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50 Fun Things to Do This Summer

Posted by Eddie Jones on May 13, 2012 in iBegat Buddies, iBegat HOME, iBegat U |

During the summer it is so easy to say, “I have nothing to do! I’m so bored.”

So check out this list for some good ideas! Add your own–or have a few friends over and create your own list.

  1. Gather up a few friends and have a picnic in your backyard.
  2. Find a place to take a hike and get some cool pics.
  3. Buy some fashion magazines, pick out a couple of really cute outfits, and try to recreate them for less!
  4. Bead some bracelets and jewelry.
  5. Volunteer at the local animal or homeless shelter.
  6. Clean and ORGANIZE your room?
  7. Bake some cupcakes and deliver them to friends and family.
  8. Play some childhood BOARD games like “Sorry,” “Candy-land,” or “Monopoly.”
  9. Take your dog for a walk.
  10. Write a letter on stationary to a friend you haven’t spoken to in awhile.
  11. Do 25 jumping jacks!
  12. Look through old family scrapbooks, photo books, and yearbooks.
  13. Make a root beer float.
  14. Go to the movies with your siblings.
  15. Go window-shopping with a friend.
  16. Write a poem.
  17. Make fresh, homemade lemonade.
  18. Give your dog a bath.
  19. Make dinner for your family.
  20. Baby-sit for a neighbor for free.
  21. Have a sleepover party and watch scary movies.
  22. Plan a vacation you want to take next summer.
  23. Plant flowers in your yard.
  24. Sign up for a class about something you may like to do one day.
  25. Have a bubble bath.
  26. Make a playlist of your favorite songs and title it “The soundtrack of my life.”
  27. Learn a new sport.
  28. Splash around in a plastic kiddy pool.
  29. Buy some crayons and a coloring book.
  30. Read a book based on a movie you have seen.
  31. Make a scrapbook of your baby pictures.
  32. Get a job or an internship.
  33. Start a diary and write in it everyday.
  34. Spend the day at the library.
  35. Draw a self-portrait.
  36. Make a collage out of old magazines.
  37. Run around in the sprinklers.
  38. Go to a museum.
  39. Go out for lunch with one of your parents.
  40. Jump in the pool with your clothes on.
  41. Eat last night’s leftovers for breakfast.
  42. Learn to sew or knit.
  43. Invite friends over and have a tea party.
  44. Swing on the swings at the park.
  45. Tie-Dye a t-shirt or bed sheets with Kool-Aid!
  46. Make a smoothie.
  47. Learn how to define and spell 25 new words from the dictionary.
  48. Make popsicles in your freezer.
  49. Put on your headsets and dance.
  50. Go camping in your backyard!
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Rad Rev: How To Help A Hurting Friend

Posted by Eddie Jones on March 19, 2012 in iBegat Buddies, IBegat Trouble, iBegat U |

Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (NIV)

 

Grief is hard. Losing a loved one, a treasured pet, a house, or a cherished dream can slice deep. Even when it doesn’t happen to us, but rather to someone we care about.

Have you ever had your own heart-break as you sat and watched someone else’s splinter and shatter into a thousand pieces? What do you do when that happens?

 

IDEAS ON HOW TO HELP

  • Be there. Offer a shoulder to cry on or wrap your friend in a hug. Oftentimes, this will mean more to them than anything else you could do.
  • Pray for them. Never underestimate the power of prayer to impact someone’s life or heal their hurt. You might feel powerless to help them, but you can always, always count on God knowing just how to heal them.
  • Meet a need. Walk their dog. Vacuum their house. Take them a meal (or if you are culinary-challenged, choose a restaurant gift card instead). If you drive, offer chaffering services (when someone dies, family members sometimes fly into town and might need rides to the funeral, etc.).
  • Send Scripture. Through a tweet, a note on their Facebook wall, or best yet, a card or short letter, tell them you love them and that God loves them.Keep asking. You don’t want to push too much, but when the chaos smooths out and real life resumes, that’s when your friend will need you the most. The pain isn’t squelched after just a week. So ask how they’re doing or if they need anything. Often. It means the world to know you remember.

One of the things I love most about Jesus is that He saw people and never shied away from their pain. Showing compassion can make us feel uncomfortable, but it’s always worth shining Christ’s love into hurting lives.

Dear God, my heart breaks for ______ today. I know they’re going through a rough time and I ask that You heal their hurts and show me what I can do to be a blessing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Have you ever been going through a hard time and had someone blow you away with kindness?

LIVE IT

Write out an encouraging Scripture (Psalms is a treasure trove!) on a pretty note card and mail it to a friend.

Visit this devo at Rad Revolution:


MORE ABOUT RACHELLE

Rachelle Rea keeps a Smile Box full of notes, letters, cards, and tiny trinkets friends have given her that have touched her heart. Another box holds colorful note cards that are perfect for scribbling Scripture on and sending to hurting hearts. A college sophomore, Rachelle coaches gymnastics at her local YMCA.

For more from Rachelle, visit her atwww.rachellerea.com.

teen photo by: David Castillo Dominici

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Heartbreak Doesn’t Last Forever

Posted by Eddie Jones on March 12, 2012 in Crystal Hathcock, iBe SHEgat, IBegat Trouble, iBegat U |

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV)

Every day, for 605 days, I prayed for God to send me a Christian friend. I felt alone and isolated at school due in part to the efforts of a group of mean girls. Their constant harassment and belittlement had made my life so miserable it was hard to come to school a lot of days. However, I believed God would make a way for me if I would trust Him. I continued to place my trust in Him no matter what I faced day after day.

One day a tall, skinny girl, with long brown hair and a smile that went from ear to ear, walked into my class. Mrs. Greene, my teacher introduced her. “Class, I’d like your attention. I’d like for you to meet Dianne Miles. She’s just moved into the area and she’ll be joining our class. I know that you all will make her feel welcomed.”

I could already hear the mean girls giggling at Dianne because she was so skinny. I wasn’t sure if we’d be friends, but I felt it was important to introduce myself and make sure she felt accepted. I knew what it felt like to walk in her shoes.

God gave me the words and the courage I needed to speak to Dianne. “Hi, my name is Crystal and it’s nice to have you here. I’ll be glad to show you around if you’re interested.” To my surprise, within no time, we had become best friends.

Dianne became a target for the mean girls, too, but we were able to face the bullies together. God had heard every prayer I’d prayed and today, four decades later, Dianne and I are still BFF.


CRYSTAL Y. HATHCOCK

Crystal Y. Hathcock and her husband Tony, live in Liberty, South Carolina and have been married for thirty-two years. They have two puppies, Hankie and Calvin. Crystal is a freelance writer; a student with the Christian Writer’s Guild and writes religious articles for the area’s local newspaper. She enjoys cooking for family and friends, couponing, jewelry making and singing. (read more…)

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The Sky is the Limit

Posted by Eddie Jones on May 13, 2011 in iBe HEgat, iBe SHEgat, iBegat Buddies, iBegat U |

Ya know, being a kid in high school and at the same time being a Christian in high school, is not easy. So what are Christian students supposed to do? Remain a Christian and pretend it’s not a serious thing? Just act natural? Or should we stick to our little youth group in church and forget the lost sinners who wander the high school hallways? They deserve what they get anyway, right?

No.

In Matthew 28:19, Jesus tells us to go and make disciples of all nations. Sometimes I have to wonder if we, as teenage kids, take this to heart. When Jesus said go and make disciples of all nations he really meant everybody. And, yes, that includes the geek next door and your mean math teacher. The problem with kids in high school (and most people, now that I think about it) is we’re not always sure how to approach someone who could easily look down on us.

Nobody wants to be dismissed as a silly kid.

So what can you do? Start with the Bible. Read daily. Set a schedule. Even ten minutes a day is better than none at all.

Excuse: I’m not a very good reader–I don’t like to read.

Answer: Bible on CD. A kid in my youth group downloaded the Bible on to his iPod so that he could get through Genesis. It’s out there, I promise. =)

Once you’re comfortable with talking to someone about the Bible, talk to friends. Tell them that Jesus will save even the worst sinners. You don’t have to be a theological scholar to talk to your friends. Once your friend has accepted Christ as their Savior, bring them to church. Another good place for you to start if you haven’t already.

Get with your youth group. Set something up. A canned food drive. Do a car wash and donate the money. (That’s very effective where I’m from.) Or, if you’re really ambitious, dinners are also a good thing to do for the local residents or your church. (We usually make enchiladas, but not everyone lives in New Mexico.) A problem I had for a while was not having a youth group. I eventually convinced a few of the leaders in our church to start one. We have exactly three regular members and two that come off and on. But even that’s not bad compared to absolutely nothing at all.

Did you know there are organizations in school you can join that are specifically for Christian students? (Or better yet–students who are not Christians.) The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a popular one. I’ve joined it and our group currently consists of five kids. And none of us do sports. (I know. Ha-ha.) Or if you don’t have school organizations, make one. You’re the boss! Whatever comes to mind would be a good idea. Even if it’s small.

The sky is the limit.


BLAKE MOON

Son to a farmer, 16 year old Blake lives in rural New Mexico with his parents, two sisters and a brother where they raise cattle, wheat and 4H livestock. He can drive a combine, pull a plow and milk a goat! Blake is a veracious reader: Done with homework? Read a book. Free class time? Read a book. Road trip? Read a book! When he’s not reading, Blake is a very active leader in his school and community where he is President of his 4H club, a member of FFA, BPA, FCA, Student Council, FCCLA (in which he competed at a national level) and, his favorite–journalism. (read more…)

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“Shh…I’ve Got A Secret!”

Posted by Eddie Jones on May 9, 2011 in iBe SHEgat, IBegat Trouble, iBegat U |

Would not God search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.” (Psalm 44:21 NASB)

Before I could get settled at my desk, Jessica was pulling on my arm and demanding my full attention with the shout of her whisper.

“Shh…you’re never gonna believe what I just overheard Wanda telling Joanna, but you’ve got to promise to keep this a secret,” Jessica said as if she were the protector of a priceless jewel.

The knot in my stomach told me to walk away from the situation, but I didn’t. Instead I couldn’t stop myself from saying seven words I’d later regret.

“I promise,” I said “I won’t tell another soul.”

Secrets can be lots of fun when used for the right purpose; like birthday surprises and playing Santa at Christmas, or they can be destructive and hurtful. I chose to participate in something that would eventually tear down someone’s character even though neither Jessica or I intended harm. Words have the power to hurt, cause pain, disappoint, embarrass, and to destroy when born in dark secret places.

You know–the gossip-girl affect.

The incident between me and my friends almost destroyed our friendship. God put some distance between us so that He could teach me a few things. It was hard being away from them, but I knew I needed to be obedient if I want to be like Him.

Lessons I learned about secrets, gossip, and friendships:

  1. Follow my gut instincts—that’s the Holy Spirit
  2. Walk away when someone says they have a secret to share (code word for gossip)
  3. Create an atmosphere in my life where dark secrets and gossip can’t exist-Pray, read my Bible regularly and surround myself with friends who are doing the same thing

Remember God holds me accountable for everything I say and hear


CRYSTAL Y. HATHCOCK

Crystal Y. Hathcock and her husband Tony, live in Liberty, South Carolina and have been married for thirty-two years. They have two puppies, Hankie and Calvin. Crystal is a freelance writer; a student with the Christian Writer’s Guild and writes religious articles for the area’s local newspaper. She enjoys cooking for family and friends, couponing, jewelry making and singing. (read more…)

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With You Always

Posted by Eddie Jones on April 29, 2011 in Aimee Lynch, iBegat HOME, iBegat the Begotten, IBegat Trouble, iBegat U |

“…And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20 NIV )

Another sob racked my nine-year-old body but a puddle of tears had soaked my pillow, muffling my cry. It was another three day weekend away from my mom and the comfort of my home. I was visiting my dad’s house like I did every weekend, but this weekend was especially hard because it was the monthly long weekend; a day longer than all the other weeks. This morning I woke to the familiar heartache of being homesick and lonely, feelings that plagued me almost every time I came to stay in a place so different from my real home.

In that despairing moment, I had forgotten what Jesus said. The Bible, His letter to us, says that He is with me to the end of the age. That means every second of the day He is inside me comforting me, urging me, and reminding me of the truth. He is a constant companion to my heart. He never leaves me just because I forgot what He said and He never grows tired of helping me through my darkest moments. He is forever with me.

There are still lots of times that I feel alone. But I remember that I have a constant friend who will stick by me no matter what. Other friends will come and go at different times in my life, but God never changes His affection for me. When I start to get that empty feeling in the pit of my stomach from being homesick or lonely, I remind myself that I am not alone. I don’t have to feel lonely or homesick because God himself is my best friend and He is always with me!

Maybe you feel alone in a big world or maybe you’ve been deserted by someone you were depending on. Remember Jesus is your constant friend. Develop a deep friendship with the only One who will never make you feel lonely.


AIMEE LYNCH

Aimee Lynch is a homeschooled high-school student in Gaithersburg MD. She has a heart for children whose parents are divorced because she grew up in a single-parent home after her own parents divorced when she was five. Her blog, allfilledup.wordpress.com, is a place where she seeks to encourage other kids in difficult situations. In what little free time she has, she enjoys gardening, reading, getting involved in various youth projects, taking walks on the beach, and writing articles. (read more…)

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Special Distance

Posted by Eddie Jones on August 6, 2010 in iBegat Buddies |

Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13 NIV)

friendsFriends occupy a special part in our hearts! I think we can all say our lives would be very dull without our friends! Special friends are friends whether they live minutes, miles, or hours away.

Distant friendships do not mean you cannot be close; it makes the relationship even more special. I’ve learned that true, special friendships continue to grow even over long distance! I’ve had friends who I rarely get to see but every time we hang out, it’s like we were never separated. The memories come back and one day is not enough to get caught up.

Deep friendships do not depend on the times you see other but rather how you value that friendship no matter how far or how little time you spend together. Always keep in touch with friends; it shouldn’t be a chore if you commit a small portion of your life to it. Friendships are rewarding; and losing them is sad.

As we go through life, wonderful blessings enter and exit our lives, but truly special friendships should last forever! It’s up to you to keep the flame burning, so be true to your friends and always remember that a friend is an angel who lifts us off our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

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.

WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and help everyone become what they are capable of being! (:

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Awesome Summer Fun – Brenna Arnold

Posted by Eddie Jones on July 17, 2010 in iBe SHEgat |

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.

Take care..hugs…-Brenna… :)

BRENNA ARNOLD

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.

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BFF’s

Posted by Eddie Jones on July 14, 2010 in iBegat Buddies |

I’m the sort of person who can walk into a room full of strangers and come out with at least three email addresses, home addresses, and phone numbers.

Over the sixteen years of my life, I’ve had many types of friends. I’ve had acquaintances – those people you say ‘hi’ to at random places, maybe exchange an email address – but nothing ever comes of it. Those are friendships you don’t remember. They don’t impact your life.

I’ve had middle friends – you don’t keep in touch that often, but you’ve been friends for years, always good for a phone call.

Then, there are best friends. I’ve had a few best friends throughout my life – not many, but some. And you can meet them in all sorts of different ways.

Some of my best friends I haven’t even met. We maintain a steady email/blogging/phone call relationship without ever having seen each other face to face. I am blessed at the moment to have several amazing friends – a Kindred Spirit AND a Best Friend among them (yes, they’re different things).

And you know what’s great about these girls? My Best Friend, I can call any time, any day, and she will patiently listen while I vent about anything and everything. When I’m on the phone with her, I laugh so loud that it’s heard all over the house and everyone knows who I’m talking to. We can share secrets, funny stories, and dreams. We talk, cry, vent, and giggle over everything from God to guys.

My Kindred Spirit? Well, she’s my writing buddy. We share the same writing woes and joys and both understand that the other one is officially around the bend. She’s the sort of person I can call, say “I have a problem!” and she’ll drop whatever she’s doing and say “Okay, what is it?”

But even so, these girls are human. Mind you, they’re some of the best humans I know – but they’re still flawed humans. They won’t always be able to talk on the phone, they will sometimes be busy, we may hurt each other’s feelings.

Proverbs 18: 24 says that There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

I read it, but often I forget that God is my friend. He is my heavenly BFF, he’s my divine Kindred Spirit. He’s the one who will always be available, the One who is always ready to listen to you vent about frustration, cry about things that make you sad. He will smile as you talk about friends, guys, and life – and will hold you if you need a shoulder to cry on.

He’s always there for you. I can call him and say “I have a problem!” And no matter what, 24/7, He will be there to say “Okay, what is it? How can I help?”

I talk to my best friends several times a week. I email them all the time. I write them letters. But so often I forget to talk to God, the One who is always there, the One who is always eager to help and who has the power to fix the problems in my life.

Let’s not forget who the real BFF in this world is – and the next time you feel low, how about talking to Him before going to your other friends?

True friendship consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and value.

- Ben Jonson

MIRRIAM NEAL

I am many things, but I’ll just share a few of them with you right now.

I am, first and foremost, a Christian, and have been since I was six years old. I love the Lord and am trying to please Him to the best of my ability. I am an avid reader, and lean toward fiction although several of my favorite books (the Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien, Blue Like Jazz, Primal, The Barbarian Way, the Soul of C. S. Lewis, etc.) are non-fiction.

I love animals, and I love music (soundtracks, Christian, Korean and K-pop, some secular music, Immediate Music, X-ray Dog, Taylor Swift, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Owl City, Hayley Westenra… the list goes on and on). My favorite movies are the Last of the Mohicans, G. I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Inkheart, the Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Robin Hood(s), Star Trek, IRIS (Korean drama – use caution when watching), the Fantastic Four(s), the Spider-mans, Batman Begins, Iron Man, (I love Hero movies) and many, many more. (read more…)

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