The Gifts In My Hands

This one begged to be reblogged too❤️

Amanda Joy Writes

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God challenged me last Saturday.

For most of the day I had attended a conference called Empower. It was a great conference, very impactful! It covered some hard realities in the world. At home, during the evening, I was practicing flute- nothing out of the ordinary. But God posed a question, based off what I had heard at Empower.

“What are you going to do?”

This stopped my in my tracks. What was I going to do? “Lord,” I thought, “what do you mean? I’m young. I can’t do anything…”

However, He wasn’t content with my answer. He challenged me to really look at my flute and think about “what” I could do with it. I could have a career through it, take it on mission trips, play for others, give lessons.  There were all these things I could do (I can do). And…

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Placing Jesus FIRST above all else

Mirroring Jesus

Wow.  You know how sometimes God tells you something or teaches you something, and you just respond with, “Oh yeah, I should do that more.” But then you just go about your life like normal?  Then you see something that reminds you of what you just learned.  “Oh, that’s kinda cool…”  Then you hear someone say exactly what you just learned.  “Oh… maybe God’s trying to get a point across.”  Then your pastor mentions that exact thing in his sermon.  “Oookay God, okay… I’ll learn my lesson.”

Well, that’s sort of what it’s been for me with this.  (Well, not that exact scenario, but pretty similar.)  Placing Jesus first can often become sort of a cliche.  Something we just say.  Something so familiar we don’t really do it anymore.

For some reason, recently, whenever any of my siblings or parents leave the house, there’s this nagging in the back of…

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My Four Year Blog Anniversary + GIVEAWAY!

Hey y’all! Thought this was pretty cool… 😀

Clara & Co.

Today is my four-year blog anniversary! *throws confetti* I’m rather excited, and I hope you’re at least mildly enthused. 😀 In honor of this occasion, this post will feature highlights from my blog archives, interesting stats, sentimental thank-yous, and a super fun giveaway to top it all off. STICK AROUND. IT’S GONNA BE GREAT. *grabs your hand and drags you into the party*

We shall begin by looking through some of my old posts. Even though I really, really, REALLY don’t want to show you this… here’s the first picture I ever posted on my blog. *smiles bravely*

Isn’t it beautiful? :’D Yes, thine eyes do not deceive you – that’s a shoebox lid covered in crooked scrapbook paper. I don’t know why I thought dusty walls and gross-looking green towels were a good photo backdrop, but I did. I specifically bought that towel just to take photos on. *glares…

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