Saturday, May 31, 2008

In Preparation for Worship Tomorrow...

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh faints for You, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary, beholding Your power and glory. Because Your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise You. So I will bless you as long as I live; in Your name I will lift up my hands.
~Psalm 63:1-4


Friday, May 30, 2008

Newly Painted Room

Here are the promised pictures of my newly painted room! (and some rambling to go along with it!!) :) And the color is..........BLUE! (my favorite color!) I was a little worried at first, because it looked more purple than I expected, but it dried bluer, for which I was grateful. My walls are still blank right now, because we have not decided on how to decorate yet, and I have not hung any of my old picture frames and things up. (Before I hang them up, I want to make sure that's where they'll stay!) I hope to stencil a Scripture verse either above my bed or on the wall that you see when you first walk into my bedroom. I have the guest bedroom in our house, and that's really the only reason why I have a queen sized bed. Whenever we have guests, I move next door to my sister Katie's room. Oh! And my mannequin heads aren't up there! AWW! lol I have three, and they are usually sitting on top of my bookshelves, but are not there. It's pretty strange having heads looking at you! They model my hats and are for me to practice my hair cutting, but I have not attempted that yet.... So without further delay, here are the pictures!










Please tell me what you think about it!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Fireproof

Heard of this movie yet? It's the newest from the makers of Facing the Giants and Flywheel. View the trailer here. When it comes out, I encourage you to view it! :)

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Picture Post Coming Soon!

We spent Memorial Day painting my bedroom and my sister's bedroom. Want to guess what color I painted mine? (if you don't already know) After I get my room completely organized (an excuse to organize!), I will take pictures to post. Expect them in the next day or two....

On another note, I have completely finished school! I was relieved to do well on my final Latin test, so as to not have to take it again.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Legacy of the Titanic

Oops... I realized that I never posted this, though I meant to weeks ago! Better late than never, right? :)

The Legacy of the Titanic

The legacy of the Titanic and the cry issued by Captain Smith—“Women and children first!”, has remained a memory . Recently my family had the pleasure of taking a field trip to see a temporary exhibit of the Titanic, and we were reminded of that legacy. The artifact viewing and brief learning of the details of the voyage were exciting, but we were reminded of two important things, that pride comes before a fall and that the men who gave up their seats on lifeboats in order to save women and children were real men.


The R.M.S. Titanic was the most luxurious ship ever. If the Titanic set sail today, with the rates just as they were then, then the most expensive rooms would cost around $40,000. Observing the various artifacts they had on display, watching an animation of how the Titanic plummeted into the deep water, and reading the tidbits they had about some passengers on the Titanic as well as the actual ship were some of the things we did at the Titanic exhibit. Pride played its role in the building and completion of this ship, as many put their trust in it.


An interesting lesson to learn from the sinking of the Titanic is something that Proverbs reveals—“pride comes before a fall”. Reflect on all the people who were assured and convinced that the Titanic was unsinkable. Consider the warnings that should have been heeded that were ignored. Ponder the shortage of lifeboats and the safety precautions that should have been taken. All because of the pride and tenacious thoughts that the Titanic could not sink. How interesting that God had to take this modern day “tower of Babel” and destroy it in order to humble the people.


The cry declared by Captain Smith “Women and children first!” is a vital element to the story of the Titanic. Even though museums, exhibits, and books relating the story of the Titanic usually give some mention to the fact that the cry was “Women and children first!” in the midst of the chaos and plummeting; many times that phrase is made light of, or undermined. There is little or no emphasis on the courage and nobility the men had to perform in order to lay down their lives for the women and children. Why is it important? I mean, with the men being the only ones working and making money for the family in that generation, shouldn’t they have been the first on the boats? It may appear strange that the answer is no. Ultimately though, the answer is only acquired if your understanding stems from a biblical worldview. Biblical roles require the men to lead and protect. This means that if a tragedy occurs such as the sinking of a ship, a man should nobly sacrifice his life to save a woman or child. It is not because women and children are more important than men, but rather that it is their duty. This dutiful heroism translates into a powerful legacy of moral character for the next generation.

Conscientiously we should be thankful for the men who were willing to demonstrate courage and boldness while sacrificially giving up their lives, and the example they set for the following generations. We should also be immensely thankful for and applaud the men and boys of our generation who are courageous and bold, willing to sacrifice, and who know it is their responsibility to provide and protect. Although the artifacts and things were intriguing to view, what ultimately sticks out in my mind is the legacy of men who proved that they were gentlemen, willing to die in order to save the ladies and children.



Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Life

Wow, is it already Tuesday? The weeks go by too quickly! Just to let you in on a bit of my life... We've been busy trying to finish up school (I only have Latin and math left...yea!), plus some other stuff that's going on. I have to prepare to take a final Latin test, which is kind of intimidating to me, because I feel like I need to study a LOT! :) Lord willing, I will finish all my work by Friday, and then next week I'll grade whatever's not been graded. Summer's rapidly approaching!

To start off our summer, we have a homeschool conference the first weekend in June. I'm also gradually working on some posts about the conference we attended this past weekend, but I can't promise when they'll be up. Hopefully this week....

So to get you talking, when do you finish school, or do you school through the summer? (if you are in school) :)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Scripture

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
~1 Peter 1:3-9

We are going to a conference Friday evening and Saturday, so this is my "quick post" for the weekend. Hopefully I will find time to post Monday or Tuesday...

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Mother's Day poem #5

THE PROVERBS 31 MOTHER
Allison

I desire to be a godly mother,
Like my mom someday,
Whose children arise and call her blessed,
That’s what I will do today.
“Many women do noble things, but my mother surpasses them all”;
A few of her many virtues I would like to call.
My mother is never idle; she always finds something to do;
And if she has nothing she will take the initiative to learn something new.
She does not malign the word of God,
But instead is reverent and true,
To the teaching Paul gives the women in Titus chapter 2.
She cooks and cleans and helps us,
And is selfless from the start;
She demonstrates humility from deep inside her heart.
She knows that staying home will never bring high pay,
But the thought of the eternal blessings she’ll reap
Are enough to make her stay.
She prepares her daughters to be keepers at home
As she teaches us new skills;
Knowing we will not need to go to work
And worry about paying the bills.
However, she knows it’s important for girls to be vigorous and wise,
To learn to save and spend sparingly,
And to always remember to tithe.
A Christian education is her goal,
To give us a biblical worldview;
So that when we are tested with secular views
We will know how to always pull through.
As I look up to this godly wife and mother,
With a gentle and quiet spirit.
My hopes are that I, as I learn to be virtuous,
May obtain the same merit.


This is the poem I wrote for my mom on Mother's Day last year. Each year after the service at our church we say something that our mom does for us, and a reason we love them, or read a poem we write. Sorry I missed putting up a poem yesterday, I had a busy day and didn't have time to. This is my last poem. Have a wonderful weekend worshiping God and honoring your mothers! :)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Mother's Day poem #4

MOTHERS THE WORLD NEEDS
Kathryn Blakburn Peck

Mothers with courage; mothers who pray,
These are the kind the world needs today.
Mothers who think, who study and plan;
Mothers who laugh as much they can,
Having the gift that is better than money—
The habit of seeing that some things are funny.
Mothers whose faith never wavers or falters;
Mothers whose spirits the world never alters;
Loving the right and scorning the wrong;
Facing the problems of life with a song.
Mothers whose bravery transcends their fears;
Winning the battle with patience and tears;
Never submitting to weakness or sin—
Storming heaven’s gates till the children are in.
Mothers heroic, not guilty of whining;
Hands graced with service and faces with shining.
Mothers or purity, virtue, and faith,
Steadfast in life and triumphant in death;
Looking beyond the dark pathway of sorrow,
Seeking a home in God’s joyous tomorrow,
Leading the children; pointing the way—
These are the mothers, the world needs today!



Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Mother's Day poem #3

THE HAND THAT RULES THE WORLD
William Ross Wallace
Infancy's the tender fountain,
Power may with beauty flow,
Mother's first to guide the streamlets,
From them souls unresting grow--
Grow on for the good or evil,
Sunshine streamed or evil hurled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.
Mother, how divine your mission
Here upon our natal sod!
Keep, oh, keep the young heart open
Always to the breath of God!
All true trophies of the ages
Are from mother-love impearled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.
Blessings on the hand of mother!
Fathers, sons, and daughters cry,
And the sacred song is mingled
With the worship in the sky--
Mingles where no tempest darkens,
Rainbows evermore are hurled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Mother's Day poem #2

THEY WHO MOLD THE MEN OF STORY
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Oh! these are they who mold the men of story,
These mothers, ofttimes shorn of grace and youth,
Who, worn and weary, ask no greater glory
Than making some young soul the home of truth;
Who sow in the hearts all fallow for the sowing
The seeds of virtue and of scorn for sin,
And, patient, watch the beauteous harvest growing
And weed out tares which crafty hands cast in.
Women who do not hold the gift of beauty
As some rare treasure to be bought and sold,
But guard it as a precious aid to duty--
The outer framing of the inner gold;
Women who, low above their cradles bending,
Let flattery's voice go by, and give no heed,
While their pure prayers like incense are ascending
These are our country's pride, our country's need.



Monday, May 5, 2008

Mother's Day poem #1

Mother's Day is rapidly approaching- for those who may not be keeping track- it's this Sunday! I'm going to try to find enough poems to post one each day this week about mothers. Enjoy!

WHAT OUR COUNTRY NEEDS
author unknown
What does our country need? Not armies standing
With sabres gleaming ready for the fight;
Not increased navies, skillful and commanding,
To bound the waters with an iron might;
Not haughty men with glutted purses trying
To purchase souls, and keep the power of place;
Not jeweled dolls with one another vying
For palms of beauty, elegance, and grace.
But we want women, strong of soul, yet lowly
With that rare meekness, born of gentleness;
Women whose lives are pure and clean and holy,
The women whom all the little children bless;
Brace, earnest women, helpful to each other,
With finest scorn for all things low and mean;
Women who hold the names of wife and mother
Far nobler than the title of a a queen.


Wow! I really like the last two lines of this poem! Isn't it great?

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Boasting

Thus says the LORD: "Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD." ~Jeremiah 9:23-24

This verse says that if we boast in anything, it should be in the Lord, that we understand and know Him! Do you understand and know the Lord? Do you have a tendency to boast in your accomplishments? Replace the wrong thoughts and words with boasting in the Lord!
The song "How Deep the Father's Love for Us" has a phrase that goes like this:
I will not boast in anything,
no gifts, no power, no wisdom,
but I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

James 4:16 states, "As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil."

Ask God to guard your mouth so that you don't boast about yourself, but instead about Him and all He's done for you!

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. ~Psalm 19:14

Friday, May 2, 2008

$100 Scrapbook Giveaway

Growing in Grace Magazine is having a $100 Scrapbook Giveaway. Check it out!



20 Days of Prayer Challenge- My Country

For the 20 days of prayer challenge, I am praying for the USA. I know I don't sound very creative, but I felt like our nation specifically needs prayer, because of the mess we're in today. I hope you will join! You can start a couple days late! :)