Monday, February 29, 2016

Verse of the Week #52

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
-Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
Rise up on wings like eagles.
Run and not grow faint.

Walk and not grow weary.
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Captions may be like other versions of this verse.
Have a great week!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Review of Through the Tunnel by Rebekah A. Morris

Hey Everyone! Rebekah Morris has released a new book. Rebekah said I could share the synopsis on my blog, and I told her I would write a review for her. Rebekah inspires me to keep on writing and that someday I might be able to publish my stories. 
“I hate being a foster kid!” Fourteen-year-old Lissa had thought those words dozens, if not hundreds, of times over the last twelve years. She and her twin brother, Leigh, had been foster kids for as long as they could remember. Naturally shy, this life of bouncing around from one foster home to another, of changing schools mid-term, and of never having a real place they could call home had left Lissa with feelings of insecurity and doubt. Would they ever have a real home? Why didn’t anyone want them? Then one cold, winter afternoon, Lissa persuades her brother to make believe that a tunnel under a snow covered bridge is the entrance to a new world and a new life; together they walk through it, and it changes their lives forever.

My thoughts:
I cannot say this is my favorite story of Rebekah's, but she did a good job writing it.
Now, had you given this book to me a few years ago, I may have liked it better, (my reading style has changed dramatically over the last few years) but it's just not my kind of adventure.

I did, however think Rebekah did a good job describing things, and emotions, that not many people would know how to write. Especially those who have never been a foster kid. I have read a few of Rebekah's books, and I really like her writing vocabulary (fine, but not too wordy). I have actually seen some changes in the way I write by reading her books. 

I didn't really like this book, and I don't know if I would necessarily read it again. But as I read this book, it kept me turning pages, mainly because I wanted to know how everything turned out in the end, and if Lissa and Leigh would ever fit in.
Others, including you, might like this book, but it was not really for me.
I rate this book 3 stars.

But over all, I recommend author Rebekah A. Morris. You can find her books, including Through the Tunnel on her website. Just CLICK HERE.

God is Good ALL THE TIME! Verse of the Week #51.

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Hello. I would like to share with you today one of my favorite Bible verses. I found it in Isaiah 43, which mind you, is a really good chapter. I recommend you reading it. You just might find a verse that sticks out to you, too. How has your last week been? On Sunday I found out that we are not going to Teen Talent this year. ): I probably would have been a lot sadder if David (the youth pastor) hadn't decided to let us learn the group dance that I mostly made up, as a special maybe on Palm Sunday. Or something.
But God is good. I guess that by still doing the group dance, He comforted me, and yes; I am disappointed, but for some reason...I am more okay with it now than I thought I would be. God is awesome, and He is definitely the God of peace! (Romans 8:28--another one of my favorites--"For we know all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose." )
Even though I don't get to go this year, it's okay. I don't mean to ramble on about this, I just see the hand of God in it, because there are other things that He has given me opportunities to do soon. First of all, I got to get together with a graphic designer from our church, and hopefully we can do it again. I might be joining a photography club type thing in 4-H, and I might get to help take pictures for the photo booth, I think, for a ladies conference at our church.
I was going to do a dance solo for Teen Talent, so I may just do it for our church...maybe. I was a bit disappointed that I won't get to go, but not anymore, really. Now that's God! Because I was really wanting to go this year. Anyway, has anything big happened to you last week, or Sunday/Monday? Are you going to do something out of the normal this week? Tell me in the comments!

Now for the verse!  Drum roll....
(God is the one speaking in this verse.)
Isaiah 43:18-19
"Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth, shall you not know it?  I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."

Forget the stuff you've messed up. Don't think on it.
God will do a new thing. Are you going to ignore it?
For you--He "-will make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."
Nothing is impossible with God.
And trust me, I am talking to myself just as much as you. Over all, I need God to help me with stuff just as much as any other person. I may know this stuff to be true, or figure it out, or even just talk about it, but I still am learning it. I am still learning it. If this is for you today, I am glad. I know that this is something that is helping me, and I hope it helps you.
Have a wonderful week everyone!
And remember--God is our savior! For He "-will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."
Oh! And remember to enter The Crystal Doorknob Writing Challenge, before it's too late!

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Team Effort

How can someone be so lost they couldn't even see to find their way?
The answer is this: without God.
How can someone run, grow weary, and die?
The answer is this: without God.
How can someone try, fail, try and fail again.
The answer is this: without God.

We can do nothing without God. And when we do have God, we have to take action ourselves too. We cannot just give things to God and then sit back and expect it God to do it all. We need to help. Not because God can't do it, but that it should be a group effort.
If you throw an idea away, it won't get up out of the trash can and fulfill itself. Get it?

So pray, listen, act.
God is all powerful and strong. He will help you.

But only if you help yourself.

Verse of the Week #50!!!!!!

We have reached the 50th verse of the week!

"And He said to me, 
'My grace is sufficient for you, 
My strength is made perfect in weakness."
2 Corinthians 12:9 

Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Crystal Door Knob Writing Challenge Part II

This is a writing challenge! If you have not, please read the first part to this challenge before you continue to this part. Click here. Thank you.
Now I challenge you to use the first paragraph of my story, written in Part II.  Some things I have taken out, so I indicated it for you to fill in with your story.
I will pick 2 winners, and publish the winning stories on my blog, or if you have your own blog, I will attach the link to your published story (crediting the story to you of course).
First place will be published for May.
Second place will be published for June.
The door handle was pure crystal glass. Did she dare touch it? Did she even know what might be beyond that simple door, with a knob of crystal glass? She did not know. Her hand reached out again, this was her moment. But...she once again drew back her hand. She didn't really want to know what was beyond the door. Would there be joy? Hardships? But yet, the girl did want to know and continued. This time, summoning all her willpower, she turned the knob slowly. Then it came to pass. She opened the door, and a crowd erupted with applause.This girl was a princess, dressed in a modern yellow dress. And this was her moment to change the world. For the better. She took a deep breath, smiled her wide, cheerful smile, and waved like she had been taught so many times before. Even so, this was her first day of putting it into practice.
Not my picture, click for source.
1. Make sure you read the additional information below and agree.

2. Write your story.

3. Enter the story by: 
     a) Publish the story on your blog, and give me the link in the comments below. 
     b) Or send the document to me by email. Comment below for the email address.
     c) If you want to just share your story, and not enter it in the contest, make sure you tell me in your comment; I will not publish those stories, but just read them instead.

4. Please include at least your first name, and your age (if it is okay with your parents).

5. The story cannot be longer than 1,124 words, including the story starter (roughly 124 words).

6. Please check your story before entering it, to make it is grammatically correct.

7. I will read the stories, and pick my top two favorites. Then I will publish them on my blog as the winners.

Additional information, please read:

1. You may not use this story starter for any other purpose except for this challenge unless you have written permission from me.

2. Now, if you want to keep this story starter for some other use other than this blog, even just keeping it for yourself because you like it (outside of your story), please contact me by way of commenting:(If you do, make sure you include your email in the comment, so I can email you back about it. I promise that I will not publish your email or your comment.) Thanks.

3. You must be okay with me publishing your story on my blog if I like it, and sharing the link to your story, if you publish it on your blog.

4. The story is up to you, though I would ask you to keep it adventurous, and if you do put a little romance in it, I am fine as long as it is mild, appropriate, romance that is true to purity. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

5. And above all, YOU ARE THE WRITER! So write, and enjoy it! Make the story anything you want. Nothing is required as long as you keep it good. ENJOY!

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Verse of the Week #47, #48, & #49

You might have noticed how I skipped 1 week (originally 45) and kept going; and also skipped last week's verse. So to get back on track, I will share three verses at a time, like I have previously when I get behind. And I know all of you are wondering where my second WRITING CHALLENGE post is, and I will tell you the reason: I have it written, mostly, I just haven't got to publish it. I will get it out as soon as I can though.
God bless you guys!
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

John 14:27 (NKJV)
"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

And just because I can, I found this new song, and I must it is my favorite song now; even though I don't really know the words yet! Anyway, have a wonderful week.

Verse of the Week #49
"Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert."
Isaiah 43:19 (NKJV)


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