Hello pals! As you can see from the title, today's post is going to a religious one. If you aren't religious, you can feel free to skip this or you can stick along to see what it's all about! First, I want to talk about my journey and relationship with God and then talk about how I personally connect with Him!
I didn't grow up in a religious family. We only go to church once a year, on Christmas Eve, and I always thought of it as something that got in the way of a night I thought was all about Santa. When I was young, I had never felt a connection with the service and I honestly didn't even pay attention. A few years ago, when we went to church on Christmas Eve, I felt something different. We were singing "Silent Night" and everyone had candles. I was looking around in the room that should be dark but was lit with the light that originated from one candle and was then spread across the whole room. I felt something new, I acknowledged it, and I forgot about it.
This summer is when I started to feel a connection with God. I had always considered myself an atheist until very recently, but I have changed so much this year. Over the summer one of my closest friends got baptized, and all my friends went to go see and support her. The church we went to was very different from what I was used to: it has a group for high school students; they sang worship songs with a live band and awesome lighting, had several baptisms with cheering kids, and a powerful and relatable message. I felt a connection that I had never felt before in any other church, and I knew that it was something I wanted to start pursuing.
During this year I have gone back to that church a few times with my friends and I have loved it. Unfortunately, there have been Sunday's where I can't go because of homework or dance. Today I want to help people with what I have learned about having a relationship with God when you can't go to church or don't personally feel a connection in the current church that you attend.
If you don't feel a connection to God at the moment, that doesn't mean your relationship with Him is gone. Faith is difficult and sometimes we need to find new ways in our lives to find and connect with God. I feel the strongest connection to God while listening to worship music. I love watching videos about applying my faith to things that happen in my everyday life (I'll link my favorite website down below). I journal a ton about God and Jesus and it helps me see where my relationship with Him is at in the moment. Pinterest has great bible quotes that look really pretty so I love to look at those when I need a little boost in my faith. I've also been going to FCA every Thursday, which is a Christian club at my school where we have speakers and small groups. I love when we have speakers because there is always something valuable to learn from their stories.
I also feel a huge connection when I go to my church, but I know that may not be the case for everyone. I would encourage everyone to try a youth group setting if they're struggling because it can be really helpful to see how God plays into your life when you're a teenager. I love having a focus of seeing where I can bring God into my everyday routine. If you can't go to a youth group, that's okay. Like I said before, there are plenty of things you can do to bring your faith up when you're at home. Find something that makes you feel personally connected to God and practice it as much as you can. Whatever you do, don't give up. A relationship with God may have a lot of tough times, but it will bring so much happiness into your life.
Also, just because you don't go to church regularly doesn't mean you can't have a relationship with God. I've heard people say that others are fake when they talk about God because they never go to church. I don't think that church is something that will make or break your relationship with God. I believe that how you pursue God is a personal choice. We shouldn't doubt one another's faith based on the methods they use to practice it. I just want everyone to keep that in mind.
At first I was kind of scared to write a post about God. I'm so new to the religion, and I was afraid I would get something wrong. The other day my view on that changed. I went to FCA, which is a Christian club at my school. We were talking about having a relationship with God and working on our faith and where God stands in our lives. The speaker told us that we should never be afraid of speaking out about God. We shouldn't be afraid, because He will help us to talk about it. That really motivated me to write this today. Being new doesn't make my relationship with God any less meaningful. I've learned tons so far, and I can use that to help new believers like myself. I had aways been pretty uncomfortable talking about God and my beliefs, but I've been finding it a lot easier lately. Thank you all for helping me feel safe as a share this with the world. I know this isn't a religious blog, but this has been a large part of my life and happiness lately, so I felt like it was right to share today. Linked below is the website for Your Move, which is an excellent video resource to help your faith!!
Thank you so much for reading!! See ya later! <3