Guest Post: No Time for Trust Issues

For those of you that haven’t heard, I’ve got a little sister, and she’s a pretty neat person.  She’s also very thoughtful and it’s been inspiring to see her grow in her faith (and just as a lovely little person), and I asked her to write a guest post for us.  So joining us this week is my sister, Michaela!  Enjoy her post! =)

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I have almost always had issues trusting. I’m not quite sure why, although I’d love to know. But lately, I’ve had some trust issues that I just couldn’t afford. In the recent months, I was diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux.

If you had mentioned acid reflux to me last year, I would have thought “Oh, just heartburn. No biggie.” But now I would think “SAY WHAT?! ACID REFLUX?! RUN FOR THE SHELTERS!” I have pretty much always had stomach issues, but this is one that truly tested my trust in God.

My first acid reflux attack was fairly severe. It took me almost 2 weeks to get over, mainly because I didn’t know what it was. I thought it was simply indigestion. I will never forget my first attack. Why? Because I had no idea, whatsoever, what was happening to me. I was experiencing pain I never felt, I was facing my ex-biggest fear, and through all of it, I had to fake a smile because we had family over,  and I didn’t want to mess up their time. I wasn’t even at home, I was at a hotel, and had to sit through a 4 hour car ride. Let me tell you, it was hard.

While I was going through all of that, I didn’t realize what was wrong with me and certainly not to what degree. I was telling myself, “I’m going to trust God to get me through this”. Was I believing it? In a way, yes. But these things kept happening. I kept getting the attacks, but they weren’t lasting as long, maybe closer to 4 days. I was missing a lot of school and it was putting a lot of emotional strain on me. I didn’t understand why this was happening to me and why God was putting me through this. I was pleading with Him to help me and stop this awful pain. I would always say I would trust him but it was so hard. Each attack, I tried to trust Him more and more, and I did. Why? Because I had nowhere else to turn. My parents couldn’t give me answers, my sister couldn’t give me answers. No one had answers! No one but God was able to comfort me.

Around March I finally made it to the doctors, as my parents were getting concerned with the attacks coming more frequently and just as severely. My doctor diagnosed me with GERD and I felt so many emotions. I felt incredibly relieved, “FINALLY! Someone knows what’s wrong with me!”, and then, it hit. I was terrified. All the facts he told me, hit hard, no more popsicles (my ex-favorite dessert), no more foods I loved so dearly, no more this, no more that. I have had to give up so much. While it’s made me really healthy, I’m still young, I still wanna eat these things I’ve been forced to give up! It’s right now that I need to trust God even more to get me through all this. I know most of the facts, but I need to apply them and trust that God will give me willpower and strength to keep going.

I still get GERD attacks, but they aren’t nearly as severe and I’m learning how to stop them. This doesn’t mean that I still don’t have a little voice in the back of my head wondering why, but it does mean that I am trusting God more than I ever thought I would, because while people on Earth are great, they don’t always have the answers or comfort you need. God always does. And He is always the way to turn.

A Call to Higher Standards

Hey Everyone! Marissa has kindly allowed me to do this week’s post in her absence and I am honored and feel privileged to be writing to you all.

Coming up on march 26th is Marissa’s favorite holiday that she has proclaimed to all the world, “You are Loved Day”, so I will be writing a prequel to that with a letter to guys and a letter to girls about encouraging one another towards Christ and all about relationships

Now Guys, when it comes to girls and dating, man can it be painful and stressful. Why is it so hard and so difficult? I think it is because we live in a world that is run by Satan’s standards, while we are called to live another way, to take a higher road! First and foremost, as men we are the leaders in the church and that means we must encourage all, girls who are “just friends” and girls you are interested in, it is our duty out of love to push these girls toward Jesus. Second, I have found it easy to write out what we want in a girl….now that doesn’t mean “big boobs and a nice butt”…..NO!!! We are called to higher standards! A higher beauty, the beauty of the heart!

We should look for girls who are “women after God’s own heart”. Who has a strong relationship with the Lord and pushes you, encourages you to grow in your love to the Lord, a girl filled with beauty and wonder from the heart, filled with the spirit and the fruits of the spirit just overflow from her. I encourage you guys to do just the same, to be men after God owns heart, to encourage any and everyone to run to Jesus and to submit to Jesus and surrender to Him and his ways as they are the ways of the righteous and of truth! Men….its time to take a stand against the world, to be of higher dignity, to push these women to Jesus and to hold purity, not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually and make it a top priority! Let’s change the world men, for how we live for God and treat women!

“Eve was not taken out of Adam’s head to top him, neither out of his feet to be trampled by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him.”

My dear ladies, don’t think I forgot about you! As ladies and sisters to these men, you should be encouraging them as well, holding them and challenging them to be better men and better Christians! And as women you should be running after God, falling so in love with Jesus that he is your true love, your everything! I encourage women to seek him and push the men towards Him, give your life and love to Him and obey Him. Lets all be respectful women, remaining pure and strong in our lives through Christ Jesus!

“A women’s heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek him first to find her”—Max Lucado

After reading this, please check out “When God writes your love story” by Eric and Leslie Ludy, it is such an amazing book! http://www.amazon.com/When-Writes-Your-Story-Expanded/dp/1601421656/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268407076&sr=8-2

Thank you all for listening and reading, tune in next time =)