Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Joys Of Being Homeschooled

The other day while most of the other teenagers were sitting in their boring classes in school I walked to the park with my family to meet another homeschooled family we know. It was a beautiful day. The sky was blue the sun was out and their was a gentle breeze that blew my hair. It was perfect. It was a shame how many people had to miss out on such a nice day. See, one of the many advantages of being homeschooled is that I can set school aside for an hour or so to go out and enjoy God's wonderful creation! While most kids were sitting inside their class rooms taking tests and worrying about their grades I was out spending time with my family. I get the amazing honor of helping my younger siblings grow and to start becoming who God making them to be! How many people can actually do that? Most teenagers schedules are wake up, shower, go to school, come home, do homework, play on Facebook and go to bed at 1am. Being homeschool I can have free time, live life, and ENJOY learning! I get to study what I want. I can even have class outside! I can sit and soak in all the wonderful things God made.
Instead of listening to a teacher try and explain math problems I can do something that will make a difference! I can go look at flowers with my 3 year old sister, talk about geek stuff with my little brother, debate Bible things with my older. Stuff like that. If I take just a few minutes a day to spend some time with my family I can impact their lives. That's stuff they're going to hold on to and remember.
So that's just one of the MANY reasons I love being homeschooled! I was going to rant about the Hunger Games today but that would make me in the crowd with everyone else. Even if I'm against it. I shouldn't even have brought up that book. Well, thanks again for reading!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Story To Give Hope To The Homeless

2 years ago to this day something big happened. It was a total game changer in my life and so many other people's. 2 years ago I left my home, the only home I had ever known, to live in a friends basement. Why? Because a while before that my dad had lost 2 jobs and we could no longer pay for our small apartment. As we drove the 45 minute drive to "our" new place I wasn't afraid. I knew we would be okay. The plan was we would live there for a month and then my dad would find a job and we could find a new house. Little did I know that this one day would lead to a year without a home. Constantly moving every month, splitting up from my family and even living in a homeless shelter. Little did I know that this one day would impact me, even 2 years later.
So many things happened in that one month. I couldn't even begin to tell you about. Sure I loved living there but some days were hard. I didn't yet miss my apartment, but it was different. Adapting to a whole new way of life wasn't easy. Plus this was my first real move. It was surprisingly easy to leave my home; after months of packing and sleeping on the floor I was finally ready to leave my old life behind. I was so excited! I knew that when it was all over I could tell of how I had lost my home and had to live with friends. I knew that someday God would use my story to change people. Though I didn't know that it would not only change other people, but I would also change me.
Then the day came. At the end of March we had to leave. No one else had been willing to take in a family of 8 people, so we would be split up. There was also a problem: the family that was going to take me and my sister, Dayle, in was on vacation. So the family agreed to let just us two stay for 4 more days until they returned. So my family left and for the first time I felt scared. I had no idea where my family was going. It was possible they would be living in a homeless shelter. I had no idea when I would see them again. As I said my goodbye's that night I tried so hard not to cry. I shut the door and they were gone. When I turned around I locked eyes with my friend who stood there with her arms wide open and that look on her eyes that made me burst into tears. I cried for probably an hour after that and I think more that night while I lay in bed.
The next morning I joined the family for devotions. I sat down on the couch and listened to their mother talk.
"We've been studying 2 Samuel," She explained. "But we kind of took a break...I think we're going to start back on 2 Samuel again."
So I listened to the story of how David was running from Saul who was trying to kill him then she read one verse that caught my attention.
"For you, Oh Lord, have made a revelation with your servant saying 'I will build you a house.' Therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you."
The mom stopped and smiled as she said "You know...I know this isn't really talking about this but...that's almost like God's speaking to you."
There. In that moment God did speak to me. He said He would build me a house. That was the promise I held on to for the next year.
So today I'm remembering the memories I had with that family. They've helped shape me into who I am today. I'm also remembering what God did for me during that time. Through the good times and bad, He is still God.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Little Things

You know something I love? Little things. I am so amazed by the little things that people can do that just bright up my day! I'm the kind of person who will remember every word someones ever said to me. So when people do something nice to me, I never forget. The things we say have SO much power! We don't even realize it! What comes out of our mouths can either make or break someone. People should use our words to build people up not tear each other down!
I am so thankful for all the little things that make me smile. Things that a lot of people take for granted. Things like the night sky, a friends hug, the sunrise, and things like that. Like, someone can say something to me and I'll remember it months later. You know why? Because it meant something to me. That's why I try to watch what I say.
One of my favorite things to do is make people smile. What I've started trying to keep in my mind is "How can I make someone's day today?" I want to show God's love wherever I go. I want people to see me and wonder why I'm so happy. People always say to me "Your so optimistic!" Well honestly, sometimes it's hard. It's hard to trust God and have faith. But God's bigger then me so if He's in control I can live with that.
But how can you make someone smile today? By doing simple things you can really change someone! I would know, people have done things for me that I could never thank them enough for. Little things. Things like complimenting my hair, giving me a hug at just the right time, making me laugh, writing me letters, reading my blog! Everything makes me smile! Because I try to see the beauty in everything. So live life to the fullest! Go out and make someone's day!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Gossip

Ahh yes. Gossip. It can either be a girls best friend or worst nightmare depending on which side of it your on. But it happens to every girl; that sad day when they find out that some of their closest friends have been talking bad about the behind their backs. Then it starts a whole giant argument and blah blah blah. So many girls are worried about whats being said about them behind their backs. But let me talk to you about some things that I've learned.
1. Don't gossip yourself! A lot easier said then done. Every girl gossips. We all sin. But when you do it, correct it. Tell the person what happened and apologize. Also, if the people around you are talking bad about someone, put an end to it. I've only been aware of one time where people were talking about me. I know this because my best friend told me because she thought I should know. She also put a stop to the gossip by saying "hey, that's my best friend your talking about." It wasn't a big deal, nothing horrible was being said. So I just moved on.
2. People worry so much about what people are saying about them. But if your following God and doing what He wants, then why are you afraid? People can't say bad things about you if your not doing bad things! I know what your thinking. "yeah but they can make up lies!" So? There just that: Lies. If lies start spreading about you, tell the people the truth. It's really not the end of the world when people talk behind your back. I'm not saying its ok, but that doesn't give you permission to rip up everything your friends ever gave you just because they made one mistake.
3. One word: Forgiveness. We're all guilty of the same things. We all deserve to go to hell. God doesn't measure sin, we do. Lying is the same as murder. Just one sin makes us worthy of eternal punishment. If we believe in Jesus' death on the cross and resurrection then we're cleansed of all we've done. So if Christ can forgive us, then we can certainly forgive our friends.