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August, 2011
 

CONTENTS

FAVORITES

PHOTOS

POEMS

QUOTES

RECIPES

STORIES

THOUGHTS

ASK A TEEN

INTERVIEWS

C-O-O-L MALL

FAVORITES


HabibiJesus shares a portion of her favorite book:

There's a book called Just like Jesus and it has my favorite saying:
 
"God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be … JUST LIKE JESUS" Max Lucado

The P.L.A.N. From Max Lucado
Am I fitting into God’s Plan? What are my Longings? What are my Abilities? Am I serving God Now?

"Let God have you, and let God love you—and don’t be surprised if your heart begins to hear music you’ve never heard and your feet learn to dance as never before." Max Lucado.


HabibiJesus also shares her fav Bible verses:

1: Let us run the race that is before us and never give up. Hebrews 12:1

2: Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith. 1 Peter 5:8–9 NIV

3: Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people. Colossians 3:23

4: I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do. Ephesians 1:17–18

5: Our faces, then, are not covered. We all show the Lord’s glory, and we are being changed to be like him. This change in us brings ever greater glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18

6: Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. James 1:22–24
NIV


Metea's favorite Bible verse:

I think my favorite Bible verse is: Philippians 4:8 -- Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. I love how it tells us right where to focus our thoughts.

PHOTOS


Snowflower shares her talent of photography:
Titled: Hurt Butterfly
About this photo: This Butterfly was unable to fly or if it was it choose not to. It was in the same spot for more then 2 hours.

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HabibiJesus shares her talent of drawing:

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HabibiJesus also shares a picture of a craft she created.

Jesus was made out of wire. doing all that bending hurt my fingers. Didn't even want to write. The cross was two pieces of scrap wood I found in the wood shop at school. Reason I made it was for an art assignment. Tons of people loved the idea. Too bad it didn't get to go into the glass case in the hall way. Our school ain't allowed to display things like that in the hallways. I got B- on the project and as soon as I took it home mom stole it from me and said it was hers. *dunno*
 
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POEMS


A Poem by HabibiJesus

SCRATCH!

scratch at my heart
scratch at my mind
scratch at my feet
scratch at my life
please satan leave me alone
just please go away
stop scratching at my heart I need to love GOD
stop scratching at my mind I want it clean so I can go to HEAVEN
stop scratching at my feet I want to walk the streets of GOLD
stop scratching at my life I already told you I am GODS child NOW
please satan stop scratching me!
I no longer follow u!
I am walking by my GOD each day and nothing u can say or do can stop me
please
just go away
I love my GOD now
u can't get in my heart anymore
so
please
stop scratching at me!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

QUOTES


AnimalLover4lyfe would like to share a quote:

"God has no blackberry but is my favorite contact. He does not have Facebook but is my best friend. He does not have twitter but I still follow Him. And even without internet, I am always in contact with Him."

♥-A FB status post from a friend. :)
 


Favorite Quotes by
sPrevorb31

I have a quote that id like to share from a book that has helped me over the last month hope it helps someone! :)

"You were made to be seen and known and loved deeply. And its okay to want what you were made for."

from- Do You Think I'm Beautiful - by Angela Thomas


And I have another, from the newest Chronicles of Narnia movie, The Dawn Treader

Lucy - "Do you really believe there is such a place?"
Reepicheep - "Well, we have nothing, if not belief."
 

RECIPES


River of Life shares this recipe

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 cups rolled oats
1 cup raisins

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 375º F (190º C).
2. In large bowl, cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Gradually beat into butter mixture. Stir in oats and raisins. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown. Cool slightly; remove from sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.
 

STORIES


A Story

shared by KingJoshua

The sun sat high in the clear blue sky, it's radiant light shining brightly through the bedroom window of a quaint two story home, lighting up the pages of a teenage girls diary as she wrote...
“Dear diary, Yesterday I thought I would try to make a friend, so at lunch I went over to some of the other kids. They stopped talking when they saw me so I asked if I could sit with them. No one said anything so I sat down, but as soon as I did they all grabbed their trays stood up and left me to eat alone again. I wasn't feeling very hungry so I decided to cut lunch short and escape to the library before Ashley and her friends found me. I tossed my food in the trash can, but as soon as I pushed the door open I saw Ashley walking toward me with her friends, so I ran out of there as fast as I could. I wondered why they were always making fun of me. It seems like ever since the first day of school Ashley told me, very unkindly, I might add, that she didn't like anything about me, and decided that she would reassure me of this throughout high school. Luckily I managed to avoid them the rest of the day....
"Linda! Come down and eat your breakfast, the bus will be here soon!" Called Cindy, Linda's mom. "OK, Mom, be right there."
… “Wonder if the rumors are true...a new guy...at school. Maybe he'll be my friend...well, a girl can hope.”
"Yeah, hope, maybe I'll pass my math test too." She muttered under her breath as she proceeded to close and lock her diary.
That persistent hope remained in the back of her mind as a spark to her weary soul as she rose to meet the day ahead.
Linda appeared at the top of the stairs just as her mom was about to call for her, again.
"Here I am! " She said, hopping down the stairs until she reached the bottom "I'm ready for school."
"Good, a couple more minutes and you would have missed the bus." Cindy said, smiling as she saw her daughters outfit.
"That shirt looks cute with those jeans, but I think Grandma meant for it to be paired with that adorable skirt she sent along with it."
"Ohhhhh, mom, I can't wear that to school." Linda groaned, rolling her eyes.
Just then she heard the squeal of the buses breaks as it came to a halt down the street.
"Ahh, the bus!" She exclaimed, running past her mother and grabbing a piece of toast on her way out the door.
"That girl..." Muttered Cindy, shaking her head as an amused grin spread across her face.
“Where did the time run off to?” Linda thought as she ran down the side walk, cramming the toast in her mouth in an attempt to finish it before she reached the bus.
As Linda got closer to the bus she saw that Henry was patiently waiting for her. Henry has graying hair and wears glasses, and is truly one of the nicest people she knows and well liked by everyone at school.
"running a little late, eh Linda?" He said with a grin
"Yeah, thanks Henry, you're a life saver." she said, trying to catch her breath.
"Don't mention it, Linda" he said, that welcoming smile present as always.
Linda began walking down the row in search of an empty seat, but whenever she found one, it was soon occupied by a backpack. Just when she thought she would have to sit in the back again, there to her left was a seat occupied only by air. Linda looked to see who was in the seat next to it and saw that it was a boy she didn't recognize. He was wearing earphones and was looking out the window, so she couldn't see him very well.
"I hope he doesn't mind if I sit here" Linda thought as she sat down tentatively.
Linda sat in silence the entire ride, trying to decide if she should say something or not.
"OK, everybody out." Henry said interrupting her thoughts as he pulled a lever to open the bus door. “We're there already?” Linda sighed, looking out the window to see if Ashley and her group had walked toward the door yet as she stood up to walk out the door.
"Maybe I'll be able to avoid Ashley completely today" she thought as she made her way up the steps and into the school. Linda walked timidly down the hall to her math class, but hesitated outside the door.
“Well, here goes nothing”... She thought before opening the door to enter.
"Good morning, class" Said our teacher, Ms. Morgan.
"Hello, Ms. Morgan." all responded. She then picked up some papers off of her desk and began handing them out.
"As you know this test counts as half of your final grade, so I expect nothing short of excellence." Ms. Morgan was a very strict teacher, she was in her thirties. Her light brown hair was pulled back in a little bun resting neatly on top of her head.
"Times up,' Ms. Morgan announced, hearing the buzz of the timer "Put down your pencils."
You could feel the relief of the students as they let out a collective sigh.
"Please lay your papers on my desk on your way out." Ms. Morgan said, an amused smile placated at how apprehensive some of her students looked. Linda got up and walked toward the teachers desk.
Ms. Morgan had always intimidated Linda a little, because she always stared at everyone like they were delinquents, or something. After placing her paper on the desk, she creeped out into the hall and looked around to see if Ashley was anywhere in sight, but amazingly she wasn't.
“Wow” Linda thought as she began walking to her next class, “usually she's right there waiting to get in her first insult of the day. Maybe it has something to do with that new guy?” Linda pondered as she walked inside her English class.
The ringing bell was music to her ears, as it meant lunch time was here. Linda heard her stomach growl and quickened her pace toward the cafeteria. Once she got there her jaw dropped at how long the line was already “I hope they have some lasagna left once I get up there” Linda thought, waiting almost impatiently as she got closer to the front of the line. The lasagna is the best, but you have to get there early if you want any. Now that there were only two people in front of her, she focused on the guy in front of her and noticed that it was the same guy she sat next to on the bus. His hair was brown mingled with a lighter brown, and from what she could see he was wearing a chestnut colored bomber jacket and a pair of neatly pressed blue jeans.
"Good afternoon, Mrs. Calvert, I trust you're well?" He said in a regal tone.
"Well, who do we have here?" Asked Mrs. Calvert, a wide smile spreading across her face as she was obviously pleased to see a new face.
"My name is Clark Wilson. It's a pleasure to meet you" I could tell that she was surprised by his response, I was too.
"My word, aren't you the polite one!" She exclaimed.
"Thank you, Ma'am." He replied
"Well, I think you deserve an extra helping of lasagna, young man."
Linda looked and noticed that she was about to give him the last piece of lasagna and her shoulders sank.
“I was so close” she thought, then something unexpected happened
"No, thank you Mrs. Calvert, I couldn't do that. Let some one else have it." He said smiling and walking away to find a table.
"Well, I guess that means you get the last one then, Linda." Said Mrs. Calvert, placing the steaming lasagna on her plate.
Linda couldn't believe it,
"Really? Great!" she exclaimed, so happy, she felt like jumping but stopped herself as others would notice.
"Thank you very much." Linda said, smiling wide as she turned around to find a seat.
"You're very welcome, Linda." Mrs. Calvert called after her, chuckling.
While Linda looked around for a seat, she noticed that Clark was sitting by himself at one of the nearby tables.
“I wonder if he'd mind if I sat with him” Linda thought, taking a couple of steps toward him. Just then she saw him stand as Amber and Ashley approached him and hold the chair out for each of them, then sitting back down. Linda stopped right in her tracks and her face fell along with her hopes.
“I'll just... go sit some where else” she thought, turning to walk to her usual table. While she sat there she found herself watching Clark talk with Amber and Ashley and, hate it as she did, couldn't help but envy them. Even the culinary delight on her plate known as lasagna did little to boost her down trodden spirit. After finishing her lasagna she didn't feel like eating the rest so she picked up her plate and dumped the remains in the trash can, then with one last glance at a certain person across the cafeteria, she pushed the door open and walked out.
Unbeknownst to Linda, Jared, one of Amber's goons, had seen her leave and, having finished eating, stood to follow her.
“Now I can find out where she disappears to” He thought, a triumphant grin spreading across his face. Once Linda arrived at the library, she set her course straight to her favorite section; Poetry.
As Linda skimmed through the books, searching for her favorite author, Jared had peeked around the corner and saw the telltale signs that someone had just entered the library. “Ah ha!” he thought, stealthily walking through the door, “No wonder Ashley and Amber couldn't find her, they never go in the library..” He thought with an amused smile. “Now, where did she go?” in his triumph, he had lost sight of Linda and began creeping between the bookshelves to find her once more.
Meanwhile, Linda had found the book she as looking for, and proceeded to walk over to her favorite chair. She often came here when she was feeling down for it was a quiet little corner whose chairs rarely had occupants. A window there was a favorite vantage point of hers, seeing as it faced the schools extensive garden. There were many windows with a view of the garden, but this particular window gave an up close view of the most beautiful sight she had ever seen. The ground bore a carpet of delicate blue bells, accentuating the cherry blossoms that hung gracefully off the trees as their petals seemed to glow in the radiant light of the afternoon sun.
Linda smiled wide as she sat and watched the tree branches sway gently in the wind, her plight momentarily forgotten. So entranced was she that the light sound of Jared's shoes on the polished oak floors escaped her ears.
“There she is”, He thought, rubbing his hands together greedily, “this will surely increase my standings with Amber”. He then noticed she was staring out a nearby window and looked to see what it was that had so captivated her. He saw the flowers, but saw not the beautiful harmony in which each element mingled with the other, and after a few seconds had become disinterested and decided it was time for his exit. Just as he closed the door behind him, the bell rang, causing him to jump and spin around before realizing that it meant he was late for class and he ran for his next class, “I'll tell Amber and Ashley after class”, he thought.
The library doors burst open and Linda ran out, stopping briefly to see if anyone was in the hall before running to her next class. The ringing of the bell was like music to her ears, as it meant that school was finally over. Linda breathed a sigh of relief before standing to walk out
"Well, school is finally over." She thought, watching or signs of Amber and Ashley, as well as her goons. "Hopefully I can avoid them until I get home." She muttered.
Linda was walking down the stone pathway that lead to the sidewalk outside of school when, as luck would have it, she turned a corner and there they were, baring her path.
"Well, well, well," began Amber, walking slowly toward Her. "Look who it is."
Ashley walked up and put an arm around Linda's shoulder to create the impression that they are friends.
"You left so fast yesterday, we didn't get a chance to talk to you."
"Umm... yeah, I-I was in a hurry to get home." Linda said, ducking out from under Ashley's arm.
Her, Amber and Jared all had smug smiles on their faces.
“What are they up to?” She wondered
"Well, no hurry now, but I have to ask," Amber said, looking down at Linda's clothes, then back up at her.
“Here it comes”, Linda thought with disdain.
"What dumpster did you get those clothes out of."
"Hey!" Linda exclaimed angrily, "You take that back, my grandmother sent this to me!"
"Oh, I'm Sorry," Amber said, a slight smirk on her face, "sorry that your grandmother has such bad taste." She finished, causing a chorus of giggles from Ashley and Jared.
This only served to make Linda angrier. She didn't mind too much if they made fun of her but she would not stand for them making fun of her family.
"Well, I'd rather wear this, then those trashy clothes." She countered gesturing toward the shocked trio, a slight grin appeared on her face the resulting hush and surprised looks.
Amber's surprise quickly turned to anger as she recovered from from the shock of Linda standing up for herself. "Why, you insubordinate..."
"Wow, good job, I'm surprised you knew such a big word." Linda said mockingly, Cutting her off. "I..Guh..Huh!?" Sputtered Amber, taken aback by her words, and unsure how to react
"These clothes cost more then you'll make in your entire life!" Amber cried indignantly, while Jared just watched with an amused grin.
"oh? Who designed them, a monkey with a ruler and safety scissors?"
"Oh!" Shrieked Amber, drawing her hand back in rage to slap Linda.
Just as Linda put up her hands and cringed, an authoritative voice yelled "Halt scoundrel!"
Linda turned around to see who had said it and her eyes widened in shock as she saw Clark walking toward them
"Leave her be, or I shall be forced to unleash the wrath of a thousand stars upon thee." He said as he placed himself between Linda and Amber.
“Is he..protecting me?” Linda couldn't believe it. Some one was actually telling them to back off, albeit in a more formal manner then she expected. She could tell by the blank expression on the three bullies faces that they didn't quite understand what he said.
"I think I speak for all of us when I say, huh?" Expressed Jared, Confirming what Linda thought.
"Let me dumb it down for you," Clark said in a condescending tone, speaking slower to make sure he was heard clearly, "Leave her alone, or you'll have to answer to me." His eyes narrowed as he finished, cluing them in that he meant what he said. Amber's expression showed her utter amazement at this turn of events. Jared had already begun to inch away from the conflict, for he was a coward at heart. "Umm...L-Lets go," stuttered Jared, looking very intimidated as he looked at Clark, who was a good three inches taller than him. "If he wants to hang out with that freak, then let him. He's not worth our time."
Amber and Ashley were clearly considering this, and after a little thought, seemed to have decided it was their best option.
"Yeah, lets go." Amber said, as she walked away.
"See ya later, freak." Ashley said before following her cohorts.
Linda was just stared at the ground in an attempt to hide the blush of embarrassment that touched her cheek. Just then she felt a hand rest on her shoulder and heard a gentle voice ask
"Are you alright?"
She looked up and saw that it was Clark. "Yeah, I'm ok."
His face lit up at her words, and a smile creased his lips.
"Ah, That's a relief." He then took a step back, and spoke again "Allow me to introduce myself" he said, bowing slightly "my name is Clark Wilson"
Linda was almost completely at a loss concerning whether or not to trust him. Though it may seem that she was just being difficult, she had legitimate reason to question him, for no one at school had ever been so nice to her.
"Uhh...Hey" she said, A few rebel strands of hair dangled loosely in front of her face, which she promptly brushed behind her right ear.
"I'm Linda." She continued. Then, as an afterthought, added "Thanks for protecting me." Linda found it hard to look him in the eyes, for reasons that would occur to her later.
"'Tis a pleasure, Lady Linda" He said, a smile was still present on his face as he asked a question that caught her off guard, "If I may ask, who were those three, and why were they bothering you?"
Linda's eyes opened wide and she took a step back
"You, you really want to know?" She asked, hoping with all her heart that he was sincere.
"Why, yes Linda, I do. That is, if you want to tell me." He said, not knowing how happy those words made her. A wide smile spread across her face, and she could see in his eyes that he was trustworthy. Linda looked around and saw a bench where they could sit while she told him, and gestured for him to sit down. She soon found out, however, that Clark was very much a gentleman, for he waited for her to sit before he did and, as she explained the whole ordeal to him, he sat and listened patiently, injecting a comment or two when he thought necessary. After she finished, she looked him in the eye and waited for his response.
"Wow, I'm sorry you had to bare with all of that." He said, as Linda stared at the floor so intently that you would think she had never seen it before.
But she raised her eyes back to his once she felt him place his arm around her shoulders in an effort to comfort her,
"But" he continued, "You need not worry any longer, M'lady, for until my last breath departs from me I shall protect thee from those that would wish to mock thee and cause grief to come upon thee."
Linda couldn't believe what she was hearing, part of her was still expecting this to be some cruel joke, but part of her desperately wanted it to true. She tried to think of something to say but all that came out was "Thanks".
Clark smiled at her again then looked away at the clear blue sky, and she felt like there were butterflies playing tag in her stomach. A light blush rested on her face and she looked away. Linda glanced at him occasionally, and she noticed he still had his arm around her shoulders, and a thought popped in her head that made her cheeks redden more then they already were. “No, he'd probably get mad if I did”. thought Linda, yet another, quieter voice told her that she should, that he wouldn't mind.
“Well, I guess it wouldn't hurt”, Linda thought as she slowly canted her head toward his left shoulder, glancing at him. Once her head was resting on his shoulder, she waited for him to move or push her away, but he didn't, and for the first time in a long time, she felt like everything was going to be OK.

 

THOUGHTS


HabibiJesus shares her thoughts on what Heaven may be like:

Heaven Vision
 

We never know when we will die, or how we will die. We don't know what heaven looks like, because we've never been their to see. Many people try to dream what it might look like. Some people have a list of things they wish to do once they get to heaven. It's our home and this is the way I dream it will be like.

Almost everyone wants to live a long happy life, some done want to leave, because the thought of leaving loved ones behind. Many don't get the chance to live very long. Some die at birth and some only live a few years 'til something takes their life somehow. No one wants to die a cruel way or in suffering. I know I would want to die peaceful, with out pain or suffering.

The BIBLE says their is many mansions their in my fathers house. Ever since i was a little girl I've heard family and people in the church say we will walk on streets of gold. And when I think about that I vision walking past the open gates, entering in Heaven with every street covered in gold. And while walking around not seeing one grave yard or funeral home anywhere.

The place Jesus said he would go away to prepare for me is the most beautiful place ever made. No one would ever think to make a blue print of. The place has everything I could ever need and even more than I could dream of. Just to think I wouldn't have to pay taxes or mortgage on the place he has provided for me.

Many people has a list of things they want to do once they enter in heaven. Some cant wait to meet with their family and friends that have gone here before them. Some say they will join the band of angels singing. I know I want to join and meet again my family someday. But mostly I want to be by Gods side. Holding his hand like he had done to me down on earth. but this time I can see and feel him in person. Their is many other things I would like to do, but most importantly, I hope I don't forget to do is wipe Jesus' feet in expensive oils with my hair just like Mary ( A sinner did six days before the Passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.) "John 12:1- 8" did to Jesus before he was executed in front of all the people. He died for our sin so we would have a way into Heaven. We should do more for him than we do now!

ASK A TEEN
A column where adults ask teens questions and a teen responds.
This is a very interesting section for both teens and adults.


Metea wrote:
 
MDBren wrote:What words would you most want to hear from your parents?

What is the one thing you would like your parents to sit down and talk to you about?


Wow! That is deep! How many of us really know what we want? I mean, how many know what it is that will make us truly happy? I think I never knew. That doesn’t mean I didn’t want things but I know now that the things I wanted weren’t the kinds of things God would want for me. I think maybe that is why so many people feel they have unanswered prayers. They want but they aren’t looking at the big picture God looks at. So… how can they know what would make them truly happy? I never really knew what would make me happy until AFTER God gave it to me. And even then sometimes it took me some considerable time to realize what I had been given and how important it really was.

So, how then to answer what I want from my parents? I thought about it a lot and prayed for insight. I know the answers might change with time but right now I think I want words of acceptance. They knew from the time they took me in that I was a genuine juvenile delinquent. They were severely warned NOT to trust me but they did anyway. They treated me with a respect I did not earn. They knew my reputation and my police records but they took me in anyway. These actions did not have any significant immediate effect on me in the beginning and I know I’m not an easy kid to get along with. Sorry, I know I am wandering and will try to stick to the question. They did gradually make me feel more and more accepted. It was a long path and not an easy or enjoyable one but they stuck with me. I know that they know my reputation and the things I have done but they never talk about it. Maybe they think they are protecting me in a parental sort of way but I believe I am stronger than they think and I would rather they did ask the hard questions and that is what I think I want their serious thoughts about. I want them to know the changes God made in my life and to know I will NOT return to the old ways. I want them to know how much I have come to love them and how much they have helped me. I don’t know why the deepest emotions are the ones hardest to talk about. The normal everyday junk seems to get in the way and takes up most of the time.

I don’t know if I helped much. I mean, I think most parents and teens probably come to know each other much deeper than that in seventeen years. I just haven’t had them that long and I wasn’t easy to get to know.


 
Christnundrconstruxn wrote:What or how can we as parents lead you as teens closer to your Lord?
or
What can we as parents and leaders do to strengthen your walk with Jesus?


The very best way to lead is to lead by example. As most of you know, it wasn’t that long ago that I was searching. At the time, I didn’t even know what I was searching for. What started me searching was a boy. I found a Christian boy. He showed me something I had never seen in a boy before. He had virtue, real virtue like I had never seen before. It directed his actions so that his life wasn’t just about his desires and the things he wanted. For the first time I saw Christ in someone and how it made him more than he was. It gave him love and peace and hope and patience and joy and just a whole different spirit I had never seen before… something just so much greater than himself. At the time I didn’t realize why or what I was seeing but it attracted me like nothing else I had ever experienced before. I did not understand but I saw it was real. I did understand it was because he was a Christian. I promptly broke up with him because of it. I understood even if he apparently didn’t that he needed a Christian girl. If I had stayed with him I would only have hurt him and I wouldn’t do that. Once finding real virtue, I saw it as something like a treasure and something to be protected, even from me. But, discovering Christ in someone started a search like none other. I had to discover the source. I had to see what could make this difference. It made me open my eyes a bit wider. God had given me a Christian foster family too but at this point I had had many dozens of foster families so it was just another of a very long series. I examined them much closer than I had before and saw the differences there too. When I was placed here, they were warned not to trust me but they did anyway. They not only showed trust in me but treated me with love and respect. Things began to change in my life when I realized these things. I had other homes where they said they were Christians but I never saw it make much difference before. Now I saw things coming together in a different way. I had been beaten down by Christians before so I was hesitant to ask them about God. I had to live with them and didn’t want them coming down hard on me about God too. I liked the way things were different here and didn’t want them to change. Instead, I got on the internet to look. If Christians started coming down hard and pushing me there, it had an off button. That is about the time when I found Christianity Oasis and all of you. No one here tried to beat me over the head with the Bible. I never felt pressured. I knew I didn’t belong here because it was a place for Christians but all of you people accepted me anyway. I felt the love in this place, how all of you cared about each other and I could feel that you cared about me too. I kept coming back to learn more. For eight months I kept coming back and I kept on learning a little bit more each time. I enjoyed my time here but I was agitated afterward each time. So, that was the pattern: it felt good to be here but I felt miserable afterwards. I wondered why I even came here and yet every time I felt the attraction to come back. That pattern ended when I became a Christian on October 23, 2010. Everything came together. There was no more miserable feeling afterward. It was like this was what I was meant to do the entire time. I have been coming back ever since to learn more.

Now, the reason I have been sharing all of that was to show you what attracted me and how I was helped by all of you here. It is right back to leading by example. All of you here helped me along my path. I saw and was attracted by Christ in you. I personally believe this has got to be the best way for you to lead others to Him. It has got to be the best way to encourage others in their Christian walk: showing others Christ in you. Without it, I would still be lost.


 
Anonymous wrote:What are the things that teens today respond to best in being led to the Lord, staying faithful to Him and resisting the deceptions and temptations the world bombards you with?


The very best thing is to show them Christ in you. Lead by example. I believe the Holy Spirit will give you the right words to say but the part that attracts the most is seeing the virtue inside, the Christ in you. The words are good but we need to see it live, in action and working in your life. Reflecting the source encourages others to seek out that source.

The next part is sort of up to them. You can encourage them to resist the deceptions and the temptations but they are the ones who actually have to do it. No one can do it for them. You can show them the door but they are the ones who have to walk through it. We make mistakes. We make bad choices. We screw up. All you can do is to forgive and keep encouraging and show the way by example.


 
humblevisitor wrote:How can I follow God and do what I know is right to do even though all my friends say I'm wrong or crazy?


I sure know what you're talking about! I used to be popular. When I became a Christian, I lost ALL of my friends. I discovered that the popular crowd wasn't the “right” crowd. I am quite certain that God wanted me to lose all of those non-Christian friends. Not only would they not have been a good influence for me on my new Christian path but they would have been a severe hindrance. I screw up enough on my own. I don't need outside help! So, I guess my answer is to not worry about those friends saying I'm wrong or crazy. My concern for them is no longer how they think of me. Now it is how I can show God to them too. Since I am without physical voice I think the answer to Christnundrconstruxn’s question applies to me too: I must lead by example too. The voice I must listen to is the voice of the Holy Spirit inside and not those of my friends. God never takes you to something without taking you through it.

Philippians 4:13


 
AngelWings wrote:( 1 ) What is true love and how do you know when you have found it?

( 2 ) If your boyfriend wants to have sex, and you don't want to lose him. What should you do ? You no its against God's law.


( 1 )
1 Corinthians Chapter 13:4-7
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

That is God's description of true love. I don't think I could do any better. :) I am in love but my own descriptions seem sort of pale compared to that description.

( 2 )
I can see by the way you worded your second question that you already know what you SHOULD do. The real question now is: are you strong enough to do what you already know you should do?

My sister Charli explained it to me this way: “It is not mine to give away. It belongs to someone else. It already belongs to the man that I will someday marry. It is mine to protect and guard for him. Of course I might be tempted and the pressure is great but it doesn't belong to me. I can't give it away. Even if the one I am tempted to give it to is the person who I will someday marry, he still isn't the one I can give it to until he is my husband. Only then does it belong to him." There is much wisdom in my little sister's words and with her permission I decided to share them with you.

The reason I underlined that portion of Scripture above is because it seems like he is demanding his own way with you. It seems like he is pressuring you because you feel that you might lose him if you say no. Since love does not demand its own way, I question whether it is true love he feels for you even if it is true love you feel for him. True love isn't true love unless both of you have it. If only one of you have it, it is a recipe for disaster and someone is going to get hurt deeply.

 
Metea wrote:
Daisy50 wrote:One thing I'd ask a teen, "Do you want your parents more involved in your daily life, because you'd like for them to give you the "right" answers to your questions, or are you more comfortable asking your friends-hoping they'll give you good advice?


For me, this is actually a very hard question. The truth is: I don't think I would go to any one person for answers to all of my questions. For some things I would go to this one and for other things I would go to another one and for something else probably another person, etc. I think for me it is more a question of how much trust I have in the person rather than their capability of giving me the “right" answer. I believe I would go to someone with whom I had discussed the subject matter before. Somehow advice comes better from familiarity. It would be easier to ask for their advice on that same subject. I guess I also don't believe in the “right" answer. I think some answers are better than others but not necessarily “right". And then, whether or not I want to admit it, sometimes I'm just looking for someone to agree with me and I pick the most likely candidate. :)

 

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Interview of Momomuffin

How old are you? 18. 19 in September
What is your favorite food? pizza and chocolate anything
What is your most hated food if you have one. carrots
What is your favorite movie. Legally Blond 1 and 2 or Harry Potter series
What is your favorite TV show. Grey's Anatomy (Lifetime episodes) or Say Yes to the Dress or Duggar show
Who is your favorite actor? Man: Johnny Depp Woman: Reese Witherspoon
Do you like to read? YES
What was the last book you read? Reading the Left Behind Series right now. Reading The Indwelling #10/16
Ever write a poem? Yes, not in a long time
Ever eat a poem? Unless it was written on my food, no.
Do you like church? Where I go to church, yes.
Why or why not? Good people, good messages, good Q&A, good activities.
What is your family like? Crazy
What is school like? Crazy
Are you home schooled or public schooled or other? Entering my 2nd year at college
Do you sing or play an instrument? I sing like I know how to sing, but I know I can't sing. And I play the flute and piccolo.
Do you want to? Yes I do
What kind of music do you like? Christian, rock, heavy metal, techno, classical, basically anything that is good and isn't offensive.
What is your favorite group/band? Don't really have one right now.
Do you eat pie? If so what type? chocolate. Or mixed berry pie with a lemon crust and blueberry ice cream.
What would you like to see at this site for teens? More talking in the forums. Forums are kind of dead.
What hobbies if any do you enjoy? Belly dancing, watching anime, working in the Chemistry prep room.
Do you have any collections? if so what? music?
Do you have sisters or brothers? An older brother
Do you get along with them? No.
Who is your favorite family member? Not really that connected to my family.
Do you have pets? No.
If so what kind?
Have you ever dressed up one of your pets in clothing?
If so what kind?
What is your favorite number? 13. It's my lucky number.

 

Interview of Christintaylor

How old are you? 17
What is your favorite food? Chicken and rice!
What is your most hated food if you have one? prob meat loaf hah
What is your favorite movie? The proposal!!
What is your favorite TV show? One life to live...its a soap haha
Who is your favorite actor? don't really have one
Do you like to read? ya for the most part
What was the last book you read? "Its kinda a funny story"
Ever write a poem? ya to tyler!
Ever eat a poem? lol huh??
Do you like church? ohhh yesss
Why or why not? because i am happy there
What is your family like? crazy in good and bad way lol
What is school like? very stressful...to much drama
Are you home schooled or public schooled or other? public school
Do you sing or play an instrument? nope i have sung for church before
Do you want to? no
What kind of music do you like? country and Christian
What is your favorite group/band? ummm all the country ones haha
Do you eat pie? If so what type? chocolate
What would you like to see at this site for teens? a place where teens can talk about there problems
What hobbies if any do you enjoy? huntin fishin and trappin
Do you have any collections? if so what? nopeee
Do you have sisters or brothers? 3 half sisters and 1 brother
Do you get along with them? not the sisters....
Who is your favorite family member? my pa (: i loveee him
Do you have pets? yes
If so what kind? two dogs misty and scooter!!
Have you ever dressed up one of your pets in clothing? no lol
If so what kind?
What is your favorite number? 7




Interview of
River of Life

How old are you? 15
What is your favorite food? Definitely seafood – I like all types but shrimp most of all
What is your most hated food if you have one. liver *Cryin*
What is your favorite movie. Avatar
What is your favorite TV show. Merlin
Who is your favorite actor? Tim Allen but I like any actor who can make me laugh
Do you like to read? Yes
What was the last book you read? The Goblet of Fire
Ever write a poem? No, I’m not talented in that area
Ever eat a poem? No
Do you like church? Yes
Why or why not? Mostly for the youth group. My youth pastor is awesome. He makes me laugh and he makes me think.
What is your family like? I have an awesome foster family
What is school like? School probably isn’t the way most adults remember school. The doors to the outside world are kept locked during the school day – no one in – no one out. To enter or leave you must do so by going through the school office. Police are stationed at the school at all times when it is open. Those are the parts I don’t like. I do like my teachers and my friends.
Are you home schooled or public schooled or other? I go to a public high school
Do you sing or play an instrument? No
Do you want to? No
Do you eat pie? If so what type? My favorite is apple
What would you like to see at this site for teens? More teens *GroupHug*
What hobbies if any do you enjoy? fishing
Do you have any collections? if so what? music? I move often so I don’t collect anything
Do you have sisters or brothers? Sort of – I have a foster family
Do you get along with them? Usually *saint*
Who is your favorite family member? I don’t play favorites
Do you have pets? Not me personally but my family has a...
If so what kind? golden retriever
Have you ever dressed up one of your pets in clothing? No
What is your favorite number? I don’t have a favorite I am aware of
 
 

Interview of Ali dAubigne

I am nineteen years old.
My favorite food is spaghetti. My favorite dessert is strawberry shortcake.
I think my most disliked food is English peas.
My favorite movie is an older one entitled "Radio Flyer". Older movie is "To Kill a
Mockingbird".
My favorite TV show is NCIS.
My favorite present day actor is Mark Harmon. From earlier movies my favorite actor is
Gregory Peck.
I love to read.
The last book I read was And the Angels Were Silent by Max Lucado.
I have written poems, long ones and short ones, serious ones and funny ones.
But I have never eaten a poem. That I know of, anyway.
I love church, everything about it. From teaching children to learning myself. Our pastor is
a great teacher also, and I've learned so much from God through him. From ministering
to knowing God's grace.
My family is beautiful, my dad and my two younger sisters. I love them very much. They
inspire me every day with their strength and their courage.
I love school because I love learning things. And I love trying to do my best every day.
My school, elementary and high school is a private Christian school.
I sing and I play guitar and drums.
I've always loved jazz and classical music, and lately I'm getting more and more into gospel
and Christian music.
The bands I've always liked are the old jazz bands, the New Orleans type stuff. Dixieland.
Charlie Parker, Jellyroll Morton, Louis Armstrong. For Christian music, there is a little
named Rhema Marvanne who has my musical heart.
I love blackberry pie and pumpkin pie. Yummm!!!
I'm new to this website, as you know, so I don't really know everything that's offered yet.
But I would love if it had bible study for teens, private counseling for teens, and just a
place to go and ask questions, about the bible, about God and Jesus, and about life.

Thank you, Pine, for the opportunity to do this. I've enjoyed it very much. I'm thankful that
God showed me this website, and also thankful that nice people like you are a part of it.

God bless you,

Ali

 

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