Friday, February 5, 2016

Flash Fiction

Here is the link to my Flash Fiction Challenge I took part of this month. Hope you all have a great weekend!

http://reviewsbysoleil.blogspot.com/2016/02/flash-fiction.html

Friday, January 22, 2016

Just a Ramble on Snow

Our winter here in Virginia has looked pretty sad. 70 degree weather, rain on Christmas day, and only a speck of snow on the "coldest" day of 2015 winter. But today we got great news! A HUGE storm decided to visit us. It's only been snowing for a few hours and it now looks like this:

So that is what my day has looked like so far. My "baby" sister and cousin will have their first big snow storm they'll remember this year. (skiing on the streets)

Hope those of you who are in the snow that you have fun, and will be safe on the roads. For the rest of you, enjoy your weekend! (Don't forget to grab a cup of hot chocolate!)   :)

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Pastor Saeed is free!!!!!



After three long years Pastor Saeed is finally coming home! He should be arriving on American soil in only a few hours. Praise God for Saeeds release!!!!
Pray that Saeed's testimony will be a light for others, and that Saeed will have a smooth transition and recovery from coming home.




Please also continue to pray for Asia Bibi, as she has been in jail since 2009.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015

This year has been really amazing. Though there have been hardships, God has really blessed my family. Here is just a little of what I've done this year

Jan: went to a murder mystery dinner -that was fun!
Feb: A HUGE hiking trip with my dad, suppose to be 50, but I think it was like 25 in the end do to the huge snowstorm we got. (which I was so thankful for because I was exhausted)  :)
Mar: Ice climbed in Lynchburg, quite the experience!
My sweet sixteen we went up to New Hampshire to ice climb, stopped in MA to visit family and got some pics that were my great grandparents
We got chickens! (after years of asking my parents finally agreed. I don't think they regret it)  ;)
Apr: Jenny Cote came to Lynchburg! (She's one of my favorite authors. She's so nice)
May: UMA girls got to meet Natalie Grant, and I got to tag along as well. Really cool experience seeing them get to met her personally.
June: Went to Divisionals, along with Savvy, in our "new" RVto Illinios, as well as getting to see a good friend in Chicago area.
Climbed in the New River Gorge.
Summer camp with UMA, good and sad time there.
July: Our amazing RV adventure begins!!!
Savvy climbed at nationals, and celebrated Mamma's birthday in the beginning of the month.
Visited my uncle in OK, that was really cool, even found a fossil!
Went to Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and the Arches (which I visited by myself because no one wanted to see them.
Stayed near the Sawtooths in Idaho, didn't realize there was such a beautiful place there!
Oh! And before I forget, which I won't, my family left me while I went to get postcards (Disclaimer: I told them ALL before I went in. Any responsibility is not on my shoulders)
I climbed Mt.Rainier with my dad, really beautiful and cool, wish it was always like that but it isn't.
Aug: Visited the Olympic coast (so pretty)
Climbed Smith Rock (wouldn't suggest climbing there in the middle of summer, unless you decide to only climb in the small section of the shade there)
Stayed at an AMAZING horse farm in Canada, met an amazing couple who are so very hospitable and kind. (their horses where in Catching Fire movie)
Got my first REAL hot springs experience.
Climbed another mountain with daddy, and did my first outdoor lead.
Visited Devil's Tower, and visited friends in IL and MI.
Sept: Savvy may or may not have gotten a miniature horse for her birthday.  ;)
Oct: Got to see Jefferson Bethke speak at Liberty (!!!)
UMA fall retreat -really fun being the cook for the weekend.
Nov: Izzy turned 4. Visited the Cabin, made Thanksgiving food.
Dec: Visited friends, For Christmas we ate at a Waffle House and Chinese restaurant (lunch and dinner) a bit different than normal but fun.

Thanks God for making all this possible. Thank you Daddy and Mamma for working so hard to give us a great opportunity. To my good friends Chloe, Aubrey, Sami, and others, thanks for being there for me, and even though the distance is huge, it's good knowing you're there.
Hope everyone's 2016 is a year full of blessings, miracles, and joy!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Christmas Story

I know this is the day after, but as I was gone, it has been delayed. But we can never read the story too much right? Everyone needs a refresher, and I've loved going through a few of the Old Testament prophecies. Although it may seem lengthy, it'll be worth it. Hope you enjoy!
(This is the New Living Translation)

Numbers 24:17  "I see him, but not here and now. I perceive him, but far in the distant future. A star will rise from Jacob; a scepter will emerge from Israel…"
Isaiah 7:14 "…Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means 'God is with us')."
Isaiah 9:2,6 "The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Micah 5:2 "But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel, whose origins are in the distant past, will come from you on my behalf."

Hundreds of years later:
Matthew 1:18- 24 "Mary was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. "Joseph, son of David," the angel said, "do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people form their sins." All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord's message through his prophet: "Look! The Virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means 'God is with us'" When Joseph woke up, he did as the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.

Luke 2:1-40 "At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David's ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant. And while they were there, the time cam for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord's glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. 'Don't be afraid!' he said. 'I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior-yes, the Messiah, the Lord-has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.' Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others-the armies of heaven-praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those whom God is pleased.' When the angels had returned to eave, the shepherds said to each other, 'Let's g to Bethlehem! Let's see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.' They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds' story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.

Eight days later:
Eight days later, when the baby was circumcised, h was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel even before he was conceived. Then it was time for their purification offering, as required by the law o Moses after the birth of a child; so his parents took him o Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. The law of the Lord say, 'If a woman's first child is a boy, he must be dedicated to the Lord.' So they offered the sacrifice required in the law of the Lord-'either a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeon.' At that time there as a man in Jerusalem name Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come n rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him an had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord's Messiah. That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, Simeon was thee. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying, 'Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people. He is the light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!'  Jesus' parents were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby's mother, 'This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, but he will be a joy to many others. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. As a result, the deepest thoughts  many hears will be revealed. An a sword will pierce your very soul.'
Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple. She was the daughter of Phanuel fro he tribe of Asher, and she was very old. Her husband died when they had been married only seven years. Then he lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and payer. She came long just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem. When Jesus' parents had fulfilled all the requirements of the law f the Lord they returned home to Nazereth in Galilee. There the child grew up healthy and strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God's favor was on him.

About two years after Jesus' birth:
Matthew 2:1-15  "Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, 'Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and have come to worship him.' King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, 'Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?'
'In Bethlehem in Judea,' they said, 'for this is what the prophet wrote: 'And you O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not the least among the ruling cities in Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.' '
 Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. Then he told them, 'God to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!' After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! The entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod."
After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. 'Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,' the angel said. 'Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.' That night Joseph left for Egypt with the child and Mary, his mother, and they stayed there until Herod's death. This fulfilled what the Lord had spoken through the prophet; 'I called my Son out of Egypt.'"

To read the rest you can get a Bible and look up Mathew 2:16-23

Friday, December 18, 2015

Tag of Happiness


I was so tagged by Raechel and so here are my answers:

Some Songs That Make You Happy:
Speak Life by Tobymac
Just a Friend by Jamie Grace
Not for a Moment by Meredith Andrews
How Many Kings by Downhere
Brave by Moriah Peters
Headphones by Britt Nichole
Oceans by Hillsong
Wake by Hillsong
God's Not Dead by Newsboys
Walking on the Stars by Group 1 Crew
Should've Been Me by Citizen Way
He is With Us by Love and the Outcome
Anything 1940's related


Some Books That Make You Happy:
Max and Liz Series and Epic Order of the Seven by Jenny L Cote
Threshold Series by Christa Kinde
Spoken For by Robin J Gunn and Alyssa J Bethke
The Knights of Arrethtrae, Kingdom Series, and Wars of the Realm series by Chuck Black
The Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight
Blink by Ted Dekker
The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker
Darkwater Saga by Patrick W Carr
Byways series and Galleries of Stone series by C J Milbrandt
Falgrins Letters by Randy Alcorn
For Such A Time by Kate Breslin
Fearless by Eric Blehm
The Worming series by Jerry B Jenkins and Chris Fabry
The Blades of Acktar by Tricia Mingerink
Passages by Paul McCusker
The Waiting by Cathy LaGrow
and a ton of others. :)


Some Movies That Make You Happy:
 Princess Bride
Star Wars
Once Upon a Time
The Flash
Agents of Shield
Captain America
Divergent
Maleficent
new Cinderella
Mirror Mirror
Lord of the Ring
new and old Annie


Some Foods That Make You Happy
Ice cream
Apple pie
Milkshakes
Chex mix
Bagel with cream cheese
Lasagna
Pizza
Carrot cake
Banana bread
Apple pie muffins
Mac and Cheese
Chocolate
Cheesecake
Puppy chow (the Chex dessert)
Homemade bread
Homemade cinnamon rolls
Doritos
Subs


Some Words That Make You Happy:
Love
Beautiful
Hope
Peace
Special
Precious
Family
Bookstore


Some Scents That Make You Happy:
Peppermint
Christmas trees
Bakery
Apple Cider
Lemon
Crisp, cold, Fall day
 
Some Random Things That Make You Happy:
Free books
Watching movies
Water Tubing
Stargazing
Hot tubs
Caroling
Candles
Books
Christmas lights
Genealogy
Pictures
Dreaming
Hanging out
Looking out at a beautiful view
Traveling
Pinterest
Guidelines:
 Just copy the questions and fill them out, post on your blog or any other social network.
 
I tag:
Esther Smith

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Love, Comfort, Grace

Life is often full of things that we aren't expecting. At times we think we finally understand what we are to do, and then we are back to where life just surprises us again. I don't think anyone can know what their life will look like, and I believe God uses those opportunities where we are lost and confused to draw us nearer to Him. In persecution, we pray for deliverance. In times of hardship, we pray for comfort. In times of confusion we pray for understanding. When we realize we are selfish, we pray for humility. No being can be perfect, but God's grace is overflowing. Though we little often understand what God is doing, His plans are better than ours. His ways higher than our ways.
 God takes those moments when you though you couldn't go any farther in life, the heartbreak and loneliness and weave it into a new and even more beautiful thing than any of us could imagine. Becsuse God has a purpose for you.

 "If God is for us, than who can be against us?"