Saturday, February 18, 2017

"It was Your picture"

~Saturday Stories

“I taught you to look at the special gifts and qualities God gave you. ... Actually, we shouldn’t call it self-confidence. We ought to call it God-confidence.” - Kathleen, Here's Lily

"It's not about being good or living a good life. It's about believing that God is God, that he's good and he loves us, and that we need his forgiveness. That's it!" -Gloria, The Fight

"I couldn’t see the whole picture. You did, though. It was Your picture." -Kim, Found in Translation

How about you? Have you remembered that you are in need of God's forgiveness and that He loves you? Have you placed your confidence in God? Have you trusted Him with His picture? 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Do it this weekend!

~Friday for Friends~

Today, apparently, is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. A kindness I love giving and receiving is encouragement. It means SO MUCH when people take the time to encourage me and let me know they are there for me.

Over February 14th, a number of older people from church gave me gifts and cards, making it easier to be both single and far away from my family on that specific. :)

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

How could you encourage someone this weekend?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Our Shield

~Tuesday Thoughts~ 

"A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.

1 Lord, how many are my foes!
    How many rise up against me!
2 Many are saying of me,
    “God will not deliver him.”[b]
3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
    my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
4 I call out to the Lord,
    and he answers me from his holy mountain.
5 I lie down and sleep;
    I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
6 I will not fear though tens of thousands
    assail me on every side.
7 Arise, Lord!
    Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
    break the teeth of the wicked.
8 From the Lord comes deliverance.
    May your blessing be on your people." Psalm 3 (NIV)

No matter what stands against us, our Lord is our Deliverer! When was a time God was a shield for you?

Monday, February 6, 2017

Can't Live Without

~Monday Movies & Music~

Hollyn has an amazing song out: "Can't Live Without." Here are the lyrics

"“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."" John 15:5 (NIV). Read the full chapter here. 

It's so crazy. Really, it's so crazy to believe that we can do NOTHING OF VALUE without our Savior. It's so easy to forget that by ourselves, we cannot bear any fruit whatsoever. But with Christ - oh, the wonders of what can happen when we remain in Christ! 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

My Name is Chloe by Melody Carlson

~Saturday Stories~

Typical Chloe: "Some people think I am dark. I suppose they're a little frightened by me. By my appearance, or my opinions, or the way I look them straight in the eye without blinking or turning away, or even my music, which can be, I suppose, unsettling."

Chloe likes being different. She likes the way she looks, even if it throws some people off. Like her mom, who keeps pressuring her to be more mainstream. Or Tiffany, who seems bent on taking Chloe down. But Chloe is confused and bewildered inside. While jamming with her friends, she finds herself being pulled two directions. Which out of the two, Wicca or Christianity, provide more answers?

My Name is Chloe is a story full of hope. Chloe finds peace through acknowledging Christ as Lord of her life, but that doesn't just make all the problems go away. From bullies to mad friends, Chloe learns that, no matter how hard the trial, God will direct her path. The book deals with serious issues like bullying, conforming, Wicca, and relationships with parents.

My Name is Chloe is the first in the Diary of a Teenage Girl: Chloe series. The rest of the books are Sold Out, Road Trip, and Face the Music.

For more information on Melody Carlson, visit her website and Facebook page.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Majoring in faith

~Saturday Stories~

“I think I can trust God’ll take me where I need to go ... I guess I better major in faith first, huh?” -Kirsten, The Merciful Scar

"Dear God, please help me to know how to handle this. I think you're telling me to break up with Josh. But a big part of me is struggling with it. Please, show me somehow what I need to do. Thank You." - Caitlin, Becoming Me

"My life was a mess. It still is - I mean my family is all messed up. But I don't feel all that agony inside anymore. I feel like I'm part of God's family. He really, truly is like a father to me. For me, it was like my heart melted when I asked Christ to come inside and pick up the pieces. I don't think I'd want my life to continue if God wasn't in it." -Katie, A Whisper and a Wish

How about you? Have you ever asked God what His plans are? Have you received an answer? Can you trust God to lead you to right where He wants you? Has God relieved some of your agony? Do you feel like a part of God's family? 

Friday, January 27, 2017

End of discussion

~Friday for Friends~

:“God must hate me. I hardly ever pray anymore—”
“Lilianna.” Mom never used Lilianna unless she was really serious. “We’re not going to have that kind of talk. God loves you. Period. End of discussion. Now close your eyes. Let’s talk to Him.”"
 -Lilianna and her mom in Here's Lily

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8 (NIV)

Always remember - God loves you no matter what!