Saturday, February 13, 2016

Hello, My Name is... Blog Hop/ Comment Day

Here we are once hop time!!! (Loud cheering).

Side Note: If any of these do not open in your current browser (i.e. Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.) please try opening it in a different one. Thanks!

Also, if you are not sure what to do: 1. Visit some blogs. 2. Leave a comment. 3. And, leave a comment on this post. Peace out, word to your mother!

1. The Writing Life
2. Scribbles from Emily
3. Lucy Mills: On Faith, Writing, and Life
4. My Incredible Lord
5. Sweet Jeanette
6. Wholistic Woman
7. The Skinny on Staci

If any of the blogs listed do not have a comments section, please feel free to "share" them instead!

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Why Did You Doubt?

As I sat reading a bedtime story to my children tonight, about Jesus walking on the sea, it suddenly occurred to me that earlier today I had fallen into the same doubt as that of Peter in Matthew 14:22-33.

22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Many times I have read this story over the years and each time judged Peter for not trusting in Christ, but now here I am a hypocrite! I have failed to trust in Christ, too. I can recall numerous times when I have reached out, cried, and said, “Please help me. Save me, Lord!” All the while Christ was standing right there looking at me as if I had gone mad, probably thinking to himself, “What little faith you have!”

I stand before people and claim to have given all to Christ, but have I really? When a little incident is able to shake me to the core, is that really having complete faith in the Lord and in my Father? How am I supposed to set a good example for others when I stumble so easily?

Psalms 46:10 (NKJV) tells us,
Be still, and know that I am God…
How often does that seem easier said than done, yet that is what we are called to do? Has there been doubt in your mind this week, perhaps when faced by tribulation? Do you generally stand firm in Christ or lose your footing in the face of what seems to be defeat and/or disappointment? Are you in the word everyday? That is where we need to be when we are shaken so Jesus does not look to us and say, “Why did you doubt?”

1 Timothy 6:12 says,
12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Will you be able to say as the apostle Paul did,
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV.)?

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

More Random iPod Playlist

It is time once again for "Random iPod Playlist"! I'm going to hit shuffle and see which songs come up. Here we go!

1. Rockin' Robin by Bobby Day

2. Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson

3. Rudie Can't Fail by The Clash

4. Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye

5. Another One Bites The Dust by Queen

6. Istanbul by They Might Be Giants

7. Wild Wild West by The Escape Club

8. Send Me An Angel by Real Life

9. Fix My Eyes by For King And Country

10. Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5

Monday, February 08, 2016

Book Review: SNAKES

by Rachel Firth & Jonathan Sheikh-Miller
Designed by Cristina Adami, Nickey Butler, & Neil Francis
Illustrated by John Woodcock
Consultants: Chris Mattison & Kevin Buley
Published by Usborne Publishing

From the bright pattern of colors of the Milk snake, to copy those of the Coral snake (p. 23), to the trickery of the Grass snake "playing dead" (p. 25), this book is chock-full of intriguing information for the snake enthusiast or one simply looking to write a paper on the subject!

Usborne Discovery takes us into the desert, prairie, rain forest, burrows, sea, and along the banks of rivers and lakes to get a sneak peak of these creatures in their natural habitats. From their movements to eating habits, we get an up close and personal view thanks to the writers, artists, and photographers!

The photos and drawings vibrantly illustrate the text in a clean, non-cluttered layout. Fun facts also pepper the book with interesting trivia! For example, did you know: "The New York Zoological Society has offered a cash reward for anyone finding a reticulated python over 9.14m (30ft) long. So far, no one has claimed the reward." (p. 30). Further, an internet URL directs readers who would like to do further research, view more photos or watch videos, etc. to the Usborne quick links site where they will find website links on the topic.

Test your snake knowledge! Where are snakes most commonly found? Are snakes dangerous? What does it mean when a snake has cloudy eyes? Do all snakes look and behave the same? What is the largest type of snake? How are some cobras able to "spit" venom?

Don't forget to check out the "snake facts" in the back of the book, near the glossary! Happy reading!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Hello, My Name Is.... Blog Hop/ Comment Day

It's Saturday! And that's blog hop time!!! (Loud cheering).

Side Note: If any of these do not open in your current browser (i.e. Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.) please try opening it in a different one. Thanks!

Also, if you are not sure what to do: 1. Visit some blogs. 2. Leave a comment. 3. And, leave a comment on this post. See you around the net.

1. Flowing Faith (focus: faith)
2. Danika Cooley (focus: faith, education: children)
3. Sue Acuna (focus: middle school)
4. Michelle in the Middle (focus: middle school)
5. Manufacturer's Handbook (focus: faith)
6. The Traveling Praters (focus: travel)
7. It is What It Is (focus: cancer)

Noteworthy blogs though they do not allow comments. Please feel free to "share" them, though.

8. Albert Mohler (This blogger encourages reader to email him instead of leave a comment.)
9. The Blazing Center (focus: faith)
10. Think Tank 12 (focus: homeschooling, education: children)

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Psychology Analysis of Fictitious Character

Non-fiction based on a fictitious character.
Writing Sample: Not for sale.  Do NOT copy or reproduce.
© 2015

Sounds in the Night

Short Narrative

(I meant to post this yesterday.  Just a quick something that was stuck in my mind.)

Her eyes flew open. What was that sound? Heavily they kept closing but she tried to force them to stay open. She was being pulled back into the sleep from which she woke. She listened intently. Was someone in her house? She pulled the mass of covers aside and and quietly rolled out of the bed. Each step was ginger against the carpet until she reached the hallway. Her socks slid on the hard wood floor as she tip toed toward the family room. Despite her best efforts at staying silent, her knees kept randomly popping. Each took its own turn and was so loud it sounded more like twigs snapping under foot. "Ugh," she thought, "I would never be able to sneak up on anyone!"

She heard a noise in the office and paused to listen. What was it? Carefully, she moved toward the office. SNAP! It was as though the click of her left knee echoed throughout the house. She turned her head so her ear would face the direction in which she was walking. SNAP. Her right knee pierced the darkness with its seemingly deafening crack! She stopped in frustration. What the heck is my problem? Why can I not be stealthy?

The boisterous wind tossed trees about outside. The leaves rustled as branches bent and gave way. Dirt swirled around like a whirling dervish. Is that what had yanked her so forcefully from her slumber? Was it the sound of the wind her brain could not identify while playing a movie of dreams that had her in some alternate universe? Satisfied with this answer, she turned to return to her room. SNAP! She grumbled to herself as she moved with haste.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Struggles, the Spoon Theory, and the Lord Who Fights For You

I believe most, if not all, of us struggle with something. Perhaps it is chronic illness or the poor health of a loved one. Maybe it is a drug or alcohol addiction or one of a spouse, parent, family member, friend, etc. It could be financial hardship, being bullied, being abused, a poor life choice, living in a dangerous situation, terrorism, etc. I call my strife, “the thorn in my flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9). It is terribly painful and at times darn near unbearable. Like the scripture says,
8 …I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
This morning I read an article that stated, “[The thorn in your flesh] is simply helping you to press deeper into God.” THAT, I believe to be true! It definitely makes my relationship with God all the stronger!

All, or most of us, have fears regarding our struggle. And when I am brave enough to share my uneasiness with others sometimes I am told, by those who mean well, I am being unbiblical or a bad Christian because God’s word tells us not to “fear” or be “anxious” (Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 56:3, Philippians 4:6-7, John 14:27, 2 Timothy 1:7, 1 John 4:18, Psalm 94:19, Isaiah 43:1, Proverbs 12:25, Psalm 23:4, Joshua 1:9, Matthew 6:34, 1 Peter 5:6-7, Isaiah 35:4, Luke 12:22-26, Psalm 27:1, Psalm 55:2, Mark 6:50, Deuteronomy 31:6, Isaiah 41:13-14, Psalm 46:1, Psalm 118:6-7, Proverbs 29:25, Mark 4:39-40, Psalm 34:7, 1 Peter 3:14, Psalm 34:4, Deuteronomy 3:22, Revelation 1:17, Mark 5:36, Romans 8:38-39, Zephaniah 3:17, Psalm 91:1-16). That it does. And, I know that. Further, I thank you for giving me God’s word and I love you. In sharing my uneasiness I am looking for compassion and love from a sister-in-Christ. Someone to come along side me to help me on the worst days.

Thankfully, God provides. He has given me a couple ladies who have walked a similar path and know how it feels and can empathize. For them, I am truly grateful because they help keep me sane. Admittedly, however, there are many times I do not take advantage of this the Lord has given me because sometimes it is just easier to pretend everything is okay rather than attempt to explain why it is not. Although, I do like the “spoon” theory explanation. It is living with limitations beyond what is the “average”. It is “paying the price” for doing things that countless, healthy others can do, freely, without physical, emotional, etc. cost.

I do put my trust in the Lord and ask, some days beg, for relief. I know, and I can tell you, His timing is perfect. I preach to myself, and to you, do not give up hope! Do not lose heart!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Hello, My Name is... Blog hop/ Comment Day

You know those bumper stickers that ask the question, "How am I driving?" and then give you a 1-800-Call-Now number so you can comment on their skills and their manners? That is exactly what the COMMENT section is for on a blog. It is the reader's opportunity to connect with the author, and it is very important to us. Speaking for myself, I want to know how I'm doing. I want to know which posts connect with your spirit, your soul or your funny bone. Every comment is meaningful and brings a smile to my face- in fact I consider each one to be a gift. Getting a comment is like opening a Christmas present- full of joy and excitement! And I think this is true for most bloggers. Yet this blog is visited by an average of around 275 people a day, and the comments are often few and far between. I know of others who get far more visits and even fewer comments. And that is why I dreamed up Comment Day. It is a day to be intentional about leaving comments- not just here, but on every blog you read today. Even if it just to say "thanks," I hope this day will inspire you to leave a note for the writers of the blogs you enjoy. (Carl Jones. I'd Laugh...But All This Happened To Me. "How Am I Doing?" 2011.
I echo Carl in that comments are a great way to interact with a blogger, etc. Sure, I can see how many people visit this blog, though not quite as many as Carl, but I too wonder when I do not receive any comments. Who is visiting? Are they people or programs? So, this, "Hello, My Name is..." blog hop/ comment day is a spin off from Carl's over at his blog. Please, make yourself comfortable. If you have some time to sit and relax, pour yourself a hot beverage and allow me to introduce you to some great bloggers!

Side Note: If any of these do not open in your current browser (i.e. Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.) please try opening it in a different one. Thanks!

Also, if you are not sure what to do: 1. Visit some blogs. 2. Leave a comment. 3. And, leave a comment on this post. See you later, gator!

1. The Kennedy Adventures
2. MacGregor Literary
3. Trevin Wax
4. Inside Martyn's Thoughts
5. Freelance Writing Jobs
6. Rachelle Gardner
7. FaithWorld

And, one worth mentioning although it does not allow comments. Please feel free to "share" it, though, instead of leaving a comment.

8. Our Daily Bread

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