Witnessing

2 Ways to Share the Gospel

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Hi ladies! Today, I am going to share two ways that Christians can share the Gospel with others.

  1. Live in a Godly way – When non-believers see your example, and the joy that comes with it, they will wonder why you can be so happy and good even in a hard situation. This gives you a chance to tell them about Christ.
  2. Identify Christian morals and symbolism in movies/books – The youth pastor at our church suggested this. In a movie (I will use The Lion King as an example), you can say something such as, “This character really reminds me of Christ/God”. Mufasa is a good symbol of God.

Now, I know it can be really hard to share the Gospel, especially for me. It makes me really uncomfortable to just walk up to someone and tell them about Christ. It takes practice. Just remember that God is with you, and is really pleased that you are witnessing for Him.

Have a great day!

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Kindness

10 Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day

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Hello, ladies! Today I thought I would post a list of 10 ways to brighten up someone’s day. Though you may not know it, someone you love might be struggling with something, and might need a little cheering up. And even if they don’t, the world can always you a little more sunshine, right?

1. Help an elderly neighbor around the house or yard.

2. If it is allowed, set up a stand with FREE lemonade and cookies.

3. Open the door for someone.

4. Volunteer at your local food bank, library, or some other place.

5. Take your siblings to the park, or babysit for free.

6. Help a friend with their chores.

7. Surprise your parents with breakfast in bed.

8. Read to a younger sibling.

My sister has Dyslexia, so I do this a lot, and she always loves it! I also have a little friend who is five years old, and she loves this so much as well! It’s funny how such a little things can make them so happy!

9. Smile at as many people as you can.

10.  Make gift baskets for a nursing home.

Better yet, make the baskets and deliver them personally to the residents.

I hope you liked this list of ways to brighten someone’s day!

In Christ,

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Beauty, Faith

It’s Your Choice…

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Something I’m sure every one of us knows and has heard a thousand times is that every fingerprint in the world is different. There are no two that are the same. Even for identical twins. You’ve probably all heard that from a young age in your science books, or from your parents. I know I did. But that’s not all God made different. It’s not just your fingerprint, your eyes, your hair, or your scars that are different. It’s your heart. It’s your personality, your characteristics. God made each one of us SO different.

I’ve gone through many times of saying “Why can’t I look like her?” or “Why can’t I have as pretty of a voice as that person?” I’m sure we’ve all compared ourselves to others before. We’ve wished that we could be like them. But, there’s one thing that will never ever change through your life. It doesn’t matter what the choices you make are, where you go, what you do… you will always ALWAYS be you. Just you! You may make yourself act like others or look like others. You may have surgery changing you to be different. But that never really changes you. Even if you go to try and be like someone else, God made you just the way he wanted you! That’s who you’re supposed to be!

You have the choice to make you into whoever you like. But people see you as you. If you choose to be a doctor, that’s what people see ‘You’ as. If you choose to be a stay-at-home mom, that’s what people see ‘You’ as. You can form yourself, you can decide to an extent who you want to be. But God made you different than others. Sure it’s hard not to want to impress people, to make them think you’re amazing. I’m a teen (almost). I know what it’s like! You want to be cool, you want people to notice you and how responsible you are, or how much you have to show off. Our flesh can’t help but want that.

To a certain extent that’s not a bad thing, but you have to keep control of it. You have to keep from blending in with the crowd too much. It’s okay to stand out every now and then. Don’t you think Noah stood out? He thought water was going to fall from the sky! But he TRUSTED GOD. He didn’t go with trying to please others. To act like he knew better than to trust God! He did what he was told. He stood out, but wasn’t it worth it? Sure, you might not be in the middle of the flood, but you have choices you can make to for yourself.

In the midst of trying to please your flesh, remember that God is always more important and he doesn’t love you more when you wear make-up. He doesn’t prefer you when you have some amazing hairstyle. I’m not saying this stuff is bad, but sometimes you have to zoom out and remind yourself that God doesn’t think you need all of this. It’s not bad to want to please others, or to want others to think of you as responsible. Those are good qualities. But you have to make sure that they don’t go to limits of doing things that you know wouldn’t please God, just so that you could please others. Cause in the end, it’s not worth it. You want to serve God. You don’t have to go down the same path as others. You can take the narrow road. God made you just the way you are, and just the way he wants you to be.

God made each one of us different for a reason. Not just so that we could spend 24 hours a day trying to be like everyone else. So, what I want you to get from this is when you form your character, when you’re making your personality, rely on God to help you. I’m not saying that friends are bad, and it’s bad to rely on your sibling and parent’s help. No, not at all! But when you feel your conscience saying that you’re around bad influences, listen to it, and most of all, listen to God. He loves you. No matter how pressured you feel to be someone you aren’t, don’t give in, and remember that God loves you, and he wants you to follow and love him.

And if you do, then you’re already on the right path. Sure there’ll be struggles, don’t doubt that. Just because you have God by your side doesn’t mean you aren’t going to get the thorns in the rosebush. But you’ll have him by you to help you every step of the way. It’s your choice who you want to be. What do you want to be? What are you going to choose? Who are you going to make yourself into? Are you going to go with the flow of others, or are you willing to take the risk to stand out? Are you going to choose the hard right over the easy wrong?

It’s your choice…

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Short Stories

A Just-So Story

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Hi ladies! Today I am posting a Just-So story I wrote for composition class. Enjoy!

How the Elephant Got Its Trunk

Elephants used to be tall, thin, and without a trunk. They remained tall, but because of a certain elephant, elephants are now rotund and have trunks. The elephant I speak of lived in the faraway land of Panoramabolica. This elephant’s name was Tilbitambia- Gorgetarambia- Bonetalambia (animals back then had very long names, my dear), but because it is long to say, I will shorten his name to Tilbit. Now, it was a known fact back then that elephants love mango upside down cake. Unfortunately for them, elephants do not cook. The only way elephants can get their cake is by trading with or working for animals that know how to make it, such as parrots, monkeys, and lizards.

Now Tilbit loved mango upside down cake even more than the average elephant. He would work for hours just to have one bite. And when he got some, he would gobble it up before you could blink, he was so ‘rendously rapacious. He often had so much cake that the other elephants would ask him to share. The answer was, of course, no. One day, a wise old god came up with a plan to punish Tilbit, who was ‘rendously rapacious. He paid the monkeys, parrots, and lizards to make him a million mango upside down cakes. After they were done, he went to Tilbit.

“Tilbit, my friend, I have a million mango upside down cakes that I just cannot possibly eat. I know you love cake, so will you please take them?” he asked.

Tilbit’s eyes bulged, and he began quivering with excitement at the thought of the feast he would have.

“Yes, my lord! I certainly will!” Tilbit cried excitedly.

And so he did. He gobbled those cakes in a matter of minutes. He ate every one, and finally when he had finished, he was so large he could barely get up. The god came back to the sad, astonished Tilbit and said:

“Tilbit, do you see where your greed has gotten you? Now you can never bend down to drink or eat cakes again. However, because I am merciful, I will give you a trunk with which to grab food and drink water. I hope you have learned your lesson.”

And Tilbit went on his way, and he was never so ‘rendously rapacious again. He had indeed learned his lesson, although he was never as handsome as he was before.

THE END

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