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Godly Relationships 7: Shared ValuesIf you're still searching for Mr. or Mrs. Right, be patient, be prudent, and be picky. Look for someone whose values you respect, who behavior you approve of, and whose faith you admire. Remember that appearances can be deceiving and tempting. And when it comes to the important task of building a lifetime relationship with the guy or girl of your dreams, pray about it!
If you happen to be one of those very lucky ones who has already fallen madly in love with the same wonderful person who has already fallen madly in love with you, say a great thanks to the Matchmaker in heaven. But if you haven't yet found a soul-mate who honors both you and God, don't fret. Just keep trusting your Father in heaven, and keep yourself open to the direction in which He is leading you. And remember: God wants to give His approval, but He won't give it until He's asked. So ask, listen, and decide accordingly.
Godly Relationships 8: CooperationAre you dating someone who understands the importance of cooperation? Or are you seeing someone who's more self-centered than that? And before you answer, here's something to consider: happy couples learn the wisdom of "give and take," not the foolishness of "me first."
Cooperative relationships flourish over time, one-sided relationships don't. So if you're dating someone who says, "It's my way or the highway," choose the highway. And choose it now.
Godly Relationships 11: Listen To Your ConscienceBilly Graham, correctly observed, "Most of us follow our conscience as well as we follow a wheelbarrow." We push it in front of us in the direction we want to go." To do so is a profound mistake. Yet all of us have failed to listen to the voice that God planted in our hearts, and all of us have suffered the consequences.
God gave you a conscience for a very good reason: to make your path conform to His will. Wise believers make it to a practice to listen carefully to that quiet internal voice. Count yourself among that number. When your conscience speaks, listen and learn. In all likelihood, God is try to get His message through, and it is the message that you desperately need to hear.
Godly Relationships 3: Premarital SexThe fact that you're reading these words means that you're concerned about the issue of abstinence. You live in a society that is filled to the brim with temptations, distractions, and distortions about sex. You are bombarded with images that glamorize sex outside marriage. In fact, you are subjected to new pressures and problems that were largely unknown to earlier generations. And at every corner you are confronted with the message that premarital sex is a harmless activity, something that should be considered "recreational." That message is a terrible lie with tragic consequences.
God has a plan for your life, a plan that does not include sex before marriage. So do yourself a favor: wait. Abstinence is a choice. Please choice wisely.
Godly Relationships 10: Use God's WordIf you'd like to know what God has to say about your life, here's how you can find out. Read the book He wrote, it's called the Bible and it has timeless advice for life here on earth and life eternal.
The Bible is unlike any other book. It is a priceless gift from your Creator, a tool that God intends for you to use in every aspect of your life. And, it contains promises upon which you can and must depend on.
God's Word can be a roadmap to successful relationships and spiritual abundance. Make it your roadmap. God's wisdom can be a light to guide your steps. Claim it as your light today, tomorrow, and every day of your life. Then walk confidently in the footsteps of God's only begotten Son.
Godly Relationships 6: Focus On Spiritual StuffIs Christ the focus of your life? Are you fired with enthusiasm for Him? Are you an energized Christian who allows God's Son to reign over every aspect of your day? Make no mistake: that's exactly what God intends for you to do.
God has given you the gift of eternal life through His Son. In response to God's priceless gift, you are instructed to focus your thoughts, your prayers, and your energies upon God and His only begotten Son. To do so, you must resist the subtle yet powerful temptation to become a "spiritual dabbler."
A person who dabbles in the Christian faith is unwilling to place God in His rightful place: above all other things. Resist that temptation; make God the cornerstone and the touchstone of your life. When you do, He will give you all the strength and wisdom you need to live victoriously for Him.
Godly Relationships 17: Media's Distorted MessagesSometimes it's hard being a Christian, especially when the world keeps pumping out messages that are contrary to your faith.
The media is working around the clock in an attempt to rearrange your priorities. The media says that your appearance is all-important, that your clothes are all-important, that partying is all-important, and that sex should be "recreational." But guess what, those messages are lies and can hurt you.
Next time you're attacked by a pack of 21st century media lies, don't be taken in. Forget the media hype, and pay attention to God. You owe it to God, and you owe it to yourself.
Godly Relationships 23: Wait and be GladIf you choose to have sex before you're married, you're going to regret it. And you're not going to stop regretting it any time soon. In fact, the decision to become sexually active is such a big decision that you'll probably keep thinking about it for the rest of your life. So do yourself a huge favor: abstain from sex until you say, "I do!"
Whenever you commit a sin, God will forgive you when you ask Him-but you may have a much harder time forgiving yourself. So the best way to avoid a lifetime of regrets is to listen to your conscience and obey your Father in heaven. When you do, you won't regret it.
Godly Relationships 5: Try to Please GodSometimes, it's very tempting to be a people-pleaser. But usually, it's the wrong thing to do. When you worry too much about pleasing friends, you may not worry enough about pleasing God.
Whom will you try to please today: God or your friends?
Your obligation is most certainly not to your peers. Your obligation is to an all-knowing and perfect God. Trust Him always. Love Him always. Praise Him always. And seek to please Him and only Him. Always.
Know That You Are GoodKnowing you are good can make all the difference. Your true identity isn't necessarily always reflected in what you do and how you act. In fact, your actions can be quite in conflict with the real you. What God says about you is reality. God says you are the righteousness of God in Christ (Romans 3:22). You are a new creation made with the nature of God (2 Cor 5:18). You are a child of light (1 Thess. 5:5). You are accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1:6). When God looks at you He doesn't see a sinner, He sees His son/daughter. It doesn't matter if your actions match reality or not, reality does not change. You are good. If you act bad then your actions are not lining up with your true identity. Its sort of an identity crisis. But the more you understand your true identity and the reality of who you are in Christ the more your actions will match who you really are.
Walking down this RoadWalking down this Road
Walking down this road
The people You love
The ones who don’t know it
What am I waiting for?
I have breath in these lungs
I have strength in these legs
My heart beats in this chest
There are some who are hurting
And His love
Walking down this road
My heart hurts for them
Knowing their poem
Wanting to help them
I put myself in their path to help
To help them
To love them
To let them know about God
One True LoveYou found me deep in the darkness
Even though I didn't want to be found
You heard me weeping on my knees
Alone in the dark; no one to love
Every sign pointed to different directions
But every sign lead to a dead end
I couldn't see where I was going
But the signs made it seem as if I can take any road
Every one I asked said follow the signs
Their smiles and hunched backs pointed to only darkness
Alleys with cheap tricks and lies
Cities that had so many signs to happiness
Brothels, bars, casinos, to even nightclubs
This place started to scare me
But I became so attracted to this darkness
I wanted to stay longer; maybe something here can make me happy
Nothing made me happy; it made the hole in my chest bigger
It was fun for a second, but now it's torture
It plays over and over; what lie did I fall for?
More suffering and still alone
We all had the same interests but still alone
They seemed to enjoy themselves more
Even though I tried, I could not
This was doing more harm than good; what l
Tell Others about Me (Jesus) Tell Others about Me (Jesus)
Why are you quiet?
Why do you hide?
Why are you ashamed?
Are you scared?
Do you not want to give up the world?
Are you afraid of persecution?
I am here!
I will protect you
Can’t find the words?
And I will give you the words
Shout my name
Tell others about me
What I did for you
Things will be hard
But I will be your strength
And keep moving forward
Tell others about me
To all people
To let them know they are loved
That someone is there for them
And can save them
Don’t be afraid
And amazing things will happen
Tell others about God
And what I gave to heal others
What I gave to save the world
White Ribbon DayHis hand flashes,
flicking into my aura
"shut it, bitch,
or there's another
where that came from".
Two years of trial
& still, the glances
slip by us;
one day we'll reward
the first one
who stands up:
"your hands don't belong
on her. real men love
leaving no bruises."
At the CrossI see the cross on which you died;
I stand and wonder at the sight.
What sorrow and what pain is here -
but oh! what grace and comfort, too!
I stand in awe and rev'rent fear,
I stand in awe and worship you.
I see your feet,
those beautiful feet
that preached good news,
brought tidings of peace,
those feet that left the Throne above,
now nailed to the wood,
all for me.
And I thank you, Lord Jesus,
for your piercèd feet.
I see your knees,
those humble knees
that knelt on the ground
like a slave, washing feet,
those knees that prayed in Gethsemane,
now bruised and bloodied,
all for me.
And I thank you, Lord Jesus,
for your blood-stained knees.
I see your side,
that loving side
to which you hugged children
and drew the outcast,
that side to which you call the world,
now pouring water, blood and love,
all for me.
And I thank you, Lord Jesus,
for your bleeding side.
I see your hands,
those gentle hands
with which you blessed
and healed the sick,
those hands that touched lepers
The Little Boy
The little boy prayed that perhaps one day,
his mommy and daddy would stay and play.
Mom's always caught up in some messy fray,
daddy's never home to play anyway.
He prayed this way...
Dear Father in heaven I love you so,
hear these words from Tommy down here below.
I promise to be good, and this I know,
your love is like a river, it ever flows.
He went to bed and dreamt the night away,
playful dreams and happy thoughts did hold sway.
When he rose he hoped today would be the day,
that mommy and daddy with him would stay.
But as he looked around, he knew they'd flown,
off to live their lives leaving him alone.
The nanny made him toast, gave the dog a bone,
nothing really changes here in this home.
But as he slept that night, a voice so calm,
said: "Listen to me son, my little Tom.
Your prayer to me was like a pleasant Psalm,
your words to me felt like a soothing balm."
The very next day as he awoke from sleep,
his mom and dad were there, it made him weep.
The promises they
Godly Relationships 9: How Far Is Too Far?How far is too far? It's a question that lots of people ask themselves. And to discover the answer, think about it like this: the Bible teaches that your body isn't just a body, it's a temple-God's temple. And if you're dating a person who won't keep their hands to themselfs, they're trying to trash that temple. Don't let them do it!
Remember: it's not okay to trash the temple "just a little bit", don't trash it at all. Father's order.
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