Wednesday, December 24, 2014

He used the manger

Precious Babe, the Lord Jesus Christ... 
Luke 2:7 - And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.  

I'm sure all of you know the Christmas story and what took place that wonderful night. But today I just would like to talk about the manger that held the baby Jesus.  So many things could have been used to put Jesus in that night, but God chose him to be born in a small, wooden box used for feeding animals-a manger. You might say that God did not significantly choose the manger to be Jesus' crib that night, you might say that it was just a coincidence and that it didn't serve a special purpose. I believe that  is incorrect. To me the manger is a symbol of so many things. 

When you think about how God sent his only son-A king to be born in a humble stable full of animals, laid in a manger, and wrapped in swaddling clothes. How can you not be filled with wonder at the humility that took? God could have let Jesus been born in a castle, full of riches and laid in a beautiful crib, wrapped up in warm blankets. But God didn't do that. He sent his son to be born in a small manger. Why? I believe it was a symbol of not only his love for us, but a symbol of his character and of his perfection. God used that manger that night. A thought came to me the other day, one that I wanted to share with you:

 God used the manger, just a wooden box, to hold his Son. Why can't be be content just being a wooden box God can use? Sometimes we think that to be something amazing we must be the smartest, brightest, and most beautiful thing, but God didn't use a shiny and big crib to hold his Son. All he used was a little, wooden, brown box. You might have looked at that same manger a night before Jesus' birth and have said, "There's just a wooden box just good for holding hay. It has no value. It has no worth." But if you had known that that same box would be used the next day to hold Jesus you would have thought sometime entirely different. You see God uses the simple things. You don't have to have some amazing ability to be used by God, he uses humble wooden boxes to do his work. 
  God can use anyone. When you think about how he used that simple manger, think about how much more he can use a person willing to do his work. God used a wooden box; he can definitely use you! You don't have to be the brightest person or the most talented. You just got to be willing. Be willing to be just a plain, wooden box willing to be filled with the Lord. 
 You see, the manger by itself is not significant. The thing that made the manger special was not the manger itself, but who was laid inside the manger. On our own we can not come to our full potential, but when you let Jesus in your life he will make you (a manger) into a miracle. Just let him in. Let him make you, just a simple person, into a masterpiece designed to fulfil his will. 

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I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas tomorrow. Remember that Jesus is the reason, not only for this season, but all seasons. Be willing to be a manger....and when you let Jesus in I promise you He'll bring forth a miracle!


Keep shining bright
~Brittney

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Time

Christmas Eve 
I absolutely love this picture! It just shows the brightness and joy that Christmas brings. Tomorrow me and my family will be headed to IN for Christmas! It hasn't snowed there yet but I'm hoping for a white Christmas. Can't wait to go be with family and celebrate the birthday of our Lord Jesus. The greatest gift of all was never wrapped in paper but wrapped in God's amazing love-his son. It's amazing when you really think about how God sent his son-a King, to be born in a stable (with animals), layed in a manger, and wrapped in swaddling clothes! And all because of his amazing love for us! This Christmas don't forget the real reason for Christmas. It's not about opening gifts but it's about the Great Gift-Jesus. 

            There's this amazing song called "Where's the line to see Jesus?" 
 Around this time of year you see lines of kids waiting to tell Santa what they want for Christmas. They don't know the true meaning of what Christmas is really all about. It's not about asking Santa for presents for Christmas but it's about the presence of Christ. He is the REASON for the SEASON. 


" Where's the Line to see Jesus".

Christmas time was approaching
Snow was starting to fall
Shoppers choosing their presents
People filling the mall
Children waiting for Santa
With excitement and glee
A Little boy tugged my sweater
Looked up and asked me,
"Where's the line to see Jesus?
Is He here at the store?
If Christmas time is His birthday,
Why don't we see Him more?
Where's the line to see Jesus?
He was born for me.
Santa Clause brought me presents,
But Christ gave His life for Me."

As I stood in amazement
At this message profound
I looked down to thank him
He was no where around.
A little boy at he mall
Might as well had had wings
As the tears filled my eyes
I thought I heard him sing:
"Where's the line to see Jesus?
Is He here at the store?
If Christmas time is His birthday,
Why don't we see Him more?
Where's the line to see Jesus?
He was born for me.
Santa Clause brought me presents,
But Christ gave His life for me."
In the blink of an eye,
At the sound of His trump't,
We'll all stand in line at His throne.
Every knee shall bow down.
Every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Where's the line to see Jesus?
Is He here at the store?
If Christmas time is His birthday,
Why don't we see Him more?
Where's the line to see Jesus?
He was born for me.
Santa Clause brought me presents,
But Christ gave His life for me.
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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What it means to be a Christian



Gal 2:20 - I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 

  I'm sure many of you have said before that you are a Christian, but have you ever given it any deep thought? Being a Christian is not just a title....it's a lifestyle-it's your identity. The word Christian begins with the word-Christ. This does not only mean that we are followers of Christ but that we are to be "Christ-like." 
   I cannot even begin to tell you how many stories I've heard of people who refuse to go to church, get saved, and become Christians because of the bad reputation of another Christian. People are watching you. You may not know it, but they are. We should proudly announce to others that we are Christians, but that is not good enough. To be a Christian means to be "Christ-like." Do you act like Christ? Do you show love, mercy, and kindness to those around you? We can't brag about our love for Christ because we fail daily, but we can brag about Him because His love never fails.
  Jesus isn't looking for us to be like other Christians, He is looking for you to be more like Him! Don't compare yourselves to other Christians,compare yourself to Christ. So many professing Christians do not understand the vital importance of  what being a Christian means. They don't maintain a godly testimony, and they don't go out of there way to proclaim the name of Christ to others. 

What does being a Christian mean to you? Do you take it seriously? God wants us to strive to be more like Him. He lives within us, and He wants us to also live for Him. To be a Christian is more important than just your religion. It's a lifestyle. It's a life directed towards honoring and serving a living Savior! Does Christ mean a lot to you? To be honest he needs to mean more than a lot to you....he needs to mean everything to you. And if He means everything to you, you will be the greatest Christian you can be.

Be more "Christ-like". Strive to live a "Christ-filled Life!"

Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 

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Keep shining bright
~Brittney

Saturday, December 6, 2014

God's amazing plan

This is a guest post by my amazing friend Hope McDaniel. Hope you all get a blessing out of this!
                                           Very successful flagstone path through a meadow with striking white Alliums
So a bunch of us teens are eating together, and the adult at the table starts asking everybody what their future plans are..
"Going to Maranatha for Pastoral Studies"
"Biomathematics"
"Music education with a goal of teaching in a University"
"Radiology"

And the list goes on and on, then it hits me, I have no clue what I want to do.
And then I start flipping out.
Oh of course I've dreamed of doing lots of things, but none seem quiet right. And then colleges, oh the list is extensive. And money, I don't even have a stable job, how in the world will I ever pay for college? Should I even try going? Should I go to the mission field, or serve in some ministry in the US? What if I miss out on God's best for my life? What is God's will? When will i find it?

I think some of those questions are things we all think about during  our teens years. And honestly, we've only got one shot at our future, so it can be pretty intimidating. But recently I came across a great book called "Discovering your Destiny"(its a great read, I would definitely recommend it) and it put things in a great perspective for me. I just want to share a few of those thoughts with you guys.

1) Gods got an awesome plan just for you. "Gods will" isn't some scary thing designed to suck all the fun out your life. Its actually so much better than we could imagine, and it definitely is the best option in the end. Don't dread it, anticipate it. 

2) Gods will isn't some hidden object your trying to find. God doesn't just send you on this search all alone. No, he wants you to walk with him and step by step, opportunity by opportunity he brings his will into your life. 

3) Daily walking with him is key. In order for God to show you his will and to work that out in your life, you have to daily spend time with him. Walking with him and getting to know him better. It reminds me of the servant who found Jacobs wife, "I, being in the way". 

4) You want to know God's will? You already have it. Obey what you know, and God will show you the rest. For example, God's will is for you to give thanks in everything, for you to obey your parents, for you to work your hardest at all you do(school would def. fall in that category), he wants you to reach out to lost souls and tell others about him. Right now while we wait, why not do what he clearly wants for our lives right now? 

Don't get so bogged down about all the pressure and decisions. Stay close to God and trust him, he's got this under control. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

D e c e m b e r

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I can't believe December is here...already. I feel like fall just got here and now winter has taken it's place! I can't believe how fast this year has gone by...we're already on the last month of the year! 

    Winter is so beautiful though. December is probably my favorite month of the year! Not only do I just love wearing sweaters, snuggling up with extra blankets, and drinking hot cocoa, but I love the Christmas spirit that this month brings! I hear Christmas music every day and I love looking at all the Christmas lights in town. Next week my church is having a float in the parade =) The week after that I'm having a teen Christmas party at my house and the week after that we're going Christmas caroling! I just love December.  It truly is- 
"The most wonderful time of the year!" 

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P.S. My blog is in the middle of being redesigned. Sorry if it's looking weird...in the process of giving it a wintery/Christmas look!


Keep shining bright
~Brittney

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Only one life

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  A few events have happened in my life recently that opened my eyes to the real meaning and worth of life. Not that long ago, someone I knew committed suicide. I didn't know him well, but it shocked me all the same. How could someone take their life like that? It made me think about the value of life, and how some people see it, and some don't. I think you all have probably heard the term YOLO (you only live once). People usually use this in a negative aspect - "to party" and "live it up while you can". Life is precious. Life is valuable, and life is short. Your life is all you have to give! Will you make your time here on Earth worth it? YOU matter to God. He put you here for a reason. Not just to "live it up" and get as much fun out of it as you can, but to make a difference. To live a life for Him.

Here are some things that need to be realized about life:

1)  We're here for a reason

Rev 4:11  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. 

If you are a Christian, you know that you did not evolve from monkeys, you know that life isn't just an accident; an amazing freak act of nature. Life has purpose. We have a creator. We were created by a loving God! You weren't an accident. You are part of God's beautiful plan! We must realize that everyone was put here on Earth for a reason, and that reason is to love and glorify God. You are special in God's eyes. You are his child! To wish that you had never been born would be a serious offense against God. He created and died for you! You are his masterpiece - to destroy something so valuable would be so sad. You have a purpose. If you follow God and His will you'll see that!

2) We must not only realize the worth of our life, but the worth of other peoples lives too.
1 John 4:11  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
Be compassionate; be loving. Never be hesitant to give a helping hand. I think so many lives could have been saved if someone just went out of their way to be kind to a person in need. We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone! There are people hurting all around us. You're not the only one who has doubts, troubles, and tribulations. Reach out to others! You'd want them to do the same for you. A helping hand, or an encouraging word can go a long way. Show to others the love Christ shows for you!

3) Realize that we live for someone much bigger than ourselves
Rom 14:7-8 - For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. 

I believe that if we come to the point of complete and utter discouragement, life is not the problem. Who we're living for is! Most of us are living for ourselves and when we live for self we'll become discontent and unhappy. God did not put us here to live for ourselves. You can't find fulfillment in living for just you. You must live for God. He is where peace and joy comes from. Not yourself, or things of this world. The root problem, I think, for depression and a lack of love for life is really just who we're living for. The world tells us to live for ourselves, to love ourselves, and to do anything to make ourselves happy. The truth is we can't find real fulfillment in ourselves; because we'll fail ourselves daily. We are bound to fail. We are imperfect people. But God does not fail! If we're living for his honor and for his glory we won't find ourselves hating our life. God gave you your life - Love and embrace it....but for Him. Set your eyes on bigger things. Don't love yourself; love Christ and through him you'll realize that you have purpose. You have value.
Love God, the creator of life, and you'll love your life!

4) Life is short 
James 4:14 - Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 

I don't know if you realized yet or not, but life is short. Very short. All we have to give to God is our life. That may seem huge to you,and it is, but in reality our life is short. But if we make today count;  If we make our short time here on Earth count; it will last forever. One day you will meet God and you will stand before him. I believe we will all ask ourselves some questions and reevaluate our lives. Did my life make a difference? Did I shine bright for Christ? Did I surrender all? When we get to heaven someday, the world and it's things won't matter. Only the things we did for God will matter. What are you living for today? Live for the best thing; live for God. Love your life that he has given you! You won't regret it.

Matthew 22:37 - Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 




Keep shining bright
~Brittney


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Praising Him in the hallways

  
Rev. 19:5 - And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.

Do you ever have these amazing highs in your life and then the next week your having a major low day? Do you ever feel some days that you could move mountains with Jesus by your side but then the next day you feel like you're in a dark hole accomplishing nothing for the greater good? Before God can open a new door in your life he wants you to learn to praise him in the hallways. In life we have setbacks. We get discouraged. We feel helpless and unused by God. But always remember for every setback God has an amazing comeback. God can use everyone in every area of life. He friends the friendless. He's a father to the orphans. He's a guide to the lost; and hope for the hopeless. Learn to praise God at all times in life. Don't get discouraged when it seems like God is not using you exactly as you want him to. Just stay faithful and stay willing. God doesn't call the experienced or the talented...he just calls those who are willing to heed his call. Praise God in the good days and the bad. 
    Sometimes we compare ourselves to other Christians and look at what they're accomplishing and think that we could never do that. Don't focus on other Christians; focus on Christ. God isn't the most impressed by the most successful Christians. He's looking for the ones that are ready and willing to do his will. The ones who are willing to work behind the scenes. Every good and amazing thing began with a willingness and a determination to do that amazing thing. Don't just set your eyes on doing amazing things. Set your eyes on serving Jesus and He will do amazing things through you. 
    Don't let this world discourage you. Keep serving Him. No matter what. I'm sure you know the popular saying-"Where God closes a door he opens a new one." I think that before he opens a new one he wants us to learn to praise him in the hallways. To keep on trusting in him even when we don't know what our future holds. When we don't know what's on the "other side of the door." God is in control. Stop worrying about what lies ahead. Just praise and serve him and then He will open amazing doors in your life.

 Just learn to smile through the storms. Learn to praise him in the hallways.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Life is a vapor//a guest post

 James 4:14 - Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

The following is a guest post by one of my closest friends Hope McDaniel. Hope you all enjoy this. Hope her words are as helpful to you as they have been to me over the years :) Love you Hope!

 


Life is a vapor. We have a certain number of days to live, and quickly they are slipping by. One day your going to be standing before God and what will you have to say about your life? There's no excuse making then. So what will it be for you? One day seeing you wasting your life on countless hours on Pinterest or Instagram? 
   Recently I was thinking about all God has done for me, I mean he literally has given me it all. How can I know that and then give nothing back to him? 
 Really none of these trivial things matter in Eternity, I mean seriously there are tons of dying souls out there and I'm afraid of what some random girl will think about me if i talk to her about God? Like what will that matter in a thousand years? We make such stupid excuses, we get so caught up in little things, we have this "I'll live forever" mentality. Or "I'll start living for God later in my life", what if you don't get a tomorrow?
  What if you say that but the days keep passing and its not happening? So why just go out of for Christ today? Why not live radically for Christ?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Standing Strong

Love this quote. It is so true

Psalm 94:16 - Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?

1Cor. 16:13 - Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. 

In a world that's falling we must be willing and ready to stand. We must be willing to stand boldly. To stand strong. If we do not have a firm founding-a firm foundation we will fall. The people of this world build there lives on material things. Their foundation is weak and it will not keep them stable. They will fall. They have built their hopes, lives, and dreams on something that will not last. But, we have the choice to have a solid foundation. We have something far more stable and strong. 
We have Christ.
He is our rock.
  What are you standing on today? Are you standing on things of this world-entertainment, money, and technology. Or are you rooted deep into something that is sure to hold us strong through the days of adversity. We have an amazing God and we must stand on him and stand strong. 
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Three ways we can stand


1) Stand FIRMLY
As Christians we have a firm foundation...sometimes we just don't use it. Christ is our rock and our shield. He is a helper in the time of need, but we must be rooted in Him. In order for us to ever stand strong we need to stand firmly on the foundation of God. HE is our strength and without
 Him we would be nothing. Stop trying to lead your own life. If Christ is our rock-if he's our foundation, we will not fall. He has the power to control and direct your life. Plant yourself deep in Him. Pursue a relationship with Him before anyone or anything else. If you do not stand firm in your faith you will not stand at all.
2) Stand BOLDLY
Not only should we stand in Christ but we must stand for Christ. Stand up against the crowd and glorify Christ. Be a bold witness for Him. Don't let this world shake you and hinder you from serving God to your full ability. Be bold. Take a stand. It is better to stand alone than with a crowd going in the wrong direction. Stand for what is right, even if you stand alone. In a world that created you to fit in, God created you to stand out and be a light.

3) Stand STRONG 
Stand in Christ. Stand for Christ. Stand with Christ. We are nothing by ourselves. Without Christ we can not do anything for Him. But if we make him our foundation; if we transfer our faith in our self to faith in Christ he can use us in amazing ways. It's like He's the master painter but we are His paintbrushes and his paint. If we allow Him to use us He can create a masterpiece through us. God is the ultimate craftsman...but he uses us to be his tools. Don't let this world knock you down. Stay strong in Him! Stand in Him firmly. Stand for Him boldly.  If we do that God will stand with us strongly. He is our strength. He is our rock. 

Joshua 1:9 - Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. 

 Eph 6:10 - Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

 One of the reasons I married my husband is because he made me feel like this... and then we started going on hikes that looked like this. :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

autumn

autumn-lovely idea to do with whole class for all sorts of things...  

Fall is here! And oh how I love it. I love the beauty that fall brings, the chilly air and colorful leaves. I love wrapping up in a blanket on a chilly day and sipping some hot cocoa. I love autumn. God's beauty always surrounds us but I always feel like it does even more in fall.

Fall, the prettiest season of all. 

What's your favorite thing about autumn? 


autumn leaves  
(This picture just reminded me...did I tell you all I got my driver's permit? Because I did =D So yeah I'm pretty excited about that...)


 So cool!
 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

16th Birthday pictures

I had an amazing 16th Birthday party October 4th. Sorry I haven't gotten around to posting pictures til now!

I had such an amazing time with all my friends and family.



Me and my aunt Debbie



At my birthday party we also had a ceremony and my dad presented a purity ring to me!


after the ceremony I changed into casual clothes and opened presents! (btw for those of you who are wondering why I got frosted flakes for my birthday it is because my nickname is "Frosty" which came from frosted flakes...and how I got the nickname is a long story so yeah. weird I know.)

After the party me and my friends played soccer in my backyard :) So totally awesome...

And this is my crazy youth group!

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Hope you enjoyed the pictures. I had more but I don't have the time to post them all now...Hope you all are having a great week!

Also I now have a facebook!!! If you have one I'd love for your to request me as a friend. My profile is here

Keep shining bright
~Brittney

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bloom where you're planted

 Bloom!
About a year back I was struggling spiritually with life. I was discontent. Unhappy. I didn't think I belonged and I thought that I couldn't grow where I was...that I needed to be somewhere else, but God showed me that the most beautiful flowers bloom through adversity. They spring out from the dirt beneath them and radiate with beauty. Sometimes we say that the grass always is greener on the other side-we're always wishing for more in life but the truth is the grass is greener where you water it.
 Embrace life.
God put you in the life you're in for a reason, and even if you struggle with things from time to time remember that you can bloom anywhere, at anytime. It's your choice. Will you let struggles in life choke you up like a weed? Or will you bloom through the storms? I just thought today I'd share some points on how to bloom where your planted.

1) Water your life with the word
 Isaiah 40:8 - The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
For a flower to bloom it must be watered. It must have a constant, steady nourishment. In life we need this too. God has given us his word to help us stay "well-nourished" for life. Every time I fail to stay in God's word I feel myself slowly weakening spiritually. We need to keep on reading and living in God's word. We can not grow physically without food or water. So how do we expect to grow spiritually without spiritual water-God's word? The Bible has the power to transform you. If you find comfort in God's word and purpose to drink it up in your life I promise you that you will bloom where you are planted! Water is necessary to grow.
2)  Have firm roots
 Col 2:7 - Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
So many Christian teens fall out of the Christian life when they become an adult because they do not have firm roots. They don't know what they believe and why they believe it! Our roots need to be firmly planted in the things of the Lord. If we plant ourselves in the world we will shrivel away and bring forth sickly, dead leaves in life. Plant your life in things of the Lord not this world. Stand steadfast for the Lord. If your roots aren't firmly planted you won't bloom into what God has for you. Grow in him.
3) Don't compare yourself to other flowers
As a teen I know that we so often do this. We compare our lives to others. We constantly compare who we are to who others are. Don't compare yourself to others; compare yourself to Christ! A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just grows. Don't compare how colorful or exciting others lives are to your own! God planted you where he wants you. Don't be the sunflower who yearns to be a rose. God created you to be who you are. He needs each of us to bloom for him where he planted us. We each have a place in his garden. Learn to except your place and do as much for Christ as you can where He put you.
4) Grow in the rain 
Lastly I think for us to bloom where we're planted we must grow in the midst of trials. Let everything you go through, grow you. Don't let it trample you. God sends storms our way to help strengthen us. We just must decide to strive through the storms not shrivel away. Remember that everything you grow through is forming you into the beautiful flower God made you to be.

 

2 Peter 3:18 - But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.



Keep shining bright
~Brittney

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fall Fashion post//Birthday party

So sorry for not posting forever! My trip to Maryland was fantastic (pictures coming soon) Wednesday my brother took a photoshoot for me! So I'm going to do a fashion post...haven't done one for awhile...


Falling in love with fall 

 

  

 

  
this one is my personal favorite

 

  

and this is one that was accidental...this is me telling my brother what to do! lol. 

Outfit:
 
scarf- from a friend (I think it came from Walmart)
belt- Cato
skirt- goodwill
shirt- goodwill
shoes-Kohls

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So I think some of you know this already but....my 16th birthday party is TOMORROW. I'm like super duper excited =D I hope to post pictures of it soon. Can't believe I'm turning sixteen....time surely has flown by.



Friday, September 19, 2014

Life Happenings

 Paris by Irene Suchocki
Life has been....quite busy to say the least. The last couple of weeks have gone by so fast it's unbelievable! Do you ever feel like life is just going by way too fast and you can barely catch up? It reminds me about the bible verse: James 4:14- Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. Our life is short so we must try to do as much for Christ as we can.
You only live once, but if you do it right once is enough
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So I didn't really know what to post about today but I figured I should probably post something or else you all would think I dropped off the face of the Earth. I don't have time to post much at all but I thought I'd give you a little highlight on what's going on with my right now.

This Sunday my church is taking a group to Maryland to pass out 40,000 portions of scripture in only 4 days! I'm really looking forward to this trip and can't wait. Next Friday our group will also be touring Washington D.C. If any of you are trying to get a design by me next week, etc. I will not be available! 

Sorry for not posting more in recent weeks. I really wish I had more time but it's been extremely busy. I've been really active at church with teaching a new class and all (loving it :) and I've also been working on my kid's resale which I think I've told you all about also! Hopefully when I get back from Maryland I'll have more time to post! Please keep the missions team in your prayers. 




Keep shining bright
~Brittney

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Only Skin deep

But you can see a sliver of soul through a persons eyes. 

True beauty. What is it? Where is it found? I want you to think about the most beautiful person you know. Just think about it for a second. It might be the popular girl you see at school, maybe a friend, or maybe just a girl that's in your youth group. Maybe you're even thinking of a gorgeous celebrity who you've been comparing your self to since you were a kid.
   I don't know who you just thought of, but my guess is that the first person that came to your mind was a beautiful girl...on the outside. Maybe she has amazing hair, shining eyes, and a fit body. But true beauty is not found on the outside-it's not just skin deep.

Beauty is not found on the outside but is found in the deepest parts of the soul.

True beauty is not found in the person who's strikingly gorgeous, fit, or popular. It's in the humble heart of a person who's willing to do anything for another person. It's found deep within the soul. True beauty is sometimes not seen, it's sometimes overlooked. Many times our society is looking for the new most physically perfect person, the world puts pressure on what you look like on the outside and doesn't focus on the inside. 1 Samuel 16:7- Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
I know that as a girl, we often compare ourselves to other girls. We look at someone who's more attractive then we are, and we begin to be discouraged.  We begin to even be more negative about who we are, and what we look at.

 It doesn't matter how thin your body is, how shiny and pretty your hair is, or if your eyes sparkle bright enough. It doesn't matter if you have braces, or if you have to wear glasses you feel awkward in. It doesn't matter if you have acne or if you have an uneven skin tone.
What matters is what's on the heart and that's what God cares about in us.

We can't change what we look like on the outside, but we can choose who we are on the inside. 

Beauty is not based on what man sees but on what God sees. Wouldn't you rather please God than man? Wouldn't you rather have beauty that starts on the inside and shines around you to others?
  Think again about that question I asked before- who is the most beautiful person you know? It's not the girl that's pretty on the outside but it's the one that might be standing on the sidelines. It might be the girl who is a servant to others, always willing to help someone out. Let's be that girl. We're all going to die someday.  I don't want to get to Heaven some day and realize that my life on Earth wasn't focused on having a beautiful heart and soul, but just on the outward. Beauty within will take you a lot farther then beauty on the outside ever will.

Don't compare your looks to a celebrity but compare your heart to God. 

Look for someone this week that you believe has a beautiful heart and tell them "You're beautiful." We need more people who are determined to be inwardly beautiful. Let's strive to be the one God would have us to be.

Always remember that if beauty is only skin deep it isn't worth a thing. It's the inside that matters.  We can only have that kind of beauty by having a walk with Christ.
 We need to let Him shine through us!



Keep shining bright
~Brittney

Linkup winners

First of all let me apologize for posting the winner of the dream destination linkup so late! This last week I went to my grandparent's house in IN and then the day after we got back I left for back to school camp. It was an amazing time, I just wasn't able to get on the computer until now!

  So now I at last present to you the winner of the dream destination link-up:



ocean
(You all can click on the link to read her entry)

Thank you so much to all that entered! And congradualtions Ana! 


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That is all I have time to post for now but hopefully I'll be posting a devotional on here sometime soon :)




Keep shining bright
~Brittney 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Dream Destination Linkup


Don't we all have a place we've always been dreaming of going to? A dream destination? If your like me you've dreamed of traveling tons of places--of seeing the world...and now my dear, beloved blogger friends I present unto you the

DREAM DESTINATION LINKUP

How does it work you may ask? Well here's what it is...


Rules and Guidelines:

1) Pick you Dream Destination. This can be a American city, a tropical Island, a busy europeon city, or a ice-covered mountain. It's YOUR dream destination!
2) Make a cover image with the name of your dream destination
3) WRITE! Do a blog post about your dream destination, where it's located, why you want to go there, and what you'd do there! This is basically an oportunity to be your own travel agent! lol; look up places you'd love to visit near your dream destination! For example if you want to go to Hawaii mention the things you want to do there (ex. surfing, visiting pearl harbor, eating pineapple drinks, etc.)
4) post it on your blog (or if you don't have a blog email me your entry) with a link back to this post. And I'd also love it if you posted the image above^ on your blog's sidebar!
5) the deadline is: September 1st   

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I hope that many of you will enter! I will also be judging the entries based on the writing, destination, cover image, etc. and the winner will have their blog button posted on my sidebar! But please just enter for the fun of it :) I can't wait to hear about your dream destinations! If you have any questions feel free to ask in a comment below

Monday, August 11, 2014

Banana Tres Leches

Banana Tres Leches Dessert 

This last Saturday we had some people over and my mom asked me to make a dessert. I wasn't really sure what to make but I thought I'd go for something kind of special and unusual. My dad has always loved Tres Leches and we both like bananas so I decided to try out this new recipe I found--Banana Tres Leches. Wasn't sure how it would turn out but I tried it anyway! It was a smashing success! lol; My dad LOVED it and the others did too.
 I know I haven't ever posted a recipe on here before but I personally always like finding new recipes so I thought I'd share with you all this one.

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Banana Tres Leches


1 box of white cake mix (super moist works best)
2 tablespoons of  vegetable oil
1 1/4 cup water
3 eggs 
1 cup mashed bananas (2 bananas)
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup (from 14-oz can) coconut milk (not cream of coconut)
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 container of fluffy, white frosting
 

Directions

  •   Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 13x9-inch pan.
  •   In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil, eggs and mashed bananas with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. 
  • Pour into pan.
  •   Bake 33 to 38 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  •  Cool completely (this is very important. Cake can not be warm.)
  •   Poke top of cake every 1/2 inch with a fork, wiping fork occasionally to reduce sticking.
  •  In large bowl, stir together condensed milk, coconut milk and whipping cream. Carefully pour evenly over top of cake. 
  • Cover; refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight until mixture is absorbed into cake. (the longer the better)
  • Spread frosting over cake. (you can Garnish each serving with banana slices and/or toasted coconut for extra flavor and decoration)
  • Keep refrigerated until served 
 
 
Hope at least one of you all make this sometime! And if you do I'd love to know how you liked it. Do you all like the idea of me posting recipes or are you not really interested?

Monday, August 4, 2014

"Garbage in, garbage out"

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Today I just thought I'd share some things with you that I was reading in a book recently about media and the control it can have over our lives! I hope that this will be an encouragement and help to you if it's something you struggle with...and to be honest I think we all struggle with it a bit without even realizing it.

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 Computer programmers developed the phrase "garbage in, garbage out." It meant that whatever you program into the computer is what your going to get out of it. Good or bad. This is also the case with our minds-what goes into it will eventually come out in our lives.

 Media is a constant distraction in our day and age. People are constantly texting their friends, checking their facebook status, tweeting their latest thought, or watching TV.  We are constantly feeding our brains with images from the web and television. Are these things helping us or hindering us in our Christian walk? Some people say it doesn't effect us at all-but their wrong.
A Hollywood actor said this:
"When you make a film you keep people captive for two hours and if you have nothing to say, or the wrong thing to say, it can have a really negative impact."

Walt Disney said:
Movies can and do have tremendous power in shaping young people's lives. 

This is not only true about TV but also about music, and social media. Everything you put into your brain will eventually come out! If your watching immoral TV shows it'll come out in your thoughts...and then it will come out in your actions. You might think that watching one bad movie, or reading one trashy book won't hurt you...but it will. 

The Bible says in: Philippians 4:8-  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Whenever you're watching a YouTube video, reading a book, or watching some movie always keep this verse in mind. Is what your doing pure? Lovely? Is it going to draw you closer to God....or farther away?
I believe the reason so many young people stray away from the Lord, is because they start watching and looking at the wrong things, then they start thinking on those things, and then they act those things out.
Satan knows how to deceive you-he did it with Eve. He tempted her with something that looked good and harmless. She started thinking about it and then she acted on those thoughts! 

 I encourage you to memorize Philippians 4:8! It has really helped me in this area. Just the other day I was reading a book and it had something iffy in it...I was going to keep on reading it but Phil.4:8 popped up in my mind and I decided to quite reading the book. Just remember-"Garbage in, garbage out." But when you keep you mind and thoughts holy your life will bring forth those things of truth, purity, honesty, and virtue!

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Have a great week guys! Keep serving Christ.


Keep shining bright
~Brittney 

Friday, August 1, 2014

VBS//School//Life

Last week my church has VBS and I had the privilege of helping out with the K5-1ST graders and also being a bus captain! It was an awesome week and I was so glad to be apart of it. We had over 20 kids get saved. Praise the Lord!

Here are some photos from last week:

  
Me and two of my fellow VBS helpers. Love these girls to death!

  

 

  

me and some of the kids on my bus :) I absolutely loved working a bus route (it was rough sometimes) but I loved getting to know the kids. I now am starting to help out on the bus every Sunday! So glad for this opportunity to reach out the kids in my community!

   
^ Some pictures of the kids that I helped with for VBS!

 

 
I got to be in a skit for VBS and I had to play one of the guy's old, grumpy, grandma! lol; I had to put on some old fashioned clothes and put baby powder in my hair. I also had to wear some glasses but I don't have a pic with them on...but anyway it was tons of fun!


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The summer has gone by SO fast! I mean it's unbelievable...am I the only one who feels this way? I'm starting school in a week! AHHHH. It's terrible. lol. but anyway...I've decided to do this awesome (yet hard) thing for high school. I've decided to finish my last three years of high school in two years! To be able to do this I got to be determined and try hard to double-up,etc. It's something I really want to do though and my parent's ok'd it, so I'm going to go for it :) So yeah....random but I thought I'd share that bit of news with you all anyway.
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Thank you all so much for taking time to read my blog posts! I'm so sorry for not posting very often but the summer has been crazy busy. Have an awesome last week or so of summer! And good luck on starting the new school year!





Keep shining bright
~Brittney

 

 


Monday, July 14, 2014

Before you meet prince charming

Today I'm going to post a book review/devotion for all you Christian girls out there! The above statement^ is a very true one.  In our culture, all girls can think about is the current crush they have.  I believe that all girls really want to get married and live happily ever after.  It's a dream and desire that I believe God gave us, but society has taken that desire way too far. 

  My mom and I were talking the other day on the right age for dating (actually in my family we call it courting) My parents rule for me is: no dating till I'm 18.  While talking about with my mom, I mentioned that I thought the current average dating age was probably lower than age 16. After talking about it, I was curious to see what the actual average was so I googled it....the average age now is about 13 to 14 years of age. This just completely shocked me and my mom!

  I don't know about you, but to me that is crazy! Dating is a serious matter but the world has watered it down by saying that you can date however many guys you want until you find the right one. That is SO wrong. Why have a relationship with a handful of guys if you want to get married someday? Don't you want to try to be just with one instead of giving part of your heart away to multiple guys? Wouldn't you prefer to wait for the one God created for you? Dating at a young age is unrealistic because it's very unlikely that you'll end up marrying that person. I understand that in your life you most likely will have more than one crush...but just because you like someone doesn't mean they are the right one! Crushes often don't even last very long. The world says: " if you think you like them then pursue them,  if you then don't like them-dump them."

  Girls, we need not to focus so much on who we will marry or when we'll get married. I know this is harder than it sounds. We often dream of our future and who we will spend it with. But, I honestly believe that if we'd start focusing more on who we need to be for God then he'll put our prince charming in our life, when he sees fit. God knows who the right guy is for us!  So, what's the use of us trying to figure that out now? God is in control. Not us. We just got to wait on him to bring the right one, instead of seeking out someone ourselves. 

   Don't conform to the pressure of this world that says: you need a boyfriend, and you need one now. The world says: date as many guys as you want until you find the right one.
God says: wait. 

Waiting is hard, but wouldn't you prefer to wait for the right guy instead of sampling all the wrong guys?

I highly recommend Sarah Mally's book: Before you meet prince charming 

This book is so good! I would totally suggest it to any young lady. If your serious about serving God with your life and you want to prepare to be the right help meet for your future prince charming I really encourage you to get this book!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Rewinding and Reviewing

Kitten bow ties 
So I don't even know if any of you have even noticed that I've been...well gone. I've been seriously lacking in posting lately, but even when I do I feel like I have less active readers than before =/ But that's ok! Because I don't write for my audience...I write because that's what I love to do. I just haven't had a lot of time for it lately. Summer has been beyond busy. I know some people say they don't have a lot to do in the summer but it's the busiest time of the year for me! But anyway I thought I'd just give a short review of what's been going on with me lately :)

My Summer so far has consisted of:

1) CAMP! it was wonderful to say the least. I had an amazing time with my youth group, I got to meet new friends, and most importantly I heard amazing preaching and God really worked on my heart :) It was an awesome experience *Pictures coming soon*

2) I've lost 17 pounds. YES! I can not even begin to express how excited I am about this...after years of trying to loose weight I finally did it this summer =D I have a long way to go still but at least I'm doing it!

3) Seeing old friends! I finally was able to see my pen pal Hope! I haven't seen her for seriously over five years and I was finally able to see her again Monday at the creation museum :) It was so awesome. 

 

4) Being involved with my church. Can I just say that I LOVE my church family SO much. We have such a great time together. And I'm so glad to be apart of a church that's so active doing things for the Lord. VBS is coming up and I am so SUPER-DUPER excited.

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Ok; so that's a tiny update considering how much stuff I've been doing lately. But anyway hope you all enjoyed the post and are having a great day! Thanks for reading.



Keep shining bright
~Brittney

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Our Generation

"We are the next generation-We'll reach our world for Christ as we follow our commander,a blessing in our lives, to a world that's lost and dying in need of hope and light as a mighty army we will go forth to reach our world for Christ!'

~ Lyrics from the song To reach our world for Christ

  
This post is for all of you teens out there who want to make a difference in our generation. For those of you who see that there is a need for our generation to turn back to Christ!

  Our generation is a generation of teens who have turned their backs on God and are living for self. Yet there are few who have the courage to stand up and make a difference. In a world of teenagers that are living in sin and for themselves will you be the one to step out of the crown and say "I'm not afraid to stand up for Christ?" 

Today I just want to share some things that our generation is missing and that yet we all need.

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3 Things our generation is missing

  1. Respect- A thing that so many things teens have lost is respect. Respect for God, the bible, and their elders. In this day and age teens are rebellious and think that life is all about having fun and living it up. They want to rebel against all authority and live the way they want to. The respect people have for God is so sad. They openly use his name in vain and mock him. But Christians also have lost respect for God. Respect is also having reverence. We've lost sight of both of these things. God deserves utmost respect but yet we treat him as if he's something small and unimportant in life. Another thing teens have no respect for is elderly people. They don't ever take time to show them kindness or take time to show respect. Teens are too focused on what other young people think of them that they don't even give any concern or thought towards adults. Can I just say that elderly people have the best advice on life in the universe and that their opinion of you matters more than any young person. Adults watch young people and they can tell the godly ones apart from the worldly ones. If you're looking for advice on how to serve God I'm telling you the best advice you can get is from those older, faithful servants of Christ. Take time to get to know the older people in your church. Be a blessing to them. Respect them.

2.Character- character is important. Very important. I once saw a thing that said great character is determined by the kindness someone does for someone else who can give them nothing in return. one of my favorite quotes on character is: 
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
Character is who you are when no one is watching. Teens now-a-days change like the wind. Around some people they act a certain way and around other people, a different way. We must stand steadfast in the Lord. People with good character have integrity; their humble, kind, and honorable. A person of good character will shine bright for the Lord no matter what comes their way. 

3.Boldness- We need to be bold for Christ. the bible says in: Rom.1:16-For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. Our generation needs to be more bold. Do people know you are a Christian? They should know you are by your character but they need to know by your boldness. Speak out! We need more teenagers that will lift up their voice and be God's messenger. Speak out. Speak up. Speak now. Be a bold witness for Christ. Don't be ashamed to stand up for what you believe in. I know some of us are shy...I know sometimes it's hard to speak up but after all God's done for us don't you think the least we can do is speak up for him? Phil.4:13 says-  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. God will grand you the boldness to spread his word. You just got to be willing to do it.

Are you ready to be a light for our generation? Are you ready to speak out? To make a difference? Last week I had an amazing week at camp and the theme was-Are you ready for the call? Are you ready for God's call in your life? God can do amazing things through us to reach our generation. We just got to be willing!

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Hope that was a blessing to some of you. God's really been working on my heart more than ever to help reach my generation! I hope this was a help to some of you like it was to me.

P.S. For all of you who have been emailing me about blog designs I'm so sorry I haven't gotten back to you! Hopefully I'll get back on schedule soon :)


Keep shining bright
~Brittney