Saturday, December 27, 2008

We have our work cut out for us…

What was to be a relatively simple job has turned into a huge winter break project. We’ve been dealing with a leak under our kitchen sink for a while (dripping from the faucet), but recently it’s gotten worse. Because we wanted to eventually replace the counter tops and sink, we thought we might as well do it now, since we had to replace the faucet anyway. However, anytime we start a house project it ends up being bigger than we realize. When my dad started messing around under the cabinets, he found mold and water damage from an old leak that must not have been fixed properly. The drywall was crumbling in places around the sink and the bottoms of two of the cabinets were so rotted you could pull the board apart with your hands. Needless to say, we have to replace the cabinets! Right now, we don’t have a kitchen sink or counter tops on one side of the kitchen. I'm one of the official painters of the family, so I have my work cut out for me as well. :)
Here are a few pictures of the mess we ran in to...

back splash and counter tops pulled off--crumbling Sheetrock


rotting base cabinet

closeup


other rotting base cabinet



Please pray that we won't run into any more issues, and that this will be fixed quickly!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Holiday Decor

Between Christmas parties, babysitting, CLEP of this month, church, and other holiday preparations, I haven't had time to work on posts of length! One thing I've done a lot of this month is take pictures. So this post is once again--pictures! Here are some I've taken this month.











Monday, December 22, 2008

Church Christmas party!

Yesterday our church had the most interesting and unique party I've ever heard of. In our church we have three elders, and they wanted the families of church to visit and fellowship in each of their homes. So they separated them into groups and each hour the elders had a new group of families in their homes! It was fun, but it went by so fast. At the end, the families who still wanted to fellowship were invited to come to our home once again!
Here's what we did:


played games (after eating)


ate some more.....

played some more....

and talked!

Doesn't that sound like the perfect Christmas party? ;)
It really was a lot of fun!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas baking

My sister and I did some Christmas baking last night. Here are some pictures of what we accomplished! :)

Gingerbread cookies (not men...)



Peanut Butter Blossoms



Black and whites - without the icing

Date bars

Christmas is always such a busy season, so my posts will be more random and not as often these next few weeks! Hope you are enjoy this wonderful holiday season celebrating Christ's birth!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Snowman!

Our snowman was a "man" of many personalities. We tried a number of hats on him. With his snickerdoodle eyes, carrot nose, grass and leaf covered body, and no mouth, he was definitely a site. He was pretty tall with the four balls too!



Our snowman shrunk (we removed a ball) because he was falling over

Cowboy

colonial (kinda)

cowboy again

hatless :)


We've only built one other snowman (I believe), and this was by-far the largest!



Friday, December 12, 2008

Snow!

You can rest assured that when it snows in Houston--even just a *tiny* bit, Houstonians are ecstatic! Yet this wasn't just a tiny bit of snow, it covered the ground with an inch or two.


subdivision entrances


Before it started snowing, we had some frozen rain on our car, and I thought I'd have some fun :)

Remind anyone of Narnia? :)





Building a snowman...


Snowman pictures are coming in the next post!


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christian Psychology?

I know you're probably tired of hearing about psychology by now, but I thought I'd post three more quotes that I found browsing through a book called Christian Psychology's War on God's Word: The Victimization of the Believer by Jim Owen. Read what he says about Christian psychology...
"Christian psychologists offer a gospel that won't make people feel bad about themselves or offend them by exposing their wickedness and worthlessness (Romans 3:12). Their gospel is all sympathy and little judgment, all love and no wrath, a gospel with a cross that slightly frowns and gently chides us into the kingdom. Their gospel never radically offends us or angers us with its crucified Lord nor warns of God's impending wrath upon impenitent sinners (Luke 13;1-5)."

"Many Christians, deeply influenced by psychology, are dangerously close to believing that man's 'victimized past' is more responsible for his sinful behavior and his estranged relation with God than in his wicked heart."

"[Christian psychology] emphasizes man-as-victim rather than man-as-sinner. Such a view radically challenges the biblical doctrines of man's absolute culpability before the cross, the supremacy of the Holy Spirit in the believer's sanctification, and most importantly the sufficiency and authority of Scripture for the believer."



Sunday, December 7, 2008

More evidence for the ridiculousness of Psychology?

Read in the Educational Psychology REA study guide [parenthesis are my notes]:
"Researchers studying aging generally agree [does this mean some don't believe we die?] that there is an inevitable process of biological aging than eventually would cause death even in the absence of disease. Evidence for this view is that there appears to be a maximum length of life for humans. There is no record living beyond 110 years or so [this person hasn't read the Bible].... One theory, the wear and tear theory, suggests the human body, like a machine, eventually wears out from normal use."
*emphases mine
My brother, mom, and I laughed when we read this. But it is actually quite sad what you have to come up with when you leave God out of the picture, or that they have to do all this research to figure out that all humans die...
God talks about the wisdom of the world in 1 Corinthians 3:19: "the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight" Psychologists and their theories are considered "wise" and "right", but God does not consider them so.

Do you see why we need to be *so* careful about what and who we believe, so we aren't taken captive by any philosophy that sounds good? For Colossians 2:8 says "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."

THIS is why it is vitally important to understand what and why you believe, and know how to discern what is right and wrong. God's Word should be our standard for everything.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Dangers of Psychology, part 2

Psychology leads to quite a depressing resolution, because psychologists do not have answers for change! If you have what they consider a mental disorder or depression you are given drugs and told you that you must live with your problem. Drugs never solve the problem. They can cover it up for a while, but never solve it. The only hope for change is through Jesus Christ. This is why biblical counseling can be so freeing!

Biblical meditation differs from the meditation psychologists recommend. Biblical meditation has to do with contemplating, studying, and memorizing God’s Word, while secular meditation has to do with thinking nothing. In secular meditation you often repeat the same word until you get into a state where you are not thinking of anything. This becomes very dangerous because you are said to be getting “in touch” with yourself, but in reality you are opening the door to demons speaking to you! Hearing voices (delusions) can also be hearing demons. Romans 12:9 states “Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” And likewise, Romans 16:19 “be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil”. Therefore, we are instructed to avoid any evil. 1 Peter 5:8-9 also informs us that “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith”.

Hypnosis, another method used by some psychologists, is a state of “suggestibility”. You are still awake, but have been lured into a state where you are easily influenced by the suggestions of the hypnotizer. Hypnosis simply leads to role playing and fantasy. Why is it dangerous? Because you are not actively controlling what you do. You are so “zoned out” that you take suggestions and do whatever the hypnotizer tells you. This is a dangerous place for a Christian, because God commands us to, "take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ". If we are not controlling our minds, how can we take thoughts captive?
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Comparatively, what should a biblical answer look like and a typical pychologist's answer to a problem?
Question: Why am I depressed, bitter, angry?
Psychologist’s answer: You were perhaps abused as a child, or maybe you were not fed properly as a baby
Biblical answer: SIN

Why is it wrong for Christian counselors to use parts of Psychology—the parts that sound pretty good?
One reason is because the basis is evolution. Psychologists do not boldly declare that their theories are based upon the presuppositions of evolution, but the underlying ideas of all their answers clearly reveal an evolutionary base. The human nature presented in psychology is also in direct opposition to Christianity. Psychology and biblical counseling should bring about completely different answers, so psychology has no place in Christian counseling. Using techniques, suggestions, or ideas from psychology for biblical counseling is asserting the Bible to be insufficient. 2 Peter 2:1-2 “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.”

Before we took the Psychology CLEP, I knew nothing about the subject. Now I am glad to understand what and why Psychologists believe what they do. As a side note though, my mom went over the stuff with us, and we discussed it. That greatly helped us to determine what was wrong with the different theories, and compare them to the Bible. You must approach things like this with caution.

On another note, Psychology was not a difficult CLEP test, and both my brother and I passed
Intro to Psychology
Intro to Educational Psychology
and
Human Growth and Development
If you're looking for semi-easy CLEPs, these all have a lot of overlap. I could not have passed the latter two without Intro to Psych first.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving Break

This week I will take off from blogging because of Thanksgiving and some other family holidays. However if you'd like to read what I briefly wrote last Thanksgiving, go here.
Also, as a re-print from last Thanksgiving, I'm pasting George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation below.
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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 21, 2008

Dangers of Psychology, part 1

Psychology. Almost everyone has heard the term. Some associate it with people reclining on couches or identifying an ambiguous blob of ink. Some don’t have a clue what it is, and most importantly, some don’t recognize its dangers. Because my brother and I recently studied Psychology took the Psychology CLEP in October and Education Psychology November 5th, I thought I would post some of my thoughts about the dangers of psychology while it is fresh in my mind. As I began typing this, I realized that there was actually a lot to say, so I’ll break it up into two posts for you. :)

Psychology is usually defined as the study of mental processes and behavior. In other words, Psychologists desire to answer the age-old question: “Why do people do what they do?” The problem with their answers begins with their starting point. Depending on the type of psychology you observe, you may believe that men are simply animals, basically good, or that “good” is dependent on what the society deems appropriate. So I cannot suggest that all psychologists believe that man is basically good. However, they have similar conclusions—punishment is bad, rewarding is good. To keep from further confusing you, here are definitions of the basic psychological beliefs:

Structuralism— focused merely on the structure of the mind
Functionalism— focused on the function – environmental influences, experience is adaptive
Psychoanalysis— Sigmund Freud is the founder. Believed in unconscious mental processes and how childhood development affects your current problems. Developed the superego (conscience), ego (middle guy, trying to please both your conscience and the id), and id (bad guy).
Behaviorism— centralized how the environment changes you, uses classical conditioning to change your responses
Humanistic— self-centered, people are basically good, choice and individuality are important
Cognitive— placed importance on thinking processes, change your thinking to change your actions

Because psychologists do not believe the Bible, sin is absent, and everything you do “wrong” has to be explained as something else. Freud explained that things considered right were simply the expectations of the society, and not necessarily good. You should do what feels good to you (pleasure principle) and let your id (the bad guy) go and have fun. Murder may not be wrong therefore, and could be excused by stating that the person was abused as a child, or has a mental disorder. Yes, it may sound ridiculous, but this is what many psychologists believe, and it leads to numerous problems in society!

To be continued....


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Awesome New Movie!!!!


My brother and sister and I watched Come What May last night, and we absolutely loved it! It is a must see!!

RIGHT NOW, for a very short time (I believe today is the last day, but I'm not positive), Come What May is available for viewing on Godtube - the whole movie! So go here and watch it while it's still there! It's in 5 sections or so. You can also watch the trailer here.

This is a well done movie by homeschoolers and students at Patrick Henry college. The film group is Advent Film Group. There are a lot of great things in this movie. I still wouldn't recommend this for younger children, not because of language or violence or stuff like that, but because the court issue centers around the Roe vs. Wade case, is over the heads of youngsters and discusses abortion. Nothing is inappropriate in my opinion though!

If you watch it, please tell me what you think of it!!


Friday, October 24, 2008

Maiden's Quest--pictures of formal

Katie wanted to wear formals to Maiden's Quest tea party. In order to make a formal I found at the thrift store modest, I had to get out a needle and thread and put my fingers to work! I added sleeves, a small top piece, and a little material on the sides of the shoulder straps. The neat thing is that I didn't buy ANY material!!! I used the extra on the bottom to put on the top. :)


top piece added (above)

top completed!



My sister did my hair (She's incredible! She makes up her own hairstyles and tries them on me)

Cake I had to take a picture of! (no, I didn't make it)