Loving People Like Jesus

Hello there!

I’m so sorry it’s been so long since I’ve blogged. My priorities have been to focus on my upgrades for college and now that those are done it’s a waiting process to get my marks back. Since that’s done I’m hoping to be able to put a bit more of a priority on my blogging and novel writing. But today I’m gonna work on writing up some posts and finishing up ones I started so today my friend Cori has written another guest post so I’ll let her share what she’s written.

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Growing up I learned that people are not always the easiest to love all the time. I was taught that you have to love everyone, even if you don’t like them.

One of the most important commandments is to love your neighbors as yourself. God said that himself. Treat others the way you would want to be treated is something my youth pastor would say often. Although not always the easiest route, it is the way that Jesus lived himself.

Jesus hung out with people that you wouldn’t really expect. He made friends with the liars and cheats. The outcasts. The people nobody wanted to be. I think He did this to set an example for us today. He didn’t have to love on those people. But he chose to show them the love and respect every person needs.

Now that doesn’t mean that Jesus took crap from people either. He would correct them when they were wrong, in a very polite yet clever way most of the time.

Don’t think I’m telling you to hang around a murderer and be best friends with them. But I am telling you to love that person no matter the sins they struggle with because, in the end, his sin is the same as mine. Even if mine seems minuscule in comparison God sees all sin as the same.

When I was in grade school the teachers would always pair the new kids or the weird kids with me because In my house you treated everybody the way you would want to be treated, therefor I was always the nice one in class, even when I didn’t want to be I was paired with them. Now I was a very shy kid. It was pretty hard for me to do this. But I felt the call that God put on my life to follow him at a young age and I knew it was the right thing to do.

There was this one kid who nobody got along with. I’m not gonna share her name but she was a nice kid. Just a bit strange. Once one of my friends asked me why I hung out with her so much. I simply told them that she deserved to have friends too. At the end of the school year, we went our separate ways but her mom came up to me and thanked me for being so nice to this girl. She was a bit hyper and talked A LOT but I did enjoy her company and learned to love her very much.

I wish more kids would give each other a chance rather than judging a book by its cover. It’s so hard for me to see all the bullying and abuse that goes on In schools these days. It’s sad.

I learned pretty young that it’s honestly so rewarding and worth getting to know a person no matter how much they annoy you.

Now I know we aren’t all in grade school here. That was just one example. I have another. Take homeless people for example. I have worked and served homeless people for as long as I can remember. But some people won’t even look in their direction. Some Christians don’t even see them as people.

I’ll never forget the day that I went up to a homeless man and gave him some food and he looked at me with tears in his eyes. He said nobody would even look at him that day. He searches in his bag for a ring he had made and he gave it to me saying that he wishes there were more people like me in this world.

I’ve given people on the streets Christmas presents that haven’t gotten anything for 25 years and they’ve broken down and asked me to watch them open it. It wasn’t much just some essentials and little things and a book but he was so thankful for his gift. He said that maybe there really is a God that loved him all because I treated him like a normal person for a few minutes.

I love these experiences. Ones with people who think they don’t even deserve it anymore. Broken people. I see them as a beautiful creation of God and it’s almost magical seeing these moments.

If people could just open their eyes and see them as people in a bad circumstance the world would be a much more beautiful place. But let’s move on to another example.

Now we’ve all had that one neighbor that everybody hates right? I have anyways. Those people are one of the hardest to love. Just the meanest most annoying people you’ve ever met right? Well God calls us to love even them. I know crazy right?! Well, I know for a fact that Jesus would have gone up to that guy and said: “I love you no matter what the sin you are struggling with.” So we are called to do the same. That’s not always the easy thing to do but sometimes the hard choice is the best choice.

So many times in the Bible the Pharisees would scold Jesus for hanging out with “that guy” like why would a guy like you hang out with a guy like them? Love, that’s the answer. Unconditional unfailing love.

I know these words aren’t really something easy to read but it’s very important. So next time you just can’t stand someone, pray for them. It not only changes them but it changes your heart towards them. I’m not saying you have to like them, but you must love them.

“Lord help me to love like you do. Help me to love my enemy’s and pray for them. Help me to go up to the weird kid and be their friend. I thank you for your love and grace on us. We don’t deserve it but you made us deserve it by dying on the cross for us. Help me to spread love through out the world and shine your light through me. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen”

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Spotlight Saturday #9

Hello Readers!

So….lets all time travel back to yesterday, okay?  Cause I forgot my spotlight saturday post! (I’m trying to catch up on homework this weekend and that just adds to the usual weekend insanity 😛 )

*Jumps in the TARDIS* *Time travels back to yesterday.*

Life of a Random

So, first off, tell us a bit about you!

Hi, my name’s Selena, or Skylar Finn as most of my followers know me. 😀 Right now I’m a college student (just finished my first year *victory dance*) so even though I love (or hate depending on moods. Mood swings, I get them) what I’m trying to learn—Graphic Design—it doesn’t give me as much time to blog as I would like.

Chocolate gives me life. Seriously, it’s the only way I survived midterms and finals. I’m also kinda short. But…short people are the best so… 😉 I’ve loved reading ever since I was a first-grader and my favorites are usually some kind of fantasy or dystopian. I also have a unhealthy healthy obsession with K-pop. There are a short list of people I can legitimately freak out with about K-pop so if you’re into it let me know. Seriously.

 

 

What is the title of your blog? Where did you get the idea for the name? Any specific meaning behind it?

The title of my blog is “Life of a Random.” The funny thing about my blog name is that I came up with it because I’m awful at coming up with names (you should see my social media accounts. It’s not pretty.). Basically, my blog is just random bits and pieces of my life so I named it that. When I first started blogging, Life of a Random wasn’t about books. Even though it is now, I’m glad that its name gives me the freedom to branch out into any direction I want to. Cause it’s all my life. *grins* My fabulous life.

 

 

What gave you the idea to start blogging? Was it sort of just ‘Hey, I should write a blog!’ or did someone suggest the idea? 

It was more of “Hey, I should write a blog!” because I guess I wanted to tell people my thoughts without knowing them or them knowing me. The fact that I have people who care about what I write even though they don’t know me and have nothing to base anything on except my online presence is awesomesauce. They’re my baes.

 

 

What can or will people find on your blog upon arriving? Do you have a target audience in mind?

Right now…. *looks at feet* you’ll probably find loads of K-pop stuff and GIFs. Which accurately describes my life actually. Now that I’m off school for the summer though, you’ll be seeing a lot more book-related things like—reviews, discussions, etc. with the occasional sprinkle of personal life spot-lighting.

I’ve never really tried to reach a target audience but I guess with the things I’m interested in, my audience would be teens and young adults. Mostly readers.

 

 

Is there any social media sites where people can follow you and still get notifications about your posts or something? (Tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook etc.)

Only my Twitter has regular updates right now. I have a big to-do list 😉

Twitter: https://twitter.com/randomofalife

And of course, you can get updates if you follow me with Blogger or Bloglovin’.

Blog: http://randomofalife.blogspot.com/

Bloglovin’: https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/life-a-random-11970189

 

 

And last, but not least. Feel free to give me a link (or links) of a couple of your favourite posts on your blog 🙂

 Hmm, well for a look into my personal life these are great:

Dear April and Back to College! (Room Tour)

And I loved writing these reviews:

Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Spotlight Saturday #5

Hello Readers!

Time for another spotlight saturday post! I’ve got Julia from Julia The Writer Girl here with me on the blog! 😀

 

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So, first off, tell us a bit about you!

Hey there! I’m Julia. I’m a rising senior at the University of Michigan, majoring in Creative Writing & Literature with a minor in Global Media Studies (aka movies). I’m also currently an intern for the Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency, an admin/writer for http://www.teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com, a blogger for the College section of The Huffington Post, and the founder of the Chapter One Young Writers Conference. Last year I interned for Folio Literary Management and studied literature abroad at St Peter’s College, University of Oxford. In my free time, I read a lot of books and drink a lot of tea (aaand watch a lot of Netflix). Also write. That’s something I occasionally do too.

 

What is the title of your blog? Where did you get the idea for the name? Any specific meaning behind it?

The title of my blog is “Julia the Writer Girl.” I honestly can’t remember how I came up with the name, except it wasn’t the original one. For some reason when I started blogging about three and a half years ago, I made the URL “Julia the Writer Girl” but the actual blog title in the header “Ink to Paper.” Readers started calling it “Julia the Writer Girl” pretty quickly, so about half a year in I made that the official name to simplify things. (Also, I realized that I liked that way better than “Ink to Paper.” Because hello.) The meaning behind “Julia the Writer Girl” is pretty straightforward: My name is Julia, and I am a writer who is a girl.

 

What gave you the idea to start blogging? Was it sort of just ‘Hey, I should write a blog!’ or did someone suggest the idea?

It was a combination of things. I’d heard from countless literary agents and authors that it was good for aspiring authors to blog, but I’d tried a couple times before and gotten nowhere with those attempts. Then it was senior year of high school and I got deferred from my dream university, and it was right before Christmas and my ancient, grouchy, lovely cat was dying, my other cat had died a couple weeks before, my novel had just been rejected off a full manuscript request for which I’d had really high hopes, I didn’t get cast in my high school theatre company’s winter competition show, and I was missing a Christmas party I’d really been looking forward to because, again, dying cat—so all of that combined kind of made me this bored, rage-ful seventeen-year-old ready to try anything to get the energy and emotions away from me. So I started a blog and never looked back.

Also, happy ending to the story: The cat ended up getting better and living for another year and a half before dying about as peacefully as a cat ever does, I ended up getting accepted to and attending the dream university after all (AND NOW I’M ABOUT TO BE A SENIOR WHAT EVEN), and I got a principle role in the spring musical. (And, of course, that otherwise kind of terrible period in my life led to my wonderful little blog.)

 

What can or will people find on your blog upon arriving? Do you have a target audience in mind?
My blog’s kind of a random mixture of whatever crosses my mind. I’ve written a lot of posts with writing tips lately, but I also share old pieces of writing and talk about clothes, movies, books, traveling, food, etc. So it’s kind of a writing blog crossed with a lifestyle blog.

My target audience is anyone who is willing to put up with me.

 
Is there any social media sites where people can follow you and still get notifications about your posts or something? (Tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook etc.)

I link to every post that goes up on Twitter and my Facebook page. So:
Twitter: @Julia_Byers
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JuliaByersAuthor

 

And last, but not least. Feel free to give me a link (or links) of a couple of your favourite posts on your blog 🙂

Ooh. This is a fun one.

Okay, so this is a post I wrote a couple months back about crafting plot in reference to mysteries: http://juliathewritergirl.com/2015/02/11/wordy-wednesday-every-story-is-a-mystery/

This is a fashion post I wrote about mimicking Emma Stone’s style [a moment of silence for Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield’s relationship]: http://juliathewritergirl.com/2014/02/24/steal-emma-stones-casual-cute-style/

And this post is just me gushing about meeting JK Rowling: http://juliathewritergirl.com/2014/07/22/story-time-i-met-jk-rowling/
Thanks for having me, Adriana!

And Thank you for joining me, Julia! 

Spotlight Saturday #4

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Hello Readers!

Another lovely blogger has joined me this weekend for a Spotlight Saturday! That lovely person is Rae from The Wallflower.

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So, first off, tell us a bit about you!

Rae: Well, besides telling ya’ll my name (since that’s fairly obvious), I can say that I’m currently in my last year in college, studying to earn my B.A. in English (emphasis Creative Writing). After that, there’s a slight possibility of an M.F.A. program. And, well, to put it simply: I intern at REUTS Publications, read YA (and other things), edit anything I can get my hands on, and listen to music. Also: my favorite color is orange (because orange rocks).

 

 

What is the title of your blog? Where did you get the idea for the name? Any specific meaning behind it?

Rae: My blog used to be called What Happened to the Wallflower, but recently I shortened it to simply The Wallflower upon a move in domains. The name actually comes from one of my favorite books, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky. Personally, it simply symbolizes embracing who you are and not being afraid to just do what you want to do, while also understanding the possibility and need for growth and change.

 

 

What gave you the idea to start blogging? Was it sort of just ‘Hey, I should write a blog!’ or did someone suggest the idea? 

Rae: I’d started blogs in the past, but never kept up. However, I’d always loved the idea of blogging, more for myself than for anyone else, and figured: well, if there’s people out there who actually want to read what I have to say, then fantastic (the blogging community is seriously the best). After I started it, blogging then became a personal challenge to see if I can keep blogging while juggling school and writing as well. If I can do this, then I can do anything.

 

 

What can or will people find on your blog upon arriving? Do you have a target audience in mind?

Rae: People will find lots of book reviews (posted once a week, sometimes more), as well as twice-weekly posts on writing, including things to think about while drafting/revising/organizing a novel. Sometimes these posts are specific tips and tricks, and sometimes they’re just me putting some feelers out there, trying to get people to think about certain aspects of whatever they’re writing. There’s definitely a target audience: fellow writers. Of course, it’s open to anyone.

 

 

Is there any social media sites where people can follow you and still get notifications about your posts or something? (Tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook etc.)

Rae: Yes! I’ve got quite a few social media accounts. You’re most likely to find me on Twitter (@Rae_Slater), but I’ve also set up a Tumblr (http://raeoestreich.tumblr.com/), Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/raeoestreich/), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/RaeSlaterBooks?ref=hl), and I also have a Goodreads account where I post my book reviews (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/20952959-rae).

 

 

And last, but not least. Feel free to give me a link (or links) of a couple of your favourite posts on your blog 🙂

Rae: Ooh, I get to choose my favorite posts? This’ll be fun:

Creating a Character Chart Using Excel: http://www.raeoestreich.com/writing/character-charts/

Creating a Novel Timeline Using Excel: http://www.raeoestreich.com/writing/creating-a-timeline/

The Villain as the Failed Hero: Humanizing Antagonists: http://www.raeoestreich.com/writing/the-villain-as-the-failed-hero-humanizing-antagonists/

And, last: Writing Multiple POVs: Separating Stories: http://www.raeoestreich.com/writing/writing-multiple-povs-separating-stories/

 

Thanks for joining me, Rae!

Thanks so much for having me, Adriana!