7-12-12 the day that changed my life foreverSomething has happened to drastically change my life and I just can`t keep it to myself anymore! First some background information, the last six months have been harder for me than the entire rest of my life put together. I won`t go into intense detail because those of you closest to me already know it. Basically, lots of family issues just one after another each one worse than the one before. It was beyond difficult for me and it consumed me. However, this summer, the week of July 9th-13th, I went to Global Youth Camp. In the past, it has always been great, emotional, and God filled time. At this point and time, I was so broken and strained so I went to camp looking for some I guess direction and peace. The second day something kind of odd happened. While at camp, we attend two sermons a day preached by an inspiring, great man named Rodger. The second day, I didn't hear Rodger`s message at all. I could see Rodger and kind of hear him off in the distance but I was hearing a totally dif7-12-12 the day that changed my life forever2 years ago in Emotional More Like This
Confessions of a Potterhead.No, it wasn't just a book/movie series for me; it was so much more than that. It was a place I could go to when I wanted to runaway. It was a magical place I could go and feel alive with friends. I could believe in everything, than anything was possible, even when there wasn't any light of hope left. I found comfort and security on Harry's side. I found loyalty and trust in Ron. I learned to be strong with Hermione. I learned to stand up against my enemies and my friends with Neville. Luna taught me that it's completely fine to not be like the others. Fred and George showed me that there's always humor in the most serious situations. Draco let me know I can learn from my bad decisions. Sirius taught me to say 'fuck the police' and look for justice. I learned that I can have all the power, like Albus Dumbledore, and still have my weak point. I learned how to love and be brave like Severus Snape.Confessions of a Potterhead.3 years ago in Emotional More Like This
When the real world was going down on me, I could open a book and escape to a new world. It'
Truly From My Heart: LoveDoes being a Christian mean that you're better than others? No. Does it mean that life is going to be 'easy street' after you become a Christian? No. Does it mean you'll instantly become perfect? No. No matter how long you've been saved, whether it be 30 seconds or 30 years, you will still go through hard times. You will STILL struggle with issues that this life throws at you. There will still be times when you're ready to give up on everything in your life and just lay down and die. Being a Christian means realizing that you're meant for more than whatever this world has for you. That you can overcome ANYTHING that comes your way. That when you've reached rock bottom and are ready to give up, that God will offer you his hand to pick you up higher than you ever thought you could go.Truly From My Heart: Love2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I've been an off and on Christian for most of my life now. It's never been easy. I've faced addictions, I've faced times when all I wanted to do was curl up and die, and there were times I wanted to even en
Stand strong!In my love for you I have given you the words of life to direct your steps and keep you safe. The laws I give are for your good-they are purposeful, not arbitarary.Stand strong!3 years ago in Letters More Like This
Naboth was obedient to the laws I gave Israel. He understood the importance of keeping the land he had inherited-the land I had given his ancestors-even when the kings sought to purchase it. The cost of obedience was great, but my servant stood firm for what he knew was right.
You'll meet plenty of people in life who only want what they want, without regards for me. But take heart-Scripture is full of faithful ones like Naboth who honored their commitment to me without fail and without regret.
I understand that it isn't always easy to do what is right, to stand against the crowd, to turn away from something lucrative because it is wrong. But I will honor you for your obedience. Stand strong!
10 Commandments or, Not a Single SinNot a Single Sin?!10 Commandments or, Not a Single Sin2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
A man went into a confessional, and waited for the priest to address him. When it was finally time, he said, "Forgive me father, its been three months since my last confession."
The priest thought for a second. "You were supposed to have said, 'for I have sinned,' before you told me how long its been, my son."
"But I haven't sinned, father," the man said with determination.
At this the priest was awestruck. "Okay, if that were true, I'm witnessing either a miracle or someone very ignorant. I suppose it's a good thing you weren't there when our Lord asked for the person without sin to toss the first stone!"
The man sighed, and rolled his eyes. "I really don't need that kind of snaky response, father."
"Sorry, but I've never physically been around someone whose been immaculately conce
A Bottle of Felix Felicis"Just swish your wand like- No, don't jab- Ahh, just- No! No no no, don't do that, that's how you-"A Bottle of Felix Felicis3 years ago in Romance More Like This
FWOOM. There was a collective groan as the Gryffindor common room was suddenly covered in a foul liquid.
"-Released the Stinksap last time." James sighed as he leaned back in his chair and passed a hand over his eyes.
"Sorry!" squeaked Lily as she raised her wand, wincing, to clear the mess. She paused suddenly, and turned around, eyes twinkling. "Actually, why don't you try?"
James started a bit and looked around wildly. He shrank a bit under the baleful glare of every Gryffindor in the room, and said uncertainly, "Um alright " He slashed his wand in the general direction of the room and pronounced, "Scourgify?" before Lily even had time to shout "WAIT!"
POOF. Now there was confetti on top of the Stinksap.
"Scourgify," said Lily hastily, and she turned back to James, who had collapsed into his chair again. "See, twirl it, don't slash."
"I just can't do it!" fumed James, wavin
One of SorrowsI went for a walk.One of Sorrows2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
I saw a man.
He said something, I missed most of it because of my headphones. I said hello with a smile.
I passed him.
Then he called me back.
He gave me his story.
He didn't drink or smoke. He was a poor old black guy. (Literally. Not condescendingly.)He wanted to get to Salvation Army for a bed and a shower. It cost 8 or 9 dollars a night.
Would I give?
I was heartbroken to say that I couldn't.
I didn't have my wallet. Not a dime or card on me, even if I had some to spare.
He apologized for bothering me.
I told him it was nothing and told him I'd pray.
And I honestly did.
As I told God, if I had it, I would have given him everything.
God replied: "I know. But it's someone else's turn."
He repeated that as I repeated my part. I hated how I could do nothing. He assured me prayer was something, and eventually the prayer turned from the vague hope he would get something to praying that the 'someone' would step up and be moved to help.
This is what happensThis is what happens when you said that you would never love me.This is what happens2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
This is what happens when you said you loved me but it was never true
This is what happens when you leave me for her.
This is what happens when you brag about her to everyone.
This is what happens when you said you always wanted to kiss me but never did
This is what happens when you said that i was a jerk.
This is what happens when I actually believed you.
This is what happens when you said everything, I die and you live your life like you never knew me.
The hidden thingsLoved on, I have given you a vast capacity for curiosity and wonders. I love your desire to learn, explore, and grow in knowledge. Yet there are some "hidden things" that I have chosen not to reveal to you on this side of Heaven, just as I chose not to reveal every detail of my plans for my people of Israel.The hidden things3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Some things are simply unnecessary for you to know. Moses understood this truth-and trusted me anyway. So trust me in this: everything that you do need to know in order to live faithfully is written plainly in my Word. Everything you need to know about me-about what I require of you, and how much I love you-is right at your fingertips.
And that's no secret.
Forgiven Never before had I been plunged into darkness this sinister, this eerie, this threatening. Never before had my soul felt this ripped to shreds, this deserted, this abandoned. A shiver rattles my tiny frame as the darkness pulses around me. Not again, I think as I feel a tear trickle down my check. This was no ordinary teardrop, but a deep stain of crimson reeking of iron and burning my eye as it formed.Forgiven3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Who can save you?" The darkness questions as I witness the blood turn to ink as it inscribes letters into my arm once more. Though singeing with unfathomable pain, the darkness refuses to let another second pass without bearing witness to the horrible letters sprawled upon my arms. To anyone else, they would hold no meaning, and to anyone else, they would wonder why my arms were stained in red. It was only I, and of coarse the loathed darkness about me, that could decipher the terrible code written in scarlet.
Selfish, envious, wrathful, prideful, self-pitying, and o
LifeHere is the truth and nothing less:Life2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
This pain you've caused, still hurts.
About a year ago, sometime in May,
You confessed your love to me.
I denied everything and hid my emotions.
You continued: determined.
You just had to have me.
Finally, I gave in and said,
"I love you too."
On May the 31st,
You gave me my first kiss: and then another one.
Mutually, we decided to be together
Through the pain: the torture.
We snuck around my father.
Secretly, we met each other.
You were my Romeo;
And I, your Juliet.
I dreamt of you most every night,
But I could never tell you
For two months, you made me the happiest girl alive.
I wanted nothing more:
Until that day.
On July the 26th,
I found out you still loved her: your ex.
Not only that, you were with her:
In a way that I was not with you.
It hurt: I cried and didn't eat for 2 days straight.
Nothing eased the pain:
You were my best friend.
Somehow, you betrayed me.
You begged for me back, but I didn't accept your love.
So, you t
To Believe or Not to Believe - That's the QuestionThese are Quotes to what C.S. Lewis has mentioned his previous life as an Atheist and how you can to mind that this is knowledgeable and You can't help but to think after reading these:To Believe or Not to Believe - That's the Question2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
"My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust? If the whole show was bad and senseless from A to Z, so to speak, why did I, who was supposed to be part of the show, find myself in such a violent reaction against it?. . . Of course I could have given up my idea of justice by saying it was nothing but a private idea of my own. But if i did that, then my argument against God collapsed toofor the argument depended on saying the world was really unjust, not simply that it did not happen to please my fancies. Thus, in the very act of trying to prove that God did not existin other w
What do you see?Child, my faithfulness isn't some airy promise, but a truth as saolid as a mountain. When I vowed to give my people Israel the land of Canaan as their inheritance, I meant to keep that promise. Yet they couldn't see beyond the fortified cities and the powerful people inhabiting those cities. Only two of my chosen ones-Caleb and Joshua-had the right perspective. They believed that with me leading the way, they could do anything.What do you see?3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
I long for you to believe that too. When you are confronted by seemingly overwhelming obstacle-a lost job, a spouse who has left, an illness that can't be treated-pause and consider: what do you see? Do you see a hopeless situation, or an oppotunity to allow me to work in and through your life?
I am there in the pain. I am there in the troubles and difficulties. And I will be with you in the Promised Land.
Warrior over your worriesBeloved, I orchestrated the universe. I set the sun and moon in place and ordered the sunrise and sunset. Day by day I balance the delicate nuances of nature so that each plant and animal, from the smallest to the largest, has its unique needs met. My plan allows for each of them to flourish.Warrior over your worries2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
My desire is for you to do the same-to flourish. This can't happen when you fall into a cycle of worry. When you expend all your energy fretting about things you can't control, you have nothing left for the things you can control.
I'm asking you to trust me to provide what you need when you need it. Let me be Lord of your life and Warrior over your worries.
The little thingsThe man in this account stood against Joab and chose to do what was right. My child, at any given moment you may have a difficult choice to make. That's why every day, in even the smallest situations, I like to show you the right path and see you follow it.The little things3 years ago in Letters More Like This
I rejoice when you are my hands-showing my love to those around you, helping the needy and lonely. I delight when you take up my voice-squelching rumor and gossip, telling truth, speaking encouragement. I celebrate when you follow my advice-avoiding situations that tempt you, spurning a love of material things, seeking what is pure and excellent.
You see, when you are faithful in the small things, you will know the right thing to do and you will have the strength to do it when a dilemma presents itself. You also bring me joy.
I really love it when you treat the little things as being important. That is when you shine.
My Father Didn't 'Strut'"Shut up, Malfoy!" Potter roared at me at the top of his lungs. He actually looked severely angry. Maybe I'd gone too far this time, insulting his dead parents. Nah. I just put on a smirk and acted as if he didn't scare me, because he didn't. I was about to do the exact opposite of his wish, and antagonize him some more, when a cool, thick voice interrupted me.My Father Didn't 'Strut'3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Potter! Malfoy! What do you think you're doing?" Professor Snape walked over, cornering us in the hall. There was no way out of this one, except maybe some smooth talk.
"Nothing Professor," I said as innocently as I could manage. I could tell he was not convinced.
"Draco, the day your statement about doing nothing, while an angry Potter fumes next to you, becomes true, is the day I cut my hair and join the Weird Sisters on tour. Now, what's going on?" Snape spat, obviously not in a good mood.
"Might I answer your question, Severus?" Professor Lupin sidled up next to Snape. I never liked that teacher; there was something weird a
Ask for helpMy child, when the waters of life seem bitter, talk to me and see what I have for you.Ask for help3 years ago in Emotional More Like This
Moses cried out when my people complained in the desert. They only saw the size of their need, not my ability to provide. They forgot that I created water to sustain life, and that I always delight to supply what my people need.
Just as I demonstrated my power when the Israelites sojourned in Egypt, I showed them my power in the desert. Let me do the same for you. When you're facing similar situations, be quicker to ask for help than you are to complain. And remember that I am always here when you need me. I can turn things around, my child. I can turn those bitter situations sweet.
My confession What has happened, happened there is no doubt about that. There is no point in trying to re-write history, for that has never worked. No, the events that have taken place shall never be unwritten, but that does not mean they were right. I cannot deny my accountability for most of the problems that arose nor can I deny my responsibility to try and resolve some of those problems now.My confession2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
What we were and who we were will never change. We can change how we look at life and choose to embrace the natural changes of growing up, but we can never deny who we were for it is always a part of us. We invented those identities and no matter how much we grow up, they will always be a part of us because those memories are a part of us. Each identity helped us grow in one way or another, whether we can actually see it or not.
Death, Doom, Destruction and Disaster were created in a childhood imagination. But just because we have grown, does not mean we deny t
Pill in a bottleThere's a pill in a bottle,Pill in a bottle8 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
there's the bottle in his hand.
there's a baby in the corner -
in the garbage can.
no more need for scalples,
no more need for pain
terminate the baby -
It's what we call humane.
It's a painless death?
It's a painful lie
that a human should say
that a human should die
It's our love of money
it's our greed for lust
it is the new world order -
"let them die if they must".
They never had a chance
they never had a say
they never even understood
the price they had to pay.
You can argue rape,
and the penalty shifts.
"And what about it's welfare?"
'it' happened from your kicks.
'it' happened from your jollies,
'it' happened in your bed
'it' happened in your brand new car
just before you wed.
If you do not want a baby
then do not have your sex
others can control themselves
don't make a baby ex.
Stay 6 O' Clock“I’m DONE!” she shouted. She slammed the door behind her, pulled the backpack up on her shoulders and stormed away from her own house…although, she didn’t really like calling it her house…because she never felt at home there. She marched away and walked up to the street to wait for the bus to take her off to school. Her boring, dull, and standard school. She hated the smelly and noisy bus that carried her there every day, and she hated the boring and stupid things that she was forced to learn and do. It was a pain. What she wouldn’t give to escape it all. If that wasn’t enough, she was pissed off at her stepfather once again…because he had forgotten what day it was too.Stay 6 O' Clock2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Excuse me.” Mika looked up the street and saw a surprising sight. Parked near her driveway was a large red pickup truck. It was very clean and it looked almost brand new…in fact it smelled new. Inside the car was a young man with curly brown ha
More than an inheritanceI long for a close relationship with you. But note that I have children, not grandchidren. Each son or daughter of mine has to know me personally. A relationship with me cannot be handed down throught a family.More than an inheritance3 years ago in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
Rarely do I find more faithful family thanthat of Jacob. I called his grandfather Abraham "friend" and entered into a convenant with him. And I blessed Jacob's father Isaac. Even so, Jacob had to know me for himself. I painted a dream for him. We wrestled. He encountered me in a personal way so I could unleash my works in his life. The same way is true for you.
Your spiritual inheritance is important, but secondary. I want ti be known as your God, not just the God of your ancestors. I value intimacy with you.
Look for me, beloved. I'm waiting for you.
Risky businessI am almighty God. I can do anything. While that can be hard for you to fathom, you show your acceptance of this truth by the risks you take. Taking a risk for me-even in the midst of doubt-shows me that you trust me to work in your situation.Risky business3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A risk can also mean stepping up and taking responsibility even when doing so is hard. That's what Judah did. He personally guaranteed the safety of his brother Benjamin returned to Egypt with them. Judah was willing to risk his own life to guarantee Benjamin's safe return to their father.
I was with Judah as he took that step of faith. And I will be with you in your steps of faith as well. Take risks, remembering that you walk by faith, not by sight. Risks feel dangerous and make you vulnerable. But that, dear one, is what faith is all about.
Dear HarryDear Harry,Dear Harry3 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
When you saw that flash of green light, a sinister laugh knocking in your ears and a searing pain on your forehead, did you ever think that you would start childhoods and set souls ablaze?
When you were locked in your cupboard after your awful aunt and uncle refused to give you dinner, again, did you know that you would soon have millions of children smile at the sound of your name?
When you were on the train to Hogwarts, and you met your best friend Ron, did you ever wonder that we were all on the train with you, we were all excited to go to school with you, and we were estatic to be sorted into our proper houses?
Whenever you felt like you were all alone in the world, did you know that we all stood up, applauded and cheered you on, with grins outstretching the world, tears rushing down our cheeks and glasses similar to yours on our faces?
When you were terrified and thought that you had truly met your sticky end, did you know that millions of people would dress up exactly