pink roses

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!

What a blessed time of year!
How amazing it is that the Creator of all would care to come down to our sinful world to save rebellious people.
But Jesus did care, and He did come, and He did save us!
This is why we celebrate and rejoice.
May you all have a wonderful new year.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Oh What a Fire a Little Matter Kindleth!

I was reading today from a book called "Respectable Sins" by Jerry Bridges. (On a side note, I highly recommend it!) and found this excerpt which was so... convicting, thought provoking, (produced a checking of the Bible passage... Yup it says "NO" !) and prayer stirring, that I just had to share it with you!

"The Scripture passage that has helped me most to deal with the sins of the tongue is Ephesians 4:29: "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear." This is an application of Paul's "put off/put on" principle that he set forth in Ephesians 4:22-24. The principle is that we're to put off the sinful traits of the old self and, at the same time, give diligence to putting on the gracious traits of the new self created in Christ.
As we look at Ephesians 4:29, we see that we're not to let any corrupting talk come out of our mouths. Corrupting talk is not limited to profanity or obscene speech. It includes all the various types of negative speech—including lying, slander, critical speech (even when true), harsh words, insults, sarcasm, and ridicule. Note Paul's absolute prohibition: No corrupting talk. None whatsoever. This means no gossip, no sarcasm, no critical speech, no harsh words. All these sinful words that tear down other people must be put out of our speech.  (Excerpt taken from Respectable Sins)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Stand Firm, Hold Fast!

This last month has been so crazy. For several days I have felt like a top, spinning wildly from point to point.
 2 Peter, has been a great source of encouragement to me personally over the years, so I thought I would share some compiled thoughts about that book, that I wrote a few months ago.

"The second letter written by Peter, starts be encouraging believers to grow in faith, and to continually prepare, so that when Jesus comes, He will find us faithful. 2 Peter 1:5-8 (Oh to be found faithful! )"

"There is a solemn warning.
For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 
We 'have escaped the pollutions of the world'. But I MUST be on my guard. I MUST hold fast to the Word, and stand up against evil. Jesus says in John 15:19 'if you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.' "

In America we do not face persecution like believers in other countries do. And because I have been raised in a very shielded home, and have been home educated, I haven't really experienced anything that could be labeled 'persecution'.
Up until about 6 months ago I could have honestly said that not a one of my friends were unsaved.
But for the past few months I have been volunteering at our community hospital and I am part of a team of teens who's sole purpose is to visit and cheer up the patients. I love it! But there are two sides to every coin, and the flip side is that I am in a non-Christian environment. As the novelty of actually having a relationship with non-believers fades, I have had to stand up for what I believe. I know that being called a bad name or catching a dirty look are in comparison to what some have faces minuscule, but it is hard.

"The closing chapter of 2 Peter gives a glimpse of what I, as a Christian can look forward to.
"Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and consider that the long suffering of our Lord is salvation..."  ('and consider that the long suffering of our Lord is salvation' What I have suffered does not even begin to compare. This is my prayer- To "... grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen." "

Sunday, November 27, 2011

That's Not My Job!!!

This is a paper my sister and I found in an old photo album at our Grandmother's house.
It is so funny and yet so thought provoking.
I am ashamed of how many times I have sidestepped a job reasoning that 'somebody' would do it, so why worry about it.

Every time I read this I feel challenged to not let that be me.
But I know that unless I depend on the Lord for strength I can do nothing! 
(Romans 7:18) (Psalms 16:2)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

{Guest Post} Tomorrow (don’t count on it)

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” 
                                                           -James 4:14
As much as I appreciate the blessing of tomorrow, I’ve also come to see it as a blessing too often abused. Though most people will readily admit their life could be snuffed out at any time, for some reason we continue to live as if there is always another page to be turned, another chapter to be written. Like the rich man in Luke 12 who fell into the lap of luxury only to “fall into the hands of the living God” when he least expected it (Heb. 10:31), many times we embrace unnecessary responsibilities today while postponing what God says is truly important until tomorrow.
What do I mean by unnecessary responsibilities? Well, let’s start with the obvious. Hunting trips, shopping ventures, and web surfing are all nonessentials. We could live without them if it became necessary. More subtle distractions such as extra-biblical literature and blogging may at times seem indispensible, but even these should be a distant second to our God and our family. We as Christians are called to demonstrate faithfulness, not just in the “big” things, but in the countless smaller responsibilities that shape our character and mold our relationships (Matt 25:23).
Of course that’s not to say whatever is unnecessary can also be categorized as sin. Solomon himself believed “there is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor.” (Eccl. 2:24) Our lives are a gift from God and should be enjoyed in holiness (Heb. 12:14), but putting your family on hold to accommodate a self-induced busy schedule is a sacrifice no one can afford to make.
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”
               -Matthew 23:23
Just like the Pharisees, how often have we allowed our zeal for God to tear us down rather than build us up? Peter cutting off Malchus’ ear when His Savior’s life was threatened revealed an inner passion worth emulating, but in the end he earned only a rebuke from the One he was attempting to defend (John 18:10-11). Is it any different when a Christian passionate about truth spends more time reading Bible commentary than the Word of God itself, or can quote their favorite theologian more fluently than their risen Lord? We procrastinate making the changes we know are needed but somehow always make room for the lesser things we could do without. Isn’t it true that “procrastination is the thief of time”1God calls us to redeem (Eph. 5:16)?
God has a special blessing in store for those who make Him, not religion or good works, the focus of their heart and the love of their life. We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ”someday to answer for the decisions we’ve made (Rom. 14:10), and this reality should encourage God’s church in the pursuit of holiness and “faith unfeigned.” (1 Tim. 1:5) There’s no need to wait until the 1st of January to enact these commitments. Act now! Determine what you must do, put your hand to the plow, and don’t look back (Luke 9:62). It’s this kind of dedication we need to break the chains “tomorrow” can so easily ensnare us with.

About the Author
So you're probably reading this expecting that I have some kind of exciting life with all sorts of things to share with you about it. Nope. I'm just an 18 year-old guy who loves the Lord, enjoys writing about Him, His Word, and how to serve Him more fruitfully (Eph. 2:10). My favorite hobbies include memorizing Scripture, photography, hunting, fishing, and raising ducks.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Peter lent a boat
To save Christ from the press,
Martha lent her home,
With busy kindliness,

One man lent a colt,
Another lent a room,
Some threw down their clothes,
And Joseph lent a tomb,

Nothing have I to lend-
No boat, no house no lands;
Lord, here is my life-myself,
I place it in your hands.

Friday, November 18, 2011

We have reached 50 Posts!!!

Thank you all for your participation through comments, input and advice.

We know it's not a very big landmark, but hey, we have to start somewhere. To commemorate this post we have decided to announce an upcoming change to 'Fidelis Deus... '
You see,  we have had several problems with people getting confused because the name is latin etc. To solve this problem we have decided to change the name and possibly remodel the look as well.
So stay tuned and check back to tell us what you thing of the soon to come changes.
May the Lord bless you all with a week brimming with opportunities to glorify Him, and thank you again for your participation.

In Christ,

Monday, November 14, 2011


(If you are reading this through your goggle reader or e-mail you may not be able to see the video)

I wonder how often I do this?

"I Love you Mother!" said little John
Then forgetting his work, his cap went on,
And he was off to the garden swing
And she had the wood and water to bring.

"I Love you Mother!" said little Nell;
"I Love you more than tongue can tell."
Then she teased and pouted half the day,
Till mother was glad when she went to play.

"I Love you Mother!" said little Nan,
"Today I'll help you all I can;
My doll and playthings I know will keep!"
Then she rocked the baby fast asleep.

Stepping softly she brought the broom,
and swept the floor and tidied the room,
Busy and happy all day was she,
Helpful and good as a child can be.

"I Love you Mother!" again they said,
Three little Children going to bed.
How do you think the Mother guessed
Which of them really loved her best?
~Joy Allison~

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Everlasting Covenant

This excerpt is from a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon entitled "The Blood of the Covenant," delivered August 2, 1874.

"In olden times when men made covenants the one with the other, they generally used some ceremony to bind the bargain, as it were. Now, under the old dispensation covenants with God were always confirmed with blood. As soon as ever blood was shed, and the victim died, the agreement made was established. Now, when our heavenly Father made a covenant with Jesus Christ on our behalf, that covenant was true and firm, “according to the sure mercies of David,” but to make it stand fast there must be blood. Now, the blood ordained to seal the covenant was not the blood of bulls or of goats, but the blood of the Son of God Himself; and this has made the covenant so binding that sooner may heaven and earth pass away than one tittle of it fail.

God must keep His own promises. He is a free God, but He binds Himself; by two immutable things wherein it is impossible for Him to lie, He has bound Himself to bestow covenant blessings upon the flock which the great Shepherd represented. Brethren, you and I, as honest men, are bound by our word. If we took an oath, which I trust we would not, we should certainly feel doubly bound by it; and if we had lived in the old times, and blood had been sprinkled on an agreement which we had made, we should regard the solemn sign and never dream of running back from it.

Think, for a moment, how impossible it is that the Lord should ever break that covenant of grace, which He spontaneously made with his own Son, and with us in Him, now that it has been sprinkled with blood from the veins of his own well-beloved Son. No; the covenant is everlasting. It stands fast for ever, because it is confirmed by blood which is none other than the blood of the Son of God."

Monday, November 7, 2011

Its Been 2 Months!

It looks like it has been quite some time since we have posted anything, and I am really sorry about that, and as if it would make it up to you I do have some excuses.
You see my sister Beth has been taking several classes in preparation for training to be a midwife, so she hasn't had very much free time, outside of studying, and what time she does have usually gets eaten up by her painting. (I should post some of her pictures on here for you all to see! I think they're beautiful!)
So, with Beth out of commission for the time being, that kind of left it up to me. What can I say? Obviously that didn't turn out so well, (and though I am making light of it for the sake of relieving my guilty conscience, I am truly and sincerely sorry.)
There are multiple reasons I could give for not posting for almost two months, but the ones I have chosen to submit to you are first of all my participation in  program called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and secondly the building of my second blog  Books on Trial... from a Christian perspective which, as a side note, I hope you will take a peak at. So those are my excuses for you to judge me by, and I pray you to merciful.

May God bless you all with a wonderful new week!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Taming The Flaming

The Bible has a lot to say
About my little tongue,
It's a fire that want's it's way
And hurts friends one by one.
Lord help me always remember
You're looking straight at me,
And help me guard my mouth gate
Very thoroughly!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Our Children... Our Siblings... Our Selves

         "Alas, if our children lose the crown of life, it will be but a small consolation that they have won the laurels of literature or art. Many who ought to know better think themselves superlatively blessed in their children if they become rich, if they marry well, if they strike out into profitable enterprises in trade, or if they attain eminence in the profession which they have espoused. Their parents will go to their beds rejoicing, and awake perfectly satisfied, though their boys are hastening down to hell, if they are also making money by the bushel. They have no greater joy than that their children are having their portion in this life, and laying up treasure where rust corrupts it. Though neither their sons nor daughters show my signs of the new birth, give no evidence of being rich towards God, manifest no traces of electing love or redeeming grace, or the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit, yet there are parents who are content with their condition." 
From a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon entitled "The Parent's and Pastor's Joy," delivered December 21, 1873.

            Spurgeon talks about what it is worth from a parents perspective if their children gain all in this world yet forget to prepare for the next. But what of us who are not mothers or fathers? Is there not a lesson in this for us as well?
            I am an older sister 8 times over, and each of my younger brothers ands sisters are such blessings, I love to sit on their beds and read them stories or laugh as they tell me about their wild rabbit hunts. Because we are educated at home I get to help my sisters with their science experiments, and work through multiplication problems with my brothers. Yet when everything is boiled down, how much of what I do is to help them succeed in this world, and how much points them to their Creator? This bring a new question, do those around me see Christ in me? 
Can they tell I am a Christian by the books I read, the movies I watch or the music I listen to?
           To apply this a little further, do the thoughts that I feed my mind through books, movies, music, etc. draw me nearer to my Lord or do they push me backwards? Will they count for eternity or will they burn like dirty rags?

"Alas, if our children lose the crown of life, it will be but a small consolation that they have won the laurels of literature or art."

 "... the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble...  Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life... Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil. " Proverbs 4: 18-27

Monday, September 12, 2011


is a choice to be made
Every moment of every day,
A choice of what to do with it.  
What we do with our time
who and what we are.
What we do in our spare moments
shows what matters most to us.
What are you doing with yours?

"This is the day the Lord hath made, I will rejoice and be glad in it."
Psalm 118:24

"As if you could kill time without injuring eternity."
Henry Daivd Thoreau
The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day.
Henry Ward Beecher
"Time is free, but priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back."
Harvey MacKay

Take care in your minutes, and the hours will take care of themselves.
Lord Chesterfield

Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time, which every day produces, and which most men throw away, but which nevertheless will make at the end of it no small deduction for the life of man.
Charles Caleb Colton

"Time is the scarcest resource of the manager; If it is not managed, nothing else can be managed.One cannot buy, rent or hire more time. The supply of time is totally inelastic. No matter how high the demand, the supply will not go up. There is no price for it. Time is totally perishable and cannot be stored. Yesterday's time is gone forever, and will never come back. Time is always in short supply. There is no substitute for time. Everything requires time. All work takes place in, and uses up time. Yet most people take for granted this unique, irreplaceable and necessary resource." Peter F. Druker

"One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly, until he knows that every day might be his last."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

What do you want to get done? In what order of importance? Over what period of time? What is the time available? What is the best strategy for application of time to projects for the most effective results?
Ted W. Engstrom

If time is precious, no book that will not improve by repeated reading deserves to be read at all.
Thomas Carlyle

"The great dividing line between success and failure can be expressed in five words: I DID NOT HAVE TIME."
Franklin Field
Good, Better, Best,  
Never let it rest,
Until your GOOD is BETTER,
And your Better BEST.

I am reviewing and re-(re)writing my priority list today.
Want to join me?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Turn Around

I was wondering what I could post today, since I haven't posted in a good week, and my eye rested on a poem I wrote to myself years ago and taped in the front of my Bible. It has stood like a guard rail to keep me on track when I loose joy and have to choose to keep seeking the Lord.

Watch out, beware! Use caution, have care!
Have you neglected God's word today?
Have you been going your own way?
Have you pleaded for His help today?
Watch out. Beware.

Stop running, quit doing! Halt now, while you can!
Do you think that you can run this race alone?
Without the Word in you Spirit sown?
And daily "what Jesus would do" to you shown?
Halt now while you can.

Run aground, turn around! Be heavenbound!
Fix your eyes on Jesus to finish the race,
Each day read His Word, in prayer seek His face,
Think His thoughts, sing His joy, spread His grace.
Turn around.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Today, we are having our first Guest Speaker!
Meet: Mrs. Lettie Burd Cowman.

Mrs. Cowman worked as a pioneer missionary with her husband in Japan and China from 1901 to 1917, during which time they helped found the Oriental Missionary Society. When Mr. Cowman's poor health forced the couple to return to the United States, Mrs. Cowman turned her attention to caring for her husband until his death six years later. Out of Mrs. Cowman's experiences and heartbreak came her first book, A devotional,"Streams in the Desert," followed by its companion "Springs in the Valley." During the next twenty-five years, Mrs. Cowman inspired several nationwide Scripture distribution campaigns and wrote seven more books. Finally, on Easter Sunday in 1960, at the age of ninety, Mrs.Cowman went to meet the God she had served so faithfully for nearly a century.

I have treasured Mrs. Cowman's writings for some time, now, I give them to you!

    "I went to America some years ago with the captain of a steamer, who was a very devoted Christian. When off the coast of Newfoundland he said to me, 'The last time that I was here.... something happened that revolutionized the whole of my christian life. We had George Muller on board. I had been on the Bridge twenty-four hours and had never left it. George Muller came to me and said, "Captain, I have come to tell you that I must be in Quebec Saturday afternoon."
"It is impossible," I said.
"Very well, if your ship cannot take me, God will find some other way. I have never broken an engagement for fifty-seven years. Let us go down to the chart-room and pray."
      I looked at that man of God and thought to myself, What lunatic asylum can that man have come from? I never heard of such a thing as this.
"Mr. Mueller," I said, "do you know how dense this fog is?"
"No," he replied, "my eye is not on the density of the fog, but on the living God, who controls every circumstance of my life."
    He knelt down and prayed one of the most simple prayers, and when he finished, I was going to pray, but he put his hand on my shoulder, and told me not to pray.
"First, you do not believe He will answer; and second, I believe He has, and there is no need for you to pray about it."
     I looked at him; and he said, "Captain, I have known my Lord for fifty-seven years, and there has never been a single day that I have failed to get audience with the King. Get up, Captian, and open the door, and you will find the fog gone."
     I got up, and the fog was indeed gone. On Saturday afternoon, George Muller was in Quebec for his engagement.' "

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Have you ever wondered?

Have you ever wondered what God has planed for your life? If He even has a plan for your life?  Or if He does, what in the world it is, and how you can know what His will for your life is?

I know that I have wondered these things over and over again, and have asked myself, what does God want me to do? What is His will for my life? I want to honor Him, serve Him, and give Him glory, but how can I do that? How do I know?

A few days ago my father played a sermon by Mr. Voddie Baucham that frankly shocked me.
I would encourage you to listen to it and think about what Scripture says.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Feminine Dress

 We apologize that it has been so long since our last post! Please, the next time you see us disappear, bury us in email reminders!
Today's topic is Feminine Dress: What it is, but today, we are going to give you the opinion of others through quotes! If you have something to add, or have more questions, feel free to drop us a note. Rebecca, Heather and I love to hear from you! (...As a side note, are there topics you would like us to cover?)

"One of the first evidences of a real lady, is that she should be modest. By modesty we mean that she shall not say, do, nor wear anything that would cause her to appear gaudy, ill-bred, or unchaste. There should be nothing about her to attract unfavorable attention, nothing in her dress or manner that would give a man an excuse for vulgar comment. When we dress contrary to the rule of modesty we give excuse for unwholesome thoughts in the mind of those who look upon us, and every girl who oversteps these bounds makes herself liable to misunderstanding and insult, though she may be innocent of any such intention."
Margaret Hale

"In like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing,
But, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works."
~ 1Timothy 2:9-10

 "It seems to be the fashion nowadays for a girl to behave as much like a man as possible. Well, I won't! I'll make the best of being a girl and be as nice a specimen as I can: sweet and modest, a dear, dainty thing with clothes smelling all sweet and violet-y, a soft voice, and pretty, womanly ways. Since I'm a girl, I prefer to be a real one!" 
Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

O woman! lovely woman! Nature made thee
To temper man: we had been brutes without you.
Angels are painted fair, to look like you:
There’s in you all that we believe of heaven,—
Amazing brightness, purity, and truth,
Eternal joy, and everlasting love.
~ Thomas Otway, Venice Preserved, Act i. Sc. 1.
"Why do women want to dress like men when they’re fortunate enough to be women? Why lose femininity, which is one of our greatest charms? We get more accomplished by being charming than we would be by flaunting." ~Tasha Tudor

"Modesty answers not the crude how of femininity, but the beautiful why."
~Wendy Shalit (A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue)

Fem’ninity is seen in her modesty,
Of manner and tongue as well as dress,
In her sensitiveness to propriety,
Not overly proud, or with looks obsessed
~ Godly Femininity

"The true worth of a race must be measured by the character of its womanhood." 

"A good woman is a wondrous creature, cleaving to the right and to the good under all change: lovely in youthful comeliness, lovely all her life long in comeliness of heart."
~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Life of Tennyson, Vol. I. 

“The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity.”
~ Margaret D. Nadauld

"Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— 4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 5 For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves"
~ 1 Peter 3: 3-5


I wonder.... are we, the young, Christian women of the 21st century fulfilling our role?  How are we to bring up the next generation if we do not do what we know is right in this area of modest dress and modest actions?
One does not need a husband to be a godly woman . 

Monday, August 1, 2011


If you can never marry,
see all your dreams rearranged,
and still remain pure,

If you can plan and plot
and it all be overturned at a moments notice,
and still submit joyfully

If you can slave over a dinner all day
only to have a child snub it
then rise again the next day and start all over again,

If you can sweep, mop, and scrub,
and watch as your family walks through with boots and dirty hands
and welcome them home,

If you can teach the same math lesson one hundred times,
only for the child to still not get it,
and return tomorrow and try again,

If you can absorb the troubles around you,
take in the worn and weary,
and never be praised,

If you can remain calm,
while everyone around you gives in to the chaos,

If you can hold the child who got hurt,
doing something you told him not to,

If you can walk through the trials of life
and cling all the closer to God,

Then, then my daughters, you will be women.

This poem was written by Olivia
based on Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘If’

Thursday, July 7, 2011

No Arms, No Legs, No Worries

"My name is Nick Vujicic. I was born without limbs and doctors have no medical explanation for this birth 'defect'. As you can imagine, I was faced with many challenges and obstacles.
'Consider it pure joy, my Brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.'....To count our hurt, pain and struggle as nothing but pure joy? As my parents were Christians, and my Dad even a Pastor of our church, they knew that verse very well. However, on the morning of the 4th of December 1982 in Melbourne (Australia), the last two words on the minds of my parents was 'Praise God!'. Their firstborn son had been born without limbs! There were no warnings or time to prepare themselves for it. The doctors were shocked and had no answers at all! There is still no medical reason why this had happened and Nick now has a Brother and Sister who were born just like any other baby. 
The whole church mourned over my birth and my parents were absolutely devastated. Everyone asked, 'if God is a God of Love, then why would He let something this bad happen to not just anyone, but dedicated Christians?' My Dad thought I wouldn't survive for very long, but tests proved that I was a healthy baby boy just with a few limbs missing. 
Understandably, my parents had strong concern and evident fears of what kind of life I'd be able to lead. God provided them strength, wisdom and courage through those early years and soon after that I was old enough to go to school. 
The law in Australia didn't allow me to be integrated into a main-stream school because of my physical disability. God did miracles and gave my Mom the strength to fight for the law to be changed. I was one of the first disabled students to be integrated into a main-stream school. 

I liked going to school, and just try to live life like everyone else, but it was in my early years of school where I encountered uncomfortable times of feeling rejected, weird and bullied because of my physical difference. It was very hard for me to get used to, but with the support of my parents, I started to develop attitudes and values which helped me overcome these challenging times. I knew that I was different but on the inside I was just like everyone else. There were many times when I felt so low that I wouldn't go to school just so I didn't have to face all the negative attention. I was encouraged by my parents to ignore them and to try start making friends by just talking with some kids. Soon the students realized that I was just like them, and starting there, God kept on blessing me with new friends. 
There were times when I felt depressed and angry because I couldn't change the way I was, or blame anyone for that matter. I went to Sunday School and learnt that God loves us all and that He cares for you. I understood that love to a point as a child, but I didn't understand that if God loved me why did He make me like this? Is it because I did something wrong? I thought I must have because out of all the kids at school, I'm the only weird one. I felt like I was a burden to those around me and the sooner I go, the better it'd be for everyone. I wanted to end my pain and end my life at a young age, but I am thankful once again, for my parents and family who were always there to comfort me and give me strength. 
Due to my emotional struggles I had experienced with bullying, self esteem and loneliness, God has implanted a passion of sharing my story and experiences to help others cope with whatever challenge they have in their life and let God turn it into a blessing. To encourage and inspire others to live to their fullest potential and not let anything get in the way of accomplishing their hopes and dreams. 
One of the first lessons that I have learnt was not to take things for granted.
'And we know that in all things God works for the best for those who love Him.'That verse spoke to my heart and convicted me to the point where that I know that there is no such thing as luck, chance or coincidence that these 'bad' things happen in our life. 
I had complete peace knowing that God won't let anything happen to us in our life unless He has a good purpose for it all. I completely gave my life to Christ at the age of fifteen after reading John 9. Jesus said that the reason the man was born blind was 'so that the works of God may be revealed through Him.' I truly believed that God would heal me so I could be a great testimony of His Awesome Power. Later on I was given the wisdom to understand that if we pray for something, if it's God's will, it'll happen in His time. If it's not God's will for it to happen, then I know that He has something better. 
I now see that Glory revealed as He is using me just the way I am and in ways others can't be used. 
I am now twenty-three years old and have completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Financial Planning and Accounting. I am also a motivational speaker and love to go out and share my story and testimony wherever opportunities become available. I have developed talks to relate to and encourage students through topics that challenge today's teenagers. I am also a speaker in the corporate sector. 
I have a passion for reaching out to youth and keep myself available for whatever God wants me to do, and wherever He leads, I follow. 

I have many dreams and goals that I have set to achieve in my life. I want to become the best witness I can be of God's Love and Hope, to become an international inspirational speaker and be used as a vessel in both Christian and non-Christian venues. I want to become financially independent by the age of 25, through real estate investments, to modify a car for me to drive and to be interviewed and share my story on the 'Oprah Winfrey Show'! Writing several best-selling books has been one of my dreams and I hope to finish writing my first by the end of the year. It will be called 'No Arms, No Legs, No Worries!' 

I believe that if you have the desire and passion to do something, and if it's God's will, you will achieve it in good time. As humans, we continually put limits on ourselves for no reason at all! What's worse is putting limits on God who can do all things. We put God in a 'box'. The awesome thing about the Power of God, is that if we want to do something for God, instead of focusing on our capability, concentrate on our availability for we know that it is God through us and we can't do anything without Him. Once we make ourselves available for God's work, guess whose capabilities we rely on? God's!

May the Lord Bless you 
In Christ, 
Nick Vujicic"

(This letter from Nick Vujicic was written 6 year ago, in 2005.)

Last week my Daddy showed me a video of Nick telling his testimony, and all I could do was cry. Cry that God would forgive me for my heartlessness, for my pride, for my selfish decisions. How could I, a young lady with a sound mind and body, be content just to know that I am saved, when millions of people are dying everyday, and there is no one who is willing to tell them. No one except a young man with out arms or legs, who was considered by all to be a helpless dead weight on society! Because of Nick, hundreds maybe thousands have come to know the God of the Universe. I want to stop sitting around, I want to find out why God made me the way He did, and what His purpose for my life really is!  I want to make myself available for God to use in any way that He sees fit.

" Before I formed you in the whom I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you as a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:5

" 'For My thoughts are not your thoughts ,
nor your ways My ways' says the Lord.
'For as the heavens are higher that the earth,
so are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.'" Isaiah 55:8-9