"What Have They Done to Your Word Lord?"



The following is a short story I wrote a few years ago loosely based on a true story I read in the book "Jesus Freaks." I wrote this as the preface to a book on the topic of Bible translations, and the destruction of the Bible from within the Christian circle. Although I didn't finish the book yet, I thought I'd share this short story with you. I hope it encourages you today! Here's a link to the real story. (It's the second one down on this page.)

It was the middle of winter, darkness was falling over the village, as a small group of Christians gathered to study the Word of God together. They were forced to meet in secret due to the level of danger that had been created by the local police who were searching for anyone who was a Christian.

In the basement of an abandoned building the small group of Christians huddled together in the light of a single candle. The leader, was the possessor of the only Bible which he carefully pulled from his coat pocket in the presence of the group.

He turned to 2 Timothy 2 and began to read "Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier." Suddenly he was interrupted with shouts of " There you are! You Christians!" as police entered the room with force. 

Before they knew it, the small group of Christians was thrown to the ground, placed at gunpoint, and forced to either spit upon the Bible or die. Maria, the youngest and newest member of the little group was only 16. As she waited for the others to make their decision, she began quoting passages of the Psalms. Before she knew it, the police were shouting at her to spit upon the Bible. As Maria opened her eyes, she was shocked to see all of her friends were gone. She looked at the small Bible in front of her, it was covered in spit. Without a second thought, Maria picked up the Bible and wiping the spit off with her hand she said, with tears "What have they done to your word Lord?" Before Maria made another conscious thought, she was in the presence of her Lord for all of eternity. 

At 16 years old, Maria was willing to die for the Word of God, unlike her friends who sacrificed the Word of God for the sake of saving their own lives. I wonder how many 16 year olds today would be as brave as Maria? Probably very few! Sadly, still fewer would consider the Bible of enough value to even think about dying for it. The Bible as a whole has been spit upon in more ways than one today. In fact, actual spit would be better than what has happened to the Bible recently. The Bible has been disgraced in a vile filthy way, but it is in a way so subtle, not many people have stopped to recognise it.



What did you think of this story? Would you be willing to sacrifice your life for the Word of God?

How Paying for Someone's Groceries Can Change Your Life



A couple years ago I heard a story on the radio that really impacted me. It was the testimony of a lady who had recently become a Christian as a result of someone paying for her groceries. She told of how she was in line at the supermarket one day, and when she went to pay for her groceries, the cashier said it had been covered by the previous customer, and that they had left a note for her. As I recall, the note simply said, "I love you and Jesus loves you, have a special day!" She was so amazed that someone would do this for her, especially at a time when she was almost without an income, and had been asking God to show her if He was real. The note moved her so much, that she began reading the Bible and accepted Christ soon afterwards. 

After I heard this story, I was SO touched, that I wanted to do something to pass on this to others. I mentioned it to my Mom, and she was also excited about it, and together we came up with this simple note to leave as we checkout from stores. Although it isn't much, we have received some wonderful and some heartbreaking texts, and calls as a result of it. It's amazing to see how a simple act of kindness can mean SO much to a stranger.




Dear Friend, 

You don't know me but I just wanted to let you know that I've paid $5.00 towards your purchase. I just wanted you to know that you are a unique human being created in the image of God. You are special, and no matter what your life is like, or what you're going through, God cares about you and so do I. He has given you the gift of life for a purpose. I hope that this small gift will help you fulfill the purpose God has for your life, and that you will find ways to use your gift of life to help others. If you need a friend or have a question about your purpose in life, give me a call, at (000-000-0000) Number has been changed for safety.)

May God bless you today! 

Sincerely, 

The stranger in line ahead of you~ 


 I encourage you to see how you can make this note and story personal for you. What might God be asking you to do to reach out to those in need around you? 

Actor Bios: Kirk Cameron

SO I know this is totally out of the normal topics that I post on the blog, but I was going through some articles I had written a few years ago, and I thought I'd share this actor bio I wrote on Kirk Cameron. It was my first attempt at Journalistic style writing.

One of my favorite actors is Kirk Cameron. I really like his humor, and his ability to not compromise his faith on screen. Here's a short bio I wrote about him several years ago. I hope you enjoy it!



Kirk Cameron
           
                 A brief report of His life and Achievements!

On October 12th, 1970, Robert and Barbra Cameron welcomed their firstborn son Kirk Thomas Cameron into the world. Named after Captain Kirk from Star Trek, young Kirk was energetic, humorous, and he had a natural gift for acting. Kirk's father was a school teacher, while his mother was a stay at home mom, who helped keep track of Kirk and his three sisters Bridgette, Melissa, and Candace.




"Our first priority should be our kids." ~Kirk Cameron~

Kirk began acting at the age of 9, and clearly had a natural gift for the silver screen. He took his first screen play role at the young age of 13, and at the age of 15, his short acting career was already providing him with $50,000 a week. Kirk's most notable role of his acting career was his screen play in the sit-com TV show "Growing Pains" in which he acted and was rated best TV actor, and #15 of the top 100 greatest kid stars for the TV. 


"I could have anything I wanted and if I didn't have it, it was because I didn't want it."  ~Kirk Cameron~

Kirk was an atheist in his early teen years, but when he was 17, he developed a belief in God, and became a born-again Christian, after hearing the gospel message for the first time in his life. Kirk was a changed man, and it wasn't long before he began to insist that storylines be edited to remove anything he thought too adult or inappropriate in "Growing Pains." Kirk then went on to devote his entire acting career to films which include a christian message.




"I was experiencing all the success the entertainment industry has to offer, but I knew there had to be something more. It was sort of through that God prepared me to hear about His great plan."~Kirk Cameron~


Kirk went on to become famous for his roles in "The miracle of the Cards", "The Left Behind Series", and most recently for his role in "Fireproof". Kirk recently produced his own feature length documentary entitled "Monumental" and has also been a host for the Living Waters TV show, and has appeared on an abundance of other TV and radio shows throughout his life.


"If you had the cure to cancer wouldn't you share it? ... You have the cure to death ... get out there and share it." ~Kirk Cameron~


At 5'10" tall, sporting dark curly hair, Kirk's friendly and outgoing personality can be characterized by his love for people, adventure, & God. Using His influence and Convincing personality, Kirk enjoys talking and sharing the gospel with people of all ages. Humor, and enthusiasm are a big part of Kirk's life, as He is always ready to make someone happy. Kirk has a big vision for the future, and is passionate about his relationship with God. 


"Put your nose into the Bible everyday. It is your spiritual food. And then share it. Make a vow not to be a lukewarm Christian."
  ~Kirk Cameron~


In 1991, Kirk married his wife Chelsea who was also a fellow star from "Growing Pains", and together they are happily raising six children.(4 of whom are adopted)  Other than his family, Kirk now devotes most of his time to Evangelism, as he worked with Ray Comfort in the Way of the Master ministry, and also helps terminally ill children through Camp FireFly; a ministry he and his wife started. In his spare time, he also produces feature length movies with a Christian focus. In 2011, Kirk released an auto biography of his life entitled "Still Growing", in which he shares his life testimony and gives a vision for others to glorify God in whatever they do. Kirk Cameron deserves to be recognized as an actor who has successfully used his career to share the message of Christ to a lost and dying world.


 "I came all this way for a reason. Today is the day of salvation. Trust Jesus to save you. Then be sincere as God knows a pretender." ~Kirk Cameron~

How did this impact you? Who are your favorite actors?

One Incredible Bird!

               
                       A brief report of the life and Habitat of the Anna's Hummingbird!
                                   
Measuring only 3-4 inches in length, and 5 inches in wingspan, the Anna's Hummingbird is one incredible bird. It's voice is shrill, and high pitched. Sometimes the Anna's Hummingbird makes sharp squeak sounds through its mouth, and nose. 

Located mostly in the Pacific Northwestern area of the United States, the Anna's Hummingbird is most commonly seen in the spring, and summer. The Anna's Hummingbird stays mostly in the western interior valley, and coastal range, but can also be seen in southern interiors during the winter.


The Anna's Hummingbird stays mostly in the woodlands, and riparian areas, but, it can also be seen frequently in farmlands and gardens. The Anna's Hummingbird also enjoys the   habitat of the coastal scrublands, where food is present, in flowers or feeders. On the branch of a tree or shrub bush, the Anna's hummingbird makes a small round nest, and fills it with soft downy material and spiders webs.

While perching for feeder, the Anna's Hummingbird sips nectar with its long tongue, but still maintains a close eye on it's surroundings. The Anna's Hummingbird gleans it's food from eating small insects, and sucking nectar from flowering plants and shrubs. The Anna's hummingbird is a very territorial bird, so it only tolerates other hummingbirds when food is plentiful, and easy to find.

Some interesting facts about the Anna's Hummingbird would be that it can hover in the air, and dive very quickly with precision and speed. The gorgeous green and white tones of the Anna's feathers, are starkly complemented by the flash of pink that can be seen when the Hummingbird passes through the sunlight. The Anna's Hummingbird is truly one amazing, incredible little bird, created by one magnificent God!

"But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind." Job 12:7-10


Written By Elanee Smythe  April 5, 2013


Golden Acres: It Began With a Snowstorm

The following is the first chapter of a book I started loosely based on my life, and what I know about it, and what I imagine it to be in the past, and future. The names and some details have been changed to for storytelling purposes, but other than that, the facts are true. I hope you enjoy it:)



"Looks like it's going to snow" Jean shouted out with excitement, as he starred out the double pained window in the living room. " Oh yes, look there's some snow just starting to come down!" Ivone exclaimed as she ran to the kitchen window to get a better look at the yard. "And just in time for Mom to go into labor. I hope she doesn't have to go into the hospital." Derrin said, as he closed the book he was reading. "Kids it's time for breakfast, come get some before you get distracted with the snow!" Mr. Mithe stated calmly. "The forecast says we're going to have a record snowstorm today, and we should have 4-5 inches by evening." "Can we go outside? Can we go sledding down the hill?" the siblings asked almost in unison. "Well yes, but not until there's more snow." Mr. Mithe said, "The midwife will be here in a few minutes, as your Mom is just beginning to go into labor. I want you all to get ready to go to the Letchers house for the evening like we planned while the baby is born. There's a possibility you might have to stay the weekend if it snows too much, so be sure to pack some extra clothes." Mr. Mithe Continued. "Yes Dad" Jean, Derrin,and Ivone said, as they hurried off to their rooms. 

The snow continued to fall all that day, and into the next, and into the next. At the Letchers house, Jean, Derrin, and Ivone enjoyed sledding, and making snowmen, and snow angels, and having snowball fights. They almost forgot all about their mother having their newest sibling until Mrs. Letcher came outside while they were in the midst of a big snowball fight. "Children, I want you to come inside now, we are going to go see your new sibling." She called out, as a snowball whizzed past her head. "Oh I totally forgot about the new baby" Jean said, as he rushed inside with snow all over his boots. "Is it a boy or a girl?" Ivone asked as she helped Jean take off his boots. "Well your parents want to wait till you see the baby to tell you." Mrs. Letcher said calmly as she packed a sack lunch into a small cooler. " Oh, I can't wait to find out, I've been praying for a baby sister for 3 years, and I just know it's going to be a girl this time" Ivone said, as she walked with her siblings to Mrs. Letcher's van.

The drive passed so quickly Derrin hardly had time to read a chapter of his book. "We're here." Mrs. Letcher sa, as she pulled the car to a stop. She hardly had time to put the car in park on the steep hill before the doors flew open, and the three overjoyed kids rushed up to their family home. Dad was waiting to greet them at the door, and they gave him big hugs as they asked "How's Mom doing?" What's the baby's name?" and "It's a girl, right?" So simultaneously that Mr. Mithe could hardly tell which of his children had asked which question. "You'll all find out the answers in just a little bit." he said calmly, as he walked with the children down the hallway to see their mother. It was a beautiful sight as the family gathered around their Mother and new baby sister. Never before had such joy and excitement been seen in one room. As the precious newborn was passed back and forth between her siblings, she couldn't help but smile, and from her expression, it was clear to see that she was going to be loved and cared for more than any baby had ever been.

I don't remember much about that snowy day in February, but that's how I imagine my life began. My earliest memories only go back to when I was about 3, but from what I've been told, my life began with a snowstorm, and that's how I imagine it to be. I was born in early 1993. My parents had lived in Oregon for about 10 years previous to my birth, and there were already three happy siblings waiting to greet me when I arrived on God's beautiful earth. Derrin my oldest brother was already a teenager by the time I was born. He was energetic, motivated, and ready to explore life. My only sister Ivone was already 8 when I was born, and was overjoyed to have me for a sister. I always knew I was the answer to her prayers. My youngest brother Jean who was six at the time, was every bit as happy to have me join the family. My parents Mr. and Mrs. Mithe were in their early 40's and full of life. They were devoted to their children, and ready to see them succeed in every area of life, but especially in their relationship with God. So, on the fifth day of February, I was born into this happy family.   

That's really all the facts I know about my birth, but my imagination continues. "What a beautiful bundle of joy!" my Mother said, as she saw me for the first time. At 8.5 lbs, and 22in long I was complete with dark brown hair, attentive eyes, and a beautiful smile. "Oh She's just lovely, what will you name her?" the midwife asked, as she wrapped me up in a receiving blanket. "We've chosen Elavon Rose Mithe" my Dad said as he touched my forehead. "Elavon comes from the Greek word for enthusiasm, and we chose Rose for her middle name in honor of my Mother." Dad continued. " What a lovely name, I know she'll live up to it." the midwife said as she placed me in my mother's arms. As my Mother held me, she smiled down into my eyes, and said, " Welcome to our world, Elavon, You're just beautiful!" 


Little did I know much I would come to cherish the moments like these, and wish they were all videotaped for me to see again, I always wondered what it would have been like to be there at my birth, and see my parents smiling faces, and hear my siblings voices for the first time. But at least I can recall my earliest memory that took place just three years after I was born. In the summer of 1995,  in a hospital waiting room, the first memories that are filed away in my mind were formed. There on a leather chair, I sat with my siblings looking out the window at fireworks flying high above the city. I watched in amazement at all the colors, and flashes, as I listened to my siblings counting how many they saw. "15, 16, 17, 18"  Derrin said, "Let me count some too" Ivone interrupted, as she pushed her face closer to the window. "When will Mom be ready to let us see the baby?" Jean asked, his voice sounding sleepy. "In just a little while." Mrs. Letcher said, as she placed her hand on Jean's head. We were staying at Mrs. Letcher's house for the week, while Mom and Dad were at the hospital while our baby brother was born. "You may come in now." A kind nurse said, as she opened the door to the recovery room. 

As we stepped inside the room, I saw my Mother lying on a small bed, holding my baby brother. Dad was standing nearby, and smiled as we walked into the room. "What's his name going to be?" I asked with anticipation? Kevin Lewis Mithe my Dad said, as he took the baby gently from my mother to show him to me. As I looked into my baby brother's eyes for the first time, and touched his dark brown hair, I couldn't help but realize that life was going to be different now. "Is this what it was like when I was born?" I asked my sister Ivone. "No," she said, you were born at home, cause God made you come out right" "Oh" I said, as I looked up at her. " And your life began during a snowstorm" She said as she took my hand in hers, and we walked closer to the hospital bed to give my Mother a hug goodnight.


And thus concludes the first chapter of my unfinished book Golden Acres. What did you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

One of My Favorite Resturants

I've never really done a restaurant review before, but this is one that I think we all can enjoy, especially since they're spread abroad throughout the country:)

One of my favorite restaurants that my family likes to eat at is Panera Bread. We like Panera Bread because the music is low and pleasant, and it usually provides a good atmosphere for conversations. The restaurant feels like a home. It is decorated with bright pastel colors, scenes of bread, and warm homey patterns of architecture. I especially like how the seats are very comfortable, and similar to couches. 

One of the unique and wonderful things about Panera Bread is that the food prices are very affordable. The menu features many different options of foods depending on how much you want to eat, and the price you want to pay. I especially like the "pick two" option that allows you to pick 1/2 of two items off the menu to create your meal. (Such as salad and soup.) Plus, if you order a delicious fruit smoothie with your meal, you get a pastry for desert for just $0.99. There is also a club rewards program that gives you special deals, and coupons occasionally.



But, of course the best thing about Panera Bread is their food. Specializing in whole grains, Healthy vegetables, delicious pastas, and fresh bread, Panera Bread's menu is hard to beat. My favorite food from Panera Bread is the pasta. From Spaghetti, to Tortellini Pesto, the pasta combinations are always delicious. Whether you're there for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you are sure to find a variety of wholesome seasonal options on the menu, and you can be sure that whatever you choose is going to taste good.

On top of all the other great features of Panera Bread, I think the most admirable, is their consistent quality. My family and I travel extensively and eat at numerous restaurants, and we all say without hesitation that Panera Bread is the best. From Colorado, to Oregon, to Virginia, to Washington, D.C., to Missouri, to New York, to Georgia, to North Carolina. Wherever you are, Panera Bread is sure to be reliable for great food, excellent quality, and happy employees. And that's what makes Panera Bread my favorite Restaurant. I can honestly say no matter where you are, if there's a Panera Bread nearby, you can be sure it will be a favorite place to eat!



 Have you been to Ponera Bread? What's your favorite restaurant? 

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?