Monday, November 17, 2014

Prayer Requests!

Hey girls!

I have 2 prayer requests...

For my mom's best friend's son, he has cancer and it's not getting better and the chemo is not working! They really need your prayers!

And for my dog Zoe... she needs a surgery that costs $2800 and we do not have that right now! We are looking for sponsers. Please pray that we find someone who can help us.

Thank you all so much!! :)

And if you have a prayer request, please let me know in the comments. I would love to pray for you!

-Danielle

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Busy Times vs. Quiet Times


                                                                                  
          For years I had been struggling to fit my devotions into my day, but so many times I would never "get time".  I thought so much about how if I just had a little more time in the morning- Then I would have time to do my devotions.  However, I found that I was going about my quiet time with Jesus the wrong way.  I had switched my time priorities and been thinking of how my devotions would fit in my schedule, instead of how my schedule could fit into my day as a daughter of Christ.  One other point I had is that a devotion does not have to be some huge elaborate ceremonial practice.  Instead it could be as simple as reading a couple verses (or even just one verse) and writing down your thoughts on it.  What you liked about it, what you didn't understand, etc.  I still struggle with taking my time with God in the morning- The devil brings so much to our attention.  Things which we think will only take a minute, and end up taking so much more.  However, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phillipians 4:13).  He can help us to appreciate and love to read his word more than all the distractions the world can give us.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Perfection

I'm not perfect...not even close.

For a perfectionist like myself, those words are hard to swallow. I want to do everything perfectly and absolutely positively never fail. Truth is, is that it's impossible to be perfect. I'm only human. I'm a forgetful clumsy adolescent. It's devastating when I get a bad grade or do something wrong because I always try to do my very best, but sometimes that's not good enough.
There is only one person who lived on this earth who is truly perfect. Jesus. Even though we're weak and broken he picks up the shattered pieces of ourselves and puts us back together again. He carries our burdens so that we can be free. Even though we make mistakes, he always forgives us and loves us.
Isn't that a beautiful thing? A savior that will never let us down and will always love us now and forever.

We are perfect in his eyes. <3


Friday, September 19, 2014

Trust and Strength Through Him

Hello

School is starting up for me in a few days, and it has been a cause of a lot of worry and stress for me lately.  At this new school, I won't have any friends on my first day. And since I'm sometimes quite shy and introverted, I've worried myself a lot about making new friends.  Will they like me?  What if nobody wants to get to know me?  I don't want to be alone....

But I've reminded myself that with Jesus in my heart I will never really be alone.  And He wants us to hand all of our burdens over to Him! 

Psalm 55:2
Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Psalm 68:19
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.

Proverbs 16:3
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

If we put our trust in Him and decide to stop worrying, He will carry us and give us strength!  I hope that this post has helped you to remember that there is no reason to worry if Jesus is your Lord and savior, because writing this out has really helped and encouraged me to trust and believe.  He is always there and that wants to take our worries onto himself because He loves us  ♥

hugs


Brave

So I thought we could talk about bravery in this post. Being brave is easier said than done. It's hard to be brave, because we are afraid of the consequences. Fear is something that always holds us back. I think a lot of us misunderstand the meaning of what bravery really is. I don't know about you, but when I think of  a person being brave, I think of someone you who is fearless. Although, that's not the case. To be brave we must accept our fears but not let them cloud our minds from what is truly important. Being brave doesn't mean we have to do a heroic act of some sort. Just being brave enough to share our faith with those who want to know more, or even just saying "hi" to the new kid. Just being a light in a dark world is being brave. Bravery is something I've always struggled with. To tell you the truth I'm a scaredy-cat. In Deuteronomy 31:6 it says, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” I love that verse. God is specifically telling us that even when it's hard to be brave, he is right there with us to guide and to help us. He will never leave us. I'm so glad we have a God that can make even those who are afraid be brave.

“Without fear there cannot be courage.” 
― Christopher Paolini

The song below is amazing! It's now one of my favs!

~Be Brave~

Switchfoot

          Switchfoot is one of my top favorite bands.  For one, they really have meaning to their songs.  I don't know about you, but many songs that are played on Christian Radio are so repetative that, even though they are worship songs, get so old they annoy me.  Switchfoot however back in 2013 Songwriter Jon Foreman announced that they would not be writing "Christian Songs" any more.  This was surprising, however  this article including an interview with Jon Foreman, explains their reasons, and makes me appreciate their music even more.  They chose to use their music as a way of reaching out to a different croud.  They chose to use their music as not just a way of worship, but a way of expressing their want to help those in need.  They chose to use their music to be a light into the world.


Blinding light

*below are the two most inspiring verses of the song*

Hey boy, don't believe them
Their old lies never could come true
Hey boy, don't believe them

Everything that they told you to

Hey boy, don't believe them

We're the nation that eats our youth

Hey boy, don't believe them

None of us are bulletproof
Yeah

Hey girl, be yourself now
Don't believe what they told you to
Hey girl, be yourself now
Your skin's more than a pin-up suit
Hey girl, don't conform now
No one else's got soul like you
Hey girl, you're a strong one
But none of us are bulletproof
Yeah



         I'm not saying that todays artists such as Chris Tomlin or Lincoln Brewster are bad.  They just aren't to my taste in music, and I think that sometimes people could broaden their horizens and reach out to different audiences.  And that is why I like Switchfoot so much.




Saturday, September 6, 2014

King of My Heart

Hello!

It's Danielle. :)

I wanted to share with you one of my favorite songs by Love and The Outcome, King of My Heart.




I love this song! Jesus is the king of my heart! He loves you so much. Don't forget that! Even when you feel lost in your life, Jesus is there for you. He is always by your side!

I hope you all are having a great day! :)

And please let me know what your favorite song has been recently. :)



Thursday, July 31, 2014

I Should Have Been Born in the 40's/50's

You Are My Special Angel...To the CinemaPicnic with a BeauProper

^I made the sets above on Polyvore.^



I seriously should of been born in the 1940's (or 50's).
Not because of what happened in that time but because of the the style.
 I absolutely love it. <3
 I love how the outfits were modest and so cute and the way red lipstick didn't look trashy then. I'm actually trying to dress in the style more these days. Not like dresses all the time, but just having that classic look I guess.

I also lovveee the music they had then!!! Goodness, it is so lovely!
It's very different from the music we have nowadays but that's why I like it. The music today always seems sorta fake since we can edit voices to sound, well, perfect. I think the reason why I like these is because they aren't fake and have a classy feel to them. :)










Tuesday, July 22, 2014

His Handy Work


I sit on the edge of the dock.
 Letting my legs hang into the refreshing iridescent water.
The slow wind picks up my blonde locks and makes them dance in its direction.
 I breathe in the fresh air of fresh pine trees that are on either side of the lake. 
I smell the honeysuckles reaching out of the forest letting its scent carry through the wind,
and here I am,
sitting here on the worn wooden dock alone with nature. 
I look up at the baby blue sky. 
The wispy clouds stretch across nature's ceiling. 
The sun shines on the lake,
making it sparkle and twinkle with ever movement in the lake. 
I see my reflection in the mirror of water.
 My hair, a mess by the wind blow, and I wear a smile of pure contentedness. 
All around me music is playing. I hear a bird's faraway song, the crickets' lull, a splash of a fish, and a low deep croak coming from a frog. 
I feel as if nature is one with me.
Like the world is paused for just a moment.
Giving me a chance to breathe in and out.
 a chance to finally marvel at his creation.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A New Member & Bible Verse Challenge

I'd like to welcome a new member to Hand in Hand...
Melody from An Ordinary Life! She is such a sweet girl and is a great addition to our blog. 
The picture below is of Melody. :)

With that said, I will get to what I was going to say.
Have you heard the new Jamie Grace song?
IT.IS.AMAZING.
It's called "Do Life Big".
You seriously need to watch the lyric video below all the way through. I guarantee it will amaze you.


In the song she saying that Jesus gave her new life and because of that she wants to do life big for Him. I don't know about you but I want to do life big. I feel like I sometimes slack a little bit with God. Like getting into His word everyday. 
Sometimes I would rather just read a book I'm reading or get on the computer then just read the bible. 
I thought I could have a little challenge for you to participate in as well as for me. I thought we could have a Bible Verse Challenge. 
(or BVC)

You can read one everyday for this week. None of them are that long but they are all very meaningful and encouraging. These verses are sorta like snacks. Once you start reading them, you can't get enough.

You can start now or wait till Sunday. :)

Psalms 119:41
Isaiah 35:4
Mathew 6:1-4
Isaiah 60:19-20
Colossians 3:13
1 Thessalonians 5:16-17
Romans 12:2

Monday, July 14, 2014

Let It Go

Hello beautiful readers!

^When you saw the title, probably the first thing that came into your mind was...
FROZEN!

But that isn't exactly what this post is about.

So I've been having a lot of trouble with "letting go" of my anger. Now don't get me wrong, I am normally a calm, people pleaser, laid back type of person. The only problem with that is I bottle everything up inside. I always bury the anger inside of me deeper and deeper, but eventually I will be filled to the rim in anger and it's all going to spill out. So as you can see, it takes all lot to get me angry.

I am just tired of people lying to me,
 and how they pretend to be someone else.
I'm sick of people's attitudes
and how they never listen to me.

But if you saw me, with all this anger bottled up inside, you could never even tell I was even a smidge mad. I just bury it deeper and deeper.

I need to empty my anger to God. He is the only one who will carry our burdens and never judge us.
I need to let it go like in the song.

♪Don't let them in,
don't let them see
Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal, don't feel,
don't let them know
Well now they know♪

 This really describes me and how I've been feeling. The lyrics are so powerful for just a Disney song. :)

♪Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door
I don't care
what they're going to say
Let the storm rage on.
The cold never bothered me anyway♪

To let go of anger there is something you always have to do...
Forgive.

for·give
fərˈgiv/
verb
  1.  stop feeling angry or resentful toward (someone) for an offense, flaw, or mistake.



Forgiving is one of the hardest things to do. I think some people think that it's like the expression, "Forgive and Forget." Truth is you can never forget when someone said something mean about you, etc. To me forgiveness is letting go of the anger that someone caused and giving it to God.
Because let's be honest, we can't handle it on our own. We need God to help us through the hard times and we can not do it by ourselves.

Here is a bible verse I am trying to memorize. There is so much meaning in those words.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. -Colossians 3:12-13

Here's the song that inspired this post:

If your tired of the traditional one, try this amazing one!

Friday, June 27, 2014

He Has A Plan

Hi, everyone! I'm Abby, but you will most likely know me as MorningTime4 from my blog, The Ups and Downs of My Not-So-Average Life. 

First posts are always so awkward for me. You really don't know what to say because this is the first post that you're writing, and you want to make a good impression. That, and I'm just awkward in general. I'm really optimistic and creative, but I tend to always get excited super quick and trip during the most random times, like walking up the stairs. (Usually people trip while wearing heels or skirts, but not me! I easily run in those things. I trip when I'm just walking.) 

There's an outtake song from the movie Frozen called "More Than Just A Spare," and some of the lyrics that described herself kind of applied to me, too.

"I may lack style and I may lack grace. And once in a while I might fall on my face."  

In fact, while I was taking pictures for a blog post (some of you already know this), I accidentally tripped over a pile of books that were in plain sight. Even my family would agree that I trip a lot.

Sometimes, I ask myself, why am I awkward? Eccentric? Creative tossed in with optimism? Why do I get along with college-aged people much better than the people in my grade? Our personalities are supposed to be formed by our environments, right? I grew up in a town with a lot of people, and even with that I met tons of people. Just at taekwondo alone, I met about 500 people in the span of four years. And overall in the last five years, I've met around 1,000 people from activities outside of school.

Yet still I am nothing like anyone else around me. While the girls in my class drew 100% of the time, I went to go and play and build things with LEGOs. When most people in sixth grade stood around in the freezing cold, I swung on the swing sets and occasionally jumped off and land. I joined in crazy fort building and noodle LARPing-- two things that happened a lot when we had an hour before taekwondo sparring class. 

One of the things that I learned from my state's church youth conference is that we are all made in God's image and we are called to do something here in this world. Whether our call is to take on a religious vocation or a regular vocation, even if it's just being a student, we all bring something different and special. And we should totally embrace that! 

And even if you don't think you are unique and special, just remind yourself of everything and everyone that you have seen and taken in, the beauty of this world that you have seen. People may go through similar things as you do-- something that's great, because you know who to get advice from and know the people who you could relate to-- but in the end, your journey is different than any other 108 billion people who have lived here on this planet. 

So, yes. Maybe I am different, the girl out of four cousins, including herself, who wasn't interested in makeup beginning in sixth grade, or the girl who decided to sit at that one co-education table when all of the other tables consisted of either all boys or girls, or the girl who likes apricots. But you know what? God has something great in store for you and I. That's the reason why I was born this way, the reason why you are born the way you are.

God has something in store for you, too. Just don't be afraid to listen to what He has to say, and be yourself.

Just some pictures of some of my favorite moments, in no particular order. From left to right:
1) The last day of school, 2014!
2) My stay at the hotel after local theater rehearsal.
3) Writing, my most favorite hobby of all time.
4) Hanging out with my family while drinking boba!
5) My friends and what they wrote on the school board.
images taken by me, please do not steal

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Praise Him With Song //

Hello!  My name's Maiya :)


Lately I've been listening to a lot of music because, you know...it's SUMMER!  I've been loving listening to Hillsong United, Tenth Avenue North, All Sons and Daughters, and
REND COLLECTIVE (rend collective....weird name, I know!  XD )

Rend Collective is probably my favorite group to listen to right now.  They have a very interesting style of music.  It's kind of folk-ish but also modern and.....Irish.  Just a very interesting mix of many different styles.  But for some reason, it really works!  They are so unconventional and different but best of all, the lyrics in some of their songs really HIT YOU.  Well, they hit me at least ;)  You know what I mean?  When once and a while the lyrics in a song just jump out at you and you're like.....woah.

Sooooo many of their songs speak to me personally and really help me in times of doubt.  They help me to remember that God is GOOD.  He wants us to be joyful and to go through this world living in such a way that we radiate His glory!  We should be joyful because the GOD and CREATOR of the ENTIRE UNIVERSE cares about US!  And that.....when you think about it, is pretty awesome ;)

They have two albums and one of them (my favourite one!) is called The Art of Celebration.  It's about praising and worshipping God and a lot about joy.  It's so much fun to listen to and to sing/dance to :) Here's a playlist of their "The Art Of Celebration" album (my favourites are the last three!) ~ Enjoy!




Let me know which songs you like best and if any of the lyrics really speak to you!

hugs

You Were Made to Do Something //

'Ello Everyone!
So after spending hours trying to think of what my first post should be, I decided that I would just post about something that has been on my mind lately. It started with a Bible study from Pastor Tony Clark that I hear on the radio when he said something that really got me thinking. He was talking about how soooo many times we will go to church and just sit. We won't try to serve, we'll just sit and then go home. That's when he said this, "You were not called to sit. If you were only called to sit, God would  just have called you home as soon as you became a Christian. Everyone was called to do something." 

This was a really good reminder for me because I so often find myself thinking that I don't really need to do anything, because there are so many other people doing things already. When in reality, God has a plan for my life, and I need to be doing things to serve Him, so that I will be able available and ready for him to work in my life. I know this is really short, but I really wanted to share it with all of you =)

{a little painting I made that goes along with the post}

xx






Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Book Thief Review

So, hello! I'm Eve.
 This blog was looking a bit bare so I decided to post a small (but lovely) post.
So I have recently read The Book Thief, and I absolutely loved it.
It is written by Markus Zusak.
I thought I would do a book review on it.

~It it 1939~
~Nazi Germany~
Liesel Meminger is a young girl who has no family to call her own. Her life changes when she meets her new foster parents that live outside of Munich and becomes their daughter. With the help of her foster father, she learns to read and shares the books she stole with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jew that is hidden in their basement.

Narrated by an unlikely narrator, this book tells the story of life,
in all its beauty and brutality.
And about the humans who never gave up hope.
My review on this book:
This is such an amazing book. The writing was breathtaking and the story will capture your heart. 
The characters show a different side of the war. The one no one normally hears about.
It's definitely something I could read over and over again.
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Age: 13 and up.

Language: Yes, there is. Most of it is in German though.

Romance: No "bad" romance in it.

Violence: Yes, since this was a time where bombing and killing were in abundance, there are some violent parts.
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If you read the book, you should definitely watch the movie.
Here's the trailer for it:

I hope you enjoyed my first post on this blog! Thanks for reading. :)

~“The words were on their way, and when they arrived,~
~she would hold them in her hands like the clouds, ~
~and she would wring them out like the rain.”~