Saturday, August 30, 2008

Rain

I took these when we got rain from Edouard (even though it was a small amount). It's fun to take rain pictures, especially just after a rainfall, when there are raindrops on the leaves! :)









Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Ocean

The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for He founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters. Psalm 24:1-2


This is one of my favorite pictures with my brothers. It's from a couple summers ago. It would be complete if my sister Katie had not been building sandcastles at the time! :) Notice the boys' church shirts?


Sunday, August 24, 2008

101st Post!


Oops! It completely slipped my mind when I wrote my previous post! I was intentionally waiting to do a special "100th post". Oh well! I guess it will be the 101st post!
Here's what I was thinking of doing for my 100th post:
It seems common to post something special, or at least mention when you post your 100th post, but I'm not really sure what I should post. :)
My 100 favorite things? No. 100 things you need to do before you die? No. 100 great things about Blogger? No! Hmm....... How 'bout 100 things I'm grateful for? (since that's all I can think of!) This will take a while...
Not in a particular order, but rather, how I thought them up:
1. The mercy and grace of my Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ!
2. Salvation found in Christ alone!
3. My loving family
4. Our wonderful church family!
5. Parents who are genuinely concerned about training me in the "way I should go"
6. Four younger siblings! I've prayed for more, but I am content with the great ones I have now!
7. A digital camera, to "freeze" time, especially the shots I get of my youngest brother
8. like-minded friends- church friends, pen-pals, blogging friends, whoever!
9. The time Luke and Katie spend in my room at night
10. Air conditioning!
11. A roof over my head
12. brothers who kill the nasty cockroaches
13. A creative sister who helps me design and decorate things
14. A knowledgeable brother who gives me interesting facts, explains things to me, and teaches me things
15. Cute young brothers who make me laugh
16. A family who forgives me over and over for the things I do wrong!
17. hugs from my youngest brother (he loves to give hugs!)
18. A father who teaches me Scripture, and answers my questions about what we believe
19. A mother who spends so much of her time educating us at home from a biblical worldview
20. Parents who are concerned about what God's Word says than what the world says
21. Distance learning so I don't have to leave for "higher" education
22. Parents who care more about my relationship with Christ than mere knowledge

23. Conferences, which encourage, inspire, and convict me!
24. God's Word - the guide for all of life
25. A comfy bed
26. An alarm clock
27. Books to learn so many things!
28. A library to borrow books from
29. Blogs - to express my thoughts, read others' thoughts, and be encouraged
30. Piano - the beautiful sound of music
31. Singing - to worship our God, especially harmony!
32. Many instruments - to make beautiful harmony
33. Founding fathers - who built our nation on biblical principles
34. Real men who know how to be gentlemen and understand how to correctly treat women/girls
35. Men who laid down their lives for our country
36. Email - a quick way to communicate with my friends
37. Clothes - I've never lacked them
38. Conviction - the Holy Spirit's way of revealing my sin
39. My own room, even though I thoroughly enjoy being with my siblings!
40. People who dress modestly - girls or boys
41. Allergies - well, I have a lot of them, so there must be something decent about them!
42. Freedom to be homeschooled43. Freedom to worship
44. Tea cups to have lady-like tea parties
45. My parents' wisdom, which ever needs to be imparted to me
46. Braces - which correct teeth irregularities
47. Scrapbooks to display recent family history, photos, and memories
48.  Paul Washer, whose sermons have brought great conviction to me
49. My dad's faithful expositing of the Word of God
50. The work God is doing in homeschoolers and family integrated churches
51. The work God has done in my life
52. Hospitality - a way to fellowship with, encourage, and bless others
53. A sewing machine - so I don't have to stitch by hand!
54. Dishwashers
55. Washers and Dryers
56. Sleep - to be re-energized for a new day
57. Automobiles - so I don't have to walk
58. Planes - they're fun (and fast!), but I haven't flown on one in years
59. Bikes
60. Babies - who couldn't like them?!?
61. History - from which we can derive many useful lessons
62. Math and science - extremely complex way God proves that He made the universe with order and structure
63. Toothbrush - what would you do without one?
64. Brushes and combs
65. Godly men and women of the past
66. Godly men and women of today
67. George Washington - I love studying about his incredible character!
68. Laughter - "A cheerful heart is good medicine" ~Prov. 17:22
69. Rain - best when it's just sprinkling or lightly raining
70. Cool days -rare here!
71. Vacuums - can you imagine if you had to sweep everything?
72. Brooms - for getting dirt out of corners
73. Blogger - it's free!
74. God's faithfulness - The sun rises and sets every day, and God is faithful to us all the time!
75. Worldviews of the Western World - I really enjoy all that I learn!

Okay, so I only made it to 75. Although I could make it to one hundred, it would be going over immensely detailed things, such as I have already begun to mention--like brooms. So to spare you, and to not have to worry with coming up with any more, I will stop. It was a good thought anyway... :)


Have a blessed week!

Monday, August 18, 2008

First day of school

Today was my first day of my junior year, and also the beginning of college, or at least CLEP tests. :) It went pretty well, except for that I'm not completely done with all my work. :/ (*almost* done, but I was gone part of the afternoon)

On another note, would you mind taking the test on my sidebar? :) -->


Friday, August 15, 2008

Snow Buddies Movie Review


What movies are worth watching, is a difficult question to answer, and varies for each family.

A couple weeks ago, I watched a movie that is rated PG. It was about puppies. Air Bud’s puppies, to be exact. Yet I would recommend this movie to no one. Why? Let me give you my review of “Snow Buddies”…

For a brief overview of the plot, this movie is about Air Bud’s puppies, which live in different homes, yet all in the same town. At a specific time each day, they gather together to play. Because of Budderball, the puppy that loves to eat, they end up on an ice cream truck that is airlifted and dropped in Alaska. Interesting way to end up in Alaska, isn’t it? They meet a husky puppy and they end up helping him and his boy. Like many movies before this one, the plot centers around a child who has a dream to do something that his parents won’t allow, with the air buddies being the perfect answer to the dilemma.

My concern with this movie is not the cheating “villain” during the dog-sled race, but that the young boy (Adam) disobeys his dad’s specific command to not to participate in the dog-sled race. Adam sneaks and pays for the race, trains “his” puppies, and in the end wins the race. What happens then? The dad admits HE was wrong by not allowing him to race. Excuse me, but what’s wrong with this picture? Where’s the consequence for disobedience? Why could they not have structured the plot where the Adam obeys and it becomes a blessing for him? Well they obviously could not because everything in Hollywood’s movies—their worldview, their plots, everything is built upon the wrong foundation, which leads to movies with wrong morals, and the list could go on.

Some other negatives about the movie? Well, there is immodesty, as they show one of the puppies in the beginning teaching a yoga class. The spirituality of this puppy, know as Buddha, is also strange, as would be expected from a pup named “Buddha”. He encourages the puppies in “spiritual” things. (I don’t remember specifics, but it was weird!) The jokes were not funny in my opinion, because they were inappropriate, mostly centered around “potty humor”. A little name calling is interjected (mainly by the bad guy). Ultimately, the plot is similar to many other movies. What ever happened to original plots?

Every family is different in choosing what their children can and cannot watch. However, I hope that you can get a glimpse from my review into the flawed morals and really pitifully done plot so that it will steer you away from wasting your time watching this movie.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Kindred Spirit Network

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Kaysie (Cross-eyed blog and Alabaster Box) kindly awarded me with the "Kindred Spirit Award". She has put together this amazing network of "kindred spirits", designed for like-minded bloggers to find each other!
Please check out the new site!!!
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And, as tradition, I am supposed to pick some bloggers who I consider "kindred spirits". Since there is not a set number, I will choose...
Kristen at Everlasting Treasure - one of my good pen-pals, very like-minded!
Katlyn at God's Workmanship - my sister!
Sara at Sara's Scribbles - another one of my pen-pals!
Vanessa at Maiden of Purity - one of my like-minded friends I met though the blogging world!
Rebekah at By His Grace and For His Glory - another like-minded blogging friend!

Others who I consider "Kindred Spirits" have either already been chosen or don't do things like this...



More trip pictures & "hurricane prep" :)

These pictures were all taken at a theme park!













Yes, there were rides. Yes, we did ride many of them. No, I do not have pictures to share with you. Sorry...

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Pictures of our "potential hurricane" prep. :)

This is how you prepare for a hurricane...
First you pack the pitifully put-together shed and pack bricks around it so the doors won't fall down...




Then you put garbage bags and tape over a window that could leak...



(it had partially come down when I took these pictures)






Then you "get rid" of the freezer things that would melt if the power goes out! (like ice cream!!) :D


*sigh* I love hurricane prep... or at least the last step! :)

Friday, August 8, 2008

Thought-provoking verse!



I love the amazing truth in this verse!!!




“The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.”
Acts 17:24-25


The truth that God does not need anything from us, but is the Creator and Sustainer for all life!

Titanic Museum - Branson, Missouri








This Museum was similar to the exhibit we went to in May. (read my post about that here) One thing I found lacking was the acknowledgment of the cry: "Women and children first!". It was displayed more at the exhibit we went to! I think it was mentioned once somewhere. They also seemed to ignore the pride and mistakes the crew had when thinking the Titanic was unsinkable or okay after the iceberg siting. They had some neat artifacts, and it was better than the small exhibit we went to in some ways, but I would really like to see museums like this come from a biblical worldview!! I guess for now I need to visit the Creation Museum in Kentucky. :)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Nancy DeMoss's 41 Evidences of Pride

*These were written towards women (mainly married), but you can apply the same questions to your father or brother as well!

1. Do you look down on those who are less educated, less affluent, less refined, or less successful than yourself?

2. Do you think of yourself as more spiritual than your mate, others in your church?

3. Do you have a judgmental spirit toward those who don’t make the same lifestyle choices you do . . . dress standards, how you school your kids, entertainment standards, etc.?

4. Are you quick to find fault with others and to verbalize those thoughts to others? Do you have a
sharp, critical tongue?

5. Do you frequently correct or criticize your mate, your pastor, or other people in positions of
leadership (teachers, youth director, etc.)?

6. Do you give undue time, attention, and effort to your physical appearance—hair, make-up,
clothing, weight, body shape, avoiding appearance of aging?

7. Are you proud of the schedule you keep, how disciplined you are, how much you are able to
accomplish?

8. Are you driven to receive approval, praise, or acceptance from others?

9. Are you argumentative?

10. Do you generally think your way is the right way, the only way, or the best way?

11. Do you have a touchy, sensitive spirit? Easily offended? Get your feelings hurt easily?

12. Are you guilty of pretense? Trying to leave a better impression of yourself than is really true?
(Would the people at church be shocked if they knew what you were like at home?)

13. Do you have a hard time admitting when you are wrong?

14. Do you have a hard time confessing your sin to God or others? (not just in generalities but

specifics)

15. Do you have a hard time sharing your real spiritual needs/struggles with others?

16. Do you have a hard time praying aloud with others?

17. Are you excessively shy?

18. Do you have a hard time reaching out and being friendly to people you don’t know at church?

19. Do you resent being asked or expected to serve your family, your parents, or others?

20. Do you become defensive when you are criticized or corrected?

21. Are you a perfectionist? Do you get irked or impatient with people who aren’t?

22. Do you tend to be controlling—of your mate, your children, friends, those in your workplace?

23. Do you frequently interrupt people when they are speaking?

24. Does your husband feel intimidated by your “spirituality”?

25. Does your husband feel like he can never measure up to your expectations of what it means to be a good husband, spiritual leader, etc.?

26. Do you often complain—about the weather, your health, your circumstances, your job, your
church?

27. Do you talk about yourself too much?

28. Are you more concerned about your problems, needs, burdens than about others’ concerns?

29. Do you worry about what others think of you? Too concerned about your reputation or your
family’s reputation?

30. Do you neglect to express gratitude for “little things”? To God? To others?

31. Do you neglect prayer and intake of the Word?

32. Do you get hurt if your accomplishments/or acts of service are not recognized or rewarded?

33. Do you get hurt if your feelings or opinions are not considered when your mate or your boss is
making a decision or if you are not informed when a change or a decision is made?

34. Do you react to rules? Do you have a hard time being told what to do?

35. Are you self-conscious because of your lack of education or natural beauty, or your socioeconomic status?

36. Do you avoid participating in certain events, for fear of being embarrassed or looking foolish?

37. Do you avoid being around certain people because you feel inferior compared to them/don’t feel you measure up?

38. Are you uncomfortable inviting people to your home because you don’t think it’s nice enough or you can’t afford to do lavish entertaining?

39. Is it hard for you to let others know when you need help (practical or spiritual)?

40. When is the last time you said these words to a family member, friend, or co-worker: “I was
wrong; would you please forgive me?” (If it’s been more than a month, mark it down!)

41. Are you sitting here thinking how many of these questions apply to someone you know? Feeling pretty good that none of these things really apply to you?



Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Re-post

*For newer viewers, I'm am going to re-post a few of my first posts. These posts are the kind I had originally planned to post frequently, but they are also the most time-consuming, so I have not had the time to write them as I would like. I have started many, and have ideas for many, but they are not all typed and edited. Until then, you can read some old stuff! Here is my "Doctrine of Biblical Genders" posted July 23, 2007 and written Spring 2007.



THE DOCTRINE OF BIBLICAL GENDERS

When asked to define the equality of men and women, Egalitarianism would say- “Men and women are equal in all aspects. There’s no real difference between them”. Complementarianism would say- “Males and females are equal before God. But they both have distinct gifts, natures, and roles”. The roles of men and women are a big deal in our culture today. Many women have bought into the lies of feminism, wanting to do everything themselves, including taking on jobs. Generally, we have lost what the biblical roles of males and females are.

The Bible says that men and women are created equal, and in the image of God. But where do we draw the line when we say “equal”? God ordained the unique roles of men and women differently, with a purpose and plan in mind. For instance, a woman is to be submissive to her husband. Jesus best demonstrates this as he perfectly submits to the Father.

God created the roles of male and females. Egalitarians argue that the Bible’s teachings were cultural. They try to explain away 1 Timothy 2, which says women can not teach over men, by saying that the women in that century were not well educated, so they could not teach over men. However, Paul firmly states that his rules are directly based on the word of God. (1 Corinthians 14:33-38) He prohibits women from teaching over men because of the created order.

So what are the biblical roles of men and women? Ephesians 5:22-23 says, “ Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.” Titus 2:3-5 says, “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” 1 Peter 3:7 states, “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” 1 Timothy 2:-15 also says, “A woman should learn quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing- if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.”

The biblical view of life, as well as male and female roles is counter-cultural. Choosing God’s way will be a model to all around you. People will notice you are different. Philippians 2:15 tells us not to argue and complain so we can “become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you will shine like stars in the universe.” If your roles are biblical, you will shine like stars, and glorify God.



Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Update on Edouard

Well obviously, we are not out of power. Yay! God directed the storm to the north of us, so other than a little wind and rain, we had no issues. Thanks be to God! Although the original predictions did not appear to give us any more trouble than knocked down power lines because of gusty winds and torrential rains, we are glad to miss the storm. Without power or running water would have been difficult! But we (Americans) are so spoiled. God has blessed us abundantly with the technology we have, heat and AIR CONDITION, and so many other things. And we want to complain when we lose them! Anyway, I got sidetracked. We are fine, and I shall be posting tomorrow!
In the meantime, please keep those affected by the storm in your prayers. Although there is little or no damage (that I've heard of) other than fallen trees, many are without power.



Monday, August 4, 2008

Edouard might be heading our way!

Tropical storm Edouard is developing and is predicted to come our way. They expect it to hit land as a tropical storm or category 1 hurricane tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. If the dirty side of the storm hits us (which is what is predicted as of now), we can expect power outages for a day up to a week, and maybe high wind and rain. But it could also completely miss us. It depends on what God has in store. So, if our power does go out, you can expect a lack of posting for a little while! Whatever happens, we can trust that God's way is best, and any storm He brings, whether physical or spiritual, can be used to strengthen our faith and trust in Him, and ultimately bring Him glory.
"Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us."
Psalm 62:8
"to the only
God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever."
Jude 1:25



Saturday, August 2, 2008

The long overdue brief trip review...

(No, I'm not prone to being poetic, or writing poems, the title of this post just ended up that way)

We left Monday, July 14 on a last minute trip to Branson! We were blessed with tickets to the Defending your Faith conference (by Mr. Ken Ham, Mr. Doug Phillips, and Mr. Voddie Baucham) from friends who were not able to attend. Monday we drove to Arkansas, and visited with friends for a short while and stayed the night at our friends’ house. Tuesday we drove to Branson, where we attended the conference through Friday evening. The conference was fantastic, and I’ll give more details on that later. We had afternoon free time in Branson, and we went to a theme park one afternoon, visited a Titanic museum, and shopped in outlet malls. We tagged this trip onto a trip we were originally taking to Granny’s. We spent about a week with her, helping her, visiting with relatives, and having fun. But now we are back home, and as much fun as we had, joyful to be back.

To give you a few details about the conference, here are a few things I learned...


  • Only 9% of Christian, evangelical teens believe in absolute moral truth

  • The word "day" is used 2,301 times in the Old Testament, yet is only questioned in Genesis 1. (Have you ever heard someone question if the days mentioned when Joshua marched around Jericho were literal, 24 hour days?)

  • If we give up the Bible, we are not going to neutral ground, we are crossing over to their ground

  • When you are witnessing to someone, you must be sure that they define words the same way you do. You must understand the way they define words like God and sin to be able to properly explain Christianity.