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”
For all of you who are just joining the party, Finds From the Old Notebook, is a series of stories I wrote when I was younger that I’ve dug up from the dustbin of history (Okay, okay, I’m really not as old as that sounds). Some are ridiculous, unrealistic, silly, awkward, funny, or… once in a while, real life happenings. So continue reading at your own risk! 😉 Continue reading “Finds From the Old Notebook: The Faith that Saved”
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”
“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”
Since beginning to draw, in November 2015, I have continued to enjoy drawing portraits every now and then. I’m continually refining and changing my technique Continue reading “A Life Lesson From Art”
Merry Christmas to all my wonderful readers!
In my little corner of the world, there is much joy at the remembrance our dear Saviour’s birth so many years ago. I hope there is a spark of this peace and happiness in each of your homes and hearts wherever you are on this planet.
As you celebrate this great day of joy, remember why He came. Not to take over the world, or show off, but to show us what a godly life looks like, lived out, and then He died a horrible death to be a perfect sacrifice for our sins that any one who believes in Him is saved. With His Spirit in our hearts, we no longer need to fear death. Isn’t that incredible? And that is what all this feasting and merriment is all about! So I encourage you to live this day in celebration of Him, remembering the true “reason for the season”!
While some of us are busy in our kitchens preparing delicious food, others are traveling to spend the blessed holiday with family, and yet others, are prepared to spend the day alone. No. Not alone! Please! If you have ever spent a single day alone, my heart is wrenched for you! I know how it feels, and this shouldn’t be for you. I am not talking here about being physically by yourself, but rather alone without God. You can be in a houseful of people, and be alone. By yourself, feeling hopeless.
Okay, I’m not going to preach, or “tell you a thing or two”, but I do want to give you a little inspiration. If you are feeling lonely, literally, emotionally alone, you don’t have to be that way! Remember Jesus who died on the cross as a sacrifice for your sins, and ask Him to be there with you in Spirit. He will be; it is His promise to you!
So whether you are spending the day with you and yourself, or a room full of people, it’s not at all about you. But about the Birth of Jesus Christ! I encourage you to lift your voice in song (even if your not a very great singer, God still loves listening to your attempts!). Sing praise to Him and worship Him within your heart. He is there, and he loves you more than you could ever imagine!
The least I can give Him: my heart.
Yum! Yum! Anyone want to try?
WARNING! This recipe is sure to flop unless you pay very close attention. Leaving out or replacing an ingredient is not optional. Smaller batches don’t turn out very well. You have to be able to know what the word, L-O-V-E, means.
I love this quote… so true, and I hope it for each one of you!
May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.
~Ada V. Hendricks
And I almost laughed at this quote when I found it.
Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money. ~Author Unknown
Hmm, a little too painfully true, though! I think we should reference back to the quote above; none of those things should be solely because of money, but because of Jesus coming to earth on that Christmas so long ago and living in our hearts today!