Saturday, December 29, 2012

My Thoughts on Dating...

This is such a hard post to write, because dating is such a tough subject in today's world. So many girls think that they have to have a boyfriend to be cool. Fortunately, I decided a long time ago that I do not want to be what the world considers "cool." So many girls think that it is a bad thing to be single, because the world is telling them that it means no one loves them, so they date a guy that really doesn't love them anyway. They compromise their standards in order for someone to like them, and they usually end up getting hurt.

My parents did not allow me to have a boyfriend until I turned 16, go figure we moved to Guatemala nine days after that where I knew no one.

I'm not gonna lie, there were times when I hated that rule. Now I am so thankful for it. It gave me an excuse to not have to worry about if a boy liked me, and instead find my worth in God. I got to spend my time finding my talents, getting good grades, and growing my faith. The rule that I hated so much, truly made me what I am today. I honestly believe that if my parents had let me date any boy that said I was cute, I wouldn't be doing what I am now. I wouldn't know that I love to write and speak Spanish. I wouldn't know that my passion is for the least of these, because I would have spent all of my time talking to some boy, instead of figuring out who I am, and how God can use me.

As Christians, our relationships are held by a higher standard- God's. When we promise our heart to God, we have to trust Him to guard it. We also need to remember that not only do our parents have rules for our relationships, so does God. His rules are so clear when we read our bible, but sadly, many people today look at His word as guidelines, rather than the commands that they are. God has these rules for a reason, as did my parents. Its because they know whats best for us. And while there may be times when you don't like the rules, one day you are going to appreciate them.

Because one day when you stand at the alter with the man that God hand chose especially for you, a man that puts Jesus before anything- you will know that he was worth the wait. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The unforgettable Christmas gift

At the risk of sounding like a scrooge, I'm just going to go ahead and say it- I hate what Christmas has turned into.

 I haven't gotten on Facebook very much lately because it just make me sad. Everyone is talking about the gifts they got, and I can't help but think of the kids who can't even afford Christmas dinner, or worse yet the kids who have never heard the reason Christmas exists.

Some people have even posted about how much their presents costs as if this is some kind of contest to try to outdo everyone else with how much we can spend. I can't help but think of the people who will never in their lives come across that much money.

And then there are the people who aren't thankful and who complain because they didn't get what they want. That's what makes me really sad... I want more than anything for them to understand.

I can't help but think that Jesus is watching all of this with a broken heart too. We've turned the celebration of His birthday into some kind of horrible contest of who has the best gifts. And in the race for the best presents we barely even give Jesus a second thought. My prayer is that we would remember the real meaning of Christmas. Its not enough to just hashtag #CHRISTmas after talking about everything you received. Christmas is not about presents, its about His presence.

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given... And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." - Isaiah 9:6

That, my friends, is the greatest gift we could ever receive! And even better, its free- freely given to you and to I, but it cost more than you or I will ever be able to understand. And that is why I wrote this post- because I don't ever want us to forget the price he paid. 

Father God, I come to you with a heavy heart. I am sorry for what my generation has turned your son's birthday into. Forgive us for making it about us instead of a day to bring glory to you. Help us to make a change Lord. Let us give you all of the glory. Let us remember the real meaning of Christmas. In your son's precious and holy name I pray. Amen

Monday, December 17, 2012

"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.
Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more." -Dr. Suess

This Christmas season is looking very different that the ones I remember as a little girl. I remember decorating our house with tons of lights to out-shine our neighbor. I remember buying and wrapping expensive presents to put under our tree and give to people who already had it all. I remember how on Christmas eve, we would sit by our huge tree and read the Christmas story (nope, not the one about Jesus, the one about Santa.) Then we would put out cookies and milk and head off to bed dreaming about what he would bring us this year. On Christmas morning we would wake up early and run downstairs to see an abundance of presents covering our living room.

We were celebrating Christmas for all of the wrong reasons. You see, we weren't really celebrating the birth of our savior, we were celebrating ourselves. 

This year, my family isn't doing any Christmas presents. It's kind of hard to justify spending $50 on a present when you know families who barely make that in a month. So, we are spending this holiday season as a family, celebrating our King.

Pretty much everyone knows that the first part of Christmas is Christ. You will even see a lot of people writing it CHRISTmas, but what they may not know, is that the second part has a meaning too. In Spanish, the word "mas" means more. Now, because I know that Jesus is multilingual, I think the term Christmas means something to him. Its not just a word someone made up for his birthday, I think it truly means that we are supposed to have more of Christ. I challenge you to do that this Christmas season. Have more Christ, and less Santa and presents. More of him, and less of you.

"He must increase, but I must decrease." - John 3:30

One of the things that Jesus seems to have a passion for in the scriptures, is helping the least of these. How about about this year, in honor of Jesus' birthday, give a gift that honors Him. Give HOPE to the least of these. Hope for this life, and the next. Buy a brick.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

What I've learned as a homeschooler

I used to think that homeschoolers were weird. I was right. We are pretty different.:)

When I was in public school, I never really fit in. I tried.  I tried buying the name brand clothes, but there was always someone prettier. I tried being athletic, but I wasn't the best. I tried being smart, but I was never the top of my class. What I have come to learn, is that no matter how hard you try, there is always going to be someone better, and you are never going to know who you truly are until you decide that its cool to be uncool. When you decide not to follow the crowd and just be who you are- that's when you will be the best- the best at being you.

I remember when I first decided to start homeschooling, someone told me that was going to make me unsocial. I told them that if the things others were doing to be social after school- drugs, drinking, having sex, and making it seem like God doesn't exist were what they considered social, then I prefer to be unsocial thank you very much. :)

At home we always joke about how I'm the valedictorian, cheer captain, soccer captain, school president and the homecoming queen in my school of one. While of course we are just kidding, it kind of makes me realize how silly all of those titles can be. Most of the time, its just a popularity contest. While many of these things are good things- and there are many talented people who work hard towards these accomplishments- sometimes, people act like its the end of the world when they are not chosen. I have come to learn that you just have to be yourself. Because, while you may be the valedictorian and homecoming queen in your school- you could move anywhere else and not be. True happiness means discovering who you are and what God has called you to be. Because I'm pretty sure when you stand in front of God one day and He asks what you did with the life He gave you, He'll be more concerned about what you did to make Him known than what you did to make yourself known.

"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.  For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever." -1 John 2:15-17

Along with being unsocial, many people think homeschoolers lounge around in their pajamas every day, not accomplishing much. This may not be a complete lie, because I can do my school work in my pj's, but I promise you that most homeschoolers learn a lot. I have come to terms with the fact that I will never be a math scholar, but I am getting more real world experiences than I would get just reading a textbook. I get my business class from when I have to translate for lawyers and accountants and when I make spreadsheets for Village of Hope or take "field trips" to the bank to help with financial matters. I have gotten the privilege of  working along side doctors and dentists translating for them and learning from their knowledge. They have taught me about cysts, surgeries, diagnostics, cavities, pulling teeth, and so much more. I've assisted carpenters, plumbers, and electricians and my Child Development class is the real deal. I've learned about adoption, attachment and prenatal care. No carrying around fake babies for me, we work with the real ones.

But what I love best about being homeschooled is- nobody can kick Jesus out of my school. If I want to put off my science in order to spend extra time reading my bible, I am pretty sure my teacher would be okay with that.

My name is Addisyn Block, I am a homeschool nerd- and I'm thankful.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Once you choose hope, anything's possible.  ~Christopher Reeve