My motto

When I started this blog, I wanted this to be my motto:

I wrote this infuriated one evening as a Facebook status.  I was trying to find what being beautiful meant and trying to see what a really beautiful face looked like.  Was its perfectly symmetrical?  Tanned but not dark?  I was so wrong.  I want to be a Proverbs 31 woman, and I want to value things more important than external beauty.  Will you please join me?

Day 15: Bible Verse

Jeremiah 29:11

New International Version (NIV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

This single bible verse has been coming into my life time and time again, its almost like I can’t escape it!  But this verse inspires me in so many ways.  So many times I’m left feeling out of control of everything around me.  I think this verse constantly speaks into my life when I find myself wanting to take control over the situations around me.

The thing is, we can’t always be in control, never really.  And this can feel really scary to accept, but to know Jesus is in control is so comforting because he knows exactly what we need and has a plan and a purpose for everything.

Whenever I find myself feeling upset, I think of my father holding me and shielding me.  I never actually need to be afraid of anything.  Being afraid is like me lugging a large umbrella when I’m praying for sunshine all day.  God’s in control, never forget that.

A post I made about my internship.

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Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Nina.  I am a blogger, a student and a marketing intern for “The Ticket’, the page you are reading right now is all about is.  In our earlier post you can learn more information about who exactly we are.  And in addition to this I am currently eighteen years old, and on the verge of being nineteen in a little less than two hours.

Although this may an odd thought to think my ride home from summer classes, I couldn’t help thinking, “What if I died right now.”  There’s something beautiful about it, just a day shy of nineteen.  But more than that I thought, “What am I doing of worth in my life?”  This was something we had spoken in detail about during our production meeting this past Tuesday, but it kept bothering.

Lately I have been feeling overwhelmed…

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Arranged Marriages: A new look

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Almost 3 years ago I wrote an article for my school newspaper about arranged marriages because it was a topic that interested me.  My parents are a product of arranged marriages and have been married for such a long time now.  It got me to thinking about whether or not the either notion of marrying someone for love was more ridiculous than marrying someone for practicality.

When I first wrote that article 3 years ago my intention was to first just show that arranged marriages still existed and then show that sometimes they could be more effective than love marriages.  But now as a college student I find myself taking a completely new take on the issue.

I think arranged marriages are more effective than love marriages and for many reasons.  For one, in the past this was the way that most people married each other.  People married for purpose or because of their current situation and this actually worked.  Next this is currently working whereas divorce rates for love marriages have been sky rocketing.

I’m reminded of a quote from my previous article.  People are just too selfish to allow something like a marriage built out of love to work.  People are passionate and the minute the spark dies, so does the devotion.  What ever happened to loving someone in sickness and in health?  What ever happened to people growing old and dying together?  Instead people are so consumed with their own personal desires that marriages die in the process.

I am in no way of form experienced in this topic.  I’m not married nor do I intend to be married for a long time (Can we be real now, I’m eighteen years old!).  But I grew up my entire life believing love should be one particular way not realizing how selfish this type of love really is.  That’s the thing about love, love in and of itself is so selfless.  Marriage should not be about fulfilling your own individual desires, it is something so much more sacred than that.

I always imagined arranged marriages were forced and deprived people.  I grew up thinking that there is no way you can love someone in a marriage if you were arranged to marry them.  Holding unto this idea that everyone in the world has one person who is perfect for them.  Their other half who holds everything they could ever want in an another person.  But human beings are not made like that.  Human beings are born sinful and selfish.

I remember trying to argue against that idea with a friend of mine, but I couldn’t.  Face it.  Human beings are selfish, we may do kind things but because it makes us feel good.  And because human beings are like this, the idea of one perfect person out there is insane.  No one will fit perfectly in the mold of perfection that you may want them to be.  And trying to make someone into something they are not is cruel.

Maybe marrying someone who isn’t “perfect” but actually wants the same things in life as you is practical and maybe being practical is smart.  I’m only eighteen years old and have so much to learn in life, I don’t want to believe that love and being practical should mix.  But marriage and passion can never work because passion dies out and I don’t believe that you can ever really stop loving someone.  So maybe the idea of passionate love that fades isn’t right?

In a world where people divorce left and right the sanctity of marriage is just left out to dry, but this does not mean that it is no longer important.  Before you judge something like arranged marriages, give it another look.

Obedience 38/365

OKAY so I lied to some of my Facebookers, I told you my big news was my blog but it wasn’t that!  I’m SORRY but I was trying to keep something quiet and unless I pretended it was something else I was pretty sure  everyone would see right through me!  >.<

It was a YOUTUBE ACCOUNT!  But my mom felt uneasy about my posting videos so I deleted it.  I have to be honest though, I didn’t want to at first and was very set against it.

I made an account for inner beauty and my mom was all for it until I got around 700 views in one day for a video ,I actually made a blog post about originally.  She felt as though the environment was not safe and that I should wait until I am settled more in life and then I can make an account.

I’ll be honest though, I didn’t listen to her at first >.<  I KNOW I KNOW.  BAD Nina.  I really liked Youtube and was getting a lot more views than from wordpress, as of today I had around 3,000 views from my most popular video.  But a part of me just felt SO guilty for disobeying and I had to delete it.  I do plan on making an account again one day, but as my mother said, when I am older.  And when that happens, I’ll let you all know from the minute I start.

My post topic for today is that of obedience.  I know my introduction was a weird leeway but it is definitely relevant.  I REALLY really didn’t want to obey my mother, and why?  Because I didn’t feel like it.

The thing about obedience is that sometimes its hard and sometimes we just don’t want to do it.  Ephesians 6:1 reads “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” THAT is so much easier said than done.

I know that I really didn’t want to obey my mom at first but now I’m glad I did.  I think that once I feel ready I may restart my account and maybe even use it for evangelical purposes.  If I was able to reach 3,000 people through ONE video, think of what I could do if I truly devoted my time.

This is going to be a some what small post but I hope the message rings through for someone out there.  Sometimes obeying God feel inconvenient.  Sometimes we just feel like NOT doing it, but we must understand that he has our very best interests at heart and KNOWS what we need and do not need in our lives.

John 14:23-24

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him. “He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.

See you tomorrow,

Nina