Catching Up on 'Days'...and a Confession

Firstly, my confession. I was going to take a week-long Internet break. I didn't. I didn't even last a whole two days. I used the excuse that, ok, I'm sick, it's okay if I go on my e-mail, but I won't answer a lot... Yikes, what a lame excuse. It's true, I was sick. It's true, I had a temperature over 100. It's true, I'm still "sniffly." But it's also true that I did the wrong thing. I know that it was my decision to do this 'bloggity break' thing, but I still feel like God wanted me to do it, too. And the fact that I didn't do it makes me feel like I've let Him down. But you know what? God can use my mistakes. He always can. In Genesis 50:19-20, Joseph says to his brothers (who sold him into slavery), “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." Although I went on the Internet because I wanted to, God used that for GOOD! And He did that when I went on a blog I found on a friend's blog, Meditations of His Love. The most recent post was written by Rachel, and it was called "Changing." (click here to go to it) That really touched my heart, and I felt like God wanted me to read that. I highly encourage you to read it, too. And what I want you to get from this post is NOT to do the wrong thing on purpose, but to know that if you do mess up, God has a good plan and can change your mistakes and other people's mistakes for the better...for the glory of the LORD.

Now, I'm a little behind on the whole '28 Days' thing. For a little I was thinking about discontinuing doing them, because this blog shouldn't be about me. It should be solely about Jesus. But I think I am going to keep on doing the days, but using them to share God's glory. Hey, who said it couldn't be done?
So instead of these Days being about me, I want them to point to Jesus and His wonderful creativity and complex design. He is amazing!

I left off on Day 16, so I'll start on 17 and get caught up...

(check out the list of days here on ~With Love and Kisses~)

Day 17: An Art Piece.

Talia DeAndrea 2010.

I drew this picture last year of a girl 'jumping for joy,' and I think it's a great example of how GOD can give us true joy!

Day 18: A Time When You Felt Passionate and Alive. Hmm...let me see. It would probably be when I finished NaNoWriMo 2010. It was a huge accomplishment and I was thrilled to finish my novel.

Matthew 19:26
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Day 19: A Talent of Yours. OK, writing, I guess :-). But I wouldn't have that talent without God, obviously! And since He gave me a love for writing, I wanna use it for Him. I want to use my writing to lead others closer to Christ Jesus!

James 1:17Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Day 20: A Hobby of Yours. Photography :-). I love taking pictures of God's beautiful creation! I mean, c'mon, need a reminder that God is amazing? Look around you (or look in the mirror)!

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Day 21: Something You Know You Do Differently Than Most People. Be me! God made me different than everybody else, and I like being uncommon :-).

Genesis 1:27
So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.

Day 22: A Website. Girlz 4 God. It's fun and God-glorifying at the same time!

Day 23: A Way In Which You Want to Be Remembered. As a girl who loves God. Without God, I'm nothing. I want to be remembered as His child, as someone who desperately desired to serve God (and DID), and someone who was convinced of her faith.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

Day 24: A Movie No One Would Expect You to Love. Hmm...that's a toughie. Oh, I know! Love Comes Softly. I love that movie, even though usually I don't like love movies. But this one is great.

Day 25: A Recipe. Since I don't have time to post a "real" recipe now, I'll just post a dessert that is really yummy and not as unhealthy as some other desserts... What you need: Vanilla yogurt, grape-nut cereal, banana. What to do: Cut up the banana, but the yogurt on top, and sprinkle on the grape-nuts! You can add sugarfree whipped cream and chocolate syrup if you want, too :-)! This was "inspired" by my sis!

Day 26: A Childhood Memory. I remember watching 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at our homeschool co-op's overnighter. I know that's random, but I remember it!

That's it for now :-). Blessings on your day!

Psalm 97:1The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.
Isaiah 25:9
In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in Him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in Him; let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”


Hannah  – (February 27, 2011 at 11:10 AM)  

your totally right Talia. And what a coincidence! i said i'd stay of the computer last week too...that is NOT what happened. and i felt just like you did! But your post just made me smile wider and wider as i read. its like you read minds! lol. ;) God is AMAZING. well i hope you feel better and post real soon!
hannah ;)

Hannah  – (February 27, 2011 at 11:15 AM)  

oh! and (sorry) i have a question. what happened to the sidebar that shown other blogs you like? theres no other way i know how to get there. (i'm not very tech. ;)Thanks!

lexi  – (February 28, 2011 at 2:02 PM)  

Hey Talia! I just wanted to let you know I got the prize in the mail! Thaks SO much for doing that! You are awesome! You're right, God can so use our mistakes to make good out of them:)

Talia  – (March 1, 2011 at 8:10 AM)  

You girls are really sweet, you know that? A big God-blessing :). Hannah, I'm so glad that this post meant so much to you! I'm not a mind-reader, but I'm so glad that God can use me and what I go through to help other girls in their life too (that's amazing and very flattering)!! You're welcome, Lexi :D. I hope you like it! And I agree; God is very good! Sorry, Hannah, when I changed blog designs {again} :) I took the blog list off. But it's there now, if you wanna check it out :D.
God bless!!

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