Writing: A Lifelong Journey



When I think about writing, I can't help but realize there must be a goal to the writing or it won't be very desirable or successful. I must write from my own worldview, and from my own perspective,and not try to copy the people I see around me. 
My goal for wiring is threefold:
  1. To encourage people in the truth of God's word. 
  2. To share lessons and experiences from my physical and spiritual life
  3. To leave a legacy of the acts of the Lord and His goodness for future generations. 
So how am I going to go about doing this? Firstly I desire to write down the acts of the Lord in my life. Simple things He does to encourage me, and build my faith. Answers to prayers, and even trials He used to help me grow. I like to write these things down in journals, that I keep on a case by case basis for mostly future generations to leave a legacy of the praises of the Lord.
Secondly I work on my daily diary, and record in it the events of my daily life, and also thoughts, and feelings I've had about the circumstances that have happened in my life. The purpose of my journal is mainly to record life events, and to keep a record of things that have happened in my life for the sake of my kids if I have any.
Lastly, I blog posts ( and hopefully books in the future) sharing life stories, testimonies, answers to prayer, practical self help advice for daily life, and time management tools, mainly focused on young women. I haven't really done this before, but would like to focus on writing with a purpose of encouraging others, and furthering God's kingdom.

I don't really care about how I write, or how much I write as long as I am writing consistently. Each day is a process, and each moment is part of the journey, and it is my goal to write as much of that journey as I can to encourage others, and hopefully further God's kingdom.
I envision being a published author, having a successful blog, and using my writing to allow me to be a public speaker, and also a life coach possibly in the future. Writing is part of my life-long journey, and it is my goal to write every day for the rest of my life, it's not as much about the quantity of the writing as it is about the quality, and the goal of the writing, and that goal is to further God's kingdom, and make His name glorified throughout the earth. He is my King, and I am His servant, and as such, I will record the manifold greatness of His mighty acts, and I will speak of His greatness.
My goal is to declare God's glory among the heathen, and to talk of His power. So that the generations to come may know them, even the children which shall be born, that they may declare them to their children, and set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments. (Psalm 78: 2-8) He is faithful, and His word does not return void. It will accomplish that which He pleases, and prosper in the thing were unto He sent it. And that, I s my goal; to write with a committed focus, to encourage others to reach for the prize of God's kingdom, and to know that He is faithful to us whatever the cost!
What is your goal for your hobby? Do you have any things you hope to accomplish in the future?

23 Years of Gratefulness

Today I'm filled with gratefulness for all that God has done for me! He has been SO faithful and SO trustworthy all through my life.



Thank you God for giving me these 23 years to live and grow in my relationship with you!!! I'm SO grateful. I'm grateful for each year you've given me, and the lessons you've taught me through each correction, and trial. Thank you for being faithful to me, even when I'm not always faithful to you! 

Dear God I'm  SO grateful for:

1. Gift of life
2. My Parents
3 Siblings
4 Friends that encourage 
5 Trials and Growth
6 Music
7. The Bible 
8. Salvation
9. Protection
10 Prayer and the ability to communicate with You!
11 Animals -especially dogs:)
12 Good books
13. Freedom from Fear
14 Your love for me
15 Caring for me enough to let me fail
16 Your faithfulness
17 Your Mercy 
18 Providing for all my needs
19 Sunshine
20. Smiles
21. Special times with my family
22 Being able to Study the Word
23. Another year to live:) 

Each year I focus on the Psalm for my age as my focus Scripture for the year, and this year it's Psalm 23. 

"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside still waters, He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. Thou annointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Amen" Psalm 23

What a promising Scripture. What blessed hope we have in Christ. I hope this encourages you today!!! May the Lord richly bless you all! 


Reality Check

Sometimes we need a reality check. Here's a look into one I recently had in my heart. 


Today I had a humbling experience when I realized that I haven't been spending enough time alone. I've been letting things come out of my mouth, and out of my actions without checking them with the truth of God's word. I have been proud, selfish, neglectful, disobedient, and I have disregard authority. How can I think that I could make any difference in other people's lives, when I'm not letting God use other people to make a difference in my life?
I neglect responsibility, I don't listen to authority, I take things for granted, I reject people pointing out my blindspots, I focus on myself over others, and I always make excuses for why I didn't deserve what happened to me, or why I wasn't responsible for it. What a wretch. I have pretty much disregarded the Word of God, and I've allowed myself to be SO controlled by man that I'm always nervous about what other people think about me, and I never stop to focus on what God thinks about me. I think I deserve just one person who could be real and devoted to me forever, and who I would never have to worry about, or fear them not loving me. I'm looking to people to supply that which only Christ can give me. 
Why is this? What is the condition of my heart that has allowed me to stray this far from the truth? Is it a lack of time in the Word? Is it a lack of good friends? Is it a loss of family members that have gone astray? Or is it the result of small compromises that have caused my desires to stray far from God? 
I think it begins in my heart, and is motivated by my desires. James says that every person is tempted as a result of lust they have already conceived in their hearts. I have allowed a lust for acceptance, and friendship to creep in and destroy my relationship with God. I have developed an appetite for self absorption, and a me centered life. I have forgotten the ways I used to enjoy, and have departed from God. 

So knowing all this, what can I do? While, as I write this, I am impressed to spend more time in the Bible. I never regretted knowing the Bible too well, but I certainly have regretted forgetting it. I have decided to spend more time writing and sharing my thoughts in my journal, and on my blog. I don't care if God never uses it, or if my labor is simply in vain, I need to write my thoughts, and feelings. They've been cramped up in my mind too long, and I'm having some big consequences as a result. I need to express my thoughts and feelings on paper, so that my relations with people will be more contained and calm. 
And lastly, I need to change my perspective. I need to look to Jesus for everything, and desire to give my life only to His service. I need to refocus my eyes on Him without distraction, and I need to repent of past wrongs, and seek to start fresh with God. He is faithful to forgive me. And I know He will cleanse me from all unrighteousness through His precious blood. 
“Oh God, give me the strength to combat the forces of the enemy in your strength. Help me to fight with my flesh and blood, and bring them into subjection if your cross. Give me a willing heart, and a focused mind. Help me to see my need for you all the time. Give me a fresh perspective in life, and help my life to bear witness of the truth. Give me a humble spirit, and help me to respect and honor authorities always. Thank you for this time, and for this day, and for all you have been teaching me. Help me to never take your Word for granted. I love you God! Amen!!!!”
This post may not have made much of a difference to you, but I hope you are able to somehow be encouraged by it, and to know that our problems are never too big for God. He is SO faithful. 

What's one thing you need prayer for?

If

I wanted to share this poem that really impacted me. I hope it encourages you as well!


If 

By Richard Kipling 

If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, 
    But make allowance for their doubting too;   
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, 
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, 
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, 
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: 


If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster 
    And treat those two impostors just the same;   
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken 
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, 
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, 
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: 


If you can make one heap of all your winnings 
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, 
And lose, and start again at your beginnings 
    And never breathe a word about your loss; 
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew 
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you 
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ 


If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, 
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, 
    If all men count with you, but none too much; 
If you can fill the unforgiving minute 
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!


What are some ways we can apply the message of this poem to our lives? How did this impact you?

It really reminded me of the need to seek God first above all else. Life is SO short, and we must focus on what really matters. It also reminded me of this verse.

"But Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God, and His Righteousness, and All these Things shall be Added unto You." Matthew 6:33 

How Did You Die?

I came across this poem the other day and found it very thought provoking. Although there's not many Spiritual references in it, I think there's something to be learned from it about the value of persistence, and there's definitely spiritual application about the meaning of life.



Reminds me of this passage.

 "Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripesBut he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more." Luke 2:42-48

 How Did You Die?

 By Edmund Vance Cooke

Did you tackle that trouble that came your way
With a resolute heart and cheerful? 
Or hide your face from the light of day
With a craven soul and fearful? 
Oh, a trouble's a ton, or a trouble's an ounce, 
Or a trouble is what you make it, 
And it isn't the fact that you're hurt that counts, 
But only how did you take it? 

You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what's that! 
Come up with a smiling face.
It's nothing against you to fall down flat, 
But to lie there-that's disgrace.
The harder you're thrown, why the higher you bounce
Be proud of your blackened eye! 
It isn't the fact that you're licked that counts; 
It's how did you fight-and why? 

And though you be done to the death, what then? 
If you battled the best you could, 
If you played your part in the world of men, 
Why, the Critic will call it good.
Death comes with a crawl, or comes with a pounce, 
And whether he's slow or spry, 
It isn't the fact that you're dead that counts, 
But only how did you die? 




What did you think of this poem? How did it impact you?


A Few of My Favorite Things Blog Tag!!!

Oh my!!! I can't believe it's been a month and a half since I've posted on this blog. I have been SO behind with writing lately, and have really neglected to share things that have been happening in my life lately. I promise to make up for all the silence very soon with lots of posts and pictures. To start off with, I'm going to share the answers to this blog tag post I received recently. Enjoy:)



 I've been blog-tagged by Sarah from The Lord's Lass to do a Christmas (although she says it can be wintry, all things considered :p) Posting.

Rules: use the same title and top picture (check), answer the questions (of course!), and tag 5 fellow bloggers.

So without further ado...

A Few of my Favorite Things Blog-Tag Questions-and-Answers

1. What are some of your favorite "Snuggle Weather" books?

The Bible, and whatever book I happen to be reading at the moment. Right now I'm reading these books. 

  * The Little Book Of Christian Character and Manners-WIlliam & Colleen Dedrick ~ excellent for encouraging me to rethink my manners, and how I treat my authorities. 

* What Happens When Women Say Yes to God- Lysa Terkhurst ~ This has been the most encouraging book I've read this year so far. Super helpful for identifying limiting beliefs I have about God, and helping me to see what areas I need to really submit to Him.

* The $100 Startup- Chris Guillebeau- I actually started reading this book last year, but didn't get to finish it before the time was up from the library. I've really been inspired and encouraged by this book, and the out of the ordinary ways it promotes for business, and earning money.

* Reclaim Your Life- Vicki Norris- This book has been a life saver for me, and I've been SO encouraged by it. Organization is something I have always struggled with, and it seems to have gotten worse over the past few years. Reclaim your Life has been super helpful for identifying thought processes behind my lack of organization. It's amazing how easy it is to setup bad habits. 





2. What is your favorite wintry snack?

Fresh Homemade Applesauce with lots of Cinnamon. I can't get over how delicious this is! I'll admit I have somewhat of a weakness for Cinnamon:)

3. What are some of your favorite hot drinks?

Pretty much any type of tea. But some of my favorites are Lemon Ginger, Chai Spice, Green Tea, & Lavender Tulsi. Of course I also have a weakness for Coffee with lots of cream and sugar in it, but I don't drink that very often:)

4. What are some of your favorite Christmas movies?

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year This is probably my top favorite Christmas movie. I can't really explain why, but I just like it a lot:)

The Man who Saved Christmas- I love the family aspects and character that are displayed in this movie. (beware if you watch it, that we usually skip one scene)

The Christmas Candle- This is a great family Christmas Movie, that really gets you thinking. One of our favorites. 

5. What are some of your favorite holiday songs?

Michael W. Smith's  "It's a Wonderful Christmas" and "The Spirit of Christmas" cd's.

Michael Buble's "Christmas" cd.

Josh Groban's "Noel" cd.

Point of Grace' " Emanuel, God with Us-/O Come O come Emmanuel" song.

Pentatonic "That's Christmas to Me"  song.


6. Favorite snow day crafts?

Well, we don't get snow that much, but I do love doing lots of crafts this time of year. My favorite would be knitting and crocheting gifts for my family members.

I also enjoy making Christmas crafts as a family. We have a tradition to make Gingerbread houses, and this year, we really enjoyed making them at the beach house we went to for my Mom's birthday.

Here's a picture of our creations.


7. Do you want to build a snowman?
Of course:) If we only had snow;0



And that concludes my little survey.  Thanks SO much for reading. I hope you all have been doing well, and are having a wonderful start to the new year.  What has been your favorite part of the year so far? 

Oh, and I tag Eden, Shiloh, Bethany, Kate, and Amy to continue the posting fun:)



Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card

I hope you're having a wonderful fall season, and enjoying the warm fires, and pumpkins, and leaves all around. I know I sure am, and I can't wait for Thanksgiving:) God is SO faithful to keep His promises. I've been enjoying doing Kings Blooming Roses' Thanksgiving Challenge. It's SO fun to see all the little things I usually overlook, as blessings from God.

I just wanted to share a quick note with you, and let you in on something that's been keeping me away from the blog for the last few weeks.

I'm hosting a local event called Rosewood Christmas Bazaar on the 5th of December in Hillsboro, OR, and the Bazaar is sponsoring a $50 Amazon Gift Card giveaway.

Go to this link to check out the Bazaar, and enter the giveaway. And if you're in the area, I hope to see you at the Bazaar:) http://www.rosewoodchristmas.com/p/contest.html



P.S. Please share this on your blog/social media:) I'm trying to get the word out as much as possible:)

Psalm 127:1 "Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it, except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain." 

What If You Loved Someone as Much as You Want to be Loved?

The thought struck me late last night after watching the 2015 Cinderella movie for the second time. It is a heart moving story in many ways, and I was impressed with the way the producers captured the themes of forgiveness, kindness, and courage. But I was also impressed with a theme that was acted out throughout the movie, but never spoken. To truly love someone as much as you want to be loved, even when they don't deserve it. Several times throughout the movie Cinderella is seen doing the right thing when all the people around her are not. She is seen holding her peace when others are fighting, and refraining from blaming others even when there was reason to do so.



As I went to bed last night the thought kept coming to my mind. What if I loved someone as much as I want to be loved, even if they don't deserve it? What if I sacrificed without hope for reward, and what if I truly lived with the needs of others in my focus instead of my own? What would change? Would life be different for me? Would it be better?

I think it would. I know for myself, the challenges and struggles I face would be almost eliminated if I was to truly live with others in my perspective instead of myself. I would come face to face with my heart, and I would see that true value is created not when I get, but when I give. True love is being willing to sacrifice without hope for gain.

So many times I think we look to people to provide us love and acceptance which we have never been able to provide to someone else. For example, many people dream about and hope for a future spouse to meet their needs, and love them unconditionally. But how many of us dream about loving someone else unconditionally, and sacrificing so that they can experience the same depth of love we hope to receive?

Maybe the reason we have yet to find that love and acceptance which we so desire is because we have been looking for it in the wrong place. Maybe instead of searching for someone to meet our needs, we need to search for needs we can meet, and maybe instead of waiting for someone to come along and love us unconditionally, we need to love the people that come along in our lives…. unconditionally. Maybe…. just maybe that is when we will truly experience the love we desire to receive.

God has given us a great gift in Jesus, His Son. He is our only source of true love, and even though most of us know that, and have come to experience the blessed hope we have in His love, we still look for people to meet our earthly needs. We look for "Cinderella's" and "Prince Charmings" to come along, and offer us a hand, to walk beside us in the journey of life, and to always know just the right thing to do, and the right words to say. But with God's help, I submit to you that we can stop looking for other people to meet our needs, and we can start becoming the people that meet needs. And as a result, instead of searching for "Prince Charmings" and "Cinderella's" we will start  becoming them for other people.

Matthew 25:40 "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

So what's your opinion? What would change if you truly loved others as much as you want to be loved? What do you wish someone would come along and do for you?

Leave a comment….Let's start the Conversation.

Take Joy in the Lord!

Here's a simple poem of encouragement  the Lord gave me to share with you this morning. It was inspired by a recent Bible Study in John 16. I was inspired by this verse, and convicted by how many times I refuse to take joy in the Lord. But I hope this poem helps us all remember, that He is our source of Joy, and no one can ever take that from us!



"And ye therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy NO man taketh from you." John 16:22

Take Joy in the Lord!

Take Joy in the Lord,
He knows your mistakes, 
He's the source of all truth, 
Live for His name's sake.

Trust Him in the trials, 
They won't last that long, 
Even in the mist of them all, 
His love is still your song. 

The pain you face, will not long last, 
He knows the future, present, and past. 
Give Him your heart, your hope, your love, 
Take joy in the Lord, your hope above.

Take joy in the Lord, 
Each moment, each day, 
For in the midst of confusion, 
He still knows the way. 

So whatever comes along
Let this be your song,
Cling to the Word,
Take Joy in the Lord!


Portrait of a Godly Woman || Tiffany

Today I am excited to share my second ever guest interview on this blog. Remember those questions you all submitted for interviews? Well, today you'll get some answers.

Here to talk with us today is my dear friend Tiffany Schlichter. Tiffany was gracious enough to allow me to interview her over the phone several months ago. She is such an encouragment to me, and I was very blessed to be able to hear her perspective on such important topics.




I met Tiffany and her family in 2010, when her sister Brittany competed in the National Bible  Bee. Right from the start, I knew that Tiffany was a godly woman I could look up to and be encouraged by. Tiffany has written several books. "All Glorious Within," "Noble Girlhood," "Encouragement to the Homeschool Student" & "Higher Ground at Home." She is also the author of the Virtuous Daughters Magazine - a monthly encouragement for young ladies. I have been very blessed and encouraged by her example of humility, and I hope you are blessed with this interview.

Could you tell me about some of your successes in your life?

Well, I guess I would say that I've been grateful to the Lord for giving me an opportunity to publish 4 books, and write the Virtuous Daughters Magazine. I know that anything that I have accomplished is only a result of the Lord's grace. I've also enjoyed helping my siblings and my parents be sucessful.