30 December, 2012

Joy, Peace, and Love! -- don't save it all for Christmas!

Today was the Christmas service for my church! You could feel the sincere, jubilant spirits in that theater! We lifted our voices high rejoicing over the first coming and waiting in expectation for the 2nd! During the sermon the pastor preached on so many truths that it was too overwhelming to remember! However, at the time, I felt convicted! When the sermon was over, we did our normal routine of the after-sermon, first we said the Nicene Creed--in which I felt more courage and joy when speaking those words than I had ever felt!

"We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen. 
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, light from light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father [and the Son],
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen."

Afterwards came the Prayers of the People, which our worship pastor had waited in silence for a long moments, then opened with saying how amazing it was to be an Anglican on Christmas--with the Advent liturgy, and then the beutiful service on Christmas Eve....he said we were blessed!

Then, he continued by telling us to remember the children's faces when they run down on Christmas morning and find those gifts secretly wrapped under the tree--how their faces brighten up with joy! He said we, as Christians are to have that very same joy throughout the year--day after day until Christ's coming! Immediately, I lost all sense of dignity and restraint, after the words of my poem The Dance of a Joyful Madman came into my head--and the image of a child's rejoicing face, then the reminder of that verse in which we are to be "....Rejoicing in hope...." in Romans 12:12! Once all those beautiful images flooded into my mind, I beamed so widely and nodded in agreement with a silent, "Amen." to my worship pastor.....he caught that in the corner of his eye and looked directly at me, and extended a hand in my direction saying, "Like Ari over there--who is always joyful!". Everyone had their head bowed down, but those who knew me by name--especially the friends I was sitting next to--smiled peacefully.... It quite took me aback, however, I enjoyed the look of glee on my worship pastor's face!

Later, after the service was finished and we had done the announcements, offerings, communion, and the pastor and acolyte made the procession back up the aisle and everyone departed with our "Thanks be to God!" and three "Alleluias!".... I talked to my guitar teacher and asked him when he would be able to do the next lesson--he answered with "We can start back up this coming Saturday." So, since I haven't been practicing since November--cuz of December being a very busy, stressing and emotional month--I have to practice all the things I've learned during the week leading up to Saturday! Then I went to the pastor, who had mentioned that there would be acolyte training for any who were interested--I said that I was interested and my sis had already been interested so I got an easy time for training--he's going to train Aneira and me at the same time, he said if any of their robes fit me they'll let me use them--but if they don't then I'll have to get one.... So, like this weekend was, next weekend will be busy too! Preparing for guitar AND training as an acolyte! Just hope I'm not too klutzy for the job, lolz!

Anyway, when I got back, I had a piece of cake--again, and what came of the cake this time was scribbling on a sketch pad, which in turn started looking like a Picaso piece--I gave myself the name Marionna Fernili-Picaso cuz of it, lolz!--then in turn, I wanted to color it--I started coloring with purple then I went on from there.... the inspiration built up from there, but at first there was none! So, basically the drawing has a multitude of colors on one side and grey on another.... the meaning to this piece can be taken two ways.... one way could be there is a girl full of colors--representing truth, absolute truth which is fading away to grey--which is the comfortable--when there are no absolutes. Or it could be the other way around, the colors of absolute truth taking away the comfortable....lolz! Either way, I've named it The War of Truth.....

This is how it began colorless and sketchy

Sketch #2

Sketch #3

Finished Piece

Colored #2

Colored #3
And later, I think I might tell you why I chose the name Swashbuckler Disciple as my sign out/email! But, in the meantime MERRY 6TH DAY OF CHRISTMAS!

Sixth Day of Christmas Gifts

  • Aric - Reading Glasses
  • Me - Callus Softening and Foot Scrub...Peppermint Oil
  • Aneira - A pair of 2-piece gloves

Also, I plan on starting back up my practicing the penny whistle too! I hope it goes over well! :-P

Yours truly the Swashbuckler Disciple,
Arianna Joy "Platypus" Schaffer

P.S. This is a good song:

29 December, 2012

Cuz I'm Arianna and I CAN clean (yet again!)! ;-)

Well, today was a very busy, busy day--and quite strange too! It all started last night--when I went to bed at 2:40am after working on Kingdom Commandos [UNITED!]! In the time that was spent obsessing over perfection in this template, I lost track of time--then I had to yank myself off the pc.... later, I woke up at 7:50am and the first thing I do is go back to doing what I did the night before--and chat with Eli.... :-P So, once I finished talking with him, I went to the fridge in the rec room--where my daddy's studio, the laundry room, the big freezer, and a 2nd fridge is(everything but daddy's studio was in a compact area....) I went into the fridge and got a rather enlarged piece of cake..... 

Well, that speaks for itself, huh? For lunch I had only a small peanut butter sammich and later--at 2:30pm, I started work on my bedroom--mum had told me to clean my side, only.... and not bother with Aneira's stuff....and I said that I was only gonna tidy up a bit--well, being on that sugar rush, I needed to let out the energized mania that came from it! And, so, I started in my computer corner--in which I have named my S.A.K.E.A. which stands for Seclusive Anime Korner of Entmoot Academy! I did not leave it at tidying up--

I started with the floor, then worked my way up to the desk--in which I sorted through drawings, books, music albums, and my own writings--I alphabetized my CD's by artist--and alphabetized their albums' titles as well! I brought over all my DVD's in which I own--Duma, Matilda, Most, Naruto: Shippuden: Season 1, Paul the Apostle, and To Save a Life! I decorated my computer desk with my Naruto figurines--which I got for my 19th birthday from Kat-chan, my Anime Buddy--about two months late, my Hello Kitty box, shaped like a Japanese to go box, my water globe of a cat in a clothes basket--awwhh!--, my masquerade mask which was for the May Homeschool Formal I went to, and a piece from an old costume I used to have of a Harry Potter school robe--Gryffindor! Then I decorated my monitor with bandannas, my MacKenzie Platypus x3 creative, huh? I put my tartan rosette on her--Penelope, a candle, my latest stuffed animal edition--Rosie, the cat with yarn, my mini purple platypus, Cuddles, a Harry Potter stuffed snitch that I got for my birthday when I turn 8 or 9(maybe?)?, and the new edition of the cat card holder! I also rearranged my area a wee bit--a little unnoticeable since I just moved Aneira's toy shelf over to the side....I found a lot of papers--therapy stuff, writings, drawings, and notes from friends(I even found a phone number of someone that I was highly tempted to call(and not for a friendly chat, either :-P )--and on top of that, I found their address.... I threw away the phone number, but I kept the address, probably should trash that too....)! I found old letters and cards from family and friends, and my sketch book! Well, I was quite certain you guys would like to see proof of the clean room, so here it is!

The top of my monitor, with my epic decor!

all my CD's and DVD'S!

my computer, decorated too!

my computer #2

The spiritual books which I plan to read soon!

basic writing/musician corner

my hat collection is kinda getting big, huh?

Fifth Day of Christmas Gift

  • Aric - shades
  • Me - 2-piece gloves <3
  • Aneira - Hello Kitty earbuds
One part of my 2-piece gloves! xD
 I also want to share with you some of the items I found! Here they are!

Ways I wish to change--sound familiar, Eli? I'm sounding like you!--**chuckles** If you cannot read it, it says "Growing up, letting your faith take root, not giving up hope and surrendering to each wave of doubt, and stand up for yourself for once"

A wee lil doodle based on the poem I wrote called A Knitted Scarf!

An unfinished Re-depiction of the Poem, yet again!

Zula, a furry cheetah, in which I was starting to make my 4th--out of 5-- alter-ego! (The alter-egos are gone but their names were Christy Kings--my first alter-ego, which I said was my emotional side of me, Patience Davari--the alter-ego I started to take control of Christy, who was my rational side of me, which seemed to be more there for me to abuse... o.O Naoki Ito--my fangirl side, she wasn't really as big as a problem for me as Christy, nor was she even known as well as Patience..... then Zula the Cheetah--she was more of an alter-ego of adventure, she also was a bit steampunk, so I suppose she was my steampunk side... and then, lastly, Scott O'Neil--analter-ego, based on a character I had in a superhero story in the series The Story of a Christian Superhero.....he was taken over by a demon and had the power of shadows, he liked to torture people and destruct relationships--he was what I called, "The Beast Inside of Me" when I was 15-18, and then he was named when I was 19) Though, I once had this alter-egos, I finally have forsaken them! lolz!

This is a doodle I drew when I was depressed, I felt the need of someone's embrace, and so, I drew this--it is how I picture Christ embracing his princesses!
 Also, I found my most favorite David Meece song in the world!!!!!! I haven't heard it in about TWO YEARS!!!!!! I just now found it!!!!!! Here you are!!!!

Yours truly the Swashbuckler Disciple,
Arianna Joy "Platypus" Schaffer

28 December, 2012

Films, Music, and Books! The suite life for a mediaholic!

Well, as promised, I watched Most! It was a very heart-wrenching short film. However, there were some humorous moments in it! I'm gonna review it below:

Most(Czech for "The Bridge") is a visually enthralling, 21st-century parable about a loving father, his young son, and the fateful day when they attempt to head off an impending rail disaster. Hundreds of passengers aboard an oncoming steam train are completely unaware of the danger that looms as they head towards an open drawbridge. A desperate young woman witnesses an act of mercy beyond imagination, changing her life forever--and the lives of all who see this story. Both heart wrenching and glorious Most vividly portrays the greatest offering of love, sacrifice, hope, and forgiveness known to man.

This beautiful story made me cry so much! Also, with some humorous conversations as

Czech Woman(in English): "I do love you.....but I am too beautiful for you..... Goodbye, ___________ of America! Do you want a kiss before I go?"
American Man: Seriously?

The story had so much meaning--a parable of love, mercy, grace, and sacrifice! I am glad to have watched it!

Fourth Day of Christmas Gift

Of our choosing:

  • I got a card holder cat model for my desk
  • Aric got a movie ticket
  • Aneira got Chocolate Almond Milk
 Also, I have been listening to a lot of music...... And thought you guys might like to listen to one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite artists!

And I'm planning on reading some really good spiritual books!

  • Begin: A Journey through Scriptures for Seekers and New Believers
  • Do Hard Things By: Alex and Brett Harris
  • Dare to Make a Difference in Your School (and Your Life)
  •  Of Knights and Fair Maidens By: Jeff and Danielle Meyers
  • Swashbuckling Faitth: Exploring for Treasure thru Pirates of the Carribbean By: Tim Wesemann
  • Experiencing God By: Henry & Richard Blackaby, Claude King

Well, Merry 4th Day of Christmas fellow readers! :-D

Peace be unto you from God our Father,
The Swashbuckler Disciple,
Arianna "Platypus" Schaffer

P.S. I started a teen/young adult ministry yesterday, and have been working on it on and off all day! The ministry is named after the radio show I co-hosted with my beloved sister and her sister, Kingdom Commandos [United]! If any of you are interesting in joining, first read the rules, then let me know! GOD BLESS!

27 December, 2012

Mini Oreos, Ranch, and a wee bit of ADVENTURE!

Alright, today was quite the strange day. First, I had about 10 big scoops of ice cream(it started out as 4, then my sis gave me hers....) and all day I went bonkers! I had impulses like crazy(most of which I resisted and avoided like the plague). Then that one fateful moment in the evening, it was supper time and I experimented with something revolting.... >.> Well, not everything can be as successful as peanut butter and tomato sammiches, grits with ranch, ketchup and mustard on pancakes, chips(fries) and mayo, pizza dipped in ranch, and fish fingers and custard, I suppose.... 'Cuz once I dipped those mini oreos in the ranch I doomed myself to a tummy ache the rest of the evening! I had said, "Ranch makes everything taste better!" and my sister had those mini oreos.... I asked for an oreo and she suspected what I was about to do, so she said, "You aren't gonna put ranch in it are you?" and so I replied in my most mischievous voice ever, "Oh, no why would I be as stupid and imbecilic as to put ranch in it?" and in my thoughts I added, "Noooo.... I'm just dipping the cookie in the ranch...." Well, I suppose you guys can guess what happened next, I ate it, to Aneira's disgust. She squealed a prolonged, "Ewwwwwww!!!" and I smugly grinned at her.... :-P

Now, I think that the lil' 11-yr-old lass has the opportunity to grin smugly at me... >.> 'Cuz once I had eaten it I doomed my tummy to cry out in agony! The rest of the night my stomach lurched and felt irpy!

Well onto less......insanity and randomity.....

Third Day of Christmas Gifts

Of your choosing:
  • I picked a wrapped present which felt like a book.
  • Aneira picked a mysterious package
  • And Aric picked up something which felt like razors....

When we opened them, however.....

  • I saw a book titled Colossal Book of Word Play By: Martin Gardener in my little parcel
  • Aneira saw a set of watercolor paints
  • And Aric got a set of pens!
Tomorrow, I plan on watching Most and I'll be sure to let you guys know how it is! :-D And maybe review it tomorrow! God bless you, kind invisible closet readers! x3

Wibbly-wobbly timey-whimey your way through the upcoming year!
Arianna Schaffer

P.S. My mum wants to do something in the upcoming year, that we've never done before! However, we have done something similar! :-P

26 December, 2012

Hear ye! Hear ye! News from my family to you!

It's my little sister, Aneira's 11th birthday......that's right 11th. birthday! I know she is excited about it, and somehow I really want to grab myself an age-alterer and take her back a year. You know when public schools hold you back a grade, when you haven't had good grades? I want to hold her back a year, since I like her better and a 10-yr-old--mostly......

At the party, Daddy gave me one tiny little scoop of egg nog ice cream and enny teeny piece of cake. I looked around and everyone else had larger amounts. I chuckled to myself and realized that Daddy was enforcing a controlled amount of sugar intake. Aneira had one of the best birthdays she's ever had. She now wants to be a "big girl" and tie her own sash around her from her dress, get her own dishes, and even do dishes as her next chore! She is really enthusiastic now.... let's see how she does when she's done it for about 3-4 days.... **chuckles**

She was quite excited about the gifts she received.

  1. Build-a-bear gift card
  2. Hello Kitty messenger bag to color herself
  3. Disney Princess bracelets
  4. Piggy bank from Hearts of Clay for her to glaze
  5. Bath fizzers
  6. Hello Kitty pencils
  7. Money
  8. etc. etc.

Also, at the party, I finally found out from my Aunt Mari that she is having a baby girl! She's gonna name her Isabella Marie! I offered to babysit sometime! I look forward to holding a baby again! :-D Also, I am planning on getting closer to my Gramma Jennette(on Daddy's side). Had her for 13 years, and I still barely know her! And I want to get to know her before she goes!

Merry 2nd Day of Christmas to you all! I don't think it is possible for me to finish Mission Write-a-Gift, so I'm gonna edit the wattpad story so that it'll be just one gift for the whole Christmas. However, the friends that I listed before, I'm still writing individual gifts for(it may be late, tho)! I remember one year I had bought Christmas gifts fro Savvy and her sister, and I had them stored in a box, ready to ship, but I didn't get to shipping them until February.... **chuckles** They were so excited to open it, they came on skype and begged me to get on, so that they could open the gifts in front of me. They waited, and waited, and waited, I never replied. So, impatient to see what their best friend bought them.... they opened them without me and said, "Nevermind, we got impatient! xD"  **chuckles, softly at the memory of comedic joy**

Second Day of Christmas Gift

 Candied christmas tree shaped ornament......peppermint flavoured!

Also, yesterday I got two more gifts, $10, and a plaid scarf! My Gramma Jennette asked me, "What is your favorite color?" and I automatically said, "Purple!" and she laughed a little and said, "Well.... that settles it!" And when she gave me the scarf, it was PURPLE! She gave Aric a plaid sea-green one, and gave Aneira a hand puppet from Sunny puppets!

Thank you all for being interested in the life of one kookie, always late, nerdy weirdo, here.... haha! I'll show pictures of the Doctor Who stuff my parents got for Christmas, later. Keep an eye out for them! :-D (and with my $10, I'm saving it for January, when I can go out and buy some Doctor Who stuff for myself! :-D

Wibbly-wobbly timey-whimey yourself through the year!
Arianna Schaffer

25 December, 2012

An Exciting Christmas Day!

Today was a very beautiful day!

  • Aric got a $50 Gamestop Gift card(from our parents)!
  • Aneira got M&M's, Chocolate Santa, and a Disney Princess candy cane, a Disney Princess sleeping bag, and Epic Mickey 2 Video Game(from our parents)!
  • I got two iTunes Gift Cards and the Academy Award Nominee Live Action Short - 2004, Most(from my parents)! I also received the cutest little stuffed cat made with a flowery pattern from my little sister!
  • Daddy got a Doctor Who fob watch (a real watch, made of plastic, complete with voices and sound effects), and a set of Celtic dice(from Mum)!
  • Mum got a Doctor Who TARDIS teapot and a Doctor Who Salt and Pepper shaker set--a Dalek and TARDIS-- (from Daddy)
  • Even the cats got a gift(even though it was yesterday). They got every cat's first love, cat nip!

First Day of Christmas Gift

Our very own Christmas ornament-- I got a lavender Christmas tree-shaped one, Aneira got a blue star-shaped ornament of bells, and Aric got a red Christmas tree-shaped one.

This Christmas was pretty much geeky and nerdy for the entire family(especially amongst the parents....**chuckles, softly**)! I am about to start the 1st day of Christmas gift to you guys! Just bear with me! God bless you and keep you this Christmas season! Alleluia!

Also, I plan to write a few of my close friends a gift, specific to them! They are:

(If your name wasn't on here, I still love you! These are my closest friends, I added them with the nickname I know them with! Thank you, my dears for being by my side! MERRY CHRISTMAS!)

Peace be unto you from God our Father,
The Swashbuckler Disciple,
Arianna "Platypus" Schaffer

No Room For Our King?

Merry Christmas to all! A beautiful day has begun! Last night, we were closer to one another than we would've if the power hadn't gone out! We goofed off, we ate shepherd's pie, we opened one gift for each of us(Aric got a pair of nifty gloves, Aneira got some lovely playdough, I got the film, To Save a Life and a book Dare to Make a Difference in Your School (and Life) By the creators of the film--all from our parents!-- Daddy got a green jar, and Mum got cappuccino--from Aric and Aneira!-- and let's not forget the poem I wrote the night before!)

The jokes that came along with the green jar left the whole family in a fit of giggles. Daddy smiled and then had this conversation with Aric and Aneira:

Daddy: Oh, look an urn!
Aric: **ignores the comment** We thought you'd like that. I tried to find something to put in it, but everything was too big for it!
Daddy: Well, when I die you can point at that jar and say, "This, here's my Pa!"
Aric: If you want that, I can put your ashes in....
Daddy: No, they don't put ashes in jars like that. They put it in urns....

We opened the gifts in the dark, dimly lit by the electric and genuine candles. We also ate together in the same situation. It was so fun to be able to discuss things in a humorous light, despite Aneira's fear of the dark, and my not yet grown out fear of impenetrable darkness(which it was before we lit the candles....). The lights outside were even out! The whole neighbourhood was out! And so as Daddy said, we were gonna play a game called, "Guess what I have in the dark!", and so when we opened the gifts, Aneira was first--being the youngest--then me, then Aric, then Daddy, and then Mum! Aneira's reaction to her playdough was of child-like glee, my reaction to To Save a Life, and the book which came with it was more.... wild? When my eyes had lain upon the film I sat there for a good second, trying to comprehend what I was holding. Then out of nowhere, I let out a squeal of joy and repeatedly said, "OHMIGOSH! Thank you! OHMIGOSH! THANK YOU!", Aric's reaction to his nifty gloves was of the calm reserved realization that, "I needed these! Thank you!", I showed you Daddy's reaction to his gift, and Mum was like, "Oh my gosh! Cappuccino! Thank you, Aric!"

One of the conversations between us was quite the comedy!

Aric: I'm going into the fridge to get a drink. **goes towards the back, to the fridge there.**
Daddy: No, we need to preserve the air in there, we don't know how long the power will be out!
Aric: But, I'm thirsty!
Daddy: Then get water.
Aric: No. Soda. **continues to walk**
Daddy: Please, don't.
Aric: Fine... **sits down**
Mom: Perhaps we could go to QT, and get a soda, there!
Daddy: And do what? Stare strangely at them next to the ice cream bar? **gives a long, silent dazed look at us** "Can I help you sir?" **returns to the stare** "Err sir?" **continues** "Look, I'll buy you an ice cream cone, if you just stop looking at me like that!" **chuckles with a grin at the uproar of laughter from the entire family**

I tried to go to sleep at 7:30pm, however, it was cold and too early for me to doze off.... And so, I waited it out, when the power finally came back! I went to bed at 2:30am, totally drained from attacks from two unknown enemies, at the same time, also drained because of the late hour, and lastly, because of sitting at my computer for about an hour and a half, writing an email to six of my dear friends.... and so I was pretty much pooped! I collapsed into bed and doze off almost immediately after, images of my creative worlds whirling in my mind. And so, I woke up at 8:30am this morning, nobody's up, and it's Christmas Day! We'll be building the gingerbread house, opening our gifts, and then we'll have haggis, shepherd's pie, and spinach souffle!

But, I remember this season isn't about the gifts under the tree! It is about THE gift in which God the Father gave to us, this night--a chance at everlasting life! Joy to the World! The Lord is come! Let Earth receive her King!

[NOTICE: I couldn't write the short story for the gift for today, but I will spend the day, writing it just for everyone here! I have decided for it to be a Christmas comedy of the Inklings of old! I hope it will intrigue my readers!]

All randomity aside, I feel the need to pray for our country(America). I was listening to While we were Sleeping" By: Casting Crowns. And these lyrics pierced at my heart and sent me into tears of sorrow and concern for how the country--and ultimately the world-- is so fallen from morals, love, and joy, that I fear for this world:

"United States of America, looks like another silent night 
As we're fast asleep by the lots of thieves 
To save the trees and kill the children 
And while we're lying in the dark 
There's a shout heard 'cross the eastern sky 
For the Bridegroom has returned 
And has carried His bride away in the night....in the night! 
America, what will we miss while we are sleeping? 
Will Jesus come again and leave us slumbering where we lay? 
America, will we go down in history 
As a nation with no room for its King?
Will we be sleeping? Will we be sleeping?"

It is so sad when you see what sin has done in the hearts of men. I only long to make a difference in the world with Christ's power! Remember, my friends, if you are in need of help, go to the Rock which is higher than us. Find your strength in Christ, He is able, and willing to save! That is what this season is about! He came to this world to save sinners!

Merry Christmas from The Swashbuckler Disciple,
Arianna Schaffer

P.S. May God bless you all this Christmas season with joy, peace, and love! May His hand guide you in the ways of heaven above! May He lead you to the ones in need! So that, the hungry and naked you shall dress and feed! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!

24 December, 2012

Merry CHRISTmas Eve to my Brothers-and-Sisters-in-CHRIST!

For thirteen days I'll write a gift for my readers, here on my blog! They will either be proses/poems/songs/short stories (all short enough to be done in ONE night! Then I'll post it here the next day!) Before you go and open the gifts around that tree of yours (or nativity set, in some cases.....) Remember, Christmas isn't about the gifts wrapped in paper, bows of ribbons topping each of them. Nor is it about the mistletoe, a snow-laden ground(remember, that is mostly a western belief! There are some countries who celebrate Christmas in the middle of Summer!). It is about the Jewish Messiah, wrapped in a manger, in a stable in the little town of Bethlehem!

Mission Write-a-Gift #1:

I wrote this last night, I'm hoping you  enjoy it as much as I wrote it! It is titled One Night by the Tree!

One night by the tree
In which the string of lights are hung
One night to remember Thee
In songs and carols, sweetly sung

One night by the tree
Where presents wrapped away are lain
One night in awe, as I see
In a manger, He too was lain

One night by the tree
Waiting patiently for Thy light
One night to sing sweet to Thee
Voices raised in one cold night

One night next to Thee
I watch and think of Thy strong love
The night You arrived, You see
Our need for life from up above

Merry Christmas Eve to ye friends of mine! May God bless ye with joy, peace, and love this Christmas Season! And with His guiding light through the dark! Amen.

Lost in the world of thought,
Yours truly The Swashbuckler Disciple,
Arianna Schaffer

P.S. This is one of my favorite Christmas songs by one of my favorite bands!

23 December, 2012

Hobbits, Cute Guys and Hats.....OH MY!

Well, I was investigating too many things at once and now I'm all nerdy-and-preppy-like all at the same time! I am quite excited about The Hobbit, I would really like to watch it soooooon! I'm thoroughly enjoying the soundtrack.... I'm not normally one to listen to soundtracks, but I am absolutely addicted to this soundtrack(kind of like I got addicted to Brave's, Princess and the Frog's, Chronicles of Narnia's, Harry Potter's, and my childhood favorite, Lord of the Rings'!) It is a very compelling soundtrack, compels me to WRITE!

Somewhat off-subject but, similar to the topic, I am wondering if I should watch 13th Warrior, Braveheart, Tin Man, and Snowhite and the Huntsman(haven't watched any of those films, but I am quite curious if they are good. Does anyone know these movies? Have you guys watched it? Are they good?)

Also, I went all preppy-fan-girl-squeal just a moment ago. I was watching a certain video over and over, it was a song by NEEDTOBREATHE. Kind of something I am not particularly used to listening to. It's almost a mix between country and rock. It had beautiful men in it with EPIC hats! I really wanted the cowboy hat, the derby, and the fedora, but of course, I can't have them!

Also, my fast was a success, I felt empowered by the Holy Spirit, once I finished. I was amazed when I broke fast and was all stoked and on fire for Christ! Thanks be to God!

Lost in a world of thought,
Yours truly, the Swashbuckler Disciple,
Arianna Schaffer

22 December, 2012

Lift High His Glorious Name!

Today, I shall be fasting, praying fervently, delving into Scripture, and singing praise unto the Lord! I shall pray for spiritual revival in the U.S. Also, I shall pray for the comfort and healing of a couple of my friends, praying, also, for the the catholic and apostolic church to reach out their hand in the love of Christ to all in need of it. I have read Acts Chapter. I encourage you all to join me in fasting and praying unto the Lord. God's mercy, grace, and love will fall over you like a sweet spring rain!

The peace of the Lord be with you!

Lost in the world of thought,
Arianna Schaffer

21 December, 2012

Open 'Em Eyes to Love!

An update on how everything is going should really please my audience. It's like I let you guys know what things I plan to do in the present to look on the future with expectation, then all of a sudden I disappear off the face of the world of Imagine Nation! Well, I have returned with a very intense drone on what it's been like since November 1st.

Scripture: I have been going intense on my scripture reading. My partner in that had sort of released me to make my own way through the Word. I have officially read through 1 Peter, James, 1 John, Ephesians, Matthew, Ruth, and Zephaniah. I have only just begun the book of Acts and soon will go to the book of Esther. At this rate, my heart shall be more prepared for the book of Revelation sooner than I had expected!

Homeschool: It is almost the end of December, and I am no further along in my studies than I was in November. I personally have come to the realization that I might be here longer than I really wanted. Don't get me wrong, homeschool's great! And the name we picked for ours is epic (Entmoot Academy)! But, even though I shall be a tad disappointed in leaving a school with such a cool name, I really want to move forward in my education! I want to go to college! I would go to Converse, but I'm considering more into colleges out of state. There may be more suitable colleges for the direction I wish to take than Converse. We will see, but before that happens, I'll have to finish up my studies in my senior year of high school.

Guitar: We have come to the decision that it is worth the $100 I put into it. I have the talent, I have the ear for it, and I believe I have the passion for it -- it just hides in the shadows right now -- I need to put more time into practicing this instrument! I'm hoping that I'll become as good as my biological father. He has great talent in the area of music, he can listen to a song (and without any notes) play what he has heard! Isn't that amazing?

Writing: I have started and stopped writing several stories since the time I last posted. But, I shall only inform you of the one I am writing now. I am writing a novel titled The Witches' Assassin, (go to the link for more information!) Also, I have written many poems on other blogs Inklings - Songs from the Heart and Healing a Shattered Heart - To the Shattered Hearts. I hope you like what I wrote!

Beads: So far, I haven't been able to commit to beadsmithing. I don't seem to ever have enough money after I get what I need and then maybe a couple things I want. To tell you the truth, guys, jewelry-making is one expensive craft, as are all crafts it seems.... **sarcasm** Maybe I oughta go and find a blacksmith to tutor me in his ways of the mighty forge! That probably won't be as expensive as beadsmithing......yeah right!

Also, if you could, my dear readers, pray for a couple of my dearest friends? My most beloved sister, Savannah is going through a rough time, spiritually. Please pray that she will find her way back to Christ! My brother of the Gaels, Eli is struggling emotionally. Please pray that he will find his comfort in Christ! My sister of the kittens is coming down with the flu, she assumes, and her mother has it, too. Pray that they may find their healing in Christ! Then, lastly, I am in middle of this, my heart is reaching out to them, but I am afraid that I may take it too far and be overwhelmed with the trials of my friends. Pray that I will find my self-control and wisdom in Christ!

I have been listening to plenty of uplifting music tonight. Far different from the music I was listening to this morning. And I came across one that has touched my heart. This is dedicated to my most beloved sister, and my brother of the Gaels!

Also, today was the lamest apocalypse ever! It only turned out to be the Friday before Christmas! Which some may say is rather close... I almost died of boredom, so I have survived the great destruction of the world for the second time! Remember when 2000 was to be the end of the world? Only because they believed that when the calendar was changed to '00, all the electricity would shut off, and then we -- the people who now depend on electricity-- would die because we wouldn't even be able to use the cars! Everything would be like it was in the 1900's and we'd suffer a death without internet, computers, cars, cell phones, etc. But, oh God forbid we lose the niceties of electricity! We'd suffer a cruel and agonizing death without the oh-so-mighty-electricity! Oh no! How have we survived as a species without the oh-so-mighty-electricity? Sorry, I couldn't resist.... GET A LIFE PEOPLE! (Like I should talk, I'm addicted to the niceties of electricity myself, and I've never even camped away from the electric way of life in my pitiful existence!)

Anywayz! May God bless you this Christmas season with joy, peace, and love, as you remember the first coming of His son, and then look to his second coming!

Lost in the world of thought,
Arianna Schaffer

To the Shattered Hearts

My name is Melody Gael, I created this blog for those whose hearts have shattered, like broken glass scattered in pieces on the floor. I hope this ministry will uplift and encourage you to be strong!

I wrote this just now. I was inspired by an incident, which made me self-destruct, like a maddened robot! A special thank you to my friend, Eli, for holding me accountable. And this is dedicated to my dear beloved sister, the Starlit Knight!

Have you ever felt that inward pain?
Crying out in the tears of the rain?
Do you trust that when your sins are lain (on Christ)
You will have an everlasting flame?

And the bloodstained marks shall take form
Making you bleed and feel like a worm
Do you need love when your heart is torn?
If you do, will you be forlorn?

And the fear shall dilate these eyes
When you see yourself and make up lies
Can you break through these darkened ties?
Run to Him who shall give you life?

Have you ever felt that inward pain
Be washed clean by His healing rain?
Putting your trust in Christ, the Great Flame
Soon your heart too shall blaze, untamed

Realize when you are pinned to the ground by the shadows of doubt, and the flames of dying hard, you are loved, and you are more than those lies!

Healing a shattered heart,
Melody Gael

"I wanna scream like it's never been said But mean it like a black tattoo"

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