God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5b NIV)
Every January, my family watches the video. Every January, we watch Dad filming Mom and my sister as the three wait with their adoption group in the Chinese hotel. Then, out of a doorway steps a man carrying a round bundle of . . . clothes. Inside the ball of yellow and red is a nineteen-month-old baby girl.
The man walks over to my parents and hands the baby to Mom. The moment the little girl changes hands, her face crumples up and she bursts into tears.
I don’t remember that moment, but it’s easy to understand why I started crying. I had been living with a foster family for a while, and I must have thought they were my family. Then, I was handed off to three strangers and taken away to their hotel room. My nineteen-month-old brain must have been thinking, Who are these people? Where are they taking me? I want to go back to my other mommy!
Needless to say, I adapted to my new family. Now as a fourteen-year-old, I can’t imagine having any others parents. But it’s not just adopted babies who feel confused, scared, and alone. I think everyone gets to a point sometime in their life where they are hurting inside and feel alone. In those moments, people need to turn to God’s promise in Hebrews 13:5 that says He will never forsake or leave us. If people don’t turn to God for comfort, then they’ll turn to worldly things for that satisfaction of being loved. Worldly things promise fulfillment but they never come through on their promises.
Unlike God. God always comes through on His promises, especially the one that says He will never leave us. He is always with us through every trial, storm, or hurt.
Whenever you feel alone, turn to God as your source of comfort and love. Open up the Bible and let His word encourage you. You could also go to a close Christian friend, tell them how you’re feeling, and have them pray with you.
Whatever makes you hurt or feel alone, know that God sees you and He loves you. He will never leave you or forsake you.
Danielle Dodge is a fourteen-year-old girl who lives in Missoula, Montana. She’s in love with writing and reading. She also enjoys playing the violin, dancing, and horseback riding.
“My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home . . . “ (Psalm 84:2-3 NIV)
It’s Sunday already. I dread Sundays and I don’t want to go to church. From the ride in my parent’s car, shoved in the back seat, forced to listen to dated music, to my sister complaining that I pick on her too much, going to church is the worst.
As I drudged out to the car, the sound of my sister’s high pitched squeals broke the quiet. Jumping up and down under the large tree in our front yard, she frantically pointed to the very top branches.
“Dad, Mom, there’s a bird stuck up there and he can’t fly away!”
“Looks like a sparrow got caught in some string. Must have been flying with it in his claws. I’ll get a ladder and try to set it loose.”
I couldn’t believe it. Dad runs us like a military unit on Sunday mornings. He hated to be late for church. If we didn’t leave on schedule, we’d have to sit in the front like all the other latecomers.
I watched as he gently untangled the string on the frantic little bird’s claws. It would struggle and fight and then give up from exhaustion. Finally, almost fifteen minutes later, the bird flew away, leaving our sight as soon as it was free.
“That’s gratitude for you.” I huffed under my breath. “It doesn’t have to sit up front at church today!”
The drive to church went on as usual. My sister chattered about the little sparrow and went on and on about Dad being a hero.
As we climbed the steps to the sanctuary, Dad held my arm and let my sister and mom go ahead. He looked at me with an expression of love and compassion I hadn’t seen in a while. When he spoke to me, his words were carefully chosen.
“Son, that little bird reminded me how you’ve been fighting my guidance and turning away the Lord’s gift of freedom. I want you to know, I would do anything to give you the freedom I gave that little sparrow this morning. But you need to ask Jesus for your freedom. All this heavy anguish you carry is as confining as the sparrow’s tangled string. Stop fighting and let the Lord free your strings.”
He went on in to church. I wanted to lag behind, but I went and sat up front with him. That day, I went forward and asked Jesus to free me from my sin and bondage. As I lifted my head after praying, the weight was gone. Looking up, I could still see the sparrow flying away and I knew that as soon as I had quit struggling, I too was able to soar.
At times going to church and tagging along with family may seem unbearable, but if you just stop to listen, you might find someone really cares about you.
Rated: PG 13
RAMONA AND BEEZUS is a funny, heartfelt family film. It follows the exploits of young Ramona Quimby.The middle child of three girls, Ramona struggles to fit in both at home and at school. At home, she must please her parents while following in the footsteps of her older sister Beezus, who is beautiful, popular and gets perfect grades. Ramona looks forward to getting a room of her own, but then her father loses his job, so she tries to help out by making money selling lemonade and auditioning for a TV commercial. When her efforts fail, Ramona begins to think that her family is better without her. So, she thinks about running away.
Based on a popular series of children’s books, RAMONA AND BEEZUS is a delightful, winsome family movie that will entertain both young and old. Joey King is a perfect Ramona. Her endearing performance is reason enough to see the movie. In fact, there is good chemistry among the whole cast. Most importantly, RAMONA AND BEEZUS is appropriate for children of all ages. It also contains many Christian, moral values such as love, family, perseverance, and individual worth. (This review is courtesy of Movieguide.org. Visit www.movieguide.org for more on Ramona and Beezus)
Summer is awesome and I enjoy the basics. What about you? FUN and FASHION…well, shopping. Check out Ally’s post on fashion.
Boating: The hot summer sun will fade, but the memories will last forever. I absolutely have a blast on the mighty Ohio, and let me tell you why! Nothing is better then a day full of exciting water sports, like tubing, skiing, wake boarding, and knee boarding. My personal fav is water tubing. The thrill excitement of coming off the water and not knowing if I am gonna be able to stay on for the ride, or if I’m destined to belly flop into the water, makes it all the more fun. My family has been boating for tons of years. They tell me I had my first boat ride when I was 6 months old. Wow, then I must be a true water baby at heart. Enjoy as much fun in the sun with your family as you can, because it is truly a blast!
Shopping: Alright, I can actually admit I enjoy shopping! You know that line, “shop until you drop.” well that’s me! I love to keep up with fashion and maintain all the newest trends. Shopping just comes natural with me! Shopping is not all about the buying, it is also about spending quality time with all my best friends… not to mention all the good food that comes along with a shopping spree! My girlfriends and I, literally laugh until we cry, we have such a good time, that we never want the day to end.
Words of encouragement: Love your friends, family, & God with your entire being, they are the most important part of your life.
Compassionate,motivated and energetic are a few words to describe this 14 year old from Southern Indiana!
Brenna was recently confirmed and is is very much involved as a member in her church. Highly involved with the youth program and in her community; makes regular visits to the elderly and area nursing homes.
This incoming freshman is very active at her school. She is involved in basketball, track, student council, choir, Jazz choir, and will be a Varsity cheerleader. She tells us,”I enjoy making people smile, it makes me feel good. Never frown, because you never know who is falling in love with your smile!”
Brenna has one older brother who is in his third year of college.
Beautiful in every sense of the word, Brenna has a great love for Christ and she’s not afraid to tell you about His love and amazing friendship. Brenna says, “I want to see teens know and understand that God is nothing to be ashamed of.” She’s ready to leap into high school with a passion for life, Christ and high goals and ambitions. (read more…)
Meet Brenna Arnold iBegat.com’s “SheGat” – our teen gal’s editor and iBegat Radio co-host.