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Two of Dory’s Best Ever Moments

7 May

Last night, I watched Finding Nemo. In Spanish, actually. Nonetheless, certain bits of it really stuck out to me more than usual. I can pretty much quote the entire movie, but it’s so interesting how you get something new out of a movie or book every time you watch/read it.

If you haven’t seen the movie, then go watch it as soon as you possibly can, but in the meantime watch this awesome clip. If you have, watch the following clip anyway. This is Dory’s life philosophy.

Awesome, no? But really. When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming! Just keep on pushing through it, even when things get really tough. It is so worth it. You WILL get through even the toughest times.

Now watch this clip. The very end could be a little longer there, but that’s okay. It was the best video of it I could find.

Sometimes, escape is right in front of us. But we fail to recognize it as such.

Eh-scap-ay. That’s funny…it’s spelled just like the word ‘escape’…

Know what that escape is?

God.

All you’ve got to do is give everything up to Him.

How often do we think we’re too insignificant to trouble God with our problems?

That because obviously God doesn’t care since He let it happen to us, there is no escape?

We even can recognize that talking to God could help us.

But sometimes, we just aren’t willing to let go.

My youth group went recently to an event called Acquire the Fire (ATF), a really neat youth conference that travels all over the U.S. The whole theme was “Normal’s Not Enough.” To be more than the “average Christian,” you have to give up everything to God. The sins, the temptations. The situations beyond our own control. And God doesn’t just want the negative, either. He wants all of us.

It got me thinking. Man, there are some aspects of my life that I just am not willing to let go of. Why?

Because as humans, we get the false idea that we can do it on our own. That we don’t want God’s help if it means sacrificing something.

We are so blind to the escape right in front of us. Even if it does look suspiciously like escape. Not to say God will just take our problems away, but He can and will help us to get through them.

It is an escape from ourselves. But more so, an escape from Satan and the lies that he manages to make us believe.

I very recently went to a girls’ retreat at my church called “Something Beautiful.” So many girls, and guys too, are falling for the lies that you have to be physically attractive to get anywhere in life. And that they aren’t attractive. We don’t realize that what is inside is so much more important.

Eating disorders. Depression. Anxiety. Self harm. Suicide and suicide attempts. All of these things have been on the rise.

Our society is so messed up. We can’t continue believing the lies of this world. My generation is so appearance-oriented. God is the only one who can help us stop believing Satan’s lies.

Escape is there.

We just have to take it.

Will you?

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. -Matthew 6:34-35

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. -1 Peter 5:7

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Faith and Facebook Messages…

19 Mar

Hey everyone, sorry it’s felt like I’ve abandoned you lately… I haven’t! I promise!

Life’s just been busy, and stressful–more so than usual–and I haven’t had the time nor motivation to blog. But, here I am!

Yesterday, one of my friends Facebook messaged me. Three simple words: Hold to eternity. I’ve been really stressed, and generally just kind of “eh” lately…not going into details. But let me tell you, those three simple words brought a smile to my face. Hold to eternity. Even when it feels like I’m completely alone, or the world is, as another put it, just “grey,” I know in my heart that God will never leave me, or stop caring about me. When I feel out of place in this world, I think it is a longing for a better one–heaven, and the life that is yet to come. Take your best memory. Now times it by infinity, and then infinity again, and again, and again… that’s heaven. We can’t even comprehend how amazing it’s going to be.

Three words. Three words that gave me hope. You know who you are, and I want to say thank you for letting God use you to help me through this.

Readers, even when life is at its bleakest, remember your savior, Jesus Christ, and what he did for you. Think of the happiness that awaits us in heaven.

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. ~Revelation 21:4

Think about that for a minute. A time with no more pain, no more death, no more mourning. We can hold out until then.

Hold to eternity.

<3 Paperclip101

The Last Post…

31 Dec

…of this year. Did I freak you out? (Probably not, since I’m a weird teenager and you all are used to me saying things like that. But… anyway…)

My family and I decided to end 2011 by sending my little sister away to a friend’s house since we’re all sick and not doing anything, and then watch Pirates of the Caribbean. Man, I forgot how good that movie is. It’s like… epic and ridiculous at the same time.

Random Fact: Did you know that Orlando Bloom, who plays Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean also plays Legolas in Lord of the Rings? How awesome is that? I mean, elf, pirate… cool! (I had never noticed this until one of my LOTR-crazed friends pointed it out to me.)

Anyway, thinking back on 2011, I have to say it was a pretty good year, but it had its rough spots. Quite a few.  There were some times that I thought I would never get through.

However, I also found my church home and a group of friends that I love. So now, I have two awesome friends groups 🙂

In addition, 2011 was my first ever mission trip. Whoa. That was the most incredible experience I have ever had. Seriously. I can’t even find the words to explain it. (If you want to know more on that, click here to see my mission trip reflections)

In 2011, August or September, I started up this blog. This will be my 21st post, and I have already gained 21 amazing followers. (NOT 300-something, like the widget says. For some reason, it decided to add all of my Facebook friends to that number.) 21 and 21, that’s funny. Hadn’t noticed that until now.

Anyway, this past year has been new and different in a lot of ways. I’ve learned so much… but most of all, that no matter what, God is in control. Through good times and bad.

And we know that in all things God works together for good to those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose. ~Romans 8:28

That’s Paperclip-Paraphrase version, by the way, meaning that I probably messed some of that up by combining different versions of the verse. But it means the same thing.

If I want to post this before 2012, I’d better post it now!

Well, over and out,

Merry Christmas!

24 Dec

Merry Christmas, everyone!!!

Isn’t it weird how Christmas has such a different feeling the older you get? When you’re younger, say up until middle school or so, Christmas pretty much runs your life during the Christmas season. (Whoa, I’m using the word Christmas a lot…) Last night, my little cousin was talking in her sleep (I kid you not!) about “a.. a box” and how she “didn’t want a Barbie.” I  can only assume she was dreaming about Christmas. Anyway. Point being, younger kids get so hyped up about holidays, where (at least from what I’ve experienced) for those of us that are pretty much middle school and up, the holiday is still fun, but more relaxed.

…Well, sometimes.

There’s also the side of it that is so much more stressful. We have soooo many people over. We try to do soooo many things. We have to cook soooo much food. We have to find presents for everyone on our lists–meaning that we probably will have to battle a huge crowd of other Christmas shoppers. Sometimes I start to think, with all the stress, we almost forget what this season is really about.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

So says Luke 2:11. That’s the point of Christmas. I have to refer now to John 3:16 (Don’t groan. This verse may be the verse that every little Christian kid knows by heart, but it holds so much truth.)

For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

Christmas was the very beginning of our salvation. It is the day of Jesus’ birth. You know, when you think about Christmas, it is incredible. God loves us all so much that he sent his only son to Earth as a human baby. Later, He would give up His own life to give us salvation. Life eternal.

(thanks to reverendfun.com)

When the season’s getting you stressed out and frustrated, take a few moments to ponder God’s amazing love for us, and what He did for us. The miracle He sent to bring us to Him. And guys, spread the love. Show the “Reason for the Season” by the things that you do, the things that you say. Let people see God’s light through you.

It’s Christmas. Spread the Love.

Life

18 Nov

Well guys, life happens.

Just because we believe in God, and because we have been saved by Christ, doesn’t mean that life is going to be easy. In fact, it pretty much guarantees that we are going to go through trials. Whether it’s that math test, your grades, dating troubles, a death, or something else, we are going to have things pop up in life that are difficult for us.

At times, it may feel like life is weighing us down. Those trials and tribulations are too much to handle.

But that’s not true! Some verses I’ve taken comfort in recently are, as usual, Philippians 4:13:

“I can do all things through Him who gives me strength”

and Hebrews 13:5:

“…I will never leave you nor forsake you”

God is there for us, even in the toughest of times. Something that definitely relates to this is a poem called “Footprints in the Sand.” If you have never read it, do. Seriously. This poem is such an encouragement. And if you have read it, read it again!

Think about that for a little while. Even if it seems like no matter how much we pray, how much we ask God to help us through and He isn’t doing anything about it, He is! You may not be able to see God working in your life sometimes, but know that He is always there and in control.

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we cannot see” ~Hebrews 11:1

Even when it seems like God isn’t there, we have to have faith that He is. Looking back on rocky times in life, I realize now just how many little blessings God put into my life, even when I had sort of turned away from Him for a while. He was still there. He still cared. He carried me through.

When life gets you down, keep praying. Have faith. Our God is always in control. He will help you through whatever you are going through. Life happens. But God is always there for us.

Over and out,

<3 Paperclip101

Writer’s Block, Nostalgia, and Distractions

8 Nov

Why is it that I’m having so much trouble with this novel? It may be simply because I want to get to the good part. But I don’t know. In any case, I am behind in my word-count goal. How’s that for a way to start the month off? I suppose it’s better now than later…but still…

I’m feeling strangely nostalgic right now. (I hate the word nostalgic, but right now it seems to fit.) My mind keeps wandering back to Idaho, to last school year, last summer, Othello, et cetera, et cetera. (Latin for ‘et cetera’ is ‘et ceterae’ [pronounced et ket*air*eye], did you know that? Sorry, random bit of Latin knowledge…) Anyway. It’s a little bit depressing, for whatever reason. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that life has been going by so fast. I know it has some to do with hurts that have occurred, but even the happy memories are strangely depressing right now. Maybe this will help me write from Jade’s point of view. But I kind of doubt it, since I have been attempting to write for sooooooo looooong now. I suppose I an just missing the simplicity of life as it was a long time ago, before I knew so much about this world. I’m not saying I know a lot, I’m just saying that my view on life has changed so much in the past 4-7 years.

Sometimes this world feels like a heavy burden to bear–when we don’t fit in, when someone we trusted has hurt us, when things just pile up. I’ve finally found myself again, but I don’t see the world the same way I used to. It is a big place. It’s a hurtful place. But it’s also a wonderful place.

1 John 2:15 says:

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Does this literally mean “do not love anything in the world”? No. What this verse is saying is that we should not love the evil and the “bad ways” of the world. We should be focusing on God and not letting our world’s negativity find favor with us. We can still enjoy this world, because God has provided it for us. But we should not love the world so much that God becomes unimportant in our lives. He is the one we should focus on, not things of this world.

Hebrews 3:1 says:

Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.

Another verse relating to this is Matthew 6:21:

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Okay. I don’t know about all of you, but it’s hard for me to always live life completely for God. Other things can distract us. Activities that we do. That really cute guy/girl. Our looks. Music. Anything, good or bad, can become a distraction from God. Trust me here, I struggle with this as much as anyone. I’m not condemning anyone. This is something everyone has a problem with. Just like even the best foods for you can be poison if you have too much of it, even good things can be poison to us if we live for them instead of God.

I’m going to take this a step further. Philippians 4:8 says:

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

The “young generation” right now has a lot of things to think that are not these things. Take the latest trends in music. It seems like almost every song you here at least mentions sex, drugs, or alcohol. I’m not saying that every song does. But so many popular songs of today seem to focus on the worldly aspects of this world. By listening to this stuff, aren’t we really just poisoning our minds? Many young adult books are the same way. And many of the most popular movies. As Christians, we need to be focusing on those things mentioned in the above verse.

So I challenge you, reader, evaluate your music/book/movie choices. Are these true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable? If not, does it still have a good message? Is it using this sort of thing to get a positive/Godly message across?

I’m leaving this up to you guys. I know I’m not the best example–I will admit that I listen to some Lady Gaga, and other music that I was just saying is negative. I’m not perfect. And it’s something that I am working on. But think about what you choose to expose yourself to in this world.

I came up with this after one of my friends said to me, “God has been convicting me of my music choices of late.” It really made me think. I struggle with this. A lot of people do!

I guess that’s all, it’s just something that’s been on my mind for a while now.

Over and out,

❤ Paperclip101

P.S. I wrote this a while ago but didn’t post it till today 🙂

Work, Work, Work…

12 Oct

¡Hola! Well guys, sorry I haven’t written in a while (I guess it’s really not that long, but it feels like a long time to me). I’ve been pretty busy (why do my posts always start like this?!) with youth group stuff, choir, studying for the PSAT, and most of all, school. Is it weird that even though I’m dong school online this year, it still takes me from around 8 in the morning to around 3 in the afternoon? Sometimes later? ‘Course, that’s with hard classes, and there are some days when I’m out at like 11:30 am, but my average time is probably about 3:00…

The PSAT was easier than expected, but that doesn’t mean it was easy. Far from it. Of course, on the English stuff, I did fine. I finished before the others on the reading and writing sections. But math? Ugh. Math is…not my forte. I didn’t even finish all of the questions in my 25-minute time slot.

You know, a weird thought hit me yesterday: Our world seems to be so based on working hard, so that you can work harder, so that you can work even harder. Does this make sense to anyone? Think about it. We start out with preschool, progress to kindergarten, and then grade school. Each year you have to work a little harder. Middle school is harder than grade school. High school is infinitely harder than middle school. And to add to it, you have to do all this work to get accepted into a decent college, so that you can pay to learn more and work even harder. Then, when college is through, guess what? You get to work even harder, every day!

Am I the only one who finds this weird? Fact is, we all have to work, and work hard, almost every day of our lives.

Colossians 3:23-24 says:

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

Whoa. Think about that. While it’s true that work is hard, and stressful, we should be working hard and working willingly at the tasks people give us in this world. As though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

But that’s the problem, isn’t it? I know that it is challenging in this life to live strictly for Him, to “work for the Lord.” In our lives, people throw things at us, the devil gives us temptations, but through it all we have to work for God. And you know, if we don’t have a willing attitude and heart when we work, how can we honestly say that we are really working for God?

I know that it’s hard to always be willing to work hard, I know that for one, I complain. A lot. But have you noticed that if you are determined to get something done, you can work harder and sometimes even enjoy yourself?

I have to add, once again, Philippians 4:13. I know, it may seem like I’m obsessed with this verse or something, but really, it is a verse that helps me through a lot of stuff, from writing an extra-challenging essay to dealing with a fight or even bigger stuff. In fact, this verse is hanging on my school bulletin board as a reminder that with Christ, I can do anything. No matter how hard that essay is 😉

I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. ~Philippians 4:13

My point, I guess, is that while things may be tough sometimes, whether it’s doing schoolwork and not letting yourself get distracted by all the other cool stuff on the internet, or whether you’re at work, or whether you’re at a school having your beliefs beat up on and feeling isolated, we have to push through. With God’s help, we can work through anything–we just have to be willing to try, and trust in Christ to get us through it.