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Travel and Packing Hacks (Konmari Method)

Hello everyone, and welcome back. I am currently on a trip to Germany and the Czech Republic, so I though I would share some tips I have learned while preparing for this trip. Many of these work for any trip, but there are also some that apply to international and cold-weather trips.

Something extremely important for any trip, especially a long one, is to pack light. I have always thought that it’s better to be over prepared than under prepared, so I know, this is really hard. But I do have a few tips that help. It is also important to have your suitcase neatly packed, as airports also prefer that in case of inspection.

1. Before the trip, figure out exactly what you will need. This all varies depending on the length of your trip, the weather, and location. So, don’t bring a swimsuit on your trip to Moscow in the winter. Make a list of every single thing you will need for the trip, be it clothes, electronics, or an umbrella, and check it off as you pack. Also pack according to the amount of luggage you are allowed to bring.

2. Pack outfits, not options. Sometimes when people pack they will bring multiple items in the same color scheme to keep their options open, but this is a waste of space. Plan a specific outfit for each day and bring those specific clothes. No more, no less. (Although you may bring a few extra items for layering in cold weather.)

3. Pack efficiently. Don’t just throw things into the suitcase. Fold items in a way that saves as much space as possible. Some people recommend rolling clothes, but I find that the Konmari method works better. To fold the Konmari way you:

  • Fold in half down the length of the article of clothing.
  • Fold in half the other way.
  • Then fold in thirds the same way.
  • The item should be narrow and able to stand up on it’s own.

To see a video on this folding method, click here.

Another way to save space when packing is to put smaller items into small, cosmetic-type bags together. Organize by category.

4. Make sure all liquids are of correct size and stored correctly. All liquid stored in a carry on must be 3.4 oz or smaller and stored in a quart-sized plastic bag. Liquids in checked luggage do not have the same regulations, but I would still recommend putting certain things like shampoo and conditioner in a plastic bag in case of spillage. You should also put these near the bottom of your bag so that if they do spill they do not cause as much damage.

*For any questions on what you are allowed to bring onto a plane, visit tsa.gov.

5. Make sure you bring something, even a simple plastic bag, to put dirty clothes in. Putting them in with the rest of your clothes causes them all to stink.

6. Lastly, decide which items you need in your checked bag, carry on, and personal bag. Take only the items you need and organize them neatly.

Now, onto the airport tips. You have your bag packed, but how can you make the travel itself go more smoothly? I have a few ideas for that as well.

1. Wear the right clothes to the airport. Some recommend wearing your biggest clothes on the plane to save space in your suitcase, but this really isn’t practical on certain trips. Instead, wear the clothes you will need immediately when you arrive at your destination. Or, if your flight is really long, wear your comfortable clothes and bring a change of clothes in and easily accessible bag. Some other tips for airplane wear:

  • Consider security. Don’t wear shoes that will take forever to take off and put back on. Avoid a belt if you can. The more jackets you wear, the more you have to take off.
  • Consider the temperature on the plane and your destination. Planes tend to be cold, but some are hot as well. Minimal layers, or a small blanket in your bag, are best.

2. Make sure you have everything you frequently need in your personal bag. I.D., passport, money, and electronics all fit into this category. If you will need it in the airport or on the plane, keep it with you.

*Have a copy of your passport just in case.

3. Bring a change of clothes and a coupe of toiletries (deodorant, toothbrush) in your personal bag as well, especially on long flights. If you’re on a ten hour flight, you will want to freshen up at some point. There is also the chance of your luggage potentially getting lost, and you should be prepared in case that happens.

4. Beverages. Food and drink are important, but they are expensive in the airport and not all airlines provide them; or if they do, it isn’t always good. So here are a few ideas.

  • Bring an empty water bottle. You can’t bring that much water through security, so bring and empty (reusable) water bottle instead and fill it up when you get to the other side. You don’t have to pay for one in the airport, and you’re saving plastic!
  • Bring snacks. You are allowed to bring food through security, as long as it is packaged and dry (check tsa.gov). I recommend things like pop-tarts and granola bars. You can also bring an instant oatmeal packet and ask for hot water in the airport or plane.
  • If you think you might not have enough time to wait in line for, say, Starbucks, don’t do it. It’s better to be hungry than to miss your flight.

5. Bring plently of entertainment. Download something from Netflix. Read a book. At least bring a pillow so you can sleep. Planes get boring so you will need something to occupy the time.

6. As for the airport, make sure you get there early. One to two hours for a domestic flight, and three for international.

Now, as far as travel in general, I do have just a couple more hacks.

1. Contact your phone and credit card companies before travelling abroad. You want to know what the limits and restrictions are, and you don’t want to get in trouble for spending money in another country without letting them know.

2. Be responsible with money as a tourist because there are always pickpockets around. Don’t put things in your back pocket. Get something like a zipped, over-the-shoulder bag.

3. Get a unique luggage tag to easily identify your suitcase in baggage claim.

I know this was pretty long, but these tips really can help. What do you think? Do you know of any tips that I missed? Let me know!

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you next time on Thoughtful Thursday!

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Miss Jessie’s Multi Cultural Curls Review

Hello readers! Welcome to the first official Thoughtful Thursday post!

Today I’ll be talking about a product that I tried recently called Miss Jessie’s Multi Cultural Curls.

The label explains how the creators of the braid are biracial and created a balm that works on “unique curls.”

Now, let me preface this by saying I am not biracial. I am Caucasian. But this product is designed to work on many curl types and I wanted to find something that would work for me, as my curls can be difficult sometimes.

(And between you and me, I bought this because Zendaya uses it, but whatever…)

So. First impressions. Right away I noticed that the bottle was a nice size. It is 8.5 oz, so you get a decent amount of product. It also has a very strong citrus smell, so if you don’t like scented products this isn’t the one for you.

I may have made a couple mistakes the first time I used it. My hair felt a little different than normal because of a different shampoo, and I think I may have used a bit too much.

The product was somewhat thick and pretty creamy. I put the product into my hair, let it dry a little, then went to sleep. My curls turned out decent, but got a bit frizzy after a while. I think it could have gone better if I 1. Let my hair air dry more, and 2. Used some anti-frizz serum with it.

The next time I washed my hair, I tried the product again. I used the right shampoo, some anti-frizz, and a bit less of the product. My curls turned out great. Not crunchy at all.

Overall, I think this is a pretty great product. I think I would give it an 8.5/10. I’ll keep playing with it.

Thanks for reading! I know I’ve been gone for a while but I want to get back into this. See you next week!

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The Murder Above the Law

Hello everyone, welcome back. Today’s post is more serious than usual. It is about something that I am very passionate about: abortion. I wrote this essay as an assignment in school. At first, I wanted to edit into a better format for my blog. Instead, I have decided to keep it formal and add an introduction instead.

You will notice that my case in the essay is to make abortion illegal. While that would be amazing, I realize that it is very unlikely. The media and government of today are far to liberal. And, making abortion illegal could cause women to get them black market/illegally, and cause even more deaths.

So, my hope in posting this is not necessarily to help abortion become illegalized, but for people to see my side. Why I think that it is wrong, and should be stopped. If you, for whatever reason, don’t agree with me, that is fine. Read or don’t read. But please don’t be hateful. And if the need arises, feel free to unsubscribe from Concerning Megan. Like I said, all that I ask is for people to hear me out, maybe have civilized conversations, but nothing more. I also have sources if anyone would like to see them. Thank you.

 

Abortion is one of the hottest, most highly debated topics in America today. Do women have a right to choose what they do with their own body? Or does everyone, even the unborn, have a right to live? Our government is trying to decide where the law lies on this issue to this day. Per the World Health Organization, 40 to 50 million abortions occur worldwide every year, ten thousand of which are in the United States. Any number of those 40 to 50 million lives could have changed the world. Abortion should be illegalized in the United States because it ends the life of an innocent child, tears apart a fully pain-capable body, can cause future medical complications for the mother, and should be unnecessary because of current medical advancements.

The first and most important reason for abortion to become illegal in the United States is that it ends the life of an innocent child. Although they don’t like to admit it, even someone who works at an abortion clinic can tell you that life begins at conception. Advocates of abortion like to believe that life does not begin until farther into pregnancy, or even until the child is born, but science proves them wrong. Some argue that if the child cannot survive outside of the womb, then they are not alive, just a part of the mother’s body. There are plenty of people who rely on things other than themselves to stay alive. Someone may be on life support, and would die without it, but they are still alive. There are also abortions that occur at an age that the fetus would be able to survive outside of the mother’s body. The law, at least some laws, regard an unborn child as alive as well. In fact, laws about murder are not the same in all situations regarding an unborn child. If someone murders a pregnant woman, they are accused of two murders: the mother and her child. But, if a mother decides to end her pregnancy, it is perfectly legal.

Second, abortion tears apart the body of a child who is fully capable of feeling pain. Studies show that a fetus begins to feel pain around twenty weeks of age. Others say as early as eight. Most of the abortions that happen in the United States happen at or past that point. Doctors will usually inject a substance called Digoxin into the baby’s heart, which kills the child by heart attack. The child is removed a few days later. This method claims to be painless, but anyone who has experienced a heart attack will say the exact opposite. In many situations, however, a different method is used. Aborted fetuses’ tissues are often used for stem cell research, but Digoxin poisons the tissues. So instead, the physician will use instruments such as forceps and embryotomy scissors to remove the baby’s limbs from its body and remove them from the mother’s body. These procedures are done past the point of pain-capability. The child can feel every bit of it. There were medieval torture methods that were very similar to this, but they were used on criminals, not innocent babies.

Abortion should also be made illegal out of concern for the mother. Abortion comes with the same health risks as any other surgery, as well as more. The risks vary depending on the type of abortion. All of them come with risks of infection. Late term abortions can tear uterine walls, as well as other organs. Bleeding can occur. Abortion also causes risks for future pregnancies. Losing, or killing, or child can make it more likely for the same to happen to a second. Mothers are more likely to experience bleeding during pregnancy, and have many other complications. Mothers who have had one abortion are also more likely to get another abortion. Most importantly, studies have shown that many more women die from abortions than childbirth, especially in the case of suicide, and their risk of cervical and other types of cancer increases.

Finally, abortion is unnecessary because of many contraception methods available. America is very technologically advanced. People are fully aware of how babies are made and how to prevent a pregnancy. They know the risks, and if they are willing to take them or not. Pro-choice advocates often argue about what to do if someone is raped. Rape and incest only account for one percent of abortions. Even in those cases, we have the technology to prevent a pregnancy from happening. Many people in a situation of rape turn to adoption. There are many women in the world are incapable of having children, and would gladly raise one instead of allowing the child to be killed. Another argument often seen is in regard for the mother or child’s health. Only three percent of abortions are done out of concern for the baby or mother’s health. Babies born with disabilities are just as happy as those without. And, in today’s world, with all of the medical advancements, it is very unlikely that a mother would die giving birth.

In conclusion, abortion is a deplorable procedure that rips a child from its mother’s body with no mercy. It ends the lives of millions of babies around the world every year. Infants do not need to die because of their parents’ irresponsibility. Abortion should be made illegal because it is unnecessary. Abortion should be made illegal because it is risky. Abortion should be made illegal because it is torture. And, abortion should be made illegal because it is murder.

Also feel free to check out Pamela R. Lee’s post here. She expresses these same ideas, probably much better than I do. I have mentioned her in a pervious post as well.

Again, thanks for reading. Until next time.

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Loneliness – 5 Tips

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Hi everyone! I’m back for another thoughtful Thursday! I haven’t done one of these since July! And, before I move on, I want to let you know that I wrote a post yesterday updating y’all on what’s going on with the blog, but it’s saying that I wrote it two weeks ago. I don’t know what’s going on. Read it here.

 

Today I’m going to be talking about loneliness. I’ve been wanting to address it for a little while. It’s something I can relate to, and want to share.

 

A week or so ago, I was scrolling through Instagram, and I saw a picture saying, “feelings the signs experience most often.” Now, I don’t believe in astrology and horoscopes, but I do find them entertaining. So, I looked through the list to find my sign, Sagittarius. According to this person, the feeling that a Sagittarius experiences the most is isolation. I had never really thought about it before, but when I did, I agreed with it. I do feel loneliness. Especially this time of year when I am off of school a lot.

You see, I am extremely extroverted. I love being around people. It fuels me. People make me happy. So, when I am at home for two weeks and can’t see people in person, it makes me feel really lonely. Over thanksgiving break, my friends and I would Skype a lot, which helped, but it isn’t the same. Talking to people is amazing. But I need to be able to actually touch them.

So, the other night, I was laying in bed, and I felt really lonely. I missed people. Not just my friends, but everyone I see on a daily basis at school. I wanted to see them. But I couldn’t. It made me really anxious.

I’m not the only one who gets like this. I’m sure some of you guys do. I want to help both you and me.

There are lots of things you can do when you are feeling lonely. It all depends on who you are, because some things work for some people and not others, but here are some ideas.

 

  1. Take a walk

This is one of those ones that only works for some people. For me, it depends on the day. Sometimes, walks are amazing. The air, being able to think. But sometimes I wish I had someone with me so we could talk. Or at least a dog to walk so I wouldn’t be alone, which leads me to the next one.

2. Pets are great

Pets are great for cuddling, if that’s what you’re in the mood for, or playing, whatever suits you. If you have a pet, go pet your pet. If not, there is probably a service dog training program in your area that is open to volunteers.

3. Watch something funny/lighthearted

This one might be my favorite. Laughing and being fixed on what I’m watching gets my mind off of how I felt lonely. If you don’t know what to watch, the new season of Fuller House if really funny.

4. Get out

Just go somewhere. It doesn’t matter where. Go get coffee, swing on some swings. Surprise a friend and take them somewhere. Go see a movie. Just not a sad one.

5. Figure out why

Maybe you’re like me and just need to be around people. But try to figure out why you feel alone. If there’s someone you miss in particular, talk to them. And, you can always talk to me if you have no one else!

 

Thank you for reading! I hope you found some good tips here. And seriously, go watch the new season of Fuller House.

 

 

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The Importance of Patriotism (Captain America as a Role Model)

Hey guys. It’s Thursday, which means it’s almost Friday, which means the weekend is almost here. Hang in there. You can do it. If your week has been hard, take comfort in knowing it’s almost over.

We’ve got another Thoughtful Thursday! Since Independence Day is right around the corner, I decided that today I would talk about patriotism. I have a lot of things to say, but I’ll keep it short.

Patriotism is SO important. I can’t stress that enough. I know that our country is messed up, but there is a lot of good too. And there are a ton of other countries out there that are worse than us. We need to take pride in what we do have. Our country is free. We have so many freedoms that some people in other countries may never experience.

Again, patriotism is SO IMPORTANT. Less than a hundred years ago, during World War Two, our country was extremely patriotic. People all over the country made sacrifices to save the U.S. Millions went to fight. Those who stayed home took over others jobs and gave up a lot to give money and food to the troops. People were willing to do a lot for this country. That’s a lot more rare today. Citizens complain about what the country has become (which, like I said, is kind of crappy, but it could be a LOT worse. Believe me), and a lot of people are too lazy to even vote. We have troops overseas and people aren’t doing anything like they used to do.

PATRIOTISM IS SO IMPORTANT. The oxford definition of patriot is: A person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors. According to that definition, are you a patriot?

We need to show the rest of the world that we’re proud of what we have. We need to show that to each other. To everyone. We have so much to be thankful for.

One great example of patriotism, although cliché, is Captain America. He is a great role model of how we should be towards our country. He values freedom like no one else. He loves America. And he’s just an all-around good guy. “The price of freedom is high, and it’s a price I’m willing to pay! If I’m the only one, so be it. But I’m willing to bet I’m not.” I mean, come on. How much of the general population would ever say something like that? We love our freedom, but not enough to actively do something about it. Just complain when it gets questioned.

That’s why I’m so thankful for those in the Military. They’re willing to sacrifice everything to secure our freedom. And the men 200 years ago who did that in the first place too. Without them, we wouldn’t have America as it is today. So this Fourth of July, don’t think just about fireworks, and watermelon, and sparklers, and wearing red and blue for fun. Think of the real reason for the holiday and be thankful for that.

And just a little bonus for Christians. We need to be patriots of heaven too. That’s where our real citizenship is. And you can bet we’ll be there a lot longer than we’re here. Be proud about where you’re going in the next life. Be glad we have a chance to get there. And tell others about it so they don’t lose that chance.

Have a great day guys! Be a patriot of America, the Earth(independence day :-P) and Heaven on Monday!

 

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Galatians

You know how when you’re recovering from a cold, and your nose isn’t runny anymore and it’s all in your throat now? That’s what I’m going through right now. I’m gonna be clearing my throat every three second today.

Anyway!

Google morning! Today I’ll be sharing a couple of verses from Galatians.

First Verse:
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Galatians 1:10 ESV
Are you seeking the approval of man, or God? Probably more of the former. And I’m guilty to. I sometimes dress a certain way or something like that because I want approval from people around me. It’s okay in small amounts, but you should be dressing how you dress to one: express your own style, and two: honor God. What God thinks of you is all that matters in the long run. I know it’s hard. People will ridicule you. But eventually, those people will be gone. Only God lasts forever. As quoted from God’s Not Dead 2: “I’d rather stand with God and be judged by the world, than stand with the world and be judged by God.” After all, God’s judgement is a heck of a lot scarier than people’s judgement. So just hang in there, and the trial will pass. And you’ll find yourself stronger than before. Be a true servent of Christ and please him with all that you do.

Second Verse:
yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
Galatians 2:16 ESV
Just branching off of the first verse, nothing can justify us except for God. Here he states the “works of the law” meaning doing good works and such. That’s great, but it doesn’t send us to heaven or even give us favor in God’s sight. He loves everyone equally. It’s believing in him and glorifying him that matters.

Third Verse:
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20 ESV
The first time I really read this last verse was when my friend faith showed it to me about a year ago. When I saw it, it struck a chord in me. Whenever someone asked me if I was a Christian, I would say yes. And I was. But I never thought of it that blatantly. I knew that my old self was cast away. But it turned out to be more than that. My old self had been crucified. And unlike Jesus, I can’t exactly rise from the dead. He became the only one left. Even though I’m saved, I still sin, but I’m done trying to deal with it on my own. Like Gal. 2:16 said, only God can justify me. And he wants to. He loves me and died for me, and I need to accept it and let him do his work. He loves everyone.

So, nibble on these thoughts today. What do you think about these verses?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my return of the Thoughtful Thursday!

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Compliments

Do you like getting compliments? I know I do. I try to give people compliments as often as I can. When I think someone’s outfit looks nice, I tell them. When someone did a good job on a school project, I tell them. Compliments really encourage people. I encourage you to give compliments whenever you can. It can really make someone’s day. Spread God’s love through compliments.

Some compliments for some of my friends:
To Neo: You have pretty eyes(even though I haven’t seen a pic of you in a year and a half)! I love your conversation.
To CAT: Your bangs are the bang bang baggediest bangs in the bang bangeddy bing bong world. And you make a great pillow. I’m glad you’re my friend.
To Cadi: You’re such a nice person to be around. I love talking to you. You’re a great encourager.
To all of my FOLLOWERS!!: thanks for supporting my blog. Even if you don’t read all of my posts, thanks for just  hitting the follow button and making me feel appreciated. I’ll be getting to fifty followers soon. I’m glad you all have been here along my journey.

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Now it’s your turn. Go compliment people. And I’ll turn my phone on silent for an hour and see what y’all have to say about Concerning Megan!

Thanks to everyone who took a minute to read this post. And make sure to check out Tuesday’s post where I announced a Q&A!

See you soon!

~Megan497

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Not an Early Bird

Good morning my lovely readers! I am currently on my way to Daytona for Brain Bowl. It’s a sort of team jeopardy competition.

I had to wake up at 4:00 this morning. That was not fun. I’m glad I was able to do my hair, though. I did a pull-thu crown braid. Maybe I’ll post a picture later.

As the post title says, I do not enjoy waking up early. I love mornings, I just don’t like getting up for them. My Starbucks isn’t helping.

My waking up early made me think of a Bible story. In this story, three women wake up early in the morning to visit Jesus’ tomb. It is as follows:

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.  There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.  The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”  So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Matthew 28:1-10 NIV

Now, I don’t think you’re going to wake up early to see an angel. But we do need to wake up early for Jesus. We need to meet him in the morning and spend time with him. After all, that we do in the morning influences the rest of our day. If we start with God, he will guide us through the day.

I know we’re not perfect. There will be mornings where you sleep in or simply forget. And God loves you anyway despite that. But at least try. And ask God to help you. I know I have to.

So read a few verses this morning. Tomorrow morning. Make it a trend. You’ll like the changes.

Happy Thursday!

~Megan497

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CHRISTmas Starts with Christ.

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Remember Thoughtful Thursdays? I’m doing a Christmas themed one today.

Christmas is an interesting holiday. I mean, we put up all of these crazy decorations, and give each other presents for no reason. Well, no reason if you aren’t a Christian.

Us Christians give each other gifts to celebrate Jesus, the first gift. And because it is his birthday, and gifts are generally given on birthdays. But unlike some people, gifts are not our main reason for Christmas. Gifts weren’t even part of Christmas at the beginning. That pretty much came about with Saint Nicolas, but we won’t talk about him just yet.

Back to our real reason for Christmas. It really does start with Christ. His name is even in the word. You don’t think that’s a coincidence, do you? We celebrate Christmas because it was the coming of our Savior who died to save our sins. There is really no purpose in celebrating without Christ. Then we would just be randomly giving each other gifts. What’s the point in that?

I know the tradition of Santa is fun, but it really is just nonsense. And why Christmas? Why doesn’t he come on a different day? He happens to come and give gifts on the same day that Christians are giving gifts for an entirely differently reason. Aside from his Saint Nick roots, Santa is really a replacement for the real reason for the season.

All that aside, just think about the wonder of CHRISTmas for a minute. Don’t you think its crazy that an almighty God would come down to save us humans? He even died! If you were a god, would you give up your immortality to save those not nearly as important as you? Exactly. I didn’t think so.

That’s why peace, love, and joy are so important for Christmas. Love is for how much God loves us that he would send his only son to save the world. Joy is for the joy we can receive when we accept Jesus, and peace comes with that too.

Let’s all be extra thankful for God’s love this Christmas. Without him, we would have no chance at redemption.

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Day 24 of the leading challenge. What is a book I wish more people would have read. I feel that way about a lot of books. I know a lot of people have read them, but a lot more should.
Let’s see:
Storm Siren.
Anomaly.
• Basically everything by Bryan Davis.
The list goes ever on.

But Anywho, Merry Christmas Eve!

~Megan497

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David

Welcome back to Thoughtful Thursdays! Today I’ve decided to talk a little about David.

David was a man after God’s own heart. But, that does not at all mean he was perfect.

David sinned like the rest of us. He lied, he killed, and he cheated on his wife. But despite these faults, God forgave him and even placed him in the family line of Jesus.

David was also a bit misunderstood. For one, Saul chases after him for years to prevent him from becoming King. David never felt any contempt for his King, though. He never wanted to take over Saul’s position, but God told him to.
Second, people have made some assumptions about David over the years that aren’t necessarily true. For instance, they say David was small. The Bible never says David was small, it only says he was the youngest. So, it is reasonable to think that he was not as mighty as his older brothers, but he was still a man. Not a baby like in veggietales. And remember when he came home from battle and supposedly fldanced naked in the streets? He wasn’t naked. He was wearing a robe, maybe without anything underneath, but still a robe. His wife wasn’t mad at him for being naked, but for dancing ridiculously enough to embarrass her.

So yes, David was a normal human like the rest of us. He messed up l, to be sure, but God forgave him. Just like He does for everyone who asks. Has God forgiven you?

Now onto my next reading challenge.

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My fave classic book. Well, I’ve read quite a few classics. I can’t say that I’ve liked all of them, or even most of them. I love Lord of the Rings and Narnia. I also liked Little Women a lot. But if I had to choose…

I think I’ll go with little women as I already listed Lord of the Rings as my favorite overall, and Narnia isn’t really on the same level.

So, yeah. Good afternoon!

~Megan497

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