Joy, Thankfulness

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Hope y’all had/are having a great Thanksgiving! Since it is Thanksgiving, I thought I would share some verses and thoughts about thankfulness and thanksgiving….

The Pilgrims had a lot of things they could have grieved about. Many died in the hard and cold winter before, and they were in the wilderness. But instead, they gave thanks for their blessings, such as their Indian friendship.

It can be super hard to be thankful, especially when times are bad. But there is always something to be thankful for. When I have had a really hard week, I can be thankful that God gave me trials that I could bear up with. When we hear about something really bad in the news, we can be thankful that God is in control! Again, it is hard to be thankful in an evil world! So, here are some things I am thankful for:

  • My family
  • Vacations to fun places
  • Latin class
  • Young Ladies for Christ
  • My friends whom I meet every Sunday, and every Wednesday
  • Music
  • A roof over my head
  • Sleep
  • That God loves us and is in control of the world

And here are some verses that reminded me of how praiseworthy our God is:

 Psalm 100:4:

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Psalm 100:4

Ezra 3:11:

“With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: “He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.”

1 Chronicles 16:34:

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

If you have a free moment, here is a thanksgiving hymn 🙂

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So, have a happy Thanksgiving!!! Eat lots of turkey, stuffing, and remember why we are celebrating!

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Fruits of the Spirit, Patience

The Fruit of the Spirit – Patience

The Fruit of the Spirit- Patience

Good morning, ladies! At least, it’s morning here in San Antonio 🙂 Today we will be talking about patience! I struggle with this a lot, though I guess I have gotten a bit better as the years have gone by? Anyway, let’s get started!

Definition: the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.

OR

an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay

I think that the first definition relates more to what we are talking about, but I like the second definition because of the beginning.

Patience is important because 1) we make ourselves miserable if we can’t tolerate anything annoying 2) we make others miserable if we can’t tolerate anything annoying, because we will always be cross 3) there are lots of things in the world that need patience, or else it could end blowing up in your face! I was thinking of a book I read recently about WWII, and how it takes patience to deal with countries, but this is also true in everyday life!

Here are a few things that we can do to show patience:

  • Try not to show your annoyance when your younger sibling, or classmate is annoying you
  • Try to not to get angry when a task is hard; it is hard to think through it when you are angry! Trust me, I have had this experience before

So, I just wanted to say that I am still struggling with patience! Just this morning, my brother came into the room I was working in screeching at the top of his lungs, and I definitely felt a wave of anger wash over me. You just gotta do your best, and ask Jesus to change you!

I also wanted to tell y’all about something that has just recently happened. So, I used to be super irritated, cross, and grumpy about EVERYTHING! I don’t know if it was hormones, or what, but it lasted a long time. So, after a long tearful talk with my mom, she told me to start keeping a journal about the things I was thankful for. For a few days, I kept that journal, entering in 3-5 things to be thankful for morning and night, and occasionally noon. Seriously, it worked really well! After about a week, I felt much happier about things. I even felt like I loved my super annoying little brother more! So, if you ever have the same problem as I do, try this!

Have a wonderful day!

 

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Fruits of the Spirit, Peace

The Fruit of the Spirit – Peace

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Hey ladies! Today, we will be discussing peace. Let’s get started!

Definition: freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquillity; serenity

Peace is important because 1) it keeps countries from being at war all the time, 2) it gives us a rest from worries, anxieties, and distractions, and 3) it helps us hear the Lord better when he speaks to us. Now, I know that God often speaks to us very randomly. He usually speaks to me by this one Bible verse that really fires me up because it relates to something I’ve been struggling with, or a song in church. Of course, messages from God are not limited to that. Here is a verse about peace:

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:7 (ESV)

I love those moments when I am completely at peace, either from crying really hard, or just the peace that comes from reading a comforting verse when I am afraid. Now, it can be hard to show peace, but here are some ways you can do it:

  1. You can be a peacemaker when you and someone else disagree (I know this is really hard because I have lots of siblings, but it’s worth a try!).
  2. You can try not to get super annoyed or angry when someone mistreats or annoys you (again, I struggle with this!).

Have a great day!

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Fruits of the Spirit, Joy

The Fruit of the Spirit – Joy

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Hey, ladies! Today, we will be talking about joy, as you can see from the title. Let’s get started!

Definition: the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation

Joy is important because it keeps everyone on earth from wandering around grumbling about everything. Joy has many sources. One example of mine is when my baby sister was born. I really did cry tears of joy (I have three brothers). Other sources can be holidays, relatives coming to visit, etc. Some people just have a joyful spirit. Not all sources of joy are lasting, however. This is because of our sinful world. The only lasting joy comes from Christ. This is the kind of joy that is mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23.

This was when Nehemiah and Ezra read the Law to the people of Israel after they came back from exile: “Then he said to them, ‘Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.'” Nehemiah 8:10

So, here are some ways to show  the joy of Christ:

  1. Obey the authorities with cheerfulness.
  2. Don’t complain when things don’t go your way, or when something doesn’t go as planned.
  3. Smile at everyone you meet.

Have a great day!!! 🙂

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Fruits of the Spirit, Love

The Fruit of the Spirit – Love

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Hey, ladies! So sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but I have had a super busy summer.

So, I wanted to post a little series on the Fruit of the Spirit. Basically, I am going to post the definition from the dictionary, say why it’s important, and then list a verse that mentions it, and a few ways to show it. I will say that many of the Fruits go hand in hand.

The first Fruit is love.

Definition: A feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.

Love is one of the most important things a human needs. Not being loved is one of the biggest fears of the human race. Love fuels us and keeps us going. Just think. If no one gave you a hug, smile, or a word of encouragement for the whole week, how would you feel? I know that I would be pretty depressed. As 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 says, we are nothing without love.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3:

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

So, here are a few ways that we can show love:

  1. Clear the table and do the dishes for your mom.
  2. Visit a friend who is sick
  3. Read a bedtime story to your little brother or sister

Have a great day!

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DIY, List

Spring Fun

Spring Fun

Hi ladies! Today, I am going to share a few things that are fun to do in spring.

  1. Press flowers– There are SO many lovely wildflowers in spring. We have a greenbelt behind our house where there are LOTS of wildflowers. I (or my brothers) gather a few and then I press them in a big notebook. Any notebook is fine, but I like the composition notebooks that stores sell in the school section. Once you get your flowers, just arrange them in the middle of the book, and put something really heavy on top. Leave them there for about a month.
  2. Sketch- I am not a very good artist, but it is kinda relaxing to go sit outside and draw.
  3. Riding horses/Biking– If you bike, or ride horses, spring is wonderful time to do it because it is not as hot. Now, this doesn’t go for Texas, where I live, but it is still fun.

Hope you enjoy these activities! Have a great day!

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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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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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Prayer

Prayer: It Can Be Just Like a Math Problem

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            “I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words.” Psalm 17:6 (ESV)

            One of the biggest comforts in the Christian walk is prayer. We find so much comfort in talking to God about all our problems, sorrows, and joys when there is no one else to turn to. God always understands us, even if our prayer is a jumbled mess of words or a short “Lord, please help me.”

Prayer can be like a math problem. Sometimes we can solve it in a few moments, and sometimes it takes forever to figure out. We often ask God for answers to our problems in life. Yet it often seems as if He never answers. I have had this experience many times, and one of the best things to do is to pray fervently every day for an answer. Sometimes God answers very quickly, and sometimes He takes years to answer. In all my experiences, however, God has always answered. In one circumstance, my prayer was answered in about a week. In another experience, it was a few months before my prayer was answered.

Here is the important point to remember: God always answers prayer. Now, go pray about that problem that is on your mind. Just keep praying fervently for an answer every day, and I can guarantee that God will answer it one way or another.

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Books

5 Book Recommendations

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Hi, ladies!!! Today I have some books to recommend. I am a bookworm, and I will read almost anything I can get my hands on. Some of these books are a bit bloody and have some sinful ideas, but they are really good reading.

“A Life of Faith” series by Martha Finnley

These books are about different girls who grow up to be very spiritual and dependent on the Lord. One grows up to be a missionary, and another starts a mission.

“A Single Shard” by Linda Sue Park

This book is about a young Asian boy who is apprenticed to a potter. He takes a pot to show a person of authority and ends up making pots of his own.

“Calico Captive” by Elizabeth George Speare

This book is about a girl who is captured with her family by Indians in the French and Indian War. She ends up in Montreal, Canada. She ends up as a dressmaker and receives a marriage proposal from a French man.

“Ballet Shoes” by Noel Streatfeild

This book is about three sisters who train at a dancing school and end up with different careers. There are three in the series, each about a different group of children.

“Understood Betsy” by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

This book is about a little girl who goes to live in the country with some “queer” cousins. She learns what it is like on a farm.

I hope you will enjoy these books! I loved them, and have some of them on my own bookshelf at home. Have a wonderful day!

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