|Posted on August 4, 2013 at 10:25 AM|
Listening to one of my favorite groups the other day and this song just speaks to me.
The chorus goes like this:
The mountain will tell you, that you can't make it over.
it will try to convince you, that it's way too high.
Though you feel defeated, know that God keeps his promise,
So you tell that mountain just how big your God is!
Sometimes we need strength just to face the day. I know that some mornings, my mountain is just "getting out of bed" other days it is something bigger. But if we can just remember that God is bigger than all the mountains that we face, our lives will be a little easier.
|Posted on July 9, 2013 at 5:50 PM|
It's time to publish my Royal Baby predictions!
With what seems like only hours left of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy, I thought I had better get in on this whole baby prediction thing. I've been talking about it with my friends and family for months now!
I believe the child will be a girl. Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the heir to the British throne will be granted a title at birth, HRH The Prince(ss) of Cambridge. This of course, came as no surprise.
Birth Date and Time : 15 July 2013 mid-afternoon to late-evening
Birth Weight : 6 lbs 8 oz
Birth Length : 20"
Gender : PRINCESS
Names (in no particular order) : Alexandra Elizabeth Charlotte Victoria
If it does happen to be a PRINCE (which I doubt) I have chosen the name George Philip Charles Alexander
Well, I hope you all have fun making your own Royal Baby predictions, any way you look at it, it certainly is an exciting time for the entire world!
But most importantly, I wish the Duchess a safe and healthy delivery!
Best wishes Kate and William!
|Posted on June 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM|
If you ever wondered what length necklace you are wearing. It has a name! Yes, these are the current accepted terms:
Collar or Choker 13"-16"
All of these lengths are approximations and some people will argue on exact length. This is just meant to be a helpful guide!
|Posted on June 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM|
Last week I was grateful to be able to take a little break from the daily grind and take some time away from home and go to Yosemite National Park.
My family has stayed in the same house in Wawona, California for the past 33 or so years. It's a blessing and a curse to be in the same house with extended family for a week, but somehow we make it work and do not come out hating one another. We had a lovely church service, led by my dad, one Sunday morning in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias just inside the National Park gate. We saw plenty of God's beautiful creation, both flora and fauna. My favorite being the Gray Squirrels :)!
(This one had a particularly long tail!)
We went to the Valley Floor and did all the usual activities, walked around Happy Isles a little, went to the Nature Center, walked around the Ahwahnee Hotel and did shopping at the Village store. We did not get to the visitor's center like usual or go to the Yosemite Lodge, but we went to Mirror Lake, which has not been on the agenda as long as I can remember going there.
We experienced record-setting heat, which was not fun at all. But we were grateful for any moments we had in air conditioning!
We even managed to fit in a Stagecoach ride in Wawona and listening to the Yosemite Musician, Tom Bopp, play the piano at the Wawona Hotel on two occasions!
All in all, it was a good time, but I am glad to be back in my 70 degree weather on the Southern California Coast!
Take some time and be thankful for your surroundings, whatever they may be today.
|Posted on May 11, 2013 at 6:30 PM|
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended into hell.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
It's a shame we don't recite this (or even read it) at our church. I have been going to church all my life and I did not even know about this creed until I was 23 years old and at God's Bible School and College in Cincinnati, Ohio working on a degree in Ministerial Studies. I didn't finish the degree, but I sure got a lot out of the experience. This is one of those things.
I wish we could, as Christians, all adopt this creed to know what we all believe and why.
|Posted on May 11, 2013 at 5:40 PM|
Recently, I've been feeling a little starved for theological conversation. I got the idea in order to fight this starvation that I would just re-read the Pentateuch, making notes, and formulate some new ideas about it, and then shoot them over to one of my two favorite theological sparring partners.
Then I recalled that one of my very dear friends (a rare gem of theological knowledge, with whom I love to debate) lent to me a series called "Christianity: The First Two Thousand Years", a 6 hour and 40 minute historical narrative produced by A&E. I realized I had not even started it yet and he had given it to me weeks before. I popped it into my TV.
I was amazed at what I was hearing. A little of it was review, but there is so much in it that I didn't know, or that I had completely forgotten. I realized that I have been focussed on the stories in the Bible, the what happened... what do I believe... and why do I believe it. I had totally neglected the history aspect of what happened between the execution of Jesus and the first publication of the Biblical canon, not to mention the beautiful way this documentary ties what was happening in the Christian faith with what the world was going through at the time. As a history lover and a Christ lover, this has ignited a new fire in me.
Now, I'm starved for history in a new way. The good news is that I am still on the first disc of the set (or the first thousand years of Christianity) and I still have another 1000+ years to traverse before the end of the series. But I feel like when I finish watching it, I should start it over with a note pad and paper and write down all the people and events I would like to further study.
Disc One covers the following Chapters: 1. The Apostles; 2. The First Leaders; 3. Controversy; 4. Paul [Saul] of Tarsus; 5. Seeds of Faith; 6. Struggle for Survival; 7. Constantine’s Rule; 8. The Gnostics; 9. New Testament; 10. Monastic Life; 11. Augustine of Hippo; 12. Fall of Rome; 13. Saint Patrick; 14. Irish Church; 15. Byzantine Empire; 16. Theodora; 17. Birth of Islam; 18. Iconoclasts; 19. King Charlemagne; 20. Church and State; 21. King Louis; 22. The Vikings; 23. Otto the Great
Disc Two covers the following Chapters: 1. The New Sect (a review of what’s found on the first disc); 2. The Dark Ages (continuing the review: barbarians and Islam threatened Europe from the 8th century on); 3. Reformation; 4. The Crusades; 5. Constantinople Falls; 6. Saint Dominic; 7. Birth of Spain; 8. The Protestants; 9. Martin Luther [John Calvin]; 10. The Eastern Church; 11. The Renaissance; 12. Henry the VIII; 13. The New World; 14. Slavery; 15. The Methodists; 16. Christianity in America; 17. Napoleon; 18. Doctrine of Faith; 19. The Modern Age; 20. Missionaries; 21. The Mormons; 22. The Evangelists; 23. The Black Church; 24. The Church today
It's amazing to see what the early Christian martyrs did for their love of God, and it's interesting to see the pagan rituals that Constantine implemented into Christianity.
I'm still overwhelmed.
So... to the person who lent me the DVD set... thank you. I'm really enjoying it.
|Posted on May 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM|
For some time now I have been thinking about the concept of being an heir of God's. Let me preface this thought with the fact that I am a fan of all things British! I love my British ancestry and feel my closest political party would be a Loyalist (God Save THE QUEEN). So, the whole idea of royalty fascinates me.
As I was listening to a Christian radio station, I heard a song by Britt Nicole, called "Gold" It's aboutThe part that struck me was:
"So don't be ashamed to wear your crown
You're a king you're a queen inside and out"
Of course, this is not quite theologically sound, but I like the sentiment. You are an heir to the throne, God is the King, but it's nice to think about wearing a crown.
I found a few verses that I've been thinking about lately and I will share them here:
Romans 8:17 - Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Galations 3:29 - If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Galations 4:7 - So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
Titus 3:7 - so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
|Posted on April 25, 2013 at 4:40 PM|
So the other night I was awake at a very unusally late hour (around midnight). And my kitty, Tiger Lily was snoozing next to me in bed. I was knitting or something and out of the corner of my eye I see a little object... moving just outside my bedroom door.
I look up and it is a cat. Now, I only have one cat, and she is happily napping next to me in bed!
I jumped out of bed saying, "CAT! There's a cat in the house that's not my cat!" Pretty silly, I know.
The cat went back downstairs (yes, it had come upstairs) and went out the cat door (the one I have for MY cat.)
It was very awkward.
This is what it looked like:
|Posted on April 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM|
Today I am sitting at the local government center fulfilling my civic duty by reporting for Jury Service. This is something I consider an honor of being a citizen of the United States. I know that most people do not look forward to this and some even see it as involuntary servitude, but if you choose to be a licensed driver and registered voter in these United States, you are also agreeing to be selected for judicial service.
Article Three of the US Constitution states (in part) "The trial of all crimes... shall be by jury; and such trial shall be held in the state where the said crimes shall have been committed" Every person accused of a crime punishable by incarceration for more than six months has a constitutional right to a trial by jury. This right was further expanded by the Sixth Ammendment which states (in part) "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed".
I feel of course priviledged to be here serving, and I hope to be called for a panel and eventually a jury. I have served in jury service before but I have never been called to a panel. But the way I see it, if I was on trial for something that called for a jury, I would want someone like me to hear my case. I am fair and balanced and would hope that my jurors would not constantly be thinking about where they would rather be. Someone's future depends upon my thoughts and the thoughts of other jurors. This is a big deal and should not be taken lightly.
When there are those around me constantly complaining, I hope to keep my positive attitude and I similarly hope that there are others in my position in this room, happy to be here and hoping to be called.
|Posted on April 4, 2013 at 12:40 AM|
I'm getting all geared up for National Tartan Day on April 6! I have even been wearing plaids all week to get myself pumped up, I'm calling it my own Tartan Week!
National Tartan Day celebrated the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath (or the Scottish Declaration of Independence) signed on April 6, 1320. Can you imagine? Four hundred fifty years before the signing of the US Declaration of Independence, it is beleived that our Declaration and Constitution was modeled after this document and the Scottish Americans at the time made enduring contributions to our Nation with their hard work, faith and values.
The Scots’ brought with them to the "New World" a strong dedication to liberty and a tradition of freedom. There are at least 9 confirmed Scottish Americans that signed the US Declaration of Independence,
Edward Rutledge, William Hooper, George Ross (his nephew's wife, Elizabeth (Griscom) Ross, better known as "Betsy Ross," was maker of the first national flag), Matthew Thornton, Thomas McKean, George Taylor, James Wilson, Philip Livingston, and last but greatest of all to be mentioned is the Rev. John Witherspoon. When John Dickinson of Pennsylvania said the country was not ripe for independence, Witherspoon broke in upon the speaker exclaiming, "Not ripe, Sir! In my judgment we are not only ripe, but rotting. Almost every colony has dropped from its parent stem and your own province needs no more sunshine to mature it."
So take a moment this weekend and think about the great history of Scotland and their Declaration of Arbroath, and the influence this act had on the making of the United States 450 years later!
(Picture of the Declaration of Arbroath)
(Scotland Modern National Tartan)
Alba gu bràth,