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Real: actually existing as a thing or occurring in fact; not imagined or supposed; not imitation or artificial; genuine.

I was raised in a Christian household. My parents were dedicated believers; I accepted Jesus into my heart at a very young age; and I was taught the Bible from the time I could understand.

However, despite all of this, I still had questions. Sometimes, I would pause and wonder, “What if God really isn’t real?” and I’d wonder if I was wasting my life. But I want to assure you that He is real.

It’s natural to wonder about these things, but don’t let that curiosity make you feel guilty. Adversely, don’t let it draw you away from God.

Instead, let it be a motivator to draw closer to God. Read the Word and find out for yourself. Seek God and the Bible says you will find Him. Let that be proof.

Seek God, and genuinely look for Him. See if the Word is true. See if He is real; if His love is real; His forgiveness; His kindness.

God will reveal the truth to you. Look for it. Really, really look, and you’ll find that He’s real.

Maddisen Sauls is the smile and voice behind the Everyday Joy blog as well as the author of the Word of the Week posts and the editor of by leaps and bounds. Throughout her life, Maddisen has worked as a reporter for small town newspapers, a School Age and Preschool teacher, and has acquired her ministerial license. 

An avid book reader and lover of the written word, Maddisen is passionate about using her favorite medium to reach the lost and the hurting, and to offer encouragement and hope to those struggling through life. 

Following her battle with depression, Maddisen has made it her mission to help other people through this journey and to bring joy to the lives of the people around her. 

You can find Maddisen on Instagram @maddisen.paige

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