In case you didn’t know it, the title of this post is today’s Daily Text. This particular scripture refers to the Crete’s. Examine the Scriptures Daily says: “With distorted thinking, some men on Crete may have been advocating regulations from the Law about foods and ritual cleanness. They may even have been embellishing what the Law said, as well as advocating Jewish fables and human commandments. (Mark 7:2, 3, 5, 15; 1 Tim. 4:3) Such thinking had a negative impact on their judgment and moral sense, their conscience. Paul wrote: “To persons defiled and faithless nothing is clean.” (Titus 1:15) Their conscience became so distorted that it no longer was a reliable guide for their actions and evaluations. Moreover, they judged fellow Christians on things in which one Christian might decide one way but another might choose differently. In this respect these Cretans were viewing as unclean what really was not. (Rom. 14:17; Col. 2:16) While declaring that they knew God, they proved otherwise by their works.—Titus 1:16. ”

Well, there you go. That’s today’s daily text. Here are the ones that I’ve missed in the past few days:

December 12. “There is going to be a resurrection.” —Acts 24:15.

December 13. “God is love.” —1 John 4:8.

December 14. “The people continued to serve Jehovah all the days of Joshua and all the days of the older men who extended their days after Joshua and who had seen all of Jehovah’s great work that he did for Israel.” —Judges 2:7.

December 15. “You people must take care to do just as Jehovah your God has commanded you.” —Deut. 5:32.

Alright, so now you’re all caught up. Alright, so today is Wednesday, December 16th, which means tomorrow is Thursday, December 17th, which is quite an important date. Tomorrow night, I will be giving my first public bible reading. I’m reading Joshua 8:1-17, and I’m pretty excited–I guess. I mean, i’m not ecstatic, but I’m not nervous. I’m kind of like–you know–like it’s just another day, where I have to read or do something in front of someone. I’m happy for my first assignment, though. But, that’s tomorrow. Today was pretty uneventful. I woke up and got on facebook until me and cheryl got ready to go to town, which was actually around like…2pm. We went to the mail, picked up a movie (The Hangover, which was awesome!). We got back and immediately watched Night at the Museum 2 and The Hangover. They were both good, although I’d seen Night at the Museum 2 already. I’ve just been lounging around ever since. The last couple days have been the same. We might go out once in the day, then watch movies and then going into cheryls room the rest of the night to watch something she recorded, like The Office, or Seinfeld, which is awesome. Tomorrow morning, Cheryl will drop me off and I’ll of course get ready for the meeting and stuff, then go suffocate in the back room of the hall while I read. So, that’s about it. OH–I almost forgot! I was invited to dinner at a sisters house for sunday! awesome! As always, love, peace, and blessings.

The scripture above, found at Proverbs 17:17 is definitely true. Today started out like any other day. I woke up, watched Golden Girls, went over to Libby’s, came back home, watched Ellen, then Bonnie Hunt, then Wendy Williams, carried in grocerys (only on fridays), and spent the rest of the night texting my best friend, Philip, and watching television. But, tonight was a little bit different. Once again, I was pressured by Christmas, and constantly tested and haunted by my family about christmas time. Maybe it’s not them, maybe it’s the fact that I’ve celebrated christmas for eighteen years, and now I have to stop. I know that it’s wrong to celebrate it, since it’s a pagan tradition, but it’s hard to let go when you’re surrounded by it. I let out my frustration about it to my friend Philip, and in the process, revealed to him that I’ve had a slight case of depression since I was fifteen years old.  If you’re my friend or family, you know that I used to be gothic. My heart and mind was clouded while I was gothic. I looked the part, but inside, I knew I wasn’t gothic, and I could never be. But, I was depressed, and even had thoughts of suicide. Thankfully, I never did follow through. Not that I didn’t try…believe me, I did.

I guess you could say that I was stupid tonight. I let out my frustration on my friend, but not in a negative way. I just ranted on and on, I think. Philip assured me that it was good to get it off my chest and he was happy to help. Of course, I know he wants to help. But, I explained to him that I’ve always dealt with problems by myself. That’s the way it’s always been. I keep things in until I explode, which isn’t very healthy. Im better now since I can talk to God and know he won’t judge me, but I still do it. I know Philip won’t judge me, but It’s hard to start confiding in someone after years of trying to take what life throws at me all by myself. It’s overpowering, especially since I moved in with my mom, which was when my real deep problems started. That’s when I turned gothic, and started listening to atheist music like Marilyn Manson, who sings about suicide, sex, violence, drugs, and obscene things. That contributed a lot. I had to babysit every week day for three years. The babysitting is a blessing in disguise, since it prevented me from getting into deep trouble, but I still wasn’t happy back then. It only added to the depression and made my shell harder, but I’m trying to break the pattern. I smile on the outside, and appear as happy as can be, but that’s not the case on the inside. I keep looking on the past, and on all the things I’ve done, and it’s not healthy. Some days I wake up not wanting to deal with anyone, or anything, and just feel like staying in bed and sometimes even dying. Other days, Im in a very good mood. It’s very odd. But, I want to change that, and thanks to the advice of my best friend, Philip, I might be able to do that.

So, a big thanks to the most awesome friend in the world, Philip. I don’t know what I’d do without ya–especially during this time in my life, when Im trying to clean up and push those worldy things away. It’s nice to know that I have someone to break down to. I lost my friends when I started studying the bible, and Jehovah provided Philip for me, and for that I’m truly grateful. Having a friend who gets my jokes, doesn’t hate my sarcasm, and pretty much puts up with me is a real blessing. I’d love to say that out loud, but I feel I can say that better in writing–or typing. That being said, I must admit that I won’t be online as much as usual. Tonight, I am cancelling my internet. Every time I have internet, I become addicted. I can’t live without the internet once I get it. I always want to be on the internet, doing something. Its sucking my life away, and taking away from my devotion to good, studying and everything that comes with it. I’ll still go to the library once a week or so, so this isn’t going to be my last post. But, Im finally ready to start changing my attitude, and my life, so wish me luck. As always, Peace, Love, and Blessings.

DAILY TEXT. November 21. “They will all be taught by Jehovah.” – John 6:45

This text comes from John, chapter 6. It tells us that Jesus was taught by Jehovah, and we too can divulge in the knowledge Jehovah has given us. Today, there are schools for Kingdom Proclaimers (who are witnesses who go door to door, proclaiming the kingdom message). So, should we not take advantage of the knowledge that Jehovah provides for us today?

DAILY TEXT. November 22. “Woe to those wise in their own eyes.” – Isaiah 5:21

This means that people that the world think are wise are not necessarily wise in god’s eyes. Job once talked to men who thought themselves wise, and told them, “I do not find anyone wise among you.” Many feel that they are wise not to serve or believe in God, but if they were wise, they would. There are signs all around. True wisdom should be seen in what you do and say every day.

DAILY TEXT. November 23. “So it goes with the man that lays up treasure for himself but is not rich toward God.” – Luke 12:21

Satan is the ruler of the world, and operates it in such a manner that it induces us to desire material objects, things. As christians, we shouldn’t be swayed by materialistic objects. Doing this delights Satan, something we do not want to do. Times are hard, especially with this economy. But, we cant let materialism push true worship to our second priority.

So, now you’re all caught up on the daily texts. Sorry I haven’t been on in the past couple days. I really didn’t do much on Saturday, until the afternoon came. Philip, my christian friend, texted me and we ended up running around town, not really doing anything, just hanging out. After I came back, I watched a movie I got from a brother, Ice Age 3. It was hilarious, and I’ve watched it three times since then. Sunday, of course, I went to the meeting. After, I went to another meeting, in Crooksville, with my bible study teacher. He had a talk there. I spent all day out of town. On Monday, I didn’t really do anything. I spent the day as normal, watching Golden Girls in the morning, surfing the web, and going to Libby’s.

I guess I’ve been kind of busy, at least Saturday and Sunday. Nothing is gonna happen until Saturday, when I go to the assembly. I cant wait. Im gonna meet Philip there, so we’ll be goofing off when we’re not listening to a talk. Well, our water heater exploded on Sunday night! We got a new one, but it was just a mess, and my grandmother was SO stressed out. But, it’s all good. My oh-so-lively stepdad came and fixed it. He saw me putting Transformers 2 on my laptop and told me the movie sucked, and of course, he was wrong. He thinks he knows everything, and thinks his a movie critic. He doesn’t have a good taste in music, or movies. He likes Slayer. Go figure.

So, did I miss anything? No, I don’t believe so. I’ve been doing good as far as my spiritual side goes. I’ve been avoiding holiday movies and stuff, so I should be good. Hopefully I get through the holidays. Wish me luck! As always, love, peace, and blessings!

Did you notice the neat title? Well, sorry to disappoint you, but I didn’t come up with that wise saying. That is quoted directly from the bible. You can find it at Proverbs 17:17. It may be phrased differently depending on the translation of the bible you have, but although it may be worded differently, it all means the same thing; a true friend is one that loves you no matter what, and all the time, not just when it’s convenient for them. When you are studying with, or are officially a baptized witness, you can get this little book named “Examining the Scriptures Daily”, which is a book full of bible verses, one for each day. It’s kind of like an uplifting thought calendar. If you’d like one, or would like to know more, visit your local Kingdom Hall, or even email me, and I can get you one and mail it to you. It’d be my pleasure. FYI, every title of new posts will be the daily text. Enjoy them.

 

Today is Friday, November 20, 2009. It hasn’t been too much of a day, really. It was frankly, uneventful. I got up at 10am this morning, and immediately turned on Hallmark Channel, and watched Golden Girls, while also roleplaying and updating facebook on my laptop. I pretty much did that until noon. After grandma came home, and complained about how much she hurt and how tired she was, I went into my grandpa’s bedroom and watched The Pink Panther. There may not be any spreaking in it, but that doesn’t diminish it’s humor. Gotta love that pink puddytat. I watched that, and then Murder, She Wrote. I later went up to my Aunt Libby’s, who has been a sister since 1984. She brought me into the truth, actually. I came home later, and watched Ellen, Bonnie Hunt, and Wendy Williams. After my grandma came home from the grocery store, she watched Ghost Whisperer, and I had to ignore it, since it’s basically spritistic. She went to bed and I got control of the tv once more. That’s pretty much all that happened.

 

Thankfully, the upcoming weeks won’t be too uneventful. On Sunday, I will be going to the meeting as usual, but after the meeting, I’m getting picked up by a brother, and we’re going to Crooksville, OH, about 45 minutes away from here, I believe. The brother who is picking me up, who also conducts my study, is giving a talk there. It should be interesting to meet new people. Hopefully I can make some friends and connections. After then, my week will be slow, until Saturday, November 28th. That’s when the Jehovah’s Witnesses are holding a one-day assembly. The brother, Mike, who’s taking me to Crooksville, is taking me with him. Once there, I’ll meet with my best friend, Philip. It should be awesome. So, that’s all I have to look forward to, unless Kmart calls for a second interview, which I really wish would happen.

 

Well, it’s that time again. It’s time to vent about my problems. The last time I made a post to this blog, I was high on the truth. No doubt, I still love the truth, but I’ve been struggling lately. There’s so many wordly things keeping me tied down, away from God. I’m finally getting back into the swing of things. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers, guys. Like I said, tonight I had to ignore Ghost Whisperer, a show I used to love. I’m finally getting into the habit of commenting at meetings, now! That’s a plus. I just pray I can keep this good job going. So, I guess that’s all I have to report. As always, love, peace, and blessings!

THE SPECTRUM ARCH

August 13, 2009

Sounds like a movie title, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not–to my knowlege, anyway. I came up with the title because life has given me a large arch of hope. Well, Jehovah gave me a large arch of hope. It was the day before yesterday. I was playing my DS when my grandma comes in and tells me the pizza and sub shop downtown was hiring. So, I walked down there, and on the way down there, I saw a big rainbow in the clouds. It was awesome–and so bright. Anyway, I made my way down to the shop and put in my application. Today, I’m gonna have to check down there again to see if the manager looked over applications. Wish me luck, eh?

Not much has happened over the last couple days. I read my Watchtower and Awake Magazines yesterday and the day before. There’s a meeting tonight, and I’m pretty excited about it, as always. That’s pretty much all that’s happening tonight. My Aunt Debbie and my grandma went somewhere today, so I’m free here the whole day, and Debbie gave me some of my birthday money, so I’m heading to Subway later. I’ve been dying for one of their subs. Until then, I’m doing nothing, and I suppose that’s all I have to report. Love, Peace, and Blessings.

LOVE, INTENSIFIED

August 7, 2009

Well, last night was meeting night. I was so glad to be back at the hall. As usually on Thursday nights, I hitched a ride with Brother Dave McGinnis to the hall. We were the first people there, a first for me. We walked into the hall and it was pitch black. It wasn’t long after the hall opened, that the other people started to show up. I read one of my favorite books, called “The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived”, which you can get from one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, or at the hall. Yesterday, we learned about keeping clean in both Jehovah’s and other peoples’ eyes. It was a good lesson. I had all the questions answered, but really didn’t feel like putting my hand up to comment. That’s just the way I feel lately. Of course, my grandma  had to pull out a lecture on my weight. It wasn’t like that. I said I felt…blah, which means I just don’t feel like I have the desire to do anything. I could with ease, if I felt like it. But of course, you can’t tell her anything. She’s a vain person, actually. She’s always had a thing about my weight. She told me she wouldn’t say anything else about it, but I knew THAT was too good to be true. I forgot, I’m 9 years old, not 19. As soon as I get a job and get situated financially, I’m out of here. But until then, I guess I have to put up with it, and learn to be more patient, I guess. I can only do so much around here, with all the negativity in the air.

Anyway, moving on. Another thing we talked about last night at the meeting, was loving others intensely, from the heart. That ties in with my situation, I guess. It ties in with false religion, part-time christians, and family members. I know all about them, and know a few people like those  part-time christians. Those are people who go to church in the middle of the week, or on sunday, but practically say and do things non-christian-like any other time, and think it’s okay with god, because they go to and give money to–church. Boy, those churches must be pretty rich, with all the corruption in the world today. Another thing we learned was how to teach others better while in service. Of course, I’m not in the service yet, but it was still pretty useful information. After the meeting was over, Phillip’s little brother started talking to me about star wars. He’s a star-wars geek, but he’s cool. ^_^ His brother Phillip is a pretty good friend of mine at the hall, yet, I know nothing about him, besides his schooling information, which were just like mine. He has a graduation party in a week or two, so maybe I’ll get to know him better…

I guess it’s been a couple days since I’ve written in the blog. But, I never disappoint with bulgy posts, do I? =] I haven’t really done much. Tonight, I’m going to karaoke. I like going, but it’s always the same, which makes me a bit bored. So, It’s kinda like “I guess I’ll go…If I have to…” =P Grandma’s rushing around, as usual. She does too much, and makes extra work for herself, and then complains that she has to do so much more than everyone else and she has no help. Well, it’s her fault. Like this one time, for example. Debbie, my favorite aunt, walked in and we followed her to the kitchen. Grandma is in there making her food, and she gets all pissy (excuse the french) and says, “OH, WHY DON’T WE ALL JUST COME INTO THE KITCHEN!”, then comes out complaining that she has to do everything. HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO ANYTHING IF SHE DOESN’T WANT US IN THE KITCHEN!? That’s why I roll me eyes all the time, and she actually wonders why. Clueless, much? But anyway, before I get too fiery. We’re getting ready to go, and I have to pack up my ipod and DS. So, as always, peace, love, and blessings.

Woo! Finally! An imaginative title! How do I do it? =P okay, enough gloating. Not very becoming of a bible student, is it? So, today wasn’t really too exciting, yet it was pretty eventful. Just another day, I guess. I woke up at about 10:30 in the morning. Both me and my grandma overslept. After we both got ready, we headed into town, and went to Grand Chinese Buffet, the greatest chinese restaurant ever. I love their crab rangoo. After that, we walked over to Dollar Tree, where my grandma looked for good cat litter, but of course, they only had generic stuff. I guess if you want something good, you have to pay the ridiculous price. So, after that, we went to Wal-Mart, and on the way in, we heard a sobbing girl who must have been talking to her boyfriend, saying, “But I was gonna wear a special outfit for you”. Sounds like a break-up scene to me. Anyway, we walked in and I went looking at the electronics aisle, and my grandma got some different things. We then went to Petland. I love all the animals there, especially the ferrets. I love those things! I used to have two, actually. One was a light ferret named Speedy, who was too hyper. The other was teddy, who was a black footed ferret, a lazy animal until the night time came. By the time we left, a girl had gotten pinched by a hermit crab, and it wouldn’t let go of her! I couldn’t help from laughing at the incident. =P Though, I did feel bad for her. Next, we went to a grocery store, then back home. I went to subway and ate, and now I’m writing on wordpress. Boring day?

Well, it’s almost Thursday Night. That means meeting time. It’s the one weekday where I can feel in complete comfort. I have a lot of repenting today from the past week, I guess. Nothing I want to tell you about! =D America’s Got Talent is on right now, and I’ll probably watch it, so, catch you later. Love, peace, and blessings.