21 Ways to Stay Positive

Staying positive and feeling happy from the inside out is something that is hard to come by when we feel bored, lifeless, rejected, passionless, and the list goes on and on. You get the idea. Every day brings it’s craziness and trials and troubles. That’s a taste of life. But we don’t have to live in this zombie-like state. It is totally possible  to live a powerful and meaningful life. The greatest joy you can ever have in life, is when Jesus is living in you and his love just wells up within and comes out in the most beautiful ways. Jesus is beautiful and makes you beautiful. He brings healing to the most intimate parts of your soul. That’s why it’s possible to be happy even in the worst circumstances (Believe me, I’ve almost tried it. 😉 ).

With Jesus living within us, we still have “those moments”. We’re human and completely capable of feeling grumpy and sad all over again. Circumstances can be overwhelming and it’s okay to cry. The best way to overcome pain, sadness, boredom or whatever have you, is to remind ourselves of what is the most important thing in life:

We live in  freedom from the bondage of sin and death; free to live in the deepest and clearest love imaginable – Jesus’ love. Continue reading “21 Ways to Stay Positive”

This Little Life of Mine

This Little Life

This little life,

I live on this earth below,

So often torn and filled with strife.

The rugged cross once stood so tall,

It carried the burden of the world,

For Jesus was dying, dying for all.

Oh such pain he had to bear!

Alone with two thieves,

He bled and died to take away my sin.

And then triumphantly he rose. Continue reading “This Little Life of Mine”

A Letter From My Father

Dear child,

You are not alone. Sometimes it may feel that way, but I will always be there to forgive, comfort, and heal you. It breaks my heart to see your pain, but I can’t take it away until you give it up. As long as you hold onto your heart, your life will be out of control. If you trust your life to me, your life will become a beautiful work of love; woven perfectly by my hands.

I have seen your fear; your worry that you will miss open doors or open ones that aren’t meant for you. Leave that to me.  All the doors that aren’t for you, are firmly locked and bolted.  My timing is perfect. You will not accidentally mess up my will for you.

I give you the choice to hand the key of your heart to me. I promise to always protect and cherish you. In me, you will always find the love you long for. In me, there is always true peace and freedom.

With Love,

Your Heavenly Father

The One Word of Kindness Challenge

I’m not the person to go around chewing on people. When I hurt other people, I feel it. But sometimes what stings more that a harsh word is silence. People begin to wonder if you think that they or what they do is boring, not good enough, or silly. I’ve certainly been in that spot. That feeling that no matter what I did, it went unnoticed. We’ve all been there at some point. And all we wanted was a word of encouragement, affirmation, or just a kind word that told us that we were thought of.

The One Word of Kindness Challenge

Okay, so since we all understand the feeling of being alone, hurt, or mistrusted, let’s turn that around. We can’t really change what other people say to us, but we can change what we say to others. Each word we speak is our own choice. Continue reading “The One Word of Kindness Challenge”

Unashamed to Speak

I’m going to be bluntly honest: being a blogger can be difficult at times. There’s the temptation to ignore things God has laid on my heart to share that I know might not go over well with some people. I might get better stats on my blog if I do things my own way and avoid certain subjects. But really, what is the purpose of this blog? To give you all the same things that you’ve already heard a million times? No. The true purpose is to encourage and enlighten those who visit and help them gain a closer walk with Jesus as well as being my creative outlet.

For all Christians, there’s the temptation to share with the rest of society only the things that people want to hear. In a lot of cases, difficult topics are largely ignored. We don’t like getting our toes wet so we side-step the puddle. Are we ashamed to speak the truth? If so, what does that say about our walk with the Lord? Continue reading “Unashamed to Speak”

My Testimony – The Full Version

As I said in a recent post, I felt strongly prompted to share my story. I did a very short version on The Day I Finally Gave Up. Here’s the long version. I can’t believe that I’m sharing this with you all, just to be perfectly honest. It makes me feel very vulnerable because it’s a very personal thing to me. 🙂

I may be only sixteen, but God has worked so much in my life. I have seen his power and felt his love in a true and personal way and I want to share that story with you. I’m not sure how to describe it all, but I’ll do my best. Continue reading “My Testimony – The Full Version”

The Influence of a Mother

Sunday was Mother’s Day. Perhaps you may think this post is late, but it’s really not. Because, hopefully Mother’s Day prepared you for this post. All across America, and probably other countries too, people were celebrating the gift of motherhood. At the same time, others are sitting back wishing they had a mom to celebrate with. I feel for you. But I have a little challenge for you. Celebrate her, even though she isn’t with you. The fact alone that she brought you to this world has had the deepest impact on your life! Celebrate that.

I, personally, am extremely grateful for the moms in my life, but especially for my own sweet mother. She has spent countless hours teaching me, doing things for me I couldn’t do myself, and loving me even when I was incredibly naughty. She taught me to love music and was (and is!) an amazing example to me of a Godly woman. Continue reading “The Influence of a Mother”

The Day I Finally Gave Up

I had hit the bottom. Literally. For weeks, I’d been struggling, trying to balance a myriad of responsibilities, financial problems, and a ton of various pressures (both perceived and real).

Most of the time, I was able to keep up-beat. But every once in a while, exhaustion over-whelmed me, and I would spiral downward into a pit of despair. To add to the mess, I was trying to cope with some ongoing health issues that only added worry and affected my sleep. Not good.

It all came crashing on my head, when I figured up my taxes. I didn’t even have that much in my bank account! Fortunately, I do have some cash saved back in hopes of buying a piano some day. But anyway, Good Friday evening, I had a splitting headache. I felt terrible. I was so desperate, I asked my mom to come to my room, and we had a really, really good talk. I was finally able to spill out all that I had been feeling for the past months. It was so good. Continue reading “The Day I Finally Gave Up”

Resisting the Devil

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

We all come up against temptation in our lives. It has happened so many times for me personally, that I don’t even want to start trying to count them all. Continue reading “Resisting the Devil”

Journey to Love: Mid-Way

For the past nine months, I have been working on writing the book, Journey to Love.
It’s about a young couple (Kirk and Julie) who find out what true love looks like. No, this is not a romance novel. Yes, it does have some romance in it. The reason is this: I see a huge selection of Christian romance novels on the market and they’re a big hit. The problem is that they go huge on romance, but barely mention God and Christianity. Romantic love is a wonderful, natural thing, but yet it is important to remember that it is so small compared to the kind of love it symbolizes. Continue reading “Journey to Love: Mid-Way”