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Internationals 2011

Hey you guys :)

So as a lot of you know, I do this awesome thing called Bible Quizzing. Basically a bunch of teens get together to quiz on a book of the Bible that we’ve memorized inside and out.

Like, actually memorized inside and out. All of us who were at internationals this year know all of the book of John–every verse.

It’s really fun. :) haha

What I really love about quizzing, though, is the people. You will never find a group of better kids anywhere on this earth. Everyone is really encouraging, strong Christians, respectful, and really everyone’s like a big family.

I have a friend who I really appreciate (out of many)–he always gets me to think about things I would never have thought of before. All through internationals last week he was telling me about how God had taught him different lessons, and he got me thinking about what God was trying to show me this week.

So I came up with a list.

First, God showed me to be humble. It isn’t all about me, and when I get into that mindset I can hurt others around me. People I really love.

Second, he showed me how to value the friends that I have. I realized how lucky I am for all of my friends–especially the ones who were on my team this year. I had an amazing team, and I’m going to miss the ones who graduated so much.

Third, he showed me where my priorities should be. I have a good friend from a district in New York who is always putting God first in his life, and he was a real inspiration to me this past week. God showed me through him how I need to have more of a mindset like he does, rather than focusing on friends or myself rather than God.

Fourth, God showed me once again how much he’s blessed me with. God has given me quite a few great friends who texted me or e-mailed me encouraging notes just because they were thinking about me and my sister, and it meant so much to me.

Fifth, he gave me some new amazing friends, who I cannot WAIT to see again. :) There’s a group of girls I met who I already miss SO much. (If you’re reading this you’ll know who you are ;) )

Obviously he taught me a lot more than that, but I wanted to give you guys a bit of a taste of what he’s been doing in my life through quizzing. It’s amazing what happens when you really learn His word. :)

This was more of an update post of why I haven’t been writing a lot recently, but hopefully *crosses fingers* I’ll get weird bursts of thought that I decide to write down and then make a blog post out of sometime soon :)

Have a great day!

Becca

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Don’t you hate it when you suddenly realize something about yourself that you were trying to avoid?

When you realize that, all of a sudden, you aren’t so perfect as you thought in that one area in life?

I got a bit of a wake-up call this weekend while hanging out with some amazing friends of mine, and getting to know two other awesome girls. I’ve been working on something for a really long time (which I’m not going to post on here) and I just realized this weekend how far I am from conquering it.

We all have something in our lives that we wish could just go away. Vanity, selfishness, lack of confidence, flirting, lust, gossiping, and tons more.

But no matter how hard we try, and no matter how long we succeed for, it always seems to come back, doesn’t it?

I was positive I had conquered this area in my life. But after hanging out with a bunch of different people I realized I hadn’t. I was ashamed of how I was acting around them at different points of time, because it’s not the way a daughter of God should be.

For a long time I’ve been justifying it by saying, “It’s not a sin. You didn’t do anything wrong, Becca, so snap out of it.”

But then I remember my verse… Revelation 3:16, which I quote all the time. “So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

I really hate how the Christian life can’t be lukewarm. Wouldn’t that be a lot easier?

But it’s not. And you know why? Because when we live on fire for God, giving up those habits is worth it. But if we only give up half of ourselves, we’re never going to understand all that he has planned for us.

We are not perfect. You will never be perfect. So STOP TRYING. But we can be righteous. Righteousness is for the followers of God not only in heaven, but while we’re here on earth, too. Being righteous doesn’t mean that you never sin–we all sin. But it does mean that we have a heart yearning for God, and living for him every second of our lives.

God will help you conquer whatever you struggle with. You may go back into old ways once in a while, but with His help you will conquer it completely. And no matter how much I wish God could hurry up and help me, I know that His timing is better than mine, and that I really do need to learn patience anyway…

Becca

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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! :)

http://mylifein3words.wordpress.com

Thanks!

What are some things that make you feel happy?

Becca

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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?

Becca

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Thanks SO much!

Hey everyone,
Really quick post to just say thanks for subscribing :) I’ve been getting a bunch of subscribers lately, and it means SO much more than you can possibly imagine!

What’s something you want to hear my opinion on? Anything!

Becca

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What I’ll Never Understand…

Hey everyone,

So today I’m going to be a little more on the light side, since I’ve been thinking recently how we humans are honestly interesting creatures. I’ll never understand some things about either gender.

I’ve narrowed it down to 5 things for each gender. Of course, this being me, it’s still going to be a long post. ;)

What I don’t understand about girls

  1. I’ve never understood why girls put picture on facebook and ask for edits of it. Do you honestly want other girls to be looking so closely at everything about you to make it look perfect? Also, why would you put something on facebook which would be incredibly creepy for a guy to do that wouldn’t be weird at all for a girl to do? I mean, if a guy gave you a photo which he had edited for you, you’d kindly tell him to back off. But if a girl edits a photo for her friend, the conversation goes like this:
    Picture girl: Awww! That’s soooooo x 1million sweet of you!!! I love you soooo much!
    Editing girl: It was no problem!!! You’re SOOOOOOOOOx 1billion pretty! I wish I had your nose!
    Picture girl: You kidding? I wish I had your eyebrows!
    Editing girl: Aww thanks, but really. It was fun editing the photo!!!!! I’ll do another soon!!!

    Now if a guy edited the same picture for the girl, it would go more like this:
    Guy: Uh, I edited this picture of you. Hope you like it.
    Girl: Bug off, creep.

    See what I mean???

  2. Fights over who’s prettier than whom. I mean, I hate it when people reply to comments of “You’re so pretty!” With “Yeah right, but thanks!” or “Not as pretty as you!”
    It’s asking for attention. And it’s annoying. Cut it out. NOW. There`s a really easy reply:
    “Thanks! Right back at ya!”
    Was that so hard?
  3. (boy this is getting long) PERFECT  NAILS.
    I hate it when girls have perfect nails and hands. I’m so jealous.
  4. Vegetarians. I put this under girls because I have yet to meet a male vegetarian.
    How could you live without meat? Honestly? I couldn’t…
  5. Wedding planning.
    Honestly, when someone’s 13, they don’t need to know what colour the pew bows will be. Enough said.

What I don’t understand about guys

  1. Video games.
    I have yet to find a girl who plays them to the same extent that guys do on average. I have never ever understood how someone can play the same game for about a week straight.
  2. Their stupid stunts.
    Why would you jump off a bridge into a river? Why would you try to bike into a pond? Why would you try to run downtown pushing someone in a shopping cart as fast as you can?
    These are all true stories told to me by friends.
  3. Low pants.
    Ok, baggy pants are fine. Even if their hanging a bit low if I don’t see anything I’m ok. But when the crotch is down past the knees so it actually looks like they’re wearing a tight denim skirt over their pants?
    I don’t get it. It doesn’t even look good…
  4. How freakishly skinny they stay for the most part.
    I’ve seen a guy eat a full pizza and a bag of chips and down at least 5 pops in a day (like, the BIG ones) and not even give a thought to his weight. You know why? He’s stick skinny. STILL. And that amount of grease intake wasn’t abnormal, either.
    I don’t get it. (Of course, there are girls like this too, but guys tend not to build up muscle as well as girls do.)
  5. How guys are extremely clueless about some things but can pull random things out of a hat.
    No joke. I reminded one of my guyfriends about something SUPER important that had been planned for months and he completely forgot about it.
    A week later I got my hair cut and the same friend said “Wasn’t the last time you got your hair cut mid April?”

I was so confused how he could remember that and not this huge event our youth group had planned… anyone have the answer?

So yeah. Those are the five things I don’t understand about each gender! What are yours?

Becca

Btw, how do you like the new background? I think I’ve found the right one…

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My computer is drowning in rice…

So I’m a bit of a clutz… as in, I accidentally spilled water on my computer.

The keys have a really cool sheild thing that protects from water, so I just mopped that up and it was all fine, but a drop or so of water managed to get into the screen. So there was a huge part of my screen which had water in it… so it just shone brighter than the rest of the computer did.

So I put it in rice.

(Yeah, I wear a lot of bracelets. Usually around 8)

But that’s about as far into the rice as my computer would go. :/ Luckily, it covered the area where the corner was covered in water.

bottom corner of my screen to cover the chat box on the bottom.. (Btw, that’s my science class :) ) Gotta love online school.

So yeah. That’s what I’ve been up to lately. :)

Oh, and for this month of December, our family is doing a Christmas tree survivor thing. We have so many hideous decorations that we’re going to be voting one off every week, and then the week leading up to Christmas we are going to vote off one a day. :) I’ll keep you posted–it should be interesting. ;)

Becca

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