Katerina Boretz is a painter and recent"teacher of the year" from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Saturday, January 6, 2018
A while back, I was reading Sadie Robertson’s Book Live Original. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the main message: “Imagine what would happen if You just said yes.” In the book, she recalled an entire day where her grandfather said yes to every question asked him.
When I first read it, I thought “That seems kind of silly.” Yet the longer this thought has been in the back of my head, the less silly it becomes and the more intriguing it is. How different would your life look right now if you’d have simply said “Yes” more? Would you have a completely different job? Be married? Be dating? Live in a different state or even country?
I know that there are times we must say no, I myself often have to! I’m not telling you that you should say yes to every single question asked you throughout your entire life.
But I want to challenge myself. Maybe to say yes to every single thing asked me for an entire day. I think in the near future I’ll do that, and then record my results here.
How often do you say yes to you?
I often times say no to myself, and that’s probably a good thing concerning a piece of cake or expensive boots. Quite frankly sometimes it’s exhausting to have so much self control. For instance, I got my hair cut this weekend! I took a total of six inches off, so it’s not like I went to a pixie cut, but it’s a pretty big adjustment for someone who’s had hair down to her waist for 2 years. Though it may sound silly, it was not easy making the final decision to cut it.
I really despise making decisions. Big or little, I overthink it and generally give myself a headache. But you know what? I’m actually starting to slowly get better.
How? I’ve started saying “Yes” to myself.
“What if I cut my hair? Would it look good? Would people like it? Would I regret it? Should I spend the money?” I found myself freaking out about it, so I just said yes. I just did it, I asked myself, “What’s the worse that could happen?” and went for it.
On a more serious note, in August I took a position at a camp I’d never been to. I didn’t know a single soul there. It was honestly the first time I really did something all on my own. All of my previous endeavors someone I knew had done them before me. I knew what to expect.
But this time I was all on my own.
It was big and it was scary, and I could have just said no and played my life on the safe side, but where’s the adventure in that?
Instead of saying no, I simply said yes.
It did end up being quite intimidating: my stomach hurt for the first week I was there because I was so stressed out trying to learn everything and make good first impressions. However, as the days and weeks passed, I became adjusted and able to relax. The months then flew by and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I enjoyed my time at camp: waking up everyday looking forward to going to work is an amazing feeling! In the end, I’m so very glad I didn’t play it safe.
When I find that I have a difficult decision ahead of me, I try to breath and imagine, “If I say yes, what’s the worst that could really happen?” If the result isn’t catastrophic, I generally go for it.
Do you have a big decision coming up? I would encourage you to say “yes” and see what happens!
Are you stuck in a rut, a boring life routine? Maybe seek out a decision to make. Change things up, that job you’ve always wanted? Go apply! Dream vacation? Put away a little money each paycheck! Always wanted to dye your hair? Go to the store and buy a box of color!
You got this. Just go for it. You never know, simply saying “yes” could be the best decision you ever make.
That’s what life’s all about in my opinion: jumping in, trusting God, and seeing what happens.
Grace is a young blogger, camp counselor, and adventurer from Southern Michigan. She's passionate about horses, writing, tacos, camp, Jesus, and Jeeps.
Friday, January 5, 2018
1-я Рождественская--Зульфира Саниева
The song is in Russian. The chorus goes like this:
White snow falls
The birth of Christ has come to us
Once again, a candle is lit inside our hearts
The Christ considered you and I as friends
All that was has passed
The earth embraces him warmly
What are you waiting for?
And find eternal life
Праздник Рождества--Зульфира Саниева
Also in Russian. This one goes like this:
We always celebrate the birth of Christ
Soon and very soon
He's bringing his joy on New Year's
Once again, the kids at home believe in miracles and presents in the morning
And we also as children renew our faith
The kingdom of God is coming soon
We'll enter in with Jesus Christ
Happiness and joy He brings.
Zulfira Sanieva is a singer-songwriter from KZ. She loves life, God, and music.
Thursday, January 4, 2018
"Humble yourselves, therefore, before God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:6-7
Billy Lie is a photographer from Surabaya, Indonesia living in Tokyo. He likes traveling and photography, and inspiring and blessing others through it. Check out more of his work on Instagram @billylie08.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
In the beginning, I made a choice
Choosing to ignore God’s voice
Time after time, you’d think I’d learn
Time after time, you’d think I’d learn
The reward for the shortcut of sin is a burn
Again and again I choose my own way
I lead myself further and further astray
I take what I can to fill in the hole
That overwhelms the depths of my soul
And when I’ve done all I can to cope
I sense there might still be hope
That mysterious baby under a star
Two thousand years, seems so far away
That His short life should affect us today
And there’s nothing that we can do to repay
That radical love of our Father and King
He chose to leave his paradise throne
And as a homeless rabbi, Earth’s streets to roam
And looming before Him, there stood a cross
In light of this, what am I to do?
Called to do more than just sit in a pew
Called to live by His example
To demonstrate His love, so ample
Remember that Christmas is not just a day
It brought us the truth, the life and the way
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Name: Kendall Faust
Birthplace/Current City: Pensacola, FL
Prime Occupation: Videography Fun Fact: Could consume crawfish everyday.
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Professional Video: https://www.youtube.com/c/kendallfaust
Monday, January 1, 2018
In an instant.
It doesn’t come
Like a reality show makeover
It comes slowly.
One chain link breaks after another
One burden removed at a time
Unsteady and slow.
The starved soul.
One painful conversation
Steeped in prayer
Brings a moment of joy.
To later be reminded
Of a bigger scar
A wound carved deep.
Saturating this cracked ground.
These flood waters
Are here like snails
With leaden feet.
The floods run deep.
Uniting with a spring
In the depths of the soul.
Not stretching apart.
But stitching together.
Knit together with the spring
Form a new path
Washing these wounds.
Saturating and cleansing.
Freedom doesn’t come
In an instant.
It comes in a drizzle.
A slow drip.