Proverbs 31:8-9

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
    for the rights of all who are destitute.
 Speak up and judge fairly;
    defend the rights of the poor and needy.

At this time of year many hearts are turned toward the less fortunate. You stroll past the Salvation Army volunteer who is ringing that bell and throw in that dollar or two. Many businesses hold toy and food drives. You may even volunteer for certain organizations and events. But what about the rest of the year? The poor and needy don’t disappear when January hits. In fact, where I live, their plight worsens. That is when the real cold and snow arrives. Cold is just one hardship that the poor have to face through out the year.

“I want to help, but I don’t know where to start.”

“I don’t have the time or resources to bring all the homeless off the street.”

This is often where the thinking stops. The problem seems too big and too hard, so the brain shuts down, we move on, and drive away. But what would happen if we actually continued to think about the problem. If we asked others, perhaps those more experienced. In this modern age, the Internet provides so much information to understand better the need and see what you can do to help. But ultimately, the first thing to do is pray that God will guide your steps. Also, pray every time you see someone who is homeless, hungry, sick, or voiceless. This may sound cliched, but it is true. Remember the the Starfish story.

Tell me what you can do to help the poor, the needy, and the helpless.

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In the Friend Zone

So, recently I have had this song stuck in my head. It is called “Friend Zone.” It is basically  talking about this boy and girl who are good friends. However, the boy the wants to be more than “just friends.” But the girl didn’t feel  the same way. So he saying that he’s “caught up in the friend zone”funny-pictures-auto-802747

My question is, what is so bad about being in the friend zone? Why does every relationship between a boy and girl have to be somewhere on the way to becoming a “special relationship”.  Why when I’m talking to some boy for a certain amount of time, the adults look at me cross-eyed and the minors are holding up their hands in a heart shape. I mean, would you rather be in the enemy zone? I love all my friends, boy or girl, and enjoy their company. If you want more than that, I’m flattered, but if that is not God’s plan right now, why can’t you just be happy with the relationship we already have?05173f37fd09ac261740737dd6d028d57dc7af-wm

Quite frankly, I would rather just have a really good friend that I can hang out with, without the awkwardness. That I could go to an event with a dude, without the agonizing questions:

“What did he mean by that?”

“If I eat this much, will he think I’m a pig?”

“Should we hold hands?”

“If he puts his arm around my shoulder, should I lean on his?”

And the million dollar question:

“Should we kiss?”

I’m sixteen. I have never had a boyfriend. However, I do enjoy the freedom that comes from just being friends without jealousy or awkward. I know that there is no chance of broken heart or a broken relationship. There is really nothing wrong with being in the “friend zone.”

Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and the wild does of the field: do not stir up or awaken love until the appropriate time. Song of Solomon 2:7

An Open Letter to Everyone

Dear Everybody,

Did I ever tell you that you are the most beautiful, handsome person. I’m not just saying that. I literally looked at you and thought “Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous creation.” There may be some who say that beauty is a matter of opinion. However, in my short, almost 16 year long life, I have found that there is always something that is beautiful about everyone.

I’m not the only one who thinks so. God, our creator, the master of the human form looked at you and said “This is very good.” I pray that you learn to believe it.

You Can’t Do It… Without God’s Help

Hello, everyone.

I haven’t posted in a month and I wanted to tell you why.

As you all know, school started last week for MOST people. However, I have an abnormal school year. The first semester starts in the second week of august and ends the week before thanksgiving. Then the second semester starts on the second week of January and ends at either the end of April or the beginning of May. Basically, I have been in school for six weeks. So all that time of my blogging inactivity was spent adjusting back into the school schedule.

Since 7th Grade I struggled with time management and focus. In fact, 7th grade was the worst school year of my life. I would read books when I should have been doing schoolwork, stay up late reading, look at stuff on the computer when I wasn’t supposed to, and I just didn’t have good time management. Since then, I have been getting better, but it is still something that I struggle with. The last straw was when last year, I had the opportunity serve as a Senate page in the Virginia Legislature. For two months I only had two hours of study hall and the weekends to get at least six hours of school work done each day. As a result, I had to work to catch up over the summer. By that July, I was sick and tired of always being behind, always doing schoolwork in my free time, and always playing catch up. But then my Dad told me that I would never be able to be on top of my schoolwork. I needed God’s help. Being the Christian-since-five person I am, I knew that. Whenever I was up late trying to finish a paper or trying to get three days of schoolwork done in one day, I would send up a flare prayer. But I had this crazy idea that I should be able to do it all by myself. Especially, if I saw other people who were getting their work done by noon and had time for a whole bunch of extracurricular activities. So, finally, I am in the sixth week of 10th grade. So far, I have been able to go to the bed at a relatively reasonable hour most of the time. Also, God has helped me to not be so stressed about everything school-related. So, for those who share the struggle, remember to rely on God for help.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.(Proverbs 3:5-6)

Heaven is My Happily Ever After

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Happily Ever After.” “And they lived happily ever after.” Think about this line for a few minutes. Are you living happily ever after? If not, what will it take for you to get there? While I do think I live a pretty joyful life, in the it […]

Proverbs 31:6-7

“Alcohol is for the dying, and wine for those in bitter distress. Let them drink to forget their poverty and remember their troubles no more.” Proverbs 31:6-7

Historically, wine and other alcoholic drinks have been used for medicinal purposes; to soothe pains, sterilize wounds, and to settle one nerves. However, it is often used in excess because of its calming properties and causes people to lose their judgement. King Lemuel’s mother knew that alcohol was better used by people who actually need it.

Proverbs 31:3-5

“…do not waste your strength on women, on those who ruin kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine.
Rulers should not crave alcohol. For if they drink, they may forget the law and not give justice to the oppressed” Proverbs 31:3-5

This verse tells Lemuel and every young person to not waste their time and energy on frivolous relationships. Lemuel’s mother also knew that alcohol would mess up his thinking, especially as a king. If you are a leader whether you are a older sibling or president of the United states you need make sure that your brain is fully functioning so you can make the right decisions and be mindful of all the people you are leading otherwise the ones who follow may stumble along with you.