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Eudora

in Faith

Getting To Know God

Over the past couple weeks I’ve had the opportunity to ‘debate’ my faith, and one of the questions that kept coming up was, why would I want to serve/believe in a God who demands your obedience? There are good people in this world, but your God says if they don’t believe in Jesus, they’re going to burn in Hell. What kind of God would do that? Let good people be punished because they don’t choose HIS path? What then is the point of free will? And honestly I didn’t know the answer when these questions were posed to me. I myself had questioned these things at times. But that’s what I love most about discussing my faith- it pushes me to seek answers to what I don’t know, and allows God to reveal a new layer of who He is to me. It gives me the opportunity to find clarity…

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in Dear Diary

Conversations with God

Sometimes I still feel like I have to monitor God in some aspects of my life lol I say: “God- can we collaborate on this life thing? Can I give you suggestions about what I want this to look like? Tell you what would work best for me?” And He gives me the side-eye, laughs, and shakes His head. “Child, you had the reigns, and look at where it got you!” He says. “ But,” I protest, “I just need you to know some things about me… you know, my preferences and what-not” “Really?” He chuckles. “Like what? Pray tell.” “Well… like, in terms of the man I want to spend the rest of my life with. I want him to be-” “Wait-” God interjects “Let me get a pen!” He feigns a search for a writing instrument. I frown, but He smiles. “Continue” He says. “I’m listening.” “Well…” I…

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in Devotions, Faith

Taking the Promised Land

I’m going to ask that, for a second, you imagine yourself in Joshua’s shoes. Moses has just passed, and you’re now proud leader of an estimated 2 million loud-spoken and stubborn Hebrews. Your objective? To [finally] get these people into the land God has promised them – a land that you’ve spent 40 years waiting for. You’ve seen the land and how good it is, so you know God’s word about it and promise to be true – now all you have to do is actually get there. Easy right? Errrr…Not so much. And you’ll soon see why. SO! God gives you your first set of instructions to get to the promised land: “Cross the Jordan!” He says. No biggie. You’ve crossed seas with these people – this is only a river. You’re good. You got this. Or rather, God got this. “Circumcise yourselves!” He commands. OK, this might be a little…

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in Nuggets

The Journey

There are days when I’m tempted to think: “Look how far I’ve come!” But then I stop myself because I realize, man, I’m more of a mess now than I was two years ago – I need Jesus now more than I ever did! And not because I’m ‘sinning’ more (though I very well might be… I don’t exactly have a measuring stick for this). No, we’ve been conditioned to think that change is simply the act of crossing off sins. I don’t do this or that anymore, so I’m good… NOT. We’ve come to believe that God’s primary focus is to get us to stop sinning. Really God’s primary focus is to change our hearts – and man, is mine a wreck! The Bible says out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks – whatever is in your heart directs your words. And Paul tells us that our…

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in Qs & As

What are your thoughts on celibacy?

I think I’ve touched on my views of celibacy here and there, but I probably haven’t ever explicitly stated what they are. What does celibacy look like? Well it differs from person to person. I’ve seen couples who don’t even hold hands before marriage. Yes, that may seem crazy to you and me, but the Bible says if your right arm causes you to sin, chop it off, because it’s useless to you. When deciding to be celibate, you have to analyze yourself, look at past experiences, and learn from the habits/wrong choices that caused you to get into sexual situations. If you wanted to bone your ex every time he/she held your hand, then yea- Maybe you shouldn’t hold hands lol. If being alone with a guy or girl always led to something, make sure you’re alone together as little as possible. If the moment you kissed, hands started…

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in Devotions

“Come, see for yourself!”

I have always found immense comfort and understanding in the lives of Jesus’ disciples. While Jesus himself may honestly sometimes be hard for my human mind to relate to (being the son of God and God himself and all), the disciples I REALLY get. I get their fears. I get their doubt. I get their hesitations, their enthusiasm and their over-zealousness. They were doing back then what we are essentially trying to do today – follow Jesus! And so in looking at what Jesus taught them, what he asked them to do, what they did (or didn’t do), and what they were inspired by the Holy Spirit to do, we find a simple understanding of the very basics of what it means to be a follower of Christ. Last night I found myself in John 1 – as I always find myself in the gospels when I’m trying to get…

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in Devotions, Faith

Being Patient With the Promise

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. – Mark 11:24 Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness     while I am here in the land of the living.  Wait patiently for the Lord.     Be brave and courageous.     Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. – Psalm 27:13, 14  Have you ever asked for something from God, but given up somewhere along the way? Or He’s promised you something, but it’s NOOOOOWHERE in sight? Like not even a glimpse of it?  It’s like those faith-deadlines –  when you tell God, I need this by then, or I’m trusting you for that promise by that time, and so you start praying and investing and seeking God’s direction towards it? Or God tells us, ‘I’m going to do this’, and we’re just waiting expectantly? Whether it’s a successful project, or a degree, or a baby, or a job, or…

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in Nuggets

When People Don’t Give Back

I have a really big heart for helping people and giving. And it can be hard sometimes because people don’t always reciprocate the help/care you give- Like, a good nine times out of ten they don’t- And the human response to kindness and love and care not being reciprocated is to shut it off. We begin to feel used and decide we’re better off not being so kind and caring only for ourselves and our needs because no one else will look out for us in similar fashion. But anytime I face a situation where I have the desire to help someone that is wrought with a fear of feeling/being used or ‘shortchanged’ again, I just remember that giving is WHO I AM. It’s who God created me to be. It was no mistake that while all my siblings got Bible names, I was named Eudora Leonore- ‘Gift of Light’….

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