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“Social Life” Series (7) – 5 Concrete and Practical actions to convert your parents

The conversion of parents who do not believe is possible! In this post, we will present you 5 powerful concrete actions and practices that will impact your family and bring your parents to God!
Dear young one, in the previous text we talk about “8 Gaps for you to close in the relationship with your family”. In this text will talk about “5 concrete actions for the conversion of your parents”!

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“Social Life” Series (6) – 8 Gaps for you to close in your relationship with your family

In the last post of the “Social Life” series, we talked about “Family: 3 Essential attitudes for you to become an overcomer Child”. If you haven’t read it yet, we recommend you to read because this text is a continuation of the previous one. So, when reading will be easier to understand the points we will develop below. So stop, go find and read it and then come back here …

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Social Life Series (5) – Family: 3 Essential attitudes for you to become an Overcomer Child

Dear young one, are you enjoying this series?! The last post we talked about the importance of the friendships in the Church. In this text we will share a bit about the relationship with our family – specifically with the family that meets in the Church.

However if your family does not meet in the Church, do not be sad. Continue reading because you can take advantage of these words to apply what is possible in your current situation and now pray for what the Lord can and want to do in your home: Conquer all who are in your home (Joshua 24:15.). Let’s enjoy together?

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Social Life Series (4) – 8 Lessons about the importance of having friends in the Church

The family of God 

 “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18: 24)

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Social Life Series (3) – The Friendships in the World

The “Social Life” Series is full of subjects to be covered and one of them is the friendships. Having friends is something wonderful. During our day we are surrounded by people, creating friendship ties and cultivating bonds of affection. That’s why, in this third edition we will talk about “The Friendships in the world.”

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Consecration – Him (3)

untitled02“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”. Well, people, I hope you’ve enjoyed our posts. Now we are in the second post of mine and the third of the series and we feel it’s good to talk a little bit about our experience in youth consecration.

In my heart burns a desire to consecrate myself to the Lord through GTC (Gospel Training Center) but the enemy has always caused one thing or the other to prevent me from going. In some occasions, I also thought that it was the right time to go, but it was not the Lord’s. Every time situations like these arose, my will grew, until I had the opportunity to participate of a GTC Summer Camp here in Minas Gerais.
I thought: “I’m going now otherwise this burning in my heart will disappear”. That definitely wasn’t the case. That one month preaching the gospel there fanned the flames of my desire. I came home, got ready with my stuff, and went back there in July for another 6 months. These have been six amazing, wonderful months. Plenty of experiences; I’ve grown up a lot during all of it, matured, but at the same time I felt it was still not enough. So, I consecrated another 6 months to push the Lord to work even harder in my life.
At GTC, the Lord has perfected me in many aspects, from practical things like cooking, ironing, cleaning the bathroom… You can’t expect your wife to do all of it for you while you watch TV? Well, in this place prepared by the Lord we are also being perfected for marriage (actually, the coordinators didn’t give me peace after I left, always asking me when I’d get married).
In addition to these practical things, the Lord uses GTC mainly to perfect us in spiritual things. I was greatly helped to deny my soul life (keep my my ego and my own will in check under God). Calling upon the name of the Lord every morning for 15 minutes saved all of us for the rest of day. During colporting we really felt the Lord flowing through us, and when we didn’t, we could repent and ask the Lord to show us where the mistake was. He always showed us. There was one time we went back from colporting. We were in the meeting to share experiences, when suddenly, the Lord constrained all of us, in the middle of praise, and each started to pray. All of a sudden, we fell to our knees and cried not knowing why. We felt the Lord face to face, as if there He was dwelling among us. And actually, He was. It’s an experience that cannot be described with words, but it was of a great help to me. If you want to have such an experience, there’s a place where you’ll always find it: GTC.
When I returned home, I felt anxious. I wanted my life to continue as it was in GTC. Unfortunately, it’s not how it works! Many things can and should be taken in our daily lives, our church life, but it will never be the same as in GTC. GTC encourages us to have a change of mind and attitude towards church life.  I went through several cities, I met several brothers – and sisters as well. I’m not going to lie to you, some of sisters caught my attention, you know? But the Lord hadn’t said: “Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities”. For that reason, I was focused on my consecration period and nothing else.
But.
But when I was in the second semester of my consecration, I saw my Sarah for the first time. I confess: it was not love at first sight. Actually, when we started to talk we did not even remember we had seen each other before. I continued serving the Lord in my locality (Itaguara, Minas Gerais state), now in a new way, more mature. I started to work in the company of a brother close to my location (Contagem – MG) who, coincidentally, had a property right next to the place where the base of GPPC was being built. Whenever I could, I went there. That was very good for my spiritual life because it prevented me from losing the freshness that only GPPC can give us. And it was there where a very special thing happened with my life. Do you want to know what that is? Read the next post in this series and find out!
Translation of the article Consagração – ele (3) (Blog Eu vos escrevi).

Prayer: The First Step to a Blessed Relationship – she (2)

prayerhandssHey everyone! I’d like to tell you about my perspective of some things. First of all, let me introduce myself. I’m Sara, I live in Itaguara, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. I’m here to tell a little something of my own practical and spiritual experience regarding relationships. I’ll start by saying that I didn’t care much about this marriage thing during my teenage years. I was more focused on that present moment than on the future. I’ve always been like that. I never liked showing my feelings so I’d bury them so deeply that I often wouldn’t be able to find them myself LOL.

I was always busy with my own things, like school, so romance didn’t occupy much space in my mind. Of course, like every girl, deep down inside there was this desire I had for company. A yearning to have someone to call mine. But, I’ve always been a bit different, even a little weird LOL. To me, this whole thing of getting caught up thinking about someone else was lame, and, in my opinion, it showed weakness.

Actually, I realize now as I look back, that was not what I truly thought: I guess I was trying to protect myself from suffering or something like that. But that’s another story. The important thing is, when I was 17 I went to a young people’s conference at Estancia Arvore da Vida, Brazil. There, I opened up my heart to love (Aww!). I’ll never forget it.  After a whole lot of praying, I felt the Lord had planted in my heart a desire to form a family and this made me start praying for someone who would make me happy and fit into my plans. However, I failed to realize I was praying in a wrong way. I didn’t even know whether my plans were the same of the Lord’s so how could fit into plans that could not even happen? I believe, though, that even so the Lord was merciful and kept someone special waiting for me.

I’d like to make something clear. The time I spent not worrying about relationships was hidden blessing. Because it kept me from being hasty and looking for some guy here or another there. But, guys, the best “distraction” is to consecrate oneself to the Lord. You can surely dedicate time to your studies, for example, but don’t let anything in this world, even the apparently good things, strip you away from serving the Lord and doing His will. He’s what’s best. Always pray that the Lord would keep your hearts, mainly your feelings, because feelings are delicate and can hurt, leaving us with permanent scars if we make use of them out of time or in the wrong way.

Well, back to my story. I met my special someone when I was 18! He was my chosen one! But the details are for another day. Jesus is Lord! See ya!

Translation of the article Oração: o primeiro passo para um relacionamento abençoado – ela (2) (Blog Eu vos escrevi)

Prayer: The First Step to a Blessed Relationship – He (1)

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Well guys, I, Marcos Felipe, and Sara are very happy to be the first couple to share with you some of our experience in our relationship. We thought it would be better for both of us to share our own view of the facts individually, so here goes! In this first post, I would like to share with you about my time of prayer.

I have always known that marriage is something that is in God’s heart and I have prayed for it since I was 12 years old. Whaaat? 12 years old? That’s right! 12 years old. I didn’t pray for a specific person, but for the Lord to keep whoever she was until then.

During that time, feelings came and went, and to be honest, these feelings were very helpful, because they somehow saved me from the world and stopped me from turning away from God’s path and searching for worldly things. I always thought: “I will save myself for that person”.

When I turned 18 years old, I thought: “I think now is the time to find someone”. However, my time wasn’t the Lord’s, and therefore, I had some disappointments. Actually, there is no such thing as the ‘time to find someone’; we need to wait for the Lord to provide.

So for this, I kept myself from searching anything in the world, I lived the church life intensely, I went to all conferences I could, I did the GPPC.

Oh, the GPPC! One of the best times of my life! I was still very closed towards the matter of relationships, so I read the booklet “The Marriage of the Dreams of God”, which I highly recommend. After reading it, I was able to rest in the Lord. I was sure God had the best for me.

I sought the Lord even more, I gave myself to Him, I really enjoyed the GPPC, I had many experiences with the Lord, visited many churches in many cities. And, in one of those visits, there was a problem with our car, which forced us to sleep over in the house of a very dear sister, who later became my mother-in-law. That small car problem led me getting to know the most important person in my life. Do you want to know when everything began? Well, I’m not telling you until the next chapter.

See you in the next post!

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