Christian Living, Young Adult Life

When Your Hardest Doesn’t Go Highest (Society’s Secret Scandal)

One of the most frustrating experiences for an ambitious youth is to pour all their heart into any sort of project and its ends up fruitless and overlooked. It’s disheartening when you try so hard—harder than all those around you, it seems—and you still end up at the bottom! No one likes to be that one mountain climber who has all the rocks crumbling beneath them.

You keep trying to scale the ladder, but everyone else is either shooting past you, pulling you down, or kicking you back. The whole reason people want to climb high to the top is, simply put, to get that ‘high’ feeling. “So what’s the solution? How can I ever feel truly accomplished if that high only lasts a moment?”

Stop climbing the ladder. Let go and let Jesus carry you.

Maybe that sounds like one of those cute, cliche quotes you’ll find on Social Media that are inspirational… but completely unhelpful. So let me explain further.

Society’s Secret Scandal

Society, today’s popular culture, sees the world as a ladder. A mountain we’re all meant to spend our whole lives climbing. The best future envisioned in society’s eyes is having a good education, spending your youthful days enjoying your physical prime and having as much fun as possible, then spending the rest of your life pursuing what career and person you love, and getting rich and famous off your job—thus making the whole focus of life power and love.

It’s really a hopeless reality.

This is why people who have real relationships with Jesus tend to have better mental, emotional, and physical health. Even if they still deal with depression, sickness, weakness, and other struggles, they know where they’re going, they know they have a purpose, and they know they are loved! If purpose is power (maybe a mental power), then the real Christian has power, love, and destiny. That’s a one-up to society. 😎

All this to say, society’s secret scandal is the sly lie it spreads to every teenager and young adult: if you can’t climb high, you don’t deserve the high, or happiness.

Jesus’ Generous Gift

Your hardest climbing might not always bring you to the top. Your fastest running might not always bring you farthest. That’s when society’s lie kicks in. You feel hopeless, undeserving, and good-for-nothing.

So when your hardest doesn’t go highest, doesn’t take you higher, don’t believe the society’s sneaky lie—instead, remember Jesus’ generous gift! Salvation from hopelessness. Peace during the storms. Eternal paradise in Heaven when you die. Never-ending forgiveness through repentance.

Never give up on what God is calling you to do! Also, remember that hard work doesn’t do it all—knowledge of what you’re pursuing, wisdom on how to pursue it, and support from those more experienced are all vital!

Let me rephrase: Stop climbing the ladder. Let go and let Christ carry you—even if he takes you off the wide ladder to the narrow pathway on the side. After all, Jesus’ plans do seem sideways to the popular culture. 😉

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

Relevant Updates, Specials

Preorder a Copy of This Will Not Last! (w/ Specials)

The time has arrived! Preorders for This Will Not Last by Laurel Jean are now live! I’ve talked about this book of poetry here (title reveal) and here (cover reveal), but in two weeks, the big publication day will be upon us!

So, you can either wait two weeks before buying… or you can preorder now and receive several snazzy specials that come with the early purchase… 😎

The Specials:

  • a signed copy of This Will Not Last
  • a poem from the collection hand-lettered on a greeting card so you can share the gift of poetry with a friend
  • free shipping (🤯)

~Preorder Here!~



Read Laurel’s post here!

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

Blogging Life, Randoms, Relevant Updates, Specials

100 Followers???

Guys. My goodness, THE RKW REACHED (and surpassed!) 100 FOLLOWERS!!! This… wow, many thanks to everyone who has followed and supported me. I really appreciate it—it means a lot. 🙂

And thank you, Jesus! This is a very generous gift. Thanks for always being there in this blogging rollercoaster.

To all you faithful readers and followers, I do hope I bring you insightful, quality content, and I hope following is worth it for you! 😀

Now for some celebration. Of course, we all need chocolate…

Chocolate!

I’ve also compiled five great “you know you’re a writer when” moments, turned them into fun little graphics, and made this small slideshow for you. So here you go!

You know you’re a writer when…

I hope you liked them! Of course, they’re not super professional or anything, and maybe a bit flashy, but I really enjoyed making them!

Now, time for the…

Q&A!

The difference with this is that it’s a Question and Answer for you guys, my readers! You’ll hear from me at least three times a month consistently, but unless you have a blog I follow, I don’t hear much from you.

So here are three questions I’d really love for you to answer!

1. What’s your favorite genre—for writing and reading? I’m only assuming that you write, but because you’re reading this I know you read something.

2. What’s one virtue you want to grow in this year? It doesn’t have to the one. Just one of them if there are multiple.

3. What’s your favorite indoor and outdoor pastime?

Don’t feel obligated to answer all or any of them, but I’d really like to hear your answers if you don’t mind! 😄

That’s all for today. Thanks for reading!

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

Relevant Updates

The New Blogging Plan

Hey! I’m back, and the month of February passed pretty quickly, I have to say. Today I’m going to jump in and explain the new blogging plan for the Right Kind of Writer! I don’t want to take too much of your time to explain, so I’ll be brief.

  1. I’m officially posting three days a month! The first and last Mondays and the 15th of every month.
  2. I have divided my topics to fit the three-post-plan:
  • The topic of the first Monday is writing. I’ll be switching between giving writing advice and sharing my own writing.
  • The 15th’s topic will be random. FREE REIGN, WHATEVER I FEEL LIKE POSTING! It might be a blog collab, some random life thoughts, all the FuN sTuFf!
  • The topic of the last Monday will be Christianity. In true honesty, I often feel very unqualified to talk to you about Christianity and offer advice because I am imperfect; I’m a sinner. And yeah I know we all are sinners, but that’s kind of how I’ve been feeling. But I can’t stop delving into His Word just because I’m scared I’ll say something wrong, thus me forcing myself to step out of my comfort zone.
  • There’ll also be Specials from time to time, whether for holidays or some other important event or announcement.

3. I’m not going to be doing many book reviews anymore. I realize I’m not very good, and I need to read many more books to develop that skill.

4. I reached and surpassed 100 subscribers!! Thank you all so much!—I’m saying that much but the rest of the thanks and celebration is reserved for next week. 😉

I believe that’s all… yeah.

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

Short Stories

From Reign to Ice (Pt. 1): a Short Story

Hellooo, friends! I have returned from my long-ish hiatus. Tomorrow (or on Wednesday) I’m going to explain the new plan for the Right Kind of Writer, but today I’d love for you all to enjoy a medieval fantasy flash-fiction piece I wrote! 🙂 It’s part one of two. I hope you like it!

From Reign to Ice

Sludge sprayed high as Russel slid down the dune. Icy cold mud splattered his armor and stung his face. When he reached the bottom, he whirled around and steel clashed with steel as an enemy descended upon him. When the foe thrust his blade forward, Russel sidestepped and he slid forward, falling face-first into the muck.

Russel leaped away to face another man. In a fiery of slashes, he brought the soldier to the ground with a bleeding wound in his side.

The young warrior looked up at the bright, grey sky and grimaced. His chest heaved as he breathed in deep. Everything was going horribly. Yes, Emperor Hadeon’s whole armory castle was wet, every open crevice brimming with water—even if much of the surrounding desert, including where the rebels hid, was drenched as well. Daegal had done a good job of keeping it raining with his supernatural water powers—that time utilizing the rain—but he didn’t have enough time to rest before Hadeon found their camp in the desert dunes.

Everything depended on Daegal having the strength to use his powers significantly one more time, but he was too exhausted from the rain. The rebel leaders intended to allow him a few days to rest, but the Emperor learned of their plan and immediately set out to mercilessly devastate it.

Russel leveled his gaze and he surveyed the dreary blend of blood, mud, and metal all around him. He then spotted his commander and ran to him.

“Russel! Why aren’t you helping guard Daegal?!” Demanded the Major, towering over him with squinted eyes.

“I’m sorry, sire, I lost him in the chaos! Where is he??”

The older warrior leaned toward his ear, whispering directions harshly. Russel took off, bating away and outrunning anyone daring to oppose him. Then he spotted Daegal being piggy-backed by a large soldier, as other rebels fought off the fierce onslaught valiantly. Running through the disarray, the young captain joined his men.

“Oh, there you are Russel! Thank the Maker you’ve returned!” Exclaimed one soldier as he deflected an enemy blow and counter-attacked. “The desert-lizards are waiting for us just over that large dune with the tree! They’re set to take off to a remote safe house, and from there the leaders will decide what to do next.”

Russel nodded gratefully to him, then turned to where the massive reptiles were hiding. It might take some time to climb up, but he had full confidence in the dune-familiar warrior who carried Daegal to make it to the top.

Russel’s heart stopped when a well-aimed arrow sped through the air and pierced the large warrior in his side. Both the young rebel and his bearer toppled down the hill: one weak, the other fully unconscious.

The young captain leaped forward, kneeled, and checked the noble soldier’s pulse. He was still alive.

“Help me, soldier! I need to get to safety!” Daegal wailed, as he desperately tried to gather enough strength to escalate the sludgy dune.

“Will you shut up, you spoiled—” Russel caught himself before he said anything worse, but his words had already landed.

“I’m sorry, Daegal. But this man risked his life you save yours! Thank the Creator he’s still alive, however, I just needed to check!” Russel knew explaining himself wouldn’t do much, but what could he do? If Daegal wasn’t vital to the mission’s success, the young captain would have deliberately avoided the nuisance-of-a-man every moment.

But they had to win. Emperor Hadeon’s monster-forge had to be destroyed. If it wasn’t, the first legion of fully-developed orcs would walk the world—and march for the Emperor’s goal of world conquest. They would stop at nothing. No, Russel couldn’t risk global safety just because of a selfish brat.

The captain jumped into action, half-dragging Daegal upwards with one arm and using the other to swipe at enemies with his sword. They were almost at the top, when suddenly a massive boulder crashed onto the dune, launching the two young men backward through the air.

The wind was knocked out of Russel’s lungs as he hit the ground hard. Everything was fuzzy for a moment. But then reality returned, bringing with it a painful headache. His whole body throbbed as he was lifted up by another soldier who had helped lighten his fall.

Russel looked around. Somehow the enemy had managed to bring a catapult into the muddy desert. Beneath the boulder atop the dune were several squashed desert-lizards. Only one small lizard remained, cowering behind the bit of brush.

Russel regained balance and rushed toward Daegal, who was curled in the muck groaning. But before he reached the youth a sharp blade ran smoothly through his stomach. It left his body as swiftly as it had pierced it, and he collapsed onto the ground. Russel’s eyes widened as looked up into the face of Emperor Hadeon. His last action was sending a desperate plea to the Maker before all breath left his lungs.

To be continued…


Thanks for reading! Keep your eyes peeled for part 2. 😀 See you tomorrow (or on Wednesday)!

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

Christian Living, Relevant Updates

February Hiatus + Your Help + Poetry Book Cover Reveal

February last year was fairly uneventful on the Right Kind of Writer. August that year was even less—only one post published! Both of those two months ended up having the lowest statistics (lowest views, visitors, comments, and likes) in their halves of the 2021. I then realized something else: they are both exactly half a year apart, separated by five months on either side.

So an idea popped into my head. What if February and August are the months where I take a pause from blogging and inquire of my readers’ thoughts on the RKW? 🤯 In fact, the last time I asked for your thoughts was in July, the month just before August. I tossed that idea around in my head a bit, and I really like it. February is when school goes in full throttle after Christmas break, and August is the concluding month of summer vacation.

Plus, I need a break. From my point of view at least, I’ve been lacking and slacking in quality—putting quantity over it. Blogging is getting tiresome, but I still love doing it. So I’m putting the plan into action. 😎

I am taking an official break from blogging in the short month of February. If I do happen to show up sometime within the month, it’s to make an important announcement—maybe I’ll be required to post something for a book launch, or a friend starts up a blog of their own, or something.

As for whether I’ll take a break in August, only God knows what’ll happen in the future, but I do plan to. For February though, expect several changes!


If you’ve made it this far in the post, I applaud you. 👏 But this is where you are really needed! Here, I’ll say it again for those in the back—and those skimming. 😉

I NEED YOU!

I would really appreciate your thoughts and all that jazz on this blog of mine! So I’ve created a form. It’s quite simple and straight-forward, and I’d be very grateful if you filled it out!

Click here for the survey!

Thank you very much! I hope to come back after February with several great-quality, stimulating, thoughtful, and fun posts. 😀



Cover Reveal

Two weeks ago I announced the title reveal for blogger, writer, and poet Laurel Jean’s book of poetry, This Will Not Last. Today, I have the honor of presenting the cover to Laurel’s anthology!

Before I do, though, I like to take the time to give a brief message from her involving the meaning behind the cover:

…if I’m being completely honest, one of the first reasons it’s fairly simple is because I’m not extremely experienced in graphic design, but the control freak in me wanted to design my own book cover, in spite of that. XD I do genuinely appreciate simplicity, though. While writing poetry, I love to use a minimal amount of words to get my point across, and I feel that the cover of This Will Not Last really reflects that minimalism. Also, I really like how it looks like there’s light dimly shining through a blue haze on the cover. That definitely portrays the spirit of the collection!

Laurel Jean

Now for *ahem* the cover.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

So close!

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

Aaaand. . .

.

.

.

.

.

.

Voila!

Credit to Laurel Jean for cover.

Is it not lovely? Allow me to get more solemn for a moment. I see the cover and it gives me a feeling like I’m drowning, a feeling that I’m surrounded and it’s hard to breathe. Then, I see a light. It’s dim, yes, but truly it is there! Even as I’m clutching tightly to my chest, straining for life, I can know that this will not last.

The idea of TWNT is as simple as that. It’s poetry for weary souls, pointing us to the Light—to Christ, and to the truth that this time of suffering won’t last. I do love that. The cover, the title, and the blurb (found here) depict that beautifully.

Here’s another TWNT graphic:

Credit to Laurel Jean for graphic.

That is all for February. I hope you enjoyed reading, and thank you to those who filled out the reader’s survey! God bless, and see you in March!

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

Christian Living

Why Fasting is Better Than You Think

If you saw the title of this post and rolled your eyes or had feelings of annoyance, this post will be good for you, and is for you! If not, you should still probably read it anyway.

Yesterday, our church finished our 21 days of prayer and fasting—every year for many years our church has done 21 days of prayer and fasting in the month of January. I joined in with them, and even though it could have always been better—as in I could have always tried harder to pray more and resist more, it was good for me, both in spirit and bodily health.

Today I want to share with you why fasting is so important, why you should consider it, and I’ll also clear up some misconceptions.

For starters, this is what fasting is: Wordly sacrifices for spiritual benefits.

That takes me to…

Why You Are Fasting

Truly, everything in this post points back to this: why you are fasting. People in the Bible fasted for different reasons. Nehemiah fasted out of sadness (Nehemiah 1:4). Moses fasted for Words from the Lord: wisdom and commandments (Exodus 34:28). Jesus fasted before he took on a big project: his ministry to save humankind (Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:13, Luke 4:1-13).

You can fast for all sorts of reasons—mourning, confessing sins, seeking wisdom, preparing for something big.

The whole idea of fasting is to focus less on (even temporarily turn away from) worldly distractions and focus more on God and prayer; to have a time of spiritual healing, restoration, and/or strengthening. I’ll say it again: worldly sacrifices for spiritual benefits.

The above 112 words form—in reality—the main point. Now, I’d like to talk briefly on 4 other factors that are important and need to be addressed. I know I tend to rant, but I will try to keep it concise, every sentence I write having a purpose.

1. What To Fast From

Biblical fasting was most commonly from food, often even food and water. However, there are other unnecessary nonessential distracting activities, as well as worldly items that take your attention, that could be fasted from. Food is important, but of course there are circumstances where it’s not the best thing to fast from.

Activities: Preparation of a meal, video games, social media, TV, listening to secular music, I could go on. The last four listed are not necessary. You could spend your ‘social media time’ reading God’s Word. You could listen to Christian music instead of secular music.

As for the first listed, your body needs water and food to keep on functioning. You could have easy-to-make meals so that you can pray while you prepare. Before you fast I suggest writing down a list of healthy, easy meals, then go out and get ingredients for them.

Items: Chocolate. You don’t need it. Your phone. You don’t need it (well, maybe you do but there are things you use it for that you don’t have to). Coffee. You don’t need it. Have I made my point clear yet?

Sacrifice. If you utter one single prayer to God, something like, “fix all my problems please,” I bet you He won’t do it. Anyone can say that. But not everyone has the strength to sacrifice in order to have ‘all their problems fixed.’ If you really do believe in God and love Him, you have more than likely sacrificed. You spend your Sunday morning with the Church; you’ve quit bad habits; all that. When you fast, you’re just sacrificing even more and I’m sure, at the end of the day, you will reap the benefits!

No sacrifice I could offer would be anywhere near what Jesus sacrificed for us when He literally died on a cross. That is in fact one of the most painful ways to die, and He did it for us, because He loves us. The least we can do in return is sacrifice some of the things we treasure on this earth.

In conclusion, focus on anything that’ll encourage you to look to Christ, and avoid anything that will point you away.

2. How Long To Fast

Now you have in mind what you will be fasting from. “Great,” you might be thinking. “I’m not going to go on social media or eat chocolate. For how long??”

Good question!

It’s really up to you and what you feel God calling you to do. It also depends on why you’re fasting. You could fast for a day, a week, even a month. (It also depends on what you’re fasting from. I’m not telling you to fast from all food for a month.)

3. Other Benefits of Fasting

Fasting is not dieting. You fast because you want to grow closer to God. But physical and/or mental health benefits do often come included!

Mental: In sacrificing, you’ll build up self-control, which is a very important virtue. If you succeed, you’ll be more confident in your abilities to resist. Then there’s social media: it can literally destroy your mental health. That’s not a lie. The more time you spend reading instead of scrolling, the cleaner your mind will be. Of course, if you slip and catch yourself giving into temptation, do not let it sink and do not quit. Apologize to God, then get back up.

Physical: Your taste buds are crying out, “we want sugar! We want sweets!” Do not listen to them! They don’t see the big picture of your whole bodily health. Unhealthy foods bring temporary pleasure, but healthy foods bring longer-term strength and health. This is really all I need to say.

4. Avoid Being the Pharisee

I’ve always been a rule-following control freak with the (God-given) mind and qualities of a leader. The title of ‘pastor’s kid’ only increased the significance of that. When I was younger, during the 21 days of fasting our church had I’d always be like the Pharisees in Jesus’ time. Focusing on the actual doing instead of the real meaning. I would subtly, sometimes even directly, ridicule my brothers and friends for not fasting from as much as I was or caving into temptation.

Don’t go there. It’s not a healthy place. Jesus called the people who were like that whitewashed tombs. That’s not a title anyone would want to be given, especially by the Son of God, King of kings.

I’m trying much harder to not be like that but to be merciful (when need be) and kind. When people see me, I want them to see someone who intentionally does things for a true and good purpose and not just to appear superior and cool.


This is all I have to say. In conclusion, please consider fasting! If you’re only a teenager and not quite an adult yet, maybe talk with your parents about a more serious fast. Actually, talk with your parents about it anyway, serious or not, adult or not! It’s something I need to do more of. Well, God bless and see you next week!

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

Relevant Updates

CWW Wrap-Up + Poetry Book Reveals

Well hello there. Looks like you want to know who won Crazy Writing Week 2022. If so, you’ve come to the right place! And if you’ve come for the free donuts and ice cream, you’re in the wrong room. Just down the hall and to the left till you reach room 137. . . though I can’t guarantee any more sweets remain. 😉

For the first time in the memory of Daniel Amador, my team has come out as. . .

CHAMPIONS!!! THE PEACOCKS WON VS. THE FLAMINGOS! AHAHAHAHA!!! *ahem* Anyway, yeah, that came as a shock to me. I’ve been in CWW four times before, and from what I remember, my team lost three times and tied once. Or maybe I had lost twice, tied once, and won once. . .  who knows. Anyway, you Flamingos did great too! You almost had us till those final few hours. 😀

Now, here are some of my CWW stats!

Word count: 6,489. I think this was a pretty good score for me. I do recognize that it’s not a disappointment. I don’t remember what I got for the other CWWs I attended. . . I think most of them were around 1-5 thousand. Come 2023, hopefully I’ll beat this score with flying fingers colors!

Main project worked on: Beyond the Wolf—first draft.

Other projects: Heirs of Guinn—outline. Blog post—first draft.

Acheivements: 1) I reached 70,000 words in BtW! 🤯 No project of mine has ever come close to that (not that any of my other projects pass even 1K in the first place XP). I estimate it’ll be finished at about 85K words now. 2) I outlined several chapters for HoG and made several major decisions in the direction it’s going.

So yeah, that’s that for topics concerning CWW.

Now what of the poem book reveals?

As a member of writer, poet, and blogger Laurel Jean’s Street Team, I have the great privilege of sharing with you the title of her soon-to-be-published book of poetry, as well as some other bits of info concerning it! At the moment there is little more I know about this book of poetry than you soon will, so I’m excited to be along for the ride in this launch team! Without further ado, I present to you the beautiful title. . .

.

.

.

This Will Not Last

The blurb:

Raw and achingly honest, This Will Not Last is a collection of poetry that captures the fluctuating emotions that lace life’s pathway. 

Wonder, grief, happiness, and heartache all have their turn to shine in this collection, ultimately bowing to the truth of their transience…and the sturdy realization of God’s unshakeable goodness.  

this death 

this shedding 

of all I’ve known 

must come before the rays of sun 

burst bright upon my soul 

to wake 

a seed of what’s to come. 

this death 

this dying will not last 

this, too 

this, too 

this, too, shall pass. 


That poem is indeed lovely—not to mention that the blurb itself was written poetically. This anthology seems to have within its binding introspective and spiritually rich thoughts that many could find healing in. I guess we’ll have to wait till April to find out. 😉

Here’s a snazzy little graphic Laurel has allowed me to share:

This gaphic is the property of Laurel Jean

That is about all I have to share with you today! Do be sure to check out Laurel’s blog—which I myself have thoroughly enjoyed following—and click here to find more about her.

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

Specials

New Year—New Expectations, Part 2: My 2022 Plans

Happy New Year, Everyone!

The number sequence 2-0-2-2 has crept its way into calendars, clocks, minds, blog posts, and more. The future has become the present, and we were swept up in it. On December 31st, in part 1 of this 2-part series, I talked about how to fulfill your resolutions. Today I’m going to share with you some of my plans and goals for this year. Even though these aren’t technically resolutions, I’m still going to try to practice what I ‘preached’ about a few days ago.

Even though I know not everything turns out the way I want it, I have several expectations, hopes, and goals for this year, and today I will share several. By the way, some of these concern you, my reader, particularly concerning the future of this blog! As well as upcoming writing-related opportunities and sneak-peaks.

In 2022, I want to. . .

Writing.

  • Participate in Crazy Writing Week, 2022—January 4-11. Crazy Writing Week, or CWW, is an online event where hundreds of writers gather to write like crazy! It is totally free. Two teams compete against each other to write the most words and/or spend the most time on some writing-related activity. It’s a great motivation booster!  (And if you want to participate but not compete, you can join the neutral team. 😉) It used to be three times a year, but now it’s just one time. So this is your only chance for the whole year! Though it starts on the 4th, CWW opens up on the 3rd—TODAY—for people to get acquainted with the community, get hyped up, etc. I’ll be there, and I hope you will too! 😀
  • Finish up the first draft of Beyond the Wolf. I’m so close to finishing the first draft of my book Beyond the Wolf (BtW)! I hope to complete it before January 15—halfway through the month; though, of course, it could end up being 80,000 words or something instead of my goal of 70K. 😑 My goodness, I’ll be so relieved once I’m done with that draft! I’ve been working at it hard for so long. 😅
  • Begin (and then finish) Heirs of Guinn. In preparation for the next writing project after BtW, I’ve started outlining a novella project temporarily called Heirs of Guinn (HoG—man, me and my funny Work-in-Progress acronyms)! I’m much more confident in the plot and characters of this story than I was and am of BtW, so in the future I may perhaps write some HoG sneak peaks—what it’s about, snippets, character interviews, topics like that. I’m excited and I hope you are too!
  • Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo. Camp NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month—is the more laidback version of the actual NaNoWriMo in November. From what I understand, it’s in July and instead of writing a minimum of 50K words in a month, it’s whatever you want it to be. Most commonly, 20K words. It’d be my first time participating.

Blogging.

  • Reach 100 subscribers (and 150+ by the end of the year). Guys, the RKW is literally so close to 100 subscribers!!! As of now, when I’m writing this, this blog only needs 3 more followers to reach 100. I’m definitely elated about this news! Now I’m trying to decide what to do to celebrate. As a subscriber of mine, feel free to share some ideas of what you want me to organize/do! 😄
  • Write more book reviews. I was given several books for Christmas, and I’m excited to jump back in and start reading more again, as well as do a few book reviews! As I begin publishing reviews, you may notice that most of them will vary in quality and style, as I continue to polish and refine my book-reviewing skills (if I had any to start with). 😎 So if I start getting more ‘picky’ compared to older reviews, it’s because I’m learning to get better at seeing more pros and cons of a book. Future book review possibilities include, but are not limited to: Dehali, Tartarus Chronicles book #2 by Keith A. Robinson (find review of #1 here), The Bruised Dream by Alabama Rose, Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger, and *waves hand around* Some Wayne Thomas Batson book (I’m undecided as to which series to read next).
  • Make more posts based on Christian and Biblical morals and beliefs. I have so many drafts in this area of my posts, and I’m finding it hard to stick to one topic for a post and write about that. I have lots of ideas and everything going through my head, and it’s difficult to put them to the paper efficiently, concisely, and truthfully. But I’ll try. 🙂

Reading.

  • Read More. I’ll try to read some of the books listed earlier, as well as others. Reading is fundamental to writing, so what kind of writer would I be if I didn’t read more often?

Faith.

  • Lead a child to Christ. What do I mean by this? Every summer I participate in a training called Christian Youth in Action, or CYIA. It’s an 11 day intense training where youth learn to teach the gospel effectively to children through 5 day clubs. Now, you can learn more about this when I write about it in the summer so I won’t explain anymore. But many of my fellow youth have led children to believe Christ. I’ve never done that. Now, this is something out of my control and I suppose what’s most important for me is to try to reach these kids and what’s most important overall is for them to come to Christ, no matter who leads them.
  • Read the Bible every day. I could have done much better with this in 2021. I hardly read (chronologically) on the weekends, and I’ve missed several days several times. My bible is very, very thick—the thickest book I have—, and with my lack of consistency in other years, I’ve been chronologically reading this holy beautiful book for multiple years. I can’t remember exactly when I started, but it was a while ago. I’ve picked up how much I read every day, and I just finished Ephesians.
  • ‘Pray without ceasing.’ This is tough for me to pray so often. Many times I’ve forgotten to pray when I finished a passage in my Bible. I do need to pray more. And not just about things I want and need, but to thank and praise Jesus. He definitely deserves more than all the praise I can possibly give Him.

Regular Life.

  • Begin learning how to drive. I turn 16 this year, so requesting my dad begin to teach me as well as organize the lessons will be something I need to get myself to do.
  • Begin learning an instrument. My dad wants me to start learning guitar, but taking the initiative to have my mom or someone else teach me and then actually practicing is something that’ll take motivation accountability. I do also want to try out drumming/using a cajón. I know if I try I can do it but it really is hard for me to start up something new and keep it going.

And those are most of my plans, goals, and hopes for this new year, 2022.

What are some of your goals and plans for 2022? Are you excited for this new year? Scared? Nervous? I’d love to hear your thoughts too! 🙂

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

Christian Living, Specials

New Year—New Expectations, Part 1: Fulfilling Resolutions

It’s upon us yet again: a new year. 2022 is just around the corner. Let me rephrase that.

2022 is in just several hours.

2021 is finally over, and 2020 is far behind us! I’m going to be honest, my post for the conclusion of 2020 was maybe a bit unfair to the poor year. It was a year full of immense discouragement, but God also blessed me in several ways. As we begin to look beyond 2021, I’m going to say it: 2021 was a tense, not-so-amazing year, but it definitely had it’s pros, and lots of it.

Now enough of that, hehe. Look, even as you read this 2022 nears us! We all know what a new year comes with. New resolutions, hopes, and expectations. The idea of expecting is the theme in this two-part series. Last year I came into 2021 with thoughts more, say, realistic than others. I believed that it was likely ‘21 would be no better than ‘20. And that worked out well for my brain. Now I’m coming into ‘22 with a similar mindset: Things could be worse than this year, things could be better, or things could stay the same; I will try to trust God fully either way. But I still have my plans for this year—which I will talk about tomorrow in part 2—and I’m sure you do too.

We all know how it is with new year resolutions, that they just never turn out. In a Phineas and Ferb episode, Dr. Doofensmirtch fired a machine that made everyone’s new year resolution the same: to obey his every command. After the clock struck 12, he shouted out an order for all of them to follow him as he walked out the door. When he noticed no one was obeying he asked why. One of them said, “well everyone knows no one ever fulfills their resolutions!” XD Funny show, that Phineas and Ferb. Anyway, it’s true that many, if not most, resolutions do not turn out. But some do. Today I want to explain to you several practices that could save your resolutions from flying off with the wind.

Meditate on Each Resolution.

Before you jump into anything, you need to remember to meditate and pray. Sometimes your emotions get stirred up and you forget to consult with your Heavenly Father. He knows best. Ask Him before you make an important decision.

Start Slowly.

If you get the ‘okay’ from God, then when you start with whatever you’re doing, start slowly. If your resolution is to spend time at the gym and you were planning to go four days a week, start with one day a week. Then once you’ve got that ‘in the bag,’ go two times a week. Then three. Finally, when you know you’re serious about this and you’re confident and strong, go four days a week. Same concept with running goals; writing goals; food goals; etc. Ease into it.

Find Accountability.

We all need accountability in some areas of our lives. For everyone who has a resolution, you need accountability. If you’re goal is to talk to an unbeliever at school about Christ once a week, no one is going to automatically notice whether you are or aren’t doing it—only Jesus, you, and the person you did, or didn’t, talk to. None of your friends or family are going to automatically know if you did it or not, So you need to personally request that someone make sure you did it. Say it’s your best friend. Tell them your goal, and to make sure you aren’t lying about doing it, make sure they are present when you are witnessing.

If it’s about things more personal, sometimes it’s weird to request a person, even a family member, to keep you accountable. But it is vital. You need an accountability partner or mentor especially if it’s something personal.

If you’re plan is to pray at least ten times a day, do you know how easy it is to lie about that? “Hey, did you remember to pray?” “Yeah.” “Nice!” Easy as that. So you need to be honest about it. And remember, God sees you. He knows if you’re praying or not. You can fool any human, but not God.

Even if God is always watching you, you still do need a physical, visible person to help you. Make sure they’re someone either ahead of the game or struggling with you. Not some passive person who hardly understands your situation at all.

You’re human, therefore imperfect.

As you jump into this new year, remember this: you are human, and therefore you. Are. Not. Perfect. You are not superhuman. You’re just not, and you never will be till you reach Heaven. You may not fully accomplish your resolution, and that’s not good, but it’s okay. Feel me? Just repent to your partner or mentor and to God, and try again.

If you keep failing. . . 1. Maybe you’re going to hard. 2. Maybe you need to be kept more accountable. 3. Maybe you shouldn’t even be doing it. If #1 & 2 have been fixed, maybe it’s #3. If so, pray about it more. Talk to a spiritual mentor about it.


Either way, throughout the highs and lows of this new year, trust in Jesus. He loves you, and not only knows what’s best for you, but wants what’s best for you. May you thrive this year, brother, sister, friend!

Talk to you next year! 😉

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador