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Sunday Thoughts: Perfection

No one is perfect.

I’m gonna bet that you’ve heard that phrase before. Everyone has, or should have heard it.

I have learned a lot over the past few weeks that people just aren’t perfect. It’s a shocking realization! No matter how perfect you think you are, sorry, but ya just aren’t.

People let you down; even your closets friends. You may think you know someone so well, and that nothing could ever come between you.

Let me share with you my sixteen years of wisdom. Friendships strengthen when you don’t expect the other to be perfect. I’m not saying think the worst of this person, so that you are pleasantly surprised that they’re actually nice! I’m saying, don’t set your expectations so high that no one can teach them.

And then again, some people are different and you need different expectations for them.

What I’ve learned is that you need to be the best you can be, and help others as much as you can without shoving them around and telling them that everything you think is right, and so on. Be encouraging, but let them find their own way.

As the Bible says, “Why do you care so much about the spam in your brother’s eye when you have a hog in your own?” Or something like that.

(Jared DeWhite)

Sorry… not sorry. Just a little Adventures in Odyssey quote for y’all.

Anywho, I hope I have gotten my point across without too much confusion. Have a wonderful week!

God bless.


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Sunday Thoughts: Women of the Bible

I have been studying women of the Bible of late.
I began with Ruth, and now I am studying Esther.

One of the main things I learned from Ruth was that she had a great deal of courage, and mainly, love. She loved her mother in-law so much to leave her own country to Naomi’s homeland and create a whole new life there.

Esther also was very courageous. She walked into King Ahaserous’ courtroom to save her people, when she could have been killed on the king’s order.

I believe that one of the main traits of women of the Bible was courage. They all had such a great deal for their faith and people, that they would do anything to make hem happy or save them.

My question for You: What are our thoughts on women of the Bible? What is your favorite story?


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Sunday Thoughts: Devotionals and Driving Tests

So… sorry for missing days that I am supposed to be posting. On Wednesday, I had my final driver’s test. I passed, so now I can get my license whenever I want! 😁
I kept accidentally turning the windshield wipers on during the drive, because it was an unfamiliar car, and the instructor was irritated that I wanted it to rain on a sunny, cloudless day.

Also, I went to a seven hour birthday party that was a blast! We watched The Little Mermaid, and that was the first time I had ever seen it. 😊

Lately, I’ve been trying out a new devotional strategy. I took a class once where we were made to underline certain subjects and such, to help us think more about the passages. I’ve been using this tool in my daily devotionals.
I take a book of the Bible, and I follow this tool…

  • Names and pronouns of God (highlight
  • Memory verses (highlight)
  • Locations (underline)
  • Times (underline)
  • Good actions (underline)
  • Evil actions (underline)
  • Person it is about (underline)

Everything is highlighted or I underlined in a certain color. It’s really helped me think deeper about things, especially the good and evil actions.

I pray you are all doing well!

My question for You: Can you remember when you took your driver’s test, if you have? Did anything exciting happen?


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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.

Photo credit: Personal Growth Map

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?