Inner Beauty Forever

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Love… September 30, 2012

Let’s face it. We girls are daydreamers. We wait anxiously wondering what falling in love will feel like. We are impatient for our prince charming to ride in. I do not know about you, but myself, I sometimes become guilty of being so wrapped up in thinking and dwelling on the love that is to come (and sometimes becoming frustrated that I don’t know who he is or even if God has marriage in his plan for me)… that I forget about the love that has laid down his life for me. I forget how perfect his love is. I want someone who loves me in spite of my weaknesses and failures… Jesus does. I want someone who I can take my burdens to… He is always there. I want someone who is patient, someone who is compassionate, someone dedicated, trustworthy and strong… Jesus is all of these. He loves me (and you) with a love that is so real, so deep that I can’t comprehend it if I try. He loves me (and you) to the point  that he laid down his life. In ‘Love Song’  Third Day says this (Jesus is the one speaking):

I’ve heard it said that a man would climb a mountain
Just to be with the one he loves.
How many times has he broken that promise?
It has never been done.
I’ve never climbed the highest mountain,
But I walked the hill of Calvary.

Just to be with you, I will do anything
There’s no price I would not pay ,no
Just to be with you, I would give everything
I would give my life away.

I’ve heard it said that a man would swim the ocean
Just to be with the one he loves
All of those dreams are an empty motion.
It can never be done.
I’ve never swam the deepest ocean,
But I walked upon the raging sea.

Just to be with you, I will do anything
There’s no price I would not pay no
Just to be with you, I would give everything
I would give my life away.

I know that you don’t understand
the fullness of My love.
How I died upon the cross for your sins.
And I know that you don’t realize
how much that I give you
But I promise, I would do it all again.

Just to be with you, I’ve done everything
There’s no price I did not pay no
Just to be with you, I gave everything
Yes, I gave my life away.
Just to be with you.

This song so beautifully illustrates to us the depth of God’s love for us. This love is strong. It has to be, in order for him to LAY DOWN HIS LIFE! There is nothing, NOTHING, that can separate us from the love of the father.

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

So I am encouraging you, my fellow young ladies, let’s never forget this. Never forget the love that the father has for us!  As we wait for prince charming to show, let’s not forget about the prince that has already come… the one who loves us more than gold.

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‘Mockingjay’ Book Review

Title: Mockingjay (Book Three in the Hunger Games Trilogy)

Author: Suzanne Collins

Date I Finished Reading: August 23,2012

My Rating: 4/5

Okay, so  I finished this book over a month ago and somehow it slipped my mind to put it up here! How?! I haven’t the slightest clue.

For those of you who have delighted yourself in this trilogy, you know how engrossing it can become. My family claimed I obsessed (and I am not too sure that is a false accusation).  Anyway… this trilogy was well written and very enjoyable. I need to refrain for mentioning too many details from the plot, to keep from being a spoiler. However, I will say that this series is a great read that I would recommend. It does contain occasional uses of mild language and much violence. I also need to admit that Mockingjay was, in my mind, not quite as impressive as the first two books. However, it still succeeds in gripping your attention and emotions. You will laugh, cheer, cry, become frustrated, and agitated, but that is just the result of a very talented writer.

You can find a copy of this book by following this link: http://www.amazon.com/Mockingjay-The-Hunger-Games-Book/dp/0439023513/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349024525&sr=8-1&keywords=mockingjay

 

‘Chosen’ Book Review September 29, 2012

Title: Chosen ( The Lost Books #1)
Author: Ted Dekker
Date I Finished Reading: September 28, 2012
My Rating: 5/5

This book greatly surpassed my expectations. I was a bit sceptical at first, believing it was going to be a crummy attempt at a young adult series. Needless to say, I was incorrect. The plot of the story goes like this: Thomas Hunter has selected four teenagers to assist in leading his army in battle against their enemy, the Horde. He then dismisses them on a short mission to test their skills and wisdom. His words of advice? “Think with your heart.” However, when the mismatched lot sets out, the story that unfolds is unpredictable. Is Johnis really the chosen one? Are the legends true? And are they willing to sacrifice their lives for the destiny that Elyon has called them to?
Dekker did a superb job at combining excitement, dread, suspense, and adventure. It truly left you hungry for more and eager for the remainder of the series! I definitely enjoyed this read and recommend it to you!

You can find a copy of this book by using the following link: http://www.amazon.com/Chosen-The-Lost-Books-Dekker/dp/B004IEA2X4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348942661&sr=8-1&keywords=chosen+ted+dekker

 

‘Dug Down Deep’ Book Review September 27, 2012

Title: Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why It Matters

Author: Joshua Harris

Date I Finished Reading: September 23, 2012

Rating: 5/5

My youth group is starting a study on this book, and I am so excited! This book is a great resource to add to your library. In it Joshua Harris speaks on the meanings of christian beliefs. Christian orthodoxy. The flesh. He is such a great author. I believe part of the reason I enjoyed this book is how real he is. He speaks of his own testimony, he speaks openly, he speaks honestly. I believe that this made his book so much more effective. I really don’t have the time to get too specific about the content of the book, but I would definitely say that this is worth reading, and encourage you to do so.

Note: Joshua is a very honest author, he does not skirt around the issues of sins such as lust. I would advise this book for teens and adults, but would be more hesitant to recommend it to a younger audience.

You can find this book by following this link: http://www.amazon.com/Dug-Down-Deep-Building-Truths/dp/1601423713

 

‘Venti Jesus Please’ Book Review

Title: Venti Jesus Please

Author: Greg Stier

Date I Finished Reading: September 12, 2012

My Rating: 4/5

This resource from Dare 2 Share ministries, is great…just a little too short 😦 . This story is only around 80 or 100 pages long, but can really be a helpful tool for christian teens who want to share their faith. The book is a simple story about 3 buddies getting into a spiritual discussion at Starbucks. There is one christian witnessing to 2 non-believers in a loving, friendly way.  The book is written in the point of view of an atheist, and shows how we can lovingly witness to others without “cramming religion down their throat”. I would highly recommend my fellow teens to take an hour or so to read this book… it could very much benefit yourself, and your confidence in witnessing.

To purchase this book, or find our more about it, follow this link: https://www.dare2share.org/store/content/venti-jesus-please-0

 

‘Shifty’ Book Review

Title: Shifty

Author: Lynn E. Hazen

Date I Finished Reading: September 11,2012

My Rating: 4/5

I liked this book! I really was only going to read it because it was free at my dad’s Air Force wing picnic, but I ended up actually liking it 🙂 . The story is from the point of view of Soli, a 15-year-old boy living in a foster home. Soli has no idea where he comes from, who he is, or what his background is…but he wants to find out. I really enjoyed the story line, and read the book in one afternoon. Also, the book is broken down into several (and by several I mean 43!) chapters, making the book a very easy and quick read.

On a negative note, Soli is very dishonest throughout the book, constantly stretching the truth or just flat-out lying.  In doing so, he is training Sissy, (the 7-year-old girl who is also living in the foster home) to do the same. However, at the end of the story, Soli does sit down and come clean of these lies.

Even though I found the story line very enjoyable, the end was ( in my opinion) kinda depressing, but not entirely. I would recommend this book!

To find a copy of this book, follow this link: http://www.amazon.com/Shifty-Lynn-E-Hazen/dp/1582463220/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1348779853&sr=8-3&keywords=shifty

 

‘Sticking Up for What I Believe’ Book Review

Title: Sticking Up for What I Believe: Answers to Spiritual Questions Teenagers Ask

Author: Gwendolyn Mitchell Diaz

Date I Finished Reading: September 6, 2012

My Rating: 5/5

This book is a great apologetics resource for teens. Gwendolyn wrote this book for her 4 sons, so it is written in a loving, motherly way. The book answers 11 questions that are frequently asked by teenagers regarding God, his word, and other spiritual matters. It does so with simple, practical answers that are easy to think on and be prepared to share. I really recommend my fellow teens to read this book, in an effort to strengthen and be ready to share their faith!

You can find a copy of this book here :  http://www.amazon.com/STICKING-UP-FOR-WHAT-BELIEVE/dp/1606477927/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1348778730&sr=8-2&keywords=sticking+up+for+what+i+believe