do community service/ volunteer work together

43. Go to the mall

44. Go to an aquarium

45. Go to a ballet/musical/ opera

46. Try a new restaurant/ just get food

47. Explore a state park

48. Go to any type of museum

49. Sunsets. Sunsets. Sunsets. Sunrises.

50. Take a walk

51. Take the dogs for a walk

52. Restaurant Hop

Go to one restaurant and only get appetizers, then pay of course! Then go to another restaurant and get more appetizers!

53. Go go-karting

54. Build a Snowman/ snow angels

…. and then have hot cocoa!

55. Indoor picnic (make it long distance w/ FaceTime

56. Bonfire

Make sure there’s s’mores!

57. Walk around downtown

As a bonus, get ice cream or candy

58. Play cards/ board games ( with and without family)

59. Go to the trampoline park

60. Make gingerbread houses

61. Make Christmas ornaments

62. Have a movie marathon

63. Make tie dye camp shirts

64. Conquer a fear with them

65. Build a blanket fort and make shadow puppets

66. Youtube Karaoke

All you need is a goofy person, an electronic device, and a hairbrush/spoon

67. Go to a rodeo

68. Climb a tree and enjoy the view

69. Split a milkshake

70. Have a paint fight

71. Have a candle light dinner

72. Go window shopping

73. Binge watch Netflix shows

74. Make Easter eggs

75. Make root beer floats

76. Leave random notes for other readers in your favorite books at Barnes n Nobles

77. Have a Scavenger Hunt

78. Two words: Helium and Laughter

79. Inspire each other’s writing/ poetry

80. Enjoy the rain

Make sure you aren’t wearing anything that will show through!

81. Make pottery/ other arts and crafts

82. Go horse back riding

83. Do mud runs/ fun runs

84. Go mudding

85. Go to the lake/ beach

Remember to be modest!!!

86. Have a water fight

During this, make sure you’re wearing clothes that won’t show through.

All in all, make sure you’re doing things that won’t allow you to stray from Christ because, after all,

Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God- James 4:4

My Christmas Traditions

When the holidays come, the traditions do as well. Everyone has traditions when it comes to the holidays. So… what are mine?

1. Put up the tree the Sunday after Thanksgiving

My family goes to church and then we set up our Christmas tree together. The tree only goes up on that Sunday. It must. It puts more of the reminder that this holiday is about Jesus.

2. Dad puts star on top of the tree

This one is mainly just something that ended up happening with him being slightly taller than everyone else. Plus, with the star we have, we have to stick a few of the tree’s lights in it so it shines as brightly as the star on that first Christmas.

3. We open ONE gift on Christmas Eve

Christmas isn’t all about the gifts and normally it’s the gift with the pajamas in them, but we do open one gift each the night before right before bed. And then wear the PJ’s to bed.

4. The Oldest goes first, youngest goes last when opening gifts

I don’t know why my family does this exactly, but if I had to guess, I’d say it’s so that everyone can see what the others got. Plus, the oldest usually doesn’t get as much and is more superior.

5. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service and Christmas morning service

My family always goes to church on Christmas, besides when we’re seeing family in another state. Usually when that happens, we still worship together. I wish we could get everyone to go to church, but that doesn’t happen so we make do.

6. Christmas lights as a family

My family absolutely loves driving around to look at the lights on people’s houses. We also drive through the main park here in town and look at the city’s light display.

7. Alternate Houses

What I mean by this is that none of my relatives live in the state so we travel alternate between who we visit. Sometimes, we go to Grandma’s. Other years we go home to where I’m from and see my sister and Aunt and nephews and nieces. Some years, we stay home. It’s a tradition I guess. This year we’re staying home.

What are your traditions? These are only the ones I can think of. Remember, God likes our traditions as long as they don’t go against him.

2 Thessalonians 2:14-15

To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.

The Lifeguard’s Chair

I am blessed to have one of the best teen jobs that is out there. I am a lifeguard and all summer long I get the opportunity to work with people of all ages. Sometimes it isn’t easy seeing as I’m only 15 and a lot of older people would rather not listen to me.

Being a lifeguard, I get asked why I choose to wear a one piece day after day and, quite honestly, I had no idea what my answer to that question was…until now. The reason I do it is because I’m more comfortable sitting in the chair and watching people rather than feel like they’re watching me. It’s not that I’m uncomfortable with my body. I’m not. I know I’m perfect in God’s eyes. I just want to set a good example for anyone that is watching.

I get walked upon quite a lot from my fellow lifeguards. Maybe they think they’re trying to help me but sometimes it seems a little harsh. It’s okay though, I forgive them. We’re all just trying to earn a little bit of money.

I’ve learned a lot from the long days up on that chair. I even STILL have the tan lines. Swimming lessons was so fun because I connected with the kids and they had a lot of fun too. A lot of them grew too. Some lessons were squatting down to talk to them was better, and they’re just trying to have the most fun they can.

One of my least favorite things about the job was the confrontation part of it. I could confront a little kid but when it came to a parent or a teen that was older than me, I really struggled. God helped me get through that.

1 Thessalonians 5:14

And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them

Talking to those parents was very… nerve-wracking. Sometimes they didn’t understand or thought they could get me to change my mind on something. God gave me the strength and I casted all my anxieties onto him all summer.

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxieties on him because he cares for you

Before I became a lifeguard, I didn’t think that you could see so much from those chairs. Now, I know why they call Jesus a lifeguard. Not only because he saves us from our sins and drownings, but also because he watches us just like I watch those kids and make sure they’re safe. I know God has given me the skills to help save someone that is in trouble and impact the lives of kids’ there.

I love my job. I’ll never walk on water, but I’m so glad that Jesus can and gives me enough strength to save someone when they’re drowning. It doesn’t matter if they’re swimming or need an ear, I know Jesus will help me help them and that’s a great gift.

Some Things I’ve learned as a Christian Girl Going to High School

Alright, so high school is a pretty rough time for everyone, but for a Christian, going to a worldly public school can be even harder.

If you are anything like me, you’ve grown up going to church and learning about Jesus and how much he loves us. You’ve accepted Jesus into your heart and there’s not a doubt in your mind about him. A lot of us have kind of been sheltered and the world hasn’t unleashed what it has to say about Christianity… yet.

Some of you decided to follow Christ in later years, maybe you were brought into Christianity by a friend or relative. You guys have seen the world and your decision to follow Christ was under a different understanding.

However you became Christian or are Christian, the world and society we live in doesn’t like to hear about Jesus and we aren’t accepted with an ear wanting to hear all about our faith. It is extremely difficult to build relationships with those who do not share our views, because we are often put aside.

We are seen as goody-two-shoes and people aren’t wrong

When it comes to sneaking out and partying you probably would rather be at home or at church. Worldly teens see Christians as people who will judge every act of wrong they do, not knowing that Christianity is a religion of judgeless people. As Christians, any friends that we have will either agree with our right decisions or leave because we don’t want to follow their wrong ones.

I, personally, am only a sophomore and I’ve already lost a ton of friendships because I refused to do things that could be harmful to myself. People leaving is hard to get over and definitely doesn’t make you “popular” at all.

We are not alone, however. As a teen girl, I always keep that on my mind as a reminder for when I do feel lonely. God will be there every step of the way and put the people that you’re supposed to reach, in reach- the people that we can impact. He will give us godly friends that encourage us in our faith walk. With them by our side, high school really won’t be that rough.

Proverbs 27:9- “a sweet friendship refreshes the soul”

Sometimes you’ll question God because of the things happening, and that’s okay

In high school, we try to discover ourselves and plan for our future, while keeping everything under control. It’s disappointing realizing having everything under control and perfect… won’t happen. I realized that even though I wasn’t satisfied with how things were going, it’ll all work out. God has a plan for me (us) and it’s more than I can even imagine at this point.

Sometimes relationships end because it wasn’t good for you at the time, or you just aren’t soulmates

Being a sophomore, I’ve only had a few relationships and as much as I didn’t want them to end at the time, I’m starting to realize that some of them were for the best. I realized that I wasn’t truly happy and some were even quite abusive.

In high school, I get so busy with life it sometimes starts to get in the way of reading the Bible and worshipping God. Now, I’m definitely not saying don’t date. Please do, but be careful who you date and don’t get sucked into what you see on Instagram and around school. Invite them to church or have a bible study. Trust me, it’s fun.

It’s hard to be modest and fit in, but fitting in doesn’t work when you’re a Christian

As a girl, you notice what all the other girls are wearing. You see it all over media and around school and you’re pressured to wear things that don’t cover other things.

To be honest, those clothes won’t bring you genuine, godly friends. A girl can look pretty covered up. God thinks you’re perfect and the ones that are supposed to be in your life will realize that.

You will fit in with your crowd.