Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Christian Speech

Today, in the United States of America, people seem unable to clearly articulate what they need to say.

Something will be, like, cool ya know, whereas something else really neat, is hot! We say-you know- a sentence, and it might end with “Yeah” although that, ya know, word, has nothing to do with what you were previously, like, talking about. Yeah.

We say something is "bad!" when we mean it is wonderful, "wicked!" if we see it as good. So, should we like, say something great is bad, but being bad isn't, like, good? Say something amazing is, ya know, wicked, but if we really are being bad it isn't wonderful? Or if we are wicked, it's bad, but not like, good? Yeah.

How are we to teach the younger generation proper grammar and usage of words, when cold is “hot“, and hot, is “cool“, sweet means “cool“, and cold things can be “sweet“, or sweet things can be “hot“. Something outstanding is “neat“. (Something messy is not!) We say the word cool means “fairly cold“, hot means “very warm“, sweet means “full of sugar” or, “pleasing to the senses” and yet we use these words as exclamations of “amazement“, “shock“, or “wonder“, and then say "This is totally, ya know- like, “bad grammar'?"  

We say “We like to eat, we like to play, he looked like he needed some sleep, we would like to leave,” and yet, none of these examples of proper grammar seem, like, “cool” enough for us to, ya know, like, use them?

As a light shining for God, amidst darkness, I think it is very important to learn how to say what we mean, and mean what we say. Using all the modern vernacular and slang of today is not at all “cool”. Show the world that you don’t have to follow every common fad or trend, and you don’t feel the need to “Fit in” with the world.

Be different.

Stand out.

And be a light shining in
this present darkness.

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” and made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

- 1 Corinthians 4:6

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Yesterday, the two
 little ones (Josiah
and Keturah)
requested that Mom
 let them go in their
 little wading pool.
They were so excited
when Mom answered
 them with a "Yes".
I was asked to keep
an eye on them , so
I grabbed the camera,
and snapped some
pictures. Hope you enjoy
 looking at them!
Josiah and Keturah
were goofing off for
the camera at times...

Although I wish you all a grand, hard working week, don't forget to take a little break once in a while, okay? :)
God Bless,

Friday, May 14, 2010

Dinner With The President-A Parable

Hello to all my faithful readers! I was browsing through some of my older posts from last year and found this one. I thought it was worthy of a re-post. I originally found it on someone else's blog.  Very thought prevoking...

Once upon a time, I was invited to the White House for a private dinner with the President. I am a respected businessman, with a factory that produces memory chips for computers and portable electronics. There was some talk that my industry was being scrutinized by the administration, but I paid it no mind. I live in a free country. There's nothing that the government can do to me if I've broken no laws. My wealth was earned honestly, and an invitation to dinner with an American President is an honor.

I checked my coat, was greeted by the Chief of Staff, and joined the President in a yellow dining room We sat across from each other at a table draped in white linen. The Great Seal was embossed on the china. Uniformed staff served our dinner.The meal was served, and I was startled when my waiter suddenly reached out, plucked a dinner roll off my plate, and began nibbling it as he walked back to the kitchen."Sorry about that," said the President. "Andrew is very hungry.""I don't appreciate..." I began, but as I looked into the calm brown eyes across from me, I felt immediately guilty and petty. It was just a dinner roll. "Of course," I concluded, and reached for my glass. Before I could, however, another waiter reached forward, took the glass away and swallowed the wine in a single gulp."And his brother Eric is very thirsty." said the President.I didn't say anything. The President is testing my compassion, I thought. I will play along. I don't want to seem unkind. My plate was whisked away before I had tasted a bite."Eric's children are also quite hungry."With a lurch, I crashed to the floor. My chair had been pulled out from under me. I stood, brushing myself off angrily, and watched as it was carried from the room."And their grandmother can't stand for long."I excused myself, smiling outwardly, but inside feeling like a fool. Obviously I had been invited to the White House to be sport for some game. I reached for my coat, to find that it had been taken. I turned back to the President."Their grandfather doesn't like the cold."I wanted to shout, 'That was my coat! " But again, I looked at the placid smiling face of my host and decided I was being a poor sport. I spread my hands helplessly and chuckled. Then I felt my hip pocket and realized my wallet was gone. I excused myself and walked to a phone on an elegant side table. I learned shortly that my credit cards had been maxed out, my bank accounts emptied, my retirement and equity portfolios had vanished, and my wife had been thrown out of our home.Apparently, the waiters and their families were moving in. The President hadn't moved or spoken as I learned all this, but finally I lowered the phone into its cradle and turned to face him."Andrew's whole family has made bad financial decisions. They haven't planned for retirement, and they need a house. They recently defaulted on a sub-prime mortgage. I told them they could have your home.. They need it more than you do.

"My hands were shaking. I felt faint. I stumbled back to the table and knelt on the floor. The President cheerfully cut his meat, ate his steak and drank his wine. I lowered my eyes and stared at the small grey circles on the tablecloth that were water drops."By the way," He added, "I have just signed an Executive Order nationalizing your factories. I'm firing you as head of your business, I'll be operating the firm now for the benefit of all mankind. There's a whole bunch of Eric's and Andrews out there and they can't come to you for jobs groveling like beggars."I looked up. The President dropped his spoon into the empty ramekin which had been his Crème Brulee. He drained the last drops of his wine. As the table was cleared, he lit a cigarette and leaned back in his chair. He stared at me as I clung to the edge of the table as if it were a ledge and I were a man hanging over an abyss.I thought of the years behind me, of the life I had lived. The life I had earned with a lifetime of work, risk and struggle. Why was I punished? How had I allowed it to be taken? What game had I played and lost? I looked across the table and noticed with some surprise that there was no game board between us.What had I done wrong?As if answering the unspoken thought, the President suddenly cocked his head, locked his empty eyes to mine, and bared a million teeth, chuckling wryly as he folded his hands."You should have stopped me at the dinner roll," he said.

Author is Currently Unknown

Monday, May 10, 2010

On Mothers Day, Flowers, Random Photo's, and Some Ramblings...

Hello Everybody! How did you all celebrate your Mothers Day? I am constantly reminded of what a wonderful Mom we are blessed with, and I love to have a day that we can set aside to honor her. She deserves more than one!

Mom is a hard worker, so I think what was most difficult for her yesterday, was trying  not to work, because we asked her not to! She is a great example of the Proverbs 31 woman and I know there isn't (nor will there ever be) anyone who could do a better job than she does. Isn't it amazing how God knows exactly what kind of family we need? I would post more about Mom, but I think I'll go into more detail around her birthday, (September 22) so you'll have to wait until then! ;)

Mykaela, Keturah, and I went outside to bring the egg basket out to the barn, and I quickly ran back in to snap "a few" shots of our beautiful banks rose. It's actually not very large at this point, but when you take snapshots up close, it looks full and the flowers look brilliant! (not that they aren't, it's just easier to notice through a picture) Don't you just love photography! The more pictures I take of nature, the more I appreciate, and learn to notice God's amazing creation! Kayla had some fun and took a couple pictures of Turah and I, then I took a picture of them. I think it's easy to tell that we're sisters! :)

Mom received some "Mother's Day Flowers" from Dad, and some from Grandma. Today I had fun taking pictures of them. The flowers are just beautiful! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to do the roses justice. The rich red somehow did not come out through the camera. (Probably the lighting) and of course, nothing could "picture" the beautiful smell! By-the-way, There is a wide space between the picture below and another. Not sure why that happened but I can't seem to fix it... (???)
 Anyways, I hope you enjoy these photo's!





I hope you all have excellent week! Strive to work hard and serve others. We need to be a servant just like the true servant!
God Bless,