Sunday, August 30, 2015

Verse of the Week #28

Hello friends,
I have decided that I am going to start sharing verses from 1st Peter each week. First and Second Peter are probably my current favorite books in the Bible; and I feel like it will be good for us all to hear from these books.

1 Peter 1:1-5
"Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to God's elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with His blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time."

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Anybody for Art?

Hello everyone.
How are you doing? I am doing just fine. I wanted to share a little of what you could see at my art blog. This is my most recent portrait.
Visit By Clicking Here: Artistic Lane

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Some Things Take Practice

Not everything is immediate. I know this from personal experience, and you probably know too.
No matter what you are going through right now (this is for you, you aren't reading this by mistake), Jesus will help. Yes, it hurts. I would like to share a example from C. S. Lewis's The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader. 
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Eustice had been turned into a dragon, and now wants to be a boy again. So Aslan tells him to go bathe, but to take off his clothes first. Eustice knows he had none, just the scaly skin of a dragon. So he peels off the skin and goes to the stream. He looks down and notices that he has another layer of skin. He scratches and scratches skins off but he can never get out of it.

      "I scratched away for the third time and got off a third skin, just like the two others, and stepped out of it. But as soon as I looked at myself in the water I knew it had been no good.

The the lion said- but I don't know if it spoke - 'You will have to let me undress you.' I was afraid of his claws, I can tell you, but I was pretty nearly desperate now. So I just lay flat down on my back to let him do it. 

The very first tear he made was do deep that I thought it had gone right into my heart. And when he began pulling the skin off, it hurt worse than anything I've ever felt. The only thing that made me able to bear it was just the pleasure of feeling the stuff peel off....Well, he peeled the beastly stuff right off - just as I thought I'd done it myself the other three times, only they hadn't hurt - and there it was lying on the grass....Then he caught hold of me....and threw me into the water....I found that all the pain had gone from my arm. And then I saw why. I'd turned into a boy again....After a bit the lion took me out and dressed new clothes..."

So what you are going through is going to be hard to get out of. And really we can't by ourselves because, just like Eustace, we keep finding another layer of it once we get rid of the last one. So we have to wait for Jesus (Aslan) to help us. Sometimes getting rid of something in your life, mind, or emotions, will take a long time. Maybe even a couple years. But in the end it is worth it. Really, it shouldn't take so long if you give it up. If you give it up.
It is hard and subconsciously we can hold on when we thought we let go. This helps the enemy keep in your life. So stop it! Let go. Just stop holding onto your problem. Put it in God's hands. Ask Him to take care of it, because He will.
This is something you could pray if you don't know how to pray for this thing in your life.

"God, You know my life and how_______________________has been bothering me for a long time. I admit I have tried to do it alone at times and I never could. I am sorry for that and I know now I need your help. So will you take care of my problem? I am done with it. I refuse to go longer with this burden of_____________.
I lay it in your hands now. I am done with it, so please take care of it because it is not mine anymore.
Thank you God."
Amen! Do you feel better? I certainly do.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Solution: So Many Books, So little Time

This is the solution. Start with one book. Let's face it, you are never going to "have enough time". When you do, you may not want to read. So make time. Now, to the post!
As I write, I am surrounded by 26 letters arranged and mixed to make words, sentences, paragraphs, chapters, and finally the result: a book. I am surrounded by many a long night of writing, and a struggle of one human being trying to make things make sense to the readers. But sadly, I see dust on unread books. I am not saying that I have read or am going to read every worthy book, or that every book should catch my attention, but Arthur’s sword is still in the stone, and Heidi is still looking after sheep. Many a sword fight is frozen in time, and many mysteries unsolved.
Found On Google Images
Where am I?
I am in a library, where books are many and readers are few. Yes, it is a sad thing, but not everyone reads for pleasure anymore. They watch TV. Not everyone looks in a book for things they desire to know even though people thought long and hard to help. They search the Internet.
Found On Google Images
Are you doing your part to keep books alive—reading?
Well I hope so my friend. It is not wrong to watch TV, or search the internet; but in most movies they only touch a fraction of the real story, but on the other hand, movies can be better than the books, and can create awesome new adventures.  The Internet is very useful for things you cannot find or want to know for the conversation or train of thought you are in, but not for every piece of information in the world! The Internet will tell you basics, and books will tell you details.

And what is the point of books if people can’t learn things from them?
Please don’t tell me you think people should not write educational books. If so, you are currently thinking in a sorry state when it comes to literature. But I am not insulting you! I am just saying that we need more readers in the world, starting with you!
Are you already a reader?
That is awesome! What have you been reading lately? Do you have any suggestions for people looking for a good read? Or are you yourself stuck on what you should read? We all would love your feedback.
©Amy Lane Photography 2014
I have been reading Young Pioneers by Rose Wilder Lane. It is a great book so far! I encourage you to read it!

What are some books you are reading, have read, or suggest? Are you looking for a certain type of book? I would love to start a conversation between everyone on some different books to read, and helpful suggestions.
Start the conversation by commenting below this post, or seeing comments by others and piping in!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

This Cozy Morning of Rain

I wrote this poem when I got up, I hope you like it. It really is rainy and beautiful at my Missouri house.

This Cozy Morning of Rain

I got so early out of bed,
Because this poem was stuck in my head.

The rainfall is pretty on the countryside,
As the clouds in the sky all but collide.

But the lamps are burning in my house,
And other than the sound of rain, its almost as quiet as a mouse.

I am writing by the comforting lamps we speak of,
So as I hear the rain and am comfy in my house, all I feel is love.

This poem is ©copyright of Amy Lane. Please do not use in anyway without permission. If you would like to use it, feel free to ask me! Pictures are also ©Copyright 2014 Amy Lane Photography. Please do not use my pictures without permission. Thanks!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Verse of the Week #26 & Sewing!

I am truly sorry I have not published anything, but I have been SOOOOOO busy!
The only thing I have even been able to do is the verses. So, since I have no time for anything else, (I am going to our grandparents house in a few minutes) I will at least give you a verse to think of this week.

Luke 22:36
"'But now" He said, "Take your money and a travelers bag. And if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one!"

My brother suggested this verse, he knows a whole bunch about guns. He likes this verse, so I am putting this as the verse of the week.
Have a great week!
Hopefully I will be able to publish some more soon. My birthday is coming up soon! 14!
This is an apron I made out of tracing the one to the left. I added a ruffle and a pocket. I made it with contrast fabric. I entered it in the 4-H fair as my sewing project, and it won a blue ribbon. But sadly, and for a reason I don't know, it did not go on.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Verse of the Week #26

"Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs on your head are numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."
Luke 12:6-7
©Amy Lane Photography 2015

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

There is a nomination going around, kind of like a Leibster award, but not really. Anyway, I was nominated, and here I am writing this post! But be aware that these are some of my hardest questions to answer. 
Faith's Questions:
1. If you could have any one thing in the universe but it had to be smaller than (or the size of) a gallon of milk and weigh less than five pounds, what would it be?
Very hard question. I don't know. I know my answer should be my Bible. But I already have it. So, I guess I would want a...I don't know. Sorry! If I think of something, I will write it here. For now, I don't know.
2. Who is your favorite fictitious character? Why? (Of your own preferably, unless you are not a writer.)
Um, I have several including Lenaid from the Kingdom Series books, Annabeth from Percy Jackson, Lucy from Narnia, Barbara from Alone Yet Not Alone.
As from my own books my favorite is Princess Erika. She is the main character of one of my fiction novels in the medieval period. She is brave, but not too brave. She just does a good job at hiding it, LOL. She is elegant but is okay living lower to help her family. I can't give away too much just in case!
3. Favorite way to spend a Saturday?
Definitely with one of my friends.
4. Favorite Bible Verse from the Old Testament? New Testament?
OT: Joshua 1:9  NT: Romans 8:28
5. What was/is your favorite school subject? Why?
It used to be Spelling, even though that is not a subject by itself. But now I am done with that, so my favorite is Science. I just like learning all the "behind the scenes" of life.
6. Do you enjoy research? If so, what do you most like researching?
I like researching if I want to be researching. I like researching the lives of people.
7. Do you like dogs?
Yes. But I have to say I like cats better!
8. D you know what World Changers is?
Sounds familiar but no.
9. Favorite Historical era?
10. What kind of stories you best like to read? Write? (Again, if you're a writer.)
Fiction, and historical fiction. I like writing fiction and I am working on a historical fiction also.
Thanks Faith for the great questions, though I think they are really hard.

Blessing Counter's Questions:

1. Do you know who the Willis Clan is? If you do, who told you or where did you find them?
2. Would you prefer to take care of a herd of 100 chickens, a herd of 20 wild horses, or a herd of 10 baby elephants?
20 Wild horses.
3. If someone gave you a bow and a quiver of arrows and told you to shoot three arrows into one tight cluster on a board, do you think you would be able to do it?
I would try, but probably not. Unless it was an accidental bulls eye.
4. Have you ever dropped a watermelon?
No. I have eaten them instead!
5. How many siblings do you have? Are you the oldest, the youngest, or right smack in the middle?
I have three other siblings, and I am the youngest: number four.
6. What is one tradition that you do (or try to do) during family birthdays? 
Sit on a balloon! Um, we also eat chicken & dumplings sometimes for birthdays.
7. Say it was your birthday. Would you prefer to wake up and find 1. a new horse standing above you (yeah, I know, a horse in your room?!?), 2. a huge bouquet of your favorite flowers,  or 3. a stack of books that you've wanted to read for a long time? 
Sorry to break it to all the horse lovers, but I would take the books. Also I am sorry to all you florists out there! LOL.
8. What is your favorite movie of the year?
Ouch. I don't have one. But I do want to watch the Cinderella movie. And Mall Cop 2 is hilarious. Other than that, I have not watched any. I do like Alone Yet Not Alone. It came to DVD this year.
9. Do you have a book or a series of books that you wish was made into a movie? If so, what is the name of the book(s)?
ONLY IF IT WAS ACCURATE TO THE BOOKS!!!!! I would pick the Kingdom Series by Chuck Black.
10. What is the craziest thing that you've done recently?
I ate a little piece of bread, a grape, and a grape tomato all at once.
11. How and when did you get involved with blogging? 
My mom started a blog for us kids called Blogging With Momma a long time ago. But we grew out of it, and we all got our own.
12. Do you think of actors by their real name or by their movie name? (i.e. Do you say Laura Ingalls or Melissa Gilbert from the movie Little House on the Prairie?)
DEFINITELY BY THEIR MOVIE NAMES, even though sometimes I know the names. My siblings and I will be watching a movie and have this conversation:
Person #1: Who is that? They look familiar.
Person #2: I don't know, wait....
Person #3: Hey that is Mrs. Stanton from When Calls the Heart!

Thank you for letting me do this girls! Here are the people I nominate, and also my questions. I also will carry on some of the previous questions.
Rebekah Morris, at Rebekah's Reading Room
Emily Lane, at Teen For The Lord
Sara C., at Princess Diary

If you were nominated, here are my questions: (if you were not and want to be, tell me)

1. How do you feel about having to write out numbers instead of just writing the symbol number?
2. Do you like The Waltons, or Little House on the Prairie TV series better?
3. Do you like the Love Comes Softly movie series or the When Calls The Heart series better?
(If you don't know the last two questions that is alright.)
4. What is your favorite hobby when your inside? Outside?
5. How did you get involved with blogging? What is the first blog you ever started reading?
6. Favorite historical era?
7. You consider yourself which of the following: a writer, a writer when I want to be, not really, or I can't stand writing...? Other, write below.
8. What kind of books do you like reading? Why?
9. Share a good book series (not like hunger games, twilight, or harry potter) you have read.
10. Do you think of actors by their real name, or by their movie name?
(i.e. Do you say Laura Ingalls or Melissa Gilbert from the movie Little House on the Prairie?)
11. Do you talk when watching a movie you have never seen? Have seen? Seen a million times?

Last bonus question for all the Little House TV series fans!

12. In "The Cheaters" (Season #5) how does Nellie Olsen cheat on her tests?

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Verse of the Week #25

25th Anniversary! Ha! Ha! Ha!

This is not exactly a verse that applies to your life, but it is nice, poetic, and I want to share it.
From Google Images
"Not only was the Teacher wise, but also he imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs. The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true."
Ecclesiastes 12:9-10


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