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I don't know about you, but I love talking about my best friends. I like it when people ask questions about them, too. I just love my besties!











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God blessed me with a wonderful bunch of friends who encourage me in Christ, love me, keep me grounded, and laugh with me (and laugh and laugh and laugh with me)! They each are special in their own, God-created way, and even though we're all different, we're still friends. I think sometimes differences actually can bring people closer. It's interesting to talk about things about each other that we don't know instead of saying, "Hey, we're both fans of that sports team and we already know everything there is to know about them." I don't know if that made sense at all. Hehe.

But even though I love my friends a lot, and even though they're great friends, lately I've realized:

They're not perfect. They're not always gonna be there for me. There are going to be days when we won't get along or when we don't feel as close as we do sometimes. Not all days are good.

I'm not trying to make this a "down" post. That's not what I'm trying to do at all. But lately I've been realizing that none of my friends are reliable all the time, that none of my friends will be with me no matter what.

But the thing is, God will.

He'll never leave me nor forsake me, and He loves me unconditionally. I can't always rely on my besties for my worth and security. Even if I can get a little of that from them, they're not the main place I should be looking for those things. It's God. Because He is the One who gives lasting peace, joy, and security. He loves me unconditionally. Friends are supposed to carry each other's burdens and be loyal and reliable, but they can't be where you put all your time and energy. If you're trusting more in your friends than you are in God, then something's wrong. Why not rely on God with all that you are and encourage your friends to do the same?
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Girlz Like You Interview: Haley S.

I've decided upon starting a new page on the blog - Girlz Like You. This will feature articles about "girlz like you," along with interviews, etc. (please don't ask to be interviewed. If you think your story is worth featuring, contact me at girlzofgod(at)gmail(.)com, and we'll see :-)).

For the first interview, Haley S., age 15, has generously agreed to do this interview for us! Thanks so much, Haley!

Haley is the author of a Christian e-newsletter, Girl Talk, that encourages, convicts, and inspires girls.
For this interview, Haley talks about her newsletter and faith in God.


When did you get saved?
 I accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was about five or six.  I honestly don't remember much about it!  Since then, I have really come into a deeper understanding of what Jesus really did for me on the cross.  I was able to dedicate my life to Him when I was 13 at Bible camp, and while I most definitely have not been perfect, I am trying to live for Him.

 What is one thing that God has taught you in 2011?
Wow... that's a hard one.  I guess it would all come down to trusting God, in various issues... like in friendships, in my future, in lots of different ways!  I have learned (or rather, am still learning...) that I need to be completely devoted to Him, to trust Him, and to follow Him.

Tell us about your newsletter, Girl Talk. 
Well... ever since I was little, it was kind of a dream of mine to make a "real" magazine.  When I was twelve, I began talking to my mom about the possibility of creating a little Christian girls' news-letter that I could send to my friends.  That was almost four years ago, and Girl Talk is now an e-magazine, or e-letter (whatever you want to call it) and has grown hugely since 2008!

I absolutely love to write, so Girl Talk is kind of my chance to "publish" my articles and devotions, which has helped me grow spiritually and exercise my writing abilities.  I would love to publish a devotional or Bible Study book for teen girls or women someday, but for now I love writing about things God is teaching me and things I read in the Bible.

I also now have around ten girls on the Girl Talk "writing team" who contribute articles and stories for Girl Talk.  I believe that since we're all girls, we can really relate to the readers.   Because of that, we can write about the things we as girls deal with and encourage other Christian girls to follow the Lord.

 What is your main goal for your newsletter? 
The goal in the e-letter is this: "To glorify God through the writings and photography published in Girl Talk, and to encourage, convict, and strengthen Christian girls in Christ."  But in my own words, I would say that my goal is that the things I write (and that my fellow writers write) would be pleasing to God.  And I also really want other girls to be able to look at what I write and be able to learn from it, to be able to use it to strengthen their walk with Christ.  Also, while most of the readers are Christians, I always pray that someone would come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through Girl Talk.  That would be the coolest thing ever, if someone told me that they found God through my newsletter!

If you could describe your writing as a food, which food would you pick? 
Probably as a cupcake... There are so many variations, but no matter what cake mix you use or frosting you decorate it with, it's still a cupcake.  In the same way, I like to experiment with different writing styles and topics, but I always want my writing to have the same goal: to point to Jesus.  :)

 What do you want to be when you grow up? 
That is a pretty hard question.  I've always said that I want to be a writer, and that hasn't changed.  I really want to write, especially Bible studies and such.  But I also want to be open to whatever God wants me to do, especially because I'm missions-minded.  And another thing I'm considering is maybe doing something in the medical field, like nursing.  But we'll see - it's all in God's plan!

How are you changing the world for God in your everyday life?
Good question... it really made me think.  I would like to think that I am doing something to make a difference when I do Girl Talk.  I also really love working with kids, so I'm very involved in our church's kid's programs, like AWANA, Sunday school, VBS, etc.  God has really been working with all of the programs, especially outreaches like AWANA, because we've been having record turnouts these past few years.  It's really amazing to be able to work with some of these kids, teach them about Jesus, and witness to them.

What do you do when times get tough? 
Well, what I SHOULD do is pray and lean on God.  :)  Unfortunately, that's not the first thing I always do.  Amazingly, whenever I get "down" and depressed, God always uses something to bring me back to Him.  There are several passages in the Bible that God has really used tremendously in times like that... especially in the Psalms.  Some of those passages are Psalm 4, Psalm 46, and Psalm 57.  They're personal to me because I can read them over and remember some of the darkest times in my life, and how God used these verses to help me.

Who is your #1 inspiration? 
Wow... I really don't know if I can say!!  Of course, definitely Jesus.  :) And then there are my parents.  My dad is a pastor and I have learned so much from him... like humbleness, keeping God a priority above all else, etc.  And I've learned a whole lot from my mom, too.  She is the kind of person I want to be like when I'm an adult.  And I've also learned a lot from different characters in the Bible, such as Esther and Paul.  :-)

What is your view on modesty?
I think that modesty is very important.  I really think that we girls should make dressing to glorify God a priority over dressing to glorify ourselves.  However, as Christians we can sometimes use it in a wrong way.  I see plenty of times when Christian girls judge one another or have conflicts with each other due to how each other is dressed... because everyone thinks they're right and the other person is wrong!  Everyone has different modesty convictions, and that doesn't mean that one is right above another.  HOWEVER, you have to be careful that your convictions are just that: a conviction.  You can't use it as an excuse to dress inappropriately.

To girls: we're also at a really tough time in our lives when we're trying to decide "who we are" and when we need to deal with peer pressure, bullying, and things like that.  I know from experience... it can be hard to decide if an outfit is immodest, if our jeans are "too tight", or if a dress is OK or not, especially if we really want to wear it or fit in.  Because of that, God has given us people like our moms who can help us choose what is appropriate and what's not.  Yes, sometimes they have to lay down the law, but right now when you're under your parents' authority, respect their standards.  As you grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually, God will give you your own convictions.

What is your view on purity and courtship?
 
Well... I think that purity, first of all, is very, very important... physical purity and mental purity.  First of all, we should glorify God with our bodies (see 1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and we should also keep our minds COMPLETELY focused on God (not on boys, inappropriate images, etc.) as it says in 1 Corinthians 7:32-34.  As for courtship, it kind of depends on how you define it.  I guess whatever you/your family chooses to do (courtship or dating), the most important thing that matters is that you have high moral standards and seek God's will in it.

 Do you have any advice for girls about faith, friends, or life? 
Yes I do.  :)  First of all, I really want to encourage girls to read and STUDY their Bibles.  It's really the best thing you can do for yourself (even if it doesn't seem like it!).  Reading your Bible doesn't make bad things go away or anything but it will help us get direction in life, find answers to our problems and questions, and give us peace, hope, and assurance.  God gave us His Word, the Bible, and the Holy Spirit to help and direct Christians in their walk with Him.

And about friends...  A little piece of advice that I have been learning to follow is to always, always, always pray for your friends.  I've found that when I get upset/annoyed/mad at my friends, it's at a time when I haven't been praying for them.  Praying for your friend doesn't automatically make the relationship OK, but it helps you look at things from a different point of view (a Godly one).  And, keep Christ the center of your friendships.  The friendships that I've grown most from are the ones in which my friend and I both try to keep Christ the focus of our relationship.

And with life, well, you can always trust God with whatever He's doing or is planning to do with your life.  Jump on board and go with the ride... it's really quite exciting to see the places you'll go and things you'll do if you let Jesus take the wheel!!

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Go Follow!

Chelsea at Yours Forever is going to have a writing contest + giveaway once she reaches 50 followers! Go over and follow!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are all having a wonderful day of thanks!

I just wanted to tell you that I am thankful for you girls, my readers. Thank you so much for reading GoG Blog and for your encouraging words. Ya'll have helped me become a better writer! So thanks!

Today and tomorrow will be pretty busy for me, with Black Friday, decorating for Christmas, possible Christmas shopping, and rushing to do NaNoWriMo (I'm at about 16300 out of 30,000, but I'm not giving up. Last year, I was less than 30,000 ou of 50,000 in, but I finished), it's hard to keep my eyes on what is REALLY important (not a ukelele, even though I really want one). It's God.



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Like a Weight Has Been Lifted

Lately, I've felt distant from God. I want to do my quiet times and devotions, but I don't. I don't make time for God.

I've been trying to do more devotions on here, because for a while I just did random posts because that was what was in me.

That's what I thought girls liked to read.

But I realized that's not what girls need. That's not what I need. But honestly, even though what I said in the devos were true, they weren't from my heart. I want to change that.

Last night, I opened my heart to God. I told him I'm sorry for choosing other things over Him and trying to find worth in other people and things instead of in Him. I realize that here on the blog I've been pretending to be "tight" with God, when really there is so much more that I could know about Him. I don't really know Him that well, but I want to.

I feel kind of like a weight has been lifted. I hear people say that a lot, but it's true for me now.

Now I want to make God a priority instead of accessory. I want to know Him so well I feel as though I'm chatting with an old friend when I talk to Him. I want to know Him so well that I talk to Him all the time and don't neglect my quiet times with Him.

As I told Him last night, I want to be a God girl. And I want to be honest. This is me, here it is, this is who God made me to be.

I'm Talia.

I love my name. I love my eyes. I don't sing very well in the morning, but I love to sing. I wish I sang better. The campfire at camp this year was one of the best moments of my life. I'm not that into vintage like a lot of bloggers are. I am a tuna sandwich fanatic. I love the names Trinity, Esther, and Jasmyn. I'm not really hyper and happy all the time, like I am around some of my friends. I love the songs "Amazing Grace" and "You Never Let Go." I love to read, and I read my books over and over if I really like them. If I have nothing to read, I just reread one of the books. I'm kind of bored of the movie Tangled, even though I love it, cause I've seen it so much. I love my youth group and am truly blessed to be able to go to it. I have never owned a cell phone that actually calls people. I'm love "all things techno" and working with HTML. I love photography and writing. I love it when my blog looks "just right." I'm a big procrastinator. I am a person who thinks of little things to do that will make people happy, like cleaning up for my grandma when I babysat cousins at her house. I like kids, but a lot of them usually don't like me very much, except a select few. I believe that if you dream it, you can do it. I like good quotes. I like good movies. I love Disney movies (except The Princess and the Frog...not a fan), and I love just the originality of them - the whole package of the video and music. When I go into one of those 4D theatres, I get nervous because I don't know when I'm gonna get sprayed in the face or something. When I was little, I loved "Soarin' Over California" at Disneyland. I still liked it when I was older, but not as much 'cause I was tall enough to see the top of the screen. I really don't like it when people say something mean and then they say "just kidding," cause usually there is a bit of truth behind each joke.

There is so much more to me, but for now I'll leave you with this.

But one thing you should know about me...

I'm a God girl.
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Dear Friends,

I've noticed that a lot of bloggers are doing that "dear boys" thing. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I just decided - I'm gonna do a "dear friends," type thing today :-). I'm sorry that I didn't do all my friends! Please forgive me!

Dear Rubber Ducky Queen and Miss Costco Noelle,
I miss you. E-mail me soon, okay? And let's try to facetime soon.
Sincerely,
Talia Popsicle

Dear Came-2-Grillout-Expecting-a-BBQ,
I miss you, too. I want to visit you again (or you visit me :-) hint hint). I love remembering our memories from the trip...sometimes I just randomly say to myself, "HOOOOTdogggg?!" and crack up. Oh, and HEY soul sister. Sigh, miss ya.
Love,
Pfft

Dear Butterfly Buddy,
I hope you have an especially special day today, dearie! YOU are somethin' special :-).
Epicly,
Squish

Dear Arwen (and legolame - or "lameolas")...) Fan,
Your obsession of LOTR just makes you more you :-). Remember when we did a photoshoot? That was fun.
Love,
Samwise-Merry-Pippin-and-not-Frodo Fan

Dear Fainting Buddy,
Ha! Go, little Lorenzo, go! We have so much laughs together. I love you!
Sincerely,
Your Fainting Buddy
Dear Sivy,
He lives! HA. Do you like beef? As a matter of fact, I do!
Love ya.
One of the (something) Dorkas-es :-)

Dear Jellio,
I hope you like your new nickname. Sorry I spilled Taco Bell on our journal. (By the way, I'll try to get that back to you soon...)
From,
Me
Dear Alliegator,
I love you and I hope we can hang out soon. We're getting pretty good at our handshake.
Loves,
I-Will-Throw-a-Shoe-at-You

Dear Bry (sorry, couldn't think of a more "mysterious" or funny name),
I love you and I hope you're doing good. I'm praying for ya!
Your sister in Christ,
Talia

Dear GBG Author,
I miss you as well. I'll try to email you soon, dear, and hopefully we can skype soon.
Love,
Giggledance7 :-)

Dear Chuck,
You crack me up. You are so funny! Life is awkward, sweetheart.
With laughs,
Talio

Dear My Cousin's "Twin,"
Your hair looked really pretty at church on Sunday. Remember when I had you over and we played "Apples to Apples"? That was fun :-). Have a great Thanksgiving!
Smiles,
Jonathan the 1st

Dear Came-to-grillout-expecting-a-bbq's sister,
You play guitar really well. I miss you, too. I love you. Keep in touch, okay?
Love,
Thanks-for-letting-me-play-your-guitar

Dear Uke Player,
It was nice to meet you. I liked your popcorn article for the Peach. How are you? E-mail me.
Signed,
Wants-to-be-a-uke-player

Dear Em{ily},
I'm glad we can become better friends! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving, and how is your speech coming?
Talia

Dear Emily Dinosaur,
Hehe. You funny! I miss volleyball, don't you? I miss J's big smile when she got her serve over, and D calling me Taliasaurus, and Coach B.
Oh, and we got the bling bling and the really baggy pants.
Not really.
Taliasaurus

Dear Kara L,
Thanks for the letter. I'm sending you one!
Loves,
Talia

Dear Haley,
You're still a friend, even though you're my sis. Sorry for freaking out when you tucked my pocket in. Love you lots.
Tal

Dear Sam-antha,
Camp was so rad, wasn't it? Go Flavor Blasted Goldfish! I love you and hope you have a great Thanksgiving. TTYS and e-mail me and call me and do you have facetime?
Ta-lia (or was it Tal-ia?)

Dear Syd,
Write me soon.
Tal

Dear Miss Sneezia,
You crack me up. In a good way, of course. And I watched "PIE" the other day. It was funny. "Grannies are for pernonin' noobs!"
Sincerely,
Talilaaaa

Dear Gracie-Grace,
Thanks for the cross necklace! I like it and I will pass it on! I love you and I love playing volleyball with you :-). Dontcha miss it?
Talia
p.s. FROG!

To you all,
Thank you so much for encouraging me in the LORD and just for trusting in God. I know I am blessed to have such great friends. I love you all. Keep loving the LORD, okay?
In Christ,
Talia

To all bloggers,
Know that Jesus loves you. Know that you are not alone. You've got a friend in Jesus! And He's literally the perfect friend. He is always there for you, and He will never leave you nor forsake you. Trust in Him today!
Talia














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Happy Birthday, Kara!

Today is the birthday of one of my best friends...

Kara!

Kara, I hope you have a great birthday today. I love you so much, and I had so much fun when I came to visit you. You are such a special girl, and you are so encouraging and kind. I will be praying that God will bless you and use you this year!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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Giveway...

...over at Confessions of a Maine Teenager. Check it out here: confessionsofamaineteenager.blogspot.com


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Am I Truly Thankful?



As Thanksgiving approaches each year, the question often gets presented,

"What are you thankful for?"

I automatically answer (or think), "Family, friends, home, food." But I think it's just that...automatic. I don't really pause to think about why I am thankful for these things and people. It's just the typical answer.










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Today at church our youth pastor asked us what we are thankul for in certain contexts - like school, friends, and family. And this year, I'd like to break the routine of "I'm thankful for my friends, family, and my house." It's great to be thankful for those things, but when it becomes a routine, we really need to pause and think about our motives behind our thanks.

So here's a little "challenge" for you. Grab this button if you want, link up, and post at least five things in each topic you are thankful for and why (this is important). Don't just say, "Pie, turkey, and family," and call it good. Really be thankful and think about why you are.

Here are the topics (erase my answers and put in your own when reposting, obviously).

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The True Thanks Challenge

Family
1. I'm thankful that my family was able to adopt my little sister and that we are able to adopt a little boy, because God adopts us as His children, and it is a blessing to be able to help children, and I couldn't imagine living without them.
2. I am thankful that I have been and am being raised in a Christian home because it has truly strengthened my faith in Christ, and my parents were the ones who led me to Christ!
3. I am thankful for my siblings, even though we fight, because they are all so special to me, and I couldn't imagine not being their sister! They're a blessing.
4. I'm thankful for the good times I have with my family, because they are so fun and we can all laugh together!
5. I am thankful for my parents because even though they're not perfect they're still really good parents, and I can talk to them, and they are there for me.

Friends
1. I am thankful for my friends because I know a lot of kids don't have really good friends, so I know I'm blessed, and I want to be a friend to the friendless.
2. I am thankful for my friends who uplift me in Christ, because they are so encouraging and they are a blessing!
3. I am thankful for the laughs as well as tears I've had with my friends, because both can be beautiful and cherished. Campfire at camp this year was one of the most beautiful moments of my life. And those tears shared with friends were sacred.
4. I am thankful for my goofiness with my friends, because laughing is good for you!
5. I am thankful for friends who are honest with me, because I feel like I can trust them, or that they won't lie to me.

School
1. I am thankful thta in my school (homeschool) I have freedom of religion because without God I don't know what I'd do. I'd be a mess and a wreck. And it's a blessing to be able to talk freely about God in my school.
2. I am thankful to be homeschooled because we have flexible schedules, get done with school quick, don't have to deal with some of the same dramas from public school, and SOMETIMES get to wear our pj's to school :-).
3. I'm thankful for my mom teaching school to us, because I know it must take patience to teach us, and she has and is doing a great job of teaching us :-).
4. I am thankful for days off of school because they are nice breaks :-).
5. I am thankful that we are blessed with education, like so many people are not, because we just really are blessed and need to be thankful for education.

Belongings
1. I am thankful for my home, because many people don't have homes.
2. I am thankful for my bed, because many people don't have beds either, and that is a blessing, too.
3. I am thankful for my Bible, because without it I would not know much about God, and it is full of encouragement, conviction, inspiring words, and stories, all from which we can learn greatly from.
4. I am thankful for my clothing items which have crosses on them, or Bible verses or Christian phrases, because in many other places that is illegal, and I know I am blessed to be able to wear those things freely and share my faith (as a "walking billboard" :-)). 
5. I am thankful for the telephone and computer so I can post on Girlz of God and keep in contact with people, because I know that is a blessings as well.

God
1. I am thankful that God is merciful and compassionate, because even though I don't talk to him or do my devotions for periods of time, and I feel distant from God, when I come back to Him, His arms are always open.
2. I am thankful that God created us and gave us breath and life, because life is truly beautiful, and God didn't have to create us, but He did!
3. I'm thankful that God sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins, because He could've just let us go to hell and be separated from Him forever...but He didn't. And that's truly amazing and thank-worthy.
4. I am thankful that God chose us as His children and adopted us into His family. He didn't have to do that, either, but He did, because He loves us.
5. I am thankful that God is understanding, because when other people don't get me, God always does, and He's there with His arms wide open.

Now it's your turn. And even if you don't do the "True Thanks Challenge," tell God what you are thankful for and why. We have so much more to be thankful for than we do to pout about!

Have a happy Thanksgiving!
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Looking for Free Blog Design!

So I'm looking for a super cute, FREE blog design. I had one from Marieanne but it got messed up and I don't know how! I'd like the design to be cute but simple, kind of like this blog (Graceablog.blogspot.com). If you'd like to give it a go, please email me at girlzofgod(at)gmail(dot)com, or comment with your name and email address (will not be published.) Thanks!


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Destiny's Huge Christmas Giveaway!

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Destiny is having a giveaway at her blog, Adorkable, and there are 26 items she is giving away! Go check it out by clicking the buttton! And even if you don't enter the giveaway,
follow her blog!


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Prayer Update

My grandma is alright but not feeling very well. She and her friend who was sitting in the back seat both got to go home, but my grandma's other friend, a dear friend of ours, had cracks in her sternum and will have to stay in the hospital. Please be praying for all three of these dear ladies.
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Please Pray

Please pray for my grandma and two of her friends. They were in a car accident this morning, and the car is totaled. They are all okay, but they're in the emergency room now waiting for x-rays. Grandma's friend in the back seat was taken to the hospital in an ambulance, and thankfully her neck was not broken (she had no air bag). Please be praying for them; they are all quite shaken up. Mom says it was a miracle they weren't hurt worse with how bad the vehicle was damaged. It must've been God <3. Photobucket

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Perfect? Who, Me?

With the help of a couple blog posts (like Jocee's and Bleah's), I've realized that in a way I've tried to create this "perfect blogger" image for you.

Sure, I have shared some of my faults, and I have admitted that I'm not perfect on this blog, but in a way I was kind of using twisted pride.

The honest truth is that I'm really not perfect. I don't spend my days going on photography outings and writing to my heart's content (although that would be nice once in a while). In fact, most of my "photo shoots" happen in my backyard with trees or flowers or leaves.

I don't think there is such a thing as a "perfect blogger." I know I'm not the only one who has created that image, but I don't need to judge anyone else.

I want to say I'm sorry to the blog authors of Of Horse Feathers and Pastor's Girls Ponderings. I know you probably will never read this, but sometimes I got sort of inwardly annoyed at you guys just because I was jealous that you had lots of followers and could keep lots of followers without giving it a second thought. I was jealous because I try hard to get more followers, but really don't have that many. That shouldn't disappoint me, though. I just wanted my blog to be loved, to be visited, to be followed.

But now I know that that is not what's important.

It's more important what I say. I realize that I haven't been doing devotional posts on here lately. I've been trying to conform to the routine of other blogs, whose posts consist of Pinterest pics and daily musings.

Let's get real. Life's not always a box of chocolates or a piece of cake. It seldom is, in fact.

So I want to do what people like Jocee are doing. I want to be honest with you guys. I don't always have to pretend like I've had the perfect day. I don't have to be negative about my day, but I can at least be honest. So here goes.

Today was a pretty good day, to be honest. I didn't want to work on my speech and got a very little amount of research done for it (oh yeah, it should be done by Friday. Yikes). I wanted to work on NaNoWriMo more but didn't. I had a hair appointment. I read some of "Lily and the Creep" and "The Hiding Place." It was a pretty good day, but kind of boring, honestly.

So what about you? How was your day...really? Want to join me and other imperfect bloggers?
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Ponder This...

Really think deeply about and ponder this verse...

Luke 12:34 (NLT)
Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

Questions to think about and answer in your own head...

Where is your treasure?

What are you treasuring and placing time, energy, and perhaps even money into that could draw you away from God and make you look more at yourself and think more about yourself instead of God and others?

What is drawing you away from God?

 What is occuping your thoughts?

What - or who - are you living for?

What are you desiring that is drawing you away from God?

Will you take that step and eliminate the thing(s) or your time with that person(s) that is drawing you away from God?

Why are you desiring and treasure what you do today? Is it something Godly? Is it for a Godly purpose?

Where are you investing your time, money, and energy?

Are you too caught up in yourself that you've forgotten about God or pushed Him to the side?

What is more important to you - God or material items or other people? Why is that?

What does God and your relationship with Him mean to you? Is He worthy enough to you for your time, energy, and money?

Is it hard for you to have a daily quiet time with God?

Are you truly saved? Do you know what that means?

If you aren't or don't, you can find out how by clicking here.
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Each is Unique

Did you know that each snowflake is unique and literally one-of-a-kind? There is not one that is alike.

















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Have you ever felt like you're not unique? Like everything you do well, somebody else can do better?

Have you ever felt like you totally blend in in a crowd, like you're invisible and no one notices you?

Well, the truth is...you are uniquely and wonderfully made. There is no one on earth exactly like you. Like those snowflakes (except you're MUCH more complex). Psalm 139:14 says:

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

God made you YOU-nique. Now let that uniqueness shine!

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A Different Kind of Mirror

Today was one of those days where I didn't feel very fantastic about myself (we all have those days).

Don't you sometimes hate the mirror? The mirror can't see what's inside of you. The mirror doesn't know when you've been kind to a sibling or resisted temptation. The mirror just says, "Hey, you're so imperfect. Why can't you be good enough? Why can't you be thin enough, pretty enough, with sparkling eyes and perfect teeth? Why do you have to wear nerdy glasses and have a zit on your nose?" The mirror is so deceiving and in and of itself. Check out what 1 Peter 3:3-4 says:

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

What God thinks is beautiful is so different from what we think is beautiful. Take the Christmas story, for example. The Bible says that Mary, Jesus' mom, wrapped the baby (Jesus) in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger. Not exactly pretty, huh? It probably stunk in there - what with all the animals - and there were probably animal droppings on the ground. It probably wasn't comfortable, but...it was beautiful. It was even more beautiful than if Jesus had been born in a palace...because it wasn't about the stable. It was about so much more. It was about the baby Jesus, and just another wonderful example of how He became a servant for us...how He came to earth to die for us. If He had been born in a palace as He deserved (actually, He deserved much more), I think we might view Him as...too high. Although He is so incredible and more amazing than we or anyone else could ever, ever be...what if we thought He was untouchable? That we couldn't talk to Him, couldn't be safe in Him, couldn't find peace and rest in Him, couldn't be saved by Him?

I think it was probably the most beautiful moment in all of history in that stable when Jesus was born.

That's just one great example of how outward beauty is not what is important. It's not going to last, anyway. What's inside - that's what really matters. You can be gorgeous and have perfect skin, perfect hair, "perfect" everything...you can be PRETTY, but you will never be beautiful unless you have a beauty that comes from God Himself. A beauty that shatters the normal everyday mirror and places a different one in its place...one that does not reflect yourself when you look in it, but one that reflects your Creator, Savior, Messiah, and LORD...God.
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Thank You, Veterans

Thank you, Veterans.

















Thank you for what you for our country so that we can be free.












I really appreciate you, and a LOT of other people do, too.

Happy Veterans Day!

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Winter

Winter is fast approaching.








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It's evident in the cold weather that's "sneaking" in. (I hope we get snow!)













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It's evident that I'm already dreaming of Christmas...








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...and one of these beauties. I can dream, right?







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In my opinion, it's not too early for a cup of hot cocoa (in fact, I think you can let it slide in the beginning of September, just when it starts to get chilly)...and Christmas music :-).









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I'm not gonna lie and pretend that I don't think of presents when Christmas comes around :P.

I'd like to offer you a little challenge (ooh, a challenge? Precisely). Why not, for this month and next month, we are extra-super-super greatful for everything we have. And why don't we use all of OUR blessings to bless someone else? November is National Adoption Month, so why don't we pray for orphans this month, and for people who are adopting? Oh, and that brings to mind a little annoucement that I keep forgetting to announce here on the blog!

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My family is adopting again! A little boy from the Democratic Republic of Congo (Africa)!!! I'm very excited!

Your prayers are (obviously) very appreciated as we go through this process of adopting another precious creation of God - a child!

One more thing...Here's another way you can give this season...

Operation Christmas Child! Check it out!

And for those of you who are Scotty McCreery fans...



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Happy Birthday {Amy W.}!

Amy W., happyyyy birthdayyyy! I hope you had a great day today, and that God blesses you mightily! Love you lots! XO's! :-)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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Q&A

Hey, girls. Sorry I wasn't on my blog for a few days. I was grounded due to procrastination :P but now I'm off of groundation.

Thank you to you lovelies who submitted sweet questions for me to answer. Here are the answers:

(Oh, before I start answering the Q's, I just wanted to tell you that COURAGEOUS IS HERE NOW! We're going to see it tonight and I'm very excited :-)!!!)

Kara L.: What is your fav movie? When did u start blogging? What is 3 unique things about u?

I love a LOT of fave movies, but a few of my favorites are all three Narnia movies, Soul Surfer, Meet the Robinsons, Disney princess movies (LOL), and pretty much any Disney/Pixar movie.

I started blogging over 2 years ago. I started out with a private blog that could only be viewed by friends and family, but now it is public and I can share the LORD (and my ramblings) with more of you!

Three unique things about me??? {1} I LOVVEE Dug from Up. He is too funny. {2} I'm saving my first kiss for my wedding day, for the ONE special man God has picked out for me. {3} The other day my sister and I watched "That Thing You Do" and it totally cracks me up.

Korin: Have you ever been to another country? If so, which country? Would you rather live at the beach, in the desert, or in the mountains? Would you rather dance, or sing?

When I was in second grade, my whole family went on a mission trip to Mexico with some other friends. We stayed near a handicap orphanage and got to go there for most of the trip, which was really cool!

Beach, definitely :-). Especially a beach in Hawaii. I really want to visit there (and, like you're probably suspecting, meet Bethany Hamilton :-)!).

Sing! I love to sing, although it wasn't until this year that I really started singing in front of my family and others :-). I just did a vocal audition and made it into a singing show that will be in April. My sister is in it too. I'm really excited.

Emma Margaret: How old are you? What is your favorite blog? 

I'm 13 1/2.

It is hard to narrow down my favorite blog because I like so many! But I would have to say that one of my favorites is The Cupcake Dictionary. (I like SO many others, though!)

Thanks, dears, for the questions!


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Natalia's Giveaway

Natalia over at The Journal of Natalia Rose is having a giveaway that ends TONIGHT! Go check it out at nisfornatalia.blogspot.com!


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Autumn Musings...

The busy activities of my life have slowed down a little...it's kind of like a gust of cool wind. Don't get me wrong, I loved all the activities. It's just...they take up a lot of time and energy.

The play we (my sister and I) were in just got over (sniff). I'm gonna miss some of those play kids.

Volleyball is over now, too. The awards dessert was a couple of weeks ago, and I'm just so proud of my team. I love them all.

Now, I need to write a 3-minute rough draft for a speech at co-op...and I currently have no topic that sparks my interest.

Me and my sister are going to a Bible study, and I need to get caught up on the devotional book reading!

I really want to get clay and make necklaces. I saw this adorable pumpkin pie necklace on someone's Etsy shop and really want to make one now! If I do, I'll try to post a pic.

Yesterday my brother, Mom, and I carved pumpkins. My brother and mom did an Angry Bird one, and I did Tinkerbell :-). Here they are:
















I'm also going to begin doing NaNoWriMo (hopefully) today. I'm going to try to do 30,000 words this year, instead of 50,000, but if I finish the 30 thousand and want to go on, maybe I'll change the goal. We'll see.
















Tonight my family is going to watch Cars 2 (and probably eat leftover halloween candy). Speaking of halloween, I went to a harvest party at church two nights ago. It was for the high school, and you could dress up if you wanted. I was Princess Leia. Last night, I didn't go to the festival, but I went to my grandparents' and watched part of The Hulk. It wasn't as good as Thor and Captain America, but then again I didn't see the whole thing. I'd like to see Iron Man as well, but JUST because he's in Avengers (otherwise, it probably wouldn't spark my interest). Speaking of Avengers, I am pumped to see it.



















Yayyyy! :-)

I also REALLY want to see Courageous. It didn't come to our theatre! Wahhhh!



















Has anyone else seen it? What do you think of it?

OK, and I've noticed that a lot of people are doing that Q-&-A thing on their blog, where the readers ask Q's and the blogger gives answers! So if you guys WANNA ask questions I would LUV IT. If not, that's fine too :-).

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