Eat. Sleep. Speak. Repeat.

Upon reading the title, many people will think about their everyday lives.  Well, yes, that can be applied to a regular day but I tend to think about my Public Speaking and Debate club (haha yes I’m a bit of a nerd).  

Now, according to many articles, most of the population in this country fears speaking in public more than death.  I can see why.  You have to get up in front of a crowd and be the only single person talking.  The pressure is on not to mess up, stutter, or get stage fright.  Yet, in spite of all this, I love it anyway.


The club I am with is a part of the NCFCA (National Christian Forensics and Communication Association).  We spend the first part of the school year preparing our speeches and debate arguements.  Speeches can be anything as long as they fit into the various categories (example: informative, persuasive, impromptu).  I did not do debate this past year but I am adding it on next year.

After Christmas passes, tournament season begins.  Maybe you are wondering: why would there be a tournament for public speaking?  Well the NCFCA hosts tournaments so its members can show all of the work they have put into their speeches and provides a competitive environment.  I went to two tournaments this past year and they were so much fun!  I met so many different people and did something I am passionate about; and that is public speaking. 

I love NCFCA and I have become a stronger speaker and come out of my shell this year because of it.  It definitely is not for everyone, but I feel like it is the right fit for me and I hope to do it as long as I possibly can.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

-Matthew 5:16

Poetry in Motion

“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet” -Anonymous.
Upon reading this, many people think about their dogs and/or cats. Now, yes, I do have an adorable labradoodle named Piper, but I do not first think of dogs. Before I tell what animal I think of when reading this quote, I want you to think back to when you were around five (yes, five). Do you remember that one kid in preschool that was absolutely OBSESSED with all things horses? Well I was that kid (and still am to this day, even though I am a teenager).


If you haven’t guessed it already, I think of horses when I think of a perfect animal companion. Having been riding for a year and a half, I still have a lot to learn, but I am in love with these beautiful creatures.
Normally, I am your typical girl who does not enjoy getting dirty.  But from the moment I step out of the car and onto the ranch where I ride, all of the previous traits of my personality go out the window.  During my riding lessons I get muddy, wet, stepped on, bitten, and much more; but I love it anyway.  I could easily make a blog post super long about horses but I need to keep this one short and sweet.  So in conclusion, horses are my companions, my happy place, and true poetry in motion. 

“Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend obviously never owned a horse”

-Anonymous 

My First Friend

Every single Mother’s Day I struggle over what to give to my mom. I mean honestly, she is amazing! Ever since I can remember she has always been there for me. Through the ups and downs of teenage drama,she has supported and guided me through it all. Every few weeks, she sits down with me and is willing to listen to ANYTHING I need to talk about. That’s right, she takes time out of her own day to listen to my problems and give me guidance on how to carry out and deal with them. Besides talking with her, I have so many different fun memories with her. From camping, to mall trips, to tournaments, we have had so much fun together and I have enjoyed every single moment of it.  


(Photo Credit: London Time Out…This picture reminds me of when me and my mom look up at the beautiful night sky on camping trips) 

Now one question remains: How could I possibly choose what to get this wonderful person, known to me as “mom”?  

Well, after much thinking, I decided to dedicate this post to her (even though it’s not nearly as much as she deserves).  I love you mom and I hope we have many more happy memories together! After all, you are my first friend. 
“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” -Proverbs 31:8

Being a…light?

Hey you!  Yeah you!  I have a question for you.  What does the phrase “be a light” mean?  Really think hard about this!  After all, John 1:5 says “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”.  What does God intend His children to think about this?  Now even though I am homeschooled, I took a course at my co-op covering the New Testament.  One of the first topics we talked about was looking at verses in context.  Verses that are cherry picked and molded to fit whatever people are talking about can drastically change the meaning of what God actually intended it to be about.  So looking in the chapter where this verse was found (John 1), the writer titled the passage in my ESV Bible as “The Word Became Flesh”.   All throughout this chapter, it talks about how God directly inspired the writing of the Bible and repeatedly talks about this light.  So back to my original question:  What does the phrase “be a light” mean?  Well, in short, it means to share and bear witness to God’s Word all over the Earth.   How did I know this?  Well, this passage is talking about John and how he was sharing the Gospel with everyone, but specifically says in verse 8 that John was not the light.


(Photo Credit: Inc.com)

    You may be wondering at this point who is the light then? And how are we supposed to be a light?  If you keep on reading you will discover in verse 9 it says “the true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming to the world”.  This makes readers infer that the light was Jesus and that after He died on the cross, His Holy Spirit would come and dwell in his believers.  This would make them a light as well to share God’s Word without hindrance.  Therefore we can be a light by doing what Jesus did by continually sharing His Word and standing out to others.  Even if it isn’t in some foreign country, you can be a light to your friends, neighbors, total strangers, etc.  My challenge to you is to be a light starting in your own country and city (because everyone needs to know about God’s love)!  Do this and be a light in His Grace. 

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