Saturday, June 20, 2015

Warming Up Our Faith

Jesus is our Savior. There is no denying that, and you never should.
We all want to have faith the size of mustard seeds; but when the time comes to be tested, will you move mountains?
You don't know how to answer that, do you? To be honest, I don't either.
All we can do is trust, serve, and praise God, and maybe someday we might do just move mountains.
Hard to believe?
That is the point. That is what faith is. Believing in the unseen and believing the impossible is possible with God. Believing that there is no such thing as impossible. So what can we do now? We can start by small acts of faith—stepping out and doing stuff that is hard, embarrassing, and courageous. It could be as simple as going back into the store you just came out of to tell the cashier that Jesus loves her. I know it was for me. It was hard, but I couldn't shake the feeling God wanted me to. I don't know if it changed her mood, her day, or even her life, but it didn't matter, because I did what I believed God told me to do. I also prayed for her in the car.

One way I step out in faith is I pray for people that I don't even know, and probably will never meet, to return to God and become Christians. I sometimes even end up praying for the whole town, country, and sometimes the world. I want to make it clear that I am not bragging of myself and trying to make myself look good, I just wanted to share, and I give the glory to God.

Back to the subject. Does anything come to mind when I say small acts of faith? Remember that doing small acts of faith warm us up for the big acts of faith. They are just as important.
We all need to step out and have faith. He makes us brave.

Is there anything you would like to share about faith? Just comment below! I bet everyone would like to hear from you.

So for now, have a nice day and go walk on the water.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Questions With Answers!

This post is for the readers awhile back that responded to my "Comment On" posts, but you can read it if you want to!
I actually lost the envelope with everyone's blog post requests, so I am just going to answer your questions now, since there were not very many and I already answered a couple.

Allison: I would love to know what is on your heart!
Me: I want to have a better relationship with God.

Bethany R.: Could you have contests?
Me: I might soon!

Emily: I would like you to talk about your favorite music and bands!
Me: My favorite band would definitely be Casting Crowns. I listen to Christian music and enjoy a variety of music including christian contemporary, gospel. I listen to My New Life Radio  and KLOVE. I also listen to Celtic Woman, some songs by Jackie Evancho, Charlotte Church. I also love listening to instrumental piano, violin, and movie soundtracks. My favorite composer is Harry Gregson Williams.

Faith P.: I would like to see a post about any pets your family has!
Me: Well, we have one dog named Penny and one cat named Tiger. We used to have other animals, but they sort of died off, and we have not gotten anymore yet. Tiger is loving and never scratches you unless you are trying to purposefully hurt him. Even when you flip him backwards! Tiger is a yellow tabby. Penny is a handful and is loving when she wants to be. But she is a good dog, just picky. Penny is half dachshund and half something else. 
Here are some pictures.
Penny laying around.

Tiger snoozing on my unmade bed.

Penny staring at the remaining fragment of an old chew bone.

Just woke up from a nap.

Penny when she was a puppy.
Tiger soaking up some sun.
 I think that is all! Have a good day.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Verse of the Week #19

I learned this verse in 2 days believe it or not.

How did I do it?
I wrote it out an old piece of paper and stuck it to the mirror in the bathroom. Then every time I went in there, even just to get a hairbrush, I would say it. So then every time After I knew it, I would still say it until it stuck. That is how I learned this verse! Good luck with your verse (metaphorically speaking).

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness so that the servant of God may be fully equipped for every good work."
2 Timothy 3:16-17

Saturday, June 13, 2015

"Fulfill My Joy"

He just lay there in the bed, staring. Staring at the wall. Staring at the ceiling. Staring at nothing.
He wondered if anyone loved him. He knew his family did, but they didn't act on that love. If they had, why was he lying here?
He looked at the phone and remembered the time where there was only a dial phone in the household, but now, how far the world had come.
No one called.
He wished he was younger, then people would care. He wouldn't be sitting here in a hospital bed. No one called.
Why had his family not come? Had they rejected him? Had he not been a good father? Or did they just not know of his condition; what was his condition? All these questions where going through his head when a nurse came and adjusted his pillow and raised his bed.
Then with a smile, she said, "Your children are here."
He took a deep breath. They had not forgotten him. But did they love him? If so, why did they not visit or call in all these years?
As he looked up, he saw the faces he so dearly loved and would do anything for. One of them whispered to the others so he couldn't hear. Then all of a sudden they cried,"We love you dad!" this was also with a few voices saying "grandpa".
He then said, "Fulfill my joy...please."
Now his joy was restored and it was like he never questioned that love between him and his family. Never once. His family crowded around and didn't even seem to notice his bedridden self. They looked past the IV and past the bandages that had come from his heart attack.
Later that week when the excitement had worn off, he still knew he was loved. His children had even apologized for neglecting him. He had forgiven, and he knew that that was what Jesus would have done.

He looked over at the phone again. Would someone ring? No. His joy was fulfilled. No emptiness was in him. Yet he wondered, would someone call?
As he was drifting off to sleep, the phone rang. Who could it be? He looked over at Suzanna, his daughter. She was asleep. So with all his strength he reached for the phone and put it to his ear.
"I am waiting for you Samuel. Will I see you soon?" a big voice said.
"Yes Lord." And he hung up.
Samuel looked over at his daughter again, who had just awakened and was looking out the window.
"I love you, Susanna," he said to his daughter who now looked over. "Thank you all. You have given me a wonderful life. Never forget that God will always be with you as He has been with me all these years. I will live forever now. I'll see you in paradise." Then he slipped off to heaven to be with his savior forever.

Don't neglect the ones you love no matter their situation. Don't take them for granted, but cherish your time with them. Most people learn this the hard way; choose not to be one of them. Go see your loved ones, not just when they are old or sick, but all the time. Write them a letter, yes, a handwritten letter. Call them and be the voice they want to hear. Fulfill their hearts with joy like the man in the story.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What a Beautiful Day....

All pictures are by me, except for the ones of me. My brother Michael took those.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Verse Of The Week #18

"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled."
2 Corinthians 10:4-6

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