Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Diamond in the Rough

Ready for a link filled post? Here we go! :)

Okay. Y'all really must think that I'm a nerd. But I seriously can't say enough how much I love my school! On Tuesday, in Spanish class, we spent the whole class time (an hour and a half) talking about God, life, and His gifts for us.

Yay for Pinterest! Yay for God!
Mrs. Schuldt was talking to God as she got ready on Tuesday morning, and she felt Him tell her to let Him handle class. So she obeyed and we talked about how the monotony of our day to day lives can overcome us. That if we made time for God everyday our lives would get better, etc. We watched a really cool video of a guy singing in a studio, by himself, with nothing but a mic and a guitar. No affects were used, according to him and my heart agrees. Go to 4:00. :) We also touched on how, in the storms of life, it's easy to start fighting for yourself. But you can't guard your own back. And how we need only be still and just rest.

I got home that day and logged onto Pinterest. I was about to be wowed. Y'know those pictures with the Bible verses on them? Well, about an hour into my surfing, I came across it. Exodus 14:14, "The LORD will fight for you; you need only be still." I had never seen it before in my life, even though I had verses near it highlighted. In the light of that Spanish class, I spazzed out! My brother, who was next to me, probably gave me the strangest look ever. It was so exciting! I love it when God confirms things. Very much.

Also, I decided to watch a video a friend of mine posted a video this morning about a love letter from God. I had roughly fifteen minutes to get ready for school because of it. But it SO started my day off right. I was only five minutes late in getting in the car to go and we got there five minutes early. I see that as something of a reward for giving the first part to God. :)

And then yesterday, Wednesday, I was in my geography class and I expressed sorrow over some unsaved family members. And my teacher stopped down class to pray for the salvation of them, and the salvation of all the unsaved friends and family members of everyone in the room. In the middle of class! That got us talking about this, find the sermon "A Tough Message". Be prepared when you watch it. It is a tough message, but everyone needs to hear it at some point in their lives. And soon enough so that they waste no time.

 It's an amazing school. It has amazing teachers. Mrs. Monck and Mrs. Schuldt, thanks for an amazing couple of days! I am waiting with great anticipation to see what God does next at this school! :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Dreaming in Color

Did anyone else see that sunset? I know that from here in the lovely state of Texas, it was a lovely sight!

Just after the sun sank below the horizon. :)
That got me thinking. Color. Most of us see it all the time. Most of us have a favorite color. Mine is purple.

I love looking at the sunsets because of the color. Don't believe me? Go read my post all about sunsets. It's like the song, "Well heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss and my heart turns violently inside of my chest. I don't have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way that He loves us!" I get so excited! I just can't imagine a more loving God. And He's more loving than I can even imagine!!! How can I not get excited about this?? He is so amazing. So yes. Tonight I stood out there in the cold wearing socks and no jacket. Was that not very smart, seeing as I have a callback (Whoo-hoo!) tomorrow? Definitely. Was it completely and utterly worth it? Absolutely. It made me think of the beach. You know what I'm talking about if you've been to one. Gorgeous sunsets. Without fail.

And then... I thought of how bland these colors are. Isn't that funny? Even the rich colors of a sunset, which neither camera nor paint could replicate, stand absolutely washed out compared to what we will see someday. I think that someday Jesus and I are going to sit, cuddled up together, and watch as God makes a sunset with all the colors He's been waiting to show me. Goodness... I can't explain how excited I am right now!!

And then... I thought of the people who can't see color.Who are missing out on even one bit of the earthly-fabulous color wheel. It made me kind of sad... Are any of y'all colorblind? Do you still get just as excited over the beauty, even if you see it in muted tones or black and white? I'm kind of curious. And............. Almost jealous. Because when you get to heaven and you're chilling, watching the sunset... You're going to see the colors and they will be even more special. Now I don't feel sorry for people who are color blind. I'm excited for all the colorblind Christians who are missing out on what this world has to offer, because they will be in for a surprise! :)

And then (last one, I promise.)... I thought about dreams. Dreams you get at night, dreams you get from God, daydreams... the whole enchilada. Anndd... Do you dream in color? Like, do you get colors that become a theme. Everyone ends up wearing purple. Or maybe teal flowers are in the background the entire time? I always wonder if certain dreams are from God... or if all dreams are from God. And it makes me wonder if I had a "Joseph" in my life, what would my dreams be saying? Anyway, on to dreams from God. He hasn't really been particularly clear on what He wants me to do. I've been told I have a knack for writing, but if I am to do that, is it story? Is it on purity (Something very near and dear to my heart)? I don't know. I don't need to know. His timing is cool with me. But that doesn't mean I don't think about it. He's also laid on my heart to prepare for being a mother someday. Hospitality, cooking, etc. So really, I'm in a maze. Hahaha! :) I'm excited to see where He's going to take me. I know that for some people, however, they have a keen sense of where they're going. From now on, I'm going to say that they dream in color. They know the details. They are in line with God on where they are going and they're going to get there one way or another. Dreaming in color. Yup. That's a keeper.

Color is a lovely thing. It's everywhere. Remember as you go about your day to look for the beauty in the little things. They are there to bless you.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Angles and Friendship

Well. Right now I feel like God's telling me to do another post on purity. But I have no clue exactly where He wants to take me with such a broad subject, so sorry if I ramble!

The Bible talks a lot about purity. One of the things it talks a lot about is to meditate and love what is pure. I think that these days, a lot of people, young and old, are going for easy pickings. Lower standards. That makes me sad and I think it makes God sad to. He created you to love and be loved.

I think that in all of our relationships, we need to make sure that we are reflecting Him. Iron sharpens iron. Wisdom sharpens wisdom. Fools sharpen fools. In relationships I've seen and had myself, a pair will bring out a good trait in each other. I have a friend who is extremely pessimistic, but once he became friends with another, much more optimistic guy, he's started lightening up. Likewise, the optimistic friend has been much more ...chivalrous since befriending the pessimist.

All that to say, we need to make sure that our friends bring out the good qualities in us. Philippians 4:8 tells us to meditate on whatever is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, virtuous, praiseworthy, and good. Friendships... Any relationship... Is going to alter your way of thinking. Ever so slowly, so you don't notice it until your changed. Once you're changed, it's hard to get back to where you were. If it was a negative relationship: You might know things you wish you didn't; judge when you should forgive and forget; look where you shouldn't. However, a positive relationship has better outcomes: You become firmly established in the truth; you love with a Christlike love; you turn your eyes to the Lord.

But what about those who need help? Those who have traits that they know are sinful?

That's where diversity comes in.

Right now I'm [supposed to be] doing geometry homework. I'm learning about triangles. I'm mainly working with the angles. It's like friendship.

When a line measures 180 degrees, with a ray coming from a point on that line, they make a linear pair. A linear pair measures 180 degrees. When one of the angles doesn't make it to 180 degrees, a straight life, the other angle is there to help it make it to the straight line. (cough cough... Path.)

All the angles in triangles also add up to 180 degrees. People, like angles, complete each other. With God in that relationship, it's made even more full. It thrives more when He is a part of that relationship.

When you are lacking in life, say living at 45 degrees, God will give you someone to help balance you out.

Just keep an eye out for the gems. :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Daddy-Daughter date

Yesterday I spent the day with my Daddy. It was a blast! We went to the Cowboy game. They finally won! :) Hahaha... We always end up with the crazies in front of us when we go to games. They were very outgoing to say the least. And did you see that one blocked kick?? The guy actually jumped over a couple of guys to get to it! Two interceptions. I was pleased with that game.

The stadium is awesome. It amazes me how big the stadium really is! The tv doesn't do it justice at all. I mean... It's huge. And they have really good food too! I had popcorn and m&m's and a chopped BBQ sandwich. But I'm not surprised that the BBQ was good. It is Texas after all. :) I'm quite a fan of Texas BBQ. :)

After the game and the long walk back to the car were over, Daddy took me to an early dinner. We had this thing that was delicious. I don't know what it's called... But it had purple onions, cilantro, tomatoes, lime, and shrimp and some other kind of seafood. It was so fresh and very light. Then we had the ice cream... Heaven on a plate. Imagine two scoops of vanilla ice cream. Now add on chocolate and coconut. Now I want you to feel the warmth of a cinnamon and sugar covered sopapilla. [cue hallelujah chorus] It was so delightful.

Well, that was my day with my Daddy! I couldn't have asked for a better time to spend with him. <3

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Confidential: A message for the ladies

Alright. This is something very near and dear to my heart.

Modesty. Honor. Integrity.

Did you know that in the Hebrew language, if something is repeated three times, that's a huge emphasis? In Song of Songs it says "Do not arouse or awaken love until it fully desires." three times? Seriously. Go grab your Bible. This post will be here when you get back.

Now look up Song of Songs 2:7, 3:5, and 8:4.

Did you know that every time you wear that revealing shirt, it awakens something in the guys? Now, I'm not speaking from experience, but don't you think it's kind of hard for him to focus on his relationship with Christ if we are flaunting our stuff saying, "Hey! Over here!" ...It hurts my heart for them. A lot.

You've heard me talk about my co-op. The school for homeschoolers. It's something of a sanctuary. There's no pressure to date. Just because we hug, doesn't mean we're an item. We aren't pressured to show skin. We keep the modest dress code. Our guys are gentlemen. And it almost makes me mad when I see a girl wearing such clothes that our guys seem to avoid them completely. They don't look; they migrate away. I wish that they wouldn't have to do that. And it's not on a regular occasion. But it does happen. I want the guys to be able to talk to these girls. I want them to be able to be friends. But when a girl makes herself an object, it seems kind of hard to focus on that friendship.

"Do not awaken or arouse love until it fully desires."

It's going to feel like it fully desires. It is. But I honestly believe that it's not going to fully desire until it's wedding night. I really do.

So... if I might be so bold... cover up! Leave some mystery about you. Less is more.

We need to respect our brothers in Christ.
We need to respect the guys.
If they can focus on us, our personalities, then who knows? They just might see the difference in the Christian women. They might turn to Christ.

Remember when I was talking about true love yesterday?
All you have to do is look at the cross. That's self sacrifice. That's love. He died to save your life. I know that you have probably heard that a lot. But imagine yourself in the most dangerous situation possible. Now picture your husband, boyfriend, crush, etc. saving you, but at the expense of his own life. Heroic, huh? Well guess what. Jesus saved you from hell.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

You are what you watch!

Movies can say a lot to their viewers. They also say a lot about their viewers.

For instance, my favorite movies are Tangled and Pride and Prejudice.

Tangled... It brings out my inner six year old. Sweet, innocent Rapunzel and the dashing Flynn. Eugine. I, much like Rapunzel, like Eugine better. Sure his bravado is cute. But when the real, caring him comes out. *sigh* I'm not going to give any spoilers... but the end!! <3 <3 <3

And Pride and Prejudice. What's not to love? I like the newer one better than the old TV series, but I do enjoy them both. I love seeing the romance between the two blossom. It's about a man and a woman falling in love. Despite the approval of other people. And yet she still goes to her father for his blessing. I wish that we, as young men and women, would listen to the council of our parents and/or trusted elders more.

I get so annoyed by the media's portrayal of love. Shallow. Only skin deep. Sometimes just skin. Y'know... every once in a while you get a gem... like Tangled. But so many these days... it's just sad! No wonder so many people are confused on what real love looks like. "Love is patient." That means waiting for your future husband or wife. "It is not self seeking." Self explanatory, people. It's hard. Nobody said that true love ...Christlike love... was easy. But, here's an awesome promise: "Love never fails."

Anyway, yes. Movies say a lot about their viewers. You've just made an assumption about me by my favorite movies. You now know that I'm something of a hopeless romantic. Old fashioned in my hopes that young men and women would take the advice of their elders more often... I'm alright with that image. A hopeless romantic who will wait on God's timing.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Crazy Dreams

I'm still kind of weirded out by the wacky dream I had on Wednesday night.

I dreamed that I was doing a project for my marine biology class. I took home the huge fish tank, setting it on my kitchen counter. It was filled with fish, a tiny shark with huge teeth, and a couple of octopuses. I stood there, watching the creatures for a moment. Suddenly, a magenta tentacle shot towards the lid of the tank. I slammed my hands down on the top, trying to contain the escape artist octopuses. Between the two of them, they were too strong. Soon the lid of the tank flew across my kitchen. I spent the next few minutes dodging the fish that the octopuses were hurling at me. Meanwhile, I was searching through my phone, trying to call my teacher. But (of course) I didn't have her number! So I call the one classmate who's number I do have and ask for help. She responds in a calm I-told-you-so kind of voice. Annoyed, I hang up. Sopping wet, I look at all the dead fish around me. And only one octopus remained in the tank.


(This is a dream, remember. It doesn't have to make sense.)

...I turned to the TV and the news reporter was announcing that the economy had crashed in Canada.

What causes such insane dreams?? AAAH! In my 15 years of living, I'd have to say that this, by far, is the most crazy dream I've ever had.

What does cause crazy dreams? Crazy schedule?
And what is the most chaotic dream you've had?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Mi Vida Loca

Guess who's back!

So. I haven't been around. In the time that I've been gone I have moved, starred in a summer camp production at my school, and begun my sophomore year in highschool. I've also played in one other production, auditioned for another, and worked on my book. Oh. And I took a trip out of the country.

Theater. Well, I played Laurey Williams in G2K's Oklahoma! at my school in August! That was really exciting. I miss that show already! It was such a blessing to be a part of such an amazing cast. I had three weeks to memorize all those lines, several dances, and a bunch of songs. Whew... I don't think my script left my side! I also played Belle in A Christmas Carol at my school. Yup. We did it in October. Did it succeed? Yes! In case you don't know, Belle (or Isabel Fezziwig) is Scrooge's fiance. The chick who dumps him in a Christmas past. That was such a fun dance at the Fezziwig party. :) Lots of spinning and waltzing. I also just auditioned for Hello, Dolly! on Tuesday!

Sophomore year. It's been flying by. I don't understand how my freshmen year dragged by, slower than Christmas, and this year... it's already time for Christmas!!! Being homeschooled, I get to take some pretty cool classes. (School for homeschoolers. We really don't miss out on anything.) Besides the basics like math, social studies, etc., I'm in Spanish Immersion I with a pretty amazing teacher. :) I'm also taking marine biology! Did you ever watch The Magic School Bus? Remember Mrs. Frizzle? Yeah. That's my science teacher. She's fantastic! <3 I'm doing writing at home... and I get to write a book! Yay!

As for my trip out of the country... I went to British Colombia, Canada. Vancouver (where the 2010 winter Olympics were held), Victoria (the capital of British Colombia), and Tofino (A small surf town...Look west and you can see the ocean. Look east and you can't see very far for all the mountains!!). They are all beautiful in their own ways. While in Victoria, we went on a whale watching tour. We saw three Killer Whales!! They were absolutely magnificent. In Tofino I held a live sand dollar (completely by accident!), saw two black bears fishing for salmon, and went fishing in the pouring rain. In Vancouver, we saw a couple of Grizzly bears and a gorgeous sunset.

Well, now that we've caught up a bit, how about some pictures?

A male orca! You can tell he's a male by how long his fin is! This guy's was 6ft!

THE yellow submarine.

This is one of the salmon we caught! The guy who owns the house we rented just happens to be a gourmet chef.

The *one* crab we caught that was worth keeping. Not much meat in the little guy, but he was delicious!

He was fishing for sport! He didn't eat any of the four fish he caught.

As we bear watched... he people watched.
I thought this one was just flat out pretty. :)