Amazing Grace

Isn't God's grace and love amazing? I love the song "Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone" because it really  brings light to what is so true...that amazing grace has saved me, a sinful, undeserving person whom God did not have to love. But He did. A person whom God certainly did not HAVE to die for...but He did. This song is an amazing reminder of just how much we are loved, and how amazing grace is.

"Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone" by Christ Tomlin

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I'm found
Was blind, but now I see
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
My chains are gone!
I've been set free!
My God, my Savior has ransomed me!
And like a flood His mercy reigns!
Unending love, amazing grace!

The Lord has promised good to me
His Word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, who called me here below
Will be forever mine
Will be forever mine
You are forever mine.

Remember, dear one, that you are so dearly loved by an incredible, amazing, indescribable God, who sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for you and rise on the 3rd day. He loves you, and He is always with you. He wants to give you His amazing grace. Will you accept it?


Being a Kid Again

Ever felt like being a kid? I know I am a kid (duh! ☺), but sometimes, I just wanna do little-kiddish stuff. Is that a bad thing? I don't think so! Isn't it fun to watch classic Disney movies and VeggieTales (right on!), dress up like a fairytale princess, read picture books, and draw with chalk? Isn't it okay to enjoy watching "The Tigger Movie" and the "Arthur" movies? Can't it be a blast to dance around your room, pretend your bed is a treehouse, and make dorky movies? I think all of the above stuff is wonderful! Right now, as a matter of fact, we are watching my sister's new movie, The Little Mermaid.


Why do you think we like doing kiddish stuff? Is it because it's fun? Maybe. Because we enjoy doing it? Perhaps. Because we miss being a kid, and want to get out of the current moment for just a few minutes? Possibly.

There is something about little kids that I like, that I think we all like deep down. Their faith. Their carefree spirits. Now, I know that not all little kids are like that, but when they are, don't you adore it? Don't you yearn to have faith like them? Faith that they really are a princess or a knight, faith that anything can happen, faith in the Easter bunny? (Okay, maybe you wouldn't want the last one, but still, just thought I'd add it) Faith in God?

Matthew 18:3 says this: "And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."

Although it is super fun to do, I don't think ^this verse is talking about drawing with chalk and making dorky videos. I think it's talking about the faith that little children have. I want to have that kind of faith. And even though I do like watching VeggieTales, reading Arthur books, and making dorky movies, the real reason I want to be like a child is so that my faith in Jesus Christ would be stronger and more genuine.


Happy Birthday, Haley!

Today is my sister Haley's 15th birthday!


I love you so much and am so blessed to have you for my older sister! I am very proud of you. I hope you have a GREAT birthday, and I am praying that God will bless your 15th year, and all of the years to come. I love you very much!



Our Trip to CA

Get ready for a long post with lots of photos!

No, I haven't ditched this blog (how could I?), and I haven't left you guys for good (no way!). This week, my family went on a vacation to California.

We drove up last Friday to Vallejo (which I finally learned how to pronounce - Va-LAY-ho! OK, I just had to ask Dad to double-check, but still ☺!) and on Saturday we went to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. I don't want to sound overly ungrateful (or ungrateful at all), but it wasn't as great as we thought it would be. I DID have fun, especially on the river raft ride (I love those rides!), but the lines for some of the rides were SOOO long, so we didn't go on many rides. We still had fun, though. Here are a few Six Flags pics...

This is the first ride we went on, and it was really fun!


I Miss You

Kiera and I have been close friends since we were about 5 years old. We enjoyed playing together, having sleepovers, making "Webkinz Movies," and having a ton of fun! A couple years ago, Kiera's family moved away, and I really miss them. A LOT. Proverbs 17:17 says: 

A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.

Kiera has been a very loyal friend, and I love her and her family so much. So, Kiera, I thought I'd tell you how much I love you and miss you.

I miss our sleepovers, laughing together, and playing Polly Pockets. I love your spunky personality and hanging out with you is a blast. I remember when the electricity went out and you and Brenna spent the night at our house and we got pizza. I remember watching the Doodlebops together ☺. I remember selling cupcakes with you. You're such a close friend, even though we're far apart. In fact, I think God is using our face-to-face temporary separation to bring us closer as friends. You are one-of-a-kind, girly, and I love you so much. God loves you too, Kiera, and I'm praying for you. You're a great friend. I miss you. ♥


My Love of Writing = God's Plan

I love to write. Whether unfinished stories, blog posts and devotions, or attempts at novels (one of which I finished in 2010 and am in the process of editing), I love to write. Although that doesn't mean I'm always in the MOOD to write, I still love it. Sometimes when I am in the moment, I think of words and sentences I can use to describe it to you later. Although this may sound funny, sometimes I kind of think in the "form" of a blog post. Like, if I'm riding on a horse, I might think, I felt the softness of the horse's mane as it galloped towards the colorful sunset. Stuff like that. I just think like that. Is it just me, or is it the mind of all writers ☺?

I think God really placed this love of writing in me. And I believe wholeheartedly that He can use anyone and anything to show others His grace, love, and glory. One time, missionaries wrote Bible verses on rubber duckies, one to each duck, and floated them down a river and into a persecuted country. How cool is that?! It is just one of MANY examples that God is a limitless God who can do anything, and that He can work through us if we trust Him.

 I think the main and most important reason God gave me my love of writing was to write for His glory. I pray that my blog posts are getting through to you all, and that they are encouraging you in faith and helping you grow in it. Girlz of God wouldn't have been possible without God - the book OR the blog. But I know He can do amazing things, even through a 13-year-old girl.

Have you ever heard of the 4/14 window? The 4/14 window is a window of age referring to children ages 4 to 14. It is said that most adults remember a time in their life, between the ages of 4 and 14, when someone told them about Jesus and it really impacted them. I hope to impact someone, too, whether 4, 14, 45, or 92. Any age. God has used young people to touch, inspire, and change my life, and I hope He uses me, too. Lots of young people today are reaching out and making a difference in the world, and I pray that you and I can be some of those people.

So, in conclusion, I hope and pray that God is using my writing for His glory. What better purpose could there be for my love of writing? In a song by Christian music artist Jonny Lang, the lyrics go like this:

"And if I can only reach one set of ears
I know that I've fulfilled my purpose here." (Jonny Lang, One Person At a Time)
If my writing only reaches out to one life, inspires one life, touches one life, or changes one life for the better, I know that I will have fulfilled God's purpose for me.

Romans 2:16
And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life.

John 17:3
And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.


Waiting for His Will

A lot of times, I find it hard to wait for things that I want. And mostly, that means seeing my friends across the USA. Friends are so vitally important to me, and the friends that I have in mind right now (you know who you are) are really close and very special to me. I love 'em so much, and I so desperately want to see them! But I know that I should wait...wait for God's will, wait for what He has in mind, and not just go ahead and do my own thing. I know that God has a good plan, concerning even my wishes to see my friends in other states, and I know that He wants what is best for me. So I'm going to wait. But, believe me, it gets SO hard to wait sometimes (I'm sure you know what it's like to have trouble waiting). I'm sure that everyone finds it hard to wait at sometime in their life. But let me tell you right now that God has a good plan for your life, even if it seems like it's taking "forever" to happen, and even if your life seems so blurry with sin and sadness that you can't see His plan. Here are a few Bible verses that really apply:

Romans 8:28
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

"For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me."

Romans 8:38-39
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Even when it's hard to wait, I encourage you to please, please wait for God's will. I have learned from experience that God's will is SO much better than my own. There are so many things in life that will be so much BETTER if we wait for them. Even if your life seems like it is littered with sin and sadness, pain and anger, cry out to Jesus. Know that things in your life happen for a reason, and that He is there for you when you are sad and within utter confusion. He wants you to cry out to Him, to let Him pull you out. A quote I heard one time says that God cannot take your burden until you let it go. If you would give Him your burdens and your pain, He can take them from you and make you new. And He has an amazing plan, even if it seems like it takes a while. Waiting is so worthwhile, even when it's hard. So I plead you to wait - wait for God's will. It's great, it's amazing, it's good...even if we have to wait.


Will I Stand Strong?

Last night, I was finding trouble being at peace as I was thinking: Other countries are being persecuted. I wonder if America will be next? The USA, in my opinion, has gotten so much worse as the years pass. In Jesus' day, you wouldn't be watching R-rated (or even PG-13 or PG!) movies, you wouldn't be listening to music with cuss words every other second, and reading magazines with skimpy clothing on them. True, there was still sin then (duh!), and bad sin. But Christians have been slowly letting sins that we referr to as "not so bad" into our lives. It is shocking what we are watching, listening to, reading, and even just wanting to be a part of. Today, a song kept popping into my head - a BAD song. I don't want it in there, even though it's "just" one line. I want it out. I don't want to have that bad stuff filling my head. It is shocking to me that people can even think, let alone sing, stuff like the music out there today.

And then I start thinking about America. What if it DID become a persecuted country soon? Last night, as I was lying in bed, I imagined a man kicking the door open, holding a gun. And I imagined something that would break my heart right in half if it happened (just the THOUGHT broke my heart). I don't wanna say it, 'cause I'm afraid of saying it. But I will. I imagined him pointing the gun at my sister and asking me, "Are you a Christian?" If I said yes, in my imagination, he would pull the trigger.

Just the thought drives me nuts. I can't stand to imagine that. I know that in other countries, stuff like this actually does happen. And it gets me thinking...If America became a persecuted country, what would I do? If Bibles became illegal, would I have one? If someone was going to kill me or someone I know if I am a Christian, will I admit to it? Will I stand strong for Christ?

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says this:
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

And Romans 8:34-36 says this:
3Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”
   Will I stand strong when troubles come? I will I stand for Christ?



Quotes :-)

I like quotes (at least, good ones). I thought I'd share some fun movie quotes with you. Hope you like them...and are amused! And no, I didn't know all these! I looked most of em up on!

Mushu: You the man! Well...sort of. (Mulan)

Phileas Fogg: Alms? Alms for the poor?
San Francisco Hobo: Arms? You've already got arms. It's money you need.
Phileas Fogg: Wonderful; I can't even scrounge properly. (Around the World in 80 Days)
Megamind: You dare challenge Megamind?!
Titan: This town isn't big enough for two supervillains!
Megamind: Oh, you're a villain, all right! Just not a SUPER one!
Titan: Oh yeah? What's the difference?
Megamind: PRESENTATION! (Megamind)

Rapunzel: Something brought you here, Flynn Rider. Call it what you will. Fate... Destiny...
Flynn Rider: A horse.
Rapunzel: I have made the decision to trust you.
Flynn Rider: A horrible decision, really.
Rapunzel: But trust me when I tell you this: you can tear this tower apart brick by brick...but without my help, you will never find your precious satchel.
Flynn Rider: Let me just get this straight. I take you to see the lanterns, bring you back home, and you'll give me back my satchel?
Rapunzel: I promise. And when I promise something, I never ever break that promise. EVER.
Flynn Rider: All right, listen. I didn't want to have to do this, but you leave me no choice. Here comes the smolder. (Tangled)

Queen Narissa: Take my crown? Don't you think that's a bit melodramatic, dear?
Prince Edward: I don't know what "melodramatic" means. But you will be removed from the throne forever. I will see to it, Narissa. (Enchanted)

Po: What'cha got? You got nothing, cause I got it right here. You pickin' on my friends? Get ready to feel the thunder, I'm comin' at you with the crazy feet. What'cha gonna do about crazy feet? Come on. I'm a blur, I'm a blur. You've never seen bear style, you've only seen praying mantis. Or monkey-style. Or magic snakety-snake--
Shifu: Would you hit it?!
Po: Right. (Kung Fu Panda)


50 Followers Giveaway?

Hey guys,
OK, so, I had an idea...if I get up to 50 followers, I'm gonna have a giveaway! I know that 50 is a LOT, but I'm hoping we can reach that number. True, I don't know what the prize will be yet, and I don't know exactly WHAT you're going to have to do for the contest, but I know that it will be a lot of fun and worth it! :) Don't forget to spread the word and tell your friends!

Have a great God-day!



Spasms, Obssessions, and Change

I admit that I go through "spasms", you could called them, where I like a certain thing a LOT lot lot. Kind of like Lily from the Lily Series by Nancy Rue, but not quite. One time, I was obsessed with Tinker Bell. I had books, shirts, necklaces, figurines...then I grew out of it. I still love Tink, don't get me wrong, but I'm not O-B-S-S-E-S-S-E-D. The only figurine I have now is on my desk, one I got from Disneyland. Now my sis watches Tinker Bell more than I do (my younger sis, not older ☺). And, truly, I only have 1 Tink book left (besides a How-To-Draw and..okay....a coloring book! It's pretty sweet ☺!). Sometimes it makes me sad when I grow out of something or am not interested in it anymore (which is sometimes the same case). And sometimes, it makes me sad when things change and people change. I don't like it when people move, when people start caring about the wrong kind of thing, when you lose friends. It hurts, and it seems like when things change or when people go away, they take a part of you with them. A story my mom told me a while ago was about my great-grandpa, Don. One night, he had a dream that his bedsheets were on fire, so he took them outside and hosed them down, all while sleeping. That makes me smile. Well, a couple years ago, Great-Grandpa Don died. And the other night, I was spending the night at my friend's house, and I was talking to her about dreams or something. And then I thought of that story about my great-grandpa, and I was about to tell my friend about it, but something inside stopped me. It was sadness. I miss my great-grandpa. I miss visiting him and giving him gifts from the pottery company and watching his little poodle bark and jump. I miss seeing him smile or laugh when we all went to my grandparents' house and somebody said something funny. Yes, I didn't know my great-grandpa all too well. But I still loved him. And I still miss him. And sometimes I think, I'll never see him again. Not on earth, I won't, that's true. But in heaven, I will. And I've gotta remember that. Psalms 56:8 says: You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. God really does care about us. Honestly. He says that He will never leave us nor forsake us. He says that He has good plans for us, to prosper us and give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). And in Jeremiah 33:3 He says:  Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come. God knows that I miss great-grandpa. He knows that I miss my dear friends who moved away 3 years ago. He knows that I miss people who have changed or things that have changed. But through all of it, He is there, waiting for me to come to Him. He knows if you are missing someone or something, or if you don't like change. He knows if you're hurting, and He says that He records your tears and will be there for you. Will you trust Him?

While I was spending the night at my friend's house and missing great-grandpa Don, I decided that I would tell her the story. And we laughed and smiled. And it felt good. It felt good to say it and to smile about it and relive a memory told to me by my mom. It felt good. And that must've been a God-thing...a way of Him showing me that He was going to take my sadness and turn it into joy.



Who AM I?

Who on earth is this girl? What is her purpose? Ever thought something like that about yourself? I know I did. It was a couple years ago, and I was thinking, Who AM I? I wondered what I was meant to do for the rest of my life. And you know what? God has shown me that I am ME. I know that sounds like a really corny answer, but stick with me. God showed me (and still shows me) that I am Talia. I consider myself a combination of my talents, likes, dislikes, quirks, experiences, memories (both good and bad)...There are really SO many things that make up me...that make up you. I know I'm not exactly the same as anyone on earth, and neither are you. Sure, some people have a lot of the same likes and dislikes as me, but really, there is no one exactly like me or you - and no one exactly like another person (like there are no two snowflakes that are the same)! Some people cry in sad movies. I usually do not, although I got a little teared up in Kit Kittredge and Little Women (not when Beth died, though. When Jo told Laurie that she didn't love him.) OK, I'm weird like that. But it is a part of me! A vital, real part of me! Even little things make up me. I like inspiring quotes by inspiring people. I don't like movies or TV shows with potty talk or jokes that are just plain dumb. I often close my eyes in kissing parts in movies (I've stopped saying, "Don't look!" though. My sister got pretty annoyed). I love reading good books, and I've found that all the good books that I enjoy are Christian (at least, most of them!). I imagine my books in print and hope to see them published by a real publisher someday. I love photography and when the camera focuses just right close-up. I think it's really cute and I adore it when I see old people walking side-by-side holding hands (you know, old as in "white hair" old). Although I don't like love movies or books, I like the "Love Comes Softly" movies. I adore Disney movies and listen to Mulan songs at least once every week, usually (plus, I only have two of them!). When I get my mind set on something I really really want or want to do, I keep bugging somebody about it until they will take me to the store or take me to this place. Sometimes when I draw a smiling person, I find myself smiling. I just do. These are a few examples of some things that make me ME! What are some things that make you YOU? I encourage you to make a list. It's really awesome to reflect on how cool God has made you! And even if you have had lots of bad experiences in your past, and even though those experiences CAN teach you valuable lessons, they do NOT have to shape who you are. Ask God to clean your slate and write your story. You are uniquely you, and God says you are worth it. How does HE know? Well, der - He created you!

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


Pictures :-)

I love photography - I really do. And I haven't posted that many pics on here, have I? Well, here are a few! I've used some effects on some of them, but just with colors and stuff.

I took these using my dad's camera, a Canon Rebel something-or-other :). So, Dad, if you're reading this, thanks for letting me use it!! :)

Aw of my favorites didn't post. Oh well.. Maybe I'll do another post with it..Any hoo, here are the pics :).



Adori Graphics Giveaway!

Adori Graphics is having a giveaway! I'm obviously excited about this because I'd really like a new design :). LOL! Feel free to go over and enter - the prize is a blog design! Please make sure to read all the rules before entering. OK, then, ta ta for now!

Have a great God-day! It's a beautiful day!


Desiring a Deeper Relationship

Sometimes, I feel really distant from God. Like when I haven't talked to Him in a while, haven't read His Word in a while, have thought about myself better than others, and crowded my mind with things that don't glorify God, but glorify me, myself, and I. Ick. Without God, what on earth would I be anyway? I'd be nothing. I'd be a lonely, self-centered, miserable person, to be completely honest. I'd have nothing and no one to live for if I didn't have God in my life. And often times, when I'm feeling distant from God, I think, I want to be closer to God. I really do. I want to be closer to God and don't like at all being so distant from God. When I don't spend time with Him and in His Word, I find that my actions and attitudes are not godly most of the time. So if I really do want to be close to God, what should I do? It's kind of a no-brainer. I'd spend time with Him talking to Him, listening to Him, reading His Word, and doing what it says. Imagine that your best friend moves away and you don't talk to her for a while. You think, I wish I could be closer to my best friend, but I guess I can't. Hello-o! Yes you can! Pick up the phone and call her! Or write her a letter! Growing closer to another person involves effort. You can't just snap your fingers and have a true, lifelong best friend. You can't just wish upon a star one second and be swept off your feet by Prince Charming the next. It takes effort to grow closer to someone, especially a relationship that will last a long time. Now, some of you may be thinking that some bf/gf (boyfriend/girlfriend) relationships don't take much effort. Keep in mind that they also don't last long. Real, true friendships that will last a lifetime take effort from both people involved in the relationship. And God is involved. He's constantly waiting for you to come to Him, trying to show you His love, and caring for You. He puts in more than enough effort - He died for you! And if that isn't true love, and if that doesn't show that someone really does treasure this relationship and wants it to grow and prosper, then I have no clue what does. Seriously.

So, where am I getting at here? I'm trying to tell you that God is putting the effort into a deeper relationship He desires to have with You. He is your perfect Father, not a father that will leave and abandon you. God is not a father that will harass you with words and actions, put you down, and ditch you. God is a Father who is and always will love you, cherish you, care for you, understand you, be there for you, and never, ever leave you. God truly desires to spend time with you. Will you put in the effort by talking to Him, reading His Word, listening to Him, and doing what God says?

Today I came to a really neat passage in my Bible, Psalm 40, that I want to share with you. Please take the time to read it. It really is worth it.

Psalm 40
    1 I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
      and he turned to me and heard my cry.
 2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
      out of the mud and the mire.
   He set my feet on solid ground
      and steadied me as I walked along.
 3 He has given me a new song to sing,
      a hymn of praise to our God.
   Many will see what he has done and be amazed.
      They will put their trust in the Lord.
 4 Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord,
      who have no confidence in the proud
      or in those who worship idols.
 5 O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us.
      Your plans for us are too numerous to list.
      You have no equal.
   If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds,
      I would never come to the end of them.
 6 You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings.
      Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand[a]
      you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings.
 7 Then I said, “Look, I have come.
      As is written about me in the Scriptures:
 8 I take joy in doing your will, my God,
      for your instructions are written on my heart.”
 9 I have told all your people about your justice.
      I have not been afraid to speak out,
      as you, O Lord, well know.
 10 I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart;
      I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power.
   I have told everyone in the great assembly
      of your unfailing love and faithfulness.
 11 Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me.
      Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me.
 12 For troubles surround me—
      too many to count!
   My sins pile up so high
      I can’t see my way out.
   They outnumber the hairs on my head.
      I have lost all courage.
 13 Please, Lord, rescue me!
      Come quickly, Lord, and help me.
 14 May those who try to destroy me
      be humiliated and put to shame.
   May those who take delight in my trouble
      be turned back in disgrace.
 15 Let them be horrified by their shame,
      for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!”
 16 But may all who search for you
      be filled with joy and gladness in you.
   May those who love your salvation
      repeatedly shout, “The Lord is great!”
 17 As for me, since I am poor and needy,
      let the Lord keep me in his thoughts.
   You are my helper and my savior.
      O my God, do not delay.


Inside Jokes

{A guest post by Emii of Girlz 4 God}

Inside jokes. When you’re with your best friends, those little things happen that are just hilarious. And thus develops an inside joke.

Yeah, that was the scientific definition.

You want to know what I think? While they’re a lot of fun to remember and talk about, well… they’re also exclusive. It’s like saying to the other people around you, “We’re having too much fun to want you to be a part of it. We’re just going to reminisce on old times, so feel free to stand there and pretend to be amused.”

My class just got back a couple of weeks ago from a two-week hike in the bush. (Yeah, that’s what we have over here in Australia.)
And there’s a lot of inside jokes being repeated. The same ones. Over and over. I’m not a part of them, and it seems like that’s all my friends want to talk about. No-one else in the class seems to be recalling any.
And it makes me feel left out. Like a piece in my heart reads, “LONELY.”

I just read a post over at Lies Young Women Believe. “But I learn more and more that it wasn't a trial. It was a blessing. After all, I believe that our greatest moments are when we feel a sense of hopelessness and cling on to God with all our might. I believe that it is really in our trials that we realize God is everything. I believe that trials are blessings in disguise. What makes it a trial is our reaction to what God helps us through.”

Fact is, there’s times in our lives when we don’t feel accepted, loved, included. But let’s not give up hope, like I was nearly ready to do a few hours ago. Look for the opportunities; embrace them. God gives them to us. Sometimes you just have to look a little deeper than the surface. It’s what I’m trying to do.
It’s hard. It really is. But if we take our trials and love God and trust Him and just don’t give what people think of us… well, it’s not an easy thing. Put life in perspective, though; we’re not going to live forever. We’re gonna die, and when we die… all that matters is that we have lived our life loving Jesus with our whole heart. An open heart.


I Pray

Sometimes I wish. No, I don't wish upon a star, pinch myself while closing my eyes, or hold my breath for "good luck." I just really wish. And what do I wish for, exactly? I'll tell you a few:

I wish that more people believed in Jesus.
I wish that there weren't so many divorces.
I wish that abortion wouldn't happen at all, because babies are alive in their mothers' wombs, and they deserve to live.
I wish marriage was between one man and one woman, and only that.
I wish that people would see that they don't need to be in a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship to be happy.
I wish that we all had faith that could move mountains and walk on water and heal the impossible.

Those are a few of the things that I wish. But what if I changed them to "I pray" instead of "I wish." Besides, stars can't give you what you need. Clovers can't "bestow" what you yearn for. Crossing your fingers doesn't do any good. Only Jesus can give you what you need and what you yearn for, and He is totally for doing what is really, truly good for you. He knows everything about you - everything. He knows all the needs that you have and all the things that you want too, and in Jeremiah 33:3, He says:

 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

Instead of turning to other people (or "wishes") for what we need and want, why don't we turn to Jesus? Romans 8:28 says this:

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

God totally works for the good of those who love Him. It says it right there, in the Bible! Jeremiah 29:11-13 says:

"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."

That's awesome. God knows when you are hurting. He knows when you're not. He knows when you are afraid, alone, or feeling miserable and left out. He knows when others exclude you and it huts you to the core. He knows when you feel sick, when you wake up, and when you go to bed. He knows your likes and dislikes, your interests - everything, absolutely EVERYTHING about you. And He loves you. Even though He knows about all the pain and the bad things you've done and the mistakes you've made, He still loves you. That's a kind of love I want to live my whole life with. And I will. And so will you. So why don't we turn those useless wishes into meaningful prayers?

I wish pray that more people believed in Jesus.
I wish pray that there weren't so many divorces.
I wish pray that abortion wouldn't happen at all, because babies are alive in their mothers' wombs, and they deserve to live.
I wish pray marriage was between one man and one woman, and only that.
I wish pray that people would see that they don't need to be in a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship to be happy.
I wish pray that we all had faith that could move mountains and walk on water and heal the impossible.

I pray that the girl reading this post will realize how much God loves her.

Romans 8:38-39
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.


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