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”

Camp NaNoWriMo || Where Did I Get The Idea for My Novel?

Hello Readers!

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So, yesterday I shared the first Chapter of my Camp NaNoWriMo novel ‘More At Home With Strangers’ and Introduced you to one of my five main POV characters, Paisley Moore and A couple weeks ago I shared a little bit about each character in the Beautiful People Link-up….But I realized something missing in those posts.

That certain thing that was missing was: Where did the idea come from? and Why am I writing a story like this?

Well, the wait is over and you can stop wondering because I am going to tell you all right here, right now!

 

More At Home With Strangers ( MAHWS )

 

Synopsis:
Four teenagers, Mackenzie, Paisley, Tarryn and Maiya can’t stand each other upon meeting which makes having to live together hard. But they don’t have much choice considering the foster system is a hard, complicated issue. None have any valid excuse to leave, except their hatred for each other, so in the same home they remain. With the help of Gabrielle and David Harrow, the girl’s foster parents, they fight their own demons and face things they would much rather forget….and soon find that not only friendship starts to bring them together but that they are more at home with these strangers than anyone else.

 

That is the basics of my story and now that you know that (and have possibly seen the posts about my characters) I’m going to tell you where I got the idea for this story and how it all came together. (The idea…not the novel cause the novel isn’t done yet 😉 ) So it’s time to interview myself. Heehee!

 

Where did you get the idea for the novel? Was there anything in particular that came to you first? I first got the idea when I was sitting at home doing schoolwork. (Seriously) Suddenly the thought just came to me. What if a young couple wanted to foster some kids? What if those kids ended up being some very troubled teens who needed help?  <– And that thought process is what kicked off the idea for More At Home With Strangers (Or MAHWS. If you see that, It’s just me shortening the title.)

Why these characters? What about them made them deserving of being main characters? I’m not really sure why them and why the stations they are going through but I feel that mainly some of the things these girls struggle with are something other people know. A pain people may not have experienced first hand but might know someone. I think in a way that will make the characters more relatable.  But I think what made them deserving of being the main characters is that they simply are. They simply showed up and are adding something to the story that really is made specifically for that character….Wow. Here I go with my whole ‘trying to be inspirational but sounding like a dork speech’ Anyways. Moving on…

Are the Characters based off of or inspired by anyone you know? Any Dedications for this novel? The characters themselves are not based off anyone I know. But there are people close to me who I see struggling and somehow my love for those people and the notice of the pain they go through somehow leaks into the characters.

This book is, in fact, dedicated to three of the most amazing girls I know. (Destiny, Cori, and Amelia I don’t know if you girls are reading this but this book is dedicated to you. You three have really showed me what true strength is and have the heart and spirit of a fighter.)

All these struggles these characters have to face! Are any of these struggles an experience from a personal battle(s)? I have battled (and still do) with depression so I can definitely say that that has been incorporated from my experience. The eating disorders, health issues and other things are things I haven’t battled personally but I know people who I love dearly who have. So this novel does actually hit home for me a little. Just because, when I write these characters struggles I’m seeing my loved ones so yeah…

Why is this novel so depressing, Adriana? The reason I deal with the topics I do is for the same reason I dealt with rape and teen pregnancy in my novel Holding on To Grace. It’s to shine a light on these problems and show people that there is a light and things will get better. That is my goal with these stories. Sad and depressing, yes but I also hope it will be a source of hope for people as well.

Sounds like an insanely huge story! Is this going to be a series? Now, why would I ask myself this question? Well because I thought I would mention that there will be a MAHWS series. More At Home With Strangers will be a novel in itself but there will be four (possibly five) prequel short stories that give us a look into the characters backstories. So far, Tarryn’s short story (currently titled ‘Lost’ just so I can call it something) is half way completed but on hold now because of Camp NaNoWriMo

 

 

So, that is a little more about MAHWS! Anything I left out or that you want to know more about? Feel free to ask me some questions and I’ll answer them in the comments! 

Until Next Time!

Adriana Gabrielle

Not So Top Ten Tuesday- Top Ten Books/Series With The Best Friendships

Hello My Fellow Readers!

Once again, it’s NOT Tuesday but I haven’t done one of these posts….and I woke up this morning thinking it was tuesday…I think it has to do with the long weekend thing.

Anyways. Today’s Not-So-Top Ten Tuesday post is my Top Ten Best/Favourite Friendships. 🙂 (Also I could only think of 9 books or series so there aren’t 10 today 😛 )

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1. It’s Complicated by Laura L. Smith

I’m not doing this list in order of favourites…..But this one is my favourite book that has the best friendships 😀

In this story there are four gals who are college roommates and the best of friends. Throughout the books (2 in the series are published so far) they are seriously the best of friends. They’re supportive of each other and when they all go through some hard times (from breakups to losing a family member and other things) they all help each other and are there for one another.

When it comes to friendships in books. This one is my favourite in all honesty. I’m not saying these gals are like perfect people….they sometimes got on each others nerves and stuff but still, their friendships were so strong and I LOVED that element in this book.

(I want friendships like the friendship these gals in this novel have)

2. Glass Girl by Laura Anderson Kurk

Okay. Okay…. Where to start….Hmm. Once again. An awesome friendship between characters. There isn’t just the romantic relationship between Henry and Meg but also a really great friendship between the two main characters. They had a great friendship, I thought, as friends too.

3. Swept To Sea by Heather Manning

I loved the friendships in this novel. I especially loved the friendship between the tree characters, Ivy, Aimee and Eden. Like, come on. When Eden ran away both Aimee and Ivy jumped on a ship and followed her! Thats what I call friendship. They were worried about their friend so they went after her to bring her home. I know, this probably isn’t really doing it justice… but seriously. Really good friendships in this story.

4. Rising by Holly Kelly

In ‘Rising’ you don’t really dig deep into the friendship between Gretchen and Sara and you don’t see much of it until the second book, but the friendship is still there. I really liked the friendship between these two characters in this story.

5. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

Ummm….Lots of awesome friendships in this story. Lucy and Mr.Tumnus, The Pevensie Children’s relationship and much more. I especially loved the friendship between the siblings in this story. Yes, They fought and yes, Edmund was a brat….but they still loved each other and in the end were good friends…They always were…but they just fought and argued quite a bit. (Sibling love.) Okay…and Mr.Tumnus…I think he was the sweetest friend ever…Just saying.

6. The Lord of the Rings Series by J.R.R Tolkien

Once again. LOTS of amazing friendships here. The fellowship on a whole, Merry and Pippin, Sam and Frodo, Gandalf and Frodo, The Hobbits…Gollum and the Ring (Kidding!)

I think, even though there are so many friendships in this story my favourite is probably Sam and Frodo’s friendship. Sam was such a loyal friend. He made a promise to keep Frodo safe and stick with him, and he did. The friendships in this story were just plain old cool.

7. The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

Not much to say here except this: Ron, Hermione and Harry. Best Friends Forevah! (aaaand no, I still haven’t read the books)

8. Becoming the Chateran by S.J Aisling

Oh boy…where to start? Once again…Amazing friendships of so many different kinds. There were so many friends made along the way on the protagonists journey (and also some enemies but what else is new, right?) and Hiylinea and Rhea’s friendship was my favourite…Just saying.

9. Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

Once again….So many friendships (and so many feels that were crushed) in this series and I loved it.

So, this has been my Not-So-Top Ten Tuesday post (again) hope you enjoyed it!

Adriana Gabrielle