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"Let no man despise thy youth,
but be thou an example of the believers,
in word, in conversation, in charity
in spirit, in faith, in purity."
~ I Timothy 4:12

My name is Alexandra. I'm 12 years old.
I'm homeschooled and in 8th grade
My most enjoyable subject is Science.
I really enjoy bike riding, archery, talking on the phone,
horseriding, golfing, basketball, letters,
and mostly....writing plays & acting them out.
I'm the oldest of 4 children.
I help my Mom with the little ones. I have 1 brother and 2 sisters.
I have a very loving, godly Mother who cares for each of us.
She teaches us to live by the Bible.
My Dad is a Marine and is very fun and understanding.
Without my parents (and my pastor),I don't know how God would have reached me
in the areas I needed (and need!) Him to.
I love God very much and every day
I thank Him for the loving family He gave me.

In Christ~
(a.k.a~ Ally)

I started a new project... a blog page!
I hope to use it as a type of journal
where I write about my days as a
Christian, homeschooled girl.
Be sure to visit. *Ü*

HomeSchool Haven Blog of HsKubes' Gal

Listed below are articles I have written.
I hope they are an encouragement to you.

Feel free to copy and use them if you'd like.
I only ask that you please give me proper credit.
Thank you for your honesty.

Again, I hope you find them a blessing.
~ Ally

Blessing the Lord in Thanksgiving

How Do I Love Thee...

How About the New Year?


Blessing the Lord in Thanksgiving

Talents ~ Everyone has a talent or gift. We need to recognize & give thanks for our talents.
They are a part of what makes us special. When we use our special talents God gave to us, we bless Him.

Helping others ~ Everyone has the ability to help others. Being a help at home (or anywhere else) is a blessing.
It blesses God, our parents, & siblings. It is also a chance to be a cheerful servant for the Lord.

Appreciate ~ There is always something we can appreciate. But do we appreciate the things we didn’t necessarily want?
God has given us everything for a reason, so we should appreciate anything and everything that God gives us.
We also bless God by letting Him know we love and appreciate Him.

Not being selfish ~ We are all selfish sometimes. Some show it more than others do & some just hide it in their hearts.
Neither one blesses God. Christ modeled selflessness & we need to follow His example.

Keep our minds pure ~ This is a hard thing to do. We need to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corn.10:5).
Keeping our minds pure & on God blesses the Lord.

Serve, ~ When we are seen serving God & others with a good attitude, it is a wonderful testimony that blesses the Lord & others.

Give ~ Giving is a sign of love & kindness. It blesses Him when we give from this heart attitude.

In praise & prayer ~ it blesses God when we bring our praise & requests to Him. We can also bless others with our prayers.

Virtue ~ Virtue is having the courage to do what you know is right, not just hearing & knowing what’s right.
This blesses the Lord for He tells us to be doers of the Word & not just hearers. This also bless others.

In God’s Word ~ By daily reading, studying, memorizing, & meditating on His Word, we bless Him.
It blesses Him when we choose to spend time with Him, delight in His Word & love His commandments.

Not being prideful ~ God hates pride. It blesses Him when we are humble in spirit.

Grow in grace & knowledge ~ We grow in grace & knowledge by being in his Word.
It blesses Him when we grow to become more like our Savior.

By Alexandra Cook © November 2004

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“How do I love Thee… let me count the ways”

How do we show our love for God?
Below are a few examples of how we can show our love for Him.

Ü Spend time with Him and put Him first.
When we love our family and friends, we want to spend time with them.
How much more we should want to spend time with God!
We can do this by spending time in prayer and in His Word.
We should want to spend time with Him first, more than anyone else.
Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God…”
He loves us and wants to spend time with us… and He always has time!

Ü “Serve the Lord with gladness…” ~ Psalm 100:2
There is a difference in serving Him and serving Him with gladness.
For example, when our parents ask us to do something, like taking out the trash or washing the dishes, what is our first reaction?
Probably a complaint, sigh, or rolling eyes.
But have we thought that when our parents ask us to do something, that God is actually asking us?
He tells us to obey our parents,
so when we obey our parents, we are obeying Him.
We can REALLY show our love for God when we obey our parents with respect and without complaint.

Ü Strive hard to do His will and obey Him.
This is not an easy thing to do, but we are able to do it with lots of effort.
Luke 14:15 says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
Obeying Him and trying to do His will, shows Him that we love Him.
Remember, He loves US so much ,
that he gave His ONLY son to DIE for us!
Just as he showed His love for us,
let us show our love for Him!

~ Alexandra Cook ©February 2005

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How about the New Year?

The New Year is another year of our youth we have to mature and grow in the Lord.
A few ways that are necessary to grow are:
1. Have daily quiet time with the Lord
Pray often (all day long)
3. Memorize scripture
4. Meditate on scripture
(think about what it means & apply it)
5. We are also able to review notes from sermons & our personal quiet time

Listing the ways are simple, but applying them is more difficult.
It takes time. OUR time!
When we don’t take the time to spend with the Lord, that’s pure selfishness.
God has something to say to all of us, no matter what the age.
We don’t truly grow when we aren’t in His word.
Listening to preaching (although good to do) isn’t enough for our spiritual growth.
God talks to us personally and changes us through His Word.

Another way we can grow is through trial and error.
We are always failing somewhere in our life, making mistakes and bad choices,
but God wants us to learn from our mistakes and we can,
if we choose to.

He also gave us parents to help us grow and guide us while we’re young.
But there will come a time when we’ll have to make our own decisions.
They train us now, for that time when we are faced with making decisions.

Last year is a year that we can use as an example and a learning experience.
The trials we went through, decisions we made, the paths we chose, and our failures and successes…
God wants us to learn from it all.
We need to think back and see where we were useful for the Lord and praise Him.
And we need to see where we can improve and grow.

How about the new year????
Let’s make a goal and decide to be in His Word daily,
memorize it, meditate on it,
and use it in our lives to become changed and more like Christ.

by Alexandra Cook ©January 2005

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Contentment is being satisfied with what you are given.
Sometimes we aren’t content with having to work. Why not?
We should be. We are getting to serve God and others.
What kind of Christian testimony is a person who grumbles and mumbles when asked to do something?
Or a person who appears to be content, when his heart is discontent?
Not a very good testimony at all!
But a person who loves God and is content inside and outside…
what a wonderful testimony!
Only God can give you that contentment and joy.
No one can have true joy without Jesus in his or her life.
Most people struggle with discontentment in their life. I also struggle with this.
And I came across this example:
“A poor Irishman, traveling barefoot,
thought it was a great misfortune to have no shoes:
but, meeting a man hobbling along, without feet,
he thanked God for his own, even if they were bare.”
~ source unknown

We can apply this to our own circumstances.
Use our family for example...
Although sometimes we get a little aggravated and short tempered,
we can be thankful God has given us a family who loves us.

Here are a few small ways to be content:
 Accept things cheerfully, even if it wasn’t exactly what you wanted.
 Do chores happily, knowing you are doing them for the Lord.
 Be happy for others who have more than you.
 Be content for the opportunity to be a servant
and to make God and other people happy.

~ Some verses to look up regarding contentment:
Col.3: 23; 1 Tim.6: 6-8; Prov.14: 30; Luke3: 14; Phil.4: 11
Make an effort to become familiar with those verses
or better yet, memorize them!
Let’s make a choice to live in contentment…
being satisfied in all the Lord has and hasn’t provided for us.

By Alexandra Cook ©October 2004

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