Christian Living, Relevant Updates, Young Adult Life

What I’ve Been Up To + Some Thoughts on Children’s Ministry

July has shot by like a rocket (and I’ve definitely been feeling the heat of the boosters! 😅). I’ve been doing a whole lot, as usual. That’s one reason this post is so late (sorry!). But even though things get overwhelming quick, I’m grateful to God for the opportunities he’s given me.


One such opportunity is CYIA. What’s that? First, let me explain what CEF is.

Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is a worldwide organization, in nearly every country of the world. Its mission is to spread the Gospel to every child in the world. Their vision has been to do this through the youth (teenagers) of the world. They recruit young people to reach even younger people.

One such means of recruiting youth to reach children is CYIA—Christian Youth in Action. It is an intense, eleven-ten day training, where us youth (ages 12-18, generally) learn how to share the gospel with kids (ages 5-12, generally) through 5-Day-Clubs, specifically.

What are 5-Day-Clubs, though? They are clubs, or gatherings, of kids, once every day, Monday through Friday. We teach the Gospel through games, missionary stories, Bible lessons, and more.

So those are the main activities I’ve been doing this summer! If you’re still confused, comment. 🙃

CYIA Has Had a Big Impact on My Life

It’s strengthened me mentally, physically, spiritually, and more. I’ve become bolder in public speaking, I’ve grown a stronger love for children, and I’ve gotten better at memorization.

But those are only a few things! From building friendships to learning how to avoid drama, and beyond, the lessons and skills I’ve acquired are truly something only God can give me.

I’ve also learned so much more about the importance of children’s ministry.

Friends, Children’s Ministry is SO Important!

Here Are Some Reasons Why.

1. They are the next generation. So are we teens. The more who know the truth of the world and the love of Jesus, the better. The more we teens are challenged in many things, the stronger we become if we persevere.

2. Jesus had a special connection with children. He said, “let the little children come to me.” Who knows how many of those children he had just met, when he was teaching somewhere in the Middle East? He accepted every one of them.

When others rejected them, even the disciples of Jesus, he went and talked with them, taught them in ways only the Creator of all beings could do. We can’t connect with children quite like Jesus can, but we can try, can’t we?

3. They’re unwritten stories. As a writer, I think about peoples’ lives as stories often. I sometimes try to imagine them as people with backstories, fears, desires, and goals, similar to the characters I fantasize about in my mind.

Most children’s lives are just beginning. They could either have a villain’s backstory that forms them to be unforgiving cold people. . . or we could help give them the right kind of childhood, however we can. From asking how their day was to playing tag with them.

Childhood is vital to the growth and chapters of someone’s life story.

4. The Bible talks about how only a child’s heart can enter the kingdom of Heaven.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” -Mathew 19:14, NIV.

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” -Matthew 18:3-5, NIV.

So what do these verses mean? That only kids can enter Heaven? No, of course not! It could take me a whole post to explain these (read more about kids and Heaven in last week’s post!), but the point is. . . little children have some things that most older people do not. Free imagination, simple trust, such as that.

Children have a special place in most people’s hearts, but especially in Jesus’. They must be reached.

So. . . What Can You Do?

Kids need the Good News—the Gospel—and like Jesus once said, the harvest is plenty, but the workers are few. Most people reading this are probably youth: young people, hopefully with a love of Jesus.

Thus, I encourage you to find a way to serve Jesus and spread the News through children’s ministry. Here are two ways:

1. Research your local CYIA! Get in touch, text, or call the leaders. I guarantee you—if this blog is available to you, so is a CEF group. At https://www.cefonline.com/, you can find the information you need for where you’re at. It takes just a little research.

2. See how you can get involved in children’s ministry in your church. I’ve served only a few times in Sunday school. It’s not for everyone. However, I’m not going to say that it’s not for me—though as of now I’m in the church’s tech team (composed of only youth 😉) and a regular volunteer wherever. See what you can do!

 But do more than just preach at kids—though we kinda do that with 5 Day Clubs, we get very involved with the kids. Try getting involved in the lives of the kids in your church, neighborhood, or apartment! Then step by step, share the Gospel.

Have a good, God-filled rest of the week! See you in August.

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

Writing Advice

The Writer’s Absolute, Christ-Like Power Over Their Story

In the Christian writing community I’m part of, I see several writers call themselves “evil.” Why? If you know writers, you know it means they make their characters suffer, both for their own “amusement” and to make the readers cry, or at least feel sad.

When you erupt strong emotions in the reader, it usually makes them more involved and interested in the story. All authors want this kind of outcome from the reader.

However, I don’t like the label, “evil writer.” For several reasons: 1) it’s making it clear that you’re exploiting the emotions of the readers for your own gain, which is a cruel way to gain readers, 2) besides piquing the interest of readers, it’s overall pointless and violent, and 3) no Christian should ever want to call themselves evil.

The best way for someone to grow as a person is to try to be more Christ-like. Not only is Christ the supreme model for how we should be, but He is also the Author of life. He created life and everything else; He also ‘wrote down’ what came to be, is happening, and will come to be. We can become incredible writers by following His example.

So instead of “evil writer,” here is one term writers could use to call themselves..:

Ultimate Authors

“Ultimate” means “all-powerful” and “final,” or “conclusive.” It refers to the highest power, and the very end, of a situation. With God, that situation is really all of time and existence. For writers, it means the overall story arc.

All-Powerful.

Writers are all-powerful over their stories because it’s them that write, plot, create, and dream. Even when the storyline feels out of control, really it’s you who has the ultimate power to change and fix it (always stay dependent on God, mentors, friends, and family, though!).

Conclusive Control.

It’s only God Who can bring about the end of time and Who knows how to end it in the best way possible (and impossible). Every author wants that kind of ultimate control and knowledge for their story’s conclusion. You can have a great intro, even an incredible story body, but without a good outro, it’s almost all for naught.

What Does the Ultimate Author Do?

The perfect version of the ultimate author doesn’t kill, torture, or make suffer the characters without a purpose. She knows how each character contributes—however significantly—to the storyline and plot.

The perfect ultimate author has a plan to tie everything up into a masterly conclusion, that makes the story’s theme shine and stirs up the emotions of the readers properly. He designs the story in such a way that the readers are left staring at that last paragraph for minutes on minutes, enchanted.

What Do We Do With This Information?

Maybe I left you thinking “if only.” I know I made myself think that. 😅 But don’t just stop there! We will never go anywhere with wistful wishful thinking. Plus, those examples were of perfect ultimate authors. And nobody’s perfect. Do more than dream—try, and write! And write, and try! And push, and press on! And write! What I’m saying is: do something about who you want to be.

I’m not telling you to ditch “evil writer” and use “ultimate author” simply because I don’t like people calling themselves evil. I’ve provided my reasons why, and it’s up to you to decide.

If calling yourself an ultimate author helps you to keep a good mindset and view of writing as a Christian, then go for it!! It definitely sharpens my own perspective.

But if not, that’s fine—I’m not offended. 🙂 It’s a take-it-or-leave-it kind of thing. The whole point is that you remember why, how and for who (or Who)  you write. I could list my own reasons, but that’d take a while. So I’ll stop here. I hope you’ve taken away something from this post that will stick with you.

God bless and farewell, fellow ultimate authors! (That is, if you so choose to claim that title for yourself, alongside me. 😉)

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

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