Hello! So yesterday I went to a bookstore (*girly scream*) and I got 2 new books! One was a Star Wars book and the other is called I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris. I saw it on the shelf and I was debating about getting it, I knew my mom had always wanted me to read it. I just felt I should get it. From page 1 I knew I would love it. I’m only a few chapters in but I love it! I would highly recommend it to anyone. But I was also going over 1 Corinthians 13 and I decided to start a series on it. It’ll be called ‘What is Love?’ In each post I will go into each characteristic of love described in that chapter.
I like the new year I guess. I mean, I’m not a big fan of change so I always get nervous when the new year rolls around and for at least 3 months after it I’m still writing the previous year when I date something. It takes me a while to get used to stuff like that. But one of my biggest issues with the new year is how people make resolutions and say things like “it’s a new year and a new chance!” People look at it as a way to start fresh and begin again. When really, every day in a new day. Every day is a new chance to be better than you were yesterday. Also, if you have accepted Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you ARE NEW! 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore is anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. The old is gone, behold, the new has come.” You don’t need it to be a new year to be a new person. At any time you can choose to say “I need to change.” That’s your choice. Every day is a new chance, every moment is a new opportunity.
Now with that being said I want to reflect on my year and all the things God has done with my life. I’ve had a great year though these past couple months have been the hardest in my life so far. I can still say this year was great. Because it’s another year God has given me. Some people never live to be 16 so I’m grateful for every day God has blessed me with. It’s so crazy to think about all that He has done. This year has been a year of change for me. But not bad change, it’s good. Yes, it’s scary, but it’s good. At the beginning of the year I was a shy 15 year old still stuck in the past and trying to make my voice be heard while I was too afraid to speak up. But God has changed me in so many ways. I have gotten to encourage people and be audacious. I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone though I admit sometimes I backed down. But its a learning process. I am SO not the person I used to be. It’s crazy look back at who I once was and to see who I am now. I keep a journal and my oldest entry is from 2, almost 3, years ago. I was so immature and I flipped out about every silly thing. But if you read through it you can see how (very slowly) the little things started to seem smaller and smaller until I stopped caring and left them up to God. It shows how I became closer to Him and started to rely on Him more and more. Though throughout my journal I tell of the various trials I’ve encountered, you can see that God was working and moving and making all things work together. It’s a book of my life. My story. But it’s not about me, it’s about God and how great He is. Because without Him I am nothing. I wasn’t this close to God at the beginning of the year as I am now. But I fall more in love with Him every day of my life. That’s something I’ll continue to do throughout this new year.
I had some pretty great experiences this year. I went to Camp in the summer and that week really had an impact on me. I still think about that week often. I also had the honor of going to Tennessee on a missions trip with my youth group. I met incredible people there and the little children I worked with have changed me. I think of them daily and miss them very much. Really, I don’t think missions trips are entirely about helping people. Because it seems that I get changed more than the people I have gone to help. I also did some crazy things with friends, had fun nights and youth group and grew so much stronger in my faith. Another fun highlight was Family Camp with my church. That was a fun weekend full of laughter and games and weirdness. I moved downstairs and thus got a bigger bedroom which I enjoy very much, though I didn’t want to move at all at first. I also biked to church almost every day and sometimes more than once a week. (It’s 6 miles to my church, so its a great workout.)
Among less exciting things it’s been a great year in the world of entertainment. I saw a lot of great movies, read some great books and listened to some great music! Movies like the Avengers, Red Lights, and Batman. I can’t even count all the great books I’ve read. But you can check my Goodreads for that. As for music, the new Flyleaf album came out called New Horizons. Though it was their last album with Lacey Sturm, which made me cry. I got into the band Icon For Hire, which I’ve been listening to a lot, and I heard the song Moment Of Truth by FM Static which is so beautiful I want to cry every time I hear it.
So this year has been amazing. Tomorrow on January 1st it’ll be just like every day. A new day. A new chance. On January 2nd it will be the same. A new day and a new chance. Every day is new. Never lose sight of your goals and live for today. Life is beautiful. Embrace every moment of it.
Hey everybody! Today I wanted to talk about an interesting topic: Dating. You see, people these days tend to date for all the wrong reasons and really, they start dating way too early. I know people in 6th grade with boyfriends and such. Listen up people, the point of dating is to find a husband. Yeah, it happens, but most likely you won’t be dating him in grade school.
I think a lot of girls date because they want to feel important or valued or whatever. They think that they need a boyfriend to make them feel special. But guess what? You don’t! Your worth isn’t found in guys or people at all. It’s found in Christ. He loves you, and when He sees you, He sees His beautiful creation. You don’t need a boyfriend/girlfriend to compliment you to make you feel important. Instead of seeking attention from people, look into the Word and see what God has to say about you.
“The King will desire your beauty. Because He is your Lord, bow down to Him.” (Psalm 45:11)
“How precious are Your thoughts towards me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.” (Psalm 139:17-18) Or just read all of Psalm 139 for that matter.
“You are precious to me. You are honored and I love you.” (Isaiah 43:46)
Get the picture? GOD LOVES YOU! He thinks you’re AMAZING! He loves you with the kind of love that no person ever could! His love is unfailing. It isn’t dependent on us or what we do.
I feel like there was more I wanted to say…I don’t know. Ok, but like, people just date because they can and I don’t think people care too much about finding a husband or any of that. It’s messed up. I’m 16 and I’ve never had a boyfriend. I’ve never really had the desire to have a boyfriend either. Sure I’ve thought about what it would be like and all that, but at the end of the day, I know it’s not what God wants for me. At least not yet. Because I know when the time comes, it’ll happen. Eventually I’ll get a boyfriend yes, but all in God’s timing. People these days always rush into relationships and never give God a second thought. They never pray about what God’s plan is or anything. Bro, God wants to prosper you! (Jeremiah 29:11) Look to God for counsel in everything you do. You should seek to do God’s plan, not to please yourself or to give yourself momentary happiness.
Here are just some things I think are important things to remember when you’re in a relationship:
- When your in a relationship with someone, the most important thing you should do is keep God first! Seriously! Make Him the center of everything you do! He is your King! Let Him lead every aspect of your life, including your dating life.
- Set boundaries. Seriously people. There are certain things that are worth waiting for. You can wait until you get married. And then there are other things that some people consider appropriate when others think the complete opposite. Me and my friends have discussed this often. Like, kissing. Yes or no? Really, I can’t say. That’s for you to decide. But I can say that gifts are much sweeter when you wait for them.
- If you have a problem, work it out with them. That’s pretty self explanatory. Just like with friends, if your upset about something they did, work it out and talk it out.
- Remember to learn from each other. When your dating someone, just like with friends, you guys can learn a lot from each other. Build each other up and learn from your mistakes.
- And last but not least, FORGIVENESS!!! Both of you will mess up. But guess what? It’s not the end of the world! If you mess up, admit your wrong. It’ll be worth swallowing your pride for. Likewise, be forgiving of your boyfriend/girlfriend. Don’t let a small mistake ruin your relationship.
So yeah. And for you people who aren’t dating, know it’s all in God’s timing. He knows. Just because you want a boyfriend doesn’t mean you need a boyfriend. God’s timing is perfect. And while your waiting, learn to look to God for fulfillment and not things of this world. Yes, a boyfriend can be a blessing from God, but just…wait for Him to give you the green flag:) But as always, pray and read your bible and listen intently for Christ while you wait on the right guy.
Merry Christmas all!
I want to change the world.
I just thought I should cut to the chase. I want to save a life, to help someone who is without hope, to be Jesus for someone who never would have known Him otherwise.
But I’m homeschooled. I don’t know too many non-Christians. I try to help my Christian friends out as often as I can and I know I can make their day but…I want to help someone who without my help may not have lived to see the sunrise. God has put so much on my heart. Like, sure some people may be content where they are. But I’m not. I won’t settle for where I am now. I want to be a light for Christ because that’s what I was made to be. We are called to be a light to those who are in darkness! People can have HUGE effects on others! I don’t think we realize the impact we can have on someone. I know because I’ve been affected by a small act of kindness in a hard time and I know it made all the difference.
I work at AWANA and I strive to be the best leader I can be. I remember my leaders and how much I looked up to them and I want to be like that. I want to make my team SO on fire for God! In 4 or 5 years I want them to remember the things I taught them or things I said. I want them to look at me and see Jesus. I want to be a reflection of Him.
But I also want to help people my age. I want to be their friend when no one else was around, to love them unconditionally and be their light on their darkest days. My number 1 goal in life is to bring someone to Christ. I know I can’t do it alone, my strength comes from the Lord. I can do nothing without Him. If you would pray for me that would be so great, pray for courage and opportunity. I want to do God’s will for me, to set aside my own personal wants and do what God asks of me.
I don’t know how I can meet people but I believe that if this is what God is calling me to do then He’ll provide the rest. I’m mostly worried that He’ll provide and I won’t have the courage to do whatever is needed.
I always say that my theme song is Legacy by Nichole Nordeman. Because that song is like my life goal. It says “I want to leave a legacy, how will they remember me? Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough to make a mark on things? I want to leave an offering. A child of mercy and grace who blessed Your name unapologetic ally, and leave that kind of legacy.“
So I’ll be doing a lot of praying and reading my bible. (and probably a lot of letter writing too.) Hopefully God will bring an opportunity to me. So what has God been calling you to do? “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ to do good works…” (Ephesians 2:10) He has a plan for each of us. So, are you going to take that leap of faith and do what He is calling you to do?
Well it’s Super Hero Night at AWANA tonight and that means…my favorite AWANA night of the year!!! Because I seriously adore dressing up. When I was little it was just called Hero Night and they’ve changed it now. I’ve struggled a little with the change in title. Because you don’t need super powers to be a hero. Every time I go I’m not a typical comic book super hero and people bug me about it. But I think they’re pretty super.
So what exactly is a hero?
Some people I’ve thought about being have been Lacey Mosley, (the lead singer of Flyleaf.) Thalia Grace, (along with countless others from Percy Jackson) and Tahiri Veila. (from Star Wars if course.) Now, if you know these people you may not consider them to be heroes. Lacey is the lead singer of a rock band, Thalia’s a gothic and Tahiri is a former apprentice of a Sith Lord. So why do I want to be them?
First of all, Lacey Mosley’s testimony and faith in God BLOW.MY.MIND! The lady is a boss! Thalia shouldn’t be judged on how she dresses. She gave her life to save her friends in the Percy Jackson books. And Tahiri….wow. She is an incredible character. She had gone through SO much and yet she remained strong. She made some mistakes, sure. But so do we. She had her whole life destroyed but she kept going. She didn’t let her past define her.
All of these people (and SO many more!) really inspire me. You don’t need super powers to be a hero. Like that one song by Superchick says “YOU could be a hero.” You have the power to make a difference in the world. You can change someone’s life. I get really inspired by people. The things that people do can make the biggest impact in my life.
Do you know any heroes? I sure do. My parents, my older brother, my closest friends, my youth group leaders, and many many more! They might not have super strength but they have the power to change lives. The same power you have. So use it. Go out a be a hero. Don’t wait for someone to step up. Be audacious.
So I have a blood problem called ITP, so I need to go to the hospital once a week to get my blood checked. I go to the pediatric oncology center to get this blood work done. Well, when I was there this week I was sitting in the waiting room reading when I heard a little girl begin to cry. I looked up to see her run after her mom who was being taken to the doctors office. Her dad grabbed her and told her she couldn’t follow her mom. She just screamed and cried by the door.
Hey! Alright, everyone keeps asking why I love Star Wars so much. Well, the main reason I love Star Wars so much is kinda a long story, but a good one! But that’s not the story I have for you today. The other day I was reading an article about kindness. The kid who wrote it was saying how there was a guy he knew who loved Tootsie Rolls and he wanted everyone else to share his passion, so he always gave away free Tootsie Rolls. I thought “Hey! that’s just like me except with Star Wars!” The guy said that he just wanted to share the love of Christ through something he loved. He also said that God had given him a love for candy and he was using it to glorify God. People saw his kindness when he gave away Tootsie Rolls, and he reflected Christ.
Well, that article got me thinking. God gave me a passion for Star Wars, I’m gonna use it to bring Him glory. Just like God gives people talents to bring glory to Him, I believe He also gives us passions. My passion is Star Wars. I bring glory to God by explaining to people the story of how God has been working in my life through my passion. What’s your passion? How do you use it to glorify God?
Hey. So, I’ve just been doing a lot of thinking lately and I was thinking of a place to share this and, since this is pretty much my place to share my thoughts, this was a good place to do it. Ok, so who doesnt know about the Cassy Anthony case? Honestly, its been all over the news since they declared her innocent. Well, its just been weighing really heavy over my heart. I just need to share my thoughts on the whole situation. Tuesday, when she was found innocent, my facebook blew up with posts about it. Sadly, they all said things like “Wow! I cant believe she’s innocent!” and “She lied through her teeth out there!” Ok, I dont know if she’s guilty or not. I dont know enough facts to have an opinion. There’s only 3 people who really know what happened, Cassey, Caylee and God. I’m not going to base my opinion on what the media’s telling me! I’m basing it on what GOD is telling me. Right now I feel like he’s telling me Romans 12:20 “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him. And if he is thirsty, give him s drink….Do not overcome evil with evil, but overcome evil with good.” From what I’ve seen and hear, people have been mocking Cassey like they’re so much better. “But I dint kill my daughter!” People might say. 1. you cant prove she did either! 2. James 2:10 “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at one point is guilty of breaking it all.” Your not better then she is! Thats the reason Jesus died! For the sinners! (Luke 5:31 “And Jesus answered and said to them ‘It is not those who are well that need a doctor, but those who are sick.'”) Those are the kind of people Jesus died for. Those are the kind of people he ate with! (Luke 5:30) God created Cassey! He’s just waiting for her to pour her heart out to Him. He loves her. One of my favorite bible stories is of the adulteress women. The Pharisees said that the Law Of Moses declared for her to be stoned. But Jesus said (John 8:7) “Whoever is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Jesus was the only one without sin, but He didn’t condemn her. He forgave her. Romans 5:8 says “But God demonstrates His love toward us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. He died for you, for me, for Cassey, for everyone. We arent better then her, we’re all sinners. (Romans 3:9 “What then? are we better then they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are under sin.”) But you know what makes us, as Christians and children of God, different? We know we’re forgiven. God’s hand is reached down to all, He has the free gift of eternal life, all they need to do is take it. So now we need to tell everyone else and be a light int is dark world! (Romans 2:19) How are we showing Gods love in this situation? Everyone’s talking bad about Cassey so we need to stand up and show God’s love, not go with everyone else and talk bad about another person! We’re better then that! We’re the children of God! We were created for so much more! If I had one chance to talk to Cassey Anthony I would give her the gospel, not demand to know what happened to her daughter. You may think she’s not getting what she deserves. But the truth is neither are we. We deserve eternal punishment in hell. But God said that even though we were guilty, we didnt have to pay the punishment. Jesus paid for that on the Cross. We’re forgiven. That’s God’s mercy. I hope this has really changed your views, not just on the Cassey Anthony case. But please pray for her salvation. wow. That was long. I just felt led to write that and get that out in the open. Thanks for reading!
Happy Easter! with all the happiness about Spring its easy to forget what Jesus did for us on the cross. He was beaten and bruised and hung on a cross and died for you! Take a moment and think about that. I know you hear it all the time. Jesus loves you. But He does! Jesus LOVES you! You! a sinner who deserves to go to hell. He loves you! I know for me it’s hard to think about how much He loves us. I love the song Atmosphere by TobyMac, it really makes you think about God’s love. He knows where you’ve been and He understands. He can be your shoulder to cry on and your friend who will be with you no matter what. So this weekend, just think about that<3