Alyeska, February 2014.
Taking Back Sunday - Stood A Chance (new song off of their upcoming record “Happiness Is” due out March 18th via Hopeless Records)
Anonymous asked: Hi Hope! So lately I've been having a problem between me and my friends. They've been stealing things from stores, like small things like nail polish and makeup, but still stealing. I've talked to then about and I told them that they really should stop but the just laugh like I'm joking about it. Sometimes I feel being around them is testing my faith with God because they're always trying to peer pressure me into things that are against my beliefs. I'm not sure what do. Do you have any advice?
Hi friend! I do think I have some advice for you.
I’m so glad that you’re a light among your friends and that you’re unafraid of speaking up for what you believe is right. I think that says a lot, because for a long time, I remained silent in situations where I should have been more like you.
I don’t think God is trying to test your faith around them though. I think that God desires for your friendships to be encouraging to you spiritually, for the most part.
When it comes to these friends, I think that you’ve said all you can say and they know how you feel about the stealing. I think the best thing you can do is follow your heart, don’t participate, and pray for them. I also think it would be a good idea to distance yourself from them, especially if they’re doing things that are illegal. I’d hate to see you be in the wrong place at the wrong time with them and suffer the consequences.
Pray for Godly friendships that you can rest in and be encouraged by. That way you won’t feel like you need to hang out with these friends often. Keep being a light to them, but don’t compromise yourself! :)
Anonymous asked: I told one of my friends how I really felt about them. I spilled all my feelings for them. We decided to go on a date. On that date, they proceeded to tell me that they felt similarly, yet were so scared of the uncertainty a relationship, because they cherished our friendship so much, that they don't want to move on. We made an agreement to forget that anything ever happened. It is a month later and I can't do it any more. I want to pursue them so much, but am scared of bringing it up. Advice?
Well. This is a tough situation.
I think that you have to be honest, but you also have to be respectful of his/her wants and feelings. If they decide they feel the same and they want to take a risk with you, then great! But you don’t want to use your feelings to pressure them or guilt them into entering a relationship with you. That’s scary for the other person, and grounds for resentment later on down the road.
It’s almost impossible to just “forget that anything ever happened.” I’m sure they know that your feelings for them are still there, and the reality is that your friendship might have to change if your feelings won’t change. But know that this isn’t the end of the world. Falling for your best friend isn’t the most tragic thing that could happen to you. Life shifts and changes constantly, and there will be others you’ll fall for.
Either way, I think that you need to talk to them about how you’re feeling and see how things go from there. & I do hope everything works out in the best way :)
Anonymous asked: I'm struggling to trust that God will fulfill His purpose and call on my life in His time, and that the place He has me at for now is for my good and His glory. Any advice/encouragement/verses for a nomad soul? :)
Isaiah 55:10-11, Ephesians 2:8-10, Psalm 138:7-8, and so many more scriptures promise that the Lord knows what He’s doing with your life. Sometimes it’s hard to see the faithfulness of God in the midst of stress and struggle and confusion, but it is always there.
You’ll find life in the words of your Bible. If it’s hard to hear Him sometimes, go there. You’ll find that His heart towards you is good, and His promises towards you are always “yes” and “amen.” He truly cherishes you, and His work on the cross paid for not only your salvation, but your entire spiritual walk in completion. He will finish what He started in you. That’s a promise.