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Do you have to GO to church to be a strong devoted Christian?

The last time I went to a church, it was in May and I was back on Maui with a friend. Since I left Hawaii, became a Florida resident and have been traveling for the last few months, I haven’t been to a church. I still do bible studies on my own and read devotionals every day, but I got to thinking the other day: Do you have to physically go to church to be a strong, devoted Christian? What constitutes a “strong Christian”? Is it the activity of going to church? Or is the stronghold of faith within your heart and the steady studying of the Word? What is a ‘Christian’ anyway? When I looked it up, the definition of “Christian” is:  A person who has received Christian baptism, or is a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings. Nowhere in that definition does it say “A person who attends church.” To be a Christian means to essentially just be a follower of Christ, in whatever capacity that may be. If you are able to attend church, great. …

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Bible Studies I’m Doing Right Now

I’ve been a strong Christian for a while now, and since I’ve been traveling I’ve been doing bible studies on my own. I’ll occasionally watch a sermon online, but for the most part, my Jesus time consists of me sitting down with my bible for an hour or so each day. Here’s the studies I’m doing right now and favorite ones I’ve completed in the past. Plus, tools and resources to make your study time easier and more beneficial! 🙏🏼 How I Study the Bible On My Own I started studying the bible on my own by using my physical bible and an app, and over time I brought in a devotional, other tools, and various online websites. My bible study time is ever-changing, but it works for me right now. Here’s how I make it work! Tips The biggest thing when it comes to studying the bible, is to carve out a dedicated time and quiet space where you can let yourself be totally comfortable and dive freely into the word. For me, this …

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How to Study the Bible On Your Own

Over the years, my faith has grown and it’s become something that I hold very close to my heart. While I’m not always able to actually attend church, I try to crack open the bible and dive deep into studying the Word every day. It’s personally something that keeps me grounded, calm and focused on my future – especially when things get rough. In the past, I had been a part of an incredible bible study group and I loved it! We met weekly to talk about Sunday’s sermon, we did bible studies together, watched biblical movies and had lots of potlucks (one of my favorite parts, while we’re being honest! 😉) I have also been a part of a bible study at work, which was the biggest blessing. Myself, my boss and two of my coworkers met at lunch to cover bible studies. It was so heart-warming to be able to share my faith in the workplace, and that’s something I’ll always cherish. I’ve also had bible studies with friends, and it’s been the …

Trusting His Timing When You’re Impatient

I’m impatient. I’m the type of person who wants results, wants to get things done, and I don’t like wasting time or waiting around for things to happen. And I certainly don’t like waiting on other people to do something for me. The kicker? Christianity tells us to trust in God’s timing. So, this led to me to share this today. This is easily one of the hardest parts of being a Christian. Being patient and trusting that He knows what He is doing and He knows what is best for us. So how can you trust in His perfect timing when you’re impatient like me? Well, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite verses that have helped me be more patient, trusting and faithful during times when I’d rather not be patient. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. (Ecclesiastes 3:1) But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a …

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My Faith Journey

I’ve been wanting to somehow incorporate my faith into this blog for a long time now. I touch on it here and there and I occasionally throw a few verses on Twitter now and again, but I want to go more in depth. So I thought: Why not add a section to my blog dedicated entirely to my faith? There’s so much I want to discuss and talk about and offer advice on, but I figured I should start with a little backstory on my journey through faith. So that’s exactly what this is! I was raised in a Christian home. God was mentioned. There was a cross on the wall. We went to church on the big days (Christmas, Easter, etc). I attended a religious school. But growing up, I never felt a true connection to God and faith. It was always there, but it wasn’t really there. When I went off to college, that’s when my faith really started to slip. And no, it wasn’t because of college life, parties, boys, staying up late, …