Friday night my fiancée and I try to always do something as a date such as going dancing, dinner, or going to a movie.
Tonight she planned the date and surprised me with it. We went to church for the stations of the cross. We went to dinner afterwards and had some fish sandwiches. Then we went to a rodeo. So many wonderful things in one evening!
I was excited to find out what the surprise date was. I think I was more excited once I found out what it was. I have never been to the stations of the cross or even heard of it.
I am so happy with my life. I sometimes let stress and worry over power the great things in life. I am slowly learning to pray to Jesus and Mary to help me with the stress.
Never let fear stop you from playing the game. Let Jesus help you when you’re stressed. If you sin, ask for forgiveness. As my future wife explained to me. You’re not the first one to sin but you must ask for forgiveness.
4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
When I was young in elementary school I had a hard time making friends. I was bullied very badly which would affect me for a long time.
Kids can be cruel especially when they aren’t taught how to live a godly life. Kids can be affected by this if they weren’t taught how to live a godly life.
I myself went to church most Sundays. I understood the basics of the religion but never really focused on it. I was baptized half way through elementary school. I still didn’t know how to not let the bullying bother me by praying.
I wasn’t the strongest at reading so I had to go to a special reading class. I also had issues with my speech, so I went to a speech class. Because of this I would miss other classes and be made fun of for it. The kids would make fun of the way I dressed, talked, read out loud, my weight, and many other things.
I had very limited friends, however they would not stick up for me because they wouldn’t want to be bullied themselves.
The bullying continued all of the way through elementary school.
7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
I sit here today better than I have ever been, at least better than I can ever remember. The thing that has changed was the change of my addictions. I am now addicted to Jesus. I know what you’re thinking… I don’t want to be addicted to Jesus, or I don’t want someone to preach to me. I was in the same exact spot before, and now I stand up proud of myself.
I now go to church every weekend. Sometimes I even go twice a week. I read books about Jesus. I listen to podcasts about Jesus.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.