Got me Thinking...

The other day, as some of you know, I had a poll here on Girlz of God Blog that asked the question:

Why do you think we need the Bible?

One vote was 'We don't', and that really got me thinking. So, I thought I'd talk about that. For this post, tell me if YOU think we need the Bible and why (or why you DON'T and why). I'm really looking forward to reading your answers. God bless!

♥Talia♥

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That Light - Inside and Out



Picture from faithgirlz.com art gallery (submitted by Kendal).
Last night, as you know, was Thanksgiving. And it was great! I had dinner with family and a friend, then we went to see the movie Tangled (which was very good). But this post isn't about Thanksgiving, although I DO love Thanksgiving. This post is about Christmas. Today our family decorated for Christmas (something I love to do). We got our tree all figured out, hung up decorations, and strung lights on the long pole thing that holds the window curtains (what is it called?! Ack!). I just asked my sister. She said it's called a rod. So, anyway, my sister, brother, and I went to my grandparents' house and ended up decorating their house with my aunt, which was very fun :). Then, we came home. And do you know what? I came in the living room, and no lights were on but the Christmas lights. And they looked magnificent. Doesn't seeing the Christmas decorations and lights give you this joyful feeling inside, like you are lit up? And, if so, do you ever wonder why? You know, have you ever wondered why some people are all 'hunky dory' about Christmas (sorry, my youth pastor uses 'hunky dory' a lot). Or have you ever wondered about the Scrooge-like people? You might wonder WHY they aren't excited about Christmas. Or you may wonder why the hunky dory people are all, well, hunky dory about it. You may be wondering what on earth everybody's talking about when they're all like, "I have this warm feeling inside." Ever wonder? Or maybe you don't wonder and you just think they're silly. I, for one, DO feel all joyful and lit-up inside when Christmas comes around. And here are possible reasons WHY I could be...

Because of all the food (man, it's great!)

Because of the people I am around all the time

Because of the gifts (c'mon, honestly, aren't the gifts something you're, like, MAJORLY looking forward to?)

Because of the decorations (ya gotta love 'em. I mean, aren't little snowmen the CUTEST?!)

Because of all the sharing that goes on

Although those reasons are all PART of why I'm happy, there is one main reason why I feel lit-up inside on Christmas day (and even before). It is because of the joy God has given me through my salvation, the joy God has given me through a personal relationship with Him - a personal relationship that you can have, too. God offered the best and unbeatable gift of all when He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to the earth as a baby to die for our sins. He's offering you the gift of salvation and eternal life. Will you accept it?

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That Whole THANKFUL Thing!

So, what do you think about Thanksgiving?

Do you think of it as...
* A fun day to get together with relatives
* My time to eat turkey and other yum-a-licious foods
* No school!
* Chill-time with my friends
...or something else?

I know you've probably read lots of blog posts or heard lots of people talking about what they're thankful for. You may think: That's awesome! Now let me make a list of my 'thankfuls', too... Or maybe you're thinking: What's up with that? I can't think of a single thing to be thankful for. Thanksgiving is no big deal. Or maybe you're somewhere in between. Whatever the case, I think it is GOOD to know not only WHAT we are thankful for, but WHY we are thankful. Let's go out into the bloggity 'world' and see what other blog posts have to say...

On Nancy Rue's blog, Tween You and Me, Nancy writes: There's just a whole feeling of gratefulness that reaches beyond just going around the table saying what you're thankful for (while the gravy gets cold!)

Jordan of PureNRG writes: During our last show when we performed the song "BFF", I started thinking about the lyrics. It says "let the days unravel, let the years unfold, I can hardly wait to see what the miles ahead will hold". That was really amazing to me to rethink over these words again after singing that song for so long. As pureNRG comes to an end, it is really exciting to think about "what the miles ahead will hold" for all of us, but I can't help but think about the miles behind as well.

Carolyne of PureNRG writes: The main thing that I have to be thankful for is the relationships I have with others! I am so thankful for all of my friends and my family. But, while I am thankful for all of the relationships in the world, I am most thankful for my relationship with God! He is always there for me and provides me with a life for which I am thankful!

Caroline of PureNRG writes: I'm thankful for God's love, and His mysterious ways of showing His compassionate heart for us...I want to share with you one of my favorite Thanksgiving Day verses:

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." Psalm 107:1


I think those are all awesome. So, let me share with you what I think about being thankful...


Why I Think We Should Be Thankful...


Because God is so good and so full of provisions. His love is what holds me together. He gives us so much, even if we can't always see that. He is full of blessings, and He deserves thanks. One of the reasons we were created was to worship God ~ so let's do it today by thanking Him!


Fifteen Things I'm Thankful For....


1. Jesus Christ ~ because without Him, I'm nothing. Because He has a great plan. Because He saved me (you can have His salvation, too). Because He is so loving and just and understanding and listening and good and mighty to save! (and LOTS more)


2. My family, relatives and friends ~ because I really love all of them and because they love me, too. Because I know God blessed me with them. Because a lot of them influence me to follow Christ more and grow in my relationship with Him, or vice versa. Because my parents are raising me in Christ. God sure has a great plan!


3. Food, a house, clothes, and all that ~ because I know lots of people don't have even those bare necessities, so I thank God that I am blessed.


4. That I live in a free country where I can share God's love and help others come to know Him!


5. My youth group ~ because it is very strong and we have a lot of fun, but can also be serious and learn about God. Because we are making a difference in the world. Because it gives me a chance to do big stuff for God and have fun at the same time. Because we can bring nonchristians there and show them Christ's love.


6. The Bible ~ because, without it, we wouldn't know nearly as much about God as we do now, and I don't think we'd be nearly as encouraged by Bible stories and passages.


7. My homeschool co-op ~ because I can learn about God there. Because it's fun. Because it gives me a chance to learn how I can make a different. Because it's Christ-centered. Because I see people there that I can be a good influence to (like @ youth group as well).


8. Being able to publish my book ~ because I know it was all God and that it has impacted at least 1 life. God has awesome plans!


9. Swimming, volleyball, and other sports ~ because they're fun ways to get fit, and because God likes us to have fun!


10. Sweets ~ because, well, they're yummy, and I think God loves to see us smiling over His creation!


11. The computer ~ because not only can I keep in touch with friends, but I can blog and share God's love where a lot of people will read it and (prayerfully) take it to heart.


12. Great Christian influences in my life (my youth pastor, parents, and other Christian adults).


13. Birthdays, Christmas, and Thanksgiving ~ because there is so much to be thankful for! Because we can celebrate Jesus' birth and give and receive with others. Because of the warm, cozy feeling from the holidays. Because we can spend time with friends and family while having a ton of fun and having fellowship in Christ.


14. Pets ~ because they are fun and furry and so thoughtful of God to make!


15. Photography ~ because it is really cool to be able to save moments, even though only what's done for Christ will last. Because I absolutely love taking pictures!


I could go on. God has given us SO much to be thankful for. So, I challenge you to think of at least one thing. There must be something, from your cute freckles to a good friend to the fact that your roommate doesn't snore very loudly. Try to think of something. You could even try one of the following...


* Draw or paint a picture of something you're thankful for, something you think is wonderful or lovely or fun or cool, or something that really stands out to you


* Take pictures of things (or people!) you are thankful for and put them in a photo album or scrapbook (or just keep them on your camera)


* Think of at least one thing you're thankful for every night (you can do more, too) and write them on slips of paper. Put the slips in a box, and when you're feeling especially unthankful or need some inspiration or cheering up, take a look at one or more of the slips


* Make a craft that resembles something you're thankful for, or make a craft you can give to someone else to bring out their natural beauty


* Try to find the good in everyone (really, there is some!). That may be really hard to do, but there is SOMETHING to be thankful for about everyone, even that person that REALLY annoys you or something. Thank God for them and ask Him to lead them closer to Him


* Remember that it's best not to take what you have for granted


There are other great ideas at Tween You and Me. I hope you'll check it out, and I hope you have an absolutely fabulous time being thankful!


God bless you! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Christmas Contest!

Guess what? Starting on Friday, November 26th, there will be a new Christmas contest!
Click here for info!

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Snow Days

I'm so excited...it's snowing! Today we went outside and played in the snow, then recently came in and had hot cocoa and lunch, and now we're watching Elf. That may not seem like a biggie to a lot of you people who live in snow-COVERED areas, but I am ecstatic (we don't get this much snow very often)!!! Last night I asked God for snow...wow, did He answer that prayer!!!

Mommy and me















Haley and Sika (sorry, not sure how to rotate it!)















Elias and Sika

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Happy Birthday!

Today is my great friend Kara's birthday, so right now I'd like to wish her a happy one!

Happy birthday, Kara! I love you!!!

You are such a kind and giving friend, putting others before yourself. I think that's awesome!! You're a super great friend, and God has really used you to impact my life. Thank youuuu! God bless you!

Talia

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A Big Blessing

Last weekend our band, CryOut, got the privilege of leading worship @ Hauser church. It was amazing! God is SO good!

Today was co-op, and we watched a video in Creation Science class by Louie Giglio called 'Indescribable'. It is AMAZING! Go to wikipedia and look up the 'Pale blue dot'. The pic is amazing!

SOOO, anyway, I was thinking about posting soon on THANKFULNESS (since it's, like, almost Thanksgiving! LOL!). So, before I do, if you'd like, you can post something you're thankful for. Can't wait!

God bless you!

Talia

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What Can WE Do?

Check out this verse:

Proverbs 24:12
12 Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.”
For God understands all hearts, and he sees you.
He who guards your soul knows you knew.
He will repay all people as their actions deserve.

I read this verse in a Holt International magazine, and it really convicted me. Almost a year has passed since the huge earthquake in Haiti (and there was one in Chili too, wasn't there?), and the news reports on it and all that are dwindling, aren't they? Sometimes we forget our brothers and sisters in Haiti, and also those who don't know Jesus who are yearning for help, who desperately need it. You may be thinking: But what can I do? I'm here, and they're there. There isn't a thing I can do for them!
But there IS! Here is a list of practical ideas for helping those in Haiti and around the globe:

~Pray for them(God loves talking to you - you'd be surprised how amazing prayer is!)
~ Write a letter to a Christian inprisoned for their faith! See this web site: www.prisoneralert.com, then scroll down to the prisoners, click on one, and follow the onscreen directions for writing a letter. Be sure to ask your parents first.
~ Visit the web site for Voice of the Martyrs, www.persecution.com. You can order a free magazine with stories of those around the globe being persecuted for their faith, and you can also buy apparel and other stuff that gives some of the money to those in need.
~ Donate money to Show Hope, www.showhope.org, or to another organization.
~ Talk to your parents about sponsoring a child through Compassion or World Vision. Me and my parents split the price for a child. Maybe you could do that, too.
~ Do Operation Christmas Child. We just went shopping for ours. It's really awesome! Last year I even got a letter back from the girl who had received my shoebox filled with gifts! It was pretty cool!
~ Make a scrapbook with stories and pictures (you can find these in magazines like Holt International , Compassion and Show Hope).
~ Visit the Do Something web site for ideas on charitable, practical things you can do to help others.
~ Buy jewelry and other stuff from Apparent Project. These awesome items are made my people in Africa out of PAPER (the jewelry), and the profits go directly to that family!

If you use one of these ideas, or you have any more, please comment and share it with us!

God bless you!

Talia

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And The Winner Is...

Okay, so you know the contest ended last night, and this morning I wrote the two names of the entrants on separate slips of paper, put them in a hat, and had my brother draw a name.

Aaannddd the winner issss..... (drumroll, please)

Mary!

Congratulations, Mary! Here's Mary's story. Thank you, everyone who entered! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your entries! God bless!

What Friends Are For
By Mary McLane

I have a lot of friends. All of them are close to me. The closest, Grace, I have known since birth! Here is a story about her and I.

Grace jumped up and down when she saw our car coming down the road. We hadn’t seen each other in 2 years! I was so exited to see her and play with her but when I got out of our car she nearly knocked me down as she ran past me! I looked behind me she was hugging my brother. She obviously liked him. I was so disappointed.


What happened to her? Its like, she changed. We were staying at her house for a week and the whole first day all she could do is talk to my brother. I couldn’t stand it anymore! I ended up asking her what she liked to do and she said shop at the mall so I decided to take her to the mall and shop for some cute clothes.


When we got there I took her to Hollister and we looked at T-shirts and Shoes and Jeans and basically everything! We shopped for about 4 hours and we got really close but she still couldn’t stop thinking about him. I had to get to the bottom of this. Fast.


While she was sleeping I looked through her magazine drawer and saw ALL horse magazines! That was it! She had a love for horses! All I had to do was take her to my house! It would be hard though because we live 3 hours away. So I asked my mom if we could take her to our house and she said yes!


When we got home I took Grace to the barn and we rode my horses around my farm. We had good conversations mostly about our favorite horses. We rode for about 2 hours and then went inside and looked at my horse magazines. We found out how to make horse jumps out of wood and man do I have a lot of wood on my property!


We made a whole jump course in my field. We went and got our horses and warmed them up and then teaching our horses how to run correctly when approaching a jump. First I taught Grace then she taught me! When I was standing in my field Grace started running her horse. Man, She nearly knocked me down as she ran past me. I then got on my horse and did the same thing! We were ready, I could tell.


I went first. I was afraid of falling off but Grace comforted me until I was ready. She is such a good friend! I ran my horse to the jump and we soared over! We even had room to spare! I was so happy that I kept going around the course over and over until Grace got mad at me and told me it was her turn.


I finally stopped and Grace started off. She ran her horse but her horse was afraid of the jump and reared Grace off. I ran to her and called 911. When the ambulance got to my house I had already gotten grace to her feet and onto my horse and I gave her a ride back to the house. Grace was in a lot of pain. The paramedics checked her and said she had a broken arm.


I was devastated. So was she. I could tell she was sad but I was crying saying im so sorry I did this to you! She comforted me and we went to the hospital and got her a cast and pain medicine. She felt a lot better but I was still blaming myself. She said if it wasn’t for me she would still be at her house being really board and wishing she had spent more time with me. I felt better but still sad. She said that a trail ride would make me feel better but how could she ride with one hand? With help from a best friend, because that’s what friends are for.

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Giving Thanks...or Thanksgiving!

Hello, girls! I hope you are enjoying this lovely, God-blessed day. Today, I thought I'd post about...THANKSGIVING! Oh, yeah! I don't know about you, but I LOVE Thanksgiving! One of my very favorite things about Thanksgiving is getting together with family and relatives to celebrate it! Awesome! So, what is YOUR favorite thing about Thanksgiving? Do you think it's important to give thanks? When is a time when you have felt especially thankful? Have you ever thought about giving thanks for people in your life, or about praying for them so they can have what they need (including faith in Christ)? Go ahead and post your answers, if you want. You can also post your favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving :)! As for me, I totally love my uncle's mashed potatoes, my grandma's deviled (or 'angeled') eggs, and 'Jadie' rolls, as we call them, since my cousin, Jaden, used to LOVE them ☺! Have fun!

Here's a free BUTTON for you!


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Easy? No!

Lately, I have been doing this writing thing called NaNoWriMo (I learned of it on my friend Emii's blog, Girlz 4 God). The goal is to write 50,000 words (or your choice of words) by the end of November (it starts November 1st). And is it easy? No! It takes a lot of committment to write that much (I only have around 10,500 words so far). It reminds me of life. God doesn't promise it will be easy. The NaNoWriMo people didn't promise NaNo would be easy. But, God DOES promise that He will be with us through all the trials. Check out this awesome passage:

But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, "Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. when you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior." - Isaiah 43:1-3a

I know I posted a little about this topic in the last post, but it's just been sticking with me. It's pretty cool. GOD'S pretty cool. Scratch that, He's REALLY cool, He's AWESOME, He's JUST, He's POWERFUL, He's LOVING, He's UNDERSTANDING, He is GOOD, and He is MIGHTY TO SAVE.

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Wow...I Didn't Know That Said That!

Have you ever thought that about a song? I've known some songs since I was younger, but just recently I really THOUGHT about the meaning (a helpful thing to do)! And it was, like, WOW! I really feel like that! Or something. Shows how empty some 'worshippers' can be (I'm like that a lot). Really saying the words you actually believe - really saying them to God, is awesome! Here, check out these songs. Really read the words. They're AWESOME! Have you ever felt like this?

YOUR GRACE IS ENOUGH (not sure who wrote it)

Great is your faithfulness, oh, God
You wrestle with the sinner's heart (think conviction)
You lead us by still waters and to mercy
And nothing can keep us apart

WHOAH!

COOL!

Here's more...

HERE I AM TO WORSHIP (again, great song, but I don't know who wrote it. I don't remember)

Light of the world, you stepped down into darkness (humbled Himself and died on the cross for US)
Opened my eyes, let me see
Beauty that made this heart adore You
Hope of a life spent with You

King of all days, oh so highly exalted
Glorious in heaven above
Humbly You came to the earth You created
All for love's sake became poor

WHOAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH! And there's lots of other songs! We just have to really put our hearts into it when we worship God. He is full of blessings, and full of amazing, unending LOVE!

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Something Gross...But it Makes a Good Science Experiment!

What do you get when you combine an almost-three-week-old banana, mold, and the inside of your lunchbox? EEWWWWWWWW! Yesterday I was going through my homeschool co-op bag, ready to get my homework out and finish it. And what did I find? My lunchbox. Oh, no! We hadn't had co-op for a couple weeks. I cautiously opened the lunchbox and turned over a banana covered in green, icky mold. Gross! At least now I have an idea of a cool project for the next science fair!















On another note, do any of you know what NaNoWriMo is? It's this really cool writing program, where you set a word-count goal and try to reach it by November 30th (starting on November 1st). It's pretty cool, and has kept me motivated to keep writing!


Hope you have a great God-blessed day! He LOVES you!


Remember, God doesn't promise life will be easy. In fact, it will be very hard (definitely). But God DOES promise that He will go through the trials with us, and He will never let us go.


MLNC (much love in Christ!),


Talia
p.s. Happy birthday, Nathan!

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Beautiful Blogger Award

This blog award was lovingly given to me a while ago by Christina Courtright of 'A Family Filled With Love and Fun' and 'Sassy Scrapper'. She's such a beautiful blogger herself! Thanks, Mrs. Courtright!!! (This was when I had a different Girlz of God blog) I thought I'd give it to some of you bloggers, too! Love y'all! You're beautiful!!

On Christina's blog, she had the rules...

1) Add a link and a note of thanks to the person giving the award

2) Pass the award on to 15 bloggers whose blogs you have recently discovered that you love (you can do however many you want, though)

3) Share 7 things about yourself

For the 15 blogs I love in no particular order (these aren't all just recent finds, but I still love 'em!):

1) Sassy Scapper and A Family Filled With Love and Fun :) (Christina)

2) A Writerz Corner (Michal)

3) Kara Siert (Kara)

4) Girlz 4 God (Emii)

5) Through Kara's Eyes (Kara Lane)

6) God's Girl (this is invite-only, but I still think this blogger is beautiful - inside and out!) (Mary)

7) Life...One Word at a Time (Christa Sterken)

8) 'Tween You and Me (Nancy Rue)

I know some other good blogs, like my Dad's, for example, but that would be, like, a blog award for GODLY blogger :).

Now, 7 things about myself...

1) I'd love to go to Israel and Ethiopia (in Africa) someday.
2) I love volleyball and swimming.
3) I go to youth group and really enjoy it.
4) I like chocolate chip cookies :) with milk!
5) I LOVE this time of year.
6) Christmas is my favorite season.
7) I like it when it snows on a sunny or mildly sunny day (this happened last year or a couple years ago)!

Love you guys. You're beautiful inside and out!!

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Halloween

Last night was, as you know, Halloween. And although my family doesn't celebrate the wicked devils, evil beasts, and stuff like that, we DO dress up and attend a couple select harvest parties. Last night was really fun! I dressed up as an iPod, my sister as a 'Sleep-Walker', my brother as Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars, and my little sis as a fairy princess :). It was very fun. People kept pointing, chuckling, and saying, "Look, she's an iPod!" or something of the sort. One boy even ran into a trash can while looking at my costume, I think (I didn't see this happen, but heard of it from my friend). One really fun thing about being an iPod was that my really good friend, Kiera, was one, too, although we live in different states! It's cool! So anyway, I had a lot of fun last night. I hope you did, too! And although this may sound strange and unusual, did you know you can actually WITNESS during HALLOWEEN? A couple years ago, we handed out Bible verses to trick-or-treaters. Your ATTITUDE can show others that there's something different about you. Your ACTIONS can make a difference in their life. Your WORDS can really impact someone. And not just on Halloween.

Wow, can you believe it's November? Whenever Christmas time rolls around, I always think, Wow, it came so fast - again! Doesn't it seem like the holidays are coming up - and fast? I am, honestly, MAJOR excited for the upcoming holidays (Christmas and Thanksgiving). I just LOVE this time of year. The family, the friends, the decorating, the gift-giving (physical and spiritual), the hot apple cider and hot cocoa :), the cold weather, and remembering and cherishing the great gift and blessing that God gave to us - His Son, Jesus Christ.

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