Friday, 9 June 2017

How's Your Perspective?

Monday marks the one year anniversary of my first day in the fast-food industry.

It's been a long year.

I wasn't suppose to be here. According to my plans, leaving the construction industry and entering fast-food services wasn't an option. Being hindered in slight but significant ways physically frustrated me greatly. Circumstances that evolved around me in which I could do hardly anything or absolutely nothing about drained me incessantly as I continually dwelt on them.

This was not the life I wanted. 

So often, life doesn't roll the way we wish it would. We want the small, peaceful waves of life that gently meander to shore, playfully nipping at the tips of our toes; instead, we find ourselves invaded by multitudes of massive storms - including the occasional tsunami.

As I look back over the past year, I struggle to understand why there seemed to be so many crashing floods. So many plans that never turned out as I wished. So many challenges and frustrating decisions. So many nights crying as I wondered what God was doing and why I had to go through it all.

Those are my initial thoughts and memories of the past year.

But then I stop and think a moment longer. I think about the major life-changes that happened over the past 12 months. A new job. A new home. New life in Christ, and a realization of my responsibility to God as a Christian. Learning so many lessons about contentment and trust and kindness and courage.

This past year was hard, but it was for good. God used those massive storms and tsunamis in my life to bring me closer to Him. I am learning all the time just how dependent I am on God for everything.

God is teaching me to rest in what I know is true, and not on how I temporarily feel. I am realizing how significant and critical it is to choose contentment and gratitude, regardless of which way the wind blows. Because, the profound truth is this: the wind blows where God commands it to. Everything in life happens for good and God's glory. It may be hard to understand and see God's sovereign hand working throughout the circumstances and situations in life's difficulties, but whether or not it feels that God is working and present and near does not change the truth: He is.

It's be a challenging year, but I am so grateful for it. God is using it, not only to change me more in His image, but - in a way I cannot understand - God is using my life for His glory. That's exciting.

What has God been teaching you this past year? Will you choose to trust in His eternal sovereignty, or in your own temporary impressions?

Monday, 29 May 2017

All We Need Is Him

Since the two weeks I lived a restricted life-style for a self-imposed challenge, I am shocked by what I have been learning.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Sunday, 7 May 2017

The Woman in the Mirror

This weekend I enjoyed the privilege of attending a wedding of some dear friends of mine. The wedding was beautiful, the bride was radiant, and the evening was a joyous celebration of two lovebirds joining into life-long union.

As I sit here musing over the wedding celebration, this evening brought a question to mind.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Thursday, 27 April 2017

You Don't Need To Be Afraid

Having sent out an application this past weekend to volunteer with missionaries overseas, I'm reflecting on the internal conflict that warred within me. 

Although I was excited about the thought volunteering overseas once again and grew more certain in my mind that I wished to pursue this opportunity, I can not deny that I was afraid. 

Not about going, but about trusting God. 

Thursday, 6 April 2017

No Different Than Esau

Yesterday morning before work I was reading my Bible, and I came upon the familiar story of Esau selling his birthright to his brother, Jacob:

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Book Review: "This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years"


"If you take away one thing from this book, let it be this: Jesus has no half-hearted followers." 
~ This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years, Jaquelle Crowe, p. 19

This statement reveals the heart of the author's message in her new and first book. Written by one teen to another, This Changes Everything challenges young people to center their lives on Christ - not just in theory, but in every word, thought, action, and decision they make even today.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Hell is Real: How Your View Of Hell Affects Your Outreach

As Christians in our modern-day world, we are constantly put under pressure to keep our faith silent, especially concerning anything that may be offensive. This is especially evident when discussing the truth about Hell. People do not want to be told they will go to Hell because they rebelled against God, and so they refuse to listen and will often push us away when we speak of it.

Unfortunately, more and more often people do not need to tell Christians to 'lay off'. Instead, we automatically assume others are not interested in or willing to consider the Gospel, and so we never (or fairly rarely) give them the opportunity to hear the ultimate story - the story of a King who would die for His people for His glory's sake.

We have a variety of reasons for why we think we aren't sharing the Gospel with those around us. Perhaps we assume we are being kind by not making others feel uncomfortable. Maybe we don't want to scare that friend from Jesus or make them think that God is cruel, after all the time we invested in building relationships, or it could be that we don't want our coworkers to think we see ourselves as better than others, and so despising us. Regardless of our reasoning, when we refuse to preach the Gospel, we are not only sacrificing the eternal for the temporary, but we are also revealing how we look at Hell. 

When we are not consistently living a life of testifying Christ to those around us by both our words and actions, we either: 1) don't believe Hell is real, 2) forget that Hell is real, or 3) don't care (at all or enough) that Hell is real.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Joy: A Reaction or a Response?

It's a freezing cold day here in Halifax. It's days like these that people seem more likely to be irritable and frustrated. People mumble and grumble over pretty much nothing - all because there are freezing temperatures and blustering winds. Funny how our whole attitude can be affected so easily by something like the weather.

All too often, we lose our joy in life just as easily. One moment, everything is perfect and wonderful and the world is great; the next, the world is out to get us with fire and brimstone. It only takes one small thing - a rude comment, a long line, a messed-up coffee, an unexpected (and undesired) snowfall - and happiness is ruined. We spend the rest of our day frustrated and miserable.

My question to you is, what is joy?

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Christianity Applied

How are you living out your Christian life?

It's easy to say you're a Christian, but what is Christianity applied to your personal life suppose to look like?

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Pursued

Have you ever felt beyond being loved? That if people knew who you really were - complete with all your faults, problems, and mistakes - they would turn away and leave you? You know who you truly are behind the facade so often kept up. 

Who would love the real you?

Thursday, 23 February 2017

How Important Is It To You?

Does it ever seem as if there are not enough hours in a day (or week... or month) to do all the things that you need to do? So often it's as if we are perpetually playing catch up from the day before. Inevitably some things tend to get dropped as business increases and time decreases.

The things that we generally ignore when we feel that time is limited shows what our priorities are. We usually do not stop doing the things we see as most important, so we end up letting go of what we do not consider necessary.

In light of this, I can't help but ask, why do we so often ignore God when we are busy?

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Out Of The Depths

Do you ever feel as if God has forsaken you? You know in your mind that God loves you and that "for those who love God all things work together for good" (Romans 8:28), but do you ever struggle to actually feel that God is near when the dark storm clouds come rushing in? Have you ever been so lost in depression that you simply lose all hope, that you feel as though God no longer cares?

I have. In spite of all I know and believe is true about who God is, His sovereignty, and His love, I still struggle so often with my feelings and emotions. It's easy in those moments of deepest despair to feel as if we are completely alone, that no one understands, and that none care.

How do you focus on God when you feel so lost - when you feel as if you are drowning in a whirlpool and you don't have the strength or ability to get yourself out?



Saturday, 11 February 2017

Life Lessons from the Fast Food Industry

Out of all the places I had been hoping to be working for at this point in my life, the fast food industry was not one of them. This time last year I felt as though I was finally "moving up the social ladder" in my occupational life, but due to various circumstances and necessary consideration, I left my previous job and soon found myself making ends meet at a fast food joint.

So often in life, we find ourselves in situations that we don't want to be in, but we currently have no control over. How should we, as Christians, respond in these situations?

Here are three truths God has been teaching me about the attitude and character He requires of me:

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Reshare of "Seven Costs of Disciple-Making" by David Mathis

During the past couple of weeks I have come to truly appreciate the email subscriptions to blogs and websites that provide encouragement and teaching to Christians throughout the week - a few favorites of mine being jaquelle.ca, www.challies.com, and www.desiringGod.org. Though admittedly I don't read every article sent to me, the ones I have read have been a great source of encouragement to me.

My read this morning was a post Desiring God emailed to me yesterday (February 8, 2017), titled "Seven Costs of Disciple-Making" by David Mathis. In his excellent exhortation, Mathis not only discusses what disciple-making is, but more importantly what makes it so difficult. This challenging article showed me the heart of Christians' neglect to disciple: discipling is a costly road, and we in our self-centredness would prefer the cheap and easy routes.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

The Truth About Christianity, Part 3: Our Calling As Christians

So often, when we share the truth of the Gospel with others, we can have a tendency to end our presentation with the following: choose whether you want to go to Heaven or Hell. We want our faith to sound easy and appealing so that others will be attracted to it.

The thing is, many people are quite okay with letting a God take care of their punishment and then just living their lives the way they want. Sure, they'll try to do some good things (don't kill anyone, be a good person, read your Bible, pray, be involved in a church, start a youth group, take care of the poor and needy, counsel others, etc.), but at the end of the day, their lives and everything about them is more-or-less the same.

Here's my point: Christianity isn't about making one big choice and then continuing to live your life no differently. Christ didn't come and die for us simply so we can say "thanks" and keep going on life's journey however we'd like. This misses the entirety of what Christianity is.

Christianity is about making the decision to follow Jesus, and then, through God's grace, basing everything about your life on that choice. 

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Welcome!

Welcome!


Thank you for stopping by my blog. My name is Mandie Pitre, and I am a young adult who loves to read and write, especially about God and living for Christ.

Writing is one of my main ways to not only express myself, but to understand myself better and stay focused on what I know is true. 

Reading so many great books by authors such as the Josh and Alex & Brett Harris, David Platt, Kevin DeYoung, and Greg Gilbert - as well as following other blogs and websites such as jaquelle.ca, challies.com, DesiringGod, The Gospel Coalition, and AlbertMohler.com - have encouraged and inspired me to hold fast to Christ, regardless of what is happening in my life or how I feel. 

This is why I want to write. God has used reading and writing in my life to draw me closer to Him - I simply wish to see if maybe He would use me and my desire to write about Him for His glory.

Hope this humble little blog might be used as a source of encouragement.

For His Glory,
Mandie Pitre

Soli Deo Gloria!

The Truth About Christianity, Part 2: Our (and My) Response to Christianity

As we are presented with the Gospel, each of us is faced with the fact that we have a choice to make. We either continue resisting God, refusing the gift of full pardon for our crimes and eternal life by insisting on being our own gods and choosing to live in our fantasy worlds; or, we can choose to humble ourselves, admit that we can't save ourselves, and accept God's gift of redemption - we stop trying to be god, and surrender our throne to the one who really is God.

Our response will have implications. If we refuse God, we will get what we asked for - separation from God. This may be presently preferred, as we can do whatever we want without having to follow someone else's rules - but one day we will have to answer to a Holy God for the choice we made, whether we our faith and trust in Him or not. If we reject God in our life, we will spend eternity in Hell in our death, forever separated.

If, however, we believe that Jesus came, lived, died, and resurrected to redeem us to Himself; if we confess that only Jesus can justify us before a perfectly righteous God; if we choose to turn away from our own self-salvation projects, knowing they are hopeless, and instead choose to surrender ourselves to a Holy but Loving God; if we step off the throne of our hearts and give that throne to Jesus, desiring that He be the master of our lives; then, we can become the children of God. Just as nothing we do can earn merit or favor from God, nothing we do will ever be able to separate us from
God, and, when we die, we will be with Him forever (Romans 8:38-39).

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We all have a choice.

This was mine:


Sunday, 29 January 2017

The Truth About Christianity, Part 1: What Christianity Is (and Isn't)

Christianity.

A word that is so often misunderstood. But what does it really mean?

Type "definition of Christianity" into your average browser's search engine, and you'll come across an answer such as "the religion based on the person and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, or its beliefs and practices". In the secular world, "Christianity" simply refers to a set of beliefs that surrounds the person of Jesus.

If you dig a little deeper and ask a self-proclaiming Christian, you should hopefully get a different and more in-depth answer. Though the responses may vary depending on their specific beliefs, many who call themselves "Christians" would describe Christianity as a life-style choice, or a relationship with God. Being a Christian means that Jesus Christ is your Saviour and, if you put your faith and trust in God, you will go to Heaven when you die.

But is that it? Is being a Christian simply about not going to Hell and having a God to help you when you want Him to?


Thursday, 26 January 2017

PREFACE: "The Truth About Christianity"

First off: Welcome! Thank you for the privilege you've given me by stopping on my blog!

As start off, I want to begin by considering what this blog is all about: how the truth of the Gospel transforms our lives. Due to the fact that there seemed too much information to cover in only one post, I decided to open up with a 3-part mini series, titled "The Truth About Christianity".

Over the next three posts, I will touch on three sections:
  1. What Christianity Is (and Isn't)
  2. Our (and My) Response to Christianity
  3. Our Calling as Christians