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Witness with Boldness and Joy // A Providence Wyatt Short Story

             Hello, everyone! I’m sorry I’ve been super absent lately (I shall explain in an upcoming post, Lord-willing). Anyways, I wrote this short story for the Bible Bee Creative Arts Community Quest. Though I didn’t win anything, I enjoyed writing it and hope it blesses you all!

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  “Here, Providence, give this to that lady while I find some salt and honey,” Mother says. I glance at the tract and the paper about our church’s Resurrection Sunday service. Do what your mother said, half my brain tells me. The other half of me refuses to budge. I’m too afraid, and besides, I’ve already handed out five other tracts today. But I know my mother will be back any second, so I quickly tap the lady.

               “Um, hello?” she says with a slight smile. She won’t take you serious because you’re only 11, whispers the voice in the back of my head. A wave of embarrassment washes over me, and I shove the papers into her hands while mumbling some words about church, God, and Resurrection Sunday.

               “Did you give the lady the tract and the invite?” Mother asks as I exit the aisle. I nod, feeling a stabbing pain in my heart. I frown. I didn’t lie or anything, so why does my heart feel heavy?

               “I guess we will leave now,” Mother replies, noting that between the two of us, all twenty tracts were handed out.

*****

               Rolling over, I sigh. A glance at the clock tells me it’s exactly two in the morning. Unfortunately, it’s way too early to get up. From the opposite side of the bedroom, I hear my two older brothers snoring. Beside me, I hear the gentle breathing of my younger sister and best friend, Ruth. I see my brother’s arm from the bunkbed above me, and I hear Selah roll over from her blanket-bed on the floor.

               “Why can’t I sleep?” I whisper to no one in particular. After thirty minutes of unsuccessfully trying to fall asleep, I crawl out of bed and tiptoe to our apartment’s small living room.

               Plopping myself on the couch, I turn on a lamp. Much to my disappointment, all of our interesting books are in the bedroom. Noticing a book on the end table, I pick it up, but after reading a few sentences, I realize economics does not interest me. In between debating on whether or not I ought to sneak into our bedroom and find a chapter book, I see a black book on the kitchen table.

               “Whose book is that?” I mumble. Upon reading the inscription on the cover, I realize it’s my Bible. I open it, and I skim through some New Testament books. A verse catches my eye.

               “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” I quietly read in 1 Timothy 4:12. My mind thinks back of the events of the previous day, and I realize I was not too young to be taken seriously. God can use anyone, regardless of age, if it’s His plan. I feel a slight sting in my heart as I flip some pages in my Bible.

               “…rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.” (Acts 5:41b) They rejoiced because they suffered shame for His name? Am I willing to suffer shame for His name?

               “No,” I reply. I have not been willing to suffer shame for His name. My brain reminds me of all the times I have been afraid to witness because I didn’t want to get hurt in the process. A tear falls down my cheek. Kneeling on the couch, I begin to admit my wrongdoings to the Lord.

               “Lord, I’m so guilty…I…I never wanted to share Your Gospel with others because I thought I was too young and people wouldn’t take me seriously. Lord, I realize that is not true, and that you can use anyone, regardless of their age, to witness for You.

               “Lord, I am also sorry for being ashamed to share Your Word. I have let my fear get in the way of sharing the Gospel. Your apostles said they were counted worthy to suffer shame for Your name. I don’t know if I’m ready to suffer shame for Your name, but please don’t let my fear overtake me.

               “If I should suffer for You, Lord, help me see that You are always with me and that with You, I can do all things. Lord, please forgive me, and help me to be bold for You, and to spread the Gospel with joy. I am not ashamed of what You have done for me. Amen.”

               Rising from the couch, I place my Bible on the end table on top of my siblings’ Bibles. My heart feels light, and I am joyful. Lord, I silently pray as I crawl into bed, help me not to be ashamed for Your name.

Books

“Under Montana Skies: January to June” // Book Review

Under Montana Skies - January to June

 Summary

Rachel Appleby and her twin brothers Kent and Kurt find living in the northern state of Montana both exciting and challenging.

When the winds, snows, and below-zero days that have held them in winter’s relentless grip suddenly give way to a beautiful balmy spring, the three Appleby children are filled with excitement as they explore the wonders and secrets of the advancing seasons.

They keenly enjoy God’s beauties and the wonders that surround them—the flowers, the wildlife, the wonders of weather, and the large sky overhead.

Written to stimulate our children to love and explore God great creation.

Book info:

Author: Rosa Kurtz Mullet

Rating: 5/5 stars

Publisher: Rod & Staff Publishers

Age: 6-12 would enjoy it the most, but anyone who loves learning about God’s creation will enjoy this book.

Bible Version Used: King James Version

Controversial/romance: n/a

Language/inappropriate content: n/a

My Thoughts:

When I picked this book up, I was like, “This book is about animals. It’s hardly a real story.” I don’t know why I kept reading it, but I’m glad I did. I learned a lot about animals and flowers–more than I would have gleaned from a textbook (okay, let’s be honest, I don’t care for textbooks that much). Readers can also get a general idea how to build a weather monitor shelter, birdhouse, and fake bird eggs from this book. For me, this was super interesting. The book has nice illustrations too. I’d recommend this book to anyone who’s interested about nature from a Christian viewpoint, but doesn’t want to read a textbook.

Encouragement, Life

With God, All Things Are Possible

“Okay, Lilly. Get your things together so we can go,” my dad said.

“Where are we going?” I asked, in between some Spanish schoolwork.

“To the BMV. We talked about this yesterday.” If me asking when I’ll get my permit counts as talking about getting it, I thought. But I haven’t studied for over two weeks! Not to mention, I kept getting 82% and 84% on the practice tests, and that’s barely passing grades! I agreed to go, nevertheless.

In between gathering paperwork and preparing to leave, I begged God to help me pass this test, if it was His will. I didn’t want us to waste time driving and going to the BMV and then me not being able to pass the test. I also looked at the Driving Manual, memorizing the insurance question.

*****

“You’re at computer one,” the lady who was helping us told me. After a few questions proving I was the right person, the test began. God, help me answer them correctly, if it’s Your will, I mentally prayed. Around fifteen minutes later, I finished. I got two signs wrong (the maximum for signs), and I failed 5 of the normal questions. I passed with an 86%. Thank you, Lord! I was able to get my permit (which took what seemed like a long time since I wasn’t born in the US). The guy who finished getting my permit was funny. He said, “You only need 50 hours of driving time, with 10 being at night. So when you get to the 50 hour mark, you can pull over to the side of the road and let your dad take over.” 😂 And Lord-willing, in February, I can get my license. (My sister would add here that when I go to get my license, she can come and get her permit.)

Not in my own strength did I get my permit but only with God’s help. Now you can pray we don’t wreck. Okay, I’m not that bad of a driver; I’ve only nearly took out a few mailboxes (which one of my closest friends advised me NOT to do) and took some sharp, 15mph curves at 30 mph. My dad say’s that’s pretty good for someone who has only driven bumper cars (which my dad also says doesn’t help because you’re supposed to be dangerous in bumper cars…).

For the glory of the King,

Lilly

Encouragement, Life

Precious Time

A month ago, I had to log my time spent from entertainment as compared to my Bible/prayer time. Here’s the result of that challenge:

I was on a blog break for like three days of that of that week, but even then, the numbers were higher than I expected. (Please not I did NOT include school time as this was for entertainment.) This exercise showed me how much time was spent on “entertainment”. Of course, the majority of this was not exactly “entertainment” (unless you count looking for a job as entertainment), but it was still a lot of time that could have been spend doing something more profitable.

Recently, I thought of all the ways I was “burning” time. I was sad to find out that when I’m bored, I sometimes read through blogs with lots of old content. In fact, this Saturday, I did that. And it guilted me because I knew I should have been studying Acts 1-11 or memorizing another chapter of Psalm.

The other night, I thought of all the ways I could spend my time more wisely. (A great post on Redeeming the Time can be found here.) After all, I have other, better things to do than read blog posts (many which do not profit me), and if I’m bored, it just proves I need something new to do (or I need to weed the garden…). If you’re bored, you can always spend more time in the Word of God.

As Christians, we don’t have much time here on earth. We should use our time wisely, not wasting a moment. But oh how easy it is to let our precious time go to waste! One minute of computer time soon leads up to an hour and then it’s time to cook supper….oh well, that Bible reading will have to wait for tonight. But tonight is spent watching a movie and suddenly it’s bedtime. And then we wish we had more time in our day to do the things that really matter.

Friends, our time here is going by fast. Are you using the time God has given you wisely? Or are you wasting it? Our goal should be to use our time wisely, glorifying God in all things.

In order to remember to use my time wisely, I lettered this verse (which just so happens to be one of my Bible Bee memory passages) in multiple places, including my new journal.

For the glory of the King,

Lilly

P.S. In case you’re wondering where I’ve been, I’ve been trying to spend my time more wisely, so I’ve been trying to do better things besides blogging. Not to mention, it’s Bible Bee season again, and I’m spending lots of my time working on that. I’m also working on school, and between the two, I am staying very busy. I do not know how often I will be blogging, but I do plan to blog a little this summer.

Books

“I Dare You” by Isabella Morganthal

Bullying. Homelessness. Abortion. Human trafficking. It doesn’t take much searching to discover that there are a lot of things wrong in our world today. What could one person possibly do about all these issues? In I Dare You, Isabella Morganthal dares you to step out and make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ. She helps you dig deep and discover your passion, while encouraging you to do something about it. This is a dare to give everything you have to Jesus and watch Him do amazing things with your life. This is a dare to make your life count. This is a dare to change your world.

Book info
Author: Isabella Morganthal
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Publisher: Morganthal Press (Independently Published)
Age: back of book recommends 14+, I’d say depends of maturity

Romance/controversial: Isabella was raised by a single mother until she was 14. She talks about her biological father, but chooses not to see him to avoid emotional hurt. She doesn’t give details, however.
Bible version used: New King James Version
Language/inappropriate content: Nothing I can remember besides talking about slavery and human trafficking. However, it’s the truth, so I wouldn’t really call it inappropriate, except to young readers.

My thoughts:

I really enjoy (good) inspirational books that challenge me to change the world. I Dare You is one of those books. Isabella challenges young people to step out of their comfort zone and change their world. She encourages us to seek what God wants us to do in our world. Her book contains to some interesting statistics on slavery, abortion, orphans, and suicide. And…coming from a Bible Bee Alumni, she includes tips for Bible Bee-ers. I really enjoyed the short (fiction) stories she added to the book, as well as some of the personal stories.

Homeschool, Life

The Question

There is a question I’m often asked but I don’t really know the answer. And if you are or have ever been in high school, you know what question I’m talking about. (And no, it’s not “when are you done with school”, though I can’t answer that one well either!) It’s “what are you doing after high school?”.

Silence.

Um, well I um… Okay, I hardly ever say “um”, but when people ask me this question, I pause a lot when trying figure out my answer.

So what do I want to do after high school? To be honest, I’m not sure. But I know one thing: God knows and His ways are higher than mine. However, I do have some ideas of things I want to do after I graduate. These things include:

-travel the U.S., and visit Scotland

-be a missionary to some Spanish-speaking country

-start my own business (cleaning + photography business, but eventually my own organic farm!)

-freelance writing/ photography

-get married and be a homeschool mom to a lot of kids

I know I don’t want to go to college, as I think many colleges are corrupted, but I do want to keep learning. That might be through books, travel, or experiences. I also know I want to be a wife and mother, and I don’t tell a lot of people that. I also want to be a missionary, but not many people know that either.

I honestly don’t know what I want to do after high school. But I know God knows, and I’m just striving to do what He leads me to do.

What do you say when you’re asked “what are you doing after high school?”