Monday, April 25, 2016

Responsibilities.

Hey everyone! How are you on this not so awesome because it's Monday glorious morning? :D I'm...pretty good. I've got alot done this morning in spite of suffering from a serious case of Sunday-lag. What's Sunday-lag, you're probably thinking. You know, what jet-lag is right? Well Sunday-lag is like that except it attacks you on Monday mornings. Yesterday was a more-than-usually tiring Sunday, so I'm still recovering... *stifles a yawn* Anyway... =)




When you saw the title of this post there's a very good possibility you groaned in dread. "Oh, great," you may've moaned. "The girl who is so irresponsible in her blogging, writing, and probably everything else is giving me a lecture on responsibility?!" 

If that was you (or even if it wasn't), take a deep breath and relax. This isn't going to be a lecture. ;) 

What comes to mind when you think of responsibilities? For me I think of several lines I've heard many times – growing up and still now. (You'd think I would have learned to listen by now.) 


"Keep up with your stuff." 

"A place for everything and everything in its place." 

"Watch out for your brother." 

"Make sure you finish your schoolwork." 


We've all heard those once or twice or a couple hundred times, right? ;) But is that the only areas we should be responsible? Our stuff and our siblings? Both of those are very important – don't get me wrong! :) But what about other things? Like our speech? Our behavior? The way we present ourselves? Shouldn't we be responsible in those areas too? 

So, suppose you've made the decision – you've committed yourself to living everyday as a responsible Christian lady (or gentlemen...if there're any out there. ;)). You think you're doing pretty good. It's been a week since you lost your glasses (this is a big one for me), your phone, or your notes for your research paper. You kept up with your little siblings at Bible study, you finished your assigned reading a day early, you even made dinner and cleaned up afterwards Friday to give mom the night off. 

Are you being responsible? Are these things important and God-honoring? Absolutely!! But...what about other areas? 


What about when you ignored your sister after she took your movie without asking? 

What about when you refused to talk to your little brother after he squirted questionable substances in your toothbrush? (I've been there, friends.) 

What about when you ignored the little kids at church and chose to talk to your friends instead? 


Are these things Christ-like? God-honoring? The right way for Christians to show God's love to this world? I don't think so. My challenge to you is to truly strive each and everyday to be a responsible Christian, sister, daughter, and friend. 

Instead of getting upset with your sister for taking your movie, suggest the two of you (or all your siblings) have a movie night for some sibling bonding time. 

When your brother squirts stuff in your toothbrush, don't fly mad. Maybe he's just trying to get your attention. (Let's face it – he succeeded!) Try to spend some special time with him too. 

Make an effort to talk to the younger kids at church. Be sure to include them in games and activities. When you we're their age, you looked up to the big kids too. 


This post is ending up a lot longer than I intended for it to be, so here's my point. Be responsible in everything. Be an 'all or none person' (all, preferably!). Ask God to help you think and act responsibly in everything you do. In your relationships, in your schoolwork, in keeping up with your stuff and your siblings, in seeking God's will for your life... (That could be a complete other post.) 

I'm taking the challenge. I'm going to really try to do this. Will you join me? Let's help each other, pray for each other, and hold each other accountable. :) 

Your sister in Christ, 
~Faith

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Sisters in Christ ~ April 2016 ~ Introduction

Hello everyone! Welcome to the first Sisters in Christ chat!! :D 

Soon after I had the idea for this series, I was discussing it with a friend who asked an interesting question. "Who gets to ask you questions?" My first thought? No one! I'm interviewing others! After giving it some thought, I asked if she would be interested in asking me some questions. She agreed and here we are. :) 

And now I give you Jesseca Dawn from A Kansas Wind and Whimsical Writings!! :) (Jesseca's words will be in bold.) 



Hey, Faith! Thanks for inviting me to interview you here on your blog. :) I'm excited for the new Sisters in Christ blog series.
To start off with, how about you tell us a little bit about yourself. 
I'm a homeschooled teen in the southeastern USA. I enjoy writing, reading, pottery, blogging, and crafts. I live on a 20-acre Christmas tree farm with my parents, little brother, two yellow labs who're known as Bullet and Biskit, and fifteen chickens. :D
And. . .now we get to the questions! ;) 

1. What is a verse that has helped you through some rough times in your life?
Jeremiah 33:3 and Psalms 30:5 both fall into that category. I've prayed both of these verses many times. :) 

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
Jeremiah 33:3 KJV

“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
Psalms 30:5 KJV


2. What is an experience in your life that has brought you closer to the Lord?
Leaving the church Dad had pastored for seven years and starting over was tough. But, sadly, that
wasn't actually what strengthened my faith – although it should've been. That happened later, these past few months, after getting back 'into the groove' at a new church and realizes that I wasn't where I 
should've been spiritually. God is so good. :) 


3. Any Bible reading tips?
Don't let a day go by without reading from God's Holy Word. No matter what's going on, He has the answer. :) 


--Pinterest



4. Overall, what is your favorite book of the Bible?
Oh, dear. Well, I just finished reading John a few weeks ago and that's my favorite gospel. Esther and Ruth could both be considered favorites. And I love the Psalms too! And all the New Testament letters... I guess I would have to say Psalms for the Old Testament, and John for the New. :-) 


Okay, now some slightly different questions!
5. So, since you obviously have a blog, what got you into the blogging world?
Early in the summer of 2014, while reading the Circle C Adventures series, I discovered Andi's Blog. Things spread from there and by Christmas I was following many of the other great blogs around here. I started my own blog(s) last May!! :) 

6. Describe yourself in only one sentence. (Not really a question, but it counts as one. . .right?)
Totally counts as one. ;) I'm a teenage, homeschooled, Christian book-lover with a passion for writing words, playing with clay, and trying to be a light for Him in this dark world. (Oh, and did I mention I'm famous for my run-on sentences...? B-) ) 

7. If you could choose a flower to describe yourself, which flower would you choose and why?
Neat question! ;) Hmm, I think I would be a wildflower. Sprouting up in the most unlikely, unexpected places and bringing bright, beautiful colors to the world! :) 


--Pinterest 

8. If someone held a writing contest and you could choose any prompt you wanted, what would you choose for a prompt?
Ooo, interesting one, Jesseca!! But...but...there are so many!! Okay, so I saw this prompt of Pinterest and it was quite interesting. B-) 


--Pinterest

Wouldn't that be an interesting story?? But it gets better. The description of this pin reads... "Scratch that! When you receives yours it says, "I'm dying, call for help...." Now wouldn't that be a crazy story to write?? I'm going to tackle it someday. ;) (Thank you to whoever added that pin description. :P) 


9. If you like to write, where do you find the most inspiration? 
If I like to write? What is this, a trick question? I LOOOOVE to write!! (And Jesseca knows that too, sooo...) 
I find inspiration in everything. I find inspiration in books, movies, people, and God's beautiful creation. But I would have to say I find the most inspiration in life itself. I saw a quote that said... "Go for walks. Dance. Pull weeds. Do the dishes. Write about it." And that pretty much describes it. No, not everything we write about is something we can actually do, but the inspiration can come from everyday life and the characters will take it from there. ;) 


10. And finally, you've just been sent into space with only one family member. Who is it? And all you can eat in space is ice cream. What kind do you choose?
Hmm...tough one. I would say my little brother but, although he would be of great help in space, we would argue. A lot. xD Maybe my dog. (Dogs are totally family members. I dare anyone to disagree with me.) The ice cream would be cappuccino crunch. ;) 

--Pinterest 

Thanks so much for joining me today, Jesseca!! :D This was fun! If you aren't familiar with Jesseca's blogs, please check them out. Both links are at the beginning of the post. :) 

If you would be interested in being the interviewee for one of our Sisters in Christ chats, please let me know! Next month we'll have an interview with Rebekah Ashleigh. :) Stay tuned!!! 

Sisters in Christ, 
~Faith