Thursday, July 23, 2009

Do Hard Things

I figured I should let you in on a big interest of mine. It's called the Rebelution. To deny that it is part of my life is like denying that George Washington was a president. The Rebelution is defined as "a teenage rebellion against low expectations." It was started by two brothers-Alex and Brett Harris- who saw the need for a revamping of teenagers today. They wrote a book, which happens to be one of my favorites, that challenges teens to "do hard things," their motto. Doing hard things means doing things that our culture considers tough or strange for a teenager. Their book includes the picture of what our culture has taught teenagers to believe about themselves, exactly what it means to do hard things, and how teens can change our culture if they try-because we are capable of doing incredible things for God's Kingdom. I love their entire mission, and if you've never heard of them, be sure to check them out. Doing hard things has become my goal, and I believe that the message of the Rebelution is one everyone can take something out of, teen or adult. I'll try to publish more about this later.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Pictures Are Temporary!

Hey everyone! Yes, I just added those pictures as a banner. Some are fuzzy. It's just a temporary, that is until I become a bit more techologically proficient on these blog things. :) The pictures represent most of the themes from past birthday parties. They represent great times and loving family. I was inspired when I stumbled upon an old box of birthday cards. As I shuffled through them, it hit me-these people love me. They aren't just pieces of paper. They sent their love with the card. And they will always support me. It's an amazing feeling, knowing that I'm lucky enough to have so many people who will be there for me, no matter what. I broke down in thankfulness. The gratitude welled up inside me. I am so blessed.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Color in Darkness

Have you ever thought about it? Color is everywhere. Even in black holes, (though some say that neither black nor white are colors, I beg to differ) creation echoes a rainbow of beautiful colors. Some examples of my favorite color-places...
  • The mountains of California. They represent something so majestic, so powerful. Their dark, tall sides, dotted with evergreens and buzzing with life. How beautiful.
  • Trees. We overlook them often enough. The rich green of leaves in spring makes me constantly wish I had a dress that color, though I know full well that the deepness of that green could never be captured in any dye.
  • Flowers. We appreciate the beauty and splash of color they bring. Just seeing a bed of flowers in the middle of a city makes me smile.
  • The beach. The bright, sometimes blinding of turquoise waters, crystal clear and (sometimes) unpolluted by man. The sand, with it's muted colors, is still colorful, and beautiful in it's own way.

Look around you. Right now. See the spectrum God has created for us to live in and soak up.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Hello, World!

Hello there! My name is Elyse, and welcome to my humble beginners' blog. (Many thanks to Relyn for being so inspirational with her beautiful blog and cyber-knowledge. Without her I would be lost!) A little bit about me...
  • I'm an avid reader.
  • I'm an avid writer.
  • I'm a not-so-avid outdoor person, although I live on several acres. However, I do enjoy creation...from the other side of a window. :)
  • My family is my rock, and I love them dearly.
  • Oh, yes, I'm a teenager in a public school.
  • My life is Christ's. I live for Him.

Thanks for stopping by! Ya'll come back now, ya hear?