One Truth

I've seen many blog posts and heard many people say that Christians are close-minded, judgemental people.

I've heard people rant that Christians aren't open to others' beliefs and are so set in their beliefs that they won't listen to what someone else says about their beliefs.

While, sadly, some Christians can be judgemental at times (myself included), I felt the need to explain why we appear so "close-minded."

It's because we have already found the truth.

I know that sounds cheesy, untrue, sappy, made-up...whatever. But it's true.

For those of you theology nuts (I rather like theology myself), simply saying "because it's true" may not be enough for you. So allow me to elaborate.

Many nonchristians argue that since they don't believe in hell, they won't go there when they die. They believe that they will go wherever they believe in (or that nothing will happen to them). Let's say you were doing a math problem - a simple one, 2+2. You could believe with all your heart that 2+2 equals nine, but it would be factually incorrect. Four is the ONLY answer to 2+2 (no exceptions).

Here's another example. Say that you believe you can fly (♪I believe I can fly/I believe I can touch the sky♪) - without an airplane or a jet back or anything like that. You could go on the roof, spread your arms, and leap off, but you wouldn't fly. You'd go ker-splat and fall on the ground (and most likely break a few bones...ouch!)

I could go on and on about this, but for now I'll leave you with this:

Jesus Christ is the One and only Truth - He is the correct answer to the equation of life, whether you believe it or not.
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Homosexuality: Follow-up

I posted my thoughts on homosexuality a little while back, and I thought I'd clear a couple things up. Also, I noted a flaw in my logic that I'd like to clear up as well.


First of all, I want to apologize for comparing homosexual people to crack addicts. I know that if it was me, I wouldn't want to be compared to a crack addict. That was a bit harsh, so I hope you will all accept my apology.

Secondly, in my post I said that there are more homosexual people now than there were a couple hundred years ago. This was just an assumption; I don't know for sure. (Take Sodom and Gomorrah, for instance) I guess, now homosexuality is just more accepted now.

I still stand by my anti-homosexuality beliefs 100%, but I came across a bit harsh in my last post on homosexuality, and I wanted to apologize for that. I am extremely opinionated, and if I feel very strongly about something I most likely will not keep it inside :-).

I read this post on Bleah's blog, and I completely agree with it. She quotes a minister from the Bible School:

What if we really loved them and stopped fighting them. What it we stopped making them hate Jesus by dropping bombs on everything they do. You really want them to be free? Stop preaching at them and love them the way Jesus did and pray that the Father would reveal his Son to them.

I could fight you forever about why I think homosexuality is wrong, but if you are very set in your beliefs as well, where will that get anyone? We both know we most likely can't change each other's minds. (not saying people have to be totally quiet about their beliefs, though. No!) I think I need to just start loving homosexual people with the love of God. It's not that I don't love them, and it's not that I think of myself as "holier than thou," because I most certainly DON'T, but...telling homosexual people over and over how wrong they are isn't pointing them to Jesus. It's just turning them away from God and making them think that God doesn't love them or that God is a mean God. I'm not saying that I support gay marriage at all. I'm not saying I think gay marriage should be legal. But I AM saying that we should treat homosexual people with love - Christ's love. We don't have to support what they do, but we can be friends to them, and pray that they will come to know the LORD.


If I was unclear or if you have any questions, feel free to comment or e-mail me.
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Girlz Like You Interivew: Emma Claire, 15

For my Girlz Like You Interviews, I look for girls who are really living for the Lord and have a heart for Him. I was thinking of girls I could ask to interview, and this lovely young lady came to mind. She blogs at be lovely, a wonderful, genuine, authentic blog that I absolutely love. (Go follow! The followers box is on the bottom if you scroll all the way down) She is such an amazing young lady with a heart for the Lord, and I hope you will be as blessed by this interview as I am!

Tell us a little about yourself:
Hey!  I'm Emma Claire from be lovely.  I'm fifteen years old with a passion for photography, orphans, and adoption.  I love the Lord with all my heart. 

What are some of your hobbies?
Photography, guitar, competitive swimming.

When did you get saved?
I was seven years old.  I was sitting on the floor with my mom and brother, and I remember asking a million questions about Jesus and the Cross, and then my mother asked if I was ready to accept Christ.  We prayed, and I felt so happy that God had entered my life -- even at such a young age.

What is one thing you have learned this year?
 That God is good all the time.  No matter what, He is good.  It was a hard year for me, but He helped me get through it, with a lot of lessons learned.  I also learned that patience is a beautiful thing.  And that trusting in God is the only answer - even when God isn't answering your prayers the way you want...just keep trusting. 
What is your favorite thing about God?
 I love how He is always there.  Many people will come and go, but He will never leave my side.  I love that I can trust Him.  When something in my life is going wrong, I'm learning to not worry about it, because God's got it under control, and I want what He wants.  Which means whatever it is He chooses to do will bring glory and honor to Him - and that's what I want :)
What is your favorite way to serve God?
I love the mission field.  I have such a heart for it.  I think my favorite way to serve the Lord would be mission work.  I love orphans and Africa, so I think if the Lord let me choose to do anything to serve Him, I would choose working with orphans for His glory :)

Tell us about your blog, be lovely.
I'm loud and crazy and I love talking, and be lovely is my space for all the meaningful stuff in my life.  My house is always fun and loud, but there is a lot that happens in my heart and mind that I don't say out loud; that all goes on the blog.  It's become a lot more than I thought it would be when I first started it.  When I began, I dreamt that it would get huge and tons of people would read it everyday, but I've realized that that's not what I want.  It's merely a journal to me, and writing new posts for my blog is one of my favorite things in the world - it really is. 

What is the main goal of your blog?
To reach out to people.  To encourage them.  The reason I blog is not for fun or to document life.  Sure, all that stuff is amazing, but at the end of the day, writing meaningful things that could possibly impact people's lives is my favorite thing.  I love to hear that my writing has impacted someone's life.  It's my favorite thing.

What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
One of my favorites is Zephaniah 3:17 "The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing" The reason this verse is one of my favorites is because it's just telling us how good our God is.  When I'm sad or down about something, this verse has a way to cheer me up.  Something about it takes over my whole mind, and when I'm sad or worried about something, when it says His love will quiet us, it makes me feel so content that the Lord is in control of everything. 
Who is your #1 inspiration?
Jesus Christ!  I know how cliche that sounds, but I truly mean it.  The example He set for us is unexplainable.  The sacrifice is the kind that I want to practice in my own life.

What is your view on purity and courtship?
 I believe purity is a really important part of being a young person.  Personally, I've decided to stay pure, and I definitely think it is something that God would want us to do, too.  My family has chosen to do courtship - or purposeful dating - and I think that it's the most Biblical alternative to dating.  I think it's the perfect way to get to know the person without getting yourself into something that you shouldn't - as a young person.  So, I would say that I think courtship is a good alternative :)
What is your view on modesty?
I think modesty is a big deal for young women.  I believe that if you get your heart in the right place, the desire to be modest will fall after it.  I think we, as young women, need to think about what we're wearing and why we're wearing it.  If you're wearing super short shorts, what's the purpose?  So to me, before I wear something, I try to ask myself why.  If it's to get someone's attention, then I would say my heart is not in the right place.  So for me, modesty is one of the best ways to glorify God through what I choose to wear.
What do you think about having guys as friends?
 I think it is perfectly fine.  I have many guy friends, and I don't see it as a big deal.  After all, I do believe that any guy you want to pursue should be your best friend before anything else.  But I would say that we, as girls, need to be careful and not take things too far.  But I definitely think that it's okay to have guys as friends :)

Emma, thank you so much for doing this interview! You are truly an inspiring girl.
p.s. More Girlz Like You Interviews coming soon!

(Picture courtesy Emma Claire)

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Summertime Rambles {1}

I don't "ramble" much here on the blog because I didn't think rambles were something you guys would want to hear, but after reading THIS post, I'm starting to reconsider doing rambly posts once in a while...after all, when I ramble, it's a little easier, I guess you could say, to be myself 'cause I'm just typing what comes into my head. Haha :-).

Yesterday, I took some pictures and edited some older ones. My dad got a bowl of tuna for our cat, Mia, and would move it above the camera so she would move her head up. While I didn't get any of her looking straight into the camera, I like how these two turned out :-). She makes funny faces, as you can tell from the second picture.



^Summer bokeh.







Can I be completely honest with you? I don't know how to pronounce "bokeh"! Haha! Some words I don't know how to pronounce 'cause I've just seen them in books and on blogs and such. Okay, Google, help me out on this one...

::doo doo doo, Google search...::
::doo doo doo, forget the Google search...Wikipedia, here I come...don't fail me now::

AHA! I think I was pronouncing it right all along! I was pronouncing "bo-KAY" like a flower bouquet...WAIT! Watching a video just to doubs-check...Ugh, the video was "bo-kuh." WHICH IS IT?!?!?! Some help, please???

I can hear my sister singing a fun song in her room. I can't tell what the words are but it's swingy and fun! Now, she's singing...nothing because it's an intro...oh, it's some old disco song. Hehe :-).

So, yesterday the theatre group I'm in o-fish-a-ly moved into the theatre to practice "Alice in Wonderland"! It is going great! It was exciting to see the sets (big hanging trees and some mushrooms!). I got excited being back at the theatre, because the last actual play I was in took place in October. I was in a music show at the theatre in April, but music shows aren't the same as plays :-). Needless to say, I was very excited to be back and get onstage. It went great! Our scene (Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum) got some laughs (as hoped). Everyone else did great, too.

Today it's pretty warm, so I put on shorts and sat outside and tried to get tan. FAILLL! I just burned my knees. Lovely.

Guess what? I finally figured out how to do a vibrato. Or verbrato. Or however you spell it. In case you don't know what that is (if you're a singer, you most likely know what it is already), it's when people sing and their voice goes, like, uhuhuhuhuhuh. Okay, not sure that made much (or any) sense. It's, like, instead of the word they're singing sounding like this: "YOOOOOOOOOOOOOU," it sounds like this: "YOUUUUUUUUUOUOUOUOUOUOUOUOU." Did I accomplish anything by trying to explain it? ANYHOO, I finally taught myself to do one. I used to be unable to do it. Ooh, now she's singing "September" (Haley, that is)! I like this song. It gets in my head. If you've seen Night at the Museum, it's in the scene at the end where they're all, like, partying in the museum. Okay, back to vi/ver/whateverbrato...I started to teach myself how to do it by shaking my head up and down. This looked really funny while I was singing, though...I mean, wouldn't you think it was slightly weird if you saw someone singing and they were shaking their head up and down? Yeah...so, I finally figured out how to do one, which I am so happy about! ♪ba de ya, say do you remember, ba de ya, dancing in September...♪ (September by Earth, Wind, and Fire)
My dad emailed me these pictures today and they are just sooo funny!!! (he got them from FB)
^Oh my pink ostriches, so funny.
^Have to try this.

My cousin texted me these pictures of cupcakes (not sure where she got them). AREN'T THEY CUTE?!?!?!?! I SOOOO wanna use the Cookie Monster ones for my next birthday...maybe I will have a Sesame Street party! Yes, I am serious. Haha! ;-) When kids are little, they, like, really LIKE the little kid shows. Then when you get a little older, you're like, "That's really stupid," then a couple years later when you're a teen, you're like, "THEY'RE SO CUTE!!!" Haha. Anyone else experienced this phenomenon before? I really like the Sesame Street characters, and Hello Kitty is pretty cute, too.

^Burger cupcakes! SOOO cute! I'm guessing the actual patty is a brownie.

^OMPO, such a cute idea!!!

^Toy Story FTW!!! That would be a really fun party theme, too.

I hope you have enjoyed (or been amused by) these rambles...stay tuned for a few more throughout the summer...

What've you been up to? What has your favorite party theme been? If you could pick one theme for a birthday party, what would you choose? Do you have a vibrato or verbrato? What is your favorite thing to do in the summertime?
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Eleven Years Ago

Eleven years ago today, I asked the Lord Jesus Christ to come into my life as my personal Savior.

And, let me tell you, I haven't regretted that decision a single day since. It was the best decision I ever made.

I have learned so much and grown so much since then.

Jesus, thank you for dying so that I can know you and have a personal relationship with you and will be with you in heaven someday. You didn't have to choose me. Why did you? You didn't to love me. Why did you? Why are you always there, even when I neglect You? Why?

(I wrote a post on salvation here if you wanna check it out)

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Movie Review: Brave

^Check out her hair! Isn't it cool?
I was really excited when my parents told us we were going to see the Disney/Pixar movie "Brave" yesterday! I love Disney/Pixar. Cars, Monsters Inc., Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Incredibles...all of 'em.

Did Brave live up to my high expectations? Read on to find out...


Basic Plot Outline:
Merida is a young girl living in Scotland with her mother Elinor, a queen, her father Fergus, a king, and her three squirly (and adorable) little brothers, Harris, Hubert, and Hammish. Queen Elinor is determined to teach Merida how a proper princess acts. Merida, however, would rather practice her archery, climb mountains, drink from giant waterfalls...just normal everyday stuff (sarcasm). Queen Elinor wants Merida to marry a suitor. Merida is not so enthusiastic about this idea. Merida finds a witch (look for the Pizza Planet truck in this scene; it is one of the witch's carvings), and the witch makes her a spell which will, the witch guarantees, make Merida's mother change her mind about Merida having to marry a suitor. However, she forgets to tell Merida one teeny, tiny side effect of the spell...it will turn her mother into a bear. After her mother is turned into a (very proper) bear, Merida goes to the witch's cottage in desperate search of a potion/spell that will turn her mother back. Upon arriving, she finds that the witch is gone. However, the witch has left a message for her. Merida will have to "mend what has been broken" before the sunrise of the second day - otherwise, her mother will be a not-so-friendly bear...forever.


The talented voice actors/actresses starring in this film are...
^Kelly Macdonald as Merida. I'd never heard her in anything before (that I remember). She did a wonderful job! The accents in this movie are so cool :)! Merida is a very rebellious character in desperate need of mending her relationship with her mother.
^Emma Thompson as Queen Elinor. I totally didn't know it was Emma Thompson playing her! She did a great job.
Queen Elinor loves Merida very much, but is a little too caught up in Merida becoming a "proper princess." Merida AND Queen Elinor grow quite a bit in this entire movie, and their **SPOILER** relationship by the end of the movie is great **OK, SPOILER IS OVER.** 

^Billy Connolly as King Fergus. Okay, so, I had no idea who this guy was (although his name is really familiar), but apparently he plays McSquizzy the squirrel in Open Season...weird...
Anyhoo, the king was pretty funny. He and Merida had a good relationship (even if that meant rebelling a bit against the queen's wishes ::uh-oh..hehe::). There is one ::ahem:: scene with him and a few other men where they need to use their pants (and apparently unders) to make a long rope...so we see them from the back, with no unders on. AHHHH! It was really unexpected and, I felt, unnecessary...

Plussss...a bunch of other cool people who weren't in the movie as much.

I enjoyed this movie. It was really cute, and it had very good morals of mending broken relationships (in this case, mother and daughter). The movie was quite predictable (well, what do you expect from a kids' movie?), and a couple scenes were unnecessary (::ahem::), plus there was a witch in it, and witchcraft. So those few things took away from the movie. If they had left those out, I would've liked it more. Also...there were a few bear scenes that might scare little kiddos (a little bit scarier than Disney/Pixar's typical "bad guys").

So, in conclusion, it wasn't my favorite Disney/Pixar movie, but it was a cute story with good lessons to be learned. I'd give it a four out of five stars. Click HERE to see the Plugged In Online movie review, which is a bit more in-depth :-).

p.s. Last night I watched Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows for the first time! Would y'all be interested in a review of it?

Other movie reviews I've done...
The Lorax
Courageous
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
The Hunger Games

(pictures via Wikipedia and Google Images Search)
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Lilla Rose Pro-Life Giveaway!

A few posts back I expressed to you how strongly anti-abortion I am (see HERE and HERE). Abortion is murder, and I believe that we need to do something to protect the kiddos being killed all over the world!

I decided that one way I could take action was by spreading the word. So, I decided to have a giveaway, only it's not like typical giveaways...For this giveaway, instead of gaining entries for following my blog, hearting Etsy shops, etc., you will gain entries by posting about abortion, making a page about abortion, etc. Hopefully, this will help spread the word about how WRONG abortion is!
Gail at Lilla Rose kindly agreed to sponsor one flexi-clip of the winner's choice to this giveaway. She also generously offered to send me a flexi-clip of my choice to review! Of course I said yes! Have you seen those things? They are so stinkin' adorable!

In case you don't know what a flexi-clip is, see here.
The site has a lot of really cute flexi-clips in sizes mini to mega. Here are a few of them!



Aren't they pretty? I chose this one to review...
Let me start off this review by telling you...

I LOVE IT.

Seriously. I keep raving to my mom about how wonderful it is. It is so easy to use, and it looks so beautiful in my hair! I can now put up my hair without using a mirror (a difficult task before I had the flexi-clip, hehe:)), and it stays put very nicely. I wore it playing a Broadway dancing wii game with my brother, and it stayed in place the whole time!
I chose the medium-size flexi-clip, and it worked great for my half-up. At first I had trouble getting my whole ponytail to fit into it, but I finally mastered it. For the ponytail, I probably should have chosen a large, but the flexi-clip still works (just a little tightly) on the ponytail, and on other styles, it's fabulous and just the right size!

^half up (my favorite style with the flexi-clip)

^ponytail

In conclusion, I totally love this product and would recommend it to any girl. It makes a great gift for a friend, too (if you can resist keeping it!). I definitely want to buy more!
One winner will get to pick a flexi-clip of their choice! Go HERE to see all the options.

Now, here's how you can enter!
O-FISH-AL RULES:
Comment separately for EACH ENTRY (for example, if it says 5 entries, comment five times, with each comment like this: 1/5, 2/5, 3/5, etc.)
Mandatory entry must be completed before all other entries, or else those entries will be discarded!
Please leave your some way for me to contact you in each comment.
If the other entries have instructions that say "leave link," your entry will not be counted withOUT the required link.

MANDATORY
Comment on what you think about abortion (1 entry).

OTHER ENTRIES
~Post on your blog about abortion (a full post, please - not just a comment saying "abortion is bad") and leave the link. (4 entries)
~Put this pro-life button on your sidebar and leave the link (4 entries)

~Email 10 friends on why you think abortion is wrong (3 entries).
~Make a page about abortion on your blog and leave the link. (6 entries)
~Post this pro-life video on your blog and leave the link (2 entries). (warning: some graphic images)
~Put this pro-life video on your sidebar and leave the link (2 entries). (warning: some graphic images)

That's a total of 22 POSSIBLE ENTRIES! So get entering!
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Duct Tape

I love duct tape.
I just got into duct tape last year, and I just love it! There are endless possibilities for what you can make with duct tape (for example: a wallet, purse, shoes, tie, vest, hat, flower, glasses, flip flops...).

The other day, my dad got me some polka-dot duct tape that is just the cutest! By yesterday, it was all gone. I used it to make shoes!


I really like wearing them around the house! They're quite comfortable, actually (although not very supportive)! I looked up a tutorial online. (there are TONS of duct tape tutorials online if you google "duct tape ideas" or "crafts") They were fairly simple to make, but they look a little funky :-). The ends were just a little too wide. I had to use some grey duct tape for the inside of the second shoe because I didn't have much polka-dot duct tape left, so if you make shoes out of duct tape, I'd suggest getting two rolls (unless your feet are, like, ten feet long! In that case, you would need more rolls of duct tape...but I'm assuming your feet aren't ten feet long...)

Sika saw the shoes and wanted some, so I made some for her using some pink and pink zebra stripe duct tape I already had. She loves them! She loves that we both have duct tape shoes, and we like to wear them at the same time! (sorry for bad lighting in the pictures)


I've also made two purses out of duct tape. I really like the first one, but the strap wasn't strong enough, so it broke :'(. Sad day.

So, this has been a random post about duct tape. Haha! I just thought I'd share this with you.
Also, a couple random notes...
THIS post on Bleah's blog is awesome, and I totally agree with it. Check it out!
I posted HERE on Project 147, and I hope you'll go check it out. I posted a really impacting video.

Have you made anything out of duct tape before? Do you like duct tape? What should I make next? (that is, when I get more...I'm all out :P. WAITTTT, no! I think I have some Hello Kitty duct tape! SCORRRRE! Okay, enough celebrating, Talia...)
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Dear Daddy

This is a day late, but I still want you to know how much I appreciate you.

I know I am blessed to have you as my dad. Many kids have bad dads - dads that aren't involved or that have walked out on them, but not you. You are always there for me, and you make time for me.

Thank you for always encouraging me, believing in me, and helping me achieve my dreams. Thank you for being an honest and honorable man not only to the family, but to others as well. I know so many people are blessed to know you, too. You are generous, godly, and friendly to others.

You are the kind of father every girl should have, and I am so grateful that you are mine.

Thanks for everything, Daddy.
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Blogity Tips

I'm certainly not a blog expert, and if anyone were to call me that I would laugh, but I thought I'd give my two cents on what I've learned from experience and reading other blogs in the two years I've been in the Blogity world. I hope you'll be able to get something out of these tips, and if you have any, I'd love to hear them too, so share away!
{1} Be yourself. One thing I found uber annoying is when Bloggers try too hard to be like the "popular" blogs...having giveaways nearly every week, posting Pinterest pictures and vintage finds...you know what I'm talking about. (I'm not saying that if you like posting Pinterest pics and hosting giveaways you are necessarily conforming. Haha!) Just be yourself. Post about what interests YOU, what YOU believe in, things YOU like. I'm more likely to follow a blog with an authentic author than one who tries too hard to be like someone else. Like a quote I found on Pinterest says: "Be yourself. Everyone else is taken."

{2} Use Spellcheck. This isn't a must, but I often find it distracting when someone posts something awesome, but most of the words are misspelled.

{3} Get a design you like. There are so many bloggers nowadays that will give you a design for free if you ask, so if you don't know how to design, ask around and see if you can get a cute design you like.

{4} Don't beg other bloggers to follow you. I will most likely NOT want to follow someone's blog if they post a comment like this:

Hey, i'm new on blogger and can you please follow my blog?

Copy your blog URL and comment around at other blogs - genuine comments. Then paste your comment at the end. You won't be begging for people to follow you, but they will still get your blog link :-).

I hope these few blog tips have been helpful to you! Remember, I'd love to hear yours as well.

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The Climb

Lately, I've been really...inspired by this song. I never thought I'd be inspired by a Miley Cyrus song...but...I am. Every time I listen to it, I just feel...hopeful. Like, it's okay; God's got a hold of you. He knows what He's doing.



Sometimes, it's really hard for me to see what God is doing because He feels so far away. Have you ever been in that position?

I've been reading my Bible and spending time with God daily, but I've just been feeling...distant. Maybe because I haven't been surrendering all of my time to Him...I haven't let Him completely influence me in my actions, words, and especially thoughts.

But lately, God has been reminding me that life's a climb. We're gonna go through hard times...times when we feel far away from God, times we doubt that He's actually there, times when it feels like the whole world is against us...

But it's all a part of a bigger picture that only God can see. He can use these hard times to grow us, if we let Him. We can choose to let the difficulties in our lives bring us closer to Him...or push us further away.

The Climb isn't filled with just bad times. No way. There will be many good times, too...times when you grow spiritually, are really encouraged, or get a genuine compliment about your inner character that makes you feel great. Stuff like that.

I've been learning to cherish each moment in life...to remember the good times and learn from the bad. Day by day, God is teaching me what The Climb of Life really is. It's not perfect; there are rocky hills and times when you feel like you can't go on.

But He will be with you every step of the way.

As Travis from the Hannah Montana movie says:

"Life's a climb...but the view's great."
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As of Late

I'm finally done with school for the summer! ((cue Hallelujah chorus)) I did three math lessons yesterday so I could finish up sooner. Now all I have to do is correct some grammar, then I'm freeeee!

This summer I am doing Bible Bee (check it out at biblebee.org). Do any of you know what that is? You memorize Bible passages and study 2 Timothy all through the summer, then you compete! So far, it is SO much fun! I'm on the fifth day, and I absolutely love it! Thanks so much to my sweet friend Sarah for recommending it to me!!! Anyone else doing Bible Bee?

This summer, my brother and sister and I are also in the play "Alice in Wonderland." It's a bunch of fun so far, and I am looking forward to the shows!

This summer, I am planning on lots of swimming, going to a Christian leadership camp, taking lots of pictures, and hanging out with friends. What are you hoping to do this summer?

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What I Thought I Wanted

When I was little, I dreamed about being a ballerina and an artist when I grew up. That was always what I wanted to do, and I knew that that was what I was going to do.

(picture taken by my dad)

But then I got older. I stopped ballet. I didn't draw as much. My interests began to change. I "discovered" the computer and found out that I like messing with HTML. I bought my first camera, a Kodak EasyShare that was under $100. I started a blog. I self-published my first and second book. I decided that when I got older (and even when I was young) I wanted to be a photographer, writer, and maybe a web designer.

Things change. People change. I thought I was sure of my future career when I was seven years old, but I changed. I don't think God's future for me holds a ballet career, or being an artist. Those areas are simply not where I feel led.

And who knows? Maybe my interests will change again (although I doubt it at the moment ☺). I won't know until then,

The point is, maybe God has something different for you than you think. When I was seven, I thought being a ballerina was the best thing in the world. But now that I'm older and I love writing and photography, I can't imagine better occupations. I realized that I am gifted in writing and photography, but not as much in ballet or art, although I do still enjoy art.

Maybe God has something better planned for you than you can imagine at the moment. Be open to His plan, because it most certainly is the best one.

When I know that I know what You have down the road, when I'm sure that I've figured you out - help me see that I'm small, that I can't know it all, 'cause You're so unpredictable. - Unpredictable, Francesca Battistelli
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My Thoughts on Homosexuality

This topic is so highly debated in today's world, and I haven't really given my opinions on it thus far, besides on my about me page.

Please know that through this post I am not trying to be "mean" to anybody. I don't want to come across like I think I'm better than gay people - because I'm not. We are all sinners in need of God's grace. This topic is just coming up more and more today in conversations, political discussions and debates, etc. It is becoming more common and acceptable to see gay couples, and I thought I'd share my opinion on it. Feel free to comment respectfully, but please realize that this is my blog and I am free to share my personal beliefs. Please do not bash my beliefs in your comment. Thank you muchly ☺.


I am anti-homosexuality.


Please do not ditch this post if you are pro-gay rights. Please hear me out and feel free to comment. I'd like to hear what you think about this subject. I just ask this: that you respect my beliefs. Thank you kindly :-).

I am anti-homosexuality because God clearly bans it in the Bible. Leviticus 18:22 says: Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable. If you are pro-homosexuality, you may wonder what on earth God has to do with homosexuality and why He should have a say in it. Well, He did create everyone, so I think He should have a say in how we should live! (In fact, He should be completely in charge of our lives!)

Many people have asked the question, "What if they're in love?" They ask what it has to do with us and why we are so against homosexuality when it doesn't effect us. I am against homosexuality because God did not create men to love men and women to love women in that way. It's like donkeys and cows; they don't mate. They weren't made to mate. It's not the way God created it to be.


Why does it matter if "God says so"?
It's like a parent and a child. Nearly every child wants to do something they can't, and when their parents say no, they don't understand why. This thing they want to do brings them "happiness." But now Mom and Dad are banning it. What the little kids can't see is that that thing that brings them "happiness" is not what Mom and Dad want them to be doing. It's not what's best for them. A bunch of little kids could debate that "it makes them happy; let them do it," but Mom and Dad would still know what's RIGHT and would still have ultimate authority over their child.


One (not all, but one) of the main reasons for marriage is reproduction. Homosexuals do not have the right parts to reproduce. It's just not how it was meant to be. Marriage between one man and one woman is how it is meant to be; marriage or sexuality between homosexual people is just gratifying their desires.


A crack addict could believe that his addiction was right. He could get together a bunch of people to fight for his cause. He could say he was born a crack addict, and he couldn't change who he was. He could argue that it made him happy, so why couldn't he do it? Just because it made him happy doesn't mean that being addicted to crack was what was RIGHT.


Many people argue that homosexuals are born gay and that they can't help it. I don't know all the details of how people become gay, but I do not believe at all that they are "born that way." If gay people were really born gay, why weren't there as many homosexual people a few hundred years ago as there are now? I believe that different situations could lead to a person having homosexual thoughts, and then, if they choose to put those thoughts into action, they could "become gay." I really don't know the details, but I do not believe people are born that way. If you're a girl, you're not born a boy (and vice versus). It's just not the way it's meant to be. You're not born a murderer, or a thief, or a crack addict. It's a choice.


I'm not saying that I'm better than homosexual people. That's not true at all. I'm just as sinful as anyone. But I can't stand by and say that homosexuality is okay, because it's not. I can't say I agree with it or support it, because I don't and never will.


I don't believe that we should discriminate homosexual people, however. I believe that we should love them (and all people). However, that doesn't mean I can support what they do.


Thanks for hearing out what I believe. I'm interested in seeing what you believe about this topic as well.
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I HAVE to do Something

I've always known abortion is wrong.

(II wrote a post on why I am anti-abortion HERE) I felt a little tug towards doing something against abortion before, but today I read this  and I felt extremely convicted to do something to help the little ones all over the world who are being murdered.

Something that opened my eyes was a link to an article in the post (click to read article):


As if abortion wasn't wrong enough, women are choosing to abort babies for the sole reason that they are the "wrong" gender.


Abortion is inhumane. It is WRONG. I don't care about the arguments people raise to support abortion; it is absolutely WRONG. And I do not understand how someone could say that murdering babies is RIGHT. That makes no sense to me.

I could go on and on about this, but for now, I am wondering if any of you have any ideas for standing against abortion and how wrong it is. How can we change something? How can we make a difference so that babies stop being killed?


I have to do something. I have to. Because God's children are being killed (legally!), and too many people are just sitting back and watching. It's time to DO SOMETHING.
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