You might know the story of Mephibosheth from the Bible. He was the son of Jonathan and the grandson of King Saul. When they were killed in battle, he was only five years old, and had to flee with his nurse to Gibeah because she feared the Philistines would try to kill him too. In her rush to get Mephibosheth away from possible danger an unfortunate accident took place. The nurse dropped Mephibosheth and he was crippled in both legs for the rest of his life.
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis,
it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
- Mother Teresa
Hey again guys,
I am currently on the world tour of Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) and I can’t even begin to tell you how cool it has been. So far, we have performed in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, my own home state of New York, and are now flying to Seattle. Alyson is sitting beside me trying to find a verse about ballet in the Bible even though I have already told her she will be unsuccessful. Cheddar, Francesca, and Tasha are sitting across the aisle plotting some pranks to pull once we land and being way too loud about it. Everyone else from Team Nine, including the extras and Romeo and Juliet, are either asleep or looking out the windows.
Each time before we step on stage now, we hold group prayers and every morning we have Bible study before breakfast. Romeo lets me lead that time of devotion and it is a lot of fun. I hope you’ve learned from my story that praying and reading the Bible is very important and it doesn’t have to be boring. All prayer is is talking to God and, trust me, God wants to hear from me, from you, from everyone about everything. God wants us to tell him about the small things in our lives and the big things too, whether it is a missing pet, a sick sibling, a minor headache, a bad breakup, or helping a friend find her family.
Reading the Bible is a lot of fun because there is so much to learn and so much God tells us from His Word. The Bible is our road map of life and we will have a better understanding of it the more we read it and apply it. God doesn’t want us to walk alone so whenever you are sad, troubled, worried, without a friend, or have a problem, turn to Him (it doesn’t matter where you are) and talk to Him. He will hear you. He will always help you.
Forever your Biblegirl,
The woman we are looking at today was no ordinary woman. She was, in fact, a medium. A medium is defined as a person claiming to be in contact with the spirits of the dead and to communicate between the dead and the living. Today we would call her a necromancer, psychic, or more simply, a witch. The medium’s story is told in 1 Samuel 28:7-25 and she is mentioned again in 1 Chronicles 10:13.
In honor of the 2014 Oscars this coming Sunday, here’s a post we wrote last year about award season.
Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7
It sounds like such a great thing to do, such an easy thing to do. To release all of our cares and troubles and give them over to God. To let go of our worries, doubts, and fears and live a free and easy life.
A surprise return as Mila’s story comes to an end. Check out CHAPTER 12 of ‘MILA’ now and stay tuned for her farewell next week.
Girls of Virtue – Book Two: Mila
Three weeks had passed since New York’s Junior Ballet Talent Show Championship. Mila and Team Nine had won the huge gold trophy in a brilliant fashion—“like a boss,” Cheddar had said. Mila’s mom, four brothers, and baby sister had all attended and sat with Aly in the audience to see the performances at the Alfred T. K. Mazzoni Hall. Midway through The Sleeping Beauty, Mila’s dad had arrived because his third tour duty in Afghanistan had ended. There was a small commotion at his appearance for Aly let out a scream and fainted right in her seat when she saw his comrade that was with him. Brandon Ellis had returned with Mila’s dad just as he had written in the surprise letter Aly received.
Ten years earlier when Brandon had been reported missing in action and presumed to be dead, he had actually been captured by the enemy. They held him in the mountains of Afghanistan where he was sometimes starved and tortured. Four years after his kidnapping, the compound where the enemy stayed was bombed by German forces. Brandon’s leg was wounded and much of his back burned in the attack, but he survived it, and was soon discovered and identified as an American. He was then flown to Germany where he spent two years recovering from his injuries. For three years after that he lived with a retired German commander and his wife who tried to get him back to the U.S. When the U. S. Marines finally received word about his situation, they promised to get him back to America right away, but he was instead sent back to Afghanistan where he served in the 1st Marine Division under Mila’s dad, Assistant Commander Alex Munroe, for an entire year. But now he was finally home, and after the championship show was over, there had been a nice reunion backstage between him, Aly, the daughter he never met, and even Miss Larochelle, who had never had the chance to meet her soon-to-be son-in-law.
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