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So, yeah...I've been pretty lousy about posting the past couple weeks. Most of that is due to being off school in the middle of your typical holiday craziness. However, we start back to school on Wednesday, and I hope to be posting more regularly. Funny how blogging correlates with school--you'd think I'd blog more on a break. Instead, I seem to put it in the same class as school and simply put it on the shelf until we resume. I'm afraid you'll just have to accept this brain anomaly of mine, dear reader.

So what have we been doing? Not a lot, actually. We had a nice, quiet Christmas, full of lovely presents and fun family time. More on that later. One of my favorite presents would have to be the Kindle I got...I'm loving it so far, and am currently deep in the old-west world of Mark Twain's Roughing It. (If you're looking for some excellent and humorous reading, pick it up!)

Dad and I went to see The Hobbit on Thursday...I'll be posting a review soon! Quick opinion: it was good, but not Lord of the Rings.

As to the new year...2013. Wow. 2012 just went by so fast. I didn't accomplish or become all that I wanted to, but I could have put in some effort I didn't. As to new year's resolutions, my one and only thus far is a new Bible reading program. It's 9 chapters a day, and I don't think it'll hurt me. I've been wanting to spend more time in the Word, but there always seems to be something else that comes up.  Hmm...need to work on fighting that.

So, now I'm off to bed...am so behind on my sleep. *yawn*  Blessings, everyone!


Morning Thoughts

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We were blessed with some beautiful snow this morning…I’ve always thought snow was such a wonderful thing. It covers up all the dirt and muck of this world, transforming it into a clean, fresh, wonderland of beauty. Actually, it’s a lot like our Savior’s grace and love in us! :)

I was thinking this morning about idolatry. The Lord led me to read 1 Cor. 10, and that was certainly interesting! (Not that I haven’t read it before, but it just hit me different.)

I’ve been convicted recently of having some idols in my own life. Chief among them is the computer and internet. It seems like every effort I’ve made to cut back on it has failed. But really, every aimless hour I spend wandering around the world wide web is my choice.  So, I was much comforted when I found this verse:

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

1 Corinthians 10:13

So, because Christ has made me able, I will start limiting my time on the computer to actually useful, productive stuff.  I’ve taken note of what I actually do on the computer…checking my email, social networks, and blog doesn’t take that long! After that, I have much better things to do. Like spend time with my poor neglected family.

In case some of you are wailing piteously at the very thought of me leaving, I am not.  I’ll still be on daily, just not for hours on end. :) And now, I will challenge you: is the computer an idol in your life? It’s a hard question…

Winter Walk

Just got back from a lovely walk with my parents…it hardly seems like such horrors as that in Connecticut could take place in such a beautiful world.

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They need to clean the sidewalks better, with that many geese around…:P It often feels like you’re playing hopscotch!

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Long winter shadows…getting closer to Christmas, y’all!

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Little Sadie, always having so much fun…:)

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The other members of our happy little family!

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Sadie and I decided to wait on the fun rocks while Mom and Dad made another trip around the lake. And hey, what’s photography without hdr?! :D So while we were waiting, I decided to try using the rocks as a tripod, and experimented with some selfies.

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This was my favorite. {smile}

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Cool winter tree-skeletons.

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Time to go home…say goodbye to the lake!

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Merry Christmas everyone…and stay warm!

Honoring Your Father

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“Children’s children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their father.

Proverbs 17:6 (emphasis added

I find it so interesting that Proverbs tells us that the glory of children is their father. Indeed, would the “normal” teenager nowadays  EVER be caught saying that? Not many.

I especially dislike the children’s shows that are on now. Parents are portrayed as dumb, frumpy know-it-alls that just want to keep the kids from having fun. The stereotypical “Dad” is a couch potato who chases away boyfriends and embarrasses his kids in public.

I could not think of anything that is further from the truth.

My dad is an upstanding, righteous man who loves the Lord with his whole heart, who provides faithfully and selflessly for our family, who cares enough about my future married life to keep me from making a dumb mistake, who has brilliant ideas, and who has an innate sense of decorum in public. 

In short, I’m proud he’s my daddy, and will continue to be so. I refuse to let popular culture define my relationship with my parents.

And no, I do not have a perfect relationship with him/them. That same verse reminded me of a couple times in recent days where I have become impatient with and even disrespectful to my father. That is inexcusable. But as I have been learning, it is Christ in me that makes me able to properly respect my parents. I couldn’t do it on my own. ;)

So, remember to respect your parents today, friends!  They certainly deserve it!

Rightly Dividing

I've been thinking a lot lately about rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Tim. 2:15) I believe this means not misconstruing the Bible (however that may be), or letting other people tell you what the Bible means, rather than praying about it yourself.

Rightly dividing is tricky, though. It takes time in prayer and thought and lots of meditating on something to really understand it, and know how to apply it to your life.  I think this is something God put in place to actually draw us closer to Him--we can only find the answers we need if we spend a lot of time looking for them in the Bible and asking Him about it. :) Pretty clever, I say.

I guess I just need to start studying the Bible for the answers I want, instead of waiting for them to drop in my lap. I don't think God works that way.  Rightly dividing is a lot of work...but worth it!

The Virtue of Silence (or, Laurie and her Big Fat Mouth)

I have a bad habit of putting my foot in my mouth. I think we’ve all struggled with that at times—when you suddenly have the irresistible urge to insert your very important opinion into a conversation.  After you’ve said it, you realize you never should have opened your mouth.

I’ve had a few instances of that in the past months.  I say something, and spend the rest of the day thinking how much better my life would be if I would just KEEP MY MOUTH SHUT.

Proverbs has a lot to say about this, I’ve discovered..it’s a veritable treasure trove of instructions on “D.I.Y. Mouth Shutting.”  I did a quick search for a few verses on the subject, and here’s a couple I found:

“In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.”

Proverbs 10:19

“He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.”

Proverbs 13:3

“The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.”

Proverbs 15:28

And that’s just a small sample of everything Proverbs says about words! Smile So, today, I’m going to work on keeping my mouth shut and thinking before I speak (what a novel idea).

Have a blessed day!

Why have I been gone?

Well, to start with, I'm still in high school. :) That alone is a full-time job, not to mention extracurricular activities. We've really been struggling to keep on track with school, and have not been doing a good job of it, sorry to say.

Also, the last couple months have been really hard for my family as a whole, because my grandmother (maternal) passed away. My mom made several trips to see her while she was still alive, and finally all of us went down to say goodbye. Her passing was peaceful, at least, and she's with Jesus now. <3

Anyway, we've been trying to encourage any sense of normalcy back into our lives right now. Christmas is crazy, as always, and that combined with school, friends, and a potential move on the horizon (to be closer to family), is keeping us very busy.

However, it's not keeping me busy enough to stay off the computer, so I'm hoping to pick up my camera this holiday season and get some more posts up here. Of course, the way the rest of my blog promises have gone....uh...he he...*looks uncomfortable*  I'll try my best. *scratches back of head and grins sheepishly*

I need to go to bed and get my beauty rest for school tomorrow. :) Blessings, everyone!