Ask Ainsley

Ask Ainsley

Q: Dear Ainsley,

I love all the crafts, life’s instructions and other activities in this magazine. I would love to do all of them but I never have time.I also think that doing this will help me to get closer to God. What should I do?

A: Dear Th!nk Reader,

If you really want to do the things in this magazine, make a specific time to do it. If God is wanting you to get closer to him now, then he will provide a way to do that. I’m not saying that he doesn’t want you to get closer to him, he may just have a different plan for you now. Other ideas for getting closer to God could be reading your Bible everyday before school (or after), praying to God multiple times during the day even if nothing bad has happened, and stepping in to help wherever is needed. Remember, you are doing things for God and not people. Also pray that God would help you to make time in your busy schedule. You may also need to ask your parents for help. Maybe they can help you make time in your busy schedule.

-Ainsley

Q: Dear Ainsley

All of my friends know what they want to be when they grow up except for me. I really don’t know what I want to be when I’m older but I don’t want to be the only one to not. Please help!

A: Dear Th!nk Reader,

You don’t have to know what you want to be when you grow up-I don’t even know! God has a plan for your life and has created you to do something special. Anyway, being a kid can fun because you don’t have to worry about all this ‘grown up stuff’. So enjoy being a kid while it lasts because before you know it, you will be a grown up. Also, don’t worry about what your friends think, God’s opinion matters the most most. The bible says in Matthew 6:24,” Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Even if it’s not tomorrow that you’re worrying about, God tells us to give Him all your worries.

-Ainsley

Q: Dear Ainsley,

Is there a certain way to pray? When I pray I don’t know who or what to pray for. I also think that my prayers are really short and don’t have any meaning. What should I do?
A: Dear Th!nk Reader,

No, there is not a certain way to pray. I would recommend reading Matthew 6:5-15. I would highlight Matthew 6:14&15 which says,”For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” The verses before are a part of a prayer that you could pray. What I’m saying is that you don’t have to pray this prayer but it’s a good outline for a prayer. The others verses talk about being serious when you pray and having time to pray when its just you and God. I’m not saying that you can’t pray out loud with your family or a group, but you need to have 1 on 1 time with God. Look around you, there are plenty of people who need prayer. Whether it’s someone who’s sick or traveling a far distance. All your prayers have meaning to God.

-Ainsley

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