AWKWARD.

http://www.upi.com/blog/2013/01/28/Ground-beef-recall-16-Sickened-by-Salmonella-strain/2741359403271/

I find it so funny how today for Lunch, they’re serving beef quessadillas and they just recalled ground beef from several stores for containing Samonella Strains. Can you say GROSS? I’m so tired of school systems having such horrible food for lunch. It shouldn’t be that hard to cook good, healthy food! One time, as a side dish I got a seasoned hot dog bun. What is that? I’m sorry, but were there no bread rolls at Publix? And don’t even get me started on the half baked chicken tenders, the fruit punch that is only 10% real juice, and the fact that we aren’t allowed to use the plastic utensils unless we buy their crappy lunch? Are you kidding me!? You want me to pay 5 dollars for something that’s not even fully cooked, just so I can use a fork? My parents already pay a hefty 8,000 dollars for me to go to this school, if I want to use the schools forks, I WILL. The amount of times I’ve come out of lunch with an upset stomach is ridiculous. I’m sure it would be more beneficial and less expensive to actually cook good food. I know one thing for sure though, I’m going to bring my own lunch from now on.

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Spiritual Emphasis Week: My Seminars

Throughout the course of the week I went to many seminars such as College Life with Andy Holz, Biblical Relationships with Mrs. Mack and #WhatKylaSaid with Mrs. Crowther. All these seminars impacted me in a way I cannot explain and I know that what I learned this week will continue to help me in the near future.

Sam talked about how Jesus was the ultimate comedian. He made jokes, and he laughed like the rest of us. By using means such as parables and other stories he helped teach people about life and salvation. Sam talked about how ironic it was that the king of kings was born in a manger and dressed in swaddling clothes.  Then to top it all off he was visited by shepherds, people who worked in the most disrespected profession around. In another one of his sermons, he taught about how just like Christ forgave us we must also find it in ourselves to forgive others. He taught us that Christ cares about us and only wants what’s best for us but if we can’t even forgive others for the sins they have committed against us, you can’t expect God to forgive you. To execute his point he brought up different parables, like the parable of the house on rock and the house on sand. This parable represents just what our priorities and idols are. He tells us to ask ourselves whether we are building our faith on Christ or the temporary things of this world.

In College Life with Andy Holz, Mr. Holz talked about the different reasons people go to college and how when we go, even though we might not know what we want to do with our lives we must try and keep a strong faith. It is important that we do because when we go out into the world and to college we can not only reflect our beliefs but also disgrace them with our actions. He also spoke about trying not to get caught up in all of the extra benefits of college life because after a while those things will get old and the teachers won’t be waiting for you to buckle down and get serious with your work. They will fail you if necessary.

I would have to say that Mrs. Mack’s seminar was one of my favorite. She delivered it in such an interpersonal and heartfelt way. It wasn’t like she was condemning us for the things we’ve done or just flat out telling us what to do, she was sharing her experiences so that she could teach us a lesson on Christian dating. One of the topics that I personally liked was how she told us to just wait for what God has in stored for us and be content with yourself and in God. She also told us not to expect a fairytale, that life isn’t all ponies and daisies and come to realize that the only one who can truly change a man for the better  both spiritually and mentally is God.

Mrs. Crowther helped me come to understand how I should treat others while I’m online. Just because I’m behind the safety of my computer doesn’t give me the right to judge, extradite, or be mean to others. This is especially true because just because people sin differently, doesn’t make me better than them because I am a sinner too. I am also soon going to participate in her 30 day challenge, which challenges us to instead of complaining about annoying things we see online, or being mean we should say something nice and uplifting. Hopefully, I will be successful.

All in all I loved spiritual emphasis week  including the sermons and seminars. They really helped me in my life. I feel spiritually revived and confident to finish off my school year strong.

Spiritual Emphasis Week: Chapel Sermons

Spiritual emphasis week has been an incredible experience. Each day we would go to chapel, sing three praise and worship songs, and then proceed to listen to a series of sermons by Mr. Williams.

Mr. Sam talked about how Jesus was the ultimate comedian. He made jokes, and he laughed like the rest of us. By using means such as parables and other stories he helped teach people about life and salvation. Mr. Sam talked about how ironic it was that the king of kings was born in a manger and dressed in swaddling clothes.  Then to top it all off he was visited by shepherds, people who worked in the most disrespected profession around. In another one of his sermons, he taught about how just like Christ forgave us we must also find it in ourselves to forgive others.

He taught us that Christ cares about us and only wants what’s best for us but if we can’t even forgive others for the sins they have committed against us, you can’t expect God to forgive you. Everyone falls short of the glory of God and no one has sinned less than the other, leave the wrath and judgement to Him.

When he spoke about what our priorities are he brought up different parables to explain his point. In the parable of the house on rock and the house on sand, the foolish man builds his house on sand and it gets blown away when a storm comes but the wise man, built his house on the steady rock, and it remained strong. This parable represents just what our priorities and idols are. He tells us to ask ourselves whether we are building our faith on Christ or the temporary things of this world.

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Fighting Giants: Friendship

Companionship is something that all humans need to survive (and remain sane). Companionship can also help you spiritually as well. By choosing your friends wisely, and maintaining a healthy relationship you are able to gain more knowledge and strength from your friends.

Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

When choosing friends you must choose wisely because friends can make or break you spiritually, mentally, and morally. the people you hang out with define you. I have heard many people try to excuse their friends for their inappropriate actions. “They were just trying to have fun.”, “Yolo.”, or the ever so famous, “If I hang out with them enough they will change.” First of all they will not change, you will. The only way they can change is if they want to change themselves and make a genuine effort on their own. You will  be the only one changing and in a very negative way.

Proverbs 12:26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

Good friends build each other up and support each other. If a problem arises they find a mature way to work it out. If I ever have a problem with any one of my friends I know I can go to them and talk about it and everything will be fine. My friends help me out when I am weak in faith, and when I have certain things on my mind.

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Fighting Giants: Respect

Respect is something all teens have a problem with. It can be respecting others or authorities. People like to brush off the increasing amount of disrespect among children as ‘just a phase’. While that may be true, it is still something that needs to be dealt with, how you treat someone can ultimately affect that person and yourself for a long time.

Sometimes I think that people forget that other’s have feelings too. Even though you may be ‘just joking’ words can hurt and leave and everlasting scar on one’s heart. Some might justify the way they treat others by using the excuse that they don’t like them, or that they are jerks anyway. If you don’t like a person, you still have no need to talk behind their backs, or treat them like their nothing. If you don’t like them, then just don’t talk to them! Don’t acknowledge them. They may have hurt you but that doesn’t mean you should stoop down to their level and hurt them back.

Authorities are just here to guide us. Even though what they might say  may make no sense at the time and sometimes their rules may indeed seem stupid, they just want to help.  Believe me, I know it’s not easy. No one likes being told what to do, but that is because our resistance to authority is embedded in us way farther than in just our DNA but   within our sinful nature. We criticize anybody that makes a decision we don’t like, we destroy their character, disrespect them, and we constantly try to belittle them.

Romans 13:1-3 says, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.”

In the Bible, it clearly states that God puts everyone in authority for a reason and that they themselves have been put their by God. So by disrespecting your authorities you are ultimately disrespecting God. Look at Samuel, when he thought the Israelites were rebuking him as their leader, God made it perfectly clear that they were not rebuking Samuel but God himself. (1 Samuel 8: 8-8) Also, If you can’t even respect the people God puts in charge how can you ever respect God?

News Flash: You Can’t .

By disrespecting and criticizing authorities you are ultimately accusing God of not making the right decisions and not having your well-being in mind when in reality he’s always been there for his people. He was there when he led the Israelites out of Egypt, and he’ll be there now.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Samuel%208&version=NIV

http://www.openbible.info/topics/respecting_authorities

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Fun Songs to get Dressed to

I litsen to this song when I wake up in the morning. I find it really upbeat and uplifting. By the time I leave the house I’m pumped and in a good mood to start my day.

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New Series: Fighting Giants

Entry 1: You are Not Alone. I promise.

Hi lovelies, today I’m starting a new series called “Fighting Giants” which tackles daily issues Christian teens face on an everyday basis. The goal here is to basically help others with different issues but from a biblical perspective. Now this is the first time I’m trying something like this so please bear with me.

Today’s topic will be the introduction to my new series. The first step to fighting one’s giants is to first realize that you have them and discern what exactly they are. You can’t fight something when you’re still asleep per say, just like you can’t ignore the things that are slowly destroying you from the inside. As it is written, the Devil only has one goal: to KILL, STEAL, and DESTROY. Do you honestly think that the Devil is just going to go away if you ignore him long enough?

Fun fact: he isn’t.

That’s why, we as Christians must be ready and prepared. We must ready ourselves for his future attacks upon us. He will use any underhanded method to get us to weaken our bond with our Lord and Savior. He will make us think that we are hopelessly alone, and that the whole world is against us. But I want to let you know that that is not true. The Lord is with you, and he will never let you fight any battles that you cannot handle, and he will never let you fight alone.

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future…”

He loves us dearly, and protects us every day from harm. Even when things feel like they just couldn’t get worse- remember that He is with you. There have been many times when I myself have become weak in faith in Him, succumbing to the darkness. But what I failed to realize is that God never loses faith in us. He died for our sins, so that we may be saved from eternity in hell. If he was there for me then, before I was even borne into existence, how can I think that he’s not there for me now? You may be embarrassed of your sins and you may think you are not worthy but it’s okay! He has died for us. So those sins and whatever it is that you’ve done or said in the past or going to do in the future is forgiven.

It is that kind of security that I rely on, and he is the one I cling on to. When I need him I seek Him and I lay down my problems in His hands. Sometimes it’s hard asking for help but I know that no matter what I do, whether I succeed or fail, that the Lord is awaiting me with open arms.

http://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/facing-giants-11652635.html
https://youthministry360.com/trends_and_culture/youth-workers-sound-off-what-are-the-biggest-challenges-students-face

#Rant Session- Your Body

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

Today I want to talk about how a woman should exemplify herself in front of others. I am sick and tired of seeing other women walk around in barely any clothing and try and justify their actions to others- especially when they’re CHRISTIAN WOMEN. Our bodies are the temple of the Lord, which basically means we should treat them accordingly with honor and respect!

1 Timothy 2:9

“Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire,”

The Bible also says that we as women should make sure to dress appropriately. There is no need to walk around in the way some people do! As Christians we are not only supposed to be an example of Christ but also as an example to other people to show them how one should act.

Girls all the time use the excuse that ‘times have changed’. I rebuke that. Even though times have changed and the world is becoming more and more corrupted doesn’t mean that we should be pressured into changing as well, especially in such a negative way. The world has changed but the Bible hasn’t.

Also the only type of attention girls will recieve dressing in such a matter is negative attention. No man can ever have respect for you if you do not have respect for yourself. God has a plan in stored for you, one with a wonderful respectful man who will treat you like his princess. Just wait and stop trying to rush the process. Trust in Him, because he has no intention to harm you. There are great guys out there who’s main quality they look for in a girl is not the way they dress or look. They care about -and I’m sorry if this sounds cliche- what’s within. They care about your morals, goals, and your views on life. A real man who cares about you won’t expect you to dress in shameful attire or do innapropriate things.

And girls, just as a reminder: you are beautiful without all the things you think you have to do to try and get attention.

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The True and Tragic Story of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia

Many movies and musicals have been made from the tragic story of Princess Anastasia. In the 20th century Fox Animated film “Anastasia”, the Grand Duchess is found to have survived the Russian revolution and is somewhere out there in the world. Her sister who also survived, searches for her but is constantly foiled by countless imposters who only want her money. Elsewhere, the real Anastasia who is now called Anya searches for where she belongs since she has no memory of her childhood and has absolutely no idea who she is. With the help of Dimitri, an ex-con man who was at first only using her to get the reward money from Marie for finding her sister, Anya in the end is reunited with her sister Marie.

In the true story of the Grand Duchess Anastasia she in fact did not survive the Bolshevik revolution which soon led to a civil war. They were soon exiled to Siberia where they stayed for four months until their untimely death. She along with the rest of her family were brutally murdered by Yurovsky and his soldiers. They were shot at point blank range and the last two victims were Anastasia and her older sister Maria. While some died instantaneously, some of them didn’t. Alexei for example, clung on to her father’s shirt for dear life until she was shot twice in the air. Controversy surrounded their deaths because unlike the other family members who were easily found in a ditch Alexei’s and Anastasia’s bodies were missing. Multiple imposters would claim to be Anastasia (one of the most prominent being Anna Anderson) but eighty years later their bodies were found and all claims were put to rest. Still no one, especially the Romanov’s who were loved by their people, deserved to die just because of political differences. Their tragic story will never be forgotten and continues to be shared around the world today.

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