July Challenge!

WARM WISHES FOR THE HOLIDAY

 

I’m starting a series of sorts here on my blog at the end of each month where I present a challenge to myself and you, readers. In the month following the post, you and I will try our hardest to complete the challenge. Then at the time of the next challenge post, I want you to comment with how you completed the previous challenge! You will see through this experience how easy it is to make a difference in your life and the lives of others. And nothing feels better then knowing that you helped someone else along the way!

The idea for this series came to me one day while I was at work (all the best ideas come to me there XD ). At the beginning of each year we make New Year’s Resolutions to complete (or fail at like I do) in the year ahead. But instead of saying you’ll do a whole bunch of things at the beginning of the year and then forgetting about it the next month, I thought that little challenges each month would be a whole lot more manageable. Thus, the idea was born…

On to the challenge!

In July, we Americans celebrate Independence Day on the 4th. Independence Day is about celebrating our freedom and enjoying the blessings that living in a free country can offer. However, freedom isn’t about doing whatever you want, whenever you want to do it. Freedom is about having the power to make a difference. It’s about being able to live without fear. And though Americans are free, not everyone in the world is.

I am, of course, talking about modern slavery. If you know me remotely well at all, you will most likely know that I am very passionate about abolition. So this month the challenge is to do something about human trafficking! Below I have compiled a list of my favorite websites for abolition!

Do what you will with the resources, weather you donate or just take the resources and tell someone else about them. Please join in this challenge with me to put an end to human trafficking and grant others the freedom that we all enjoy!

Thanks so much!

Bethany

 

Websites:

Hope Outfitters (https://www.hopeoutfitters.com/)

Hope Outfitters is really cool in the fact that (unlike many other organizations) they give 100% of their proceeds to their campaign. This month they’re running the campaign “Forever Free” which will free women and children in sexual slavery in Cambodia.

 

3 Strands Global (http://www.3strandsglobal.com/)

3 Strands was founded by a 17 year old girl after she had been trafficked into sexual slavery for eight days. Now, 3 Strands not only has many beautiful products for sale to support their abolition cause, they have also partnered with Christian singer Colton Dixon to raise awareness.

 

Free The Slaves (http://www.freetheslaves.net/)

Free The Slaves is my go-to site for slavery stats and facts. It has some of the best printable resources available and I would highly recommend you check their site out.

 

The End It Movement (http://enditmovement.com/)

The End It Movement is a coalition of the world’s leading organizations in abolition including:

The Polaris Project (http://polarisproject.org/)

The A21 Campaign (http://www.a21.org)

The International Justice Mission (https://www.ijm.org/)

The Not For Sale Campaign ( https://www.notforsalecampaign.org/)

Love146 (https://love146.org/)

 

Compassion International (http://www.compassion.com/)

Compassion is one of my favorite organizations mostly because I have personal experience with their program. My family has sponsored children through Compassion for six years and it’s a really great ministry. Through Compassion my family has been able volunteer at a couple concerts and we have got to see first hand how people are move to sponsor  children. If you only want to check out one site that I’ve linked here, this one would be my first choice.

 

There is my list! I hope you all join with me in this to help hake a difference in July!

 

 

Quote Challenge: Day 3!

Welcome to the last day of the Quote Challenge! I’ve had so much fun doing this; I might have to revisit this “series” another time 🙂 Many thanks to Hop Ann (https://authorhopeann.com/blog/) for the amazing challenge! It was a lot of fun!

The rules are these:

Thank the person  who tagged you (Thanks so much Hope Ann, I was running out of ideas XD)

Nominate 3 new bloggers a day (I only know of 3 bloggers so I will nominate one a day 🙂

Post a new quote a day for 3 consecutive days (most likely I will post more than that because there are just too many good ones to chose from 🙂

_Durring times of universal

_They can't take us down if we stand our ground,If we liveif we die, we will shout outour battle cry._

_Living by faith includes the call to something greater than cowardly self-preservation._

Blogger I tag:

Beth Hale (thisredeemedgirl.blogspot.com)

Until Monday!

Bethany

 

Quote Challenge: Day 2!

It’s Quote Challenge Day 2!

The rules are these:

Thank the person  who tagged you (Thanks so much Hope Ann, I was running out of ideas XD)

Nominate 3 new bloggers a day (I only know of 3 bloggers so I will nominate one a day 🙂

Post a new quote a day for 3 consecutive days (most likely I will post more than that because there are just too many good ones to chose from 🙂

Here’s round 2!

_I want to

_People should be interested in books,not their authors._

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Until tomorrow!

Bethany

Quote Challenge: Day 1!

I’ve been tagged by Hope Ann (https://authorhopeann.com/blog/) to do the Quote Challenge!! Yay! *claps in excitement*

The rules are these:

Thank the person  who tagged you (Thanks so much Hope Ann, I was running out of ideas XD)

Nominate 3 new bloggers a day (I only know of 3 bloggers so I will nominate one a day 🙂

Post a new quote a day for 3 consecutive days (most likely I will post more than that because there are just too many good ones to chose from 🙂

Here’s round 1:

“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.”

The wedding of

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That’s all for today. More tomorrow though!!

Blogger I tag:

Isabella Morganthal (http://jesusisworthitall.weebly.com/)

Music To Empower

Music

Our society today has the twisted idea that for a song to be empowering it has to be flipping off the male gender and telling women that we have control. I completely disagree with this though because to me, empowerment means something completely different. Empowerment to me is picking yourself up, shaking off the dust of the world, and doing something great. Even if no one stands with you.

Music has a unique ability that most other forms of media doesn’t have. Music has the ability to make us feel a variety of emotions from depressed and sad, to happy and empowered. That last feeling is the one I want to talk about today. When you’re down and you feel like you just keep failing, here are a list of songs that will pick you back up again and make you feel like you can conquer the world.

Battle Cry: Skillet

Skillet is one of my all time favorite bands. This song is off their Rise album, but only the deluxe edition. It’s my go to song when I feel like giving up and quitting.

Stronger Than You Think: Fireflight

This song is all about being underestimated and proving the enemy wrong. But it can also be taken in a different way because it could be saying that you are stronger than you think you are.

Coat of Arms: Jonathan Thulin

This song is great because it makes you question just what you stand for. Is it worth dying for? Can people see what you fight for? Are you hiding your light away, or are you outshining the stars?

Sick of It: Skillet

Another Skillet song made the top 5 list and for a good reason. Sick of It urges the listeners to find what they’re sick of (slavery, bullying, abuse, poverty, etc) and put an end to it. One line states “take control, it’s now or never” and it really is. If you don’t do something about the issue that plagues your heart, who will?

Untraveled Road: Thousand Foot Krutch

Untraveled Road is all about stepping out where no one else will and doing the things that others are too scared to do. It also talks about leaving a mark, making a difference, before your time is up.

What are some of your favorite empowering songs? I would love to know!

 

Five things that make me happy right now

Here is a short list of Five Things That Make Me Happy Right Now! These could technically be counted among my “favorites” category but this will be a little different. So without further ado…

1. For King & Country.

Pretty much anything to do with them. XD  I’m on YouTube all the time watching lyric videos, interviews, and live concerts. Here’s some songs by them that I love:

It’s Not Over Yet

Run Wild

Priceless

Crave

The Proof Of Your Love

Steady

Middle of Your Heart

This is Love

Shoulders

Fix My Eyes

Missing

Loves To Blame

Light it Up

Ceasefire

(I do realize that these are all of their songs that I’ve listened to at this point, but I’m convinced that they can’t write a bad song XD )

2. Chai Tea.

There is nothing better than finding a good book to read and getting a cup of tea to go with it 🙂

3. Piano.

As always, I’ve spent a lot of time playing my piano and practicing songs 🙂

4.Blogging and getting my blog in order.

I’ve spent hours on Pinterest discovering articles and blog posts on how to make my blog better. I came to the realization that I started this blog the wrong way (on a whim one night when I didn’t really know what I was going to write about and didn’t have any posts planned.) So I’m sorting that out and hopefully soon this blog will be even better 🙂

5. Writing in general.

I’ve been working on writing my e magazine’s summer issue, little scenes for larger stories, and small paragraphs based on prompts I found on Pinterest.

The King’s Princess

The King’s Princess

A Magazine Compilation

Most little girls dream of becoming beautiful princesses, never realizing that they already are. In The King’s Princess: A Magazine Compilation, Isabella Morganthal encourages young ladies to remember that they are daughters of the King of kings, which makes them each a princess.

The King’s Princess is a monthly e-magazine that Isabella began in January 2013. She compiled the magazine articles from the last few years to create a book that inspires young ladies to not only believe who God made them to be, but to live that way as well.

A book to encourage them to live a life that makes their Father proud.

To live a life that makes every minute matter.

To live a life worthy of a true princess.

You can purchase “The King’s Princess” at http://www.createspace.com/6087887