A New January Holiday(EC)
January 29, 2004 is National Set-Someone-Up-On-A- Blind-Date-Day. I don’t really have any substantial reasoning behind it, other then the fact that I have always wanted to go on one. I honestly don’t know why, but it is one of those things. So it is becoming a new holiday! I think our English teachers are reaching into the creative aspects of their minds, and it is stretching mine. So now, I have to write 50 some more words on why this should be a new holiday. Maybe I’ll try my hand at being match-maker-although I don’t know who I would I set up. Most of my friends probably wouldn’t even go, and most of us all know the same people anyways. Wow-I am really liking this holiday! I think I should write to the national holiday place and request it..or maybe not! anyways-enjoy this holiday, even if all you do is read my blog!
I Can Still Hear..
Wow, this one took a bit more thinking…but I think I have some up with something. I can still hear those glorious words-you don’t have to tuck your shirts in. I know, for most people that seems like a relatively small thing and probably is not even an issue. But when you go to a Christian school with a dress code..those words are treasures. Ever since I have come in 7th grade..it has been a never-ending switch-you have to tuck your shirts in, you don’t have to tuck your shirts in. It makes buying clothes difficult at times. For the most part I don’t mind our dress code..but I hated that rule. Shirts are just not made to look right tucked in. So every year I’ve gone to retreat-I wait for those words. The past two years-they have been the normal, and I am so thankful. I always get mixed feelings inside when they tell us we need to have a dress code talk..I am always afraid those dreadful words might come-you have to tuck your shirts in. But for now..they are not on the horizon and I am enjoying the freedom of wearing my shirts the way they were meant to be! I am so thankful for my school and the administrators..for although they set rules, they also relax in certain areas and reward us when they see we are doing well. Go FCS!
What I have learned in Chapel This week?
My word..how do I begin! I have learned so much it’s crazy! God has convicted and challenged me with every single message. His take on the story of the Prodigal son was very challenging. Although I don’t fit into the prodigal son category, I, more often then I care to admit, fit into the category of the other brother. God has been teaching me a lot lately about forgivness and being willing to admit my wrongs. He has also showed how much I need to have a teachable, willing spirit. I have had some rough times lately, and I realized this week that they were all my own doing. I had stopped trusting God’s plan, and thought I had a better one. I was so wrong, and this past week God has showed me that. I have also been convicted on my daily walk. It is so easy to go through the motions, and not be real. But God has shown me how much He desires a deep, open relationship and how much He loves me. I have learned the seriousness of my sin-my complaining, gossiping, or the other things that in my own mind I think of as little. God abhors all of them.
I also needed to hear today’s message. I am thankful between some awesome friends and my parents and my God, I have been able to stay on the right path..but it is not easy. I have so much enjoyed listening to Pastor Morris..He opened my eyes and forced me to look at things in a new and different way..and in a very convicting way. I learned so much, and am continuing to learn. I’m so glad we serve a God that gives second chances..and third and fourth and so on.. He is AWESOME!!
I just had a nice long post typed out, but I had put it on my other blog..oops, and lost it when I was trying to switch back. Anyways, I am going to give of my time and I am going to give it to God and my family. I am going to work at spending a considerable amount of time with God each day. These past few weeks have been busy and my devotions have been shorted, but I am going to work hard to having some meaningful time with God over break. I am also going to work at serving my family. I am going to work at doing things to help out my mom and hanging around with them. I love to hang around them and am going to work at showing them that. I am going to do some chores and clean my room and bathroom of all the clutter that is driving my parents insane..well, not in a literal sense of course. My grandparents are coming and I am going to give of my time and spend time with them. A lot of times when they come I go hang out with my friends or work, but i am going to try to spend time with them. I can’t wait for this Christmas. and I’m going to work at giving and focusing on others not me.
My Greatest Fear
Well, I have already written about my biggest fear, but I suppose there could be a slight difference between biggest and greatest..let me know if you come up with one! Anyways, right now I think my greatest fear is something happening to one of my parents. I honestly can not imagine life without one or both of them. My mom is the ever-caring, emtional, always happy, and always ready to give up anything for me. My dad is the balancer, the shoulder to cry on, the protector of his baby girl, and the one I can always count on to take me to the movies. I know God would give me the grace to go on, but it would be very difficult. I can’t think about not having my dad to give me away at my wedding, or having my mom around when I have kids(in many many years). I am so thankful that God has placed me in the family he has placed me in and has so far allowed my parents to stay healthy and safe! So, that is my greatest fear, and I know that God has them in His hand and is watching over them.
How I show I’m thankful..(English)
Mrs. Wiebe had as our blog topic for the week how do you show your thankful. It really got me thinking, do I show that I’m thankful. I mean, yeah at this time of year I can list off the many things I’m thankful for..the common expected answers-school, church, family, friends..but do I actually show I am thankful. And how could I show that. I kept thinking about that, and some convicting thoughts came across my mind. Do I show my teachers I am thankful for them when I keep talking in class after being told not to, or when I don’t turn in my homework, or when I don’t try my best..no, of course not, but yet that’s what I do..and then when Thanksgiving rolls around I say, “oh yeah, I’m thankful for my teachers” And how about my family..do I show them I am thankful for them..when I yell at my brother, or refuse to help out at home because I’m too busy. Or when I get mad at my parents..does that show how thankful I am for them? obviously, it does not. and my friends, am I showing my thankfulness towards them when I gossip, or leave them out. When I just always talk about me, or about my problems. And my relationship with God..it’s easy to say I’m thankful for that, but how often to I tell God I am thankful for it. and how often do I spend a meaningful amount of time in prayer and bible reading. Thanksgiving comes one scheduled day a year, but being thankful is a principle in God’s word that should be a part of our daily lives. I think I could use a lot of work on this area, I’ve got the saying I’m thankful done..but now I need the actions that back it up. In every pat Christian answer, I need to be able to say..yeah, I’m thankful for my teachers and I pay attention in class and listen to them and do my best..because that shows them I am truly thankful. I could go on and re-list all the areas I talked about, but I think you get my point. So, I hope you will work at showing your thankful by your actions, and I can tell you I certainly am..perhaps next year, I will be able to say that I show I am thankful by this this and this..but for now, sadly, I can only say I need to work on it.
If I Could Go Anywhere in the World(English Extra Credit)
Well, right now I’d just be happy to go anywhere, but my dream has always been to go to the Congo. It’s in Africa, and our church supports missionaries there. The Curtis’ have a special place in my heart because they first invited my parents to attend Faith. And part of the reason I am where I am is because of them! But I’ve always been fascinated with the Congo. Maybe it’s because it’s one of those places that Americans are not usually well-liked, or because I see how bad those people need the gospel. Or maybe it’s just because of the Curtis’. So while political unrest has temporarily put my dream on hold, someday I intend to visit.
I think it’s also be cool to visit Europe. I’ve always wanted to go to a castle. And I want to see those guards with the tall black hats that supposedly don’t move. For some odd reason I’ve always loved those things.
I also want to go to Peru to visit the Stillwells. The ones currently staying here visited my clubs last week, and I fell in love with Peru and them. I want to go visit them so bad. But anyways, I think those are my top three, but Congo still holds number one.
Wow..The greatest lesson is a tough one because I’ve learned so many lessons! Spiritual ones and other ones..like the law of gravity..learned that one a bunch of times:)! I think I would have to say the greatest lesson I’ve learned so far is a spiritual one. God has shown me over and over how many people are watching me and how my actions can affect more people then I think. Several people that I respected and looked up to made some big mistakes, and although they probably don’t even realize it, they impacted me in big ways. It’s made me realized that I need to be careful about what I do and say because I never know who it’ll impact. And especially now with Cheerleading, a lot of people are watching me, and how I act is going to influence more people then I will probably ever know. I have been learning that although I’m not in any stated leadership position, I need to be leading with my actions and attitude. A positive attitude gets a whole lot farther then a negative one.
God has also taught me so much about His love and grace..so many times I wonder how I am going to make it. Maybe I’m going on very little sleep, or I have a huge test I’m not as ready for, or I have some friend issues, or someone makes a negative comment to me..God’s grace is always there. I am amazed sometimes at all the ways God provides. I have fallen in love with my God this year..and it’s a feeling I never want to lose. As I watch my friends with their boyfriends/girlfriends, God reminds of His love for me..they may have the affection of a sinful human, but I have the love of my heavenly father..I am confident He will never break my heart. So, as the year continues on and my schedule gets increasingly busier, I am glad that God’s grace is sufficient. And His love is never-ending!
I think I would have to say the freedom of religion because it has impacted my life the most. The school I attend, the church I am a member at, and the daily time I spend with God would not be realities if we were not guaranteed this freedom. I thought of the war in Iraq..and the oppression those people lived under, and Paul and the disciples-they underwent a ton of persecution for their beliefs. The worst I’ve ever had to deal with is being made fun of…and that pales in comparasion to what other believers must endure for the cause of Christ. I am thankful I don’t have to worship in secret, or worry when I go to church about the police coming and arresting us all. I am thankful I have the right to pray before my classes, and to talk with my friends about God openly. I wish I could say I have never been ashamed of my faith, but that would be a lie..however, when I think about the amazing freedoms I have, there is no way I should be ashamed. I have nothing to lose, at this point, I’m not going to die for sharing the love of Christ. I am also thankful the government doesn’t have the right to enact a state or national church. Even in my own class at school there are different churches and different beliefs represented, but they aren’t a source of contention or arguements, instead, they have provoked some very interesting conversations with my friends. It’s neat to listen to what other people believe and why they believe that, I have even learned a thing or two. And thanks to our founding fathers, we have the freedom to have different beliefs and attend whatever church we may choose. So for all those reasons, and for many more, I am thankful and I value the freedom of religion the most.
Hum..I don’t have one favorite season, I like the end of spring, summer, and the begining of fall. I love the beginning of fall because it’s so pretty. I love when the leaves change, and the days are still warm. I love raking leaves and jumping in the piles. I love carmel apples, and wearing sweaters, yet still being able to wear shorts. I love the smell of bonfires, and soccer, and school starting. I hate cold weather, which is why I skipped the end of fall, winter, and the begining of spring. I love the end of spring, because most of the rain is gone, and the weather has started to warm up. Spring is a time of new beginings and all the flowers are starting to open..the birds have come out and started to sing again. And School gets out!! And then Summer, which is probably my most favorite season(ok..forgive the English)! I love the warm weather and the bright sun! I love NO SCHOOL!! and day camp! I love swimming and hanging with friends. I love the smells of summer..BBQ’s, pool’s, the flowers, and sweaty kids. So those are my favorite seasons, “little brown packages tied up with string, snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelases.these are a few of my favorite things..” (sorry, broke out into song there-Sound of Music):)