- I have just found out that Pastor Youcef, from Iran, was re-arrested on Christmas day to finish his 45 day sentence for evangelizing to Muslims. Please pray for him and the rest of his family that they will be comforted in knowing that God is in control. Here is a video by CBN News about his arrest.
- If you would like to encourage others like Pastor Youcef, please go to be-a-voice.net or prisoneralert.com once you sign up you will be able to write letters to Christians, who are all across the globe.
- Here is also a section from the Extreme Devotion I read today:"Kill her! Long live Diocletian!" echoed in Zoe’s ears as she stood in the middle of the Coliseum before the angry crowd.
Zoe thought about why she was there and smiled. She remembered the day she visited her husband at the jail where he worked, guarding the Christians imprisoned for refusing to sacrifice to the gods. Zoe grew up hearing that Christians were misguided and followed a deadly superstition. They set fire to Rome during Emperor Nero’s reign and got the punishment they deserved—they were nailed to crosses and thrown to lions.
But that day in the prison, Zoe witnessed a Christian family praying together: "Dear Lord, help our death bring glory to your name. We forgive those who imprisoned us. Zoe left the jail puzzled. Why did these Christians have so much peace, knowing that they would soon face the lions?
Zoe began to secretly meet with this family and ask them about their faith. Soon, she gave her heart to Jesus.
Word quickly spread of Zoe’s newfound faith, and guards were sent to her home to give her a chance to recant and sacrifice to the god Mars. She refused. The guards put her in chains and hauled her to the very prison where her husband stood watch.
When Zoe continued not to recant her faith, she was hanged, burned, and thrown into a river.
Who is the extreme witness in this story? Is it the family who prayed before they were tossed to the lions? Or is it Zoe who would not recant her newfound faith before the guards? The answer is, yes. The family, on their way out of this world, brought another person into heaven. Both became extreme witnesses for Christ who left an indelible mark on the pages of history. Zoe would have otherwise been forgotten as a pagan wife of a pagan prison guard. History would have paid the family no mind as one of thousands killed. Yet an ordinary person with extraordinary faith is worth remembering. Will your life pen you into history as an extreme witness for Jesus Christ?
- God bless you all, and I hope that you will use your life for God's glory!
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
- Today marks the day that Christ Jesus was born. The day when heaven was lit by the one star,which was guiding three wise men searching for the King of Israel, and when the air was filled with singing of the angels. Imagine what it was like two thousand years ago. When the wise men came to Jesus, and when the shepherd's came and saw the promised Messiah. It must of been a beautiful sight, and Jesus did it for us.
- I pray that today you will enjoy celebrating Christ's birth, and that you know the true meaning of Christmas.
- God bless, and Merry Christmas!
- "When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, 'Let's go to Bethlehem! Let's see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.' The 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 though about them often. The shepherds went back to their flock, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, It was just as the angel had told them." Luke 2:15-20
Sunday, December 23, 2012
- The other day I posted about how a follower of Christ can feel Christ's Peace at times. I wanted to share with you something I wrote a while back in June. "...I feel the peace He gives to the one's who live for Him..." On June 3rd, the next day, I read this devotion by Sarah Young in her devotional "Jesus Calling. 365 devotions for kids"... Here is the section that stood out to me most.
- "When you focus on Me, My Peace chases away your fears and worries...Spend time in the Light of My Love, while I bless you with My Peace."
- Peace is a gift from God. Whenever we want to experience His Peace, just ask him.
- God bless you!
Friday, December 21, 2012
- Forgiveness. It is something we all have to do, and something people have a hard time of putting down their pride and asking for. We always hurt someone whether we like it or not and, depending on the person, we usually try to fix up our mistakes. As I am writing this I just had an encounter with my sister, and I asked for forgiveness. When you ask for forgiveness from your heart, a peace comes into your heart, and instead of fighting with your conscious, you relax, and your burden is lifted. If you have accepted Jesus into your heart, you probably know what I am talking about. When the world is whirling around you, Jesus will sometimes bless you with a moment of peace, and it is a peace I want to have all of the time.
- Forgiveness is why we are all here. God has forgiven us humans more times than we'll ever know. Because he loves and forgives us he sent down His Only Son to be tortured and killed on a cross, so that we might be able to enjoy being with God forever. God didn't have to do that, but it shows how much he cared for us all. In fact, he could have done it only for the Jew's, and left all of the Gentile's (everyone else that wasn't a Jew) out of the pleasure of having a one on one relationship with God. Now that is what I call "true love".
- God bless you all today, and remember that God is always there for you, and is waiting for you to talk with him.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
- Tomorrow marks the first Friday since the shooting in Connecticut. 27 people have been murdered, and hundreds, perhaps thousands, are mourning. The shocking news has shaken people, and they are all asking God, "Why?". Watch This Video to see what a man says about the subject. Here is another video about how some of the families are doing since this sad tragedy.
- Please pray for all of the family members from the shooting, and pray that some of the families will find God through this all.
- God bless.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
- When I look around this world all I see is a bunch of sin and tons of forgiveness. When reading in the Old Testament I am amazed at how much forgiveness and love God gave to the people of Israel. Sure, he got disappointed in them at times, and Israel had to pay the consequences of their sins, but God always gave them another chance. I want to be able to be like Him, and be able to always give someone another chance.
- Slavery; There are a couple different ways of slavery. One is owning another human being, and another is being a slave to sin. There are many ways to be a slave to sin. Some do drugs, prostitution and many others. Sadly, prostitution happens in every country, and even North America. Here is some info I got from Freedom 4 24
- In USA, there is estimated to be tens of thousands of slaves.
- 13 is the average age of entry into pornography and prostitution in the USA.
- Every 10 minutes, on person is trafficked into the USA annually.
- In Canada, a girl can be sold for $15,000 and earn her owner over $40,000 a year.
- 800-1200 people are trafficked in and through Canada every year.
- Isn't that so sad? There are many programs that help these young girls and women who are mostly forced to become a prostitute like Love146, and Freedom 4 24. Love146 states that there are an estimated 2 children sold every minute. Pray for all of these woman and children and for all people that are held in slavery. This slavery to sin.
- Watch this video about how Love146 got started. It is an eye opener and amazing story as well.
- God bless you all.
- P.S. I just added on my blog that you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, December 16, 2012
- Often times we all have a goal. We all set that goal and train to reach it. But is that goal really worth it? Is Christ in this goal?
- In James 4:13-17 he talks about how we, as Christians, should not have self-confidence. We should not say "Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do buisiness there and make a profit."(verse 13) Instead James instructs us in vers 15-16 "What you ought to say is 'If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.' Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil."
- Sometimes when doing your own thing you are showing that you are independant. That you don't need help, and some people say that they don't need God. Since I do rock climbing as a sport you can get drawn into it very easily. My rock gym doesn't play Christian music, and though I love music I need to be careful about it. A lot of the people who climb either don't know the Lord or don't acknoledge Him. Rock climbing can be a VERY dark world, and you don't always have other Christians climbing with you. When I was at one of my climbing practices I realized that you can easily be drawn into it all, and have a lot of fun trying over again and again to win ribbons and peoples aproval. If you win Nationals you don't talk about it over and over again throughout your life, showing how good you are and proclaiming it all over the place. People only acknoledge it for maybe a week. Before it falls into your past and no one really remembers. I don't seek to have the worldly pleasures, but I love to compete whenever I can. When I am on the rock climbing team I try to show God's love to my team mates, coach, competetors, and other climbers. I want them ALL to know the Lord so very much, but its so hard! When others don't share the same view of the Lord as you sometime you are careful about what you say. If the Lord wants me to I hope to go to Nationals next year, and make it to the second day. If it doesn't than I won't be mad because I would have tried my best just like I did last year. what I am trying to say is that you should acknowledge to everyone that the Lord is in control of your EVERYDAY life. Not just on certain occasions. The Lord has a SPECIFIC plan JUST for YOU! He knows how to train you for it, and you might not even see His hand guiding you until a few years from now, but He is there and has it all laid out on the paper.
- "Remember, it is a sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it."(verse 17)
- God bless!
Saturday, December 15, 2012
The month of November was a VERY busy yet wonderful life changing month for me.
- November 8th was the day that my baby sister, Isabella Grace, was born on.
- November 11th. we celebrated her birth with family and friends.
- November 14th (2011) is the day we were able to meet our sweet sister.
- November 15th (2011) my sister and I were able to see a picture of her from the NICU (they wouldn't allow us in the NICU until a couple of days later).
- November 17th, National Adoption Day was the most exciting day this year, I believe, for our family. The adoption papers for Isabella Grace were finalized and she is officially in our family.
- November 28th, As some of you know, I did NaNoWriMo this year (National Novel Writing Month). My goal was to get a 50,000 word novel done with the dates of November 1-30th. Which, with the help of the Lord, I was able to finish.
- With our last and first foster sister, we weren't actually prepared, and so we were all expecting to adopt her. We went up and down many hills as her parents had her home, then she was back with us a few times, and finally she was sent back to her parents. I prayed to God that she would be placed in the home she would find him, though at times I am sure I was really just praying for him to give her to us. I now pray for her and her family everyday, but it also just breaks my heart when I think about, "What if she doesn't ever have a relationship with Jesus?" I know where she will go. It is the uncertainty of not knowing, and having to trust God, and give it all to him that I am able to go through it all. When we had our foster sister, everyone around us was either having babies, or adopting a little one around the age of our sister. It was really difficult at first to be around them. One little girl in particular helped me through it as well. Not because of how she looked or sounded, but because at the few times I saw her, she helped comfort me in some unexplainable way. These are some of the thoughts that run through my head everyday, but the one that always does is, "Will my foster sister know the Lord?"
- If you are ever struggling through uncertain times, just stop, pray, and give it all to God. Because He is the one that helps us through everything.
- God bless you all this week!
- Life seems to be always busy. I've been amazed at how much my mom does now, and what she had to do when I was born. I can hardly imagine how she was able to take care of me while driving, cooking, or even trying to get bills paid and such with a baby. At times it just "is" and other times when you think about your life you are amazed at it. When you are trying to get on with your life you may have ideas for your life, but they aren't really for you.
- When I was a few years younger I really wanted to adopt a little sibling from another country. I was looking through stuff and would say that I wanted to adopt that little girl or boy into our family, but that didn't happen. A couple years ago we did the process to do Foster Care. When we finally got a little girl we all thought we would adopt her, because we had never experienced this before, but in our hearts we knew she would go back, and she did after she had been with us for 1 1/2 years. Then last November we got our baby sister that we adopted on November 17th. I didn't realize until a little while ago that we were REALLY adopting. Just like we were adopting a kid from another country. It felt a bit weird. But I realized that the Lord was preparing me for the fostering and adoption that have and are happening. I really would love to have a whole house full of little kids. Whether they are my little siblings or my own.
- At the age of ten I looked at one of my Bible school pages they gave you talking about the lesson. On the right page near the top there was a picture of a girl close to my age now in India, I believe. It said her name (which unfortunately I forgot) and "She wanted to become a teacher. Instead she became a slave". I was hit by the reality and wanted to go over and by her so she could be free, bring her into the states so she could get an education, and be able to do her dream of teaching. Unfortunately I wasn't able to do this. Little did I know that the saying under her picture would pick up the want for a few years. As a little girl I wanted to be a Registered Nurse. Then at the age of ten, after I saw the picture, I wanted to be a missionary and dropped the idea of becoming an RN. Many, I think, thought it was a season of wanting to be a missionary. But no, it was an opening of a want to do it so very much. Now at the age of thirteen I realize that I can be an RN, missionary, AND get my pilots license. But, only if the Lord calls me to it. I realize I may never set my feet in India as long as I live, but I really want to go. I may never even leave the US again. (I've been on a mission trip to Mexico, and I so very want to go on another.) But, I know that the Lord is going to use this longing for His plan for me.
- We may have life ambitions, goals, or a plan for our future, but God is in control. Ask him what he wants for your life, and place everything at his feet. Even your burdens.
- God bless!
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
- Well, Saturday the 20th, I woke up at 6:30am and asked Daddy if I could run in the 5K that was raising money for the Freedom 4/24 organisation. (Their goal is to help rescue young girls and women and show them the love of Christ, skills, and more under 24 hours). He agreed and so we headed out the door in the time of 15minutes (baby and younger sister included. Mamma wasn't home). On the way there I was trying to find $14 in coins because I already had $10 in bills. By the time we were there we were racing the clock to register, but we finally made it. When I was in line I was a bit worried and wearied about if they didn't have a coin machine because we were going to have to REcount the coins all over again, but thankfully the took credit cards so I didn't have to pull that bag of coins out! :) I finished at 33.59 minutes, and I didn't really have to stop (I stopped only for about two or three seconds total). After that our family went straight to Charlotte, NC so I could climb in a competition, in which I made 4th in my age group (13 and 14yr olds). Once they were past a few announcements we left, and made it home by 12am!
- On Sunday evening a group of girls and I went to the church up the street and wrapped shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, and total there were about 68 boxes!
- Yesterday when Daddy got back from taking a group of boys camping he was showing us how a bow drill works, and after about an hour of persistence he finally started one! He said that he'll probably start practicing a bit more. (we had to watch a video to get the fire started not long afterward).
- Here is a song for you all, and God bless!
Song sung by Mandisa: These Days...
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
- Pastor Youcef is in Prison in Iran right now for his faith. Voice of the Martyrs translated a letter from him to all of the brothers and sisters in Christ. I have copied the translated one, but the original is here. I hope that you will enjoy reading a letter from a persecuted Christian...
- Greetings from your servant and younger brother in Christ, Youcef Nadarkhani.
- To: All those who are concerned and worried about my current situation.
- First, I would like to inform all of my beloved brothers and sisters that I am in perfect health in the flesh and spirit. And I try to have a little different approach from others to these days, and consider it as the day of exam and trial of my faith. And during these days which are hard in order to prove loyalty and sincerity to God, I am trying to do the best in my power to stay right with what I have learned from God’s commandments.
- I need to remind my beloveds, though my trial has been so long, and as in the flesh I wish these days to end, yet I have surrendered myself to God’s will.
- I am neither a political person nor do I know about political complicity, but I know that while there are many things in common between different cultures, there are also differences between these cultures around the world which can result in criticism, which most of the times response to this criticisms will be harsh and as a result will lengthen our problems.
- From time to time I am informed about the news which is spreading in the media about my current situation, for instance being supported by various churches and famous politicians who have asked for my release, or campaigns and human rights activities which are going on against the charges which are applied to me. I do believe that these kind of activities can be very helpful in order to reach freedom and respecting human rights in a right way can bring forth positive results.
- I want to appreciate all those are trying to reach this goal. But on the other hand, I’d like to announce my disagreement with the insulting activities that cause stress and trouble, which unfortunately are done with the justification (excuse) of defending human rights and freedom, for the results are so clear and obvious for me.
- I try to be humble and obedient to those who are in power; obedience to those in the authority that God has granted to the officials of my country, and pray for them to rule the country according to the will of God and be successful in doing this. For I know in this way I have obeyed God’s Word. I try to obey along with those whom I see in a common situation with me. They never had any complaint, but just let the power of God be manifested in their lives, and though sometimes we read that they have used this right to defend themselves, for they had this right, I am not an exception as well and have used all possibilities and so forth and am waiting for the final result.
- So I ask all the beloved ones to pray for me as the holy Word has said. At the end I hope my freedom will be prepared as soon as possible, as the authorities of my country will do with free will according to their law and commandments which they are answerable to.
- May God’s grace and mercy be upon you now and forever. Amen.
- Youcef Nadarkhani
On September 8th, 2012 Pastor Youcef was freed!!!
Thank you Lord!
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
- Asia Bibi is a wife and mother of two. She has been in prison since June 2009. "Our Christ is alive" were the words she used to defend her faith. After an intense discusion with Muslim co-workers she was falsely accused of blasphamy, which is punishable by death. Two men have already been killed trying to help her. Below is a picture of her husband and daughters praying for her to come home. To sign the petition to free her go to Call for Mercy. And if you would like to send her a letter Click Here.
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. My goal is to write 50,000 words in the month of November. It may sound impossible to write a novel with 50,000 words in a month, but I know it can be done! If you are interested in trying your writing abilities or are curious about the program itself go to the following like... NaNoWriMo ...
- God bless!
- I just recently heard of Hurrican Isaac and I thought I would just ask you to pray for everyone effected througout all of this. That they would just be strong and see the hand of God through this. I know that we may not always be able to help others, but praying is one of the best things you can do for them right now!
- God bless!
- I wanted to share these two songs to all of you. To me they are very important because of their lyrics. I first heard "Should've Been" by Citizen Way when I was running one day and the lyrics stuck to me and so I searched for the song, and I just thought it was one of the best songs I have ever heard! When I heard "I Lift My Hands" by Chris Tomlin I think the Holy Spirit touched me with this song. Everything this song sang was so true! I hope you all have the same experience I had!
- God Bless
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
- I recently saw on this blog a really touching video. It is only five minutes long, but it shows how a girl (in her teens) being asked if she would like to become a part of a forever family. It is a must watch!..... A beautiful video! Also here is another adoption video..... http://vimeo.com/32241536 Adoption is really amazing! My family will hopefully be able to experience it on November 17 (National Adoption Day!) when we should be able to adopt my 9month old baby sister (she will be a year November 8th and we got to meet her November 14th). I pray that all will go well and smoothly.
- How many of you have ever had your church do an outreach that you gave to? You might be asked to donate a backpack, $5 to buy supplies for homeless people etc. and you may even pack things, and it might be a little tiny thing. Today my sister and I recieved two backpacks full of school supplies for free. When I got this backpack I was soooooooooooo thankful! I was especially blessed when I saw the contents! (I will leave a list at the end if you are curious about the contents.) All of those things were such a blessing even when they don't seem like it to some. After I recieved my already filled backpack I wondered if the people who did this really know how thankful I was for it all. I pray that God will bless all who gave their time and money to get me that backpack!
- I read this story today and it is really sad. I ask that you would pray for all of the people involved, that if they don't know Christ that some will be saved through this.
- A Syrian pastor wrote to tell us how encouraged he was to learn that many people are praying for Syria. He said his city still has electricity and water despite the continued fighting there. "The city is still closed, and hills of rubbish are spread everywhere," he wrote. "As for bakeries, few are open, but hundreds of people are waiting their turn and fighting for bread." It takes between five and 10 hours to get bread. The pastor wrote that one of his church members gave him several loaves as a gift. "You can imagine the gifts we are giving each other these days!" he wrote. His church has been meeting regularly, spending the entire service in prayer. "One of the very tragic situations is seeing people with some of their stuff on the sidewalks ... wondering what to do or where to go because they lost their houses or ran away because of the fights," he wrote. "Please keep praying for us."
- God bless!
- The List
- I just finished reading "No Longer A Slum Dog" by K.P. Yohannon, and let me tell you it was amazing! (I think this book is a five star!) While reading the stories about what happens there in India is sooo sad! I teared up in while I thought about how the Dalhits and OBC's (those are two of the lowest classes) are treated. Here in the United States those kinds of things aren't normal.But throughout all of that I was truly touched by all that God is doing through Gospel For Asia!!! (GFA) Another one of K.P. Yohannon's books is also an eye opener "Revolution in world mission" I read this book last year I believe and I am about to reread it. I hope you have a chance to read those two books! (you can order them for free at the website below). If you haven't heard of GFA here is one of their sites... Gospel For Asia ... It is a Christian organization and 100% of the money goes to the outreach! GFA also helps by giving education to children, training missionaries, gives things like bibles, tracks, sewing machines, and they help in a lot of other ways too! Please check out their websites!
- God bless!!!
- Today I was getting ready to leave the house with my family, when I was picking up a book to bring along. As I was doing this I saw my Bible, and my devotional, Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young. I felt an urge to pick it up and start reading it, but part of me was telling me to just do it later in the day. And you won't believe what I saw once I did sit down and opened my devotional! It was titled: Focusing Your Thoughst, but the first words I saw was: "Start your morning with Me. Resist that urge to roll over for just a few minutes of sleep" God was already talking to me and I almost ignored Him! He knew how I was feeling. I also know I always want to have a few more minutes of sleep whenever I wake up. So when I saw this I felt bad that I was putting God off. On my to-do-list for later, but whenever I do that I never really seem to do it! I hope by sharing this devotion with you all you can be encouraged to not leave God on your do-later-list.
- God bless!
- ....Focusing Your Thoughts
Start your morning with Me. Resist that urge to roll over for just a few more minutes of sleep. Don't fill your room with music or television just yet." (for me it would be the computer) "Take a few moments to center your thoughts on Me. And let Me fill you with My Joy and Peace.
Then as you go through your day, keep your thoughts focused on Me and My blessing. Pay attention to the things that are best-the things that are worth taking time for-like a true friend, the honor of a grandparent, the pure innocence of a baby, or the loveliness of My creation. Whatever is excellent and good, notice these things and praise Me for them. They are My blessings for you this day.
Read on your own:
Isaiah 40:31; Psalm 27:4"
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Sunday, August 5, 2012
- WOW! Yesterday was one of the best days I have had in a long time! I was able to go tubing and at the end I shared a small tube (its suppose to be one person I think) with my sister and it was so fun trying not to fall off! I had to lean on her and at the end of the time we were treating each other differently. The good kind. I have been praying for a very long time and God is finally starting to answer! My sister and I are not as close as we used to be, but I really want to start fixing our relationship so we can become closer. We aren't the worst sisters, but I haven't been spending much time with her, but right now I am "Under Construction." For me that is working on my responses, trying to be a light for people, spending time with Savvy (my sister), and many more things. We should always work on those things, but I really need to work on some of them right now.
- Do you need to go "Under Construction"?
- Love in Christ and God bless!
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
- Music. Music often helps us all when we are in all sorts of places. It encourages us and pulls us through certian times. Music also helps us show our love, joy and how grateful we are to God. There are many wonderful songs, but for now I have chosen these four. All of these songs are VERY encouraging, and they are some of my favorite. They are in the order of the following: Forgiven by Sanctuc Real; Our God is Greater by Chris Tomlin; and Our God Reigns here, As for Me and My House by John Waller. I hope you enjoy all of them! God bless!
Sunday, July 29, 2012
- We have had a wonderful yet busy couple weeks. Saturday and Sunday everyone but Daddy (because he was in Washington/Oregon) went to D.C. and it was a blast! We were all over the place. On the first day we came in at Union Station (the history of that place is amazing, and there is even gold on the roof inside!). Then we took a metro to the National Zoo and that was awesome! I loved seeing the panda's they are such an amazing animal. After staying there a little while, we then went back and saw the Washington Monument and walked to the World War 2 Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. We then returned to Union Station and walked in a circle looking for our hotel (which after asking a taxi driver the hotel we were looking at was straight in front of us!) We had been in such a hurry to not be out after dark that I had forgotten about supper! (we had been snacking almost the whole time here and there) We went to the resturant inside our hotel, and I got alligator sausage! It was delicious and tasted like any other sausage I've had. After supper we went to our room and got ready for the next day. (We even massaged eachothers feet because they were tired). The next morning we got up and went to the capitol. (You could see it from the outside of the hotel) after the capitol we went to the Air and Space musuem (but we stopped for a second at the Botanic garden) after that we went to other musuems such as:Natural History museum, American History museum, and National Archives building, We couldn't stay very long in them bacause we didn't have enough time. My favorit was probably the American History Museum. I wasn't a big fan of the Natural History museum. The only thing I liked there was a few of their dinosaur skelotons. In Air and Space musuem I was able to touch a moon rock! That was fun, and it was very interesting. Later that night we went home and although I wouldn't have minded staying longer I was very glad to get home. A few days later Daddy came home and that was so fun! Today is his birthday and we are going to take him out to eat. On Thursday as his present though we took him and the volunteers of UMA repelling (so they will be comfortable when they take the kids) That was soooooo very fun and I got to go two or three times (I can't remeber which), and everyone got to see the sun set. We were repelling at Ravens Roost in the Blue Ridge Mountians, and you could see a beautiful view there! Tomorrow I have to run 22 minutes straight! I have never in my life run that much without a break. The most I have run is 10 minutes (and I ran a mile in that amount of time). I may have to repeat that over, but I pray to God everytime it gets hard because I know I can't do it without Him!
- Everyone have a wonderful day and God bless!
Saturday, July 21, 2012
- Amazing how everything is. In America alot of people who have everything they need will think that everyone is just like them. I thought like that for a while until I realized that other countries are not. Sometimes its hard to grasp the truth. We aren't always affected if something happened to the church in India which was bombed and pastor and his family died. That doesn't happen on a normal base here so we can't always think how that must of effected others. People are having churches hidden all over because if they are found they could be put in jail or worse. In America we usually don't even think of someone coming in our home by force and then shooting you because of your faith. Now that sometimes might happen, but not everyday. I just ask that you would do one thing today. That you would pray for the persecuted church. That they would be filled with the Holy Spirit, and they would be strengthened in Christ. They need encouragement! Write them a letter at persecution.com or be-a-voice.net
- God bless!
Friday, July 20, 2012
- Well I am trying to write a bucket list (100 things I want to do before I die) and I am not doing to well. It is fun, but it is harder now that I am on number 33. I have taken some ideas from http://girlzofgod.com because they are really good ones and I want to do them :).
- Daddy made it safely off of Mt. Rainer! But, two of his partners got sick. One before the climb and one after. So please pray!
- Today we are doing something that you aren't suppose to do until your 16... but, I am going to tell you... Savvy and I are going to drive! (in an empty parking lot of course) I am really excited about that!
- Does anybody know if the National American History Museum in D.C. has anything from Star Wars? I sure hope they do 'cause that would be cool.
- Below is a section from my devotion today.
- Anna was put in an asylum because she wouldn't leave Christ and the judge thought that was crazy.
- “I greet you all with love in our Lord Jesus Christ,” Anna wrote from inside the asylum. “I pray to God that he will make us beautiful and perfect in Christ and that he will take charge of all our affairs. I firmly believe that God who created everybody’s heart and who examines all the affairs of mortal men will judge my dispute with the idolatry of atheism and will execute his judgment and justice.”
Christians may sometimes find themselves in crazy situations that try their patience and test their character. A difficult living arrangement. Confounding office politics. A rebellious child. Can we remain confident in God, no matter our circumstances? We can if we know the secret of contentment. The Bible teaches us that our inner sense of contentment must rule when facing outward circumstances. Our attitude takes its cues from God, not our situation. Otherwise, we risk becoming as confused as our circumstances. Take a lesson from Anna. Instead, ask God to teach you the secret of being content despite your circumstances.
- Isn't that amazing? I hope we can all learn the secret of being content.
- God bless!
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
- These girls that used to live next door to us moved, and Savvy and I where always on the lookout for them for two years, and finally Mamma found them (With the help of God) and they came to our house! I missed them so much and when they moved I asked God to let us see them again and He did! (I don't care about the wait 'cause if He answered right away it wouldn't have been as memorable). We also brought them on a camping trip with UMA (http://www.urbanmountainadventures.org/) We all had so much fun! We learned lessons like God being our power source, and we need to plug into Him, and a lesson of God being like our life jackets, and holding us up. (because we were using life jackets while we swam in a lake, and we had lost our power for a few days in June) They were awesome lessons! When we went to the lake some of the girls were a bit scared of jumping off the dock, but they all did it!
- Daddy is climbing Mount Rainer at this moment (July 17th) and I believe he is already at the top. (not 100% on that, but I think he his) He was doing a fund raiser for UMA and he went with 4 other people. They're trying to raise $1 for each foot. Each of the climbers paid their way so all the money goes to the ministry.
- My foster sister is starting to teethe. You can feel her 2 bottom teeth coming in. We thought she was teething for a long time, and finally near the end of June we finally felt them. She is now 8months and 9days. Her hair is SUPER DUPER curly! When her hair is growing one side will be really long curly hair, and on the other side will be smaller curly hair. She grabs eveything she can, and that involves things like paper (but we don't let her have it for long!).
- We are going to D.C. this weekend and I am really excited! I can hardly wait. We are going to see as much as possible and that is nearly all I have been thinking about! We are going to see the panda's at the National Zoo as well. I am going to take a lot of pictures, as soon as I have time I will make a page of them for you. And just so you know I finally got the baby horse pictures of a foal and its mother I saw on my page "Pictures".
- God bless!!!
Sunday, July 8, 2012
- Well everything has been great lately!I can't stop thinking about the the persicuted chuch ever since I have finished "Jesus Freaks" by DC Talk and VOM. I never have forgotten them, but I seem to think of them a lot of the time now. I found out that you (as in anyone) can help as well. Below I have posted what I found out...
Taking Part in VOM's Blanket and a Bible Outreach is as Easy as 1-2-3
- 1. Collect good quality, new or used blanket(s)
- 2. Add $2 per blanket for handling, shipping into Sudan (VOM will add a He Lived Among Us illustrated Bible storybook.)
- 3. Send blankets and collected funds to:
The Voice of the Martyrs
1815 SE Bison
Bartlesville, OK 74006
- (just so you know I copied the pictures and the directions from their website( http://www.persecution.com/
- Have a great day and God bless!
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
- It has been really cool the past few days. I was able to go kayaking on a UMA trip (http://www.urbanmountainadventures.org/), and it was amazing looking at all of God's creation! Everyone got to see a bald eagle, three otters, a deer and more creatures! It wasn't too hot, and everyone went off jump rock ( to see a few of older river pictures go to the website and click on "Pics") While everyone was jumping off the rock I was rock climbing underneath. It was soooo cool! Thankfully if I fell it was not on the rock, but into the water! Yesterday me and my sister rode horses bare-back for the first time! We wanted to before, but never got the chance. It was really fun (even when you are falling off :) or holding your horse back from a canter)
- I feel like I should share this devotion I got today.
- "Together Forever"
-Psalm 63:1 (NKJV)'
When you first wake up in the morning, think of Me. Remember My promise to be with you always. In fact, I have been watching over you all night long, I know it is hard to think clearly first think thing in the morning; your mind is still half-asleep. But I am wide-awake and waiting for you.
Those first few thoughts in the morning can be anxious ones. Did you finish you homework? Are you ready for the test? ARe you ready to face your parents, that teacher, that vully at school? What if this happens? Or that?
Don't start your day with all those questions. They only make you more anxious and worried. Start with Me. Whisper My Name and invite Me into your thoughts. Suddenly your day will be brighter as you realize you don't have to face it alone. We will deal with things together. This you-and-I-together promise helps you face the day cheerfully- with confidence.
Read on your own
Psalm 5:3; Philippians 4:13"(devotion from "Jesus Calling for kids", page 188, date June 29)
- P.S. I have added some new pictures onto the "Picture" page. :)
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
- It has been a fun week and more adventures are coming! #1 I ran for the first time 3min without stopping! I am soo very grateful for God giving me the strength there. #2 I got to lead climb last week! I am practicing while I'm clipped into two different ropes, but our coach/gym owner decided that if he belayed us we could lead belay on only one rope. #3 Tomorrow we are going on the river! I just love going on the river, it is one of my favorite activities. #4 Today is a beautiful day! Our whole family got to go on a walk, and it was just sooo fun! We were able to check out the train station at the end of one of the trails. My foster sister was having a awesome time as well in her pouch thing (you put it on so your baby can sit in the front of you). There are so many things God has blessed us with it is really hard to think of them all, and if we did we would do it for the rest of our lives.
- Something happened the other day when we came back from our run. I found a cross that goes on a necklace. Well when I got home I got on my email and opened up my email devotion from Voice of the Martyrs. What it said is amazing...(I've highlighted the part that stuck out to me).
- “Had I feared the death of the cross, I should not have preached the majesty and glory of the Cross of Christ,” Andrew replied.
“Then you shall have it! Crucify him!”
As Andrew approached the X-shaped cross, he joyfully proclaimed, “O beloved cross! I rejoice to see you erected here. I come to you with a peaceful conscience and with cheerfulness, desiring that I, who am a disciple of him who hung on the cross, may be crucified. The nearer I come to the cross, the nearer I come to God.”
Andrew hung, bound to the cross for three days, preaching and exhorting the people before him, “Remain steadfast in the Word and doctrine which you have received, instructing one another, that you may dwell with God in eternity, and receive the fruit of his promises.”
Andrew declared, “O Lord Jesus Christ! Don’t let your servant who hangs here on a tree for your name’s sake be released to live among men again; receive me into your kingdom.” Then, having finished his plea, he gave up his spirit to God.
Porcelain. Sterling silver. Twenty-four karat gold. Even platinum. The cross comes in a number of designs today. Jewelry. Wall hangings. Even rearview mirror décor. The ubiquitous cross. For all its popularity, however, how many Christians have stopped to consider what it means to display the cross? For one, the cross represents an instrument of torture—imagine having a gallows or electric chair on display in your home! The cross reminds us that Christ died a painful death. Beyond that, it represents a bridge that spans over the sin that once separated God and his people. Jesus brought us back to God through the Cross. Right now, consider what meaning the Cross holds for you.
- I hope everyone can think of blessings God has given them everyday. And when you see a cross you will think of Jesus- who died for YOU.
Friday, June 22, 2012
- We had a wonderful time in West Virginia! We climbed on a 5.9 (a harder, but not the hardest route :) ).On the night that we were camping it started to downpoor. Well, it seemed that our tent (the one Savvy and I were sleeping in) was not repelling water. So all of it was coming inside and soon we had puddles in the corner of our tent. We finally went inside our van and spent the night all cozy and dry. In the morning we went to a place in the New River Gorge called Junkyard Trails. We set up all of our rock climbing stuff and I got on the wall on the 5.6 (a pretty easy climb inside) I got to this part of the rock they (climbers) call North Carolina (because of how its shaped) and I found out that it was just sitting there on the side of the rock. By now I had to climb on it and felt uncomfortable, because I felt I might pull it off. Daddy assured me I wouldn't and after a while of hesitation I finally climbed on it. By now it was pouring down rain, and it was not the best way to climb in the rain and all, but I had stayed on. It was getting more difficult climbing, and I almost came down, but after a bit I finally made it to the top and said "Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow could keep Soleil from reaching the top!" When I got down we went into a cave until the rain stopped and explored. The cave let out on the other side of the rock and Daddy, Savvy and I walked around looking at the rock and the climbs on it. After a while we went back to climb, and to end the day we had wings for supper. (I liked the BBQ the best).
- A few things I need to ask for everyday. But, the most I need is wisdom and patience. Now I know everyone needs those, but not everyone has asked for it. I am not the best sister (Savvy will tell you) and my patience wears off easily, but it doesn't wear off as easily as it did. Wisdom I need so I think before I speak (or do). I will always do things that I am sorry for the next second, and that is usually hard stopping. When I opened up my devotion today (After I had ignored to open it in a while) I came upon this verse which was meant for me after I talked to the Lord just a minute before... "You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all of your heart." Jeremiah 29:13
- Also I get devotions from Voice of the Martyrs and this is a small piece "'The Son of God was tortured and gave his life for me. Through him I can reach heaven. Can you pay a higher price than that?'" quote by Sabina Wurmbrand. If you want to read all of it I will copy it at the bottom of the post.
- Here is a song that is stuck in my head
- HERE IS THE REST OF THE VOM DEVOTION
- The repetition was maddening, and Sabina’s nerves were stretched to the breaking point. But the officer was unrelenting. “We have methods of making you talk which you won’t like. Don’t try to be clever with us. It wastes our time.”
- Their questions were aimed at getting her to reveal the names of other Christians—those whom she had mothered in the faith and encouraged to be strong in the face of persecution. Now it was her turn to be strong, but she didn’t think she could bear another one of those interrogation sessions.
The next session was played with a gentler, craftier approach. The interrogator was alone and smiling. “Dear woman, you are only thirty-six years old, with your whole life before you. Just give us the names of the traitors.” Sabina remained silent.
He continued, “Let’s talk practically. Everyone has his price, so why don’t you just name yours? Just tell us what you want. Freedom for you and your husband? A nice home and a church? We would take good care of your family.”
Sabina responded with the fiery conviction, “Thank you, but I have sold myself already.”
“You have?” the interrogator interrupted. “For how much and to whom?”
“The Son of God was tortured and gave his life for me. Through him I can reach heaven. Can you pay a higher price than that?”
We expect teenagers to go through it. We say it’s a rite of passage. Yet we never think it will continue to plague us as adults. Peer pressure. It’s that all-too-familiar feeling of “being bought” by someone or something whenever we are tempted to compromise our values. After the deal is done, we feel like suckers. Fools. We feel cheap, having betrayed our own self-worth. However, Christ paid the ultimate price in order to win our affections. If everyone has a price, he named ours for us, once and for all. His purchase of blood makes us invaluable in his sight. You are already bought and paid for, so don’t sell yourself short. Remind yourself of that today.
- God bless!
Saturday, June 16, 2012
- My foster sister is so funny when she laughs! You can make her laugh at almost anything. Talking, spinning, singing, actions and more.
- Isn't it amazing how tiny babies can be? I just can't get over it. My foster sister is just sooo tiny! She is 7 months old and only weighs 14 pounds! She was born 1 month early weighing only 4 pounds and 9 ounces.
- Laughing is good medicine for anybody if you think about it. If you are mad and laugh you can't stay mad at all. If you ever get hurt and others laugh it might hurt your feelings, but if you think how it happened it is sometimes funny. Once when I was mad at Savvy she said something funny that made me laugh, and I couldn't be mad anymore.
- For Fathers day we are going to West Virginia and will camp and rock climb on the New River Gorge. So I will have lots to write about when we get back!
- Thank you everyone who follows me or writes comments! It is very encouraging that I am not just writing stuff no one ever reads. :) Please have a good day and God bless!
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
- I have had a very relaxing weekend. We went down to North Carolina to get away from everything here at our house. Not that it's bad or anything, but it is nice to get away from things every once and a while. We went to a friends lake house and it was wonderful! We got to be in the lake almost the whole time. Daddy, Savvy and I played wipeout on the big tube there, and Savvy and I won a couple rounds! We won the first time because Daddy didn't know what to expect, so we caught him off guard when we attacked him from top to bottom. We did a little fishing, and I got to see some really big bass and a some trout. We also found huge muscles and some cool little fish.
- Mamma and I are doing couch to 5k and we did the first step today. I am excited because I am not a good runner at all. It was raining when we were going to start so we had to cancel. I was disappointed and asked God to stop the rain so we could run, and He did! I am sooo very thankful he did because I had fun working out for 25 minutes.
- I am learning to lead climb, which is rock climbing with the rope below you and you have to hook into the quickdraws that are on the rock wall. I am excited about that as well.
- Everyone have a wonderful day and God bless!
Thursday, June 7, 2012
- I forgot to mention that my sister made up a kids day. June 4th. I got her a lightsaber (we're big Star Wars fans) and she got me a slip n' slide that we have used 2 out of 3 days. I also made Mamma a corsage today all by myself without any coaching through. And guess where I got the rose and other things I put in it... From our yard!
- Today we finished a movie about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It is amazing that the war ended 2 weeks after he died. I also think it amazing that he was able to stand fast, and not give up information about what he was doing.
- I hope you all will have a good day and will be a light to people around you.
- God Bless!
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
- It has been a fun week! I don't know exatly were to start... I did my first official babysitting job June 2nd! I was helping watch two 6 month olds and a 4 year old (I think). After that I watched China Cry. It is a very sad and touching story. I hope to read the book and get full detail on the life of the lady. I am not sure what her name is though. Mamma just bought me Jesus Calling for kids yesterday and I love it! I like how the author, Sarah Young, has written the devotion like God is talking to you. My devotion today was: "Worth Celebrating... Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds-James 1:2.
- Consider problems as pure joy. That's not the way the world usually looks at problems, is it? The world says to do everything you can to avoid problems. But there is simply no way to avoid every problem, no matter how hard you try.
- The best way to get through a difficult day is to hold My hand tightly and keep talking to Me. As we talk, be sure to tell Me you trust Me-and thank Me for My help. Ask Me to guide you through your problems and show you the blessings hidden in them.
- The blessing of self-control can be learned for dealing with a difficult teacher. The blessing of patience can be learned from an illness. I teach you many things through your problems. I also use them to draw you closer you Me.
- So yes, consider problems as pure joy, knowing that with Me by your side, they can become things worth celebrating
- Read on you own: Philippians 4:13; Isaih 26:3"
- I don't know about you, but that is a cool devotion. Here is another (email) devotion I got from Voice of the Martyrs
- "Angela Cazacu was just an ordinary woman living in Romania during World War II when the Nazis invaded. All too quickly, life for Jews and Christians became a living terror. Angela kept busy stealing Jewish children from the ghettos and smuggling food and clothing to female Christian prisoners in the prisons around her city.
Later, when the Nazis were driven out of her country and the Soviet army invaded, Angela was still busy spreading the message of God’s love by handing out Russian Bibles and New Testaments in train stations full of Soviet soldiers.
When Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was a prisoner in the Tirgul-Ocna jail in the winter of 1951, he was severely ill. His skeletal body shivered from the constant cold of the worst winter on record. Each prisoner was allowed only one blanket, and food was scarce because no one was able to get to the prison through the heavy snow.
It was during this bleak moment when Pastor Wurmbrand received a package containing desperately needed food and warm clothing that the pastor gladly shared with others. The package that he thought must have been delivered by an angel probably saved his life.
Once again, Sister Angela (meaning “angel” in Romanian) was busily going about her Father’s business. Ordinary? Maybe. But God delights in using ordinary people as his angels of mercy.
- Years ago, in response to the increasing news coverage of random acts of violence, a bumper sticker began to appear that suggested practicing “random acts of kindness.” An act of kindness or mercy to a stranger may be as seemingly insignificant as giving up a prime parking place at a shopping center or taking the time to make eye contact with the clerk at the store. However, God can use you to transform even the most ordinary act of kindness into a powerful gift of grace in someone else’s life. Ask God to help you commit a random act of kindness in his name today. You may never know it, but you might be someone’s 'angel.'"
- When I was rockclimbing Sunday I was trying to work on this hard boulder problem (bouldering is when you are not using a rope) I was taking a break after trying the climb for a while, and while I was talking to Daddy I all the sudden made the move I was trying to do for a while now. I was so surprised that I got off the wall. I then figured out a way to climb most of the route and I only need to make one more move and then I should be able to get to the top. Amazing how God just gave me a push to get farther without me really asking him for the help. :)
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
- Well I just got some good news! Mamma just said that we will be taking a break from school. Hallelujah! She said that this week we will be working hard on school, and June and July we will be taking a break. Though we will be doing some school throughout the summer. (which I want to or else I will forget everything). It isn't like we have been doing school for half of the day. But even if you do school for 2hours a day you still want a break.
- Also in July we might be able to go to Florida with our Memere to visit my aunt, uncle, and cousin. They just moved down this year so now all my cousins live out of state! (I'm not close with my cousin's because they live in TX,FL,and OK).
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
- Hello everyone! So sorry that I haven't been blogging lately, but I will catch you up to date on what has been going on. I went to my Memere's Saturday and had the whole day with her going to the Virginia science museum in Richmond (watching an IMAX movie while we were there. The beautiful scenery was awesome!), getting ice cream at Mcdonalds (for those who know me personally don't worry. I don't eat anything from there except ice cream). Then after we got home we played games, and in the morning got to see a really cute colt or filly and capture pictures of it. I will try to get pictures on the blog for you.
- Sunday, when we got home, I got to help Daddy with a trip for the younger boys in the neighborhood to the river! It was sooo awesome! I also got to go on jump rock twice (jump rock is a tall rock, and at the bottom the water is deep enough to jump off of for even adults). To tell you the truth though I was scared and when I jumped off I was okay until about 5feet above the water I felt like screaming, but the experiance is just too awesome to let that stand in the way. On my last jump I landed on my bottom so it was and is kind of sore. :)
- Today I didn't wake up until 10am! I had a very restful night. The whole family had breakfast and then played Life (Daddy won).
- My Dad made this video of some of the things he's doing with UMA. This is the river we ran.
- Cool UMA Video!
- Last evening my sister found this poor little black kitten. It needed a bunch of medical care and other stuff. But other than that it is really cute! This evening though our neighbors saw the cat, and kept it around so the Animal Control could pick him up. I am happy that the kitten will have a chance to be all better, and to also have a good home. If he stayed in the neighborhood he wouldn't have a good chance of surviving I don't think.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
- Sunday was the last day for Day of Difference. I had a wonderful time helping out. I helped with every part of the bulletins: printing, folding, folding other bulletins, putting different bulletins inside other bulletins, and handing out bulletins.
- The other day I also tried Princess Leia buns on me (hard to believe, but I wanted to try it anyway) They looked OK. I also watched a couple videos on hairdos today as well. I actually did one of them, and it is still on me as I type! I will try the other one tomorrow hopefully.
- Just so you all know I thought I would let you know about a give away another blog is doing. (It is for two Canon Rebel camera's and a $100 gift card. here is the website:
- Monday I planted some seeds that should pop up around 10 days. I planted lavender, aster, snapdragon, marigold, and two other flowers I don't know the names of, but they should be very pretty! Last time I did planting I didn't get to transplant, so they stayed in the planting box until they died (I forgot to water them EVERY day:( which it seems like they drank all their water before the end of the day.) This time I am not going to forget. Also they are in the ground so they should stay pretty moist.
- I hope everyone has a wonderful day. God Bless!
Saturday, May 19, 2012
- Today I helped with DoD and it was wonderful! I really enjoyed it. I was stationed next to my best friend making and serving popcorn, and make a few snow cones (that was my friends' job, but we shared together). I have no idea how many popcorn bags or snow cones we gave away, but it was a lot! Right now I am lying in my bed relaxing from all the work we did today. It might seem that it wasn't a lot of work, but Oh boy you are soooo wrong! Put yourself in our position, and you are working together making snow cones/popcorn and person after person comes up to you for both. Some saying "cherry and blue raspberry" (the flavor snow cones) or "Popcorn please", and last but not least "Can I have some more juice?" (the flavor again). It was very messy as well. If you ever say you will help with snow cones (or will be right next to some) BEWARE! Wear messy clothes all the way down to the shoes. I had the unfortunate mistake of wearing my best tennis shoes that I just got in March, and I wasn't very excited about getting them covered with syrup. But, if you are up for adventure and having fun go for it!
- I hope everyone is enjoying themselves today on Saturday. God Bless!
Thursday, May 17, 2012
- Tomorrow I am going to help with Day Of Difference! Day Of Difference is an outreach from the local churches to our neighborhood. They do things like fix up people's homes, pick up trash, games for the kids, free haircuts, and more. I am very excited. Then on Sunday night the youth group from our church is going to sing Rise Up and Glorious Day. I am so VERY excited to do Rise Up with a dance too. I am still getting use to the dance and the words to the music, but I think I have almost all of it.
- I have been looking at a program called Mango that our library is doing online. It is very cool. there are MANY languages there. The language I have been looking at is Spanish (since that is the language Daddy wants me to learn before anything after English). It sometimes doesn't seem that English is the hardest language to learn, but I think that I can see how that is possible. It is hard to imagine what it would be like if everyone spoke one language (tower of Babel).
- The weather yesterday was wonderful, and is suppose to be nice the rest of this week (which I am VERY excited for!) Also another big wonderful thing. I finished 1 John 3!!!!! I am so excited! Now all I have to do is write Proverbs 3 down on index cards and begin.
- I hope everyone has a wonderful week!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
- Yesterday was a wonderful day as we all celebrated Mother's Day. My gift to Mamma was a scrapbook I made of pictures of us together. Her favorite page was one with her in her wedding dress on a motorcycle and one with me on a small motorcycle in a white dress, and the page labeled "TWINS"
- Our sunday school that morning was wonderful, and after church we had company over for a while, and then went over to a friends house to have a late lunch. I am going to memorize my 5 out of 6 index cards of 1 John 3! So tomorrow I should have mostly all of it memorized! I am so excited! I could quote to you what I have memorized, but you might find it boring to read all of my mistakes and not hear them in person, so you should just look it up yourself. I am reading from a NLT Bible if you are curious.
- Today I got a 100% on my Math!!!! I am so happy. I have had scores from a 62-100 the 62 is probably from a bad day that I forgot everything. (whoops). When I learned that you had to be good at Math to become a pilot I went to work, and I try as hard as I can at math. But, the one thing I am not so good at is English. I LOVE writing stories (on my own), but English is not one I am good at.
- Don't you feel good when you know that you did something wonderful? (not like when your little sister is trying to make surprise cookies and uses 1 and a 1/2 bottles of vanilla, 1 bag of chocolate chips, sprinkles, and other things that make it look like deer poo.) ;) But when you do something that makes someone else happy......especially God! :)
Sunday, May 13, 2012
- Today was a beautiful day! I was able to do my first day as a volunteer at our library. I had a great time helping kids with a Mother's Day craft.
- This week I am trying to memorize 1 John 3... the whole chapter. It has been very fun while I memorize one index card a day and in 3 more days I should have the whole chapter memorized! I hope to have it "hidden in my heart" for the rest of my life. After I finish 1 John 3 I will be memorizing Proverbs 3 (something going on with 3's?) I was reading it in my devotion today and was in love with the passage immediatly. I want to get closer than ever to the Lord this year. I pray that I will be more like him in everything I do, and that I can become:wise, patient, loving, caring and kind.
- I feel like I know what I want to be. A missionary. It is as simple yet complicated as that. I have always wanted to be a nurse until I wanted to be a missionary, but then I realized I could still be a nurse and still be a missionary. Then on my list of things to be I added these three together: missionary, nurse, and pilot. Now I do not want to become a pilot to fly as a commercial pilot. Just a small pilot who can fly people and supplies into other countries. Now this might not be what God has planned for me, and that would be a pretty big dissapointment because I have wanted to be a missionary since I was 10. But, I would rather please the Lord than myself.
- Now I think that the Lord may have me here in my family because I need training. Training for what you may ask, but the answer is clear. The training for becoming a servant/slave for Christ. We shouldn't live without living for him! We need to show everyone on earth his love. Have you heard this saying before? "Actions speak louder than words"? Well it is true! If we show people actions through love they may want to know more about the love of Christ! "In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father" Matthew 5:16
Thursday, May 10, 2012
- Our youth pastor taught us about devotions this evening. I listened to every word because I really need to do my devotions. He said that we all need to have spiritual intelligence. The only way to get that is to read God's word. I got up at 7:30 for a while so I could make time to do devotions, but then that wore off after a while. This year I have REALLY wanted to come closer to the Lord, and yet I am not having a real devotion. So I am going to get back on track and stay on track as long as I live hopefully.
- Our youth pastor also said "Don't just read and be done with it. Read it around 2-4 times and see what God has said through that or think about what it means" So think about your devotion time and how is your walk with the Lord? Make time to spend with him everyday!
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
- Well this evening while I was at rock climbing (which I do for a sport) I was thinking as I was taking ( it means up in the air hanging off the rope and not on the holds) I realized that as I take it is sort of like God. God stays connected to us as long as we are holding onto him. If we don't and do the journey in front of us (like climbing without a rope) if we fall we are dead. But, if we are connected to him if we fall God holds onto us and will keep us from falling far.So why shouldn't we stay connected to him? Choose him only for your saviour and keep it that way .
- "Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God's place in your hearts." 1 John 5:13 is a verse I am trying to memorize and it is a wonderful way to motivate yourself to keep away from evil deeds.
Monday, May 7, 2012
- Well this weekend has been such and amazing one! Our church got a new youth pastor this Sunday and Saturday my sister and I went to my grandmothers house, and had so much fun! We went walking, yard saling, played games and other stuff. Sunday we (the youth) were excited to see our new youth pastor. We also are rehearsing a 3 songs for the last year of Day of Difference here in Lynchburg. The three songs are Rise Up, Glorious Day, We are the Free,
- God bless! and have a wonderful day! "Cheerfully do everything as if doing it for the Lord"
Friday, May 4, 2012
- Me and my sister got in a really bad argument last night. It was over a really silly thing, just asking me to turn the light out and I repeatedly refused. I made her so mad that she spit on me, and asked me again why I didn't turn the light out very rudely. I was just about to answer "I don't do things for a rude sister, and one who spits on me". When all of the sudden it hit me. Jesus was spit upon and killed, and he still loved those who percecuted him. He loves everyone and he wants christians to follow his example, and I am not doing that, when I myself am being rude and not being patient, kind or loving. I am not worth anything without God because he is the one who made me. So today I tried as hard as I could to be patient, and I still didn't act like Christ. I was trying to see if my baby foster sister would go to sleep again, and my sister came in the room and wouldn't leave for the second time. I asked her to leave, but when she didn't things turned bad. After that I held the baby while I was doing my math and told my foster sister (who will be 6 months the 8th of this month) "I can't let this go on all day now can I?" I didn't expect her to open the door, but she did! So I went into the bathroom where me and my sister discussed everything and we both apologized and we are still friends.
- So PLEASE try not to get in arguments with your siblings. It ruins your whole day, and when that happens I do not enjoy it.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
- Today we were cleaning and cutting some of the strawberries we picked with the girls in our neighborhood yesterday. It made me VERY thankful that we have running water. Mamma was telling me about her time in Haiti that they had to wash clothes and dishes by hand, and that it took a long time. The Lord has really blessed our home. I have a loving family, a clean bed with sheets, a roof over my head, food, and more. I could spend all day naming things that God has given my family and me.
- Please pray for our brothers and sisters, and our Government. Just because today is the National Day of Prayer doesn't mean we can't pray for everyone everyday. The apostle Paul says in his letters that he was praying for them. He prayed all the time! I can't even imagine how much praying he did. But, I do know that I do not pray the amount he prayed! I made a reminder for me to pray for the persecuted church, and it is a project/craft at the same time. I took a "Who Will You Pray for Today" map, that is a poster, from Voice Of the Martyrs, http://www.persecution.com/, and then I wrote down all of the names of the people that are in prison (that VOM knows about). Voice of the Martyrs have a couple different websites, but if you go to http://www.prisoneralert.com/ you can find out about christian prisoners.
- I hope that you have a wonderful day, and God bless!!!
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
- We all are disappointed one day or the other. If we know something isn't just right we sometimes try to go through with it and do it anyway, and it ends up in a mess. I have tried that before. I was trying to make a skirt today and I knew my fabric was a little to short, but I tried to go through with it anyway. It ended up being a total disaster and it didn't look good or fit right. But, it doesn't mean that I am a horrible seamstress. Just that I need to have more practice. We always need to do what God want us to do and not go around what he calls us to do. Like reading His word and taking time to talk to him.
- Everything we see effects us, and whatever we say or do effects other people. So we need to be careful. I often hurt my sisters' feelings when I say a word too harshly or I don't answer her. She will ask me something and I sometimes don't answer on purpose. This hurts her feelings and then makes me feel bad, and when I try to apologize she is so hurt that she doesn't always want to be near me at the moment. But, I always feel wonderful when my sister says she forgives me, and I try to do better not to do it again.
- So the lesson to be learned today is. Don't try to go around what God calling you to do, and be careful of what you say and do.
- "And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all of the while giving thanks through him to God the Father." Col 3:17
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
- Everyday we need to be able to forgive. No matter how much that person did to us we always have to forgive them even before they say they are sorry. We need to forgive others because it is what Jesus would want us to do.
- It is never easy being a Christian. Brothers and sisters are dying right now for Jesus. People are being persecuted right now for Jesus.
- One of the ways we can help is by praying for them and even writing letters to them and the government officials in their area.
- www.be-a-voice.net This is a website you can go to and you can find out more about what is going on.
- The people are in jail simply because they are Christians, and they need encouragement from you.