Happy Father’s Day

In honor of Father’s Day, I’m going to share ten things about my daddy.

1. He loves the Lord.
2. He is willing to let me stay up late to watch movies. Even though this doesn’t always work out (mom eventually wins), he’s still willing to let me.
3. He is supportive of my writing career.
4. He always wants to provide for our family.
5. His laugh makes any film better.
6. He is willing to spend hours helping edit my school projects (and yes, my teachers let me get help from others).
7. He listens to me.
8. He likes to do fun things with our family.
9. He is willing to read my stories.
10. He loves our family.
I’m so fortunate to have such an amazing daddy!! I love you.

Bible Verses for a Sound and Comforted Mind

I realize I’ve been absent from blogging a lot lately. I apologize, especially since I gave you all my schedule for blogging! This is due to a number of reasons, but I’ve been trying to focus a lot on the Lord and His truth lately, because I’ve been extremely fearful, anxious, and dubious about a lot of religious things. But God is ruler of all, and He has already won the battle! There are a few verses I’d like to share right now. They are special to me, and important in my recent life:

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7, (NIV).

 

“Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.” Philippians 4:8, (NIV).

(I didn’t realize that they were right next to each other until yesterday, whoops!

Also, Philippians 4:13, which is, “I can do all this through [H]im who gives me strength.” (NIV)

 

Apparently I really should’ve connected the dots!).

More Verses for Meditation:

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5, (NIV).

 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13, (NIV).

 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16, (ESV).

 

 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10, (ESV).

And etc, etc, etc! The Bible has so many comforting verses! The Bible is full of truth. It is 100% accurate, all the time.

“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17, (NIV).

 

This goes to show that if it’s written in the Bible, then it’s true. So that means, we need not fear! Trust in God above all else!

Five of my Favorite Books/Series

Hey everyone! I thought it would be good to write down five of my favorite books and series for you. In no particular order, here they are:

  1. The Bible. Okay, so maybe I will rank this first one…This book will have to be at the top. I’m still not the kind of person who is obsessed with reading the Bible constantly (though I’m coming to that point),  but I’m becoming more and more fond of it. And one day, I hope to be able to say that it’s my favorite book beyond a shadow of a doubt.
  2. The Edge on the Sword by Rebecca Tingle. It’s such a good book, and no one knows about it! I love medieval and European (not as much modern European) royalty, and I am very fond of Europe. This book fits my taste perfectly.
  3. The Lily Series by Nancy Rue. This series is fabulous! It took me forever to get my hands on all fourteen of the books, but I finally did it! It’s definitely worth reading. And yeah, maybe it’s a little too young for an “almost adult,” but I don’t care. I love them anyway.
  4. The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan. I am NOT a supporter of the direction he has gone with his writing, but the original five Percy Jackson books are good, pretty clean, and appropriate for the younger audiences. Well, just as long as they don’t start obsessing over it…
  5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Okay, so Alcott fashioned believable, relatable, and lovable characters in this novel. Her two sequels are okay (I’m still not done with Little Men), but Little Women is timeless.

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

This is another really good book I read in fifth or sixth grade.

 

It covers the story of Sylvia and Bonnie, and how they must escape from the clutches of Miss Slighcarp, the governess of Willoughby Chase, who is after something very dishonest. Sylvia and Bonnie get help from their loyal and helpful friend Simon, who was Bonnie’s friend when times were good.

It is a fairly short book, but it’s worth the read. It’s definitely for younger audiences, but that doesn’t mean older people can’t read it.

 

I would definitely recommend it to people who are interested in a good book to read.

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare is an entertaining book, perfect for the younger audiences.

Matt is a young boy who heads out in the wilderness with his father. They build a cabin. Matt is left behind while Father goes to fetch the rest of the family. Matt becomes friends with Attean, a Native American boy who helps Matt to learn about survival, and true friendship. When Matt’s family doesn’t return when he expects, he can’t be sure whether they ever will. Attean’s tribe decides to move, and Attean invites Matt to join them. Will he choose to leave and be guaranteed a family, or will he choose to keep waiting for his father and other family members to return?

Read the book to find out!
I first read the book in fifth or sixth grade. My youngest siblings recently read it for their English class, and the book is a favorite of our family. It does touch upon racism, but the character in question eventually learns his lesson. I would recommend this book for sure! It is a short book, but has a great storyline, full of adventure, excitement, and friendship.

Update

Hey everyone! After nine months of sporadic posting, I have decided to post every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday (Lord willing). A few bonus posts may appear here and there, but overall, my solid days are the ones listed above.

Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene

This post is about the main series, not any of the spin-offs.

When I was nine, I picked up my first Nancy Drew book. I instantly fell in love, and over the next couple of years, I read them all (I read them out of order but somehow I kept track mentally, so I guess I made it through them as I had thought). I was the family detective, and mysteries were definitely my “thing.” For my tenth birthday, I got my “detective kit” that I had wanted. Oh my, that was definitely a worthwhile gift. I can’t even tell you how much use I got out of it, but it definitely got used (a lot). I do recall getting scared from reading so many mysteries. My grandparent’s house comes from the nineteenth century, and when I would hear a noise, I’d get nervous. But overall, my childhood with Nancy Drew was extremely special. And, of course, I would reread some of them.

Nancy Drew is about an eighteen year old detective with a lot of wits. She somehow manages to solve over sixty mysteries when she is eighteen, and get kidnapped more times than is logical. But, to a little girl, it’s magical.

It’s definitely not a series for older kids. I occasionally pick one up from the library, but rarely get around to reading it. Once, a few years back I started reading one of them (I think it was The Flying Saucer Mystery) and I remember feeling as though it was too young for me. But, you still may see me with one here and there.

This is definitely one of those “child friendly” series from years ago. I would recommend it to any girl who can handle mysteries, ghosts, villains, etc. They are short and there are a lot of them. Definitely worth reading.  Continue reading

Five Writing Prompts

Writing prompts are one of the greatest writing inventions. They can spark a writer’s imagination, and become something impressive. One of my favorite works was sparked by a series of pictures. So, I’ve decided to list five writing prompts for you. And, as I’d love for others to do the same for me, I am going to stress this point. I give you personal permission to publish a story that comes out of these writing prompts. It must be original (of course) but you are more than welcome to use this attempt to spark your creativity.

  1. You have come to a special place in your neighborhood/town, and something isn’t right. You can’t pinpoint what it is, but something is very wrong.
  2. You suddenly feel a pinch when you are walking down the street. You turn around and it’s…
  3. You’re watching a movie with your very unemotional friend, and he/she suddenly gets emotional. Why?
  4. Out of the blue, you get sicker than ever before. Why? How do you treat this sickness if it’s treatable?
  5. If you overdo something, what happens?

 

Facebook Fast

I recently decided to take a Facebook fast. Even though I’m not on Facebook all day, every day, I still get on it more than I’d like. And it wastes time. A lot of time. What’s the point of reading thousands of useless memes and spending hours and hours fostering relationships with people that aren’t real? I am friends on Facebook with a lot of people from all walks of life. Some of them I don’t know very well, but Facebook makes me think I do. But these relationships aren’t real. Every “like” doesn’t get you closer to an actual, real life person!

Once, I made a friend. And we decided to become friends on Facebook. After the event we were doing together ended, we kept up on Facebook. We would private message each other and have good conversations. We saw each other at least once in nearly six months, but it took that long before our friendship really grew by multiple visits over another four months. When we became closer in person, we really got along. But, as our friendship was fostered, so was our communication through Facebook, texting, phone calls, etc. Instead of the times where I may go weeks without responding, we almost talked every day, if not every day. And this is no exaggeration. We talked all the time. And saw each other in person around once a week. But if I add up all the time that we spent talking through technology, it would most likely exceed the time that we actually spent in person.

Our friendship suffered extreme “bumps in the road,” and I wouldn’t doubt that a lot of the problem lies in the fact that we communicated so frequently through technology. I’m not saying that our friendship was bad; it was good, really good. The point I’m making here is that things didn’t always go smoothly between us, probably because we spent so much time without seeing each other’s facial expressions, hearing the tone of voice, etc. It’s so easy to take texts the wrong way, and it would have been smarter in the long run to invest more time in our in-person friendship.

This summer, I want to focus on the activities that mean the most to me: Bible study, God relationship-investing, reading, shorthand, guitar, and writing. Facebook would only hinder it, distract me, and keep me from what’s important. I am taking a break from Facebook so I hope we can spend some time in person soon.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8 (ESV)