Hey everyone! I believe y’all are familiar with me from one of Savannah’s previous posts titled Cricket. I know, Cricket? I didn’t sign up for it, but if the shoe fits.
Savannah has graciously asked me to start doing weekly posts with her blog. When she asked me, I couldn’t even believe it. I know this is something Savannah loves whole-heartedly and she truly, truly enjoys each of you so for her to ask me was incredibly humbling. I know I’ve already done an interview type section on here and you’ve heard quite a bit about our friendship but to get started, I thought it would be great if everyone knew me on a deeper level.
As I mentioned before, my relationship with God is something incredibly important in my life. I love the promises God provides and the relationship He desires. Something that took me a really long time to realize as a Christian, was that God doesn’t look for all the things you’ve done right or wrong. God looks within your heart. He wants to KNOW you. Growing up, I just knew that God was supposed to be the #1 one guy or something like that. Eventually, I was given a Bible and was told I was even supposed to READ it…my thoughts were exactly, “wait, what?”
So, let’s fast-forward a few years. I learned how to read the Bible and take God’s promises seriously but maybe not so literal all the time. The more you read and pray, the better the relationship is. In my relationship with God, I’ve grown to stick to some verses and I’d really love to share some!!
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
This is probably my ultimate favorite. Is there someone you trust 10,000% with your life? Most might say a family member or a best friend. In my case, I would probably say both. But here’s the catch- unfortunately, they aren’t always going to be there. There are going to be times when you feel like no one is listening or no one cares or no one supports you and in that time, guess who IS there? God. Not only is He going to be with me when I feel the loneliest, but He tells me to be strong in it too. And to get even crazier, He says to be courageous. Now that’s a God I definitely want.
“For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for him.” – Philippians 1:29
I know this seems like an odd favorite to pick, but let me explain. There’s this rumor in the world that Christians are people just looking for something to help us cope with our hard times, and that, my friend, is false. Most of us recognize that we need a God in our hard times, but that does not mean he is only a glimpse of hope. For this rumor to be true, that verse would have to be written like so, “…but also for Him to help us through our suffering”. But surprise, it’s not written that way. This actually says we may suffer for Him. I don’t know about you, but most people don’t sign up for this part. This is talking about persecution for believing in something we can’t see, or believing in faith and not science, or all of the above. I’m not saying I’m prefect by any means, but it takes a true follower of Christ to know that he is not just a symbol of hope, but He is WAY more and we should fight for that.
“But how terrible it will be for you Pharisees! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest part of your income, but you completely forget about justice and the love of God. You should tithe, yes, but you should not leave undone the more important things.” – Luke 11:23
This is what I was saying when God could careless what you do right or wrong. While the bible does say to tithe, God finds it more important that love comes first. While the bible suggests a lot of guidelines, he finds that his relationship with you comes first. As a Christian, I will say it starts with the relationship. Once you get to know God and once He learns your praying voice and heart, YOU begin to fall in love with the suggestions God provides. Your relationship with God helps you obey your heavenly Father.
And last but not least,
“For God so loved the world He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” -John 3:16
Wow, Tess! What a cliché verse. Probably, but it’s so cliché; it’s meaning is overlooked. Let’s read it my way. For my God, My Father, loved ME so much that He gave His ONLY child as a sacrifice so that I wouldn’t just be a body on earth, but so I could live forever! Now, if you’re a mom, would you give up your only child just so you could possibly save everyone else? I’m not even a mom and my answer is a NO. People are selfish and I could never sacrifice my child for people who couldn’t even give my child or me the time of day. But God said, “even if you choose to hate me, I’ll take the risk just in case”. God said, “Your sins will be white as snow”. God said, “You will have no more tears”. God said, “You are mine”. God said, “I forgive you”. God said, “I love you”.
As you can see, I’m a bit passionate, but so is God. He’s sorta like the real deal. I know this may be a controversial topic for some to read and I may have lost some readers along the way, but thanks to those who stuck around. I hope what I said makes sense and I hope you can see where my heart is and why my relationship with God is so so so important to me. I’m excited to learn more about y’all and I’m excited to share more about myself on Savannah’s truly inspiring blog.
From West Virginia but now living in North Carolina, Tess is a sophomore is college studying Pre-Nursing! She loves hanging out with her family and friends, singing, cute dogs, Jesus, Chick Fil A, Sour Patch Kids, anything fluffy, and cozy blankets. Tess and Savannah met freshman year of high school and they’ve been inseparable ever since. You can follow along with Tess on Instagram @tmmckx14, Twitter @tmmckx14, and Pinterest.com/tmmckx14