Archive | November 2015

The Good Frown

I unfolded my little purple Barbie scooter and set it on the ground. The little 7 year old me loved scootering on the beach path in California. One of my friends decided to join me one day and I noticed she was loaded with armor – a helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads! She looked at my bare arms, knees, and head, and said with shock,”You don’t wear knee pads when you scooter? No helmet? No elbow pads?” Not knowing safety gear was even a “thing” for scootering, I answered, “No, I don’t.” As soon as the words slid out of my mouth, the girls’ eyes grew round like saucer plates. “You don’t wear knee pads when you scooter?” she asked the question again – dismayed. I seemed flabbergasted myself, since I had never worn them on a casual scooter outing on the beach path. Hesitatingly, I answered,”No. I never have.” Her eyes grew even larger and said,” What if you fell?” I thought about the possibilities if I fell and suddenly I felt differently about hopping on the L shaped beast. When I finally did, I skated slower than normal due to the fear of “what if she’s right? what if I fall and get raspberries on my elbows, knees, and crack open my head on the concrete?” I didn’t actually fall that day, but I felt less than confident even with my 8 months of scooter expertise.

I eventually grew out of riding scooters and beach cruisers and fell in love with riding dirt bikes and horses. You either go city or go country. I chose the latter. Observe:

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During my life everyday, I face people who don’t always agree with my ways that the Lord has instructed me in. It’s difficult to hear their feelings about issues and I sometimes feel inferior. As you know, I’ve lately been reading a book in the Bible known as Job. Today I read about Job’s response to his less than comforting friends. He tells them:
 

What you know, I also know;
    I am not inferior to you.
But I would speak to the Almighty,
    and I desire to argue my case with God.
As for you, you whitewash with lies;
    worthless physicians are you all.
Oh that you would keep silent,
    and it would be your wisdom!
Hear now my argument
    and listen to the pleadings of my lips.
Will you speak falsely for God
    and speak deceitfully for him?
Will you show partiality toward him?
    Will you plead the case for God?
Will it be well with you when he searches you out?
    Or can you deceive him, as one deceives a man?
10 He will surely rebuke you
    if in secret you show partiality.

-Job 13:2-10

Sometimes it’s difficult and belittling when we hear what some of our friends or family think of some of our ideas or ways. Job heard the exact same from his friends. The friend that spoke to him before this passage basically told him that he was horrid, sinful, and needed to get right with God. I love the way Job responds to all three of his friends however. He tells them that he is not inferior to them nor are they to him. Job doesn’t give in. He knows what God thinks of him and that’s all that seems to matter. He never sank into a hole and said,”Oh, you’re right, Zophar. I have sinned and I am screwed up and horrid.” His friends put him down and probably made him feel like a grain of dust. But he knew what God thought of him and how his Father viewed him.

Even when others may lower us, we still find joy in the standards the Christ has set for us. That’s the only thing that matters. Humans have such high expectations, that when we try to do everything to make others happy, we always burn out. It’s when we want what Christ has set up for us that we succeed. He never bends or pushes us hard that we break.

    “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”

 -Matthew 11:30

We may never agree with our peeps (lolz, Tina) and they may never agree with us, but we know that the only one we must please is already pleased with us. It brings me such joy to know that I have already made a smile form on my Savior’s face even if there is a frown of scorn on my neighbor’s.

Auf Wiedersehen! (Goodbye in German)

Emily 😛

P.S. Don’t think I’m saying making people happy is bad. I can’t wait to surprise everyone with gifts this Christmas!!!! All I mean is if something Christ has told you is making your peeps mad, it only matters what Christ thinks – and He’s already smiling on you.

The Beauty of Algebra and the Exquisiteness of Indirect Objects

Hello, world!

It’s been a while since my last post so please forgive me for silence :P.

Life has been well lately. School has consisted of extensive portions of algebra, technology and fulcrums in science, and indirect objects which really confuse me in language. I always dreamed of the day I could say,”I’m in high school”, and now it seems like the spirit of education itself has cracked down on me. During the days, I sometimes just want to go and take the longest nap in the world and cease to look upon 3x’s and 9b’s. If you take my meaning. In the midst of my “troubles”, I read something in my daily reading this morning that thoroughly encouraged me and I found it worthy of sharing for all of you fellow 9th graders (and everyone else who reads this blog :P)

I haven’t exactly read the most encouraging things in my daily Bible study, because I’ve been stuck in a book called Job. It’s been pretty difficult so far (i’m only on chapter nine 0_O). Even though Job’s pleads and cries are snuffed out by his less than helpful friends, he is persistent and wants nothing but to honor God in his less then admirable life.

Although the book of Job is full of laments and cries for help, there are tons of little spiritual truths that I’ve pulled out – which is why I’m writing this post.

I noticed this morning that after a scolding from his friend Eliphaz, he praises God and magnifies his name in the midst of his despair. Observe:

He is wise in heart and mighty in strength
    —who has hardened himself against him, and succeeded?—
he who removes mountains, and they know it not,
    when he overturns them in his anger,
who shakes the earth out of its place,
    and its pillars tremble;
who commands the sun, and it does not rise;
    who seals up the stars;
who alone stretched out the heavens
    and trampled the waves of the sea;
who made the Bear and Orion,
    the Pleiades and the chambers of the south;
10 who does great things beyond searching out,
    and marvelous things beyond number.
11 Behold, he passes by me, and I see him not;
    he moves on, but I do not perceive him.
12 Behold, he snatches away; who can turn him back?
    Who will say to him, ‘What are you doing?’

Job 9:4-12

We see Job: a man of suffering, loss, and poor choosing of friends. He has the worst possible life anyone could ever imagine; which in today’s culture would probably result in suicide. Even Job’s wife told him to curse God and die (Job 2:9)! In the midst of the trouble and hopelessness, Job praised God! He expresses his feelings to God, asking Him why, he praises God, and he thanks God in the core of all his anguish!

A few months ago I was tried heavily  and almost everyday I shed tears. I threw myself upon my bed and cried until I could cry no more. I didn’t find any relief for my bitterness and sorrow until I entered my prayer room. The lights shone and the pillow beckoned for my presence, so I sat. I opened my Bible and read, I opened my journal and wrote. And after a while, my tears dried and my heart warmed with His presence again. O the joy that filled (and still fills my heart).

What God truly showed me through Job and my trying times, is that when I am a nervous wreck, I simply must always look to God. Not anger, or self abuse, nor pornography or drugs, alcohol, food (although delicious :P), or things – the list goes on and on. Only Christ. Does marijuana deserve praise after a week of smoking and you look lifeless like a dead man walking? Does alcohol deserve praise after a night of heavy drinking and the result of fatal injuries due to a car crash? No. Do we praise Christ after on minute spent with Him in His presence full of encouraging verses and a Spirit of Him that comes with us all day? Yes. When Job was lifeless, he looked to God. Even when his friends told him he was screwed up, he knew what God thought about him and he knew that God had not forsaken him even though everything seemed ruined. He praised, thanked, and cried out to God even in the darkest times.

My mouth has gotten me no where lately. I get angry at myself for spitting out brash language. I feel like I’ll never get over it, but I will. I praise God for putting me through this because it will refine me into a young lady of graceful language. He’s going to make me even better than I was before.

Well, I must remember these things when I come across problems like: 3b+6p+pi4p-9a(4p x 5v)

Until we meet again dear readers! Be encouraged and don’t let anything get you down. We have the God of gods on our side to hear us and act upon our cries.

             What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

                                                                                        -Romans 8:31

Adios,

Emily 🙂

P.S. I finished my Tauriel cosplay, but I also finished an Arwen cosplay for my sister and an Eowyn cosplay! Photoshoots and tutorials should be coming out soon – photoshoots a lot later (we just got 2 feet of snow here in colorful Colorado and I don’t think it snows in Mirkwood, Rivendell, or Rohan/Gondor :P). Here’s some pics (they were taken before the blizzard):

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Tauriel (moi) and her horse

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My sister Ally wearing the Arwen Blood Red Cosplay I made

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Me in the Eowyn Shield maiden cosplay

Lord-willing my next project will be a {Fem} Legolas!! Eek! 🙂

 

The Example In Christ and Esther’s Cousin

Hello, world!

I actually noticed today that when I say “hello world” at the beginning of every post, I’m not saying it to the world. Just a few followers (6) and a couple friends who view it now and then. But, listen up you 6+ people! I have a message today that should be for the whole world…if only UN could put it on their Facebook (do they even have one?) for all the nations to see :P.

I am in the book of Esther this month (I started from Genesis about this time last year…O_0) and I have to say that it is my most favorite book in the Bible. Hearing about a girl with the courage of a lion; she was probably a teenager when she was taken to the king. Although the book is titled Esther and focuses mostly on her actions, the author seems to forget to mention the other hero who is clearly an unsung one. Esther’s cousin who adopted her: Mordecai.

Mordecai was brave and dared to be different. He boldly disobeyed the king’s command to bow down to Haman and pay homage to him when all the other king’s officials went right along with what he was doing.

It’s kind of like everyday situations where everyone does one thing and you choose to do what no one else does. That’s the “revolutionary” message I have declared to you today.

But I’m not done.

Yesterday I had the bestest time with some girls in my HOME 13+ group and we made pumpkin pies together! It was the funnest time I’ve had with these awesome friends.

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Although these girls and I have lots in common and have such fun together, we all have our differences. Some of us like Agents of Shield, while others (including me) are more into Doctor Who. I like Star Wars but some girls are more Star Trek.  We all have our differences and we dare to be different and stay true to the qualities Christ put in us.

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As I grow more and more into a young lady (14 in February eek), my life comes to turning points and choices are made. The culture says that during your teen years you have to “live it up” and “party before you’re old.” To seize my teen years is one of the best things Christ would want. Millions of girls fall into temptation and break their purity before marriage. Abortions are performed, drugs are smoked, alcohol is drunk, and life is painful. Why do these things happen to so many teens? Because they go with the culture. It’s what everyone does is what I hear and say at times to my parents. We were called to be different. If we just followed the crowd and did what everyone else does, what point would we be proving for Christ? What purpose? If Christians are just like everyone else, then are we really set apart?

All the nations in the world borrow at least once in their existence. Except Israel. Israel is different because God told them not to borrow money but to lend it. Thus, Israel is one of the rare nations that’s not in debt trillions of dollars. People live disgusting lifestyles and I choose not to because Christ has called us not to. So I pray to the Holy Spirit for the guidance I need to resist temptations and sin.

See now why it’s revolutionary? I believe that Christ has set us apart so we can serve him and be like him. He is our example. Would Jesus smoke? Would Jesus do drugs? Would Jesus cut himself due to anger? I think not. I must admit I have been tempted to rip into myself after a huge mistake.

It takes courage to be different. It takes bravery to be different. It’s tough, but it’s worth it.

That is my message today. Don’t bow down to the Haman of your life. Dare to be different! Dare to live for Christ. Dare to be set apart.

All for now,

Emily 😛

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