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Have you ever been on a walk and been absolutely amazed at God’s creation? It has happened to me many times. For example, take the feeling of the crisp cool air, the smell after a rainstorm, the beauty and intensity of a lightning strike, or the colors of a summer sunrise or sunset.  The smell of spring flowers. The beauty of little kids playing on the playground, not having a care in the world. The beauty of a child’s laughter. Seeing dogs and the joy they bring people, not just their owners.  Every time we step outside, no matter the weather, it is an opportunity to enjoy God’s creation. He allows us to view things that He made for us to enjoy.
The changing of the seasons is another aspect of God’s creation for us to enjoy. In the winter, we see snow falling to the ground and peacefully blanketing the earth, until it turns into a blizzard. Kids get many days off from school because of the snow. No kid ever complains about that. Also in the winter, we can take in the beauty of the snow on the trees and the light of the sun sparkling more.
How does God know just the right time to change the world from winter back to spring to start to warm things up again? We may not ever know that answer, as to why and how He chooses to change the seasons. He does it probably so we can enjoy the different sights and sounds and not to mention, the feelings that come along with each season.
Then in summer, we get even warmer temperatures and we see even more beauty. The grass grows back and kids are able to spend more time outdoors, as are adults. In summer, there are picnics, cookouts, and bonfires galore.
With fall, comes the changing of the leaves, crisper, cooler air, sweatshirts, bonfires and cups of hot cider.
There are many verses that tell of the wonders that God has created.
Genesis 1: 1-2 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” God is the creator of everything and has perfect plans for each being and each aspect of His perfect creation.
Hebrews 3:4 “For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.” Since God is the builder of everything, He can’t ever make a mistake.
Psalm 139:13-14 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” This verse says that every person is a gift from God and a gift that should be treasured. As stated before, God never has, and never will make a mistake. Every child that comes into the world was, is and never will be a mistake. Children are brought into the world for us to enjoy, teach and to treasure.
Then there are the animals of God’s creation. The Lion, Tiger, and yes, the Bear, oh my. Some animals are created so we can have food, such as the Duck and the Deer, while others are created for the delight of all of us, such as the birds, bees, and even the alligators. Dolphins always have brought me delight. The way they sound, and swim so gracefully in the ocean.
The ocean is another aspect of the world to enjoy. There are many different ones to enjoy as well. There is nothing better than finally getting to the ocean, after a long flight or a long drive. That feeling of finally winding down and being able to start a much-needed vacation, never gets old. There is nothing quite like the feeling of the crisp cold water hitting your feet, the feeling of the cool sand and the taste of the salty sea air. All  these things God created for us to enjoy. He knew where to separate the sea and the land.
Genesis 1:9-10 says, “And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.”
Being able to observe the many wonders God has set in front of us is a huge opportunity and a gift. It is an opportunity to get to know yourself more and find your place in this world. It is also an opportunity to get to know more about the animals and other creatures and to teach others about them. It is an opportunity to teach and show others how there is a God in the world, even while people may think that He doesn’t exist.  Through observing the many wonders of creation, maybe you’ll find your calling.

relationships
When in a relationship, it is important to be faithful to the other person. Whether the relationship is between a husband and wife, or boyfriend and girlfriend. No matter what happens between the two of you, always be faithful to the other person. It doesn’t matter how long you have been with the other person either, whether it is a few weeks or a month or a year or even longer. Being faithful doesn’t just mean not cheating on someone either. It also means being honest with each other, helping each other through tough times, being there no matter what and loving each other even when it’s hard.
It is never a good idea to cheat on the person you’re with, no matter how unhappy you may feel. Cheating is never the answer. Why cheat on someone you wanted to be in a relationship with in the first place? Why break someone’s heart when they find out about your infidelity. There is nothing worse than hurting someone with your words and/or actions. Finding out someone cheated on you with someone else, is a pain that you may not be able to ever completely get over. So, why cause someone the pain, that you’d never want to experience yourself?
If you have the temptation to ever cheat on your significant other, pray about it. Ask God to help you not to feel that way anymore. Ask God to help you figure out ways to make the marriage or relationship work. Ask God to open your eyes at how to change your mind about severing the relationship and to change yourself. God has worked many miracles in many relationships and He has never failed anyone.
Being honest means telling the truth no matter how hard or uncomfortable things might be. It means having the courage to always tell each other how you feel and to sometimes be blunt with each other, to get your points across. If someone needs to hear something that you know they may not want to hear, calmly explain how you feel and see how they react.
Being faithful also means being committed to another person. When the word committed comes to mind, some people may think that it may mean that every couple has to do absolutely everything together. On the contrary. Being committed doesn’t mean that you have to do everything together. Rather, it means that every couple, has to take breaks from each other. It is healthy for each person to take time away and to be with their other friends. Every couple deserves breaks from each other. Whether it is a boy’s night out at a pool hall, or girl’s night out with dinner and going to the movies. Every couple has to take healthy, much-needed breaks from one another, just so they appreciate the time that is spent together even more. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
It means that while you’re apart from them, you still think your significant other no matter what you are doing. Whether you’re at work, school, or relaxing by yourself. Vice versa, they think of you.  If you find yourself in a tempting situation, you can quietly and peacefully remove yourself from it, by telling the other guy or girl that you are in a relationship with someone else. If the problem persists, stand firm in your relationship and leave the situation. Tell your significant other about it and be honest with them. Talking about a problem that you may have and working through it together can help strengthen your relationship. It might even give you some new insights as to how to best handle the situation.
When your significant other has a problem, it doesn’t mean you have to try to fix it all for them right away, and be their hero. Although in most relationships, both people are seen as heroes to each other, no matter what they do. Maybe they’re having a problem that they don’t know how to fix at work and need to talk about it, or there is a problem with someone in their family that they’re not sure how to approach. The important thing is that you’re always there to listen and to help them through any situation that is bothering them. Likewise, they are always there to listen to you as well and help you through any problem that you may face.
Through all of life’s twists and turns being able to walk through them and talk through them with your significant other, makes everything so much easier.
When you’re in love with someone, it means loving them on both their good days and their bad days. It means loving them even when you’ve had a disagreement, argument and don’t want to be around them for a bit. It means still showing them love even when it is the last thing in the world you want to do. It means loving them the way God loved us. Being in love with someone means being there for them no matter what and showing them unconditional love and support.
Genesis 2:24: “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”
If a relationship is meant to last, God will allow it to last. He will work His ways as long as you remain faithful to Him and to your significant other. If you both continue to work hard at your relationship, show unconditional love and support for each other, then you can make it through anything that comes your way. With God at your side, there is nothing you can’t get through.

Money
1 Timothy 6:10 says, “The love of money is the root of all evil.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
Finances are a hard subject for anyone to talk about these days. Maybe because so many people have financial problems. People may wonder where God is through their times of having to pay so many bills. It can cause stress on a relationship, sleepless nights and hard days, figuring out how you’re going to pay all of your bills.
The good news is that God has, can and will provide all you need to be financially well off. Saving is an important part of growing up and being responsible.
It is easily confused that money is the root of all evil. The actual verse is the love of money is the root of all evil. This means that, if someone is so into money that it interferes with everything else in their life, they have a love of it. It is not a good idea to love money just because it can provide you with stuff you want in your life. People have gotten into so much trouble because of their love of money. Problems such as gambling, debt of all kinds, such as credit card debt, and inability to pay bills on time, that can cause rifts in a marriage.
It is important to make sure you’re only buying the things you absolutely need. Only buying things that you know you can afford with each pay check and saving as much of each pay check as, you can, will help you in the long run.
Ask God to help you make smart choices with your money. Ask Him to help you make good financial plants each month, and to help plan for your future.
God gives us choices every single day about how, where and when we spend our money. We can spend it wisely or foolishly.
Planning and saving for your future can help you in case of unexpected circumstances. Such as sickness, the death of a family member or unexpected appliance breakdowns such as a dish washer breaking or a car’s transmission breaking. Unexpected expenses do come up and they’re unavoidable in life, unfortunately.
That’s why it is always important to have some form of a savings account. Having a savings account can not only help you in the long run, but it can give you a sense of what to do and how to better handle your money. It is always a good feeling to know how to handle your money and figuring out how much money you have for necessary spending every time your paycheck is given to you. It is also a relief when you have savings to fall back on, instead of worrying how you are going to pay for an expense? When you save, it can help you feel more responsible to. It can help you figure out what you want to plan, such as taking any trips in your future and how much they’ll cost for you and your family. Let’s say a week-long trip to Myrtle Beach costs less in May than it does in June. Wouldn’t you want to pay less instead of more?
It is also important to teach yourself and your household how to tithe. I admit, that this is an aspect in my life that I have to begin diligently working on. Tithing means giving a percentage of what you earn to the Lord. Giving up a percentage of our paycheck is a hard thing to imagine, especially in this day and age. Now, I’m not saying and God isn’t saying that we have to give up 100 dollars or more of every pay check we earn. But, He does ask us to tithe our paycheck back to Him.
Some Bible verses that talk about money include:
Malachi 3:10 says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” This verse says to literally test God in the way He works our tithing for our blessings. He says test me in this and see how much more I will bless you. Although, it can sometimes be very difficult to give up some of our paycheck, it can feel good to give some of it up to God. The motivation for the tithe shouldn’t be selfish though either. We shouldn’t tithe just so God blesses us.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 says, “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.” This verse basically speaks for itself saying, anyone who loves money only wants more of it and will never ever be satisfied with how much he or she has.
Hebrews 13:5 says “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” This verse again speaks for itself, teaching us to always be thankful for everything God has given us and to never take anything we have in life for granted.
When we learn how to use our money, we also learn to value our money. We learn to use it wisely, or we risk loosing it foolishly.
Money can cause many problems in our lives if we choose to let it, but it can also help us better our future if we learn to use it wisely. May God help us in our financial endeavors as we learn how to best handle any money we may come across.

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Be true to yourself, stand up for what you believe in and above all, never compromise your morals. With the world being full of temptation, such as the lure of sex, new alcoholic drinks, the first time of drinking, having a relationship with someone, you always have to remember to stay true to yourself.
Stay true to who you are. Temptations are around every corner. With those temptations come hard choices. The choice between doing what is right and doing what is wrong. Doing something that is against your morals, can have disastrous consequences in the long run, even if it might seem like a good thing to give into the temptation in the moment.
As a kid how many of us told white lies about doing a chore to our moms when we really forgot to do it? How many of us told our parents we did our homework, when we didn’t? At one time or another we’ve all been tempted to lie to someone in our lives.
As an adult, the temptation in our world gets more severe. In a college environment, there are all too many temptations around. These temptations can include drinking before you are of legal age, trying drugs or steroids, lying about plagiarism, or cheating on a test.
Temptations can even include lying to your boss to avoid getting in trouble, framing someone else for something you did, to avoid the problem that you caused. Temptation can also include telling someone gossip around the office and then having it backfire on you in the long run.  But it’s our choice whether to give in to those feelings or stay on the right path.
We all have to remember that doing the wrong things can hurt others, as well as hurt our reputation and our future. It all depends on how we act in the face of temptation and react to each temptation. If we choose to give in to a lot of temptations, we are only putting ourselves at risk. However, if we choose to stand firm in the faith and walk away from each temptation, we have a calmer feeling in our hearts and in our lives.
 We have to choose to do the right thing in the face of temptation, even though it can be a very difficult choice to make. Making the right choice will always help you in the long run.
We are all tempted every day. As college students, every single one of us have been tempted many times over, with wanting to skip classes. Then the even bigger temptation may have hit you once you skipped one class. It became easier to continue missing other classes in order to have fun or just to relax.
We all can resist that temptation of wanting to skip work because we just don’t want to go into the office. College students can resist wanting to skip classes, just as we can also resist the feeling of wanting to play hooky from work. The reality of life is, that if we skip classes or work for one day, it’ll become all the more tempting to skip another day. We can also resist the temptation to talk bad about someone and gossip because, we don’t want someone talking bad about us. Resisting these and many other temptations can help us become wiser in the long run.
Temptation makes us believe that we have a right to do whatever we want, no matter what consequence may happen. It allows us to get completely lost in our own ego and suffer consequences — physically, emotionally and mentally.
Spiritual pain, such as the feeling of guilt, tends to wash over us after we make the wrong choice. That feeling of guilt comes from God. He has mind blowing ways of getting our attention. It could include Him talking to us as we are being tempted to make the wrong choice, or Him talking to us after we have already made a bad choice.
There has often been the discussion of ‘the good angel/bad angel’ on the right and left shoulder. When we are tempted, we may hear both God and the Holy Spirit, not to mention, Satan, telling us that the choice we might make could have really bad consequences.
On the other hand, there is Satan on the left side of our shoulders, making us feel like we can do anything we want to do, without even really worrying about the consequences. Satan has a horrible and unique way of masking our lives and our eyes to the pain that giving in to bad choices causes us. He not only makes the bad choices and the temptation seem more attractive than the choices of God’s kingdom.
Satan has a way of making us feel like we can try anything at least once without suffering the consequences for it. He can also blind us to the fact that the choices we make now, can affect our lives forever. They can also affect the lives of the people we love. The choices we make constantly affect the people around us, whether we realize it or not, right away.
Don’t give in to the temptations that you face in life. Stand firm and choose to do the right thing.