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Arya

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About Arya

  • Rank
    Getting The Hang Of Things

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  • Biography
    Born and raised right smack-dab in the middle of the Bible Belt. My beliefs have grown and changed with me and I find myself in the side of the minority among the rest of South Georgia, choosing to love rather than judge and follow my own path in my Christian faith.
  • Location
    Nicholls, GA
  • Interests
    I'm a writer and a blogger. I review books for publishing companies like HarperTeen, PenguineUSA, BloomsburyUSA and more. I'm in the middle of writing my third and fourth books.

    Blog: http://seaofpages.blogspot.com

    Other interests include:
    Archery
    Violin/Music
    History
    Knitting and other needle work
    Cultural Studies
    Outreach
  • Denomination
    Southern Baptist (Or something rather like it...)
  • Name
    You can call me Arya! ;)
  1. Arya

    Mentor Needed

    Hi! I'm doing an Intensive Discipleship Course about preaching the gospel to people of different religions and cults. I'm going through this book: https://www.ywampublishing.com/p-1428-reaching-a-lost-worldbrcults-world-religionsbrintensive-discipleship-course.aspx and it says that I need a mentor. It suggests an older person of the same sex with a strong faith in God and spiritual maturity. Being that I am not able to go to church (I'm in a very rural community/its complicated), I was hoping I could find some one here to help me out. I'm looking for somebody who doesn't have preconceived prejudices against people of other faiths. I have friends who are Muslim, Hindu, Wiccan and more. I bought this book to help me better preach to them, but I do not believe that every smigget of other religions is wrong. There is an ounce of truth in everything. I got this book so that I could learn how to use that ounce of truth to connect people to God. I want to be a missionary. I do not want to judge or look down on other people, and I would prefer that whoever my mentor was didn't either. I'm not sure exactly how this would have to work because (obviously) I haven't started the course yet. However, I would be willing to scan in pages from the book if needed and email them my work as well and correspond that way. If you would like to help me out, you can post here, pm me, or email me (hollywood_here_i_come@live.com) a little bit about yourself. I look forward to getting to know you better and would appreciate any guidance you could give me. God bless!
  2. I adore books like Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson (he wasn't a missionary, but his father was) and was wondering if you guys new of any other books about missionaries? Thanks!
  3. Arya

    Family doesn't like me?

    I'm so sorry you're going through this! I'll be keeping you in my prayers and if you ever need to talk, just PM me. I've gone through similar things though not as extreme. I've never had a whole lot of family around. Anyway, as you struggle through this, just try to remember your humility. Be supportive of your family members even if they aren't supportive of you. Show them love in every way you can, and perhaps they will come around. If not, then its their loss, but don't let yourself be dragged down by it. Try to find ways to be happy at home, even if you are alone. Be productive and hold your head high. I'll be praying for you. God bless!
  4. Arya

    A few prayer requests

    Praying! And many condolences to you. The death of a loved one is always hard.
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    Why are most of you so intolerant?

    You can no more rightfully use the term "most of you" in reference to Christian than you can with any other group of people. I do happen to get frustrated with some of my fellow Christian who think they have to tear down Muslims and gays and anyone else they feel is farther from the truth of God's word than the rest of us. But in all actuality, the majority of Christian, myself included, will tell you that we are all sinners. You can persecute someone just because you think they are worse than you. You lift them up, and hope that in time you can lead them a bit closer to Christ. I have friends who are Muslim, Wiccan, Atheist, Hindu, and more. I love them all dearly. As for the Bible being written by "an old man who wanted to force his religion on the world" that isn't it at all. Have you read the New Testament? I admit, some of the things in there strike me at time, because my modern ears are not accustomed to hearing them. But that doesn't make them any less true. Jesus loves you, whether you accept Him or not. And so do I. And one more thing. Your profile says you are Wiccan. The biggest fans of my writing are Wiccan and they are all wonderful and unique people. But their religion doesn't make them that way. They all seem to be held together by a belief in the power of the energy of the universe. They all hope for some sort of magick in their lives. I'm not forcing anything on you, just sharing something with you now. God is magic. He is the real true magic that makes little children rise from the dead. He is the magic that is inside of us and inside every beautiful thing in the world everyday. Any other powers granted to a person not through faith, those are not from God. -He will lift you up when nothing else can, if only you will let Him.- Peace.
  6. Arya

    hospital

    I'm praying! And wishing you the best of luck!
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    Defenseless

    That makes perfect sense! About the demons, I mean. I never thought about it that way. I guess I should have though. I truly hope that Jesus dispels them all and you are able to live your life happily. Don't be fooled by the average low, however. We all come to moments where we feel we're going to break. Just remember to hang on to Jesus, and to your worldly friends in Christ here. We might not be able to drive up and give you a hug. But I can guarantee you that our love reaches you in the form of sympathy, hope, and companionship in Christ. God bless you!
  8. Arya

    For me...please?

    I'm praying for you, hun. I go through these spells myself. The thing that stabilizes me most (other than the grace of God) is my online friends. I'm 16 years old and I don't have anyone to talk to aside from my mom. I never moved. I've lived in the same place (well, same town) as when I was born. I'm just a bit of an outsider. And that's okay with my now because I don't want to stay here. Anyway, I'm not trying to make this about me, just to help you not feel so lonely. If you want to add me on facebook or message me on here feel free to! You can find my under facebook as Arya Smith. God bless you!
  9. Arya

    Please Prey for my mother.

    The power of prayer works miracles. May God be with you.
  10. Arya

    More Prayers for Logan

    I'm praying! Hope everything goes well. (=
  11. Arya

    Dan in Romania

    This is so sad! I'm praying.
  12. Arya

    Following God...

    Often in our Scripture reading and in church and other spiritual situations we hear said "Listen to God. Follow Him and do His will in life." but that can be easier said than done. For one, how do I know that I am truly listening to God and not just my own desires? I'm drawn to be a missionary in foreign lands, to step into places of poverty and strife and to bring peace and hope to the people. But many people think I should strive for a desk job, or something where I can help people in simple ways, without leaving the country. I don't put down nurses and teachers and preachers here. They do great things. But its not what I feel called to do. In the meantime I want to go one a short-term mission trip. My mother would rather me go to an academic camp. I went to one last year and it wasn't really my cup of tea. But this would be my last year to do it. I tried compromising, asking her if I could do a term 2 trip at the other camp and then go on one of the shorter short-term trips, or even a spring break one. She wasn't having any of it. She just kind of hollered at me and told me that there would be plenty of time to do missions later. I want to argue with her, but I've tried to hold my tongue. I can't help but wonder if this is God's way of telling me that I'm not ready, or that I need to be at that camp for some reason. I've prayed, but I'm full of confusion. My heart is torn. Should I fight to go on a mission or let life take me where it will? If I was able to go to church (long story) I would talk to a pastor, but I have none to talk to, so I was hoping some of you could give me some advise.
  13. I'm not sure when yet. I'm guessing even Random House and Christopher don't. But he is just finishing or just finished the book. I think that means the first draft. You can check this out if you want: http://shurtugal.com/2011/01/17/re-post-c-p-qa-highlights-the-best-of-book-5-prequels-wolf-eyes-and-bladesinger-more-dragons/ :) So far its been five years between each book though.

  14. Lord of the Rings is amazing! I've read them through five times now :P . But I totally agree with you about the movie! As a movie itself, it was good. But to what it was supposed to be....terrible! They did portray Brom really well though! Isn't there supposed to be one more Inheritance book coming out? Do you know when?

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    Mission Trips?

    I appreciate the help, guys! (=
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