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Day One

Published by Twyla E. Brooks under on 7:33 PM
Chapter One - Part One 09/17/11

Reading: Why Believe? Exploring the Honest Questions of Seekers by Greg Laurie

(?)Question: "What am I living for?" 

(!)Answer: Naturally, I thought, "God. I am living for God." Then I asked myself how? How am I living for Him? What am I doing that I have concluded I am living for the Lord? I actually had to think about my answer for a moment. "By living to be who God wants me to be." And who is that? "I am a sinner, and always will be one, but God has a set of Commandments He instructs that I follow. He also tells me to learn to trust,

Isaiah 26:4, "Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal."

to be patient,

1 Timothy 6:11, "But you man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, endurance and gentleness."

to forgive,

Ephesians 4:32, "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."

and to love,

Matthew 5:44, "But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."

Throughout my life I have a responsibility to my Heavenly Father to grow in these attributes. It makes me happy to see the positive changes in my life.

What are you living for?


A Journey

Published by Twyla E. Brooks under on 10:37 PM
There comes a time in our lives when we suddenly seem to have doubts and questions about our faith and what we believe in.

I realized I'm there, and it's not a good feeling. :/ This summer I had been asked some questions by a close friend who has different beliefs than I do. It was then that I realized how unprepared and how poorly worded my answers were. I was floundering, and I hated it.

Also, my younger brother has some friends whom he's extremely close to, but they also don't believe the same way we do. He's been asking them some questions that they've never had to evaluate because they've grown up in the specific religion they believe in and have never had an excuse or even the occasion to look deeper into their church's doctrine.

As I observed this, I was struck by the question: What if I was in that position? I have never really questioned why I believe in the Lord because I grew up being taught He was the One true God and didn't question it. 

I'm not saying that I doubt my faith in the Lord, but I do have some questions and "holes" you could say, that I don't understand about my own belief in Christianity. 

I am incredibly thankful I am taking the year off before going to college because this gives me time to begin my "journey" in establishing my faith in God and religion. If you're following this blog or just viewing it, I invite you to see me explore more thoroughly in the questions I have throughout the year. I hope to update and keep track of what I'm going through.

Until next time!



Published by Twyla E. Brooks under on 12:05 AM
Psst! I also wanted to mention I recently created a Tumblr account too. Feel free to browse and/or leave comments. (Comments are good because then I get see your guys' thoughts on things.) ;) Here's a linkie for you:

Proverbs 16:9

"In his heart man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps."