Thursday, January 29, 2009

Obedience, part 1

We all have to choose at times to joyfully submit and obey our parents’ directions. Yet sometimes we don’t realize exactly how critically important this actually is. Do you know that even our first president, George Washington, had to choose whether to submit or follow his own wisdom? Consider this story…
It all occurred when George Washington was at the ripe age of 14. Friends aroused the interest in him to pursue military service, and George Washington was ready to hop on a ship. Although his reluctant mother was persuaded to allow George to join Navy, she later had apprehension. Willingly, George submitted to his mother’s authority and did not pursue his dream to be in the Navy. What a fantastic example of submitting to authority! Think about it… what if George Washington had joined the Navy, how would our history be different? But not only did Washington submit when he was 14, submission to authority was a principle that he maintained throughout his life!

God brings blessing when we obey our authority, even if we don’t like what they are doing or disagree. If George Washington had done his own thing and followed his dream, God would not have blessed him because he would have been ignoring his wise mother’s advice. He would have been rebelling against his mother’s authority, and I Samuel 15:23 states, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as the sin of idolatry.” Similarly, Proverbs 12:15 states that “The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.”

So encourage your younger siblings to obey your parents with a happy heart. Remind yourself that you need to obey your parents in all things, joyfully! If we only obey half-heartedly, and do it angrily or with bitterness towards our parents or other authority, we are still not obeying to the full extent God desires. Proverbs 5:12-14 even says “You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction! I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors. I have come to the brink of utter ruin”. Many other Proverbs speak of how the wise son listens and obeys his father and mother. May God bless you as you obey your parents!

“Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.”
Deuteronomy 5:16

*Disclaimer: The only time when it is biblical to disobey your parents is if they are clearly asking you to sin!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Have a laugh!

I collected my favorite resume bloopers a few months ago. These are hilarious!!!! I find it interesting what people will put on their resumes. :)

* Personal: Married, 1992 Chevrolet.
* Have had littel luck in finding a new and challenging position.
* Proven ability to track down and correct erors.
* Personal interests: Donating blood. Fourteen gallons so far.
* I have an excellent track record, although I am not a horse.
* I was proud to win the Gregg Typting Award.
* Excellent memory; strong math aptitude; excellent memory.
* I am quick at typing, about 25 words per minute, 35 with caffeinated coffee.
* Minor allergies to house cats and Mongolian sheep.
* Thank you for your consideration. Hope to hear from you shorty!
* Please don't regard my 14 positions as job hopping. I never once quit a job.
* Finished eighth in my high school graduating class of ten.
* You will always find me to be an extremely trying person
*Special Skills: Speak English
*I am very detail-oreinted
*Married, eight children. Prefer frequent travel
*Accomplishments: Completed 11 years of high school.
*Am a perfectionist and rarely if if ever forget details.
*My goal is to be a meteorologist. But since I possess no training in meteorology, I suppose I should try stock brokerage.
*Received a plague for Salesperson of the Year.
*It's best for employers that I not work with people.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Quick hello!

I'm still hoping to write a post about the Academy, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. :) School is back, and keeping me busy. My brother and I are studying our English Literature in hopes to take the English Lit. CLEP in a couple weeks.

Other than that, I can't think of much else that is happening. I know it's been a while since I've posted, so I wanted to give a quick update!

Have a blessed week!

"I will exalt you, my God and King; I will praise Your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise You and extol Your name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom."
Psalm 144:1-3

"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness."
Colossians 2:6-7

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Newly Renovated Kitchen

Our kitchen is complete! Those yucky looking pictures posted below are no longer a portrait of our kitchen. Thanks to the help of a new friend who is a contractor and knows how to do stuff like placing in a sink and woodworking, we were able to have the kitchen nearly complete in a day! Praise God! Below we have our beautiful new counter-tops, trim, (some) painted cabinets and sink.

New porcelain sink and oil-rubbed bronze faucet, and beautiful windowsill casing