November 30, 2012

Fortune Cookie Questions

I think its strange that there are some things in history that no one can officially document or prove. Like, I was reading a book today (The Bar Code Rebellion by Suzanne Weyn) and it said something about a guy who invented the fortune cookie, David Jung. So, I looked it up to see if this was a real fact.

David Jung is one of the ones who claims to have invented the fortune cookie, however, there are like five other people who claim the same thing. Were there no witnesses? Who should we believe? In the book, it says that David Jung used the fortune cookies as a method to give bible verses and hope to the homeless in his area. As a christian, I like to believe this story, because I feel that fortune cookies would be an effective way to do such a thing. I am also against the ideas that buddhism or taoism or some other asian religion were the inspiration for such a food.

Something that bothers me about fortune cookies and other fortune-telling devices is when people take them so seriously. Even some Christians believe in them. It says in the bible, “Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God." (Leviticus 19:31) Are not those who write horoscopes or fortunes acting as mediums? Did not the mediums and fortune-tellers of the new testament have demons that were driven out by Jesus and his apostles, thereby taking away their fortune-telling abilities?

People should be more careful as to what they believe in and trust in.

Back to the fortune cookie story of David Jung. I was thinking about how fortune cookies were used in order to give the scripture to people who might not have access to it. Then I thought, why can't I do something similar and get the scripture and the message of the bible out to people who might never open a bible or step into a church otherwise?

Last school year, around valentines day, there was a thing that went on, started by a local Christian radio station. People would take post-it notes and write short sayings of encouragement or bible verses on them. Then, they would take and stick them on walls or lockers or mirrors or wherever people might see them. I heard so many stories about people whose days were improved, just by those post-it notes. The administrators got mad and started taking them off of the walls, saying that things could not be put on the walls without permission. All it did was inspire more post-it notes to be put up.

I have thought many times about going through the FCA group to do such a thing again at random times of the year. We could impact peoples lives in such a big way. And we wouldn't have to just put them in the school, we could put them in our homes and our local businesses. Anywhere where people wouldn't expect them. That way, we could anonymously spread the love of Christ, giving the glory to him and not us. Letting him use the post-it notes in whatever way that he wanted, letting the right people see them.

And thus begins the Post-it project. All I need to do now is get some post-its and bring them to FCA next week. I also have to write the lesson for next week. I planned on doing the message of salvation, but I wanted to invite a bunch of people who may or may not be Christians. I guess I could text Shelby and other people and ask them to invite people to FCA. Now, do I want to do the post-it project this week or the next time I teach? Well, I feel like it should be done before Christmas. However, I'm not sure when I can get the post-its and if I will be able to give them out in FCA if we have invited people there... Would that make it awkward for them? I'm conflicted. I guess if I remember to invite people and to bring the post-it notes, I'll do both in one week.

Thanks for reading my blabberings.

Elizabeth W.

November 29, 2012

Frustrations! But Christmas parties are coming!

So, as far as scholarships go right now, I am not a winner. I have applied to at least 100 scholarships online, and I have not gotten word back from any of them. I check their websites and I am not listed in the winners for thost that have posted results. I'm not the only one to have this problem either, all of my friends say the same thing has happened to them. I had someone tell me that institutional and essay scholarships are your best bet for winning, so I guess I should start applying for more of those. I just hate when you have to print things out and mail them off.

I really want to get some scholarships so that I can go to the uniersity that I want to go to. My parents don't have enough money to send me there and pay for everything I need.

I am also very frustrated with the website of the school I applied to and plan on going to. There is a way to log on and find out if your application has been processed and accepted yet. I haven't gotten an acceptance letter in the mail yet, but I check every day. I should be accepted, since I am ranked fourth in my class. But I cannot log on to the website because I cannot remember my username! Ugh!

I am happy and excited, however, for next weekend. On Friday, I have a get-together to go to with the girls from my church. Its with our sunday school leader from a while back. We're gonna have food and cookie decorating and a bunch of fun stuff and fellowship. Then, on saturday, there is a cookie exchange at my friend's house which I hope to get to go to. I've never been to a cookie exchange, but it should be fun. Then, on the last day of school (the 21st of December) my spanish class is having a gift exchange. We did a secret santa thing this year. It should all be really fun and Christmas-y.

Something that really bothers me about Christmas time is people who say "Happy Holidays" instead of Merry Christmas. Oh, I can't offend anyone if I say Happy Holidays. Who cares if you offend anyone!? Do you really think it would hurt people's feelings if you told them happy birthday when it wasn't their birthday? And if it really offends them that much that you told them indirectly that you are a Christian  and believe in celebrating Christian holidays, then tell them," PUT YO BIG GIRL PANTIES ON AND DEAL WITH IT!" People are soooooooooo afraid to step on anyone's toes. I think that sometimes toes need to be stepped on, especially when they were purposely put underneath the foot!


Christ died on the cross and roes from the dead three days later all to pay for your sins, buddy. If you think that he wouldn't want you to celebrate his birthday just because some Bhuddist thought differently, you're wrong. Merry CHRISTmas, and to all a good night.

Question of the day:

Do you get offended when people say Merry Christmas, or when they say Happy Holidays?

Elizabeth W.

November 28, 2012

Boredom Busting

Apparently, I am equipped with the ability to finish all of my school work super fast. This is really annoying in some cases. Like, right now. I came into class, got started on work, had to wait for the teacher to explain what else we were doing, then did the rest of the work. Now, I look like a slacker because the teacher doesn't see me working on an assignment. Little does he know that I have already finished it.

This is why I take advanced classes. Regular classes move too slowly and I become bored soon. However, some classes lack an advanced version, so I am stuck in situations like this. Sometimes I can find something to entertain myself. Occasionally, I'll sit and read a book or, if I am in a computer class, play spider solitare on the computer. Otherwise I might update my blog or write a story. But, as of this moment, the teacher keeps yelling out, telling us to make sure we finish the second part of our work. But I have finished it!

Before I got back into blogging, I would write stories about the kid who sits next to me in this class. It would normally consist of him being tired of being in school so he blows up the classrom and runs away. He would steal the principal's car and fight off a pack of wolves while robbing a bank. The only reason I would do it is to make him laugh and to waste time.

Today in theatre class  we had a free day (a break from all of that rehearsing) and I found a new boredom buster. It involves two people. You take a piece of paper and draw a stick person on it. The other person then draws something trying to kill/destroy it. Then you go back and forth saving and destroying the stick figure. I found it to be rather entertaining, especially when both people are very imaginative.

Our drawing war, as it is called, included references to many things. First, there was Doctor Who, the sonic screwdriver, and the Tardis, along with several Daleks. There was also Ursula from the little mermaid and flounder and a mermaid. There was the Titanic and the Iceberg. However, the drawing is not finished. When it is, I shall most likely take a picture of it and show you all how epic it was.

Yes, my friends and I are nerds and 90's kids. But the best part of being a nerd is that you can almost always find people like you.

Doctor Who
Disney Movies
Old Nickelodeon Shows
Star Wars

Yep, that pretty much sums up most of us. Okay, so maybe not the converse and glasses for all of us, but you get the idea. And each of us is a slightly different kind of nerd. Some of us are video game nerds, others are drama nerds. Only, I think drama nerds sounds strange. Probably drama geeks.

Elizabeth W.

Scarred for life... Maybe

This morning, I had an embarrassing experience that I think might have scarred me for life. I certainly won't forget it anytime soon, nonetheless. I was just sitting at a table during breakfast time at school, minding my own business. Suddenly, one of my friends appears and starts up a conversation. We discuss various things, such as why we are tired, how much sleep we have lost, and dreams we have had recently. Then, as I was explaining a dream that I had the other day, a person who had joined us at the table commented that a word that I had used could be interpreted to mean something sexual. Then, my friend joined in and stated that I could very well be meaning these rude and perverted things. Then, they laughed at me, despite my refusals that I did NOT mean such things. Finally, I got up and stated that I was going to FCA, since the time had just come, and promptly left the table, clinging to what was left of my dignity.

I find that things like this are occurring more often. These are more than just bathroom jokes, they are rude, perverted comments that really bother me. Why does the world have to be so uncivilized?!?! I shouldn't have to re-think everything that I am going to say so that people don't make perverted jokes out of my statements.

On a much happier note, FCA was very enjoyable this morning. My friend, Shelby, who teaches FCA every other week, taught the lesson this morning. Then, our sponsor brought up the fact that people wanted to do a Christmas food drive. All I can say is that God's timing is absolutely perfect.

I had planned on doing a toy drive type thing through FCA for the Christmas gifts that our church does for underprivileged Navajo children in New Mexico. However, I was told by the person that organizes said operation that this year there would be no need to collect via the school due to time constraints and whatnot. I had just discussed this with Shelby before FCA began, and we were wondering what kind of drive we could do to get people involved in helping others around Christmas time. Then, as if answering a prayer, our sponsor brought up the food drive idea.

I have no real specifics yet as far as deadlines. All I can say is that (for those who go to the same school) we will be collecting the food most likely during second period and there will probably be a prize for the class who collects the most. This should start next week some time.

I think that people aren't always creative enough when they donate food for food drives. Yes, the food needs to be non-perishable, but it doesn't ALL have to be canned corn. Think of things that you yourself might eat.
Ramen noodles
all of thees things would be perfect. Remember that just because people don't have the ability to purchase food for themselves doesn't mean that they don't have taste buds. Buy for them as if you were buying for yourself or a friend. True, the other things are good to give, but don't limit yourself. Personally, I plan to dig into my personal stock of ramen noodles in order to donate. Nonetheless, give from your heart, and may the odds be ever in your class's favor.

I think I've figured out my problem of spiritual lackingness. I think I have simply been relying too heavily on the leadership of other people in my faith. Humans make mistakes and get distracted. I need to focus less on the human factor and more on the God factor. Pastors and Sunday School Teachers are just people, and people make mistakes. God, however, does everything for a reason, and does it with perfect timing. I need to focus more on the master of creation than the creation itself. He has obviously put me here for a purpose, I just need to find it and work with it. I now that I will never see the big picture as to what God plans for me, but I can at least take what I have and do something with it.

God created me as a teacher and a person whose heart breaks for children and those in need. In which case, it is time for me to further my actions in these areas of ministry. I teach in FCA and I volunteer in Children's Church every few Sundays, but I need to be doing more, it seems. I have a dream of using my talents to touch the lives of people around the world. I think film making might be the road that God is leading me down in order to accomplish this. I think I want to start showing God through the videos I put on YouTube, I'm just not sure how yet. I know this is an important part of my spiritual journey, a kind of discovering who I am and how God wants to use me. I just have to start by letting him use me.

Question of the day:
What Charitable giving, if any, do you plan to do this Christmas season?

Ta Ta For Now!

Elizabeth W.

November 27, 2012

Procrastination? Ehhh... I'll do it tomorrow.

Lately, I have become the queen of procrastination. Its not that I don't want to do things, its just that I don't want to do them right now. Eventually, that right now turns into a two weeks later and I have to hurry and finish things before there are consequences.

One of the things that I wish I could procrastinate on right now is theatre. Our class play, which I have been co-directing with another student, was originally scheduled to happen this thursday and friday. However, we are very far from being ready. We put off the performance until the week after next, but I'm still very nervous. There are so many actors who don't know their lines and lack the ability to improv, and its driving me crazy!

Last year, I was in One Act Play, basically the part of drama where the really deticated theatre kids get to work together and show their stuff. I really loved it. We practiced what seemed like a billion hours and we didn't advance when we went to contest, but we still did an amazing job. There was no improvising of lines because we all knew them by heart. We had to. And we all were deticated to making it awesome because we had invested so much of our time.

Then, we get back to the world of the semi-deticated drama kids. They don't find it necesary to memorize their lines or know the scenes well enough to improvise. It really bothers me. And I'm afraid that if the play simply flops that everyone will blame it on the student directors. After all, this is the first time we've ever had student directors that I know of. Hopefully everyone will pull together so that we can perform and get it over with. I guess procrastination is really bad in theatre, especially in learning lines.

I have also been very confused about where I am spiritually right now. It seems that I was riding on a spiritual high all summer and for the past couple of months. I have just run out of steam. I think maybe I need a kind of personal revival. I still have faith and whatnot, I just don't feel as alive anymore. Its as if the fire that I had in me is about to go out, and I need to stir it up again. I love the feeling of a spiritual high and I want to get back to that place again, but I don't know how. Youth camp only happens in the summer.

Maybe I just need a break from the normal things I do. I just need to get out there and find a cause that will get me motivated. It seems that everything in my life that should bring me up spiritually is just in turmoil right now. It says in the bible, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened, ask and it will be given to you. Right now, I'm asking, but I just can't get my voice heard. I'm knocking, but the door isn't there. I want to be back to that point where I was before in my relationship with Christ.

I feel like maybe there are so many things going on in my life right now that God is getting choked out. And I've been trying to teach my peers about Christ and being a Christian, when I need to be taught a little myself. I can't seem to find what I need at my church, at least not right now. The lessons in sunday school don't touch my soul like ones I've had before, and the sermons just seem like words. I need to find a new passion for Christ, and you would think it wouldn't be that hard during the Christmas season. But I feel like the world is the only thing celebratingChristmas right now, not the church.

Its almost like I'm backsliding. I hate when that happens. Its scary because you think, will I ever climb back up the mountain again? Is this the highest I will ever reach? I'm praying that God will fix all of these things that man has messed up. There are so many things that seem to prevent me from growing spiritually anymore. So many things have changed, not all for the better. Maybe I can find something to bring me back to God, whether it be music or a sermon or a concert or an event. Its the Christmas season. My soul should be on fire for God, and I want it to be, I just have to find a way to get there.

By the way, I didn't get to do any Christmas music this last weekend, because a) I haven't learned any and b) I was busy. Please watch the videos I did post though. I should be able to post some this weekend, possibly featuring my little brothers.

I really don't feel like having a question of the day today. Not that anyone answers them anyway.

Elizabeth W.

November 26, 2012

Love is... (A poem in progress)

Last night I had a dream. It inspired a poem. Its not finished yet. Heres  a preview...

Love is...
Love is a hand to hold
Bare feet and sunshine and summer
Love is climbing higher than you ever have before
and not being afraid to fall
Love is the fingers that intertwine with yours
Its okay
Dont be afraid
Love is jumping, a leap of faith
And, thats all I have so far.
Elizabeth W.

November 21, 2012

Ukulele Cover Videos (playlist)

Youtube, Ukuleles, and Pie

Today, I made YouTube videos, played the ukulele, and ate pie. That is all.

If you love me, or even like me to any extent, you will make me happy by watching one, some, or all of the videos I have posted on my YouTube channel.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Elizabeth W.

November 20, 2012

Directing a play! and some other things...

So, I am the director of one of our class plays. Technically, its the same play twice. I direct one, and another person directs the other. It is like crunch time for the actors though. Today, we had a half day, so we only have about thirty minutes in each class, and thirty minutes isn't much rehearsal time. We plan to rehearse the early parts of next week. Hopefully everyone studies their lines over thanksgiving break, because we perform like the end of next week.

Its cool but stressful to direct a play. You get to tell everyone what exactly to do, but also have to make sure that everything gets done. It gets kinda hectic in the last few days. I am glad that I got to do this though, because I want to be a film director. I am kinda an amateur director now (ugh, I hate the word amatuer). I hope to be able to work with people like Isaac Deitz someday. Who cares about Steven Speilberg. JUST KIDDING! I would love to work with Speilberg someday also, its just that Deitz is more of a possibility right now.

I am constantly learning more about film. I did a spanish project last year that was a "telenovela". Its kinda like a spanish soap opera. It turned out kinda bad because I used two cameras, but only one had decent audio, and the finished product seemed really choppy. I think that I know how to fix it though. I simply needed a seperate source for recording audio AKA: a boom mic. I looked on yesterday and I think I might be able to manage one for about fifty dollars or so. I just have to get fifty dollars first. I keep finding things like that that have the ability to make my videos so much better, but I lack the funds to get anything. But I am asking for some of them for Christmas, so there is a chance for some of them...

I think its wierd that I am a conservative going into the liberal field of theatre/film. I feel like I'm a contradiction, or a rarity. I'm totally okay with that, its just that its hard to find people in that field that are like-minded.

I also have this strange ability to sense when I am around really stupid people and start hating them, just because they are stupid. I guess its just a bad habit. I don't really "hate" them, I just really dislike them and wish for them to be of normal intelligence levels. WHY CAN'T THEY HAVE INTELLIGENT CONVERSATIONS? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! But, seriously, stupidity gets on my nerves. I know that God made everyone a certain way for a reason, I just wish he had made some of them a little smarter. I guess thats why God made me a teacher. That way, I can give them wisdom and hopefully turn them away from their ways of stupidity.


By the way, the video I posted yesterday was the one that got so many views in like 48 hours. You should watch it if you haven't already.

You know something else that annoys me? Energy drinks. They say they will energize you, but they take an hour to hit the bloodstream and barely do anything. And people drink them religiously. Then, you hear about people dying because of the 5 hour energy things and monsters and stuff. If it doesn't really work and it might kill ya, why do it?

Thats enough anger and conservative bias for one day. Or at least a 30 minute class period.

Question of the day:
What is the most contradicting thing about you and your life/career choice?

Well, I'm tired of blogging and I lack anything else to blog about right now.

Hasta la vista muchachitos!

Elizabeth W.

November 19, 2012

You got it!

Watch "You Got It - FF5 cover" on YouTube

College and YouTube and Stuff!

I feel like I must explain my rather awesome weekend to you all. Let us start with friday...

Friday I did not have to go to school  because our volleyball girls went to state! Thank you volleyball girlies, for letting me have a free day on Friday. I basically did nothing all day. However, this Friday was the start of the NGEN radio show, Phenomenon, with SOUL GLOW ACTIVATOR! So, at about 7:00 I got on my dad's laptop and used the webcam to make several cover videos using my brother's ukulele. I made three, but I only got to upload two because every time I tried to upload a video, it would mess up the netflix show my parents were trying to watch, and they would get mad. So, after uploading two videos, I got ready for bed, and at 10:00, I turned on the NGEN radio app on my phone and listened to Phenomenon for like 15 minutes. The first thing I noticed was that the DJ-ing was really good. I wish that whoever it was, SGA or somebody at NGEN, would be our DJ at prom this year, because our school always gets crappy DJs, no offense to anyone. The other thing was that all of the music made me want to get up and dance, and, unlike the music at prom, I was not ashamed at any of the lyrics. I will definately listen again next friday night, and you should too.

Saturday, I woke up at about 5:40, got dressed, and was out of the house by 6:20. My mom and I stopped at McDonalds and got breakfast, then headed to Huntsville. Thats right, Saturdays at Sam baby! We got to walk around the SHSU campus for a really long time. I am pretty convinced that I will be going to college there. They have an amazing teaching program, so I can get my teaching degree, but they also have film and theatre programs. Because of Dual Credit, I won't have to take freshman English either. I got 4 SHSU t-shirts (Thankfully, I look good in orange). Then my mother and I ate at a place called Culvers. They have amazing frozen custard, but their burgers aren't as good as everyone says they are. They're really greasy and expensive. After that, we went to Walmart and did some Christmas shopping.

On Sunday, I went to church and then went out to eat mexican food. When I got home, I checked the viewcount on the two videos I had posted on Friday night. One of them had 13 views, not that unusual, but the other had 49 views! I know that that really isn't a big deal for most YouTubers, but it is for me. In like 48 hours, I had gotten fifty views! Normally it would take at least two months to get that many views. I am so thankful for the people who watched or shared or whatever. I also have a few more subscribers. I feel like I am finally getting a chance to move up in the world.

Today is the first day of a two day school week. The second day is only a "half day", which means that we get out at 1:10, but that really makes it more of a 3/4 day, I'm pretty sure. I plan to make quite a few more cover videos over Thanksgiving break. And don't worry about the blog, I'll post here too! I just didn't post this weekend because, obviously, I had a ton of things going on. After Thanksgiving, be ready for Christmas music. I plan on posting Christmas covers with James starting this weekend.

I think I will post the following covers this week, if all goes as planned...
Must Have Done Something Right - Relient K
Mamacita - FF5
Wobble - FF5
Say It - Britt Nicole
Daddy's Baby Girl - Jimmy Needham
Beauty Will Rise - Steven Curtis Chapman
Love Song For A Savior - Jars Of Clay

Just so you know, I sing many of these songs not because of the meaning, but because I like the sound of the song and it is close to being within my vocal range. Of course, this list is subject to change at any second, but it gives you something to look foreward to.

Also, I have learned that I am better at actual blogging than Vlogging. This makes me sad since I love Meekakitty's videos so much. I do plan on dying my hair red/orange this summer. Partially because I have always wanted to have strangely colored hair, partially because I love Tessa's hair. I want to use temporary dye, like the 40 day stuff, so that I will still be able to donate my hair again at a later date. I also feel like it will be showing school spirit...

Questions of the day:
What is your favorite Christmas song? What is your favorite all the time song? Did you watch my cover of "You Got It" by FF5?

Well, goodbye for este momenta.

That is totally not correct spanish.

I fail.

Hasta luego!

Elizabeth W.

November 15, 2012

Messing around

I was bored today in one of my classes so I started messing around with the layout and design of the blog. Don't worry, its a work in progress. I will probably change it soon. I would like to know what you think of the changes I made. Which was better? The new layout? The old one? Any criticism or ideas are welcomed and accepted.

Lots of love,
Elizabeth W.

Feeling Terrible...

So, today, I feel terrible. I did not want to get out of bed this morning. I nearly fell down and I got really dizzy when I was trying to get dressed. My throat feels swollen and I feel like I could simply lay down and go back to sleep right now. However, I am at school anyway.

My first period teacher sent me to the nurse. I did not want to call my mom or dad to pick me up because then they would have to miss work. I didn't have a fever. I just rested in the nurse's office for a few minutes and then went back to class. Then, in second period, I almost fell asleep three times during the lecture. I would rest right now, during my dual credit class, but I find it almost impossible to do so when the teacher is watching your every move and there is literally no place to lay down.

I don't feel like I have the brain capacity to do work, and my head hurts really badly.

I have gotten some things done today. I got my form turned in to the counselor so that I can take dual credit sociology next semester. I also got my report card. I got all A's and all of my grades improved, except for my grade in theatre (lets just say that I wasn't ready for the last lines test). I also started the registration for the Burger King Scholars Foundation, but I have to check the confirmation email in order to go any further. And, of course, I can't get to my email from the school computers, so it must wait until I get home.

I have officially applied to two colleges, and I am working on the application for a third. I'm so excited and nervous. I want to get my acceptance letters so that I can show them off. Personally, I am pretty confident that I will be accepted. Its not like I'm applying to ivy-league schools or anything. I have a college campus tour day coming up on saturday. I hope I feel better by then.

I'm trying so hard to think of something interesting to blog about today, but there is literally nothing there. In my brain. I am so bored. I am a boring person today...

I have this idea for a lesson for the next time I teach in FCA. I want to be able to bring my Ukulele and play it as part of the lesson. One song that I really love to play on the Ukulele is the song "Superhero" by Family Force 5. It talks about just wanting God to come and save you from everything that has gone wrong and the stress and craziness of the world. I want to plan a lesson around that song. I think I'll talk about the plan of salvation. I could give my testimony, even through it's nothing special. I could tell how God has saved people from things like drugs and poverty and depression. I could tell everyone how he can save them to, if they only are willing to ask. And I could say that just because you have accepted Christ as your savior doesn't mean that you can't give everything up to him again and feel renewed. Then I could play the song and say that right then was the time to give it all up again. I feel like I should invite more people to come that week. I will be teaching the message of salvation at that point. I want people to hear it who truly need it.

Fear has taken me
To a place I shouldn't  be
Pretending not to care
Seeing is believing, now its here
Read my face, theres a past I can't escape
I keep running, I keep running away
Save my life tonight
I know
You'll be there to fight
I won't let go
Bring me in the light
Save my life tonight
Save my life tonight
The spark is now a flame
The fire that you breathed inside of me'
Now, there is not doubt
There will be some knocking down and dragging out
You build me up and I'm forever changed
If I should fall, then I'll just call your name
Save my life tonight
I know
You'll be there to fight]
I won't let go
Bring me in the light
Save my life tonight
Save my life tonight...

Thanksgiving is coming up. My dad is working with his brothers to try and organize a family gathering of some sort. I just want to eat. I don't really care if all of the people are there, I don't like half of them anyway. I just like food. Wow, that was harsh. Sorry, I'm just really hungry and kinda angry. I'm hangry. I still have like an hour until lunch. I guess I'm done for now.

Question of the Day:
What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? Are there any that are special family recipes?

Well, goodbye for now.

Elizabeth W.

November 14, 2012

FCA today!

So, today, I taught a lesson in our school's FCA (fellowship of christian athletes) club thing... I'm not sure if its a club or a group or what, really.Anyway, I figured that I might as well share the lesson with you all.

In Matthew 5:16, it says "Let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven." This is one of the verses that people quote all of the time. Basically, it means that as Christians, we have a duty to be role models for others and teach them about Christ. We have to be a light in the midst of a dark world.

Then, in Luke 8:10, Jesus is talking and it says "The knowledge of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that 'though seeing, they may not see; though hearing thay may not understand.'" Here, he has been speaking to people in parables and teaching them and going around doing miracles and such. He is explaining why he does it all like that. People all learn and understand differently. Some people need to see a miracle to believe, while others can simply hear a passage from the Bible. Therefore, God made us all different so that we have the ability to reveal the truth in all kinds of different ways to all kinds of different people.

God made you the way you are because you have certain interests that can help you reach others. Some of you are meant to just flat out teach a lesson or give a sermon. Others relate based on sports or cooking or books or cars. People understand things when they are put in lamen's terms. Why do you think there are so many different translations and versions of the Bible? Everyone understands differently, so God figured out a way to accomodate that.

In Luke 8:16-17, the Bible talks about how everything will be brought out in the open. Nothing of our lives is secret from God. And God will take anything that we have in our past and pull it out to use it for our purpose. God loves to take those skeletons from our closets and put them out in the open for everyone to see. But those skeletons help people relate to us also. People want to know that we aren't perfect and only by our imperfections has God decided to use his grace to save us.

This summer, I went to youth camp and got the chance to meet a man named Jimmy Needham. He is a Christian music artist who did most of the music during the week at camp. I got to sit down and have lunch with him, along with some other people and talk to him about things in high school and college and music. Then, when I got back from camp, I found out that he had a blog type website. I started reading some of the things that he had posted, and found out that he used to have a porn addiction, but had turned from it and was using his story of change to inspire and teach others.

Just like Jimmy, we all have situations that we've been in or things that we've done that we are not proud of. Even I have some things that I know God will eventually bring out in the open that I am not proud of. But those things help other sinners relate to us. When they can say, "I've been there too", it helps them realize that they can have a success story and turn their life around also. And when God comes calling to get you to bring the skeletons out of your closet or minister to a person who seems very much like a sinner, you should take it from the story of Jonah, God will win.

So don't be afraid to show the world your story of "I'm not who I was" and how God changed you. Don't be afraid to connect to others and bring them to Christ through your weaknesses. God is glorified when we let him take out weaknesses and exploit them with his strengths. And don't be afraid to change tactics with people until you bring them to Christ. Even christ himself changed tactics to win people over for Christianity. He didn't JUST teach or perform miracles. He did it all. And Jesus and his disciples had the consequences of death or torture for reaching people for God. We are free (for the most part) to share the gospel. So be thankful and go out and make disciples of the nations.

November 13, 2012

Annoying Things and a Good Book

I think something is wrong with me.
Nothing major, just something wrong with the way I see the world right now.
My problem?

Everything is annoying me.

Yes, everything just seems annoying right now. My brother was very annoying yesterday when he said "You keep threatening to hurt me but you never do it." I find it very annoying that the school computer ecided not to work right today and therefore I cannot write the essays that I need to write for scholarships. It is annoying me that I have homework in a dual credit class but I cannot complete it at school because I need the giant textbook. People just doing small slightly irresponsible or mildly annoying things are driving me bonkers. I am very annoyed right now.

Anyway, I have been reading a really good book. Technically, it is the sequel to another book. I am reading "Love, Stargirl" by Jerry Spinelli. Yes, I read books that are like fourth grade level. The thing is, I can find books that have entertaining plotlines and don't take forever to finish at that grade level. So, shut up, and stop judging me!

Okay, that was a little harsh...

I'm sorry.

Anyway, the first book is called "Stargirl". I find that books by Jerry Spinnelli are very entertaining. The main character is always very intelligent and philosophical in their thinking, like in the book "Smiles to Go", also by Jerry Spinelli. They are also very wierd and also like outcasts. I sit there reading thinking, "Wow, I've had those same thoughts" or "I am so much like that character!" And then I realize that that may not be a good thing. So, yeah. I am addicted to that book right now.

Something awesome also happened yesterday. The schoolboard met for out school. They decided that this friday, we will not have school! Its supposed to be so that people can go see the games of our statebound volleyball team (Thats right! State bound! What?!). This means that I get to get things accomplished on Friday. Maybe. I hope so. I need to work on some video stuff and some college stuff. I also need to get some rest. I have not gotten to sleep before ten since like thursday night. But, whatever.

I hope I get to post videos to YouTube. When you are a hard core deticated Youtuber like me (Pffff... yeah right), you tend to have YouTube posting withdrawals. I NEED to post something (*twitch, twitch*). I filmed stuff this last weekend but I didn't get to finish editing it, since it was late when I started doing and I was on my dad's computer instead of the family computer. I hope I get to finish that video and post it. I started using a program that is kind of like a miniature version of PowerDirector, so it has similar features but its like only 1/10 as awesome. And I plan to download the free trial version of PowerDirector over Christmas break and work with it then.

And, based on my number of views, it feels like this is listed on the VERY LAST PAGE of Google. Is that possible? Is there a last page? But, you have to start somewhere...

Question of the Day:

What is the thing that annoys you the most?

and also...

What is your favorite children's book?

Okay, well, I gotta go! Bye!

Elizabeth W.

November 12, 2012


So, recently, in one of my classes, we had a fire drill. They normally don't bother me too much. You're sitting in class, an obnoxiously loud alarm goes off, everyone files out of the classroom and goes outside. Simple. But this time, we had it during one of the few times I have slept in school. There was nothing really important that we were doing in this particular class. We were supposed to be watching a movie, but it was a really boring documentary. All of the other kids in the class were asleep, so I decided to sleep too. The night before, I barely got any sleep. So, I fell asleep on my desk. Then, the fire alarm goes off. Think of the alarm clock from hell going off. Its screaming in your ears and your head hurts and you have to get up, run down the stairs and go outside and you may or may not have forgotten your jacket and its freezing cold out there! That was the absolute worst fire drill I have ever experienced, and the worst way ever to wake up.

Now that that rant is over, heres another. I know that thanksgiving hasn't even passed yet, but its already feeling like Christmas time to me. I heard Christmas music playing when I went to Walmart the other day and I was like "WHAT THE HECK?" but now I keep getting Christmas songs stuck in my head. I made a Christmas wishlist a long time ago, so I am not doing that, I am, however, making a Christmas set list for my brother and I. Basically, it is a list of all of the Christmas songs that we plan to learn and play at every family gathering and post on YouTube pretty soon after Thanksgiving. So far, there are about five or so songs including "Blue Christmas", "Who Spiked the Eggnog", and "All I want for Christmas is you". I have the last one stuck in my head right now. The thing is, I don't know all of the words to any of those songs. AM I CRAZY??? Probably, but thats besides the point. Okay, well, I guess I ahve to say bye for now since I thought of something that I need to do.

Question of the day:
Do YOU write a Christmas wishlist? If so, have you written it already?
Okay, talk to you all later! And merry almost Christmas!

Elizabeth W.

November 10, 2012

Do I Matter Enough?

So, I have been looking at the views for my blog and I am super surprised that people actually see some of my posts. I know that they are probably the same people over and over again, but thats okay. I sometimes feel like I might be moving up in the world of internet fame.

However, I must remind myself to stay humble...

Whenever I climb too high
keep my feel on the ground
and if I get full of me turn me upside down
You know pride and not just summer come before the fall
And maybe hopefully I'll see less of me
more of you and its true I'll be finally free
and thats what I want after all...

Anyway, I keep thinking, "Oh, what if I make a District Lines account and have my own t-shirts and stuff like Meekakitty and then I would be all cool and popular and stuff." Then I look at my YouTube page to realize that I only have like three subscribers (One is my mom and one is a friend), not even 100 people follow me on instagram, and there are no more than like ten views in a single day on this blog.

I really want to be famous and be known in more places than just my little home town. For this reason, I rely on you, the viewer/reader/fan. I cannot make my way in this world on my own. I don't want to pray for God to make me famous, but I do want to be used for a bigger purpose. I may not reach as many people for Christ as God puts in front of me, but I definitely try whenever I realize I have a chance. Thats part of the reason I have my blog and YouTube channel. I just hope that I actually make progress within the next year or two. I know that I will be going off to college, so meeting knew people there will help me. I hope that you, the viewers, choose to help me too. I really am thankful for all of you!

Love you all!

Elizabeth W.

November 9, 2012

Senior Year

So, this year is my senior year in highschool,if you haven't already figured it out. Its wierd to be doing some of these things for the very last time. Today, I am feeling extra nostalgic because of the fact that I will attend my last peprally today. They will play a special song for the seniors and we'll all run down to the middle of the gym and I'll probably cry. I always get emotional over things like this. I keep thinking of how I will soon be moving on. Some of these people I will never see again (PRAISE THE LORD!) and some of them I will really miss. I start thinking about college and what type of things I want to have in my dorm and what kind of new people I will meet. Then I take a big jump ahead to the future where all of us will be married and some of us will have kids of our own. I have friends who have been in relationships for a year or more and I sit and think, will they be married the next time we meet after high school? It seems that these years go by so fast.

Personally, I am in no hurry to leave my hometown. I don't hate my family or the tiny community that I live in. I wouldn't mind staying here all of my life. But I know I am destined for bigger things. I want to be a movie director. I know that directing is something that I am really good at and enjoy and I also know that there is very little chance of me staying where I currently am and making my dream a reality. I know I will probably have to move to a big city or possibly California (Eeeeeewwww! Liberals! No Offense...) in order to find a job. I would love to work kind of free-lance like Issaac Dietz and Tessa Violet do. Those two filmmakers are my heroes at the moment. I don't know if I'll ever become as famous as Steven Spielberg or Charlie Chaplin, but I know I will become a director somehow.

On a completely unrelated note, I really don't know why I have begun blogging again. I know that I want to keep track of the fun I am having during my senior year, so that is part of it. I also know that many famous people who I am a fan of blog when they have nothing else better to do. Currently, I have very little else to do. I could write essays for scholarships but I am way too distracted today. I have no real work to do in my online college class at the moment. I just felt thinky and needed to get it out.

On the subject of YouTube, by the way (Wow, I am being really random today (Hey! That rhymed!)) I am working on getting some neew editing software. I shot a music video on like October 27th but I haven't edited it yet because of the fact that Windows Movie Maker is a really crappy video editing tool. I want to be able to use Sony Vegas someday, but it is way out of my price range at the moment. My current budget is $0 to whatever my parents will buy me. I think I might just download a free trial of PowerDirector and make the music video from there. I have worked with PowerDirector before and it seemed decent. The music video is to the song "Zombie" by Family Force 5, and it has actual people in it besides myself and my brother. So, be on the lookout for that sometime around Thanksgiving or Christmas. I will probably do some how-to/blog videos and covers before then, so don't worry. And if you get to bored with my videos, feel free to watch the many videos of Isaac Dietz, Meekakitty, and Nanalew. They are all pretty amusing. And amazing.

Wow, I have taken up a whole 20 minutes just typing this. Dual Credit class really is useful for something after all. I really should do this more often. I keep having these random ideas of things that I want to do. Today, blogging was one. I also came up with a senior year music video idea today. I have my camera in my backpack, so I should be able to start it today also. I want to start my own charity/mission type of thing. I want to help people while having fun and have a way that others can help them also. It still in the developmental processes of my brain. I have been meditating on it for several days. I kinda want to make it into a movie project also. Isaac Dietz did a thing called "Search For Joy" that was really interesting in my opinion. I want to do something similar.

And now, because I have run out of ideas for what to type and because I just want to be EVEN MORE RANDOM...

Question of the day... errr, blog... or week or something like that:

If you could replace a single hour long segment of your day with an activity that you enjoy, what segment would you replace, why, and what activity would you replace it with?

November 2, 2012

College Help

I am currently a senior in high school. That means I spend most of my free time filling out applications for colleges or scholarships. I know that some people who read this are probably doing the same thing. So, I'm going to help you out in trying to pay for college. Here are a few scholarship search sites. If you visit them through the following links, it can help both of us win money. Thanks in advance, and happy hunting! Leedle Leedle Leedle...   By the way, if you end up using any of these sites or win a scholarship through one of them, please comment or contact me somehow so that I can see about doubling our money via different programs.