Complaining Vs. Honesty

Sometimes, I mistakenly think it’s wrong to share about unpleasant things in my life. It can be anything from not mentioning that I slept poorly, to not sharing about difficult schoolwork, to not opening up about a question I’m struggling with. There’s a myriad of reasons, depending on the matter. I just don’t want to…

Something I Learned This Christmas

This Christmas, I thought a lot about the fact that I will only have a few more Christmases living at home. That idea made me very sad. As I thought more about it and tried to figure out why the idea made me feel sad, I discovered something about myself. I learned that I’m not…

Love at Christmas

During the Christmas season, love is emphasized, whether you are a Christian or not. In Christmas specials, movies, music, books, and activities, love is often the focus. However, during this season, people (myself included) often get too busy and stressed to truly love those around them. This is my commandment, That ye love one another,…

Bring Joy

I’ve noticed that when someone around me is unhappy, it’s so easy to let that person’s attitude bring me down. That doesn’t end well, because if everyone gets upset, everyone ends up irritating one another. Then, just because one person was in a bad mood, suddenly all those around that person are in a bad…

The Scent of Prayers

God gave humans a wonderful sense called smell. There are so many smells that I enjoy. I love the scents of berries and citrus. I love the clean smell after a rain. I love the smell of pretty much any food cooking (especially if it has garlic in it), although the smell of cloves makes…

Verse of the Week | John 17:21

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. – John 17:21, KJV As I’ve been studying John 17, something jumped out at me. Jesus prayed multiple times that believers…

Making Pictures

My dance teacher Ms. Marie has a choreography technique that she calls “making pictures.” One way to do that is to pause for a moment during a dance, breathe and extend the pose, then continue with the dance. It’s a small thing, but very effective! The audience members or judges could take a mental picture…

A Small Victory

The other day, I was feeling really annoyed at my little brother. He wasn’t doing anything wrong, but we have different personalities, we had been together a lot, and therefore he began to get on my nerves. I knew it wasn’t right to be snappy with him, but I couldn’t help feeling that way. I…

Satan Steals My Sundays

There’s something my family and I have been noticing recently. On Sunday, especially in the morning, we aren’t very nice to each other. We all tend to be snippy, irritable, whiny, angry, tired, and self-pitying. I definitely include myself in those! Many times, we spend the ride to church arguing over silly matters or just…

My Brother’s Essay

In school this week, my brother Aidan and I each had to write a personal essay. Here is his (used with permission) 😊. Mine will be posted on Shae’s Days next week! Have you ever heard the saying “It takes thirty days of repetition for something to become a habit in your life”? I found it very…