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A Blogging Secret Everyone Should Know

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Actually, not everyone should know, but.... You're probably thinking I'll say something about writing or photography, because those are my 'things'. But it's not about either of those things - it's something that will hopefully help improve your blog and it's super duper easy! Ready to get started? First of all, look around ALIML. If you hover over a photo, you'll see little buttons pop up over the picture (as seen in above photo) with three options to share: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. If your attention happens to drift to the right, you'll see a blue sidebar with even more options to share, with a verse reference at the top. With a click of a button, you can share what you're reading on Facebook, Twitter, GooglePlus, Pinterest, Wordpress, Blogger, or email it to a friend. And if that's not enough, you can click on the bottom one to choose from even more sharing options! Cool, huh? If you scroll and read a while, you'll see a li…

The Skater's Waltz

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Hey ya'll! I decided that I wanted to record one of my favorite piano pieces, 'The Skater's Waltz' and so I did. :D It took three tries (the first time I horribly botched it up because I forgot to warm up, and the second time I was halfway down the last page when the phone rang. *facepalm*) but I did it! :) I hope to have it up sometime soon. Oh, and uh.... those are my miracle skates in the picture above. I had been praying and praying for ice skates (and I have to admit I prayed for the pretty white ones. :D ) for several months (almost a year) and we found them in the perfect size for an amazing price at Goodwill (I love that place!)! ~ Light4theLord

Why Are We Here?

Why are we here? It's a question that many people ask themselves. Why do we exist? Who created us? Did we really evolve from a microscopic being? The answer to this question is a parcel of truth that many people search after. It is the reason for our entire beings. Often times, if no other answer can be found, people believe that we were randomly created by an explosion and millions of years of evolution. They believe that we have no purpose in life other than to enjoy ourselves and have fun. They believe that we're here to get rich and be successful. They believe we're here to do whatever we want to so as to make ourselves feel 'good'. They turn to whatever makes them even the slightest bit 'happy'. Food, friends, shopping, fame, the internet. But still, even if they're unwilling to admit it, there's a longing. A deeper meaning to life.... it's a search, a search for truth. Somewhere inside them longs for purpose, and longs for a meaning to a…

VOTD: Ephesians 3:20-21

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Truly That Was Grace

This piece that I wrote is just a rather crude telling of the point of view of the centurion. ************************* I was a skeptic An unbeliever My heart was hardened My life was broken. I witnessed death Like no other I led my men In killing another  I found it my duty To serve my country No matter what No matter the bounty I had power I had riches Yet I had emptiness And I was held by chains. I had control I had the best But my conscience Wouldn't let me rest.  I had status I had knowledge But I had no freedom From my guilt and shame. At the first I balked and shied But now not a flinch As the victims bled. This was my life I knew no other I wish I could But who would bother? My life was wrenched My heart was twisted There was an empty trench No one could fill. Yet another crucifixion I thought nothing of it Until the man

Mary, the Mother of Jesus

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Continuing the series of stories written in the POV of characters from the gospels' accounts of Easter, I present to you, 'Mary, the Mother of Jesus'. This story is collectively written from all four accounts of the crucifixion and resurrection, but the ending is taken from Mark 16. ******************************************* Nothing I had ever dreamed could’ve prepared me for this day. My wails were loud and forlorn. I refused to be comforted. I watched the Savior of the world be nailed to a crude wooden frame, nails being pounded into His wrists. I remembered everything that I had pondered in my heart up until this day. I remembered the night of His birth, and the animals that were the welcoming committee for His entry into this world. I remembered the gifts of the magi who had traveled so far to reach us. I remembered the nights we had to flee from those who wished to kill Him because of the prophesies. I remembered singing to Him before night fell. I remembered watching…

Send Me

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Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I. Send me!" - Isaiah 6:8 - How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!" - Romans 10:14-15 - but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. - Acts 1:8 - So Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you." - John 20:21 - Everyone, anyone can be used by God. We must just be willing to do what He asks. Like Isaiah, we ought to say, "Here am I, Lord, send me!" I want to be sent. I want to help change the …

VOTD: Romans 5:6-8

For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8 

Peter's POV

*Please note that while I tried to write this as accurately as I could, the gospels vary in their chronological orders after the resurrection and trying to follow and merge all four is rather confusing and hard to accomplish! Hope you enjoy!* ********************************************* It was nearing the time of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, also known as the Passover. On the first day, the Teacher sent me with my fellow disciple John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, so that we may eat it.” “Where do You want us to prepare it?” we asked. He gave us a knowing smile, yet not condescendingly. He proceeded to give us specific instructions. “When you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house that he enters. And you shall say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’ And he will show you a large furnished upper room; prepare it there.…

Mary of Magdalene

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This is the first short story in a series that I hope to post throughout this week in preparation for Easter. Each is told in the point of view (POV) of one of the characters mentioned in one of the gospels' accounts of Easter. Please note that the ending of this story is told from John's account in John chapter 20. Enjoy! *********************************************** I couldn’t watch. Yet…I couldn’t turn away. It was as though I was betraying my King if I did either. He wasn’t supposed to be dying. He wasn’t supposed to be taking my punishment. He wasn’t supposed to be whipped. He wasn’t supposed to be mocked. It was me that was supposed to be dying. It was I that deserved the capital punishment. If anyone, I should’ve been whipped and mocked. I wanted to cower, turn away, and hide my face. I didn’t want to hear His agonizing cries of pain. The sorrow and pain in my own heart seemed heavier than anything else in the world. The true criminals nailed beside Him mocked Him. The su…

He Knows

For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from HIs sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him which whom we have to do. - Hebrews 4:12-13 - Ponder that.

Fitting In

Today's short devo comes from a journal entry I did when I was 11. I was going through some of my journals last night in prep for the possible tornado (I wanted to save as many of my written pieces as I could just in case) and flipped to this entry. I've modified it a bit, just so you know. :) ******************************************* {Taken from March 2's morning journal entry when I was 11 years old - anything without verses to back it up is my own 11-year-old mind speculating} Jesus probably didn't exactly 'fit in' either. He had his own problems too. Jesus suffered even more than us. He was mocked, spit at, name-called even more than I could imagine. While He probably had friends, he probably wasn't the most popular boy his age. Some might have even thought he was stuck up or a teachers pet, even though I'm sure He didn't act like it. Maybe it was because He knew more from talking with the teachers and the leaders. When He grew up, Jesus didn…

Influential Imitation

Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. - Hebrews 13:7 - I realize that I have been so incredibly and generously blessed by people in my life. I've had the amazing opportunity to be raised in a family that loves God, and to go to a wonderful church where they teach God's Word. I've been undeservingly blessed by good, Christian friends. I've been surrounded ever since I was little by good teaching. I'd like to take some time today to thank some of these people. - my grandfather Almost every Tuesday night, I am able to go and study math (or at least that's what everybody thinks we're doing... mwhahaha... we could be breaking into the downstairs ice cream stash, or snacking on chocolate... :D ) with my grandfather. He is such an amazing, godly man that serves God with his whole being. I want to be like him one day. Any time I have questions concerning God or the Bible, I ask …

The Best Birthday

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{random pic, I know. :D }
Either nine or ten years ago today, I made the biggest decision in my life - to receive the best gift ever.
It was the gift of salvation, the gift that God offers to each of us. It's up to us to accept it. :)
I accepted Jesus as my Savior at my grandparents' house while watching Mr. Donut Man (yes, I watched that!! :D ).
It was the best birthday ever. Since I was born again, it became my second birthday - my spiritual birthday!
We have a thing in our family where we celebrate the days when we were born into God's family. That's what I'll be doing today!
But really, I think that this past year has been a growth spurt for me - spiritually.
I started writing the little devos on here, and even if there were only six other people reading them, it taught me more than I think it probably meant to others.
I pray that this year I will impact the world for God even bigger and better than I ever dreamed!
So, when is your spiritual birthday? If you…

{April}

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Yay! It's springtime! No more snow, no more freezing weather without snow.... I'm excited! I've decided to make some challenges for myself this month... why not? :) 1. Photography Challenge Katie inspired me since she did it last month (or attempted to before her card broke - yikes!), and I want to do it this month! I'm going to take one NON DOLL picture every day. Hopefully, I'll be able to show you guys them! 2. Writing Challenge I'm going to try to write at least 100 words every day - whether on this blog, in one of my books that I'm working on, a short poem, etc. Consistency in writing is key! 3. Memorization Challenge I'm going to memorize at least two verses every day. I hope. :) It's not too hard, hopefully..... 4. Deed-a-Day Challenge Even if it's a small good deed, I'm going to do at least one good deed every day this month. Especially for my siblings. 5. Prayer Challenge I'm going to make a list this month and I'm going to try …