Respect The President

The millennial generation (which I am apart of) was raised by helicopter parents. This means that our parents were very hands on and protective. In many ways, that was a good thing! It helped us to develop a sense of security. It gave us confidence and a belief that we could do anything we set our minds to. But the one lesson it did not teach us, was how to lose and better yet- how to lose with grace.

We were awarded trophies just for trying. We were told that we would get an ice cream cone whether or not we won the game; We would be delighted in irregardless of our success or failure. (There was that safety we desperately needed.) However, somewhere in the midst of being sheltered from a cruel world, we forgot how to live in it. We forgot that sometimes we do not win. Sometimes we do not get the job we applied for. Sometimes the project we spent hours and days and months on, does not succeed. And sometimes the candidate we voted for, does not win the election.

So we lose and it is a shock to our system. Instead of being able to accept that something did not go our way, we begin to convince ourselves that we do not have to accept the outcome. Hence rioting in the streets, setting limos on fire and throwing stones through Starbucks windows. These are literally grown-up temper tantrums that we see being displayed by individuals which have drank the kool-aid. What does the Bible say about accepting outcomes or people that we do not approve of? Let us have a look.

Matthew 5:44 basically tells us that even if the individual in question is our worst enemy, we are to pray for them and even love them! And when it comes to leadership on a national level, the Bible tells us in Romans 13 that we are to submit to governing authorities. God is in control of who resides as President of the United States. If a man is in office, no matter how much we agree or disagree with him, he is in the will of God for this season. So we must learn to tastefully disagree while also being respectful of his position.

What do we gain by teaching our future children that when we disapprove of something, the answer is to destruct property, shout profanities and make a spectacle in the streets? Once again, the Bible directs us in how to handle disagreements and conflict. We would be wise to have a refresher…

  • Ephesians 4:31-32 – Put away bitterness and slander. Be kind and forgiving!
  • Proverbs 15:1 – Have a soft answer to conflict and do not use harsh words.
  • Ephesians 4:26 – Be angry but DO NOT sin in your actions or thoughts!
  • James 1:19-21 – Be slow to speak and slow to anger. Instead, exercise meekness.
  • Hebrews 12:14-15 – Strive to have peace with EVERYONE.

So if you are upset, be upset the right way. If you want change, be the change. There is a right and a wrong way to express oneself. Here is to hoping that over the next four years we can spend less time fighting and more time praying a blessing over our country and those that are working for its future prosperity.

For a full list of scriptures addressing how to deal with conflict, click here. What are some ways God has dealt with you when you have had to resolve conflict amongst your relations? We’d love to hear your thoughts, so share them with us today by clicking the email icon below.

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Shenae Andrus, 28, is the wife of Pastor Joel Andrus and the dog-mom of Mr. Behr Andrus. They all three live in Milford, DE and act as Co-Pastors of Lighthouse Christian Center, as well as Youth President of the NJ/DE Youth Department of UPCI General Youth Ministries. She is obsessed with calligraphy, music, Starbucks Chai-Tea Lattes, shopping and global travel.

Undeservingly Beautiful

“I don’t deserve it.”

Have you ever said these words before? Have you ever felt like you didn’t deserve the good things in your life, the people that love you, the calling placed on your life, or God’s mercy and grace? Have you ever felt like you didn’t deserve the life you live? If you answered yes to any of these questions: You are not alone.

We as humans see our weaknesses above everything else. We see our faults, our fears, our shame, and our brokenness. Sometimes we focus on the wrong in us so much that we forget Who made us right. Romans 4:25 says, “He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.” Jesus Christ did not die so we could live in fear and shame because of who we are. He was crucified on the cross to give us hope of a new life and joy in every season. The Bible plainly tells us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of our Lord, yet as humans we still see that we are not enough. We feel like because of our past, our faults, our fears, we cannot be loved or cherished the way we are meant to be. We feel like our brokenness hinders us from living a life full of joy, hope, and love. A life of enjoying the amazing things that God has blessed us with: a great family, a spouse that loves us, an anointed and growing ministry. We feel like because of our brokenness, we do not deserve the beautiful things in life.

Yet, we forget what makes the amazing things in life so beautiful: We don’t deserve them.

We don’t deserve God’s mercy and grace. We don’t deserve to live a life full of peace and joy. We don’t deserve to be used by God. Humans don’t deserve all of the blessings the Lord has given them. If we deserved what Jesus has blessed us with, we would not live a life full of thankfulness and faith. We would not be grateful or give all of the glory to God. That is why we must live life as Romans 5:2 explains: “Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.”

Live life not thinking about what you don’t deserve, but focus on what Jesus wants you to have. He wants you to have a life full of love, days full of joy, and a mind full of peace. He wants to anoint you, use you, and show His strength through your weakness. He wants you to focus on Him and His plan, not what you actually deserve. Enjoy the blessings God has given you, let go of the past, forget perfection, and live an undeservingly beautiful life.

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Sarah Barnhill, 21, is from Texas and is the middle sibling out of three girls in the Barnhill family. She recently graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with her Bachelor’s degree. Her favorite snack happens to be Cheddar Jalapeno Cheetos!

New Year, New You

New Year resolutions usually look the same for most people: lose weight, start exercising and eating right. This is a list for the physical – we ladies want to be healthy and maintain our youthful figures, right? But what if we applied these resolutions to our spiritual bodies as well?

Lose WeightHebrews 12:1 says to lay aside every weight that easily hinders our Christian walk and entangles us in sin. Maybe it is something as simple as a lack of self control over shopping or social media. Maybe it is a little heavier, like a relationship that keeps tripping you up. These weights are pounds that you need to shed! Feel lighter this year and start to lose those burdens that are keeping you from feeling light and free to run the Christian race.

Exercise – Start building up those spiritual muscles and exercising your faith. (Jude 1:20) The only way you get stronger is to start working out. If you want more faith, if you want to be used in the gifts of the spirit and if you want to have powerful moments with God, it starts small. Start lifting 5 pound weights at first (pray for 5 minutes a day) and eventually you’ll start taking getting stronger. Build up your courage to invite a co-worker to church and eventually you’ll be handing out church cards to everyone you come in contact with! During your prayer time, as God to give you opportunities to exercise your most holy faith on a daily basis.

Eat Right – Time to cut out the junk food and start feeding your spiritual body right. Quite watching, listening to and eating junk food. (Psalm 101:3) No more cheat days filled with sugar, processed foods and preservatives. It’s time to cut out the secular music that fills your mind with inappropriate imagery. It’s time to stop watching the movies that takes your thoughts to places they should avoid. Start eating the WORD. King David said in Psalm 119:11 that he hid God’s Word in his heart to avoid sinning. You are what you eat!

May your bodies AND souls be healthy this New Year! What are some areas you’ve decided to “whip into shape” this year for your heart, mind and soul? Share with us at mail@apostolicgirl.com – we’d love to hear from you!

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Shenae Andrus, 28, is the wife of Pastor Joel Andrus and the dog-mom of Mr. Behr Andrus. They all three live in Milford, DE and act as Co-Pastors of Lighthouse Christian Center, as well as Youth President of the NJ/DE Youth Department of UPCI General Youth Ministries. She is obsessed with calligraphy, music, Starbucks Chai-Tea Lattes, shopping and global travel.