Saturday, December 31, 2016

Different...Differently.

As we head into the new year of 2017, we should consider what our new year should look like.
But instead of trying to have us make a whole bunch of resolutions, I just want to have you ask yourself these questions. And trust me, I will be ask myself these questions also. Some questions are meant for younger people, though, just so you know.

Before we begin, I want you to know that you don't have to give an exact answer to these in your mind right now, but if you can answer them with any sort of answer, great! But know that you don't have to figure everything out right now.
Life's like that I guess, too. You don't always have to figure everything out immediately.

And if you don't want to read/answer these questions, please read what I wrote after them, as I continue with this post.
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How can I move forward in my life this year?
How can I better my resume/experiences/knowledge this year?
How can I move towards my dreams and/or dream job(s) (Or general area of jobs being considered)?

What can I do for God this year?

What can I do to better myself?

What can I do to better myself for God's plan for my life?
(We can never know what God will do with our life, but we—especially us kids, teens, and younger adults—need to ready ourselves for God's work in us and through us...even if we don't know what we're doing!)

What are two things that I need/want to change about my thinking habits?
Is there something God would want me to change?

What are two things that I need/want to change about my actions/habits/self?
What are two things that God would want me to change about my actions/habits/self?

Do I need to change or refine my habits/thoughts/self in any catagories of my life?
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That's all, friends, on the questions. I hope that 2017 will be the start of something new for us. SOMETHING BIGGER THAN 2016, and something BETTER than 2016.
Remember this: God can build you up even more in this new year, "taller" than you have ever been, and stronger than you ever have been before, USING THE OLD as a foundation for the NEW in your life.

As you step into 2017, take a different step. Different than any other new year. And do it DIFFERENTLY.

God has called us to be different. Not normal. Plus, there is no such thing as normal, anyway☺. We are all different. But what it means is that instead of going with the flow on everything, stand up and be different than everyone expects/wants/thinks you to be. Stand up in faith, purity, love, morality, kindness, truth, what you allow yourself to be affected by, etc.

That kind of different is good.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Unto Us // 12DOC

"The Government of the Promised Son

Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed,
As when at first He lightly esteemed
The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
And afterward more heavily oppressed her,
By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,
In Galilee of the Gentiles.
The people who walked in darkness
Have seen a great light;
Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
Upon them a light has shined.
You have multiplied the nation
And increased its joy;[a]
They rejoice before You
According to the joy of harvest,
As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
For You have broken the yoke of his burden
And the staff of his shoulder,
The rod of his oppressor,
As in the day of Midian.
For every warrior’s sandal from the noisy battle,
And garments rolled in blood,
Will be used for burning and fuel of fire.
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this."

This is Isaiah 9: 1-7. I copied it from Bible Gateway(click for the source.)

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Shall You Not Know It?



















"Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert."
Isaiah 43:18-19

Please consider this verse. I think it is a great verse to head up into the new year of 2017.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The 12 Cultures of Christmas // ENGLAND

Merry Christmas!
Pictures...
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This definitely looks Christmasy! I wish we had a ton of snow here in Missouri, America, right now!

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas.... Okay, I know, let's get back to England....
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Do you live in England? Have you ever been to/lived in England? What's it like for you at Christmas time? Just comment below and I'll reply!
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For all you history lovers:
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Alright, in 1914, World War I, Germany and Britain(England) had a Christmas truce, and troops from either side came out into the no-man's-land in between the trenches where they fought, and gave gifts, played, celebrated Christmas, etc. Well, this video is actually a chocolate commercial, but it captures this scene in a very epic way. It really is an awesome video, and I definitely recommend it.

Playing ball; Christmas truce.
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And just so you know, there is also a behind the scenes video, that I'm sure you can probably find on Youtube.

Also, the truce began when the song Silent Night was being sung....
Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright....
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Food...
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Yorkshire pudding. I think I'd like to try this sometime.
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Turkey.
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CRANBERRY SAUCE! I love this stuff!
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Christmas Pudding.
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Chestnut Soup.
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What was the tastiest looking dish to you?
I think the most tastiest looking to me out of all these, at least right now, is the cranberry sauce or the Yorkshire puddings.
Based on WWII, I believe.
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Thanks for tuning in, everyone! Come back tomorrow for more posts!


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