How to Make America Great Again

A nation can never hope to be great, giving, and chivalrous if it is comprised of individuals who are not.

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Why I Wrote the Book

Before and during college, I struggled a lot with what I was supposed to do, career-wise. Though prayer and Bible reading, I came to this conclusion: God creates people different from each other, with unique gifts and talents. He did that for a reason, and it’s a good thing. Throughout the Bible, God talks about forming us like a Potter forms clay, and compares us to a body, with different parts with different purposes.

So I thought this idea was worth sharing. But how would I explain this concept to my little niece or nephew? Ergo, the story was born. I was (and still am) exploring my artistic talent, so I started drawing pictures to go with the story, just for the joy of creating beautiful spaces. Matt encouraged me, and I came up with something decent.

I’ve gotten some amazing encouragement from people who read the story, and now the book is printed and available on Amazon.com or from me personally. All proceeds will go towards my next book and a new project called the Genesis! game that my husband and I are working on.

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I Want Your Fears (or Adult Monsters)

The mother of a child is crying for her baby. A monster lurks outside her halo of blankets, intent on gobbling her heart.

But her child peeks out. She hasnt yet learned pain. She trusts in her mommy, who has always kept her safe. “Why do you tremble?” Her innocent eyes see no reply. “The fog is so beautiful, it’s a fairy land!”

When do we learn that the unknown is scary? At what age do we stop trusting the One who holds us safe? Is it when we first fall down and see blood on our knees? Fear keeps us from touching the fire again, but it can also send us to our graves, frozen in dust.

My Father isn’t one to always keep me from running. He even watches me fall sometimes. But He’s always there to pick me up. Always there to teach me better. And who knows how many times he’s kept me from toppling over?

Years teach is fears. Monsters become letters in the mailbox or empty accounts hiding in the closet. But the One who protects us from giant spiders doesn’t grow less powerful with the passing of years.

Give me the worst of your fears. Compare them to an eternity without God. How small are my monsters compared with eternity. Relax. Be at peace. God is on His throne. Trust the One you know.

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Little Drops

Sometimes I feel so small. Like nothing we could ever do could make any difference. Like we’re just a tiny little drop trying to change the color of the ocean. And even if we make the biggest splash possible for a little drop, not much actually changes.

But my heart was lifted today. We met a bunch of other little drops the same color as us, all marching along valiantly.

We’re not alone. And even if we only change the color of a handful of drops, those drops will go out and keep up the fight, even after the original drops fly to heaven.

Join hands, together we can change the world for the better.

Good Enough

I collapsed on the grey cold earth and cried, “I’m not good enough! I’m not good enough!” And quietly He said, “But I am.” 
I want to be perfect. I want to be everything people need me to be. But I’m not strong enough. I’m not smart enough. I’m not caring enough. But that’s why we all still need God. We really aren’t good enough. Not by perfection’s standards. But God doesn’t demand perfection. He just wants our devotion. 
When He has that, He can take what we’ve given Him and do what needs done. He gives us all we need to accomplish the mountains He sets before us.

Return (“Nocturne” (by Celtic Women) Parody)

I LOVE the mystery and heavenly quality of this song. It sounds like an angel’s song. But the real words are a little nonsensical and fluffy. So here’s my parody. I really want to sing this song, but my voice isn’t quite strong enough to do it justice. One day…

Now let the grey
Just slip and fade
so the light it may wash over you

Once young, you grew
in silent truth
and it embraces your heart and your soul
don’t turn

you may cry
even sigh
you will even wonder why
He’ll always see
always be
One you loved when you were young
don’t turn

have no fear
as the night draws near
the skies fill with dragons and fire

like a child or sheep
here’s your shepherd, sleep
you will find Him there waiting for you
return

you can fly
claim the sky
see your dragons roar and cry
He’ll always see
always be
the One you loved when you were young
Love Him

Though dreams may fade
they will give way
to the heaven we saw
from the earth
don’t turn

 

Check out my other parodies here.

Castle On a Cloud (Les Miserables) (Heaven Parody)

So this one is easy to convert. In the story, Cosette is longing for a heavenly home, one where she isn’t abused or worked. If you change a few words, it’s easily a song about heaven. I guess I love songs about heaven.

I know a castle on a cloud.
I’m gonna go there when I sleep.
Aren’t any floors for me to sweep.
Not in the castle in the clouds.

There is a room that’s full of toys,
There are a hundred boys and girls!
And nobody cries or shouts too loud,
Not in the Castle in the clouds.

There is a man all dressed up in white,
Holds me and sings a lullaby,
He lights the world and life to us.
He says “My dear, I love you very much.”

I know a place where no one’s lost.
I know a place where no one cries.
Crying at all is not allowed.
Not in the Castle in the clouds.

 

Check out my other parodies here.

 

When I’m Gone (Heaven Parody)

I love this song! But I also like putting my own words to songs, so they have more meaning for me. Life is easier with others. When someone falls down, the other can pick him up. God made other people for a reason. Our journey down the narrow road becomes a lot easier when we have people around us to smack us when we’re being dumb.

I’ve got my ticket for the long way ’round
that road, the narrowest of ways
And I sure would like some sweet company
Leavin’ tomorrow, won’t you come?

[2x]
When I’m gone,
when I’m gone
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone
You’re gonna miss me by my hair
You’re gonna miss me everywhere, oh
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone

I’ve got my ticket for the long way ’round
the one that’s headed way up there
It’s got mountains, it’s got rivers
It’s got sights to give you shivers
the way is easier with you

[3x]
When I’m gone, when I’m gone
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone
You’re gonna miss me by my walk
You’re gonna miss me by my talk, oh
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone

 

Check out my other parodies here.