Everlasting Love

A lifechanging moment. It is something so precious, so sacred - at least, if it is a good one. One lifechanging, eye-opening experience I encountered was when I was at a local cafe. There was an event going on that my dad emceed. It was called PURECHOICE, and it was about being pure - spiritually, physically, and mentally. A few people shared their testimonies. Then Ben Courson came up (he's Jon Courson's son). He talked, told stories, that kind of thing - like a regular speaker, you know? But something amazing happened that day, in that cafe, surrounded by lots of teens. I saw people who were struggling, people who knew that they needed Jesus and wanted Him in their life. Near the end of Ben's talk, he presented the opportunity for anyone to stand if they wanted to accept Christ as their Savior or recommit their life to Him. "Make a stand for Christ," he said. I knew that hearts were beating. I knew that people were thinking about it, that some people knew that they needed Christ or that they needed to recommit to Him. Then it happened. One person stood...then another...then another. Some of the people, I knew. Some, I did not. But I was truly touched by what I saw. A "hyper" and "kinda-crazy" boy from the youth group I used to attend stood up, his eyes red and looked like he was going to cry. That was a life-changing moment for me. Seeing all those people, getting a reminder that God's love is for-real and that we can grasp and have it...it was great.

Maybe you're in the same position as some of those people. Maybe you have asked God into your life, but have not been spending time with Him, following Him, living for Him, acknowledging Him in your everyday life. Or maybe you don't know God. Maybe you think, I'm good - I go to church, so I'll go to heaven. Maybe no one has ever told you about God. Maybe you believe that you are saved because you "prayed the prayer," "said the words," "did enough." Maybe you think you are saved because someone you know is, or because you go to a Christian school. Maybe you know deep-down that you really need God, you need His love and His light and His care and His understanding and His salvation and amazing grace. You need it. I need it. We all desperately need it. 

Jeremiah 33:3 says this: "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."

God is waiting for you to call to Him. Maybe you think that there can't be a God, since so much bad stuff has happened to you or to people you know. Maybe you feel too bad for God, like He could never love a person like You. Or maybe you feel too GOOD for Him.

Wherever you are in your faith life right now, please know this...God loves you. I know you may have heard it in the stories at Sunday School, or the songs you've always heard, or from the people you've grown up with. Maybe you don't believe it. But please, please believe it.

The end of Jeremiah 31:3 says: "“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness." And Romans 8:38-39 talks about God's love for us..."For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Isaiah 54:10 says: "'Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,' says the LORD, who has compassion on you." We see it over and over again in God's Word. He LOVES us. He wants a relationship with us. He wants us to run to Him, because His arms are always open for us. God wants you to talk to Him, and He's trying to talk to you, trying to tell you how much He loves you and understands everything You're going through. God went through hard times too - VERY hard times. He was betrayed by his friends, beaten, hung on a cross to take the penalty for OUR sins...all so that we can be with Him in heaven. If He didn't do that, we couldn't be with Him at all. He so desperately wants that relationship with you, dear, precious, special girl. No matter where you are, no matter what you've done, no matter who you are or who you've been, God loves you. He really does.

But how can we have a relationship with God? John 3:16-17 sums it up well: "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him."
See the end of the first verse (vs. 16). It says: "Whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." Without Christ in our life, we will be separated from God forever in a terrible place called hell. But with Christ, we can have eternal life with Jesus in heaven. And that's awesome. All you have to do to spend eternity with Jesus is confess that you are a sinner (that you do bad things) and that you need Jesus to save you, and ask Jesus to cleanse you, make you new, and live inside you. You don't have to say fancy words or make the prayer long. It's just you talking to Jesus. If you truly mean these words with all your heart, God will forgive you. He loves you, dear one. And if you need to recommit your life to Jesus, you can tell Him that you want to come back to Him, to run to His arms. He is the most trustworthy, good, forgiving, loving Father you could ever have. He will never leave you, and He will never forsake you. Even though times will be and are hard, God will be with you, waiting for you, showing you His perfect plan, loving you.

Jeremiah 29:11-13
 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."


The One Who Will Pursue You

By a raise of hands, can I see who here has seen the Disney film Cinderella? In case you haven't, I'll explain the storyline...

The tale of Cinderella is about a girl named (you guessed it!) Cinderella who lives with her evil stepmother and stepsisters. Her dream is to fall in love with and marry a prince (a.k.a. Prince Charming). One thing leads to another, and in short, Cinderella ends up at the ball dancing with the prince in a beautiful gown "bibbidi-bobbity-boo-ed" by her fairy godmother. BUT, the effects will only last until midnight, so she runs, and accidentally leaves her glass slipper. The prince goes on a "massive" search for her, and, in short once again, they end up getting married and living "happily ever after."

Now, don't you sometimes imagine yourself twirling around a ballroom with a handsome prince as sweet music plays in your ears? Maybe you aren't the type to dream of yourself as Cinderella, or maybe you are. Whatever your style is, it is true indeed that many girls hope to find love, a.k.a. "Prince Charming."
It is a strange yet, for the most part, understandable desire to be loved by a dude (please excuse my "slang" ☺). And not just any dude - a dude who's gonna pursue you, love you, adore you, admire you, be there for you, and have these certain feelings for you and only you. I believe that the problem comes in not where you want this kind of love, but when you let that want go too far.

Let's dive further into this...first of all, let's look up the definition of Purity in good ol' Webster's dictionary.

Purity: Being pure.

Okay, pretty self-explanatory. But what does it mean to be pure? Here's what I think...

Keeping your heart, mind, and body clean of anything that would not please God. ♥ 

I have decided to wait to kiss until I'm married. Now, don't get me wrong, I made this decision not just because my parents want me to, but because I want to. I believe that waiting to kiss until you are married is a good example of purity, as is being pure in what you think and do. Psalm 119:9 says: "How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to Your Word." But how can we know what's pure and what isn't? Well, by doing what the verse in Psalms says: "By living according to Your Word." How are we going to kick down the barriers the devil throws at us if we aren't spending time with God talking to Him, worshiping Him, and reading His Word? How will we know what's right and what isn't? I'll admit that it is hard a lot of times to really be constant and consistent in spending time with God. It may seem boring, dull, hard to understand...or maybe you just have other things you want to do (I do that a lot, unfortunately). By spending time with God and in His Word, it will be so much easier to make the right choices and say no to the wrong ones. Check out what 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 says about purity: "Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 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." Tough stuff, huh? Maybe you're thinking, I'm never gonna be sexually immoral or anything. Why is it so wrong just to like guys and hope that they like me? I'm certainly NOT saying that liking guys (or wanting them to like you, for that matter) is wrong. It happens to most girls (if not all!). I'm saying that being pure of our hearts, minds, and bodies is so vitally important. You are pleasing God when you are pure - isn't that awesome? It most certainly IS! And why would you not want to please God?

Another important topic not to be missed is our words. Have you ever heard the saying, "Sticks and bones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me"? I definitely don't believe that to be true. Words do hurt! We all know that! Do you think it's uplifting if your BFF calls you a liar or you're teased because your hairstyle is "so last year"? Yes! Proverbs 15:26 says this: "The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, but gracious words are pure in his sight." God delights in precious words! And He also tells us that if we are hurt (or no matter WHAT), He will be there for us.

Joshua 1:9
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Isn't that way reassuring? God's gonna be there, so we don't need to be afraid!

Another thing about words...sometimes dudes say stuff that sound really nice just to get our affection or get something from us for his gain. Sorry that this is a totally disgusting analogy, but stick with me here... imagine a pile of dog poop sitting on the ground (okay, I told you it was going to be disgusting!). Then, imagine that someone comes and sprinkles sugar on it to "sweeten" it. Then they offer it to you. Would you eat it? Hello! Duh, no (at least, I hope not)! The sugar wouldn't help when you knew that it was dog poo. Even if someone completely covered it with sugar so that you couldn't see the droppings any more, I betcha you still wouldn't eat it. That's what I'm trying to say. Dudes may cover up their words with sugar to make you think they are sweet words. Now, I'm not saying that all guys are evil. Definitely not! But I'm saying to stand your guard when temptations come. Guys may say things like, "You're the prettiest girl I've ever seen," "You have the greatest figure," "I love you, and only you," "If you loved me you'd do it," or stuff like that. IF you give into these guys, you will most likely find yourself alone and scarred. The types of guys that coat poop with sugar are guys that will most likely leave you after they get what they want - or if they don't. Don't be afraid to do what's right because you're worried that you'll lose the guy you like (or that you think you love). Don't convince yourself that this guy is the "one for you" simply because his words are sweet.

A saying (not sure who by) goes like this: "A woman should be so lost in God, that a man needs to seek Him in order to find her." Now isn't that something? You are worthy of so much more than sugar-coated poop. Believe me! You are worth it. Well, who says? God! He created you!

Psalm 139:13-14 says: "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."

God may or may not be preparing a man for you to marry one day. But please, dear friend, wait for that man. It will be worth it - it will be SO worth it! And while you wait, if it gets difficult to wait for him or if it seems like he is never coming, remember something - God will always be there for you. He loves you so much, and He created your inner self (just like the verse says). He is pursuing you, loving you, adoring you, waiting for you. Run to Him - His arms will be open for you.


Breathe in Deep...'Cause God's Got a Plan

Have you ever been super stressed over something? I most certainly have. Even when you keep reminding yourself that it's gonna go great or that you're gonna be fine, and you really know that deep down, you still worry and get stressed out. Jazzie over at Velvet Lace posted some great verses from Jeremiah 29 on her blog (I encourage you to check it out). They talk about how God has a perfect plan for us - a plan to prosper us and NOT to harm us. And you know something that helps us get through those stressful times? The reminder that God has a great plan, even if we can't see it right now. Even if His plan seems so distant or blurred that we have trouble believing in its existence, we need to believe that God has a plan - 'cause He does.     

Here are a few Bible verses that talk about God's great plan and about giving everything we've got to Him...worries, cares, thoughts, everything. 'Cause He really cares, and He really wants you to talk to Him. Honest.

Jeremiah 29:11-13
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."

Matthew 6:27-28
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Matthew 6:33-34
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Deuteronomy 4:29
But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Joshua 1:9
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Psalm 33:11
But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.

Psalm 139:17
How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!

Psalm 139:14
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Remember that God has a perfect plan for your life - for GOOD! He loves you so much! If we listen and follow His plan, He will do great things!



Drop-down Menu, Anyone?

Sorry this is a TOTALLY random post, but does anyone have a tutorial for making a drop-down menu for your 'Pages' tabs? I have been looking for one and have tried one..but it didn't work. Thanks!



Excited? You Know It!

I'm just gonna say it. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (the 3rd installment in the Chronicles of Narnia movies) is coming out APRIL 8th! And do you think I'm excited? You know it!!! I loved the Narnia movies, and this one is really great. It's such a neat scene when Eustace asks Aslan to change him...much like we need Jesus to change us. This movie is GREAT and I would DEFINITELY recommend it!
(Picture from wikipedia.org) p.s. According to this article on narniafans.com, the next Narnia movie will be The Magician's Nephew!


A Story Idea

So I started a new story. I don't know where it will go, but I just started writing it. Right now, it's titled "Amazing Grayce." It's about a girl named Grayce Farley who gets called "goody two-shoes" and "amazing Grayce" at school because she loves Jesus and desires to serve Him (plus, "Amazing Grace" is a hymn). Another "terrible" thing is that her middle name is Donatella, and she thinks it sounds like one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Donatello..). Anyway, her younger sister, Markie, has cancer, and they think she's fully recovered, only she's not, and the cancer comes back. When Grayce meets an orphan girl named Mercy who has honest faith in God, she learns an important lesson for herself.
Oh, and her best friend is (a boy) Koda McTyler. Just thought I'd add that.

Any ideas for the story?



Some Different Blogs

Now, I'm not pointing any fingers when I say this, but I think that it needs to be said. There are so many blogs out there (and movies and music and magazines and TV shows...etc.) that are not glorifying to God or that are just totally random, to be blunt. I know I fall into the "random" box a lot, and I think it's fine to post fun things on your blog, but I can think of many blogs that are just...all random, simply put. I think blogging is a great opportunity from GOD to share His great love, and when we don't, I think we are missing out BIG-time. So I thought I'd tell you some different blogs. And by different, I mean a GOOD different. A different that wants to shine Christ's love (even if some of their posts are random). So here are a few of those "good-kind-a-different" blogs, in my opinion...

Girlz 4 God
And So Our Journey Begins
Tween You and Me
A Writerz Corner
Meditations of His Love
The Flip-Flop Farmgirl
Now I Am Resolved
Beautiful to Him

God is so wonderful, isn't He? And I love when that shines through blogs.



The Concert Last Night

Last night, CryOut (the band that me, my sis, my friend, and her bro are in) opened for a concert by Sean Lea, the Radiance Effect, and The New Divide. I had never heard of those bands before, but we wanted to anyway. And let me tell you, it was great! The other bands did great, too. One thing that the lead singer of New Divide said really made me sad. He said there was a 14-year-old girl named Shiley that came to one of their concerts, bought a t-shirt, had fun...and then later, after they left, some people who knew Shiley found her hanging from her ceiling fan. She had taken her own life. So let me just ask one thing...Why are we so afraid to reach the world when there are people out there who feel that they are not worth living one more second? I fall into the trap of "I'll look weird if I talk to them about Jesus" or "No, I'm not gonna reach out to that person," but really, why NOT? Embarrassment won't last forever. Neither will the smirks and laughs that you may get for telling others about Christ. But the things that you do for CHRIST will last. I guarantee it.



5k, Talent Night, and Concert :-)

Yesterday was a Relay for Life 5k Run/Walk (a 5k is 3.1 miles, I think) for cancer. Me and my mom, dad, and sister participated in it, and it was great! It was my first-ever race/run. We also saw my youth pastor and a few friends there, too, and I talked to some nice people I had never met before! It was really great.

Here's a picture from before the 5k... (I'm in the black jacket) It was freezing, so my dad had multiple coats and t-shirts on :).

Last night, my sister had a talent show to raise money for her trip to Africa. It went great, too!

Tonight CryOut - the band that me, my sister, my friend, and her brother are in - is opening for a concert by Sean Lea, The Radiance Effect, and The New Divide. I think it will be fun :-). We're playing "The Lost Get Found" by Britt Nicole and "Better" by my sister, Haley! So I think that will be really fun :-). (you can find CryOut on Facebook)

God bless you!

With prayers,


Book Review: House of Dark Shadows

After my sister recommended this book to me, I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed it. Excitement in every page, journeys through time, suspense...it's a very exciting book! If you like adventure, mystery, and scariness, you will like this book. I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of 'scary' at all...but this book was very enjoyable. Written by Robert Liparulo, this book is available at cbd.com (Christian Book District). Although I believe the author is a Christian, there is little if none Christian content in this book. It is clean, other than a use of 'darned' and 'dang it'. Please also know that I wouldn't recommend this for young kids. But if you're a teen loving fantasy/adventure/action, I think you will like this book. Please note, though, as I said above, that it is scary.

House of Dark Shadows By Robert Liparulo

Back cover:
Dream house...or bad dream?
When the Kings move from L.A. to a secluded small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is beyond disappointed. He and his friends loved to create amateur films...but the tiny town of Pinedale is the last place a movie bluff and future filmmaker wants to land. But he, David, and Toria are captivated by the many rooms in the old Victorian fixer-upper they moved into - as well as the heavy woods surrounding the house. They soon discover there's something odd about the house. Sounds come from the wrong directions. Prints of giant, bare feet appear in the dust. And when David tries to hide in the linen closet, he winds up in locker 119 at his new school. Then the really weird stuff kicks in: they find a hidden hallway with portals leading to far-off places - in long-ago times. Xander is starting to wonder if this kind of travel is a teen's dream come true...or his worst nightmare.

About the Author (from inside the book):
Robert Liparulo has received rave reviews for both his adult novels (Comes a Horseman, Germ, Deadfall, and Deadlock) and the best-selling Dreamhouse Kings series for young adults. He lives in Colorado with his wife and their four children.

Please also know that this book is a cliff-hanger...so you might want to read the next one (I'm about to start reading it, actually)! :-)

Want to see another book, Christian CD, or movie reviewed? Please let me know, and I will consider doing a review on it! Please also know that not all suggestions will be reviewed.

Have a great day! God bless you!

Zephaniah 3:17
The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”



A Word of Encouragement From God's Word

Psalm 139:9-10
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me,  your right hand will hold me fast.

(Picture from Wikipedia.org. Verse from biblegateway.com)


Girlz 4 God

Emii had a really cool post on her blog, so I encourage you to go check it out here at Girlz 4 God.



Happy Birthday to Kiera :-)

I want to say happy birthday to my great friend, Kiera! I have been privileged and blessed to know you for 8 years, and I am so glad that God caused our paths to cross. He definitely has a great plan in mind! You are a funtastic friend, and I want to say thank you for being YOU! I love you! God loves you, Kiera ♥. Happy birthday.

p.s. {I love you more!}



Happy Late Birthday to my Mom...and an Earthquake

First of all, I want to say happy late birthday to my mom! I love you very much and hope you had a great day. Thank you so much for all you do! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Secondly, please be in prayer for those in Japan and Hawaii. There was a large earthquake in Japan this morning, killing 200 or more people. It's been reported that this is the 5th largest earthquake since 1900. There was also an earthquake and tsunami in Hawaii, so please be in prayer for them also. There have been tsunami warnings for parts of WA, OR, and CA, but so far there has been no tsunami. This morning, my great friend Sarah N. called to make sure we were OK and to pray for us (since we live in OR). I just wanted to say thank you to Sarah, her mom, and her whole family for praying for us and for being great friends. Sarah, you don't know how much it means to me. Thank you so much! ♥
Here are a few photos from weather.com of Japan.

I can't help but feel for the people in Japan and feel discouraged that, like, stuff in the 'blogging world' is just going on as if nothing happened. I know some of you didn't know about the earthquakes and tsunamis, and I'm not saying it's wrong to post fun stuff, I'm just saying it's hard to go on like nothing happened. And that gets me wondering...why should I? Why do we say, "Aw, that's sad," and then do nothing about it and go on as if nothing even happened? It gets me thinking...an earthquake can really shock you into reality. Hundreds of lives were lost this morning. Many of those people probably were not Christians. Why don't we go out and reach the world and tell them about Jesus? I believe that one person can change the world. Do you?

It really gets to me that we're worried about stuff like what our hair looks like, what clothes we have, and who likes us. But seriously, what on earth does it matter when there are people dying around the world? And why is it that when someone we know or someone our friend or family knows dies, we get all sad and go to their funeral and then go on as if nothing happened? Think about it. If that person were watching you (not saying that they are, but hear me out), would they feel worth it when they saw you go on as if you never even knew them? I wonder if that's how Jesus felt when He died. What if there were some people who just went on as if nothing had happened? Romans 12:15 says: "Rejoice with those who rejoice, and mourn with those who mourn." Help out a friend if they have lost a loved one. Cherish the time you have with the people around you. And tell the world that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, who was, and is, and is to come.



"Redefining Beautiful" Book Review

After hearing great talks from speaker/writer Jenna Lucado at the Revolve Tour (twice) (see below post) and loving her, this year I bought her first book, "Redefining Beautiful," which she wrote with her dad, Max Lucado. Let me tell you, this book is amazing! I started reading it and was hooked! It's easy for girls to relate to and also really uplifting, encouraging, and - I love this - true! It was also funny in parts and honest in every part. I absolutely loved this book and would totally recommend it for any girl! Five stars!

 Redefining Beautiful
By Jenna Lucado with Max Lucado
Find it here.

Back cover:
Let's talk, really talk - about fashion, about friends, about boys, about life. Along the way, we'll uncover essential beauty secrets to help you sparkle with confidence and joy.

In Redefining Beautiful, Revolve® speaker Jenna Lucado teams up with her dad, best-selling author Max Lucado, to offer teen girls a new vision of themselves and a new definition of beauty. Through candid discussions about real issues - from self-esteem and dating to broken families and abuse - Jenna reveals a foundational beauty secret: a father's love. And whether a girl comes from a home with a devoted father, or a home where that is only a dream, Jenna brings hope as she helps girls discover that they already have the perfect Dad. 

About the Authors (From the back cover):
Jenna Lucado has a passion for writing and speaking, just like her dad. She currently speaks to more than 125,000 teen girls annually as a part of the Revolve Tour, has narrated part of the audio Bible Word of Promise: Next Generation, and is driven by the thought of one more girl hearing about the love of Jesus.

Max LucadoMinister of Writing and Preaching for the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, is the husband of Denalyn and father of Jenna, Andrea, and Sara. On a good week he reads a good book, has a few dinners with his wife, and breaks 90 on the golf course. He usually settles for the first two. 

God bless you, and I really hope you enjoy and get something from "Redefining Beautiful"!


An Amazing Time

You may or may not have heard of the Revolve Tour. If you haven't, I'll tell you...it's an amazing, fun, LOUD, inspiring, and so-much-more conference for teen girls (and girls only). It features speakers, singers, bands, and a drama and praise team. After attending this tour in 2009 and having a GREAT time, I wanted to go again. This year, my mom took a group of girls and some of their moms to the Revolve Tour in Portland, Oregon. It was so much fun! And let me tell you, it was AMAZING! I loved worshipping to Britt Nicole's music, laughing at the drama skits, and learning the stories of two godly women, Jamie Grace Harper and Kathryn McCormick. The theme this year was "Dream On", and it was mainly about - you guessed it! - dreaming. I had a great time and also was deeply inspired by this tour.


Me and my firend, Ashley, after "getting our hands dirty" at the 30 Hour Famine booth.

Getting to meet Mary! Love you, Mary!

It was also cool getting to meet Kathryn McCormick at our hotel!

All in all, it was a fabulous trip and I hope to get to go again!


True Beauty

I know you may hear this all the time. I know you might think that this is "just another one of those posts." Ya know, it tells you, "You're beautiful just the way you are," and leaves it at that. But, like, don't girls want something more? Don't they want to hear more than "you're beautiful and unique just by being you"? I mean, those kinds of posts can be great. But have you ever stopped and wondered Who? Who really, truly believes that I'm beautiful and unique just the way I am and loves me for me? Or maybe you're thinking, Duh, God does. That's what you hear all the time, after all, isn't it? Or is it? Have you ever really stopped to think that, hey, maybe God does really love for who you really are? Have you always heard that, but never really believed it?

Check out what Proverbs 31:10-31 says about a wife of noble character...

10 A wife of noble character who can find?
   She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
   and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
   all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
   and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
   bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
   she provides food for her family
   and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
   out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
   her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
   and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
   and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
   and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
   for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
   she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
   where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
   and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
   she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
   and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
   and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
   her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
   but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
   but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
   and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Go ahead and get a notebook and write down all the qualities of the Wife of Noble Character (found above), if you want to. (If you want, you can start out with hard-working, wise, more precious than rubies, serves the LORD...) Notice what verse 30 says... "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting..." But check out the awesome end: "...but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised." I think some girls wonder why God created some girls more 'beautiful' or 'hot' than others. But truthfully, who really defines what "beautiful" is? "Beautiful" in the world's eyes may mean being thin, being the "right shape," having perfect hair and no blemishes, and simply being pleasing to the eye. But what if real beauty was much more than that? The good news - it is! The kind of beauty that is within you - the kind that really makes you a beautiful person - is so much better and more admirable than the world's view of beauty. Beauty that comes from God is something that is most definitely more admirable, more real, and more beautiful. 2 Corinthians 4:18 says this: "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." Pretty awesome, right? Now I'm not saying that it's wrong to look nice or want to look nice and take care of yourself. But if looking "hot" is all you're focused on, then your focus (sometimes slowly, sometimes not) comes off of God and fixes on the wrong things (like pleasing the wrong people). A book I love is Beauty Lab by Nancy Rue (which I totally recommend reading, by the way). Here are a few quotes from the book that I think apply very well.

"Remember that God made your true self. He's there to help you be just that."

"No matter how great a girl's hair, skin, nails, and clothes are - no matter how free she is of physical "flaws" - she will not be truly beautiful unless she shines from within."

"She may win beauty contests or get a modeling contract or have boys flocking all around her. That means she's cute, or pretty, or practically perfect from head to toe. That doesn't mean she's beautiful."

I think that Mrs. Rue sums it up really well in this last little section...

"Wouldn't it be cool if you could just say, 'From now on, I am going to be confident, joyful, fun-loving, energized, kind, encouraging, and loving'? It would be like an instant beauty treatment. Developing those qualities takes time - and it takes God. We can't do it by reading books or following rules or copying women we admire - although those things help. We can only do it by turning our whole selves to God, every day, so he can remind us, heal us, forgive us, and lead us. Now that is a great beauty treatment, and there's enough to last a whole lifetime."

God is the One who makes us honestly beautiful. I honestly don't know why He makes different people look different from one another, or why it seems like He made some more "hot" or "desirable" than others. But, really, it isn't the world's opinion we should be worrying about. Sure, it feels nice to have boys like you and have lots of friends and be really popular. But under all those people is at least a little hatred, hurt, resent, conviction, rejection, rebellion, or desire for something more. They aren't perfect. So while getting a lot of attention or having a lot of friends or a totally cute boyfriend can seem satisfying, that satisfaction is only temporary, and it will not last. True beauty does last, and that kind of beauty comes from inside of you.
It comes from God.

Hebrews 12:1-13
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

With love and prayers,



A Tag From Mary

Mary over at The First Day (of the rest of my life) tagged me, and I guess I'm s'posed to tell you 7 random things about moi. So here goes...

1. I love Jesus!
2. I spill stuff a lot... (nutella, top romen, soup, ice cream, spaghetti, grape juice, water....)
3. Some commercials drive me nuts, but I like the Kit-Kat commercial.
4. I love the Narnia movies.
5. One of my favorite blogs is 'Tween You and Me by Christian author Nancy Rue.
6. I really like playing guitar and can play 'Pizza Angel' from VeggieTales.
7. And lastly, I still like VeggieTales! Actually, I love 'em!

That's all for now :-). Later, I'm thinking of doing a post about courtship...what do you guys think? And, like, do you have any questions about courtship that I could answer in my next post? If not, that's fine too :D.
Talk later!

Oh, right...I tag....
Anyone who wants it :-).

God bless you,



Day 27 and 28

I guess I'll just 'cut to the chase', as they say (wait, who is 'they'?! LOL!).

Day 27: A Physical Feature You Love. That was easy! Eyes! I think different people's eyes are really interesting and unique and colorful and cool in a special way!

Aaand the last day...

Day 28: Hopes, Dreams, and Plans You Have for the Next 365 Days. Hmm. Well, first of all, hopes... I hope that some of my friends in other states can come visit, but I'm gonna pray about it, cuz like God knows what's gonna happen and I know HIS plan is better, even when I don't see that possibility. Dreams...to visit friends in other states :-). Seriously. But I'd also like to publish another book, go to Israel, go to Italy, go to England, and more places. I'd like to save up and buy a really nice camera. I'd like to get along super-well with my family. Plans...Trust in God to lead me where He will.

And that's it :-)! Happy March!



Interview with Emii K.!

Hey, girls! First of all, one of my favorite blogs is Girlz 4 God by Emii K. It's Christlike, interesting, and fun all at the same time. So-ooo...I thought I'd do an interview with the blog author, Emii!

When did you start writing?
I've always written -- full stop.

I heard that you participated in NaNoWriMo. How was that experience, and what were your feelings about your finished novel?
Ah, yes. Let's talk about NaNo 2009 -- because I totally gave up last year. Spending that month writing taught me that I really can accomplish something without giving up on it. Because commitment and perserverence aren't always my strongest qualities -- so I guess I kind of showed myself that, yeah, I can do this! My feelings about my finished novel... okay, so let's admit it; there's really not a lot going on. Or, uh, there is -- just not related to anything else. No plot -- but then, NaNo taught me to get the words on the page. Now I'm learning about how to actually write the book.

What is your favorite genre of book to write?
Is there a title for everyday teenage fiction? YA Fiction, right? Well, that's what I like to write -- let's call it Christian teenage fiction. :)

Do you like reading?
Like it? I LOVE reading!

What type of books do you like to read?
I love to read what I love to write. Christy Miller and Robin Jones Gunn's other books... the Real Life books by Nancy Rue -- as well as the good old Lily books and everything else by her -- and the Carter House Girls by Melody Carlson... Stephanie Morrill's books... and, oh, there is so much more.

If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would it be?
Probably Nancy Rue. I love her writing style, and I think I'd get along really well with it -- if that makes any sense!

Who is your main inspiration for writing?
Well, Jesus. Jesus is the reason I live, the reason I do what I do, the reason I aspire to make the decisions I make. I live my life for Him.

If you could describe your writing as a type of music, what would it be?
A type of music? Wow, I love this question! But I'm going to have to think... you know, probably folk. It's cool, but different -- interesting, but not totally like everything you hear.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring one book, which book would you choose?
The Bible -- I'd never survive without it. And I would survive with it.

Have you ever based happenings or characters in your story on real things that have happened to you and people you know?
Yes! I like to insert things that happen to my friends -- good and bad -- and funny things that we've talked and laughed about... and things I've felt, like when I've been lonely or happy or content.

What is your favorite Bible verse?
I have a lot of favorites. The one that probably means a lot to me is Galations 2:20; because it tells me that I belong to God, and that I'm living by faith -- for Him. Psalm 62:8 and Jeremiah 29:11 -- as well as that one in Philippians, "I can do anything through Him who gives me strength" -- I also love.

What’s your advice for girls who want to write?
Take things you've learned, or felt, or experienced -- and sort of multiply it. Like a cartoon -- if someone has a long nose in real life, then you'll make it extra long in a cartoon -- to get your point across. If your character is feeling like they're all alone, make us really see it -- by making them do something that you probably wouldn't normally do, but it is possible -- just not in your life. Like taking a plane to Alaska to start a new life.

Thanks so much for the interview, Emii!

God bless all of you girls!



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