Friday, December 7, 2018

My Story Behind "You Say" by Lauren Daigle

Lauren Daigle is my favorite singer/songwriter.
I recommend her.
When I first heard her, I didn't care for her music, but as time went on, I opened up to it, and ended up really liking her music. Then, when her second album came out, guess what...I didn't care for it as much as the first, but am now I'm finding that I like it, too. :P
Anyway, enough of that, and on to the real topic of this post—You Say.

I think You Say was the first song of Lauren's new album that I heard, and I probably heard it on the radio, though I don't know. I ended up using it in my set for performing (I do music performances for different things), so I learned and sung it. It was one of my favorite songs to sing, because it was a good fit for my voice in the verses, etc.
Well, here comes the God, I am not performing it anymore for those specific performances, but I keep hearing it on the radio A TON lately. One night, I heard it twice on the radio. Almost if not all of those times recently, my mom and I have been together in the car, and lately we've marveled at it. I don't think this is a mistake, either, because I feel like this song applies to me, and encourages me to believe what God says,etc.
It's like God is asking me over and over by playing this song to have it apply FULLY to me, and for me to believe what He says, and asking for me to give Him all I have.
Similarly to the song, at times I've had the general feeling that I'm not enough, even if I don't realize it. BUT God says something different, and I need to believe. Through Him, and only through Him, I am enough.
I need to declare this song in a positive way, and believe it, not just sing it. And I know the words.
It's like God is reminding me of this repeatedly, and I think that's because I haven't really addressed it outside this song much, and I need to be reminded over and over sometimes because I don't always follow through, etc.
Here is the song, and I hope you get something out of it, too. If you already have, or end up getting something out of it, I would enjoy hearing about it. (Comment below!)

Here are the words, which I just got by Googling "you say lyrics".

"I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough

Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up
Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low?
Remind me once again just who I am, because I need to know (ooh oh)
You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing

You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say that I am Yours
And I believe (I), oh I believe (I)
What You say of me (I)
I believe
The only thing that matters now is everything You think of me

In You I find my worth, in You I find my identity, (ooh oh)
You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing

You say I am strong when I think I am weak
And You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say that I am Yours
And I believe (I), oh I believe (I)
What You say of me (I)
Oh, I believe
Taking all I have and now I'm laying it at Your feet

You have every failure God, and You'll have every victory, (ooh oh)
You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing

You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say that I am Yours
And I believe (I), oh I believe (I)
What You say of me (I)
I believe
Oh I believe (I), yes I believe (I)

What You say of me (I)
Oh I believe (oh)"

Thursday, December 6, 2018

•• November 2018 ••

Hey everyone! This post isn't too organized, but it's getting into December, and I just need to post it. Here ya go, and enjoy this December! Yet again, I am going to be doing the 12 Days of Christmas blog tour, so do you have ideas for Christmas posts I could write?

November 1, 2018
I made fried potatoes, chocolate matcha banana smoothie, & egg salad today. I am wanting to have a garden next year, but we'll see. :)
Pictures from today:


I'm picking up my music lessons again today, it was raining this morning, and I have been listening to some piano music. My friend is leaving for Japan today, and another for Virginia! Tomorrow I go to another camp! :)

First week of November: I went to GJ camp, and we won mostly! We campaigned. I gained new friendships, and renewed others. ☺
#TeamCharlieForever! We had different teams, and we were competing for how many doors knocked, etc., and my team won! Yay!

—Election & campaigning. Saw some really awesome trees, and autumn beautifulness while going door to door!
—Performed at assisted living places.
—Play practice.
—I hit a deer on Thanksgiving night, and the van will be totaled! So you could say that I went hunting and got a big doe (JK, I actually didn't see it until it was in front of me, and I was on the highway going 70, so there is no way I couldn't have hit it.) God protected us, though, because we literally could have died if it had happened differently.
—Talking to a music artist, and a songwriter at our church Thanksgiving dinner

—Being one of the 2 oldest teens at camp! #howdidthathappen...timegoesquicklyIguess
—Dance practice.
—Semi-decided what college I am going to for nursing if I do that (which I think I will? Prayers would be appreciated!)
—Time with friends! I am a people person, just so ya know! :P My #1 love language is quality time.
—IT SNOWED!!!! But then, in days, it was gone. It stayed a while, though, comparatively to some years!
—Uncle came!
—I got a taste of autumn and of winter!

What was your November like?

Goals I had:
Write 5 letters. I probably did?
Finish everything on my bucket list. Nope.
Spend more time with God.
Spend more time practicing piano.
Pick up guitar again.
Book performances for December. I did for my normal people, but not any new.
Get Christmas carolers together. Didn't end up doing this.
Learn all the songs for the play.  Almost. :P
Help win the election.  Mostly, at least!

Pictures (most are mine, but not all):
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Before this happened, I had posted this & this on FB:
"We don't know what's around the corner, but we know who's got our back.
I am thankful for God, law enforcement, EMS, medical personnel, military, and the politicians who support the truth and constitution, etc."
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After this happened, I posted this on FB:
"Thank you, Firemen, State Patrol, and Sheriff's Office, for being there for us and sacrificing your holiday to put others first."
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Dad added stain to our table.

I thought this was funny...I'm gone for one week, and the president calls. :P
I know it wasn't really him, but it would be funny if I picked up the phone and was like, "Hello, Mr. President!"

After it snowed, let's just say that Tiger wanted in, and I captured this expression. LOL.

This was an "amazing" structure that got built at camp. So, the top part was just sitting on the table, and I made the bottom part and put the other one on top. :)

Have a great day, all!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Hello! I have a question...

Hello! I am hoping to put up my November post soon, but haven't finished it yet.
Question for you: do you have ideas on what kind of Christmas posts I should write? I will be participating in the 12 Days of Christmas blog tour again this year. :)

Monday, November 26, 2018

Today is a New Day!

Today is a new day! It's full of events, opportunities, and second chances.

"This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."
-Psalm 118:24

Today I am trying to make a better choice in what I am having for breakfast, today I am going to try to be the sunshine in my workplace, not letting anyone steal my joy. Today I am going to read day 2 in my devo on my YouVersion app.
Today I am going to play with my uncle (music) and practice for tomorrow, when we will perform together!

Today I want to rejoice and be glad!

Romans 5:3-5

Saturday, November 24, 2018

On Being Who You Are & Who God Made You to Be

"If you fit in, you never would have stuck out."
-Quote, or somewhat of one, I think from a movie trailer I saw. Not sure.

My sister took this.

God made us all unique, and through our lives—which twist and turn, changing constantly—we develop who we are, and attain interests, dreams, and goals.
The hard thing humans, we want the approval of others, and to be like others for many reasons...and that can lead us on wild goose chases instead of closer to God's plan, and what is okay to embrace.
Trends, etc. are not bad to like, and not bad to accept into your own "likes", we just should make sure we are not trying to fit ourselves into someone else's shoes—that are too small.
Why are they too small?
Well, though these trends, things, "scenes", and "glimpses" of other's lives (whether real or staged), are nice and fun sometimes, they can be dangerous.
NOBODY has a perfect life, and yes, sometimes things are staged! Nobody can ever measure up. Nobody is immune to troubles, and hard times. Nobody is immune to pain. Nobody is immune to financial difficulties.

selective focus photography of pink shoes on wooden bench

There are not words enough for this post, and I admit that I am totally "preaching to the choir", because I have a hard time with this, too, even though I don't always recognize it (yep, we can do this both consciously and unconsciously sometimes—trying to fit in, etc.)

We can be constantly "chasing the wind(a phrase in Ecclesiastes) and try to fit in/compare our lives with others' seemingly perfect or "better" lives. But in doing this, we are doing something wrong.
As Christians, we aren't suppose to blend in with the world and be chasing every sunset, every impulse, and every new thing we set our eyes on—and if we are, something is wrong.
In the Bible, Jesus says—referring to us—"They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world." (John 17:16)
We have a spirit, soul, and body, and while the body is made to live in the world, our spirit—who we really are—will go to either heaven or hell when our earthly bodies die—not stay in the world, or fall into abyss. Hope that's not too confusing. But the point is, we are spiritual beings, not beings stuck in an earthly body. (If you want to go to heaven, you must be saved—look up Romans 10:9-10 from the Bible.)
Not sure which one of us took this.
Anyway, we are not of this world, so we don't need to try to fit in.
Yes, you can have a pumpkin spice latte.
Yes, you can enjoy stuff.
Yes, you can pick up things you like from others, etc.
BUT JUST MAKE SURE you are not twisting yourself into someone God didn't want you to be, or conform to.

"Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn and know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."
-Romans 12:2 (NIV)

And here's another version of the SAME verse:

"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." -Romans 12:2 (NLT)

Don't limit yourself, and the plan of God on your life.
Don't forget why you started your journey, and don't forget to learn from what happens in your life.
I could go on, but I think you get the point. This is something we all need to work on, especially me.
So, an idea for how to start is to try to embrace your interests and pursue them as long as they are acceptable in God's sight; pray and follow God, & limit the time you spend on those things, and do something worth your time.

Have a great day!

"If you fit in, you never would have stuck out."
-Quote, or somewhat of one, I think from a movie trailer I saw. Not sure.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving Tips

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"Let them give thanks to the LORD for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things." -Psalm 107:8-9

Good morning (or it is for me)! If It's not morning there, then good afternoon or evening. :) How is your day so far?

I really like this song, and this version is a nice one! You can play it while you read the post if you want to!

Some tips for today:
Don't stress, this is supposed to be a day of make it one, no matter how you started it. You can always change your attitude from now on.

Don't get frustrated. Yes, you may get annoyed, but don't let it get to you. When you become frustrated you are only hurting, not healing.

Don't forget why we have a day of thanks! We almost all know the story of pilgrims, whether embellished or not, in which a group of Europeans (not the very first, though), came to America in search of religious freedom, and a new life. The first Thanksgiving was had for many reasons, including to give thanks for the provision of God.

So give thanks for the provision of God! It's incredible when you think about it, and far past our understanding or remembrance. We couldn't count everything God has done for us!

Give thanks for everything, including your trials, for someday, you will see a reason to give thanks if you have the right perspective.

"We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance." -Romans 5:3

Other versions also say (in place of the word endurance)
patience, and perseverance.

"All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God."
-2 Corinthians 4:15

Want to see more verses?
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Blessings to you, and have a great day!
And remember one thing: if you draw close to God, you won't regret it.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Paragraph or More Challenge ENTRIES

Hey everyone! Here are the entries from the Paragraph or More Challenge. :)
Here is the picture that we wrote about:

Fun! Here's mine!
I go outside. It's an ordinary day. I walk through our ordinary field. I look up at the ordinary sky. I sigh. "Nothing extraordinary ever happens here," I think to myself.
Then, I feel the quiet breeze as it blows by. I look up. Suddenly, the sky doesn't look so ordinary after all. It seems to go on forever, and the color is a perfect blue. I open the corn husk beside me, and notice the beautiful gold growing inside. I pause and think. Is this really an ordinary day after all? Right now, I'm SAVED. REDEEMED. LOVED. To me, that sounds extraordinary.

Ok here's my story.
"In my father's corn field, I looked up into the sky making pictures out of the clouds. My father started to walk to me. I didn't budge, he asked me "Emily, what are you doing? Aren't you supposed to be collecting the corn?" 'Yes Dad.' I replied softly and turned around to start collecting to corn.

we passed the big field of corn in stark city, and as we did my mind floated back to the time we lived in nebraska. i was 7 or 8 and my little brothers and i were super close- we were the 3 musketeers and did everything together!! besides picking mulberries, climbing trees, 'rescuing' baby birds and exploring our small woods, our favorite thing was to play in the cornfield right by our house. it stretched for 'forever' and we would make up hundreds of games that entertained us for hours. once when we were playing my feet got stuck in mud, really stuck! everything was thawing and there was lots of MUD. so i took off my shoes, and my little brother actually carried me home because the cornstalks would poke into my feet without shoes.
i miss all the memories we made there, i thought, still looking out the window. the cornfield was long gone, but i'll never forget the adventures we had in that cornfield that went on 'forever'. <333

I got a dream, and it isn't wrapped up in a mansion, with everything I would want. No, this dream—one of many, really—is wrapped up in the country, with a farm, goats, chickens, a family, a garden, flowers, etc. It's wrapped in the sunrise, and the sunset. Lots of windows to let in natural light, a tire swing, and an old truck. Fields, trees, water. It's a full life, and a great life, even though it may be hard work. And we seek the Lord.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Update :)

Hello! The snow has almost all melted.
I am hoping it snows again, though. :)

To end this post, I will give you a couple of the pictures I took on 11/13/18. However, these are not here anymore. :)

Have a great day!
The Paragraph or More Challenge entries will be posted sometime in the near future hopefully, but no promises. :P