Anne, Colliding with Destiny Study

Colliding with Destiny Study

Chapter 8: Your Enemy Becomes Your Footstool

Bible Reading: Ruth 2:6-9

And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab:

And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house.

Chosen Notes From Chapter:

  • People who support and care about you will seek out the truth. They won’t assume that everything they hear about you is true. If they have inegrity and are committed to living authentically, they will reserve judgment until they have firsthand evidence.
  • Quality attracts quality just as iron sharpens iron.
  • Don’t let the possibility of your name being tarnished keep you from doing right. If you’re so busy defending yourself from idle rumors and salacious gossip, you won’t have they energy to stay on you journey. If you dedicate all of you concentration to the whispers of others, how will you hear when He comes calling for you?

Journal:

Questions to Ask Yourself:

  1. How has your life been affected by gossip?
  2. How has it deterred you from excelling in a particular area? How has it motivated you to pursue your goals?
  3. Ruth found the strength to live in face of gossip. How can you withstand your critics and find the strength to tell your own story?
  4. If people are able to only see you and hear your story from others, what do yu hope the combination says about you?

~Anne

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Anne, Colliding with Destiny Study

Colliding with Destiny Study

Chapter 7: You Never Know Who’s Watching

Bible reading: Ruth 2:4-5

And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The Lord be with you. And they answered him, The Lord bless thee.

Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this?

Chosen Notes From Chapter:

  • “Live your life in such a way that if someone lied about you, no one would believe it.”- based on 1 Peter 2:12
  • How you respond often reveal whether there is any validity in the accusations waged against you.
  • You cannot control who judges you, but you can be responsible for portraying the most authentic version of yourself. It doesn’t stop the judgment, but it allows others to see your truth whether they like it or not.
  • When you remain true to your values and carry yourself with dignity, then others can talk allthey want, Your truth will trump their misperceptions.
  • You never know what giving up on yourself teaches others about you. Be careful, especially in trials, to govern your actions with grace and hope.
  • Ruth’s graceful tenacity made Boaz sit up and take notice. She wasn’t like everyone else. She was her own woman.
  • Be careful how you handle this storm; you never know who’s watching.

Journal:

Questions to Ask Yourself:

  1. Who is someone you currently admire? Why? What is it about them that has earned your respect?
  2. How has their journey affected your own?
  3. What would someone learn about you if they saw you in your weakest moment?
  4. If you are the only reflection of Christ that people see, would He be pleased with how you represent Him?

~Anne

Quotes

It’s My Birthday!

I’m going to be a little of a copy cat today of Anne’s previous Sweeter 17 post, because today is my 17th birthday! Woohoo!

It feels rather odd, because people make a big deal out 16 and 18, but it seems 17 is just there. So this year I am going to make 17 the best!

For my birthday I am mostly just hanging out with friends throughout the week, and yesterday, Anne and I FaceTimed and opened our presents.

I think I’ll go over a quick rundown of my favorite things right now, then!

Music

Mad World, performed by Taylor John Williams

Finding Neverland Broadway Musical

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This is the current book I am reading…EC41C111-061E-4241-B95D-47BC3660C05C

My Hobbies

Reading, Writing, Crafting, Exercising, Playing with my Pets, and Tallking with my Friends!

-Brooke

Anne, Colliding with Destiny Study

Colliding with Destiny Study

Chapter 6: Do What You Can

Bible Reading: Ruth 2:1-3

1 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.

And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.

And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.

Chosen Notes From Chapter:

  • We cannot allow rejection to convince us to stop trying.
  • Ruth was not allowed to glean in the fields with the other women, but she didn’t let the rejection stop her from doing what she could. It may have been the leftovers, but something was better than nothing.
  • Sometimes what appears to be left over can become the seeds for future harvests.
  • When you face limitations, focus on what you still have and what you still can accomplish. It may not seem like much, but you never know how your seeds planted today might blossom tomorrow.
  • Don’t be discouraged; what you see as restrictions could really just be preparation and protection.
  • No one knows what purpose can form from your pain, but if you let the hurt blind you, you’ll never see that some collisions are necessary for our destiny.

Journal:

Questions to Ask Yourself:

  • What was your first encounter with a major personal rejection?
  • What did you learn from it?
  • Did you give up after you were rejected? Why or Why not?
  • What’s keeping you from trying once again to pursue your destiny?

~Anne

Anne

Sweeter 17

Who thought this day would come? I can’t see myself as 17 years old. It feels like just yesterday that I was making my Sweet 16 birthday post! This is really so exciting, it’s crazy! I can’t imagine turning 18, a legal adult, next year.

A lot of things have changed this past year. Some things for the better, some for the worse, but all in God’s plan for my life.

I’m not sure exactly what I’m gonna do today but I do know I want it to be special: Spend time with my family and friends and make it a memorable day.

As with my last birthday post, I decided to post some of my current favorites and my 2018 plans.

Current Favorite Songs:

Diamonds by RaeLynn

What Ifs by Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina

Redeemer of the Rain by The Collingsworth Family

Homesick for Heaven by Jim Brady Trio

 

Current Book I’m Reading:

Colliding with Destiny by Sarah Jakes

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                                                 My Current Plans:

  • As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized the importance of being responsible and letting go of “fairy-tale fantasies” to face reality but still holding onto your dreams. This realization has caused me to study harder in school, take on more responsibility concerning my chores, and not spend so much precious time being discontent. Although making wise plans for your future is important, I’ve made the decision to not concentrate so much on what I want to do in the future but instead, live in the moment, asking God what He wants for my future.
  • After researching a number of careers over the years, I know now that a good solid job is what I need. As with last year, I plan to wait at least a year after I graduate high school before jumping into more schooling. During this break, I want to take some refresher courses over some basics that I didn’t quite understand or didn’t have time to really study during high school so I will be prepared for whatever schooling I decide to take. Currently, the career I’m strongly considering is cosmetology. Some side thoughts, though, are Dog Groomer and Barber.
  • I graduate from high school in the year of 2020.
  • Unlike most 17 year olds, I plan on waiting till I’m absolutely ready to get my driver’s license. Maybe at the longest 19 or 20. But in the time lapse between then and now I shall continue to work on my driving skills and especially maneuverability.
  • For years I’ve gotten practice in work environments from various volunteer jobs at Christian organizations and other temporary paying jobs. I’m currently looking into a job as recreations/activities personnel at a nursing home, but would like to get a job at a children’s daycare or as a waitress at a small restaurant.
  • In my senior year of high school, I have plans to ask my cousin if I can job-shadow her at her beauty salon and to ask her questions about her cosmetology schooling and career so that I can get a feel for if I really like the job.
  • But concentrating on 2018, I’m continuing homeschool co-op, socializing with my new co-op friends and classmates, expanding my knowledge with cooking and driving  and anxiously waiting for summer so I can prevent knee dislocations by exercising more. I’m also excited to start a Polish learning program that moje dziadek (my grandpa 😉) is getting for me. I can’t wait for the atmosphere to be warm enough to ride Dakota in the woods without my carhartt gear and to drive down the road with the car windows open singing to the radio! Who else wishes winter was over?!?

Some of my hobbies                                                                                                   that I would really like                                                                                           to spend more time in are:

Makeup Artistry

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Pole Bending

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Barrel Racing

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Reading

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Journaling

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and Trap Shooting

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 Well, that’s all for now! I bid you farewell! Hope y’all enjoyed this post!

~Anne, The Birthday Girl

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne

The World vs. Jesus: Is There Really Need For a Competition?

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Who thinks there’s even the slightest chance for comparison here?

Don’t get me wrong. I like Bruno’s song Grenade, but I just wondered when the world is gonna wake up and realize that the very God they curse is the same God that can crush the world between His hands if He so wanted to.

The world concentrates so much on there relationships with boyfriends/girlfriends that they don’t even take time to think about a relationship with the One that gave them life.

Think about it.

~Anne

 

Anne, Colliding with Destiny Study

Colliding with Destiny Study

Chapter 5: Stick with What You Know

Bible Reading: Ruth 1:21-22

21 I went out full and the Lord hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the Lord hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?

22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.

Chosen Notes From Chapter:

  • Sometimes in life, we expect a relationship, an event, or a transaction to go smoothly—and then discover that the reality is much different.

  • Regardless of the catalyst, life continually presents us with moments that force us to revise our expectations and recalculate our present path.

  • Sometimes the only way to move forward is to go back to what we know and start again.

  • …..we can do all the right things, but if it’s with the wrong person or at the wrong time, we won’t get the desired results.

Journal:

Questions to Ask Yourself:

  • What is the last time you remember being happy, safe, or free?
  • What was it about that period that contributed to your joy?
  • What’s one thing from your childhood that still makes your heart smile? Can you return to it for some comfort in the midst of your present pain?
  • Who are the people you can count on to remind you who you really are?

~Anne