[life]


As a 15 year old girl going through many, many ups and downs in my life, I have a few words of wisdom to share with you that I have learned.

Life will never be what you think, or what you plan.

I could have had so much planned for my life, and it seems like I did, at one time. Be a perfect, put together person, become a beautiful dancer, go into college, get a degree, get the perfect job, have a whirlwind romance and know exactly who I will marry from day one, have beautiful well behaved kids, and live a perfect life thenceforth.

But I have learned, and am learning, that what you expect or wish probably isn’t what will happen.

I am far from put together, I’ve had to put down dance to pursue my heart, I don’t know what college or degree I will attend, nor what job lies in store, my “whirlwind romance” will never be what it seems to be, Lord knows how my kids will turn out, and my “perfect life” is inexistent.

God has so much more planned than I could dream up in my fantasies.

I don’t know about my future. I have no clue whatsoever what’s in store, and life has taken me on twists and turns that I could have never predicted. Right now I am facing some of the biggest decisions I will ever have to make in my life, much sooner than I had planned, and certainly sooner than I wanted. I don’t want any of this, but it’s happening.

So what next? What do I do now?

Easy answer, hard task.

Release it to God and trust Him for the rest.

He holds everything in my life. He has so much more than I could understand planned for me. I can’t see it, but I don’t have to see to know He’s got me. And I will let him guide me on this insane, beautiful, terrifying, rewarding, excruciating, bliss called life.

Don’t ever stop trusting. Don’t ever look back and wish your life choices away. There is so much more ahead than you will ever leave behind. Keep looking up towards the Way, the Truth, and the source of Life.

It’s good to see you again. Thanks for reading a piece of my heart. Blessings upon you all.
Shalom, Hannah

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[it’s not about death.]


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Easter Sunday. Resurrection Day.

You tell me.
What is Easter all about?

You may say it’s about death. The death of Christ on the cross.

But you’re wrong.

Good Friday was the actual “death day”.

But Easter Sunday is about life.

Easter isn’t a celebration of Christ’s death, but of His resurrection. Easter isn’t a mourning gathering, being sad over Christ’s death. It’s a celebration that Christ is alive.

ALIVE, mind you. Not dead. Alive.

So many times when we’re celebrating Easter, and think of the Easter celebration, we focus a lot on the death of Christ. You may say it was an unjust death–and it was. But that’s what Christ came to earth to do–to save the world from the corruption of sin, and essentially, from death itself.
So He died.

He could have run away, could have used “supernatural” powers to stay alive, but no. He himself didn’t want to die, and He even prayed to His Father “Please, take this load off of my back.” But at the same time He said “Thy will be done.” So He was taken, beaten, humiliated, spit on, His clothes were gambled for, and He suffered lasting pain and humiliation hanging on a cross with nails in His feet. All because He chose to follow God’s will.

But you seem to forget the awesome part of this story. The part that we celebrate on a Sunday every year in April. (or in this year’s case, March.)

HE. CAME. BACK. TO. LIFE.

He was literally dead for three days–trust me, He wasn’t just alive in the tomb.
He. Was. Dead.

BUT HE CAME BACK TO LIFE.

And with that one miracle, He changed the world.

We don’t need to mourn any more. We don’t need to cry because Christ is gone. He’s alive!! And because with His death, He took the keys of life and death from Satan, and reclaimed His people, so that whoever believes in Him will eternally live in Heaven.

It wasn’t only Jesus who came back to life. It was every. person. who. believes. Millions. And Millions. Even Billions. Of People. Now have the chance to live. Forever.

That takes immense love.
To die for a broken, beat up, sinful beyond belief, corrupted, blackened, impure world. To die for billions of people who hate Him and scorn His open arms. And yet He still stands there, arms wide open, waiting.

His death and resurrection made a bigger impact on the world than the atomic bomb explosions. Or WW2. Or Hurricane Sandy. Or even Hitler.
Those things brought numerous death. But Jesus brought uncountable, immeasureable, indescribable life.

Yet so many people reject it. The gift that one person died for. We accept the freedom that many died for, yet billions of people don’t accept the gift one person died for.

As you go about your day today, and remember Jesus death on the cross and His resurrection, also remember the people who haven’t been led to love Christ; the people who haven’t yet accepted His gift of eternal salvation and a live in Heaven. Be praying for those people today.
And remember that the sacrifice that Jesus made–he made for you. Because of His innumerable, immeasureable, immense love.

Jesus is alive.

God bless you guys :) have a wonderful, restful Easter Sunday! –Hannah

[i need a re-charge.]


Sometimes we’re on low battery, we’ve been working hard–maybe even too hard–physically or emotionally.  You’ve just run a marathon or worked in the yard for hours–or there’s a problem with your school, job, church, friendship………
What do you do when you’re on low battery physically? Some take a nap, drink tea or soda, or may just relax and read a book or watch a movie. It seems to work because we feel refreshed and ready to go again.
Sometimes we try to do this for the emotional exhaust as well.

But it doesn’t work.

We try and forget our problems by taking ourselves into that resting moment of bliss, but once it’s over you may be “rested,” but your problems are still there. Your body may have recovered, but it doesn’t work that way with your emotions, and you can feel desperate.

If you have an MP3, laptop, or iPod, you know the only way to charge it is to connect it to a charger. If you let it “sleep” or shut it down, when you wake it up again, it’s still going to be on low battery. But if you connect it to a charger, after a while it will be running and ready to go again.

That’s the way it works with our emotions–if we turn them off or distract them, they will still be there full throttle when you come back to them. But if we give our emotions to God, the ULTIMATE “charger,” He will take all of the battery into His hands and send it back to us fully charged. He takes the low charged battery, and replaces it with a new, fresh one. Or He transfers His charge into it so the battery meter is full.

Sometimes, we even try and use the wrong charger. Your device is plugged in and ready to charge, and you think it’s charging, but it’s not really, because it’s the wrong charger. When you realize this you’re worse off than before, and your device has even less battery because it’s been sitting there wasting away all day. That wrong charger can be someone/something who constantly fills your mind with a different emotion that you seem to like, but it doesn’t really charge you. The only one who can truly charge you is God.

Have you been holding out on God, and not letting Him charge you? Have you been using a wrong charger with your emotions? Do you try and give your problems to the world instead of God?

I hope this post affected you and made you think! Have a wonderful Sunday!
~Hannah

[a promise for purity]


Some of you may have seen a new button on my sidebar, “A Promise For Purity”.

<a href=”https://throughmykeyboard.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/a-promise-for-purity”><img title=”a promise for purity” src=”https://throughmykeyboard.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/promiseforpurity.jpg” alt=”” width=”400″ height=”273″ /></a>

[button links up to this blog post]

What this says and symbolizes is that I am choosing to be pure in my thoughts and actions. As a young teenager/tweenager growing up in a world full of girls who choose not to be pure and wait for the man God has destined for them, it can be hard not to be pure when it seems so much better to not be. It may look like those other girls are better off than you are, not be pure and not being strict to the “purity” standards.

But as the button says, “The waiting is worth it.” It is! By being pure, you are not only respecting God’s wishes and destiny for you, but you are also respecting and honoring your future husband that God has planned for you to meet and marry someday. God wants us to be pure and wait for the person He chooses. And it is so worth it! You will be so glad someday that you were pure when you were younger, and you will respect that choice you made as a young teenager/tweenager. That choice will affect your whole life! And even if you are still young, it’s not too early to make a choice that you will be pure and honorable.

So I am choosing to stay pure, and have already chosen to stay pure, and I want you to join me in striving to be pure in your thoughts and actions.

The waiting is worth it.

[god vs. science]


This came from an email that a friend sent me, and it is so true!

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Have you ever wondered that if God is good, why is there evil? This is the perfect answer.

A science professor begins his school year with a lecture to the students, ‘Let me explain the problem science has with religion.’

The atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand.

‘You’re a Christian, aren’t you, son?’

‘Yes sir,’ the student says.

‘So you believe in God?’

‘Absolutely.’

‘Is God good?’

‘Sure! God’s good.’

‘Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?’

‘Yes.’

‘Are you good or evil?’

‘The Bible says I’m evil.’

The professor grins knowingly. ‘Aha! The Bible!’ He considers for a moment.

‘Here’s one for you. Let’s say there’s a sick person over here and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?’

‘Yes sir, I would.’

‘So you’re good…!’

‘I wouldn’t say that.’

‘But why not say that? You’d help a sick and maimed person if you could.

Most of us would if we could. But God doesn’t.’

The student does not answer, so the professor continues. ‘He doesn’t, does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Hmmm? Can you answer that one?’

The student remains silent.

‘No, you can’t, can you?’ the professor says. He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax.

‘Let’s start again, young fella. Is God good?’

‘Er…yes,’ the student says.

‘Is Satan good?’

The student doesn’t hesitate on this one. ‘No.’

‘Then where does Satan come from?’

The student falters. ‘From God’

‘That’s right. God made Satan, didn’t he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in this world?’

‘Yes, sir.’

‘Evil’s everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything, correct?’

‘Yes.’

‘So who created evil?’ The professor continued, ‘If God created everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then God is evil.’

Again, the student has no answer. ‘Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred?

Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?’

The student squirms on his feet. ‘Yes.’

‘So who created them?’

The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question.

‘Who created them?’ There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized. ‘Tell me,’

he continues onto another student. ‘Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?’

The student’s voice betrays him and cracks. ‘Yes, professor, I do.’

The old man stops pacing. ‘Science says you have five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen Jesus?’

‘No sir. I’ve never seen Him.’

‘Then tell us if you’ve ever heard your Jesus?’

‘No, sir, I have not.’

‘Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus? Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that matter?’

‘No, sir, I’m afraid I haven’t.’

‘Yet you still believe in him?’

‘Yes.’

‘According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?’

‘Nothing,’ the student replies. ‘I only have my faith.’

‘Yes, faith,’ the professor repeats. ‘And that is the problem science has with God. There is no evidence, only faith.’

At the back of the room another student stands quietly for a moment before asking a question of His own. ‘Professor, is there such thing as heat?’

‘Yes,’ the professor replies. ‘There’s heat.’

‘And is there such a thing as cold?’

‘Yes, son, there’s cold too.’

‘No sir, there isn’t.’

The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested. The room suddenly becomes very quiet. The student begins to explain.

‘You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don’t have anything called ‘cold’. We can hit up to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees.’

‘Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy.

Absolute zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold.

Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.’

Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding like a hammer.

‘What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?’

‘Yes,’ the professor replies without hesitation. ‘What is night if it isn’t darkness?’

‘You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it’s called darkness, isn’t it? That’s the meaning we use to define the word.’

‘In reality, darkness isn’t. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?’

The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will be a good semester. ‘So what point are you making, young man?’

‘Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed.’

The professor’s face cannot hide his surprise this time. ‘Flawed? Can you explain how?’

‘You are working on the premise of duality,’ the student explains. ‘You argue that there is life and then there’s death; a good God and a bad God.

You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can’t even explain a thought.’

‘Science uses electricity and magnetism, but we have never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it.’

‘Now tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey??

‘If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course I do.’

‘Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?’

The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed.

‘Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher?’

The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has subsided.

‘To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me give you an example of what I mean.’

The student looks around the room. ‘Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor’s brain?’ The class breaks out into laughter.

‘Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor’s brain, felt the professor’s brain, touched or smelt the professor’s brain? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, with all due respect, sir.’

‘So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?’

Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face unreadable.

Finally, after what seems an eternity, the professor answers. ‘I guess you’ll have to take them on faith.’

‘Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life,’

the student continues. ‘Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?’

Now uncertain, the professor responds, ‘Of course, there is. We see it everyday. It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.’

To this the student replied, ‘Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.’

The professor sat down.

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My friend says the young boy who stood up was Albert Einstein. One of the most amazing geniuses of all time.

This is so amazing, and so true. Are you prepared to stand up for your faith like this young boy–Albert Einstein, who could have been ridiculed for his faith–not only stood up to his professor, but stood up for his faith in a spectacular way, with this amazing comparison of science. And are you ready to stand up for your fellow believers, like Einstein did for the other boy, who he may not have even known or been friends with. And the way that Einstein shows it with science, and totally defies his professor for what he believe in with science, it’s amazing.

Are you ready to stand up for your faith like he did?

[crush control]


I thought last night I would talk about crushes. I know, weird subject. But everybody has them or will have them at some point in their life. You may never become friends with them, or ever meet them, but you have a crush on them. I have, and as a human being, I can’t help it. It is part of what happens in your life. Now, it is okay to have a crush, just don’t let your crush take control of you. Don’t let him/her possess your mind every single second. It’s hard, I know, but you have to control what you think. When I get to thinking sometimes about this person, what I like to do is pray. Pray for their future, pray for their life, whether it involves you or not. Pray for the person that they will spend their life with. Then pray for the person you will spend your life with. And when you grow up, and find your partner in life, he/she will thank you for not getting drawn up with someone else but patiently waiting for the person God has planned for you.

[easter]


Easter. The time where we commemorate the biggest sacrifice ever given for us–when Christ died and rose again. Now Christ did not go willingly–He even begged God to find another way. Yet He told him “Not My will but Yours be done.” Then He died for us, laid three days in a tomb, and was resurrected! But the problem that many Christians make about Easter is that they think it is just a day for mourning; a day we mourn that Christ died for us. But it’s not just that–he was resurrected! He got the keys to death from Satan! Instead of just mourning, we should also rejoice that we are finally able to go to Heaven and spend eternity with Him! We shouldn’t mourn the dead that came to life again! Jesus is alive!

Keep this in mind as you have easter services and Easter celebrations: we mourn that Jesus died, but rejoice that He rose again! Have a good Easter Sunday, everyone!

Hannah

[sticks and stones]


“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” No, I think the true-to-life saying would have to be “Sticks and stones may damage my bones, but words can deeply scar me.” I got a scar from words once. That Sunday, I had been singing in the kids’ church band (which I am still part of after like 3 years) that day, and had evidently sparked jealousy in a girl older than me that I wasn’t really friends with. I was on the church playground, and she approached me and called me a bad name. Directly afterward, she said “just kidding.” But when that happens to you it makes you think “Am I really what she said? Is what she said true?” I was very, very upset about what happened, and that day has scarred me for years. I still had a grudge against the girl, and her approach to me that day blocked friendliness between me and her, even though she may not remember what happened or why.

But now I have forgiven her, even though she may not know, and even though we aren’t even in the same groups at church, I still smile at her instead of avoid her. But even though I have forgiven her now, I still have the scar on my heart, and I don’t know if it will ever go away. But God has helped me heal that scar, and I know I am not what she said I was. Have you ever had someone scar you with the words that they said? Has it hit you on that special spot on your heart, and pained you? When that happens, you try to block the scar, when you should bring it to God instead of hiding it, and he can heal that scar. You may have it forever, but he can heal the pain and restore your heart. God is always there to heal your scars, whether inward or outward, and he will help you be sure of yourself and who you are.

[“ok, i’ll do it later”]


So, I have a faithful and dutiful friend (I ♥ u CB!) that reminds me to post on my blog. So here I am, and I won’t put it off. And that got me thinking–how many times a day do we say “I’ll do it later” instead of “I’ll do it now!”? I don’t have a sermon on this (haha flower446) I just want to get y’all thinking…

[faithfulness]


What does it mean to be faithful? Does anyone know? Let us find out…Again, thank you Webster!

Main Entry: 1faith·ful
Pronunciation: \ˈfāth-fəl\
Function: adjective
Date: 14th century
1 obsolete : full of faith
2 : steadfast in affection or allegiance : loyal
3 : firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty : conscientious
4 : given with strong assurance : binding
5 : true to the facts, to a standard, or to an original
— faith·ful·ly  \-fə-lē\ adverb
— faith·ful·ness noun
synonyms– faithful, loyal, constant, staunch, Steadfast, resolute
FAITHFUL implies unswerving adherence to a person or thing or to the oath or promise by which a tie was contracted .
LOYAL implies a firm resistance to any temptation to desert or betray . constant stresses continuing firmness of emotional attachment without necessarily implying strict obedience to promises or vows .
STAUNCH suggests fortitude and resolution in adherence and imperviousness to influences that would weaken it
STEADFAST implies a steady and unwavering course in love, allegiance, or conviction .
RESOLUTE implies firm determination to adhere to a cause or purpose.

Whoa, that’s a mouthful! Let’s take it apart in sections.
1: obsolete, full of faith
No questions here. Let’s look at the next one.
2: steadfast in affections or allegiance: loyal
So….to be faithful can also mean loyal, or steadfast…you won’t give up on something or someone–you’ll keep strong.
3 : firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty : conscientious
Okay, so when you are faithful to a promise or a duty you’ll do it, but it also says “conscientious.” This word means you watch your conscience to tell you what to do, and I guess it tells you to be firm and faithful.
4 : given with strong assurance : binding
Once again, promises. What this says is when you promise, you assure it will be done, and you bind yourself to it.
5 : true to the facts, to a standard, or to an original
Cool! So when you are faithful in creating a statue it is faithful to the facts and to the original copy or person.

So we’ve gone through the definitions, now let’s look at those synonyms at the bottom.

FAITHFUL implies unswerving adherence to a person or thing or to the oath or promise by which a tie was contracted .
So this is another definition of faithful– it implies that you won’t break an oath or promise to someone, to put it in small words.
LOYAL implies a firm resistance to any temptation to desert or betray . constant stresses continuing firmness of emotional attachment without necessarily implying strict obedience to promises or vows.
Loyal! Once again, you are loyal to people and promises, and–lookie here! “loyal implies a firm resistance to any temptation to desert” So, being faithful also means you will resist the temptation to back out on someone.
STAUNCH suggests fortitude and resolution in adherence and imperviousness to influences that would weaken it.
Hohkay, here’s a toughie. So….I guess staunch means…maybe again, that you won’t back down on something you believe in. Also like a faithful defender. Wait…faithful! Faithful also means that!
STEADFAST implies a steady and unwavering course in love, allegiance, or conviction.
So again here we are not giving up in love and allegiance, unwavering, which means all our attention is faithful to it.
RESOLUTE implies firm determination to adhere to a cause or purpose.
So…if you are resolute, you have a firm determination to a cause. You are firm in your beliefs in that cause.

So, I think we all get the point…Faithfulness is quite the virtue! The Bible says: “O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.” Psalm 31:23 (KJV)
So if you are faithful, God will preserve you and take care of you forever. And also, God is faithful to us as well–always by our side.