Friday, July 28, 2017

Dear Reader // Impromptu Sharings of a Christian Blogger





Dear Reader,

It happened yesterday, logging back in to a website I barely use. Well of all the things I had started a debate club there and someone had answered. A very staunch leftist, and what was the argument? Abortion. And I have to admit, she was a good debater with a years of experience. She had built up every single proof and opinion, with all the studies and rest to prove her points. And I realized something right away. She is never going to get my point, not one bit because we aren't arguing on the same premises. It was like comparing oranges with apples.

And looking back there's something I realize.

When someone wants to believe something...they are going to believe it and there's not much you can do to change that belief.
Yesterday it was easy to get discouraged, easy to question: "What is this world coming to?"
 But then I found this verse.


 Remember your Creator
    in the days of your youth,
before the days of trouble come
    and the years approach when you will say,
    “I find no pleasure in them”—
before the sun and the light
    and the moon and the stars grow dark,
    and the clouds return after the rain;
when the keepers of the house tremble,
    and the strong men stoop,
when the grinders cease because they are few,
    and those looking through the windows grow dim;
when the doors to the street are closed
    and the sound of grinding fades;
when people rise up at the sound of birds,
    but all their songs grow faint;
when people are afraid of heights
    and of dangers in the streets;
when the almond tree blossoms
    and the grasshopper drags itself along
    and desire no longer is stirred.
Then people go to their eternal home
    and mourners go about the streets.
Remember him—before the silver cord is severed,
    and the golden bowl is broken;
before the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
    and the wheel broken at the well,
and the dust returns to the ground it came from,
    and the spirit returns to God who gave it.


Anna, how depressing! You are probably asking how in the world that cheered me up!
:) But it did, because not only was that poetry so beautiful but because it just slammed things into perspective.

 That day of trouble is coming.

But are we focusing on the city going up in fire behind us, or are we focusing on the sun rising in the sky beckoning the start of another day?

Are we drowning in day-to-day atrocities or are we helping people?

Are we...focusing on God?

Or are we focusing on the gazillion problems?

"Beloved..." God says. "My daughter, my son.... Did I give you the responsibility of fixing the world's problems? Did I dump the weight of the world on your shoulders? “Come to me, you weary and burdened child, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and in me, you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Not the world's yoke, my yoke. I'm doing this because I love you, and I want to go through this with you. I want you to be always close to me, so I can plough through these problems with you. I want you to be yoked to me always."

He loves you and me, that much.

Referring to where I started, I know how easy it is to get weary and burdened. I know how easy it is to read the news titles and lose hope in the world. I know how easy it is to even cry when you are watching news of war on TV. I've done all of these things.

I know this world spurns a soft heart but He loves your heart. He longs to have it.

 So I'll give him my heart...

And my tears will turn into a cry for justice
My hopelessness into a prayer for help
And He will hear, because He loves me.
And He will hear, because He loves you.

Remember your Creator, dear sisters and brothers.
 He's got the world in His hands, and you are His child.

Remember when we used to have these silly arguments with our friends?

"My Daddy is stronger than yours!"

"No mine is!"

Well...doesn't that put some perspective on it?

No matter what you are struggling with today...whether it's writing that book or discouragement, whether it's hopelessnes or hurt. ANYTHING.

Remember this...Your Daddy in Heaven is A LOT stronger than those things and He wants to help you. He yearns to help His beloved child.

So let Him. <3


Love,

Anna


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I decided to start a new sort of post, letter posts! These are just spur of the moment posts with no fancy headings or anything. Because in the times I feel I want to share something I usually don't get the time to make nice headings or format and add graphics. That means you'll always see the same heading and title. These are letters from my heart to yours. Let me know what you think and if you want any improvements or changes :) Let's talk below! 


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

CHARACTER KARAOKE TAG // Music meets my WIP



The wonderful Abigail tagged me to do this one and I LOVE IT. Since I am the person who is enthralled by music even before writing...music is a way that I can feel even more deeply for what I'm writing. I decided to play a twist on this...instead of describing these questions, I am going to write poems, show song lyrics, OR share snippets for each character or scenario. Enjoy!



It's your OTP's wedding day, what song plays during their first dance?




 Well, as you can guess they aren't actually getting married in this book. But they are my beloved OTP without one doubt.

And wedding poems because why not? First read the poems and then listen to the song above and read those beautiful lyrics. Sleeping at last has some gorgeous music.

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Under the Master's brush divine
Through many dangers, toils, and snares
To you arrived, I knew you must be mine

Yet putting vain desires aside
I asked the Lord to guide my ride
To guide and love me as a son
Yet no one but you was the one

To love and cherish as my wife
I promise you my hand through life
May all the years that see us through
See growing love within them too

I love you River

-Eli

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Today I know, again I see
That God really has a plan for me
It's easy, to doubt and fear
But finally, I am here

And nothing ever quite meant the same
That day you pulled me in your arms, you came
And said "I'll guard your heart until the day you die."
And that day I should have known you didn't mean goodbye

But still I was fearful, like a child anew
Yet everyday of seeing you
There in my heart began to bloom
A holding ever promise

And you know I'll always love you
And  know as seasons pass, that joy will only grow
You are my blessing,
My special gift, the love that I don't deserve.

Thank you for not giving up, I love you Eli

- River



What song(s) describes your protagonist?



  
Lyrics:

So much on my mind
I think I think too much
Read between these lines
unspoken weight of words

But time comes to rest when you are by my side, it blurs
And I will follow where this takes me
And my tomorrows long to be unknown
When all is shaken, be my safety
In a world uncertain, say you'll be my stone

Change in every wind
The sands of time don't know our name
Oh, nothing's sure, but surely as we stand
I promise I will stay the same
And I've never seen forever
But I know we'll remain

And I will follow where this takes me
And my tomorrows long to be unknown
When all is shaken, be my safety
In a world uncertain, say you'll be my stone
(Ooh-ooh-ooh) Be my stone
In a world uncertain, say you'll be my stone

Oh, steady me, be my source of gravity
While my world's unraveling
Say you'll never change, ooh, oh

And I will follow where this takes me
And my tomorrows long to be unknown

When all is shaken, be my safety
In a world uncertain, say you'll be my stone
(Ooh-ooh-ooh) Be my stone
In a world uncertain, say you'll be my stone

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Lyrics:

Oh, my soul
Oh, how you worry
Oh, how you're weary, from fearing you lost control
This was the one thing, you didn't see coming
And no one would blame you, though
If you cried in private
If you tried to hide it away, so no one knows
No one will see, if you stop believing

Oh, my soul
You are not alone
There's a place where fear has to face the God you know
One more day, He will make a way
Let Him show you how, you can lay this down
'Cause you're not alone

Here and now
You can be honest
I won't try to promise that someday it all works out
'Cause this is the valley
And even now, He is breathing on your dry bones
And there will be dancing
There will be beauty where beauty was ash and stone
This much I know

Oh, my soul
You are not alone
There's a place where fear has to face the God you know
One more day, He will make a way
Let Him show you how, you can lay this down

I'm not strong enough, I can't take anymore
(You can lay it down, you can lay it down)
And my shipwrecked faith will never get me to shore
(You can lay it down, you can lay it down)
Can He find me here
Can He keep me from going under

Oh, my soul
You're not alone
There's a place where fear has to face the God you know
One more day, He will make a way
Let Him show you how, you can lay this down
'Cause you're not alone
Oh, my soul, you're not alone


Any Instrument Players or Characters with Ties to Music?



(first song in compilation ^)
 
Eli. He taught himself to play guitar at the age of thirteen and has been playing ever since.

Snippet:


“ ...for a period in my early teen years I went through what I like to call ‘when I grew up to fast for my mind to grow up with me’ and I wanted to be a major record label and write achy songs..." 




Go to songs for battle, romance or intense scenes?



Snippet:
My chest shakes and heartbroken tears slither down my face. Between Michael and I. The silhouettes blur beneath my tears but the lines are as straight as ever in my heart, the same tilting noses. The same lashes. Why? Shouldn’t they love each other! And why shouldn’t we be friends, just like we always were. Shouldn’t we chase the fireflies like we always did? Shouldn’t we be happy, because we have every reason to be? But we aren’t. We’re never happy and the fireflies are never bright enough to last beyond the summer.


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I TAG

Katie Grace @awriter'sfaith
Audrey Caylin @audreycaylin
Abiee @abieemusicblog
Arya Lynn @everthewriter
And everyone else who loves the tag! @everyone



What did you think of the Tag? The WIP? Have you heard any of the songs I linked, any favorites? :) Whatever you have to say, let's talk! I always love to hear what you guys have to say <3


“Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers!
    I, even I, will sing to the Lord;
    I will praise the Lord, the God of Israel, in song.
(Judges 5:3)


Friday, July 21, 2017

Slowly Melting





I am so sorry! It's been way too long since my last post! But the hiatus sure has been nice :) I am easing back in with a poem that kind of reflects this season of my life. It's about letting God melt your shallow wants and desires to conform so that you can be shaped into something more beautiful. Think of a blacksmith, melting impurities and hammering the metal out to form a beautiful piece that is a useful instrument, I had a heart touching experience with this live example at VBS.

In this process...realizing that I am not (and should not want to be) a clone but a very special, unique piece created by God's own hands. It's not an easy process, it's one of tugging and pushing and pulling and pain: but in the end what emerges is worth so much more than that pain. It's the bittersweet season of growing up, the balance between childhood and adulthood. It's growth...it's life and above all it's God's love.

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There's a warmth creeping up my bones
Golden sunlight draws its brush over a cool restful heart
Put together, breaking it apart
Finding myself scared
I'm getting soft, slowly melting

There's a shimmering beauty mirrored in the waters
Flashing rays reflected in my eyes
Sinking them low I cannot rise
I'm wishing for something I shouldn't wish for, slowly melting

There's a soft glowing light and laughter in the air
And if only I could laugh along but I can't
Yet I know it's not wrong
It's that I'm getting stronger, slowly melting

And as the sunlight grows and the sounds of people swirl around me
Staring at that point above the water, where the sunlight hits the ripple
And it goes on, goes on and on...
into something new, Slowly melting

- Anna C. S.


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Talk to me <3 What has God been doing in your life? What have you learned this summer? Did you go to or help out with VBS? Let's all chat below! :)

 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; 
I have set my heart on your laws.
(Psalm 119:30)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Meet my MC, River // Writing Contest!



A few posts ago, I asked you all to submit questions for my MC to answer. FINALLY I have made time to answer them *guilty grin* and also bring up the promised writing contest! But truth be told you guys helped me A LOT with these questions, what started as an idea for a fun little post helped me to sit down and make time to explore my character! *bows thankfully to readers*. Read on and please make sure to enter the contest for a chance to get featured on my blog and get comprehensive feedback on your work! :)
 
ABOUT THE MC

Name: River Naomi Montgomery
Birth Date: October 7th
Height: 5’5
Weight: 119
Age: 18
Skills: Design and Planning
Favorite Food: Cookies
Favorite Drink: Southern Style Ice Tea
Career: Just graduated and working the summer at Starbuck’s Coffee as well as helping out with a ministry
Normal Clothing Type: Casual and Comfy, sweaters, tee shirts, jeans, boho blouses, tall boots, boho type sandals.
Skin Color: Fair/White
Eye Color: Very dark brown, almost black
Hair Color: Black
Favorite Animal: Dogs
Favorite quote: There are better things ahead than any we leave behind – C. S. Lewis
Ever been in love: Yes, regretfully
Likes: Honesty, down to earth people, food and hiking
Dislikes: Being stressed or hurried, two faced people
Weapon of choice: A long throwing knife
Favorite Color: All shades of blue
Talents: Design and catching on quickly to anything
Hobbies: Hiking, journaling, outdoor sports and trips

 MC QUESTIONS:
Thank you all so much for commenting these questions, you might have done it for fun but your questions helped develop my character! <3 Note that these questions are not too deep because River is a little secretive and doesn't like to speak about herself too much despite her rigid honesty and outspokenness, also realize these questions are all set before the story begins. It is a kind of a backstory on the character :). *Inserts your name* meet River, River meet my friend, *you*.
 
What was your most heartbreaking moment?
Just all the family moments of arguing, they always break my heart; no matter how used to them I should be by now. I just wish my family was happy together.

What was one moment of overwhelming joy for you?
When our old neighbors moved out. The lady of the house was an avid fan of opera and greatly aspired to join the ranks of talented amateurs. Ask me? Pure torture.

When did you feel closest to God?  The furthest?
Hmm, that’s a hard question. I guess when my old relationship failed. I needed God, I needed help. Unfortunately it seems that when I grow comfortable, I subconsciously put God on the back burner. The furthest would probably be before that incident, I thought I was close. Being in love is very delusional. 

What’s your family like?
My father is a computer engineer and my mother grew up in a well to do family, her father was president of a vast evangelizing ministry so they traveled all throughout the world. So life is never boring! I have a sixteen year old brother named Michael, I love him to death and he has to be the funniest and most charming person, unlike me. When I see him succeed socially it makes me so happy because he’s doing so much better than I ever did or will do, for that fact!

How would you describe yourself in six words? How about others?
Ahh easy…awkward, cookie loving, rudely honest, over thinking, and emotional.
Others? That’s not as easy, I don’t know anyone too well. Tess says I’m too patient, Some of Mother’s friends call me smart, other ones call me blunt, I’ve been said to be pretty and strong for my long hikes and also annoying by my brother. That should make six… 

What are your hobbies?
I love to journal and review books, I generally have a lot of free time…so I do that. I also love to throw knives, (don't worry, I only throw at targets *grins*) I haven’t done that lately though. I absolutely love hiking, I have my favorite haunts but I’m always eager for new paths and trails.

How do you see yourself in five years?
That’s a scary question! I have absolutely no idea…so much it worries me sometimes. I really have no idea of what the future holds for me.

What are your dreams/nightmares like?
Hazy and tormenting. Usually they draw me back to my past mistakes or things I wanted to be. The happy dreams are very hazy, almost like magic that I can’t explain. Rarely I see children, and somehow I know they’re mine, I also see a man but for some reason it’s like I’m seeing myself and I’m not there myself.

What is your greatest joy in life?
The little things. Warm water over my skin, finishing a hike, biting into a still hot cookie, laughs with Michael, reading beautiful words on cool paper. Roasting mother’s friends very politely. *laughs softly*

If you could spend the rest of your life doing one thing, what would it be?
Probably having a family and staying close together. Whatever it is that my life will bring me, I just want to be a good person, laugh a lot, bake plenty of cookies, and grow to be the most blunt, energetic grandma known. *dark brown eyes sparkle mischievously*

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  - WRITING CONTEST -

Topic: Why do we have hope in tomorrow? 

Genre: Short Story/Poem

Time Frame: July 6th - July 16th

Entry Rules: 
 - No more than 500 words
 -Neatly Spaced
 - Write from the heart and enjoy! <3

 
 
 What do you think of River? Any suggestions as to the character? Any thoughts? Introduce your characters to me or let's chat about our WIP'S! Did you enter the contest? 
Join me below, whatever you have to say, your comments always make my day! <3


But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, 
for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, 
so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 

(2 Corinthians 12:9)

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