Wednesday, November 18, 2015

This is My Hope

I saw this video the other day, and thought I would share it… This is my hope. What is yours?

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Me and My Crazy Life, as well as Expectations of Others

As a 16 year old, many people have been lately asking "what are my plans for the future". In all reality, I don't know. I do know that I want to follow God wherever he leads me. He has blessed me with a lot of different interests, and has recently been putting on my heart the want of being a wife, mother, and a stronger daughter in Him. Though, I still have a while before it all really matters. I mean, I could die today for all I know, but I feel there are things here for me to do before I am called to my true home. Which will be an awesome day.
At this point in my life, I have been struggling with a lot of doubts and insecurities, but I still trust that God will show me and teach me what I need to know. I'm not perfect, and I don't read my Bible as I should. But I am trusting that will change.  The past couple years I haven't really had many mentors in my life that will sit down with me, encourage me, challenge me, and point me to God. I have my parents, and recently God has opened the door with a couple friends, but other than that, times have been discouraging. And I feel like I am falling away.

The past couple days I've been looking up some books and listening to some podcasts by a few amazing Christian people, and couples. Reminding me that life is hard, Christ is worth it, and relationships take work. At the moment I just want a big dose of Jesus, taking time to study his word, discuss it, and live it. Though that is easier said than done.
My life is really crazy. Most of the time I have no idea what is going on till the day of, school I can't understand, choices to make (which I'm bad at deciding), tiring sports, trying relationships, a three year old sister, no place to be alone, and more. In is age of insecurity I am often distracted from taking time to spend with God by so many things.

Fear of man (what certain people think, or how they're going to respond) controls me at many times, and all I want to do is be my own person. Not have people telling me who they think I am, or what I like, and confining me into rules I have to live by to be "Soleil". Personalities change, interests and hobbies change, clothes and looks change. I'm not saying all of this is bad, but to a degrees, it can be very discouraging. I often dream of having a place where I can truly be myself, and discover who I am. Not kept back by invisible rules and expectations of what others think or expect. Where I can continue to discover truth and lessons for life.

People have an idea of what a teen should do as they grow up: finish highschool, go to college, date, get a fancy high paying job, get married, have a kid, and get him/her through school, kid moves out, and the couple retires, and has fun until the die. That is NOT how we are to live our lives! We are to seek God's will, and follow his calling. If marriage and kids are in that calling, wonderful. But we are not suppose to live life as a game. Having fun all the time, and living in luxury while others suffer. We are called to serve others, and love one another. To respect others, and to share the love of Christ,

Live bold. Seek God's direction. Love EVERYONE. No one is perfect, and we are all a beautiful creation.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Speak Life

Our words are what make our world destructive.
Our words are what tear people apart.
Our words are what continually hurt others, and we don't even know it.

In today's world we are told that word's can't harm us. In truth, that is a lie. Words are what people use to bring us down. The world tells us that we are not beautiful. That we are not desired. That we are not chosen. The world tells us that we are suppose to meet certain standards, that if we aren't within a certain size, color, or look, that we are not wanted.
If we are to change this world, it must first start with how we speak, how we treat one another, and how we love. We must not conform to the world. Though none of us are perfect, we have an example who is. Jesus. He is constantly loving and forgiving us. His words are true. He tells us that we are loved, that we are His, that we are chosen. You were created for a reason. You were made with a purpose. You are part of a marvelous, and beautiful plan that is more than anyone could imagine. You are special. You are loved. You are worthy.
Share the love.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Look to Him

As days pass we often times forget. Whether it was small like take out the trash, or to call back friend back. If we aren't reminding ourselves constantly we can forget.
   We forget to spend time with our Creator. We have many things grabbing for our attention that we forget the most important thing to do. We have TV, computers, cellphones, errends, everyday stuff. Everything takes our mind off of spending time with God. He doesn't expect us to be perfect in life, He knows we can't. And He gives us a choice. But how much better would it be if we took a few minutes out of our time from the world to spend it with God? He loves it when we come to Him, whether because of hardship or blessing. When we take the time to be with God, we become more wise. He shows us what to do, and guides us when we don't know where we should go.
  Next time you have a second and aren't doing anything, just look to God and spend a moment with Him.

"Always look to him, the author and finisher of our faith." Hebrews 12:2

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Recap (already!)

I can hardly believe that it is already 2015. So much happened in 2014. Some things i'll never forget. God blessed my family so much that year. So for  So for a recap on just a few things:
My family and i went to Colorado again, such a fun time
I went to a Jamie Grace concert.
I went to Nationals for climbing in the summer. (that was really cool) and met my Mom's old friend.
I got to see Jenny Cote again, my favorite author, and i am an Advanced Reader for her next book.
I got to meet a couple famous climbers.
I got to see an old family friend i haven't seen in a long time.
I joined a group of homeschoolers and am taking a couple classes i've been enjoying.
I went to Winterfest...
looking at that small list, i am just So thankful for everything God has done and blessed me with. This next year I am excited for many things, and to see where God leads our family.
May you have a blessed New Year!
God bless.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Asia Bibi...Please Pray for Her!!!

Yesterday, the Pakistan’s High Court rejected the appeal of a Christian woman sentenced to death for the crime of blasphemy. Unless the Supreme Court intervenes, Asia Bibi will be put to death.
After half a dozen postponements and cancellations, Asia Bibi’s appeal was heard on Oct. 16 in the Lahore High Court. The defense took most of 35-minute hearing to argue their side, stating that plaintiffs waited six days before filing a complaint against the Christian woman. They argued that this showed conspiracy and intentional targeting. Her lawyers also pointed out that the man who issued the complaint did not even witness the alleged blasphemous statement. Twenty-five mullahs watched the proceedings from inside the courtroom. Outside, some 2,000 mullahs gathered in an effort to pressure the court into uphold the death sentence.
After the judges deliberated for nearly an hour, they denied her appeal. Asia Bibi’s lawyers now have 30 days to appeal to the Supreme Court, Pakistan’s highest court.
Asia Bibi was arrested in June 2009 after a heated argument with two of her co-workers. Asia worked for a Muslim-landowner as did many of the women in her village. As one of three Christian families in her village, after being pressured to convert to Islam during the spat, she defended her faith. “Our Christ is the true prophet of God,” she reportedly told the women, “and yours is not true.”
For this crime, in November 2010, she was sentenced to death. It took nearly four years before the courts would listen to her appeal. Having her appeal heard before the Supreme Court will likely take just as long. VOM sources say she could expect to wait months or even years.
There have been 5,000 blasphemy cases registered between 1984 and 2004 in Pakistan, but only 964 people were charged. Though death sentences in blasphemy cases are not uncommon, Asia Bibi was the first woman given the death sentence under this charge. Her appeal will be the second of death penalty case for blasphemy to reach the Supreme Court. In 2002, Christian man Ayub Masih was acquitted, giving Pakistani Christians hope that Asia Bibi may also acquitted.
Even if Asia Bibi is acquitted by the Supreme Court, she remains in danger from Muslim radicals. One Islamic cleric put a half-million rupee (US $5,000) bounty on her head. Extremist vigilantes have murdered 52 people following their acquittal from blasphemy charges, including 15 Christians. They have also targeted politicians like Governor Salman Taseer and Federal Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian, who both called for reforms to the blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Both men were killed within months of one another in 2011.
Following the ruling, Asia’s husband Ashiq Masih noted his disappointment, saying, “This appeal was supposed to be a ray of hope, but the rejection of the appeal has shattered our confidence.” VOM sources close to Asia say she’s probably depressed at this news. She has spent most of the last five years in near solitary confinement. She will need prayer and encouragement as she and those who are helping her continue to wait to see what God will do.
Asia told VOM workers, “Please do something. I have waited so long, and I want to be with my children.
(this was taken from VOM's webstite)