Courage, Short Stories

Be the Stars

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Hey, girls!

Lately, I have been reading a lot of stories and doing a lot of research on stars and I was really inspired to write this! I really felt the need to share this with you all, for it’s something I feel very passionate about.

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Be the Stars

      Look up at the stars. See how they glow in the dark, burning through the night sky? They illuminate the inky blackness. They make light so we can see. Just like stars function as a light in the night sky, we can be lights in this world of darkness.

     Let us speak truths. Let us defend our beliefs and what we stand for. With our Savior as the moon, lighting up the whole universe, we can be the stars, setting the world aglow with our words, our actions, and the truth. Aim for the sky as you make the case for Christ. Liberty. Truth. Justice. Freedom.

     When you look out of your window at night and you see the stars’ shiny glow piercing through the dark- look for you. You can be one of those stars out there. Use your voice. By speaking the truth and defending what’s right; you are acting as a light, irradiating through this gloomy, obscure darkness that has taken hold of our world. If we are not representing the King of light, then we are exhibiting the immoral attributes of the king of darkness.

     The darker the world, the brighter you must shine. As the stars are surrounded by darkness, they refuse to become apart of that tenebrosity. And so must we.  We have to set a firm foundation and reflect the light of truth. No matter what happens, what challenges or trials we face in the process, we can’t let that get in our way. Keep on glowing. Keep on shining. Keep on doing what’s right, no matter what the consequence.

     Make your choice. You can set yourself a firm foundation and let your light radiate; or, you can stand by and watch while the world becomes hopelessly lost.

     I know where I stand. I know what I need to do. I am going to burn bright. I am going to take place in igniting a fire that will eliminate the darkness.

     What will you decide?

     Come, take courage; be a STAR.

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So?? What’d ya think? Did it inspire you in any way?  Are you going to take a stand and be a star?  Let me know in the comments below! I love to chat! 🙂

 

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Courage, Faith, Witnessing

Equipped or Inadequate

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Do you feel that you aren’t equipped to share the love of Jesus with friends? Or that you aren’t spiritually ready to give them advice? I’m going to give you some tips on how to feel more confident in your faith.

John 16:30 says, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” He will be with you, through your trials, your tribulations, your ups, your downs.

You may not feel you are ready to talk to people about their situations. Don’t feel that you have to! You don’t have to be that “go-to” person. You could simply say, “I think someone else could help you on this one,” or “I really don’t know, maybe ask someone else?”.

I would recommend finding someone older and maturer than yourself, to talk about your issues and get advice from them. Call it a mentor!

Maybe this isn’t your calling. Wait on Him, and He will give you His plan in His timing!

I recommend spending more and more time in God’s word. The Bible is HIS word, so by reading them, you will get advice from the one who is!

Here is a website that is full of good advice and material: http://deeperchristian.com/. They have a great book called “The Five Pillars of Christian Growth”. I read this recently and it has really been an encouragement to me.

Start with Jesus, and he will open your eyes to a whole new world of spiritual discovery.

I know I’m not an expert either; I fail, I fall down, I stumble, but I’m relying on His strength to give me advice, to pick me up, and to be there for me when I fall.

Hope this encourages you today, and remember… He is always there for you, no matter what you’re going through.

Rebecca

Beauty, Courage, Faith

10 Quotes for Christian Girls

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Hello, ladies!

Are there ever times when you feel like you’re not worth it? Or like you’re not loved? I have some amazing quotes here to encourage you today. I hope these make you feel happy or encouraged!

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I hope that these quotes encouraged y’all today! If you want some more encouragement, you can find the amazing Girl Defined quotes board that I got most of these from HERE.

Stay Beautiful,

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Beauty, Courage, Kindness, Love

You Matter

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Hello everyone! K.A here today with you! Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted. Life gets busy, things happen, you forget… you guys know how it goes! This probably won’t be a super long post, but I just wanted to give you a word of encouragement today.

All of us go through a time when we feel like no one cares. Like we don’t matter to the world. Everything around us is a blur, and even though we love the people we know, it seems like they’re so far away, and you wish for things you don’t have. There are so many “ifs” filling your life that every time you try to run away, you’re faced with a different one. Should I go to college? Will I get married? You know what you want in life, but what if you have this or have that? What if you want to be a stay at home mom, but you really want to have a job as something else? There are so many options today, so many things spinning around and around you, putting a fog between your questions and the answers. We all go through this time in our lives when we’re figuring things out.

We are looking for someone to tell us everything that is going to happen, and exactly what turns to take in the years ahead. Well, sorry, but it doesn’t always work like that. Sometimes, there isn’t a clear answer for the things ahead. Sometimes, we have to rely on God to help us know what we need to do now, and deal with the future when it becomes the present. When you just need someone to talk to, to cry out to and spill your problems to, there are people there. You can talk to your parents, animals, and even your journals. But no matter how far away he might seem, God is always right there next to you waiting for you to give him your burdens. You can even come and talk to any one of us here at YLFC. There are so many people in the world that love you. Even when you don’t think anyone cares, we do! I love you, and more importantly, GOD loves you. There are so many doubts that are killing people’s good thoughts about themselves. You don’t want to be prideful, but it doesn’t help to tell yourself that you are the ugliest being on the earth, either. I know what it’s like.

There are so many critics in the world today. But you know what? GOD LOVES YOU LIKE YOU ARE!! Every one of us was made special by God’s own hand. I heard a song recently that said “Those hands that carried the cross are now the hands that carry us.” (Held in your hands, by Rush of Fools. I don’t know that I’ve heard the entire song).

God loves you. He made you with His hands. He formed you, and he loves you. The hands that made this world are the hands that made YOU! He made you different than any other person in the whole wide world. You are special. Whether you feel like you’re in a deep pit, and no one notices, or you feel like you’re invisible to the world around you, you are never invisible to God. He doesn’t care if you wear the latest fashions, he doesn’t care if you’re a blonde. He loves everyone, the perfect and imperfect alike.

Matthew 18:12-14 says:

12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?

13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.

14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Luke 15:4 says:

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

See? He loves us. When you don’t feel like anyone notices you or anyone cares about your future, when you’re lost and confused and can’t think about anything but how no one loves you no matter how hard you try, remember that God loves you. And He is so strong and courageous that he can give you the power to fight, and he can easily get you through whatever you’re going through. God will help you know where to go in time, and He’ll give you hope for the future! Meanwhile, get in your Bible! You’ll find more evidence of his great, great love for us sinners. Jesus loves you!!! You MATTER to Him. God will reveal what you need to know in time. But for now, let Him fight the war in front of you. He gave you this life so you could enjoy it, but also use it to live for and glorify HIM!

YOU MATTER.

This is one I just heard yesterday. It was really good, because I could really relate to it with some of the feelings I’ve had lately. I hope it helps you. This one nearly makes me cry. It’s not the type of song I would usually listen to a lot, but I really like this one!

Another one I heard yesterday on the radio. It’s a very good reminder that God is right there, and He cares about you!

One last one for you all. You are More. I’ve liked this one for a while. It’s definitely worth listening. And another slightly sad hanky-jerker. You don’t have to listen to any of these, I just thought I’d put them on if you did.

Oh wait, there is one more. 😉 Whoops. Here you go:

I just came across it and had to put it on. Our music group has sung this before for people. It’s a really good song.

I hope this gave you an extra hope for tomorrow. You do matter, and God cares about every one of you out there. I hope that you’ll remember that there are other people going through hard things, too and that you would give them an extra hand up. Tell them that they matter too, and that they are loved by God. Help them know they’re not alone. I love you all. Don’t feel scared to talk to any of us here at YLFC. We’re always here for you guys. We want to talk. You are all so precious to God. Remember that. Remember to lift others up with your words this week. I love you guys so much.

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Courage, Faith

He is With You

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I think we have all had a time where we feel lost. Hopeless. Afraid.

I can remember a time where I was more afraid than I had ever been in my whole life.

You see, I am afraid of heights. No, not the heights. I am afraid of falling from them.

My family and I went to Mesa Verde national park in Colorado. We signed up for a tour with a park ranger.

But to do the tour, we would have to climb up two ladders and crawl through an eight foot long tunnel.

The tunnel was no biggie. That was quite fun.

The fifteen foot ladder was no big deal either. I just didn’t look down.

But the THIRTY FOOT ladder? Followed by a steep and narrow path that was slippery and had only a piece of railing to prevent you from falling off?

I was terrified. About halfway up, I felt I just couldn’t make it. I stopped and looked down. And then I prayed.

Suddenly, all my fears vanished and I was able to make it the rest off the way.

When you feel afraid, sad, lost, or anything like that, just pray. And remember that God is ALWAYS with you.

Wherever you go, whatever you do, God is always watching over you, protecting you, loving you.

No matter what, He is always there.

God loved the world so much that he gave his only son for us.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16

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

In Christ,

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Courage

Dare To Be Different

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Everybody wants to be the same.

Well, not everybody, but a lot of people want to be like everyone else. They want to be with the “in-crowd”; the “popular” people, the “cool” people. They all want to be the same.

But I don’t. I want out of the “in-crowd”. I want to stand out in my own unique way. I want to dare to be different. Do you?

A lot of people say “I’ll dare to be different next week so that I can go to this cool girl’s party”, or “maybe next year for my New Years’ resolution”. I know I’ve said that before.

But the truth is, time is invisible. Time is slick. It slips through our fingers before we can get a good grip on it. We spend so much time waiting for the right time, but we never realize that the right time is now.

Dare to be different. Not tomorrow, not next week, not for New Years’. Today. Dare to be different today.

Have a great week, girls! 🙂

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Courage, Dear Heart

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Today I am going to be talking about courage. Courage is something that all of us have, but none of us have. At times, we’re more courageous than a knight or a lion, and others as meek as a little sheep.

Don’t you just love The Chronicles of Narnia? I know I do, but for more than one reason. One, it’s just plain awesome. Second, it’s a great retelling of an amazing true story – Jesus death on the cross and His rising from the grave. Now, that’s pretty cool.

A really cool quote C.S. Lewis used in his 5th chronicle, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is “courage, dear Heart”. Aslan says those three, beautiful words to Lucy in the end of the book.

To me, those words have are real – as real as the device you are holding or looking at right now. They are words that need to be spoken to the girls of the world today, because we have a lot to live through, and we need courage.

A lot of girls don’t have that; the courage to stand up for what’s right, the courage to do what’s right. I know that sometimes I don’t. But I need to have courage, because someday, I’m going to have to stand up for what I believe, and I know that I’ll need a lot of courage to do that. A lot more than I usually have right now.

So, how do we get it? How do we get courage? First off, courage not something that you can just “get”. You can’t go to the store, buy a jar of courage, and eat it when you need it (although, that would be pretty cool 😉 ).

To have courage you need to remember that God is with you all the time and that He is protecting you from all evil. And when you need courage, remember that God is right there cheering you on, because He loves you.

Have a nice day!

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Courage, Faith

Be Still

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I lie in my bed. My stomach hurts with that familiar, hollow pain. My heart rate has accelerated. I take deep, calming breaths, willing myself to understand that I’m ok, I’m safe. I slowly start to relax, and the hope rekindles that perhaps I will sleep at a somewhat decent hour.

A train wails outside my window.

I sit up straight with a gasp, and my heart rate climbs again as I glance once more around my room and lie back again.

It’s fine.

Everything’s fine.

Just a stupid train.

What am I so scared of, I wonder yet again. I don’t really believe in monsters. I don’t really believe that someone would break into our house right now.

I guess what I’m really frightened can be boiled down to one simple word.

Death.

I’m scared to die. And I’m scared of anything that would cause me to die. And so I suddenly find myself facing irrational fears, fears that really have nothing to do with the true problem.

Trust. Trust is my true issue. I haven’t fully learned to trust, to lean on my Savior, to know that He protects me. More than that, though, my heart hasn’t fully absorbed the fact that to be absent from the body means to be present with God.

But I’m learning. Day by day, hour by hour. I’m starting to feel a bit more peace in my heart. I can walk through the hallway with the lights out at two in the morning, and I can think about death without such a huge thrill of fear. Oh, I still fear–but I’m learning to truly believe that I’m going to Heaven when I do die, and that it’s wonderful beyond words.  I’m  not saying that I don’t still struggle. Because I do. It’s more than likely that I will go to bed and not relax enough to sleep until an hour or two before I’m supposed to get up.

But I’m making progress. I’m learning to Be Still and Know that He is God. I’m beginning to understand the merciful, loving side of God, and fully absorb that He has these attributes, too, and not only His need for justice.

Because He is the Savior who died on the “old rugged cross” I can come “just as I am” and know that I will be received because I have “victory in Jesus” and “this world is not my home”.

I am truly so blessed, safe, protected, and loved. No matter what.

“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” -1 Corinthians 15:55-57

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In the Mirror

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Whenever I go into the bathroom, I can’t help but look in the mirror; mainly because it’s above the sink…but also because I want to observe myself. It may sound weird, but I sometimes look in the mirror for rather long periods of time, just staring at my reflection. I look into my own eyes and wonder what God sees in them that He wants to use. I wonder how I can make a difference because I KNOW I can. I want to serve God. I don’t want to waste my life. I see my Bible sitting on the piano and say “I can just read it tomorrow”, and go about my life. I don’t want to be the person saying that I read my Bible, but can’t say all the books of them in order. I don’t want to be the Christian that doesn’t read her bible more than once every week. I don’t want to get to the end of my life and say “where did time go?” I don’t want my last moments to be in regret.

I want to change the world. I want to live for my Lord and Savior. I want to make a difference. But wanting something and actually getting it are two different things. You have to work for it. If you want to make a difference, then sitting in your house hiding isn’t going to do that. You have to get out and do it. Sure, there’s a time for having fun, but there’s a time for getting something done. I’ve already lived 12 years without making a much of a difference at all. Well, not that I’m aware of. I want to step out. I want to be the change. I want to make a difference. Anyone can do it, but not anyone will.

Maybe you’re like Moses, telling God He’s chosen the wrong one for the job, that He’s made a mistake, that you maybe don’t think you’re good enough. Well God doesn’t make mistakes. Jesus can use any one of us Christians He wants for the job. And if He’s chosen you, then who are you to tell Him He’s wrong? God loves you. He died for YOU.  If you won’t even go out and tell the world what He did – If you won’t even go and make any difference for Him, because you’re too scared, then what kind of Christian are you? Are you going to be the Christian who doesn’t ever read your Bible, but goes to church on Sunday? Are you going to be the Christian that reads your Bible every single day, but never goes out to make a difference? Or, are you going to be the Christian, who reads your bible, prays, and tells the world about the good news? It’s your choice. God gave us those choices.

You can make a difference now. God chooses some for the bigger things. But not everyone is going to do the big things. You don’t start with the big things. You have to start small before you can go big. Every famous person in the world started small before they became big.  Some of them never even became famous. A tree starts small before it gets large. You have to be that sapling that grows into a huge tree.

When I think about these things, I want to change the world. I want to change lives. I know God put me here for a purpose. It doesn’t start with changing the world. Changing one person, then two, three, four and on and on! It’s not going to seem like you’re changing the world. And you can’t, and won’t, change the world. The world can’t change. But the people in it can. When I’ve had the opportunity to make a difference, I put it off. I don’t want to be the person that does that anymore. I want to change. And I’m going to change. I’m taking the steps into change. I want to live my life for Jesus and make Him proud. I don’t want to be one of the people He looks upon and says aren’t ready to serve. I want to be one of the ones that catch His eye. One of the ones that He smiles upon. I want to praise God in everything I do, and I want to help others to do the same.

Ou pastor gave the example (he taught about sharing the Gospel with others – after I had already written this post the first time through): If you had 100 dollars, and you gave 50 to your friend, you would only have 50 left. But with the Gospel, if you have information, and you give it all to your friend, you still have the same amount as you started with. It would be like having 100 dollars, then giving 100 to your friend, and still having 100! then they can give 100 to their friends, and it will just multiply, bringing so much money all around. But the Gospel is worth SOO much more than money. So share the Gospel with YOUR friends, so that they can share it with theirs.

Anyone can be the change. Anyone can make a difference. Anyone can change lives. But not everyone is willing to take those steps. It’s scary, I know, but I want to do it still. Don’t you think if it were you, it would have been hard for you to get on that cross and die for SO many people, knowing everything that was ever going to happen? Knowing that some people wouldn’t even care what you did? Well, Jesus still did it. Next time you look in the mirror, remember that God put you here for a reason, and know that you can change lives. When you look into your own eyes, see eyes that are observant, loving, and kind. When you look at your face, see someone who is loyal, brave, and wanting to serve. When you look at your mouth, see a mouth that is edifying, careful with what it says, and caring for others. When you look at your hands, see hands that work for the Lord, hands that are used to flipping pages in their bible, and hands help others in what they do. And when you look at your attitude, see an attitude that respects others, loves the Lord, and wants to use their life to glorify him in everything they do. You may not feel like you’re worthy to be chosen to change the world, but it comes with time, thought, effort, prayer, and a lot more. When you see yourself in the mirror, tell the person staring back at you that they can change the world. Because they can, if they have the desire to.

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Courage, Short Stories

Going Home

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Hello, ladies! Today I have for you, a short story I wrote a little while ago.  I hope you enjoy!

Going Home

The large set of wood doors opened and two soldiers pushed a girl through the doors. Her arms were tied behind her back and her dark brown curly hair was knotty and wet. She was soaked to the skin and her long grey dress was wet and muddy from the rain. The soldiers led her through the grand foyer of the castle. There were marble floors and dark stonewalls. Chandeliers were hung up high from the cathedral ceiling. There were no windows, which made the room feel dark.

She was led into the throne room. There sat the King on his throne, his long, red velvet robe covered the steps before him. His white fur collar covered his long neck and the gold crown studded with jewels was placed ever so neatly on his head. He wore a gaudy looking ring on each finger and necklaces of gold and silver hung around his neck. His black glove covered hands gripped the arms of his tall throne.

“So,” the King began, in his deep and dark voice. The soldiers flung the girl to the floor. Still, she held her head up high. “I hear you have decided not to bow to your king,” the wicked king said sternly.

“That’s right,” replied the girl courageously.

“Do you know what the punishment is if you do not bow to me?” the King asked in all of his might.

“Death,” said the girl abruptly. “Kill me if you must, but I shall not bow to a king who wears a crown studded with jewels of every life he has ended,” the girl said fiercely. The King grew angry. “For me to live is Christ, to die is gain,” the young girl said quoting Philippians 1:21. “I shall not bow to a king who refuses God. I would rather die for Christ then live for the devil.” As the girl spoke those words the king continued to grow angrier and angrier.

“Then you shall face punishment by law!” the King exclaimed. “You will be hung for treachery towards your king!” he shouted.

The King stood up and walked towards the girl. He pulled out his sword and lifted the blade under her chin. “You will die a cruel death. Mark my words,” the King said under his breath. He slid his sword back into its sheath then walked back over to his throne. As he sat in his seat, he made sure his long robe fell in just the right place.

“Tomorrow, at dawn, Aerial Monington shall hang.” As the king said this, the guards took Aerial by her arms and lifted her to her feet. With her head still high, she walked out of the throne room and the two soldiers took her to the dungeon where she would stay until dawn of the next morning.

She lay awake all night that night, praying to God. She stayed faithful to him even when she knew she would be killed for it. But she wasn’t afraid to die. She would be going home. Home to Jesus, and that’s all that mattered to her, everlasting life with Christ.

The next morning came and the soldiers took Aerial out of the dungeon and to the hanging tree outside of the castle. Lot’s of people stood nearby. The king sat comfortably, waiting to watch the girl die.

The soldiers looped the rope around Aerial’s neck. She stood there, fearlessly looking straight ahead. She closed her eyes and began to pray. She started to pray out loud to where everyone could hear her. The people were amazed at her faith. She wasn’t scared to die. Her time had come, and she was ready. There she hung, and the people cried as they watched. Aerial didn’t stop praying.

“Precious Lord, Jesus, I am yours. I am ready. Take me home.” She breathed her last and was finally going home.

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I hope you enjoyed this!

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