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Sunday Thoughts

So… hi.

I am currently bruised and sore.

I had a big Martial Arts test yesterday… I tested for my Brown Belt in Kajukenbo Tum Pai, two steps away from a Student Black.

Me – before the test.

In my school, Black Belts aren’t handed out lightly, or to just anybody. You have to be a certain age (16 if you went through the kids program), and have certain skills.

I’ve been taking Martial Arts since I was 7, so I have been doing it for 9 years now, and it is a huge part of my life.

This test was a big one for me… I was the second highest rank, the highest being a guy going for his Student Black (a step below First Degree Black Belt).

A lot of pressure was put on me to be a leader for the other testers, since the guy testing for Student Black would be busy doing his own thing. I have a few pep talks, encouraged them, and overall, we had a great time.

The one big thing I learned from yesterday was that with God, you can accomplish anything.

I had this verse repeating in my head throughout the day:

May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.

  • 2 Thessalonians 1:11 NLT

It really helped me push through, knowing that I wasn’t doing this for my own selfish reasons, but I was doing this for the Lord, and He would help me through it.

I got to the point where I could hardly stand… I was shaking, I was tired, and I could hardly breathe. But God gave me bursts of strength that helped me push through one last time… I never could have done it without him.

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My question for You: Have you ever gotten to the point where you thought you couldn’t go any further?

Me

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Sunday Thoughts

Hey guys!

I am seriously a crazy person. I set these crazy goals for myself AND FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THEM!!!

About three months ago (about. Pfff… Exactly three months ago), I decided that I was watching too much YouTube and listening to too much of my favorite audio dram called Adventures in Odyssey.
I got to the point to where I could not for the life of me sleep without listening to Adventures in Odyssey. I would play an episode in bed and it would help me fall asleep. But when I didn’t play it, I just couldn’t sleep! So… I decided to not listen to AIO for THREE MONTHS.

I also decided to not watch YouTube for a month.

And I decided not to initiate any conversations with my cousin for a week, making her do the work to reach me and giving her some time away from me, as we write stories together and I tend to annoy her sometimes. (Sorry, cuz, if you’re reading this). 😂

Apparently I like setting huge goals for myself!

Today is my three month mark, and I am beginning at the very beginning of AIO, going from the first to the last episode (I have the special Adventures in Odyssey Club). I was so happy I cried for joy! I haven’t heard the wonderful voices of Katie Leigh and Hal Smith and Will Ryan and, and, and… 💥

Anywho, I have learned that it is good to take time off of things. It helps you to be able to focus on more important things like spending time with family, reading God’s word, etc. etc.

I am glad to re-immerse myself in AIO, but I am glad that I took time off—I proved to myself that I could do it.

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My question for You: Have you ever taken lots of time off of something like this?

Me

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Sunday Thoughts

June. What a crazy month.

One thing that is happening all throughout June are High School Graduations.

I still have two more years of High School to muddle through, but my older brother just graduated.

I am gonna make myself cry… again…

Okay, so yesterday was my older brother’s Graduation Ceremony (among a few of my other friends), and it was pretty emotional for me. He isn’t leaving or anything, but just the idea that he and a lot of my friends are kind of leaving me behind saddened me… and yet made me happy.

God has such great plans for the Graduates of 2017, guys! I am so excited to see what my big brother does with his life. I am stoked to see the path my friends take, and what they do in their lives to serve the Lord.

Because that is the most important part about moving on in life… you have to have your focus solely on God, or you will slip and fall, creating a trail off of the highway.

If you have/are graduating, I pray you have a good life, and I know God has big things in store for you.

God bless.

Photo credit: Paths Are Made By Walking, by Nipun Mehta

My question for You: Would you ever want to spend more time in High School, or be done with it as soon as possible?

Me

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Sunday Thoughts

Hello, all! I am starting a new series on my blog called Sunday Thoughts. The idea is that I will be discussing something that has been on my mind over the last week, and giving it a spiritual twist. I hope that through this series you are inspired, or given something to think about.

Let us begin!

At my job, I typically work in a kitchen. In that kitchen, we have a radio that plays music from some station that doesn’t always play wholesome music. I can hardly hear the words in the songs, unless I try really hard, because as you may be able to guess, a kitchen in the food industry can be loud.

Sometimes I will hear a tune or melody that is similar to a song I know, and often times a Christian song I have sung in church or at my homeschool co-op will pop into my head.

The other day, the lyrics that came into my head were:

Be excellent in what is good.

Be innocent of evil.

These lyrics are from a song that I used to sing at my homeschool co-op. It has a fun tune, and was mostly meant for the younger kids. But when you have the same lyrics running over and over in your mind, you kinda stop and think about it more than when you probably did when you sang the song.

There are windows above the sink in the kitchen, and I love to stare out at the neighboring rooftops (the tea-house I work at is settles in a neighborhood) and daydream. I have to make sure I don’t fall too deep into my day dream, or I miss things my co-worker’s say to me. 😄

I was thinking about those simple lyrics, and it really made me pause. How often do we find pleasure in things that God may not approve of? Do we seek out activities that would please God daily, or just every so often, opting for things that we want to do instead?

We need to be the best we can in the things that are good, wholesome, and that we know the Lord would approve of. Not things that we know we approve of, and God may be fine with it.

We need to have a child-like innocence in all things that are evil and wicked.

The song continues with—

The God of peace will soon crush Satan.

God will crush him underneath of His feet.

Doesn’t it give you comfort to know that God will crush Satan, burying him beneath His feet? That will be a day of rejoicing!

Thank you all for taking time out of your Sunday to read my thoughts. I pray you are all well, and if you have any thoughts, please leave a comment!

Photo credit: Christopher Tkaczyk at Travel + Liesure

My question for You: Are there any songs you sang in your childhood at church or any other place that were a little silly, but had a deep meaning behind them?

Me