Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas...just a step away!

Hey Everyone,
It's that time of year again! It's the time of year that everyone is rushing around doing holiday shopping, school finals, house cleaning, the sweet smell of cookies, mint, and holly. The Christmas season is by far a fun one. It seemed like yesterday..I was starting school! It is incredible to think about how fast time has flown by. I mean I don't know about you..but half the time I don't even remember the movie I saw a week ago, or what I ate for dinner 2 days ago! It seems like life around us has been moving by rather quickly, and there is nothing we can do about it! I don't know about you..but I am really exited for Christmas this year! So as the Holiday season is here and Christmas is just around the corner..take a moment to remember what Christmas is all about. It's not about the gifts(although they're nice),the cookies,or even the's about the one who saved us all. The one who was born and died for us. It's about Jesus Christ. Let's all try to remember that this Christmas..and not get caught up in all the gifts and such. Let's try to remember what Christmas is all about. God Bless, and have a wonderful night!

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

Friday, November 26, 2010

Not all about the Turkey!

Hi again,
I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving today! All full of Turkey? Haha! If your family is like most in the United States and Canada you ate a huge Turkey and stuffed yourself with common things like mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce,candied yams,deviled eggs,and of course a Turkey just to list a few of the many things that are eaten on Thanksgiving day. This has been a common tradition sense Thanksgiving day was even created. As most of you know this was way back in 1621 when the pilgrims were so thankful for food. That is where we get the tradition nowadays to fix so much food and stuff ourselves. Well when you really stop and think about it, this holiday is not all about the Turkey at all! In fact, it's not at all about the food. It's about being thankful. Think about 1 thing that your thankful for. That's what thanksgiving is all about! Something else? Exactly. Any of those things that came to mind are all things that Thanksgiving is about. Thanksgiving is all about being thankful and it is very important to remember that. This thanksgiving, I was able to spend the day with family and God really opened my eyes to see just how much family means to me. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? God Bless!

"Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ"

Ephesians 5:20

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Leslie Ludy - Three Questions

Minor Setbacks

Hey Family and Friends,
Things happen in life that a lot of times, we just are caught unprepared for. Minor Setbacks can happen in all kinds of forms. Some of which include, internet going down(yep, been there), a bad grade on a test, or a rejection from the school newspaper. In whichever form these may take, it is important to remember something. Instead of stressing out...feeling hopeless and not sure of what to do...we should give it to God. We should let him have all the trouble of the internet going down or the bad grade on the test. He can handle that a lot better then we can. And get this. He wants us to give it to him. When we have these Minor setbacks that can be so stressful from our is important to know that 1, God loves us so much...and 2, These things happen to everyone. So when this kinda thing happens to you again..try to relax and give it to God. It can make life a lot easier! God Bless!

"Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you." Psalm 9:10

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pursuing Your Talent

Hey Family and Friends,
Yesterday I talked about Finding Your Hidden talent. Tonight,I am back with a follow up to that: Pursuing Your talent. So now that you have figured out what that hidden talent of yours is, what do you do with it? Do you hide it and do nothing with it feeling like you are not good enough? No! You should no the opposite of that: Pursue it. Your talent was given to you for a reason. Once you find out what it is you need to start Pursuing it. How? Here are some thoughts to get you started. Let's say your talent is singing.( it can be many things, but I am using singing as an example) The first thing you should do is practice your talent to make it better. All talents, although a talent..can be improved in time.So in using our example, you would practice singing as much as you can. The next thing you should do is look for a way to use your talent. With singing, find a talent show to sign up with and sing! You should get out there as much as possibly with your talent. Make sure that your talent is something that you love and want to keep pursuing. Learn more about your talent so you can make it better. You should also do one single, very important thing. Have fun! Without having fun, what is the use of having and pursuing a talent of yours? Make sure to have fun in anything that you are pursuing. It will pay off in the long run! A huge aspect to having and pursuing a talent is to make sure that the focus of your talent is God. You want your talent to be pleasing to him, in everything you do. So if singing is your talent..make sure you are singing for God. I hope everyone has an amazing night, God Bless!

John 14:18
"I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you."

Finding Your Talent

Hey Family and Friends,
Quick! Think of one thing that you love more then anything in the world!! What was it? Maybe it was reading, writing,kids,family,sports,school or singing. Whatever came to something you care a lot about. Now how about another one! Something your good at? Again, it could be anything. My point here is this. Everyone has a talent. Something that they not only love, but are also good at. Everyone has one. Yes..even you. Finding your talent should be easy right? I mean it is something you are good at..and then you eventually love it. Sometimes it's not always that easy. For would have never guessed I hated writing about a year ago. Writing anything was seen as a pain in my opinion and I hated it. you can now see writing has turned into so much more then just something I 'hate" or have to do for school. It has turned into a talent that I love dearly and am so glad I have found. The way I found it? God. Slowly..God started showing me my talent for writing..sometimes when I least expect it. Sometimes it is even something so simple as writing a letter, or singing out a song in your room. You will slowly start to realize your talent. It takes time, but it will come. And once you find that's amazing. :) Good luck in finding your talent(and sometimes more then one). God Bless everyone!

"13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Staying Strong

Hey Family and Friends,
Have you ever had one of those days when everything was just not going as planned? You woke up way too late, spilled your cereal all over, missed the bus and had to walk to school....okay you get the point. I doubt your day was going THAT badly! But hey-It might have been.:) We all know that on these can be hard. Half the time we feel there was really no reason we should even stay awake. Well..during these days were nothing makes sense and everything is going crazy..just remember this. Jesus loves and cares about you, and everything happens for a reason. When you are having a terrible day...stop and realize that it was just one day. One day out of the average amount of 25, 000 days in a lifetime. Do you get my point? Sure, today might be hard. You might feel like pulling out all your hair, throwing in the towel and forgetting about school all together(I have been there-trust me!) But remember that it is important to stay strong. Jesus is walking each and every step with you. Sometimes it might not feel that way, I know. But just know he is. He is walking every step with you and cares so much about you. You mean the world to him. So just remember-the next day that is really just not going all that great, know that Jesus is with you...helping you along. He loves to talk to you. Tell him what's going on. He is the best listener you can ever find! Trust me! :) And again, remember that today is only one day out of 25,000. Wow!  Stay Strong! Have a good night everyone, God Bless!

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

Sunday, November 14, 2010

"Not so Perfect" Nails..

Hello Friends and Family,
Tonight I set out to do something that I have not done in awhile:Paint my nails. At first I sat here thinking, this is going to be so much fun, I am so exited! Soon after finishing I looked down at my nails to see....a mess. My hands looked like  a bottle of nail polish had been spilled all over them. They looked far from perfect. At first I got frustrated, sitting here thinking, "I always stink at doing my nails, why do I even try?" Then I realized that although doing my nails is something I am not very good at...I should not stress out about it because there are things out there I am good at. Same goes you for, and everyone else. Sometimes you might feel like you can't do anything or that you are no good at something just because you did not do your nails perfectly, score an A on that math test, or get the cute guy on the football team to talk to you. It can be discouraging, I know. But when you have those moments that you are thinking you are no good at something, you should stop and think about what you are good at, because it's there. Everyone is good at something, weather or not you know it yet. When you do find out something your good at, keep going for it because it will be well worth it! Step stressing about not having the "perfect nails" and go try something that you know you are good at. Every one of us is unique in our own special way. There is something about us, well everything about us that makes us different from say your best friend, your mom or your sister. It is what makes each one of us, you. So sometimes when you think you aren't the best at something and it gets you feeling upset, stop and think. God created each and every one of us special. He loves you, and loves me. He created us unique on purpose and loves everything about you. :) Hope you all have a good night, God Bless! And remember, God made you special.

"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1

Saturday, November 13, 2010

"This is all too much!!!!"- Overextending

Angel sighed and looked up from her science notebook to answer the phone. "Hello?" She questioned. "Hi Angel-I just wanted to make sure you remembered the party tomorrow at 3?" Angel sighed as she all the sudden was reminded of the party she had made plans to go to. "Yeah, I'll be there."After hanging up the phone she continued to try and work on her science lesson that was far from making sense. Her mom soon came up the stairs to remind her that she had play practice the next day and she needed to practice for it. Not too long after, she remembered she needed to email back a response for the job application that she had submitted earlier in the week before it was too late. She needed that job.Not to mention God, that she had barley talked to or cared about all within the past week.

Sound a lot like your life? I know it sounds very similar to mine at the moment! :) When you have so many things stacked up to do, like play practice, trying to get a job, nagging school work, a friend that needs to know you still care, and God who is desperately trying to have a relationship with you.  Its time to stop overextending yourself and get your priorities strait. I dont know about you but when I sit down to do school work I can find that the smallest little thing can be so distracting and I can get nothing done! it can be so annoying. When you find that these little things are being so much of a both you should stop and decide what is most important in that list. I dont know about you, but when I look at that list..I easily see that God should be number 1 in this situation. Once he is placed first..the rest will soon follow. So I dare you all to give this a try. Take one situation in your life that you are feeling really stressed out in, and give it to God and just see what happens. I think you will be amazed by the results. :) Sometimes all it takes is giving it to God. (not as easy as it sounds, I know) Anyways..I hope everyone has an awesome evening. Tell me how this goes! God Bless!


Hello Friends and Family,
Everyone has just had one of those "bad days" those times where you would rather do anything but be awake and facing the day? Yeah. We have all been there. Depression in teens is much more serious then that though. Depression is a series problem that should be handled with care. Some signs of depression include, staying away from family and friends, sadness, feeling lost or hopeless, changes in sleeping habits or even thoughts of death and suicide. If you or a friend is having any of these symptoms, there are some ways you can help. Talking to them makes a huge difference. A friend's opinion is a very special one, and chances are they will think about what you are saying. Make sure to offer support and let them know you care a lot about what they are going through. It is important for them to know that they have someone to talk to. When they do decide to open up and talk, make sure you are there to listen. :) Stay with the friend and make sure they know you care. Be sure not to leave a friend who is feeling isolated or depressed. It will only make things worse. You can also encourage your friend to get some help. Being a friend of someone who is depressed can give you a huge advantage. They will listen to you more. Make sure to tell someone if they are having suicidal thoughts. They need some help, and will greatly thank you later when you tell someone. :)

Now, what if it's you who is feeling depressed? If you are the one feeling depressed, then you should know that there is always another solution out there. Things might feel really bad, frustrating and like there is really no hope, but there is. Talk to someone if you are feeling depressed, even if it's your friend. Sometimes the best thing for you can be talking to someone who cares. Please see the sites available to help you or your friend with teen depression.

Where does God fit into all this? God hates to see any of us, his sons and daughters in Christ depressed, stressed, or in pain in any way. He cares about each and every one of us so much. He wants you to reach out to him when you are feeling stressed or depressed. He knows what you are feeling and wants to help you. He is walking with you every step of the way and cares about you so much. :) I hope all of you have an amazing rest of your night. Please check out the resources at the bottom of this blog if you are feeling depressed. :)

"In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him." 1 John 4:9

Depression Resources

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A love for Brazil

Hello Family and Friends,
A few years ago our church had a few Brazilian missionaries come to visit with us. Although sometimes communicating was hard to do, I quickly fell in love with Brazil. There was something about it that was breathtaking...and I had quickly found a love for it. I spent every moment I could with these missionaries. After they went back home, I quickly started researching Brazil and decided I loved it. It was one of the first things that made me think about becoming a missionary one day, or at least going on a mission trip to Brazil. After quite awhile, life moved on and for the most part I had Brazil out of my head. Then, tonight while I was talking with a friend of mine she brought up this friend of hers she was talking to. He is a citizen of Brazil. After the help of my friend to chat back and forth, I once again thought back to those memories of Brazil, the missionaries and my love for Brazil. It made me think back to when I wanted to learn the language, had a huge love for Brazil and could not wait to go there for a mission trip. I am happy to say that my love for Brazil, has never has just been hidden for awhile. I am glad to have it back. I think the best thing that I could do prepare for a future mission trip would be to try and learn as much Portuguese as possible..and start saving money. :) Brazil, here I come! God Bless!

"34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34

Sunday, November 7, 2010

When Your Friend is Stressed...

Hello Family and Friends,
Last time I posted I talked about stress in general, and some common ways to deal with stress so you can still function during the day. But one thing I did not really bring up too much, is what to do if your friend is stressed out. I decided to bring that up tonight. :)When a friend is stressed out the best thing you can do for them is be there for them. Sometimes it can be as simple as a phone call to let them know you care, or something like talking to them in person. You need to let them know that even when everything in their life is stressing them out, they can still come to you for help and most importantly, someone to talk to. Friends need someone to talk to. Without friends all of us would be lonely right? I bet, if you were stressed you would want your friend helping you out too. :) Also, besides just being there for your stressed out friend you also might want to tr and figure out the cause of the stress in your friends life. For everyone, it is different. It can be family, friends, or even relationships. You never know. Let your friend talk, they should be able to express their feelings and it can make them feel a lot less stressed out and more relaxed just to know that someone wants to listen. So, like I mentioned before, be there for your friend, let her talk, and try to figure out what's going on. When you figure out the source of the problem, you might be able to stop the stress and help your friend out. If not, then at least you know to avoid the subject until they are no longer stressed about it.(Unless of course they bring it up, then it's fine)Lastly, if the problem is big enough you should suggest that they see a professional to get some help in the area. Make sure you present this idea positively. :)  So, just a wrap up of everything that's been said. Be there for them, Let them talk, Try to figure out the problem, and if needed have them contact a professional or a trained adult. :) So, there's my thoughts on what to do when you have a stressed out friend. I hope everyone has a great night tonight, I had a good night myself. :) God Bless!

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Hello Friends and Family,
I dont know about you guys, but I bet when you see the word Stress, some things come to mind. Sometimes it is things like school(big time for me), Family, Friends, Relationships, and even work. It is different for everyone, but when it comes to stress there is a few things we should all remember. Stress effects everyone. I can assure you, your best friend, your Mom, Dad, and even sister have all suffered from a case of stress one time or another. Second, This Too Shall Pass. Yes, this is a proverb, but it's so true! Stress, along with most things are only temporary and eventually the stress in your life will leave. Third, Stress Hurts. Your laughing right now thinking, Well...yeah!" But it does. Stress can be really painful. If you are stressed out make sure you have someone around you that you can talk to about it. This can be a parent, a family member, a pastor, or even your best friend. They can be a great resource to help you deal with the stress in your life. Hope this helps you lead, a fun Stress free Life! :) God Bless!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Hello Friends and Family,
I was thinking tonight before I went to bed about something kinda important. Trust. Trust is a very important aspect of life. You have to trust someone to have a good relationship with them. So that had me thinking about God. If you have to trust people in order to have a good relationship with them, then that would mean you have to trust God as well. I have to admit, I have not been putting as much trust in God as I should be. I think you have to fully trust that whatever he is doing in your life is for the better, and that God is in control. Sometimes this can be a really hard concept to grasp, trust me I know. I think a lot of times we think we can handle it, and that everything is going just fine. But there are some times that you just have to stop and realize..that things would be going so much easier if we would trust in God that everything will be just fine. So there is kinda my thoughts for tonight. It is finally November! 2 ore months or so and it will be 2011. Wow....amazing how fast times flies. Have a great night, God Bless!

"And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:31

Friday, October 29, 2010

Redeeming Love

Hello Friends and Family,
I just wanted to take some time and suggest a really good book to you. Any of you girls out there looking for a good love story? Wow, well I have found the book for you. This is a love story in more then one ways...and wow is it amazing. By far the best book I have read in a very long time. It is called Redeeming Love, and now after reading the book it is easy to see why. God loves us so much and he will never leave us, this truth is portrayed so much in this book. You will fall in love with the characters so easy in this book and from start to finish you will be on the edge of your seat waiting for what happens next. I loved this book and will recommend it to anyone I cross paths with. It's a real eye opener and is an amazing book. The book is called Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. Here is the website for the book, you can look more into it.

So, I hope you have some fun looking at this book, it is amazing and romance fan or not, this book will capture your interest. :) I wish you all a good night tonight. God Bless! :)

"I am with you always,even unto the end of the world" Matthew 28:20

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New Heights=Amazing!

Hey Family and Friends,
I'm just about ready to head into bed because I have an early start tomorrow, but before I went to bed I just had to share. Wow, New Heights is amazing. I am so glad they were able to come to our church and perform for us. They are all so nice and I am glad I was able to talk with them all. They all love the lord and their music shows it. I would highly suggest looking into them. They are on Twitter, Facebook and Myspace. I think my favorite part about them coming here to our church was the worship time...that was amazing in general, and then getting to talk with them and get to know them better after the concert. I am so looking forward to when they next come into town-I am so going to be there! If you want to look into them, please look them up on Facebook Myspace or Twitter. With that being said, tomorrow I am getting up at like 7 and I am so not exited about that. But oh well. Trips to the dentist are amazing aren't they? lol With me luck! Have a great night everyone, God Bless!

Exciting day in general!

Hello Family and Friends,
Today overall, has been well, just plain Exciting! I would have never guessed so much would happen in one day. Okay first off-there is a New heights concert tomorrow that I am soooo happy I am going to! I can not wait, it should hopefully be so much fun! As well as that being so awesome, and I can not wait...I also had the amazing chance to get involved in Karate today. I tried out a lesson to see if I like it and am now faced with the choice of continuing in it and staying in Karate or deciding not to. That's kinda a hard choice to battle with. On the bright side, I have God on my side ready to help with any choice I do decide to make. That is amazing news, and is very comforting. :) I also got the chance to stay up late, like really late(it's 1:55 now) and work on an assignment for school!!! Yay!!!! Wait-that's not exciting  is it? Haha no, far  from it actually but on the bright side I learned a LOT more about a few topics in History. That's always a good sign. :) Anyway just thought I would update this and let you know how things are going. I will let you know how the New Heights concert goes tomorrow night. Have a great night, or morning(whatever way you want to look at it) God Bless!

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice." Philippians 4:4

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Light vs. Darkness

Hello Family and Friends,
Do you really just stop and think what the difference is between Light and Darkness? Your sitting here thinking, well yeah.....duh! But I mean really think about it...darkness can be many different things such as, tripping in the darkness trying to find you way in a house, or something as feeling hopeless and needing some help. Light can also be many different things. It can be a bright light, it can mean hope, kindness, and help, or it could even mean passing that Biology test. :) But now that the difference between the two is established, I just wanted to share that sometimes we can really feel like we are in the darkness. I wanted to encourage you tonight, that if you feel in the darkness, talk to someone about it and turn to God. He can be quite a help, even when things can flat out feel hopeless. He loves and cares about you. Sometimes all he's waiting for is to turn for him. That's all for tonight. Have a great night and God Bless!

"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Something so small....

Hello Family and Friends,
Tonight I got the chance to do something rather amazing. Not many kids get the chance. I got the chance to stay up with my mom and dad and watch a movie. I think it was some nice family time, although the movie-I did not understand anything about it! lol. The movie we watched was Robin Hood. It is a little more violent for my taste, but hey-anything works if it means spending some more time with family. I think sometimes people look at doing something like watching a movie with family, going to the movies with friends, or spending a half hour on the phone with a friend things that are normal, or supposed to happen. They take a lot of these things for granted. But when you really think about it, there are people all across the world...that getting some time with their Dad who is deployed in Iraq, time with their Mom who is busy at work all day....means so much to them. A lot of this stuff we take for granted. So I thought I would share, that although I could have chosen about 20 other movies I would have much rather seen(anything not so violent), what really matters was that I got the chance to sit down for a few hours, relax and spend time with family. And sometimes, something so small can mean a lot. Have a great night, God Bless! :)

"But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,my glory, and the lifter of my head." Psalm 3:3

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Not growing up...

Hey Family and Friends,
I have decided something tonight. I don't think I want to grow up. I mean when you see all those people that can't wait to get out of middle school and High School and be all "grown up" I think that is really kinda silly right about now. Why would anyone want to grow up? I mean think about it. As of right now...I am living the life! I mean sure, there is school-everyone has school, sure...there is the hardships of being a teen, but there is going to be hardships as an adult too. A lot of teenagers can't wait to be all grown up to get away from their parents. Do they not realize, that there is a good reason why they are with their parents until a certain age? Most of them are not mature enough to make right choices like doing your school work before watching a movie, let alone being an adult. Then we have our loving parents who are right there to take care of you. Why would I want to leave any of this? Sure, there is a time and a place for growing up and it will happen eventually. But as of right now- I am completely happy with being a teenager living under my family's house. All I'm enjoy every day you live. One day, you are going to regret it if you don't. That's all for tonight. It's been a long day, a very long day but it's been an awesome day as well.Good Night and God Bless! :)

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised" Proverbs 31:30

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Those long talks...

Hello Family and Friends,
Tonight I realized something special. Sometimes when you have a lot on your mind, all you need to do is talk. It all started with a random question. From there is evolved into a long, few hour conversation that lasted until midnight. All I have to say is I love my mom. I really don't know what I would do when I felt so hopless without her. She sat there tonight answering all my pressing questions, all my thoughts that bothered me, all the recent guy drama. She listened and then gave advice. After talking with her for 2 hours I finally felt like I could sleep, because we have to get up early. I felt so much better. Sure, some of my questions could not just be randomly answered just like that with a snap of your fingers..but sometimes just knowing someone cares can be enough to relax and calm you. I found this Bible verse calming tonight. I thought I would share with you guys. Have a good night, God Bless!

"Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

Monday, October 18, 2010

Thinking about the Bible and Mission Trips

Hello Family and Friends,
Tonight I have found I have had an interesting topic on my mind. The bible. A random verse came into my head and I decided I had to share it with you. Here it is.

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10 NIV Version.

I have also been thinking a great deal about going on a mission trip. The more and more that gets shared in church about going on a mission trip and how much their lives are touched by makes me really think about going. Sure, there is so much that when your there you don't have here...but at the same time it can be such an experience. I guess, when God's ready he will make it happen. Right now I just need to trust him. Sometimes that is way harder than expected.

Sometimes people tend to take things for granted. Everyone does it. For some it seemed to hit me how much my family really means to me. I mean...this has been the life I have always known..but what if they weren't there. What kind of life would I have? Some interesting questions for us all to think about. :) I'm going to head to bed so have a good night. God Bless!

It's all over.....

Hey Family and Friends,
Well...the time has now come as I sadly knew it would. I have finished my first play production. I have to say I am really sad about it too. Today we had the cast party. It was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed it...but at the same time it has been really sad. All this has taken up so much of my life in a way I really do need a break. But all I can think about is how that will effect my friendships I have created from this play. But sometimes, I have to stop..take a deep breath and decide that I should trust that God knows what he's doing...sometimes I just have some hard times trusting him and I need to work on that. I am really going to miss it..and I think this next week..starting tonight is going to be really hard. I am afraid that missing these people will soon get in the way of school work. So please pray that I can not only trust God more...but that I can also have a mostly stress free week and relax a bit. I mean....I need some relaxation. :) Thank you all for supporting and praying for me until now. It has ment so much to me and I have needed it! There has been so many times that i was just like..there is no way I am getting on stage. And then I would ask for prayer. Well...guess what? I always got myself on stage eventually. :) It is amazing how the power of God can be so effective. :)  Well I think it's about time to be heading to bed. I have a long week ahead of me. Thank you all for your love and support. Please keep praying, I'm going to need it! :) God Bless!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I'll miss them.....

Hey Family and Friends,
It is amazing to think that when I woke up this morning I would never have guessed that so much would happen. Never in my life. Today was amazing on so many levels. i got to hang out with my buddies from the play and it was a day I will never, and should never forget. Hours were spend just hanging out, having fun and acting goofy. It was incredible. I have to say when I thought I would miss everyone before....I had no idea...tonight when I said I would miss them...I was certain of it. I like to think I have grown to love my cast in a way. I mean we spend 15 to 18 hours per week with them...and now after tomorrow that is all going to be gone. it's actually all very sad. But hanging out all day really helped make it not so sad. Sure...the emotional good-byes at the end of the day were sad and kinda hard to handle. But hey...what does not kill me will make me stronger. Right? :) Tomorrow we have the cast party. I' looking forward to is going to be so much fun but sad at the same time. All I know is I miss these people already. I think you never know how much you care about someone until you are faced with having to say goodbye. Then you all the sudden realize how much you really cared. Hopefully...this will not be a goodbye forever.'s just a "See you later" kinda goodbye. We can all hope. Have an amazing night everyone, thanks for all the support. God Bless!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

8 down, 1 more to go!

Hello Family and Friends,
It is amazing to think that we have now finished 8 out of 9 performances. Tomorrow is it-the last performance. It will be sad, and I will miss it. There has been so many memories that I have had from this play, so many people I have met and overall the time of my life being apart of this play. :) It's going to be a sad cast party...but I'm willing to try it. Tonight's performance actually went well. No major mistakes happened(that I was apart of anyway) and no one fell of stage. In my book, that's a success. lol, no..really. Everything actually did go really well. There is a kind of thrill you get when going on stage..and it is a once in a lifetime experience I am so glad I got to feel. I will have to do another performance sometime.

The other day I found a quote that I just had to share. I realized that it applies to the play so much.

“If you really love something set it free. If it comes back it’s yours, if not it wasn’t meant to be.”

 This is so true! Sometimes you have to set what or who you love free...and in my case it's the play. Although this has been the experience of a lifetime...sometimes you have to let go so God can continue to work in your life. :) Please continue to pray for me, as I'm going to need it for the days ahead.  God Bless and good night!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Only with God...

Hello Family and Friends,
One thing I have easily figured out, is in order to survive these last few days with the play...God is going to have to help me. Tonight everything really did not go too well. The cast was stressed out, (I don't blame them)the first practice at this new place did not go as well as planned. We only had one practice here before the performance tomorrow(or's like 1:30) Sometimes the simple things can easily seem hopeless sometimes. But I think when we get to those have to stop and think.."Look..I have gotten all this far because of the fact that God was helping me along the way." can be scary sometimes. Sure...I can feel like leaving and never coming back...but sometimes you have to place your hands in the air and say, "God..I have no idea how this is going to turn out...but however it does..I trust it's all in your plan." Once you do that everything gets better. If only it were that easy. It can be annoying to have lots of things changed on you at the last minute. In fact, the night before we have a performance there....all this stuff is getting changed! What shocks me, is they still expect an amazing performance too lol, well...only with God is anything amazing going to happen out there tomorrow. So wish me luck at I tackle School..and another performance all in the course of tomorrow. :) God Bless!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Amazing Feeling! :)

Hello Family and Friends,
I'm sure some of you are going, no she really posting on her blog at 1:28 in the morning? Well...yes I am actually. Sometimes it can be nice to share what has happened in such a small amount of time. For one, it would be important to share that I have been reading the most amazing book in the world. It is called, Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. Wow, this book is amazing and has really got me thinking about God and more about who he is to me and just how much he really cares. So tonight I really realized that I have not been giving God the kind of attention that he wants and needs. he wants to spend time with us, and here I am spending all this time thinking about what's going on tomorrow, or even the weekend. Well...tonight I got down on my knees and actually spent some time with him while being in the Bible. It was the most incredible feeling in the world. Amazingly, I felt longer worried about anything..and overall just calm and relaxed. Almost like a burden was lifted off of me. It was amazing. So, I had to share this word of encouragement...God can do great things if you give him some time. He loves to spend time with you. Sometimes all you need to do is talk to him. :) Well..I'm going to hit the's been a long day. God Bless, and have an awesome day! :)

Monday, October 11, 2010

7 down, 2 more to go!

Hey Family and Friends,
Thank you all so much for your prayer. I have now gotten through 7 out of the 9 performances, the hardest part of all this is over! Now I just have to make it through 2 more performances and the cast party and I'm golden! :) My favorite part of all these performances is what it has gotten me over so many of my fears. I remember barley wanting to be on stage and being afraid of it, and now I love being on stage in front of people, of course I still get some stage fright though. It is amazing how far God has brought me on this journey with the play. I know it is going to be hard to leave everyone at the cast party...but I figure if God has gotten me this far, he can do anything! Please continue to keep me in your prayers, I will continue to keep you all updated. God Bless!

"True Friends" Another Poem

Hey Family and Friends,
I have been busy writing poems and I decided to share another one with you.  It's called "True Friends" I hope you like it!

True Friends

I hear the phone ring late at night,
Rolling over in bed I realize it’s you,
And answer the phone,

Worried as ever you ask for my help,
Happy to help we stay on the phone,
Talking through the problem till it’s resolved,

Ready to help I calmly explain,
Everything’s fine, no need to worry,
Friends are always there to help,
In times of fear and worry,

True friends will stay awake late hours of the night,
Ready to help when a problem arises,
Slowly talking through the problem at hand,
Calming my friends ragged heart,

Sometimes that’s what a friend is for,
Helping in times of trouble,
But others they can just be there to talk,
It’s good to know they are there,

To my good friend I care for,
I hope you feel better,
Everything will turn out fine I am sure,
But just in case, I’m here

True friends will always stick together,
True friends will always care,
To my true friend, I wish you well,
I care for you so much

I’ll always be here when you need me,
Ready to answer the phone,
To my true friend I love you,
And will always be here for you.

Friday, October 8, 2010

5 down, 4 more to go!

Hey family and friends,
I am very happy to announce 5 out of the 9 performances are officially over! That means we are over half way done with the performances. It's wonderful news because when this is all over I will be able to focus on school work more, on the down side though..I will miss all the great people I have gotten to know through this amazing experience. But overall, I am really glad God placed me where he did with these people. :) it has been a life changing experience, that's for sure. Tonight went really well, and there is little I would have changed. I am slightly nervous because tomorrow or Sunday-my parents are going to be watching-that's a cause for nerves! But, when you think about it-they are going to be a lot less judging than most in the audience, and most of the time they are going to be sitting there thinking, "That's my girl, on stage-doing something she never would have thought she would have done" So overall I think they will be proud. :) I am energized after a good performance night tonight and can't wait for tomorrow or Sunday! God Bless guys, keep you posted! :)

Flash to the past....

Hey Family and Friends,
Tonight before bed I spotted my old diary from the year 2008 and decided to read it. Some of the posts made me laugh, smile, and even a little sad. I decided to use the time to read the bible and talk to God about the choices I made in the past. I realized that things seemed like such a big deal 2 years ago, when in reality they are not a big deal at all. I also had to laugh as I realized that, the same thing applies now. 2 years ago, it was time to freak out when my little sisters told me they hated me, now it's time to freak out when you feel left out by a guy. I realized tonight that I need to get my priorities in order more than I have before. Not only do I need to trust God in what he's doing...I also need to realize that everything is going to go just fine and he's in control. Sure, there may be a fair share of tears down the road. But that doesn't mean he's not right there drying them as you cry. God is always with you. :) Love and prayers.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Forbidden Feelings

Here is a Poem that I randomly created today while thinking about some things. I thought I'd share it here. Hope you guys like it. This is the first poem I have ever really created. :) It is kinda based on my feelings and I found that is how some of the best poems are created-through feelings. :)

Forbidden Feelings

That day we met you had a sparkle in your eyes
Now I don’t see why
You smile at me, look at her
Hug me, spend time with her

We hear the audience in the background,
You pat my back and wish me luck,
I do the same in hope the night will go well,
Only to have the night end badly

The next time I see you holding hands,
A reminder I was not good enough,
I don’t see why you chose her
I cared for you, but not like that mattered now.

Now it’s too late to change the facts,
I just wish our friendship would have mattered,
More than it does now

I wish you luck on the road ahead,
And hope you make it last somehow.

By Angelica Shook

Funny Practice..

Hey family and friends,
Tonight when we had practice, everything was a little-wacky to say the least. :) It was what we can a glib run, everything is mixed up a bit and is overall a stress free environment. It was so much fun! I could not have asked for it to be better.  Sometimes experiences like these-also teach you lessons. You can learn from reacting badly to different things. I acted on my feelings tonight-the end result was not as bad as I expected-but I am expecting things to get a little rough from here on out. All I'm saying-is be careful on what actions you make and how that might effect others emotions. :) It can be a sticky situation when you are not careful. I am glad to be able to have a fun night tonight but there were some things I would have done differently if given the chance. :) Have a good night guys. The day after tomorrow marks the 8th. That means more performances and more stress. Hopefully..not. :)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Performance 4 behind us....

Hey Guys,

I officially finished performance number 4 today! It was a lot of fun, not to mention a lot of work..but overall has been a good weekend. The performances have been getting better and better every night and I have continued to learn from every one of them. I can't wait for next weekend, we have 3 more performances here and  then we move on! Crazy stuff!! It just seems like everything has gone by so fast. :)

It is kinda funny when I think about how I even got here to where I am now. I started off being scared and not even wanting to audition in the first having done 4 different performances in front of people I don't for them to judge me in any way. Every performance has been a learning experience.  The first performance was the hardest and the scariest. It took time to get used to the idea of being on stage and having people watching me.  Eventually performing at all the different locations becomes easy, and I have learned to love the sound of Audiences clapping for you as you finish up on stage. It has been so much fun doing these performances once I have gotten over the stage fright.

But..looking past all the stuff that happens on stage..God has also put me in different social situations and helped me out of every one of them. I think it is so interesting how..sometimes things get tough and we think we can't get through that situation..and then here God is to help step you through it one step at a time. Please continue to pray for me as I start week 8 of High School tomorrow and the performances starting again Friday. :) I will keep you updated!


Monday, September 27, 2010

Thinking about College....

So all day today I have had one thing on my mind: College. I can't seem to get the idea out of my head. Although I am only a freshman there is so many options, it can get kinda overwhelming! 2 Year Colleges, 4 Year Colleges, Universities, Tech Schools, Med School, No College at all, Online college, and even colleges that specialize in Performing arts. There is so many options! I have been thinking about doing a 4 year College. The idea kinda makes sense. But as you can see, there is so many options I am wondering if this would be a good choice. There is so many things that Colleges look for when you apply! For quite awhile I only thought they looked at grades. Wow, was I wrong! They also look into things like sports, and volunteer hours. This is a lot to take in and I have to admit it has started to stress me out. Please pray for me that God will lead me in looking into colleges even in my early years of High School. Thanks! :)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Night Time thoughts :)

I could not get to sleep tonight, and decided to Open the Bible to Matt. 14: 22- 33. I realized just how much I actually love this bible story. When reading it tonight I kinda had to laugh at myself thinking, Jesus here told Matthew that he had little faith after being afraid on the water. I can easily relate due to being afraid so often. It occurred to me tonight that Jesus does not want us to be afraid, instead he wants us to trust him. But in the case that we are afraid, he is here to help us and give us a hand. I really found that passage really good, and I found it spoke to me.  I think sometimes I don't give God enough credit, and tend to take matters into my own hands when afraid..thinking I need to help myself..when in reality things would be so much better off if I were to trust him and decide everything was going to be alright. There's my thoughts for the night. :) Have a good night.