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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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No Thanksgiving on Jupiter

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all have a great day! Great food and great socialization are soon to come. And good luck to y’all who are hosting this year.

 

I wrote No Thanksgiving on Jupiter last Friday. My English class did a group writing project in which we had to incorporate a series of words. They were Thanksgiving-type words, so most people came up with funny, wonky Thanksgiving stories. All on Earth, of course.

But when I looked over the list of words, a different ides formed in my head. Thanks to Alondra, Jouldan, and Emily for helping me with this story!

 

[I know there’s no surface on Jupiter, but bear with me]

 

No Thanksgiving on Jupiter

I walk to the small window of my highly manufactured living pod. The colors of Jupiter are astonishing. The wind kicks up dust and I can’t help but remember life from before my exile.

                I used to live in America; on Earth. Life there was amazing. I lived with my perpetually sleepy grandmother. We would tell stories, braid each other’s matching brown hair, and just have a great time. If only it could have lasted. I just wanted to fix the world so badly. But I tried too hard. And now I am here.

                So, I live alone on a gas giant far from earth. I shake my head and sigh. I then stuff myself into a space suit and head toward the outer door. As I near the exit, a metallic arm juts out in front of me.

                “Juno! Just what do you think you’re doing?” asks a tinny voice. Okay, I don’t live completely alone. I have a C3PO type robot who helps me out. But the company of an AI just isn’t the same as a human.

                I push away the arm and huff. “I’m going for a walk.”

                “All right, but the storms are kicking up out there. Be careful.”

                “Don’t worry Angela, I’ll be fine.” I push a button to open the first door and slam it behind me before I can hear Angela’s reply.

                After going through another door, I step onto the surface. I stare out at the barren wasteland and sigh. I miss my home planet. Everything there became something I depended on. From my family, to friends, to grumpy neighbors who never had anything nice to say.

                I grunt and slam my boot against the hard ground (Yes, ground. Jupiter isn’t all gas, you know.). Why did they have to exile me? It’s not my fault I’m so quirky. But, eccentricity isn’t appreciated there. I focus on the reflection of my green eyes in the mask of my helmet. They hate green on earth. It reminds them of how they are ruining the environment.

                I shake my head and drop my eyes to view the ground. The reds and oranges below my feet remind me of fall laves back home. I wonder what season it is. Fall was always my favorite. Out of all the things I don’t have anymore, I miss Thanksgiving the most. I can almost hear the turkey calling my name, with my grandmother’s special sauce that I haven’t had in years. Has it really been that long? I honestly don’t know anymore.

                But the friends and family made thanksgiving the most special. So, thank God, I am able to talk to them once a year. Every Thanksgiving, I catch up with my loved ones with an extremely long-distance Face Time.

              A voice in my helmet takes me out of my trance. “The winds are worsening,” Angela says. As if on cue, a blast of air nearly nocks me over. “We don’t want you getting caught out in a storm.”

                I press a button near my chin to reply. “Definitely not.” You’ve never seen a real storm until you’ve seen one on Jupiter. They’re insane. The winds are stronger than any hurricane.

                As I walk back to my living pod, my mind travels back to my last Thanksgiving on Earth. After the meal, my family, friends, and I sat on a log and named the things we were thankful for. The birds chirping their goodnight song by the frosty river made the night a memorable one. But all of that is lost now. I can’t believe I took so many things for granted. I don’t even have natural water here. All I have left is the shadow that follows me though the day and clings to me late into the night. And the once-per-earth-year Face Times. How I wish I could change my past.

                I enter my living pod and remove my space suit. I cross the room and open the door to a small box that provides my food. They beam it here from earth, I suppose. Why they keep me alive, though, I have no idea.

                I look down to see what they have sent me for dinner today. “Turkey!” My exclamation is loud enough to be heard throughout the entire capsule. Although freeze-dried, the food means the same thing to me. “Angela, get over here!”

                Angela appears almost immediately. “Yes Juno?”

                My grin must be reaching my ears. “Look!” I say, pointing to the metallic packaging. “Turkey!”

                Angela apparently doesn’t get the memo.

               “It’s Thanksgiving!”

               “That means you get to see your family, doesn’t it?”

               “Yeah!” Before Angela can reply, I grab a food tray and skip to the computer. As soon as I sit down, I rip open the foil and dump the contents of the pouch onto the tray – turkey, stuffing, and sliced potatoes, all freeze-dried. I fumble to find the code on the inside of the wrapper. It will contain the password for me to log on to Face Time. They’re always changing it so I can’t contact anyone when I’m not allowed.

                I quickly turn on the computer and log on. I then type in my grandmother’s username, which I have memorized by heart. I glance down at my outfit as I wait for an answer. I am wearing a wrinkled shirt with the letter Pi on it; hardly elegant enough for the occasion.

               My call is finally answered and I am greeted by a sea of warm, familiar faces. My smile grows by the second. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends are all there. The scene is perfect. I just wish I could be there in person. Everyone says “Hi,” and I say “Hi,” back.

                I miss earth food, fun, interesting conversation, and loved ones. I love all the holidays, don’t get me wrong, but Thanksgiving is my favorite. Probably because I got all of those things. I chew on a piece of turkey and try to keep a straight face.

                I have tears in my eyes now. All of the merriment, the love, that used to be mine. My loved ones are so close, yet so far. I place a hand on the screen and let the tears flow freely. “I love you,” I say loud enough for all to hear. Despite the upset faces, I end the call. I can’t stand seeing them yet not being there. I lean onto the tabletop and sob.

                I’m so upset that I don’t get Thanksgiving on Jupiter.

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The Cycle of Judges

In the book of Judges, we see the Israelites go through a continuous cycle. Throughout the entire book, they continue to do the same four things.

First, they go against God. In turn, God becomes angry and gives the Israelites over to their enemies. Because of this, the Israelites cry out to God for help, and he decides to send them a judge. But, as soon as the judge dies, the Israelites go right back to their sinful ways.

Let’s go a bit deeper, shall we?

When the Israelites go against God, the Bible memtions some specific sins. For example, see Judges 2:12 – They deserted the LORD, the God of their people. He had brought them out of Egypt. But now the people of Israel followed other gods and worshipped them. They served the gods of the nations that were around them. They made the LORD angry.
The Israelites weren’t just doing things like taking each other’s sugar (sorry, that’s all I could think of) or even having affairs with each other. While I don’t boubt they did these things, the Israelites went so far as to worship other gods. These were gods like Baal and others of the region they were in.
Now, God is a VERY jealous God. He HATES it when people take their devotion away from him and give it to others. But, this doesn’t just have to be false gods like Baal and others. An idol is anything we put above God. This could be social media, reading, friends, ANYTHING. You would be upset if your spouse/child/friend “cheated” on you, right?

Now onto the second part of the cycle. This one is more simple. Since the Israelites were unfaithful to God, He became angry and decided to punish them. He let their enemies defeat them and let robbers overtake them, among other things. The Israelites would eventually become so desperate as to move on to this next step.

They would cry out to God for help. Makes sense, right? If you were in a desperate situation, you would probably go out in search of help too. So God, being his merciful and gracious self, decided to give the Israelites another chance.

To keep them in shape, God gave the Israelites a judge. The judge would rule over them for a while, but would eventually die. Without a person in authority, the Israelites went right back to their sinful ways and the cycle repeated.

Just in chapters two through four, the Israelites go through this cycle FIVE whole times. Aren’t you shocked? And yet, we do the same thing!

Although we don’t like to admit it, we worship all kinds of things! Everyone has some sort of idol. Some people have things like social media, or wanting things like comfort and acceptance. Some people have different religions all together. As I said before, God is a jealous God, and He does not share His glory or praise (Isaiah 42:8).

If you have idols, God WILL break you of them. He will try and try. Some people never give in though. I beg you, don’t be one of those people. My heart grieves for those who never accepted Jesus; for those who were too late.

Coming to a low point is hard. When God breaks you, that’s where you’ll be. And you should pray. With God’s help, you can get to a place where you never could have been without him. As a famous pastor once said: “If you can show me a life that is better that Jesus, I will cease to be a Christian on the spot.” (Something like that)

Just make sure that when you get near God, try not to restart the cycle. 🙂

~Megan497

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Ath-Flea-Ists, Huh?

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As comical as this image is, it carries a load of truth. Atheists act just like these fleas. They can’t/refuse to see the God that is so obviously everywhere, just like the fleas have chosen not to believe in the dog.

Which side of the argument are you on?

~Megan497

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