Monday, April 15, 2019

Some thoughts on abortions

 
Today I found some things on Pinterest that I want to share with you. Note: These pins are not mine, but I'm simply sharing them.
  Approximately 125,000 babies are killed each day. That number is heartbreaking, and we ought to do something about it. Proverbs 30:8 tells us to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Are we doing our duty? Not getting an abortion isn't enough. We can't just sit back while millions of babies are being murdered each year.

  God knew us before we were even formed! He makes each person special; no two people are exactly alike. God calls children a gift, while society calls them a burden.

  Just because someone isn't completely formed yet, it doesn't mean they aren't a person. A baby born premature is a person. 

  Each human being is so special. Each cell in their body is like a whole world, filled with tiny things in it, each doing their own job. If we get cut, our body will heal itself. That in itself is amazing. Beyond that, each baby is a living soul. They matter.

  The above picture is just a glimpse into what the world has become. Humans rally to save trees, and put people in prison for destroying an eagle's egg, but then fight for the "freedom" to kill babies.

  We call it pro-choice, but what about the baby who is being killed? Do they get a choice? People say the mother should decide, because it's her body, but in truth, it's not her body being aborted.

  
  To finish, it's wrong to kill. Just because it's legal doesn't mean it's okay! Just because things seem difficult doesn't mean murder is acceptable. Killing another human being is never the right thing.

  What are your thoughts?

Thursday, April 11, 2019

What we’ve been up to/What to look forward to



  Hello! I have not posted since March 6, so I definitely owe you readers an update! Here are some things we have been up to these last few months:

  • Going to church more regularly 
  • Making friends
  • Going to a ladies retreat 
  • Hosting small groups for the first time
  • Spending lots of time on the porch and loving the warm weather
I have not given up on blogging! I have a lot of exciting posts coming up, so you can look forward to those. Here are a few things you can expect to see within the next few months:

  •  Another post full of great book recommendations 
  • A Greater Purpose stories
  • A post about my favorite songs/channels from YouTube
  Also, I’m hoping to publish my book on June 24, though that’s  just a goal. (June 24 is my blogiversary). As I get closer to publishing, I’ll probably do a cover reveal post, giveaway, and lots of other fun book posts!

  Is there anything else you’d like to see posted here? What have you been up to?
Laura


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Fun Snail Mail Ideas

  Hello! Today I want to talk about pen pals, snail mail, and ways to have fun with them! I love writing letters. Over the years, I’ve had many pen pals, and treasure each letter I get. (Fun fact: four of my pen pals have had the middle name Elizabeth/Elisabeth!) Pen pals are so much fun as you get to hear other girls tell their stories and you get to know them. Recently, I was able to talk to one of my pen pals on the phone for the first time. It was such a neat experience, and I feel so much closer to her now. 
  Here are a few "snail mail" ideas for you!


Using pretty paper is fun! If it's too small, just use several! Don't have special paper? Just decorate some plain paper with crayon or markers!


Decorate the back of the envelope! Isn’t this beautiful? I cut it off of an envelope someone sent. 


Here’s more envelope art.


Washi tape is an easy way to decorate your envelope.



Using pretty stamps is fun too!


Something I have begun doing is cutting the stamps off of the mail I get and gluing them into my “Everybook.” (I'd like to do a post about my Everybook one day.) It's fun looking at them all, and picking out favorites!


If you have time, making cards is special too. Here’s one from one of my pen pals; isn’t it pretty?


You could also make your mail more exciting by adding
A tea bag
A poem
A coloring page
A sheet of stickers
Photos of you or your family
A bookmark
A quiz for them to fill out and mail back
A chapter of a story you write; send one chapter in each letter!

Some ideas to write in your letter are
Recent things you’ve done.
Questions (to help them write their letters!)
Prayer requests
Tell them about your family
Describe what a day in your life is like



  It's such a blessing when you're having a hard day to find a handwritten letter waiting for you! As you write your letters, try your very best to write an encouraging letter that will brighten your pen pal's day.

  One last thing I'd like to say: be careful! You should be very cautious in writing to someone you have never met. Before writing to anyone you haven't met in person, ask your Mom or Dad. Remember that people are not always who they say they are. Some people even use pictures of themselves that aren't even them! When it comes to getting a pen pal, be wise. 
  Also, if you want a good pen pal, but don't know how to get one, comment below and I can tell you how I got mine! Pen pals can really be a blessing! I have pen pals who have grown to be friends, and who encourage me so much. 

Do you love mail? Do you have a pen pal? What do you like to include in your letters? Any letter-writing advice?




Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Interview with Amie and Snowball—Blog Tour


  Hello! I'm super excited to be participating in my first blog tour! Amie, from Crazy A, wrote and illustrated this book about her rabbit, Snowball. It's a very cute book with beautiful illustrations, and is perfect for children ages 2-5, or anyone who loves rabbits.

  Here's a summary about the book:

Snowball loves apples.  When his apple goes missing, he knows that he must find who took it.  A charming children's book with funny pictures, an engaging message, and animals.  Perfect for early readers or to read aloud to your 2-5 year old.

Here's a little about Amie:


Amie is a wild, crazy writer who is either daydreaming or talking a hundred miles an hour.  When she is not doing those two things, she is probably reading or jamming on one of the four instruments she plays.  Writing is her overwhelming passion, but she is also passionate about horses, music, acting, photography, blogging, and living life to glorify her Creator and Lord.  She is the second oldest of seven children and enjoys being dramatic with her four sisters. Whether it is in Amie’s writing or in her words, she enjoys making people laughing.

Amie

Now for the interview! I'll start with Amie.

What’s you favorite book?
Ooh, good question.  I have so many favorite books, and my all time favorite non-fiction book is the Bible.  I especially love the historical books, the gospels, and proverbs.  For fiction, my go-to answer is "The Wide Wide World" by Susan Warner.  It's a book that not only entertained me, it grew my walk with Christ. 

What’s your dream job?
Be a broadway performer, or at the very least be in an audio drama or movie.  That's my dream job. :D 

When did you first begin writing?
Well, I started seriously writing when I was twelve, though I've "written" since I can remember.  I used to make scribbles on notebook paper and tell my brother I could spell, and I was writing a story.  I was crushed when he told me that didn't count, and so I tried wordless picture books until I actually could (sorta) spell. 

What inspired this story
I wanted to enter a contest, and I'm terrible at drawing people, and so I looked over and saw Snowball and wrote about a tragedy happening to him. :D 

Do you think you’ll publish any other books?
Lord willing, yes.  It's my ambition and dream to keep publishing books, though I'm unsure if there will be any more picture books.  

How old are you?
I'm sorry to say that my parents would rather me not tell that online, but I'm a young teenager.


Snowball

Now for Snowball! 

How does it feel to be the main character in a book?
It is a very flattering feeling.  I feel as if I shall be the next YouTube sensation...Okay, maybe not exactly like that, but similar. 

What is your favorite food?
I like apples best, though watermelon and collards are close ties. 

What kind of rabbit are you?
I am a very smart rabbit.  (Though I do believe you're asking my breed, and I'm an English Spot.) 

Do you have a middle name?
Yes, I actually do, but it's a very undignified name.  Amie gave me it because she co-authored a book, and the rabbit in the book was white, and it was named Candi.  So I am Snowball Candi Rabbit.  (Now I shall bury in my hay.)

Have you ever gone outside?
Yes, in fact, I have almost left my owners behind multiple times when I found that the leash was too constraining.  

  Thank you for letting me interview you both! Since this is about rabbits, here's a picture of my old rabbit, Sable.


 Now you can go and buy the book here: Snowball and the Missing Apple .

  Here are Amie's social media accounts:


 
Oh yes, and there's one more exciting bit of information—a giveaway!!!!!
Amie is giving away one copy of her book, two sheets of stickers, and a beautiful rabbit stuffed animal. Enter HERE! And be sure to hurry, because the giveaway ends in two days!

Do you follow Amie's blog? Did you enter the giveaway? Isn't Snowball adorable?

Friday, February 8, 2019

5 Ways Taking a Social Media Break Blessed Me

 
Photo from Unsplash.com

  In January, I was blessed by the opportunity to take a two-week social media break. It was hosted by "The Sunflower Gals", an Instagram account created by Abby Rose Nichols and Abigail Pierce. Each day, one of them would send out a devotional, which sometimes would include a challenge and/or a song recommendation. I really enjoyed taking this break, and today I'm going to be sharing some great things I carried away from it!
1. You don't have to be a slave to your body's every desire. This may seem obvious, but it's very important. Many people are slaves without even realizing it. They'll get a desire to check social media, and they will without even thinking about it. Now I'm not saying it's wrong to check a social media account. But if you know should be doing something else, you can say no to yourself, even if you really want to check it. Social media can often become an obsession, but you must not let it.
2. You have more time than you realize. If you are like me, than you probably feel like you don’t have enough time to do everything. But taking a social media break really showed me that I have a lot more time than I thought I did. When I would get an urge to check Instagram, instead of doing that, I would often do something that I would be happy I did later.
3. Life is exciting! During a social media break, when you are ready to enjoy yourself, instead of sitting down to waste time, you’ll start brainstorming other ideas to do. Maybe you’ll decide to write a book, or maybe you’ll want to deep clean your room, write a letter, or sew a dress. There are so many options! 
4. Social media breaks help you focus on what’s important. Often, I find myself living in a blur, not really focusing. Sometimes I’ll just scroll through social media because I’m bored, or upset. When taking a social media break, on the other hand, you’re often purposely trying to be productive, so you are focusing on moving forward, whether in school, music, writing, or life in general. 
5. Social media can cause envy. Because social media sites are where people post about the highlights of their lives, it often creates envy. It can make you long for someone else’s life, and make you unhappy with your own. Envy is sin; God commands us to not envy right in The Ten Commandments. Taking a social media break and focusing on your life can remind you of the many blessings you have received.

  The Sunflowers Gals host a social media break every month, usually one week long. Here is the link to their Instagram: @thesunflowergals . I encourage you to try a social media break too! You can sign up and do one hosted by The Sunflower Gals, or you can simply take one on your own.
  Have you ever tried a social  media break?



Saturday, January 26, 2019

Easy Egg-White Omelet

  Here is an easy breakfast that I really love!

1. Put a medium sized frying pan on stove. Add a bit of butter, so that your eggs don’t stick. Turn it on medium heat and let it preheat for a few minutes.
2. Measure out 3/4 c. of egg whites. (Shake bottle before pouring.) Once pan is hot, pour the egg whites on. Sprinkle on pepper and cover with a lid.

3. It will probably take five to seven minutes. You can scrape the sides with a spatula while it cooks if you’d like. Once the top is cooked, add toppings. I like cheese and guacamole. Turn heat off and put lid back on to melt cheese.

4. Scrape around edges and turn one side over onto the other side. Move to a plate, and enjoy!



What do you usually eat for breakfast?




Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Love to All



  God has called His children to love everyone. Everyone? What about murderers? Kidnappers? Should we really love them?
  Yes. First of all, remember that we, too, have sinned. Even if our sins are not the obvious kind (like murder)  they are still sins against God. If God, being completely perfect, can look  down and decide to love a sinner (me), than I who sin myself can love these people.
  You can love these people simply by wanting good for them. To some, this may seem crazy. I know that some people would want murderers to have to endure suffering and anguish. After all, they did something horrible! If we want to be like Jesus, though, we shouldn’t hate them. Rather we should pray for them, wanting them to be saved by the same blood that saved us. After all, who knows where we would be if God didn’t change our lives. Of course they’re not innocent; of course they should go to jail to learn and to keep others safe, but we shouldn’t hate them. 

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;“ Matthew 5:44

What are your thoughts?