Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The best New Year's Resolution ever!

Ok, this is just a side note, doesn't have nothing to do with the previous post. I won't forget to post up my sequence to the question, but, since New Year's is just right around I want to post something about it!

A lot of us make New Year resolutions, either loosing weight, getting better grades in school, being a better son/daughter/mom/dad/husband/wife, etc. However, do any of us make resolutions to get closer to God? You may, or you may not. You might say, "I want a closer relationship with God this year!" Well, then in June you forget about it because summer is here and we all know in the summer things are a bit different. Do you keep that promise? Or is it just something you say and then you throw it away in the wind? As a start to this New Year, make a commitment, a promise that YOU will no matter become closer to God. Don't make a promise unless you can completely be sure about it. God doesn't forget a promise like that. Personally, there is no better commitment you can make than having a closer relationship with the one and only true God.

Yes, it's fine, you can make many other resolutions, whatever they are, but most of the time a few will only last, and make your relationship with Christ grow more than it has in the past 2, 5, 10, 15, whatever the amount of years you've been a Christian. Read the bible daily, even just for 5 minutes, prayer is the only way you can draw closer. The only way you can develop a deep friendship. I have a love and respect for my God, I love him so much, that I can't even describe it! That my friends is the best New Year's resolution, having a deep love and friendship with Jesus Christ our Lord! Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (NLT)

Have a blessed and a heart full of love for Christ this New Year of 2009!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Part 1...guys!

I hope y'all had a great Christmas?! I sure did, and I had a great big surprise too!

I have been thinking these past days while I have been off school...what should I post about on my blog? Should I touch the subject of guys and girls?! It came back and forth in my mind...yes, no?! I don't know! Not until this morning in my quiet time did I get a voice speak and say, "Yes, do it!" So, you might know what I will say, this is a subject which many don't like to touch, especially Christians. But, lets face it, do we have this problem, often starring at the other gender, or are we totally ignoring and have no problem at all?

Ok, buckle up your seat belt, stay on your computer chair, and read my words, here we GO!

Do you have an issue about this thing with guys. Whenever you see a guy, and lets say there's something you like about him, do you have thoughts about this guy, or do you block them out immediately? Is it something that comes easy to you, or do you struggle in this area? When my 13th birthday came around I saw guys from a different perspective, there were boys I knew for a long time and they were just there. When that birthday came I saw guys from a point I never saw before. I saw the cuteness in them and was aware that THERE IS a BIG difference between us! I was getting all happy and didn't see the danger in my foolishness. I have talked to a few girls and they all have had the same experience, some earlier than others, or some later on in life. Come on, honestly, don't tell me you have gone through your single year and haven't noticed a single guy where your heart goes up and down? I have a friend and she once told me that this is a normal feeling for a girl. When we see a guy we like, we get out of our way, and maybe our heart jumps up a bit too. Now, here's a question for you girls to answer! Is It OK to Have a Crush on a Guy? I'm going to leave you girls with this question, it's up to you to answer with leaving a comment, and then in my upcoming post I will post about that subject and continue where I have stopped!

Is this feeling all normal, or am I nuts? Just wait, stay on your chair and see what I will write!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Hey guys! Since Christmas is just a day away we are forgetting the true meaning of everything. Check out this beautiful picture of the way Christmas is displayed. Despite the voice of the singer, the video itself is great! I wish you all a great and blessed Christmas day. Don't be afraid to say, "Merry Christmas!" Don't find yourself caught up in the "Happy Holiday" saying. Don't be afraid to say, CHRISTmas!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Not only on Christmas day!

A lot of people tend to be more spiritual and going to church just because Christmas is around, read this poem and you may want to think otherwise!

Lord, this is my prayer
Not only on Christmas Day
But until I see You face to face May
I live my life this way:

Just like the baby Jesus
I ever hope to be,
Resting in Your loving arms
Trusting in Your sovereignty.

And like the growing Christ child
In wisdom daily learning,
May I ever seek to know You
With my mind and spirit yearning.

Like the Son so faithful
Let me follow in Your light,
Meek and bold, humble and strong
Not afraid to face the night.

Nor cowardly to suffer
And stand for truth alone,
Knowing that Your kingdom
Awaits my going home.

Not afraid to sacrifice
Though great may be the cost,
Mindful how You rescued me
From broken-hearted loss.

Like my risen Savior
The babe, the child, the Son,
May my life forever speak
Of who You are and all You've done.

So while this world rejoices
And celebrates Your birth,
I treasure You, the greatest gift
Unequaled in Your worth.

I long to hear the same words
That welcomed home Your Son,
"Come, good and faithful servant,"
Your Master says, "Well done."

And may heaven welcome others
Who will join with me in praise
Because I lived for Jesus Christ
Not only Christmas Day -- Mary Fairchild

Changed your mind?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Beware of these books!

Everyone, take a good look at this. I received this email and was urged to share it on my blog. This man Neale D Walsch is the author of Conversations with God and Conversations with God for Teens. These titles may be catchy, and may sound totally spiritual, but wait before you purchase these items. Inside the books the words may not seem so spiritual. The devil has his hand on these books, read the article below and please pass it on!

Oprah is pushing this book. (another reason I don't care for her!)

Please pay special attention not only to what your kids watch on TV, in movie theaters, on the Internet, and the music they listen to, but also be alert regarding the books they read.
Two books are, Conversations with God and Conversations with God for Teens, written by Neale D. Walsch. They sound harmless enough by their titles alone. The books have been on the New York Times best sellers list for a number of weeks, and they make truth of the statement, "Don't judge a book by its cover or title."

The author purports to answer various questions asked by kids using the "voice of God". However, the "answers" that he gives are not Bible-based and go against the very infallible word of God. For instance (and I paraphrase), when a girl asks the question "Why am I a lesbian?" His answer is that she was 'born that way' because of genetics (just as you were born right-handed, with brown eyes, etc.). Then he tells her to go out and "celebrate" her differences.
Another girls poses the question "I am living with my boyfriend. My parents say that I should marry him because I am living in sin. Should I marry him?" His reply is, "Who are you sinning against? Not me, because you have done nothing wrong."

Another question asks about God's forgiveness of sin. His reply "I do not forgive anyone because there is nothing to forgive. There is no such thing as right or wrong and that is what I have been trying to tell everyone, do not judge people. People have chosen to judge one another and this is wrong, because the rule is "'judge not lest ye be judged."
Not only are these books the false doctrine of the devil, but in some instances quote (in error) the Word of God.

And the list goes on. These books (and others like it) are being sold to schoolchildren through (The Scholastic Book Club), and we need to be aware of what is being fed to our children.
Our children are under attack. So I pray that you be sober and vigilant about teaching your children the Word of God, and guarding their exposure to worldly mediums, because our adversary, the devil, roams about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). We know that lions usually hunt for the slowest, weakest and YOUNGEST of its prey.
Pass this on to every Believer you know. God bless! And, if you are in doubt, check out the books yourself.

Scary isn't it? I even went a step further earlier on Amazon and read a few comments from others who have read the book. I'll let you read one review: "Perhaps this book should be better titled Conversations with god (small "g") for Teens as the Holy Jehovah God would not reveal answers to questions in the way it is written here. This book is based on liberal man's interpretation and not what our youth need to hear. They hear that enough from television and society. I would NOT let my teen read this book. It is not Bible based and certainly not of GOD!!!"

It's shocking how man is deceiving the eyes, ears, and hearts of men, women, and children! The way of the ungodly is taking over this world. It's just like the words from the song, 'Slow Fade' "Be careful little eyes what you see, it's the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings. Be careful little ears what you hear, when flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near, be careful little lips what you say, for empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray." Sadly, Christians are falling into the foolishness of this world. Please, pass this on to anyone you know! We need to, as I always say, make way through this world as a light!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Reading Psalms in a month...but how?

My days, my time, my school, my studies, my family, my life, my dog, my friends, my email,! That's right, I have a blog! But you see all the MYS I have?! That's why I have such limited time to blog, and what am I doing here, explaining all this to you, just take it and believe me! But, what have I done again...? I have changed the entire layout. Shame on me, always messing around with it, I'm probably the only blog in the whole world doing so?! I didn't want a Christmas background, because I'd be in the same shoes next month! Alright, I hope y'all had a great Thanksgiving? I sure did, ate way to much but worked it all out the following day, playing soccer and football!

So, can you believe it that December is here?! Shall we say, "Happy Birthday!" to our last month. Crazy, isn't it? Snow showers, tea, Christmas carols, Christmas decoration, cookies, gloves, hats, scarves, boots, coats, all take place in the beautiful month of...December. What a lovely month this is, celebrating the birth of our beloved Savior! As all this 'new' stuff arrives, new moments are also cherished and remembered. You may get busy since the holidays are just around the corner. I know how that all is, shopping, family time, friends, tests in school, baking, and so much more takes up your day and time. Although, we should not forget to read our wonderful bible. Right?!

As the new month approached us before we could stop it, I have once again started at the beginning of Proverbs 1. I have been doing this every single month since winter 2006. Perhaps, a few of you don't know what I'm talking about. You see, the lovely book of Proverbs has 31 chapters, total. Now, since each month varies from 30-31 days, not including February, you take Proverbs and lets say for an example, December 1st you read Proverbs 1. Now, since December has 31 days, you will totally match up with Proverbs. Of course, a few months throughout the year are short a day, that's ok! Do you see where I'm going with this? For each day, you read a Proverb. The 15th of December you read Proverbs 15! I'm pretty sure a few of you knew that!?

However, I have learned another trick from a friend concerning Psalms. I haven't done this in awhile, so as December 1st was yesterday, I began it up again. This is what you do. Lets say you'd be interested in reading the Psalms in a whole month...but how, you ask yourself? Well, you take for example, December 1st, you read Psalm 1, 31, 61, 91, and 121. Do you see any pattern? Ok, let me explain myself. For each day, you read the date and then add 30 to each chapter. Understanding? Another example, December 10th, read Psalm 10, 40, 70, 100, and 130. As you know, there are only 150 chapters. So, on average, you read 5-6 chapters a day, and surprisingly, you get through the whole book! Give it a shot and see how much you'll learn from the Psalms. My favorite is to pray a Psalm, especially Psalm 51! That is a Psalm which has helped me so much. You might notice that you have ignored the book of Psalm so, take your eyes to that book and explore the beautiful writings therein!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving...that's why it's called THANKS!

Hey y'all! Sorry that I always have to start my posts with....sorry! Well, perhaps not always, but it does happen often. My grandpa came in yesterday (Germany) for a 2 week visit. So, I will NOT be posting THAT much. It's kind of crazy over here. It's nice though, to have him here. It's been 11 months already. Anyways, I just want to wish all of you a happy, happy Thanksgiving! I know this is a day which our country has called, "Turkey Day!" It may just mean food, family, friends and football to you, but it's a day for being grateful! Thankful for all the blessings God has poured upon us this year and our life. We are all blessed too much and forget to thank the Lord! I want you, if you can, take the moment and read this poem!

Lord, so often times, as any other day
When we sit down to our meal and pray

We hurry along and make fast the blessing
Thanks, amen. Now please pass the dressing

We're slaves to the olfactory overload
We must rush our prayer before the food gets cold

But Lord, I'd like to take a few minute more
To really give thanks to what I'm thankful for

For my family, my health, a nice soft bed
My friends, my freedom, a roof over my head

I'm thankful right now to be surrounded by those
Whose lives touch me more than they'll ever possibly know

Thankful Lord, that You've blessed me beyond measure
Thankful that in my heart lives life's greatest treasure

That You, dear Jesus, reside in that place
And I'm ever so grateful for Your unending grace

So please, heavenly Father, bless this food You've provided
And bless each and every person invited


--Scott Wesemann

Isn't this beautiful!? God is good, good to us and provides EVERYTHING we need. Take the moment and thank him for all he's done in your life. That's why it's called THANKSgiving day, and not UN-THANKFUL day! Have a great DAY!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Give Me Your Eyes

I have been fighting with my inner self (you can say) about whether to share this music video, or to not. But, for some reason the thought has always been coming back to DO IT! So, here I am, posting this video up by Brandon Heath. I couldn't put the video on my blog as much as I wanted, the YouTube disabled it. Anyways, this entire song is such a witness to my family and I. It has become the song of the month! :) I just felt that I should share this with all of you. The video really speaks to us Christians. It's so true, we do need God's eyes. We are too blind. We categorize people too quickly as either being 'too sinful to hang around' or whatever it is we don't have the eyes to see the need this world is going through. We care too much about ourselves, when we should call out to God to give us his eyes, his arms, and pure humility to reach out to all the people. We are too busy to see the confusion everyone goes through. It's time to reach out to EVERYONE. Male, female, child, baby, widows(er), singles, homeless, etc. You need to care for the ones around you! Please check this video out, please watch it and I hope it ministers to you as well.

Friday, November 14, 2008

I got awarded!

I have been awarded! This is the first time. I'm really excited about it too! My wonderful friend Kalani did it for me! Isn't that sweet?! I now will pass this on to:

Allison at Letter From Christ
Check this out y'all for more info: Kindred Spirit Network

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Make a guy feel at ease!

I have added a new link to something just absolutely amazing! As girls, we all have the problem with dressing. We either want to fit in, wear something fashionable (me), dress to impress, or maybe you have chosen to dress to please God. Well, maybe you have thought before or you may have not. A lot of us don't think of guys before we get in the closet and pick something out, or whether you're at the mall or clothing store. We just think about ourselves. We just want to be cool and so with it. We will dress in skimpy clothing, tight pants or skirts, short, short, shorts, tight tops, low cut tops, see through blouses, and the list goes on and on. Now, I'm being bold, but shouldn't I touch this topic? I do want to stand up and be a difference. I could go into further detail, but as of now I have decided just to discuss this subject slightly, but enough to get my point across. When it comes to the truth I am very bold, just ask my family and friend. Anyways, my point is modesty.

We as girls have the tendency to just care about ourselves and just wear whatever is hot, or so in the style. We may not think at the moment that guys will see us and will struggle with themselves inwardly. Young godly men will have to fight with themselves in order to look away from lust. There can be a very strong christian young man, but when a pretty girl walks into the room all his thoughts turn to her, and literally his mouth will be dripping, or his heart pulsing very fast. My friend once told me that when she dressed modest around guys they felt more at ease. For example, when she wore a pair of loose jeans and a loose top. Now, when she had something on which was just a bit tighter, she could feel these same guys nervous, and not knowing how to react towards her. Isn't this shocking. I'm mostly talking of Christian men. I was at another neighborhood 1 1/2 ago, and that is what I CALL ungodly guys! I would get mocked for wearing modest clothing, that is in the summer. And when I wore something which was considered normal in their eyes, they went CRAZY! Ok, I could see that right there when wearing modest clothing guys feel (in my case) more at ease. I do believe that.

So, with all this said, I want you girls to check this Modesty Survey out. Take a look at it, and study it carefully. Don't get offended, only consider it as a blessing and learning more and more how to become like Christ! Amen!

Check this letter out from the Rebelution Blog, it's pretty straight forward.

Dear Friends, has launched the results of their massive Modesty Survey! Over 1,600 Christian guys have answered questions on everything from glitter lotion and lip gloss to swimsuits and skirt slits! It's everything girls have ever wanted to ask guys about modesty, but were afraid to ask! For guys, it's really interesting to see what other Christian guys think! Most importantly, the survey is presented as a resource to help Christian girls (and guys), not a list of legalistic rules, and it is accompanied by the Modesty Survey Petition (which tons of guys have signed) which encourage young women to focus on the heart, not the hemline, to honor their parents, etc.The results were released on St. Valentine's Day as a gift from 1,600 Christian guys to all Christian girls -- and I can't think of a better one! Now the survey is being endorsed by people like Shaunti Feldhahn ("For Women Only") Nancy Leigh DeMoss (Revive Our Hearts), CJ Mahaney (Sovereign Grace Ministries) and Shannon Ethridge ("Every Woman's Battle")!

TAKE A LOOK! The Modesty Survey

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Choose life for 08!

This year's elections are coming around fast. I can remember so vividly when George W. Bush went for his 2nd term in 2004. Yet, another 4 years came around quickly and here we are once again in the limbo with whom to vote for. However, Barack Obama may seem to be appearing well educated, and plans to change America in a great way. What does great mean in his eyes. I don't know much about Obama to make a statement, so I will be careful with my words. Although, Obama is for one thing which is enough for me to vote (if I could) against him. He stands behind abortions and wants to make it allowed. If a mother goes to a Planned Parenthood and decides to have an abortion, this baby, if it makes it, will be killed if Obama gets elected as president. I don't simply understand how a man can make a law like this. How can you! If a baby survives the abortion and comes out of the mother alive, Obama will have this infant killed on spot! Are we to support this or stand up to make a biblical difference? This is up to you. I choose McCain, he is for life, we should vote life. Not death. All those who are for death will surely reap the consequence. What does the sixth commandment say? 'THOU SHALT NOT KILL'. Yes, abortion is killing a baby which doesn't have the chance to live. Vote for life! It lays on your conscience, who will you choose?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Ideas for Halloween!

Hello everyone out there in the blogging world! Thank you everyone for leaving a comment on my previous post, it was very exciting to see a new one come up ever so often. I really do appreciate some of the kind words many of you said. I sometimes don't know if my words make sense, however, when y'all leave a comment and express how you feel, then I myself feel encouraged to continue on and be bold about the truth! Amen, amen!

While my mom was reading my previous post concerning Halloween, she gave me a few more ideas, and I would like to share them with you. I stated my point why not to celebrate Halloween, however, maybe there are some of you who have read what I posted but don't know what to do next. Well, that's why I'm here to post a few ideas. So, get ready, here I GO!

1. You can celebrate the night with dressing in orange (shirt, pants, skirt, dress, socks, etc.). Make all orange dishes, have special food for that night and read stories in the end of your evening.

2. I know some friends and they celebrate Reformation Day. Reformation Day was when Martin Luther nailed the 95 thesis to the door of the church. They also dress up like the people who had to do with the Reformation. Or even they might dress up as bible characters and have once again delicious food. Food is always a fun thing!

3. Have a special family night. You can either sit around as a family and tell stories, watch family movies, play games, etc.

4. Carve out a pumpkin and while you do it explain why. I will list a few scripture verses. Lets say you carve out all the inside, all the seeds and slimy pulp you can say, 'Create in me a pure heart, God. Psalm 51:10'. Then when you slid a large knife right into the center of the pumpkin a great verse would be, 'God's word is alive and working. It is sharper than a sword sharpened on both sides. It cuts all the way into us...'And God's word judges the thoughts and feelings in our hearts. Hebrews 4:12'. Also when you take all the slimy pulp into the garbage you can read out of the bible, 'He has taken our sins away from us as far as the east is from west. Psalm 103:12'. Next, carve a face, when doing this you can have a member in your family read the scripture as this one, 'The eye is a light for the body. If your eyes are good then you whole body will be full of light. Matt.6:22'. Don't forget the beautiful wide smile, 'Happiness makes a person smile. Proverbs 15:13'. (This idea is taken from a wonderful book titled 'The Pumpkin Patch Parable'.) Don't think I got that all from my mind! :)

I know I only have 4 ideas, but it's just a few things that I have heard of to spend that night. I have done these things and have really remembered them and enjoyed it too. You can do anything that night to keep yourself off the streets from the trick or treaters. Share with me what you do!

Monday, October 20, 2008

October 31...Halloween!

Now here come my long waiting (well, was it that long?) post that all of you are waiting for!

Let's take it from this perspective and point, I'll be bold to start with, "Should Christians in the first place 'even' celebrate Halloween?" Number one, doesn't the word Halloween sound to you like something spooky or dark? It does to me. Therefore, doesn't the bible state that we as Christians should be the light in this world and not fellowship with the dark? Halloween is a day set aside to worhip Satan and the darkness. It's a holiday which glorifies the darkness of this world rather than what I said a few sentences ago, the light of Jesus Christ.

As believers, we are called to "Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. [1 Thesalonians 5:21-22] Who can deny that virtually all of the symbols of Halloween are evil? Witches, monsters, ogres, vampires, ghosts, ghouls, goblins, devils and demons all portray evil. Christians are to "... have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." [Ephesians 5:11] Many Christians don't see this, all they see is the fun in going trick-or-treating and dressing up in funny'n cute costumes i.e. princess, pumpkin, Winnie the Pooh and so on. All this is fine, dressing up in cute costumes is ok, as long as there is always a healthy perspective on things. However, it's when you go out at night on October 31 and when you assosiate and encourage this holiday. You may think, "Oh, there's nothing wrong with having a little bit of fun tonight." Well, a little bit of fun can lead into a little bit of ruin. Ringing the doorbell of many homes and celebrating that night and the darkness which is often hid behind all the 'fun' is nothing but Halloween. While you may have participated "all in fun," be assured, Halloween is serious business for Satanists and witches.

Believe me, I have done Halloween before when growing up as a small girl. It wasn't until my parents woke up and saw the real meaning behind all of this darkness and evil. The world portrays it is a cute holiday, and when you reach my age (16) you don't dress up in those cute costumes anymore, it's more of the dead, bloody, witches, disgusting monsters etc. Sadly, little children don't know the difference if you yourself as a parent does Halloween. When Christians participate in Halloween, it sends a message to children that witchcraft, demonism, Satanism, and the occult are something fun, entertaining and harmless.

But what exactly is wrong with Halloween? It does not have even one single redeeming virtue. It is custom born out of pagan superstition. It is a demon-inspired, devil-glorifying, occult festival. It is an evening holy unto evil, death, and divination. The Scriptures tells us to "Abstain from all appearance of evil." [1Thess. 5:22] You may think it's just an innocent fun thing to do to gather candy and to dress up in goofy costumes. My friends, no, Halloween is of the Enemy, he puts this lie into your mind to trick you that it's fun and harmless. It's the night of death, of ghosts, of monsters, of goblins, of wicked and disgusting things! The Lord gives us wisdom and guiding to stay far away from all this evil. Take not my word, but what the bible has to say about it. But we only do this in fun...we don't practice witchcraft," those things that represent Satan and his domain cannot be handled or emulated "for fun". Such participation places you in enemy and forbidden territory and that is dangerous ground.

Do not participate into the evil this year, abstain from it all and cling to the Lord Jesus. There are numerous things you can do that evening. One year I remember that my family and I did an
'orange night', meaning, we dressed up all in orange and eating all orange foods. Or we have passed out witnessing tracks hidden within the candy. It's up to you what you will do this Halloween. Will you follow the world and just try to fit in with just a cute innocent costume? Or will you stand the ground for the Lord and fight the battle that evil night of the dead? It's your choice.

Friday, October 17, 2008

One more time!

Once layout! Y'all you just have to get used to it, Vanessa changes things all the time! How do you like this one?

Pictures of the beautiful fall weather!

I know I said that my next post was going to be about Halloween, however I decided to share a few pictures my family and I took yesterday while walking in the forest.
This is right outside of my back yard. My brother Marc captured this picture while is was raining! Looking out of the kitchen door, this is your fall view!
We had such gorgeous weather yesterday, sunny skies and in the low 50's. Of course, it's back to the cloudy skies of October today!

I just love those red, orange, yellow, and lime green mix! Fall where I live is amazing. Back when I lived in Texas, I didn't have the chance to experience a fall like this. Now, I really am enjoying it. Although, Texas is still in my heart! :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Coming up post....

We all know that this month is the month where we see Halloween decoration. Isn't that correct? Some houses have really disgusting stuff. My next post will be about this topic..."HALLOWEEN", or in other words..."The devil's night!"

Give me a few days to pray about this post and for the Lord to give me specific wisdom on this subject. It's not an easy one, many Christians fall for this...stay with me.

My answers to the test

Ok, I'll now tell you my answers to my 'True Friend Test'. Be glad this was a friend test, not a math test! :o

Question #1: Am I girly girl, or more of tomboy?
Answer: I'm a tomboy! LOL. I'm serious, my mom has to slow me down at times!!
Question #2: What is my favorite time of the day?
Answer: Morning-it's the time to meet with GOD!
Question #3: Which 2 instruments do I like the best?
Answer: Violin and Piano-duh, that's because I play those two!!
Question #4: Out of these 4, which do I like the most?
Answers: Well, talking is the one! I'm a very social person-my nickname at times....'social butterfly' my name means butterfly!
Question #5: Out of these 4, which do I hate the most?
Answer: TV-I mean the local channels and cable. Now, I do like some movies (i.e. Christian movies)
Question #6: How many siblings do I have?
Answer: The Lord has blessed me with 4.
Question #7: How many children do I want?
Answer: Get ready for this one y'all.....13! Hey, babies are a BLESSING!
Question #8: My favorite color?
Answer: Green
Question #9: Which one is my dream?
Answer: Living on a ranch and farm and marrying a cowboy! Hey, I'm still a Texan in heart!
Question #10: Am I loud or quiet?
Answer: LOUD! Ask my entire family plus friends! Nessa is a LOUD one! LOL!

Now you all know me from a different perspective. If you thought I was this proper little (well, little is right!) girl, then you were wrong. What I mean by little is....height!! Hahaha!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Funny conversation between a little one!

Hey everyone. I'm once again sorry that I haven't been posting like I 'want to', but there has been a few issues going on around here lately that I have to slow down and just take a break. Anyways, I don't have much to say just a cute story that went on the other night between my little sister and I.

Her name is Izzabella (Izzy), this is how our little five minute conversation went like. She calls me Nessa, just so you know.

"Hey Izzy, you know that in a few years from now you'll be loosing your teeth."

"But-but, Nessa, I don't want them to fall out, I eat healthy food, my teeth are strong!"

"Yeah, I know you don't eat sugary foods, but it's just normal as you get older, your body just does that so you can have some big girl teeth."

"But why? It's gonna hurt, who does this to me? Who will punch me?"

"Oh Izzy, no one will punch you or hurt you, God just has it planned out like that."

"Well, tell God that I don't want him to take my teeth out! Tell him I eat too healthy, and my teeth aren't suppose to go anywhere!"

Cute, huh? What a blessing to have a little one!

Monday, October 6, 2008

First time TAGGED!

I got tagged for the very first time by Lacy on A Godly Maiden!! I was so happy when I saw that comment she left me! Thanks Lacy!!! :)

1. Link to the person(s) who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag sixish people at the end of your post.
5. Let each person know he or she has been tagged.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up

Ok...I know I have six random things about myself!

1. I'm not scared of anything except bees (well, mostly)
2. I'm 16 and am quite short- 4'11''!
3. I don't have any cavities
4. I've never had any facial skin problems
5. I HATE T.V.
6. To my knowledge, I'm not allergic to anything!

That's all I could think about myself, of course if I would ask my brothers and sister they would probably say 6 time itself! But, it's okay to be a bit awkward! That's what makes me unique!

Now, I'll tag 6 others:

Allison at
Kalani at
Lydia at
Bethany at
Katie at
Kaysie at

Don't tag me, but six others!

Now, pass this on, and have fun with it....!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Swim the other WAY!

Sorry guys and girls! I know that I haven't been on this blogging world in ages. You know how my blog looks like, not a post since September 23, if you look at my e-mail, it looks the same way and you can then tell how busy I have been. However, believe me, even though school life and afterward activities have been keeping me busy, I have been thinking of blogging everyday, but, there's always a but with something, my time doesn't allow it. There are only 24 hours in a day, and out of those 24 I'm either, sleeping, eating, doing school, cleaning, babysitting, spending time with family, etc. Ok, enough about 'my life' more about why I'm here and why I've decided to post!!!

The other day (actually 2 weeks ago, this has been on my mind but I haven't got the chance to post it out) my family and I were driving around town to get to a soccer game, not to mention, we were already beating the time. My dad was pressing that speed and trying to get to that specific soccer field. So, with the speedometer reaching higher and higher so was the time getting higher and higher. Y'all are probably like, "What's this girl saying, she's a nut case!" Just wait a minute, I'll get to my point. Anyways, my dad was of course really wanting to get to that soccer game just on time, however, a few hours before he was going too fast and sure enough the police let off his annoying siren....and as well all know, he gave my poor dad a ticket. Now, as we were driving we all were saying, "Dad, please slow down you don't need another ticket." Well, he did slow down after all and then this is what my mom said, "Honey, you can't follow the normal speed as everyone because then yourself will get caught into trouble!" Now, I'll get to my reason and point.

The moment my mom said those words, it went into my 16 year old brain and meant more than just that phrase of 17 words. This is what I got out of it. What my mom said and meant made total sense when you take it into a metaphor and base it around the world and us Christians. Take a look at this. Just as my dad was trying to go the speed everyone was going and if he does so then he'll eventually get caught. So is it when we all try to go with the speed of this world. Let it be music, fashion, movies, actors and actresses, etc. We all want to stay on top of things and keep everything in what is called now, 'new' and not the 'old' times. If we as Christians try to stay and run into this world with speed and getting all the latest things we too will sooner or later get into trouble. God will at times take things for awhile, however, we all get too comfortable with this way of doing things and God will try anything to knock us on the head, but many of us are too busy to even hear him that we ignore his call and then, a consequence will come.

I once had a t-shirt with about 100 fishes on it. All the fishes were swimming one way, whereas there was one fish out of those 100 who was swimming the opposite. All the others were coated in yellow, whereas this one was green. Does this make sense? All those other fishes were going with the flow, dressing the same to some degree, and doing the same thing(s). It takes a lot of will power and self-control to 'swim' the opposite direction. This is just the same with being on the street and with being in the world as Christians. You have all these cars speeding by you going maybe 5-10 above the actual speed limit and maybe there's one of two who are following the sign and rule. This all applies to the above examples. All of us have to swim the other way, going the way which is right, even though it's tough and very difficult, great will be our reward in heaven. Right now we might not think about that, we often press hard and have tears for persecution, but great will be our reward in heaven!

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Matthew 7:13
With all this said, my message to all of you today is to....SWIM THE OTHER WAY!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New blog-Lydia

I want to let all of you know, that I have added a new blog to my blogging list. It's this new young lady Lydia, a girl like us who strives to be pure before the perfect and holy God! Give her blog a view and tell her how beautiful and wonderful it is! Praise the Lord for more young ladies like this. Our world sure needs it!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pray for the ones in need!

I'm sorry y'all! I've been just so busy that posting on my blog isn't part of my life lately. I'm telling ya, being a Junior this year really holds you back for some hours! Anyways, my post isn't about my school life! :)

I was thinking today (like usual), how my mom always told me from little on, perhaps when I was 5 or 6 how the power of prayer works and how to use it everywhere no matter knowing the person or not. This is what she has taught me, "Vanessa, whenever you hear an ambulance, voice a 5 second prayer in your mind for that person, that the Lord will be on his/her side and that if they are not saved that either the doctor or nurse will be the witness to this lost soul." Sure enough, I do keep that statement in mind whenever one passes by, (believe me, you'll notice how often it happens).

1. Whenever you hear an ambulance siren, say a prayer for the person inside!

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up... James 5:15 (a)

That's all have for now. May the Lord be with all of you, keep strong, press forward, and pure before the eyes of the Lord. Have a blessed week and a joyous day!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Press forward!

This has helped me a bunch over the past 2 years when I had to move from my home state, and when going through some difficult times last year. I just thought about sharing this with all of you.

Don't waste time grieving over the past mistakes. Learn from them and move on!

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. Philippians 3:14

Sunday, September 7, 2008

We have a big impact!

Have you ever had a moment of anger, such anger where you want to really throw it out and make it known? If so, then you know what I'm talking about. I don't mean you have to yell or scream, hit or kick, or use bad language, just having it inside of you and being irritated and standing on the edge of your patience. I can relate to this pretty well when playing the sport of tennis. Sometimes that ball will not get over the net and it'll just barely go high enough. Or if the ball goes onto the other court or if I have a weak backhand and I can hardly get it over the net. My patience really goes low. I want to at times get that racket and wack it on the court. Hey, I know that may sound funny, or a bit rediculous that little Vanessa would really do that, but believe me, I do at times feel that way and want to let all my anger loose! If the racket I use wouldn't be the kind and costly one it is, then I would whack it on the court! However, at times I really do appreciate in a sense that my tennis racket is a great brand and is costly because it forces me from not banging it on the court. You see, even though this is just a sport, but I have a weakness in this area to become angry.

I have realized and have come to the point that my actions speak louder than my words! There are others on these tennis court area playing the exact sport. Now, who knows, they may all be unbelievers or all believers. Or there may be just one unbeliever who has the same anger letting out and being mad at himself and sure is showing it. If this person sees me then he/she might be thinking, "Oh, everyone has this problem of anger, it's considered normal and especially when playing this sport!" Do you see this my friends? Do you clearly see how much of an impact a Christian does have. Even if this person doesn't know that we are believers, but we know, and it is important for us to always act with kindness and being gentle with our actions and words. We could be a light for this person without any of us knowing. This person could then see and be impressed with how we are acting, and therefore God will get the glory, not us. Always remember that!

Anger turns to sin when it is selfishly motivated,when God’s goal is distorted, or when anger is allowed to linger. Notice that anger isn't always sin. Take Ephesians 4:26 as an example: "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath." Psalm 4:4 says, "In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent." When we give in to anger, we often focus on our own welfare, comfort or happiness. Instead, we should be primarily concerned about other people’s welfare and being a good witness for God.

My friends, for my conclusion I want you all to see and realize that we have a big impact with the way we act and speak. It doesn't have to be tennis which gets you angry, it could be your siblings, parents, best friend, spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, whoever and whatever the situation might be. Let us always speak and act pleasing unto the Lord. Anger is of Satan and he uses this tool for us to fall into sin and into an area with which we are weak in. If we know we are weak in a certain area, then ask the Lord to help you and give you the strength to walk out of it. Anger can shatter communication and tear apart relationships, and it ruins both the joy and health of many.

Psalm 37:8: Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

A BIG Thanks!

Hey everyone! I just want to thank you all for taking your precious time and visiting my blog. Also, even if I have some "invisible" viewers, I just want to take the moment and thank you for visiting. For all of you who have left numerous comments I really appreciate it! I like to thank Allison on Letter From Christ for coming to my blog and often saying, "Thanks for the encouragement!" That is very nice to know that there is some 'help' in my words and posts! There has been so many visitors that I can't even think where to begin. Kalani on Unhidden Light, Emily on Emily's Rabbit Blog (she left a comment on my post 9/2/08...thanks:), Paige on Paige's Page, Samantha, and my best friend Erica who has been leaving comments as anonymous! Noelle as you visited my blog this past weekend, and Lacy on A Godly Maiden. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I know there are many more and my thanks are to all of you.

With Love, Nessa

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

School is in Session!

My, my, my! School is actually here. I have completed my first day of being a Junior. Do I feel any different? Nah, not physically, but I sure do mentally! I'm more smarter today than yesterday, isn't that right, learning everyday! Even though I sometimes still use the words, 'y'all' and 'ain't', that's just my Texan tongue. Once a Texan, always a Texan! Anyways, I'm talking about school here, not my past. Since I was a very young child I have been getting up early and starting school early. All of my siblings have. It's the way we have been raised since I have a military father. Those of you who have one know what I mean! :) They are more strict at times and there is a schedule. I wake up at 5:00 and begin school at 6:30. From then on it's study, study, study, and work out the math (as to speak). I end school on average at 2:30. So there you have it, 8 hours of fun!! (just kidding). No, really it's not too bad. It just sometimes gets to me when you have that many hours...! However, this morning as I was doing my quiet time I thought of how blessed I am. The Lord has blessed me with another school year. Giving me a mind which is able to comprehend major high school stuff!

Now, I have completed 1 day and just have 179 more days to go! Yippee! Look at school from a different perspective. Make it a joy! Do everything unto the Lord! Even through all the difficult problems, the Lord is with you! School is tough, I know it!

Have a blessed week!

Friday, August 29, 2008


Hey guys! This is still Maiden of Purity. I just got a whole new layout. I wanted to try something different. That's who I am, trying new things! Let me know what you think about the 'new' background!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Taking off for a week!

I will not be posting for about a week. I just want all of you to know this because I have to take only these last few days of my summer and spend them wisely. Also, I am being kept busy with preparing for school. I only have one more week and then the business starts up again. I have been going through my books, gathering up school supplies, writing out a lesson plan, and most of all, psyching my mind up! HA HA! Ok, I will be back in perhaps a week, unless something comes up this week which I will want to share. God bless y'all!

Friday, August 22, 2008

The '3' letter word...why!

Have you ever had a moment where you thought, "Lord, why is this incident happening? Why are you allowing this to happen?" I sure have, and am very guilty of sometimes catching myself with asking, "Why, why, why?" Well, let me tell you about the little word 'why.'

When we often say why we are simply meaning, "For what reason?, how so?, how?, how is it that?" And, that little why word is also another way of either complaining, or questioning. We many times don't even realize what that little three lettered word can mean or how much of an impact it can have. Look, let's take another example, let's say, your mom asks you to clean the dishes for lunch, however, without doing it some of us say, "Why mom?" That right there my friends is complaining and questioning her command. Just as I stated in my first paragraph at how many of us come to God when things aren't going the way we want them to be, we come straight at him and say, "Why Father God, why?"

Allow myself to read you a line which my best friend told me when I was going through something I didn't understand. "Vanessa never ask God 'why' He's obviously allowing this incident to happen for a reason! We don't always understand what, but he knows. Nothing passes by the eyes of the Lord, he has a plan in this." Isn't that amazing words of wisdom? When she told me that it was a light bulb inside of my turned on and I awoke. All the times before when something would go on which I wasn't to pleased with, I would, complain to the Lord. When my friend told me this I realized and confessed to God. Everything that goes on in our lives are just a clear sign that the Lord has his hand in it all and is in total control.

Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. I Corinthians 10:11

He teaches us through the hardest times and we are not to be murmuring and questioning God why this and that. When incidences happen where we don't always understand it is a time where we draw closer to God, because we cleave to him all the more to find the answer!

Draw nigh unto God and he will draw nigh unto you. James 4:8 (a)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Last days of summer :(

Hello everyone. I'm so sorry that I haven't got around and published anything new since August 8th. I have been just enjoying the last few days of summer, and am slowly getting ready for school. We haven't started and won't start for another 2 weeks, however, just writing out a lesson plan, and getting all my books together, and going over some new ones. I'm getting a little bit excited, but can't believe summer is about over! Fall will be here in a month and then, oh no, the long cold winter months. Especially where I live, you get about 5-6 months of cold, snowy weather. Well, it's still some months away!

This Sunday at church my family and I recited for the first time, Psalm 1 by heart! I was so amazed and very excited that we achieved this task. I know Psalm 1 is only 6 verses, but hey, it was a start, and as for my mom and dad, we need to go slow on them at first. :) We are working on Psalm 100 for the next time. You see, each month (third Sunday of every month) our church has what we call a, hymn sing. It's where we play hymns on piano or guitar, then our pastor reads scripture and allows a few moments of silence for the Holy Spirit to speak to anyone. Then you can either recite scripture as an individual, or together with your family. We decided to do it together as a family. However, my dad has challenged my siblings and I to take a chapter in the bible and work on it till the next hymn sing which will be, Sept.21. I have decided to do James 3. It will be a challenge, however, it's kind of motivating to do because you feel as you have achieved a great accomplishment. And you have! It's a great reward!

Oh, one quick thing before I go. As I was out and about last week, I saw a bumper sticker on a car, this is what it said. "God hears knee-mail!"

Friday, August 8, 2008

DON'T take the BAIT!

I got this book by Nancy Leigh Demoss and Dannah Gresh for my birthday. It's titled, 'Lies Young Women Believe.' I want to take a moment and share something out of that book what I learned this morning while doing my quiet time, take a look at these four powerful paragraphs. I recommend this book for any young lady. It is a big eye opener. Not everything, but a lot of things!

If you've ever gone fishing, you know that you won't catch anything if all you do is throw an empty hook in the water. Fish are smarter than that. If you want to catch a fish, you have to put some kind of bait on your hook.

Satan's lies are the bait he uses to catch us. James 1:14-15 exposes the tactics Satan uses to ensare us.
"But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death."

Satan takes the things you desire and promises to fulfill those desires if you will simply reject God and ignore His Word. But he doesn't come right out and say. "Reject God and ignore His Word. " Instead, he convinces you that doing something just once won't really hurt anything. Or that other people are finding happiness when that reject God. "And after all," he hisses, "doesn't God want you to be happy?"

When you take the bait, you've given birth to sin. Satan's goal is to use your sin to destroy you. John 10:10 says,
"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
So, the next time you're tempted to do something you know you shouldn't do, remember-there's a hook waiting for you. Don't take the bait!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

My birthday!

It's my birthday! Yes, my 16th! I can't imagine that I'm actually 16 years old! I remember when I was always about 8 or so I'd try to think and just wonder how I'd be like when I'm 16. Well, life went by without even realizing and I'm there now. It's amazing, God has given 15 wonderful years. I'm healthy, blessed, have a awesome family, and an amazing best friend!

As I start my new year, I pray that the Lord will bless me with wisdom, courage, strength, and love. I have had a great 15 years of my life. Each day I learned something new. My fifteenth year was great. I really came closer to the Lord and learned to totally rely upon him in ALL things. I endured trials and hardships, and as well as joyful moments. Times where I didn't want it to end. I was blessed to see my God, seeing him work through my life and through the lives of others. It was wonderful to just watch as I prayed for a request and see the Lord fulfill it slowly by slowly.

I have an amazing family. Parents who are always there for me when I need them most. My dad and mom are the ones who have taught me the ways of the Lord. They directed me when I was younger, with love, patience, and joy. They have been the ones who encouraged me when I was down, they brought me up in the way of the Lord. I wouldn't be where I am right now if it weren't for my parents. I have a mom who knows me in and out. She is a powerful praying woman, praying for the ways of her children. She has directed me in wisdom and love when I need it the most. My dad has provided such a wonderful love for me. He has never missed my birthday, and always made it possible to come home from work. As I celebrate my sixteenth birthday he is out of town on a business trip, however. This is the first time, and he sure doesn't like it. He has corrected me when I have sinned and has turned me from the way of sinners. He has been my shield and protector. I feel safe in my father and love him dearly. His funny humor brings me up when I'm down. Thank you mom and dad for being in my life, for leading me, and for raising me up to become a godly lady. I love you both!

My siblings are the ones who I couldn't imagine life without. We have laughed endless hours, talked, and fought. They never ignore me, and always are there for me. I pray for you guys daily, and am so blessed that we are still all together. Marc, as you are approaching 19, I'm very happy that you still are with us. That you haven't left this house yet, I love to talk to you at night, and am blessed for the brother I have! Alec, and Noah, you guys are something else. Making me laugh 24/7 and are always there when I need you guys. Continue to stay the cute little boys, and always remember the relationship with have as siblings. Izzy, my sister, I love you, you little thing. Thanks for making my life wonderful. You are my sister, and my love! I cannot believe that we are all growing up. I wish and pray to God that we will all live together. In a reasonable distance. I don't want to live without my four wonderful siblings, and my lovely parents. I need God, my family, my grandparents, and my best friend and that's all. I have been blessed with amazing siblings, a godly, caring, loving family. I love you guys so very much, my siblings, my best siblings!!

Now, my best friend. Erica, I want to thank you for the friendship you have given me. The wonderful times we have had, the long conversations, and the encouragement you give me. You correct me when I have wronged, and have been there from me at all times. I feel like you are no longer a friend, but a sister. A dear sister to my heart, one whom I can talk about anything! You are the best friend, a friend anyone needs to have. You are a true friend, a sister in heart. You even called me at 12:27 AM the time I was born and wished me a happy birthday this early morning. You have taught me and showed me the ways of the Lord. Erica, I love you!

I can say more, to my family and friend, but it would be a very long post. I have had a blessed year, and pray for another wonderful year to come. My sixteenth year will be following after the Lord! I want this year to be even better than last years, to have a closer relationship with my God, and with each of my family members. Thank you guys for everything!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

My testimony!

Hey y'all!

I got BAPTIZED today! You're probably like, "What? I thought, she was, I thought she's saved?!" Well, that's fine. Ok, let me tell you about myself and my walk with the Lord and how it has changed over the years.

I accepted Christ when I was a little 6 year old. I thought it was the right thing, however, the older I got the more doubts came up. If I sinned I didn't really think it was all that bad. I would go ahead and live on with it. I turned 11 or so and still life was the same, always wondering, 'Am I saved? I think so?" So, I tried each time to really get close to the Lord. I would try to motivate myself with reading the bible and praying, however, I didn't have the urge to do it every morning. I didn't think I was a bad person, and I most certainly didn't find myself walking closer to the Lord. I would often pray the prayer over and over again, especially when I'd go to any conferences. But, I didn't take it serious. I wasn't feeling a growth in my life. It wasn't until I moved to Illinois almost 2 years ago, when I was 14. We began going to this church we found and my life was changed. I began to have convictions each day. I would wake up early in the morning just to have a special hour with the Lord. It was about the middle of October when I re-accepted Christ in my heart. I felt renewed. I felt that I was free from sin and was ready to begin over. I couldn't live the sinful life anymore. I felt rotten when I sinned and wanted to immediately ask for forgiveness. I totally surrendered my life to Christ and that fall and winter were just wonderful!

I was thinking, "Wow, my life is going great! My life with Christ is just wonderful!" Until, summer 07 hit! Of course, you are more outside and so are others, and in this case, kids. All ages, boys and girls. I began hanging around these kids having the thought, "It's ok to hang around a few hours, nothing bad will come out of this, besides they're all younger!" Sure enough, a few hours ended up into an entire day. I would get questioned about my faith and constantly what I call, persecuted! Whatever I'd say or do, kids would come out and say, "Why that, or why this?" I would tell them but the more I'd say, the more I'd get mocked. It always felt as if I would read my bible and pray, each day would get worse. I began to feel pressured and wondered, "Hm, I'm your child God, why aren't you watching over me?" Believe me, the last day I lived there was the worse! I felt like just falling apart, but still inside of me, I knew I was doing wrong with these kids but I did it, because I didn't want to be questioned about every little thing. We moved in the end of June and it wasn't until the middle of July or so did I realize how much senseless times I wasted out there. I began to feel troubled the entire summer with certain things and I would cry out to God and just ask him to take all this trouble away from me. The fall hit and I began to see that all that trouble that was going on with me and those kids was trials and tribulations. I began to search the bible and pray and just cry out to God. It says in the bible that when you walk with the Lord and the closer you get others will notice you and will mock you. I was getting those persecutions from 12, and 13 year olds.

All what went on last year was only a blessing from God because I became closer to Christ. My walk with him is just lovely, I am so excited to meet with him everyday! I can no longer imagine life without my God. Instead of complaining when I fall into trials and tests I rejoice! So, there you have it, that is why I got re-baptized this afternoon! Both my little brother who accepted Christ a year and a half ago and I did it on the same day! Praise the Lord!

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; James 1:2

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Cover up!

Today I had a fun, and what you can say a tiring day! I had one of the moms I babysit for call me and ask if I could come with her to the water park and watch her little baby who is barely 2 months old while she has a party with her little boy and his friends. I said sure! I was at the water park for about 4 hours! I had a great time holding and feeding the baby though. However, I sat there and I was able to observe all the people. It was very heartbreaking to see young girls walking around in these skimpy bathing suits. I just thought to myself, "I know it's hot out, but come on, aren't you ashamed to show so much of your body?" I was asked many times to get into the water, I would of, but I didn't know what was ok to wear and what wasn't. I know a lot of these public places don't allow shorts and tank tops. I would of gone, but, was so uncertain.

I just couldn't believe how youngsters walk around totally ok with what they wear. I sometimes just think, "What you're wearing is senseless, you're practically naked!" I'm serious! I know I'm being open and bold, but it's the truth! Just because they may have a good body and great figure doesn't mean that you can show it off. Many times when we see someone who is a bit overweight and they are just in some swimming trunks, or in a bathing suit, we say, "Ew, can't you put a t-shirt on?" But just because they look sick with the fat doesn't mean they should cover up. Everyone should cover up. However, our world is so messed up with thinking that if you are thin and in shape it's ok to go without any shorts or t-shirt. Fat or skinny, it doesn't matter, we all should keep our bodies for ourselves and later for our spouse. Did you know that until the mid-1800s guys and girls swam in different places or at different hours? Yet, today guys and girls swim together in swimwear that is often provocative and designed to expose your body!

You see little girls with the age of about 3 who are already dressed in bikinis, people think it's so cute! It may look cute, but these little girls are getting messed up with already thinking, "Oh, it's ok to dress with such little clothing!" Then you see them in mini skirts, and skinny strapped tank tops and swaying their hips back and forth because they see everyone else acting this way. That is true, everyone practically does dress that way and little girls don't know the difference because mommy is dressing them that way. Then once they hit 13 or so they are totally out of their mind and are dressing totally nuts! Sadly, they don't know the difference. They have been taught and have been dressed that way since a little child. They think it's normal to show off their body, to walk and act immodest. Then they have their own children and start that same pattern. You see, it just goes on and on. It's ridiculous!

As a Christian your behavior sets the tone for how others see you and your faith. Being modest in your appearance is just as great a witness to those around you as your words. One issue many non-Christians have with believers is that they tend to be hypocritical. If you are preaching purity and modesty to others while wearing revealing clothes you may be seen as a hypocrite. By being modest you allow people to see your inner faith rather than your outer appearance.

Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. 1 Peter 2:12 (TNIV)

Stand up and be modest. Don't try to follow the trend with dressing in the latest styles. You can still dress very cute and fashionable while at the same time being modest. I know, because I have seen so many. However, even wearing a skirt can be immodest if it's too tight or too short. Be careful when choosing your clothing. Make sure your tops aren't too sheer, tight, and short. You don't want to make others stumble and fall with your looks. Ask God to point out to you if you have anything against him. Are you causing others to stumble at the way you are dressing or acting? Dress modest. I'm not saying for you to wear skirts at all times, you can wear pants, it's fine, but just be aware and on the look out if they are immodest. They shouldn't be too tight around your hips, rear end, and thighs. Examine yourself and ask yourself these questions, "What will others notice or see? Why do I want to wear this outfit? Why do I like this style?" Prayerfully consider, "Am I truly modest-according to God's standard?"

Modesty is an issue of the heart. A heart of modesty affects every aspect of a woman's life-not just the way she looks, but her attitudes and the way she talks and acts, as well. Keep this in mind, 'What we wear+How we look=A picture of what we believe.

The next time you get dressed for an outing or whatever it is, look at yourself and ask those questions above! Pray to the Lord though, don't just listen to what I say, you need to have a conviction from the Holy Spirit, and not from someone else.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Lost souls!

Looks like I'm on a roll here, getting a post up everyday. Hm, don't get tooooo used to it, I might get a packed week one of these days, but I sure do enjoy getting a post up when I can. Just to let y'all know, I got a poll up! Yeah Vanessa!!

I got something pretty interesting to talk about. If you look at my post from yesterday it has to do with filthy talk and a froward mouth. Now, I DO HATE bad language, but to my surprise, I heard a whole lot of it yesterday evening at the park.

I was with my little sister at the play ground yesterday waiting for my two little brothers to finish their soccer practice. OK, my mom and dad were walking around the block nearby, so they left me in charge of my sister, which was fine. My mom didn't like the idea too well, because the area looked a bit, well you know, risky. But, she went along with the plan and made sure she'd keep an eye on the two of us every once and a while. She kept looking back at the play ground until there came a building at which my little sis and I were out of mom's and dad's sight. I didn't think much about it, since I was there with others and there was a whole bunch of dads from the soccer. Well, soon enough there came a whole 'gang' of African American boys. All ages, I'd say from 5-13. Oh my word, my heart was about to fall into pieces, my friends, I think I was about to die of pain. Those words which came out of their mouths was nothing but filth!

They started cussing at all the kids, and it was this one mom and me who were the only which you can say, "older ones." Well, this mom walked away with her daughter because it was getting pretty nasty with their talk. I grabbed my little sister's hand and started walking off, but had an eye on this one boy who I'm guessing was about 7. He could NOT say a single sentence without using profane talk. He started cussing at me and thinking he was the boss. I stood up and had enough, I couldn't take this bad mouth of his. I said, "You better stop this right now, what gives you the right to scare everyone off this play ground? It is not yours!" Ooh, did he blow up or what. He called me nasty names which I will never ever put in my mouth. He said something like this (without fowl language). "You, you, I don't care what you say to me, you're nothing but...." I was shocked and hurt at how little kids like this can be so perverted in their mind. I kept talking to him when there was this other boy who said, "Hey you, you better watch what you are doing, don't you be messing with him!" Sure enough that little boy who spoke back at me picked up some woods chips and through them at me! I left him alone and walked off. I wanted to say more, but I had to be careful because there were other boys who were about 17, and they could of come over and done the rest. I was in such a shock, and so troubled, my own heart was hurt at how you have youngsters like this talk in such a perverted way. I have never ever heard such speech.

Last night as I was trying to fall asleep I thought about that little boy. I can't even imagine what his household is like. I don't even want to imagine. I bet he has parents who yell, and use fowl language. I bet he has a total messed up life. There is something which he hates about himself because he's trying to use all his anger and beat up on other little kids. I feel very sorry for children like this. He doesn't know what love is, he probably has never had someone to love him. I prayed last night for that little boy and his friends, that they will all find Christ, that there will be some person who will bring the gospel around to these lost souls. There is no other hope but the love of Christ. I have seen the world from all corners for the past few days now and it is very hurtful to know what is out there. To know that you have children like this, they are left unattended day after day. They probably learn all this from the TV, their parents, friends, etc.. I can't go on thinking and walking past people like this, I want them to know who Christ is. I want them to live a life for God. That little boy has so much misery in his life. Think about it, he's just starting out his life, wait until he's 17 or 18, then we will talk about destruction. We need to begin praying for lost souls like this. Cry out to God, that they will find the light and that God will forgive them and they will turn their lives around and be a testimony to those around them!
Jesus is the hope for every man!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Life's Little Instructions from the BIBLE

Here is a quick reminder for today. A few words of wisdom from the best book in the entire world!
Remember that loving words quickly heal.

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. Proverbs 16:24

Speak words which will be kind, sweet, and gentle. Don't speak that which is filthy, for a froward tongue is that of the evil one. God wants us to speak kind and righteous words.

Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Psalm 34:13

There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health. Proverbs 12:18

That verse right there (Proverbs 12:18) is so very true. Doesn't it just hurt you when you hear people speak evil, and have filth lying on their tongue. My flesh wants to grab that person and say, "Stop!" But then, I would just shock them so I have to just pray that the Lord will change this person and that the Lord will put wisdom on my tongue so that I can tell this person. I find bad language very hurtful and disgusting!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Become blameless and pure!

Hello all my readers!

I visited a church with my family yesterday morning which I really liked. It was so nice to see like minded families and youth. I saw about 10 teens who all acted modest. None of them were messing around with each other like the average teens these days. I have walked into a church a few weeks ago where I was literally in shock! I never saw youth act that way in church. Now, I have seen teens and preteens act immodestly outside of church in the world, but I'm talking about church. That one church I attended was very nice, but when I walked to the youth department, I was shocked at how these young teens were acting. So foolishly and trying to get each other's attention. My own soul was hurt, I can't even believe how God must be hurting from these young teenagers.

Church is not a place to get entertainment, as so many want it. These young kids were wanting enjoyment for themselves and were not serious about worshipping Christ. I can figure out people pretty well, and once the service was over, they were out of the door straight to their 'buddies' or finding a way to do some inappropriate playing with the other gender. This was very sad to see. What if you have an unbeliever walking into church that morning, wanting to find something he/she has been lacking for years. If they walk into church and see the way these people act, they will think, "What, these are Christians, this is church? But they are acting just like the average!" Teenagers have a big impact on many people. What I mean by this is...many people see us as weird, disrespectful, embarrassed by their own family, wanting to be with friends only, immature, and you name it. The average person in this world sees teenagers as a red flag, "OH NO! Teens, destruction! DISASTER!"

I have been questioned about my faith this past weekend while visiting with two young girls, (13, and 16). The 16 yr. old asked me what my religion is. So, I told her that I'm a christian. Then she went on and said, "OK, I see, so you do the whole nine yards and everything?" Then I went on and said, "What are the whole nine yards?" "Oh, you know, pray before each meal, read your bible every morning and pray, pray at night and so on." I was like, "Oh, of course, that's what I love to do!" Then she pointed to my skirt, "That too, you just wear skirts?" "Oh yes, I do!" "Hm, you are interesting!" She went on with saying that just because I believe in God and that I have my religion it won't stop her from hanging around me, she said, "You have your belief, and I have mine!" She said, "If I could pick my religion I'd be a Buddhist!" I simply came back with, "Why?" She then answered, "Because, they are all about life, and they see nature from a different perspective, and you get to live!" I wanted to say more, but sadly the conversation had to end like that because I had to leave. I wanted to say, "We are not here on this earth to live and have fun, we are here to live our lives for Christ, to live and die for him." I know I will have another opportunity, because I see these girls weekly. I pray that God will bring me the moment when I can witness, and that I can be a light. I just thought it was so interesting that they noticed I was different. I have only been together with them two times!

Anyways, I kind of got off my main subject here. I am pointing more to the teens of our world, and the ones compared to the church. Many of these youth in the youth groups are just like the teens in our world. Yes, I do believe you have some serious kids who are set apart and wanting to live for Christ, but then you have some who are just at church because dad and mom make them go, or because they might have 'fun' there. A lot of churches make that mistake with adding too many activities for the young teens. They just go to have FUN! I know that the teens of this world, the ones who don't have a relationship with Christ and don't go to church talk about guys, and girls, and music and so on. However, if you go into the youth at many churches you have that same talk. I am in utter shock when I hear it. I don't expect that. When I walked into the youth department of this one church I went to a few weeks ago, I heard and saw these kids, sorry to say, flirt and talk about things one shouldn't say. I felt as if I was in a park with kids who don't know Christ. This is just so sad to see and hear. Shouldn't we strive to be set apart, to be different. It can be very easy to fall into the same attitude a lot of these teens are in. Just as talking about boys and girls. You know, the usual thing, "So, do you like a guy or a girl?" That question was brought up to me this past weekend. I was stunned, I immediately said, "No, you are wrong, we shouldn't be talking of things like this!" I changed the subject. I find it very senseless to talk of things like this. My mouth knows better, my heart is too ashamed.

I know I have said a lot, but the main thing that needs to be said is, BE SET APART FROM THIS WORLD. You may be one of those who don't go to a family integrated church, and you may have the whole nine yards of youth group, Sunday school etc., if so, don't fall into the trap if there are young people talking about immoral things, stand up and say no, and walk away. I was very impressed when I went to this church this past Sunday how this young kids acted with each other. You didn't see the usual game with the other gender, and the teasing, and all that stuff. It was nice to see others striving to be different, to became blameless and pure children of God!

That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Philippians 2:15

Friday, July 25, 2008

Bible reading

Well, the info my parents told me is too scary for some of you. I don't wanna to scare the dickens outta ya! It's wild y'all, and scary what's out there!! So, just disregard all my other words in the previous post and just be careful and remember to be on alert when using the Internet and your blog. And not to put too much of personal info on the blog or whatever you keep. Web, blog, or myspace, be on caution.

Have y'all kept up your bible reading this summer? I know summer is a time for relaxation, and to just kick up your feet and forget about routine and everything. But hey, your bible reading and spending time with the Lord shouldn't be a thing you have to worry about doing everyday and reminding yourself, it should be a thing where you will NOT forget, where it gets into such a habit that when you awake in the morning you will want to, and you can't forget! I know many of you have a busy summer schedule and you don't 'have' time 'right now', but 'later', believe me, don't use that word 'later' because it won't happen. It won't work, at least not for me. It just slips away, and then I get caught up into somethings else. So, God is the first thing you should come to, start out your day with meeting God!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

No blogging

Hello everyone, I will not be posting for awhile. There has been something which my parents are going to talk about with me concerning the blog and the Internet. I will post whenever I get the info and the things they want to tell me. I have a little insight of it but not enough to give exact detail. Remember the Internet is a dangerous thing, that's what I will be discussing with my parents. If you can tell I have deleted all my posts with the pictures. This has all to do with it. We have sick minded people in this corrupt world.

Till then!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Summer Up-date!

Goodness, I wait forever till I get a new post up. I have had my best friend leaving a comment and even telling me to get something new out there. I always say, "I know, I will!" But seriously, those don't mean anything because I CAN'T fit it in. My summer has been going really good, nice and busy. We have things come up as the day goes on so sometimes we will take it and go ahead. It's really fun to just be with my favorite people in the FAMILY! I just need 6 more people to spend my life with and then it's complete, well, to really make it all good 12! That would be her grandparents, and then mine! But hey, you can't have everything, even though at times I wish for it. But then I always have to make myself come to realization, "Vanessa, God wants me to be content with what I have, stop complaining about this and that." (Heb 13:5 KJV) Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

I just love that verse, it speaks so clearly and it explains everything for me! It has two very good parts which go perfectly hand-in-hand. I sometimes feel so low here in Illinois, wanting to go back to my hometown in TX, I sometimes feel that God has left my family and I here, and we're just wandering alone. However, that verse always comes back in my mind, "No, God HAS NOT left us here, he brought us here for a reason and it's a good one! I'll follow him wherever he's going to take me, I am NOT alone!"

So anyways, I haven't forgotten to post anything, I'm always reminding myself, "Get on that blog!" But, then things are always coming up or the computer is taking already.