Taking on the Challenge

Okey dokey, so it’s been six days Ā since my last post…arg.

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Saturday night my parents come in the door as Chelsea and I begin making a late supper for the two of us.
They ask, “Sarah, did you feed Chester?” (our dog)
I reply, “No, when I’m in charge, he never gets fed; I always forget”
My dad responds, “How would you feel if you went 24 hours without food?”
Competitively, “Bring it on”, I say.
I was not to eat food from Sunday morning when I woke, till Monday morning when I woke.
On Sunday afternoon, my dad asks, “Have you eaten anything?”
“Nope.”
“Good šŸ™‚ I realized though, that if Chester ate Friday night, missed food Saturday night, then ate on Sunday night, he would be missing food for 48 hours.”
“Alright, Dad, I’ll go 48 hours. šŸ˜› “

SO yesterday we all realized that I don’t have to wait till Tuesday morning, cause the last time I ate was Saturday night at 8…which means TONIGHT at 8 o’clock I can eat food again!!!
My stomach was fine yesterday; it only growled while I was in church. Today was the same thing; it hardly growled…so weird…

In order to still receive nutrients I was allowed to swallow vitamins and mix upĀ a nutrition breakfast drink (which I had for supper last night and breakfast this morning).

I have gone to the bathroom so many times each day it’s crazy. pahahaha. I have consumed multiple glasses of water, milk, lemonade, peach tea, orange juice, lemon juice, and an Arizona Mango Tea that Chelsea bought me. šŸ™‚

This is just how competitive I am…I will go far lengths to complete aĀ challenge given me…
The Next Question Is:

What will I eat tonight at 8 o’clock?
=] ……..ice cream……..=]


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Screaming in and out

In the Bible there is a verse that asks, “…how long will they be incapable of purity?” Other versions say, ‘innocence’ as a replacement for the last word.

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The band RED sings a song called ‘Confession’.
There is a line in the song that I say to myself sometimes.
“I confess, I’m always afraid,
always ashamed, of what’s inside my head.”

I hate it, I HATE, that I have lost some of my innocence.
I find myself thinking things that I don’t want to; saying things that I hoped never would come out.
At the end of the song, the band targets emotion fromĀ one whom actually feels and lives this song.
“Take this away; help me escape,
Take this away, I confess:
INNOCENCE! INNOCENCE! INNOCENCE!”
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It is truly sad how the world has corrupted our minds.
Sometimes, I just want to pound my head with my fist to rid my mind of the world’s effect.
Thankfully there IS hope, and it isn’t through bodily harm.
There is a Creator who loves us, and cares for our innocence.
Crying out to Him, like in the song, will be His invite.
I need to constantly cleanse myself…I fail so many times to do this though.
Thankfully, God gives many chances
I just hope that you will realize that there is a Saviour out there who loves you, more than any girl or guy on Earth can…more than all your friends COMBINED!

O God; sweet Jesus; Holy One, within me…
Create in me a pure heart, mind, and soul.
Let me be cleansed with Your almighty love.
I confess: I’m not as innocent as I once was.
I’m screaming in and out.
Help me!


Melody For Today

I have decided that today I would share a song with you.

Happy Resurrection Sunday!!!

This song isĀ “Knowing You”:


All I once held dear,
built my life upon,
All this world reveres and wars to own;
All I once thought gain, I have counted loss,
Spent and worthless now compared to this.

Knowing You; Jesus, knowing You,
There is no greater thing,
You’re my all, You’re the best,
You’re my joy, my righteousness,
And I love you Lord.

Now my heart’s desire is to know You more,
To be found in You and known as Yours,
To possess by faith what I could not earn,
All surpassing gift of righteousness.

Oh, to know the power of Your risen life,
And to know You in Your sufferings;
To become like You in Your death, my Lord,
So, with You to live and never die.

I’m not going to write my thoughts down about this…I want you to read this song over and over, slower than you did before, and think about it. Think about how it relates to your life, or how you want this, or how you can use this song to tell others about what you have.
If it doesn’t touch you, then put on some slow classical INSTRUMENTAL music, so it creates a scene to help your thoughts feel the lyrics.


Fearing

Nahum 1:3
“The Lord is slow to anger and great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of His feet.”

I love that last part…the dust of His feet…it places a picture in my mind of how great God undoubtedly is! No, this isn’t a literal measurement, but it shows how mighty He is.
I honestly think that fearing God has been dilutedĀ more and more over the years. No one ever stops to think that God is ableĀ to punish us for our sins; crush us for our disobedience; take away people we love because of our stubborn pride.
When we sin, we need to confess that sin to God and repent of it. I looked up ‘repent’ in a dictionary and this what it said:
“to feel such sorrow for sin or fault as if disposed to change one’s life for the better”
Change one’s life.
When we repent, we try never to do that sin again!

Has someone ever said, “I’m sorry” and you say, “That’s ok//it’s alright”?
That needs changing.
We should say, “I forgive you” because it’s obvious that IT IS NOT ALRIGHT TO SIN.

Back to my main point
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God is so mighty and powerful and even in Nahum 1:2 it says:
“The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath.
The Lord takes vengeance on His foes
and maintains His wrath against His enemies.”

.Wow.
I think that we seriously need a slap in the face; a reality check, when it comes to this sorta thing. GOD IS FILLED WITH WRATH. Fear His power and watch what you do, He can always see you and you never know what your consequences might be…

Proverbs 31:30
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

and men…that goes for you too…
Women!!! We are to be praised for our fear in the Lord!!! It is a very good thing to fear our almighty Creator! It’s more important than your flirtations and gorgeous God-given looks.
What is anything on this Earth worth, if it doesn’t help us further God’s Kingdom?

Keep close to God’s guidelines and consistently purify yourself. Ask God if there is anything in your life that is pushing Him away.
And if youĀ receiveĀ an answer…then I suggest you follow up with what God says.


Temporary Getaway

Puppy sitting never felt so good.

Here I sit, watching the waves casually move the river around the bend in my temporary escape, while Timber (the dog) relaxes in the grass; our bonding moment.

I should fill you in; I am puppy sitting for three days in this marvelous house. I would have had it all to my own, except I asked my brother to come along because sometimes, well, we just need some bonding. I’ve lost touch with him the last couple of years…it’s really quite sad…

It’s peaceful here.
I can listen to the birds squawk and sing while the wind gently moves my hair and the sun kisses my skin.
The house is an escape in which I am desperate for. I haven’t traveled for a while, which depresses me, but God knows…He knows. He set this up perfectly; a way to relieve this “senior stress” in the last months of my high school years.
I guess it shouldn’t seem this stressful, but I over-analyze everything…so therefore, it’s more so ME making MY LIFE stressful by thinking about the list of things needing beĀ checked off.
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Goodness, I just love any place where I am basically by myself and can think with this natural rhythm around me.
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Earlier this morning, I went into the library nook on the second level where I scanned the spines of books ,in search of some education or insight. I found Ā a book which intrigued me enough to keep the morning goose bumps caused from the wind outside off my mind.
The book is about this woman’s travels. The way the words are placedĀ on the pages just make my eyes long for more. I began looking at the table of contents and spotted Fiji. OH BOY! Page 37 here I come!
The sentences combine into a temporary getaway (so I’m now in a getaway of a getaway) where my mind wanders and projects pictures of what I think it might be like there. She uses all our senses to bring the pages to life and I give her five stars for that. *****
I suppose that if could pick my career and could live off of this somehow, I’d choose ‘an island traveler’ (if I couldn’t beĀ a continental one).
I would go hopping from one to the next comparing their similarities and picking their unique characteristics; tasting food, site-seeing, street vending//shopping…I could grasp it all.

Oh if only.

Right now, my career involves a Labradoodle and this lazy river set before me…but that’s alright with me, because I’m only 17 and a giantĀ trip lies ahead of me this coming August. I will enjoy this temporary getaway and peaceful extra long weekend.