Thursday, February 26, 2009

Two awards!

Wow! I've been blessed to receive two separate awards about the same time! :)

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First I received the "Excellence in Blogcasting Award" from Lindsay, and then Katie. Thank you both so much!
Rules are:
1) Post the award on your blog;
2) Pass it on to some friends, up to 15; and
3) let them know they've received the award.

Although I haven't quite determined who/why you give this award, I choose to award:
Vanessa
Kristen


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And my second award was the Lemonade Blog award, which is presented to bloggers who show thankfulness and gratefulness. Thank you very much Faith for blessing me with this award!
You are supposed to tag up to 10 bloggers. Here are the ones I believe have demonstrated the qualities this award is designed to go to!
Kristen
Vanessa

Katie
Rebekah


I'm very humbled to be given these awards. I'm very grateful for my readers! To those who I awarded, thank you for your wonderful posts! For those who I did not award, please do not think I do not enjoy your blog, I just chose to limit the number of people I awarded, and some of my friends have already been awarded! :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Re-post #3

As I was thinking about what type of post I should do next, I browsed through my old posts and decided this was a good one to repeat (for me!). Originally posted here.

Imitating Christ's Humility
Serving should be a characteristic of every believer. However, teenagers especially need to be encouraged to use their time wisely, and serving is one way of doing that. Here is a definition that I think is appropriate—

Humility: Recognizing that God and others are actually responsible for the achievements in my life.

“Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of selfless humility.” –quoted from The MacArthur Bible Commentary.

Philippians 2:5-8 says this, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!

These verses give a beautiful picture of Christ’s selflessness. But wait; there’s even more to those verses! It continues in verses 9-11, Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” You can see here the blessings Christ received for humbling obeying the Father. The Scripture also says in Matthew 20:28 that The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Wow! So if Christ, the spotless Lamb of God, demonstrated humility, shouldn’t we? “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, 'God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.' ” 1 Peter 5:5

Serving could be connected to numerous other virtues. In order to serve, you must love, first God and then others. Also, you must be humble and meek. You must be joyful in the tasks you are given and choose to do. These and others are all, in someway, connected to serving. Of course, the only example we need is Christ, as displayed in these verses: “When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. "Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. "You call me ‘Teacher’ and 'Lord’, and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” John 13:12-17 (emphasis added)

So here’s what I think teenagers need to do: 1) conduct themselves in godly manner, imitating Christ’s example so that younger ones may find nothing bad to imitate in them; and 2) live lives of humble servant hood. Serve one another in love” Galatians 5:13

Here is a poem taken from Through Gates of Splendor, by Elisabeth Elliot,that rightly fits in with the subject of serving.

Do all the good you can,
By all means you can,
In all ways you can,
In all the places you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.



Friday, February 13, 2009

This was a public college?

I love to read things such as this—the requirements for Yale University in the 1700s that encompass character qualities that must be evident when you begin college, as well as daily obligations. Read these outstanding conditions for Yale that were written and utilized less than 300 years ago!

Requirements/Regulations for Yale 1745
Chapter 1
Concerning Admission into College
1. That none may expect to be admitted into this college unless upon examination of the president and tutors, they shall be found able extempore to read, construe, and parse Tully, Virgil, and the Greek Testament; and to write true Latin in prose and to understand the rules of prosody and common arithmetic, and shall bring sufficient testimony of his blameless and inoffensive life

Chapter 2
Of a Religious and Virtuous Life
1. All scholars shall live religious, godly, and blameless lives according to the rules of God’s Word, diligently reading the Holy Scriptures, the fountain of light and truth; and constantly attend upon all the duties of religion, both in public and secret.

2. That the president, or in his absence one of the tutors, shall constantly pray in the college hall every morning and evening; and shall read a chapter or suitable portion of the Holy Scriptures, unless there be some other theological discourse or religious exercise; and every member of the college…shall seasonably attend upon penalty that every undergraduate who shall be absent (without sufficient excuse) shall be fined 1 d.

3. The president is hereby desired as he has time and opportunity to make and exhibit in the hall such a public exposition, sermon or discourse as he shall think proper for the instruction of the scholars…

[emphasis mine]

Can you imagine what it'd be like to have such regulations for a public college now? Unthinkable, but amazing!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

50 Things

My sister tagged me with this adapted version of tags she's seen. Hopefully some of the information in this will be new for you, but some you probably already know!

Rules are: Try to come up with 50 facts about yourself as you can. If you're tagged you must try to do it! Its o.k. if you don't make it all the way to 50. You may use things from previous tags. Just have fun!

1. I’m a firm believer in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
2. I’m a Reformed Southern Baptist
3. I really, really, really, really don’t like Algebra (can’t say hate!)
4. I love getting college credit through CLEP tests!
5. I love fixing grammatical errors
6. I’ve cut two of my brothers’ hair before
7. The first time I cut my brother’s hair it took nearly an hour!
8. I’m an extrovert
9. If you don’t know what “extrovert” means, I’m a people person and draw my energy from being around friends/family
10. I’ve had the same favorite color (light blue) for many years
11. I think everyone looks good in blue :)
12. I’m practical
13. I love everything to be organized and clean
14. I have many folders inside folders on my computer to keep my documents organized
15. I used to be a minimalist (I still can be, but not as much). One summer I boxed up all but 4 or 5 shirts and wore the same shirts every week!
16. I love baking for my family
17. I had braces for a little over a year
18. I played in homeschool band (clarinet) for three years
19. I hate spicy food and my taste buds are really bland
20. I love to have worship music playing while I clean up. When our parents are gone, my siblings and I turn it up loud and sing merrily while we work! :)
21. I have a number of pen-pals and email-pals, but I’m terrible at consistently writing! (even though I love it!)
22. My family will tell you that I have a general dislike of dogs and cats (because I’m allergic). That’s not true; I actually think some are cute—it’s the work and trouble they (cough…our dog) cause(s) that bothers me.
23. I’m a rule-follower!
24. I attended a Monopoly tournament at the library and surprisingly won even though Monopoly is one of my least favorite games. I received a Borders gift card, which made it worth it. ;)
25. I’m not the person to ask about how a movie is the first time I see it. I think most movies are great the first time I see them because I miss so much!
26. My very best friends are my siblings, but I have a lot of other best friends outside of my family that follow behind them
27. I’m not funny, but…
28. I love to smile and laugh!
29. I’ve always been homeschooled and am convinced it is the biblical way of discipleship and training
30. I don’t watch T.V. (it’s a VERY rare occasion if I do), but I sometimes watch movies
31. I like my laundry to be folded a particular way—and read in a book how to fold “correctly”
32. I think trinkets are a waste because all you do is dust them. Teacups are okay because you use them, but they are the only “trinkets” I have
33. I like to throw things away. Seriously. When we clean and someone asks “What should we do with this?”, I say, “throw it away.” :)
34. I’m a city girl. The country doesn’t really appeal to me.
35. Caleb taught me some basic HTML, and I’ve taught myself a little as well
36. My sister has curled my hair using perm rollers
37. I have a Hope Chest, and it’s full!
38. I “ran away” from a family that was babysitting me when I was 18 months old and took their little girl with me. We left out the open back door and roamed the streets of L.A.
39. I love to play duets on the piano—or sing in parts
40. I usually have 3 or more tabs open while I’m online. Sometimes I’ll open too many and it will freeze up my computer.
41. My parents planned to go to Russia as missionaries when I was a baby, but God kept them in California church planting
42. I participated in a Dr. Seuss writing contest in 1st grade and won second place prize-a thousand dollar scholarship plus got my story published in the paper.
43. I love to collect great quotes
44. The one time I broke my wrist I was running backwards—racing a friend who was on rollerblades
45. I wanted a violin when I was younger and begged for one. When I finally got one for my 8th birthday, I played for a few months then decided it was too hard.
46. I have always been really picky about reading books in order. I read a majority of the boxcar children books in order, until I realized they weren’t written that way! Many other series I have also read that way, unless I couldn’t find the next book.
47. I really want another sister! :)
48. I took a Safe Sitter class at the hospital when I was 11.
49. I am a morning person; I am usually wide awake, cheerful, and think well in the mornings.
50. My name means “truthful one”. And guess what? I cannot tell a lie—even joke—without it being completely obvious!

I tag the following people:
Vanessa
Kristen
Sara
Kira
Taylor
Lindsay

I do not require that you do this, but I would really like it if you would!! :)


Saturday, February 7, 2009

Obedience, part 2

In my first post, I discussed how it is critically important to obey your parents in all things. But does that mean you have no say in anything that pertains to your life? That you have to obey even though you are convinced you have a better alternative?

An appeal is where you approach your parents, suggesting something because perhaps you don’t agree with what they are asking you to do. This is appropriate only if you do it respectfully. Demanding anything from your parents or arguing with them is not what God desires.
For instance, if your parents wanted to go somewhere or do something, but you thought you had a better idea, you could approach them and say, “Dad and mom, may I make an appeal?” Instead of saying, “But I have a better idea!” or “That won’t work! This is better”, asking to make an appeal is a respectful way of giving your input to your authority. However, once you give them your suggestion, you still need to submit to their final decision. If it’s not what you suggested, you need to be content with whatever they choose. On visionarydaughters.com Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin say:
“Don’t panic if your father makes a decision you don’t agree with. Have faith in God’s ability to lead through your father, imperfect though he is, knowing that God will bless your obedience.”
They also encourage whole-hearted obedience in their book, So Much More, by stating:
“Obedience is more than outwardly obeying with a resentful, grudging attitude. Obedience means inwardly obeying, from the heart, with eagerness and cheerfulness. True obedience means obeying even when it’s hard. But obedience doesn’t have to be painful. When we have a deep, abiding inner reverence for our parents and their wishes, it can become a joy to obey them with our whole hearts.”

Proverbs 20:20 reveals that
“If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.” Anna Sofia and Elizabeth address this verse by articulating:
“When we reject [our parents’] opinions, their restrictions and their punishments, that lamp, that blessing that God gives us to guide us, is snuffed out, leaving us blind and unable to see that we are stumbling around, making a mess of our lives.”


Lies Young Women Believe, by Nancy DeMoss and Dannah Gresh, encourages that
“Submission places you under God's protection. Rebellion opens you up to the influence of Satan in ways you may not even realize. When we place ourselves under the spiritual covering of the authorities God has placed in our lives, God protects us. On the other hand, when we insist on having it our way and are stepping out from under that protection we become vulnerable and give the Enemy a new opportunity to attack us.”

“My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.”
~Proverbs 6:20

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Fantastic Reads...

The ladies at Girl Talk posted a thought-provoking article about developing skills and learning while you are young.
Here are some questions they asked:
"-Which do your parents hear more: complaints about schoolwork or gratefulness for your education?
-Are you diligently working to improve the skills God has given you for His glory?

-What gifts has God blessed you with and how can you develop them for use in the local church?
-How much time do you spend reading? Do you read books that teach you about God and His creation?
-Most importantly, are you daily studying the Bible to learn all you can about God’s character and how to walk in His way?"
Click here to read the entire post.

Also, Ms. Nancy DeMoss has been doing an incredible series on deception. Here is the main page for her programs, where you can read what comes on the radio each day.
A couple quotes from this series...
"Deception doesn’t usually come through this big, huge, ugly monster. Then we wouldn’t buy into it. It’s more often subtle, alluring, attractive, enticing, just little distortions of the truth, but you get off by a matter of degrees, and before long, you’re way, way off. They disguise themselves as angels of light and servants of righteousness."

"If there's some relationship, some connection, some habit, some reading, some types of movies you’re watching, if they’re sending you in a wrong direction, they’re pulling you away from the truth that is in Christ, if they’re diminishing your heart for holiness, cut if off!"

And here are a couple of my favorite programs from the amazing series:
January 29th and
February 4th

Instead of being deceived by the empty philosophies of this world, we need to carefully examine and filter everything--Christian or non-Christian, book or movie-- through God's Word, the ultimate standard!
Please take the time to at least skim these articles; you will find them helpful!

P.S. I'm working on completing part two of Obedience; hopefully it'll be posted this week, or at least by early next week!