I love my family. They are the best and are always there for me through thick and thin, supporting me, helping me, encouraging me in all that I do and most of all, loving me even when though I make so many mistakes!
God has blessed me with an awesome family, and I can't imagine my life without these special people in it.
My WHOLE family; we're quite a bunch, aren't we? ;)
I love that book. I read it several months back, and really enjoyed it. I highly recommend it for young Christian girls to read. The book is Elizabeth Prentiss' journal all the way from when she was sixteen to when she was somewhere in her forties. She writes mainly about her journey to Christian maturity as she grows into womanhood. I can totally relate to her in the way that she just hates herself when she speaks too quickly in a harsh manner, and does not act in a way that pleases the Lord. She has a real desire to honor God in all of her actions, and it is just cool to see her change so much in the way she writes about the Lord over the course of her diary as she grows into a godly, kind, loving, gentle woman. She is a big inspiration to me.
Below is part of a journal entry that Elizabeth Prentiss wrote when she was nearing the end of the pages in her journal. At the time, she was sick and in bed, not knowing if she would live or die.
June 30- Everybody wonders to see me once more interested in my long-closed Journal, and becoming able to see the friends from whom I have been, in a measure, cut off. We cannot ask the meaning of this remarkable increase of strength. I have no wish to choose. But I have come to the last page of my Journal, and living or dying, shall write in this volume no more. It closes a life of much childishness and great sinfulness, whose record makes me blush with shame, but I no longer need to relieve my heart with seeking sympathy in its unconsciouspages, nor do I believe it good to go on analyzing it as I have done. I have had large experiences of both joy and sorrow; I have seen the nakedness and emptiness, and I have seen the beauty and sweetness of life. What I have to say now, let me say to Jesus. What time and strength I used to spend in writing here, let me now spend in praying for all men, for all sufferers, for all who are out of the way, for all whom I love. And their name is Legion, for I love everybody. Yes, I love everybody! That crowning joy has come to me at last. Christ is in my soul; He is mine; I am as conscious of it as that my husband and children are mine; and His Spirit flows forth from mine in the calm peace of a river, whose banks are green with grass, and glad with flowers. If I die it will be to leave a wearied and worn body, and a sinful soul, to go joyfully to be with Christ, to be weary and to sin no more. If live, I shall find much blessed work to do for Him. So living or dying, I shall be the Lord's.
uneventful right now. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, but...you know.
But not all hope is lost. I have managed to gather a few random little topics, which I will now blog about for anyone out there who might happen to read this blog's interest. :)
The one thing that has really stirred up some excitement in my house is the news that my friend's new baby brother was born on Monday! I am so happy for their family and can't wait to see the newest addition to it. :)
I went to a dance class yesterday with my friend because it was bring-your-friend-to-class week, which was very interesting, because, as anyone that knows me at least a little probably already knows this about me, I.CANNOT.DANCE. For the life of me. I am more the acting/singing type, I guess. Anyway...
the class was for tap. I probably enjoy tap more than ballet, hip hop, etc,. I have always loved the sound of tap shoes; when I pulled on those borrowed tap shoes and did my first few taps, I got this strange feeling that I was in a Shirley Temple movie. ;) The class was fun and the teacher and the other students were very nice and very easy on me. It was a good experience to step out of my comfort zone a little and dance. I even learned a thing or two, I might dare to add. ;)
Last night, my sister Dresden and I were watching a show and one of the people on the show had a slight southern accent.
Dresden: "that girl has an accident." Me: "do you mean an accent?" Dresden: "yeah. An acc....accident."
And, just so my blog is not devoid of pictures, here is a random picture:
-On Friday, my family had a family fun day. My brother, sisters and I had some Christmas money that we hadn't spent yet and wanted to go shopping, so we all headed out to have some fun! Our first stop was Toys 'R' Us, where Legos, (Liam and Dresden) a baby doll (Megan) and an iPod charger (me) were purchased.
Our next stop was the American Girl store in Oak Park mall. My sister Dresden really wanted to see it since we have never been there before, so we spent about half an hour just looking at all of the different displays of American Girl dolls, although we didn't end up buying anything there.
Then we ate lunch at the food court in the mall.
After lunch we went to a used bookstore and looked around for a bit, though my dad was the only one who bought any books.
After that, we went to Target where Liam bought more Legos, Megan found a....(surprise!) baby doll that she fell in love with and my mom found a little hand held vacuum cleaner. (I wonder where you get to the point where you want to buy a household item like a vacuum cleaner instead of toys and stuff? Maybe whenever you have a house? ;))
The next place we went was the movie theater, where we saw Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. Not the best movie I've ever seen, but it was cute.
We ended our fun day by going to IHOP for supper. I haven't been there in a LONG time and it was great to eat "fancy" breakfast food. :)
Even though we were exhausted when we got home, we were all happy with our purchases and all agreed that family fun day had been a big success!
-Yesterday we did....nothing! Ahh....sometimes I really love doing nothing, especially after such a busy day the day before. The only things I did was watched The Sound of Music (one of my all time favorite musicals) and at 3:30 went to my girls book club at the library.
-Today, we did not go to church because most of us have coughs and runny noses. So we are just hanging out today.
I am not looking forward to starting back to school on Tuesday! Hmmm...maybe I can milk this little stuffed up nose I have for a few more days. *evil grin*
I don't think I really stop and think on a regular basis about just how much I have to be thankful for. I get caught up in thinking about all of the things that bug me and make me frustrated or upset that I don't really realize all of the blessings that God has given me.
So, I am going to post five things that I am thankful for.
#1: God, for loving me so much and for dying to pay for my sins.
#2: My family, who love me even when I am not very pleasant to be around.
#3: All of my sweet friends who encourage me, laugh and cry with me.
#4: my education/schoolwork (it takes a lot of effort to be thankful for that second one sometimes!)
#5: books. I love books.
And, due to the snow outside my bedroom window, I am going to add another: a warm house!
I have many more things that I am thankful for, but if I typed them all out, I would be sitting here forever! I hope that I never take for granted all of the things that God has given me.
I am starting a new blog...again. :P
I'm not going to even acknowledge the fact that I have seemingly dropped off the face of the blogging world these past several months and that I have started blogs in the past and have never really been faithful to them...*scrambles to find other subject*
I hope everyone had a great Christmas! I was very excited that all of my out-of-town family were able to be here from soon after Christmas through New Year's! It was so much fun having all of the family together and I wish we could do that more often. It was a great time of visiting, eating goodies, and just spending time with my family, which is something I love to do.
One of the major highlights of this Christmas for me was the fact that I got an iPod touch (which I had really been wanting for awhile now)! It was one of those great surprises that TOTALLY, well, surprises you! :) Needless to say, I have been having a lot of fun playing with my iPod and I LOVE IT!
Back to the subject at the beginning of this post:
The reason that I am starting this blog is because I want to be able to keep a record of my life as I get older, which I feel this blog will help me to do better.
I also want to be able to look back and see how I have matured and grown in my relationship with God over my teenage years. I believe that the teen years are meant to be a time of growing in the Lord, preparing oneself for adulthood, and I pray that this will be true of me as I make the journey from here to womanhood.