Saturday, 18 October 2014

Our relationship with God

Hey everyone!! 

Today we had some exciting visitors! A girl that used to live with us when she was in college, came back with her family for a visit!! I may talk more about that in another post, but Anna brought a bunch of her family with her and we had a great visit. 

They are a wonderful Christian family. And it shows! They prayed for us multiple times. And their prayers weren't just "thank you God for this family and bless them." You could see they meant what they were saying as they prayed for our family and each of our futures. Later when they were getting ready to leave, Anna told me she was going to get her father to pray for me. So she led me over to the vehicle he was already in, and asked her father to pray for me. And he did. I've never really had someone pray for me, or 'pray over me'. He prayed for my future, that I would find the right husband, that I would follow my dreams, and that I would stay close to God. That last bit got me. How well am I doing at staying close to God? Well, I have to honestly say I'm failing. Some days, I will pray and read my Bible, and I will learn some things about Him. Other days, more often than not, I will just forget about praying, forget about my Bible, and go on with my day. And when Anna's father prayed that I would stay close to God, it hit me again. If I am straying from God now when I'm a teen and still at home, how will I do when I'm off on my own? It's time I do something, and something more than just go look at some blog posts about growing closer to God. It's time for me to actually do something. How about you? Are you struggling with your relationship with God? Then, maybe it's time for you to do something about it too. We can work through this together. Having a close relationship with God takes work. You can't just snap your fingers and expect to have a perfect relationship with God. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. But, digging into your Bible, and praying, and taking time to just be with God, will help you grow closer to God. So what are we waiting for? A written letter from God? Well, open your Bible. That written letter has been on your shelf waiting for you to read it. 

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

New Ideas

Hey there

So, I've been thinking about this blog for the last couple of nights. I really want to start spending more time writing posts and stuff. So, I came up with a list of ideas of post ideas. Some of these could be weekly or monthly things, and some just once or occasionally. Therefore, without further ado, here they are! Now, I'm not saying for sure these things are happening, but they are some ideas.

Devotions (likely once a week or once a month, a little devotion written)
Fashion (tips, tricks, diy projects, etc.) 
Weekly journal/recap
Book reviews
Movie/TV show reviews
Special series (modesty, dating, etc.)
Inspiring quotes (a quote then practical application or thoughts about it)

Here are some ideas. What do you think about them? What ones do you like? What ones not so much? I want to hear what you think! After all, what's the point of writing posts if no one is going to read them? So leave me some comments!! ALSO would you like to get involved and write a blog post for me to post here?! If you would, then leave a comment and I will get in touch with you! I know that some of you have blogs of your own, and I would love to share the word about them as well! So send me a link, and we will see what we can do. Maybe I could even start doing blog reviews! Comment your thoughts, I would love to hear them! (well, read them!) I can't wait to get some feed back on some of these ideas! I'm really excited to see where this blog is going to go in the future :D

Have a great day!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Some afternoon thoughts (Motivation con't)

Well, I have to say today was a much better day; at least so far. Had to get up "early", but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I realized again that once you get moving, mornings aren't too terrible. It did feel good to be up, dressed, and out the door by 9:30. Most mornings I'm still laying in bed half asleep at that time. This afternoon I've managed to get just about everything done on my to-do list. And the rest I will get to after a bit of a break. Today has been much better, and I've been less stressed since I'm not half asleep groaning about how much work I have to do. Attitude definitely effects how well you can work!! Also, not stressing too much helps. I'm trying to stop worrying so much about how much work I have to do, and just focus on one thing at a time. So instead of looking at my work list of 15 items, I just look "Math section 3.5" alright, go get that done. Come back and see "Science test 2" (ok so that one was not so nice to see), and I went and studied briefly, then did the test. Now I'm onto the homework part, and am feeling pretty happy about what I've gotten done. I'm also trying to start doing some lessons and work in the evenings. I get a 'second wind' about 8:00 P.M., and that lasts for awhile (last night till after 11, hence the late night blog post). So I might as well get something beneficial done instead of just staring at my Facebook or Pinterest! (Not that those are bad things, but it's not good to spend hours on them! *Rebecca listen to your own advice*) So, a couple nights ago I did a Bible lesson around 9:00. It was great having one less lesson to do the next day! I also try to do some math then as well. Last night I did a bit while watching TV. (Commercials are really boring, so that's a good time to get some work done! And it was a show about genius's so I thought it was fitting to do some math...) So if I can be getting Bible and math done in the evenings, that's an hour of work I don't have to do the next day. Really nice!! So, those are some tips for you. We all have a lot going on in our lives. Most of us are still students. Meaning schoolwork, chores, social events, family time, babysitting, maybe another job, it all takes time! Balancing your time can be difficult, but you can do it. Also remember that a schedule is really helpful, but you have to be willing to stick with it, and do what you need to. Scheduling time for that research project isn't going to help if you refuse to get it done. *listen to your own advice Rebecca* And trust me, it's easier to just get the work done, than to let it slide to the back burner. (advice from the girl who hasn't finished last years school yet)

So, this has been a session of afternoon thoughts from Rebecca. (I think this is probably healthier than late night thoughts from Rebecca...) Anyway, go get back to work. I know you have something you could be doing! (not that reading my blog isn't important ;) but you know what I mean) Enjoy the rest of your day!! :D

Monday, 6 October 2014

Some late night thoughts (motivation)

So, I just realized how long it had been since my last post... I knew it had been awhile, but 3 months?! Wow... Ok, so it's obvious I am not motivated to keep this up. I really not motivated to do anything right now. I want to say it's a stage in life, but it's not. It's a habit I have developed. "I won't bother doing this today, I can do it tomorrow. I'll do this test later this week. I'll write this paragraph next week." It's all been said to myself. And let me tell you, it's a battle to do anything some days. Everyone has bad days, it becomes a problem when those "bad days" are everyday. Those lazy "I don't feel like doing anything today" kind of days. Sometimes the days of not feeling like doing anything are everyday. Every. Single. Day. And it's a battle to get anything done! But I have to. I'm in grade 10. No longer a carefree child. It matters that I finish these school courses! It matters that I get good grades! It matters that I don't just give up. No matter how much I just want to toss the textbooks and give up, I can't do that. For many reasons. My education is important. As I'm writing this, I'm trying to convince myself of that. Today was another PJ pants and t-shirt, not feeling like doing much kind of days. I got lots done, but not everything done. Tomorrow is going to be a busy day. I have to get up early, which might not be a bad thing to force myself to be up, dressed, and out the door before 9:30. But I will have to work hard to get everything done! I'm going to Cubbies with my little brother in the morning. I can take school with me, but I will have to force myself to do it, instead of just watch the kids do their thing. In the afternoon I will have to get as much done as possible. It will be hard, but I can do it. I can do it. Say that to yourself if you are struggling with procrastination, demotivation (my dictionary says that isn't a word, but whatever), or just being lazy. I know I struggle with this. But I can conquer this bad habit with God's help! It's ok to have bad days!! Let me tell you a secret, well the world thinks it should be a secret, everyone has bad days! Everyone!! Yes, even Miss Perfect popular girl or Super Mom! But you can't let bad days rule you! Don't let everyday be a lazy sweat pants and hoodie kind of day! Get some work done! Maybe sit down with your planner and see what needs to be done for today. Then get it done! As soon as you can! You'll feel way better sitting down at the end of the day, finished everything that needed to be done. Then you can relax without the stress of unfinished work! And if you don't manage to get through everything on your to-do list, then relax and don't stress over it. Keep working at it. Maybe it needs to be saved for the next day. But when that next day comes, get it done!! Don't leave something important on the back burner. Trust me on that one. I have stories...I'm speaking to myself more than anyone else! Remember everyone has their struggles. Everyone has a different situation. Some people are lazy. Some people overwork. Some people try so hard to get everything done that they burn out. Try to balance your life. Maybe there are some things that really don't need to be on your plate. Get rid of them! If they are causing too much stress, then maybe it's time to let them go. You know your life. And God knows your life! Pray, pray, pray. Pray that you can balance your life. Pray that you can do what you need to. Ask God to help you, and He will.

So, anyway, this has been Late Nights Thoughts with Rebecca! (should this become a thing? not sure what my energy levels will think though...) It feels good to have that off my chest!

I have learned it's difficult to type in the dark with only the screen for light. Definitely improves typing skills!! Forgive me for any spelling and grammar errors. It's late.