1. I play the flute.
2. I'd rather be outside in the sunshine than anywhere else.
3. Football and basketball
4. Family first, always!
5. I love food.
6. I really love food.
7. I'm not a big texter.
8. I ALWAYS wait for the mocrowave to beep.
9. Bacon. Is. Gross.
10. My birthday is May 13, 1996.
11. My favorite colors are turquoise and purple.
12. One day I'm going to learn how to surf.
13. I would pick a cat over a dog any day.
14. I am addicted to spearmint gum.
15. My biggest pet peeve is when people throw around the word "love."
16. I could read all day long if you put a good book in my hands.
17. I believe that everything happens for a specific reason.
18. My mother is the reason I am able to cope with the hard things. I admire her and her strength.
19. If I could have any super power it would be to fly.
20. I enjoy the learning part of school.
21. I love having a big family.
22. I love to run.
23. I've never eaten a Twinkie.
24. I enjoy drawing.
25. I believe that to make it anywhere in life happily God has to be your number one.
"I can't do it". "I'm not good enough". "I like that idea but I don't think it will ever happen". Ever catch yourself saying negative things like this? For me it happens on a daily basis without even realizing it. It is just so easy to be negative that it's just accepted in everyday life. If it's something little or even if it's something big I'm sure you can find a good side to it if you try. What I don't understand is, why be negative when there are so many things to be possitive about?
If you feel that there is no one there for you, then you're wrong. That's the number one thing that I could think of to be happy and possitive about. You have a God, a friend, a listener, a savior who loves you and is there for you on your darkest day. God wants you to be a possitive example to the world. Having confidence in yourself and belief in your heart that there is good in the world is one way to shine His light. Let everybody that there is something bigger than all of us to be happy about.
The next thing I thought about was family and friends. We all have them but do we push them away by our negativity? I know that I feel I can tell my best friends and my family everything; how I feel, what I think, What I want to do, what bugs me, etc. And sometimes those aren't the most possitive things in the world to talk about. Do you tell them jokes or funny stories? Do you tell them you love them simply because you do? "I know it's hard but you gotta keep your head up". Go tell them you're glad they're there and you love them no matter what.
The final thing that came to mind about being a possitive, happy example is that you have a talent. Whether you're naturally a good test taker, good at sports, instruments, or drawing. Whatever the case may be you have a strength. As for me, I like to play sports. One thing that I hear a lot is; "Oh, we're playing "soandso" we don't have a chance". With that attitude you don't. Be possitive! Believe and shoot for nothing less than the best. If you don't believe that you can do it then you can't. It says in Phillipians 4:13 I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. Believe it!
~ Micaela Leann
Friday, May 20th and school is out! FINALLY!! Too bad I have to wake up at 7:15 for another week and be tortured in that dreaded school building learning how to drive. To say that I'm nervous doesn't even begin to tell you how scared I am to get behind the wheel of a car...... Alone!! I have to learn all the hundreds of laws and what sign means what and get the feel of how to actually drive. It's gunna be a LONG week...
My teacher starts class with stories of wrecks that former students of my school have been in. The scary part is that some were fatal and some simply just startled someone, but they all scared me that same. I'm 15 years old for crying out loud! Don't tell me that and then put me into the drivers seat! I can't drive a two thousand pound vehicle alone! Somehow I'm going to have to figure out a way to calm down and drive responsibly.
The whole first day in class I didn't act to scared on the outside but on the inside I was scared to death. When I got home yesterday, on Monday, I realized something about driving alone and that is that I won't be alone. I have Jesus on my side. Ha! Take that driving! There was absolutely no reason for me to be worried in the first place. If only I would have remembered that before I panicked like a little girl.
Too often in my everyday life do I forget that Jesus is always here with me. Wherever I go I know that I have somebody who loves me and that I can trust and I find comfort in that. Jesus is always there. We find sometimes that we don't always open up our hearts to Him, but He's kinda like air: It's always there, but if we don't decide to breath it in, we WON'T get it. Matthew 28:20 "... teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
You know the feeling after you take in a huge gulp of air after you have been holding your breath? Well that's the feeling I get in my heart after I don't read my Bible for a few days or don't talk to God and then I do. Although it is a comfort to be able to "breath" again I'm trying very hard not to make a habit of it. Nobody ever said being a Christian was going to be easy. You have to develop a pattern and learn from your mistakes. Just like driving. Have faith that you can do it!!
In Christian Love,
One of the things I love to do most in this world is read. To get into a good book and not be able to put it down despite your best efforts. To forget everything in the real world and wander into a new one for a while. To feel the grief, happiness, sorrow, and anger of the characters. Reading can take you to places that your mind has honestly never been to before.
Reading non-fiction seems to hold my attention more than other types of books. Perfectly imperfect characters + teen romances + happy endings = The PERFECT book for a teenage girl. I love to sit down on a boring Saturday when I have nothing to do and read one or two.... or maybe three books a day and it is a near perfect day. When I was little I remember always writing "books". Now that I'm older and I have read those "books" I'm glad I left writing to Judy Bloom, Stephanie Meyer, and Laura Anderson Kurk. But even though I do love those authors I love Paul, John, Luke, and Matthew even more.
As I was sitting down reading Glass Girl I felt a little guilty. I started to think about how long it had been since I had read my Bible. I immediately came up with the excuse that I was too busy (I'm glad Jesus wasn't to busy for me.) or that i would read the Bible when I was done with my other book. (I'm also glad that Jesus didn't put me second.) Although I find absolutel nothing wrong with reading other books I do think that it is important to balance your pleasure book and the most important Book in the world.
Even though it was more difficult than it should have been to put my book down and pick up my Bible and read that. I'm glad I did. I started reading Matthew, about the life of Jesus Christ. I found out soon enough that you can get wrapped up into the Bible just as easy as my favorite books. I strongly encourage you to try it out once or twice a day. A little 4 or 5 year old boy that I know says it best: Read your bible and pray everyday, pray eveyday, pray everyday; read your bible and pray everyday and grow, grow, grow.
For the past three days i have been out of school because of the snow. When I first heard that we were out things like sleeping in, snowball fights, and watching movies were the first and only things that came to mind. I was totally excited about my days off until I was informed that I would actually be cleaning my room and cooking food. I was not a "happy camper" so to speak after hearing that news. I pretty much made up my mind then that I would be miserable throughout my "break".
On the first day I got away with watching Hallmark movies with my mom. The second day I wasn't so lucky. I spend the first part of my day playing outside in the snow with my sister and two dogs then mom put her foot down and told me to get inside. I then texted my next door neighbor who also happens to be one of my best friends. I went and picked her up and we then not only hard core cleaned my room but also re-organized it. We had fun doing it. Although I could have made the situation that I couldn't change boring and I could have been in a bad mood, I made it fun. We laughed and made jokes and even jammed out to some music.
The quote, "When life gives you lemons make lemonade", comes to mind right now. Have fun with the things you can't change. Although cleaning my room isn't that big of deal, make life situations that are tough on you and the people around you more bearable. You can make your hour, day, week, or even month easier to handle for not only yourself but the people around you. Make sure to smile because they are most definitely contagious!!!
Now today on the third day as i sit in my newly re-organized room with one of my best friends sitting beside me I have the freedom (from my mother of course) to go outside and play or sit in here and watch movies. Yesterday I cleaned my room with one of my best friends all while honoring my mother. (Ephesians 6:1-2) So all in all snow days are my favorite days of this new year. Live well, Laugh often, and Love much!!!
-Kayla Leann <3