I’ve been doing a lot of stretching and flexibility practice these past few weeks, thanks to Alivia D'Andrea and her inspirational tutorials. Anyway, me being the nerdy theology geek I am, I began to notice a similarity between stretching one’s body and stretching one’s heart. Like this. A big part of flexibility is pushing past… Continue reading Inward Hips, Inward Heart
A few days ago, I came home from a trip. My dad told me, “Charles Krauthammer died today. Maybe you’ve heard of this too. Now, do I know him personally? No. Do I agree with all his politics? Do you? Perhaps not. But that’s not what I’m talking about here. To me, having heard his… Continue reading God’s Plan (for real, though)
There's a difference.
If you, like me, have a novel idea just waiting to be told, you'll be no stranger to the difficulties involved in transforming this from a half baked idea to an actual, full fledged *book*.
Hello, all my faithful wanderers! Have you been wandering successfully? Sorry I've been gone for so long. I'm going to try to keep up more regular posting in the future. That said, for our grand kickoff article, we have my friend, author Rebekah DeVall, and her sister ah, character, Lunetta, here. Lunetta is the star of the… Continue reading Iron Core Interview!
1 Corinthians chapter 2 does something big: It explains and encourages. Here is the encouragement: “And I was with you in weakness and fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the spirit and of power that your faith might not rest… Continue reading 1 Corinthians 2–Notes
7 picks from 2017! 😉
What is chiastic story structure? There's one place where it's clearly demonstrated: The Bible. #authorstakenotes
So many times when we "love" people, we expect something back. Well, that's not what true love is.
Wow, I'm done with Romans already! Before moving on, I will do an overview of this wonderful book. Also, I am very sorry for not doing any chapter expositions or summaries; I will attempt to keep that up more regularly for the next book I move onto. Favorite Verse: “Therefore there is now no condemnation… Continue reading Romans: Overview!
And at last! We reach the end! The Raven King is very interesting. Plus, PLOT TWIST. Spoilers ahead! Proceed with caution. The Good: I'm reeling. I still can't decide whether the plot twist to do with Glendower is good or bad. SPOILERS: I suppose if Glendower was still alive, it would have made for an… Continue reading Raven King Review/Conclusion
Haha, it's the Blue Review. But I promise it's not sad. What is sad, however, is my appalling absences. I really need to deal with this! But hopefully I'll be able to start posting more regularly. That said, here is our review. For this one, I'm just doing my general thoughts on it. The Good:… Continue reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue Review
Review #2: Dream Thieves. My favorite character gets a whole book to himself! Basically.
The Light Blog Tour Hi guys! So, I'm doing my FIRST. EVER. BLOG TOUR!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT Today we're interviewing author Chloe Haddasah on her new book. The Light. Hey! Thanks for letting me interview you. Can you tell us a bit about yourself (hobbies, interests, unique facts?) Of course! I'm happy to have… Continue reading Author Interview!! –The Light
...I'm plagued with thoughts of comparison, of guilt, of that voice inside us all telling us we're not good enough. And the hardest part to accept is that that voice is right.
Probably every person in the world (definitely including me) has had some time where they disliked themselves. Or something about themselves. There's two ways to respond to this
Everyone has valleys of trouble. Places where we've tried, messed up, and tried again. And failed. And guess what? God has a plan for that too. Achan can teach us that.
So maybe all this fall stuff is overrated. Still, fall is becoming one of my favorite seasons, and here are a few things I'm thankful about for it.
If we all treated others how we wanted to be treated, things like this would probably go a *lot* easier. So here's some advice from an annoyed student on how to ensure that YOUR schoolwork partner will not be that annoyed. xP.
All right, I have to confess: I have a bit of an obsession with Tori Kelly. (That's an understatement). Though I don't listen to pop all the time, I love the message that she conveys in her songs and how she strives to be a real person, even though she's a celebrity. A lot of… Continue reading something beautiful
So to finish off the JOY series, I told you about JOY in Part one. And what it is. But how might one possess joy, real joy? And what if you don't feel real joy--how would
I have to be sort of real here. But that's okay, because I can share JOY with you.
Being real is one topic that I've heard talked about so many times. There is a prized quality of being a person who isn't ashamed of who she is and doesn't shift colors like a chameleon to fit in with her surroundings. I think this can be applied to Christianity, too. There is a certain… Continue reading Being a REAL Christian
...Saying you're ugly not only insults yourself but your Creator...
But sometimes, all kindness takes is one mile.
I'm doing a study of the Proverbs and among the prominent “listening” theme, is a verse that stood out to me: Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. I made a connection with another verse (recognize this one?) “Out of the heart the mouth speaks.” This tells me… Continue reading Guard Your Heart
One great piece of advice I heard from YouTuber Katie Gregoire to an aspiring YouTuber is “try to make videos that YOU enjoy watching.” Do YOU enjoy reading your own articles or browsing your own blog? If you don't, you might want to double check that you do/have some of these--
She looked at me. “I couldn't do that! And besides...God isn't there for me.”
The number one thing that I see so many people—every person, really—desire above all else is love. Deep within us, we know we're not meant to be alone. Deep within us, we desire the love and affirmation of a person—sometimes any person. Ever wonder (annoyed) why almost all pop songs are about love? That's because… Continue reading Waiting on Love
You might be wondering: is it worth it?
Probably my shortest post ever. Don't get mad.
Happiness is one of the most desired things people have. But there are lots of lies and traps about what will give us happiness. In the end, there's only one answer.
Happiness isn't something that comes from people's circumstances. Happiness is something you make inside yourself. -The Hiding Place.
...I visit countless numbers of blogs every week, and somehow, of the many I visit, few stick in my memory....
I once saw a book titled “The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment”. I have never read the book, but the title stayed in my mind whenever I thought of the word contentment. Why? Because it tells us two things about contentment. The first thing is that contentment is “rare”. The second thing is that contentment… Continue reading Contentment
In my article “Why I’m Not a Feminist in the 21st Century”, one of the main reasons I don’t support feminism is because feminism supports a message of selfishness and pride. What’s the opposite? Kindness. Kindness forces us to look out for other people rather than ourselves. Kindness broadens our perspectives on life. If you’re… Continue reading Kindness
Scrolling down my reader, one article popped out to me: Why I am a feminist in the 21st century. Interestingly, my biggest problem with feminism is that it's the 21st century. If it wasn't the 21st century, I might be a feminist. Back then, there was really injustice. And now, there is still injustice. But… Continue reading Why I am NOT a feminist in the 21st century
In the last part of this article, we talked about how different talents can be used to praise God. This time, we're going to talk about something different.
Hello, everyone! I'm back. Right here is a bit more of a "How to WRITE a character like Anna Karenina"...but of course if you want to be like her, pay attention to #2. Attention, all writers!
There is probably nothing more annoying than writer's block.
It's tempting to be bitter about pain, but often we don't think of how God uses it.
Some of you reading this might be considering starting a blog, or wondering how to improve your own writing. And I'm happy to say that I've got a few tips to share with you!
...death is one thing that I've been thinking about, and maybe you have too. Here are a few things I've learned about when thinking of death...
We've all had that time where there is this one particular job that we DO NOT want to do. Is this you?
"As water reflects the face, so one's life reflects the heart."
After I I'm Not Ashamed, I was in a daze, trying to figure out how much of what I'd seen actually happened. In case you're in the same situation, I did some research to answer the most common questions...
Rejection. It's perhaps the most hated, and most common, part of writing. After rejection, it's easy to feel bitter and give up. But here are three reasons why rejection is actually better than success!
Have you ever felt like everything good you do... No one sees? No one appreciates? Think again.
Sometimes we don't know why things happen.
The "the greatest make-believe villain to come along since Hannibal Lecter". Of course you don't want to be like her, but click for tips on how to make a character like her.