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Joy for the Morning, Hope for the Day, Light for the Night

The only thing of which I am truly afraid in this life is a life without Christ. I cannot imagine anything more disappointing than a life without Him. Those of you who know me well know my personal story, and you know why I truly believe that if it wasn't for God, I wouldn't be where I am today. He gave me strength when I had nothing left inside of me - the strength I needed to let go of the person I wanted to be, instead becoming who He has created me to be.

I can't tell you how many people have approached me directly and said, "I'm not sure you understand what it feels like to struggle, so of course you believe in God. Your life is easy. It's easy to believe in God when your life is only filled with good things." Oh how I love to explain to these people how deeply mistaken they are. You see, the one who follows Christ is the one who realizes his own need for a savior. The Christian is the one who can clearly see his imperfections and wants to do somethi…

Whole Again

Maybe I'll finally be happy when I go to college. Maybe I'll finally feel satisfied when I get a boyfriend. Maybe I'll finally experience freedom when I'm on my own.
We tell ourselves these things, hoping our predictions will one day come true. Maybe when I finally get that car, or that diploma, or become friends with that person, I will be happy. I will have everything I need. Yet when we finally reach that car, diploma, or friend, we find ourselves just as empty as we were before. There's always that lingering emptiness, no matter how noticeable or unnoticeable. It doesn't matter if you've found the most faithful husband on the face of this earth or if you have the best career in town. There may always be something missing.
For me, the only times I don't feel "something missing" are when I am with Jesus. When I am talking to my God in prayer, I feel complete. My former emptiness is filled with good things. I am whole again.
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Atheist or Christian - Matters Not, Just Think.

"All thinking men are atheists." (Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms)
At first glance, the idea of religion appears immensely foolish. It seems ridiculous to believe in an imaginary friend in the clouds, ready to help you with your worldly struggles - is it not? Would not every "thinking man" agree that the idea of a "savior" is so clearly and laughably false?
I like to think of myself as a thinking man (in this case, woman). Contrary to Hemingway's conclusion, it is not an atheist outlook that contributes to my ability to think. Rather, the fact that I am a Christian directly proves that I am constantly thinking and constantly seeking truth each moment of my existence.
Yet how could I - one who indeed believes in that so-called "imaginary friend in the clouds ready to help [me] with [my] worldly struggles" - be considered one who thinks?
However, the more I think about Hemingway's argument, the more I see the invalidity of his conclus…