Christian Living, Guest Posts & Collabs, Specials

A Father’s Day Collab (With Anna & Joelle)

Hello-hello! Happy Father’s Day! Well, actually, I doubt many fathers are reading this, so, um, children, do something nice for your dad today. (:

Last month I decided to do my Mother’s Day post solo; today, Father’s Day, I have the honor of writing with Anna and Joelle! This blog collaboration is different from my last collab, where we posted each other’s pieces as well as our own.

For this, we three will each publish our posts individually, and link to each other’s blogs. Find Joelle’s post here, and Anna’s here!

We have each decided to pick a song, and write a note to/about our fathers based on it.

The Song

I chose Not All Heroes Wear Capes by Owl City. (Spotify link: here.) Not All Heroes Wear Capes by Owl City (of Adam Young) has been a classic for Father’s Day in my family for years. My family’s been a big fan of Owl City for most of my life. It’s only fitting, I think, that this song takes the stage now.

Adam Young is a master at making songs that sound and feel reminiscent, soft, and bittersweet, and that especially plays true in Not All Heroes Wear Capes. The song is explicitly about his dad, who, as Adam sings, is his hero.

Before you continue, listen to the song.

Verse 3: My dad isn’t a mechanic, but in the yard with treehouses and stone paths, with our house full of home-made beds, desks, shelves. . . “he can [build] just about anything.”

Verse 2: He’s a pastor, and thus not quite “a man of few words,” but he uses them incredibly. I’ve always had mixed thoughts about his career, and what that means for us Amadors. It has its benefits and trials, but I have this final conclusion. . . I’m so glad to have a dad after God’s own heart.

The Chorus: I mentioned above that “he built [his kids] a house in the arms of a tree,” a treehouse. He’s always done so much for us, and you can see just a sample of that by looking at our full backyard. Really, just look at his playlists! From what I know, he loves U2 (and Coldplay?) best, but his Apple Music is full of songs he added just because he knew we loved them, or we asked. Rap, hip-hop, country, Contemporary Christian, pop, rock, instrumental, you name it.

He’s not perfect, but I see my dad try hard to invest in all his eight kids’ lives and dreams. If you’re wondering—yeah, that definitely means he’s often encouraging me in my writing.

“He[’s teaching] me how to drive, fight, and dream.” I mentioned dreams above. As for fighting, literally speaking: all throughout my childhood, we kids (my brothers and I, often our sisters too) spent time wrestling throughout the upstairs bedrooms. I’ll always treasure those memories.

Figuratively, he’s been teaching me to fight through life. Fight through the difficulties, do hard things. I’d be much more of a coward without him firmly pushing me forward.

He’s taken me out to learn to drive only a few times, but we do plan on going out more often.

“When he looks in my eyes, I hope he can see that / my dad’s a hero to me.” Funny thing, the looking-in-eyes, thing. I can be shy, and I’m short, so often I would not look into adults’ eyes when talking to them. He’d always instruct me to look directly into their eyes; I’ve been practicing, and I’m much better at eye contact now, onstage and one-on-one. *nods*

My dad and I don’t have a perfect relationship. We disagree, get frustrated, and I often struggle to communicate certain things with him. But, papá, you are an inspiration, and I know that I’m so blessed to have a dad like you. Thanks for all you do, and happy Father’s Day! 😄

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

Christian Living, Specials

When the Day of Roses & Hugs for Mothers Ends, Don’t Forget

Here’s a regular conversation:

“Hey, Simon! How’s life? How did that History presentation go?” asked Lily.

“Wassup! Life’s alright. The History thing was better than I thought, but now I have a big Math test coming up. How’ve you been?”

“Oof, Math sucks. Hope it goes well. I’ve been pretty great, actually! My cousins flew in the day before yesterday, so hanging out with them has been fun. What about- oh, are those new shoes? They look great!” exclaimed Lily.

“Thanks! Yeah, my mom saw that my old shoes were kinda beat up, so she bought these ones. I really like them. They’re my favorite color, too.” said Simon.

“Yeah, they’re nice. So, how’s. . . .”


Hope that was entertaining. 😎 Just kidding, that wasn’t the point of this (I promise to get to the point—later). A little over a week ago was Mother’s Day. (Actually, it was supposed to be a week ago, but with finals and everything, I wasn’t able to work on this or publish it last Sunday as planned. Hence, a random Wednesday. In June. Hehe, sorry.)

Honestly, I didn’t do as much as I could’ve and should’ve to honor my mom. For some reason, it was kind of weird. Usually, I do more. This is a shift that many teens go through.

We sometimes use the excuse that our creativity is burnt, and so we just don’t write any cards or organize anything special. And while in some cases burnt imagination does happen, it can also be us teenagers thinking, “I’m too old for little kid cards and pretend spas.” After years of making Valentine’s Day cards for my four older sisters, I’ve learned to just go with the grind. . . even if I get hand cramps.

And I know, sometimes there are things you do when you’re a kid. But even you can be creative. I’m sure of this. The Author of Everything knows this. Simply searching, “things a teenager can do for mother’s day,” Google gave me dozens of options and ideas.

Mother’s Day, however, has already passed. So why would I post this a good deal after Mother’s Day?

We as humans tend to forget the past: one of the main reasons history seems to repeat itself. It’s the same with Mother’s Day. On that day, we remember the love, patience, and selflessness our dear mothers display, and the day after we snap at them for accidentally calling us our dog’s name instead of ours. Why is this?

The answer: life goes on, and we go with it. One day we’re stressing horribly over school, and the next year we completely forget how miserable it was. It’s the same with Mother’s Day.

Now let me answer the question I ignored above: Why would I intend to post this a week after Mother’s Day? As a reminder to not forget to love, honor, and respect our moms.

I can say that, and you can agree, but that doesn’t take us very far, does it? So let me stress one fault that keeps many from seeing how they mistreat their mothers: it is mental blindness. Not being able to hear one’s own tone, see one’s own actions, and maybe even understand the argument of another. Mental blindness is also a form of pride, and pride is powerful.

I’m guilty of this. You may be too. But since we are too blind to see it, how can we fix it?? The answer is simple, but a little difficult.

Suck up your pride, put on some humility, and ask trusted ones. Now, now, before you start exclaiming, “I don’t have the courage to ask my parents that!” That’s not the end of my point. If you don’t have a whole lot of courage yet or struggle with pride, start with friends or mentors—trusted, respectful, hopefully faith-filled friends, especially those who are strong with introspection. The older, the better.

Ask them, “Am I mentally blind? Do I tend to have big faults that I don’t notice? What are they?” And then begin a conversation about this.

From there, either move to siblings or parents (depending on who you’re more comfortable with).

Now here, I got stumped—for several days. “What advice should I provide? What other thoughts should I share?” In all transparency, I didn’t feel qualified to write this. That’s the dilemma I’ve faced with several posts on Christianity, too. Because I’m not even close to perfection in being a Christian and a son, and that’s brought about Writer’s Block.

Wow, that spiel did help. Let’s keep going. I’ll refer back to the conversation at the top. It was a small act of kindness from Simon’s mother. I wanted it to be as random as possible, just to represent day-to-day mother’s intuition.

Now, we don’t know much else about Simon’s mother. I know she’s not perfect. She could be one of those mothers who leaves you thinking, “Wow, he does not deserve a mom like that,” or maybe Simon and she don’t agree or get along. Maybe she’s treated him poorly; maybe she’s neglected him.

However, she’s his mother, and that’s something significant. She did much more than buy him shoes. She gave birth to him, nursed him, and raised him. That is still more than any guy I know could comprehend.

Some mothers are wonderful; some try; some are. . . difficult; some almost completely leave you alone when you become independent—but I haven’t met many of the latter. Whether she deserves it or not (and I’m sure she deserves it), love your mother, and show it.


Now, I’m not saying to walk up to your mother and shout, “Happy belated Mother’s Day!” That’s not what I’m trying to communicate here. It’s a day-by-day thing, and not easy for our imperfect human brains, but do your best to acknowledge her. Reveal your love through quality time, gifts, words of affirmation, physical touch, acts of service, etc.

Start with what you do best, and go from there.

(I hope you enjoyed this and know I love you, Mamá. 🙃)

Farewell, and have a good day! I love how this post is several days closer to Father’s Day than Mother’s Day. Guys, life is radical. ‘Least I’m done with “official” school.

With God’s help,

~Daniel Amador

Christian Living

More Than Religious; We’re Family

I was thinking… about Holy Week and what to teach from it. There are so many lessons and inspirations we can take from even Good Friday to Easter Sunday alone. Why? Because Jesus is rich and abounding in endless knowledge, power, and love.

That weekend around 2,000 years ago, King Jesus revealed to us just a taste of his majesty! He took on pain that would be unbearable for most people of the world; He suffered likely one of the worst deaths in history; and finally, He brought Himself back from death.

Jesus made Death writhe in pain as He tore easily from its icy grasp and Darkness shriek in fear as He stung it with his glory—Christ rose from the grave, undefeated.

I chose just one idea to talk about—the third of Jesus’ last seven messages as He died on the cross.

#3 of the Last 7 Words of Jesus on the Cross

When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple who he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

John 19:26-27 NIV

Jesus brought about a very important idea for us as Christians with those words.

When you follow Christ, the term ‘family’ becomes more than a legal and biological idea. Every Christian is united in Christ. We are now related by blood: the blood of Jesus. This is the will of God’s Kingdom here on earth: to see those in need and provide for them, to be a particular family figure to one who lacks that person in their lives.

Jesus brought this act into motion. Even while he was dying on the cross in misery, he saw his mother. She had other sons, yes. But Jesus was her firstborn son—the firstborn should be the one to care for the mother in her old age. So he told John, the ‘disciple he loved,’ to be her own son, to look after her as his own mother.

During the early years of the Church, there were not many believers. Those who were were being persecuted. They needed to depend closely on each other in that time of suffering. They needed to lean on each other like they were siblings, fathers, mothers—family.

Nowadays the Church of Christ can seem so large and divided that we don’t even share the same religion, much less family. But Christianity is supposed to be dedication and faith, not just religion, tradition, and rituals.

Background, ethnicity, denomination, and all the like shouldn’t divide us from being family in the One True God. Baptists, Lutherans, Presbyterians; Christian Nigerians, Romanians, Argentinians; Believers of the suburban, rural, and urban areas; them and many, many, many more who know Jesus Christ as their Savior are all are still going to be praising Christ with myself and each other when He comes to take us all Home.

But what about you—personally? I pray God will give you the courage and wisdom to be a father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter—whatever, to a fellow struggling Child of Christ.

With God’s help,

~Daniel Amador

Christian Living, Relevant Updates, Specials

This Will Not Last is Published!

The day has arrived—This Will Not Last by Laurel Jean is published! 🥳🎉

I’ve been promoting this anthology for quite a while, so I expect I’ve adequately stirred you up! You can purchase This Will Not Last here, on Amazon! Not only will this book perhaps be a blessing to your spirit, but you will also be supporting an up-and-coming young author. 😉

“Eh, I was thinking about purchasing TWNL… but I’m not really doing great in my faith, so I think I’ll pass. Sorry! Maybe I’ll buy her next book.”

Sir, ma’am, this is a collection of poetry for the weary soul! That may be you. I personally am often weary. This was written for the worn-out to remind them that, in Jesus, the pain won’t last! The suffering won’t last! Sorrow won’t last! Weariness won’t last!

Click on the Amazon link. Order this book! Support the author. May your heart be touched by the words printed on those pages. 🙂



On another note, from Reign to Ice—Parts 1 and 2, as well as the Conclusion—will be released on the 15th! I’m hyped about this and hopefully, you are too! I’ve received some great feedback on fRtI (thank you, editors!), and I’ve made some edits on Pt. 1 for the better.

Want to hear what happens to Daegal and the rebels? Curious about Emperor Hadeon’s next move? Visit the Right Kind of Writer on the 15th of April to find out! 😎

With God’s help,

~Daniel Amador

Credit to Laurel Jean for graphics. Image #2 rounded by myself.

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

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.

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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

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

Christian Living, Guest Posts & Collabs, Specials

Thankful for the Little Things: a Blog Collab

Good morning, fellow humans! So, today’s Thanksgiving, eh? Doesn’t that mean that Christmas season is almost here?? Doesn’t that mean that 2022 is nearly here??? Hold up, what?!

*pauses* Oh, well, back to the topic, Thanksgiving! Politics, history, food, football; what really is it for our culture? *shakes head* Let’s just go to the basics: giving thanks.

Last year, if you remember, I attempted to think of ten things I was grateful for in the shortest time I could. It took me 32 seconds. Now, to express gratitude to the One who gave us everything we have this year, I’m doing a blog collab! I’ve never done one before, and don’t even know how to do it, but I tried. I’m collaborating with blogger Moriah Armstrong, from The Quill!

Wanna say hi, Moriah?

Hey there! I’m so excited to be able to do this collab with Daniel! It’s a first for me, and something I hope to be able to do again in the future. Happy Thanksgiving, by the way! 🙂

We are collectively sharing 50 things we are grateful for, of which we don’t often express our gratitude. She’ll share first, then me.

Alright, Moriah, go ahead!

Okay! Here are 25 things I am very, very grateful to have in my life:

  1. My home.
  2. Air conditioning.
  3. Food
  4. Alllll my little fur babies
  5. My friends
  6. My family
  7. Being homeschooled
  8. Clean Water
  9. Being quick to learn
  10. Writing
  11. The internet
  12. Books
  13. God
  14. Good health
  15. Access to medical care
  16. Nature
  17. My height (I can reach EVERYTHING!!!)
  18. Life
  19. Apple pie (it’s really, really good)
  20. Candles (especially the ones that smell nice…XD)
  21. Love ❤
  22. Sweaters
  23. My bicycle
  24. Chocolateeee. Yum.
  25. Clouds

*nods* Good things to be grateful for!

Now, my turn. Thank you, thanks, thanks so much, God, for. . .

  1. Pencils
  2. My beanie
  3. Comfortable weather (we don’t have any currently, but just the idea is comfortable)
  4. The livelihood of Chicago during the Christmas season (it’s coming, people! 0-o)
  5. The beauty of a candle flame, then of the smoke as it dances away until it fades.
  6. Those people that genuinely respect everyone else as equals (I know a few people like that but I’ll keep them anonymous)
  7. The times when it’s all crashing down around me and You, Jesus, are like “just hold on and I won’t let you fall away with it all”
  8. That this is my 50th post ever
  9. Sounds and smells that remind you of the happy parts of your childhood, and even make you shed a tear
  10. The fact that I have never broken a bone, gotten sicker than a mildly severe cold (surprisingly COVID had almost no effect on me), or had to visit the hospital for any other reason than check ups and visiting others—i.e., that You’ve kept me safe
  11. That You, God, have given me the strength to not. Give. Up. On writing, school, and life in general
  12. The movies classic to our family: Cheaper by the Dozen, tLotR, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, etc
  13. The many hours of hard work artists put into their music to make it amazing.
  14. Peanut butter (it’s legitimately really good)
  15. My planner
  16. Strong winds in autumn days
  17. Cool, delicious water after a long, hot run
  18. Book shelves
  19. Nylon stickers (they’re so much better than regular stickers)
  20. Always green evergreens
  21. Google Earth
  22. My shoes
  23. My grass (I have a little pot of grass in my room)
  24. Cheesecake
  25. Happy family times

And those are our collective fifty. I know we could do so much more, but that would make this post incredibly long.

As a final note, every time you do something, just think, “what can I be grateful for here?” Always remember to be thankful for even the little things. 🙂

Thank you, Moriah, for doing this with me! Be sure to check out her blog, and her version of our collab! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

Christian Living, Writing Advice

To the Discouraged Writer

I’m sure you’ve heard it a bunch of times; that being an author is unrealistic. You said you didn’t want to go to college, and they chided you, saying that college was the key to success. Maybe they called your ambitious goals ‘farfetched’.

Maybe at first you were determined and unyielding. “It’s been done, and if God wants me to, I can do it,” you might have said. But as you continued, you saw little improvement in your writing. As the years went by, you had little success. You’ve maybe never finished even a first draft of a single project, or come across an original story in your mind that didn’t have numerous, large plot holes that you couldn’t cover up.

There have possibly been times when you’ve fallen in love with some of your stories or characters, but then a critiquer told you that they aren’t good, or you’ve been humiliated because you showed them to others, and they were displeased and laughed at them. Don’t stop loving those stories and characters, even if they’re flawed and hardly anyone else does. Jesus still loves us despite our flaws and unpopularity. He does this because He created us and we’re all special in our own ways. Two great reasons to not stop loving your broken characters, stories, plots, settings, themes. God’s still working on His creations, so you should still work on yours.You’re not the only one with supposedly ‘bad’ quality writing, the only one who has never finished a full draft, the only one with many abandoned stories crowding your storage, the only one who’s been hurt by honest criticism, and you’re not the only one who has felt like giving up. I relate, and I know many others do relate. Keep on, my fellow writer; dreamer. Because maybe someday your dreams could become reality, and because myself and many others aren’t either. Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalms 37:4).

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador