Tuesday, December 25, 2012

"And so this is Christmas..."

We all have our preconceived notion of what Christmas is.
This would probably consist of such things as gifts - receiving and giving -, decorations, red and green and gold, Santa, snow, cold weather, family and traveling, a manger scene, and lots of good food, along with varying family traditions and differing personal perspective. This general ideology has stayed the same for many years, but I believe the heart of America is shifting. In fact, I would look back to a great upheaval a few decades ago, when the revolutionizing angst of the new generation was embodied. Don't get me wrong, we've been slipping and sliding farther and farther away from the truth ever since Adam and Eve took the forbidden fruit, and there have been many backslidden eras before the 60's and 70's brought long, greasy hair and striped bell-bottoms into the mix. But this is where we are today, near 2013 and... well... where that's going. I'm sure each one of us could give a fairly accurate definition of where that is, positives and negatives alike. But I do believe the cultural spit-up we like to gloss over can teach us something. Besides, things rarely get better without other's getting much worse.
  Famed musician John Lennon was the icon of the peace movement, as well as the biggest drug influence over hip teens of the day. I guess you could say, his words were gospel, to many; he really shows us the hippie heart of the time! So examining the words and ideas of his popular songs can be helpful to not only see where many people were in the 60's and 70's, but where we are headed today, or perhaps were we already are. After all, the "liberals of yesterday are the conservatives of today."
So, this Christmas season, what does our secular culture tell us about ourselves?
You can see Lennon's de-
glorification of Christmas in his
album name, "X-mas..."
  Lennon's opening line of Merry Xmas, War is Over is "And so this is Christmas..." Without the foundation of Jesus, what is Christmas? An intellectual like Lennon, however stoned he was, would recognize that a holiday centered on an old myth that makes little sense, and a just-as-likely (to him) folklore of an old fat man carrying presents to everybody in the whole wide world on an air-born sleigh drawn by flying deer is a sad holiday indeed. Sure, it gives the economy a boom with all the gifts being bought, and many people seem happy, but after all is said and done, the tree gets hulled to the curb to die, gifts are broken, as well as some hearts, people are in debt, families separate, and we settle in for another month or two of slush, ice, accidents, runny noses, and frostbite. His logical conclusion? "What have you done? Another year over, and a new one just begun... Lets hope it's a good one, without any fear."   Because without a Savior, that's what there is, holiday or not. Getting older, hoping for good times, and wishing away the war and fear. I applaud him for bringing a sense of unity to the human race, coming out of a time of segregation and prejudice, but for all his love, peace, and hope hype, he was not a happy man. Smart, yes, but knowledge doesn't save. Jesus does. The same Jesus that is the reason for the season, and who we should focus on during the holidays, when so many things vy for our attention. So have a very merry Christmas, and a happy new year. All of you, whether black, white, young, old, weak, or strong. But heed Lennon's warning, and don't lose sight of where hope is really found, and why we celebrate, even after all the twinkling lights are put back in the box.

The Reason for the Season

Monday, December 24, 2012

Herem (mid-term exam for YBI)


 This is a very short essay I wrote as one of my YBI (Youth Bible Institute) mid-term exams. It is far from comprehensive, but it met criteria. I love the Hebrew language, so I thought I'd share on of the Bible's thematic words here on my blog. I hope you like. :)
 
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Herem
 
 Herem is a Hebrew word usually related to purifying and devoting an object or a race. Usually viewed as tyrannical, cruel, and eugenical, I will defend it in its time as a proper and necessary act for the Israelites, knowing that God is perfect and sovereign. This concept actually has use for the Christian today, as will be explained.
 Herem is mostly seen in action in the book of Joshua and Judges, as the Israelites are reclaiming the Promised Land of Canaan, and driving out/destroying the pagan inhabitants along with their culture, religion, and goods.  As stated by God Himself to Moses, and in several other books of the Bible, He is a “jealous God,” and his covenant with his people should be pure and singular *1.  God is a completely blemish-less and pure God, and cannot be tainted, so any relationship must be the same. Even though the Israelites were not a perfect people, He wished to call them out and separate them from worldly evils, and point them to the promised Lamb who would save them from the evil in their own hearts.
 God commanded the Israelites to practice herem on the inhabitants of their new home for two reasons,

1.      To keep the Israelites from the distractions and temptations of sin and the deplorable acts of the pagans living there *2.

2.      To repay and punish the pagans for their abounding sins committed against God and His creation *3.


Achan
 God commands them to practice herem as they go into the land, and they obey Him for a while, but their trouble comes not from their enemies, but from within. Here we see that herem is not only practiced against “foreigners,” but anyone who stands in the way of God’s purity.
 A man named Achan took for himself goods devoted to God’s temple, and he is punished by death of stoning.  Later, we see the Israelites fail to completely drive out the inhabitants of the land, and even side with them in some cases. This blatant disobedience may have seemed the easy way out for them at the time, and may have even seemed the kind thing to do, but led to more bloodshed and heartache later on, as it took very little time at all for the Israelites to fall prey to the gods and awful practices of the people. Time after time they broke their covenant with God, until they hardly knew Him.
 It is important to draw the moral of the story for ourselves, and not focus on bloodshed not required of us. The lesson for us to learn is of God’s absolute purity and righteousness, and the dire consequences of not obeying His commands.
 So how can we practice herem today? Killing anyone who may corrupt us is no righteous act, and would leave none of us standing; ridding our lives of anything that temps us is not possible, because even if we seclude ourselves from anything worldly, and have no contact with our fellow man, our temptation comes from within (James 1:14).  Our herem can be to devote our minds and hearts to God. If anything comes between Him and us, it is to be dealt with accordingly.  Making time for personal and group Bible study and prayer at the expense of free-time, or another activity that may have to be cancelled, would be an example.  Going out of your way to share the gospel when you feel led by the Spirit, even if it means you’ll be late, or you’ll feel uncomfortable. Tithing 10% minimum, even when it means going without some things.
 Herem, the act of devotion and purification, is part of every Christian’s daily walk.

                                                                                                                       
Footnotes and references:

*1 - Exodus 20:4-6, 2 Corinthians 11:2

*2 - Leviticus 15:31, Ezra 10:11

*3 - Leviticus 18:24-26, Judges 1:4-7

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herem_(war_or_property)#cite_note-understanding-1

  

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Viewing high

 
 
6,842 views in the month of October! Thanks for the all-time high!

And speaking of "views"...
 
"One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple." - Psalm 27:4

Monday, November 26, 2012

My opinion - polotics in the church, part 1

  I've been told I'm very opinionated. I am very opinionated, and I know it.  I try not to be a nuisance, but if you open the door, I just may walk through it.  A few times I've had the bull-headed audacity to barge through on my own, but that is not what I wish to do today.  Sometimes it is best to sit quietly while someone else tries to pull you into a debate. There is a time and place for everything, and the right of free speech must be tempered with the command of "guard thy tongue!" 
 Such was the case a couple weeks ago, when I busied myself about the shop where I work. I had a sweater on, for the day was chilly.  The store - a local whole food and supplement health store - was warm and inviting, though I didn't take much time to look around as I rolled up my sleeves, grabbed some boxes and a box knife, and proceeded in putting away the frozen goods just in from the delivery truck (Wednesday is our order day).
 A middle-aged gentleman opened one of the glass freezer doors and pulled out a 5-grain sprouted loaf of bread, and my co-worker - a girl about my age - offered a cheerful "hello!"  I chimed in with a "how are you this morning?"
 "Oh... well... I'm not in a very good mood, but I have the ability to make myself appear happy despite that."  (Keep in mind I where I work - we get all kinds there! - so I've grown pretty accustomed to diverse responses.)  Knowing that this was, after all, the day after presidential elections, and the nation was full of mixed emotions, the young lady next to me asked, "Oh, is it because of the election?"
 "No, no, not the election. What the heck, I like Obama. I just don't like all this crap it took to get this election done and over with!"  I nodded, and agreed at least that each party was guilty of this "crap," as he called it, and as I am slightly inclined to believe myself.
 "I mean, look at what id did to me.  It turned me into an old geezer!  Look, I'm a geezer!"

 "Well," I said diplomatically, though I admit a bit amused. "If it's any comfort, I wouldn't have guessed that you were." 

Politics in the "Moses days" were indeed
much different than now, but I still found
this comic quite funny.
 He mumbled and shuffled away.  My co-worker and I grinned at each other, but I couldn't help but over-think our short dialogue. (I know, I know, one isn't supposed to take some disgruntled fellow too seriously, but this time I did.)  This apparent "geezer-generator," more commonly known as campaigning and political ploys, which he so dislikes, is indeed a drag that consumes far too much money, but if he would rather the alternative - restriction of freedoms - that is an opinion he is entitled to... but maybe he shouldn't use freedom of speech to voice that.  Or perhaps we should be looking over his shoulder and telling him which loaf of bread he needs to buy, or if he's just wasting his money buying bread at all.  But, after all, that is simply my opinion.
 Our geezer was needing to get a few things off his chest that day, and we saw him conversing with multiple other people, flailing his hands and shaking his head, all in his muffled, masked, "happy" mood. 
 I was nearly finished, and was breaking down the empty cardboard cases when he shuffled by again, hoping to get a last word in, I imagine.
 "You know what it is?" he asked. "The church and state. That is where all of our trouble comes from here."
 I raised my eyebrows. "Is that so?" I asked, trying to remember that I wasn't to be making enemies with the customers.
 "Yes it is!" he returned. "I remember, 1981 in Vegas. I was there when Reagan drove by in his car waving at the crowds. I was right there with my camera, and he drove right past me. It was right there when the Church entered the State! It's all gone down-hill from there."
 "Right then?"
 "Yep, right then in 1981. Before then, church stuck to its own business."
 I really had to say something about that! Throwing caution to the wind wouldn't win any arguments, and I had to remember that I really didn't want to argue with him.  Still, I had to show him I had some opinion.
The crossroads. Where do they
meet? Where do they separate?
 "Oh, I don't know about that," I started, with a small grin on my face. "Quite a few of the old-folks in my church remember election-day sermons." I bit my tongue to keep from saying more. That wasn't even the best come-back.  I wanted to shoot one bullet after another. Questions like "so you think Reagan was the only/first one to integrate politics and religion? What about our founding fathers, like Washington, Madison, and Lincoln, who prayed in public, designated Christian holidays, and included the Bible in their speeches, and implored the people to seek God's forgiveness? Did you know that Thomas Jefferson wrote that a nation not founded on God and His Word would not stand? Did your history books tell you that the very idea of the Separation of Church and State was only a de-contextualized fragment in one of Washington's private letters to a friend? Why do you think that the Church is a bigger part of State legislation than before? Would you propose to exclude all religious expression from political endeavors and bias for judicial guidelines? (All that, except for atheism and/or humanism, or whatever his religious beliefs were, of course.) Did he only chose Reagan because he was only old enough to experience that, and therefore he chose to relate to that first and foremost?

 I know, I know, I get riled up rather easily about these things. I should've just listened to him, asked him more questions, and kept my mouth closed. As it was, he went away mumbling, much as Eeyore would have, I suppose.  I also understand that it really isn't fair at all for me to pick on poor Mr. Geezer like this, catching him in a bad mood and all, and really not exchanging many words - or at least not nearly enough to understand him by.  It is rather low to attack a man who does not know he is being attacked, but I really only meant to bounce my opinion off of an experience that got me thinking... what is the balance of Church and State?

My Opinion on the matter... coming next.

Monday, November 5, 2012

The luckiest women alive

I'm sorry. I don't want to offend anyone, and excuse my language, but the femenist mind-set is a bunch "number two." If you are a woman in the 21st century, you are just about the luckiest person in history... ever! Especially if you are a mother/wife. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad we can vote!, but ever since the 60's the value of women has actually gone down, in society. Pornography and rape ...
is rampant in every small town and up, and the thought that women should be conniving, callous and promiscuous in order to get anywhere in this world reeks of decadence. And this, my friends, is why I view Biblical femininity not only as beautifully full and diverse, but ultimately fulfilling.

Recommended reading - Proverbs 31, Matthew 6:33, Mark 8:46, Ephesians 5:24

Monday, October 8, 2012

Poem by MJ - Need


Need

By Michaela, 2012

 I think we all know that we’re looking for something-
Hide-and-seeking-
Like, “sweet dreams are made of these…”
For goodness sake, he’s traveled the world and seven seas-
Do you disagree?
That “everyone is looking for something” in their heart
No man is an island, though some think they are


Yeah, I spent years of my life trying to prove-
With every move-
I didn’t need anyone and was stronger than that
All the while craving and longer for their respect
I was so completely convinced-
Believing this-
That I was confused on why I was inconsistent
I convinced some, but the rest weren’t listening

 
We all want to be valuable, irreplaceable-
The cry is insatiable-
Truth is that we’re fallen and needy
And no matter what we do
We’re not free, really
We have deceived ourselves-
Which tells-
That we are running away from the truth
But the answer to peace is Jesus in you

 
“Whoa, back up, you’re getting all religious-
Suspicious-
Like you’re trying to sell me on this ‘God thing’
I’ll tell you now it’s not working”
Why?  Does it not connect with what you feel?
Doesn’t seem real?
How many times has your heart fooled you?
Told you something was right, then dumped you?

 
Ever wonder why we confuse “want” with “need?”
Can’t we see?
We exchange our deepest need for distractions
Well, fire is coming and two things are lasting
The souls of men and the will of God-
Believe it or not
Since I know this I would trade anything
To find true life in the land of the dying


This is why I just wanted to let you know-
Without a show-
That I am weak, and a corpse of the dead
If I had no Jesus to be my head
“Oh, sure,” you say. “The weak find comfort in this
Delusional twist.
 “A product of your mind to help you cope
While the fittest survive and thrive like us folks.”

 
Sir, Ma’am, I’ll ask you to listen this once-
Just one confront-
I’m not looking for an altar-walk or “Hallelujah”
But I must introduce my best friend to ya’
You’ve been trained to hear “Jesus this” or “Jesus that”
As a red flag
Let me adjust your view from the said, above
His blood is red and His banner is love

 
Raise your hand if you can relate-
In any way-
Has your heart been broken; filled but empty?
Raise the other if you don’t know life’s meaning
I didn’t pick Christianity because I liked it-
Because it fit-
I didn’t settle for that because it made me feel good
Or simply for meeting criteria I thought it should

 
I chose God because He first chose me-
And honestly-
To this day I don’t know why I’ve received
Why would I invent such a humbling theme?
Where I am damned by my own doing-
Lowly and stupid-
Evil beyond understanding and self-destructing
Then beyond this realm Jesus makes me something

 
Sometimes, I think, we feel entitled-
Like idols-
To reject what we don’t like even if it’s true
Whoever said we have the right to?
Well, I’m defrauding the wonder of humanity
I mean, really?!
We think we’re great because we’re blind to greatness
You can’t see color when your glasses are tainted

 
Our screen of life has been played 2-D
In front row seats
The theater? Our concept of a universe, wider
Because we haven’t acknowledged the Screen-Writer
The story-line is moving but void of depth-
On every set-
Critiquing the actors while we hide
For the lack of a satisfactory movie study guide

 
Hanging on the words of the face on the screen-
Soaking it in-
Like these relationships with film nurture us
Ignoring the seats filled with family around us
Our focus is dull and our vision is blurry-
Voices slurry-
Spending our savings on popcorn and cotton candy
Laughing at claims there’s a feast in the pantry

 
“This is what there is to life,” they say-
Munching away-
“The work of fools is to converse with the chef
When a guilt-free meal is to your left
You speak of living water, wine, and bread-
What a spread!
Only a lunatic would reach for more
When there’s plenty of sawdust on the floor.”

 
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my bouts-
Raging doubts-
Why would I eat the food I should
When sugar-coating tastes so good?
My diet-plan? Made by me, for me-
Believe me-
Invest in the wind and you’ll share in a hurricane
Your self-built castles in sand will not save


I have concern for you, brother, chasing after sequins-
Are they genuine?
I don’t mean to preach, but where will you be?
In heaven or hell for eternity?
I care about you too much to let you pass-
From life to that-
Without just trying to make you see
That there is something you desperately need!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Research Essay finished - finally!!!

 
Ah, I've spent way longer on this than I'd anticipated, but it is D.O.N.E!  Check it out here.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Beautiful song! Wherever you will go

I don't know much about the lyrics, or who the singer - Charlene Soraia - is talking about and to, but this song blows my mind. When I first heard it, I was reminded of some of the greatest relationships in history.  Naomi and Ruth, Abraham and Sarah, Jesus and His Bride.  Of course, not all of the lyrics are consistent with these analogies, but the vocals are amazing.


http://youtu.be/CQeXkCpPGww

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

DIY attempt

 Attempting to crochet mittens without a pattern, and for the first time. I'll let you know how it turns out, with some pictures and a tuturial.
 Sneak "peak" - using a robust mustard yellow yarn and 4.25mm hook.  Maybe I'll line and embellish after they're done.
 Do you have any tips/tricks? Have you made mittens before?

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Liebster Blog Award...

(sorry about all the different fonts - with all the copy and paste, things got tricky)
 





I was tagged by Joanna from blog Into Marvelous Light with the Liebster Blog Award.


Rules:
1) Each person must list 11 things about themselves.
2) Answer the 11 questions that the tagger has set for you PLUS you MUST create 11 questions of your own for the 11 people you will nominate with this award.

3) Choose up to 11 bloggers linking them to your post.
4) Go to their page and inform them of the nomination.
5) Absolutely NO tag backs (no awarding who awarded you).
6) Remember to ONLY award bloggers with less than 200 followers
 
The Qs and As:

1. If you had one day completely free of obligations and responsibilities, how would you spend your time?
Writing... definitely. (or cooking, or running, or sleeping, or researching, or sewing, or hanging with a dear friend)

2. What is your greatest fear?
Being stupid, (which I fear is already a reality,) which may sound ridiculous. The saying "those whom the gods would destroy they would first make mad" scares me. I wouldn't mind being killed in any gruesome way, but as long as they didn't touch my brain.

3. What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
Philippians 2:4 - "But your attitude should be the same as Christ Jesus." This has been my [one of my many] favorite ones since I was very young because it addresses how actions come from the heart. Think of it - if my very mentality was like Jesus!

4. If you had the opportunity to meet anyone you wanted to, who would it be? (living or deceased)
Well, there are a few. Probably Clyde Staples Lewis (C.S. Lewis), though. I don't agree with his theology 100% but he had incredible insight.

5. What is the most exciting thing that's happened to you in the past year?
The most exciting would be... getting three foster children all under the age of 4.  It hasn't always been very fun, per se, but I've never ever regretted it.

6. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
Hmm, that is tough, but considering I can't have much caffeine or sugar, I'd say Chia tea with cream! Extra spice and all things nice :)

7. Do you enjoy traveling?
Yes, yes, yes! I'm a bit of a home-body, but I love traveling! Probably because I haven't been to a great many places.

8. What are you most passionate about?
I'd say I'm most passionate about my love-covenant with God. And showing other people the love that they can have in Christ. Truth is my passion.

9. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Petty arguments. Period.

10. What is something that puzzles you?
Puzzles. Puzzles puzzle me.  I like dot-to-dots, illusions, crosswords,  and the like, but other things boggle me. No Sudoku!
Oh yes... and the theology debate on Calvinism and Arminianism. I'm pretty Calvinistic, but free-will and election are tricky.

11. What is your favorite song?
Wow, that is tough! I'm a music lover who loves all different types of music... except for country/folk/bluegrass. I like Lecrea, Toby Mac, Fireflight, Ascend the Hill, Britt Nicole, DavidCrowder, and many more!
 
So, now you know all about me, the Liebster Blogger (what does that mean?!).
Here are my tags and my questions. Ha!

The Questions:

1. What is your middle name?
2. If you could live anywhere, where would it be, and why?
3. Denim jumper or floral jumpsuit? (guys don't have to answer this one unless they would like to)
4. Who was the first person you thought of to tag with the Liebster Blog Award?
5. Name two people (living) who have completely changed your life.
6 Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?
7. Name your favorite book genre/favorite book.
8. Why do you blog?
9. What would be number one in your Google search history?
10. If you could be transported to any historic time period or year, what would it be?
11. What is your strength/weakness?
 
The Taggees:
it is time for you to give up your best guarded secrets and expose your heart to the internet world! (just kidding)
 

Friday, July 13, 2012

My bookshelf

List of books on my bookshelf {in order}

Category: Reference
  • New International Webster's Pocket Reference Library - 5 books
  • Wisconsin Blue Book, 2011-2012
  • Understanding the times, David A. Noebel
  • Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, W. E. Vine
  • Bible Doctrine, Wayne Grudem
  • Nelson's Complete Book of Bible Maps and harts, Nelson
  • 100 Bible Verses Every Christian should know, Morgan
  • Know Your Bible, all 66 Books
  • Holy Bible, KJV
  • Holy Bible, NIV
  • Holy Bible, ESV
  • Nelson's Pocket Reference Bible Concordance
  • Easy Spanish Prase Book, Dover
  • Complete Vocabulary Guide to the Greek New Testement, Trenchard
  • World Religions Introduction, McDermott
  • The Bible Promise Book
  • God's Promises for Graduates, class of 2012
  • Sing to the LORD hymnal
  • Crafts for Dummies, Linsley
  • First Principles of Physics, Fuller, Brownlee, Baker, Allyn, Bacon
Category: Current Issues/Answers
  • The Truth About Islam, Zaka & Coleman
  • Cracking DaVinci's Code, Palmer & Dunn
  • The Truth About Same-Sex Marriage, Lutzer
  • Answering Sodom, Ovadal
  • Truth about Hate Crime Laws, Coral Ridge Ministries
  • Secret Keeper, the delicate power of modesty, Dana Gresh
  • 301 Startling proofs and prophesies, Peter & Paul Lalonde
  • Understanding Bible Prophesy for Yourself, LaHaye
  • Did Eve Really Have an Extra Rib?, Ken Ham
  • Share the New Life with a Jew, Moishe & Ceil Rosen
  • The Case for the Real Jesus, Lee Strobel
  • The Case for a Creator, ''
  • The 21 Most "Dangerous" Questions in the Bible, Dave Earley
  • Do Hard Things, Alex and Brett Harris
Category: Theology/Apologetics
  • The End of Reason, Ravi Zacharias
  • The Reason for God, Timothy Keller
  • For Calvinism, Horton
  • Against Calvinism, Olson
  • The Beloved Works of C.S. Lewis (1 volume) *Surprised by joy *Reflections on th Psalms *The Four Loves *The Business of Heaven
Category: Marriage/For Girls
  • The Meaning of Marriage, Timothy Keller
  • Preparing to be a Help-Meet, Debi Pearl
  • The Excellent Wife, Martha Peace
  • Secret Keepers - the Delicate Power of Modesty, Dana Gresh
  • Joyfully at Home, Jasmine Baucham
Category: Christian Growth
  • Crazy Love, Francis Chan
  • Holy Discontent, Hybels
  • EDGE Experience devotional
  • Extreme Devotion, Voice of the Martyrs
  • Tortured for Christ, Richard Warmbrant
  • Too Busy Not to Pray, Hybels
  • How to Pray - the Best of John Wesley on Prayer
Category: Evangelism
  • No Longer a Slum dog, Yohannan
  • Revolution in World Missions, ''
  • Gladys Alward - missionary to China, biography by Sam Wellman
  • Share the New Life with a Jew, Moishe & Ceil Rosen
Category: Novels/Literature
  • Hamlet (original), Shakespeare
  • Nightmare Academy, Frank Peretti
  • House of Wolves, Bronleewe
  • A Novel Idea, by leading Christian fiction writers
  • many more... I just have read most of them (including the above) so I put them elsewhere or gave them away
Category: Just for Fun
  • The Little Book of Laughter, Lowell Streiker
  • Mad Libs, birthday edition

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Oh, those crazy... brothers?

I was looking at old posts and pictures, and this struck me funny.  I was probably 15 when I drew and posted this.

 
So its like this- my younger sister and I, (only by two years,) were talking one night, and if you have a sister, especially a younger one, you never know where the conversation is gonna go... no kidding!
We ended up discussing what we would be like if we had been born guys instead of girls, and I was compelled to draw up a picture of what we would look like, using the names mom said she would have named us if we were boys. I'm not telling you who is who here, but you may be able to guess. 


^**Brenner~~~~~~~~~Will**^

Frankly, with all due respect to those guys in my life and out, I'm rather glad God decided I was to be a girl! Along with my awesome sister!

New Look!

 If you're fairly regular on this blog, you will have noticed that I've changed the look.
Which design did you like better?
This one
Previous one
Not sure
Please comment to let me know :)

Monday, July 2, 2012

"Naked" juice review

I've seen this Naked Juice around in stores a lot, and have wondered just how "naked" they are.  I finally took the liberty to check it out today, and got the only flavor that interested me: Green Machine.  I love green juice!  So when I read the ingredients and saw that they were "natural," and well-balanced, with NO SUGAR ADDED, along with zero chemicals and preservatives. 
 Each serving (8 oz.) contains 2 3/4 apples, 1/2 banana, 1/3 kiwi, 1/3 mango, a bit of pineapple, and, get this: 1,300 mg Spirulina, 400 mg Chlorella, 100 mg Broccoli, 100 mg Spinach, 50 mg Blue Green Algae, 75 mg Barley Grass, 17 mg Wheatgrass, 50 mg Garlic, 50 mg Ginger, 50 mg Parsley.
I am impressed, and it really does taste great!  I understand that it is not organic, which is a minus, but that would also raise the price.
So, for Naked Green Machine Juice, I'd give a 5-out-of-5 for taste, and 4-out-of-5 for quality.

These are a few of my favorite things...


Hiking in lonely, natural places


Helping people
Discovering new things



good friends (and family :)

BOOKS!


Making art


Finding cool pictures

Makin and eating rediculously healthy food

Refashioning, reusing, re-
imagining, recycling

Singin loud!

Falling asleep

Organizing things; making them functional
Just thinking


Making children laugh
Getting lost writing


Going to church
Adrenaline rush

Talking about Jesus

Friday, June 22, 2012

New room... so far

My bed... with about an eighth of my book collection

Desk and chair

Window sill



Just playing around

clothes in dresser

Closet

Dresser

The beautiful view from my window ;)
It's a basement room with an egress
window

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The big Four O


Happy birthday dad!  I've known him for over 17 years of his 40, and he's more than great.  Hope you have a wonderful year, coach.

Friday, June 15, 2012

I just haven't met you yet - song

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Despite the awful but creative music video, I really like this song!  It is not written without a Christian perspective, and his lucky, popping-out-of-nowhere love is silly on many levels.  Despite the music video, and the line talking about an endless string of broken hearts, it encourages waiting upon true love.  For a Christian, this song would mean dedication to a pure life, and encouragement to pray for the future spouse, even though they haven't met them yet.  I hope this song inspires you too.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Status: connected

 So... I have facebook now.  I know, I let out a little tiny rant about its pitfalls, but I never claimed it was evil... so I'm now on the social radar.  The homeschooler joined America!
 Just so you know, I'd love to be friends with you... if I know you.  I'm afraid I can't justify "friending" anyone I'm not already friends with, or at least know.