Team Jesus

October 30, 2010

Listening To: Only You Can Save-Chris Sligh
Wordy Quote: "We must all hang together, or assuredly, we shall all hang separately." - Benjamin Franklin

There is a saying that basically points out that in order for teamwork to, well, actually work, there needs to be selflessness....there is no 'I' in Team. Everyone seems to either be on a team or root for a team that they like, especially when it comes to Twilight and Football.

I don't understand either of them. And I don't have a favorite team.Team Jacob, Edward, etc. Oh, Please! Spare me the pain of having to listen to that silly, mindless garbage!

All ranting aside, I happen to have a favorite team. It happens to be the BIGGEST team out there. Can you guess? It's not a sports team, a vampire or werewolf team, an Olympic team, or any of that. It's a very active and spiritual team of which I am, at times (sometimes this team lets its biggest player down by not doing its job...remember, no 'I' in team!), proud to say I am a part of TEAM JESUS!


So, today I was listening to Tobymac's I'm For You. That's what brought this whole post about and the idea for the whole "No 'I' in Team" theory (which is absolutely true), as well as the fact that I am on TEAM JESUS. I thought I'd point that out...not that you all didn't already know. :) But, this song, for some strange reason (as I was jumping in my garage), spoke to me. 

With all these teams we profess to support and be a part of, why, we never actually proclaim to the world we're on Jesus' team. We're all for telling people we're on Team Edward or whatever, but we're not 100% comfortable or confidant to show and tell others we're of a more spiritual and mighty team than that of the earthly ones. 

Being a part of a team is great. But we need to keep in mind, that as Christians, we're a part of a much bigger team. This team requires our all and nothing less. If you're giving 100%, plan on giving 150%. Jesus gave his life for us, the least we can do is put aside our differences, humble ourselves, become selfless, and be Jesus to the world. 

And since we're all on Team Jesus, lets keep in mind and remember that there is no 'I' in Team and that we are for Jesus, hence Tobymac's I'm For You (I thought it was a perfect song for today. God really showed me something :)).

Take a look at these lyrics and hide them in your heart for the next time you need a reminder of whose team you're on. We need to ask God exactly what He needs us to do. He already knows, but sometimes we need to ask. And we need to expect that those tasks, trials, etc., that He is having us do will not only produce perseverance and strength, but will be tough (and at times...unbearable):
Whatever you need from me/ To see you through/ Everyone of us has stumbled/ Everybody's humbled/ We hit the ground and our lives crumble.
I'm on Team. Jesus. Are you?

Indulging my Sweet Tooth

October 27, 2010

Today, I have but a short and extremely sweet post for you all! This week has been so hair-raising for me, that I have, quite honestly, lost all track of time, and have failed to post anything of significance. However, I hope that this trifle of a post will be a delectable indulgence to you on this Wednesday evening! And in the future, I do hope to have a post of more importance.


Marriage between one MAN and one WOMAN

October 20, 2010

Listening to: Lead Me-Sanctus Real 
Wordy Quote: "That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh."-Genesis 2:24

Now before I share what I think about this subject matter, please realize that this is my blog and I am entitled to say whatever I feel God has led me to say. And if you disagree, and I have no doubt some of you won't have a problem doing that, it will in no way change my opinion of this present subject. 

Since it's the freedom of speech that allows us to voice our own opinions, I will do so here on my blog. However, the freedom of speech does not give us the right to undermine or slaughter the opinion of others, therefore I urge you to refrain from any belligerence or debating. 

There are quiet a few posts from other ladies' blogs that happen to go over this very sensitive and controversial topic known to many, if not all, as Homosexuality. And if you haven't noticed it happens to be spurred on by a very unique and bold blog button, which I and many others have posted on our sidebars. It's an anti-homosexuality button; and to give all due credit to where it is deserved: Bleah was the creator of this spectacular button. Kudos for such a bold move!
Take the button if you agree!
 Anyhow, since I have this anti-homosexuality button on my sidebar, I feel that I must explain my reason for being so strongly against homosexuality. I am not against the people who profess to be homosexual, just the way they choose to live their life.

Now, God loves all these people…regardless of their sins, right? Of course he does! But, does this mean he is tolerant of their sins? No. And yes, homosexuality is a sin in God's eyes (just like murder, stealing, blasphemy, etc), but this is a violation of one of the most sacred symbols of unity known to man and woman: Marriage. 

 Marriage is meant for only one man and one woman, and God clearly states his disgust for homosexuality in Leviticus 18:22:
 "Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable."
So what does that tell you? Pretty much the plain, inevitable, and undeniable truth that homosexuality is WRONG. God is not tolerant of this behavior, that's notable. And for that matter--because God does not approve of marriage between two men or two women-- I will not look highly upon this lifestyle either. 

 Now, before you get all up-in-arms or head straight to the comment box to badger me with your incessant comments filled with rage or whatever, hear me out. I actually have an uncle who is gay and I happen to love him very much. All "gay" people are a gift, no doubt about that. But, then again, isn't everyone is a gift from God regardless if your gay or not? You don't have to be gay in order for you to be a gift from God.

 With my uncle being gay, his lifestyle presents our family with challenges and heartache. Since his becoming gay, we have watched him suffer with terrible, life-threatening illnesses. I understand some of you may not agree with this, but we are convinced these illnesses he faces may be the consequences he is having to face because of the lifestyle he chooses to live. 

 It also hurts us to have to limit his and his so-called "significant other" visitations and so forth, because we will have no part in his decision to be gay; we will not support their lifestyle. It's not because we don't love them or like them--we certainly don't hate them. But because they are living the homosexual life-style, we will not allow them to do certain things with us because we do not wish to promote or encourage their lifestyle which we strongly disagree with. 

 Just the other day I ran across an argument presented by a fellow Christian blogger to her followers on homosexuality. She was— I'll give her credit—standing up for what she believes is RIGHT by stating that:

"Gay people are a gift from God, and are wonderful. How can they be a sin, if they are only being THEMSELVES. God would not have created them if they were a "sin", because God loves EVERYONE equally and is supposed to not judge others! God is supposed to be a LOVING God, but if he thinks Gay people are sins, then how is that LOVING of his own sons and daughters!" 

Note: I am not trying to insult, badger, or degrade this girl's personal views on homosexuality, so please don't take offense. I am only using this as an example to support my own views.

 However, I have to disagree with her and, aside from giving my apologies for possibly hurting anyone's feelings, I have to give my counter argument to this girl's views on what she believes is RIGHT. As I have already stated before, we're all gifts from God--"gay" or not. But, what I have a hard time understanding is why people believe that people who choose to be gay are only "being themselves"...they're submersed in sin. And if you call living in sin a lifestyle and "being themselves", then I could agree with that statement. We're all sinners; it's a part of our sinful nature, something we have to deal with daily. But, stating that homosexuals are only "being themselves" isn't a strong argument; anyone could say that to justify the choices they make. 

God didn't create sin. Well, if God didn't, then who did? I was searching for the answer to this question and ran across a site that explained this concept very well. At NeverThirsty, the authors of this article state that the creator of sin is clearly not God. In fact, sin is something we create every day. This happens "when we choose to disobey God's absolute moral standard. God did not create sin. God tells us that He cannot sin nor can He be tempted with sin."

In the article they urge their readers to listen to the book of James:
"Let no one say he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God", for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when list has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death." (NASB) James 1: 12-15.

So what do you think now? If God isn't the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33), then He most certainty isn't the author of sin; that would be a huge contradiction! God didn't create sin, obvious; that means God also had no part in creating homosexuality. God created humans in His own image. God was pure, shameless, blameless, sinless. Since He created humans in His image, don't you think it's safe to conclude that the homosexual-life style was never a natural tendency, that is, until sin entered the picture? 

Take a moment to read the passage below:
"God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." (NASB) Genesis 1:27
No, sin wasn't a God thing. Sin happened because of our inability to obey and follow God's command. And because of our sins, we live in a fallen world, and are constantly opening doors that should stay closed, such as homosexuality. 

In Leviticus 20:13, it states that:
"If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them  have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them." 
God loves EVERYONE equally and is supposed to not judge others! Yes, God loves everyone equally...who told you he didn't? If God didn't love us all the same, then half of us would be doomed to an eternal damnation, would never have a chance to experience the abounding and unending love of the Father...heck, he probably would have wiped out those he didn't love with a plague or something. He loves us all, so don't worry!

Here is some evidence from the Bible showing that God is a God of love:
"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." 1 John 4:8
 But, even though God is a loving God, he is also jealous God (Deuteronomy 4:21-24). According to BibleTools: any form of false idols, such as idolatry and homosexuality become a case of divided loyalties. Homosexuals are their own idols. And when we choose to worship other Gods (like money, men/women, ourselves), but the one true God, He [God] "becomes angry, jealous, when this happens spiritually." 

BibleTools also states that, "in Deuteronomy 4:24, His anger becomes so hot that He describes Himself as being a consuming fire. Fire symbolizes God's radiant glory as an aspect of His holiness."

….But if he thinks Gay people are sins, then how is that LOVING of his own sons and daughters!? While God loves us all equally, we have to understand that God does things to direct us back to Him. He takes no joy in watching us suffer but allows certain things to happen in our lives. If we choose to ignore His efforts to guide us back to Him, then he, as stated by Paul in Romans, gives us up to our sinful desires. However, the verse that mentions this is mainly talking about homosexuals:
 "Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.” Romans 1:24
He loves us! O how he loves us! Yet, we must understand that God doesn’t see us as sin, but as sinners. And while he mentions that we are sinners, he mentions in Romans 5:8 that:
“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
God died to save us from our sins. He has forgiven us! But homosexuals are not sins in themselves, God never states that anywhere. It is their homosexual-life style that is considered a sin and detestable in God’s eyes. It’s not the person, only the sin.

It's Monday

October 18, 2010

Mondays are always those days where I could either choose to hate it because it beckons new and unsure changes, challenges, and anxieties; or I could choose to love it because it's one more day God has Graciously allowed me to see. 

Either way, Mondays are one of those days none of us are too fond of. We all wish the weekends would never end, the fun would never stop, and we wouldn't have to resume the hectic and psychotic boredom of our mundane lives...yada...yada...yada. 

But lets not dwell on the negative aspects of Mondays, OK? Be positive. Be creative. Be happy. 

Aside from meditating on this verse for the day: 
Psalm 118:24..."This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."
I am also holding onto these worldly affirmations as a source of inspiration for me when I feel the
grogginess of Monday swarm all over me:
“Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.”-Peter Marshall

Don't let the fact that today is Monday keep you down and out; celebrate because you were given the chance to live to see another Monday. Instead of making this Monday the same, old, and dreary Monday I always seem to dread, I am going to make it a positive day! Won't you?

A Tale of 2 Sisters

October 17, 2010

My sister and I decided to do a small photo shoot out in our backyard a few days ago. On such a crisp and breezy fall afternoon, who could resist the temptation to take photos?! I grabbed my camera and my sister and told her what I had planned. Of course, she was all up for it because she LOVES to get her picture taken--goofy girl. :) Anyway, I thought I would share a few of my favorites with you. My sister took the photos of my, and I of her. They turned out great!

My sister took this. As you will notice, I am not very good at conducting original poses for my pictures. I am plain and simple. And the ones that I try to do something different, always turn out to be a conglomeration of creepy facial gestures and body placement. Oh well!
I look thoughtful in this one. Actually, I was wanting my sister to hurry up! She was methodically trying to capture the best lighting possible. I like it. :)
Ah, my cheese smile. Who wouldn't love that smiling back at 'em? And what about those bug eyes? Creepy....Ha! Oh, and you can see my toes...funny!
My favorite one! I love how my sister captured my from above. She's good!
Doesn't she look mysterious? I love those eyes.
Ooh, honey, you look fine! Ha! I love the way she is looking all sweet and innocent. And again, her eyes are stunning. :)
This girl NEVER seems to take a bad picture. Oh, how I wish that were possible for me. I like the lighting in this one.
Tree huger! No. She's a natural poser when it comes to being a model! She loves the spot light.
The color is AMAZING, if I do say so myself. She's such a beautiful girl, ain't she?

Hot Lemon Tea, Delishous casserols, and unfinished stories

October 14, 2010

Listening to: Forgiven by Sanctus Real
Quotage: “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”-- J.R.R. Tolkien
There is nothing better than a hot cup of freshly brewed lemon tea with a hint of ginger and a smidgen of honey and a good book; a pair of ultra soft, multicolored socks and a cozy blanket; the calming aroma of spice cookies and a delicious casserole in the oven. Sounds like heaven if you ask me. 

And when writing a book, this combination of sensual bliss makes a world of difference and allows my thoughts to flow oh-so freely onto the paper from my either the tips of my fingers, or the end of my purple pen. 

Before writing, though, I must have my music! Depending on the particular scene I am attempting to orchestrate, I will listen to music with different emotional tendencies (i.e sad, angry, happy, love). When I write The Lost Get Found, I tend to gravitate towards Britt Nicole because she gives me such uplifting inspiration with that tinge of hope and remorse that I need to make the book work together in a melodious fashion (as if that could even be possible!). 

Well, today my main purpose (I seem to be writing a lot of those lead-in posts lately :)) is to introduce to you my synopsis of The Lost Get Found. It's fairly short and sweet and, because my last one was rather lengthy and confusing, I have decided to only give the particulars without telling all! (Okay, that will be difficult, but I'll try :))

  Natalie Steel was a methodical and an introverted girl before she arrived at White House High three years ago. And in order to fit in, Natalie had to change everything about her. She's become fake. Nothing about her screams a unique identity; and because her deep and tender personality (which made her that 'real' and lovable person her family and friends adored) was now gone, Natalie had begun to loose site of herself in the commotion of self-centerdness and popularity. Her personality didn't even match her bouncy brown curls anymore. She was a changed person.
  Since Natalie's transformation from a shy homeschool girl to a bouncy, energetic Cheerleader, things have not been the same in the Steel household. Everyone is always on edge and Natalie's brother Ben is at a loss as to why his sister desires to belong so badly to a certain group. He doesn't like the fact that Natalie's the it-girl at school, nor does he enjoy watching her flirt frivolously with all the jocks. This wasn't like his well-grounded, level-headed sister. Who was she? Where did she go? Behind a stained-glass masquerade.

Becoming the cheer captain and attaining popularity has, in her mind, become one of the greatest achievements she has ever accomplished. Natalie thinks nothing about the fact that she has had to give up her unique identity and constantly lives in fear because of the path she has chosen. She wants to be herself again--she longs for the chance to be free. But the chains of bondage are almost always too strong for those who waver in their decisions. Actions speak louder than words, and as of now, Natalie can't help but give into the sinful desires of her youth and snuff out that God-given desire to shine. 

  Natalie's story of healing, discovery, and transformation begins when her best friend Gracie commits a terrible deed. Upon entering into a complex state of guilt, shame, bitterness, and depression, Natalie is confronted by her bother Ben. His concerns for her well-being, his boldness in telling Natalie to move on, and God's constant tugging on her heart, ultimately brings Natalie to her knees. She realizes how selfish, how unworthy of God's grace, and how thoughtless she has been towards her friends and family. She blames herself still about Gracie, but realizes that if she wishes to make a change and save a life (in Gracie's honor), then she must buck up, and get back in fellowship with the Lord. 

Through her struggle to become herself again, Natalie discovers something about herself that is surprising. Some good had come from her time as a cheerleader; God must have had a reason for putting her there--a lesson for her to learn. Instead of reverting back to the old Natalie (who was shy and introverted), she was a new and improved Natalie, but still much the same. She was bolder, stronger, braver, and happier. She was comfortable in her own skin. She wasn't afraid to be herself. 
And because of Natalie's assurance in herself and her new found reliance on the Lord, Natalie is able to fulfill her pledge to save a life--a life that could have been Gracie's had she been willing to step outside her little bubble and shine her light unto the world. In the end, aside from making her own personal discoveries, Natalie does something she never thought was possible: she became best friends with the school's social outcast and became practically inseparable from her, led her to Christ, and without even knowing it, Natalie saved a life. 

With a new found freedom comes the courage and faith to overcome all obstacles. And with Christ all things are possible, you too might even save a life.

Meet Natalie Steel-A Girl of 2010

Secular Music

October 12, 2010

Listening to: Here (In your Arms) by HellpGoodbye
Line Love: "Papa! Papa, don't, I'll say anything! Please, papa, I'll say anything you want, tell me what you want me to say and I'll say it... Papa please don't go!"--from The Patriot; 2000
Hello my pretties! How are you all doing this afternoon? Well, before I move on to what I planned to post on, I wanted to respond real quickly in regards to the recent Twilight post I did a while back. A few of you pointed out to me that some 'weak' guys can be more of a man than the buff, good-looking hunks. And this is true; yet, I never thought about putting that into my post! *shakes head* I thought for sure I had it all covered, but there are always things I can do to improve my posts. Thanks to all who pointed that out. :)

Anyhow, getting onto a different subject! I thought today I would post about what I believe about music. Music is beautiful and calming, it feeds our emotions and makes us feel good! Some music is glorifying to the Lord, while other music, is well, far from glorifying. 

Music is everywhere in our society. And the progression of music over the years has become trashy and meaningless.  We have gotten so far away from music that is uplifting and meaningful that it's almost impossible to find decent music to listen to without it having references to kissing, sex, etc. Not exactly inspiring, uplifting and motivating, is it? Nope. And it sure isn't pleasing to God. Music like that is not what I'd consider PRAISE music, would you?

Think about the words write by David in Psalm 150:
"PRAISE the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty expanse. Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Praise Him with trumpet sound; Praise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe. Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!" 
 We are to PRAISE the Lord, praise him with music and dance. But with Today's music, which has become, basically, music that soils the virginity and innocence (whatever we might have left...if any at all) of the mind. Media doesn't take into consideration that the things we hear, we end up acting out sooner or later.

It's all subconscious.

The music we listen to effects how we act towards our friends, family, God and in public. If we listen to bad music, odds are we will ooze with the disruptive, disorderly, and defiant side effects. And this is not how we are to PRAISE the Lord; to praise Him in defiance is, in every meaning of the word, disrespectful to the Love and Grace He has given us!

We have veered far from music that feeds the soul with good, uplifting themes and lyrics. In the Bible, it states that we are to put into our bodies that which is pure and pleasing to God. How do we ever expect to be the Christian we want to be; act like the Christian we hope to be, and influence the world like we should when all we do is listen to that horrible degrading music of the modern era? 

I know, that seems a little over the top. And I'm not saying all modern music is bad, but most of it is.

It states clearly in Colossians 3:16 that we are to: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord" and not with perverse music with foul lyrics and a satanic vibe. 

I do listen to secular music. My whole MP3 has modern music on it, but I choose to refrain from the types of secular music that would affect my ability to work for the Glory of God's Kingdom.

I have, to be honest, listened to Lady Gaga and other singer like her, but after listening to those songs for the second or third time, I began to pick up on the little things hidden in the lyrics, and it began to make me feel very uncomfortable. 

If I have to listen to secular music, I prefer Selena Gomez, Miranda Cosgrove, Big Time Rush, Ally and AJ, Rascal Flatts, Jon McLaughin, Josh Turner, Kenny G, and Michael BublĂ©. Of course, I listen to others as well, but those are at the top if my list. 

As you can see, I am not at all against listening to secular music. But here's the catch: I don't encourage listening to any secular music that has a dirty message to it. Yeah, it's okay to listen to secular music that is clean and presents a clean and uplifting message (whether it's about God or not), but you have to be careful when listening to this kind of music.

However, not only do I prefer to listen to Christian music, but God does as well. He doesn't encourage us to listen to that secular filth. And if He did, then I am sure He would have said to in the Bible. And yet all we ever read from the Bible is how we should give Him praise! 

Take Psalm 96:1 for example:   
"Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth."
 Besides, when listening to Christian music, you by-pass all the crazy secular junk that tends to clog our sensory with crud and groggy emotions. Why bog yourself down with those not-so-positive songs that are trashy and sexual? It's not pleasing to God. 

But, if you are like me and like to have a variety of music in your library, try choosing music that has clean lyrics, but the same vibe/ beat you like to listen to. If you are looking for clean alternatives to your secular music likes, then you may want to check THIS site out.

P.s. I listen to secular music, too. And I understand that NOT ALL secular music is bad. But there are some songs/bands/singers that I know are vulgar and inappropriate (Lady Gaga for example).  But we should be leery of what songs we choose to listen to. Whether you want to accept it or not, we do listen subconsciously to the lyrics in the you're not always listening to just 'beat'. There's more to it than that! However, there is nothing in the Bible that says we can't listen to secular music--Classical music, if you think about it, is secular, but it's not bad--it just says that we need to listen to music that is pleasing to that gives Him Praise. Listen to what you want...I am not condemning you in any way for listening to secular music, so don't take this post as that. I'm only stating my own opinion.

True Heroism

“Behind the complicated details of the world stand the simplicityGod is good, the grown-up man or woman knows the answer to every question, there is such a thing as truth, and justice is as measured and faultless as a clock. Our heroes are simple: they are brave, they tell the truth,they are good swordsmen and they are never in the long run really defeated. That is why no later books satisfy us like those which were read to us in childhood /for those promised a world of great simplicity of which we knew the rules, but the later books are complicated and contradictory with experience; they are formed out of our own disappointing memories.” ~Graham Greene~

I’m Trying, But…

October 11, 2010

I’m trying, but…
what I want to do,
I don’t do enough of,
and what I don’t want to do,
I do too much of.
I know the rules for a Christian life,
according to the Bible,
and I’m trying; I really am, but…
heaven and eternity seem so far away,
and the rampantly materialistic world
presses in so close
from every direction, every side,
that I get distracted.
Focus, focus, focus!
I need to focus, laser-like
on a simple, God-centered life.
Do I really need
to make that frivolous purchase,
instead of giving the money
to someone who needs it
so much more than I do?
Can I watch that TV show,
read that book, listen to that song
that contains (and promotes!)
even a little bit
of what the Bible forbids,
without being corrupted?
Do I do enough
to love and help and encourage others?
Pride always hovers,
eagerly waiting
to subdue and conquer humility,
so I think too much of myself.
I know the rules;
the Bible makes everything clear.
Forgive me, Lord;
I’m trying, but…

Romans 7:15
Matthew 6:19
Matthew 22:39
Philippians 4:8
By Joanna Fuchs

The feminizing of males in our society

October 8, 2010

NOTE: This post has nothing to do with the CHARACTERS of Jacob and Edward. It only has to do with their appearance.
In an attempt to portray my own opinion-not as an attempt to slight those who are fans of Twilight-I write this post. Some of you are completely for Twilight. You have no problem at all with the message it portrays to innocent and gullible girls as it plays emotions and tugs at their heart’s desires.  

The romance is thrilling. The action is fulfilling. It is a word of intricate magic and mystical beings. Heartfelt lines and tender embraces send shivers down your spine like wild mustangs. 

 Bella’s life is different, almost surreal—like a fairytale with an edgy darkness that is both enticing and addictive. And Edward is the man of every girl’s deepest and darkest desires. He is the best kept secret until now. Everyone wants him because of his romantic passion and devotion towards Bella Swan. The way he fights the instinctive urge to suck her blood is sweet and thoughtful—almost too perfect for words to describe.

He is the knight in shining armor, yes, the 21st Century knight that has so graciously graced us with his untouchable and unrealistic presence, winning the hearts of millions of gullible and naive girls who long to love and be loved.   

In their dreams, they want to be kissed by a vampire (an epic advancement—or a full three-hundred and sixty degree flop—from those girls who wish to only caress the warm and gentleman-like figure of Mr. Darcy, or Mr. Knightly). And if I am not mistaken, they wish to become the very thing that represents Satin himself—a blood sucking Vampire.  

 Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must break away from this most passionate depiction of the steamy attraction girls have with Twilight, and move straight into my purpose for posting on a day like today (which is a rather dreary day, indeed). 

 Those of you, who are not fans of Twilight, know that I do not desire to become entangled into the intricate webbing of Twilight’s most powerful and ferocious entanglement of lies, and deceit that foam from the very essence of Twilight, and it’s romantic and demonic appeal. I would like to point something out that I believe to be apparently relative in today's culture. 

 I don’t care about this Edward Cullen or this Jacob guy, either. I am definitely not in dumb awe-struck about how ‘cute’ they seem to be. These men do not tickle my fancy or ignite any form of feverish passion, nor do they conjure up any unrealistic fairy-tale day dream that may loom in the horizon. 

 In conjunction with Twilight, I will now finally present my main point for writing this post, and that is to present to you an issue that is very intriguing, valid, relative to this ‘modern-age’ culture: men and woman's roles are slowly, yet surely being reversed. 

I am going to give you my take on what has been going on in our culture for a lot longer than we think. This is a semi-touchy subject, but it needs to be talked about without fear of what other people may think or say. 

 I wish not to take too much longer in my explanation, so I will skip straight to the point and what it has to do with Twilight. Real men don’t ‘sparkle’. They may gleam when they sweat, but never have I seen a real man sparkle. 

 Okay, let’s cut the chit-chat and get rid of that obnoxious British writing style, and get to the nitty-gritty (British writing style really isn't all that annoying).  

What I’m trying to say is that men are becoming more and more feminine. Take the two main male characters In the Twilight Series, i.e Edward Cullen (Vampire; right) and Jacob Black (Werewolf; left) for example. Both are men, but they do offer themselves up to be good examples of the feminizion that is happening within out male culture. 

What do I mean by this? 

Well, first of all, Bella falls in love with Edward, but chooses to be good friends with Jacob. I don't know what you're thoughts are on this, but poor skinny and pale Edward strikes me as rather feminine looking. And not the type of 'man' I would choose for myself. 

 But, Bella falls in love with him either way. She must see something in him that I obviously have yet to find. 
Compare him to the muscular, tall, dark, and handsome Jacob Black and I begin to wonder..."Something isn't adding up here! What's wrong with this picture?" 

How could Bella choose Edward over Jacob? 

It's obvious that Jacob would be a better choice that the Edward Cullen who appears to have more issues that just his feminine looks. If it were me, which I am thankful it's not!, I would want my future husband to look more like the ruff and gruff Jacob Black, than the fairy-like Edward.

I'm not looking for an effeminate husband. Um, last time I checked an effeminate husband wasn't on my list, but a strong, hard-working man was.

And yet, it's absolutely incredible just how fast the Twilight series has swept across America. With this alarming speed, thousand of gullible teenage girls have been taken by this dark, fanciful magic and have fallen in love with this nymph-like, sickly creature called Edward.

Oh, no doubt there are a few Jacob lovers here and there—those who know what a real man is—but Edward is everywhere; kind of like a creepy headless manikin that haunts you in your dreams. 

Does this sound like a model for masculinity to you—men that sparkle? Oh, Lord, I should hope not!! I mean, common, who wants a feminine man— sensitive and caring, yes—but to the extreme of becoming overly creepy? Girls don’t want a ‘girly’ guy friend, we have girlfriends for that! 

Alas it has become all too apparent that girls are becoming more and more fascinated by and attracted to the feminine males, instead of the masculine ones. What is it about these feminine males that girls find so striking? What do they have that a ‘real’, hard-working man doesn’t—patience, more romance, a gentler spirit, more sensitivity towards the female emotions?

It’s noted in the Bible that men should act like men, and women like women…not the other way around.  A man and a woman’s role should be DIFFERENT.  Not the SAME!  And therefore my dear readers, I must conclude my post by stating this: Edward Cullen does not deserve the position as possessing ‘hotness’ in today’s society. 

Understand that I am in no way trying to encourage boy-craziness. However, if I were put in a life or death situation—a position that required me to choose between Edward and Jacob—I would definitely NOT choose Edward.

Now, let me close with something for you to ponder on: What sport of message are we as girls portraying to the men in our society if we go after the feminine males? What do you think all the males will want to be? 

Feminine, effeminate males! 

Of course they will do this as a desperate attempt to secure the girls affection and attention. A guy’s main goal is to get the girl to like him, but if girls will only like feminine guys, then what do you think the results going to be? 

Wake up!

Pay attention to this girls; you need to know this: we are not helping guy’s self-confidence if we choose to flatter ourselves with girly men. Instead, we are harming the future manliness by even the most simplest of things, like Edward's appearance. 

For every man that becomes more feminine because he wishes to get a girl to like him, there will be one less ‘real’ man for a girl like me, or you to choose from. Any thoughts on this?

I am all this: I am me

October 7, 2010

I know but not completely
Of how I feel or who I am
I believe but I can't be sure
I look ahead but behind for answers
I see the future but don’t forget mistakes
I am questioning the unanswerable
I am confident but unsure
I am board but I am not
I am lonely but with people
I am tired but cant sleep
I am happy but I am troubled
I am here but I am lost
I am thoughtful with no answers
I am strong but I am scared
I am tolerant of most but not of me
I am waiting but not going any where
I am quite but have a lot to say
I am silent but screaming
I am willing but I am patient
I am colorful in a world of black and white
I am loving and I am loved
I am free and I am faithful
I am all this
I am me

*Author unknown*

Get To Know Me

October 6, 2010

1. Who is your favorite band/singer?
I would venture to say Toby Mac. I love his music! They vibe of his lyrics and such are so inspiring and fun to jam out to. His music's got good beat and a wonderful meaning and message.
My favorite song of his is atmosphere.  

2. Wat's your favorite song and why?
My favorite song to listen to is probably, off the top of my head, Atmosphere by Toby Mac. I've already said this before in a few posts back, but I LOVE this song so much. This is exactly what God has done for me. I suppose that is why I feel such a close and personal connection with this song.

3. What's your opinion of secular music? Are you against it?
I am not against secular music. In fact, I listen to a lot of it.When it comes to secular music, I usually like to keep it clean. Josh Groban, Owl City, and Classical is the type of secular music I prefer to listen to. I have, however, listened to Kesha and Lady, all I can say is that the beat to their songs is good...the meaning not so much.
4.  Do you like to listen to the radio, MP3/iPod, or CDs?
I prefer to listen to my MP3 when it's hooked up to the radio. But, I'm not picky. I listen to CDs in the car because that's all I can listen MP3. I listen to the radio as well. But the MP3 is always so much easier to tote around, that's why I like it best.
5. What's your favorite part about Autumn?
The chilly mornings, mugs of hot coco, the smell of camp fire, the misty mornings, and colorful sunsets, and that huge harvest moon. Ah, the essence of fall!
6. Do you dance crazy when no one is looking?
Like no other! I have to admit that when I am alone, I get 'down with my bad self'! I really can't dance. I mean, the music moves me, but it moves me ugly. So when I'm alone I feel more free to bust a move with no one looking at me strangely.
7. What's your fave kind of drink?
Water! Yummy. Plain water is the best. No added flavors or anything can appease my simple thirst for that good, clean, refreshing water! Oooh!

Follow your bliss

October 4, 2010

Lovely Photo - Wordless or Not-So-Wordless Wednesday at Aspire

My sister is the queen of fun! In fact, she's the only one I know who always has a smile on her face, and an innocent playfulness about her. She's a contagious person and always knows how to make your frown turn upside down. I get asked a lot about what makes me happy. I could, of course, answer the question with an thousand and one different replies. 

A hot cup of coco by a warm fire in the winter time could make me happy, the sent of bread baking and cedar chips being burnt and the annual Christmas commercials that make the holiday season come to life could very well be at the top of my list, as well as cookies, lemonade, cold and frost mornings, writing, and dreaming. But what really makes me the happiest, especially since this weeks challenge is JOY, I always say the same thing: "I could give you the average answer that you've heard over-and-over, but I won't. Instead, I'll give you this: my sister is what makes me happy."


"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves." Guatama Buddha

Always be happy and never be afraid to bring joy to someone with a kind word or a smile. This, whether we realize it or not, makes a huge impact in the people around us and leaves a small, yet noticeable imprint on their lives. 'Till next time, have a lovely week and thank you for stopping by.


October 3, 2010

I wish my heart were ever pure,
My mind and thoughts untainted,
Except this world and its allure
My attitude have painted.
My focus shifts from right to wrong
And often in-between.
I'd rather carry Heaven's song
And worship the Unseen.
This mortal frame, it drags me down,
Though destiny is sure.
I'll leave this desolate ghost town;
Till then, Lord, keep me pure!

*Poems was written by Linda Ann Nickerso

Walk on water by Britt Nicole

October 1, 2010

This song hold so much power and makes a valid point: Faith is all it takes. But faith-that's a hard concept. All too often in my own life, I loose faith and doubt my faith. My insecurities and inability to do make it on my own makes me less able to do that which God has planned for me...his purpose. 

I am a doubting Thomas...but there are times when I just need to trust and have faith that God will take care of me. Like Peter, if I have faith enough in Christ, I can walk on water, too!