Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

I like the new year I guess. I mean, I'm not a big fan of change so I always get nervous when the new year rolls around and for at least 3 months after it I'm still writing the previous year when I date something. It takes me a while to get used to stuff like that. But one of my biggest issues with the new year is how people make resolutions and say things like "it's a new year and a new chance!" People look at it as a way to start fresh and begin again. When really, every day in a new day. Every day is a new chance to be better than you were yesterday. Also, if you have accepted Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you ARE NEW! 2 Corinthians 5:17 says "Therefore is anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. The old is gone, behold, the new has come." You don't need it to be a new year to be a new person. At any time you can choose to say "I need to change." That's your choice. Every day is a new chance, every moment is a new opportunity.

   Now with that being said I want to reflect on my year and all the things God has done with my life. I've had a great year though these past couple months have been the hardest in my life so far. I can still say this year was great. Because it's another year God has given me. Some people never live to be 16 so I'm grateful for every day God has blessed me with. It's so crazy to think about all that He has done. This year has been a year of change for me. But not bad change, it's good. Yes, it's scary, but it's good. At the beginning of the year I was a shy 15 year old still stuck in the past and trying to make my voice be heard while I was too afraid to speak up. But God has changed me in so many ways. I have gotten to encourage people and be audacious. I've stepped out of my comfort zone though I admit sometimes I backed down. But its a learning process. I am SO not the person I used to be. It's crazy look back at who I once was and to see who I am now. I keep a journal and my oldest entry is from 2, almost 3, years ago. I was so immature and I flipped out about every silly thing. But if you read through it you can see how (very slowly) the little things started to seem smaller and smaller until I stopped caring and left them up to God. It shows how I became closer to Him and started to rely on Him more and more. Though throughout my journal I tell of the various trials I've encountered, you can see that God was working and moving and making all things work together. It's a book of my life. My story. But it's not about me, it's about God and how great He is. Because without Him I am nothing. I wasn't this close to God at the beginning of the year as I am now. But I fall more in love with Him every day of my life. That's something I'll continue to do throughout this new year.

   I had some pretty great experiences this year. I went to Camp in the summer and that week really had an impact on me. I still think about that week often. I also had the honor of going to Tennessee on a missions trip with my youth group. I met incredible people there and the little children I worked with have changed me. I think of them daily and miss them very much. Really, I don't think missions trips are entirely about helping people. Because it seems that I get changed more than the people I have gone to help. I also did some crazy things with friends, had fun nights and youth group and grew so much stronger in my faith. Another fun highlight was Family Camp with my church. That was a fun weekend full of laughter and games and weirdness. I moved downstairs and thus got a bigger bedroom which I enjoy very much, though I didn't want to move at all at first. I also biked to church almost every day and sometimes more than once a week. (It's 6 miles to my church, so its a great workout.)

   Among less exciting things it's been a great year in the world of entertainment. I saw a lot of great movies, read some great books and listened to some great music! Movies like the Avengers, Red Lights, and Batman. I can't even count all the great books I've read. But you can check my Goodreads for that. As for music, the new Flyleaf album came out called New Horizons. Though it was their last album with Lacey Sturm, which made me cry. I got into the band Icon For Hire, which I've been listening to a lot, and I heard the song Moment Of Truth by FM Static which is so beautiful I want to cry every time I hear it.

   So this year has been amazing. Tomorrow on January 1st it'll be just like every day. A new day. A new chance. On January 2nd it will be the same. A new day and a new chance. Every day is new. Never lose sight of your goals and live for today. Life is beautiful. Embrace every moment of it.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Let's Talk About Dating

Hey everybody! Today I wanted to talk about an interesting topic: Dating. You see, people these days tend to date for all the wrong reasons and really, they start dating way too early. I know people in 6th grade with boyfriends and such. Listen up people, the point of dating is to find a husband. Yeah, it happens, but most likely you won't be dating him in grade school.

   I think a lot of girls date because they want to feel important or valued or whatever. They think that they need a boyfriend to make them feel special. But guess what? You don't! Your worth isn't found in guys or people at all. It's found in Christ. He loves you, and when He sees you, He sees His beautiful creation. You don't need a boyfriend/girlfriend to compliment you to make you feel important. Instead of seeking attention from people, look into the Word and see what God has to say about you.

   "The King will desire your beauty. Because He is your Lord, bow down to Him." (Psalm 45:11)

   "How precious are Your thoughts towards me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand." (Psalm 139:17-18) Or just read all of Psalm 139 for that matter.

   "You are precious to me. You are honored and I love you." (Isaiah 43:46)

   Get the picture? GOD LOVES YOU! He thinks you're AMAZING! He loves you with the kind of love that no person ever could! His love is unfailing. It isn't dependent on us or what we do.

   I feel like there was more I wanted to say...I don't know. Ok, but like, people just date because they can and I don't think people care too much about finding a husband or any of that. It's messed up. I'm 16 and I've never had a boyfriend. I've never really had the desire to have a boyfriend either. Sure I've thought about what it would be like and all that, but at the end of the day, I know it's not what God wants for me. At least not yet. Because I know when the time comes, it'll happen. Eventually I'll get a boyfriend yes, but all in God's timing. People these days always rush into relationships and never give God a second thought. They never pray about what God's plan is or anything. Bro, God wants to prosper you! (Jeremiah 29:11) Look to God for counsel in everything you do. You should seek to do God's plan, not to please yourself or to give yourself momentary happiness.

   Here are just some things I think are important things to remember when you're in a relationship:


  • When your in a relationship with someone, the most important thing you should do is keep God first! Seriously! Make Him the center of everything you do! He is your King! Let Him lead every aspect of your life, including your dating life.
  • Set boundaries. Seriously people. There are certain things that are worth waiting for. You can wait until you get married. And then there are other things that some people consider appropriate when others think the complete opposite. Me and my friends have discussed this often. Like, kissing. Yes or no? Really, I can't say. That's for you to decide. But I can say that gifts are much sweeter when you wait for them.
  • If you have a problem, work it out with them. That's pretty self explanatory. Just like with friends, if your upset about something they did, work it out and talk it out.
  • Remember to learn from each other. When your dating someone, just like with friends, you guys can learn a lot from each other. Build each other up and learn from your mistakes.
  • And last but not least, FORGIVENESS!!! Both of you will mess up. But guess what? It's not the end of the world! If you mess up, admit your wrong. It'll be worth swallowing your pride for. Likewise, be forgiving of your boyfriend/girlfriend. Don't let a small mistake ruin your relationship.

   So yeah. And for you people who aren't dating, know it's all in God's timing. He knows. Just because you want a boyfriend doesn't mean you need a boyfriend. God's timing is perfect. And while your waiting, learn to look to God for fulfillment and not things of this world. Yes, a boyfriend can be a blessing from God, but just...wait for Him to give you the green flag:) But as always, pray and read your bible and listen intently for Christ while you wait on the right guy.

   Merry Christmas all!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Rise Above It

Hello all! Early Merry Christmas! Soooooooo me and my very beautiful friend are starting something big. Yes. That's right. It's about to go down. We've been talking about this for a while and doing a lot of thinking and praying. See, we want to help people. So we've been formulating a plan on how to do so. But we finally got it.

   Our mission/organization thingy is called Rise Above It. Right now we just have our email address set up. riseaboveitmissions@gmail.com. Our goal is to help people by giving advice, sharing bible verses or just listening. Send us your story, we want to hear it! I'm hoping to get a website up and running soon where we can have a message board/forum to all share stuff on. This is something that I have been praying about and asking God about. My prayer is that God will touch lives through me and my friend.

   Me and my very beautiful friend have also been brainstorming about how to impact people in our community and such and someday (prayerfully soon.) we'll be able to start some sort of group where we can help people face to face. Helping people has always been a passion of mine and I am SUPER psyched to get to do this and be a part of something like this. I pray that God does huge things with us and this group.

   Now for you dear followers and readers, if you would keep us in prayer that would be appreciated! And also if you need prayer, help, advice, or if you just want to rant or share your story, email us! We are here to help! That's what we do! Thanks so much! Bye!


riseaboveitmissions@gmail.com

Friday, December 14, 2012

Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars!

Well today kinda hit off to a bad start but then I remembered....

IT'S WEAR STAR WARS SHARE STAR WARS DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

   Yes! That means all of you should be wearing something Star Wars related! This tradition started 2 years ago (I believe) when this young girl Katie's mom blogged about how her daughter was bullied at school for loving Star Wars. They said Star Wars was only for boys. So us Star Wars fans, being the awesome group that we are, took a stand. Star Wars fans all around the world were helping Katie! Then it became so much more than doing it simply for that one girl, we decided that every year on this day all the Star Wars fans will wear Star Wars attire or donate a Star Wars toy (that can go to either a boy or a girl) to a toy drive or hospital. So please! Wear some Star Wars gear today! I really hope I can see someone else wearing something SW.

   I know I'm going all out and wearing everything I can find! May the Force be with you!

   Oh, and the Hobbit is out in theaters! Who went and saw it? I have not but I really want to:)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I Haven't Fallen Off The Earth!

Hi! I apologize for not blogging, though I seriously wonder how many of you actually noticed I was gone. I like doing updates but honestly, I don't think anyone cares enough. Nonetheless, I have not fallen of the face of the earth and (if you follow me on Twitter you would know) I have not yet left on my journey to find Narnia. (Sadly. Though I will one day...soon hopefully.) I had saved a blog in my drafts because I was trying to get my talent show video on here but it seems this website is having a hard time getting it to upload. I am so very sorry. (Well, kind of. It wasn't a very good act anyway.) Though maybe if you beg me enough I may try and get it up later.

   So today is going to be a random post. Life has been crazy hectic for me and I've been really stressed out. Prayers for me and my family would be much appreciated at this time. Thanks:) Also, The Hobbit comes out tomorrow! Who's going to see it?!?! I wish I was...we'll see. Lately I've also been on a Narnia kick so I've been watching a movie a day and I started reading the Magicians Nephew! Yay! What have you guys been up to? How is life? How may I pray for you?

   Sorry I don't update this regularly. I do more updates on my other social networks and what not. So, if you want to chat or talk or need prayer requests here on my other sites I'm on! I love talking to people! Especially to you awesome followers!

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So yes:) I would love to hear from you guys! I've also been going back and forth about getting a youtube channel. I also updated my About Me page. In case anyone reads it:P But yes. May The Force Be with you! And Merry Christmas! What are you guys doing for Christmas?

(Just a random picture I felt like sharing with you. Because I love my followers!)