Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Reformation Day!

     On this day, October 31st, almost 450 years ago, something absolutely terrifying occurred... Well, terrifying for the Roman-Catholic church at least. You see, today is the day that Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of Castle Church.

     Martin Luther was born November 10th in 1483 in Germany to Hans and Margarethe Luther. He was their oldest son, with 3 brothers and 4 sisters following after. Of his siblings, he was particularly close to Jacob who died before reaching adulthood. Only one of his three brothers, James Luther, lived past childhood.
     When Martin Luther was a young man, his father wanted him to become lawyer. He went to school around the age of seven (he later compared attending the school to being trapped in purgatory or hell).
     Later on, he went to law school, but when a thunderstorm struck while he was on the road, his life took a different turn. Without shelter and nearly petrified with fear by the lightning, he cried out, making a vow to Saint Anna that he would become a monk if he was spared from death. Obviously he did live and he was true to his word. He sold his law books and became an Augustinian friar.
     He was a very devout monk, frequently fasting and praying, though soon he began to fall into a spiritual despair. His superior ordered him into academic career, hoping that more work would distract his troubled mind. Luther became a priest and taught at the University of Wittenberg in 1508.
     In 1516 he encountered John Tetzel, who had been sent to Germany to collect indulgences--money they paid to the pope so that he would grant forgiveness for their sins. Luther was disgusted by this practice of selling indulgences and on October 31st (the Catholic All-Saints Day Eve), 1517, he had had enough. He wrote his Bishop, Albert of Mainz sending him a copy of his Ninety-Five Theses in protest of indulgence-selling (as well as many other practices of the Roman-Catholic Church). The same day, he nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of Castle Church or the Church of All Saints. So began the long battle between the protestant reformers and Roman-Catholicism. His actions sparked the beginning of the great Reformation and the Protestant church.
     During his life, Luther translated the Bible into German, and wrote many hymns. He was married to Katherine Von Bora (an escaped nun) in 1523 and together they had six children.  Thanks to Luther, people learned of God's grace and were freed from the guilt that drove them to buy indulgences as "payment" for sins.
     Luther died in February of 1546, but the Protestant church lives on.

For fun...

Here is a scene from the movie Luther, where the Catholic church calls him to recant (take back) what he had written.

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Power of Poetry: Thank You, Mysterious Person!

At Last!

If you have read my blog at all, you have probably read my poem The Midnight Snack at some point, and know that I ended it with a mournful plea for chocolate.
Well, finally, someone has responded. Today, when checking the mail, my mother discovered one white envelope containing a Hershey's milk chocolate bar. I checked with everyone in my family and none of them sent it.
I have absolutely no idea where in the world it came from. This is a true story! No lie.
So, everyone in the neighborhood watch out for suspicious characters and keep your mailboxes open. We obviously have a drive-by chocolater in the vicinity.

You Don't Believe My Story?

I have pictures.

If you, my mysterious chocolate-giving benefactor, are reading this, please come forward. Also, to you sir or ma'am, I say thank you! (and please send more!)


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Midnight Snack

When at night,
you go to bed,
what fancies fly on,
through your head?

Do you ever ask yourself,
or do you never wonder,
what in such a dreamy state,
your sleepy mind will ponder?

What is it you think about,
and what is it you contemplate?
Things that make you happy,
or things that only aggravate?

Like cactus needles, moldy bread,
broken nails and pencil lead.

But by far the worst vexation,
is to die a death by slow starvation.

To open up the pantry,
to look upon the wrack,
to find it full, yet empty
of all your favorite snacks!

How can this be?
No cookies? No candy? Nothing sweet?
Your hopes crumble at your feet,
And your tummy rumbles for a treat.

Neither chips nor pretzels do you see.
No visions of tastiness do your eyes bring.
No chocolate or yumminess,
Only healthy things!

You begin to think that you may die
When something good will catch your eye.


There they are upon the shelf
and you reach out to help yourself.

At last a bright hope of salvation!
Your heart is alive with palpitations.

Satisfying and life saving,
A fulfillment of unhealthy cravings.

You begin to bring one to your lips,
a cup of hope for your heart to sip.

Happily you take a bite.
Your tongue expects to taste delight...

Something is wrong!
You start to panic.
You read the package,
It's ORGANIC!!! ಠ_ಠ


Tasteless, oil less,
yucky and bland.
You spit it out.
It tastes like sand.

Potato chips?! The package lied.
This would never fill your tummy!
unsalted and unfried,
This is quite unyummy!!!

Alas, your hopes were raised for naught,
for with disappointments, life is fraught.

You eat a banana,
and go to bed,
with thoughts of sadness,
in your head.

Thus, I end my tale of woe...

So when you lie in bed tonight,
sympathize with my terrible plight.
Have some pity for my sorrow.


P.S. Illustrations for this poem are soon to come!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Mercy Me: The Hurt and the Healer

103:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,and all that is within me,bless his holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,and forget not all his benefits, 3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,

Thank you God for being the Healer of our physical and emotional hurt. He has helped me through so many struggles.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Artwork in Progress...

This was the beginning of the piece. I started out in Gimp because I didn't have photoshop at the time. I started out with the idea of doing feathers instead of tears. It looked pretty awful at this point.

When I got Photoshop I transferred the file over and did this. The smooth shading was accomplished with the color mixing tool.

The beginning of the tears...

...which became this...

...and eventually this!

Comments are appreciated. :D Thank you for coming to my blog!


Friday, October 12, 2012

In Christ Alone

One of my favorite modern hymns ever.

In Christ Alone by Owl City on Grooveshark

In Christ alone, my hope is found

He is my light, my strength, my song

This cornerstone, this solid ground

Firm through the fiercest drought and storm

What heights of love, what depths of peace

When fears are stilled, when strivings cease

My comforter, my all-in-all

Here in the love of Christ I stand

There in the ground His body lay

Light of the world by darkness slain

Then bursting forth in glorious day

Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory

Sin's curse has lost its grip on me

For I am His and He is mine

Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death

This is the power of Christ in me

From life's first cry to final breath

Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell, no scheme of man

Can ever pluck me from His hand

Till He returns or calls me home

Here in the power of Christ I'll stand
Till He returns or calls me home

Here in the power of Christ I'll stand
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Something I Want to Share with My Young Adult Friends


Food for thought.

To the Young Ladies,
In every young woman there is a desire to be attractive. We struggle with a problem opposite from that of young men. Young men look with lust and young women want to be looked at.
Before our world was a fallen one, God put a desire in women to be pleasing to their husbands. The desire to be admired is not a sin in and of itself. It was meant for good, but like anything good in this fallen world, it can become twisted.
There are two extreme ways a girl can react to this video:  
  • A more tender-hearted, fearful woman can become terrified of men assuming that that all men are dangerous and that she should avoid them.
  • A woman with a stronger personality may use the weakness of men to her advantage. She may flirt or dress in an edgy way to get attention or to feel better about herself. 
Both extremes are wrong. The first girl gives in to the sin of fear and the second girl exploits the weakness of others for her own advantage. To be honest, I've struggled with swinging to both of these extremes, especially the first. I've been afraid to hang around guys and I was tempted by the lie that I had to dress a certain way.
Not all men give into their sinful desires. There are quality young men out there who are desperately trying to keep their thoughts pure. It's a battle against themselves. Don't make it even harder by choosing to dress in a way that is not Christ honoring. Your clothing needs to protect your brothers in Christ and give glory to God. Who you are in Christ and your desire to serve Him is the beautiful thing about you, not how much skin you show.
"Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness." 1 Timothy 2:9-10  
You don't need to listen to the culture. Someday the right man will come and realize your inner beauty.

To the Young Men,
Before I watched this video, I was doubtful that there were any men who were fighting their sinful natures. It was a comfort for me to realize that there are warriors out there who are giving their all and fighting to protect themselves. 
You may wonder, why would women choose to dress that way? Being a young woman, I can tell you, it's hard not to follow the trends. The world around me says, "No one will love you for you. They only want you for your beauty." We are told that by not following the latest fashions, we are ugly, unattractive and worthless. That is a heavy load for anyone to bear. You, the men of this world, don't make it easy on us. I wonder if girls would dress in inappropriate clothing if they didn't get results from you. You send a message to the girls who are trying to honor God that they aren't making the cut. It's a huge discouragement to us. 
Brother in Christ, you are a warrior and the war you're called to fight isn't in the middle east. It isn't a political war or a physical war. The war you are fighting is a battle of the mind. It's not won by blows but by prayer, reliance on God and the aversion of your gaze. Keep trying. You can't do it in your own strength, but you don't need to. "I can do all thing through Christ who strengthens me" (Phil 4:13) is the verse that comes to my mind here. I don't know what your struggle is like, but I've had other thought struggles with different sins like fear. I would see something that would trigger a fear in my mind and I would have to force it out of my mind. 
It may seem like an uphill battle, but every effort you make is pleasing to the Lord. Seek after Him and He's not going to let you fail. Your wife will appreciate that you saved your God-given desires and admiration for her.

My questions for you:

Young Ladies:
  • Do you have your dad screen your wardrobe?
  • Are you careful of what you wear or are you using the weakness of men to make yourself feel better?

Young Men:
  • Are you trying as hard as the men in the video to keep your mind pure?
  • Is this the battle you fight, or the enemy you surrender to?

I liked what Jordan Taylor said in his most recent Blimey Cow video: "Modesty isn't a girl problem; it's an everybody problem."

Guard your heart. No matter what the world tells you, purity is worth it.


Related posts: The First Kiss

Friday, October 5, 2012

Jostie Flicks

Check out Jostie flicks! They were made by a homeschool family with eleven children. Definitely worth the watch! They are so funny and addicting.

Their newest video is hilarious!

Bedtime stories will never be the same for me...

This is what happens in our house when mom and dad leave!

I know guys who are like this!!! XD

     My blog now has about 12 followers, even though only ten are shown and I've had about 600 views this month! I am so excited :)

Thank you too all my readers! Remember, I love comments and emails!

Monday, October 1, 2012

The First Kiss: Why is It So Important to Save for Marriage?

The kiss is a beautiful symbol of love shared by a man and a woman. Everyone recognizes that it is something special, however, lot of Christians disagree on when it should be allowed. Humor me for a moment while I explain my view and why I hold it.

Do I believe that kissing before marriage is wrong? Well, yes and no. I feel that it would be wrong for me. When I was twelve-year-old girl, I prayed and made a vow to God that I would save my first kiss for my wedding. I told him I would not allow a man to touch me in any inappropriate way.

I have often been mocked and looked down upon for my strong convictions. The weird part is that I get judged more for having high standards than people with really low standards. I'm okay with that. It's worth it. If I ever get married, I will be able to look the love of my life in the eye and say "I waited for you. I saved my heart and my physical affection for you. You are my first true love." I hope that my husband will be able to do the same for me.

If a young woman holds convictions like these, it will probably be a turn-off to all the wrong sort of guys. I believe that if a man can't respect the convictions of a young woman, and demands more physical affection, he is in the relationship for the wrong reasons and is honestly not worth her time.

Don't get me wrong here...I don't think kissing is wrong for everyone. I look at it this way:
The Bible says lust is wrong, right? Jesus says in Matthew:

"Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman [or man] to lust after her [or him] hath committed adultery with her [or him] already in his heart."

Lust is a lot more serious than most people think it is. It's not just some little sin. It's something that has poisoned hearts and wrecked families. God takes a very serious view of it, to the point of equating it to the physical act of fornication. That's big.
If you think you can kiss someone without lusting after them, than you make that decision on your own. Maybe a harmless peck is fine for you, and is your way of
showing someone that their special to you. Only God can see what's in your mind, and your intentions are.

Whatever way you look at it, a kiss is different from most types of physical contact. You can hug a person of the same sex. Can you kiss a person of the same sex on the lips without people thinking there’s something wrong with you? Hopefully, the answer is no. Why? It would be taken as a sign of homosexual affection. Yikes!
The kiss has an obvious sexual connotation. It may not be on the same level with sex, but it is something deeply intimate.

Our culture tells us that “Hey, a kiss isn't a big deal!” Think about it. Our culture also tells us that promiscuous sex before (and sometime after) marriage is also fine. The world’s standards are already very low.
I’m not telling you what to believe and I am certainly not judging you. I’m just saying, be careful! The world is deceptive and sometimes moral compromise can seem a lot easier than standing up for your beliefs.

I am not a moral authority. In fact, don't listen to me! Read the Bible and form your own convictions.

Above all thing, Pray! Ask the Holy Spirit to guide and protect you and heed His promptings. If you follow where God is leading, you can't go wrong!