My 4th Cruise

From February 15, 2019 to February 24, 2019 my parents and I went on our 4th cruise.

On February 15 we spent the day flying to Miami.

On February 16 with how the flights worked out we were able to spend the day in Miami. We went to Bayside Marketplace and went on the Millionaire’s Row Cruise Tour.

The inventor of Instagram lives in this house.

We also saw the largest cruise ship in the world. Symphony of the Seas.

We also saw a house that had 32 palm trees and they all had to be imported from another country and they were $10,000 a tree. This house also had a tennis court and a greenhouse!

On February 17 we boarded the ship Carnival Magic to start our cruise.

I am officially a gold status cruiser!

On February 18, we went to Key, West Florida.

The Southern Most Point

Ernest Hemingway’s House

His library

All of the cats at his house are the original decesdants of the cats that Ernest Hemingway had. This cat has 6 toes on one paw.

On February 19, we had a day at sea.

One activity was life size Yahtzee. This was my team, and Lorraine, the lady in the middle is now a dear friend.

On February 20, we went to Roatan, Honduras.

Went to an iguana farm.

Toured a chocolate factory and tasted cacao beans.

Went to a beach on the tour.

Looking at the view of Roatan from the ship.

I got to play “Hasbro The Game Show”. I didn’t win but it was so fun! Here I am putting my card in the Monopoly money machine. I got to play the lifesize game of Simon.

On February 21, we went to Belize.

We toured a museum that used to be a prison and this used to be a prison cell and 13 people would be in here at one time!

This tree was real and made of mahogany wood.

There was a dog behind the blue “e” amd you couldn’t swim in the water because there were alligators in it.

Belize has the most beautiful water I have ever seen!

On February 22, we went to Cozumel, Mexico.

We toured a chocolate factory.

We also went in a submarine and saw a small shark! As well as many other fish.

On February 23, we had another day at sea.

We went to the Dr Suess Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast.

My mom and I went to a towel making class and I made a dog, an elephant and a dinosaur.

There was an ice carving.

We went to a balloon drop party.

On February 24, we flew home, but before we flew home I was able to get a picture of all the towels animals that we had in our room throughout the week together.

It was a great trip and I hope to go on another cruise again soon.

5 Things to Remember When you feel Discouraged

Have you ever thought about what makes a good day “good,” and a bad day “bad”? Many time we let our circumstances dictate how we feel from day to day. Here are 5 things to remember when you feel discouraged.

1. No matter the reason for the discouragement, think about the Lord.

When we let what people say or think of us influence us there become expectations that we have to live up to and many times we cannot live up to those expectations and then we get discouraged. We should be looking up (vertically) to Jesus and not looking around (horizontally) at the world.

Hebrews 12:1–3 says, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”

These verses say, “Look unto Jesus” and “consider Him.” When we bring our lives before the Lord we find encouragement. All our reasons for discouragement fade away when we look up and see Him.

2. This moment won’t be wasted.

Whatever you are going through God has a plan and He is going to use it for his purpose. I once heard someone say “Today’s test is tomorrow’s testimony.” Trust your hope in Jesus and that he will carry you through.

Romans 8:28 says “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

3. Today’s troubles are temporary.

When we define our value and our measure of success by Christ’s work in us, which He began at the cross and promises to complete when we are with Him in glory then every day becomes a good day. We can face even terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days with joy because Christ is working in us. We are free to define a good day as one where excellence is pursued, self is left behind, and Christ is magnified!

2 Corinthians 4:17 says “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.”

4. God is fighting for you.

The same God who helped David slay a nine-foot giant with one smooth stone fights for you. The same God who helped Joshua tear down a city with a trumpet blow fights for you.

God Fights on your side! A verse that reminds me of this is 2 Timothy 1:7 which says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

5. God is always good!

Even when our circumstances feel really bad, we can have hope in our good God.

Psalm 145:9 says “The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.”

The Fruit of Love

Galatians 5:22-23 says “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.”

In Galatians, love is the first fruit of the Spirit listed. Perhaps that’s because love is what enables us to develop the other fruits of the Spirit in our lives, paving the way for what God wants to do in our hearts.

-Jessica Fick

There are many ways to love people and there are many people in our lives that need love .

Here are 3 specific types of people that we should love.

1. Love Those in Need

An example of this is the story of The Good Samaritan in Luke 10:26-37. In this passage Jesus talks about loving your neighbour as yourself and gives the example of a Jewish man that was traveling on a road and some robbers came and beat him and took all of his possession and just left him there to die. A priest was walking on the road, he saw the man and just walked on the other side of the road. Another man saw the man but also walked on the other side of the road. Then a Samaritan man came along (Jews and Samartians didn’t get along) and cared for his wounds, and paid for him to stay at an innkeeper and get better, whatever the cost was. We should be encouraged to love those around us whether we get along with them or not. We should first see a need to love others and then act on that need of loving others. We should been in the act of love that puts others first.

2. Love the “Undeserving”

I put undeserving in quotations beccause no one is truly undeserving of love. We just think they dont deserve to be loved. An example I have is the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10. In this passage Jesus was coming through a town and a man named Zacchaeus who was a tax collector wanted to see Jesus but the crowd was to big so he climbed a tree to be able to see Jesus. When Jesus passed by he saw Zacchaeus in the tree and told him that he was coming to his house. But when people heard Jesus say that they complained and said that Zacchaeus was a sinner and as a tax collector took more than he was supposed to. Zacchaeus repented to Jesus. Zacchaeus knew he was a sinful tax collector but he wanted to see Jesus. Zacchaeus can be labeled as “undeserving” of love because he was unkind, and unpleasant and a thief. Even though these people thought Zacchaeus was undeserving of love, Jesus reached out to Zacchaeus and loved him when everyone felt that Jesus shouldn’t love him and in the end Zacchaeus’s heart was changed. This example shows that even if someone has wronged us it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t love them.

The second example I have is The Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32. In this passage a man had two sons. The younger son wanted to move away from home, so he asked his father for his inheritance. While he was away he spent his money foolishly and had no money left. He got hired by a farmer to feed the pigs and since he had no money to eat he was eating what he fed the pigs. One day he realized that his father’s servants ate better than him so he would go back to his father and ask to be a servant. While he was still a far ways off his father saw him coming home and ran to him. His father threw him a party, for his lost son had been found. The other son of the father was working in the field when the son came home and heard music and dancing. He found out that his brother was home and killed the fatest calf to celebrate. He was very angry at his father because he had never gone against his father like his brother had. This son can be labeled as “undeserving” of love because his brother didn’t think that his father should treat the other brother the way he was treating him (with love) when he left and wasted his money away. This is another good example of when someone wronged us that we should forgive them and welcome them back into our lives even if some people think we shouldn’t.

3. Love the Lost

An example of loving the Lost is in Luke 15:1-7. In this passage Jesus talks about if you have 100 sheep and you loose 1 but still have the other 99 you will leave the 99 and go and find the 1 lost sheep and then rejoice with others when it is found. The bible compares us to sheep. We all have gone astray. It is important to love those who are astray. Whether they have fallen or whether they have never known Jesus, it is important to love them. We can even consider The Prodigal Son to be someone who was lost, but the father was out there loving his son waiting for him to come home, even when the brother didn’t feel that was right. The father did what was right by loving his son who was astray.

Romans 8:38-39 says “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, one depth, nor any other created thing , will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Quotes from March

Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen:

Being grateful for what we have makes what we have enough.

-Unknown

It’s not about winning, but what it’s about is not giving up. If you have a dream fight for it.

-Lady Gaga

Never put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket.

-Unknown

Be afraid! And then do it anyway!

-Unknown

Not seeing results? Feel like giving up? Consider this: the LAST thing to grow on a fruit tree…..is the fruit.

-Jay Shetty

If you’ve already casted those cares at the Lord’s feet, don’t pick them back up before he does.

-Jackie Hill Perry

Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load woth today’s strength-carrying two days at once. It’s moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.

-Carrie ten Boom

My Trip to Leduc and Edmonton in January 2019

From January 1st, 2019 to January January 6, 2019 with my mom. We stayed with our friends Lori and Ray who live in Leduc. When driving the morning of Jan 1st we were able to see the sunrise. It was gorgeous!! The day we got to Leduc we also went to Castrol Raceway and saw the “Magic of Lights”. On January 3 Emma came from Sylvan Lake and we made chocolate chip cookies. On January 4 Emma, my mom and I went to a telephone museum in Edmonton. It was so neat to see everything that was there! On January 5, my mom Lori and I went to Christmas Glow in Edmonton, which was the largest Christmas light display in Canada! On January 6, my mom and I drove back home. I had a great time seeing Emma, Lori and Ray and I hope to see them again soon!

Quotes from February

Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen:

Success waits patiently for anyone who has the determination and strength to seize it.

-Booker T. Washington

If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t you will see obstacles.

-Wayne Dyer

Choices and consequences come in a package deal. When we make a choice, we ignite the consequence that can come along with it.

-Lysa Terkeust

Live in such a way that if someone should speak badly of you, no one would believe it.

-Zig Ziglar

Sometimes the greatest adventure is simply a conversation.

-Amadeus Wolfe

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

-Will Roger’s

Twenty Eighteen

There were so many things that happened in 2018. Here are some of my highlights.

In February I went to Leduc and Edmonton. A highlight of that trip was meeting Emma and going to the ice castles.

In May I went to Las Vegas. It was a blast. I would love to go back one day.

In June, I saw the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra. They are from Paraguay and there imstruments are made out of garbage. We got to see them perform and then watch a documentary about the instruments and how they are made. One violin, the front was made out of a paint can, the back was made out of a pizza tin, and the strings we being held with a fork.

In July I went to The Canadian Gospel Music Celebration in Red Deer. I also went to Sylvan Lake for the day to hang out with Emma. One of the highlights in Red Deer was I met the Season 1 Winner of Amazing Race Canada. Tim Hague Sr.

In Spetember I went to Minot to see The Collingsworth Family. We also went to The Dakota Territory Air Museum.

Another highlight of September was walking the 5km marathon for the “Run for the Cure” for Breast Cancer with my mom, Lori and Emma.

2018 was a great year. I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store!