Redefining Romance

Redefining romance. Big topic to cover isn’t it?

Romance is such a huge part of the lives of people of all ages all over the world. I am currently sitting in my grandparent’s house thinking over the happenings of the last few weeks. Not only have I left my youth group, but I also decided to redefine my view of romance. The internet is full of relationship goals and tips to get boyfriends, girlfriends and goodness knows what else. But what people don’t realized is that there is so much more to it than just the ‘goals’. I am a huge romantic, give me a romantic comedy and I am a happy person. I love fairy tales and any other sort of romantic story.

I am almost 15 years old. I am reaching the age where dating is a prospect. But I still haven’t had much, if any, luck in that area. I see a large amount of relationship goals on the internet but when I finally get into a relationship I know that it won’t be internet goals I’ll be following, I have better role models in my own house. My parents have been married almost 20 years and in that time they have been through so much. My birth was a very difficult one and a traumatic experience that left my mum with post traumatic stress. Dad never left her.

My brother and his girlfriend have God at the centre of their relationship.  He and his girlfriend are handling themselves very maturely and their relationship is the cutest thing I have ever seen. They are truly redefining romance.

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God’s patchwork masterpiece

I was listening to UCB, a christian radio, a little while ago when I heard about God’s patchwork masterpiece. Basically someone went to heaven and had to sew the pieces of their life together. This guy, having finished, looked round and saw everyone else had the most amazing and beautiful pieces of cloth. Then looking at his he realized that it was full of holes and was ripped and ragged. After a while he was told that the reason his piece of cloth was so filled with holes because God was shining through.

 

So if you think that your life is filled with holes and cracks just remember, it is so God can shine through.

LAUGH

So I was writing today and this is what I came up, it’s a rap/spoken word. Enjoy. 🙂

Uh oh, look it’s the devil again,

Prodding me, coaxing me to sin,

Pushing me further towards the ledge,

It’s not till I look down that I realize that I’m on the edge.

I want to move, to walk, run, cry

I want to turn, tell the devil goodbye.

But his sweet lies dull the sense in my head,

There’s a part of me saying, if you do this you might end up in a hospital bed,

I know he doesn’t care,

Said he’s my friend, but when I need him he’s not there.

I can hear the angels call and tell me ‘It’s wrong’ 

But he makes me want to stamp and cry, the temptations too strong,

He tells me my friends don’t care but I’m not alone,

Said he loved me, moved in, broke my home.

I’m writing this in a house, slowly being built,

I’m writing this to get rid of the guilt,

Because the devil got to me again,

Because I listened to his whisper, ‘sin’

To throw my Bible away, say those words I regret,

Run from the mercy, the grace God sent,

Let those feelings run me over, flatten me,

Less responsible, I changed so quickly.

Tears that stained my face, sadness I said was joy,

Lies because I was worried about some boy.

Because I refused to forget,

A decision I will always regret,

I let those people get to my true being, my whole,

I let them break my heart, tear my soul,

They said ‘I’m your friend, I’ll always be there,’

Broke the promise, I used to care.

But now the words are water falling off my wings,

As I repent of all my sins.

A fight fought and lost, now fight and win,

God gave me hope, life is pointless without Him,

I don’t need Him to say He loves me,

All the time because I can see,

That He fought my battle in that fiery pit,

He became my shield and took every hit.

Pushed me back, took my place at the ledge,

Because He loves me He took my step over the edge.

I can’t imagine why I let my Bible grow dusty,

Why I let my faith grow rusty,

Prayers rarely sent to Him with the answer,

Crying in horror cos I listened to her,

But now I see my fault, look at the new me I’m creating,

And now I can laugh in the face of Satan. 

Stop the Traffic

Can you see the tears?

That has fallen from her eyes all these years?

Creating a puddle to clean her worn feet,

Look another standard she has to meet.

Working for him, doing things she never dreamt,

she would have to do, regretting the words she never meant.

She dries her tears fast,

As her captor walks past,

She wants to cry out and show her pain,

But she knows that that will give her no gain.

So she continues her work, the horrors are graphic,

She wishes someone would stop the traffic.

#TYLA: Attitude

Ok, guys, last week I was working through some stuff and really wasn’t in the right frame of mind to blog, But here I am, I’m back and ready to blog again.

Attitude is something I think we all struggle with. Especially teens. But what does the Bible say about it?

Philippians 1:27

27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit,[a]striving together as one for the faith of the gospel.

Concentrate mainly on the first part, ‘conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.’ Do you think that people see you as a Christian when you yell at your parents? Or when you start being cruel to other people? Or is it when you respect your parents and stick up for those being victimized that you are seen as a Christian? I can tell you now, it’s the latter.

God doesn’t direct us to disrespect our parents. He doesn’t tell us to have a bad attitude. He wants us to conduct ourselves in such a way that people can see HIM in US.

Do you have a part of your attitude that could do with being changed? Is there a person you are always being grouchy with? Ask God for help. Change won’t come immediately. It takes time. But you can do it. Let people see God through you because it’s your actions they’ll be watching rather than the words that come out of your mouth.

Human Trafficking: A stand: Day One

Human trafficking. Do those words send chills into your heart or do you think that it doesn’t affect you and thus you shouldn’t worry? I would hope it’s the former because Human Trafficking should send chills into the hardest of hearts. People die because of it. People have children at 15 because of it. A 3-year-old will be used to fulfill a sick man’s desire because of it. It send’s chills into my heart and anger into my soul. A burning passion to stop it, but then there’s the question, ‘What can I do?”

The age-old question that haunts many and is answered by few. What can you do? Well, there are many things that can be done to put human trafficking to a halt.

Firstly, you can learn the signs. Be aware of what people do and know how to prevent it from happening to you or those close to you. Love146  has a great article on this alongside much more information.

Secondly, pray. Pray for the victims. Pray for the victimizers. Pray for trafficked and trafficker because, no matter how damaged or cruel they are, they all need God’s mercy and God’s help and forgiveness.

Thirdly, you can donate to any number of charities for the trafficked. Some of these are, Hope For Justice, Stop the Traffick and Love146. These are all charities based in England and some in the USA who are working to stop the traffic.

Finally, be aware. Don’t think that because it hasn’t affected you yet, doesn’t mean it won’t affect you or those close to you. Be aware.

Something new

Right, so lately my blog has been about Human Trafficking alongside some other subjects. However, I want to make a change. I have been musing over some ideas since the beginning of this year and this morning I decided to put them into action. I am a teenage girl. I am always looking for blogs for teen girls that aren’t just about growing up and hitting the teen years. I have always looked for a blog that covers heavier subjects, that doesn’t just tell you what to do…one that isn’t just for girls who are hitting teen years. My dream is to start a project called the #TurnYourLifeAroundProject or #TYLA. This is a project that both boys and girls of any age can do to help get past failures, dodgy relationships or anything else the devil tries to throw at you. Or you can do it just for fun or to try and add healthier habits to your day. Whatever you use it for, I hope it helps.

I am coming at this project from the perspective of someone who has been bullied, had dodgy relationships, is a slight over achiever and much more. But I’m also coming at it from the perspective of someone who has battled and won or is battling. Someone has managed sometimes and someone who has failed more than once. Someone who has a wonderful, supportive family and some pretty amazing friends. Someone who is flawed and knows she can never be as perfect as she wants. Someone who wants to help because she knows what it feels like to be lost. And above that, someone who believes that God wants her to do this.

Now, some of you might be wondering, ‘What about standing up to Human Trafficking?’ Well, I’m getting to that. Alongside #TYLA I will be writing a series of blog posts called Human Trafficking: A Stand. These blog posts will include websites to visit, facts, poems and things we can do to help the trafficked and the traffickers.

I will be blogging every day Monday to Friday, sometimes Saturday and I will be splitting the projects so that Monday is a blog post for turn your life around and Tuesday is a human trafficking one. Or vice versa.

I hope that made sense,

Charlotte