Friday, August 7, 2020

When Do Revivals Come?

   

  When life is going well, people often forget about God. Yes, they may still go to church, say a prayer, or listen to a hymn, but sometimes, it's just not real. Often, we simply go through the motions. When life is going well, why would we need to pray? We have everything we want. Besides, there's so many other things to fill our minds with: recent places we've gone and friends we've met and all of our summer plans. They can distract us from what really matters.
     It seems like hard times are what truly lead us to Christ. Persecution is often what comes before revival. Think about it; when do you pray the hardest? Usually it's during a hard time, when there is a great need. We should be able to see that there are always huge needs in the world, like the 150,000 babies aborted each day, and the thousands upon thousands of children sold to human trafficking around the world. We should see that we always need more love for God, that we should always be praying for wisdom. Why don't we?
     We get too comfortable. We fail to realize how real these needs are, and so we ignore them. Not until persecution is dropped on our doorstep do we really get on our knees and seek God. 
     This has been true throughout history. Over and over the Israelites would ignore God, and seek idols. Then, when they were captured, or sick, or afraid, they would seek Him. Revivals have hit during dark and terrible times. When faith was against the law is often when it spread the fastest. There have been times when rulers have captured Christians and publicly killed them, for the purpose of scaring people. What was the result? Well, when they burned Jan Hus at the stake, it gave thousands of people the courage to follow Christ.
     I think now is the time for another revival. With many churches closed, people have been meeting elsewhere. In California, many people have been having churches at beaches since meeting in a church building has become illegal. There have also been churches in homes, campgrounds, and even Wal-mart. Why does this matter? Well, often times at churches, everything is planned out ahead of time. They basically just go through the schedule: sing these three songs, listen to a sermon written at home, etc. With groups meeting outside of church, I think there's more of a chance for God to lead. Without a sermon written out for one man to preach, there's more time for God to speak what He wants through people. Without the songs planned out, people can sing what the Holy Sprit leads them to sing. Without a schedule, people can spend more time on their knees, praying for the world. Matthew 18:20 says,  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. American churches do not spend enough time in real prayer. There are so many urgent needs we should be praying about!
     Will you join me in praying for revival? Will you pray that God will once again light a spark in the heart of man and let it spread throughout the world? Will you help to spread that flame?

A flame was lit
In the heart of man
T'was never quenched
For no one can.

In the fourteenth century
As Wycliffe read
A new thought came
Into his head.

The common folk—
Not only we,
Should have the Bible
To freely read.

So many a copy
Was written by hand
In languages the people
Could all understand

Many were angry,
His Bibles were banned
People must burn them
All through the land.

But were they diminished?
Are they all gone?
No, Wycliffe's Bibles
Today still live on.

In the fifteenth century
Another stood strong
He stood by the Bible
And spoke against wrong

The Emperor summoned him
"We won't lay a hand,"
So Jan Hus bravely went
To that far-away land.

When he got there, they took him
Threw him into a cell
Where they left him for months
Till a trial befell

They condemned him to death
Yes, they burned Jan Hus
They thought that that would
Stop the fuss.

But as he suffered,
He sang and prayed
Even in the trial
His faith was stayed

Will this now
Make people scared?
For sufferings thus,
Are they prepared?

Somehow this took away their fear
By thousands they were slain
They wouldn't deny Jesus
For any earthly pain.

It still lives on
This flame inside
It wasn't put out
Though so many have tried.

Will you stand up
Though great the price,
Is Jesus worth
Our sacrifice?

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Mediocre Lives


     Millions of people are living mediocre lives. Some people know they are. They wake up tired, start on their daily expectations, whether that be school, work, taking care of children, or anything else, scroll through their phone in the evening, and go to bed just to wake up to the same routine tomorrow. They are mentally exhausted. They want life to change, but don't know how it possibly could. 
     Some people, though, think that they're living their best life. Maybe they have their dream job, and make enough money to buy everything they want. Maybe they have a million friends, or maybe they spend their days traveling the world. To them, life could seem perfect at the moment.
     Whether or not they know it, they're living quite a mediocre life.

Mediocre = Of moderate quality

     A mediocre life could be better. Much better. You see, when God made us, He put a hole in our hearts, a hole only He could fill. I think everyone is aware that they're seeking something, that deep down inside, they're unsatisfied. They want more out of life. For me, just looking at a sunset tells me, "There's more to life." 
     Some people just accept the fact that they will never be fulfilled. They want more, but they are too depressed to try to improve their life, and they feel like they couldn't change anything even if they tried. Many people, though, try to fill that void with all their might. Maybe you think that if you can travel the world, you'll be satisfied. Maybe if you get married, and have children, you'll be fulfilled. Maybe if you were rich, it would take away all of your stress, and you could just have peace. Solomon went the route of trying to find his own fulfillment, and in the end he concluded that "All is vanity." 

Vanity = The quality of being useless or futile. 

      Some people think that if they spend their lives helping others, they will be satisfied. While it's true that we were not made to live for ourselves, not even spending your life for others will fill that empty hole. There's something even deeper than loving others, and that's knowing and loving the Creator of the universe.

     Do you know God? Reading your Bible is important, and obeying Him is important, but do you actually know Him, as a Father, and as a friend? That is how you will really be satisfied in life. 


Thursday, July 23, 2020

Summer Months

  Hello everyone! I was scrolling through my pictures and thought it'd be fun to share some of them with you! These are just random pictures giving you a snippet of what's been going on around here!

Last week I tried a recipe for chocolate Zucchini bars from Hope's Table. They turned out really good!



Now that I'm done school I've been doing some school with my siblings. Here's the science wall in the library!
On Monday some of us went camping with friends near a lake. It was really pretty there!

This sunrise was beautiful!
We've been spending a lot of time outside. The garden is doing really well and we've been getting tons of cucumbers and green beans! There's also some really big watermelons growing. :D
In June my sister got a Blue Lynx Point Himalayan Persian kitten for her birthday. The plan is to get another and breed it!
On July 4th we had a yard sale. It was so busy! We've never had such a successful yard sale! We hope to do another on August 8.
For my sister's graduation we went to a park with train tracks and our friend took some pictures!
This is Tara, my sister.


This is me : )

Here's some lavender from our front yard. It smells so good!
Every night the chickens all fly up to the perch to sleep. This is an old picture though. Now they are hanging off the edge. They need a bigger perch!
This is Becky, the puppy we got in December. She's gotten a lot bigger!

Some other highlights of this summer:

-Building a chicken coop with my mom
-Trying to learn ukulele
-Getting a part-time job landscaping with my friend Sarah
-Enjoy the summer sunshine (and rain! 😜)

I hope you enjoyed! What have you been doing this summer?

Thursday, July 9, 2020

My Favorite Things Tag (Second Round : )



     Hello! A while back Beth, from Beth in Boots, created this tag. It went around for quite a bit but then stopped. Recently she reposted it with a few edited rules. I'm going to be doing it below. Thank you Beth for tagging me!

♥ Thank and link back to the person's blog who tagged you!
♥ Thank and link back to the person's blog who started the tag!
♥ Write about eight of your favorite things in your post!
♥ Add at least 2 picture or gifs in your post that are related to your favorite things.
♥ Tag eight people at least! (If you don't know eight blogs to tag just tag as many as you can)
♥ Put the eight rules in your blog post!
♥ Include the picture above for the beginning of your post!
♥ Have fun!!!
     Eight of my favorite things are:

My family (This is just half of us)
Playing violin/listening to music

The night sky, especially when you can see stars really well.

Bullet Journaling

My chickens

Flowers; any kind, but especially yellow ones
Baking
Friends


I'm not sure if I'll be able to tag 8 people, but I'll try. 
Ellie K. 

Ellen


Alice 

Megan & Ashley

Evangeline (Because it would be fun to do it from her perspective 😋)

Okay, that's all I can think of! Hope you are all having a great summer!





Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Today is my Blogiversary

     Hello friends! As you probably figured out from the title, today is my blogiversary. I don't have a big exciting post planned like I've done in some of the previous years. I guess June 24th just sorta crept up on me. I thought it'd be fun to share some about my blogging journey on here though.
     Real quick, I just wanted to mention that I have a giveaway going on with a few girls on Instagram. I'm not sure how many of you use Instagram, but I link my account if you'd like to go and enter. : )
Here is what's included in the giveaway! It ends on June 29.
     I started blogging in 2013, here. I think I wrote on there for about a year before I moved blogs. I started a blog here but never got around to using it until June 24, 2016. That's when I started blogging regularly. I had heard about a lady who made a lot of money blogging, so I put all of my effort into it. I would write two posts a week, design a custom blog newsletter for each week, and spend lots of time working on my blog design, getting more readers, and making gadgets for the side. I also started a doll blog around that time. Needless to say, blogging became very stressful during that time. It was no longer a fun hobby, it was a dreaded chore. I was having a lot of problems with HTML codes, and losing my account on the newsletter site, and I wasn't even making money from it. I almost deleted my blog.
     When I stopped trying to make my blog perfect, it became enjoyable again. I changed my 
e-newsletters to the automatic Feedburner ones, so I wouldn't have to stress over that every week. Now that I don't have a blog schedule, I can blog whenever I have something to write. I don't have to force out words into posts every few days; I can wait until the words are ready to write themselves. And I don't fret over not having the perfect blog design. Now I blog because I love blogging.
     I don't mean to discourage you from working hard or trying to earn money, but writing just for money really doesn't work. Your writing has to have your heart in it. It's the same for writing books; yes, you can write for money, but likely your story will be dry if you do.When you have a story in your heart and just let the words flow onto the page, that's when captivating stories are born. 
     If you enjoy using HTML codes, designing blogs, and making gadgets, then blogging can definitely be a great way for you to earn money. You can make a lot of money using ads and affiliate links! I just don't think that's for me. Dealing with all of that isn't enjoyable to me, and I'd rather just write because I love to write. 
     I love to just fall into the pages and write whatever comes out, not whatever's on the schedule. That's one of the reason's why I love blogging on A Greater Purpose, because I can write whatever I want to write on there. Since it's a fictional blog, I can go as far as my imagination takes me. Sometimes I'm back in India, recounting memories from my childhood, and watching the elephants go by. Sometimes I'm in Colorado, singing with a whole bunch of little girls in my attic bedroom. And maybe someday, I'll be somewhere else, like sailing the Pacific ocean in a pirate ship, or walking the beautiful red roads of Uganda. Writing lets my mind explore the world. That's why I blog, because I love to write.


Why do you write?




Thursday, June 4, 2020

New Things in "Shop" !

     Hi! Just wanted to let you know I added some new things to my shop page, which you can check out HERE! I had a lot of fun making them on Zazzle, a website where you can design things with your pictures, and make a little profit if they sell. I've made a little over $13 so far, which isn't much, but it shows that people do shop here. They sell a lot of neat things. If you're interested in starting your own Zazzle, here's a link: Zazzle.
     Below is a sample of some of the things I've been working on! It's just a screenshot, so you can't actually click on them, but visit my "Shop" page above if you want to see more!


Have you ever used Zazzle? 

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Matthew 24; Endure to the End

     Hello! Today I want to share some verses with you from Matthew 24. Please don't skim through just because you may have read this passage before! You can learn new things every time you read through scripture, even if you've read a section many times in the past. 
     I'm going to be putting the scripture in black, and my notes in lavender. After you finish, please comment and let me know your thoughts below!

     And as He sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the world?And Jesus answered and said unto them, "Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
     Jesus said "Be not troubled...these things must come to pass." Yes, there will be tribulation, but you shouldn't be afraid,
     "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, (pestilence means a "fatal epidemic disease") and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for My name's sake. (People of all nations will hate us, it won't just be persecution in one town, city, or country.) And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, (Currently, people are being instructed to tell on their friends for gathering together) and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. (Right now friends aren't hugging, shaking hands, or even going near each other. I'm not saying this is what it means, but it really seems strange. Jesus touched lepers.) But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
     And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 
     When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, (the last three-and-a-half years of the tribulation) spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. Great tribulation will come, whether we want it to or not, and we have to be ready. No, we don't know the hour or the day, but God did tell us there would be signs, and to keep watch.
     Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. When Jesus comes back, everyone will know. It won't be some man doing tricks that you see on the news. Jesus will come from the sky and all will see Him. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. 
     Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. 
     Jesus said he that endures to the end will be saved. This doesn't mean they have to physically endure, or live. This means they have to not lose faith in God, they can't turn their backs on Him. If you were threatened, and told to disown Jesus as your Saviour, what would your answer be? Would you confess Him, or deny Him? In Matthew 10, Jesus says, "Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven." That's sobering. Imagine Jesus denying you before the Father. Imagine Him saying "I never knew you."
     Jesus doesn't say the future will be easy, He says quite the opposite. But He also says, "Do not be troubled. He that endureth unto the end will be saved."