Apologizing

That thing can be the hardest thing to do. EVER. Trust me, I know.

About five months ago, I got into a huge misunderstanding with my BFF.

I won’t go into details, but basically, for two months, I could not swallow my pride to apologize.

Me and my best friend avoided each other for TWO whole MONTHS. We were both miserable. Finally, one day, I swallowed my pride. I went up to her, and said, “I’m sorry.” Those two words fixed everything.

Sometimes it is so hard to swallow our pride and apologize.So here are a couple of tips to help you if you ever just can’t apologize.

Don’t wait. If you are waiting because you think it will be easier to apologize, it won’t. It will just get harder.

Pray. Pray to God to give you strength to apologize.

I know this was a very short post, but I have been super busy this past couple of weeks.

I hope you are all having a wonderful week, and that everything is going well for you.

In Christ,

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Where’s the Love?

Hello, ladies! Today’s post is about something we talked about a while ago in my Wednesday night Bible study. It was a special message for Valentine’s Day.

The pastor said that because we are all created in the image of God, deep down we all want to be loved and cherished. None of us want to be left out or ignored. So, if all humans want to be loved, then why is there such a lack of love in the world?

First of all, where does love come from, and why do we love? Love comes from God. We love others because God first loved us.

“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

Many people think that we can only love if the other person loves us back. However, that is just not true. Love goes from God to us, and then it goes from us to others. The greatest act of love was when God sent his Son to die for us.

“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

Because God loved us enough to send his Son to die for us, we ought to love one another. This is probably one of the most challenging things in the Christian walk. How is it possible to love that girl at school who beats you down at every opportunity? How can I show love to my siblings who annoy me every day? One of the answers to that is prayer. Ask God to help you love that person. This can be hard. We don’t really want to love that person. We want to keep on hating them. This is why it can really take a lot of willpower to pray for that person, to love them. However, if you take the plunge and do it, God really does answer your prayers. Trust me, I have had this experience. It may take a week, and it could take a month, or years. If you keep praying, God will answer.

Now, back to the question: “Why is there such a lack of love in the world?”  The answer is sin. Sin is what separated us from God in the first place. Sin keeps us from loving others as we should. It can be in many forms: pride, hate, selfishness. We must ask God to help us overcome that in order to love other people.

What are some qualities of love? Read 1 Corinthians 13: 4-13. This chapter shows us some really good ways to show love to people. We can be patient with our siblings and show kindness to other people. We can smile at people around town. We can build each other up with our words. Just doing this can show others the love of Christ.

Well, I think that’s all for now! I know this post is about loving others, but here is one really important thing to remember: The most important Person in the Universe loves you with an immeasurable love. No matter what happens, He will always, ALWAYS love you.

Have a great day!

emmaline

Verse of the Week 2/16/17

Hello, friends!

I hope you all are enjoying this beautiful Thursday!  So, I’d like to apologize for not posting every week.  The past couple of weeks have been really busy. But be sure to see a verse of the week more weekly from now on. 😊

Anyway, onto this week’s verse!

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9

Isn’t this an awesome promise? God promises to always be with us. Through the good and bad he will always be there.  So no matter what situation you’re going through, take courage and do not be afraid! Because when God is on our side, there is absolutely nothing to fear.

Have an amazing day, girls!

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Purifying the Mind, Body, and Spirit with our: Friendships

Hello, girls!!

I have wanted to start a series of sorts for you girls on here for a while, but I couldn’t decide on the topic of the overall series. After some brainstorming and lots (I mean lots) of different (and cool) ideas, I decided on one that I felt like would be fun to talk about: Purifying the Mind, Body, and Spirit.

This series will be about how we can live a better life as we grow into womanhood. I will discuss how we can purify ourselves in all aspects of our daily lives in lots of different posts.

Today’s topic is Friendship.

How can we purify ourselves with our friendships, you ask?

Well, first off, I believe that we all need to set a couple of standards for people we are friends with. And I don’t mean all that “you have to do exactly what I say and do what I do” wishy-washy trash, I mean that, as Christians, we can’t go off befriending people who are bad examples for how we should behave as Christians. For example, here are my standards for friendship:

  • he/she DOES NOT use any foul language
  • he/she DOES NOT wear inappropriate clothing (at least in public)
  • he/she DOES NOT try to dishonor God in any way
  • he/she IS NOT a bully in any way or form to any person
  • he/she is able to treat me as a friend should be treated and vice-versa

So, those are my standards for the people whom I am friends with. I am not friends with anyone who does the opposite of anything on that list, and I do not intend to try to be friends with anyone who does the opposite of anything on that list.

Now, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t try to reach out to people who need the Lord  -because we should all do that – but I personally would not invite someone over to my house who swears, wears inappropriate clothing, and does not treat me (or someone else) nicely. Would you? Yeah…I didn’t think so.

But, we can’t just judge a person by their outside, right? We can’t just say “oh, that girl’s shorts are too short so I’m not gonna be friends with her”. Before becoming friends, I get to know the girl/boy a tad. Not, like, having him/her over to my house or hanging out “like friends do”.

I mean listening when he/she is talking (NOT eavesdropping) so that I know what he/she talks about. Sometimes (it depends on the person) I even ask a good, Christian friend who knows him/her and can tell me what he/she is like.

We all need to set standards for our friendships. It may seem like you are limiting your options for friends, but believe me, you will end up having a few very valuable friends rather than a bunch of bad influences that we call “friends”.

Make the right choices and you will have best friends who will be by your side for the rest of your life. 🙂

anika

Going Through the Motions

Sorry this is a few days late!

Discipline is important. Without it, you would never get anything accomplished. However, discipline by itself can sometimes be a bad thing. Are you just going through the motions of everyday life? Do you have no emotions or feelings or thoughts about what you do each day?

If you are just praying and reading your Bible because your mom told you to, or you want to impress someone, we could call that going through the motions. Doing what you are doing because you have to, or just checking things off your to-do list. It’s when you do something while not really believing in what you are doing. Not putting all your effort into it.

If this description matches you, try to stop and enjoy the everyday moments. Put all of your effort into everything you do. Worship God with everything you have in you. Love Him with all your heart. Going through the motions will make your life seem boring and not exciting. If you trust God and put everything you have into everything you do, you will see the true blessings God has given you. You can safely say you are not going through the motions. 🙂maris-rose

An Ocean Journey

Hi, ladies! Here is a poem I wrote for a contest; I hope y’all like it!

“On the Indian Ocean big and blue

Was a young maiden with light brown hair

And eyes that sparkled like a drop of dew

Upon a tiny ship to England, she sailed

All alone except for the ship’s crew

Anne was the maiden’s name

And she sailed from the West Indies

From where her parents came

Around Cape Horn the ship set sail

When a storm came up that made the sailors quail

The waves were huge, the sky was black

The sailors cried, “We must turn back!”

But as the day grew late

James, who had a brave heart

And was also the first mate

Cried, “Do not be frightened! We will ride out the storm!”

And indeed,  in time, they rode out the storm

And by and by, the day became warm

The sailors’ hearts were no longer fearful

And their whistling and song was again cheerful

Days went by without shortcoming

And Anne indeed admired James, a hero

And one day she found him in the rigging

And wished to acknowledge his bravery

As James was up on the  ropes

Anne decided, as an excuse, to wash her clothes

Quickly she fetched hot water and soaps

And started scrubbing as hard as she could

As James came down from the crow’s nest

Anne  hung the clothes to dry in wind and sun combined

James greeted her with a smile

And Anne replied in kind

Then Anne said, “James, you were very brave in the storm.”

And he replied, “It was nothing at all.”

“But it was!” she cried, forlorn.

“If not for you, we would all have perished!”

“I wish I could repay you in some way!”

James replied, “Then perhaps come up here and keep me company.

For it does get lonely, I must say.”

I will, I will! Every day!” Anne replied with pleasure. “For I too get lonely.”

And thereon Anne would go

And keep him company, every day

They would talk of woods, rivers, and pure white snow

And each day their love grew

They sailed closer and closer to England

Hundreds of miles away

Their food ran low and lower still

Then the captain had something to say

“We are running out of food! It will not last a week more.

We are near the Canary Islands. Someone must go forth to find food.”

James volunteered, and so did Tom, whose leg was sore

“The warm air will be good for me, and my leg will heal,” Tom said.

The sailors went and came again

With loads of food, to last for months

And Tom came walking with a cane

“The air did me good,” he said

They sailed for another week or two

And because the sky grew black the next day

There was a storm coming, the captain knew.

“Reef the sails!” the captain shouted.

The storm hit with malicious force

One sail unfurled and was nearly ripped by the wind

James realized that he must climb the dangerous ropes course

If he was to reef the sail

“Please don’t do this!” Anne cried, her eyes full of tears

“I must, Darling; it is a sailor’s life,” he replied gently

Anne watched, his words echoing in her ears

As her love climbed the treacherous stair

James fought his way up the rope

And finally got to the sail

He reefed the sail and took hope

That he would safely return

He started to climb down the rope

And got about halfway

When the wind blew with force at the slippery slope

And made James let go his grasp

Anne watched as her true love fell

Into the foaming sea

And where he was in the brine, none could tell

And Anne’s grief was great

The storm subsided, the sky grew clear

The sun came up

The sea was as still as a mirror

But the mood was gloomy at the loss of James

Then the captain stood up and removed his cap

“James did a brave thing,” he said.

“If the sail had torn, we would still have been in the sea’s trap”

The sailors agreed with a loud “Aye!”

But Anne knew that she would never love again.”

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Walking on God’s Path: 7 MORE Books for God’s Daughters

Hello, Ladies! I hope you are all having a wonderful week! You girls like my last post, so I decided to share 7 more books for God’s Daughters. Enjoy!

The Betsy-Tacy series

By Maud Hart Lovelace

I love this series!

Winnie The Pooh

By A.A Milne

OK, so this may be for younger kids. Who cares? I love this book anyways!

The Mysterious Benedict Society

By  Trenton Lee Stewart

I am reading the series right now, and I love it!

The Adventures Of Lily Lapp

By Mary Ann Kinsolver

Lily is Amish, and it was very interesting to read about her life!

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew

By Margaret Sidney

This has always been one of my favorites! I love rereading the Five little Peppers series over and over and OVER.

Little Women

By Louisa May Alcott

The Complete Peter Rabbit

By Beatrix Potter

Who doesn’t love this classic?

I hope you girls enjoyed this post! Have you read any of these books?

Have a wonderful week!

In Christ,

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