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  • What are you reading this Summer? Anyone reading any devotional books or working on a Bible plan?

    LadyMysterio I've been rereading some of my books from Sadie Robertson. Specifically, Live Fearless, Live(devotions) and Live.
    (A lot of live XD) I would recommend them if anyone needs some good reading for the summer!

    Jun 19, 2024

    Quillfeather I have been reading a bunch of random verses from my Bible last week and this week
    Jun 19, 2024

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  • So I just went in a mission trip to a state/city 6 or so hours away from me. It was seriously an amazing experience. I have never felt so on fire for God. So sure in my faith. It really was amazing. Would totally recommend if you ever get the opportunity, to go. Don't let your concerns hold you back.

  • Pardon the intrusion, but I wanted to ask a question about priests and pastors since I'm including a pastor in my story I'm working on. Though he only a minor part, I want to be accurate as possible.
    I know that priests in the Catholic faith and are refer to as father along with their name, while in the Christian faith has the pastor but don't know if they're still refer to as father or something else. I tried researching on the term but couldn't find it and left very frustrated.
    Can anyone help me clear this up or have some experience?

    EllieMae I think it really depends on which denomination of christianity you are looking at! It can vary from father to pastor to bishop to first names to others! Is there a denomination (type of church) you had in mind?
    Jun 1, 2024

    RokitaVivi @EllieMae I had in mind a more traditional Christian church, maybe Baptist. I don't know if this helps.
    Jun 1, 2024

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  • I have been at a really really low point, for a really really long time. And I slip into bad habits. And really really bad mental health. And it's been so bad recently. But today I was reminded of an old newsboys song I hadn't heard since I was a small kid on a family road trip (that hasn't happened for over 5 years now) and I went and listened to it. And then I was there in the darkness of my room with only the light of my phone dancing to praise songs and I felt a fire for got I haven't felt in maybe ever (except maybe certain points on mission trips) and I just I feel so on fire and it's really amazing and I don't understand where it came from but I really want to hold on

    Fleur God is amazing, and does wonderful works in our lives whether big or small. I’m sorry to hear of how things have been recently, Quill. I’ll keep you in my prayers. For God is glorious, our ultimate hope and joy. Keep holding on, there is a reason for all God does. As James states in 1:12, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” Furthermore as Psalm 18:2 says, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
    Habits are hard to beat, and I think it’s wonderful you knowing the harm of these habits and how your mental health has been over the course of the past few months. Keep faithful and near to God during these times of strive and pain. You are loved and I pray this fire in your heart may never go out, even in moments it can seem so hard to recognize. <3 I’m not on as much, but I check YWS regularly and my pm’s are always open for prayer, encouragement, or someone to talk to.

    May 14, 2024

  • Could definitely use some prayers for my town. We were hit by a tornado Tuesday and this is the second set of tornadoes that have hit us this Spring, last one hit in March. Everyone is physically safe, but still a lot of people without power or internet. Our community park is destroyed, lots of buisinesses and homes damaged...

    Fleur Definitely, Alliyah. I’m glad everyone is safe physically, what a blessing. I’d love to hear updates on how it’s going
    May 14, 2024

    alliyah Thank you! Clean-up is going slow. Thankfully it seems all businesses and homes have power + internet return (my church didn't until Saturday; which was a bit of a worry with my wedding coming up this week on top of everything else). Of the 8 families I know that had damage - I think their homes can be repaired and all had insurance (thankfully!) just praying we have some decent weather this week to give things a chance to dry out as people get tarps on roofs and try to work outside clearing trees away. Thanks for asking! <3
    May 14, 2024

  • A very Happy Easter to any Orthodox Christians on YWS! Christos anesti!

    LadyMysterio Wait, Easter?
    May 4, 2024

    alliyah Orthodox Christians (like those in the Greek Orthodox and Russian Orthodox church) follow a slightly different liturgical calendar than Roman Catholic and Protestant Christians - so some of the Holidays don't line up and they typically celebrate Easter at a different time - Orthodox Easter falls on May 5 this year.

    Roman Catholicism + Protestant Christians calculate Easter based on Gregorian Calendars, while Orthodox Christians calculate based on the Julian Calendar. Some more info here: https://www.history.com/news/easter-ort ... ifferences

    May 4, 2024

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  • Had to share. :)


  • Okkk soooo: (TW; mentions of suicide)
    Every year during spring break, my church has a Mission trip specifically for students. We partner with some missionaries in Mexico. We play with kids, sometimes paint buildings, and go door to door praying for people and spreading the gospel. Whenever we go door to door, each student takes turns approaching a house along with a translator.
    To give you an idea of what it's like there, we visited a school. The kids have to pay money to be served lunch, but many families can't afford that. Mothers are coming to the fences at lunchtime and sticking food through just so their kids can have something to eat.
    Kids aren't allowed to go to school without shoes. So sometimes the son will wear the shoes and go to school in the morning, and then come home and give them to his sister so she can go to school too. Honestly really sad to see the kind of lives people live in these slums, the water is unsafe, the healthcare is poor, so is the law enforcement. (At least in the area we visited)
    I approached an elderly couple seated outside their house. I introduced myself and told them about Jesus, I'm happy to say they knew God too. I asked them if there was anything specific that I could pray for, and they told me their daughter had been suicidal and recently had tried to kill herself. This took me by surprise because it is something I've struggled with too, even to the point where I've planned to end my life. I thought it was really cool how we can relate to people whose lives are so different from ours!
    Secondly, we went to this house and inside there was a woman with a hurt knee. It was bad, the veins were all twisted up and it was clear how much pain she was in. So, we put our hands on her and prayed for her, (other students were outside praying for the walls of the house as well) and after we finished, the woman told us that she could feel the pain in her knee start to go away... mind. blown. That's AMAZING. But God wasn't finished yet!
    At another home was a woman who had been completely blind. We prayed for her too, and afterwards she told us she could start to see colors, as if her vision was slowly returning :o I can hardly EXPRESS- like, WHOA, that's AWESOMEEEE. God is so good, I give Him all the glory and praise for healing both of those women!
    Back to the woman with the hurt knee, she had two sons. One of her sons had walked in and our mission leader started talking to him. She told him about Jesus and asked if he wanted to proclaim Jesus as his Lord and Savior, and he seemed reluctant. So she started listing all the things he had been doing, he'd been drinking, sleeping around, doing drugs, etc. Our mission leader didn't even know the kid at all. He was shocked, and the same thing happened with his brother, both of them were saved!
    Mission trips are really life-changing, there is such amazing work that God can do through us and in each and every one of us. He is SO good, forever and always. If there is ever a moment when you are struggling and you are doubting God, doubting his presence, RUN to him. Pray, read your bible. Sometimes we can't hear God because everything else is too loud, because we're all so caught up in our own lives. I encourage anybody reading this to spend some time with God, get to know him, he's amazing. He changed my life, He pulled me out of the mud of my sin and despair and I know he can do the same for anyone!
    If you read this far, tysmmm <3

    Kaia Thank you so much for sharing this. Sometimes it can be hard to believe that God is still present in this world. These words bring so much more hope. <3
    Apr 13, 2024

  • I gotta admit I was initially nervous about expressing my faith through poetry and other posts. I was afraid of how I would be received. 2 Timothy 1:7-8 and Joshua 1:9 would tell me otherwise.
    I'm super grateful to have found this club ^^ I went on a mission trip in March and saw some pretty mindblowing view-altering things that I'd love to share here in the future.

    alliyah Would love to read any religious poetry of yours! :) And that's awesome that you had the opportunity to go on a Mission trip too!
    Apr 12, 2024

    Avian yessss. We'd love to hear! And yeah, posting about your faith can be pretty intimidating at first. (I know I was scared) But once you start, it's hard to stop! There's so many wonderful things to share about the Lord! :D
    Apr 12, 2024

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  • Some Easter thoughts:

    Spoiler! :
    This is the first year in my life that I have not celebrated Easter and it feels different because this was always one of my favourite holidays.

    And I guess celebrating Easter does not have to mean going to church and eating supper with my family, but part of me feels like I don't really deserve to celebrate on my own either. There is the part of me that just wants to go back to what I knew before, but then the part of me that feels like this is impossible. It is sure complicated and I didn't realize today would feel this lonely.

    LadyMysterio So long as you remember in your heart what Jesus did. Your celebrating it
    Mar 31, 2024

    Spoiler! :
    Today has been a weird Easter for me too... I was dealing with too many health issues to make it to church today. :( So you're not alone in the weird Easter!

    Praying that you find peace today. <3

    Mar 31, 2024

  • Some thoughts from this morning. Spoilers for length

    Spoiler! :

    As I was reading the Easter story this morning, I've been reading the different versions in Mark, Mathew etc. starting from Friday, but something that really struck me was, everyone left Jesus, he was basically utterly alone in this, from being arrested, to his trial, all the way to crucifixion.

    When he was arrested, his followers scattered and fled. Peter disowned him three times, despite him claiming to not, and upon realizing he broke down. I can't imagine how devastating that would feel. To realize that you've denied knowing Jesus, and what may have gone through Peters head with that.

    Jesus himself begged his father for some other way to save us all. So much so he "my soul is overwhelmed with sorrow, to the point of death,"(mark14:34) that's an intense feeling right there.

    It just reminds me that as much as Jesus was God's son, he became human for a while, he felt the emotions we feel, he hurt like we hurt. And then when virtually everyone but God abandoned him, he still died for us all.

    I also think its so special how there was this group of women, Mary, Jesus mother,Mary Magdalne, a woman who'd have several demons inhabiting her body, that Jesus cast out. Mary mother of James and Joseph, Zevedees wife, Salome. There was a whole group to woman, many unnamed, who followed Jesus wanting to help. And he appeared to them first after rising. I think it specified just Mary Magdalne and "the other Mary" which could either be his mother, or the number of other Mary's named. I imagine they would have told the rest of their group either way. I've just always thought that, that was cool.

    Kaia I've thought about these things too. Particularly the women. Women were not chosen to be among the apostles but they still have very important parts in the Bible.
    Mar 31, 2024

    LadyMysterio Indeed!
    Mar 31, 2024

  • Happy Easter! The Lord has risen! Alleluia

  • He is Risen, He is Risen, Indeed! Alleluia!

    Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.

    But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.

    On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

    (John 20:1-20, ESV)


  • Jesus was whipped close to death, and still he bore the cross. But yet even the son of God, fell three times. But Everytime he got back up.

  • Blessed Good Friday!

    For God so loved the world that He gave His only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

But there was no goat man, there was NEVER any goat man!
— OSP Red