32 Misconceptions About Flirting and Boy/Girl Relationships (feat. Keziah E)

Boys girls relationships misconceptions

Boy/girl relationships are tricky. Beginning them can be the most difficult thing in the world, especially if you’re rather shy. Sometimes, you can come across strong and the opposite party thinks you’re flirtatious. Other times, you’re too timid and the opposite gender thinks you’re scared. Confusing, right? Well, fear not, for today I have teamed up with Christian girl blogger Keziah E to answer some of humanity’s most difficult questions: about those of the opposite gender.

Keziah and I are writing about the two different sides- she is covering the side of the girls, and I’m answering the questions about the boys. There are two categories: Misconceptions and flirting. Keziah and I will each give 10 misconceptions about our own gender, then follow that up by giving 6 ways we think the other side flirts. Ladies, if you aren’t already, make sure to follow Keziah’s fantastic blog by clicking here. With that, let’s dive right in!

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Throwing Yourself In the River of God’s Grace

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Sometimes, it just feels like the whole world is against you. Your friends think you’re weird, your siblings think you’re a dork, your parents are disappointed in your grades, and your best friend just moved to Montana. The only thing you want to do is run away from home. Is this you? I hope it’s not just me.

Honestly, this often isn’t far from the truth. Somedays, you feel like you’re on top of the world. Others, you want to find the nearest cliff. I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum more times than I can count, and I’m positive I’m not the only one.

When you feel this type of pressure, there is only two things you can do: throw yourself in a river or throw yourself in a river.

Wait, what? Aren’t those the same thing?

No.

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500 Followers Celebration

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And we are back yet again with our 500 followers celebration! What an awesome honor to do another one of these only six weeks after the last! As usual, we are averaging around 2-4 followers a day, and Africa Boy (soon to be changed) has now reached 50% of its goal- 1,000 followers! Give yourselves a round of applause! You guys are fantastic.

I am so glad to be celebrating this one in the United States. In fact, the actual timing of 500 followers was interesting. I literally hit 500 followers two hours after landing in the United States. What a welcome home present!

So, with that, we’re going to do a couple of things. Firstly, I’m going to give a couple of awards, the “Post of the Month” award, one from my own blog and one from another’s. I’m also going to give the “Encouraging Blogger of the Month” award, followed shortly by the “Featured Blog of the Month”. Alrighty, let’s do this.

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The Unbelievable Story of My Escape from Uganda

Airplane plane flying leaving Uganda

Two days ago, I left on the last plane out of Uganda. Just before the country closed its borders, I flew out on an Ethiopian Air flight with a final destination of the United States. I had been given 2 hours to pack before I could leave.

The last few days have been a hurricane of emotion. Right now, as I write this, I am in Saint Albans, West Virginia (the USA). I have been here for barely under 48 hours. The story of how I got here is something straight out of Hollywood, and it all starts with my uncle’s wedding.

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Mystery Blogger Award 3.0

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And we are back with yet another nomination, my third in this category! My thanks to Keziah for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award. Guys, Keziah is a fantastic blogger, and her posts are extremely encouraging to Christian teenagers like me. Make sure to check out her blog (and give her a follow) by clicking here.

Here are the rules:

  • Put the award logo/ image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you, and put a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions provided by whoever nominated you.
  • Nominate 10-20 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice: with one weird or funny question.
  • Share a link to your best post.

This award was created by Okoto Enigma.

Three things about myself:

1: I am an extreme extrovert, I like nothing better then talking with people.

2: I am lactose intolerant, so no ice cream.

3: My birthday is May 27th.

Now, we turn to the questions. My answers are in italics.

  1. What is the craziest thing you have ever done (or one of them)? Probably jumping three stories off a diving board, turning 360 degrees in the air, and landing with just enough time to tuck my toes.
  2. Are you reading any book right now and if so, what book? Yes, I’m reading “The Pursuit of God” by A.W Tozer.
  3. What is your favorite thing to write about? I enjoy writing in general, but I particularly like writing about subjects such as dating, Christianity, and SEO.
  4. What is your opinion on this whole coronavirus thing? Opinion? Not much of an opinion needed, everybody can see it’s rather serious. In fact, I’ve already written about it in this post.
  5. Would you rather explore the bottom of the sea, or the vast amount of celestial space? Probably celestial space, since there’s a LOT more to explore then on the bottom of the sea.

I believe this is my best post: What The Holiness of God Taught Us About Speech

Finally, here are my questions.

  1. Coffee, tea, or neither?
  2. Do you follow or play any sports?
  3. How would you describe your personality?
  4. If you could eat any food right now, what would it be?
  5. Describe your best friend or role model.

Alright, that’s all for today. Since I am unable to nominate specific people (my internet is being funky), I nominate you, my reader! With this, you get free content! You’re welcome.

Anyway, thanks again to Keziah for the nomination. Keziah, you’re awesome. And you, my readers, are awesome too. If you aren’t a regular reader or you’re new to this website, feel free to click that Follow button below (or to the side). That way, you won’t miss out on any new posts. Thanks again, and I hope you have a fantastic day!

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What We Learned From Hacksaw Ridge

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Hacksaw Ridge is the most brutal, gory, bloody, and redemptive movie I have seen in my entire life. Rated R for “intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence including grisly bloody images,” the film is quite possibly the most gory movie to be made, and yet it does justice to the story it was based on.

If you have had the opportunity to watch the movie, I congratulate you. You survived a long, harrowing 139 minutes, and you lived to tell the tale, unlike 90% of the soldiers shown in the movie. After reading the critic reviews on the story, and hearing the full descriptions of the movie’s blood and gore, I wasn’t sure I wanted to see the movie at all.

Then, I learned that Andrew Garfield stars as the main character. Immediately, I was sold. Who cares about “a little blood and gore” when someone as magnificent as Andrew Garfield stars?

I would both regret and appreciate this decision.

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[Opinion] Why Tom Brady Should Have Retired

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Two days ago, in a statement that surprised nobody, Tom Brady announced he would be leaving the Patriots organization for good.

Wait. What?

Tom Brady? The deflate guy?

Yes, Tom Brady. The deflate guy. He isn’t a Patriot, he is the Patriots. Or, rather, he was. Now, he is the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

When I first heard this, I didn’t know whether to laugh… or laugh. I chose the former. While some took to Twitter, calling the man a sellout, I just chuckled. What on earth is he doing? Does he honestly think he can win there?

Let’s take a look at this interesting decision. Oh, but before we do, look at what my favorite and most reliable website, Wikipedia, has to say about my man Tom Brady.

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Hope: The Defining Line Between Salvation and Disbelief

Hope man in tunnel light

Hope. The defining factor between Christianity and Secularism. As I wrote about in my previous post, defining hope within Christ, we understand hope as being grounded on the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ and truth of the Gospel, complete contentment within Christ and His plan, having released our sorrows and stress to Him, which allows us to look forward to the future “with eager expectation.”

In times like this, it can be difficult to have hope. Terror, with its contagious cold, takes ahold of even the bravest of men. Despair, with its fingers of dread, creeps in like a thief at night. One by one, we succumb to terror, and in our terror, we are moved to despair.

And yet God is a God of hope! These words seem to be the most difficult to utter, but they remain true. In the middle of the storm, God is there. He has all power, He has a plan, and it is good. And, through this plan, we have received faith and rejoice in our hope. He sent His son into a world far worse then one inhabited with the coronavirus, malaria, or even ebola. He sent his son into a world inhabited with sin, with the purpose of defeating that sin and ultimately eradicating it from humanity.

Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5:1, New International Version
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God’s Fulfillment Through Man’s Insufficiency

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“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:7

One of the most fulfilling experiences as a Christian is to discover the full measure of Christ’s grace. Not only does His grace encompass all sin, death, and hatred, but it also covers our weakness. After all, it is within our weakness that our true hearts are revealed.

Christ shows His perfection through our imperfection. In times of pain and trial, he is the one most glorified through us, His servants. And even though he brings trials for a reason, he does take a measure of that pain and anger and sorrow upon himself.

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Africa Boy’s Birthday (and a shoutout!)

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Well guys, we’ve done it. It has been almost exactly one year since Africa Boy’s birth. One year since I had two followers (myself and Ariana Evans), one year since the background was blue and the blog header was an elephant. One year since I discovered the fantastic platform known as WordPress. And boy, it has been a unique year. Let’s do a quick recap.

March

Best post: The Ultimate Insult.

March was a trial-and-error month for me, trying to figure out what WordPress was, how to market my website, and trying to tell my friends about it. I was also discovering my writing style, something that has significantly changed over the last year (if you’ve been with me from the beginning, you’ll agree). During March, I published 16 posts, averaging 2 likes per post, had 304 total views from 80 visitors, and reached 40 followers.

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How To Be Strong In a Country Ruled By Fear

Man on shore coronavirus blog post

Today, one word dominates the news- Coronavirus. As I write this, my little brother and best friend Noah is on a plane back to the USA for a family wedding. Already, he has told me that over 70% of all passengers, workers, pilots, stewardesses, and all other people found in an airport are wearing masks to prevent the spread of the virus. Racism, in ways we could never have foreseen, is on the rise. Asians are commonly being prejudiced against simply because of their race, along with the fact that the virus originated in (and has stayed focused on) China.

The Coronavirus has brought more than a deadly disease- it has brought fear. From Buddhists to Atheists, Christians to Mormons, every single religion has harbingers and doomsdayers writing dozens of posts or articles declaring the end of time. Fear has entered the heart of almost every person within a four-hundred mile radius of the disease and its carriers.

People are terrified of this virus. In some ways, the terror has spread even further than the horror inspired by Ebola. Ebola, at least, was curable (and would eventually receive a cure). Being a virus, the coronavirus can’t be cured. . . it can only be immunized against. At this point, the only thing that can cure it would be to constantly quarantine those hit and hope that a vaccine is developed soon.

The fear caused by this virus has taken ahold of the United States. People are buying food in bulk, the Chinese stock market is crashing, airline prices are dirt cheap, flights are being canceled altogether, and face masks to guard against germs have long since been bought from Amazon.

We, as Christians, are called to be peacemakers in a time of crisis. While others hide in their homes, we are called to be brave and fearless, protected by the Lord and thus spreading His name. Believers, let’s rise and be strong witnesses in this time of darkness. There’s no need to be afraid! Christ is in control (see Romans 8:28), He has a plan, and it is good.

Christ is in control (see Romans 8:28), He has a plan, and it is good.

Finally, we are also called to pray. Pray for Asia, that the terrible virus rampaging through it would be destroyed. Pray for the United States, that they will have wisdom in dealing with the recent outbreaks. And pray for the rest of the world, that God’s hand of protection will be on His people, and that this disease would be vanquished at least. God bless you.

Alright, that’s all for today. This was a (rare) short post, but I hope you enjoyed it, and I thank you for reading it. If you did enjoy it, be sure to click that Follow button below (or to the side). That way, when I release a new post, you’ll get notified. Thanks again, and I hope you have a fantastic day!

Shoutout to Brianna Clay for requesting this post. Bri, you’re an awesome friend and a better reader. Thanks a ton.

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The Scary Truth About Christianity and Modern-Day Movies

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Movies have come a long way since the 1940s. Where there used to be small screens, playing black-and-white pictures with no sound, there are now massive screens, playing high-definition images with quality surround-sound, all for the enjoyment of the average Joe.

Looking past the outward changes, we’ve also seen a lot of differences within the movie-making industry. In several ways, the industry has seemed to devolve, allowing itself to be controlled by the culture around it. In other ways, we have seen major improvements, namely in the Christian movement industry. But what changes do we see in secular movies?

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The Art of (Christian)Dating

Couple Christian Dating relationship

Last week, we learned about dating and courtship. We learned what true dating and courtship are, and we also defined the two terms. Then, we set the bare minimum standard for dating, reiterating what I published a few months ago in my post “5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Date Until You’re 19”. This post specifically laid out guidelines on deciding when to actually start dating. These included, but are not limited to, financial stability, a knowledge of proper manners, emotional stability, spiritual maturity, and discipleship by men/women in the Church.

Moving on past when to date, we also learned when not to date. High school was discussed in detail, and it was eventually decided that, as a general rule, high school dating is neither necessary nor reasonable, based on the reasoning found in this article, published by the Circe Institute.

After all of that, we are still left with one major question- what does real, Christian dating look like? This is, quite unfortunately, a question that few ask and even fewer would care to answer. Most Christians date whenever and however they wish, leaving younger, more inquisitive minds with a warped image of both themselves and their relationships. Somehow, we have almost deluded our younger generation into believing that young teenagers are within their rights to date before the age of fifteen.

This is a travesty. Nobody seems to know what real, Christian dating is. Some, such as Joshua Harris, seemed to have a clear picture, only to fall to the world’s pressures and recant. Others claim to have a clear picture but they deceive both themselves and others, all under the guise of a Christ-like performance. Truly, a sad thing has happened to the Christian community.

Dating must begin first and foremost with the Bible. I, personally, believe in the Bible as the full and inspired Word of God, flawless and infallible, as the final source on any matter regarding Christianity. So, with that, let’s take a look at two key verses that speak into this matter.

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4 Reasons Your Blog Isn’t Being Read

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Let’s face it. Views are the name of the game when it comes to blogging. Nothing is cooler than being able to say, “I got 18,000 views on my last post.” Of course, getting to that level of writing takes a long, long time and a lot of perseverance. But even if you have a small blog like mine, averaging 115 views per post, you can still usually tell if your views are starting to decline.

This can be seen in a few ways. Firstly, you might see a decline in your average daily views. Last month, my blog averaged about 85 views per day. Not terrible, not amazing, but pretty much average. That took almost a solid year of work just to reach in the first place. If, for example, I checked my average next month and found that I only averaged 60 views per day, warning bells would go off in my head. Obviously, something would be wrong, and I would attempt to find an answer.

Another way to tell this is by looking at your comments/likes on a post. My posts average 21 likes and 17 comments, and I can usually tell if one is above or below average at a glance. If it’s below average, I’ll start thinking- is it the time I published? Did I offend someone? There’s almost always an answer.

Finally, the last way to tell if your blog is losing readers is by looking at your average post views. My average post gets around 100 views after about a week, since some readers can take a bit of time to read them. Of course, if you’re publishing wintergreen content on a regular basis (content that could be read in ten years), your readers will continue coming back, making this statistic irrelevant. If you, like me, publish half-wintergreen content, now is the time to check your average post views. You can do so by clicking the WordPress stats panel, clicking “Months” to show your monthly statistics, and scrolling down. Under “Posts & Pages”, you will find your posts ranked by views, highest to lowest. This can be a fantastic indicator of which posts do better than others. If my Africa posts were towards the bottom of the spectrum, and my SEO posts were nearer to the top, what does this say? Obviously, some posts are read more then others.

There is, of course, a way to troubleshoot this. But before we get to this, let’s take a look at four reasons your views are declining in the first place.

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