Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sweet Sixteen/Soul Surfer/Anthem Lights

So this is an uber late birthday post (10 days late...)... but better late than never? Maybe?

I'm pretty extremely stinkin' excited to be 16. Howeverrrrr, it's not getting me very far yet, mostly due to the fact that I'm too lazy to read the driver's license getting book.   I had such a fun birthday hanging with my family! And my birthday party was so cool! It was makeover themed, so me and my gals did each other's makeup and hair (which probably sounds lame, but we had fun :D), then we went and saw SOUL SURFER!!!! (emphasis on awesomeness)

I had reallllllllyyyy wanted to blog after the first time I saw Soul Surfer (yes...I did see it twice...) but the internet was out and then I forgot. Typical.  HOWEVER, I'm now going to rave its beauties.

The fact it's a true story (of Bethany Hamilton) is definitely the coolest part. I don't want to blow the plot for anyone who hasn't seen it yet (and anyone who hasn't simply MUST), but the fact that a girl could overcome, through "Christ who strengthens me," SO much adversity is just so inspiring to me!  Remembering the movie drives me to pursue my faith and my dreams with greater passion.

Carrie Underwood, who plays Bethany's youth leader, did fantastic, which just made the movie even better.  I also loved how the movie wasn't "preachy" or anything like that, yet characters quoted Bible verses and prayed, etc., so they gave God the glory.

So yeah. Soul Surfer rocks :).

Next Random Subject: ANTHEM LIGHTS' album came out on Tuesday! I didn't get it til Thursday...but oh well it was worth the wait! It's seriously my favorite cd in a good while. Super catchy with great lyrics, and they are all so talented.  I'd like to write an album review... what do ya'll think? Leave me a comment :). 

When I bought the cd on thurday, I (naturally) twittered, and got another stinkin' awesome surprise:

hehe I was very excited :D:D.

I guess that is all for now. :) God bless you bloggers!

~Zephaniah 3:17

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

My Last Day as a 15-year-old

So, today was the very last day I lived at the age of 15!!

That sounds sad somehow. I was just thinking about and praying that this next year in front of me will not be the same as last year.  I know, because I have seen and heard, that 16 can be a hard year.  A year of scary choices and fears.  But I want it to be a year of new beginings...

After a less than perfect conversation on a less than perfect night in this less than perfect world, my brother and I both met the same conclusion--we NEED God to help us straighten up.  I needed to re-amp my faith and be forgiven of the apathy and evil I was not exactly promoting... but 100% tolerating, which is sin. 

And even if I'm still going to fall, I want to know that "He knows the plans He has for me--to prosper me and not to harm me."  With that promise, I need not doubt salvation, fall into fear, sink in the mire of sinful desire, fight with carnall wants, or any sin!  I need only to love Him. Alone. that's legit it! Love Him.

Anyhow, my day was pretty average--with less than average moments.  Fed chickens, did school, then went on a picnic with my sister.  She showed me her favorite spots and it was a wonderful thing to do with her! Moved mentioned chickens.  Rode.  Read my manual for my written driver's test.  Felt convicted [while riding] to tell God something--and I mean it.  "I want to want salvation for real now, God--I want it for YOU. not to be safe. YOU".  Still comprehending that. crazy.

this post was slightly scatterbrained.  Something else Im leaving behind this year is feeling obligated to "stuff God" into everything.  I'm wanting now to NEED to have Him here.  In my blog...and my life. Again deeply crazy.  Will you, blog reader, hold me to this?  I'm ready to love.  I don't get it, but all I desperately need is love.