Reaching the Young-adult of Today

Reaching the Young-adult of Today

Good Morning wonderful people! 

Essential verse:  (Romans 12:2, KJV) and (1 Timothy 3:15)

This morning I was on Instagram and saw something that startled me. The children of a church were singing a “church version” of the “Keke Do You Love Me? ” song. The only real lyric that was changed was the name which they replaced with Jesus. Think about that for a minute…

The essential question here is how far will the church go just to get more young people? 

There are certain things that can be incorporated into church such as a “gospel concert” for the youth or “Movie nights” to keep the youth excited about coming to church and serving the Lord. If no one will say it, I will be the first to say it. There is a line that we cross when trying to reach the youth. If the youth seems low in the church, we should be praying that God opens the door for more youth to be present in church! Not being dependent on “revamping secular trends”. Someone will be held accountable for trying to blend the secular and the spiritual in order to appeal to the young adults. 

To be more precise, it’s confusing to a young mind to see that it is acceptable to be infusing worldly aspects into the church. That’s very odd. Essentially, its like giving permission to change and make God the way we want him to be , when God does not change nor can anyone change him.

There is an elephant in the church that no one wants to talk about. It’s the misconception that, “Well, sometimes they have to be reached like this in order to get them.” Absolutely not! That is exactly what someone without faith would say. Those are the people that are dependent on secular ways to bring youth in church. It’s no different from living a double life.

I feel that, we should trust God to fill in the gap for the youth. The church doesn’t have to be so uptight, but we should be displaying a Godly lifestyle. Perhaps there’s a young individual who wants to leave the secular life. He won’t see a difference if it’s being displayed in church too. We should focus more so on giving God our all and providing life changing testimonies. You know how a testimonial on tv makes you want to buy the product? Same way with a testimony in church. It will make them want to try Jesus. 

I hope this message encourages someone or enlightens them to grasp the youth in the godliest way possible.

Sincerely,

Kelli ❤

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Ask Kelli Wednesday’s 

Ask Kelli Wednesday’s 

Hello everyone! Today is the first official Ask Kelli Wednesday!!!!! For those who did not read the post explaining what this is about, it’s basically just a Q&A for college students, or high school students and young adults who have a question they’d like to ask pertaining to spiritual life, natural life, etc. 
*RULES*

  • Please no inappropriate topics. I try to keep a very positive atmosphere on the blog as it should be. 
  • No profanity or vulgar language. 
  • If you think your question would highly offend someone, don’t post it.  ALL offensive or hateful talk will be deleted!!
  • Here are some examples of questions you could ask:

– How to maintain a relationship with God in School

-A situation that’s bugging you and you desire advice

-How to date a saved person

-etc.

Alright guys! You can ask in the comment section your questions And I will answer!

Sincerely,

Kelli ❤

Dealing With Emotions

Dealing With Emotions

Hello Everyone!

Happy Tuesday to you all! I am beat. It’s hotter and dryer than a lizard’s throat in the middle of the desert here lol! I’ve been busy working so I haven’t had time as I desire to post on here. 

I’ve been trying to reach out more to my readers because I want to hear what you guys have to say and not be “stingy with the microphone” to speak figuratively. In other words, I want to be a blessing to you all and be able to accept certain topics you want to hear about as well. A wonderful follower and reader, “Grace Abounds”, thought that dealing with emotions would be a nice topic to talk about and I wholeheartedly agree. 

Emotions are natural. No man or woman has ever lived without them. Emotions can be good in a sense because it makes inexplicable things explicable when we apply emotion to it. If I just said “I’m sad,” with a straight face you’d think something was seriously wrong with me lol. But if I say that very same thing and you see tears welling in my eyes, you are then able to connect with me because you can relate to this emotion.

The term “actions speak louder than words” is talking about attitude and emotions on a deeper level. You don’t have to say “I’m angry, Kelli” for me to know you’re angry. Your body language and demeanor will speak for itself and I can infer how you feel. That’s the beautiful thing about how God created us. We don’t have to say these things in order to express or display them. 

The bible talks about emotion in sooooooo many ways. 

“Jesus wept.” John 11:35 KJV

Jonah 4 – There is a wealth of emotion displayed in this chapter by the Lord’s Prophet, Jonah. It kind of tickled me too because he’s so angry that the Lord was merciful to the people of Nineveh that he wants to just die.

John 3:16- this proves God’s love for us. Love is very much an emotion as well and God has shown it at its greatest. 

There are various other examples of emotion in the bible, but I just named a few to get to the point.

A wise person once told me that, “We have to endure things in life, because those experiences shape us.”

Imagine not enduring anything. Sounds nice, but you wouldn’t have much of a character. The big question is how do we essentially deal with emotions?

This is something everyone is continuously learning. We can’t expect to have emotions nailed. Just when you think you have them under control, that’s when life throws you one of its curveballs. I want to use Jonah’s example. 

Jonah was very angry that God was merciful to the Ninevites. In fact, that was his entire reason for rebellion. Jonah’s people and the people of Nineveh were enemies. Jonah was no stranger to their history. Kind of like when you see one of your arch nemesis and you give them the ugliest side eye you can. That’s how Jonah felt about those Ninevites. Like how your nose turns up to garbage? Jonah looked at the Ninevites that way 😂. Some of you may feel the same about someone too. 

What’s so unique is that Jonah can be applied to us today. Jonah was so into his feelings that he was allowing them to takeover him completely; causing him to rebel against what the Lord had told him to do. The Lord told Jonah to prophesy to the people of Nineveh that they might turn from their evil ways (See Jonah 1). However, Jonah didn’t want God to be merciful to them. In fact he was so angry that God forgave them, that he wanted to die! That’s some serious emotion! Ephesians 4:26 tells us to be angry and sin not. This is a direct quote about not letting your feelings get in the way of obedience. Be careful with your anger!

So, Jonah was angry AND sinning because he would not do what he was told. Jonah could have expressed to the Lord his emotions and asked for help with dealing with them. But then again, it seems a lot easier said than done.

God gave us emotions. We aren’t robots. Nonetheless, its up to us to ask God to help us get ourselves out the way. We are our worst enemies. Speaking from experience, you can be in your own way. You can be blocking God’s shifting in your life because you’re too caught up in how you feel. Believe me I know what it’s like to feel down. But just like the Israelites, you can be only a few steps from your blessing but we act so awful that it can take years for us to receive it. Not that God is a withholding God, but because these are valuable lessons. Like I said earlier, things shape us into who we are.

If you are having trouble dealing with how you feel about a situation. I urge you every single day to go to God about it. He will hear you every single time. You can get in trouble like Jonah did because God may be telling you to do something and you won’t because the devil is filling your head with emotional thoughts. God is the most understanding person you could ever talk to because he of course created you. You have a handy dandy handbook (the bible) to guide you with your emotions, and the Lord himself. 

I hope this helps someone understand that emotions are nothing new. Dealing with them however should be a daily practice. 

God loves you and so do I.

Love,

Kelli ❤

Ask Kelli Wednesday’s 

Ask Kelli Wednesday’s 

Hi everyone! I’ve decided that I would open up a Q and A on Wednesday’s! Why Wednesday though? According to my page statistics, the most popular day for viewers is Wednesday. Here’s what I want to get out of Ask Kelli Wednesday’s…

  • I want to be an encouragement to others. The way AKW will work is that you will leave a comment on the AKW post and you will receive an answer regarding your question! Questions should be appropriate and should not be something you wouldn’t want everyone to see because after all, you are posting in the comments section. 
  • I’m not limiting anyone’s questions as I am aware that questions vary. As long as it’s appropriate! (No cursing, vulgar talk, etc.)
  • Here are some examples of questions you can ask: “Hey Kelli, I’m having trouble in class and I want to be closer to God in the process. What can I do?” Or, “Kelli, I’m having trouble reading my bible and I’d like advice on how to get into it. ” or maybe even “Kelli, how do I date a saved person?”
  • The purpose of AKW is for my viewers to interact with me more. It’s not fun always listening to someone, I know you guys want to say something sometimes too!

Decide what you might want to ask by Wednesday! I’ll do my best to answer. Let’s get this thing started! 

God loves you and so do I

Love, 

Kelli ❤

Teen Christian Blog Topics Needed!

Teen Christian Blog Topics Needed!

Hi everyone!

Yes I’m still alive lol. I know I’ve been kind of away lately. School has been something else and I’m so glad to be out for summer break! 

I am proud to announce that I currently hold Salutation rank! Jesus is given all glory for what he has done for me. I am so blessed. If you have aspirations to excel or do well in any area, just ask God for help and he will surely pick up what it is you lack. 

Please stay tuned for some more blog posts coming soon. ALSO: I reallllyyyy want some feedback from you guys. What topics would you guys like discussed on here? Is there any question that you may have? I urge you guys to put these things in the comment section! Its nice to have participation with you guys! 

Be blessed and I hope to hear from you all soon. 

Love,

Kelli❤

Deepening your Relationship with Christ

Deepening your Relationship with Christ

Wooden Cross, Wood, Good Friday, Passion

Good evening to everyone! I hope everyone has had a blessed day!

We are definitely in the Season of Pentecost at this point. Pentecost Season is my favorite time! It was on Pentecost Sunday that I received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. It was a powerful day and I will never ever forget it.

For this reason, I wanted to get you guys more familiarized with what it means to really have a relationship with Jesus (that means his spirit too). Jesus is the source. Once you accept him, you gain access to the trinity.

Sure, you may have already given your life to Christ. Its never enough though. Keep dedicating yourself. I have started telling Jesus in my prayers at night that, “Lord, my life is not my own, I completely give myself to you.” God completely honors that prayer. As you begin to submit yourself more to him, doors will begin to open that no man can close.

Let me make something very clear. A lot of times, people do not know who God really is when they claim to know him. If you have a serious relationship with him, you are certain of who he is, and you continuously learn more about him each day. You can never have too much of God, because his blessings are endless. The amazing thing about his blessings are that they are unique and distinct to every believer. He’s always doing something. Some people believe that the Holy Ghost and the gifts of the spirit and speaking of different tongues was only a thing of old times. I’ve heard many people state that those things were only given to the disciples of Christ. I find that funny because last time I checked, I was a “follower” of Christ as well. The same spirit that he blessed the 12 Disciples with is the same spirit he wants to give to people today. Read Acts to find out more about the Holy Spirit following the resurrection of Christ.

Here are some things to keep in mind when you want to deepen your connection and relationship with Christ:

Jesus Is Your Best Friend…Ever


People don’t quite comprehend how big of a friend Jesus is. So much to the point that he gave his life to give you an eternal life. No earthly companion can compare to the name of Jesus. He’s always there when you need him according to Hebrews 13:5. Jesus is your all and all. I myself am learning to be totally and fully dependent on him. The more you surrender yourself to him, the more doors will open for you, and the more God will reveal himself. He’s more than real. I am certain.

The Word Gives You Spiritual Knowledge


The Bible says that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). As you read the word, its a good thing to read it out loud to yourself. You will hear it as you read and will build your faith in doing so. The word does not only give you a daily boost of faith, but you also gain more knowledge on a spiritual level. My Grandma always used to say, “Know the word for yourself, because when you do, nobody can teach you differently.” People can tend to get the word wrong or even try to incorporate their own ideas into the word. You need to be fed by God’s word. When people try to sway your differently, the Holy Spirit will guide you and will bring the word back to your remembrance.

Its a Relationship, Not a Check Off the To-Do List


Dictionary.com defines the word “relationship” as “the state of being connected or related.” How can one be connected with Jesus if you treat him like a daily task? Reading your bible shouldn’t be a task, it should be a desire that sparks throughout the day daily. What if someone treated you like that? “Ugh, let me call Samantha.”Ugh, let me call James.” Same applies when its time to talk to Jesus. You should always have a desire to talk to him. Even when the weather is fair and things are going good for you. Someone isn’t much of a friend if they only call when they need something from you.

Here Are Some Things You Can Do To Have a Better Relationship With Jesus:


  • Tell him EVERYTHING. The good, the bad, and everything in between.
  • You don’t have to “fancy” your prayer up. Tell him exactly how you feel.
  • Practice trusting him.
  • Learn more about him…Read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
  • Practice his ways in your daily life.
  • Totally and completely surrender all to him.
  • Tell him how much you love him.
  • Start a prayer journal. They come in handy. Don’t write secrets down in it but tell how God answered your prayer. By recording the dates of when these events took place and when God answered the prayer, you’ll find out how God certainly does answer prayers.
  • Become more involved in church. There’s lots of ways you can help the house of the Lord. Even if you sing in the choir (like me 🙂 ).
  • Express to God how you desire to want to be closer to him. God doesn’t have a deaf ear to prayers like that. Believe me, when you take time out for God, he will do amazing things in your life. Whatever it is you may need.

I hope this helps someone and encourages them to build an even greater relationship with God. If you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comments section. I love to hear from you all! God loves you and so do I.

Love,

Kelli ❤

All Followers and New Readers Please Read!

All Followers and New Readers Please Read!

Hi everyone. I pray that everyone has had a blessed day!

I want to be more acquainted with my followers. I notice a lot of you guys read frequently but I don’t actually know how you found out about The Virtuous Teen. Please tell me a little about yourself in the comment section.

To my NEW readers, welcome welcome welcome! You are going to love The Virtuous Teen so much! It’s not just a blog for young adults, but it’s really for any and everyone. A lot of older adults read as well so don’t feel “shunned” by the name thinking there’s an age limit. I just like to focus on the teens of today. Please read some of the blog posts and leave a comment and let me know how you feel! I’m asking everyone that knows someone who needs Jesus to encourage them to read this blog so that they might turn to him. It is Jesus who saves, I’m simply a vessel. 😊 So please everyone let’s get to know one another better and fellowship among each other and glorify Jesus in the process. ❤ Can’t wait to hear from you all!