Sunday, June 11, 2017

Introducing...(Drumroll) my new blog Guestbook!

  I could tell you all about it here, but why do that when you can see it for yourself  HERE! (Go check it out!!)

  PS. June 24th (in 13 days!) is my blogiversary. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Driving Cautiously Guest Post by B.M.

  Hello! Today I'm doing a post swap with B.M. from Sparkle For Jesus. Read her post below, and be sure to check out her blog when you're done!


 Hello! My (blogging) name is B.M. and I blog over at Sparkle For Jesus! I "met" Laura through Lilly Shyree and we have been doing a post swap. You can read Laura's article at my blog now. Thank you to Laura and all your readers for letting me share a few words of encouragement today! 

**Let me begin by saying that this article is not really about driving ;) 

So, I'm not driving yet, (I have to wait only one year!) but one of my brothers recently began driving these past few months. It is a very exciting time as we all watch him carefully and cautiously drive along the roads with us hanging on to our seats. :) Since I'm right below him, I tend to glean from everything he does like school, purchases, activities, etc... so I have learned a little bit more about driving recently! 

I really love analogies, and one day as he was practice driving with me and our dad, I thought up something that is a great illustration! 

When you are driving, you pay attention to the speed limit, stay on your side of the road, and are courteous to those you are sharing the road with. Why do we do this? To follow the law and obey the government. When we drive, we look out for the police and state troopers because they have the right to punish us for being disobedient to the law. 

Isn't it the same way in our Christian lives? Once you become a Christian, you want to follow the law because it glorifies our Savior! If we do not, God has the right to punish us for our wrongdoings. 

Now imagine this-- you are driving in a long line of cars and you happen to notice a hidden officer watching each of you. You drive cautiously, making sure you are doing what you're supposed to. None of the other cars notice the officer, and they continue driving recklessly and however they want to. 

Soon, there is a car accident and all the cars begin to pileup. But you, since you are carefully following the law, brake and are saved from a terrible death!

In our lives, we know that God is always watching us, lovingly protecting us by making sure we follow the law. We will be saved from a terrible eternal death because we drove cautiously! 

Living our lives to glorify God is the best thing we could ever possibly do. It begins with surrendering your life to Christ and repenting of your sins. After we have become Christians, we can be radiant testimonies and bright lights for the glory of God! 

Thanks for letting me share a few words today! Please come visit my blog and check out Laura's post! 

His Handmaiden,

Feel free to leave her a comment below!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

My Story for the Penprint's Flash Fiction Dash

  Hello! In the Writing Tag post I had mentioned that I'd be participating in The Penprints Flash Fiction Dash by Rosalie Valentine. 
  I had a hard time cutting out parts to make the story short enough (and it's still a little longer than its supposed to be) but it was a lot of fun! 

  First she sent me a prompt, which was the picture above. (I added the words for this post.) Then I had this write a short story inspired by the picture. I wrote about a six year-old Dutch girl during the flood in 1953. Here's my story, hope you enjoy!

Anika Rojkkers’ Experience of 1953

Saturday, January 31st, 1953; Schouwen-Duiveland, Holland:

  "Bye!" six year-old Anika Rojkkers said to her two friends when it was time to go home. Her and her Mama had gone to the market to pick up a few things, but a storm was coming, and Mama said they must go home.
 "Papa, Papa, look what we bought!" she shouted when they reached their small house in town. "Little cakes!"
  "But you shall not eat them," Papa joked with a serious look, "for I shall eat them all!" He stole the bag and made loud eating noises as she tried to take it back, laughing.
  "Aha!" Mama laughed, taking the bag. "Too late!" She reached into the bag, and took out a small cake, which she passed to Anika.
  The family merrily ate the cakes, and after a little while retired to bed, completely unaware of what would happen that night...

Saturday, January 31st, 1953, Late Night:

  "Wake up Anika, quick! " Mama rushed as she shook her little daughter. Anika quickly sat up. She saw Papa breaking a hole through the ceiling. She heard a loud noise, like thunder. "Quick!" Mama said in a hurry. "We must head to the roof!" Papa lifted Anika up through the hole, and then he and Mama climbed through after her.
  "There has been a flood," Papa told her. They looked around. Their neighbors were on their roofs too. The water was up to the second story windows. The trees looked like bushes, for you could only see their tops.
  Suddenly, the noise grew very loud, and a cold mist began to cover them. All of a sudden she could see a huge wave and-
  She screamed as the wave splashed over the roof and began to carry her away. Mama yelled and Papa jumped in, but they were quickly separated. The water was rushing so fast, she could hardly hear anything. Suddenly she was heading towards some brick thing on top of a building, and crashing into it, fell into deep unconsciousness.

 Sunday, February 1st, 1953

  Anika opened her eyes, blinking a few times and looking around. It was light now. She was freezing, and on the roof of some building, leaning against a chimney. She saw an older lady a few feet away.
  “Oh, you’re awake!” The lady said, wobbling over to her. “I’ve been wondering if you’d be okay, you hit your head pretty bad last night.” Anika reached up and felt her forehead. She could feel a large, open wound. “I tried to wash it with some of the water,” the lady told her. “Well, you can call me Beth,” she added. “What’s your name? You must be terribly frightened. All alone up here, with a strange old lady like me, and water up to the rooftops.”
  “Anika,” the girl quietly replied, until suddenly they felt the wind pick up, and the water began to move.
  “Grab onto me!” Beth told her, holding her tightly. They weren’t sure what to expect. The water began to flow over the roof, knocking them down to their knees. Suddenly, they felt the ground they were on begin to shake, and the roof started to float away. Beth held tightly to Anika, and they tried hard to stay on the floating roof.
  After few moments of floating, the water suddenly began to flow the other direction, back towards the village. Reaching a bunch of treetops towards the edge of the village, the roof came to a rough stop, crushing one of Beth’s legs as it did. She let out a sharp cry; her leg was wedged between the roof and tree trunk.
   Anika sat, not knowing what to do.  After a while Beth, not being able to get up, fell asleep. Anika looked around at the enormous expanse of water. She saw roofs, sticks, and a few dead animals  floating by. She began to cry. What was she to do? She was all alone, except for an old lady, who couldn’t move. She didn’t know how to swim. She felt helpless.  
  Then, suddenly she remembered something. She was not alone. God was there! She began to pray, “Dear God, please help me. Please keep me safe, and Beth too. Please help me to find Mama and Papa. Amen.”
  Immediately  after praying she saw a boat come by. “Help!” she called out. The couple on the boat, after seeing her, began to steer in her direction. Once they came closer, they saw Beth too. They climbed up onto the roof and the man was able to pull her out. They helped her and Anika into the boat, and then the lady said in a gentle voice, “I am Elisabeth Hopts,” “And this is my husband Jack. We are taking you a hospital out of town.”

  The four rode on for a while, picking up a few other passengers on their way. After a while, the water began to move again, this time faster. It splashed on board, and suddenly Anika was thrown overboard again by a wave. The current quickly drove her away, farther and farther. After a few minutes, she was thrown against some hard wall. She grabbed on, and was able to climb to the top. There she stayed the whole night, cold, tired and scared.

Monday, February 2nd

  Anika looked around. It had been a hard night. “Will I ever see my parents again?” she wondered. The water began to move once more. She tried to hold onto the wall, but it was no use. She was pulled away, and, grabbing a large floating stick, drifted again.
  Suddenly she thought she heard her name. “Anika!” Yes! She did hear it. She looked around as fast as she could. “Mama! Papa!” she screamed. “Anika!” There they were- Mama and Papa- up on top of the dike she was passing. They both jumped off andbegan to swim towards her, and eventually cut off the path where the stick was heading. They all made their way back to where they had been sitting, and hugged her, crying. “Anika!” Mama said, “We thought we would never see you again!” That night was again cold, wet, and hungry, but at least they were all together.

Tuesday, February 3rd

  The next morning help came. A boat came, filled with food, clean water, bandages and more. They quickly were helped inside, and taken a few towns over, to a large building being used as a hospital. The nurses helped to clean their wounds, and they spent the night there.

  Thursday, February 5th

  “How good it felt to be on dry land once again!” Anika thought to herself, smiling. She and her parents were now at her Aunt Maria’s house, which the flood had not hit. They found out that it had been caused by the dikes bursting during the storm on Saturday night. Since the radio didn’t broadcast during at nights, their aunt found out on Sunday morning. “I was so scared for you!” she said. “I was praying that God would keep you all safe, and He did!”
  “Yes He did!” Mama and Papa agreed. Aunt Maria went into the kitchen for a moment, and came out a few seconds later holding a cake. “To celebrate” she said. “That God has kept you all safe, and brought you back together!”
  The family enjoyed the cake, and sat around the table for a few hours, laughing, smiling, and happy to be back together again. For many years following the flood, each year on February 5th they would bake a cake just like that one and celebrate that they were all together.

NOTE: This is a fictional story based on the flood in 1953, where 1,836 deaths in the Netherlands were recorded.

  Do you like to write short stories?  What have you been up to this week?

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Cape May Beaches/:/Psalm 8

  Hello! Recently we went to a few beaches in Cape May NJ with my Grandma, and here are some pictures, along with Psalm 8.

 Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

  When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

    Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

  The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

 Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

What have you done recently? Have you ever been to Cape May?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

-- The Liebster Blog Award Tag--

  Hello! A few weeks ago I was tagged by Gray over at  Writing Is Life for the Liebster Blog Award. Thank you Gray! And it matches my blog perfectly :)
-Link back to the person who tagged you
-Answer the 11 questions
-Tag 11 bloggers and let them know you tagged them
-Ask your tagged bloggers 11 questions

  Wow! The person who made this tag must like 11's. 😋
  Well, let's get started!

 1. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Hmm. The sound a pencil makes when there's no lead. And when the cats rub their wet noses on me.

2. What is one of your favorite things? 
I like when my family all colors together at the table.

3. Do you have a song stuck in your head? If so, which one?

4. What is your favorite book you read this week? 
A book I had been reading that I liked is "Not Regina", by Christmas Carol Kauffman, but that wasn't this week.

5. What is your favorite movie that you watched this week? 
"Anne with an E",  a Netflix series. We've only watched episode 1 and 2 so far though.

6. Do you have a favorite YouTuber? If so, who?
I mostly use YouTube for music. As for music I like the Bontrager, Wissmann, and Mullet families. I also like Livy Lynn, and some John Denver songs.

7. White chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate?
Dark chocolate.

8. What is your favorite word?
I'm not sure. Maybe charity, merry, or felicity.

9. Do you have a secret talent? 
Hmm.. I don't know. Oh yes, I can fly! But it's  a secret. 

10.  Who is the first person that pops into your head when you think, "Weird"?
I'd rather not say. :)

11. Would you rather be super famous or rich and unknown? Why?
Rich and unknown. I don't think I'd like to be famous, and have people talk about every little thing I do.

I Nominate:

And You!!!
Leave your link below and I may add you!  

My Questions For You:
  1. What are a few of your favorite songs?
  2. What is your favorite book or chapter of the Bible?
  3. What is your birthstone?
  4. Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names?
  5. Do you like to bake/cook?
  6. What's your favorite part of blogging?
  7. Cats or dogs?
  8. Ice cream or cake?
  9. Favorite quote? (Can be homemade, from a book; doesn't matter.)
  10. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
  11. Do you have a pen pal?
Well, have fun!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Memorizing Scripture-->Guest Post By Lilly Shyree

  Hello! Today me and Lilly, from A Lilly in God's Garden are doing a post swap. Here's her post, and when you're done reading be sure to check out her blog!
Hello there,
I’m Lilly Shyree and I blog at:  Today I want to encourage you to know God’s word better.   
-          God’s word is powerful!!
Hebrews 4:12 says, For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
-          His word shows the way!!   
Psalm 119: 105 says, Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
We see from these verses that without the Bible…we are helpless.  This is why I really want to stress Bible memorization, which is a great way to know God better. 
Psalm 119: 11 says, Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
There are days when we don’t have a Bible right in front of us to look up a verse.  There may be a days when our Bibles are taken away from us and we won’t have the encouragement to get through the persecution.  But if we memorize his word then no one can take it away from us!!  With God’s word we will always be able to fight against the troubles that come our way. 
Maybe you are thinking… “Wow this is good truths but I can’t memorize.  I’ve tried but I just CAN’T memorize.” 
But you can.  If I can…YOU CAN.  I’m sure you could probably sing the song Let It Go.  You might not realize it but you are always memorizing something.  We need to make sure that we are memorizing good things that are truly important. 
“Where do I start?” 
Start out this week memorizing one verse.  Try memorizing John 1:1, which says, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Here are a few steps on how to memorize:
-          Read the verse a couple times
-          Read the verse aloud a couple times
-          Read the first line a couple times
-          Say the first line aloud without looking at the verse
-          Repeat these steps until you’ve got the verse memorized
Tip: If you can, try to record your voice saying the verses and listen to it multiple times a day.  You can even burn it on a CD and listen to it while you go to sleep.  It helps a lot!!
Do you memorize God’s word?  How do you memorize?  What are your favorite passages?
Thanks so much, Laura, for doing the post swap with me!!  It was a lot of fun!
  Feel free to leave her a comment below! 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Free Docu-Series on Cancer/Earn up to $250 This Week

 Hello everyone! How is your week going? Recently, my family has been watching a really informative series on vaccines. Well, starting May 16th, the same company that made that will be airing another series, "The Truth About Cancer," online for free. It is a nine-episode long series, and will be played one episode per day. I definitely suggest that you and your family consider watching it.

  • It is estimated that 1/3 of all females alive right now will get cancer, and 1/2 of men. 
  • You will learn safe and effective ways to cure cancer in this series.
  • You will learn how to prevent cancer.
  • It will only be FREE for a short time. 
  • And more!
  -Now for the second part of this post: earn up to $250 this week.
  The makers behind "The Truth About Cancer" are trying hard to get the word out about this. So hard, in fact, that they will pay  you to refer people before May 16th. Here's how it works.
  1. Register using THIS LINK.
  2. By registering, you will get your own referral link. Bookmark this page so you can go back to it for your referral link later.
  3. Share your link! If 10 people register before the 16th using your link, you will get a $10 Visa gift card. If 25, 50, 100, or 250 people register using your link, you will get that amount in a Visa gift card. It may not be easy, but it seems worth a try to me!
  Has your family ever watched "The Truth about Vaccines", or "The Truth about Cancer"?