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LAS VEGAS: Finding Hope and Healing in the Midst of Hate and Hurt By Annika Asplund

It was a gathering of many, listening to Jake Owen and Jason Aldean at the Route 91 Country Festival on October 1st.

No one saw coming the shots from the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel at would leave hundreds injured and 59 people losing their lives.

No one expected a 64 year old man who had no criminal record to cause this awful crime and then to take his own life.

With all the tears shed, angry words were said to the killer and those who may be just like him. Fear continued to rise in those who didn’t their lives or those of their loved ones to be taken, too. How we make it through this tragedy with the hate around us? In the midst of a tragedy and hurt we may not understand, we must remember that God is in control of our lives, and He is the one we need to turn to.

Philippians 4:7 reminds us that peace in God surpasses our understanding so we can guard our hearts and minds. Ephesians 4:32 reminds us to let go of our anger of circumstances by forgiving one another. One of the most important things we should remember is that Jesus will return and will make all things right. He will comfort the mourning, condemn the wicked, and command us to not be afraid. We may hurt now, but the pain will, one day, heal completely once we see our Creator and run into His arms.

We must continue to pray for those in Las Vegas and for the entire world for healing and coming to God for our most major hurts.

 

Mental Health Disorders: A Public Health Concern By: Felicity Rose

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One in four people in the United States suffer from a mental health disorder. Forty-one thousand, one hundred and fifty people commit suicide each year and over ninety percent of those people suffer from a mental health disorder of some kind, whether it was diagnosed or undiagnosed. Given the facts, why does society keep mental health disorders all under wraps but makes a huge noise about gay marriage?         When mental health comes up in the news, it’s often when  a criminal is “said” to have a certain mental health disorder but after a while it is quietly put away because society thinks people with mental health disorders need to be locked up. Mental health disorders are dangerous, debilitating and people need to be more aware of the complications that surround them.
First of all, what exactly is a mental health disorder? According to Mayo Clinic, a mental health disorder is a condition that affects a person’s mood, thinking and behavior. It covers a wide variety of diseases from Schizophrenia, to Anxiety to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, to eating disorders such as Bulimia and Anorexia
Mental health disorders affect people in a myriad of ways. For people with Anxiety, their autonomic nervous system perceives many things as a threat, even if said thing isn’t a threat at all. The threat causes their “fight or flight” system to go into “fight” mode when it shouldn’t. This response causes vicious cycles of panic attacks. In severe cases, this can lead to phobias such as agoraphobia, or the fear to leave the house.
Sometimes people are dealing with more than one devastating mental disorder. Twenty year old Semira, was diagnosed with anxiety and depression at the age of seventeeen. She grew up with stomach issues for most of her life which is what started her panic attacks in the first place. She said it’s like nothing agrees with her digestive system. Some of these cramps get so bad that she is in the restroom for hours in excruciating pain and none of the doctors she’s seen can figure out why.

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Because of this she started to cut back on how much she eats as a way of avoiding the panic attacks that came along with eating. Now while this may sound like an eating disorder of some kind, Samira does not have an eating disorder according to an evaluation done by her therapist. She was finally diagnosed in August of 2016 with Gastro paresis, or paralysis of the stomach. She is now in therapy for her eating induced anxiety as well as her Gastro paresis in hopes that she can gain weight and kick these panic attacks to the curb.
As mentioned earlier, Samira also has depression. She says her depression stemmed from re-watching a medical TV show that deals with a condition that has affected her family. She said that the first few weeks after watching those episodes were very hard for her. She cried herself to sleep for a week straight and eventually she found it hard to enjoy things she loved to do. She constantly thought about how unfair it was for this person to be ripped away from her family. She thought about trying to ease the pain with alcohol but never went thought with it because it was the strength of the character on the TV show when dealing with the tragedy that got her through the depression. Almost two years later, Samira is doing a lot better. She has now decided to become a psychotherapist in hopes to save other peoples lives in the same way that this character saved hers. “Even though the depression was a dark bottomless hole, I am glad I went through that. It helped me find my purpose in life. I looked for light in a dark place and now I know I will survive whatever comes my way next.”
Along those same lines, eighteen year old Travis has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He says that it started during his early teen years. It was mild for a while but it soon spiraled out of control and became the catalyst for his depression. He kept feeling emotions that were out of place and hearing thoughts that weren’t his. Through medication and support from friends, he has overcome his OCD and depression.
On the other side of the spectrum, a mental health disorder can actually change the way a person perceives the world. For eleven year old Brianna, born with early-onset schizophrenia, has a completely different world from us.

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According to the video about her story, she sees people, such as Seven, an imaginary number who commands her to do things, such as stabbing her mom with a pair of scissors. It is believed that Seven is actually a person Brianna becomes which means that she also has Dissociative Identity Disorder (previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder) which is another devastating and dangerous mental health disorder  in which someone has multiple personalities.
One other difficult to diagnose but dangerous mental health disorder to diagnose is psychopathy. These people are masters of disguise. They are very observant and can seem like normal people. All though they may seem to have charm, it is superficial charm and they are most likely going to manipulate you. These people can be serial killers. They have no remorse for loss of human life and no empathy for the crimes they commit. They are extremely violent and are the types of people who will go to a mall and shoot a bunch of people for enjoyment. They need stimulation, like killing people and that is why they do the horrific things we see in the news.
For example, in 2003, Gail Sands was found floating in her pool, face down along with a twenty foot ladder. It was said that she had fallen when she was trying to move the ladder in order to clear some tree branches, so it was ruled as an accident. It wasn’t until the medical examiner noticed the trauma marks on the back of her head during the autopsy that indicated that it wasn’t an accident. It was brutal murder. No one who knew the couple, would have thought that her own husband, Lionel Sands would eventually be convicted as the murderer. To most people he was an ordinary human, but to a psychologist, it was very obvious he was a psychopath. He never looked you in the eye, he kept himself very isolated and he always seemed to be observing people he met and copying what they did.
In most cases, disorders such as anxiety, depression and even psychopathy can be treated with medication as well as one on one therapy with a psychotherapist. This kind of treatment is very costly for families without health insurance because these appointments can cost anywhere between three to six hundred dollars per session. Often times, this is why most people don’t go to therapy when they need it. In 2013, a study was done amongst adults ages eighteen and over. Fifty one percent said they can’t afford mental health treatment because the cost is too high, even if they had insurance for it.
The cost of getting mediation is even higher; almost up to a thousand dollars every three months without insurance. And often times, medications don’t work, they become addictive which creates more problems in itself, or they can make the problem it’s trying to treat even worse. If we’re to take better care of ourselves, the cost of mental health care should be lower as to make it more affordable for people.
Why is mental health a public health concern? We have a growing number of people who commit suicide each year or go on a shooting rampage before ending their own life. As stated earlier, ninety percent of these people have one or more mental health disorders whether it was diagnosed or undiagnosed. Shootings like the ones at public places put everyone at danger. If we do more research into how we can save and treat people with mental health disorders, we can lower the chance of  public shootings as well as the suicide rate.
Here is what we can do to help the people who want it. First, mental health care needs to be more affordable. There needs to be some sort of law, in which mental health care for everyone is either free or at very low cost. This will help people with low income get the treatment they deserve. No one deserves to have a mental health disorder and everyone who wants treatment should be able to get it. Secondly, in high schools especially, there should be a hired psychotherapist available to help students deal with their issues, whether that is being bullied to the point of suicide, or having panic attacks. In college, there are psychotherapists on staff, so why can’t high schools have it too? Most of the school shootings we see are in high school, which should be a red flag as to something that needs immediate attention. Also, all businesses should offer their employees with free mental health services with a certified psychotherapist. Maybe this would help a disgruntled employee not going on a shooting rampage.

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Society in general needs to be more aware of the different types of mental disorders there are and how to treat them efficiently. Lastly, all the people interviewed in this agree that instead of more medications for people with mental health disorders, we need an understanding amongst society. We need to have courage to tell people, “What has happened to us.” not so much, “What is wrong with us.” without feeling like society will lock us up for having a mental health disorder.
Mental Health is an ongoing and increasing problem in our country unless health insurance becomes more affordable for each and every person. Only then will we see a huge improvement in our everyday lives.

CCG of the Month! Meet Iman:

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Iman Kasabian
Please tell us about yourself: I’m 16 and I’ve lived in California my whole life. I have two siblings and love reading, writing and acting.
Instagram: @marie.iman and @imankasabian
Please tell us about your faith journey?
I accepted Christ when I was in the first grade, but never really got to know Him and who He really was until I went through a rough spot. I discovered His mercy and grace and truly came to Him as a freshman in high school. I’m a junior now.
Favorite Bible verse(s) and why that verse speaks to you?
Proverbs 31: 25-31
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

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I love it because that’s the woman I want to be!
What do you think the hardest part about wanting to become a Proverbs 31 woman in today’s society?
I think society often tells us to be the opposite, especially with giving instructions with kindness because there’s always a lot of pride involved.
What’s the advice you’d give to others who wish to pursue becoming a Proverbs 31 woman?
Don’t listen to what the world tells you! It’s twisted and contradictory and confusing, so you have to rely on the truth.
What is it that you think defines a Christ Centered Girl and what makes you a Christ Centered Girl?
Well I definitely consider Christ the center of my life! Kylie (Christ Centered Girls founder) was just always a big help and encouraged me when I was going through a lot of things. She was one of the few people who reached out and prayed for me.

A major “thank you” to Iman for being our Christ Centered Girl of the month! It was a pleasure interviewing you! You are a lovely young Christian woman and may you be blessed in all that you do! ☺

 

5 Ways to Spend Time in God’s Word This Summer

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BY: Isabella Morganthal

It was June 3, 2011.

Summer was just beginning and the sun was shining warm and bright. But I remember my focus that day was not on summer or the sunshine. My focus was wrapped around the neatly packaged box I had just received from UPS. My very first National Bible Bee box.

You see, for the summer of 2011 I had signed up to participate in a competition for young people, that was focused on Scripture memorization and studying the Word of God. June 3, 2011 began my first journey with the Bible Bee. Yet what I soon realized was that this competition was not really about a competition at all. It wasn’t even really about the Bible Bee, or the prizes, or making it to the national level.

I continued to compete in the Bible Bee every summer until I aged out in the fall of 2015. I walked away from the competition having never even made it to the top 5 final round or winning any cash prizes. But honestly, none of that mattered to me. The one thing that mattered to me was what the Bible Bee is all about: the Word of God.

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You see, I already had my prize. The priceless and matchless Word of God in my heart was a prize greater than any earthly treasure. And when I walked away from the Bible Bee, I had a deeper love for and understanding of God’s Word.

You may never have heard of the Bible Bee, so you may be wondering how it’s possible for you to love God’s Word just as much and make time for Him over the summer. I know summer always seems to fly by and be so much busier than we hoped. But if you want to radically change your spiritual life this summer, here are my top 5 tips for falling deeper in love with God’s Word…

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  1. Choose a specific quiet time that you will have every day. Set this time so that it is the same time every day, getting you into the habit of it. I prefer to have my Bible reading in the morning, shortly after I wake up. Doing it this way prepares me for the day ahead and immerses me in God’s presence right away. Maybe the afternoon works best for you though, when you’re more alert. Or maybe you would rather have this time right before bed. Whatever works best for you, choose that time and purpose to stick to it! Don’t give up!

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  1. Complete a Bible study. It’s great to read a chapter or two in your Bible, but if you want to grow and develop a deeper relationship with Christ, study is what you need to do! When you study the truths in the Bible and God’s words to you, they will come alive and allow you to understand Him better. You can do this on your own, using a notebook to journal what you’re studying. Choose a theme, such as patience, that you want to study and use Bible study tools (Strong’s concordance, Bible maps/charts, Greek/Hebrew word studies) to learn more. A great online website for study tools is: www.blueletterbible.org. If you’re just starting out however, and you’re a little unsure how to do all this studying on your own, consider purchasing a Bible study or commentary from a popular author! There is an abundance of them out there that are so good. Some of my favorite Bible studies however, come from Lysa Terkeurst.
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  3.   Have an accountability partner. Let’s be honest. Sometimes when we make goals/plans we tend to do it alone and then we totally fall behind. When we don’t have accountability it can be easier for us to ignore our plans and just let them slide. This goes for our Bible reading too! So this summer, get an accountability partner. Encourage, pray for each other, and share what God is teaching you. Meet every now and then just to catch up and spend time in person. Maybe you can even go through a Bible study together!

 

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  2. Memorize Scripture. I’ve been memorizing Scripture basically since I could talk. Memorizing Scripture is super important to me, and here is why it should be important for you too: “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You! Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your statutes! With my lips I have declared all the judgements of Your mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.” (Psalm 119:9-16 NKJV) This verse is all about hiding God’s Word in our hearts! Make your goal this summer as you read the Bible to also take time to fill your heart with the words too.

5. Check out the National Bible Bee! Yes, this was coming. 🙂 If you are between the ages of 7-18 and you want to grow in Jesus over the summer and you want to make reading/studying your Bible a priority, sign up for the Bible Bee! The summer study registration usually opens sometime in April each year. You won’t regret checking it out and participating in 2018. Visit their website here: http://www.biblebee.org.

Have fun growing in Jesus this summer, friends!

Make it Count

Written by: Isabella Morganthal

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I think just about all of us have heard, read, or maybe even memorized the verse from 1 Timothy 4:12 which says: “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (NKJV)

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So often we look at this verse and think it means we aren’t to let others judge us by our youth. We aren’t supposed to let others think of us as “only” teenagers or not to let others assume we can’t serve God properly because we’re young.

If you view the verse this way, you would be right. This verse is encouraging us to not let people look down on our youth but show them an example of Jesus.

However, we sometimes look past the other side to this passage too.We sometimes miss the bigger thing God is saying here. Because I think he’s telling you not to despise your youth.

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You see, it’s so easy to look down on ourselves for being young. We might look at other young people who are doing big things for Jesus and being an example to others, and think, “Wow, that’s great they’re using their youth for Jesus. They’re really inspiring.” But then we turn around and look at ourselves while thinking, “I’m only a teenager. I couldn’t possibly do anything big in this world for Jesus. I’ll just have to wait until I’m older.”

For ourselves, we become apathetic with our youth and allow it to keep us in this comfortable place of not doing anything because “we’re too young anyways.” We use what the world says, “You’re only a teenager,” as backup for our own thought processes about our youth.

Then sometimes we even begin to hate being young. We wish our youth away with thoughts like, “I can’t wait until I’m an adult and I can do more things.” Or, “I wish I was older so I could do something big with my life.” But, friends, can’t you see? These thoughts are lies! And do you want the truth?

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A certain age number isn’t going to change anything for you. Growing up won’t make things much different. You will still be you.

But the sad part?

You will have missed out on the amazing years of your youth that God gave you because you wasted them away, waiting to be older. Age is merely a number.

So this is my challenge for you.

Don’t you despise your youth. After all, none of us know how long we actually have on this earth. We could die tomorrow. If I died tomorrow, would I be happy knowing that I used the twenty years I was alive to make my life count for Jesus and His glory? Would you?

Make today count. Don’t view your age as a hindrance or disadvantage.

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Instead, use it to allow God to do something great through you. Look at the young people in Scripture who were probably early teenagers and how God used them! People like Jeremiah, a prophet of God. David, a man after God’s own heart who defeated Goliath. Esther, who God used to save an entire people by doing the right thing. Mary, the mother of Jesus.

I’m sure each of those young people felt inadequate at times. I bet each of them wondered why God chose them, especially because they were young. But I think God chose them because they were young for a reason.

He’s chosen you too.

God has hand-picked you for a specific task right this very moment.

He isn’t waiting to choose you until you’re older or until you’re an adult. He’s already chosen you. Right now. You’re chosen.

    Now go out and make your youth count for Him.

We Need To Talk

There is something that has been on my mind lately. I think it’s time to stop leaving you in the dark about this. I’ve been having this ongoing struggle, I guess you could call it more of an unhealthy obsession. I’m not one to usually open up about things, especially something like this. But now after all these years I am coming forward and I am going to be completely honest with you guys…

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I stumbled upon it on the internet a few years ago and I was hooked. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life. I was fascinated and intrigued. I love jerboas. A jerboa is a rodent with long kangaroo like legs. They get around by jumping and can jump several feet both vertically and horizontally. Jerboas are fascinating creatures! I am so happy I got to finally share my love of jerboas with you. To learn more check out: http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/11/jerboa-animals-youtube-science-rodents-desert/

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Sneak Peak Article: Why Living for Jesus Is the Ultimate Adventure

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By: Kylie Jacobs

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Freedom. That’s a word I think of quite often. It’s also one of the only things I have ever wanted in life. You see, growing up, I didn’t have a normal life like all of my friends. I was constantly being shut out from the world. Having a special needs sister was always hard, because she would become neutropenic and that meant saying goodbye to the outside world, for ALL OF US.

I have never been out of state before or traveled anywhere, really. Vacation for me means going to my grandparents’ house only a few hours away, and oh, how I long to go somewhere new and exciting. Every time I go on Pinterest, my feed fills with photographs of beaches, exotic foods, and amazing sites! I long to go to these places and see the wonders God has created. Yet every time I go on Pinterest my heart aches, because I know that I can’t go on those adventures and I probably never will be able to.

Never will be able to.

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That’s when I made the decision a long time ago to always make life an adventure, no matter where I am or what I am doing. My imagination has always been able to go to great lengths, so why not use it? Since then, every day I have chosen to make ordinary circumstances the ride of a lifetime, whether that’s cleaning my house, going for a nice walk, or even trying a new recipe. I have always tried my hardest to make the best out of it, yet this has never been enough for me. I still long to travel.

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This desire quickly became an obsession filled with anger and jealousy. Watching my friends go to places that I could only see in my dreams – they had no idea how blessed they were. It was simply an annual thing for them. These feelings I was having soon drove me to do reckless, crazy things – standing on top of ledges with a hundred-foot drop to the bottom and jumping to the next, chaining myself to the bottom of a pool only to make it out by seconds – crazy stupid things like these. I wanted adventure! I wanted the thrill! If I couldn’t have it, then I would make it for myself.

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As I hope you can tell by reading this, it was a very unhealthy and dangerous obsession. That’s why God had to tell me to wake up! You see, when I became a Christian, I accepted a challenge. I didn’t know it at the time, but I basically said that I am ready for war. Following a man who is hated by everyone just for being Himself is the greatest adventure of all. If I wanted reckless, I should have stopped looking for it. It was right beside me the whole time. We live in a world today that wants to kill the name of Jesus. LITERALLY. By choosing to follow Him, I chose an adventure. I chose to be prosecuted, I chose joy, I chose miracles, I chose to be different. Having Jesus as a part of my life has been the greatest adventure I could ever dream of. Yes it can be hard, but it’s worth it. So what makes Jesus the ultimate adventure?

  1. Sacrifice

I have lost loved ones for this man, I have sacrificed my safety, my reputation, everything. In my opinion, the greatest adventures start with either losing or sacrificing something so you can have it. Not only did this man sacrifice Himself for you, but in order to be a true follower…you have to sacrifice yourself for Him.

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2. Danger

I can’t live without a little danger in my life (oh, my poor future husband…). That’s what makes the adventure fun! That’s what keeps you pressing on! It doesn’t matter where you live, you are always in danger when you choose to follow Christ – look at Rachel Joy Scott, for instance. Anything can happen. But you are doing the RIGHT thing, and that’s all that matters.

3. The Joy

The joy that comes with Christ…there is nothing like it. No other adventure can make you feel the happiness that Jesus does. That is what makes you want to have MORE adventures. It’s like a secret potion.

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4. Fulfillment

Last but not least…the fulfillment you get from running in Jesus’s squad. I have never felt more accomplished in my life than when I do something that I know pleases Him. There is no other greater accomplishment! Don’t have wasted, useless adventures – they give you nothing in return.

From now on, every adventure I go on will start with Jesus, and I will never regret my life with Him. So, is your life an adventure?

This was a sneak peak article into our newest issue coming out in a few weeks! We cant wait for you guys to read it! Stay tuned!

Exciting News! Share your Brand with CCG!

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