The Man Who Pleases God

Poetry used to really be a thing in my life. Okay, it still is. But it used to be a BIG part of my life. I would write different poems to express my feelings and thoughts. Some of them were written in very mysterious ways so that the if someone else were to read them, they wouldn’t understand the private message I was actually writing about. 😀 This particular poem today, is not a mysterious one though! I believe I wrote it in 2014 or 2015. The form of it was copied from my favorite young author at the time. The message stands true forever.

The Man who Pleases God

Who is the man who pleases God

On this world below?

It is not the one who has much

But he who needs it so

It is not the proud in heart

But he that humbles himself

Not the one who is pure and clean

But he that brings his sins to the cross

Not the one who is clearly seen

To turn and run in battle,

But he who buckles on God’s faith

And charges on in pace.

The pastor, Star and hero,

God loves them all so much,

But the broken, drunken sinner

Receives his gentle touch

A little wine or liquor

May seem a scarce amount,

But all the drunken accidents,

Are something you must count.

It pleases God to trust in him

And receive his every word,

Than to limp along as if with broken limb.

We can not run the human race

Without God’s humbling grace.

The devil likes to tempt us,

And make us lose our way,

His way some times may seem like ease

But my brother, your life will fall apart,

Temptations may allure,

but your heart will become tart.

Trust in the Lord,

Follow his holy word,

Trust for his leading each moment everyday.

He will be your guide.

And even if the devil

Tempts you from every side,

God will protect you,

And lead you safely back to his fold.

 

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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.

So what’s the challenge?

To say one kind word to someone every day, for 30 days. Don’t focus on one person only. Share the cheer with a friend, child, spouse, sibling, and/or someone at your workplace.

You don’t have to make it dramatic either. It can be a word slipped into the middle of a long conversation or a note reading “Love you” slipped under their bedroom door (for family members). Be authentic and act natural about it.

Sometimes a kind touch can make a person’s day. Please don’t over think it. Let it come naturally. Almost like thinking about it afterward.

One tiny ray of light shining in the darkness can become something that transforms everything. Don’t be afraid, don’t overthink. Do smile, do spread the cheer.

Please feel free to share this challenge on social media. You’re not alone in this. Together, let’s do our part to make our world a happier place. 🙂

 

 

Something to Live By

I love my new studio. I plan to do a whole introductory post of the LoveNotes Studio of Fine Arts sometime soon. It’s a little log building under persimmon trees (yum!). We began building it in 2012, but didn’t finish until this year. I’m so super  excited to be using it for all my school, music study, artwork, and blogging. It is the  place where my mind runs free. It is my own spot and I love it.

All my favorite decorations reside there including a frame which contains the words below. It hangs above my desk and is an inspiring reminder for me every time I go in there.

LIVE FULLY

CREATE HAPPINESS

SPEAK KINDNESS

HUG DAILY

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Anabaptist Orchestra Camp 2017 {Pictures}

Last weekend, I had the privilege of traveling to Elnora, Indiana for the Anabaptist Orchestra Camp (AOC). It was an incredibly inspiring, encouraging, and refreshing weekend both musically and spiritually. I came back a changed person. It was a blessing to see the passion and dedication in each person there at camp. Each person put forth their best for the benefit of others and the glory of God.

Some of the highlights were: listening to a live orchestra all day (seriously, what’s cooler? 😉 ), conversations with some of the wonderful people, good food (Thank you to all the hard working cooks!), funny jokes and stories from the conductors, meeting new people, sitting in the bleachers and analyzing the music (Don’t worry musicians, I wasn’t analyzing who was making all the mistakes… :D). Continue reading “Anabaptist Orchestra Camp 2017 {Pictures}”

New Song: God’s Hurting Child

We have heard of God as a Father and we as his children (the “sons of God”). How often do we think of it in that way in our hearts? Many know a Father as someone who doesn’t particularly care about them and perhaps is even angry and abusive. They don’t know what the real love of a dad can look like. When it comes to God, they don’t understand how he could be so good and be like a father.

But God really does show us what fathers should be like. In a fallen, broken, and imperfect world, we feel alone and sometimes hurt. In our brokenness we may lash out at God. But He isn’t standing there indifferently. He’s waiting with outstretched hands, waiting for us to come to him, to want him, and ask him to forgive us. My dear friend, he will forgive you and give you the most amazing peace and joy you’ve ever experienced; strength to conquer the trials in life. Continue reading “New Song: God’s Hurting Child”

The Face Smacking Truth About Life

Ever since the day I finally gave up, I’ve been living a little differently than before. In that the truth has truly set me free. But I’ve been trying to figure out the balance of what is living for myself, and what is living for God? Or, is there supposed to be a balance?

I’ve put a great deal of thought into it in the last while. How can I live to the fullest of myself for God?

Of course, God wasn’t hanging around laughing at my confusion. As a fact he plopped this bit of advice in my Google+ feed recently. Actually, it is part of a whole post, but this is the part that jumped out and hit me in the face.

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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”

From the Best Day of My Life {Pictures}

Which was the best day of my life? Easter. Yes, Easter of this very year. You can read why here. Actually, that post was written the day before, so I’ll explain a bit more. The reason Easter was so special, was because I had finally given everything up to God and learned who He really is. I could finally celebrate his resurrection with energy and zeal. No pangs from a guilty conscience.  Continue reading “From the Best Day of My Life {Pictures}”