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'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!


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}


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.
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.

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.”~