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Sunday Thoughts: Catching Up

I apologize for not posting last Sunday. The time ran away from me.

I was recovering last Sunday from going to our county fair all day on Saturday. It was a lot of fun… I went on a lot of crazy rides, had a smoothie, looked at the exhibits, etc.

We had some friends with us, so that made it enjoyable.

This past week, I’ve been trying to prepare myself for the coming of school. I am entering my Junior year of High School, and I will be taking quite a few classes outside of my home, as well as finishing up on math, english, history and such at home.

I think I will enjoy this year, but boy, will it be crazy! I am testing for my driver’s license soon, so I am preparing for that as well. Busy, busy, busy!

I am pretty excited for this coming school year, though!

My question for You: How do you prepare for something big coming up?


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Sunday Thoughts – Fighting Stress

I feel like I can’t really pin-point my discussion on this post, but I will try.

I am going to begin by talking about my personality type. I am an INFJ-T, according to the 16 Personality Types website. I am an Advocate in their grouping. I am a dreamer, and am very organized. I am also very introverted, but I can be social when I want to. I am a leader, and sometimes I literally feel pain when I am not leading a group, and acting as the follower, but that’s good for us leaders!

This past week I learned a lot about people and myself. I went to a theater day camp. It was 7 hours a day for 5 days in a row.we auditioned the first day to be cast in one of two Shakespeare shows: Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing.

My brother and I were cast in Much Ado, and I received the role of Beatrice, my brother as Claudio. We would be performing a 30 minute version of the show on Friday, and I had roughly 2 days to memorize 42 lines.

I got to know a lot of people, and had a lot of fun! Overall, I tried to be a bit laid back when it came to taking charge over things. I let other kids do what they wanted, but then Thursday came. Part of the camp was to create a team cheer. The whole camp was split into two groups: purple team, and black team. My brother and I were in purple. The teams were supposed to create a cheer that they would perform after the shows on Friday in front of our parents. My team consisted of a lot of younger kids, and none of them would agree on an idea, so I took charge. I organized everyone’s thoughts and helped us come to a conclusion in our 15 minutes. We then had 30 minutes on Friday to finish our cheer, and no one was cooperating. We were halfway through finishing our cheer when half of the group decided it was, “Dumb, and too complicated.” I asked them if they had another idea, and they said no. Anywho, we ended up having nothing after the 30 minutes, and a lot of the team were upset and embarrassed and didn’t want to go up in stage and perform the few lines someone finally came up with.

One of the leaders of the camp pulled me aside and had a talk with me about how they were upset and if I could help encourage them.

It ended up not being too bad, but compared to the other team’s cheer,it kinda stunk, but oh well. It was a learning experience. I learned a lot about people who never want to use someone else’s idea, but never have one of their own.

The shows went well, I had my lines well memorized, and it was a blast. But very stressful at times.

My question for You: Are you a leader or a follower?


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Sunday Thoughts: Classics

Have you ever tired of today’s modern novels? I definitely have.

I find it very difficult to find books that I truly enjoy, and take something from them.

Looking back on the books I’ve read over the last few years, I don’t think they were necessarily the best options for me at the time.

Were they bad? Not really.

Did I learn any lessons from them? Yes.

Did I learn important lessons from them? Not necessarily.

So… where do I find books that will actually help me through life? Well, I’ve fallen on the classics.

For me, there is just a feel with classics. They’re not always better than modern books; in fact, there are definitely some amazing modern books out there. But classics… it’s hard to explain, but it just makes me a feel a bit at peace.

I am currently re-reading Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë. I read it when I was younger for a class, and fell head over heels in love with it. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to read it again.

One excuse for me to lay aside other books and pick this up is because I am co-teaching a class for the book, which will be a whole new experience for me!

I read a quote once by C. S. Lewis that said something along the lines of: “For every new book you read, read two old books.

Have a wonderful day, everyone, and God bless.

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My question for You: What is your favorite classic?


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Sunday Thoughts: Family


Some of you may have seen this post go up yesterday… well, just like me, I started making this, forgot about it, and left a half finished scheduled post. When it posted, I freaked out and took it down, so here is the final version that was meant for yesterday!

I am back from a 10 day camping trip near the beach! It was cold, but it was very enjoyable. I love being out in nature and being able to spend more time with my family, even though they bug me sometimes.

I didn’t have much of an idea of what I wanted to write for today, but my last sentence in my previous paragraph sounds like a good opener, doesn’t it?

Family. You love ‘em, you hate ‘em. It’s an interesting relationship at times, isn’t it?

Honestly, I feel like often times kids don’t appreciate their families as much as they ought to. A lot of the time, public schooled kids hardly even see their parents/siblings, as they are at school for half the day. To me, that’s really sad.

Families are what ground us, and God has blessed us with our families for a reason. I’m tired of hearing about people changing families into things they aren’t, because they want “to be different”.

The traditional family is a beautiful thing! Why change something that is so perfect?

As I am probably just going to be ranting for the rest of this, I will leave it at that. 🙂

My question for You: What is your favorite thing about your family?


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Sunday Thoughts: The Great Outdoors

Hey, guys!

I am camping right now, so things may be slow in coming on my end. Isn’t it amazing when you have no wifi?! (No sarcasm. I actually am enjoying this).

Anyway, I just wanted to talk about God’s beautiful creation of nature. Honestly, I am in awe when I think of all that God created.

Green all around… it’s gorgeous.

As we were driving to our campsite, I was looking up at the tree covered hills… it was a pretty foggy afternoon, and I couldn’t see the top of these hills. It was so neat!

My question for You: When was the last time you enjoyed the great outdoors?


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Sunday Thoughts: Endurance

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?


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Sunday Thoughts: Goals

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?