Thursday, April 26, 2012

18 followers!

Thanks to those who didn't listen to common sense, and followed my blog anyways :D Anyway, I know that 18 isn't a huge number, but its a milestone for me. :)  Just a reminder for all of you as well as myself, that we should be followers first of Jesus.
Luke 14:27 - "And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple."

Not tame, not safe, but good

An amazing song by Rebecca St James - lion.  I love it because of its beautiful, haunting sound, and methodical, poetic lyrics, full of meaning.  As for being full of meaning, let me explain. 
 I love the deepness that C.S. Lewis paints into Aslan.  What makes the great novels is his deep sense of theology.  When first learning about this lion, Aslan (God figure), she hears different things from different sources.  The thought of working for, or even meeting, a lion, is a bit fear-inspiring.  "Is he a tame lion?" she asks.  "Oh no, He is not tame," comes the reply, "but He is good." (in their wonderful English accents ;)  My God is untamed and untamable, but good, flawless, and ever-right.  What an amazing combination!  Unleashable, unpredictable, and trustworthy.  And what about safe?  God is not safe, nor is His plan for His children.  But it is good, and it will truly prosper us in what is right and wholesome, and what is really truly for our good.  Anything less, and we would not be fulfilled, I believe.  What happens when we do what God wants for us?  We spread unpopular truth that "divides bone and marrow" - and are ridiculed, marked as intolerant lunatics, and in many places worldwide tortured and killed.  Yet we are called to practice the wild and impossible - to love these enemies, and to pray for those who persecute us.
 And to the largeness of this God of mine.  He is the Lion and the lamb.  His Spirit was shown as a dove, and He chose a gentle breeze amid thunder, hurricanes and earthquakes to speak to His good servant.  Yet His throne room is woven into the universe, and the earth is His foot stool. He breathes stars, and knits together the offspring of the world.  Yet he confines Himself to the hearts of man. 
 "Aslan!" Lucy cries, when she again meets her beloved friend, some time later. "You have grown!"  "No," he replies in all tenderness. "I am always the same, but I appear larger every time you grow."  I love this!  God is massive - larger than we could ever know - yet He makes Himself known to us as He is, though we can only see glimpses and shafts of His beautiful and terrifying face.  As we grow in our knowledge and in our relationship with Him, we see more of Him.  The Dove to a Lamb, and then the Lion.  The God that is One, and always the same, and absolutely massive; uncorrupted.

Watch the music video here


Lyrics:

Beautiful and terrifying
Mysterious
That's what I call You
I'm curious about You
I'm scared and not sure that You are safe
But Your eyes seem to say that You are good

Chorus
This is not a dream that I'm living
This is just a world of Your own
You took me from all that I knew
Shown me how it feels to hope
With You with me, facing tomorrow together
I can learn to fly
Feels like I'm living in a lion's mouth, but the lion is (an angel)

Wise eyes, You see the core of me
Your gentleness melts me
And now I know that words cannot describe
The power that I feel when I'm with You

Chorus
This is not a dream that I'm living
This is just a world of Your own
You took me from all that I knew
Shown me how it feels to hope
With You with me, facing tomorrow together
I can learn to fly
Feels like I'm living in a lion's mouth, but the lion is

Peace and power, love forever
Who am I to stand before You?
I am speechless
But in my weakness
You are here and all is well

You took me from all that I knew
Shown me how it feels to hope
With You with me, facing tomorrow together
I can learn to fly
Feels like I'm living in a lion's mouth, but the lion is (an angel)

Chorus
This is not a dream that I'm living
This is just a world of Your own
You took me from all that I knew
Shown me how it feels to hope
With You with me, facing tomorrow together
I can learn to fly
Feels like I'm living in a lion's mouth, but the lion is (an angel)

is an angel

Thursday, April 19, 2012

My room


Tissue paper flowers and some storage space. Part of my desk on the right.  The beginning of my bed to the left


In this view you can see pretty much the whole wall.  The door to the left, jewelry holder hanging on the wall; dresser behind my bed with he mirror, and the beginning of the armor on the far right.


Ceiling view.  Just in case you were wondering what my ceiling fan looked like. ;)


My little end table with my beauty supplies. Lotion, comb, hair clips, nail polish, mascara, etc.  Most I don't even use. :)


My dresser. A homemade junk-holder (duct tape :) and a picture frame.


 Mirror.  I have prayer reminders for some of the missionaries our church supports, plus some pictures and decoration on top.


The top of my armor.  Inside I keep sewing and craft supplies.  Here you can see my very old but functioning CD player/radio, and my CDs.


My bed.  I never really sleep with it made, so the fitted sheet is on, but the comforter is folded up in between my pillows and yet another stack of books.  As you can see, I have a lot of books.  I LOVE books!  Some are stashed away under my bed in bins, and elsewhere.  My Bible in the red case, and a piece of poster paper for a project.  Widow above the bed there.


I hang my bags, totes, and purses on the door.  It just seems to be the thing to do. :)  My sister gave me the beautiful purple jewelry hanger and the pink "M" purse.  Dear girl.  <3


Right now I sleep on the pull-out couch in the basement, as the foster baby sleeps in my room.  Dad is working on a room for me in the basement.  My sister and I alternate the basement accommodations.


Desk, widow, and my sewing machine.  Right now I'm turning a tank top into a vest. You can see the garage roof in the back yard.


 What I didn't show you was my closet door.  I had taken a picture, but I guess hadn't downloaded it. It has a "PRAY" poster from Voice of the Martyrs, and some colorful paper lanterns strung across the top frame.
 I decorated this room about four years ago, so it is a little childish, although I do really like color.  What colors should I paint my upcoming room? I'm thinking white and a soft plum purple.  A little more grown up - not so bright and sunny.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Another Outfit


Multi-stripe tank top (tucked in), high-waisted denim
skirt, corral sweat top, white sandals, kinky just-got-
out-of-the-shower hair, no makeup

$3 dollar shoes and my rare
painted nails


I untucked my shirt in this pic so you can
see the pattern

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Scaling new heights... and witnessing

Since last Tuesday, I've been going rock climbing with a group of friends, including many foreign exchange students from the Philippines - new friends.  Pseudo rock climbing, some may say, as we're on a climbing wall inside a large gym, but there are some pretty challenging courses!  My personal best came last night, as I shimmied up to where the rocks were built out of the wall, making a slant to climb up over.
 I used to think I was a dud at sports... frankly I am, but it depends what sports your looking at.  Basket ball, volley ball, swimming strokes, croquet... I'm terrible at those!  Kick boxing, rock climbing, cross-country running, hiking... not so bad!  Endurance vs. agility.   Attempted (key word is attempt) to advance upon once of the hardest ones there, just for laughs if nothing else, and am pretty sure at this point I'm just not strong enough.  But, I'll keep on practicing. Yes, I had several simulated falls, but I tried and tried again. :)  Thank heaven for patient ballayors.  (I butchered the spelling on that word - it's French, so it's probably "balleters", but that makes me think of pink tutus :s)  Finding things that you enjoy, work your body, and to do them with people who can put up with you.  It is so fun getting to know international students!  First priority is remembering names - Yella, Jin, Sandar, Erli, Arven...  Next, they teach you their language.  I love learning new words in different tongues, but I must say I can't remember them now.  All except one, that is.  Masama!  That means "you are evil".  (Yeah, how evangelical :D)  One thing that is prevelant in young people in all cultures, I believe, is sarcastic joking.  We have plenty of that!  Sarcastically joking in another dialect is even more fun.
 Just sitting and talking and lauging and praying.  What could be better?  Oh yes, and sarcastic joking. :/    "Ha!" said one particularily fun girl, watching one of the guys lowered quickly to the ground.  "I like to watch you fall; I like to watch your big body fall!"  To which he replied "Masama!"  We had plenty of that.  Josh learned how to say "you are sooo humble", to combat Yella's rather vocal proclaimation of her wall-scaling victories.  This isn't just a fun time to work out, joke around, and make new friends, it is a time to share God's love, too.  They are not so different from you and I, and they need to see that...  it is only Jesus who bridges the gap between us and God.  The relationship is probably the number one thing the Holy Spirit uses when God's children evangelize.  And really, what is it that we are called to do here on this earth?  We arent called to bash a Bible over one's head, or to separate ourselves fromt the outside world, but to love as Christ loved.  Love is our mission.  Love makes us tell other's of Jesus; love prods us to live righteously, not to mention make people wonder "what in the world are those Christians all about!?"  And, yes, love calls some of us to go rock climbing, though it takes quite a toll on one's muscles!  My arms are falling off.  I can just imagine someone asking me "Michaela, how did you get so toned?"  I very well would be able to truethfully answer them, "Oh, just doing a little bit of evangelism works wonders for the figure."  
Very uncomfortable and tight -
but climbing is easier in them

Monday, April 9, 2012

Relating to Easter

Three crosses.  Only on need be mentioned - that of Jesus.  Why the other two?  Because you are on one of the other crosses.  The question is, which one are you on?  Accept or reject.

Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). Here they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.
 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”
  But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?  We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
 Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
 John 19:17-18 and Luke 23:40-43

Dance Your Shoes Off 2011

The Game - poem by me

A sad poem written by Michaela Danielle in 2010-ish


Here she stands in a slow demise,
With taste of heaven and a stomach of lies;
The ardent drive to live to die;
A massive dept in one pair of eyes.
Hark! The demon of the game:
With cherub smile and dis'llusioned frame.

Nervosa Anorexia.

Inflamed and large in flaking skin
Punishing their living sin;
For ev'ry pound the prisoner bans
Is added to that monster, see,
Circles 'round the angel chained,
Crawl the demons of the game.

Nervosa Anorexia.

American word of great reproof-
Deemed by anything but truth;
"Plan of evil"; "means of youth";
"Chain the impostor- strike and bruise!"
'Tis not of mortal man's creation,
Nor able is he of its separation.

Nervosa Anorexia

Cycles run while bodies fall;
People gasp, or mock it all;
Others "help" with love/hate forces
And fake the bodies' true endorses.
Better off if left to die
If any saw that demon's eye.

Nervosa Anorexia.

Here in my own words confess:
Nothing secret to this mess.
Left to one's self is all our plan-
But ne'er alone while under heav'n.
Conclusion of this game's last hour:
I'll mention ONE of greater power…

Jesus Christ my LORD

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter fun

Confessions of a Book Nerd


  I decided to go cold turkey and only spend money on books (and tithing, of course) this month, aside from the cash in my pocket.  I had a few bucks in my wallet, and gained a few more from baby-sitting for a small Bible study.  This I use to buy local kombucha tea, and organic herbs (the health nut in me).  My whole monthly allowance for April and May (my allowance, not my income) went to splurge on Christianbook.com. That wonderful place will never lose this customer... unless I'm some day penniless.
  I went through the long lists of the volumes and authors I had been dreaming about reading at CBD's web store, checking the "add to cart" spot by every book I drooled over.  Note: this is highly unusual!  If you have read my previous confession of a tight-wad, you know this is simply not done. I work a part-time job in retail.  I must have been temporarily insane.  But no, says I, because I now admit to being a bonafide Book Nerd.  The evolution of Survival stories and Boxcar Children Mysteries when small to Systematic Theology, and Cooking for your Blood Type.  
  I must say, that I didn't get nearly all that I would have desired to.  I checked my cart and, after seeing a skyscraper total plus shipping, painfully deleted over half of its contents.  Then I did what I had been itching to do for a long time - clicked the PayPal button in the checkout and accepted... my order was confirmed!  As if that wasn't thrilling enough, a great big box came by delivery (slowest shipping offered on the site - its cheaper).  After I had walked home from work at 5pm, I opened my bedroom door to hang up my purse and put away my shoes.  Ah! My joy and surprise knew no end!  I opened the taped box with my bare hands in no time flat (no joke) and surrounded myself with heaven-on-earth... a sea of books!  My newest earthly treasures include, but are not limited to, The End of Reason, The Truth About Islam, The Case for Easter, Strong's Bible Dictionary, and 5 of C.S Lewis' greatest works.
  Weird?  Maybe.

(There's my future husband in the suspenders - only I could attract such a stud ;D )

1 Chronicles 1:10
"Give me wisdom and knowledge..."

Exodus 31:3 & 31
"and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship."

Thursday, April 5, 2012

We're not alone in our Genesis belief

Yep, we have plenty of
the real thing!
 In the previous post, I made a list of scientist in all fields who not only accept creation, but teach it.  In most settings, one may be led to believe that "a creationist is either ignorant, mislead, or insane." (Dawkins quote)  And that "you will not find an intelligent scientist who believes in the 6-day origins account."  Not so!!!  There is a plethora of ingenious scientists who have disproved the main arguments of evolution and atheism. BUT, I simply must make a point, as not to fall into the same trap fed by my opposing viewers.  Here it is:
 Just because a grand amount of smart people conclude to one point does not make it right. The high-and-mighties in America, the majority in power, approved eugenics, euthanasia, murder, institutionalizing, and sterilization of "inferiors".  Long before that, all "sensible" scientists believed the earth was flat, not to mention the Salem witch hunts and their culture's ridiculous superstitions.  Everything Hitler did in Germany was legal, and approved by the public.  So, my point is not to prove creationism with my professor-count, but to let us know that we aren't alone... and we aren't dumb. 
 (I would have written this in the previous post, but I considered it a bit long already... and that is really just a short and edited version of the many thousands world-wide who believe creation)
 So why are there so many evolutionists at large?  Very intelligent people, I might say.  This is something I used to wonder - "If the scientists are smarter than me and came up with 'God doesn't exist', why does some teenager believe He does?"  Again, just because the majority believes does not make a fact in any case whatsoever.  Also, one of many points, what sinful person who enjoys sinning would want to believe that there is an all-powerful God who will judge him and send him to Hell?  Secondly, relatively few scientists are true pioneers.  They follow in the way of their mentors.  This can go on for generations with little original discovery.  One can focus so much on an equation, they might never question who put that equation into place.  He can spend his entire life in zoology, and know all there is to know about animals, but relys on what he is taught about their origin.  No one knows everything.  Everyone trusts something.  What do they trust?  What do you trust?

1 Corinthians 2:14
"The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned."

Plenty who believe

Scientists today who accept the Biblical account of Creation:
Note: Individuals on this list must possess a doctorate in a science-related field.

Discrimination against creation scientists

Scientists of the past believed in a Creator

Note: These scientists are sorted by birth year.

Early

The Age of Newton

  • Isaac Newton (1642–1727) (WOH) Dynamics; Calculus; Gravitation law; Reflecting telescope; Spectrum of light (wrote more about the Bible than science, and emphatically affirmed a Creator. Some have accused him of Arianism, but it’s likely he held to a heterodox form of the Trinity—See Pfizenmaier, T.C., Was Isaac Newton an Arian? Journal of the History of Ideas68(1):57–80, 1997)
  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz (1646–1716) Mathematician
  • John Flamsteed (1646–1719) Greenwich Observatory Founder; Astronomy
  • William Derham (1657–1735) Ecology
  • Cotton Mather (1662–1727) Physician
  • John Harris (1666–1719) Mathematician
  • John Woodward (1665–1728) Paleontology
  • William Whiston (1667–1752) Physics, Geology
  • John Hutchinson (1674–1737) Paleontology
  • Johathan Edwards (1703–1758) Physics, Meteorology
  • Carolus Linneaus (1707–1778) Taxonomy; Biological classification system
  • Jean Deluc (1727–1817) Geology
  • Richard Kirwan (1733–1812) Mineralogy
  • William Herschel (1738–1822) Galactic astronomy; Uranus (probably believed in an old-earth)
  • James Parkinson (1755–1824) Physician (old-earth compromiser*)
  • John Dalton (1766–1844) Atomic theory; Gas law
  • John Kidd, M.D. (1775–1851) Chemical synthetics (old-earth compromiser*)

Just Before Darwin

  • The 19th Century Scriptural Geologists, by Dr Terry Mortenson
  • Timothy Dwight (1752–1817) Educator
  • William Kirby (1759–1850) Entomologist
  • Jedidiah Morse (1761–1826) Geographer
  • Benjamin Barton (1766–1815) Botanist; Zoologist
  • John Dalton (1766–1844) Father of the Modern Atomic Theory; Chemistry
  • Georges Cuvier (1769–1832) Comparative anatomy, paleontology (old-earth compromiser*)
  • Samuel Miller (1770–1840) Clergy
  • Charles Bell (1774–1842) Anatomist
  • John Kidd (1775–1851) Chemistry
  • Humphrey Davy (1778–1829) Thermokinetics; Safety lamp
  • Benjamin Silliman (1779–1864) Mineralogist (old-earth compromiser*)
  • Peter Mark Roget (1779–1869) Physician; Physiologist
  • Thomas Chalmers (1780–1847) Professor (old-earth compromiser*)
  • David Brewster (1781–1868) Optical mineralogy, Kaleidoscope (probably believed in an old-earth)
  • William Buckland (1784–1856) Geologist (old-earth compromiser*)
  • William Prout (1785–1850) Food chemistry (probably believed in an old-earth)
  • Adam Sedgwick (1785–1873) Geology (old-earth compromiser*)
  • Michael Faraday (1791–1867) (WOH) Electro magnetics; Field theory, Generator
  • Samuel F.B. Morse (1791–1872) Telegraph
  • John Herschel (1792–1871) Astronomy (old-earth compromiser*)
  • Edward Hitchcock (1793–1864) Geology (old-earth compromiser*)
  • William Whewell (1794–1866) Anemometer (old-earth compromiser*)
  • Joseph Henry (1797–1878) Electric motor; Galvanometer

Just After Darwin

  • Richard Owen (1804–1892) Zoology; Paleontology (old-earth compromiser*)
  • Matthew Maury (1806–1873) Oceanography, Hydrography (probably believed in an old-earth*)
  • Louis Agassiz (1807–1873) Glaciology, Ichthyology (old-earth compromiser, polygenist*)
  • Henry Rogers (1808–1866) Geology
  • James Glaisher (1809–1903) Meteorology
  • Philip H. Gosse (1810–1888) Ornithologist; Zoology
  • Sir Henry Rawlinson (1810–1895) Archaeologist
  • James Simpson (1811–1870) Gynecology, Anesthesiology
  • James Dana (1813–1895) Geology (old-earth compromiser*)
  • Sir Joseph Henry Gilbert (1817–1901) Agricultural Chemist
  • James Joule (1818–1889) Thermodynamics
  • Thomas Anderson (1819–1874) Chemist
  • Charles Piazzi Smyth (1819–1900) Astronomy
  • George Stokes (1819–1903) Fluid Mechanics
  • John William Dawson (1820–1899) Geology (probably believed in an old-earth*)
  • Rudolph Virchow (1821–1902) Pathology
  • Gregor Mendel (1822–1884) (WOH) Genetics
  • Louis Pasteur (1822–1895) (WOH) Bacteriology, Biochemistry; Sterilization; Immunization
  • Henri Fabre (1823–1915) Entomology of living insects
  • William Thompson, Lord Kelvin (1824–1907) Energetics; Absolute temperatures; Atlantic cable (believed in an older earth than the Bible indicates, but far younger than the evolutionists wanted*)
  • William Huggins (1824–1910) Astral spectrometry
  • Bernhard Riemann (1826–1866) Non-Euclidean geometries
  • Joseph Lister (1827–1912) Antiseptic surgery
  • Balfour Stewart (1828–1887) Ionospheric electricity
  • James Clerk Maxwell (1831–1879) (WOH) Electrodynamics; Statistical thermodynamics
  • P.G. Tait (1831–1901) Vector analysis
  • John Bell Pettigrew (1834–1908) Anatomist; Physiologist
  • John Strutt, Lord Rayleigh (1842–1919) Similitude; Model Analysis; Inert Gases
  • Sir William Abney (1843–1920) Astronomy
  • Alexander MacAlister (1844–1919) Anatomy
  • A.H. Sayce (1845–1933) Archaeologist
  • John Ambrose Fleming (1849–1945) Electronics; Electron tube; Thermionic valve

The Modern Period

  • Dr Clifford Burdick, Geologist
  • George Washington Carver (1864–1943) Inventor
  • L. Merson Davies (1890–1960) Geology; Paleontology
  • Douglas Dewar (1875–1957) Ornithologist
  • Howard A. Kelly (1858–1943) Gynecology
  • Paul Lemoine (1878–1940) Geology
  • Dr Frank Marsh, Biology
  • Dr John Mann, Agriculturist, biological control pioneer
  • Edward H. Maunder (1851–1928) Astronomy
  • William Mitchell Ramsay (1851–1939) Archaeologist
  • William Ramsay (1852–1916) Isotopic chemistry, Element transmutation
  • Charles Stine (1882–1954) Organic Chemist
  • Dr Arthur Rendle-Short (1885–1955) Surgeon
  • Sir Cecil P. G. Wakeley (1892–1979) Surgeon
  • Dr Larry Butler, Biochemist
  • Prof. Verna Wright, Rheumatologist (deceased 1997)
  • Arthur E. Wilder-Smith (1915–1995) Three science doctorates; a creation science pioneer

List copied from Creation(dot)com.