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Monday, October 31, 2011

Harvest Moon...and Other Things

This is my first contribution to the Christian blog chain for ChristianWriters.com.

The topic for the month of October is “Harvest”. When I think of harvest I automatically think of food. I guess it's only natural since I happen to love food. Do you know how many recipes you can make with all of the yummy harvest veggies? I can go on and on. See, I told you that I always think of food. I can easily write a nice little poem about all of the harvest goodies, but since my first post is on Halloween, I only find it fitting to speak about something a little “spookier”. Have you ever noticed the harvest moon? I find it quite beautiful and peaceful. It hangs low in the sky, which I know is just an illusion, and the color is so...autumn! I'm going to write this poem after I finish this paragraph, meaning I'll make it up as I type. I hope you enjoy!

Hanging in the sky so big and very low,
The color of your orb leaves a somewhat “scary” glow.
You come during the time of reaping a ready crop,
I love to gather the corn and watch the kernels pop!

I've gone off track again, I can't get food off of my mind,
I'm not writing this while I'm hungry, I'll be a little more kind.
Harvest moon, you are beautiful with your reddish-orange hue,
I feel so thankful for Gods blessings, He makes all things new.

Festivals take place under your vast unfading stare,
The harvest is prepared and before eating there is a prayer.
Under your watchful eye, a beautiful night breaks free,
I'll cherish this time forever, because forever is not a guarantee.

Harvest moon, keep shining your gloomy light,
I'll just sit here and watch you while stealing a little bite.
Carrots, corn and squash grew under your giant hood,
I'll try one of each and I hear that broccoli is pretty good.

I've learned that some people keep the last of what they have reaped,
And place it in the next crop for luck in grand heaps.
Thank you for your tasty veggies; of that I'm not immune,
Until next we meet again, my wonderful Harvest moon.

Wow, that was fun to write! Hope you enjoyed my first post and see you again next month! Please check out the column on the right for other Harvest topics from Christian Writers!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Press Play and read along! 

Shelter - by Jars of Clay featuring Brandon Heath, Toby Mac and Audrey Assad.

Gossiping is a big part of teen life. In fact it's so big that it carries over into adult hood. With that said, I've found that the people I surround myself with is a big factor. It's only natural to want to talk about someone whether it be bad or good and most times the bad outweighs the good. When you surround yourself with people who are positive, the conversation tends to be about 'good' things. When I was fifteen years old, I accepted Jesus as my Savior and let him dwell within me. Fifteen was a tough age because well, everyone should know that its just clearly a tough age! Growing in the Lord depended on the crowd I hung around. I constantly surrounded myself with my Bible studies clique, never leaving out those who weren't apart of it, but inviting them into the group as well. I went to Bible conferences with a whole group of kids my age. We went out for pizza, we lifted each other up and learned from each other. Now, at 28, I still have a good chunk of those people in my life. 
A little while ago, I started to hang around a specific person who constantly gossiped and never talked positive about anything. I continued to hang around with her hoping that she'd see the why I was put a positive spin on things, but it didn't happen that way. Eventually I found myself gossiping along and even coming up with new topics to pick at. My original way of thinking went down the tube. I had strayed from reading the bible, I had avoided my 'good' friends. I was always depressed about challenges that came up and never saw the light like I used to.
I took a step back. What was the Lord doing here? Of course, this was MY doing. I have free will after all. But what was he trying to tell me when all I was doing was being a Negative Ninny-muggins? I distanced myself from the person I felt was bringing me down and began to pray for her. I began reading again, I began hanging out with my good friends again and standing on top of the hill, I looked down and realized the hole I had been in. 
Of course obstacles continue to come up, but I no longer look negatively at them. The people we surround ourselves with are very important for our spiritual growth and we can only pray for those who choose not to live for the Lord. God had given me my group of friends and in the shelter of their arms I am comforted.

Seeing ye have purified souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently... 1 Peter 1:22

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

One Heartbeat At A Time

This song made me cry the first time I heard it. Maybe because I'm just an emotional person or because this song really touched my heart or maybe it's both! By Steven Curtis Chapman, this song is dedicated to all of the mothers out there.

You're beautiful, so beautiful. How you're changing the world one little heartbeat at a time with every touch and every smile.

"She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.  Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates."
Proverbs 31:26-31 (KJV)


Friday, October 14, 2011

You're Beautiful

 This song has completely touched my heart and is so true. There are so many days where I feel "ugly", but I should know that God has made me just the way I am. I shouldn't change a single thing because his fingerprints are all over me. 

You should know that you are treasured, you are sacred, you are His, you're beautiful!! MercyMe - Beautiful


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sailing On A Ship

There is an inspiring singer named Phil Wickham. His lyrics are poetic and very beautiful. So today's song is Sailing On A Ship. I have a personal experience with this song. I was on vacation on the beach this year (wishing I was there again!) and every morning I would go out right when the sun rose into the sky. I stood on the beach  with my iPod and this song came on. It was perfect. The ocean waves, the sun rising, the sea gulls flying around, the smell of salt and beach. It was deserted so it was just me and God and his amazing beauty. Tears came into my eyes because I was so touched at the beauty the Lord has made. Enjoy this song!

 ♥ Suzette

 The heavens declare the glory of God; 
   the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fingerprints of God

This song is a true inspiration for me!! Wanted to share that with you! The lyrics are very strong.


Never has there been and never again
Will there be another you
Fashioned by God's hand and perfectly planned
To be just who you are
And what He's been creating
Since the first beat of your heart
Is a living, breathing
Priceless work of art

And I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know it's true
You're a masterpiece that all creation
Quietly applauds
And you're covered with
The fingerprints of God

Just look at you
You're a wonder in the making
And God's not through
In fact, He's just getting started!

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