Worship our God at ALL times!
Worship Jesus our Lord,
In the storms and breezes,
In the heat and in the cold,
On the land and on the sea,
And even in the sky above
Worship Jesus our Lord,
When things are depressing,
Also when things are tough;
For worshipping Him in smooth times,
That’s simply not enough!
Worship Jesus our Lord,
In hope and despair,
In joy and grieving,
In happiness and sadness,
In good times and bad times!
Worship Jesus our Lord,
For it is strength to your bones,
Health to your flesh,
Renewal to your heart,
And peace and joy to your soul!
Therefore, if you believe He is Lord,
Lord of all your life,
And not just some bits,
Worship Him at all times;
Worship our God at ALL times!
You know there's the 24 hour time and AM and PM, right?
And sometimes people give you something like 12:30pm.
But seriously, 12:30pm is not a thing.
It's either 12:30 or 0:30pm.
Am I right or am I right?
19 years old
Love drawing, Praise music (like Hill-song United), playing sports, hiking, reading, drawing, playing music (e.g. piano, guitar, drum)...so forth.
G'day, name's Warren.
I've been on DA for some time now, and it has really helped me find my style of art and favorite things.
I'm a Christian, have been since 5 years old, and will always be. I love Jesus!
If you want to know more about Him, I am always open for a chat.
As a matter of fact, I'm nearly always open for a chat
Even before I came to school, it was clear to some that I was sensitive. Socially, mentally, and spiritually. I could draw very detailed for my age and such, for example. My parents brought me to several Church gatherings, and I saw them pray and worship and make music and such. But I always thought it too busy. All I wanted was be on my own, explore on my own, do things my own way. And if someone tried to correct me on that, I'd get very angry. Part of it has to do with my autism.
When I was five years old, my parents and I went on a holiday to a place at that time called "De Bron" (Dutch for "The Source"). There was a Christian gathering as well, with a certain guy named Herman Boon (Bean). As usual, I preferred to do things on my own. I was very uncomfortable around strange people.
But one evening/night service of this Christian gathering, Herman Boon - after some talking about God's Holy Spirit - asked people that whomever would want to give their lives to God and receive His Holy Spirit could come forward. In all honesty, I don't remember what brought me forward, but I found myself in the front (all those people, 50 or so, behind me!) along with maybe ten to fifteen others. Then Herman Boon started praying in tongues for every one of them individually, and then I saw them falling backwards! I didn't know it then, but now I know that's when God's Holy Spirit 'hits' them. They were caught by other people and lied down gently though. But I was thinking like
"Okay, what the HECK is THIS?!?" I felt like going away, but something or so kept me where I was. Then Herman Boon came to me, and he prayed for me. But because I did not want to do what the others did, I refused to fall backwards even when I too felt like it. So I went to the back of the room, and sat there silently for one reason: nobody was there.
But then it happened! I felt a hand on the back of my head. So obvious, I could feel the hairs on my head move. And it was so warm, so gentle, and so full of love - in all my life I have never felt anything like that before nor afterwards. But when I looked around, there was nobody near me for at least 10 metres! That's when I realized it was the hand of God. And I felt such a peace, I fell asleep (or something). I thought I woke up 5 minutes later, but that was 2 HOURS! Most people had left the building already, safe for a few.
When I came out of the building, it was almost dark, but I began running and jumping like I-don't-know-what until I couldn't run any longer.
Ever since I have been a Christian.
The first months or so were so great. Peaceful, and fearless. In fact, it was so peaceful it is all I can remember from it xD No worries, so you don't remember much either.
But at school things started to make a change. I had grown so on-fire for Christ and God because of that experience, but I was shocked by seeing how few people believed in Him! So I got angry occasionally for that reason, but also other reasons. So bullies started picking me off, as they like little guys who get angry easily.
From the 3rd year to 7th year I have had an increasing trouble with bullying. Year 5 was bad because that's when I discovered I had autism, and after sharing that news with my class the bullies continued even more. And the teacher misunderstood me. I wanted to sit behind so I could see the class, but she made me sit all the way up front so that everybody could see me but I not them. At that time that was the most scary bit for me, being bullied so much.
Year 6 was hardly any better, but I was allowed to go out of class to do some free-time drawing, as that helped me get some feelings out. But most of my drawings were violence, war, and death. Not exactly Christian-like, you'd think. Well, to be honest, because of all the bullying I went through I began forgetting Jesus and God. But then year 7 was to be my worst school year by far!
The class had increased in number of over 30 students, most of them quickly knowing I was not one to be friends with. I had become so distrusting to the outside world, but I didn't dare beat my bullies, so I beat people who once considered me friends. Needless to say I lost all my friends. I had no friends for 2 years in that period, other than my budgie. But a budgie won't understand you, and other than my dad I saw nobody who could understand me. But even so, after an absolute explosion of noise, bullying and a teacher who snapped, I left the class room in cries and shouts and tears as I smashed the door behind me.
I went to the quietest place I could find. Somewhere in a little corner on the stone floor in a rarely used part of the hallway. There I cried and cried, and I thought of committing suicide. Yes, at the age of 10 I thought of that. That was when I remembered God and Jesus, and I cried to Him.
"Lord, Lord, I can't take this anymore! God, either end my pain or end my life, but I just can't live on like this anymore."
I literally pictured the knife in the kitchen in front of me, and thought of stabbing myself in the heart. But I also felt I couldn't do it myself, so that's why I asked God to kill me. Yes, I was THAT desperate. But that's when it happened.
I closed my eyes in many tears, and suddenly I saw Him! I saw Jesus as I closed my eyes, as a person dressed in pure holiness and light. Brighter than the sun, yet as harmless as a firefly. And in the most calm voice you can imagine, which was also passionate and strong and loving at the same time, He started talking.
"Warren, do you trust Me?"
I answered "Yes, Lord." not knowing where this was going. He said
"Do you believe nothing is impossible for Me?"
I thought of what He has been through (revealing God's power through miracles, being raised from the dead Himself after crucifixion). And I said "Yes, Lord." though I was not too sure. Then He said
"Do you trust Me when I say things will get better?"
You must understand, this is not an easy thing to say to someone who is about to commit suicide. But after some thinking, I replied something like:
"Lord, nothing is impossible for You. If You say one thing, how could I say another?"
Then He said:
"Then trust Me when I say things will get better. I am truly sorry that You have to go through these things, my dear child. But God the Father is putting you through these things now so that in the future you will be able to help others who are going through the same things - and they will be many! I will put many people on your path, and you will be able to listen to them because you have been through the same hardships as they have, and they will notice how well you listen to them and will feel better just by you listening to them. Believe me, Warren my dear son, things will get better. I love you, and I will never leave you nor forsake you! That is a promise!"
I fell silent then, and I found myself alone again in the same place. And although I was still crying, and I remained in that corner until school was over that day, I still felt a renewed hope in me. I kept those words inside my heart and pondered them. I kept thinking of what God the Father has done, how so many people in desperate times have persevered through a renewal in strength through His Holy Spirit...
And it kept me going.
Even afterwards, because things got tough again, I thought four more times about suicide. But every time Jesus reminded me of what He has said, and my own dad has tutored me so well and kept encouraging me too as well as correcting my attitude when it was wrong (which was often xD).
And now, several years later, I have been baptised. And after that, again I felt new hardships coming my way.
But it was as Jesus said it would be nine years ago. I have been able to talk to already tens of people about my own struggles, but even better I have been able to just listen to what they had to say - as more often than not there are people who just want someone to talk to without being interrupted. And not few of these people I have seen being encouraged again! And I believe, and hope, that God will use those seeds of encouragements to bring them closer to salvation in Christ.
So there you have it! I did not become a Christian in any religious way, or because my parents made me to become one. I became a Christian purely because of Jesus, through Whom I have learned so much more about God! I have suffered for it, but I have also experienced amazing moments with God the Father, and I only need to ask Him in a little prayer and I can feel His Holy Spirit abounding in me and around me. The sphere just becomes so peaceful, even in very stressful times (like the time I thought of suicide, and the time when had 9 subjects, two exams for each in two weeks on a hard educational level). Even when I sin, I can still come to Him and He eases my burden and helps me through.
"Even though I stumble, He will lift me up! He shall never leave my side nor forsake me!"
I'm single, but not interested in online dating or whatsoever. Unless you happen to live nearby, it's an automatic nay. Just wanted to clear that out.
Cheers folks and God bless you!