One Year 💕 {GIVEAWAY!}

One year of devotionals. Of posting and then not posting. Of users and followers coming and going. Of stories. One year of growing closer to God and sharing God’s word through this blog.

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

-Psalm 118:24 ESV

You may be wondering why I’m posting on a Monday. Actually you probably aren’t because I haven’t officially announced my Wednesday blogging schedule. 😛 Oh well.

Anyways, this is the reason why: Today is the one-year blogaversiary of Standing Firm in My Faith, and we also hit 50 followers a few days ago!

I cannot believe how much support that I’ve gotten through this blog, even when it was inactive. Ever since my cringey, messy, all-over-the-place, weirdly dramatic first post, I’ve grown as a blogger and in my faith!

In honor of this blog’s 1-year blogaversiary and 50-followers milestone, I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY!!!

And since the giveaway is completely virtual, I won’t need your address so anyone can enter! Here’s what the prize includes:

An awesome package of 5 DIFFERENT PHONE AND DESKTOP WALLPAPERS designed by yours truly!

A GUEST POST on Standing Firm in My Faith!

And, if you choose, a COMPLETE BLOG REDESIGN tailored to your liking!

All you have to do to enter is fill out the form below!

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Thank you so much for an amazing year. None of this would be possible without you…and God!

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Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens![a
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
    praise him according to his excellent greatness!

Praise him with trumpet sound;
    praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
    praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals;
    praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

Let Everything Praise the Lord – Psalm 150

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Light (Mini Devotional)

Imagine you are in a cave. A dark, shadowy, rocky cave, filled with razor-sharp rocks, endless pools, and calm plains alike. Some spots in the cave are easy to make it through – others, though, you struggle to reach the end of.

Then, imagine that you find a flashlight. The moment you accept the fact that it’s impossible to get through the cave on your own, the flashlight turns on and floods the cave with light and understanding.

Those jagged, sharp rocks? Turns out, in the light, they were just little pebbles. Those dark pools of swirling waters? When the light hits them, you realize they were just puddles.

Life is like that cave, and God is like that light. When you put your trust in God and pray to Him, then His Light can shine on any situation!

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path”. -Psalm 119:105
“…the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined.” – Matthew 4:16
Have a blessed day! What are some ways YOU remember to ask for God’s light in prayer? Are you participating in the Letters With A Purpose challenge?
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All Your Heart: A Devotional

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and all your strength.”

Luke 10:27

One of my pet peeves is when kids at church or school worship with less than half their heart. They snicker when the movements get crazy and limply wave their hands, caring only about being ‘cool’ to their peers.

These kids forget that when they worship, they are worshipping God! Whenever I see this type of kid, I want to ask them, “Is that all you’ve got for Jesus?”

I care about what other people think of me, but not to the extent where the quality of glory I give Jesus suffers! I want to worship God with my whole heart – not just slightly waving arms and mumbling voices.

I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and will glorify Your name forever.

Psalms 9:1

Sometimes, you might not know the words, and that’s okay! Sometimes, you might not know the dances, and that’s okay! Maybe you’re even hurt and can’t move as fully as you’d like. This is all okay!

What matters is that you give your very best to Jesus! If anyone ever makes fun of you for worshipping, (which I doubt would happen), just comeback with what David said in 2 Samuel 6:21-22:

I will celebrate before the LORD. I will become even more undignified than this.

2 Samuel 6:21-22

BOOM.

What are your thoughts on worship? Do you believe that you need to worship God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength?

Emmie



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Created by Him: A Mini Devotional

God created the entire world, galaxy, universe, with his own two hands. Every small detail He placed on this earth serves a purpose in His amazing plan.

You are part of that plan! You are one of those details! God has an amazing plan for your life. If you trust in Him and obey him, you can help that happen.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

God has a purpose for us, even when it feels like we don’t belong or we don’t matter. Even when the world won’t accept us, or make us feel like we belong, God will.

I hope you enjoyed this mini-devotional! Stay tuned for more ways to stand firm in your faith!
With much love, hope & faith,
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A Light in the Darkness

Have you ever just felt like no one loves you?

First of all, that’s not true. John 3:16 says:

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

But sometimes, it can definitely feel like you are alone. Those times of grief, loss, depression, anxiety, those times are dark times. Think of a dark room: without light, you stumble, you trip, you fall. Without light, you can never get out of the dark room. But no one is alone.

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Songs, Poetry, and Praising the Lord

Hello, brothers and sisters in Christ!

Today I’m going to share some of the songs and poems I’ve written to worship the Savior and help me through some tough times. At the end, there will be a little devotional about worship. So sorry that this is a little late. Ready, set, go!

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Hold On // Emmie

Genre // Praise and worship

Feel // acoustic, deep, strong

Meaning // Things get hard, but if you hold on to God He will pull you through whatever you are facing

(First Verse)

When your whole life is upside-down

When the world seems to swallow you who-o-o-le

When your life is rocked off axis

When the whole world seems to turn against you

There’s a little something I think you should know

And it goes a little something like this

(Chorus)

Just keep holding on to God

Keep your grasp firm on Him

Cuz He’s mightier than mighty

Stronger than strong

Just gotta keep holding on

(Second Verse)

When darkness closes in

When despair seems to win

The sadness, grief extends

You just let the struggle win

But I’ve got a little something I think you should know

And it goes a little something like this

And it goes a little something like THIS!!!

(Repeat Chorus)

(Third Verse)

Oh, there’s a little something I think you should know

There’s a little something  I think you should know

There’s a little something  I think you should know

There’s a little something  I think you should know

(Repeat Chorus)

Oh

There’s a little something I think you should know

 

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Keep On // Emmie

Genre // Praise and worship

Feel // Upbeat, hopeful, acoustic, faithful, passionate

Meaning // Times get rough, but God loves you and has a plan for you even when you feel small and insignificant. So keep on hoping and growing in your faith and relationship with Him.

(Intro)

I am just a little seed

But someday I’ll be a tree

Just need a little nourishing

Before I can keep on growing

(First Verse)

You dug a hole and planted me

So someday I’ll be set free

From the chains of the old me

Now I’ll be the best me I can be

(Bridge)

Gonna keep on holding on

Keep on standing strong

Keep on moving along

Keep on singing this song

(Chorus)

I got enough faith to walk on water

Got enough hope to climb mountains

And when I’m feeling weak

God will help me reach the peak

I’ll stand tall and remember

That through it all

He has a plan for me

A plan for this tiny seed

So, I’ll keep on growing

(Second Verse)

The grass withers and the flowers fade, fade

But the Word of my God stays the same

The Lord almighty knows my name

And every single word I say

(Repeat Bridge)

(Repeat Chorus)

(Third Verse)

No matter how hard I try

Sometimes I just have to cry

But You remind me that I

Am not alone and everything will be fine

(Repeat Bridge Softly, Build Up To Chorus)

(Repeat Chorus)

He has a plan for me

A plan for this tiny seed

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No Matter Where // Emmie

Genre // Praise and worship

Feel // Upbeat, hopeful, classic gospel

Meaning // Similair to Keep On; God always has a plan no matter where you are

(Intro)

Lord, You know who I am

You will take me by the hand

When I’m away or I’m at home

I know I am not alone

(First Verse)

I know You are always there

And I know that you always care

Be my true self and nothing less

You will help me through this mess

(Chorus)

Oh

Take me under Your wing

The whole world shall sing

“Jesus Christ the King

Is coming!”

Oh

Take me by the hand

And help me understand

That God Almighty has a plan

No matter where I am

No matter

Where

I am

(Second Verse)

I’m in a crazy tangled mess

I’m overloaded with stress

But every single hour

You watch over with Your Power

I know You will be with me

And I know that You’ve set me free

I’ll try to stay strong as much as I can

And I’ll trust You have a plan!!!

(Repeat Chorus)

(Third Verse)

Deep inside I just wish I could cry

But there’s no reason to cry because you’re my

Lord and Savior-or-or

Lord and Savior-or-or

Lord and Savior-or-or

Lord and Savior-or-or

Lord and Savior-or-or

(Repeat Chorus)

(Repeat Intro)

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God is so Good // Emmie and her 2nd Grade Music Teacher

Background // My music teacher in second grade made up this song, and I added to it a little bit. I love singing this song or quietly hum it to myself or even just sing it in my head when I feel nervous or scared.

(First Verse)

God is so good

God is so good

God is so good

He’s so good to me

(Second verse)

He answers prayers

He answers prayers

He answers prayers

Oh, He answers me

(Third Verse)

He protects me

He protects me

He protects me

Oh, He protects me

(Fourth Verse)

He loves me

He loves me

He loves me

Oh, He loves me

(Fifth Verse)

God is so good

He answers prayers

He protects me

Oh, God loves me

Oh, God loves me

God is so good!

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What is Worship??

Worship: reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or toany object regarded as sacred.
Worship is a way of praising God for all of His amazing things that He did and does for us. He is amazing! 1 Chronicles 16:23 says:
23 Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day.

  Worship night is one of my most favorite church events of the year!! We sing songs and pray prayers and take communion and remember all that God has done for us. Look for me, it’s pretty easy – I’m the one who’s dancing my heart out and everyone’s staring at me. XD Psalms 86:9 also proclaims:

9 All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name. 
Honor GOD, not idols. Honor HIM, not the photo or statue of Him. And most importantly, pull an Emmie and don’t worry about what other people think when you’re worshiping. 😉 The LORD deserves your full self!!
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Finding Joy in Everyday Things

Take a moment to count your blessings.

First of all, you are blessed to be alive in the first place, to know God’s Truth, and to have food on your plate and clothes on your backs. But as humans we are dissatisfied with our belongings, and look to other things, and become jealous of everyone’s cool new iPhone X or the newest car or that VR helmet. These things can become obsessions, and maybe even idols.

What is an idol? An idol is anything and everything you put before God. Idols can be anything from possessions to legit statues that you worship to, and God forbids them.

Let’s take a look at Exodus 20:3: “You shall have no other gods before me.”

So, instead of letting our jealousy or over-admiration of worldly things become idols, we should strive to find positivity and gratefulness in very day.

Have you ever thought your day was boring? With God, no day is boring. Here are three methods to finding joy in everyday things:

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Method #1: Count your blessings

Like said above, counting your blessings is a great way to turn a boring day in to a good one. And guess what–the list is endless! There are so many under-appreciated, taken-for-granted things that we are so lucky to have. Take a look around you–there is always, always something to be thankful for!

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Method #2: Spend time with God

Take a moment to stop and pray. Spending time with Him can boost your confidence, recharge your spirit, and get you through the day, no matter what is going on! It does;t have to be a chunk of time you take out of your day that you dread like chore, but just an impromptu, five-minute prayer sessions perfect, as long as you enjoy it.

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Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

 

Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

Standing Firm in My Faith-2Method #3: Read your Bible

The solution to everything-READ YOUR BIBLE! There are sine great verses above. Try using the BibleApp, which lets you choose an emoticon of your feelings and gives you a list of verses to read according to your mood!

Thanks for reading! Have a blessed day, lovely!

Emmie