Jesus swagger

Recently, I’ve discovered (via facebook) this website by Jarrid Wilson: It’s awesome pictures of awesome stuff…you should just check it out. : ) It’s all facebook-postable, twitter-tweetable, pinterest-pinnable, and email-mailable. Each quote has a corresponding Bible verse or explanation too. Here’s a taste of what you’ll see when you visit the website.









Happy Thanksgiving!! (Canada!)


bucket list update


Although I’ve posted about bucket lists before, I only had 14 so far. Until like three days ago. Now I have 41. (The 4 and 1 just got switched around! cool.)

So I thought I’d give an Emily’s bucket list update.

my bucket list.

1. learn Dutch

2. visit Holland

3. go to the East Coast

4. make a quilt

5. visit St. Jacob’s

6. gallop bareback down moonlit beach

7. live on a farm 😉

8. go to Bible college

9. learn how to surf

10. swim in clear blue ocean

11. own a vintage Schwinn bike

12. get driver’s license

13. own a poodle skirt

14. climb a silo

15. make a sock monkey

16. experience a real snowday

17. learn French

18. learn Spanish

19. read through whole Bible

20. read To Kill a Mockingbird

21. go backpacking (camping)

22. pull an all-nighter

23. see abortion made illegal in Canada

24. get 90% average (1 semester)

25. visit New York City

26. go on a cruise

27. fly in an airplane

28. get a pedicure

29. hug a llama ^_^

30. go to Reid’s Dairy with Bailey (my wonderful friend 🙂 )

31. ride in a Volkswagon Bug

32. go to a Mandarin restaurant

33. watch Courageous

34. go to South America

35. eat a leek

36. learn how to play guitar

37. get my grade 8 piano

38. get baptized

39. read Mere Christianity

40. go on a road trip!

41.go to drive-in movie theatre

Canadians against abortion: more than a movement

For a while now, I’ve been meaning to do a post on a project part of my youth group has started, because it requires publicity. But not on here. On Facebook.

My church’s youth group has decided that as Christians we need to take a stand against abortion. And not just in our own personal opinions, but make it clear that God says abortion’s wrong and, as a result, we believe that it is wrong. We aren’t pro-choice; we’re pro-life. Abortion is wrong because it kills other human beings. That alone makes it wrong in God’s sight.

So we’ve decided to do something about it by creating a page on Facebook.

The reason we’ve made a page on Facebook is to promote abortion and the seriousness of the issue, yes, but more so to get 1 000 000 Canadians to like the page. Once we get 1 000 000 likes on Facebook, we will write a letter to Stephen Harper voicing our concerns and the evidence of Canadians against abortion. We will ask the Conservative MP in our area (who just so happens to go to our church) the best means of getting the letter to Stephen Harper and ask him to personally deliver the letter to Mr. Harper (if possible).

Why are we doing this? Because it’s not enough to just voice our own opinions and take a stand because that’s what we’ve been taught. God asks us to make a difference and do hard things for Him…for His glory.

Please sign into Facebook (if you have it!) and search this page, Canadians Against Abortion. You have to like the actual page in order to count. You can also check out the 180 Movie video on the page or click that link to watch it on my blog. 🙂

I know many of you will probably read this quickly and move on, but we’d all be very grateful if you’d take a moment and like the page. For your convenience (that’s me being professional…hehehe) I’ve linked to Facebook on the photo. Just click the photo, sign into Facebook and search the page! If you type in Canadians Against Abortion it’ll be one of the first things to pop up…you won’t have to spend five minutes searching for it. Which would be unfortunate.

We have started this project in hopes of making a difference in the future of Canada…and her next generation. We hope you’ll help us by liking the page and standing up, saying abortion is wrong in the eyes of God.

Did you know that 50% of all babies conceived in the world are aborted? We want to change that. And making a movement against abortion is a great way to start.

We have started small but we need your help to grow bigger.

God bless!

set apart girl

My friend recently showed me an online magazine by Leslie Ludy, called Set Apart Girl.

It’s a really good magazine for Christian teen girls. It is released bi-monthly, and the November-December issue is out now. 🙂 It’s in a real magazine format, on the website I’ve been browsing through it and I love it! All its content is God-glorifying and is a great read for any Christian teen girl striving to serve the Lord in everything.

You can go to it here:

This is a sample of what your screen will look like when you read it. It’s full-screen, the pages actually turn ( 🙂 ), and it’s a very easy-to-read format because of the page previews on the bottom.

Some more screen shots…

I highly recommend this magazine! I hope they put it into print soon…it would be nice to get a hard copy of it! Check it out! It’s free, easy to read, interesting and will help you grow in your walk with God.



book review: do hard things

I finished it…the book Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris (check them out at!).

It was great! I would recommend it to any teen — or young adult — Christian or not.

There are three parts: Rethinking the Teen Years, Five Kinds of Hard, and Join the Rebelution. And, might I add, the foreword by Chuck Norris… (:

Most people don’t expect you to understand what we’re going to tell you in this book. And even if you understand, they don’t expect you to care. And even if you care, they don’t expect you to do anything about it. And even if you do something about it, they don’t expect it to last.

Well, we do.

Do Hard Things, by Alex and Brett Harris, pg. 3.

This book focuses on…well, basically, what’s wrong with teens today. Okay, that sounded totally negative and now you’re probably never going to want to read this book…

Scratch that.

It analyses how teens have changed in the past. It tells the brief stories of three teens from early America — specifically three born in the years 1732, 1801 and 1821: George, David and Clara. You’ll have to read the book to find out about them (I’m trying to draw you in with curiosity, by the way…).

“The teen years are not a vacation from responsibility,” we had told the columnist. “They are are training ground of future leaders who dare to be responsible now.”

Do Hard Things, by Alex and Brett Harris, pg. 13.

A humorous story I really want to share…and you can learn a simple but important lesson from it, too. (:

In our family, we like to reminisce (and laugh) about a huge step forward Brett took a little over ten years ago. He bravely fought, he flailed, he nearly drowned. But we should let Brett tell the story.

“I still remember my first shower. It was a horrible experience. I was eight years old…

“I didn’t ask to be promoted from Junior Bath Taker to First-Class Shower Taker, but one day my parents realized, “He’s eight years old. He’s still taking baths!” But baths were all I had ever known. Baths were neat and tidy undertakings where the water flowed in safely below my head and — provided I didn’t splash too much — stayed below my head and out of my eyes.

“It didn’t help that Alex loved showers.

“Before I could object that day, I found myself wearing nothing but my birthday suit and staring up at that dreadful showerhead. It pointed down at me like an executioner’s gun. Then Dad pulled the trigger, the shower began to rumble and hiss, and I was screaming before the first drop of water hit.

“As scalding droplets stung my skin and water flooded my eyes, nose, and ears,  I became convinced that my parents hated me. They couldn’t possibly love me! What’s more, I wasn’t sure I loved them anymore either.

“It’s a good thing we lived in the country. Otherwise the screams coming from the upstairs bathroom of the Harris home would have given neighbors reason to call 911. By the time Dad let me out, I was a furious, miserable eight-year-old kid with soggy lungs.

“But that was ten years ago. The funny thing is that this morning I took a shower and didn’t think twice about it. The hot water felt good on my face. I didn’t worry about drowning. I didn’t hate anybody.

“Isn’t it incredible that seemed so impossible when I was eight years old is now a vital, enjoyable part of my everyday routine?”

Do Hard Things, by Alex and Brett Harris, pgs. 65 – 66.

In the second part, the twins talk about, as previously mentioned, five kinds of hard. This includes things like taking the first step, collaboration, etc.

Check out Colossians 3:23 and 1 Corinthians 10:31.

If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music. … Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.

– Martin Luther King Jr.

That’s found on page 144 of Do Hard Things as well, by the way. (:

It’s also the whole idea of the book. Accepting challenges that God gives us now while we’re still teenagers will bring us closer to God, make us stronger leaders and will help us use our lives for God’s glory. It will help us stay geared toward Him, helping and training us to do everything we do for one person’s glory: His.

I really hope you’ll pick up this book somewhere and read it! You will not regret it and it will change your view on teens today…if not your life.

God bless!