Monday, March 29, 2010


You can have fun with these and comment anything that comes to your mind when you see them! (A little break from my usually serious post's.) :)  I *tried* to come up with some of my own...


Copper: You don't really think I took the food???


            Keturah: There's a swimmer over there looking at us funny. Try to act natural!

                                       Josiah: I think my super goggles are malfunctoning...


Josiah: Stop making faces Keturah, I have a reputation to uphold...

...OK, forget the reputation thing...


Please Mom, may we watch Lassie again?

"Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is."
-Author Unknown

God Bless! Hope you all have a great week.

In Christ,


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

More Graduation Pictures and Some Peasants Cry Screen Shots!

If  you love looking at pictures you'll love this post!
I'm on my brothers computer where his other graduation pictures are stored. These are some of my favorites.   BTW, The Graduation pictures below were taken by my Aunt Maellen. If you would like to visit her blog, just click here!
 After the Grad. pictures, I  think you'll really enjoy seeing some screen shot's from the movie my siblings and I are working on, Peasant's Cry. Enjoy! :)

I have a good looking brother! ;)

And now, on the the Peasants Cry Screen Shots:

The Medallion

The Battle:

In the Alleyway

I hope you liked them!

My Brother is Graduating!

My 18 year old brother Josh is graduating this year! Since he's the first in our family to graduate, i'ts sad and exciting to me all at the same time.
 Please be praying for him as he tries to find the direction God has for him right now, as  he is seeking several possible internships for movie producing/editing. Here are some of his graduation pictures. 


Joshua Hoppman-Graduation 2010. Way to go Josh!

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Stubborness Verses Conviction

Pride and Conviction!

Pride: To indulge pride;
to take pride;
to value one’s self ;
to gratify self-esteem.*

Conviction: The act of convincing,
 or compelling one to admit the
truth of a charge;the act of
convincing of sinor sinfulness;
the state of being convinced or
convicted by conscience; the state of being sensible of guilt; as, the convictions of a sinner may be temporary, or lasting and efficacious. By conviction, as sinner is brought to repentance. Men often sin against the conviction of their own consciences.*

-a belief or opinion that is held firmly

Now, you may be wondering what my reasons are for choosing stubborness/pride verses conviction.  How are they alike? How do they compare with each other? These questions are what I hope to answer in a moment.

From my personal experience, pride has been one of the hardest sins of the flesh to tackle. So many smaller transgressions and offences have the root of pride attached to it. Some examples are:

1. Bossiness (assuming you know better than those you are bossing)

2. Being critical of others (pointing out the fault of others gives the attitude of, “I’m not that bad!”)*

3. Anger        

4. Self pity/ “Low Esteem”  (A “Poor Me” mentality puts all the attention on- guess who!)

…And I could go on! Even giving a false sense of humility, is pride.

One aspect of pride I want to mention specifically here, is stubbornness.


Unreasonably obstinate; inflexibly fixed in opinion; not to be moved or persuaded by reasons; inflexible.

Stubbornness is a form of pride as well. I know it may seem a little far fetched, but think about it for a moment. Re-read the definition of stubbornness above. What does it say? “…Obstinate,… fixed in opinion, not to be moved…, inflexible”.

Can you now see how this is a form of pride? What do all of these words proclaim? To me it seems they all ring the bell of self. The party “Me, Myself, and I” love stubbornness, because it is focused on self, in a twisted sort of way. When you are stuck in your “Opinion”, what is your silent proclamation? You are right You know best. Since you're correct, everyone else must be wrong. “I’m not going to change my opinion because it’s mine and it’s the right one!” But there’s a slight catch here. There is a very fine line between Stubbornness and Conviction; This is the reason I must discuss them both in the same post.

I say without hesitation that stubbornness is pride, but I think that many might make the mistake of confusing stubbornness with conviction.

When you are convicted of something by God, you need to stand firm in that conviction as long as you know God spoke to you and it is biblically sound. (God would never ask you to go against his word, the Bible) Conviction is remaining steadfast and strong in your belief. You may be able to see now the reason stubbornness and conviction can be easily confused with one another.

What are some ways that we can be stubborn? In the Bible, stubbornness gives the assumption that you are hard of heart, or as 2 Chronicles says: “Stiff-necked”.

2 Chronicles 30:8  "Now be ye not stiff-necked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the LORD, and enter into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the LORD your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you."

Psalms 75:5 "Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck."

Psalms 95:8 "Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:"

If you have the attitude of stubbornness, that means you have a hardened heart. Christ wants us to be moldable, so that he can shape us into the person He wants us to be. We are to be teachable; a character trait that a hard heart full of stubbornness simply abhors.

Isaiah 64:8, KJV "But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and

thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand."

Jeremiah 18:6, KJV "O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter?

saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand,

so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel."

I would now like to move on to the topic of conviction.

To put it simply, conviction is: -a belief or opinion that is held firmly-

Are you being stubborn to hold fast to a conviction? Let me give you a couple scenarios, to set the comparison of stubbornness verses conviction correctly.



An old lady in her 80’s stood in front of her house. The roof and porch were leaking as it was pouring rain outside; the thunderclaps threatening to shake apart the dilapidated home.

A young man stood on the porch as well, facing the defiant woman looking at him, her arms were crossed.

“Mom, please consider what I‘m saying!” The young man asked. “Look around you. Your door is coming off the hinges, the stairs are fallen, the floor is cracked,“ He then paused as he moved out from under the dripping water on the porch roof. “Two of the windows in the attic are broken, You’ve been sleeping on the couch because the roof leaks above your bed- Come to think of it, the couch doesn’t look like it’s in very good shape either. There are so many problems with this house it's beyond fixing. There is too many things that you need help with. I can help you if you'd let me!”

“I’m not leaving this house son! It took a lot of work to get it, and I’m not going to let it go, just because you don’t like my housekeeping!”

“Mom, you and Dad have owned this house since I was 7, and I’m going to miss it too, but if you stay here any longer, there’s not going to be anything left to remember it by anyways! Please just come live with me. ”

The young man reached for his Mother’s hand. The stubborn lady quickly pulled away and put her hands on her hips.

“I’m not leaving young man and there is nothing you can do, or say, that will make me change my mind!”

“Mom, be reasonable!” The young man pleaded.

“I am being reasonable, now leave me alone!”

"Mom, I just want to help..."



An old lady in her 80’s stood in the doorway to her house. The two men dressed in suits stood there as well, stiffly holding what looked to be a black book; their bikes leaning against the house beside them.

The young man spoke up, facing the lady looking back at him, her arms were crossed.

“Mrs. Richards, please consider what I‘m saying! If you cast off all the words of the book of Mormon, your salvation is greatly at stake!”

He then paused as he took a step forward, assuming he would be invited inside. “If we could just have a little bit of your time-”

The lady moved in front of the door, making it clear that these young men were not welcome into her home, as she spoke.

“I believe in Jesus Christ, and that he is the son of God who died for my sins and rose the third day. I am saved by his grace, not just by works, or the good I do here on earth. The Bible is my light in this world, complete in every way-.”

“Ma’am, I can understand that it may be hard to see your faith a little differently, or admit that you might have been a slightly wrong in your doctrine, but if you hold on fast to an incomplete faith and follow an insufficient guide, you will be regretful at the end of your life and pay the consequences! Please just let me speak to you for a moment. ”

The young man reached for his Mormon bible and held it out to the her. The determined lady quickly stepped away from the front of her porch, and put her hands on her hips.

“I’ve already let you say enough young man. Good -Day.” She added as she began to close the door.

“Ma’am, be reasonable!” The young man pleaded.

“Good Day!”


Here is a quote that might be helpful. It is speaking mainly of courage, but it mentions conviction as well.

"If you have courage, you will influence people based on your convictions. If you lack courage, you will influence people based on your comfort zones"
-Wayne Schmidt

It is very important for Christians to hold strong onto their convictions. As you travel on this journey called life, read and follow God‘s word, always be listening for his still small voice, trust that God’s will is better than our own small plans, study the Bible so you are ready to stand up for your faith and stand fast on your convictions.

I don’t want to go off on a whole different subject but I think it’s important to mention that you should not be judgmental of other people’s convictions. Don’t always be looking at how others respond to or treat situations differently than you, and point out why you think they are wrong. If you feel it is important enough, talk to the person privately, but we should try hard not to make fun of, or say bad things to others about their personal convictions. Some things are to be left between they and God.

In conclusion, stand fast on your convictions, and don’t back down. Listening to what other’s have to say is not lack of conviction, just don’t be swayed too easily if you believe that God has told you something; and pray that he opens up your heart and show’s you if you are wrong.

Do not act unteachable and stubborn though. Be open and teachable to what the Lord has to show you. It is a fatal mistake for those who think they have it all together. The people that have this mindset will be the first to fall low in shame.

To wrap this all up, Follow the Lord and what he has to teach you, and be firm when He gives you a conviction. Be open to what he want’s to show you, through his word and others, but don’t be easily swayed if you feel strongly about what you think God has shown you.

Most of all, stay strong in the faith; don’t back down when times get tough; stay close to God; follow his word, and our whole worldview and mindset should be looked through the eyes of a humble heart.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Over sixteen hundred years ago, God raised up a man named Patrick to take the gospel of Christ to the people of Ireland. Seldom in church history has any missionary been blessed with a more fruitful ministry. The preaching of Patrick was used by God to transform many of the Irish people from idol worshiping pagans into servants of the one true God of Scripture….

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”
(Matthew 28:19)

From the book: Saint Patrick Pioneer Missionary to Ireland

It’s hard to believe we’ve turned
this into a “Lucky”, green,
shamrock-filled day, in replacement
of the celebration of God’s work
through a simple man named Patrick,
 don’t you think?

Friday, March 12, 2010

As Thou Goest, Step by Step, I Will Open Up the Way Before Thee Proverbs 4:12


From the notebook of Arthur E. Ritchie

Child of my love, fear not the unknown morrow,
Dread not the new demand life makes of thee;
Thy ignorance doth hold no cause for sorrow
Since what thou knowest not is known of Me.

Thou canst not see the hidden meaning
Of my command, but thou the light shall gain;
Walk on in faith, upon My promise leaning,
And AS THOU GOEST, all shall be made plain.

One step thou seest -- then go forward boldly,
One step is far enough for faith to see;
Take that, and thy next duty shall be told thee,
For STEP BY STEP thy Lord is leading thee.

Stand not in fear thy adversaries counting,
Dare every peril, save to disobey;
Thou shalt march on, all obstacles surmounting,
For I the Strong, WILL OPEN UP THE WAY.

Wherefore go gladly to the task assigned thee,
Having my promise, needing nothing more
Than just to know, wher'er the future find thee,
In all thy journeying I go BEFORE.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Psalm 91 With A Little Commentary

Psalm 91 (KJV)

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

We need to stay close to the Lord and seek Him; He will protect and comfort us!

I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

We can trust Him to keep a watch over his children, no matter what.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

It may be so tough sometimes, but we need to just rest in the Lord and know that we are in his hands! It says above "He shall deliver thee". We spend so much time worrying over many little things, that God has already taken care of, and is working out for his all-greater plan.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

Once again, a promise that we should not fear when times get rough or scary. We should never stop trusting Him, especially when it seems we are being attacked spiritually. Submit our fears up to the Lord and with the Lord's help we "Shalt not be afraid for the terror by night, nor the arrow that flieth by day;"

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

All around us, we may think things seem impossible to turn around for the better, but with God, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!

Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

There is great reward for trusting God. I love this promise. God is caring for us and our small problems. What great love he shows his children. I know I sure don't deserve it!

Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

Not only will we "Make it out alive" of our tough situations, it says we "Shall trample the lion and adder".
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Call upon the Lord and He hears your cry. Tell him your thoughts, fears, feelings, desires... anything! The Lord Promised that if you call, He will answer. No, he does not always answer in the way we expect, or answer in the way that WE think is best or WANT, but He will answer, and we should just rest in his loving arms, knowing that He has, and always will have, everything in His control. He knows the answer to your problem before the problem even comes to you! Not only that, but he is willing to hear our little fears and worries; The God of the whole Universe! He loves us that much. Isn't that  such a comforting thought? 
 I love the last verse. "With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation." Thank-you Lord!

Some of your hurts you have cured,

And the sharpest you still have survived,

But what torments of grief you endured

From the evil which never arrived.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not be afraid of tomorrow; for God is already there. ~Author Unknown

You can tell the size of your God by looking at the size of your worry list. The longer your list, the smaller your God. ~Author Unknown

Remember to keep trusting in God. He'll work everything out for His glory. He has a special plan for each and every one of you, and he will orchestrate our lives to fit that plan.
I Hope you all have a great week.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Just So You Know...

Hello to all my readers! I hope you all are having an excellent week so far.

I just wanted to pass on some fun news.
My Mom, Lydia Hoppman, has started up a blog. She hasn't done much yet, but if you like my blog, I'm sure you'll love her's as well! 
She is a women of God and loves the Lord with all her heart! She is a lot like me in her likes and dislikes. :)  I hope you take a moment and check out her blog, maybe even let her know you stopped by! Here is the link:

 Thank-you, and God Bless.


Monday, March 1, 2010

Fun Things to Do on the First Day of March


Keturah on the Trampoline
New Mexico's glorious clouds!

Hope you all have a great week.