Do Not Merely Exist BLESSED SINGLENESS + FORSAKING IT ALL SAIL THE HIGH SEAS + BIBLE MAN ARMOR

Aloha!

January 30, 2010

Hello Samara,
I am so glad that you stopped by! I have been meaning to visit your blog but haven't had the time :( I fee so bad. Thanks for commenting and thank you for caring about my rest! I hope to get back into the blogger grove pretty soon and come visit you!

Hi Emii,
Yes, I am in college (kinda)! I started it...oh.....um.....gees...I think last fall. *looking up trying to remember*. Yeah, that sounds about right! It's more along the lines of AP classes. I am graduating highschool this spring and so I am taking the Advanced Prep (AP) classes to get a head start for the next school year. I miss you Emii! I have been so bad at following your blog! I am going to try to get back on here more often and catch up on some MAJOR reading!

Hey Marian,
Scary dream, yeah I know, right?! LOL! Thank you! I love my background too. I found it a few days ago. At first it didn't click....I think it was the crumpled paper look. But after I left it there, it grew on me :P I hope to come visit. Boy have I got a lot of catching up to do!!!


I hope you don't mind me posting my response to you here on my blog. I am sorry to do this, only for the fact that I know how much you all like getting comments! But I am in a time crunch and didn't have time to visit blogs today *sniffles*. But I will try to tomorrow or Monday! Love ya'll!

I am going CRAZY!!!!!!

January 29, 2010


It's me checking in to see how ya'll are doing! I am so sorry that I haven't been posting and commenting. I miss doing this, I really do. Oh, and if anybody ever tells you that college is easy....spit in their eye. Just kidding. Or am I?

Well, I am so tired. I haven't sleps well a all, and I've been having funky dreams....usualy being eaten by a book or something like that. Eh! Look, I am rambling on. I suppose I don't have much to talk about other the jubberish :P. I think I should go now and lie down.


Later!

don't waist your time

January 26, 2010



“Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing."

Dealing with Conflicting Positions

January 23, 2010

I have received contradictory messages from a “so called friend” of mine on more than one occasion. I was about seven years of age when I started taking art class from a local teacher. I was new to the class, as were many others. One of the students in particular wanted to be my friend. I was excited that someone wanted to be my friend, because in truth, I didn’t have many.

My new friend was very nice; she always saved me a seat and talked to me about various things— mostly about art. As my friend and I started to advance in the class and deal with oil pastels and charcoal— all that fancy stuff—the girl I thought was my “friend” started to let her "true" self shine. Obviously the pressure to be like some of the kids in the class began to influence her actions. There is one day in particular that I remember very well. I was focusing on finishing my oil pastel of a tropical island when my friend began to insult me and my art.

Now, I wasn’t the most popular student in the class, nor was I the most talented either. I was already being picked on by another girl who thought she had talent—but to hear someone whom I “thought” was my friend, insult me and my artwork—that really hurt me. About a year and a half into the class, my “friend” continued to insult me and my art. I kept silent, ignoring her, hoping she’d stop. But I was scarred that if I told her how I felt, she wouldn’t be my friend anymore.

My interest in the art class quickly faded. Sometimes, the insults were too much to bare. I would want to cry during art class, but held the tears in until I got into my mom’s van. I felt betrayed. Close to the end of my year in art class, I decided I couldn’t take anymore of my “friends” sly remarks and insults, so I moved to another seat beside two girls I knew wouldn’t hurt my feelings.

(This was my way of getting back at her! Ya see how that worked).

Overall, my friendship with the girl resulted in a collection of mixed messages and emotions. Did I do something wrong? Why was she being so mean to me, when all I have done is been nice to her? Those questions I have never been able to answer; I probably don’t want to find out. My view on this situation in my life isn’t what I would call positive, nor was it taken lightly. It has taken me quiet a few years to come around and forgive my so-called “friend.”

Slowly, I am changing my hateful position, as I realize all of my pain could have been avoided had I taken a stand and spoke up for myself—so, it’s partially my fault for letting her treat my in such a terrible manner. I know now that sometimes you can’t be silent. There are just some instances that you just can’t ignore. No matter what you do about your situation, it’s still going to hurt.

But if you let your friend know, then maybe they’ll stop to think about what they say. If they rub it off like it's no big deal, then they aren't worth it. Don't let people ruin your dreams. Stand up for yourself and let them know how you wish to be treated. Sometimes, being stern and not afraid to speak up does more good than harm. Don't be afraid like I was.

silence is beautiful

January 21, 2010

"Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time." ~Thomas Carlyle~

[Gonna be busy!]

January 18, 2010

Hey guys.


I have just started 3 college courses. These will, unfortunately, keep me from posting regularly. So I will be posting sporadically here and there. But I am still hoping to do most of the things I have planned on doing this year. I just never knew how difficult it would be to take 3 classes.


I hope you all understand. I will stop by your blogs regularly, but I may not comment. This will be when I have time. If I have any more time,I will post. Ugh! I'll miss ya'll!!!!!!!


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Something Beautiful

January 17, 2010

I'm sitting here in my living room listening to one of my favorite songs from the Newsboys--Something Beautiful. I got to thinking about God's creation. Isn't it beautiful? Everything is a masterpiece with a purpose. So that means even us humans are beautiful!


Yeah, I know what your thinking, 'Well, duh! I know I am beautiful.' But that's not the kind of beautiful I am talking about. I am not talking about the beauty on the outside, but the beauty on the inside. God made us unique for a purpose, and that purpose is to glorify Him with song, prayer and the reading of His word. Beauty on the outside only lasts for a small time, but inner beauty lasts forever.


There are so many people out there in the world who struggle with their body image. Teens in school are incredibly mean to others who are insecure. In fact, the ones who are being mean are usually the ones who are insecure. They pick on people to make themselves feel better, and in turn they make that particular person more self-conscious about their own bodies.
"Let your beauty not be external – the braiding of hair and wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes – but the inner person of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight." 1Peter 3:3-4.


In the Bible God says in Genesis Chapter 1:
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good." 
Did you read the last line? "GOD SAW ALL THAT HE HAD MADE, AND IT WAS VERY GOOD." Now, God said what he had made was very good, which means we were purposely made the way we are. No matter how we look, God created is because He loves us and thinks we are beautiful the way we are--whether we are short, tall, fat, skinny, etc., that doesn't matter to God. You may not think yourself to be beautiful, but you are!
"Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
Psalm 139: 13-16: "For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them." 
Believe it or not, you're beautiful the way you are--fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of Christ!

The Deadly Root of Bitterness

January 12, 2010

I've been doing a lot of thinking about bitterness lately, so I did some digging into what the word bitterness means and what it can do to a Christian and their relationship with God, friends, and family.


Did you know that bitterness is one of the most devastating mental problems in a person’s life, especially for a Christian? When we, as Christians, are bitter we loose the close fellowship with Christ and thwart our relationship with the Lord. Bitterness makes us ineffective for Christ, causing the blessings that Christ wishes to bestow on us to dwindle, such as the blessings of emotional stability, peace, and joy. A devastating mental attitude of sin, bitterness triggers a broad range of other sins, like: hatred, cruelty, antagonism, self-pity, jealousy, implacability, vengeful desires and arrogance.


When we are bitter we open the doors to the enemy! Allowing yourself to become bitter with unfortunate circumstances—big or small—is like consciously allowing the Devil control your life. When you let bitterness consume you, it will begin to affect everything around you. Think of bitterness like a vine with deep roots. You’ve got to catch the growth of that vine as soon as you can before it covers everything and its roots become too deep! Don’t let bitterness cover up your effectiveness for Christ.

"See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many." Hebrews 12:15
The effects that bitterness has on a person is immense, not only does is hurt us spiritually, cause us to loose sight of the Lord and cause us to make irrational decisions, but it also has an affect on our health. When we refuse to forgive the ones who have hurt us deeply, whether it is friends, strangers, or family, we are most likely the ones who will pay most dearly for the bitterness we are harboring. Anxiety attacks, heart palpitations, etc., can be a mild result of a health issue that may occur. It is best to avoid these common health issues and other underlying issues by learning to slow down, forgive, and find peace in the Lord. Being bitter about hard and seemingly hopeless trials Christ sends our way only diminishes the truly wonderful spiritual bond between you and God.
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." James 1:2-4
God send us trials to produce endurance! How amazing. Endurance keeps us strong, agile and trusting in Gods ability to do all things. God has given us the gift of grace—a gift that continues to abound in and through us. Forgiving and surrendering is such a hard task to accomplish without the Lord guiding our heart and soul, so if you ever feel the deep, enchanting power of bitterness overcome you, remember that God is always there to help you through the tough trials that he has places upon you. We can overcome bitterness because when we overcome bitterness, the reward is the joy of fellowship with our Lord Jesus.

Songs of Praise

January 10, 2010

"This One's With Me" by NewSong

This song! I love it more every time I hear it. I think that the first part of the song is telling us that we are unworthy, undeserving to be let into heaven, and I think--God could never accept a sinner like me! It's very true that we are not deserving of God's love. Yet no matter what we do, we can never loose that awesome abinding love!

To me this song sends a message of no matter how much of a sinner we are, how lowly, incompetent and undeserving a --we have been accepted. I will follow the Lord Almighty though I do not know the way. Jesus came to earth to show us the way. To take us by the hand and to give us a second chance. We aren't alone, we aren't abandoned, but we are with God. We may be knocked down, but we are not knocked out!

Books I Am And Will Be Writing....

January 9, 2010





So, what do you think? Do any of these spark your imagination? Would they be something you'd pic up off of the shelf at the book store?

In Response to the Twilight Post...

January 4, 2010

I would like to mention that if you are a Twilight lover, the post below was not meant to insult you...but I can understand you taking offense with how I present my views. Please understand that the post represents my point of view on the subject of Twilight.
Anonymous: I thank you for reading this post. I understand your questioning on whether my review on this book is viable. I understand that while not reading the book or the movie, I in your opinion, cannot form a good viewpoint of Twilight.

However, you cannot fully judge this post, especially when you do not know the story as to how I came to form the beliefs that I have expressed in the last post. I did not decide to sit down one day and write that post off the top of my head.


On the contrary. I did my research, went to viable resources...and I shall kindly include those for your reference. Trust me, I couldn't form such an opinion on this "touchy" subject were I not confident in my position that I firmly hold to.


And let us not bring the Chronicles of Narnia into this affair without sufficient proof that "things" in that movie can be used to fit Satan's purpose. I am not discrediting what you have to say, maybe it is true. But without facts, I cannot be subject to believe you, nor consider it a viable part of the debate.


May I remind you that you don't have to read a book or watch a movie to develop an opinion on something that conflicts with your beliefs. I must state that I only had a small part in writing this post. Indeed, it was pressed upon me with much urgency by my Lord to expose this book for what it truly is. (I know this sounds like religious craziness, but I hold firm to the fact that if there is something that the Lord wants to be exposed, he will use various people to carry out his will).


Therefore, I believe, based upon my morals and faith, that this post is viable. Isn't everything God does viable? Isn't everything he presses upon his servant's heart for a purpose and shouldn't be questioned?


I am not using this as a excuse to make this post seem viable. However, this is how this post came about. I only write posts when God leads me...this was one of those times. Again, I thank you for taking an interest in this post and taking the time to share your views on this subject.


Oldfashiondolls: Thanks for stopping by!! I agree with you totally. I must say that, Twilight does create a sort of fanciful thrill--even for me. When I see commercials, hear my friends talking about it, I do wish I could watch the movie and read the book.


There is something about the movie that makes a girl want to let go and be wild. But it's almost silly. I am not into "dark" fantasy either. It doesn't appeal to me and I do not think it is what God would want his Christian family to expose themselves to. Great comment! :)


Eldarwen: I know! I am appalled to think that so many teen-aged girls are getting sucked into Twilight. Its sad.


Emii: Don't worry about starting up any debate! I agree that Jacob is a lot better looking that Edward. He's too much of a sissy for my taste. It's funny how so many girls think Edward is "Hot"...I get a kick out if it every time I hear my friends say that about him....LOL!


Libby: I am so glad you stopped by! It is good to hear your side of the story, especially since you have read the books. Thank you!

Twilight



Twilight is a move with periods of gradual decline followed by full development, achievement, glory, etc. I have noticed that a lot of people are obsessed with Stephanie Meyers' Twilight series. I am sick of hearing and reading about the movie on reviews, commercials, the Internet, and from my own friends. I have to say, it honestly does not allure me.


From a Christian point of view, this movie is not one that I would— myself being a big romance fan—want to see. Twilight is a movie with forbidden love as the main theme.


From what I got out of the book and the reviews, the book and movie promote celibacy, which is obviously due to the nerve-racking tension between the two lead characters, and the whole good conquers evil thing.


The cons of the movie for Christians, is the whole immortal vampire thing, unlike other vampire movies, Twilight is more grounded in reality (if you can even say that!), but for me it is still an over-the-top, over-rated fictional romance movie about a vampire and a dumbstruck teen: Bella Swan.


Since vampires don't exist, it is only fantasy and I do not think that as Christians we should submerse ourselves in things that are immoral, Thessalonians 5:21-22 says to: 
"Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil."
I am not saying that fantasy in general is evil, but when it promotes demonic characters such as vampires and werewolves, then that’s where I draw the line.


The actual "BOOK" is not evil per-say. But the written material can be misleading and when taken out of context can, unintentionally aid Satan in his mission to twist and corrupt people's minds, and make them question their beliefs and faith. (I have seen this in my own friends.)


I would like to think Stephanie Meyers' purpose for writing this book was not to stir up evil, but it does allow Satan to have an advantage--it opens a door for him to be able to distort people's thinking and views.


There is a lot of insane stuff out there in the form of "literature" and I believe that we, as Christians, need to be cautious about what we read and let into our minds--our eyes are the windows to our soul.


God wants us to only partake in what is pure and holy. Philippians 4:8 says this: 
"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things." 
Therefor, what ever is not noble, pure, right, lovely, admirable shouldn't be the focal point of our lives.


Oddly enough, Meyers interjects her book with moral themes with which Christians resonate. The book deals with a whole lot of temptation and boundaries, which are relateable to the everyday life of a teen, yet the movie's love story is pretty much all about sexual attraction. It’s up to the teen and the parent whether or not this book is deemed appropriate.


I for one will not read this book or see the movie (that does not mean I do not have a right to give my opinion on this book/movie...because I do). However tempting it may be to give into my human desires and conform to the world, I will sustain from this want to see the movie and remain pure in mind, spirit and heart.

I Meant To Do This Yesterday

January 2, 2010

But it totally slipped by mind! I am so thrilled to be living another year for My Lord and that He gave me another year to experience His wonderful creation!

Just a little over five months ago, I started this blog with no real intentions or exasperation of ever doing much on it--maybe a little post here or there.


At first, the idea of blogging seemed crazy. I used to think that blogging was a waist of time and that all bloggers were a bunch of brainless weirdies.

Boy,was I wrong!

My conceptions have forever changed--a total transformation you might say. You, my dear friends are not what I have always thought bloggers were, you are kind, loving, inspiring, motivating, encouraging and really know how to let your love for Christ shine! You guys are such wonderful group of Christian girls-and guys! I have learned so much from you guys and I love you all! And I cannot wait to spend the New Year with you all.

In doing this blog, my hope is that, in some small way, this blog will be a little piece of inspiration to every girl and/or guy out there who is searching for someone to love them, understand them, pray for them, and be there for them--whether it is in flesh or in spirit. Just like you guys have done for me! Thank you.

This year, more than ever, I want my blog to reflect the love of Christ, and through it I want to, not only influence the online community, but be a light in a world that is lost and in need of so much hope and love.

Forever in Christ,
Emily

2010 is Here! Good Bye 2009 :(

January 1, 2010


2010 will by my first official year as a blogger. Yes, I know! I am excited. I have been doing a lot of thinking and have done some planning to make sure that this blog is a more effective place for teens to come and experience the love of Christ, feel at home, as well as get good advice and lots of love!

Life is going to be pretty hectic for me this year as I enter into the College scene. *wipes sweat of brow* However, I am going to still keep blogging as much as possible, but you will probably see less of me from now on. *Tears*
This is really tough for me, considering I have come to know you guys and consider you all to be good friends in Christ—and full of sisterly love of course!

So, you’re probably wondering what I plan on doing this New Year be have been so blessed with. I have been thinking heavily, I know you know this already, but I have really had to get organized and plan ahead. I have come up with several ideas to do for the upcoming blogging year and here’s what I have so far:


1) Media Review will encompass a Christian perspective on movies, books, music and TV shows, etc. Each category will be given the Small Town Girl seal of approval.
2) More Beautiful You Series based off of Johnny Diaz’s new album More Beautiful You.
3) Modest is Hottest Series because every girl needs to know the guidelines for dressing like a representative of Christ.
4) Praise Our King Series will go through different Christian songs and word them in such a way that truly embraces the wonderful message of that individual song. To put it in simpler terms...I will do a post about a song that I have heard, tell you a little bit about the song an its author/singer/band, and then give you the reason why I like this song so much and what it means to me.
5) Girl Talk is back up and running. I will be coming up with some new questions, so be ready with your answers.
6) Dear Bloggers will be like a journal or a Woman’s Day book, but not so planned out.
7) I Kiss Dating Goodbye Series is based off of Joshua Harris’s book. Though I am not dating, I am going to go through the many problems that we face in the dating scene as well as some of the good things that come from it. Note that this will be my viewpoint on this and will, with highest hopes, be understood and not taken lightly.
8) Quote It Series where I take a quote and expound on its meaning more in depth.
9) Brave Women in History will be where we take a look at the people around us—past and present—and discuss how and why they are the role models of today and yesterday. Some people will include: Abigail Adams, Amy Grant, Eleanor Roosevelt, Nicole Norman and many others.
10) Caption/Quote/Saying/Character Contests will include a monthly caption contest that will test your movie and book knowledge!

And as you all know, the series And the Bride Wore White will be finished up shortly. So that will conclude out Purity series for a while, until further notice. If you all have any further ideas, please feel free to make a comment and tell me what you’d like to see/read on this blog.
And if you would like to be a guest blogger, let me know as well!
I am hoping to have a news letter up shortly, but I am debating on whether or not it’s a good idea on a count that my dear friend Jessica.Mae already has that taken care of—I don’t want to steal her thunder.

I hope you all have had a blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year celebration!!!!
Have a Happy 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!