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Ryan Madeline

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About Ryan Madeline

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  • Birthday 02/07/1991

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    I'm a 19 year old girl attending college who wants to grow in her faith
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    USA
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    College student: Advertising/Public Relations major with a minor in Psychology
  • Denomination
    Church of Christ
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    Ryan Madeline

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  1. Ryan Madeline

    One parent an atheist and the other parent a Christian

    Thank you so much. That's very sweet of you:) He could definitely use prayers.
  2. Ryan Madeline

    One parent an atheist and the other parent a Christian

    I would love that! I don't really know anyone who has gone through something similar to this so I would love to talk with you more.
  3. Ryan Madeline

    How many of you are in College?

    That's so cool! Glad to know that I'm not the only college person on here. Skadaddle: I'm from Texas! It is an awesome place. An there are a lot of good nursing schools there...you should look at Texas State. I have some friends who are nursing majors there and they really like it. chemistry AND french? That's an interesting combination. Why are you doing both of those? I have been wanting to take French but at my college we dont have to have a foreign language credit. I thought about taking it anyways because it is offered, but I recently changed my major and so I'm going to have so much to do now anyways so I don't have time. I originally was a Psychology major but now I decided to switch to Ad/PR and have Psych as a minor.
  4. Ryan Madeline

    How many of you are in College?

    Hey ladies! I am 19 years old and a sophomore at a Christian university. I'm a Advertising/Public Relations major with a Psychology minor. I was wondering how many of you were also in college? If so, what are your majors?
  5. Ryan Madeline

    One parent an atheist and the other parent a Christian

    Thanks for the reply! I don't think that my mom has ever seriously considered leaving my dad because as a Christian she takes her vows very seriously. I have read that passage a few times before and it's interesting how it speaks directly to this situation. The Bible says that if the non believing spouse doesn't want to stay with the believing spouse then it is alright if they divorce. But if the unbelieving spouse is willing to stay then the couple should stay married. I am happy that my parents are together even though things are the way they are. I wish the cirumstances were different but I feel like they are doing the right thing by staying together even through difficult situations. I really like when you said "...God has a plan for each of us and don't hate on yourself if you can't convince your dad to believe". I feel bad sometimes because I know that as a Christian I should witness to people who do not believe. I am extremely close to my atheist father but yet I still cannot convince him....It's very frustrating. Sometimes I'm like, "am I not enough to convince him? Was having a child not life changing enough to make him see that there is a God?" But I think that it's helpful to live by example....To have my dad know that I have decided to be a Christian and with that to try my best to always show being religious in the best light possible to him. Hope to talk to you again soon.
  6. Hey guys! I wanted to come on here today and see if anyone else on here can relate to what I've gone through. My parents are what the Bible would call "unequally yoked". My mom is a strong Christian and my dad is a strong athiest. It's a really long and complicated story of why the situation is like it is, but I'll try to give you the quick version. My parents met at church. At the time when they got married, they were both committed Christians who prayed together and wanted to raise their kids in a Christian home. My dad was still a Christian when I was born. A few years after my birth, however, things started to change. My dad started to have questions about the Bible and if God really existed. He started to read books on evolution and other similar scientific topics and he began to lose his faith. He did tons and tons of research and came to the conclustion that there was no God. This was when I was about five and my brother was about three. My dad told my mom that he would no longer attend church and he told her that if she let my brother and I go to church, then he would talk to me and my brother about how he didn't believe in God and evolution. My mom couldn't bear the thought of me and my brother being confused like that at such a young age and so she decided that we just wouldn't go to church. Saying all of this, my dad is a great guy. He has morals and is a good person. He just isn't a Christian and my mom is and it's made my family a bit dysfunctional. So, I went for years wihout ever being taught about God or faith or anything. Even though my mom was a Chrisitan, she couldn't talk to us about God because then my dad would talk to us about being an athiest and it would be confusing for us. I grew up not being allowed to read the Bible and not ever having anyone say a bedtime prayer with me. One of my cousins gave me a children's Bible for Christmas when I was in elementary school and I remember my dad taking it away from me. I remember going to my best friend's house as a little girl and playing a video game that had a Christian theme and having my friend's mom come up to me and say that I needed to stop playing the game because my dad wouldn't approve of it. My family NEVER talked about religion and after a while it got to the point where I was terrified of even saying the word God in my own house because I didn't want things to be uncomfortable. I wanted to be a Christian when I was little because the school I went to was a Christian school and so I knew about it from that exposure. But it had to be a secret desire because I wasn't allowed to be one. When I was about 10 or 11, my dad was still a strong atheist but he decided that it would be okay if my mom started taking my brother and I to church. It was then that I was exposed to Christianity even more and I felt more comfortable with the idea that I was allowed to be a Christian. Of course, my dad didn't go with us but at least my mom was able to go now. My family still never talked about church or God. In my high school years I was mostly uncomfortable with talking to my mom about God too because it just seemed weird to me. I remember asking my mom to not pray for us at Thanksgiving one year before the meal just because it made me so uncomfortable with my dad around. I've been going to church ever since then. I'm 19 now and I also go to a Christian university where I feel like I am growing in my faith a lot. My family still doesn't tallk about God and I've never talked about the situation with my dad before or hardly anyone else. I still feel a lot of pain from the situation with my dad. It bothers me that my mom is in a marriage with someone who isn't a Christian. She can't share her faith with her husband and she wasn't able to share it with her children as much as she would have liked. Don't get me wrong, my parents love each other and are committed to each other. They don't arugue often. But there is a distance between them and I feel that much of it has to do with this issue. My mom has told me that she loves my dad but that she had no idea that this situation was going to happen when she married him. She wanted to be with someone that she could share her faith with. Apparently my dad used to pray with her when he still believed. I can't even imagine that now AT ALL. It's difficult because I feel that because of my dad's atheism I can't be as close to him as I would like to be. I grieve that he has lost his faith because I know that he has to feel alone all the time. I wish that I could have had a Dad that told me how much God loved me and that I am God's princess. But I didn't and I know that it has made my rely on God more and has made me stronger as a person. I still wish with everything that I have that things could have been different for my family though. Now that both my brother and I are in college, I feel really bad for my mom going to church and sitting alone there. I've heard that when one person in a marriage is a Christian and the other isn't that it is called being "spiritually single". I feel that this term definitely applies to my mom. I just still have trouble dealing with this and the pain that it has caused my family. I hope and pray that this doesn't happen to my future marriage. I am afraid that when I get married someday that my husband will start out being a knight in shining armor and then later change his personality and his whole belief system just like what my dad did to my mom. I also have trouble believing that men really can be strong Christians because I have lacked that influence in my life for many years. My mom tells me that she hates how this situation is but that I shouldn't worry about it too much. But it's just that to me it is a huge deal because if you are a Christian then your whole life should be about God and when that lifestyle is repressed for so long it becomes difficult. I guess it bothers me because my mom wouldn't have married my dad if she had known this was going to happen. Sorry this was so long. I just have been really curious to talk to anyone else who has gone through this or something similar to this??? Your sister in Christ, R.M. <3
  7. Ryan Madeline

    New girl!

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I think that it is so amazing that you are discovering the Bible and how faith can make such a big impact on your life. I am so happy for you right now. This really encourages me, because I want to dig deeper into the Bible and grow in my beliefs too. Feel free to send me a message anytime. My name is Ryan.
  8. Ryan Madeline

    Family's religious affiliation

    I am Church of Christ, and currently, the rest of my family is mainly Church of Christ, atheist, Baptist, Non-Denominational, or agnostic. Going further back into my family's ancestry, there is originally Methodist and Roman Catholic roots.
  9. I was in a dangerous and scary situation on Friday night, and I feel that God was really protecting me and my friends. Here's what happened. My good friend invited me to go with her mom, aunt, cousin and sister for a night out this past Friday to celebrate our recent high school graduations. We live in a big city in the US, and so we went downtown and ate at a nice restaraunt, took a horse drawn carriage ride around the city, and had coffee at a cute little restaraunt that a famous actor owns. Really fun stuff! Everything was great until we tried to get a cab to go back to our hotel. The area where we were trying to hail a cab was in a bad part of downtown...An area that's filled with crazy bars and clubs and TONS of drunk people. It was also around midnight on a Friday night. As we were walking, all of these random drunk guys were hitting on everyone in our group, including my friend's mom who is married and in her late forties! I was definitely ready to jump into a cab and get to a more secure place. Suddenly, my friend's aunt decides that we should ride in a pedicab. (For those of you that don't know what a pedicab is, it's a little cart that is attatched to a bike, where passengers ride in the back while the driver takes the passengers where they need to go. They are becoming more common in urban areas in the US.) Most of the people in my group didn't want to take a pedicab, including me, but since my friend's aunt was paying for everything, it was her final decision. So she decided that we were going to take the pedicab instead of a regular taxi. I didn't really want to take a pedicab because they can be dangerous, especially late Friday night downtown. I have always lived in big cities, so I know how to be careful and I have a good sense of what is safe and what is not safe. So our group had to take two pedicabs, because we all couldn't fit into one. The pedicab I was in had me, my friend, and my friend's cousin in it. I'm 18, my friend's also 18, and her cousin is 16. The other pedicab had my friend's moms in it. If you've never ridden in a pedicab before, it's pretty weird and kind of exciting. We were going really fast. A lot of the people who were on the sidewalks were yelling and screaming around us....It's pretty crazy. The guy who was pedeling our pedicab took some scary risks with us. We were on the regular roads with cars, and he kept running stoplights, which scared me. I kept thinking about how extremely easy it would be for a car to hit us at any moment. The chances of being hit by a car were higher too, because so many people were drunk and probably drunk driving. To get back to our hotel, we had to go through a bad residential neighborhood just outside of downtown. It was really really dark there, and all of these dogs were barking at us. Then I looked behind me and I noticed that my friend's moms were nowhere in sight. We had become seperated from them. My friend started making small talk with our driver, and she asked him if he had to have a licence to be in the pedicab business. Our driver was in his late twenties and was cursing a lot. He said, "No, you don't have to have a license. Anyone can do it. I don't have a boss." Then, he said something that really freaked me out. He said, "I can do whatever the _____ I want." So, I'm sitting there going...OK, we're a group of three teenage girls in a bad neighborhood, with this random older guy who says that he can do "whatever he wants", and on top of that, the adults aren't anywhere in sight. I started to think about what I would do if a gang came up to us, or if the driver tried to mess with us. I had my phone, and I could scream and jump out and run. It was amazing how vulerable I was at that moment. That area on a Friday night is really dangerous, and recently there have been a lot of fights, and some murders. I couldn't stop thinking about all of the possible horrific scenerios that could so easily take place at any moment...Rape, assault, robbery...Anything. I knew that whatever happened was up to God and that we were in his hands. I prayed that he would protect us and just let us get back to the hotel safely. Thankfully, we did arrive safely. And a few minutes after we got to the hotel, my friend's moms pulled up behind us. I thanked God and breathed a sigh of relief. This bad situation that I was in on Friday reminds me yet again that I am in God's hands, and that I must trust Him no matter what. No matter how bad things get, no matter how hopeless things seem, and no matter how frightening things are. I am always vulnerable to God and I have to trust that whatever happens to me is in His plan for my life. I think about all of the things that could have gone wrong on Friday. I think about how people who have been in my exact situation have had terrible things happen to them, sometimes even with fatal or permanant consequences. I talked to someone I know about what happened, and she said, "God must have a bigger plan for you girls than what could have happened to you on Friday. He was watching out for you." I believe that things happen for a reason, and this experience is one that I will remember. It reminds me of how I have to trust in God, and in God's plan for my life. I just wanted to share that with all of you. Ryan Madeline
  10. Ryan Madeline

    My Testimony

    Thank you so much for writing this. It is very inspiring. It is brave of you to share your story!
  11. Ryan Madeline

    Ouch =(

    Definitely put a cold washcloth on your forehead, that always helps me a lot. And go to bed early, even though it's not as much fun, many times you can sleep off a headache. Best Wishes!
  12. Ryan Madeline

    My Laptop Isn't Working Anymore

    Hey, I was able to fix it on my own. Thank you for all of the help. Something got really messed up under my user name, and I had to go into safe mode and create a new user. So everything is working correctly now. Luckily I was able to save all of my files that I was worried about losing onto a USB drive. Also, to answer your question, my netbook doesn't have a CD/DVD drive, but I have an external one that I plug into my USB port. I love my netbook because it's very light and portable. Thanks again!
  13. Ryan Madeline

    Movies...

    A Walk to Remember, or Meet the Parents.
  14. Ryan Madeline

    So I became a Christian around last December.

    I did the same thing. I typed in CTF into Google also, and I found this.
  15. Ryan Madeline

    Authority

    Yeah, I could see this turning into a looong debate... The Kate pictures are, umm, very interesting!
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