Friday, April 24, 2015

My Goal for Writing this Blog

In December of 2012, I had an idea to start a blog. I had accumulated quite a bit of writng, and I wanted to be able to share with others, and hopefully be of some encouragement. So, I contacted my friend Eden S.,and we talked about the possibilities I could do for a blog. Would it be a specific theme? Would it have giveaways, and reviews, or be more of an encouragement, and exhortation blog?
There were SO many possibilities for what I could do, and so many ideas in my head that I was eager to pursue. But overall, I knew that whatever my blog became, I wanted it to bring glory to God, and encourage other people to do the same. I wanted to start with lessons from my life, and insights from Scripture. I also had a few poems to share, and hoped to include details of our family expereinces. So, I started my blog, and with Eden's help, I came upon a name. Elanee's Endeavors.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Early || The Last Morning

What Would Getting Up Earlier in the Day Help me Accomplish?


Getting up earlier in the day - is that just an idea that will never fully come to pass, or is it something that must be worked at until it is accomlished?
Recently, I've been doing a 30 day Early to Rise challenge by Andy Traub, and I've been noticing how many limiting beliefs I've allowed to come into my mind and belive. I think that there's nothing wrong if I sleep in an extra hour, Nothing wrong if I waste most of the morning sleeping, and somehow I'm going to become successful without doing anything. What a lie!The truth is that the Bible   has many things to say about slothfulness, sleeping in late, and believing that work is not necessary.

Friday, April 10, 2015

God's Faithfulness || New Beginnings

Psalm 89:1 says “I will sing of the mercies of The Lord forever, with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.” Lamentations 3:21-24 says “It is of The Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul, therefore will I hope in Him. The Lord is good to them that wait for Him to the soul that seeketh Him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of The Lord.”
How many times do we stop and consider The Lord's faithfulness? Every day His mercies are new, and His compassions fail not. Through the hard times, and the good times God never changes. His Word remains steady and sure, and there is nothing uncertain about His faithfulness to keep His promises. Have you ever stopped to consider the power of God? He rules the heavens, and the earth. He could have made one star, and one moon, and the earth, and stopped. He could have just made the earth as well, and stopped. But He didn't. He decided to go beyond all that we could ask or think, and create infinite wonder and beauty in the heavens of heavens, and in the earth. He went so far as to create you and me, and not just create us, but to give us unique thoughts and dreams, and feelings and goals. He went beyond, just to show that He could, and prove that His faithfulness is never ending. When we think we can't go on another day, and when our failures seem to be closing in on us, God sends us his love, in the form of a ray of sunshine, a bird, a flower. The sound of rain on our roof, and the knowledge that we are safe inside His arms. His mercies are new every morning. His strength is sufficient for another day. Great is His faithfulness.
I read a book recently Priscilla Shier entitled “God is Able” The entire book was an explanation and practical application of Ephesians 3:20-21 that says “Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above ALL that we can ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages. World without end. Amen.” Mrs. Shier basically took every negative thought, and concern we have about God, and challenged it with the truth of Scripture. Through stories, and insights from her life, she showed the importance of trusting and believing that God is truly able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think. And He requires us to live in light of that belief.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Today is the day!

"Now is the time to know God is able. To connect your current reality with God's present ability. But in order to do that- in order to experience Him Now, to burst through the cloud cover that's keeping you from catching the rays of His light- you need to make a deliberate decision to change your perspective. " Priscilla Shirer- "God is Able"


Friday, February 27, 2015

Guest Interview || Eden

 Motivation, anticipation, passion, and experience, these are some of life's greatest stepping stones that mold and shape our character in more ways than we can imagine. Here to talk with us today is my dear friend Eden S. from Eden's Evaluations. Eden graciously agreed to be the first person to share her answers to the interview questions you helped me formulate. 





       What motivates you? 
Knowing that my time on earth is short and fleeting… I want to use all my time serving the Lord, glorifying Him in all that I do, being a light for Him, and building His Kingdom!

Who has had the most influence on your life, and why? 
My parents. They are such amazing examples in many ways, one of which, is how they both honor and love the Lord with their whole hearts.

How are you preparing yourself to be an adult woman? 
Heeding the instruction of my Mother! She is an amazing woman of God, and attending my ear to her instruction is one of the best ways I can prepare myself.

What quotation most inspires you?
I have a few, but these are two of my favorites.
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” -Corrie Ten Boom
“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” -Corrie Ten Boom


What are some books you would recommend for young ladies to read? 
“Trapped in Hitler’s Hell” By Anita Dittman.  That is one of my favorites… Anita’s love and trust in the Lord is absolutely amazing and an incredible example to me.


What are the biggest assets to your time management? 
Hmmm… probably accountability and self-governement.


How have you gone about overcoming laziness?
I would have to give the credit to my parents! :)  Goal setting also helped me with overcoming laziness.


What has been the most significant Scripture passage for your life, and why? 
Currently, Psalm 71:1 is one of my favorites, “In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.”  I find this very comforting, knowing that the Lord will never leave or forsake me.  Satan works with confusion, but God works with clarity.  With our eyes and trust in Jesus, we will not be put to confusion.


Based on your life experiences, what advice do you have for young women as they move forward in life?
Keep your eyes on Jesus, be continually in His Word, always have a heart open to receiving instruction, and keep Hebrews 12:1 in mind. :) “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”
I'm Eden, I'm 16, the fourth out of 7 children, and the daughter of Jesus Christ. I love anything active, hanging out with my amazing family and friends, dancing En Pointe, singing, doing thrilling things, talking, laughing, playing fun pranks, and overall, being hyper. ;) You can visit my blog at: www.edensevaluations.blogspot.com







If  you enjoyed reading Eden's interview, please leave a comment and let me know. How were you encouraged or inspired by Eden's interview? 
Thanks for reading, And remember, the past is history, and the future is a mystery. Today is the only day you have to make a difference. Make it count for God's glory!

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Question You've Always Wanted to Ask || Giveaway Winner



What are some questions you've always wanted to ask a godly Christian woman? What would the interview you've always wanted to read look like?

Well, we're about to find out.......But first off, a huge congratulations to  Bonnie S. for winning the Well Planned Day Calendar Giveaway, and thanks to all who entered. I'll be mailing the Calendar to you shortly. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Calendar Review // Giveaway!



Hello Friends………..Today I have a very special review and giveaway for you from HEDUA.com. The Home Educating Family Association has all sorts of wonderful resources for every member of the Homeschooling family. From student planners, to Mother's schedules, to wall calendars, and (my favorite;) blog planners, Hedua has it all. 





I've used their Well Planned Day Planners and really love the results they give to help me manage, and improve my daily schedule. You might recall this giveaway I did of it last year.



Also, you probably remember this giveaway I did of the My Blog Planner a few months ago. It is still my favorite tool for managing my blog, and keeping track of my future posts. Even though I haven't been blogging as much lately, I promise you I have a list of all sorts of blog post ideas in My Blog Plan book:)

Friday, February 6, 2015

Day by Day!

Life:) day by day I learn and grow and struggle to survive. At times, It feels like I won't see the end of this physical journey, and then at times I wish I would have more time to stop and enjoy the blessings of life. Oh, to be young again. I feel with each passing birthday, that the years of my life are drawing to a close. I see my future more by the time that has passed, than the time that hasn't. 

But there's nothing so satisfying, so lasting, as the joy of knowing Christ. His love, is all encompassing, and even when I feel like I've completely lost my way, I know He's still there, and that will never change. I see His smile in the rays of the sun. I feel His peace in the encouragement of a friend's email, and I sense the satisfaction of work done for His glory in the gratefulness of my family. 

Yes!!!! This life is a stuggle, and there are days in which I wish I could simply take a break. But I know that no matter what happens God's Word is all sufficient. Christ is able to keep me from falling, and to present me faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. He is my one desire, and my greatest satisfaction. Life with Christ is worthwhile! 

"There will come a day when you believe everything is finished, that will be the beginning" - Joe Bayly 

"Remember the faithfulness of God through all our needs" - D.F. 

"And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth." (Isaiah 12:4-5 KJV)



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Recent Endeavor- Published a Book!

So about two years ago, I wrote a poem for a writing contest entitled "What Our Flag Means to Me." The contest wasn't supposed to be a poem contest, but rather a writing contest to share what you believe about the American Flag. I had been inspired and touched by a short Christmas book in poem form, and so I really wanted to write a poem for the contest.

But who writes a 500 word poem? It seemed to be a rather daunting task, and considering that I only had 2 days between when I found out about the contest, and when the entries were due, it was really looking like I wouldn't be able to participate. So, I thought about the contest, and prayed about it, and talked with my parents about it, and came to the conclusion that I should do my best and see what happened.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Top 10 Favorite Posts of 2014!


I thought I'd share with you my top 10 favorite posts from 2014. These are posts that looking back were very meaningful and received the most response from you all. Be sure to vote for your favorite one in the comments section, and one of you will be chosen to participate in a guest post!


               1. The Effects of the Internet on Our Brains!




This post was my top favorite post of the year because I felt like I was finally able to share my heart on the difficult topic of internet usage. I've never been able to open up with my heart on this subject, and it felt good to be able to share!


                       2Christian Heritage Conference 2014!


The Christian Heritage conference is one of my favorite times of the year, and it was especially fun to spend lots of time with great friends once again this year. 





I thought of this poem when I was washing my hands one night. Our sink had a clogged drain, and I was trying to fix it. I keep thinking about how sometimes our lives get all clogged up, and no one can see our true purpose. How we let mistakes, and failures cause us to be weighed down, and we cease to make a difference in the lives of people around us.
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