Thursday, January 24, 2013

Judgement And Gossip

So this is a topic I have frequently thought about and it drives me crazy when I do. Because its not something I should have to worry about. But since it is I guess I should discuss it here. The other day I talked to a lady about gossip and people judging each other. Now, I'm homeschooled so you know the place we were talking about this sort of thing happening?

   Church.

   Can anyone tell me whats wrong with that? If you can't then allow me to explain. We are the CHURCH! We are God's children! We are called to be separated from the rest of the world and be different! Yet...we aren't doing a very good job at that.

   I don't know about your church or your friends but I know about mine. I know they have a problem with gossip. Everyone knows about everything and blah blah blah. I've seen gossip tear friends apart and tear a single person down. It's nasty. So why do we take part in it? We do more then simply take part in it, we enjoy it! Does gossip accomplish anything? No. It has no purpose other then to seek and tear down others. Its selfish. Let's see what the bible has to say about gossip.

   I really like this verse. It's specifically geared towards women since we are notorious for being gossips.

   "Woman must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things." -1 Timothy 5:11

   Proverbs 20:19 says "He who goes about as a slander reveals secrets, therefor do not associate with gossip."

   Those are strict commands! Stay away from gossip! Its not right. It's a sin. It hurts other people and it will cause you trouble as well. I hate how its such a big thing in our church. I hate admitting it, but its true. I know I can't stop everyone from saying things about others but there are a few things I can do, and will do. Like encourage people to stop gossiping, or to stop the talk when I do hear it. Most people have a tolerance for it. Everyone knows its wrong, yet we don't stand up to stop it either.

   Another thing is judging others. You know exactly what I mean. Like when that girl walks in to youth group and she has a nose piercing and all you can think is "Oh, she's a trouble maker." STOP JUDGING PEOPLE FOR GOODNESS SAKE! Jesus hung out with the sinners and the lowly and He calls us to reach out to them as well! We aren't better then them! I know I'm a sinner and I don't deserve to have grace! I'm a Christian because I know I'm not perfect and I mess up daily. But Jesus died for me. The sinner.

   When you judge people you think yourself higher than the person you are judging, when in reality, we're all in the same boat. So let's stop the hate. That's so cliched but the most cliched things are usually the most true. Stop gossip and judging and hating. Especially in the Church. We are God's kids and if we portray God's kids as slanderers and gosspips...why should people come to Christ? You are a representative of Jesus Christ. Act like one.




This is one of my favorite clips from the movie To Save A Life. Enjoy:)


   Also, a special shout out to my 20th follower -A LoveAlwaysAnonymous
   Thank you for following me and being my 20th follower! And thank you for everyone who got me to that number! May the Force be with all of you!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Writers Appreciation Post

I just wanted to say a tremendous thank you to all the writers and directors and musicians who make movies and books and music that inspire and change people. I know most people like that will never see this post but I really wanted to express my gratitude to them. It really is incredible the effect any one of those things can change someone. They can make all the difference in the world. I mean that. I've seen how people can be changed by a book they read. I know because I'm one of those people. Really, I get can get inspired by everything. I love that feeling I get when I walk out of a movie theater after seeing a great film. All the mixed emotions and all the tears I probably shed or almost shed. Or the feeling when I finish a good book. I can't explain it. It's just something you need to experience for yourself.

   But seriously. Thank you. One day I really hope I can do that. To reach and touch someones heart in that way. A way that no one can describe. In books and movies, what makes them good is being able to relate at some level to the characters and seeing yourself in them. That makes it beautiful. Or when you hear a song and you feel like it was written just for you and you put it on repeat and just cry. I hope that you guys know what a profound affect you have on people. I know its not just me. People can be changed by a book or a movie or a song. Its such an incredible thing.

   I really do hope I can do something that amazing one day. I want to help people. To change people. I want to help people who thought they were beyond help. I want to lift up the people who thought they had hit rock bottom. Because no one should feel alone. It hurts me to think that there are people who think that no one noticed them. I desperately want to meet someone like that so that I can show them they're wrong. Everyone deserves to have a Breakfast Club or to feel infinite. That is my goal. To be a friend to someone who has none. To shine the love of Christ to people who are in the dark.

   So I greatly envy those people who can write or work to do that. But you writers and musicians, you guys inspire me. I can't even explain my gratitude. Thank you for doing what you do. God really has given you gifts. Thank you for sharing them with us.







Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Story Of How I Helped Someone

Hey guys! I think you all know what this post is about. Me helping someone. Sorry, I sat here forever trying to think up a clever title. None came to me. So I just decided to be blunt. Anyhow, do any of you remember my post Looking For Angels about the Skillet song? Even if you didn't read it you still probably know that I've always wanted to be an "angel" for somebody. My life is about being a reflection of Christ and bringing hope to people who have none. Well...today I got to do just that.

   Well you see, my little ministry (it's actually just something I do.) on Tumblr is to send random people encouraging messages. Sometimes when I doubt that my simple messages help people, I look through my ask box and see all the responses I get from people saying how my message made their day. It really brings a smile to my face, and often times, tears to my eyes.

   So while back I randomly messaged this girl and I'm not sure exactly what I told her but I reminded her that God was in control and He was with her and things like that. She responded by telling me that her dad was in the hospital and could die. I told her that I would be praying for her.

   Then some time later I got a message from her on Twitter saying how when I messaged her it really made a big difference and that she was so thankful for me and things like that. It really made me so happy!

   I hadn't talked to her in a while but then today I got a message from her and I started tearing up when I read it. It said:

"Hi. I just wanted to give you an update on my dad since you've helped me a lot, he got a liver transplant after being in the hospital for 18 days. They called him a miracle because he should have died way before he went to get his new liver. His new liver worked really good with his body which all the nurses were shocked at. Because of your post on Tumblr I never lost faith. Everyone in my family thought he was going to die but I told them not to worry because God is good. They didn't believe in God at one point I said 'God never left you, why should you leave Him? Think positive, pray, talk to God.' That's all I kept telling them. They said I'm 15 and I don't know anything. He survived and now all those people are saying I was right. He's still in the hospital and is recovering day by day and I'm so thankful for it. If it wasn't for you I would have lost my faith too. So thank you. You have a big part in my story."

   I couldn't believe what I had just read. Here this girl was telling me that because I sent her a message on Tumblr and prayed for her that I now had a big part in her story. Like, WHAT?!?! That's what I want to do with my life. To bring God glory and bring people to Him! To show people that YES! God is real and He loves you and He is with you! So later she messaged me and said:

"I just can't thank you enough. It's like God sent you. Like you were my angel. I never had much faith until everything that happened. I didn't believe in much but because of one post on Tumblr it changed my world. I'm really thankful, I can't thank you enough. God bless you and your family!"

   God used me.

   God.really.used.ME! Of all people. This is the kind of stuff that happens when you say "God, here I am. Use me." He will. You may not think you're doing much but God is watching you and you really have a bigger impact on people than you realize. Never underestimate the little things. And never ever underestimate the things God can accomplish through you.

   "It's like God sent you. Like you were my angel." This...this really hit me. Because that's all I've ever wanted. Because out there in this world there are people looking for angels. You might be the only glimpse of an angel someones ever going to see, you know that? You. You matter. It doesn't take much. It doesn't even take a lot of effort. But you gotta be willing. You just gotta say "Lord, use me!" He will. I know He will.

   I really hope this story encourages you to go out and make a difference. I challenge you to do something that could make someones world a little better. Sit next to that one lonely kid in school, help someone carry groceries, message a random person or a not so random person, smile at someone, you can do SO much! If you do something this week or have done something to make someone smile, I want to hear about it! Comment below! Talk to me people! Thanks for reading.
 
   Have a great week:)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

What Is Love?


Hello! So yesterday I went to a bookstore (*girly scream*) and I got 2 new books! One was a Star Wars book and the other is called I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris. I saw it on the shelf and I was debating about getting it, I knew my mom had always wanted me to read it. I just felt I should get it. From page 1 I knew I would love it. I'm only a few chapters in but I love it! I would highly recommend it to anyone. But I was also going over 1 Corinthians 13 and I decided to start a series on it. It'll be called 'What is Love?' In each post I will go into each characteristic of love described in that chapter.

   So today I'm going to talk about love being patient. Now, first of all let's look at what the word 'love' actually means. There are a lot of different kinds of love. This particular passage is talking about agape love. That means unconditional love. This in the kind of love that Christ has for us. This should also be the kind of love we should strive to give. Because we should want to be like Christ in every way, including how we love one another.

  The word 'patient' in Greek is 'makrothymeo' and it means "to be of a long spirit and to never lose hope. To persevere patiently and bravely in enduring misfortunes or troubles. To be patient in bearing the offenses and injuries of others." I really love that definition. I feel like when people think of 'patient' they think of waiting. While yes that's true, but its also enduring bravely.

   I also think that in today's world it means a lot for love to be patient. Think about teenage girls and how they go about dating and flirting around with guys for fun. Love should be patient. And that means waiting on God to bring the right man into your life. It also means being patient and loving someone even when they show you know love. We love because God taught us how to love. 

   Be patient. Even when the person you're loving doesn't love you back, you wait and do what God has asked of you. It's not a simple task but we shouldn't have choice. God has commanded us to love one another. Just a wise word of advice: 1. don't question God. 2. If He tells you to do something, DO IT!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Make-Up And Class

Today I want to talk to you about not a really heavy topic, but something I feel like I need to address because a lot of people tend to ask me about this.
   Well, ever since I got into the Jr. High/High School age a lot of my friends have started to wear make-up. Nothing is generally wrong with that, I think they look nice when they put on a little bit, but many of girls overdue it.

   A LOT.

   See, my Mom always taught me that make-up is supposed to be used to enhance natural beauty. You're already beautiful, you don't need make-up, (totally broke into singing One Direction just now. Awkward. Moving on...) you're already beautiful! A lot of people ask me why I don't wear make-up, well, I do. On special occasions. I mean, some holidays and random times I just feel like dressing up. But that's all. I actually like how I look with it on, but a problem I've been noticing with my friends is that they'll put some on one day and then a little the next and then they can't go out without wearing some because they feel like something is missing. Now they just do it out of habit. I hate that. I don't want to wear make-up all the time just because that's what I'm used to doing in the morning. Then you also get so used to how you look with it on then you get used to seeing yourself with it on and then you begin to not like how you look without it. You reject your natural self.

   Why do girls even wear make-up? Because society has convinced them that your ugly without it. They feed you lies. They tell you stupid things like "you'll never get a boyfriend if you don't wear it." "You aren't pretty without it." Yeah well they are liars. You're beautiful. Don't cover yourself with colorful power. You don't need it.

   Another random thing I wanted to talk about it the word classy. I really like that word. haha. When I hear that word I think of fancy girls from the old  days who wear nice dresses and leather gloves and drink tea. In this generation we've replaced class with swag. No one wants to be known as being proper and elegant, everything wants to be cool and 'gangster.' Ok, don't misunderstand me, I have nothing against the way people dress like that (except for the pants below the waist...just...no.) As long as its appropriate, we're good. I actually like flat brimmed caps and T-Shirts. But do you like it? Or are you just doing it because everyone else is?

   Back to 'class.' See, I think people should want more class in their life. Be simple. Maybe instead of sitting on the computer all day, read a book, write a poem, read Shakespeare, wear a skirt and run in the grass without shoes, drink some tea, wear clothes people don't wear in this generation. Just...be different! Strive to be known for your kindness and love, not "swag."

   Sorry if that made no sense at all, because that's very likely. It makes sense in my head and that's all that really matters. Just kidding. But yeah.

   God is good! May The Force Be With You!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Pictures!

Hey guys! So today I just wanted to post some pictures. That's all. Sorry no long, inspirational, tear-jerking, heavy topic to rant about. Just pictures. Well, and maybe some random Whatever-I-Feel-Like-Adding stuff.

   I had a really rough night last night. I just had a lot on my mind and I was overthinking everything! I'm thinking that the reason I overthink if because I have too much free time. And in my free time I think. Hard. So I want to do more things that occupy my mind, I'm also working on thinking of heavenly things. (Colossians 3:2)

   With that being said, today I went on a picture taking spree. Because taking pictures makes me happy. Since I was stuck inside I ended up with a lot of random pictures of coffee, card games, and books...but whatever! Tell me what you think!












I took more that I'll probably post on my Facebook page if you care to see them.

   Also, an update on my new ministry, we got a member:) Yes it's just one, but I'm happy! If you would please like us on Facebook and check out our website I will love you forever.

The Website
The Facebook Page

Thanks! May the Force be with you!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Dauntless

Well, I know I already blogged about fear but lately that's one thing I've been struggling with fear and I've been thinking about it a lot so I'm going blog about it again. But this time its a different kind of fear. Last time it was more about sharing the gospel and stepping out of your comfort zone in the social sense. This time its going to be about real fear. Like things that make you want to hide and cry, things that give you nightmares and give you anxiety.

   As I said last time, fear has always been a big problem for me. It's one of those things that the devil knows he can scare me with, and though I hate to admit it, it usually works. But God tell us not to fear because He is with us! Joshua 1:9 says "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid nor dismayed for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." I really like those words, I have that bible verse written inside a picture of a Captain America shield on my door. Because I always see Captain America as a man on courage. He fearlessly steps into battle and he's a natural leader. Also because it reminds me of my shield of faith so that when the enemy tries to throw flaming arrows at me, things that make me afraid, I can have faith in God and He will protect me.

   Now along with the words strong and courageous I want to introduce a new word to you. Dauntless. I came across this word when I was reading the book Divergant by Veronica Roth. The word means to be fearless and determined. In the book, Divergant, people are separated into different factions based on their personality and things like that. The Dauntless is a faction filled with fearless people, they're daredevils and they overcome their fears. My favorite part in the book so far is when this guy, Four (as they call him,) takes the main character Tris into what they called a 'fear landscape.' What happens in this place is you get injected with a serum that connects you to a program so when you walk through the field you see you must face your fears. The only way to stop the simulation is to either beat your fear or calm down enough despite of it. So Four takes Tris into his own landscape and together they face his fears. It is only with Tris that he can overcome them.

   I love that part because it reminds me that we aren't expected to face our fears alone. God is with us and He gives us people to help us with the things that make us afraid. When we feel the most afraid we must remember that we are never alone. If you are afraid, talk to someone. Take them through your own fear landscape; they can help you overcome it.

   Another thing I loved about that book is Four has these fears, he has the lowest amount of fears in the entire factions history, but no matter how many times he goes through his fear landscape he can't seem to get over his fears. Each time he gets afraid. But in one part you are told that on his wall in his house is printed a simple phrase: Fear God Only.

   The word 'fear' in this doesn't mean to actually be afraid of God. It means to have reverence for. I love how he has that phrase on his wall, it reminds him that that's the only fear he should have: Reverence.

   I challenge you this week to be dauntless and fearless. Have little reminders that will help you to remember to not be afraid, like the sign on my door or the bracelet I wear around my wrist. I often write things on my hands or arms that I want to remember. Before I finish this up I want to leave you with a quote that I found interesting.
“To me, Fearless is not the absence of fear. It's not being completely unafraid. To me, Fearless is having fears. Fearless is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, Fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death.” -Taylor Swift
    This is a pretty cool quote. Fear is something all people deal with, the only difference is whether or not you let your fear control you. Give your fears to God and leave it up to him.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Rise Above It: Mission Launched

Well finally after much talking and praying and planning, the organization thing, Rise Above It Missions, is officially launched! I am SO excited for this! I pray SO much that God would use this and allow me to reach out to people and really touch peoples lives. Yeah, I know its just over the internet, but I know God can do big things with small things. David conquered Goliath. The purpose of this mission is to show people that they aren't alone and that there are people who love them.

   There are many ways you can connect with this group.

Facebook

The Official Website

and with our email, riseaboveitmissions@gmail.com. We are here to offer encouragement and to help people who are struggling. You are not alone. No one is. Again, if you would pray for this group that would be great.

   Along with this website and such, I also want to do some work in my community. That's going to be the real trick. I'm still working on doing that but I know God can provide. There is so much I feel God is calling me to do. I just want to make a difference. It weighs so heavy on my heart, I think about it all the time. I'm always asking myself how I can make someones day. One of my main goals is to be more patient at home, to set aside time for my 6 younger siblings and help them to grow in Christ. I want to be a good example for them.

   Life is really hard for me right now so if you could also pray for me and my family I would really appreciate it. Thank you amazing followers! I love you all and I'm always here for you if you need me! I love praying for you. May the Force be with you!