1.21.2013

I am that girl who... | an Authenticity Post

PLEASE NOTE:
This post was written over three years ago.  The girl who wrote it is much changed and is a much different person now.  She has grown, and learned, and loved, and discovered... Not all the things listed are 100% accurate anymore.

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I've come across a few bloggers who have written about 'authenticness' and 'who they really are'.  So many times, I think it's easy for us bloggers to come across as perfect to our readers, but that is so far from the truth.  We have time to edit our posts before actually posting them, so we can try to sound a lot better than we really are.
The authenticity posts that I have read really inspired me to take a minute to write my own.  I am not going to edit this post at all (yes, this grammar queen does misspell and use bad grammar sometimes...).  And everything you read is completely true (cold, hard facts basically).
And especially with this beautiful, new year, I want you all to know who that girl behind 'God's Daughter' really is.

I am that girl who...
received the LORD Jesus as her Savior in 2001, was baptized in 2006, rededicated her life to Him in 2009, and hit a milestone in her spiritual walk in 2012.

I am that girl who...
lives in a large family, has strong arms because of carrying little ones around, and likes easy recipes.

I am that girl who...
loves Jesus, giving people gifts, making new friends, falling asleep to the sound of rain, getting letters and packages in the mail, riding my horse, and things that make me go 'Awww!'.

I am that girl who...
hates human injustice, heavy metal music, and legalism.

I am that girl who...
is taller than most of her peers, has long arms and legs, 'huge eyes', and reminds people of the Disney princess Jasmine, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Jaci Velasquez.

I am that girl who...
is a hopeful romantic, loves hearing every couple's love story, and hopes her man plans to have a photographer when he proposes to me.

I am that girl who...
can never stop singing.  If I'm not singing out loud, I'm either humming.  And if I'm not humming, then a song is constantly going through my head.  And I am not ashamed to sing in the shower...or anywhere for that matter.  Oh and I sing perfectly with Adam Levine and Carly Rae Jepsen.

I am that girl who...
can quote too many movies, would rather read a book than watch a movie, and is currently a bit addicted to 'Psych' and 'BBC Robin Hood' TV shows.

I am that girl who...
dislikes a lot of media's favorite actors (Leonadro DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Charleton Heston) and loves a lot of not-well-known ones (Christopher Egan, JJ Feild, Taylor Kitsch).

I am that girl who...
is a cleanliness freak, I don't like people touching my feet (I never walk in the house barefoot), and if you bought something at Goodwill, you better wash it before putting it anywhere near me.

I am that girl who...
loves adventure, but is scared of heights and small, closed spaces.

I am that girl who...
has been to 8 states, wishes she could travel more, but at the same time, never likes being away from home for more than two weeks.

I am that girl who...
falls in love with fictional characters.  Zorro makes me happy I'm half-Hispanic, Finnick should never have died, this country needs a Captain America, and I would marry Mr. Tilney tomorrow if I could.

I am that girl who...
is super social, not afraid to speak what's on her mind, and if I don't like you, you'll know.

I am that girl who...
tries to imitate people's voices when I'm quoting them and always counts it as a Point of the Day if I get someone to laugh or smile.

I am that girl who...
some people says has a Spanish accent, loves the thought of that...and actually, loves accents in general (even though it's hard to understand a few sometimes).

I am that girl who...
thinks snow is beautiful but gets cold easily and dislikes being outside on wintery days.

I am that girl who...
is pretty loyal to Mac products, very loyal to Capital Kings and Anthem Lights, and most loyal to that man called Jesus.

I am that girl who...
is a night-owl, most imaginative and creative AFTER 10pm, and can't sleep in past 9am.

I am that girl who...
dislikes watermelon, tomato soup, red licorice, mushrooms, and Mountain Dew.

I am that girl who...
wishes she lived on a horse ranch, had her own library (and time to read to her heart's content), could become a well-known singer, and have a servant's heart.

I am that girl who...
is very organized, loves making lists, and one of the only messes she likes is when her bed is littered with her Bible, devotional books, journals, and paper.

I am that girl who...
has a good memory but somehow can't get 'exercising' onto her schedule.

I am that girl who...
is not always the daughter and sister she should be, constantly finds herself snapping out grammar corrections, and loves cuddling with her siblings.

I am that girl who...
would rather eat cookie dough than baked cookies, likes snacking on raw sweet potatoes, and has an insane obsession with frozen yogurt.

I am that girl who...
wears sunglasses on her head (when she's not wearing them to block the sun from her eyes), loves skinny jeans, and loves wearing layered shirts.

I am that girl who...
loves big purses, little rings and medium-sized earrings.

I am that girl who...
saves her movie tickets, collects scarves, and wears mostly black and purple.

I am that girl who...
wishes she could wear cowboy boots all day, rarely wears heels (she already towers over everybody

I am that girl who...
cries when she's happy, sad or frustrated, smiles at the little things in life, and laughs even when she knows someone is purposely trying to annoy her.

I am that girl who...
has her own personal pyschologist who lives in a barn and eats hay, loves late night discussions with friends about theology, and loves being challenged in her walk with God.

I am that girl who...
is confused about the hype on Dr. Who and wishes someone would explain to her just why puns are so funny.

I am that girl who...
can spend all day reading the Bible, hanging out with friends, or making yummy foods (just so long as I don't have to clean up the mess I make afterwards).

I am that girl who...
doesn't think she'll ever be the horse rider, novel writer, or perfect person that she wants to be.

I am that girl who...
has made mistakes in her past, who has been hurt and beaten down, who has failed miserably in life, but by God's grace alone has been able to forgive, rise from the ashes, and begin again.

I am that girl who...
writes on a blog called 'God's Daughter', loves comments more than you know, and hopes you liked this random facts post...


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Other 'Authentic' Posts:
Who am I Really? // Natalie at 'I Dream in French'
My Life as a Poem // Hannah at 'I swear there's gold in those hills'
Authenticity | 2013 // AnnaKate as 'Because He Loves Me'

1.19.2013

Is having a boyfriend a bad thing?


Is having a boyfriend a bad thing?  Or is it okay to date within reason?

Having a boyfriend isn’t a ‘bad’ thing, if you know where that relationship is headed.  Personally, I don’t agree with guys and girls dating and having gf/bf-s if they’re not intending to get serious about their relationship in the near future.  What’s the use of having a boyfriend then?  Just to say that you do?  So that you’re not lonely?  Being in a relationship should be a serious thing.  The modern world has watered it down so drastically, though, that having a boyfriend is a common thing - even for a nine year old!  

And about ‘dating within reason’...
It depends on what your ‘reason’ is.  Does it fall under any of the categories I mentioned above?  Or are you dating ‘within a reason’ of furthering your relationship as two individuals who are planning to actually getting married.
‘To date’ is another phrase that is loosely used in our society.  It’s a time when two people get to know each other ‘as friends’ and kind of test the waters to see if they have a mutual interest in each other.  Also, ‘dating’ in the world means that the relationship is by no means long-term, and that they can ‘break up’ at any time.  That type of dating, I do not agree with.  
On the other hand, I’ve heard of people referring to dating as a ‘laid-back type of courtship’...if someone is dating and they are chaperoned and plan on getting married, I think that’s a great mindset to have.  And honestly, that is ‘dating within reason’.

1.15.2013

God Kisses


You know those moments when...something happens in your day that is totally unexpected but needed?

Times when you're going through something difficult and God just decides to send a little something to bless and encourage you?

Moments when you're struck by wonder at God's love and care for you?

I had a few such encounters this week.  I call these 'God kisses'. < 3

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I've been home for about 3 weeks.  With everything that happened with my sister, I was needed at home to watch kids, make meals, etc. (more than usual).  I wasn't able to go to church (for various reasons), hadn't seen anyone outside of my family for said amount of weeks.  I was almost to the brink of insanity.
And then, my bro came home (from house-sitting).  'Raquel,' he told me.  'We're going up to Camano Island.'  And of course, there's only one reason we would do that...to visit some dear, dear friends of ours.  We like to say we've known them since before we were born cuz the parents of that family knew OUR parents long before any of us kiddos were brought into this world. haha
So that was the first God kiss.

On Sunday, we attended our friends' church.  I remember being there last time and that the pastor had spoken a sermon I had really needed to hear.  Well, this Sunday was no exception.  Earlier last week, I had been reading the parable of the sower in Matthew.  I had thought to myself 'Hmmm...I haven't heard a sermon on this parable in a while.'  Well?  What should the pastor at this church I was visiting preach on the Sunday I was there?;)  'The Parable of the Sower' was his sermon's title.
That was the second God kiss.

During the service, I was beginning to feel really sleepy.  I don't know why really, cuz I had slept pretty well the night before.  So I prayed and was like 'God, I need You to help me stay awake here.  Please?' Literally, within the next 10 minutes, I was as wide awake as if I had eaten an energy bar.
Yes, that was definitely the third God kiss.

Later that evening, a big group of us decided to take a Sunday evening walk along the beach.  And friends, the sky alone made me lose my breath.  The picture at the top of this post is one that I took on my iPod.  It's UNEDITED.  That is just pure raw beauty that God decided to paint that night.
The fourth God kiss.

This afternoon, my bro, friends and I arrived home safely, only to be greeted with sad news.  The baby that my Mama was carrying went home to rest in Jesus' arms.  It was a difficult thing to receive, but 'the LORD giveth and the LORD taketh away.  Blessed be the Name of the LORD'...amen?  And after Mama had told us, I went to my room to pray and cry a little...and within five minutes, three friends texted me.  One asking how I was doing, another saying she loves me, and another who was welcoming me home.  I almost started crying just from sheer gratitude and being so blessed with such loving and amazing friends.
The fifth God kiss.

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What were some God kisses to YOU this week?


1.04.2013

A Real Man


A real man is the kind of man a woman wants to give her life to.

A real man will respect her dignity.

A real man will not tempt a woman.

A real man will not persuade a lady to go against her conscience.

A real man will save himself only for his lady.

A real man will love her for who she is - with all her faults and flaws, as well as beauties and talents.

A real man will honor his lady like the valuable treasure she is.

A real man will not attempt to rip her precious pearl from its protective shell or persuade her with charm to give him her treasure before its time.

A real man will wait patiently and fight valiantly, until she willingly gives him the prize of her heart.

A real man will cherish and care for that prize forever.

A real man does not make his lady jealous of other women, but instead makes other women jealous of his lady.

But above all, a real man loves the LORD with all his heart, mind, and strength.  He loves Him more than he loves his lady.  And dedicates his life to living for Him and pushing his lady closer to their Savior.

A real man tries to imitate Christ in all his ways - with humbleness, lovingly, gentle, kind...

A real man prays daily.

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Girls, if the man you like, have a crush on, or are currently dating, does not match up to these should-be-requirements-for-every-possible-interest...I can promise you that God has someone else much better out there for you.  A real man who has your best interests at heart.  A real man who puts God first and you second.  A real man who loves you with the kind of love that only comes from above.