Many of us will remember Candace Cameron Bure from ABC’s Full House, where we affectionately knew her as “DJ Tanner.” Today Candace is a role model to young women everywhere, with a testimony of growing up in Hollywood, while growing in faith with God.
This month, Candace gets candid on the topic of devotion when a reader asks, “I don’t know how to get back on track. Do you have any advice?”
Hi Candace, This website has encouraged me to strengthen my walk with Jesus Christ, but I would appreciate it if you would pray for me. I feel as if I am going nowhere with Christ and I am walking further away from Him.
When I was reading your testimony, I saw that you went through a period when Jesus was last in your life and not first. Well, that is kind of what I am feeling right now. I can’t ever seem to stay on track with my devotions. For Christmas, I received a devotional. I was so excited so I began to read it though, but that only lasted for a few days.
I became a Christian when I was 6 and rededicated my life when I was 12, but like I told you, it is as if I am walking away from Him. I don’t know how to get back on track. Do you have any advice?
P.S. I love Full House. It has been my favorite show for years. It just cracks me up:-)
Thanks for writing to me.
It took me a while to grasp the greatness of what God did for me. Only until I understood His grace, did I want to walk in His ways. It sounds like you know about God, Jesus, and the cross, but somewhere along the way it hasn’t become personal for you (even though you’ve prayed to give your life to Christ and even recommitted it). Sometimes growing up in a Christian home, the gospel can be so ingrained in you and a part of your life with your parents, that it can become difficult to make it your own relationship.
I would really encourage you to read The Way of the Master by Ray Comfort. This is the book that helped me see my true need for Jesus–giving me a desire to live my life for Him. It was seeing my sin in the mirror of the 10 commandments and discovering that God upholds a higher standard than the world’s standards on judgment day that caused me to drop to my knees and ask for forgiveness.
It was then that I realized how good God is by sending His Son, Jesus, to pay for my sin, and from that point on I WANTED to live a life pleasing to God. My desire stays strong each and every day, because of the gratitude I have in my heart for His selfless work on the cross. I’m so thankful for His sacrifice that I ask Him every day (by praying and reading the Bible) how He can use me, and what I can do for Him. Without prayer and daily reading of God’s word, my desires will wane. It is so important that even if you don’t “feel” like doing it, you still do.
Trust me–when you wet your appetite with God’s word, you’ll find it hard to live without. You can also check out www.thewayofthemaster.com. They have great stuff on there you can watch or listen to for free, and it may help ignite the fire for Jesus once again.
I know that your walk with Christ can be tough, if friends who don’t share in the same values or beliefs surround you. Do you have any Christian friends? Do you have a small church group Bible study you go to? Having a buddy who is walking with the Lord can help you stay on track. You can keep each other accountable for your actions. Remember that God knows your heart and your troubles. Pray to Him in all honesty and tell him what you’re feeling. Ask Him to help you seek Him and get to know Him better. Ask Him to give you the tools and friends to do that. He will. You just have to be willing to listen for His direction–accept it and work on it.
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