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



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

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.

Monday, June 11, 2012

More modest at the beach

I like to look on the JCPenney website, because they have such an abundance of clothing at such good sale prices. While looking at a skirt, I saw a one-piece swimsuit on the sidebar.  Realizing that there were actually several cute, modest (or at least more modest than usual) swimsuits for really great prices, I had to post it!

St. John's Bay, Slimming One, $50

Trimshaper, $50

Longitude, Robby Len, $42

Longitude, Robby Len, $42

Longitude, $50
Le Cove, $50

Bisou Bisou mix-n-match tankini $25

Le Cove, $42

Bisou Bisou mix-n-match tankini $25

If you have trouble with the length of your swimming suit, there are several options to help you.
Liz Claiborne terry skirt, $20

Arizona, running shorts $10

"on our side"

I thought this was a very nice picture of Dr. Flew
out of the many available for me to choose from.
 Recently I learned that the renowned atheist Antony Flew turned from his long-held and adamantly debated philosophy and is now deistic.
 (A Deist: believes there is a god, though he - whoever he, she or they may be - are far removed from humanity and largly unknowable)
  I understand that is is not of any significance in his spiritual life, since his spirit is in the same state it is in as long as he refuses a relationship with Christ, though it could be a step in his own awareness of its possible state.
 Anyway, the point for me posting this is my awareness of petty rivalry within the church and the Christian science world, or at least as I've seen it viewed by others, and even at times by myself.  If you have ever played the two-person game of Battleship, you may understand more what I mean.  Some seem to look at apologetics (defending of the faith) as the soul purpose of their being "Christian", and the exchange of words and debate as our primary war with the world, if not our primary evangelistic tool.  If we can "sink the enemy's ship," proverbially, and protect our own, we do well, we think.  Every Antony Flew is like getting a POW - a guy "on our side" - score!!  The one who gets everybody on "their side" wins.  If we can sink their ships before they sink ours the game is in our favor.  Aside from this being a faulty view, it is problematic in that it is very prideful.  We eradicate the work of the Holy Spirit, and nearly throw faith out the window.  We are fighting the wrong battles, as well clinging to the wrong ethics and priorities.  We put emphasis on ourselves, and the arguments we can conjure up, using God as a tool (though I would say many Christian apologetics writers and debaters do not have wrong motives and esteem).  Some seem to forget that "if God is for us, who can be against us," (Romans 8:31,) that "our battle is not against flesh and blood", ( Ephesians 6:12,) and that the Christian's battle is ultimately already won and decided - "it is finished" (John 1:30).
 I cannot say much about knowing Dr. Antony Flew, as I've only watched partial debates and heard bits and pieces here and there, so I cannot presume to tell you about him.  I would like to speak a word about anyone, whether on "our side" or "his side": we ought to respect them as seekers of truth, and gently lead them to it as the Holy Spirit sees fit and guides.  While watching Flew debate, everyone in the room was struck with his almost comical mannerisms and way of expression.  We could look at that and say "ha! He isn't on our side, so lets laugh at him," or we could look past that and listen to what he has to say.  Our point in apologetics should not be to win, but to draw other's closer to Christ.
 With this said, I congradulate Flew on a step closer, and continue to pray for him, and anyone else "on his side."

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

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The Case of Common Need

Many people make the argument that Christianity just “isn’t for them;” that it may be fine for you, but they are different. If you’re a goody-two-shoes, Christianity “fits” you, or if you have found relief from alcoholism by knowing Jesus it “works” for you, but I would counteract these claims with that at our core we are really not very different at all. Compare it, if you will, to the human body. Basically, it is the same in everyone, and it functions according to the same basic patterns, yet you look at a healthy body verses an unhealthy body, or the many body shapes, and see minor differences, though sometimes significant. One may benefit from jogging and another may injure his spine doing so, because they are different. Yet you would agree it would be ludicrous to say that one has a spine and the other does not; that Dick needs to take care of his bones and Jane does not, or that healthy exercise is only good for the select.
Comparing the spiritual or moral to the physical is a tactic used by poets, teachers, and philosophers, found in great works such as Aesop’s fables and the Bible. I find it especially helpful to me, since I am in the physical health line of work. For example: If two people were to come into the shop where I work and each say to me, “I have IBS! Please help; what should I do?” I may take a different approach to each customer, but very easily recommend the same product. I would ask, “are you dairy intolerant? Do you have celiac disease? Maybe you should be tested for that. Do you smoke? What is your diet like? Is your blood type A, B, or O?” I guarantee each would be different. But would I say to one “take probiotics and enzymes,” and to the other “take senna and psyllium husk?” No! So it is with the spiritual nature of the whole human race. God will meet us wherever we are at, as long as we have a humble and willing heart before Him.

To the weak He is their stronghold; to the strong He is their Captain.

To the fatherless He is their defender; to the wicked man His is their judge and prosecutor.

He is our adventure and brute answer; the First and the Last; the Lion and the Lamb. He is constant and unchanging, and His mercies are new every morning.

These are not contradictions, nor differences in interpretation – this is a glimpse into God’s vastness.

Does He sound like a narrow and stuffy, religious God to you? We all have a problem, and He is the answer; the cure.

Friday, June 1, 2012

outfit update + fantastic foods

 I decided to combine two subjects into one.  Outfits and food. :)

White shirt under mustard yellow tank top with lace.
Medium wash jeans and black polka-dotted flats (not shown)

An easy an cute modesty trick is to wear a coordinating shirt under a tank top.
Necklace, ring, and bracelet

Fantastic Foods:

Good Health Natural Foods, Humbles Chips, Olive oil lemon feta
Vita Coco, Coconut Water, natural
Quorn,, meatless microwave dishes, chili