Friends, there’s hope. Actually, there’s Faith. As in Faith Thomas, Parker County’s newest advice columnist, who will be offering her wisdom as part of the Willow Park Citizens Group. She’ll have a column called “Have Faith!” that answers two or three issues you just might identify with – especially if you are a girl between the ages of 9 and 14. Faith is 13 years old.
This column is about everyday struggles, whether it's finding clothes that match, or dealing with a bully problem. It's all here. I put this advice together with God's help, some research, and my personal opinion.
Take my advice...On Keeping A Schedule
This is something I sometimes struggle to do myself. There have been times when everything I had to do, made life feel like total chaos! Here are some things to think about, so you don't get into the same kind of jam. For those of you who already have, this goes for you too.
Try to keep a small notepad nearby at all times, so if something pops up suddenly, you can write it down. When you get home, hang or tape the paper on your door, wall, or above your bed. Wherever you can see it every day. Remember to write the time, date and place of the event in your planner or on a calendar. You can find a calendar or planner at most stores. Crafting stores have fun varieties and lots of things to personalize your schedule.
Have fun with these quick solutions!
Take my advice...On Making (Good) Friends
Making good friends is not as easy as it seems, I'm sure you can agree with me. There are some people who like to be alone, like to be in groups, like to be mean, and some can be a bad influence. Here are some tips, on making the right friends:
If they are teasing someone else, or maybe you (even if they are 'just joking' and it still hurts your feelings), don't hang out with them. Also, if they get into trouble for acting the way they are, you do not want to be involved. Don't tease along with them!
If they are into bad things, like, smoking, drinking, and drugs, DO NOT FALL FOR IT! Those things are mentally and physically harmful, and it is displeasing to God. So please, tell somebody like an adult you trust about what they are doing and stay away from them, so you may remain innocent and pure.
So there you are, great things to remember when venturing out to make good friends.
Take my advice...On Doing Your Chores
Yes, chores are a daily struggle, and sometimes can get annoying. When you hear your Mom tell you it's time to do them, or if you already know you're supposed to do them, then try to get them done as soon as possible. Take your time and do them well. If you do what you are asked, then it is pleasing to your parents and to God. One of His commandments is: Obey your Father and Mother.
Also, chores are not always a bad thing, make them fun! Listen to music while doing them, make it a game, or simply talk to someone while doing them. Trust me, the time will pass faster this way. So, put down the video games or the very intriguing book, and do what has to be done.
Until next time,
What is your biggest daily struggle? It may be big, like getting along with someone you are close to. Or it might be small, like making sure you brush your teeth every morning. For some, it’s finding clothes that match stylishly, or for others it’s dealing with a new puppy who chews. Hey, for some, the daily struggle is just getting up in the morning (where’s my coffee?).
Friends, there’s hope. Actually, there’s Faith, As in Faith Thomas, Parker County’s newest advice columnist, who will be offering her wisdom as part of the Willow Park Citizens Group (www.willowparkcitizens.org). She’ll have a column each week called “Have Faith!” that answers two or three issues you just might identify with – especially if you are a girl between the ages of 9 and 14. Faith is 13 years old.
Faith just moved from an apartment in Willow Park to a house nearby, and has had her share of life experiences that have helped her see beyond her backyard to the struggles others face. Faith also has braces, a brother who is a year younger than her, two dogs, a blue parakeet, and a love for flowers.
Her flowers don’t always grow. But she wants to figure out what to do about it. And she thinks people would be happier if they learned how to make their flowers grow, too. Literally and figuratively.
“To start, Faith would like to gather topics to write about from information gathered from local interviews, polls, and/or surveys,” explains mom, Jessica. “She will interview experts, research, and pray for wisdom before she writes the advice articles.”
Her Faith – er, her faith – is actually why she wants to reach out to others with her writing. “She has a heart to love and help others, and hopefully that will serve as the backbone of her articles. God will direct her steps,” said her mom. “Some serious topics she thought of were bullying and everyday pressures. Light topics she thought of were gardening, organizing, decorating, and style problems. I know she is willing to answer a variety of problems – just wherever they take her.”
Faith has always been a writer. She likes to write poetry and stories – adventures and sci-fi and fantasy stories. Do her characters resemble her? “They all have an outdoorsy spirit. They’re what I want to be liked,” Faith admits. Fair enough!
Faith’s column will begin next week at www.willowparkcitizens.org. If you have a topic you’d like to see Faith tackle, send your thoughts to: firstname.lastname@example.org.