Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Tag

Here is a tag I came up with, although I did take some questions from previous 'tags' I've seen. If you are interested in completing this tag on your blog, please leave a comment so I can be sure to check it out! To fill this out, simply copy the questions, and replace my answers with your own. Have fun!
  1. Are you a Christian? Yes
  2. If the above answer was yes, how old were you when you became a Christian? 8

FAVORITES

  1. What is your favorite Bible verse? Hmm… probably Prov. 31:30 or Prov. 3:5-6
  2. What is your favorite Old Testament book? Deuteronomy
  3. What is your favorite New Testament book? James
  4. Who is your favorite Old Testament character? Abraham or Esther
  5. Who (with the exception of Jesus) is your favorite New Testament character? Paul
  6. What is your favorite book and/or series? So Much More
  7. Favorite movie- The Chronicles of Narnia—The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
  8. Favorite music- worship, piano, or classical
  9. Favorite song- In Christ Alone & Cry of My Heart (I have a ton, but I’ll just mention two)
  10. Favorite food- Sweet Potatoes
  11. Favorite subject in school- English/Grammar
  12. Favorite trip you’ve taken- Our East Coast Trip

LEAST FAVORITES

  1. Least favorite book- Hitty: Her First One Hundred Years
  2. Least favorite movie- ???
  3. Least favorite song- Jesus, Take the Wheel (along with others that get stuck in my head)
  4. Least favorite food- cooked spinach
  1. Where are you reading in the Bible right now? Job and Hebrews
  2. Are you trying to memorize any portion of the Bible right now? Yes
  3. If the above answer was yes, what is the reference to the portion you are memorizing? Matthew 12:34-37
  4. If you could change your name, what would you change it to? I don’t know!
  5. Are you allergic to anything? If so, what? Everything. ; ) Many outdoor allergens, certain raw fruits and veggies, almonds, cats, dogs….
  6. Do you play any instruments? What? Piano, clarinet, and a little guitar
  7. Do you like to sing? Yes, especially harmony with my siblings and mom
  8. Do you know how to cook? Do you like to? Yes, I love cooking, and even more—baking. It’s fun being in the kitchen and trying out new recipes. : )
  9. Do you like to help people? Yes, who wouldn’t?? I enjoy spending my time serving others.
  10. Do you like children? Like isn't the right word. Children are a gift from God, made in His image. I hope that God will bless me with many someday.
  11. Do you babysit? Yes
  12. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Definitely a morning person
  13. Are you organized? YES
  14. Do you like to read? When I have the time, I enjoy reading things I’ve chosen
  15. Do you consider yourself creative? Kind of, but not real creative.
  16. Are you fun to be around? I hope so!
  17. Do you play any sports? Yes If so, what? I play tennis and cup stack (both for fun)
  1. Do you write letters? Yes, I am a loyal friend and have many pen-pals
  2. Do you email? Yes, if someone emails me back :)
  3. Without looking at the time, what time do you think it is? 1:36
  4. Now what time is it really? 1:49
  5. What’s the most recent song you’ve had stuck in your head? Firm Foundation
  6. What’s the most recent trip you’ve taken? East Coast trip to the Virginia area
  7. Ever been out of the U.S.A.? Ha ha! We accidentally went past the U.S. border, into Mexico once. We meant to stop and walk across the border.
  8. Are you homeschooled? YES and LOVE IT!!!
  9. If so, have you always been? Yes
  10. How long did it take you to complete this tag? 20 minutes

Although this tag is open to anyone who would like to attempt it, I would like to tag Katie, Luke, Caleb, and Kristen. Make sure if you do this you tag someone else!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving Blessings...

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” Psalm 33:12

Thanksgiving blessings to all! I hope that on this day each and every person would take a special time to thank our Lord and Savior for His abundant blessings. And don’t forget what believers should continually thank God for—sending His one and only Son to die for our numerous sins! God is so good, so gracious, so merciful, so incredible! Americans have much to be grateful for, so much in fact, that we take for granted. So will you today, on this day known as the national day of Thanksgiving, take time to personally thank God for all He has done for you, in you, and through you?

Also, may I encourage you with some quotes from men of the past?

“We, shall by planting there enlarge the glory of the gospel, and from England plant sincere religion, and provide a safe and a sure place to receive people from all parts of the world that are forced to flee for the truth of God’s Word.”
-Richard Hakluyt, Jamestown Founder

“I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this.”
-Benjamin Franklin


"It must be felt that there is no national security but in the nation's humble acknowledged dependence upon God and His overruling providence."
-John Adams


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation

A great read prior to Thanksgiving! :)

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their Joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the greatest degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executived and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

George Washington
City of New York
October 3, 1789


Friday, November 16, 2007

Encouraging One Another

Multiple times the Bible commands us as believers to encourage others. I Thessalonians 5:11 states “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up”. Hebrews 10:24 likewise says “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works”. Clearly these two verses give a picture that we are to be continually encouraging each other. This has application in the area of encouraging brothers and sisters in Christ towards godliness and holiness. Delightfully we are to build each other up with our encouraging words. Whether you realize it or not, each person is an example to someone they know, and their actions and encouragement can stir those people towards godliness, or unfortunately also lead them in the opposite direction. How we treat each other, and the words we use, are so exceedingly important. We must strive to make sure our conversations and words are edifying and encouraging, for this is what God desires to see in us.

So how can we be encouraging? Obviously, one way to do this is by praising others when they do things well, or choosing the right thing no matter the cost. Finding godly qualities to praise in your siblings is another necessary thing to do. Endeavoring to speak things that are building up and edifying instead of derogatory and rude is something we should all attempt to do. Of course, none of this is possible without the grace and ability given through Christ alone! The only way we can desire to be encouraging and building up is by turning to God and asking Him to think of others more highly than ourselves. Hebrews 3:13 instructs us to “Encourage one another daily”. How will you be an encouragement to all around you today?

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Another Poem

Here's a poem for the time being... I hope to have a "real" post up soon! :)

FATHER OF MINE
Sarah K. Marinee

Father of mine, some years ago
You showed me the way I ought to go;
By the gentle clasp of your own strong hand.


Father of mine, let me thank you for
The prayers you prayed and the burden you bore.
Like a guiding star thro’ the tempests’ strife,
All you precepts have shone on my path of life.


Father of mine, when the time has passed
And the work of my life is complete at last,
When I step ashore on the glory strand
With a grateful heart I will clasp your hand.