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Walk by faith, not by sight

I can honestly say I never really knew what it meant to walk by faith until now.

For a long time, I thought I was walking by faith. In my heart, I knew I wasn’t doing exactly that. I assumed I knew how my life was going to turn out. I had it planned out in a way, not to a “T,” but I certainly had my expectations.

Instead of taking every day for what it was worth, I spent a lot of time thinking about the future and worrying about keeping up with people my age. It seemed really important to walk-by-faithme at the time.

Over the course of a year, all of the plans I thought I had suddenly don’t seem real anymore. For the first time in a while, I feel I honestly don’t know what the future holds for me. I find it funny that I thought I could actually predict what would happen in my life. And now I’ve come to this place where I understand how important it is for me to walk by faith. Because none of us know what the future holds, why in the world would we try to use our eyes to guide us? Our eyes can be deceiving and play tricks on us. Mine did. While not knowing what the future may hold is frightening, it isn’t nearly as intimidating if you hold on to God. God will give you the answers you seek. The answers no one can give you.

This subject has been on my mind and heart a lot lately, so I wrote an original poem about it for my English class called “Clay Eyes.” I hope you enjoy it! Read the rest of this entry »

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I’m a grown up now

Dearest readers/followers… WOW, what an adventure February was!

On one of the crazy snowy days in February, I was going around a slippery corner. Of course, I was going turtle speed, but the other driver coming around the corner was not. She ended up slamming into my driver’s door. I was very shocked and frightened, but I thankfully wasn’t hurt. It took me a few moments to catch my breath and move out of the way, but it all ended up being ok.

Lucky for me, the car (his name was Roy) was getting old and had a lot of miles on it. My parents were a little concerned the transmission was going to go out. Not only that, but after the accident, my driver’s door was smashed in pretty good.

Near the end of the month, my dad and I went to Onalaska to get a new used car. It was quite an adventure, and by the end of the IMG_20140305_125722day, I was exhausted. But I’ve now ended up with a 2009 Ford Fusion. And I named it Stella. I really love the car. I feel grown up, because I have to make payments on it. I also had to get set up with insurance. It was kind of a tiring process, but after it was taken care of, things started to calm down.

After all the crazy stuff that happened to me over the summer and into the fall, I applied to go to France on a journalism/multimedia trip. I was accepted into the program, and I couldn’t be more excited for that adventure. I’ll be with other students from my school along with one of my journalism teachers. Not only that, but I get to take French lessons every day! I didn’t think I would be getting on a plane again as soon as it now appears I will be, but I feel this will be the good experience I’ve always wanted. I can’t wait!

One big lesson I learned during the month of February is this: Some people end up being crappy and mean, but even with these experiences, I’ve learned something from it. And so, I don’t consider my encounters with these people a waste of time… If people don’t want to be your friend, it’s their loss. You can only do what you can do. Don’t chase after people who don’t matter or don’t care. Along with this, I’ve been trying to focus on trusting in God. Resting in His peace. I have a couple of difficult classes this semester, and at times, I wonder how I will ever make it through. But I don’t need to concern myself with this. Of course, I need to try and I need to work hard, but God doesn’t deny us of our needs. If something doesn’t work out, it’s because He has better plans for us. And do we trust that? Can we trust that? We need to try.

I say, bring it on, March! The sun is shining today, and the weather feels warmer than it has in a while. A new leaf is going to turn over.

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Are you waiting for those lemons to turn into lemonade?

Once again readers, I’m so sorry for the delay in a post. Life has been changing constantly since I came back from Puerto Rico. I often wonder what God’s doing with me…what His plans are.Fresh Lemons and Lemonade

A lot of times, it’s hard for me to see what good will come out of a bad situation. My friend Teresa said something to me that struck my heart strongly and changed my thoughts on the rough patches in life. She said to me…Wouldn’t it be horrible if there wasn’t a purpose for all parts of life? Or if bad things didn’t happen for a reason?

Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes life gives us lemons. But haven’t you noticed lemons can be used to make lemonade? Just a add a little sweetness. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tip #14

If your New Year’s resolution was to avoid sweets, I have an excellent tip for you. 

Find what you’re craving in a vending machine. Pay a dollar and ten cents and watch as the candy bar stays put. You want to shake the machine, but you’re a little nervous. Instead of doing that, you decide to pay for the candy bar again. So…you end up paying for 2 candy bars and only getting one.

It’s that simple. You’ll never want to try it again. 

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Things will stay the same…?

Hello readers! I’m so sorry I haven’t written in a while… I must say, things have been truly crazy lately. I hope you all had a blessed Christmas! I’ve been thinking of you during this season of joy.images (5)

Some of you may not know this, but I am no longer at WWIB. God has led me in a new direction. Following the Lord’s will isn’t always easy… I wasn’t expecting to leave the station so suddenly, but God had other plans… and sometimes that’s hard. I believe people like the comfort of little to no change. I know I personally enjoy all the consistency in my life. This semester has turned me around and flipped me upside down. Many things have changed, and I thought my life was falling to pieces at times. I would cry for a long time some days because everything felt so hard. When I think about all of that now, I realize it wasn’t all bad. I had my family, friends, my home…blessing after blessing. None of that went away during my struggles, and of course, God NEVER changes. He forever remains the same through every trial in life. In some of the darkest moments meant for destruction, God shed a great light and made it one of the most beautiful, memorable moments of my life. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tip #13

GLFcyDoFor the perfect day off, enjoy the following:

Sleeping until 10:30 am

A late breakfast of eggs and toast

A peppermint mocha

Online shopping deals

Cookies and chocolate

Talks with Mom … and … STAYING IN PAJAMAS ALL DAY

 

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This year I’m most thankful for…

I have so many wonderful things to be thankful for, but this year, I’m most thankful to be home. Landers-Thanksgiving_0

After suffering through mono last Thanksgiving, I was really disappointed because I thought I would still be in Puerto Rico at this time. However, God brought me safely home to my family this year, and for that, I am eternally grateful. I’m also very happy I’ll be able to eat Thanksgiving dinner this year.

God bless all of you, and have a wonderful holiday weekend!

God is so good! I celebrate what He has given me!

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Tip #12

If you’re feeling like living on the edge during a meal, eat spaghetti in a white shirt/sweater. I got that idea from my cousin and tried it the other day. Man, did I feel daring! Kind of like this little guy… :)

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Craig’s first haircut

baby-hair-cutting   Yes, believe it or not, Craig had his very first haircut done by someone other than his dad the other day.   Read the rest of this entry »

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What trusting God looks like…

This week, Craig and I have been thinking about God and trusting in Him completely. As some of you may know, I am back home now. A lot of new things have come my way since being home. It has been quite the ride! I’m just so thankful I know such a great God who has been looking out for me the whole time. trust-in-the-lord

Recently, Craig left his job in search of something new. I’m so proud of him, and I’m really happy he’s learning to trust in God and wait for a new opportunity. He is taking the first steps by filling out applications, but he’s letting God lead, waiting to hear what He has to say and feeling that check in his spirit about all that comes around.

Craig and I came up with an idea I really love. Each time we feel overwhelmed, stressed, concerned, or even if we feel fine, we think to ourselves, what does trusting God look like today? I like to wake up every morning and think just that…what does trusting God look like today? Read the rest of this entry »

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