Monday, September 26, 2016

I Can Do All Things

Heyyyy! Happy Monday!

A word of encouragement this Monday afternoon:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me - Philippians 4:13:
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

You CAN do it! Don't be afraid to step out into the unknown. Trust Jesus. 
Peter stepped out of the safety of the boat and walked on water during a storm. He trusted in Jesus. But the moment he took his eyes of Him and focused on the wind and the waves, the bible tells us he began to sink.
Keep your eyes on the Lord! Don't focus on your circumstances, focus on the One who is always there for you. He knows what He's doing.

God has great things in store for you!

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28


Don't forget, the Five Fall Favorites party starts today! Head over to one of the hosting blogs and check it out! You'll even have a chance to win some awesome prizes! :D

Have a wonderful day and a blessed week!

~Livi Jane 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Meet My Characters - Part One

Hey everyone!! Can you believe September is already past halfway over?

I feel so bad for not posting as often... My life these past few weeks have pretty much been church stuff, school, work, flag football, school, work, work, work, school...

So as you can see, a LOT of work (and school!). This weekend my voice has been sort of hoarse/scratchy/raspy, so please pray that clears up! (I think it's probably just from using my voice so much at work... I am not a talker, so having to talk so much for work might be overusing my voice! LOL.)

Okay, I mentioned in my August Highlights about how I set a goal for how many words I wanted to try and write this month. All of the words I've written so far have been in a fairly new story I'm working on that I've dubbed (for now) Sunlight and Shadows.

So, today I want to introduce one of my characters from this story. Quite a while back, a blogging friend (Jesseca) did a little something with one of her stories using this 'prompt':

This week, make a collage with pictures that describe one of your characters. You can use pictures of your character or pictures that describe him/her (or both!). Have fun with this – don’t overthink it! Hopefully it’ll be a nice break from actually writing and help you learn more about your character at the same time!

My post today will look a little bit like this! :D

So, without further ado, I introduce... Ryder Weston Mathis!

Ryder Weston Mathis
(Ignore the Air Force uniform from the top left pic, he's actually a Marine!) ;)

And in case you're wondering, the little girl he's with in the top right is his twin, Jeanette Elizabeth Mathis. :D

Here's a basic character sketch:

Twenty year old Ryder Weston Mathis is in the military just like both of his older brothers. Though he takes the responsibility of being a Marine seriously, when not in combat, he’s the clown of the group. Even in deadly situations, he can find a way to see the bright side. His fun-loving, crooked smile, enhanced by his bright blue-green eyes, rarely leaves his clean shaven face. He has dark blond hair that is usually seen brushed back over the top of his head.
While some may consider him smaller-than-average in size, he is solid, all compact muscle and not an ounce of fat.   

Well, this wasn't a super long post, but hope you enjoyed getting to 'meet' one of my favorite characters! (I have a lot of favorites, though...) ;P
I really enjoyed writing this post, so you can count on seeing a few more of these in the future!

Have a blessed rest of your Sunday and an amazing week!

~Livi Jane 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

May We Never Forget

Fifteen years ago today. I was just over a year old. I have no memory of this day, but the attack that occurred will never be forgotten by anyone, young or old.

It started out as just any regular day. People rushed to work, children to school. No one knew when they boarded those planes that morning what devastation and fate awaited them and their country.

I'm filled with utter sorrow thinking of the people lost that day. The men and women on the airplanes, the people in the Twin Towers, and so many first responders.

But we made it through. It may have been hard, but we made it through. Many churches that weekend were packed out with people searching for a safe haven and answers. Who knows how many people have their lives to Jesus that Sunday? My guess is a lot.

We need to remember, no matter what happens, that God has a plan and a purpose for each and every one of us. His plan is the best plan, and even though we might not see why He lets certain things happen, God knows the beginning, the middle, and the end, and He has His perfect plan written out.

In closing, I just want to urge everyone to pray for the victims' loved ones. No matter how many years pass, the pain of September 11, 2001 will always be in their hearts. It may fade as time goes on, but it will never fully heal. Remember them today.

And pray for our nation. Pray for God's guidance. Pray for revival in our states. Pray that we would turn from sin and beg for God's mercy. He is there, and He is listening.

Love to you all,

~Livi Jane