Monday, January 30, 2012

4 books worth reading and a picture collage

The top two books are for everybody.  "Do
hard things" is best for teens and young adults,
and "It's {not that} complicated" is best for
young ladies.

Discovering the Collage option on Picnik

My two favorite ladies.  I'm on the right in both pics.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior was a great man, indisputably. But most forget who he really was. Many don't know from whence he pulled his inspiration, or on what foundation he stood. Martin Luther knew God, and as for himself, did not care much of his fate. He worked for equality because God works for equality, and he saw others suffering by the evils left unchecked. He spoke of peace not only for the oppressed, but also for the oppressors. This man had a dream. This man did not have a fantasy, nor a wish, but a vision from God. He chose not to protect himself in the times of suffering, but to stand up not for himself, for for his people. This man knew God, and God gave him his dream.

He looked not to gain welfare or political power or a job status or representation or an apology or even respect because of the color of his skin, but asked only to be able to peaceably fight for the right to be heard on account of his character, and counted worthy as anyone else to be heard for his good words of good will to all men.

"I have a dream that my poor little children will someday live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream!"

His last speach:

written by Michaela Danielle

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New name!

So most of you know me as Valary-Mac.  Because, you see, for the last two years that is what the whole Internet has known me as.  I used it as my Internet safety name. Now I'm thinking that its fine if I use my actual name... just not my last name.  So if you run across any posts still bearing my phony name, I'm still working on changing everything over.  Please be patient :).

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year's communion

This is a picture of the purity ring
 my dad put on my finger
this past Christmas
I sat cross-legged on the church pew this morning, with head bowed low.  In my hand was the unleavened crumb of communion.  Once again I sat and prayed.  On my left hand, the little white square of bread rested on my purity ring.  I realized something.  The One who gave His body and blood for my salvation gave me my purity, which the ring represents and reminds of.  This purity is not a shield against defilement, but a bond to Jesus.  I will give my whole heart fully to God this year.

In Matthew 16:1-12, Jesus speaks to His disciples about the reasoning of the unleavened (or yeast-less) bread.  It is the false teachings that would make our belief impure, or defiled in any way.  The Passover, or The Feast of the Unleavened Bread - an observance set up by God through Moses - is a picture of being separated from the world, and being purified before God.  It was a picture of the Lamb to be slain - Jesus Christ - to take away our imperfections; our sin.