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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Walking with God

 

 

Have you ever felt like you’re not progressing in your walk with God? I know I have. Do you ever wonder if anything can be done about it? Well I have an answer for you. Don’t worry. God wants to be closer with you, and if that’s what you want too, He can make it happen.

Of course you’ll have to do your part as well. God wants you to really want it. If you work hard for it, it will mean a lot more to you than if you just sit back and expect God to do everything for you.

First thing to do : Pray. Ask God to help you grow in you walk with Him. Praying is underrated nowadays. It has much more of an effect than you would think. However, God doesn’t want you to ask for help one time and forget about it. He wants you to be persistent. He wants you to want it, and to ask, ask, ask. Here is one of Jesus’ parables showing that we need to ask and never give up.

Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘[a]Give me legal protection from my opponent.’ For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will [b]give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will [c]wear me out.’”And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge *said; now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, [d]and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [e]faith on the earth?”

 

Second thing to do: Make sure nothing is hindering you from progressing. It might be a love for material things, sin, or having too busy a schedule. Now I’m not saying loving something or someone other than God is wrong. Definitely not. God commands that we love our neighbors and enemies. I’m just saying that we should not love something or someone more than God.

 

Third thing to do: Read the Bible. I won’t go in-depth about this, since I have already in another post. I would like to say this though: the Bible will encourage you, teach you, and keep you from temptation.

 

Fourth and last thing to do: Get away. Spend some time alone with God. Find a special, private place inside or outside that you can talk with God in peace away from noisy siblings or TV’s. Lay all your troubles at his feet.

 

Alrighty! I think that’s all for now! I hope you will think about those things I said…and also have a great day!

 

maris-rose

Walking on God’s Path: 6 Books for God’s Daughters

Hullo, Ladies! Today I have a list of books for God’s Daughters.

Nowadays, I find it so hard to find books that contain no inappropriate content, books that don’t misuse God’s name, and so on.

When I see the new books nowadays, I don’t usually get past the summary or first couple of pages. If you will pardon me saying, there is so much trash floating around the world. And sometimes I find it hard to stay on God’s path, because I am tempted to read books that I know I should not. (I’ve read every good book I can get my hands on.)

This world is so full of things that distract us from walking God’s path.

But, we can start by reading good books. So, here, without further ado, 6 Books for God’s Daughters.

The Redwall Series

By Brian Jacques

Mr. Jacques passed away in 2011, so, unfortunately, there are only 21 or 22 books, instead of one more. There is a bit of violence, but it takes place in war times. There are also many character deaths.

The Mistmantle Chronicles

By M.I McAllister

There are five Mistmantle books. There is also a bit of violence, and two or three character deaths. DON’T GET ATTACHED TO A CERTAIN SOMEONE.

God’s Smuggler

By Brother Andrew

I was reluctant to read this book at first, don’t ask why, but when I started, I could not put it down!

The Chronicles of Narnia

By C.S Lewis

I am actually reading the series right now, and it’s awesome!

The Melendy Quarter

By Elizabeth Enright

It may also be referred to as the Four Story Mistake series. The books are called: (In order)

The Saturdays, The Four-Story Mistake, Then There Were Five, and Spider Web For Two.

The Mary Poppins series

By P. L Travers

An extraordinary Nanny, four young children, named Banks, what else could you want?!

Did you like this post? Would you like a list of MORE books for God’s Daughters?

In Christ,

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My Testimony – by Anika Joy

Good day, peoples! After reading K.A.’s testimony, I suddenly realized that I’d never shared my testimony with anyone. I had a sudden need to tell someone, an urge to get it out, I guess. My parents hardly know, even. I’m surprised because I can be a blabbermouth, too. 😉

I grew up in a Christian home going through great struggles. We’ve never been financially rich, and things were going on that made me want to put my faith in Jesus Christ even more. But, somehow, I couldn’t.

I lied to my parents a lot back then. I was scared to die. I liked things to be my way or no way at all. I was a real train-wreck.

I thought I was a Christian, but I wasn’t really. I would go to my friends and say proudly, “I’m a Christian”, but the next day would go off and tell God that I hated Him for every bad thing in my life. I didn’t know what being a Christian meant. I didn’t know that I had to give up my dirty ways and sinful life to be a real Christian.

One day when I was nine, I knelt down at the side of my bed and asked Jesus to come into my heart. I had Him in there then – well, I thought I did. Even after I had asked Him in, I didn’t accept Him. I continued to lie, and sneak, and not let Him be the Light in my heart instead of having a dark cage around it. I didn’t know.

And then, I found out – I found out what it truly meant to be a Christian. I wanted to be a Christian, but I didn’t think I was ready. I didn’t feel like it was my time…yet.

Fast-forward to three years later – November 2016, only days after my twelfth birthday, I was having the WORST DAY EVER. Everyone was cranky, and I was feeling like punching someone – preferably my dad because I was steaming mad like crazy at him. I was really angry.

After being sent to bed early, I sobbed until I had a headache (I was VERY emotionally unstable only two months ago) and started to hate God like I usually did when things weren’t going well. Then, Dad came in to pray with us and turn out the lights like he usually does if he isn’t working.

Well, he was in there longer than usual that night, as he had asked Karissa, my sister, something about Christianity – I can’t remember exactly what. Then, they had this whole talk about what Christianity was, while I was in my bed with the covers over my head.

My sister accepted Jesus into her heart that night, and after Dad had left and the lights were off, I thought long and hard about what he had said to Karissa. Then, I cried some more – not because I was angry and hated God, but because I was angry and didn’t want to hate God. So, I prayed, and I decided that I would really try to be a good Christian and change my ways.

I prayed and asked him into my heart – for real that time – and suddenly, I wasn’t angry anymore. I wasn’t angry at God or my dad. I was peaceful. It was such an amazing feeling to be peaceful. I’m not afraid to die anymore, I don’t lie, or sneak – I try to be a better Christian every day, now. And I’m so glad.

anika

2017 Thought Jar

Hello, girls! I’m sorry this is late. But today, I’m here with a DIY for you. I did a thought jar last year, and it was amazing! Plus, it’s extremely easy, so I’m going to tell you how to do it. Let’s get started…

First, you’ll need a medium-sized jar.

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Next, you need to write your year. I used a chalkboard sticker and some chalk, but anything to label it with is fine. Then, you’ll want to place it in a spot where you won’t forget about it. I put mine on a shelf in my room. I can see it as soon as I walk through my bedroom door. Last, but certainly not least, you fill the jar with your thoughts. It can be anything, from what you did that day to a new friend you just made. The options are limitless! I hope you have a fun time making and filling your jar!

In Christ, 

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