January 31, 2009

It's Saturday!!

ah, I'm so glad it's Saturday. I love it when I have absolutely nothing to do. I have so much more time to do what I actually want. Like play guitar, write music, play with the animals and draw. I used to be really into drawing, but then I sort of got out of it. Well, I few days ago, I got a sudden urge to do so again.... I forgot how fun it really is. =D

I still have to do a little school today. But that's ok.....

And, tomorrow is Sunday. Oh, Sundays are my absolute favorite day of the week. I love Sundays for so many reasons. First because I love going to church sooooo much......I love worship....and hearing God's word. I also love seeing most of you all. Then, I love care group. I absolutely love the discussions and fellowship. I really can't get enough of it.

So, have an awesome Saturday. I hope to see most of you tomorrow!!

January 30, 2009

He commanded us......

Matthew 22:37-38

Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38This is the first and greatest commandment.

I do =)

He's magnificent, wonderful, awesome and amazing. He's so faithful and loving.

I seriously do not know how someone can live with out Him. I can not imagine not having God as my hope and purpose. Really, what would my purpose be then? Love, money, fame? I don't know. But I'm sure I'd be a wreck.

To think that He died for ME. Me, wretched me. Sinner me. He, being absolutely perfect bared the sins of all of us. I bet that was even harder for Him than having nails driven into His hands. And that in it's self is horrible. But the pain and weight of the whole world's sin and being shunned from His Father. I can't imagine. But He loves me that much. That can almost make me cry if I ponder it long enough. Wow. Really, think about it.

Oh God I adore You
I long to grow closer to You
Please hold me, God
And never let me go

'Cuz I'm far from perfect
And full of sin
Yet You still loved me
And pulled me in

I adore You
I need You
I love You
I want to

Every time I go to pray
I'm not quite sure what to say
I can't contain my feelings Lord
So I just have to sing it more

I adore You
I need You
I love You
I want You

God please hear me
As I sing
Praise and honor
For my King!

January 29, 2009

When I met you....

So I was thinking. I have some really funny or cool memories of when I first met some of you. A lot of you I haven't known for long. Let me see....

Morgan....I met you at youth group. Actually, I didn't meet you, but rather came up to you and started talking about your parents. I remember they were at the Bahamas.... I think I might have freaked you out a bit. Then, not long after that, we went to the swing dance together.

Marissa. I knew who you were for quite a while, but I never talked to you. My mom kept telling me that you and I were probably a lot a like. When I finally talked to you, the only thing I could think of to say was that I liked your jacket =P

Nathan....haha, I met you at the swing dance. You asked me to teach you how to swing dance because I apparently was good at it. haha. But I think failed to teach you much. I never really talked to you until after you came over for the movie meeting that one time.

Wesley. We were at church camp and you came up to me on the night of the 4th of July after the fireworks. You introduced yourself and randomly started telling me everything you knew about me and my hedgehogs. Then I believe we talked about skunks(of all things, right!?!) and went on to go play games with a bunch of folks. rofl!

There are lots more, but those are the ones that stick out the most to me. haha, the dumb things I did.....

lol, yeah...I thought that would make a fun blog post. =P

The Duggar's n' more....

Last night we watched another show on the Duggar family. I rarely watch TV, but I really wanted to see this. The Duggar's are a very neat family to me. I'd really like to meet them. Although they are a bit different from our family, I still really like them. Anyhow, their oldest son has recently gotten married so the show was about his wedding and engagement. Their example of purity was awesome =)

Today, I got school done really quickly. I've been super motivated today. That's a great feeling. But I still need to go do some reading done. I'm currently procrastinating. But seriously, I'm go do it after I finish this post. =P

hmmm...what else to say? Not much. Oh, but here is a random picture of Sullie.....

Happy Thursday! Have a stellar night. haha!

January 28, 2009


Wow, I think what God is doing in my life right now is so cool. Before I came to Crossway, I had my whole future planned out. I knew exactly what I wanted to go to school for and I had a perfect idea of exactly the type of college I wanted to go to. Well, since I've come to Crossway, I've gotten a much different perspective on life and my future. I have totally looked beyond my original plans and have seen so many more things God has shown me.

And I've finally look beyond 'my perfect plans' and am starting to see 'God's perfect plan'. Now I have no idea exactly what I want to do.....and I'm perfectly content not knowing right now. Now I'm considering things I never had before =)

On a few total different notes. My finger is currently swelling up because I just wacked it on a can of biscuits, lol. I'm still trying to get those hedgehogs. But I just found out that the lady is charging $2500 for them. not sure what I'm going to do about that. :/ Today has been another great day. =D

I wanna spend some time with Marissa right now. She's pretty much awesome. =D

Do any of you like rap music?

I have nothing to say, except that it's foggy outside. I love fog.

January 27, 2009

My life is sure interesting....

Well, I just stumbled across an ad on Craigslist of someone trying to re-home 40+ hedgehogs. Now I'm trying to rescue them....or an attempt to. I'm probably going to end up having to take some of these hedgehogs in and foster them. Some of them are nursing or pregnant moms. Hedgehogs are easily stressed and moms will kill their babies if they are stressed.

On top of that, I have one of my own moms due anytime now and one breeding soon. I'm keeping my fingers crossed on her because this is the same mom who killed 2 of her 3 babies last time.

This week should get interesting...... My life would be much simpler if I didn't love these animals....haha.

January 26, 2009

Thirty things.

I decided to copy Bethany and list 30 things you may or may not know about me.

1. I'm madly in love with Jesus.
2. If I couldn't have Him, I'd rather die. Seriously.
3. I love seeing my friends love Jesus. It makes me so incredibly happy.
4. I think yellow is amazing.
5. I love old stuff.
6. I have a passion for teens, for teen mothers and for orphans. Yes, I'm a teen myself, but my heart really aches for all those out there that don't know God. I want to help them.
7. I've never seen a PG-13 movie.
8. I'm a big fan of Star Wars.
9. I breed hedgehogs.
10. I used to go to private school.
11. I'm not a big fan of shopping.
12. Eyes are simply amazing to me.
13. I love CrossWay so much. It has changed my life drastically.
14. I would not be who I am today if it weren't for Jesus, my family, friends, my church and really, my past.
15. I had an extremely rare disease that only 200 other people in the entire world have had.
16. I am an overachiever.
17. 2008 was probably the best year of my life so far. I think 2009 will be better.
18. Once I stabbed my eye with a knife.
19. I love trying new things, spontaneity and adventure.
20. I love sticky notes and sharpies.
21. I'm so happy that God preformed a miracle on October 13, 2008 and raised my grandpa from the dead.
22. This world saddens me.
23. I'm not afraid of the future.
24. I think vintage jewelry is neat.
25. I can't wait to see what God has in store for my future. I decided to stop trying to figure it out and just give it to Him. So far, it's working out wonderfully =)
26. I adore bagels, cream cheese and pineapple.
27. Music, animals and my friends are my favorite things ever[next to God of course].
28. I want to learn how to play: the piano(better), clarinet, violin, bass and drums.
29. I love the Rebelution.
30. I want to live out my middle name: Joy.

There you go my friends. Hopefully you learned something you didn't know about me.

January 25, 2009

hehe. I really feel like making someone really happy right now. No one in particular. I just like it when my friends are happy. You lovely people!! I'm sad I didn't get to talk to a lot of you today.

Oh, and I was very happy to learn last night that my dad is going to let me get my license as soon as I turn 16!! Yeah, a little ways away, but still. I'm so excited.

This day has been wonderful. Despite the fact I missed church.

I love kids. I don't really mind working in Children's Ministry. The kids are so sweet. One little girl told me today: 'my mommy has her hands full' I said: 'oh she does?' she was like: 'yeah, she's really busy and has a lot to do and has a baby in her I have to help her' Gracie Gibson is precious.

I wish I would have gotten to know a lot of the people before they either left the church or went on the church plant. Like Aly, both Stephanies, the Browns, Ying, Ming and some others who seem pretty much awesome. Not like there's no way of getting to know you now, it's just that it's a bit tougher. Just know that if you read this, I'm sorry for not really reaching out before you left :-/

So. I'm trying to think of something to do for the arts festival at church. Marissa reminded me today =) I'm sort of thinking of drawing something or maybe doing some photography(if you can do that?). idk....

I want to cut my hair. It's really boring right now... But I can't really change it. Because of the, oh well.

Yesterday I went to Circuit City because I had a gift card to there and I need to use it before they completely out of business. Well, I got a speaker for my MP3 player. It was funny, because I was having trouble finding something to buy. Normally, I have a huge list of stuff I want electronic-wise. But, being the budget person I am, I didn't want to spend more than I had on the gift card. So, since I had about $10 left after buying the speakers, I got like 7 kinds of candy. haha.....

haha, now I'm rambling, so maybe I should stop talking.

EDIT: I've been meaning to tell/remind everyone that if you scroll all the way down this page you can see my playlist and listen to some super awesome music =P

January 24, 2009

I am happy.

I am really, extremely happy right now. I'm not sure why. Well, actually I am sure why. God is why. He is so incredibly enough to make me happy. He's all I need.....and all I want.

And yeah, Disciple is pretty much awesome. One of my favorite groups for sure.

Only You
By: Disciple

You were the only one that I could turn to
You were the only one that could ever calm my sea
that separated me from what you knew I could be, only You

And through it all, I'm Yours alone
I will live and die for You, only
I will die to live for You

You will be the one I will call by name
Even when I find myself on either side of pain
You will be the reason for the breath I breath, only You

And through it all, I'm Yours alone
I will live and die for You, only
I will die to live for You

Take this burning heart that burns for You, make it what you want
Break it, mend it, it is Yours alone, for You I will live and die

Worth It All
By: Disciple

It’s worth it all
If I can just see You, feel You
It’s worth it all
If there’s just one that sees you, feels You
I know it will be worth it all

All the time it’s taken
To be here in this place
The scars have left their mark
But I’m still running

Forgetting what is behind
I’m moving straight ahead
And I will run with a passion till I reach the end
I won’t let my eyes move left to right,
I’ll run with all my heart, I’ll give it all I got

It’s worth it all
If I can just see You, feel You
It’s worth it all
If there’s just one that sees you, feels You

Remembering all those voice
Arrows that cut me down
There’s something burning in me
That keeps me running

Forgetting what is behind
I’m moving straight ahead
And I will run with a passion till I reach the end
I won’t let my eyes move left to right,
I’ll run with all my heart, I’ll give it all I got

It’s worth it all
If I can just see You, feel You
It’s worth it all
If there’s just one that sees You, feels You
I know it will be worth it all

I know it will be worth it all
I know it will be worth it all
I know it will be worth it all

I won’t let my eyes move left to right,
I’ll run with all my heart, I’ll give it all I got

It’s worth it all
If I can just see You, feel You
It’s worth it all
If there’s just one that sees you, feels You
I know it will be worth it all
(Forgetting what is behind
I’m moving straight ahead
And I will run with a passion till I reach the end
I won’t let my eyes move left to right,
I’ll run with all my heart, I’ll give it all I got)

I know it will be worth it all

What an amazingly awesome time.

I had Bethany over last night. She's a pretty amazing friend. We had a pretty amazing time. Since we both love photography, we decided to take a walk down the block and snap a few neat shots. The pictures are below. We also decided at very last minute, to go to the Preach-O-Rama. Though we were the only teens there, it was pretty amazing. Christoper Blackburn's message really related to what I've been thinking about was very good. Hopefully, there will be a post to come on that.

This morning Bethany and I spent probably over an hour reading our Bibles together. We had some very interesting discoveries. I shall hopefully post about it on my Dare 2 Dig Deeper blog later today.

Now for the pictures!!
We loved this sign. And yes, my stupid look on my face pretty much ruins the picture, but I still like it =P

A neat picture of Sophie.

haha, yeah. This was at like 2am.

Pretty much awesome B)

An old building we liked.

Dead End. Not much else to say. =P

I liked this one.

Peace, folks =D

January 22, 2009

Slow Fade

I've heard this song on the radio before and wasn't a fan of it. Yesterday, I heard some news that made my heart break for someone who I love very much. This person made a choice that will change their life forever. Then I heard this song it instantly reminded me of this person. I'm so glad that God always has His arms open to forgive, but this song is very true. A price will be paid. Very good reminder for all of us.

Slow Fade
By: Casting Crowns

Be careful little eyes what you see
It's the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it's the little feet behind you that are sure to follow

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It's a slow fade, it's a slow fade

Be careful little ears what you hear
When flattery leads to
compromise, the end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day

The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you're thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made,
a price will be paid
When you
give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day

Oh be careful little eyes what see
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love
Oh be careful little eyes what you see

On a more cheerful other note, this is my 100th post!!

January 21, 2009


Apparently today is 'National Hug Day' and it's 'National Squirrel Appreciation Day'. haha, yes, you're thinking wow. I didn't know about this until about 3 minutes ago when Olivia came rushing into the room and gave me a big hug. yeah...weird.

Happy National Hug Day to each of you. Go find a squirrel to hug. =P

This is what we call

overly passionate. Watch the entire gets better.

really, it's sad how emotional they are about this. But it also makes me laugh a bit =P

January 20, 2009

Pictures from today's snow.....

Sophie holding Hazel
Bentley bouncing around in the snow =)

Our house

Livy and Bent

Some random icicles....

It's official.

We have a new president. I can't wait to see how God will work through him, because I have no earthly idea how He will. I'm glad I'm not in control and I'm glad we have a faithful God :)

I feel bad for President Bush. Obama has been extremely disrespectful to him.....especially for not even knowing what it's like to be in office yet. Everyone has talked bad of him. I don't think he did an amazing job, but my goodness, he's not a terrible person and he has done some right.

Did anyone notice that when they were announcing all the people they said their full name like 'George Herbert Walker Bush' but when they got to our new president they said 'Barack H. Obama'......

I thought that was weird.

Here it is kids.

We got our white fluffy stuff. Take advantage of may not see it again for few years.

haha, have fun today =P

I shall take lots of pictures and post them later today :)

January 19, 2009

Food and snow.

For some reason I have really been into concocting food recently. haha. I've been making up my own recipes and making my own variations of recipes and surprisingly, they have all turned out really good. It's sort of fun....

I hope it snows tomorrow. I love one or two good snows each year....although I wouldn't want to like somewhere where snow is a daily occurrence. Today, I heard from my mom that all of the lines at Walmart the grocery stores are very long. haha, it's funny to me how all these North Carolinians freak out at the chance of a flurry and rush to the store to stock up on food, in case the get snowed in and starve to death. =P

In honor of the weather:

I say 'it's so cold' quite often....although I like cold weather. haha! I hope you all aren't getting annoyed with these comedian videos.....if so, let me know and I'll stop.

January 18, 2009


Wow, this weekend was awesome. My parents went out of town for their anniversary, so my sisters and I stayed with the Bell family. How fun that was. We made cookies at midnight, stayed up til 3AM....watched movies......lots of youtube videos. We even created our own scavenger hunt and went to Concord Mills to do it. I did some really embarrassing things. Some of which, I shall not post about. =P

Today, after church we went to Group USA and tried on a bunch of amazing dresses well actually, more like gowns. That was such fun. Even though it's not normally something I would do. haha.

I will try to post pictures as soon as I get them downloaded.

Oh, and I'm sad that I missed care group tonight. I adore care group to no end. Really, I do. I always feel so spiritually full afterwards as well as challenged and motivated. Yeah, so the fact that I'm home on the computer right now makes me sad. But at least I didn't miss church. Which was amazing as always.

I want to go skiing.

Morgan and Jessi rock

Yep. So there you go. I made it a little short that my previous posts, haha!

January 16, 2009

I love comedians

haha....I love this video.

January 15, 2009

Thank You

I want to be like this.

Thank You

By: 33 Miles

What if in morning when I wake up
Even before I fill my coffee cup
I said thank You
Thank You

What if I look at the day and the hours ahead
And before I move forward I bowed my head
And said thank You
Oh I said thank You

What if I looked at my life in a different way
Took a little more time to stop and pray
I know it would change all the moments in between
So here I go

Thank You for everything
Thank You for loving me
It don't even matter what tomorrow brings
Well I will sing my

Thank You for sun and rain
For what You give and take away
For all Your goodness I will always say
Thank You
Oh I'll say thank You

What if I lost everything that I had
I could smile and somehow still be glad
And say thank You
Thank you

Cause life is joy, life is pain
But the prayer on my heart will never change
I say thank You
Oh I'll say thank You


So. I was thinking. How seriously do we take prayer? When we tell someone we are praying for them; do we always do so?

I know for myself, I'm very quick to tell a whole lot of people that I will be praying for them. Most often times I do pray for them.

But, sometimes I think I take prayer too lightly. Once in a while, I have found myself remembering after the fact that I told someone I would pray for them, then I did not. Or, I'll remember it at some random moment and say a quick prayer for them. But not be praying really....'meaningfully' and consistently.....

Well, this bothers me. When I tell someone I'm praying for them, I want to mean that and do so wholeheartedly, consistently and very intentionally. So, I'm praying God will help me to grow in this area this year. And I think it'll take a little effort of myself too.

So, yeah....that's all :)

January 14, 2009

Happy Day

Alright so today was over all a very happy day. Funny thing is, nothing really special happened. Although I was thinking that everyday should be a happy day if I think of how I deserve to be.

Anyhow, very late last night(or actually, very early this morning) I decided that my room really needed some organization and 'deep cleaning'. So I spent about 2 1/2 hours cleaning and organizing it. Then, this morning, I got school done very quickly and I got more done than I normally do.

That probably doesn't seem like it would make this day...but it did!

Happy Day
By: Tim Hughes
The greatest day in history, Death is beaten
You have rescued me
Sing it out Jesus is alive
The empty cross, The empty grave
Life eternal You have won the day
Shout it out Jesus is alive
He's alive

Oh happy day, happy day
You washed my sin away
Oh happy day, happy day
I'll never be the same
Forever I am changed

When I stand, in that place
Free at last, meeting face to face
I am Yours Jesus You are mine
Endless joy, perfect peace
Earthly pain finally will cease
Celebrate Jesus is alive
He's alive

Oh happy day, happy day
You washed my sin away
Oh happy day, happy day
I'll never be the same OHH NO
Forever I am changed

Oh what a glorious day
What a glorious way
That You have saved me
Oh what a glorious day
What a glorious name


Oh happy day, happy day
You washed my sin away
Oh happy day, happy day
I'll never be the same
Forever I am changed

What a glorious glorious day,
I'll never be the same

January 13, 2009

I have so much...

So the past few days I've been looking into possibly going on a missions trip some day. My dad has really encouraged me in this and I think it is something that I would really like to do someday. Anyhow, so when I was looking on a teen missions site, I saw that most of the trips were for 6 + weeks. Then I saw that with most places, you sleep in tents and have to take baths in buckets. And most of the stuff the teens would be doing was construction. I quickly decided that wasn't for me.

But then it got me thinking. Leaving home for 6 weeks and living in a tent with no running water seems so--impossible...or not impossible, but rather, I couldn't imagine doing that. How spoiled am I? I'm worried about sleeping in a hot tent...having no running water...having to work really hard..... But there are people who have that their entire life. That really gets me. And I realize that I have no idea what 'hard' really is.

How can I say I would die for my God if I'm not even willing to be outside of my comfort zone for a little over a month to share the gospel?

January 12, 2009

Pictures from the Winter Jam

Me:'Oh, I should ask him if he has any kids'

Olivia:'nooooo, ask him if he's married'

Me:'nooooo way, I'm not doing that'.....'have Nathan ask him, haha'

Nathan:'no way!!'

lol. that was funny. I ended up asking him nothing....

All of us with Brandon Heath.....

Me with Brandon Heath!!! He was sooooo nice.

Morgan and I at the intermission.....

I didn't get really anymore good pictures. And the videos aren't I decided not to post any.....


A lot has gone on these past couple days. I shall try to talk about everything with out making this like really I tend to do that, haha.

So. Friday we were gone all day. I had my drawing/art class and my sisters had a few classes too.

Saturday, we got up and pretty much went straight to church to clean the entire place. That was interesting. But in some ways fun....or as fun as cleaning can be. I pretty much vaccumed the entire church. That took a while.... Anyhow, at 1PM Marissa had her birthday party and we had to meet in the church parking lot, so that was convient.

Her party was lots of fun. But, unfortunately, I didn't get hardly any pictures since it was a photo scavenger hunt and we had a time limit. I always love stuff like this. First, because I love pictures, and second because I am pretty competitive and always love a challenge, haha.

Her party ended back at the church just in time for youth group. As always, youth group was amazing. Actually, I thought it was even better than normal. The game was fun(to me, haha) and the message was very thought provoking. I kinda want to talk about it and my thoughts on it, however, I don't want to bore you. So if you really want to hear what I think, ask me, and I will post about it for you. lol!

Unfortunately, we didn't get to stay for the games and such. My mom wanted to get home to see the game. But, it was ok....she does a lot for us.....

So, we got home in time to see the whole Panthers game. AHHHHHHHH! That was sad. But shall stop talking about it....because after all *it was just a game*. haha.

Yeah, so Saturday was another long day. But mostly very good.

So, now we're on to Sunday. I lovvvvvvved the message at church. It was very thought provoking too. I was so happy that I finally took good note that I could actually decipher. I really would like to talk about this too, but I will refrain...I guess. So, ditto what I said about the last message.

After church, we went out to eat with the Harris's, Ponder's and Odell's. That was nice :) Olivia and I went home with the Harris's and hung out for an hour or two until we headed to the church to meet Josiah and Nathan to go the the Winter Jam.

We waited in line for about an hour before we got inside, but it was sooooo worth it. We ended up getting pretty decent seats. And we got seats for all 6 of us just in time, before the pre-show started. The pre-show consisted of Stephanie Smith and PureNRG. I'm not the biggest fan of either, but they were fine.

For the real show, Francesca Battistelli started out. I didn't like her that much either, but she is talented. Next was Newsong(I think?). They were really good. It was like an awesome time of praise and worship. Very cool. Then I think Hawk Nelson was next. They were pretty good, although I'm not their biggest fan either.

After them, there was a speaker; Tony Nolan. He was very funny. Although I didn't completely agree with everything he said, over all, he was pretty good. And as a result of him approx. 2500 people became Christians last night. Praise God!

After a short intermission, there was Brandon Heath. He has some very good music. Then of course, lastly, but definitely not leasty(lol), there was TobyMac. This guy is amazing in concert. Really, he has so much energy for like a 45 year old, haha.

Probably my favorite part of the entire night was meeting Brandon Heath. He was so very nice, down to earth and personable. Yeah, very cool. And now I appreciate him and his music a whole lot more. We were like literally the last people leaving the concert.

Yep, my weekend was very fun. And, I left a whole lot out....and this post still turned out very long. Oh well. I will try to post some pictures and/or videos of the concert soon!!

January 10, 2009


Where are my Panthers tonight? 6 turnovers? can't be. I feel pretty bad for Jake....he's doing worse than he's done all year and of all times, in the playoffs, on his 34th birthday. Poor guy...

These are not the Panthers that I have watched all season. No way. Why aren't they giving the ball to Steve?

I'm normally a very optimistic.....but really, I don't think it is possible for us to win at this point. I know, I's just a game....that's all.

Besides this, today was amazing. More coming in a day or two....

January 8, 2009

Call me a nerd.....

So today I was reading science...Chemistry, particularly. They were talking about how there is a lot of light we can't see, as a matter a fact, we can only see a small percentage of the light. Well, this never occurred to me, but the energy generated by, let's say, a microwave is really just light. Or, even radio waves are waves of light. idk, I just thought they'd be 'waves of sound' or something like that.

Another interesting thing I read the other day was how sometimes light acts like a 'wave' and sometimes like a 'particle' and the scientists really don't understand it, but since they don't know for an absolute fact and all of science points towards it being both, they assume it's a mix of both(I can't remember what they called it, though). What I found interesting about this is with evolution and creation, there is a lot more proof the creation is correct plus of course the most sound and correct historical document in the world supports it(the Bible). Yet, they choose to ignore everything pointing to God as the creator and treat evolution as a scientific fact, when it really is only a theory. Stuff like this bothers me.

But really, why is it so incredibly comforting to believe that you basically evolved from mud and an ape is a 'higher rank' than yourself? I don't get it.

I could keep going on and on about stuff I read, but you probably are tired of school your self and I don't want to bore you so I'll stop.

Yeah, just about every day I find something in my school that really interests me..... I like learning.

I really miss algebra.

I'm excited about this weekend for many reasons. It's going to be really busy, but full of fun stuff too.

*for some odd reason, I currently hear a bunch of gun shots out side--weird*

hmmm, I say 'interesting' a lot don't I?

I'm currently reading the 'Worldliness' Book for the first time. Anyone who hasn't read it REALLY needs too. It's very good. As a matter a fact, when I'm finished with it, I will loan it to anyone interested in reading it.

Another random thought: I think it would be really cool to have a big brother. Seriously, I think it would be neat. It would actually be really different to have a brother(younger or older) period. =D

Yeah, so there you long rambling thoughts for the day. If you just skipped to the bottom and are reading this last line, I don't blame you =P

hmmmm....don't stereotype them....

these are my sisters. Yesterday, they were bored and decided that it would be tons of fun to go ride around in the mud on the four wheeler, since our entire property was basically a swamp. haha, I remember when I used to do stuff like that. Fun times. =P

Filled With Your Glory

By: Starfield

I love this song. I actually love Starfield all together. They are so on fire for God!

BTW, to hear this actual song, scroll down to the bottom of my page, to my playlist.

In my heart, in my heart, there's a fire burning
A passion deep within my soul
Not slowing down, not growing cold
An unquenchable flame that keeps burning brighter
A love that's blazing like the sun
For who You are and what You've done

And as the fire is raging on
So Your praise becomes my song

The whole earth
Is filled with Your glory, Lord
Angels and men adore
(Mountains bow and oceans roar)
Creation longs for what's in store
May You be
Honored and glorified
Exalted and lifted high
Here at Your feet I lay my life

From the ends of the earth
To the heights of Heaven
Your glory, Lord, is far and wide
Through history You reign on high

From the depths of the sea
To the mountain's summit
Your power, Lord, it knows no bounds
A higher love cannot be found

So let the universe proclaim
Your great power and Your great name

January 7, 2009

It is my turn now *ahem* Nathan!!

Where to start? Well, I start with the obvious: you are such an amazing friend. I am always perfectly comfortable and really enjoy talking to you. I love how we can have our really long discussions that range from school, family issues, all the way down to deep spiritual discussions. You're always real and never trying to be something you're not. You're so incredibly talented in many areas. You're also quite funny and can always make me laugh :) Also, I know you love Jesus very much, and I can tell you are growing in are striving to be who God wants you to be. I love how you love all of your friends so much...take Brandon and BJ for example, how you wanted to be sure everything was *perfect* for their party...down to Brandon's A&W root beer and Bethany's ice cream. Lastly, thanks for your peace making spirit I have really appreciated that in you!

So, have an AMAZING birthday my friend. Keep living for God and growing in Him! I hope I get to see you tonight!

Oh, and sorry--I don't have any pictures of you. Because of that I talked a lot about you, haha!

January 6, 2009


Sometimes the computer really annoys me. I care too much about it. I always misinterpret things online and I feel that others always misinterpret me. I frustrates me. Sometimes, throughout the day, I depend on the computer too much for my joy. This is why I'm changing my mind about getting a Facebook. I would like one, but I think it will be a distraction for me.

Sometimes I just wish I could live close enough to my friends to that I can talk to them--and see them in person. I wish I could see all of you everyday. Whenever I go home from church, I'm always so happy, because I've had great conversations and Biblical fellowship with you guys. That makes me feel so full. I just wish I didn't have to rely on the computer to 'be my companion' during the week....even though I am talking to my's not the same.

Happy Birthday Marissa!

Marissa, I hope your birthday is amazing. I'm so thankful to have you as a friend. You have been such a blessing to me in many ways. Thanks for keeping your cool when I loose mine and always being my 'level headed' friend. I know you love Jesus very much and it is very evident in everything you do. So...Happy Birthday, my friend!!

January 5, 2009

Bumper Stickers

The last 20 seconds are the best part of the entire video.

I'm afraid I've turned into a goat

Sorry, I had to come up with an interesting title for this post.

Today I did school for the first time in 20 days. I'm so joyous right now because I got it all done really quickly, when I was expecting this to be a very long day.

*insert something funny, enjoyable and interesting here*

Oh, here is a interesting verse I was reading today:

Romans 7:14-25 and 8:1

14We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

21So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22For in my inner being I delight in God's law; 23but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. 1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,

I feel like recently, all I've wanted to talk about is Jesus. I feel that even in the past week or two God has really been igniting a fire and passion for Him with in me and I LOVE it. All I feel like doing is talking about Him, writing about Him and reading the Bible. I don't want this feeling to go away. I love being so in love with God.

Oh, and to everyone who was interested, the Bible study is still in the works! I'm just having to go through a lot of people to get there. I hope to have more news on it within a week or two.

And, if this is boring to you, I'm sorry.

January 4, 2009

Today ....

Today was amazing. Church was very good. A lot of the verses read and the songs we sang really related to things I've been thinking about recently. I'm amazed by how God works.

Then, we had our little 'casting call' for the movie. It went really well. Everyone did much better than I was expecting. So well, that I'm sad I have to say no to some of the guys. So, if you auditioned today, know that each of you were really good and you have made it really hard for me(and I'm sure the other members too). Great job =D

After the auditions, Bethany gave me a very cool gift. I love it Bethany ;) But now I feel bad. A lot of my friends gave me a Christmas gift, or at least a card....but I didn't get anyone anything. :( Well, I guess there's always next Christmas...

Oh, then we went out to eat. Eating is always fun =P

And now I'm sitting at home. I probably won't have the movie out of my mind for the rest of the day. And I feel a sudden urge to go do something artsy. Maybe I'll go play guitar or piano.... Or better yet, I'll do both. =D

Have an awesome day my friends =D

January 3, 2009


He was so big.

I was just looking through some old pictures, I found these of our old dog. We had to give him back to the breeder when he was 9 months old. Doesn't he looks sorta like Bentley?

January 2, 2009

Well, I decided to tell you all the rest.

Because I have a lot of resolutions. And I only told you a few. Drum roll please:

1. to do much better with school. Not grades-wise, but not procrastinating-wise. [speaking of that, I should go do some now]

2. to spend less time on the computer and more time studying God's word.

3. to grow in wisdom. God kind of has to help me here. But really, I have a lot of maturing to do. I want to know more. Know more for the sake of learning and know more for the sake of pleasing God and doing less foolish things.

4. to have more uplifting and Biblical fellowship.

5. to be more encouraging to my friends on a daily basis.

6. to be more wise with my words. Too many times, I find myself walking away from a conversation thinking 'why on earth did I say that?'.

7. to grow musically. This includes get much better on guitar and piano. I adore both of these instruments and really desire to be able to play them well. And to learn and get better at writing music.....which I really desire to do well, as well :)

8. to be selfless in everything I do and have more of a servant's heart.

9. to do more listening. Too often I have a conversation with a friend were they are sharing their heart and I find myself not totally concentrating on them and their situation. So, I want to be more concentrated when I'm talking to my friends and do more listening and less talking. Because if you know me at all, you probably know I can talk a lot. *sigh*

10. To get to know and grow closer to my friends. I want to know all of my friends well. I want everyone of my friends to feel comfortable to talk to me anytime about anything. Too many of my friends just know me 'sorta well'.

11. Lastly, to be more serious sometimes. Again, if you know me at all, you probably know that I laugh a lot and probably know me to be 'goofy'. And sometimes that's good, but I feel like it's to the point where some people only see the 'silly, goofy Emily' and don't see the Emily that loves her God and loves to have serious, deep conversations.

So there you go. Another really long post. I promise my next post will be a little more lighthearted and a lot shorter :)

January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

I hope each of you have had an amazing New Year! This year will be very interesting.....

One of the absolute biggest highlights of this year for me have been my friends. Ohmi, you all have been amazing! I know I always say it but, it's so true ;) I really feel like many of you have greatly influenced my walk with the Lord. Not many people can say that and for that I'm so grateful!

In particular:

Marissa, we have had an amazing year together. I can't believe I have only known you for a year. We have went through and done so many things together. From going through driver's ed and getting our permits, to making the movie and going to the beach. We have had such fun times. I feel like I can talk to yo about pretty much anything and you always listen.

Morgan, you are so sweet. I'm so thankful for you! You are such an example to me with your servant's heart and how great a sister you are to all your siblings. I'm had to much fun with you, like going to the swing dance and to the concert. I hope we have so many more amazing times together and that we Grow in the Lord together!

Bethany. I love your personality. You are so 'real' and always yourself. I haven't known you for real long and I haven't gotten to know yo real well yet, but you are such a Joy to be around! I can't wait to get to know you a lot better and spend lots more time with you!

Samantha, you are amazing! I haven't even know you for half of a year, yet you are one of my best friends! You are so funny and I love to to goof around with you. We too, have had so many fun times together. You make everyone feel so comfortable and laid back.

Jessi. You crack me up. I love your randomness and you are not afraid to be yourself. oh, yeahhhhh, keep it up =P

Lou. You make me laugh. A whole lot. Thanks for that =P

Anna. I have really enjoyed getting to know you. I always enjoy talking to you....although I miss not talking to you as much recently. I still hope to get to know you a lot better.

Hannah H., Melly, and Chelsey, you guys are so fun! I enjoy talking to you three a lot..... We need to get together more often.

Christianne, Emily, Becca, Cara and Hannah G. I don't really know any of you that well, but I really do want to get to know each of you a lot better in 2009 :)

Nathan....You are a great friend. You are so comfortable to be around. You also are a great encourager. You are always willing to talk for hours to a friend until they have their problems figured out. I know that has been a blessing more than once ;) Keep doing all of your amazing artsy stuff you do =D

Adam, Matt and Josiah. You guys are funny. I have enjoyed working with you guys in the movie. And doing science together, lol. w00t w00t Terry Freeman =P

Wesley, you are so cool. I still don't know you very well, but one thing that I really notice about you is your servant's heart and you love for Jesus. Both of those are great examples to me. You have also really challenged me to study God's Word more deeply.....whether you realize it or not :) Keep being you =P

Brandon. You are amazing too. I have and still am enjoying getting to know you. You are so wise in many areas of life. I have really enjoyed our one or two deep discussions....we need to have those more often ;) I look forward to getting to knwo you even more!

I just had to do that because y'all are so awesome! Yeah, and there are so many more of you....all of you are amazing!

Ok, done with that. I'm not really doing to say your average 'new years resolutions', but I definitely have a lot to work on. First, I am an AMAZING procrastinator. I really need to work of investing my time more wisely and becoming an awful procrastinator. I also really want to work on just my Bible study, worldview, and other things like that. I just want to learn, really. And I see how God has already put people in my life to help me grow. I want God to challenge me this year....yes, I may not be saying that later, but I really do.

There is a lot more, but I will stop there I think.

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL that said, Happy New Year! In God We Trust!!

You deserve a metal or something if you read through this whole post, and are still breathing =P