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”

Don’t Fret Over The Unexpected

It might be more than you ever hoped for…

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Whoever finds me gets virtual brownies!

Don’t fret over what plans didn’t happen. Thinking back on Grad and this year so far, I realize (while discussing school related things with my boyfriend) that if my graduation hadn’t been moved an extra year so many things wouldnt have happened. Originally I was supposed to be in the Centre For Learning At Home Class of 2015 but because of a failed math class and a confusing and mixed up list of what courses I needed to finish school on time, things were bumped and switched around and it was arranged for me to be in the wonderful Class of 2016. (A group of 67 people) Aside from meeting and getting to know many of the people I graduated with there are many things I realize may never have been possible had the unexpected changes and turns (like my Graduation being bumped from 2015 to 2016) like:

I still may not have met my (now) boyfriend at this point and he most certainly wouldn’t have been my grad date and I his.

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I may not have discovered the amazing writing group I am a part of.

I may not have had the opportunity to Nanny one of the most precious 8 year old boys I’ve ever met for a few months.

I may not have met new people at church or my friends from school had I graduated in 2015


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and SOOOOO many more amazing things. Major life events or even just the little things like spending the day at the mall with my friend Laticia who I may have never met because our being in the same Grad Class together. Or going to YC this year with some amazing friends!

But now, I’ve Graduated, met many amazing people , gotten a waitressing job I love, had a possible college opportunity open for me for a course I’ve wanted to do for a few years,  became a youth leader and many more things (over the last month especially that I’ll share in other posts)! All things that might not have ever happened if certain things in my life had gone the way I wanted them to.

I might sound like a repetitive and broken record here so basically, my point is. Don’t fret or worry about how things may not have gone how you wanted because you honesty never know what could come from those ‘unexpected change of plans.’ It might be amazing and beautiful things that come from it.

 

PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7  (ESV)

6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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

Turning Point Blog Tour

 

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Hello Readers!

So, I nearly forgot about my post for today but then…I didn’t. So it’s all good and I’m excited to share this with you all.

I’m here to tell you about this awesome set of books (7 of them, in fact) perfect for your summer reading. For a limited time, the Turning Point collection is featuring seven full length young adult novels for only 99 cents available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo! 99 cents people! I’ve yet to get my copy…But I think you all know by now not to follow my book buying example, becasue I never have money to afford books…or almost never…..

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Here are the titles in the set!

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Turning Point: 7 Young Adult Inspirational Novels in One Set Making it easy (and super cheap!) for you. All your summer reading is right here in this one set. Get seven full-length novels from some of your favorite authors.

 

By Darkness Hid, Jill Williamson

Given the chance to train as a squire, kitchen servant Achan Cham hopes to pull himself out of his pitiful life and become a Kingsguard Knight. When Achan’s owner learns of his training, he forces Achan to spar with the Crown Prince–more of a death sentence than an honor. Meanwhile, strange voices in Achan’s head cause him to fear he’s going mad. While escorting the prince to a council presentation, their convoy is attacked. Achan is wounded and arrested, but escapes from prison–only to discover a secret about himself he never believed possible.

 

 

Whisper If You Have To, Staci Stallings

Secrets. Alison Prescott has collected a boatload of them in her short lifetime. Moving to a new school in a new town was supposed to fix everything; however, when she meets a new set of friends, keeping those secrets might just ruin everything including her fledgling relationship with the school’s basketball star, Chad Dourozette. How far will Allison go to keep the secrets she can never tell anyone?

 

 

It’s Complicated, Laura L. Smith

There’s a reason Facebook has the Status Update, It’s Complicated. Follow four college roommates, Claire, Palmer, Hannah, and Kat as they maneuver crushes, confusion, and the crisis when pushy boys go too far. Complicated as it is, these four friends will pull through, guided by the strength of their friendship and the power of God’s love.

 

 

Failstate, John W. Otte

A fledgling teenage superhero competes on a reality TV show for a government vigilante license. When one of his competitors is murdered, Failstate sets out on a quest to avenge her death. But will his superpowered lunk of a big brother ruin everything?

 

 

The Wishing Pearl, Nicole O’Dell

Sixteen-year-old Olivia Mansfield can’t wait to escape the confines of her home, which promises nothing but perpetual torment and abuse from her stepfather. When poor choices lead her to the brink of a complete breakdown, Olivia comes to a crossroads. Will she find the path to ultimate hope and healing that her heart longs for?

 

 

Mardan’s Mark, Kathrese McKee

Abducted by pirates and taken behind enemy lines across the Great Gulf, Princess Srilani is determined to save her sisters and younger brother, the crown prince, from captivity. She convinces their caretaker, Aldan, and his brother slaves to share the perilous journey home. This ragtag group of unlikely heroes sets out on a quest — pursued by cutthroat pirates, merciless priests, and marauding soldiers — to return the heir to his kingdom before war breaks out. In this epic adventure fantasy, Srilani and Aldan risk everything to save a prince and a nation, discovering along the way that death is not their deepest fear.

 

 

Glass Girl, Laura Anderson Kurk

After her older brother Wyatt is killed in a jealousy-fueled incident and her mother disappears, Meg Kavanagh decides surviving is easy—it’s living that takes guts. She believes she’s to blame for Wyatt’s death, but when Henry Whitmire steps in with a secret, will Meg forgive herself enough to accept the good things in life like the rush of first love and the power of mercy? – See more at: http://jillwilliamson.com/turning-point-blog-tour-information/#sthash.mqPPTgv6.dpuf

It’s Addicting Book Review

Hello Readers!

I am finally back! I am so sorry for neglecting my blogging duties but school only seems to be taking up more and more of my time (joys of growing up, right?)

Anyways. I could go on and on coming up with all sorts of excuses, but I won’t so it’s time for a book review.

Today I am going to be reviewing Laura Smith’s ‘It’s Addicting’, the third book in the “Status Update Series’

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Obsessing over status, grades, exercise or a boyfriend could never become an addiction…could it?

This third installment of the Status Updates series finds four college sophomore roommates finally getting comfy with the routines of dorm life. But Kat, Claire, Palmer, and Hannah soon begin to feel the nagging ache of innocent little addictions pulling them away from their true selves. Hang out with these four roomies to see if they can—or even want to—ditch these sneaky little hang-ups before they take over their lives.

It’s Addicting. Such a great book, along with the series… I guess we could say it’s… Addicting? (See what I did there? 😉 )

I am absolutely in LOVE with with this series and I am dying of impatience for the next book. (Which also marks the end of the series so I guess I can wait a little longer.)

Once again, I loved the characters. I loved the individuality of the girls but yet how even though they are all so different they are such great friends and how Christ really brings these friends together. (I think my last review was me basically discussing how much I love how their friendship was so realistic and what not.)

I love how Christ is written in every page in this novel. In this story the characters struggle with different kinds of addictions.

I also love how the book shows that what we might not think to be addictions can easily become that if we aren’t careful. It kinda gets you thinking.

Are there any addictions that’s are holding you down or maybe even pulling you away from God?

So today’s review is kinda short. But yet it’s sweet.

Short but sweet 🙂

Overall I give this book a 5 out of 5 star rating. I absolutely loved it and I am so excited for the next book! (Well kinda… I don’t want this series to end!!)

Until Next Time,

Adriana Gabrielle

Book Review|| It’s Complicated

Hello Fellow Readers!

So, as you can see, I’m posting a TON lately….That’s because school is over for the summer (for me) and I feel this new sense of freedom and I have more time to bog…and get back to my writing which I had to abandon for these next couple weeks.

Over these next couple week and over the summer here is a list of reviews you can look forward to:

It’s Complicated by Laura L. Smith

It’s Over Laura L. Smith

It’s Addicting by Laura L. Smith (once it’s released)

Angry by Laura L. Smith

The Merchants Son by C.F Barrows

The Follower by C.F Barrows

Descending by Holly Kelly

Between These Lines by Jennifer Murgia

Swimming Through Clouds by Rajdeep Paulus

Glass Girl by Laura Anderson Kurk

Perfect Glass by Laura Anderson Kurk

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

and MUCH MORE!

 

Now its time for my book review for the day!

Today I’m going to review It’s Complicated by Laura L. Smith 🙂 So, let’s get started.

 

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There’s a reason Facebook has the relationship status, “It’s Complicated.” Follow four college roommates, Claire, Palmer, Hannah and Kat as they maneuver crushes, confusion, and the crisis when pushy boys go too far. Complicated as it is, these four friends will pull through, guided by the strength of their friendship and the power of God’s love.

 

Just pointing out here quickly that this cover is simply amazing! I love it. Once again more simple (as far as covers go) but still pretty! (I love the covers for these books (as well as the books themselves) by Laura L. Smith 🙂 Just so you all know.)

 

Plot: I loved the plot of the story. I was pulled into it instantly. The story is from the point of view of four college roommates with their own lives and struggles, but find strength to get through in both God and each other.

This book (and the next two) are awesome for one of the reasons that these girls have a friendship I wished I had… Gawsh, I’m rambling…Anyways.

Loved the plot. I was really dragged into the story.

I was laughing, crying, and angry or upset along with the characters. Thats how real they felt and how much I was pulled into the story. The emotions felt real to me because the plot felt real to me.

 

Genre: The genre for this series is Christian YA Fiction.

The world needs more YA Fiction like this book/series. (and like Glass Girl, Swimming Through Clouds and the other Playlist Fiction books) It was an amazing story, really good YA Fiction and yeah… I never know what to say when it comes to this section of my reviews…Moving on.

 

Characters: So, as I said before It’s Complicated is from the POV of four college roommates. SO now I’m gonna tell you more about them. 🙂

Palmer: Palmer is that one friend thats the ‘Totally Loyal Fashionista’ type friend. You know what I mean, right? She’s just that kind of gal. She’s a complete fashionista but a really loyal friend 🙂 I’m trying to figure out what to say here without spoiling stuff…. GAH! This is hard.

*think think think*

*in Gollum’s voice* Must not give out spoilers, precious…Okay…I’ll focus now…My apologies.

Umm yeah. Palmer is, not only a fashionista, but like I said before a loyal friend. Herself and Claire develop a very strong relationship as best friends and Palmer is very supportive of Claire when hard times hit her. So, yeah, Palmer is an awesome friend.

Kat: I really really really liked Kat’s characters (along with Palmers and the other two) she was one of my favourites. She’s a super friend and loves soccer. (or any kind of sport for that matter). Kat is also very outgoing and friendly and I liked that about her. 🙂

Claire: Claire is a very shy, sweet ballerina who has been through a lot. (Can’t say what exactly due to spoilers.) After something happens to her she closes up completely and even pushes away her roomies. Throughout the story though, Claire, out of the four roomies, seemed to be the peacemaker and the one that the other three loved as a sister. (though they all had that kind of friendship).

Hannah: Okay…Hannah. I think out of all four of the girls…I’m most like her…Except I’m not always on the hunt for a boyfriend and have a LOT more siblings than she does 😛

Anyways. I loved Hannah. If I remember correctly, it was Hannah’s idea to be roomies with the other girls, and she was the one who brought them together. Hannah is a fairly average girl with a fairly average family. Two parents and two younger siblings…As I mentioned before, Hannah is always on the hunt for a boyfriend…but things just don’t seem to work out in her favour…Hannah is super super friendly and super outgoing…She’s also a bit of a neat-freak (in a good way!) Yeah. I really liked her character a lot.

I liked all of the girls for different reasons but most of all. I LOVED their friendship so much! (As I’ve mentioned probably a million times) it was just so amazing and one of the best literary friendships I have ever read.

 

Setting: The setting kinda went all over the place as the girls traveled and everywhere it went felt real and like I was there. It was really well done and I loved it! I could picture the places and setting so clearly its like I was there. (It’s a lot cheaper to read about someone in Paris than going, right? So if the setting feels real I’m sold.)

 

Overall: Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. It was absolutely magnificent and an amazing start to the series. 🙂

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It’s Complicated is now available for purchase on Amazon for both Kindle or in Paperback.

So head on over to amazon and buy it now! 😀 *is wondering if I should hint subtly that you need to go buy it next time rather than demanding it.*

Well, Until Next Time! (Which might be tomorrow. Who knows. It’s summer break so I’m around…)

Adriana Gabrielle