Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful day with family and friends. Just remember that as we are celebrating, the best gift of all was God's gift to us when he sent Jesus to earth as a baby to die for our sins!! Merry CHRISTmas everyone!!

 John 1:14
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Luke 2:1-20
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Matthew 2:1-14
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve!!!


Hey everyone! I hope you're having a wonderful day celebrating our Savior! Since I didn't have anything "planned" I thought I'd post a playlist of Christmas carols! I hope you enjoy and Merry Christmas Eve to everyone!!


Sunday, December 21, 2014

And the winner is. . .

And (drum roll!) the winner for the Christmas Giveaway is Calamity Rene!!!!
I had fun with the giveaway, and I hope you all did as well!!
Calamity Rene: You have my email, so please send me your address so I can get it sent to you!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Carol history. . .Angels we have heard on high!

Well, I had a lot of fun with the voting! "Carol of the bells" and "Angels we have heard on high" were by far the most popular, but "Angels we have heard on high" won by one vote. So here's the history behind this poplar carol!

"Angels We Have Heard on High" is a Christmas carol of French origin in the public domain. The song commemorates the story of the birth  of Jesus Christ found in the Gospel of Luke which shepherds outside Bethlehem encounter a multitude of angels singing and praising the newborn child.

The words of the song are based on a traditional French carol known as Les Anges dans nos campagnes (literally, "Angels in our countryside") composed by an unknown author in Languedoc, France. That song has received many adjustments or alignments including its most common English version that was translated in 1862 by James Chadwick, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle northeast England. The carol quickly became popular in the West country, where it was described as 'Cornish' by R.R. Chope, and featured in Pickard-Cambridge's  Collection of Dorset Carols.
There is also a Scottish Gaelic (Gaidhlig)  translation of the carol which is known as Ainglean chuala sinn gu h-ard (literally, "Angels We Have Heard on High"). This was translated into Gaelic by Iain MacMilan from James Chadwick's English translation.

Well I hope you all had as much fun as I did! Finding the history for the carol was moderately easy (Thanks Wikipedia!) And I had fun learning about it!

*Update*  The Christmas giveaway ends at 8:00pm tomorrow night!

Friday, December 19, 2014

A song and verse for the weekend---Come, thou long excpected Jesus

Since I loved both versions of the song so much and couldn't choose just one. . .I decided to post both!

Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Christmas time! Day 5


Christmas givaway!!

The Christmas DVD giveaway is for Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas!
There is a chance for each blog reader to have two entries into this giveaway.
#1. Comment on the blog and tell me how I met/know you :)
#2. Comment on the blog and tell me your favorite holiday movie!
Have fun!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Update!!!

Okay, since I got started on my "Christmas blogging" late this year, there will 3 posts tomorrow, A song and verse for the weekend, Christmas time--day 5, and. . .a Christmas DVD giveaway! That was the surprise I was planing to keep till next week, but since next week is Christmas, I thought I'd do  this weekend :)
Anyway, I hope y'all will be back!
Are you enjoying all the Christmas songs???

Christmas time day 4!!

Today's song is Good christian men rejoice!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas time---day #3!!

And today's song is. . .Infant holy, Infant Lowly!!
Are y'all enjoying the chrisntmas songs???
Any requests for tomorrow or Friday?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas time!!

Hey everyone! 
Wow, can you believe it's only little over a week until Christmas??? I certainly can't!
Okay, so here is the fun for this week!
1. Everyday I'm going to post a Christmas song.
2. Just for fun, I'm going to post a poll on the side of the blog, and y'all can vote for you're favorite Christmas songs! The one that gets the most votes, I will post a biography on this weekend. If there is a tie, I'll do one on Saturday and the other on Sunday.
3. I've got something fun planned for next week. . .but shhh, it's a secret :)
Sound like fun? I hope so!
Okay, here's the song for today: Angels from the realms of glory!


Friday, December 12, 2014

A song and verse for the weekend--Angels we have heard on high

Luke 2:9-10
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people

Also, here is the link to a duet my piano teacher and I played of the same song :)
 https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1558149507755852&l=6908857749810971420

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A song and verse for the weekend--What Child is this

Luke 2:11  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

I chose this song because it's one of my favorites. . .and It's also the exact same arrangement as the one I've been working on. (I'm so excited its time for Christmas music! :) I hope y'all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Review for the week--The Bronze Bow

Author: Elizabeth George Speare

Genre: Historical Fiction

Description:  Eighteen-year-old Daniel bar Jamin has endured a life of unbelievable hardships. At the tender age of eight, Daniel witnesses his father’s and uncle’s crucifixion by Roman soldiers. His mother also dies shortly thereafter. Daniel’s younger sister, Leah, is so traumatized by their deaths that she appears to lose her mind. Daniel’s grandmother, poor and elderly, is unable to support the children, so she is forced to sell Daniel to the town’s blacksmith, Amalek.
Daniel works for Amalek for five years but then escapes. He flees to the hills above Galilee and becomes a member of a rebel group led by the zealot Rosh. Rosh despises the Romans who occupy Israel. It is his mission to drive them all from the land.
Daniel too is consumed by hatred of the Romans. He makes it his mission to kill as many as he can in order to avenge his parents’ deaths and to pay them back for the havoc they have wreaked on his country.
The longer he spends with Rosh, the more Daniel’s hatred grows. But he begins to hear about a man who has a different message, a message of love and tolerance. However, Daniel faces a long battle before he can give up his vow of hatred. He even puts his friends as well as his sister in danger. It seems that he will destroy them all in his single-minded pursuit for justice, but gradually, the words and actions of Jesus help Daniel understand that only love has the strength to “bend the bow of bronze.”

I first read this book because it was required for school. I started reading it just to get it over with . . .and  it ended up become one of my (many) favorite books! There are some cautions, especially for younger readers. There are quite a few scenes of violence against the Romans and Daniel's sister, Leah, is possessed by demons. (She is healed by Jesus near the end of the book.) It is a powerful book about forgiveness, mercy, and "not returning evil for evil, but overcoming evil with good"

Have you read it? What did you think? I'd love to hear!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving!

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!
I certainly did! This year, a family from our church invited us over to their house. We didn't know them very well, so we weren't sure how it would go. . . but we had a WONDERFUL time!!!
Their kids were older(the youngest was 19) but we had a fun time regardless! We spent about 3 1/2 hours playing games. We played Uno, Spoons, and golf. We got there at 1:00pm and were planning to stay until around 3:30pm. . . but we ended up staying until 7:30! After we left their house, we went by our grandparents house to see how they were doing. They haven't been feeling well and we were going to drop off some of the leftovers for them. When we got there, we had another surprise! Some very dear friends who we haven't seen in a couple months were there!! So we stayed there and talked for another 2--2 1/2 hours and then we went home. This was defiantly one of the very best Thanksgivings ever!!
 What did y'all do for Thanksgiving?
A vegetable tray "turkey" that my sister made. Unfortunately, it turned out a bit blurry.
Game time.
More games!
Playing "spoons"!!
If you have ever played "spoons", you know that  in the middle of the table there is one less spoon then there are players. We had 5 players, so 4 spoons. We connected all 4 of them, which made the game a lot more fun, because when one person would grab for a spoon, they would get all 4. . . which resulted in everyone grabbing at that players hand trying to get one.  It made the game a lot more fun, and also more competitive!



Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I came across this song and it's quickly become one of my favorites! It sums up everything we have to be thankful for so well.

Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A song and verse for the weekend---Melody---Crown Him with many crowns/All hail King Jesus/We bring a sacrifice of praise

Revelation 17: 14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Book review for the week---The Graham Quartet and the Mysterious strangers.

Genre: Mystery

Age range: 6th grade + (But older siblings will enjoy it immensely!)

Author: Rebekah Morris

Description: In the midst of the cold, snowy woods, the Graham Quartet stumble across a mystery. It could mean danger, but that doesn't stop Elsa, Matt, Tim and Selena as they try their best to help a stranger who needs them. But what do Siam, Hong Kong and Vanderbilt have to do with the local furniture factory? And why are so many strangers suddenly appearing and then disappearing in town? With the arrival of an elusive figure, things start moving, while a simple delivery trip may bring more than the Quartet bargained for. Will the four siblings be able to help their friend and their country?

Personal review :)
I LOVE this book!! I originally read it on the Authors blog, and I was thrilled to learn it has come out as a book. . .and what gets better then a family mystery???
It is a book which strongly upholds christian values. I really appreciated that, while it is four siblings solving the mystery, their parents are involved in ever aspect of it. Also, while there are down-to-earth situations, the kids are always reflecting godly character. They go to their parents for advice and are constantly praying that God would help them as the go about solving the mystery.
Okay, so I think you get my point---I can't say enough good things about it!!! :)
I know you'll really enjoy it! Have any of you read it?


Friday, November 14, 2014

A song and verse for the weekend---Praise to the Lord, The Almighty

Psalm 150:1  Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans day


I have Grandpa that served in the Vietnam war, a great Grandpa that served in World War two, a Uncle who is in active duty, and a great Uncle who is in active duty. I pray the we may never forget the sacrifices our men and women in uniform have made for us. To everyone who has served in our Militarily and to everyone who is currently serving in our Military, THANK YOU!!

 Romans 13: 7  Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due. .  . honour to whom honour.



Sunday, November 9, 2014

Starry Night

I heard this song a couple years ago on the radio and it quickly became my favorite. Fast-forward a couple years and I couldn't find it. . .anywhere. So I was thrilled to finally find it today on YouTube! I hope you all enjoy it! (And please let me know what you think of it :)

Friday, November 7, 2014

A song and verse for the weekend--I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go


Matthew 28:19-20
 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Book Review for the week---Roses for Mama

Author: Janette Oke

Description:
She's cared for her siblings as best she could . . . but is it enough?  Instead of the new life she and her family expected to forge out west, seventeen-year-old Angela is thrust into the role of caring for her three younger siblings after the death of their parents. With the help of her older brother, and trust in God, Angela is determined to raise the children as her mother would have wanted. As the youngsters grow, the questions and challenges intensify. Angela feels trapped and overwhelmed. Surely no man will ever want a woman who comes with three children in tow. Is this the plan God has for her life? Will she ever find a way to balance her own dreams with the promises she made to her mama?

I really enjoyed reading this book!  It isn't a "romance" novel in the way Janette Oke's books usually are.
What romance was in it was very light and coming-of-age. It was an excellent book and a really sweet story :)
I would highly recommend it!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

A song and verse for the weekend--Glorious things of thee are spoken

 Dad's scans came back clear!! We are so thankful. God is good!!! Thank you to every one who prayed :)

1 Corinthians 29:13
Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.

Friday, October 24, 2014

A song and verse for the weekend

Hey Y'all! I hope your having a great Friday :) Today Dad went in for his 3-month check up, scans etc. So if you all could be in prayer for the outcome of those that would be great!
Today  is also his birthday, So tonight we are going to have a surprise party and just celebrate him, his life, and him being with us :)
I know I've gotten behind with posting. . .especially the twice monthly book reviews. I'm working on writing them ahead of time so we should be getting back to them soon :)
Have a great weekend!!

 Luke 8:24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.

Friday, October 17, 2014

A song and verse for the Weekend--For the Beauty of the Earth

Isaiah 54:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

Friday, October 10, 2014

A song and verse for the weekend--Now thank we all our God

Matthew 9:37-38
Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

Friday, October 3, 2014

A song and verse for the weekend--At Calvary

Luke 23:33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Review for the week--The Trailblazer series

The Trailblazer series
Author(s): Dave and Neta Jackson
Genre: Historical Fiction

Throughout history, steadfast Christians have paved the way for dramatic changes in the world. The Christian heroes from the TRAILBLAZER BOOKS had the courage and strength to stand up for the God they believe in. Their amazing stories of hope and adventure, described through the eyes of young fictional characters, are timeless lessons for young and old.

 I really enjoy reading these books! Soem of my favorites are  
The Drummer Boy's battle(Florance Nightingale)
Spy fir the night riders (Martin Luther)
Imprisoned in the golden city(Adonoram and Anne Judson)
The Mayflower secret(William Bradford) 
Queens smuggler(William Tyndale) 
The hidden Jewel(Amy Carmichael) 
Listen for the Whippoorwill(Harriet Tubman
Forty-acre swindle(George Washington Carver) 
Sinking the Dayspring(John Paton) 
The fate of the yellow woodbee(Nate Saint)
. . . Anyway, I could list a whole lot more, but I'm sure you get the idea!
My parents bought me a couple of these for my 10th birthday, and I've been reading/collecting them ever since! There are 40 in all, and I think I've read all but 2 of them. They are written for the 8-12 age range, but they are interesting enough to keep the attention of an older reader. And, like the description says, they are timeless lessons for young and old!
Have you ever read these books? If so, I'd love to hear what you thought of them. . .and what your favorite title was :)






Saturday, September 27, 2014

A song and verse for the weekend-Be thou my vision

I love Celtic hymns. . . and "Be thou my vision" is one of my favorite hymns!

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Friday, September 19, 2014

A song and verse for the weekend-It is well with my soul

Isaiah 48:18   O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Review for the week!

So, I know that I usually do a book review. . .but today I thought I'd change things up a bit!
I'm going to do a review on (drum roll) When Calls the Heart--a hallmark channel original! 

"When Calls the Heart" tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high-society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coal-mining where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Laughlin plays Abigail Stanton , a wife and mother, who's husband, the foreman of the mine, along with dozens of other miners, has been killed in a explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go work in the mines to keep a roof other their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing), who believes Thatcher's father has domed his lawman's career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate's daughter. Living in a 19th century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.

I LOVE Janette Oke's books!! (I hope I'm not alone here :)
When I heard hallmark was producing a season from 'The Canadian West" series of books (My favorite series by her!) I was REALLY excited! 
I just finished watching them yesterday, and I can't wait until season 2 comes out next May!  They are some of the best movies (they have been released on DVD) that I have ever watched and they are also great to watch as a family. Well, as long as you have brothers who don't mind watching the occasional romance with you :)
Have any of you seen these episodes? If so, what did you think??? 
I'd love to hear in the comments!

Friday, September 12, 2014

A song and verse for the weekend

While it not exactly thanksgiving....okay, not even close, It is harvest time, and these are come of my favorite songs. And it's a beautiful melody! Besides, doesn't going from 88 degree to 55 degree weather in about  48 hours mean fall (thus, thanksgiving) is on the way??? :P



Daniel 2:21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Review: Left Behind-the kids

A day late, but here is this week's book/series review!

 Left Behind: The Kids. By Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye.
The story of 4 kids who were left behind after the rapture of the church. With their newfound faith, they determine to live boldly for Christ, Stand up for God whatever the cost, And await the triumphant return of Christ while battling for their very lives.

I REALLY like this series! It isn't as graphic as the adult series (Which I've read), but still shows the struggle that will happen after the rapture when the antichrist rules the world. Obviously, since the rapture hasn't happened yet, it is a suggested "end", but everything they write stays true to the prophesies in the Bible. The way I really enjoyed reading these was to read one of the books, then look up and study the scripture that had prophesied what happened in the book.(Hopefully that made sense!)
There are also three movies that have been made, based on the Left Behind adult series. If you're planning to read the books, I would recommend that you watch at least the first 2 of them. The third one is a lot more graphic and doesn't stay true to the books at all.

Well, that's all for this week! Let me know what you think of the series if you've read it!
Left Behind: The Kids is a favorite of kids ages 10-14. Following teens that were “left behind,” they have nothing left but their newfound faith in Jesus Christ. Determined to stand up for God no matter the cost, they are tested at every turn - See more at: http://www.leftbehind.com/01_products/browse.asp?section=Kids#sthash.gU6tJi2C.dpuf
Left Behind: The Kids is a favorite of kids ages 10-14. Following teens that were “left behind,” they have nothing left but their newfound faith in Jesus Christ. Determined to stand up for God no matter the cost, they are tested at every turn - See more at: http://www.leftbehind.com/01_products/browse.asp?section=Kids#sthash.gU6tJi2C.dpuf
Left Behind: The Kids is a favorite of kids ages 10-14. Following teens that were “left behind,” they have nothing left but their newfound faith in Jesus Christ. Determined to stand up for God no matter the cost, they are tested at every turn - See more at: http://www.leftbehind.com/01_products/browse.asp?section=Kids#sthash.gU6tJi2C.dpuf

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Catch-up!

Hey everyone! Sorry it's been so long since I posted. We've had a busy, full and eventful summer! I have a couple of posts planned for this next week...provided I can find the time! Here are a few of them:
1. The final post about my week at camp-I know I should have gotten that posted a LONG time ago!
2. Pictures of our weekend at the lake.
3. Our back-to-school pictures. (Just for fun :)
4.Do "A song and verse for the weekend" every week
5. Weekly book reviews!
So what do you think? Are y'all excited??? I hope so!

Friday, August 8, 2014

A song and verse for the weekend

 My dad got the results back today for his tests. He is still cancer free!!! We are praising and rejoicing the Lord! The Psalm sums up everything perfectly, even when things aren't going "our way" we can still rejoice!

Psalm 5:11
But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.



Monday, July 28, 2014

The Liebster Award: discover new blogs!


I've been awarded! Not exactly sure what for... :) Thanks Rebekah! (From Rebekah's Remarks)

Here's the rules to the "game":
Acknowledge the blog that nominated you. 
Ok, I did that.
Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger created.
Alright. Here are the questions, followed by the answers:
 1. What is your favorite thing to do during the summer?
Going to the lake! During the summer, my family goes to the lake at least a couple times. It's always a lot of fun!
2. What's your favorite color?
Yellow. It's so bright and cheery!

3. What's your favorite Bible passage, and why?
Romans 8. I can't really pick just one reason. There are so many different topics covered!

4. What do you want to be when you "grow up"?
Either a doctor or lawyer. I've looked into different options, and I'm praying for the Lord's guidance. (as well as my parents :)

5. Who is your favorite author?
Martha Finley. I don't really like the original series, but the adapted ones are really interesting!

6. What is your favorite book/series?
Book: Come What May    Series: A life of Faith: Millie Keith. By Martha Finley.
 7. What is your favorite pastime?
Um...just one?? Probably reading...or writing! :)
8. What is your favorite season?
Summer!!
9. What's the funniest joke you've ever heard?
 This one.
Four guys are sitting in a hospital waiting room. A nurse enters.
"Hello Mr. Morrissey , I have great news! Your wife just gave birth to twins!"
Mr. Morrissey jumps up and exclaims: "Wow, this is really funny, because I work as a talent agent for the Minnesota Twins!" and he exits.
Time passes, and the nurse enters again.
"Hello Mr. Jenkins! I have wonderful news! Your wife just gave birth to triplets!"
Mr. Jenkins jumps up and says: "Wow, that's really funny, because I make tapes at 3M!" and he exits.
Time passes, and the nurse enters again.
"Hello Mr. Chester! I have exciting news! Your wife just gave birth to quadruplets!"
Mr. Chester jumps up and says: "Wow, that's really funny, because I draw The Fantastic Four."
before he exits, the last man gets up.
Last man: "That's it, I'm outta here."
Nurse: "Why is that?"
Last man: "I work at 7-up!"

 10. Do you like answering questions?
Well, I just answered 9 of them!

11. If you could go back in time to any place at any point in history, where would you go?
The Revolutionary war, the fight for Freedom!


List 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers that deserve some recognition. 
Alright. Here it goes:
Rishona: theraublog.blogspot.com
Bethany: bethanyr4him.blogspot.com
Rebekah: rsreadingbooks.blogspot.com
Jordan L: countrycrazykids.blogspot.com
Rebekah: Rebekah's page theraublog.blogspot.com
Emily (Calamity Rene): wildinwashington.blogspot.com                                                             
                                                                                        

I can't seem to come up with any more then 6. Sorry!
 
Write 11 questions for them to answer. 
1. What is your favorite season?
2. What do you enjoy doing most during that season?
3.Do you play any instruments? If so, which ones?
4. What is your favorite style of music?
5.Who is your favorite author?
6.If you could do anything you wanted, what would you choose to do?
7. What is your favorite animal?
8. What is your favorite thing to do around a campfire?
9.Who do you most enjoy spending time with?
10.What is your favorite riddle?
11. What is your favorite radio drama? (If you listen to any)


Notify them they've been nominated.
Ok. I'll do that. 
If any of you feel so inclined, I'd love for y'all to answer these questions as well!






Saturday, July 19, 2014

A song and verse for the weekend-Nearer, still nearer

Psalm 73:28
But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Train...This is beautiful!

 
"The Train"


 ..At birth we boarded the train and met our parents,
and we believe they will always travel on our side.
However, at some station our parents will step down
from the train, leaving us on this journey alone.
As time goes by, other people will board the train;
and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends,
children, and even the love of your life.
Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum.
Others will go so unnoticed that we don't realize that
they vacated their seats. This train ride will be full
of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes,
and farewells.
Success consists of having a good relationship with
all passengers requiring that we give the best of
ourselves.

 The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which
station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live
in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who
we are. It is important to do this because when the time
comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we
should leave behind beautiful memories for those who
will continue to travel on the train of life.

 I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life. Reap
success and give lots of love.
More importantly, thank God for the journey.

 Lastly, I thank you for being one of the passengers on
my train.

Friday, July 4, 2014

July 4th 1776-2014. . . 238 years!

Independence day, oh what a day!
A day for celebrations, family and friends.
But Independence day is so much more,
much more then games, fireworks and fun.
It's a day to remember what's gone before.
A day to remember what our forefathers told.
Of the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Purchased by many a young sons' blood.
Who believed in the cause of Liberty for all,
Justice for the wronged, the freedom of a people,
and the birth of a nation.
In God we trust, may we always trust.
And remember the sacrifice done for us,
in the land of the free and the home of the brave,
where the star-spangled banner forever doth wave.


Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin a reproach to any people.


Friday, June 27, 2014

A song and verse for the Weekend: The heavens declare the glory of God/Holy, holy, holy



Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.

Revelation 4:8 ... And the rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Challenge Christian camp--Monday and Tuesday June 2nd-June3rd

On Monday, Dad dropped us off at church at around 9:30am on his way to work. He dropped us off early (We were supposed to be there around 10:15) because he had to get to work, so we just sat in the foyer and read some books we had brought. Around 10:00, some of the other families started arriving and dropping off their children. By 10:35, a group of ten of us plus our Pastor and the lady from church who would serve as our camp nurse, were on the road and headed toward Ark City, KS!
About 12:00, after an hour and a half of  playing numerous games of Catchphrase, and good-natured teasing, we arrived in Ark City and stopped at McDonald's for lunch.Then we headed on over to camp and got unpacked. Then, Sarah, (my sister) and I went  up to the Chapel and helped one of the counselors set up the chairs.
We had the first Camp meeting at 2 o'clock, then is was swim time, cabin activities, and after that, free time until supper. After supper we had Chapel, then we played team games until around 9:00. Then it was canteen(snacks) and free time. Cabin devotions was at 10:00 and lights out at 10:30. The first night(Monday) we went to bed right away, but the next three nights, after cabin devotions, the Senior guys and Senior girls cabin would go down to the pavilion along with our cabin counselors and play games such as Mafia, Zub-Zub, Carpet ball, volleyball and Mafia again :-)

On Tuesday we got up at around 6:00 (Camp hours are seriously crazy!) and cleaned up the cabin before going up to the chapel for the Girls morning devotions. After devotion, we went down to the dining hall and had breakfast, then the senior campers (ages 13+) went to Bible quiz time, while the junior campers went to Morning Chapel. After Bible quiz, we had Bible memorization, Morning Chapel, then God and I time.  Around 10:50, everyone went to the main building and got organized for team games. From 11:00-12:00 we played different games. Tuesday wasn't my favorite, as we played Water balloon volleyball...definitely not a game I'm very good at!
At 12:00 was lunch, then guys swim and girls cabin activities, and at 2:30, afternoon chapel. After Chapel, it was Girls swim and guys cabin activities, then free time until supper. After supper was chapel, canteen, skits, free time, and Cabin devotions. Around 10:45 we went down and played games until around 12:15. Tuesday we played Mafia and Zub-zub.

Chapel/Sermon notes:

Monday, June 2nd. Evening Chapel
Luke 13:22-30
8 Truths about Salvation.
1. We have a choice in salvation. God will not force us to be saved, neither will he keep us from being saved. It is a choice we alone must make.
2. There is time limit for salvation, and one day it will be to late to be saved.
3. We cannot be saved simply by knowing about Jesus. We must have a personal relationship with him.
4. We cannot be saved by simply fellowshiping(talking) with Jesus. 
5. We cannot be saved by listening to the preaching of Jesus.
6. We cannot be saved until our sins are taken away by Jesus and he has paid the price for us personally.
7. We are doomed to hell unless we believe on the saving blood of Jesus Christ.
8. God will willingly save anyone and everyone who is willing to be saved.

Tuesday, June 3rd. Morning Chapel
Romans 13:7-8
Honour-to value very highly.
When children are trained and taught at a young age to honor the parents(Ephesians 6:1-3), it makes for a 'strong' culture.  Honoring parents is for life. Even after they are dead, we still need to honor them in our attitude, words, and fulfillment of their wishes.
God has given us the result of honor...not a reason to honor. We need to do it simply because God said to.
If your parents discipline you, and when they tell you something, it means a great deal. Appreciate it and don't disregard it.
Lastly, our honor is not based on their performance. They are human as well we need to give them the honor because it is their due. Not because we think they deserve it.

Tuesday, June 3rd. Afternoon Chapel
1 Chronicles 13: 1-11
Characteristics of a grateful christian
1. A grateful christian will have a grateful heart
2. A christian that is grateful knows his God and calls upon his name. We need to glory in our God.
3.  A grateful christian enjoys his relationship with God.
4. A grateful christian speaks about his God.
5. A grateful christian is dependent upon his God 
6. A grateful christian remembers his God. The very nature of God's words will immediately result in his action.

Tuesday, June 3rd. Evening Chapel
1 Corinthians 3:12-17, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, John 16:12-24

3 sins commited against the Holy Spirit by non-believers
1. Resisting the Holy Spirit
2. Doing insult to the Holy Spirit
3. Blaspheming the Holy Spirit

3 sins committed against the Holy Spirit by Believers.
1. The sin of lying to the Holy Spirit (Being a hypocrite)
2. The sin of grieving the Holy Spirit
3. The sin of quenching the Holy Spirit
How do we quench the Holy Spirit?
7 ways we quench the Holy Spirit
1. When we fail to follow his guidance
2. When we fail to meditate and magnify God in our life.
3. When we fail to acknowledge and confess our sin
4. When we doubt our salvation
5. When we have an opportunity to witness and fail to do so.
6. When we fuel our fleshly nature and fulfill the lust of the flesh.
7. When we neglect the Word of God in our public and private life.


I hope y'all enjoyed this super long post! Sorry it took me so long to get it up. Hopefully the next 2 camp posts will be posted in short order :D




Monday, June 9, 2014

Challenge Christian Camp

This past week (Monday, June 2-Friday, June 7) My siblings Sarah, Benjamin and myself attended Challenge Christian camp. It was their first year to attend, and my second. It is the only camp I have ever gone to, but I would never want to attend any other! The counselors are wonderful, the messages are convicting, and it is truly a blessing to be around others your age who have a heart and a love for God.
The cabins are divided by age. Girls cabins are on one side of the camp and boys on the other. Every night, the boys and girls senior cabins (ages 15-graduating) would play from around 10:30pm-1:00am with the counselors.. It was SOOO much fun! But it resulted in being exhausted by the end of the week :D)Since there is WAY  to much to write about in one post, I will break it up into five different post's, one for each day we were at camp.Hopefully I will be able to post them all rather quickly. Until then, here are some pictures for y'all! :)

Playing Mafia! One of my absolute FAVORITE camp games!!!


Carpetball.




Crazy Mafia pic!

Mafia.

Maria again! (Just to give y'all an idea, we played it about 8 different times.)



Friday, June 6, 2014

A song and verse for the weekend. Spirit of God, Descend upon my heart

1 Corinthians 3:16
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?