Archive | December 2014

Merry Belated Christmas

Merry Belated Christmas (I hope that’s a thing…lolz)! Here is my gift to all you loyal readers…

P.S. I will be on New Years vacation, but don’t fret, I will update and share what I’ll be up to. 😀

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Dragons and Nazguls

Hello World!

Yes, I suppose I always begin my posts with the heading,”Hello World,” but it gives me a fresh start and enthusiasm to write for all you beloved readers. Anyhow, I was unsure of what to write about today and my mind seemed, well, sort of blank. I just sat there with an empty mind; brainstorming a good topic. Until – light bulb!

I got it seemed to pop into my head and I listened for what my brain had just thought up. Courage. Well, it’s worth a shot, but I’m not sure how I will blog about courage. We don’t fight dragons or face persecution everyday. But then I thought twice as my brain waited for an answer. I suppose we do fight our own dragons in every day situations. Not real dragons, of course, but spiritual ones perhaps even some that suck you dry (click here for that post)! I was pondering how I would explain this, but spiritual dragons can bring beauty (bare with me here, I am far from done). I mean, if we think about this, just for one moment, don’t bad situations turn into good? For example:

You have a fight with your mother and you stomp off and shut the door to your room (this is a dragon). You may not see it, but this “fight” is being used, by the Father, to strengthen you and your mom’s relationship. Let me explain how. You tell your mom how you feel,”You hurt my feelings,” and she tells you how much you hurt her. You say sorry and hug. You just found out what your mom is hurt by and you won’t do it again. Perfect example of dragons making beauty.

So, if you follow me (if you don’t read the story of Joseph in Genesis), I have another way that this example could’ve turned for the worst.

After you go to your room and shut the door, you decide to never speak to your mom and say to yourself,”No one understands me and boo hoo me.”

This is not having the courage to do what’s right and do what is in your own comfort zone (click here for that post). You just, as I like to say,”Slip on the Ring.” This saying of mine comes from one of my favorite parts in the Lord of the Rings. It’s the scene where Frodo “Slips on the Ring.” He is faced with a temptation to turn invisible because there are five ringwraiths all around him. He decides to go the easy way and slips on the ring. I won’t say what happens next in case you haven’t read the book (but if you have, see the you tube video below).

So, with that said, when you are faced with a challenge (it doesn’t have to be something huge), have courage and do what’s right. Christ did the hard thing. He came and died for you and me. He could have said,”Just forget it,” but he didn’t. He went the long way around and gave us life – eternal life to be exact.

So long,

Emily B. 🙂

P.S. This video always gives me the chills. You might want to have your parents see it first. But, it is a great scene 😀 .

 

Sucking Me Dry

Hello World!

Today I have made an amazing discovery. No, not a new species of tortoise or life on Mars, but a discovery of faith. As I sat in my over sized moon chair with my Bible open to Deuteronomy, I was a bit puzzled about what God could possibly be saying to me in this chapter of how The Lord wanted the Israelites to live when they arrived into their promised land. Until I read the last little part about eating blood (which is what the Lord didn’t want them to do). The verse said:

23 Only be sure that you do not eat the blood, for the blood is the life; you may not eat the life with the meat.24 You shall not eat it; you shall pour it on the earth like water.

– Deuteronomy 12:23-24 NKJV

What really struck me is that they were commanded not to eat the blood, because that was the “life.” Have you ever had an issue in your life that really sucks your life out? Like it just drank your blood. I know it sound like I’m talking strange vampire talk here, but this is serious. Have you ever had something that truly sucked your spiritual life dry? I have a few ideas for myself. Movies used to suck me dry. I would get so into them and feel dry; completely forgetting about My Father who really wanted my attention.

So how do I overcome my dry life? Like in real life, put lotion on it. I don’t mean real lotion, but spiritual lotion. Pray, read your Bible, journal, read a good book, watch a good movie, eat some good food, and find joy in all the blessings the Father blessed you with. My family really helps me overcome every problem I have ever had.

Being in the world we live in, everything we dwell on can suck us dry. Burdens we carry can suck us dry. Past events that haunt us can suck us dry. It reminds me of Frodo in the Lord of the Rings. He has The Ring to carry and destroy, but all along the way he is burdened and pursued by the Dark Lord’s servants. But, he had lotion just like we do. Sam was a loyal friend who was with him to the end (I won’t say how it ends in case you haven’t read the book 🙂 ) and was there for him even when Frodo ignored him – on account of Gollum.

We all have times when we need our family and friends to moisturize our dry life – even when we don’t acknowledge them and ignore them to the point of tears.

Christ came to set us free and when we fall into a dark hole and stay in our dryness, we really just ignore what Christ did for us! So, we say,”I’m going to get up and put some lotion on! I know that I am forgiven for whatever I let in that suck me dry.” Get up, seize your day, and live in the joy of the Lord. He wants you to have joy – that’s why he came for us. So we could live with Him forever and have abundant joy!

I hope you feel encouraged and live with amazing joy!

So long,

Emily 🙂

 

This entry was posted on December 13, 2014. 1 Comment

6 Things I Love About Christmas

My favorite time of the year is Christmas. All the family and friends, warm fires and cozy books. So, this morning I wanted to share six things that bring joy to me at Christmas time. Everyone has something to be thankful for at this time of year and something that brings one joy. I hope this post encourages you to get the most out of your Christmas season!


 

1. Snow

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Snowy days bring family and friends to celebrate the coziness of the season!

 

Everyone loves snow. Snow days provides closeness with family and friends! My family and I have a sledding hill on our property and the first thing we do when the blizzard lets up is hit the slopes! We also like building snowmen and my personal snowman mentor: Olaf.


 

2. Christmas Cookies

Christmas cookies

I can never seem to get enough of these…

The best way to brighten my day is with a delicious cookie. More specifically, a sugar cookie coated with multi-colored frosting and iced with perfection to accommodate the Christmas season. I love to be descriptive when it comes to food. After all, eating is another something that also brings me joy.


3. Decorating for Christmas

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Lights just have to go up…

During Christmas time, our tradition is to put up lights on Thanksgiving. So, our lights are already up, but when we drive by our home, the lights seem to say, “Come in! Come in! Warm hugs and hot chocolate available to weary souls.” I love lights. Can’t you tell?


4. Cinnamon Rolls

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Save me a roll!

Every Christmas morning, I wake up to the fresh smell of my mother’s favorite tradition: Homemade Cinnamon Rolls. See, my mom is no Santa Clause. Everyone gets rolls for breakfast whether they’ve been naughty or nice (fortunately, I’ve been a good enough girl this year to get my cinnamon roll and some presents 🙂 ). Mom’s rolls always, guaranteed, for sure give me great joy.


5. Christmas Carols

Our generation has created a more modern Christmas carol, but my little sister is a huge Bing Crosby fan. Hearing awesome Christmas music is just another way to usher in the gift of Christmas. We all know it’s there, but the carols just seem to bring in a bigger feeling of Christmas really is coming (my Christmas present to all you dear readers is a classic carol I am learning to play on the piano! It should be ready by the 25th. :))


 

6. Jesus

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Jesus is the reason for the season…

During the loud, busy, Christmas rush, we forget to hold on to why we celebrate Christmas. Why we have the Silent Night. Our ultimate gift is salvation. His love for you and me. Thank you, Jesus for coming to our world and saving us. Remember Him this Christmas and why He came.

Merry Christmas,

Emily 🙂

Plans to Prosper

Hello world!

Today I woke up not really smiling as I would like to say, but I can’t complain. My little sister picks a new alarm tone every night on our family iPad to use so I can wake up peacefully to sweet sounds. As I get into the shower I remember to smile and be grateful for my new day. I try to have a great attitude, but my heart screams,”I want to sleep some more and not wake up for a long time.”

I wearily step out of the bathroom fresh and ready for the day to begin. Although, I’m still tired and a little moody from wake up. I plunk down in my cozy over sized lime green moon chair and get out my Bible to hear what the Father has to say. I start in Numbers chapter 11, not what I was expecting, but I didn’t know that this would fit me perfectly.

1 Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when he heard them his anger was aroused.  The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!” 

10 Moses heard the people of every family wailing at the entrance to their tents. The Lord became exceedingly angry, and Moses was troubled. 11 He asked the Lord, “Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? 12 Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their ancestors? 13 Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ 14 I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me. 15 If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin.”

– Numbers 11:1, 4-6, 10-15 NIV

Well, apparently I am not the only one who likes to really give God a hard time.

When the Israelite company was traveling in the desert and needed food, the Lord gave them manna. Could you imagine that if you were a homeless person, and God sent food from the sky to satisfy you? In heaven, everything is perfect, so this manna must have been one of the healthiest things for you! The Bible says it was like a pastry prepared with oil. That sounds yummy.

It seems impossible for the Children of Israel to complain about manna of all things! But, don’t we complain for the dumbest reasons, too? “Awww! I can’t watch that?” or “Why does she get to go?” “I can’t believe I have to wake up early.” “Do I have to take a shower?” See what I mean?

Our world really is fallen if a 12 year old girl complains about getting clean.I’m sure a child who lives in the slums in India would love a shower any day! Or a little boy in Sudan would love to read the Bible – if he had one. We are truly privileged to live where we do and to complain against all God has done for us is totally ungrateful. To be grateful is to let Jesus know that you appreciate Him. To complain is like a slap in the face. My mother says that even complaining about my looks tells The Father that He messed up. The creator of heaven and earth made everything, so don’t you think He knows something about giving you a blessed life?

Our Father in Heaven loves us so much that He died for you and me on a cross. He took it for us. He could have said,”forget it,” but He said,”No. I have to do it for Emily, because I love her.” Instead of my name, put yours (personalizing makes the Father’s love much clearer)! That’s how much He loves you. May you have a blessed day and remember that he wants the absolute best for you! When things don’t go right, just remember that He has a plan!

So long,

Emily 🙂

P.S. Here’s a verse to encourage you today! Jeremiah 29:11 – “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.”

P.P.S My dad couldn’t find the follow button on my blog, so, if you want to follow me but can’t find the button, it’s on the bottom right hand corner! 🙂

Step Out

I love comfort. I love being comforted by my family. I love comforting other people. I love to eat comfort food. I thoroughly enjoy my comfort zone and my personality rarely cares to step outside it. As a young girl growing up in this fallen world, the only way to “survive” is to stay in my comfy little bubble and stay hidden from everyone else. I’ve been sick the past few weeks, so it forced me to be very lazy and just plain,”I don’t want to do anything but watch movies, eat food, and stay in my cozy little pajamas all day long.” So I did. Now, I am pretty sick of movies, food, and especially hot tea. However, the attitude of “I am comfortable and don’t want to do anything” has kind of stuck with me over the last few days I’ve been healthy. The world has missed Emily’s bright eyes and cheery attitude since I’ve been lazy. How many times have I told myself, “Get up, you could be doing something productive to help someone!” But, I’ve kept myself in it’s little bubble and have stayed there.

As I read my Bible this morning, The Father convinced me of my laziness. I am currently reading Deuteronomy, and the Children of Israel are stuck in the desert. The Father tells them they will fight and they will conquer when they get into the land which was promised. Notice the will. Jesus demands us to be productive. Just like the Israelites are not warriors and don’t fight, they still have to fight because the Lord told them to. The Father tells me,”Emily, get up and go help _______.” “But I don’t want to, Lord.” But it doesn’t matter what I want or not. I do what the Father tells me no matter what. (I challenged myself this morning to do something insanely out of my comfort zone. Don’t ask me what, I’m not sure what I’ll do or how I’ll do it :)) Getting out of my comfort zone means to do hard things (I heartily recommend the book Do Hard Things by the Harris brothers…really encouraged me to be a hard working teen) and work hard to reach my goals. The Father has put so many opportunities in my way to excel and glorify his Kingdom. Today, I encourage you to do something insanely out of your comfort zone…Our Father God will clear the way for us to get there! Go out and do hard things!

So long,

Emily 🙂

P.S. Remember all the impacts of the great examples who stepped out:

Moses: He was just a man who led Israel out of Egypt

Ruth: Followed Naomi into an unknown land – she became an ancestor of the Messiah

Jonah: Stepped out of his comfort zone (after lots of back talk) and told the blood thirsty Assyrians about the Father.

Bilbo Baggins: Left his comfy hobbit hole and helped the dwarves get back their homeland

Jesus: Left heaven and came to wicked Earth and saved all of us wicked people!

Gladys Aylward: Left her life to minister to the people of China

Frodo Baggins: Left his Shire home and saved Middle Earth after destroying the Ring (Oops! Did I say that out loud?)

Peter, Susan, Edmond, and Lucy: Stepped out of their bubbles and became Kings and Queens and saved Narnia

 

 

This entry was posted on December 8, 2014. 2 Comments