Posted in Lifestyle

New Website Design…

Perhaps some of you have noticed my drastic change on The Misty Mountain. I have completely changed my website look! I chose to use two complementary colors (orange and blue) because I am semi in love with that look. I am also attempting to adopt better structure. This is going to be a bit bumpy (especially since I’m not done designing my website yet) but I am glad for all y’all’s patience. Thank you, guys- for following my blog, and hopefully I can start being more accommodating to what y’all want to see.

Have y’all taken my survey yet?

If you haven’t, hop over to it and vote! At the end of two weeks I’ll use the biggest voted choice and do a post on the winning thing. Basically the survey is really just a poll asking what kind of posts you most want to see. If you’d like to more of something else (not listed) then please comment on the poll with what it is. And as a side note when I mentioned photography, it more refers to very basic things. I have a photography website (as you know) where the most of photography is mentioned.

My blog header

Now that y’all have seen my header- what do you think? Do you like it? I am working on some other blog-related design stuff, so if you have suggestions- please share them!

Thank you!

~Emmaline

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The Misty Mountain Survey

Posted in Faith and Controversial Topics, Lifestyle, Thoughtful

Thoughtful| “Once Upon a Birthday”

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“Growing up is never straight forward. There are moments when everything is fine, and other moments where you realize that there are certain memories that you’ll never get back, and certain people that are going to change, and the hardest part is knowing that there’s nothing you can do except watch them.”     

~Alden Nowlan (no idea who this is 😉 )

From the above quote…you may guess what this post is about. Growing up. Getting older, and leaving behind the days of littlehood. This has been put on my mind a lot lately. I have to admit, I’ve been thinking about it for years. I think the first time was when I was six years old. The world was big, the grownups were so very…grown up. I look back and can’t help but blush at some of the things I thought as a really little girl. One thing that I think is funny is that I thought I would have a ‘special someone’ when I turned sixteen. Then it was all the story of Sindersoot (aka-Ascenputtel, Cinderella) and all those other beautiful fairytales. Well…I turned sixteen and um- yeah. I had figured out long before then that my childish thoughts were just not the way things actually normally happen. I blame the Little House on the Prairie tv series with Melissa Gilbert playing Laura. Do any of y’all remember how Mary had a ‘special friend’ when she was maybe fourteen? 🙂 Anyways…yes. The more people I meet the more funny little kid stories I come across.

The reason it’s come to my mind RIGHT NOW is my big sis, Hannah- just turned eighteen. And I will be eighteen next year. We’ve been pretty close for a pretty long time now, and I’ve always felt left behind whenever she crosses into another season in her life. We really do grow at a different rate. Everyone is just so different.

There’s one thing I’ve decided about this tricky business called ‘growing up’. I don’t want to forget all my memories. And I don’t want to be sad, depressed, or bitter about being left behind. Because I’m a unique person, who God is shaping day-by-day into the image of His Son. And I can enjoy where He’s placed me. All to soon, I’ll probably be wondering where the years went. I’ll be one of the older and (hopefully) wiser people who’re always telling us teenagers to be content. To just enjoy where we are right now. Here’s another quote about growing up:

“One of the oddest things about being grown-up was looking back at something you thought you knew and finding out the truth of it was completely different from what you had always believed.”

~Patricia Briggs

That’s something I can identify with. As I get older…things I thought are torn down and replaced with reality. And that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It is often a very painful thing (depending what it is), but not always something that will devastate you. Read this Bible verse for a very telling thing about growing up.

“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.”

~1 Corinthians 13:11 

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Have you had any similar thoughts?

Do you have any favorite childhood memories?

What is ONE memory that you never want to forget?

~Emmaline

p.s The cake for the post is the one I made for Hannah’s birthday. It was a two layer cake, one layer raspberry- the other vanilla. With chocolate cream cheese frosting, and strawberries on top.

Posted in Bethany House Book Reviews, Book Reviews

BHBR|Quick Tips for Busy Families

 

My newest book review for Bethany House! As you may have noticed…this is only review #2. The reason for that is Bethany House has a limited number of books so it’s a first-come first-serve deal. And I hadn’t been quick enough up until this point. But here we are once again (and I just got a confirmation email that I’ll be receiving another book from BH sometime in April or May). Today, the book up for review is…Quick Tips for Busy Families.

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Quick Tips for Busy Families

Sneaky Strategies for Raising Great Kids

By Jay Payleitner

My rating- 4 stars

 

I may not generally be a non-fiction guru (except when it comes to spiritual books 😉 Still not a guru on that either!)–but I genuinely liked this book. It was interesting and I loved the layout. The book has 144 tips/strategies on raising kids. Here are a few bullet things I loved.

  1. The layout. (Brief ‘chapters’ which makes it easy to keep on reading!)
  2. The practical nature. The tips range from very practical to rather sneaky (as the front cover indicates).
  3. The fact that Bible verses were used in the book. Isn’t it just sad that I have to mention this? But seriously- so many ‘self-help’ books these days say they’re Christian and then have zero Bible verses in them.

 

Things I felt weren’t as helpful (to me)…

Now I realize that the majority of the stuff I’m about to say probably won’t have much bearing on the majority of parents today. Don’t let some of this necessarily discourage you from buying the book.

  1. As a young woman who wants to home school her children one day, I think that this book wouldn’t be quite as helpful to me. The book very obviously targets the public/private school crowd. So if you’re a parent doing either of those two things- then wonderful! Otherwise make your own judgement.
  2. Sometimes I felt like the author minimized sin. One thing that gives me pause is that he also had chapters where he very clearly said that sin is well, sin.
  3. I don’t agree with the spiritual gift part necessarily. Sorry guys. 😦 If you know anything about reformed people- you’ll know that most of them don’t believe tongues or prophesy continues. Like I said this doesn’t apply to all people. This is really just a note to the reformed crowd. Just to be clear though- I believe in spiritual gifts. I believe we all have God-given gifts. I just don’t buy the speaking in tongues or continued prophecy thing because I don’t believe they continue.

 

So anyways…just a note of explanation on why the book only got four stars from me: I feel like it was mostly just the fact that it didn’t really relate to me theologically- also the school kid thing. No fear though, I don’t believe it’s wrong to public/private school your child. 

Back to the book, though. Overall here’s a summary statement.

Quick Tips for Busy Families is a book with a lot of helpful tips/strategies for parents or guardians. There was a lot of practical advice and insight from the author- who’s raised 5 children along with his wife, Rita. There was also a sense of humor which was enjoyable + the well-loved parenting stories everyone loves to hear. If you’re looking for a book to help you with everyday life and give you practicality mixed with Biblical truths- you’re in the right place.

 

Thanks to Bethany House for another great book review! All opinions here expressed are my own and haven’t been otherwise influenced. This is an honest review. Thanks for reading.

~Emmaline

Posted in art swirls, Drawing

Art Swirls 2. {three inspirations}

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Welcome to Art Swirls 2. ! I am excited to do this one today because I hunted for a few drawings on Google and came up with two drawings to try freehand. I didn’t measure anything at all…just used the good ole’ eyeballs. 😉

Image 1: Chip (beauty and the beast)

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Reference photo.
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My sketchbook take. 

 

Image 2: Cala Lilly

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Reference photo.
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My sketchbook take. 

 

Image 3: Silhouettes (taken from one of Walter T. Foster’s art books.)

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Reference photos from the book.

This one had more room for creativity. I sorta’ just chose a bunch of random objects to draw, and some from memory. This is what I came out with.

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My take. Haha. I know…isn’t that face thingy goofy? And I do believe I created a rare type of bird! 🙂 

I did the drawing of Chip as a ‘promo’ art for the live action Beauty and the Beast. Anyone else hoping to ‘be their guest’ this March?

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~Emmaline

 

Posted in Book Reviews, WIRW

WIRW # 7.

Welcome once again, What I Read Wednesday!

People had begun to think I don’t read anything anymore…but the honest truth is I just haven’t been posting what I’ve been reading. I just decided to be selective and review the last three books in the Love Comes Softly series. They focus on Belinda Davis, Clark and Marty’s daughter. (Oh, if you haven’t read the rest of the series- you should probably do that first–but I would say you can just pick up the three of these as well.)

 

Love’s Unfolding Dream

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By Janette Oke

My rating- 5 stars

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This book was such a fun piece to read. I have to say, I really loved it. It was able to make me feel strongly with and for the characters. There were plenty of things in it that kept me engaged. One thing about is the fact that this focuses on her 12-16 years. That directly identifies it with the teen girl crowd. I thought it was enjoyable, sad, happy, and humorous all at once.

I liked…

//the plot. I thought it was well developed. There were plenty of characters to like or dislike and some very heart-rending things occurred as well.

//the family aspect. This whole series has family stamped on it. I especially love how Belinda and Marty are so close to each other. I love their mother-daughter relationship.

//the characters. You can’t escape this one! They’re always going to be the ones you like and don’t like. I love Belinda, Marty, Clark, Luke, Drew, and yep. Those are my favorites.

//the spiritual aspect. I always like when a book is faith-driven. This series is pretty faith-driven the whole time. There are some aspects of their theology I don’t agree with, but in principle they do stress the love of God to His children.

//the ‘rivalry’ and tension between family. Yes, there’s some of this too. They do get upset with each other from time to time- just like a real family. I won’t spoil it, but I’ll tell you, it’s interesting.

//the ending. Wait for it, wait for it…the entire book. Okay, not really. But I like the ending because it’s kinda’ nice after the conflict in the book. 😀

 

Love Takes Wing

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By Janette Oke

My rating- 4.5 stars

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This book picks up a few years after Love’s Unfolding Dream. It is a little cliff-hangering from the last book, too. They give you the impression something’s going to happen at the end of LUD, and then they stick you here scrambling to figure out what happened. And I’ll just warn you, you’d best be prepared for some waiting. Because you’re going to be waiting pretty much the WHOLE book to hear ANYTHING at all. It plain confused me. I was sitting reading and kept interrupting my sister: “Hannah, what in the world is going on here? Why isn’t so-and-so in the story?” I honestly almost threw the book down at that point. But I picked it back up, and I’m so glad I did.

I liked…

//the expansion of nursing. If you’ve gotten this far or read any of the synopsis-es, you’ll know Belinda wants to be a nurse. Well, her nursing will take her places in this book.

//Belinda’s continual struggle. Growing up is HARD. And Belinda always has the struggle accompanied with that. I think she experiences the same highs and lows of the Christian life that I do, in some ways. And I think it’s identifiable.

//Mrs. Stafford-Smythe. I love her. She’s an older lady with spunk. I like how Belinda and her relationship gets closer, and I love how she’s always so perky and funny.

Sadness…

//the cliffhanger from LUD. This nearly made me drop the book. I would encourage you to persevere though- it’s worth it!

//the way Belinda treats some of the young men. It’s not necessarily bad- I just wish she would have sent them packing long ago instead of going out with any of them at all. Oh, well. She learns.

//the removal of characters you’ve gotten to know. People leave, people marry, people disappear! Makes me sad. 😦  😥

 

Love Finds A Home

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By Janette Oke

My rating- 5 stars

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The exciting conclusion! I LOVE this book! Things start to speed up in this book, loose ends get tied up, fun things happen…heartwarming. 😉

// the plot.

// the look at Boston from a bigger angle. I love all the comparison between city vs. country. It’s an interesting thing to look at.

//the thingy that happens in the middle. You will be surprised…maybe even as surprised as Belinda was? 😀

//the other thingy that happens… uh-huh. Several things. (I am really trying not to spoil things for ya’ here).

//the continued faith. Belinda really begins realizing just how important faith is in this book. You can really see her clinging to Him in this one.

//gratification. Belinda gets a happy ending (of a sort)–and I love how you see in the book that romance won’t ultimately satisfy you. Rather, it’s God who can make you delight in Him alone.

*Sorry…but it’s hard to write a review without spoiling something. I keep wanting to say “I liked that THIS happened.” -so I’ll just say I loved the book(s) aaannnd the ending to this book.

~Emmaline

p.s. While I do like SOME of the movies made of Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly series–I am extremely dissatisfied with the later ones. Especially the later ones with Missie, and the ones that describe Belinda. For one, Belinda isn’t even an orphan–she’s Clark and Marty’s youngest daughter! And a minor detail…Belinda’s hair isn’t brown, it’s blond. Another thing: Willie, Missie’s husband–does NOT die either. And neither does Belinda’s husband! Sorry guys. Rant over. Just wanted to make sure y’all knew what I thought in regards to that. Hint to producers: include the author in your productions. 😀 It helps.

Posted in Lifestyle, Tags

The Q & A Tag

 

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Hello!

Something a teensy bit different for today. I was tagged by Natasha of Looking Through My Lens for the Q and A Tag. I am looking forward to doing this, Natasha, and thank you for tagging me!

The 10 Questions

1) What is one of your favorite blogs?
Since I am a dreadful cheater I will give more than one 😉 . So I hope that’s okay? I generally like blogs that are in my range of interest: 
a. I like Natasha Hannu’s blogs. (looking through my lens and Natasha Ann Photography)
c. And also Allison’s blog called A Farm Girl’s Life
2) A favorite kind of candy?
I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Oh, they are SO good. Only thing is that they are sometimes way too sweet for me. I also like fudge as a close second. 
3) If you could have any animal as a pet, what would you choose? 
A PANDA BEAR!!!! Oh, they are so cute. Mom says they are really not very nice, but how could anyone resist this face?
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4) What is one of your most amazing memories?
Going to my grandparent’s house and playing on their lake (tubing, swimming, jet-ski-ing) has always been a memory that I treasure. 
5) What is your favorite board\card game?
Board game: Settlers of Catan. 
Card Game: Rummy 500. 
6) Do you have a dream car?
Mostly I joke about my dream cars, but I actually really like the ones I joke about 😀 . 
I would have to say a limousine (I like hot dog cars) or a punch bug. 
7) If there was one thing you would like to get better at, what would it be?
Being a better conversationalist and putting others before myself. I would also love to get better at photography.
8) What are three countries you would like to visit someday?
a. New Zealand
b. Ireland
c. Scotland
9) Which do you like better roses or lilacs?
Roses. Sorry to be cliche, but to me–they are the most beautiful ever. (My favorite flower is actually the hydrangea, funny thing.). 
10) How would you describe your style (with fashion)?
Strangely this is probably the hardest question for me to answer, the reason being that how I WANT to dress and how I ACTUALLY dress- are very different! I actually love clothing from the 1940’s (mostly the dresses) and also dresses from the Victorian period. And for some strange reason I love prairie clothing, too! The way I dress though, typically- is skirts and t-shirts. I also wear jeans and tunics. 

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I’m Tagging…

Caroline @Carabelle Photography

Maggie @Maggie’s Butterfly Kisses

Allison @A Farm Girl’s Life

 

The Questions

1) What is your favorite thing to do during your spare time?
2) What is your favorite thing to blog about?
3) What is one quote that inspires you?
4) An author who inspires you?
5) A favorite Bible verse?
6) Something that you did to challenge yourself?
7) What is the MOST exciting thing that ever happened to you?
8) Are you are jewelry wearer, and if so- what is your favorite type of jewelry to wear (necklace, earrings, bracelet, etc)?
9) What is one thing in your life that was difficult for you, but that you later realized was used for your good?
10) What is your favorite genre of music?

The Rules…

*Thank the blogger who nominated you
*Answer the questions you were given
*Nominate other bloggers
*Write out your ten questions
*Let them know they’ve been tagged
~Emmaline

 

Posted in Crafts, Seasonal Posts

Crazy Easy Valentine’s Silly Putty

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So…I was sitting around one day thinking about Valentine’s. I like crafting and almost anything diy. Then I was having fun on pinterest and came across something called diy silly putty. So I put my own twist on it!

Supplies

  • Arrowroot powder (or cornstarch).
  • Dish soap (preferably colored, instead of white or clear.).
  • 1 tbsp measuring spoon.
  • heart shaped cookie cutter ❤ .

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This is the very basic method:

  1. Put 2.5 tbsp of arrowroot powder into bowl.
  2. Pour 1.5 tbsp of dish soap into bowl.
  3. Stir together.
  4. Knead with hands.
  5. Shape with cookie cutter.
  6. You may also add food coloring if you want more color.

One thing I noticed is I had to add more arrowroot to the mixture so it wouldn’t be sticky. If it’s too dry, add soap. Too wet? Add arrowroot.

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haha. Just being silly (get the pun?) 🙂 .

~Emmaline

Posted in art swirls, Drawing

Art Swirls 1. {new series!}

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Guess what? Brand new series guys…

I promised a new series, right? Well…here’s another one. Basically- there will be three contributors to this series: Emma, (me) Emily (from guest post), and Ellie. The three E’s, the three musketeers 😛 . Today’s post is by Ellie and I (we’ll mostly focus on my drawing as Ellie was behind me in steps). Here’s the inspiration/prompt photo for this project.

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I think this is supposed to be a BLUE flower? 🙂

 

Step One: choose your colors. 

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I chose: lemon yellow, titanium white, cerulean blue, ultramarine, crimson red, black, and yellow ochre.

 

Step Two: start with the yellow in the background. 

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With a medium sized ‘mommy’ brush I did two areas: the normal yellow paint, and the yellow paint mixed with some white and some water. I will keep using this brush until I tell you otherwise. Tip: keep looking at the reference photo! When you do, you will see which parts of the background need to be light/dark.

 

Step Three: add water to your brush along with a drop more of white paint. The, dab the brush around the lighter area- lightening it further.

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Tip: Notice the shape of the lighter area looks sort of like a heart. You can also remove any hair from off the painting with anything sharp- just don’t dig a hole through your painting!

 

Step Four: now darken the ‘dark’ spots with the normal yellow. Then, dry it with a hairdryer. img_4152-001

 

Step Five: Now choose a circular object in the size that you want the center of your flower to be, and trace around it with a pencil. 

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Tip: make sure it’s in about the same place as mine is in the picture. Look at the reference photo first-and make sure you keep looking at it during the tutorial.

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Step Six: Now freehand two wider circles around the original circle. 

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Tip: if you want to be more precise, you can find two more objects about the size that you want them to be. Be as creative as you like- just try to stay somewhat with the reference photo.  

 

Step Seven: Freehand in the five petals.

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Tip: watch out for the curviness of the petals and for the little points at the top of each one. AND make sure you keep looking at the reference photo. 

 

Step Eight: and now you may freehand the shape/outline of the ladybug. img_4160

Tip: try drawing three dots for the circular shape of the ladybug. And also notice that the dots aren’t right on top of each other. Rather, the bottom two are a little to the right of the top two. 

 

Step Nine: the next step is to add your lighter blue with a medium angled brush. And also the normal red of the ladybug. Also add more circles around your original ones, according to what you think of the reference photo. 

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Tip: dot the brush with a teeny little bit of white to lighten the light blue even further. You can erase any mistakes with a little water on a dry brush. 

 

Step Ten: Now you can begin blending in and adding some of your dark color all over the petals.

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Tip: Look at the way the reference photo looks. Especially focus on the blending of the petals.

 

Step Eleven: the petals should look similar to what you see in my below photo. The next step is to add your dark color the the very first circle around the middle. Then add red to the circle directly below it. 

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Tip: blend the bottom of the circles together as you go.

 

Step Twelve: Now for the fun! Experiment with colors and blending in the middle of the flower. Just make sure whatever you do is well blended.

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Tip: Be creative! I added those black dots to the middle of mine and just kept on bleeding things together. I also added further detail with yellow ochre. 

 

Step Thirteen: Paint in the ladybug and it’s details. Make sure that you dry it and everything else before adding the white highlight to it. Then TA-DA! You’re done.

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Tip: You can experiment with cleaning up the background if you’d like. 

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Hope you guys enjoyed this!

Special thanks: To Ellie, for helping me hold things for the shot, and for painting with me.

~Emmaline

 

Posted in Faith and Controversial Topics, Thoughtful

Thoughtful| “Forgiveness”

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This post is one that’s been set rather immediately on my mind because of some things that have been going on in my life.

This isn’t a post of self-pity.

This isn’t a post telling you it’s all someone else’s fault.

This isn’t a post to tell you if you forgive someone they’ll be automatically changed.

Sometimes life seems like those broken pieces of glass. Getting broken is painful. Being sinned against (and sinning against someone else) hurts. There isn’t an easy fix all the time. Not every relationship can be fixed by simply setting up a day, meeting,

and

T A L K I N G   IT  OUT.

People will probably be bitter, have scars, and just be hurt in general. Forgiving someone isn’t just saying you’re sorry something happened. It’s much more difficult than that. If it was that easy, probably no one would have any problem with saying it. True forgiveness is HARD and takes a big dose of grace and humility. Asking forgiveness takes a pride-smashin’ session. And forgiving someone? It takes exactly the same.

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For a while, I was feeling pretty comfortable with life (probably a bad sign). There were maybe a few small arguments once in a while…nothing major though. Then, out of the blue to me (also probably a bad sign) things starting coming up. I ended up hurt. There was a lot of emotional taxation. There still is. I was also angry. I didn’t understand why it was happening to me, or what I has done wrong in the particular situation. But I can already see it being used for good. It hurts, it’s maybe very inconvenient, and it makes me sad–but God has been drawing me nearer to Him through it.

Motivation for forgiving others…

“Why should I forgive someone (especially if they don’t even ASK forgiveness) ?” that question was going around in my head.  At one point, someone asked me if I hated them and if I didn’t, why didn’t I? I was so tempted to just run off feeling even more hurt. But in that moment someone else told me to ‘start with the obvious’. Now, that probably doesn’t make much sense, but thankfully- I knew just what was meant. The person I was dealing with was a ______ in Christ. Christ had forgiven them with His blood- just the same as He’d saved me. I had no right, absolutely none- to hate the person. Yes, I was hurt. But I have been commanded to love, not to hate.

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

~Ephesians 4:32, ESV.

You have every reason to love, and NO REASON to hate. Especially someone who is your brother or sister in Christ. If I could remember that every time I wronged someone or was wronged- there would be a huge forgiveness party! We would all be asking forgiveness.

WE HAVE EVERY MOTIVATION IN CHRIST.

~Emmaline