What the Bible has to say on Immigration.

This is how we as Christians ought to treat foreigners.  The Bible is very clear on this. 

 “The LORD your God is the God of all gods and Lord of all lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God who doesn’t play favorites and doesn’t take bribes. He enacts justice for orphans and widows, and he loves immigrants, giving them food and clothing. That means you must also love immigrants because you were immigrants in Egypt” (Deuteronomy 10:17-19 CEB)   “You must not oppress foreigners. You know what it’s like to be a foreigner, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt” (Exodus 23:9 NLT)   “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 19:33-34 ESV)   “The same law applies both to the native-born and to the foreigner residing among you” (Exodus 12:49 NIV)   “Don’t oppress the widow, the orphan, the stranger, and the poor; don’t plan evil against each other!” (Zechariah 7:10 CEB)   “The LORD watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin” (Psalm 146:9 ESV)   “You have brought your judgment days near and have come to your years of punishment [because] father and mother are treated with contempt, and the foreign resident is exploited within you. The fatherless and widow are oppressed in you” (Ezekiel 22:4, 7 HCSB)   “‘I will come to you in judgment, and I will be ready to witness against sorcerers and adulterers; against those who swear falsely; against those who oppress the widow and the fatherless, and cheat the wage earner; and against those who deny justice to the foreigner. They do not fear Me,’ says the LORD of Hosts” (Malachi 3:5 HCSB)   “If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your forefathers for ever and ever” (Jeremiah 7:5-7 NIV 1984)   “Thus says the LORD: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place” (Jeremiah 22:3 ESV)   “When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat the olives from your trees, do not go over the branches a second time. Leave what remains for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow. When you harvest the grapes in your vineyard, do not go over the vines again. Leave what remains for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow” (Deuteronomy 24:19-21 NIV)   “When you have finished paying the entire tenth part of your produce on the third year—that is the year for paying the tenth-part—you will give it to the Levites, the immigrants, the orphans, and the widows so they can eat in your cities until they are full” (Deuteronomy 26:12 CEB)   “‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me’” (Matthew 25:35-40 NASB)   “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2 NIV)   “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul” (1 Peter 2:11 NIV 1984


My new Etsy Store

Please check out my new Etsy Store.  It is called My Ragtag Imagination and can be found at HTTP://MyRagtagImagination.etsy.com

Here are a few things I am selling in my store


I'm back and will be posting on here regularly.  Since my last post I have gotten engaged to a long time freind, Kristin.  So Happy Easter everyone!


Card Making

Lately I have started a new hobby, and I am selling my cards and paper products on etsy.com. Here's some examples of what I have made.

I also have Halloween cards.

-And journals and notebooks

And at last, bookmarks and post it holders.

You can visit my entire shop at, http://www.etsy.com/shop/MelissasCreations33

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Exam Week

So I am getting to the end of my first year at Grand Valley State University, and in a few short days I will be a Junior.  I can not believe that I have weathered so well for my first year.  Overall, I have remained quite calm, and I have been very successful in my first year.  Now I look forward to a summer of fun and relaxation.  I can not wait for sun and time at the beach.  I am also looking forward to seeing my cousin get married in Florida.  There’s so much to look forward to this summer, I will keep everyone up dated!  Also I will let everyone know how I did on my finals very soon.


My Weight Loss Journey Week 1

I am super excited because for the first time in a long time weight loss seems possible.  I signed up for exercise classes at school.  I can take Spinning, Yoga, Pilate's, Zumba, Belly Dancing, etc....the possibilities are pretty much endless.  Plus I get free access to the gym and all of the machines and the indoor track anytime I want.  Then today I signed up to meet with a dietitian at the low cost of 15 dollars for 3 visits, plus I also signed up to meet with a trainer that will help me figure out the best exercise plan for me.  This week I have already worked out twice and plan on going to the gym at least 2 more times this week.  So I really feel like I have found a manageable way to get in shape.  Each week I will keep everyone updated on how this is going, and I hope to report wonderful success in the future.  For now here is a picture of me at the beginning of the journey. 
I am the one on the left.  This is me and my sister at Christmas.


100 things that make me happy

Happiness is a choice. To start out the new year I am going to look at all the things that make me happy. I am going start the new year on a happy note.

1. Knowing that I am changing for the better.
2. Being able to support myself, and being independent.
3. Having dreams that I can make come true.
4. My family.
5. My heavenly father.
6. Playing with my niece.
7. Going to Unity Musical Festival each year.
8. Walking the boardwalk in the summer.
9. Warm sweaters in the winter.
10. Watching funny movies and getting a good laugh.
11. Going to coffee with friends.
12. Shopping, Shopping, Shopping.
13. Cuddling with my cats.
14. Christmas.
15. Christian Rock Music
16. Driving and listening to the radio.
17. Swimming in lake Michigan.
18. Decorating my apartment.
19. A good bonfire.
20. A good book that keeps me captivated.
21. Painting ceramics.
22. Crocheting gifts for others.
23. Watching my favorite shows.
24. Singing my favorite songs.
25. Taking a shower and putting on my beauty products.
26. Sleep.
27. Candles that smell good.
28. A good cup of tea.
29. Yard sailing in the summer.
30. Playing games on the Internet.
31. Writing my blog.
32. Surfing facebook.
33. Taking pictures and sharing them with others.
34. Knowing that no one is worried about me.
35. Painting my nails.
36. Hair bows.
37. Jewelry.
38. Playing my Wii.
39. Chocolate, need I say more.
40. A cup of gourmet coffee.
41. Christmas trees all lighted up.
42. Dreaming of going to Europe.
43. Spending time with my mom.
44. Going to the movies with my best friend.
45. Fourth of July fireworks.
46. Popcorn
47. My Ipod.
48. fancy scarfs and eyeshadow
49. Harry Potter books and movies.
50. Twilight book and movies.
51. Putting my feet in warm sand.
52. Waterfalls.
53. Traveling.
54. Camping
55. Crafts.
56. Getting a foot massage or manicure with my Grandma.
57. Getting my hair done.
58. Tanning.
59. Netflix.
60. Looking at old pictures.
61. Playing games with friends and family.
62. Lugging.
63. Sledding.
64. Hiking and Mountain climbing.
65. Going to the zoo.
66. New York City and Chicago.
67. Going to Saugutuck in the summer.
68. Halloween.
69. Staying up late.
70. Baking cookies.
71. Sitting at the end of the pier.
72. Doing service work.
73. Seeing my relatives that live out of the state.
74. Playing with puppies.
75. Vacation
76. Going to bargain stores.
77. Collecting purses.
78. Massages.
79. Foot baths.
80. Hot tubs and saunas.
81. The colors pink and green.
82. Watching music videos.
83. The woods in the summer.
84. Dreaming of going to Europe.
85. Being a student.
86. Reconnecting with old friends.
87. Wrapping presents for Christmas.
88. The day after Thanksgiving sales.
89. Salads.
90. Recovery.
91. Listening to the Psalms on CD.
92. Listening to hypnosis CD.
93. Burning incense.
94. Shoes! Shoes! Shoes!
95. Chinese all you can eat buffets
96. Roller coasters
97. Talking on the phone.
98. Jokes and funny things.
99. Prophesy books.
100. My relationship with Jesus


Thank you God For,
Helping me get into GVSU, and for a successful first semester.
For all of the support of my family and friends in my new endeavors.
For the promotion at work and the pay raise when I became an Optician.
For my new apartment in Allendale.
For the new friends that I have met in 2011.
For the raise in my disability.
For a car that has been reliable so far.
For my vacation and all of the fun that I had in Frankenmuth.
For my health.
For Unity this summer.
For helping me stay away from alcohol and cigarettes for another year.

There's so much gratitude in my heart this year.  It has been a good year for me, and I have faith that 2012 will be wonderful too.  My faith has grown so much this year and I know that you are always with me, ready to carry me if I get weak.  I know that there is nothing that God can not make good for me.  I am pressing forward and I know that I never want to go back to what things were like before.  Every day has a wealth of new blessings and new lessons.  I can not deny that you are with me, every step.  My new years resolution is a promise to my God that I will make my health my first priority in every area.  This year I am focused on losing weight, getting in shape.  Thank you God because I know that with your help I will realize this dream.


Christmas Approaching

Happy Holidays to all my readers!
Its been a wonderful and joyful year and I am so looking forward to Christmas and all the festivities!
I am glad to have finished my first semester at Grand Valley State University, and after all of the hard work I can say that it has paid off because it looks like I got all A's and B's this first semester.  Even in math which was a hard spot for me.. 
Now I am just going to relax and enjoy a few weeks of rest and fun before I have to start it all over again in January.  Hopefully, next year will be as successful for me as this year was.  I know that God has been working a new work in my life and making me into the person that he intended for me to be and I am so grateful for that.  I think this new year I am going to try to get into physical shape.  I am going to utilize the gym access that I have at the school and see if I can't adopt a healthier way of life.  We'll see where that takes me.  I know that WITH CHRIST ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!
Oh and in closing Milo and Zoey also want to say Merry Christmas!


In The Home Stretch

Wow, I can not believe that it is Thanksgiving Break already.  It seems like this semester flew by soo fast.  I am grateful for a couple of days to sit and relax, and just enjoy some me time.  I have not had an official day off since Labor Day so I am enjoying a couple of days without any cares.
I am so glad that this semester is coming to a close.  I am also glad that I have done pretty good in my classes.  I expect to get all A's and B's.  I think that is pretty good for my first semester back in school for quite some time.  I have to say it took some getting used to and at times I was a little stressed by all of the work.  But now I feel like I have adjusted to it and am back in the swing of studying. 
So, I have not had a lot of time to update this blog for obvious reasons but I just wanted to write a short blog and fill everyone in on how the first semester went.  I am looking forward to Christmas break.  I may even be taking a trip to Frakenmuth for Christmas with my parents, and to Caro, Mi to see my sister and brother in law.  Then Winter semester starts.  That's a little exciting too because my best friend starts at Grand Valley this winter so he will be at the same school, which, I think will be pretty cool! 
The most awesome part of fall semester is that I am probably going to get a B in Algebra.  I am not that great at math so this really makes me happy.  Especially since I flat out failed the first test in this class.  I would say that I really turned things around in this class.  Now I just hope that I do just as well next semester in Statistics.  From what I have heard Statistics is supposed to be easier than Algebra.  One can hope!
So I will end with this.  None of this would have been possible without the help of my savior and friend Jesus.  I prayed before each and every test for a good grade, and I believe that he helped me through each one.  I am learning in this experience that I need to walk closer to him everyday, and to lean more heavily on him.  Without him I am not capable of success, but with him I am capable of anything.  This is a truth that I grasp at deeper levels all the time.