So today I would like to welcome my good friend and sister in CHRIST, Danielle to my blog. She will be my guest today and I pray you are blessed by her post. So here we go!! 🙂
Hello, all! I am so happy to be guest posting here at Teen Faith 777! That’s right, this post was not written by the lovely Angle. She was kind enough to invite me to guest post here so you can get to know me and I can share a bit of what’s on my heart.
But before I get to that, an introduction seems necessary. My name is Danielle and I am a college student and blogger from Florida. I recently finished my first year of college and I am double majoring in Psychology and Behavioral Healthcare. After undergraduate school, I plan to attend graduate school a little further north to receive my master’s degree in either counseling or psychology and, eventually, I plan on opening my own therapy practice. When I’m not at school or studying, I love to share my message on my blog, Christian on Campus and further my knowledge and strengthen my relationship with God through bible study. I also love reading in general, catching up on my YouTube subscriptions and planning future travels. My next trip will be at the end of May to visit family in Georgia and I’m beyond excited!
Now, for what you’re really here for. As you probably read in the title, this post is going to be about finding fellowship and where and how you can do that.
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them.” Matthew 18:20
Many people seem to think that fellowship is an optional part of their walk with Christ. Sure, you can read your bible, pray and go to church and those are all great things to do. But building community with other Christians is also extremely crucial for spiritual growth and maintenance. Fellowship is essentially just friends who share the same faith you have, who can encourage each other and help each other grow and who can lift one another in prayer. C.S. Lewis once said “Is any pleasure on Earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a fire?” and I can finally say I know how great it feels to have fellowship as a constant part of my life.
However, it’s equally as wonderful to be surrounded by Christian friends in other settings as well. You can find or create fellowship in almost any environment, whether it be online, at church, school or work. Some of my most treasured Christian friends I know, I have actually found through Instagram. For example, Angle! Angle and I met through the online bible study group I began at the start of 2016. Within no time at all we were able to ask each other for prayers and share our struggles with one another as if we had known each other for a much longer time. It’s amazing how the immense love Jesus Christ expressed for us long ago can unite people so effortlessly. How wonderful that God created so many beautiful people in His image to spread His word and love? It’s a shame not to take advantage of this great gift.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
If you are struggling with finding fellowship, I would start at church and look into signing up for a group bible study with people your age. Churches constantly have bible study groups going year round and it’s the perfect way to find people with the same beliefs and intentions. I personally joined a bible study for freshman girls at my university through a Christian campus ministry and made awesome new friends that I can trust and rely on. If you are in college, I suggest looking for any Christian groups that gather to bring glory and honor to God; you won’t regret it!
I also highly suggest looking for an online group of Christians. They’re everywhere! And if you for some reason are unable to find one, create your own! If you have Facebook, I suggest looking into the group “Growing Faith” which was started by a small YouTuber named Rachel Earls. I personally love that group. If you are a fellow blogger with Facebook, the Peony Project is a community of Christian women bloggers who support and encourage each other daily. If you enjoy bible journaling, look on Facebook for the “Journaling Bible Group” where people share their prayer requests and beautiful bible creations. Another great Christian group for teen girls that I am a member of is “A Teen Girls Group” which was created by Bella Keifer, a Christian blogger. That group was created for sharing godly advice, sharing ideas and much more. If you don’t have Facebook, Instagram is also a good place to find fellowship. There are always monthly or weekly challenges going on for Christian brothers and sisters to take part in; you just have to look for them! If you have trouble finding them, just make a post asking if anyone would like to join a group chat for Christians to uplift and support each other and create your own fellowship opportunity.
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Acts 2:42
I wish you all the best of luck in finding fellowship in whatever way is best fit for you and would love to hear about your success in doing so! Feel free to come visit me over at Christian On Campus and let me know about your fellowship experience and success.
Thank you, Angle, for having me here; it was absolutely delightful to be able to share my message with my new friends here at Teen Faith 777!
“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.” Psalm 133:1
I would like to thank Danielle for sharing with us her heart and the message that the LORD lead on her heart to tell us. It was a great privilege to have you here. Also you are very welcome. Be sure to check out her blog and let us both how you where blessed by this post. 🙂