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It is well with my soul. Ruth, 17.

"Just because someone desires you, it does not mean that they value you.

Read it over.

Again.

Let those words resonate in your mind.”
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Anonymous whispered: Hi Ruth! After a troublesome time in my life, I've decided to finally embrace my religion, but I'm a bit nervous. I'm going to church with my best friend for the first time on Sunday. What should I expect? (In terms of faith and community I guess? )

YAAYYYY I’m so excited and proud for you!!! Following Jesus isn’t easy but it is the absolute best and brightest path you could take in this world (and out of it, for that matter). I’ve been a christian all my life (though only actively and seriously in the past two years or so) and I still get nervous if I’m visiting a new church. You’re definitely not alone :)

Churches (meaning, the people and leaders who make up a church community) can be different - and I really, really hope you go to a good one with welcoming Christians, because though Jesus will never disappoint you, his followers, sadly, can. But what it can and should be, and usually is, is also a lovely, amazing, peaceful place where you can meet awesome people, grow in knowledge and your walk with God and make loads of interesting friends!

Speaking practically, so you know the basic lowdown, usually you will go into a church building, there will be coffee or muffins or tea, and you can mingle if you like (personally, on Sundays I’m the one making the coffee so I’m not doing too much mingling - but I’m an introvert so I like going through the crowd with a purpose ;)) and then everyone sits down to listen to a pastor or speaker teach on something important pertaining to life and God. You’ll sing a few worship songs before and/or after and then disperse, and after people usually stand around in the lobby or wherever and catch up with each other, make plans to meet for coffee, etc!

I wish you were coming to my church so I could meet you and make sure you are welcomed!! (although, who knows, right??) Just remember, whether you are three miles or halfway around the world away, I am thinking and praying for you as I go about my Sunday, and you are absolutely welcome to talk to me on or off anon about anything. hey, tell me how it goes, okay? You are all things lovely and God bless you, dear.

we’re having my friend’s bridal shower here tomorrow, so I’m opening all the windows and doors to let the sunshine stream in, blasting songs and cleaning up a storm. I lied I actually do love summer

"We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man. We have all seen this when doing arithmetic. When I have started a sum the wrong way, the sooner I admit this and go back and start again, the faster I shall get on. There is nothing progressive about being pig headed and refusing to admit a mistake.”
— C.S Lewis, Mere Christianity
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