Vowel Acrostic Prayer

I wad inspired first of all by the Holy Spirit, but He was working through this book called Fuel by Thomas Nelson publishers. I highly recommend it. God bless.

A wonderful God You are, O Lord!
Earth and Heaven bow down to Your Will!
I am amazed by the awesomeness of what You made, which gives me a glimpse of how wonderful You are!
O Lord Jesus, thank you for making me!

At hard times, O Lord, my spirit grows weak.
Early and late, my bones grow in agony.
I almost can’t bear it, Lord, and if not for Your Comfort, I would die.
O God, Lord Jesus, I praise You for who You are and what You have done for me!

This Saturday

I went thrifting today. It was a nice day spent at thrift stores and yard sales.

Though I can’t remember all the clothes I bought today, I know I got this cute white skirt to wear with leggings. I tried on a lot of stuff and it didn’t fit, but I know that it means God has better garments for me in His Storage. 🙂 I saw this cute denim skirt. I put it on in the dressing room to see how it fits. It appeared very beautiful and (more importantly) modest at first. But keep in mind that if something is too good to be true, it probably is. What may be proof for this is that the skirt had a big slit in the back that would show the world my panties, oh, and it was dry clean only. Bummer. Remember, Neko, God will give you better as you are His child.

I had went to this big yard sale in this retirement community, as well as the thrift store nearby. I made off well (legally of course—don’t misunderstand me and think I stole something—I didn’t!) I got some makeup (purple eyeliner and some eyeshadow), some gifts for my family, and some free stuff too—one woman gave me a free perfume sample and another woman, a friend of my grandmother, gave me a calendar with Psalms on it.

If I could pick out the highlight of my shopping trip, I’d say it was the books God gave me. There was this deal on books—one bag for $3. I picked five books (for they only had five books I was interested in) and let the cashier ring it up. Because it would be cheaper to just pay for each book individually, they let me do that instead. It turned out to be 25 cents per book, which led to a total of $1.25 for the books plus tax and the price of some mini-lotions I bought.

I really like the books I bought. One of them is a paperback King James Bible with a Bible dictionary in the back. I also got some true story books and a guide to taking good pictures (hope that even though it’s by Kodak the information will be relevant and they won’t be trying to sell me anything.) Last, I purchased a book on improving your prayer life.

Let me tell you about this book on prayer so far. I’ve gotten through about one and a half chapters, I believe. It’s written to teenagers like me with a story at the beginning of each chapter that is related to the chapter’s main idea. I don’t necessarily agree with all it’s ideas portrayed, but it did get me thinking and convicted about my mistakes in my relationship with God!

To wrap this up, I enjoyed my day thrifting. I’m very thankful to Jesus for all the items He got me today. I hope I can use them to serve others (and since at most of the stores if not all of them the money goes to charity, I may have served others just buying them. Not to brag though—I do NOT like to brag.) Did you have a good Saturday? A lousy day? An okay day? Tell me about it in the comments! God bless.

How I Memorize Scripture

1. I find a verse to memorize.
2. First I try to get the verse itself (minus the reference; for example Titus 3:4) memorized. Wording too.
3. I say it out loud and try to meditate (think about it) it throughout my day, checking it to see if I got the words right (this is hard)
4. Once I get the words down, I begin associating it with the reference. I pretty much repeat step 3, adding the reference to my meditation.
5. I need to continually review and apply what I memorize lest I lose it, as if you don’t use it, you lose it.

This is from my more-updated Tumblr. Search up Nekobornagain and follow. I hope to post here more. Hope these ripe inspire and help YOU to memorize Scripture—God’s Word can save us in temptation! 🙂 God bless.

The Joy Of Teaching

Seventh period. Oh, the joy.
I ran my fingers through my straight, light, sandy brown hair, then looked at my class, which at the moment, was in the middle of a paper ball war that apparently was much more important than passing the eighth grade. I didn’t like to yell, but I knew I had to. As I opened my mouth, about to chasten the class, something small and sharp flew into my mouth. “ACK! ACK!” I coughed up the item into my hand as the class was hysterically laughing. “A tiny little paper ball.”, I mumbled. Wonderful. I could figure out who threw it just by examining the front row and seeing who had the smug little smirk on their face, being “Whoop whoop!”ed and “You go boy!”ed, as if he had actually accomplished something other than make me want to rip the smirk off his face. Being a Christian, however, that was not the Christ-like thing to do. I simply restrained myself to screaming at him and then sending him to the office with a nice little referral in his hand.
Sometimes I wonder what makes these kids not care about their future, what makes this kids act like ignoramuses. Why they don’t just calm down, pull up their pants, and learn some math. As of now, the highest grade in this class was a 42. It makes me really nervous, with the fact that these ‘wonderful children’ could get me fired.
But even if I do get fired, I’ll still love these little kids. As Christians, Jesus called us to love our neighbors. And as much as I would love to sometimes, I can’t just say, “They don’t live next door to me.”, and proceed to throw a desk at them. That’s not the right thing to do. It isn’t what Jesus would do if he for whatever odd reason was teaching math to a bunch of rowdy teenagers.
Oh, and as I was going through this great philosophical spiel, the paper war only got worse. Kids were running across the room, singing whatever obscene song they heard on the radio with a youthful glee. (It makes me wish I could make them sit down and listen to some Pillar, some Lecrae, some Kutless, some Flyleaf, the good stuff, you know?) Not wanting to subject my ears nor anyone else’s to this rubbish, I (attempted) to silence the class. Apparently I wasn’t speaking in English because they only got louder.
“This was it.”, I thought. No way could I get out without strangling somebody without God’s help. Unafraid of insults, teasing, and exhausted from dealing with this on my own, I dropped to my knees and prayed.
“Father God, I thank you for this day. I thank you for my job, and I thank you for my salvation. I confess that I’ve had some pretty violent thoughts toward these children, and I confess that I sin in that. I ask forgiveness and I ask that you may help me to repent and change my ways. I pray that I may seek Your Kingdom and Your Will, not mine, and somehow influence these young people to come to You. I confess that there is no way I can love these neighbors on my own. I need Your help. So please deliver me from the temptation to strangle or otherwise harm these kids, and help me to love them as myself. I praise You for your holiness and Your mercy, and I pray that I may serve you better tomorrow. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
As any Christian would tell you, and as I have learned in my five years with God, He will provide. I was ‘saved by the bell’, only not by the bell, but by Divine Providence. As it rang, the kids scurried out of the room, almost running one another over. Seriously, it’s amazing how much energy these kids have after being pent up in some stuffy, cold classroom for 55 minutes.
To glorify God for what He has done, I went over to my bag, dug around for my Bible, and placed it on my desk. There is no coincidence in the first page I opened it to and the first verse I noticed:
For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. (Psalm 37:28 KJV)
I went back to the beginning of Psalm 37 and read, eating up what the Lord had to say to me this afternoon. After reading, I looked up to the ceiling, and felt the Holy Spirit strengthening me. I whispered, “I love you, Heavenly Father…” as if I was standing next to God and He had His ear near my lips, as if I was going to tell Him a secret. Feeling satisfied, I knew He loves me, a poor, hot-headed, blue-eyed, short, and sarcastic math teacher, even more than I could ever love Him. He loves me so much He gave His only Son to die in my place and rise. And that’s why I love Him in the first place.

Bloggers Against Hunger/Recommendations

I take it you noticed the new sidebar. I’m now a blogger against hunger! As much as I hate to brag, I’m really excited to (hopefully) help some people! Here are sites I recommend today:

1. Freerice.com

On Freerice, you can answer questions from various subjects, like voabulary, grammar, and even chemistry! For every answer you get right, ten grains of rice are donated, thanks to sponsors!

2. Darfurisdying.com

This is a simulation of Darfur refugee lives. Very eye-opening.

3. Bebo.com

While this is not charity-related, Bebo is peobably the best social network ever. I love the privacy and the gaming experience.

 

 

Well that’s all for today, so God bless and good night!

Give Thanks With Job

An early engraving by Blake for the Book of Job
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You know what every Christian should read on Thanksgiving? The Book of Job. After all, it really makes you thankful.

 

To start off, you can compare your life to Job’s life. He used to be a rich man—a very rich man. He had seven sons (which was considered great in those times), and a lot of possessions. However—I estimate in two days—it was all gone. Realizing how God can give and take away really makes us grateful for what we have. We realize that our earthly blessings are only temporary, so we need to be grateful for them while they’re here. So even in economc peril, bad health, and terrible family/home situations—hey, at least we aren’t Job.

 

When you realize that even Job had stuff to be thankful for, it makes you even more thankful. The basic thing is that Job was still alive. That’s the obvious. When you go deeper, you learn of God’s protection—something we definitely take for granted. (I know I do.) At first, when God let the devil get his hands on Job’s posessions and family, He didn’t let the devil get Job himself. Even when the devil got to attack Job’s health, God never let the devil attack his life. Wow. Even when our life gets rough, God will protect us, which is something to be thankful for.

 

A Tanach

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You now see how great the Book of Job can be at making us thankful. That’s why I recommend that Christians study the Book of Job at Thanksgiving—at least the first three chapters, that’s what I did. God bless and happy Thanksgiving Day! (Be pretty thankful you’re not Job now…)