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In the art world, there are no mistakes.

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As my mom and I were walking into Meijer last week, I stumbled upon this flower, and, because of my amazement for biology and all that is incorporated with that, I got more excited than the average person would.

Like this flower --no, we are not born with two heads--, we all as human beings have our flaws. Whether it's physical, mental, emotional, or psychological, we ought to know that we are not, and never will be, perfect in the eyes of society because of the Fall. We will never reach the way that humans were in the Garden of Eden until Jesus returns. Although this may be the case, we don't need to be down because we have two heads (metaphorically, I hope...) like this flower.

God created us in His image, so we should praise Him for every aspect that we are. He has a purpose for every part of us, and if we were to negate ourselves by pointing out every flaw and say that we weren't good enough, we wouldn't only hurt ourselves but God as well because we would be do…

Yippeeeeee!!!! School's out! Now what?

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Last year, I graduated from high school. Yesterday, the class of 2013 from my high school graduated. It's such a great accomplishment to say that you've graduated from high school. All of the high school drama is gone (trust me, there's drama in college. You can't really run away from drama...), no more crazy teachers (you get a few of those in college, too), and you get the chance to leave home and stretch out your wings that you have been waiting to try out. For some, it's a great celebration. For others, it's the root of anxiety, fear, and confusion. It's tough to choose where you want to go with the next chapter of the rest of your life, but there's nothing to fret about. Sure, there are issues with finances, but if God wants you there, He can make miracles happen.

For me, it was easy to figure out what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go. Since seventh grade, I wanted to be a biology major, and when it came to where I wanted to go to school, …

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"[A]nd call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me." --Psalm 50:15.

"[B]ut God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!" --Psalm 66:19-20.

If you don't know this already, prayer isextremely powerful. Prayer, as I have noticed, is something that people underestimate which is a very sad fact. When we pray, we are talking to God, the High King of Heaven. With God, all things are possible, so when we are wanting something, we can simply ask Him and we get it, right? Not at all. God is not a genie in a bottle that grants us anything that we want.

We may ask for something, but God knows what is best for us, and it might not be the same as what we want. It may be difficult, but we need to be patient and trust that God will provide for us through whatever comes our way. Jesus proclaims, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass …

"Be My hands and feet."

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On a serious note, I was blessed to attend church on Sunday (5-26), and there was a missionary family that visited to talk about their work that they had been doing in Thailand. It's so amazing to hear how God is working through people in many different ways in different places. I've always wanted to go on a mission trip, but I never got the chance to. For a little while, I thought God was calling me to do mission work because of crazy coincidences: the message of World Mission continued to follow me wherever I went. I began to feel discouraged because of the fact that I couldn't. Was I not good enough as a Christian because I couldn't take advantage of the opportunity through my church to get out of my comfort zone and serve?

This thought process confirmed the fact that I have a LOT more room to grow in my faith. As I was preparing to go to college, I was required to write a type of testimony, incorporating ideas that Donald Miller wrote in his book A Million Miles …

More of my family. :)

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I thought I'd have a little "about me" moment:

The following are parts of my family that I love so very much. They get on my nerves at times, but they're my little brats. What can you do?


This is usually what our kitchen looks like: Shih Tzus sprawled across the floor, being lazy bums. On the left is our Salty (Grandpa named her, intentionally trying to make her sound like a sailor). On the right, then, with the cute little red shirt, is our fuzzy Bubbles (Parker named her when she was four. You can't reject a name idea from a four-year-old!).
Out on the farm, if you can call a 1.1 acre lot a farm (there's a barn there; it counts!), there is my baby Valentino. Her daddy Snickers (RIP) was a Dutch rabbit while her mom Bubbles was a wild rabbit and went AWOL when Valley and her siblings were babies. As her name doesn't suggest, she was NOT born on Valentine's day. She was actually born on April 2, 2009, so she just celebrated her fifth birthday this yea…

Innocence is so beautiful!

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"Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." --1 Timothy 4:12.



While talking to my sisters Parker (7) and Charly (6) before saying prayers before bed, the conversation went from wondering if there's life on other planets to how old the Earth is and what God created. I automatically went to Genesis in my head because it's something that's drilled into our skulls as children: "God created the heavens and the earth... He created every living being and even made us in His image..." What's sad about this repetition is that we don't realize how powerful that statement is. God created the heavens and the earth, a statement that made Charly say, "Whaaatt!?" Yes, that is the response we ought to have.

Thinking about creation, it's so amazing to think that we have the privilege of having a relationship with such a powerful God. The f…

Actions speak MUCH LOUDER than words ever could.

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Love your blood! ...metaphorically speaking...

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Reading Isaiah today, one of the notes in the margin of my study Bible referred to visions, wondering if visions were still being shared to people in the twenty-first century. It got me thinking to a daydream I had (as I was cleaning my room) last year:
I was cleaning my room and could hear my sister come into the doorway. Without turning around, I told her to go away and leave me alone, but when I turned around, it wasn't my sister but Jesus Christ standing in the doorway. "Why would you talk to your sister like that? What you do to others, you also do unto Me."  The last thing that was said reminds me of Jesus' words in Matthew 25:
"... 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me'" (vv. 40).  I don't know about the rest of you, but this is a sort of stinging slap in the face for me. I know I'm not a perfect oldest sister. I may not be the best role model in the world. I m…

Where's God when I'm s-s-s-s-scared?

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This came to mind when I, believe it or not, thought about changing my cover photo on Facebook. Allow me to elaborate on my thought process because I'm one of those people whose minds can create connections with the strangest of things:

1. The picture to the left is my cover photo, courtesy of JCLU Forever;

2. Something smaller reminded me of "faith as small as a mustard seed," which reminded me of...

3. My note that I made on a verse that I had read a while back. What are we to do when we are afraid? God calls us to "be strong and VERY courageous," and there's always the commonly known verse: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:7; 1:9). Okay, it says to be strong and courageous, but what else is there? I don't think we are meant to hide under the covers because of Franken-Celery (yes, I made a connection to Veggie Ta…

49386564920756583984 time's the charm.

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"'Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow road that leads to life, and only a few find it.'" --Matthew 7:13-14.

Thanks to the YouVersion Bible app that I have been allowed to download on my Android, I get daily Bible verses that encourage me whenever I see my home page. What's really interesting, however, is all of the detail that I miss when I do my daily Bible reading. I have read through the entire Bible once in six months (it was my New Year's Resolution last year to read the Bible in the year, but.... yeah, my math hiccupped), and I am currently working on reading through the entire Bible again this year. Today's verse is Proverbs 21:2 and, having read through Proverbs semi-recently (around last week), it was surprising that I completely read over this verse without it registering through my brain that I was reading it and the mes…

Happy Memorial Day!

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To those of you who have served in the United States Marines/Navy/Army/Etc., I personally would like to thank you for all that you have done. You have stood in the battle lines to keep your country safe. You were willing to take a bullet for people you will most likely never meet in your lives. God bless you on this Memorial day. I'm so grateful for the free country I live in that you fought for in your time.

To those of you who are family members of those who are in active duty, thank you for being a constant support to our troops. You have helped to bring them into who and where they are today. Although it is hard at times, I pray today that God grants you peace. Your soldier is under God's constant protection.

To those of you who are family members of those who have passed away during active duty, I am so sorry for your loss. I will certainly be praying for you today. Death is not something that God intended when He created the world, but He has control on it since He sent…

To an extent, earthly possessions are good...

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“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things,” said Apostle Paul to the Colossians (3:2). This verse is one of the very many that we easily memorize because of Sunday school jingles or some other memory tactic, but what does it mean to us as modern-day Christians? Are we to set aside all earthly things that we possess to please God? Are we bound, because of our faith, to become hermits? We, as a Body of Christ, should take full advantage of the beautiful creation that God has given us to flourish in, but it should not be any more than that. Everyday things that we use to live should stay as “things,” and nothing more. As adolescents, we are prone to set our happiness on temporary things, such as significant others, social networking sites, reading, eating, sleeping, and listening to music; the list goes on. As long as our happiness is based on temporary things, our happiness is only temporary. We wish that the things in our lives give us never-ending happiness, but they aren…

Where's Prince Charming when I need him?

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 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." --Matthew 6:34.

"That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day." --2 Timothy 1:12.

"Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly." --Proverbs 14:29.



For the past couple of days, I have been thinking about marriage. No, I'm not planning on eloping anytime soon, but I'm kind of excited about the idea of getting married. Who wouldn't be excited about the idea of meeting the love of their lives and later promising before God that, no matter what happens, they will stick together until death? One of the problems that seems to burden my heart, however, is that with all of the happiness that I dream, there is the fact of reality: I have been single …

Community

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"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many." --1 Corinthans 12:12-14.




Community: according to Merriam-Webster, community is a unified body of individuals sharing common interests, linked together by common policy. It also mentions the fact that there are “various kinds of individuals.” A Christian can never walk alone. Sure, there will come a time where a believer will be in a sea of non-believers, but there is always a base camp to lean on. The Lord calls us as believers to go and make disciples of all nations. We, as human beings, are wired to be social. Without a community to surround ourselves with, an encouraging body of Christ, how will we be built up when we fall? God is there for us ALWAYS, and He provides …

Introduction

Now that the elementary shinanigans are out of the way, I'm going to introduce one of the main topics that I am going to cover in all the random fluff that I post. I'm going to start with what was actually inspired by my grandpa and one of my good friends from college. Maybe God stirred up the idea in my heart as well. I am going to take Scripture and write what I think about it. The problem with that idea is that, because my experiences affect the way that I interpret the Word of God (Hey! I actually learned something in my Bible classes. Yay me!), I might be a little off. It's easy to take God's Word out of context and completely skew it, but that is not my intention at all. I'm only wanting to share the gospel among the people in the worldwide web and possibly --hopefully-- start some conversations that could cause us to think about what God is trying to teach us in certain passages.

For the next few days, I am going to post my blog passages that I actually gav…

Here Goes Nothing! =D

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Okay, so I'm going to try a little bit of everything just to see if I can get a hang of what this site has to offer. The description of Blogger (yes, before I agreed to signing up, I was a bit wary, so I read everything that the site had in regards to safety, privacy, and all that. One can never be too careful nowadays) said that the set-up was pretty user-friendly, but is it ME-friendly? I mean, I'm not completely ignorant of what technology has to offer, but I'm not the next Mark Zuckerberg...

Alright.. so I apparently can post links on my blogs? Let's see how this works. There is a "Post Settings" list on the side, and one of them says permalink, but then there's a Link option directly above where I'm typing. I'm going to try linking you all to my family's business:

http://shihtzusby9.com

Well, that's nifty!! When you click on Link, it pops open a window and does the link for you. I wonder if you can do it for yourself. You know... just…