My relationship with God

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Each morning I look forward to a beautiful new start

Where I talk to my father and to Him pore out my heart.

 

I repent every day of my selfishness and pride

And ask that throughout the day with me he will abide.

 

The promise is so true, that my Father always forgives,

As long as I am truly sorry, He claims me and I’m His.

 

His love is like the sweetest thing that’s ever touched my lips

His love is so much more than like that of earthly friendships.

 

His beauty overwhelms me, so His praise I do sing

“You sent your son to save me, My Savior and my King!”Image result for a picture of someone praying

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Emma’s First Visit (Play)

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This is a silly play that I wrote for school a little while ago.

Characters:

Emma

Mrs. Hose

Mrs. Lark, secretary

Dentist

 

Scene: In the waiting room at the dentist’s office, Mrs. Hose, a nervous mother is checking in her daughter, Emma.

 

Mrs. Hose: (Worriedly) Mrs. Lark, you don’t think my Emma is too young do you? After all, she’s only four, and she’s never done this before. Oh, I don’t know. (Bites her lip) I mean what if she has need of a root canal! (Gasps) Or worse a crown! Oh no, I’m sure her mouth will be a disaster! (Emma’s eyes grow big)

Mrs. Lark: Oh, I’m sure everything will be fine…

Mrs. Hose: (Quickly interrupting) Perhaps, we should come back another day.

Mrs. Lark: Oh, I don’t think…

Mrs. Hose: I insist! (Grabs Emma’s hand to leave, and turns, then stops, and to herself says.) Oh, no.  What would Mr. Hose say? He would be furious with me for canceling it! (Turning to the Mrs. Lark) Well, if you think that she’s old enough, I suppose there couldn’t be too much harm in it. (She and Emma sit down on the waiting bench. Both daughter and mother appear agitated.)

Emma: Mama, I don’t want see dentist!

Mrs. Hose: Don’t be absurd, Dearie, you will see that dentist, and that’s final.

Emma: But mama, I don’t want root canal!

Mrs. Hose: I didn’t say you would have it, sweetheart. I only said you might have it. And besides I’m sure it can’t be all as bad as people say it is, and as long as the dentist is experienced, you shouldn’t suffer too much. (To Mrs. Lark)She will have an experienced dentist, will she not?

Mrs. Lark: Ummm….well, actually she going to have…he is very good. I’m sure you have nothing to worry about.

Mrs. Hose: Well, he better be! Or I’ll sue the lot of you.

Mrs. Lark: Uh, yes, ma’am.

Emma 😦 Crying now) But mama, I’m scared! I don’t want root canal!

Mrs. Hose: (Taking her in her arms) Shh…everything will be all right. I’m sure there’s nothing to worry about. After all, you’ll be right as rain in a week or two. And even though I’ve never had a root canal myself, you have to get one of them sooner or later. (Emma sobbing)

Mrs. Hose: Maybe, they’ll give you a sticker. You like stickers don’t you? Come, come now, dear, you must hush! What will the dentist think?

Mrs. Lark: Oh yes, of course, I’m sure we could give a sticker.

(Dentist enters)

Dentist: Ready young lady? Now, don’t you worry about a thing. (Takes the sobbing Emma by the hand, and exits.)

Mrs. Hose: Oh dear! I hope I haven’t made a dreadful mistake! (Fidgeting furiously)

(She continues to hear Emma’s wails)

Emma: (Screaming at the top of her lungs) Mama! Mama! Help! He’s gonna hurt me! Mama!!!

Mrs. Hose: (Stands up) What’s happening to my baby!?

Mrs. Lark: Mrs. Hose, you must calm down! There is nothing wrong! Please, sit down and wait calmly.

Emma: (Continues to scream and wail) Mama! Mama! Mamaaaaa!

Mrs. Hose: (Hears loud drilling noise) She must be in intense pain! Oh, my sweet child, what have I done! (Starts sobbing)

Mrs. Lark: I’m sure she is fine. As for her screaming, it’s your own fault, for scaring that child half to death.

(All of a sudden the screaming and crying stops)

Mrs. Hose: (She springs up, and hysterically says) He’s killed her! He’s gone killed my baby! (Sinks to the floor, and sobs) I should have been a better mother! How could I have been so cruel!

(Door quietly opens and closes)

Mrs. Hose: (Doesn’t look up) (Still quietly sobbing) Emma, oh my sweet Emma.

Emma: Mama, guess what, I’m all done! Mr. Dentist said I don’t have to have root canal, and my teeth are clean now!

Mrs. Hose:  (Looks up shocked, then snatches Emma into a hug) Oh Emma, Emma, never, never again! Oh, my sweet, sweet Emma.

Emma: But mama, I like the dentist. He gave me a sticker.

Mrs. Hose: (Bewildered) But didn’t he torture you? Aren’t you in intense pain?

Emma: (Beaming) He said I don’t have cavities! I’m a good girl!

Mrs. Hose: But I heard a loud drilling noise, and…

Mrs. Lark: (Interrupting) Mrs. Hose, that drill you heard was from the construction site near us. And on her next visit I would suggest not scaring the child, and putting yourself in such frenzy, and perhaps the visit will go more smoothly.

Mrs. Hose: Oh… (Smiling embarrassingly) Well, now, we all make mistakes once in a while. Oh dear, look at the time. We really must be going!  (Taking Emma’s hand) Come dear, we must be off. (To Mrs. Lark) Goodbye! (Heads for the exit quickly)

Mrs. Lark: (Stands up and hurriedly chases after her) Now, wait just a minute! Mrs. Hose! Mrs. Hose! Come back!

 

The End

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Homemade Pancakes

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Amazing Pancakes!

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3 eggs

1/2 c. oil

1 1/2 c. buttermilk

1 3/4 c. flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 c. sugar

 

These amazing pancakes make the best pancakes ever! (or waffles ever) And to make them is so easy! I think what really makes them stand out as the best is one simple ingredient. Can you guess what that ingredient is?

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Mix all the dry ingredients then add in and mix the rest of the ingredients. Then fry the pancakes (We fry it in butter. Yum!), or bake the waffles in a hot waffle iron.

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“You Paid The Price” Song

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Nowadays, there are many people who have gone to church all their lives, or have at least lived pretty good lives, but have never truly repented and committed their lives to Christ. One of the reasons being, they believe that they are good enough to go to heaven. But in Isaiah 64:6 it says, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags…

When someone claims that they have to be a good person to get to heaven, what they are really saying is that what Jesus did on the cross wasn’t enough. But it was enough, he paid the price.

 

Creation Matters Series

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This Creation Matters Series will be taking place at Sierra Baptist Church:

http://sierrabaptist.org/

And it will also be available to watch via livestream at this link:

http://livestream.com/sierrabaptistchurchservices/events/4549589

“Have Faith” Bio

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A little while ago I was reading the biography of George Muller, a man whose life was centered on trusting God to fulfill his every physical and spiritual need. I learned so much from Muller’s life. That God is always in control, and He has a reason for everything that happens. One day as I was reading that book, I felt God leading me to write a song. At first I wasn’t sure what to write, but since God was teaching me a lot about faith during that time, I decided to write about faith. What makes this song so unique is that the words that I recorded weren’t altered at all. The words just came as I sang. Usually, I have to change the words big time. Sometimes, I will even take the recorded rough draft of a song, and only keep the theme, and melody. Though actually, the second and third verses were written at a later time after I had learned the melody, but God continued to lead me with the lyrics. Another thing that makes this song unique is the fact that the verse is in a minor key and the chorus is in a major key.

What is amazing is that soon after I finished writing the song, God used it in my life. One day I had driven a thirty minute drive to an old ladies’ house. Every once in a while I would come and clean for her. For some reason that day, the lady only wanted me to vacuum. I was kind of upset that I had gone all that way to only do a little vacuuming. Then the unexpected happened. As I was driving home, I ran out of gas in the middle of the highway! It was a cold winter day, and I had absolutely no way to communicate to anybody, because my phone hadn’t been charged when I left. But I myself had written, “He will provide for you. Have Faith”, so I had to trust God. I had to trust that He had not only a reason for my situation, but that He would get me out of this situation. For thirty minutes I waited, prayed, cried, sang, until my dad who “happened” to be coming back from playing soccer, and who “happened” to notice his old minivan with me in it on the side of the highway took the next exit and turned around. That day was certainly a big test of my faith, but looking back I am so thankful for it! The truth is I shouldn’t have even gone anywhere that day, and I could have just as easily have run out of gas on a different day when there would be no chance of my dad passing by, but God works out everything for good. Romans 8:28-All things work together for good to them that love God, and to them who are called according to His purpose.

I could tell story after story of tough situations I went through, but God was always faithful. I’m not saying their won’t be tears, because their will be. What I am saying is that when something bad happens, we don’t need to worry, because God promised that he has a reason for everything that happens good or bad, and because He loves us more than a father could ever love his child. Everything that happens will always be for our ultimate good. That is why we as Christians can have peace, and joy in every situation. But faith is a choice. You either choose to trust God, or you don’t. Dear Christian, He is worthy of your trust! Don’t lose faith!

“Love is a Sacrifice”Bio

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“Love is a Sacrifice”, was written because of the Couples Valentines Party that my mom organized in 2015. Ana and I were looking for some Valentines songs to sing, but we had a really hard time finding a Christian song that was actually love themed, that we liked, that we could sing, and that worked for the party. Well, one day my older sister was just playing around on the piano, and I was doing something, but I don’t remember what. Randomly, Ana played this awesome sounding chord, and when we both heard it, we immediately started figuring out a chord progression with this chord in it. Then Ana said that I should write a song about love for the Valentine’s party out of this chord progression, and I did.

If there is one thing out of all the things my dad taught me that I could never forget, it is what love is. Even when I was around Esther’s age, my little eight year old sister,  I remember my dad ingraining in me, “Love is not a feeling, but a choice”, and I also remember thinking about my crush when I was little, “I know that I don’t really love him, but I still want to marry him when I grow up.” I am so thankful that growing up, I was taught what love truly is. 1 Corinthians 13 tells us that love is patient, love is kind, does not envy, does not boast, and is not proud. But what is love? The way I always define it is: love is a choice that we make to care about someone in a self-sacrificial way. There is a verse that I think everyone knows that tells the greatest example of love, and that’s John 3:16– For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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“Beyond the Stars” Bio

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This song is different then the rest of the songs on my CD, in that, I only wrote the words. The melody and music of “Beyond the Stars” was written by my friend, David Fenton.

You see, David had sent me a recording of his song. He actually wasn’t intending for anyone to write words to his song, but when I heard it, I fell in love with his beautiful minor melody. I asked him if it was okay if I did write lyrics, and, of course, he said yes, otherwise this song wouldn’t be on my CD.

In the first two verses, I’m acknowledging that if I surrender my life to God, then he will use me in a powerful way, and that I shouldn’t fear the thought of surrendering my heart to him, because he gave his life for me. In the third verse, I am asking God to give the strength to surrender to him.

A little before I had  written these lyrics, I had had one of those moments were something just clicks in your heart. I had been reading in John 15, and the fifth verse had particularly struck me. I am the vine , ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. Even though I had read this verse many times, I realized in that moment for the first time that what the verse is saying is: When we spend time with God through prayer and reading the Bible, then there is naturally spiritual fruit in our lives as Christians. In this song I wrote “help me to abide in you each day”, because abiding with God is so important to living a surrendered life. Not that is easy, but he is willing to give the strength.

You can buy the song on itunes or amazon or wherever you want, if you want to.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/victory-in-jesus/id1114675464

https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/inayefimov

You can also listen to it on Spotify.

Thankyou so much for your support in my endeavor.

Your Sister in Christ,

Ina Y.