Archive for March, 2011

A Few of my Favourite Things

I always write really deep, theological posts (or at least, that’s what it feels like) but I’m not in a very deep mood right now, and I really need to post.

I’m in a happy mood, an “I love Jesus so much for this amazing world He’s made me” mood.

So I’m going to tell you about a whole bunch of different things that make me smile.

1. Collapsing into bed after a long (but fun) weekend

2. Walking barefoot in grass during the summer

3. Medleys of my favourite songs. Especially these two:
Love Story meets Viva La Vida

Taylor Swift Medley

4. Belting out “Don’t Stop Believing” while no one’s home (I do it all the time :P)

5. Vanilla milkshakes with chocolate whipped cream

6. Catching grasshoppers :)

7. Falling asleep in your backyard with a book in the middle of the summer because you’re just so warm and you’re just so cozy.

8. Eating cookies straight out of the oven

9. Watching puppies try to walk through 3 feet of snow. It’s HILARIOUS!

10. Bunnies. Just in general. I love them. The little white ones. With the pink ears… :)

11. Long, theological debates with friends

12. Realizing out of the blue just how much God loves us. Not because you were listening to a certain song, or reading your Bible, but just for no apparent reason you feel God smile at you. It makes me feel giddy, and warm all the way down to my toes. If that makes any sense.

And those are a few of my favourite things :)

But wait! We’re not done yet! :D

I have a friend named Jacob who just started blogging. He has some really interesting stuff to say, (trust me, we talk quite a bit) and you should all go check out his blog! :)



What are some things that make you feel happy?



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I am not young enough to know everything

– Oscar Wilde

If you’ve been reading this blog for a little bit you’ll know that I love quotes.

I stumbled across this one and it made me laugh. So I thought I’d share my ideas on this quote.

Think about back to when you were only 5 years old (if you can remember).

Remember how you thought you knew everything? Or, if you didn’t know something, it was ok. Mommy and Daddy did. There was nothing in life to worry about, and everything was under control.

But as we get older we lose that absolute trust. And we lose it pretty quickly, too. At about 12 we’ve lost it completely, I think. Not that we don’t trust our parents anymore, but we begin to be unsure that they understand, that they really know you, anything.

You begin to be unsure what your future is, whereas when you were 5 and 6 you could easily say that you were going to be a firefighter, or a vet, or a soccer player.

Why do we lose our innocence? Why do we lose our trust? Is it because we see more of the world? Or because we learn more about ourselves, and our faults?

We need to have a child-like faith towards God. It’s normal to not be perfectly trusting with ourselves or with other people–that’s actually good. But we need to be able to trust God 100%, just like you did with your mommy and daddy when you were just little kids.

When we’re young enough in Spirit to know that God will take care of everything for you, we gain that happiness. So quick! Snatch it up before it gets away from you again :)

What’s one of your favourite child-hood memories that has to do with trusting, or your faith? Do you have any?


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Living In the Moment

Hey everyone, :)

So today I was talking with a friend of mine (who I just met last weekend, actually) and we got onto the topic of what happens when we live “in the moment”, like the media tells us to.

Look all around you–we’re told to be beautiful, get the hottest guys/girls, party tons, have everyone like you… because it makes you feel good. It makes you feel happy. It doesn’t matter what happens tomorrow, as long as you feel good today. As long as you are the life of the party today.

But you know what’s dangerous about that thinking? We lose our values. We lose our morals.

If tomorrow doesn’t matter, why should we worry about repercussions of what we do today? Why would we care if we drink? What does it matter if we do drugs? If we don’t have any reason to look to tomorrow, we can do whatever we want to today.

In that case, what does it matter how well we do in school? What does it matter if we believe in a God or not? What does it matter if we ruin all possible job opportunities for when we’re older?

These things don’t matter if we live for today. They will never matter if you live in the moment–play life by ear.

Tomorrow is unnecessary. All that matters is right now.

And so we live day by day, just trying to be happy. But how can you be happy if you’re living a hamster-wheel-like life? Constantly running around, constantly working for something that you’ll never get? If we don’t have a point for a tomorrow, what’s the point of today?

I’m not saying that people go around thinking “whatever happens tomorrow doesn’t matter. All that matters is that I’m happy right now.” Because I know most people don’t. But it’s amazing how many people live by this worldview without even realizing it.

Life has so much more meaning when you live for the future–you have a hope for a better life, you have something to look forward to. God has a plan for you which you will fulfill if you work hard like he asks you to.

The life that this world has to offer can look really good–but I’d rather choose a life with a meaning far beyond this world. This world is so messed up, and so broken–we’ve all experienced some kind of hurt or another. Why would you base your hopes and your life in this messed up place? I’d rather live for the future–an eternal future with my maker, the one who loves me more than words can describe :)

What about you?


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You have no idea how stupid I can act around some people.

I’m extremely extroverted. When I’m in a big crowd of people I’m like a kid in a candy store.

Problem is, in my case, happiness and hyperness are directly related. As happiness increases, so does hyperness. Thus I can get extremely bouncy. I act like I’ve had at least 4 monster energy drinks. And that’s my “normal.”

You begin to see what I mean.

All my happiness just begins to bubble over, if that makes any sense. I just can’t keep it all in! I’m a really happy person, and I just really want everyone else to feel as happy as I do. Unfortunately, that usually involves me becoming extremely hyper.

I have laugh attacks. MAJOR laugh attacks. I can’t breathe, walk, talk, or anything. I just kinda flop onto the ground and start laughing. For a long time. I’m not kidding. I legitimately roll on the ground laughing. You can ask any of my friends.

And I get really clumsy, too. I managed to sit in a chair which then landed on my foot. I have a bruise on the top of my foot in the shape of a perfect circle which is from last weekend. I don’t know how I managed to do that. I think I might have been leaning back in the chair and then came forward all of a sudden, thus landing on my foot? I actually have no idea.

But no matter how stupid I act, I just love being in a crowd. I love people. I love talking to people, getting to know them. (Of course, these serious conversations are between my bursts of energy.) I honestly don’t understand why I act so crazy all the time, but you know what? I don’t really care anymore. I like being me! Being me is fun. I get to act completely stupid and people still love me. What more could you ask for?

What makes me laugh is that I think a lot of my subscribers think I’m a calm, peaceful, thoughtful kind of person. If only you knew me…

Even better yet, I have friends in grade 6 and 7 who actually think I’m cool. They are absolutely adorable! Oh if they only knew how incredibly un-cool I am.

I really wonder why people even put up with me. I guess I make them laugh. I really hate acting so stupid in crowds, but hey–it’s how God made me. And he made me for a reason, laugh attacks and all.

And if I can make someone’s day by making a fool of myself in front of my friends, I’d do it in a heartbeat.

What’s something ridiculous about you?


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What’s more dangerous? A shark, or a vending machine?

I’d say a shark. And I’m assuming you would, too. Would you rather be in the middle of the ocean with a Great White shark, or in a cafeteria with a pop machine? Not much competition.

However, there are, on average, more deaths per year by vending machines falling on people than by shark attacks.

No one runs away from a vending machine, though. But if you saw a shark when you were snorkeling or something you’d try to get out of there. Even though you’re twice as likely to be killed by a vending machine than a shark.

Now here’s where I’m going to connect this to our Christian walk:

Too often we’re so scared of the “sharks” that we don’t even think about the “vending machines” in our lives.

As Christians, we focus so much on what are the “worst” sins, or the “most deadly” of sins. But we completely brush aside the littler, less dangerous sins.

We steer clear of things like drugs, drinking, homosexuality, fooling around with your boyfriend/girlfriend, porn addictions, etc.

But we forget about the smaller things, like lying, gossip, swearing, laziness (yes, it’s a sin), self-righteousness, selfishness, pride, vanity, and bitterness.

I’m not saying that the bigger sins aren’t to be pushed aside–even though I know that a shark is likely not going to attack me, I’m still going to get away from it as fast as I possibly can if I see one. It’s the same with sin.

But you know what? Sometimes the little things can be the most deadly.

That was the Pharisees’ problem. They were perfect when it came to the “big” sins, but they were as far from perfect as could be when it came to the smaller sins.

Be careful that you don’t underestimate the power of vending machines. They’re pretty heavy.

What do you think?


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I don’t think people understand that how a guy treats a girl can completely change her opinion of herself.

So many guys treat girls like trash. And I’m talking about Christian guys. Guys that go to church every Sunday, and then go to youth group in the middle of the week.

As soon as guys start treating girls like trash, they begin to think of themselves as trash.

Of course, a lot of girls just don’t let the words sink in, but it’s so hard not to.

I challenge girls a LOT on this blog, but I’ve been getting quite a few male readers lately, so I’m going to challenge you this time:

Even if a girl is wearing the most inappropriate clothes they can, even if they’re majorly flirting with you, even if they’re making inappropriate comments towards you, do not start flirting with them, do not start making inappropriate jokes around them. Honestly, is that the kind of guy you want to be known as?

Take it from a girl, I would MUCH rather have a guyfriend who can have a conversation with me without flirting once than one who flirts a ton. Flirting can make a girl feel good about herself for the time being, but as soon as you leave, suddenly she realizes that you didn’t mean any of it. And that can really hurt girls. I know from experience.

Girls are to be respected. I know that we don’t always make it easy, but the fact remains.

I don’t mean that they should be held on a pedestal like they’re some fragile glass object, but treat them like they’re people with feelings, and who God has commanded you, as guys, to look after. Treat them like you would your sister.

My entire opinion on myself changed as soon as I met really good Christian guy-friends. Honestly, it’s actually pretty crazy :) You look at my self-esteem (I hate that word, but that’s a different post) before and after I made a lot of my good guy-friends and it’s just sky-rocketed. I think it’s because all of a sudden I realized that there are guys who will treat me like I deserve to be treated, and that I’m not just some other girl to flirt with, but a person with opinions, and something to add to this world.

I honestly don’t think guys realize that flirting doesn’t make a girl feel beautiful–it makes her feel used.

To make a girl feel beautiful just be her friend. Treat her like she’s valuable. Respect her opinions.

I’d love to see more truly Christ-like guys in this world. You guys were born to be leaders, but so many of you are throwing that opportunity away! It’s so frustrating to watch–it really is.

So step up to the plate! Stop making inappropriate jokes. Stop flirting left, right and center.

Trust me, you could change someone’s life :)

Some questions for you..

Guys: Do girls do the same thing to you? If so, how can we fix it? I’d love to hear your opinions!

Girls: Do you agree? Disagree? I’d love to hear your opinions :)


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