Monday, March 24, 2014

Be on Fire or Burn?

     In 2012, I wrote a blog post over two weeks. It was titled Be on Fire or Burn?
I later lost the document on the computer by somehow deleting it. I was really mad, sad, and disappointed. Even when I tried to rewrite it, I couldn't get it as good as I had before.
I learned one of my biggest life lessons from God that day. You can never rewrite your past. You can't change your previous actions. And you cannot relive your life. I accepted that, and I let it go. When I originally wrote it, I wrote it as a blog post. I was writing to my readers. But later, after I lost it, I noticed God was talking to me. I am now fine with my loss, because I learned so much and gained so much from it.
But towards the end of 2013, I was wondering if I could write something like it again. I decided not to try to replace it though. I have written Be on Fire or Burn many times, but it never really made sense.
     This is my final attempt to rewrite it. And even if this is not as good as it used to be, I am happy with it. I hope it all makes sense to you, as it does to me.


Be on Fire or Burn?
March 20, 2014

In Be on Fire or Burn, your candle, is representing your life.

Life is like a candle.
     When you are born, your candle is white. You have no sin yet. Over your first years, your candle turns green. You are growing, and learning, but don't know how to have faith in God yet. As you get older, you start to understand more of the world, and of God. Then Satan tries to mess you up. Tries to destroy your candle completely. At this point in your life, you know who God is, you surrender to God and he turns you white again.
But then you have doubts. And now you start to give into Satan a little at a time. You start forgetting about God, pushing him out of your life. Your candle soon turns a off-white. Then a tan color. Light brown, dark brown, and before you know it, you have completely surrendered to Satan. You are the darkest black you have ever imagined. Your life is sinful and dark. You start to regret what you have done, you can't find a way out. The only door you see is to go deeper. You walk towards it. You are now standing in the doorway—but then someone calls your name—you look back. Jesus is reaching out his hand. You stare at him in wonder, then at the door. Your candle is now gray. Half of you wants Jesus, and forgiveness, and half of you wants to follow Satan, and sin.
You take a hold of Jesus's hand. You start to drift to him. Satan grabs your arm with such a force, you stumble and fall. You now have to make a choice.
You pick Jesus.

     You break free from Satan's grasp. It feels good. But you're not done yet. You shut the door leading deeper into sin, and follow Jesus.
Jesus hugs you and says, "My child, I am the Candle Lighter. I will use you to reach the world with my holy fire. You will be a light to this world."
The Candle Lighter, Jesus, washes your candle in red wax. He then dries you off. Your candle is whiter than snow. You smile bigger than ever.
He reaches down, and lights your candle. You realize, "This is the true God. The Candle Lighter."

     You suddenly want to reach out to the lost, broken, and black candles, to the ones who don't know the Candle Lighter like you do.  But Satan has not given up on you completely, he uses all the wind he can to try to blow out your candle, and win you over again. Sometimes your candle blows out. But then the Candle Lighter relights it for you. You keep shining.

     Satan wants to take your candle away, confuse you, and make you think you don't have time for God anymore. If you give in, your light is blown out, and your candle becomes shorter and shorter, your life runs out of time, and your candle is used up, (your earthly life dies) with Satan as your god.  As soon as your candle dies out, Satan denies all the delicious lies he fed you on earth. He takes your candle and throws it into the eternal fire of hell. Where you will never stop burning, and suffering, and you will never truly die.

     But if you hold on to your faith in God, when Satan tries to blow you out, you just shine brighter. The Candle Lighter lights you with a fire, to burn for him. But this fire is holy so you would not suffer like in hell. Instead, it will give you joy, peace, and faith in him. So then, when your candle dies out, you don't die. Your candle dies, but your soul does not. The Candle Lighter takes you to heaven, where he gives you a limit to its life and is whiter than white. He will also give you a new name.
     It is completely your choice.

Friday, March 21, 2014

God's Not Dead Movie


You have to see this movie! It is amazing, you have to see it!
This is the synopsis from the company:

How far would you go... to defend your belief in God?
Present-day college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo). Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words “God Is Dead” on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh find himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future. Josh offers a nervous refusal, provoking an irate reaction from his smug professor. Radisson assigns him a daunting task: if Josh will not admit that “God Is Dead,” he must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester, and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class. If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals. With almost no one in his corner, Josh wonders if he can really fight for what he believes. Can he actually prove the existence of God? Wouldn’t it just be easier just to write “God Is Dead” and put the whole incident behind him? GOD’S NOT DEAD weaves together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief, culminating in a dramatic call to action. The film will educate, entertain, and inspire moviegoers to explore what they really believe about God, igniting important conversations and life-changing decisions.

See my mom's review of this movie, by clicking HERE!


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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Paper But No Words

Yes. I am about to write a blog post about writing, even though me myself have not been writing on my blog. But, I have been busy with writing my book. So that makes me more innocent right? Maybe?

So many possibilities, so many ideas, how will I write all that comes to my head?
Sometimes it drives me crazy and I just want to give up and read a book with an author who knows what their writing. Many times, I just I stare at a blank piece of notebook paper, wondering what I could do, and what I could transform it into. I have paper, but no words. But yet again, I kind of like staring at a blank sheet of paper. It makes me feel confident, and free to write whatever I like. I wish I could have all the words to what I write, and not have to think about, and go over it all. It's hard for me. I am not like those people who work wonders with a pen. I wish I could imagine a whole story and it simply appears before me, all complete in a hardcover book. Have you ever had that feeling? I bet you have. It's rather a common feeling. I wish a lot.... Unfortunately, there is only one mind, in all the world, with my stories in it. And that is mine. It is up to me to write it all down.
The question is, will I?
Do you struggle with writing what you love? That makes two of us. Or does it come naturally?
Some of the best writing tips are:

1.Write more often.

2.Read. All authors read, and read, and read. So get a good book and start reading.

3.Write longer. Whether it's letters, emails, or journal entries. By doing this, it is, for one, nicer to friends, and another, it builds writing habits.

4.Write about what you love.  If it's boring to you, then its boring to your reader. Do not just write when you have to, like for school. Write when you want, and about something that interests you.

5.Use your imagination. Whether writing fiction, none-fiction, or whatever you like to write. There are millions of possibilities out there.

People can give you pointers on writing that can help you write, but you're the real author.
So get writing. Also, check out other people's ideas on writing. That's what I do.
If you have a favorite writer, see if they have a blog.  If they do, they probably have writing tips or other helpful information.

Linked at: Be Inspired - Take a Look Tuesday - Backyard Farming Connection -Loving Our Children Tuesday - Teach Me Tuesdays -Anti-Procrastination Tuesdays  - Tuesdays with a Twist You're Gonna Love it Tuesday Titus Tuesdays - A Return to Loveliness  - Wow Us Wednesday - Wonderful Wednesdays - - Fluster's Creative Muster Making a Home - Wholehearted Wednesdays - A Wise Woman Builds Her Home - Raising Homemakers-Welcome Home Wednesdays - Hope in Every Season -

Other Blogs!

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Doll Diaries ~Several girls- I don't know their names~


American Girl ~Company~


Tall Tales In The Big Woods ~My Brother~ Michael~

Verse Of The Week: Ended

I am sorry. I cannot continue to post Verse Of The Week posts. I simply can't keep up with it. I also can't guarantee getting on my blogs every week. For that I am sorry.
But, fortunately, you can see all my previous Verse Of The Week post if you click HERE

I went back, and found out I skipped #27 on accident, so here it is:

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:6-7

I hope you have enjoyed my Verse Of The Week posts!
~Amy~

Friday, March 14, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Ice-cream Poll Winner!

I had done a poll about ice-cream. The poll said, "Which classic ice-cream flavor is the best?"
These were the options: Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, and Orange Sherbet.
I am truly sorry I have not given you the winner yet, but here it is...


DRUM ROLL...


CHOCOLATE!!!!
chocolate ice-cream got 5 votes.


The other scores were:
Vanilla- 2 votes
Strawberry- 0 votes
Orange Sherbet- 1 vote


Majority rules that Chocolate is the best, and I agree!


Do you not agree that chocolate is the best?
You can still tell me which one you think is the best, or if you don't like any of these flavors, or if they're just not your favorite, please tell me in a comment!



Sunday, March 2, 2014

verse of the week #28

"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you."
Philippians 4:8-9

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