Friday, July 29, 2016

Friends with God

Food For Thought #78

I found this passage in the Bible this morning, and it just struck me how cool it was. I hope it blesses you as much as it did me.

Romans 5: 1-11

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

Friends of God, isn't that cool? 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Wordy tags

My Life (In as many posts as it takes) #107

Alright so today I have got some tags! First off I've got the Wisteria Writing Tag! Thank you Allie from Sincerely Allie, for tagging me!
The Rules:

1. thank the blogger who nominated you
2. answer the ten questions
3. add ten (writing or book) questions of your own
4. nominate ten people
Are you writing anything at the moment? If so, what?
I am currently writing the third book in a series about a girl who gets thrown into a investigation organization’s unexpectedly.
Who inspires you to write?
My best friends and family, mainly. I find it amazing how much of a story each of us has to tell, and I get inspired by my friends life's.

What is your favorite book?
Annabeth’s War by Jessica Greyson.
What resources do you typically use when writing?
I use google a lot to look up of things while writing, such as names, and places. I also use a lot to write poems.

What is your favorite genre of writing?
I love writing contemporary fiction, and historical fiction.
What are your favorite characters to write about?
My favorites are generally ones who have problems that people (Mainly myself) can relate to. One of my favorites I ever wrote was one about a girl who struggles very strongly with pride, because it helped me to deal with some of the problem myself. 

When did you start writing?
When I was ten, so it was 2010.
What is a writing pet peeve that you have?
I don’t like it when I’m interrupted middle writing session. Because I get really deep into my books and I find it hard to come out when I’m into it.

What is your favorite thing to write? (stories, books, poems, skits, etc.)
Novellas. I write 10-25 thousand word books, I never have been able to manage any bigger books. I also love writing poems.
Have you ever designed a book cover? if so, can we see a picture?
I have designed several. Here are the ones that have been on published works:

So you can see, I only have one 'client', but she's definitely my favorite author.
(You can find her books on goodreads, or amazon)

I hope Allie does not mind, but her questions were just so awesome, I'm going to use them.

Are you writing anything at the moment? If so, what?
Who inspires you to write?
What is your favorite book?
What resources do you typically use when writing?

What is your favorite genre of writing?

What are your favorite characters to write about?
When did you start writing?
What is a writing pet peeve that you have?
What is your favorite thing to write? (stories, books, poems, skits, etc.)
Have you ever designed a book cover? if so, can we see a picture?

I nominate anyone who wants to do this. Most people I know have already been tagged. for this

And now for the Power of Words Tag! Thank you Mic for tagging me!
(I've already done this tag, so some of my answers will be the same as last time, and some of them will be changed simply because I didn't want to be to boring.)

~thank the person who nominated you
~answer the 6 original text-themed questions
~add a typography/word related question of your own for those you tagged to answer
~tag 6+ bloggers and let them know
~include these rules in your post
(1)   ~ what is your favorite letter of the alphabet?
M, or L.

(2)   ~ three words that you love
Awesome, dream, hope.
(3)   ~ what are three words that you hate?
Pretty much every abbreviation.

(4)   ~ if you were to create a word, what would it be?
Something to describe that good, yet bad feeling you have when you get the end of an amazing series.
(5)   ~ what are your three favorite punctuation marks?
: ) ?  (though I think question marks are my favorite.)
Why does the kitten have a birthday hat on you might ask? It was my sisters birthday, and since she had given Shadow to me for my birthday, I decided to dress him up for her birthday. =)
(6)   ~ what are your three favorite fonts?
(7)   One saying that always annoys and or makes you laugh?

“I totes am doing this” don’t get me started on how much I hate that.

I nominate anyone who wants to do this. Again, most people I know have already done this. =P

Thanks for reading!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Verses from Isaiah

Food For Thought #77

I'm reading through the Bible chronologically right now, but I've also been hanging out in Isaiah, and I found some awesome passages. These are just some I found between chapter 25 and chapter 35. 

Isaiah 25:1
Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.

Isaiah 25:8
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces.

Isaiah 26:4
Trust in the Lord forever,for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

Isaiah 28:29
All this also comes from the Lord Almighty, whose plan is wonderful, whose wisdom is magnificent.

Isaiah 30:15
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength

Isaiah 35:3-4
Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you."

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Review of The Silent Blade

Writing Wednesday #32
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Dromiskin, Ireland. 925 A.D.

Eira has no greater desire than to see her life returned to what it once was—before her older brother Kevin's sudden disappearance four years earlier. But the simple life she hoped for seems unattainable; on the contrary, her life is about to get all the more complicated.
When she suddenly finds herself and Willem, her twin brother, taken captive by someone who claims to be Kevin’s enemy, things go from bad to worse. It soon becomes clear that she and Willem are to become bait in a trap set for Kevin, and Eira knows she must try to warn him. But how, when she herself is a captive?
As mysteries of the past are unveiled, and loyalties are revealed, Eira realizes how precious her friends truly are. And when mortal danger threatens those nearest to her, will she be able to trust God with the lives of her friends and family?


Today I've got a review of The Silent Blade by Jesseca Wheaton! You can add the book on Goodreads, here, and find the author here.

When I saw an open invitation to advance read for The Silent Blade I was super excited. I had followed the author’s blog for a while and already loved her writing style. This was even better than I expected. 
I fell in love with the characters, and I loved seeing them progress 
The main girl captured my heart very quickly into the book. She’s an ordinary girl who struggles with ordinary problems which make her very relatable. She’s not gifted in many things girls are ‘supposed’ to be, like cooking and dancing and the like, but she’s still very feminine.
Her brothers were pretty awesome, just saying. Kevin is like the ultimate older brother. 
Casimer was awesome, he’s protective and loving, and you just can’t help but love him.
I will say though, there was one thing that bugged me about this book. At one point a character gets mistreated by a bad guy, and when their rescued, they just say “don’t be mad at him, I’ve forgiven him.” And I think what the author was trying to do was build a forgiveness message up in the book, but what it made it sound like was that the good character was unrealistic. 
But I really loved the book and I hope to read many more of this authors books as she publishes them.

*I was given this book by the author in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to give a positive review.

About the Author
Jesseca is an 18-year old daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano.  And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home. 

Thanks for reading! 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Awesome siblings and beautiful bubbles

My Life (In as many posts as it takes) #106

I just like to take a post to say, siblings are the most awesome people in the universe. I would not get to do half the awesomely crazy things I do without siblings. Okay, so they also help me with really mundane projects, which is really cool. My older sister, Rebekkah, is my best friend in the world. Why? So many reasons that I can't count them all, but conversations like this have a lot to do with it: 

Me: So, Rebekkah, what are you doing this morning? 
Rebekkah: I don't know.
Me: Great! 
Rebekkah: *looks at me suspiciously* What do you have in mind?
Me: I've been wanting to take photos of bubbles, but I need someone to blow them for me. Will my best friend blow them for me? 
Rebekkah: Sure. 

So Rebekkah blew me tons of bubbles, and I ran around like crazy getting photos. There is no way to look sane while chasing bubbles around the yard, just sayin'.

Yeah, siblings are the best. So, you can all know, all the bubbles in this post were blown by my awesome sister Rebekkah. 

This is, by far, my favorite bubble photo I have ever taken.

Just wanted to make sure you all knew that Shadow had that rock, and would not let it go, you no longer have to worry about it.

Okay, so I may have gotten Rebekkah in this, but I still love all the bubbles! 

Isn't this little guy adorable? He's smiling!

Spider webs are awesome for photos.

And I leave you with this perfect photo of a cat being completely dignified. 

Whats something one of your siblings have done for you recently? 
Ever tried to chaise bubbles to take photos?