Recent Photography

 

Today I will be sharing my eight best photos I’ve taken this summer, along with two of my favorites that aren’t as good quality.

I love how this picture of a rose turned out! For once, my camera actually captured that certain vibrant pink color!

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Because of all the trees surrounding our property, I don’t usually have the chance to get pictures of sunsets. But one particular night, I happened to catch the sky all aglow, and I hurried to snap this picture.

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I love this beautiful picture I got of a clover patch.

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Another rose picture. I loved the pink glow in the background on this picture.

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The next three photos are from a photoshoot of my younger sister.

In this particular picture, it took me a couple of tries framing the photo, so that it contained the sun, the rock, and my sister, all in good composition.

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I love this smile.

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But this one right here, is probably my best photo ever. We went searching for sunbeams, and at the right moment she caught the sunbeam just right, and I captured this picture. Oh, I just love this one.

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I’m not really sure what about this picture makes me like it so much, but something about it makes me happy.

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And here is the final glorious picture, in the my eight best summer photos!

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Okay, now we are ready for the other two. The ones that I wish had turned out better quality-wise, but had something else that made them good photos, so I had to share these two.

This is another photo from the photoshoot of my sister, but unfortunately, it wasn’t as in focus as I wanted it to be. It would have been awesome if it had been in focus.

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And this…..is my cat. His name is Musta, a Finnish word meaning “black”. He is entirely black. For once, I got a picture of him sitting still. Usually, once he sees I’m taking a picture of him, he comes and rubs against my leg, begging to be pet.

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Now is the part where say a bunch of boring stuff that you should already know, about how these are my pictures, et cetera.

*All the pictures in this post belong to me, Faith on the Farm. Pretty much all of the other photos on this site belong to me, too. Please do not steal them. Thank you!

Thank you for reading this post! It wasn’t very wordy, so it was a pretty quick one. (In fact it was actually written over a week ahead of time, and was scheduled to post on its own now)

“The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.”

-Psalm 19:1-2 (ESV)

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The Purpose of Prayer

I am super excited and humbled to be writing this post. I really enjoyed studying about what the Bible says prayer gives us. This post will be about the immediate benefits of prayer, and what happens when we obey God’s call to pray. I was studying what God’s word says about what prayer does for us, and I came up with many, many things that prayer gives us. We will be going through some of them and the scriptures that back them.

When we pray, we recognize that God is there

“Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven……” Mathew 6:9

“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” -Hebrews 11:6

When we pray, we recognize our need for help

One rather meager definition of prayer is talking to God. Why do we need to talk to God? Because we can’t do this on our own! By praying we are recognizing the very fact that we can’t do this on our own. So in prayer, if we are truly and sincerely praying, we are humbling ourselves before God.

“But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” –Luke 18:13-14

When we pray, Christ imputes his righteousness and strength to us

He delivers us from our temptations

God gives us the strength and righteousness of Christ himself! This is the same strength that allowed Christ to not give in to the tempter when the devil tempted him in the wilderness. (Mathew 4:1-11) This is the same strength that allowed Christ to endure the cross.

O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

“What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

In Christ is found our strength, our joy, our righteousness. Oh, what prayer could do to change our lives.

And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.” -Mathew 6:13

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” -James 4:7

“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” -Mathew 26:41

When we pray, God shows us all he has done

How many times has this happened to me! I go outside and get on my knees. Nothing has been going right, and I must turn to him. I pour out all my troubles, saying “O Lord! Help me!” And right then and there all he has to do is tell me “Look up”.

I look up into the sky. I look up at the wonderful display of stars that my savior has made in his own hands, and I am so amazed. As I sit in awe and amazement, and think of the power and magnificence of our God, I forget my troubles. Compared to this, my troubles are just to small to be thought about. If the God who created this great universe and holds every star in his hands; if this God is for us, who can be against us!!

And he doesn’t stop there.

“Art thou a sinner, soul?” He said,
“Then how canst thou complain?
How light thy troubles here, if weigh’d
With everlasting pain!

“If thou of murmuring wouldst be cured,
Compare thy griefs with mine!
Think what my love for thee endured,
And thou wilt not repine.

“Contentment” by William Cowper (read it here)

Oh Lord How Great Thou Art!!

When we pray, our hearts are filled with thanksgiving, as we remember all he gives us already

Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts” -Mathew 6:11-12

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise!
    Give thanks to him; bless his name!” -Psalm 100:4

When we go to be in prayer, we are alone with God himself

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.” – Mathew 6:6

When we pray, we draw near to God

The best thing we could ever do when we are in trouble, is to draw near to God. Prayer is just that.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” -James 4:7-8a

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” -Hebrews 4:16

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” -Hebrews 10:22

We pray to submit to his will

In order for prayer to be effective, he must pray not only humbly, but submissively. God’s will is the best plan for us. If we do not submit to his perfect plan for our lives, it will be a whole lot harder for us. Don’t try to go against what God wants for you. Submit to his will, even it’s not the way you would naturally want to choose.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” -James 4:7

“And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” -Mathew 26:39

“For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.” -Romans 10:3

When we pray, we must recognize we are in the presence of a holy and altogether righteous God

“But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin” -Mark 3:29

“For he who is mighty has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.” – Luke 1:49

“Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” -Mathew 6:9

“For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it,
    for how should my name be profaned?
    My glory I will not give to another.” -Isaiah 48:11

When we pray, we are confronted with the need to ask for forgiveness

If we are submitting to God and the Holy Spirit, then when we pray we will often be convicted about our sinful desires and actions, in the presence of an awesome and holy God. If we continue to submit and listen to God, then we will ask God to forgive us and to purify us.

Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.” -Mathew 6:11-12

“Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
    and cleanse me from my sin!” -Psalm 51:1-2

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” -James 4:8

When we pray, we should long to be like Christ to others

When we receive the self-less love of Christ, when we pray, we should long to be like him. When he forgives our sins, we must forgive others when they sin against us. When he died on the cross for us even while we were still his enemies, we must also love our enemies.

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” -Romans 5:8

“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” – Mathew 5:44

“And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.” -Mathew 6:12

Finally, when we pray, we are reminded of the hope of his coming

We know he is coming again! And when we pray, we are reminded of this truth. Our sorrows will not last forever. One day he will wipe away every tear, and sin and sorrow will be no more.

“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns!” -Revelation 19:6

“Be strong and let your heart take courage,
All you who hope in the Lord.” -Psalm 31:24

“And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.”-1 John 2:28

“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.” -James 5:7

But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more.” -Psalm 71:11

“You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” -James 5:8

“Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.” -Revelation 1:7

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ANYONE WHO FINISHED READING THIS ENTIRE POST!! I you would like more posts like this, please tell me here, or hit the like button.

BTW: I had written extensive notes for this post from what I had been studying about it. Happily, I lost those notes so now 1) You don’t have to put up with an even longer post and 2) God was able to work through me to tell you what he actually wanted me to say, instead of following my own notes. (It would be nice to find that sheet of paper with my notes on it though……it had some handy things written on it)


For more resources on prayer you could read:


 

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” -Mark 11:24

The Blue Sky Tag!

This will be as quick a post as I can make it. American Girls in Alaska tagged me for the Blue Sky Tag. Thank you American Girls in Alaska! Here is the link to her post.

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person that tagged you
  2. Answer their 11 questions
  3. Tag 11 more people
  4. And give them 11 questions to answer

Here are her questions:

  1. What is your favorite dog breed? Bluetick coonhound.
  2. What is your favorite cat breed? Siamese mixes maybe? All of our cats were found and we have no idea what breed they are, but one of them has the cute Siamese meow.
  3. If you could go to any planet, which would it be? Mercury or Venus. But I really don’t know.
  4. If you could spend time with any book character, who would it be, and why? I am reading Salome by Emma Marshall, and I would like to spend time with the main character, Salome, because she and I are kind of similar.
  5. Photography or writing? Photography.
  6. Do you have a cell phone? I don’t have my own cell phone. Our family kind of has a shared cell phone thing with the kids.
  7. Do you play a musical instrument. If so, for how long? I played violin for 4 years, and then I switched to cello, and I’ve played cello for 4 years. And yes, I like cello a whole lot better.
  8. What is your favorite flower/plant? My favorite flower is snapdragons. They are super easy to grow and they are super pretty and fun.
  9. Are you excited to go back to school? YES!!! I am excited to go back to school. I’m generally excited about anything new/ out of the ordinary.
  10. What do you want to be when you grow up? A mother. Being a nurse as a side-job and a photographer as a side-hobby would also be fun.
  11. Opinion on brussel sprouts? I absolutely love them. They are SOOO yummy. Particularly when they are fresh, but they taste really good frozen then boiled too.

Here are my 11 people I am tagging:

  1. Middle Mary
  2. Dreaming of Guatemala
  3. Maysa Rose
  4. Dancer for the King
  5. Heart of a Dreamer
  6. Lula Boo
  7. Tisty’s Tales
  8. Em in the Sun
  9. Marshmallow Harmonies
  10. Questionable Tortoise Couture
  11. Through the Eyes of Gracie

Here are my 11 questions for the people I tagged to answer:

  1. What is your favorite vacation you have ever been on?
  2. How many people are in you family?
  3. When and how did you become a Christian?
  4. When you open your bible, what is the first place you usually read?
  5. What time did you get up today?
  6. Who was the 11th person that followed your blog?
  7. What’s the best poem you have ever read?
  8. Would you rather be inside or outside? (Take that question to mean whatever you would like)
  9. What is your favorite thing you have ever learned?
  10. What word do you use the most? (Other than conjunctions)
  11. What are your three top favorite worship artists?

Okay, I’m done! Thank you for reading! Thanks for tagging me American Girls in Alaska.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
    and the son of man that you care for him?” 

-Psalm 8:3-4 (ESV)

 

Schedules and Plans

Hello, welcome back to Faith on the Farm!! Today I will be sharing my prospective plan for blogging this summer, and some other goals and hopes. The nice thing about schedules and plans is that you can break them whenever you want to. For instance, if I was planning to write about one thing, but God was telling me that I really needed to write about something else, I can simply write whatever God wants me to.

There has been a demand for more farm-related posts, so whenever I have time, I will add farm updates and stuff to post on Wednesday, in between my regular posts.

During the summer, my posts will be scheduled to post on Saturday. However, I will be changing it (Lord willing) to Friday in the Fall.

So, without any further ado, here is the plan!!

2 more extensive spiritual life sort of posts:

  • July 21- The Purpose of Prayer
  • August 4- Serving Wholeheartedly

2 photography posts:

  • July 28- Recent Photography (Where I try to pick my best 8 pictures that I’ve taken so far this summer)
  • August 11- Me and My Cello

The rest of the summer:

  • August 18- Beloved
  • August 25- Something Like a Farm Tour
  • August 31- My Summer in Review

For Fall (which starts September 14th in my blogging mind), I’m very excited to announce a new series, that will last pretty much all of Fall. This is a series that the Lord has really laid on my heart as something I need to think about, talk about, and write about. It will be series based on Philippians 4:8.

And the title of this series is…………….

“Think on These Things”

Now that I am done with blogging plans, I will move on to summer plans in general.

This summer, I am volunteering for a couple weeks out of the summer, as a counselor at a Christian camp. On the weeks where I have camp, my blog posts will be written ahead of time and scheduled to post when I said they would be. It is my prayer that in these couple of week at camp, God would use me in ways that I have not known before. Please pray that I would be a light to the kids, and everyone around me.

Other than camp, I have a couple of other projects I’m working on this summer.

For one thing, I’m going to try to not eat as much sugar, to exercise, and get up at 6 or earlier (while still making sure to get in bed by 9 or earlier so that I get enough sleep).

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What other stuff do I want to do this summer?

  • I want to learn Symphonic Variations for cello (It’s pretty hard).
  • I want to continue to read. A lot.
  • I need to organize my desk (notice I said NEED TO not want to).
  • I want to improve my photography skills.
  • Most importantly, I want to dramatically improve my prayer life and Bible study. I want to thirst for God’s word and feed on it. I want to rely entirely on God. I want that God would be my joy continually and that He would lead me, and help me, and uphold me. Amen

Thanks for reading about my goals, plans, and aspirations!


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Thank you so much to you, reader, and to all my supporters and followers!!! I am very blessed.

“Blessed is the man who makes
    the Lord his trust,
who does not turn to the proud,
    to those who go astray after a lie!”

-Psalm 40:4 (ESV)

THE Q&A!!!!!!

Welcome to the Q&A post, where I answer 50 question!!! Thank you to every single person who asked me a question for this Q&A. Also thank you to every single person who follows and supports my blog! I would like to give an extra big thank you to Ariana from ariana’sflyinglife.wordpress.com for giving me 20 questions and reblogging my post so that I would get enough questions. So without any further ado, here comes all 50 questions! (Disclaimer: these are in no particular order)

  1. Q: What is your favorite animal? A: Currently my favorite animal is my dog.
  2. Q: Have you ever taken an airplane ride? A: No.
  3. Q: Have you seen a giraffe before? A: At the Zoo??
  4. Q: What do you love most about living on a farm? A: Either spending more time with my family or working with my hands.
  5. Q: What is your favorite dog breed? A: Currently my favorite dog breed is a Bluetick Coonhound (’cause that’s what my dog is) but I also like English Shepherds.
  6. Q: What is your favorite color? A: Blue.
  7. Q: What do you think God has called you to do with your life? A: At this point, I do not specifically know what God has called me to do with my life. For right now, he simply wants me to serve and prepare for whatever he has planned for me. Whatever his plan is I know it is the best plan he could ever have for, and I pray that I will always try to humbly submit to his better plan for my life. I have so much more to say on the subject….but on to the next question.
  8. Q: I’d like to know if you’ll have your own farm when you get out on your own. A: Lord willing, I’d absolutely love to (really badly).
  9. Q: Ice-cream or cake? A: Ice cream!!!
  10. Q: What is your favorite dessert? A: Cheesecake. It’s awesome.
  11. Q: When do you feel closest to God? A: Right after I’ve been obedient to him. Often obedience looks like praying and reading my bible when I feel the Lord urging me to do so. These are also a source of joy and closeness with my Lord and savior.
  12. Q: What is your favorite food? A: Ummm…really hard question. I think I’ll say Homemade Alfredo!
  13. Q: The mountains or the beach? A: That’s an even harder question!!! It’s really a tossup, but I guess I’ll say the beach because it’s usually colder there.
  14. Q: What is your favorite Bible verse? A: I usually change it every two weeks or so but I think either Jeremiah 1:19 or Matthew 11:28-29. I’ll have them at the bottom of the page.
  15. Q: What are some of your favorite posts you have done? A: Probably “Who are the Least of These” and “Be Still and Know…The Lord of Hosts is With Us” would be my personal favorites.
  16. Q: What made you start blogging? A: I started a blog mainly for three reasons 1. As an outlet for the kind of writing I wanted to do 2. To help me be able to just WRITE 3. Because I’m secretly working on Graphic designing and HTML, CSS, Javascript, and PHP coding. (Yah, I know my blog design isn’t really “superior” yet)
  17. Q: What is your favorite book of the Bible? A: Psalms!! Or is it Philippians? I don’t know.
  18. Q: Do you like fire or ice better? A: Probably ice? Generally I prefer being too cold than too warm.
  19. Q: What is your favorite TV show A: I haven’t really watched a whole lot of TV shows. Does The Rifleman count?
  20. Q: What is your favorite thing to photograph? A: My favorite thing to photograph is roses.
  21. Q: Have you been over the ocean? A: Assuming I’m reading that correctly, no.
  22. Q: What person in Scripture stands out to you the most and why? A: Peter. Because even though he denied Jesus 3 times, he repented and became one God’s greatest instruments.
  23. Q: What pets do you have (if any)? A: We have 2 cats and a dog. And no, they do not really live in peaceful harmony with each other, but they can keep their distance from each other. The problem is when our Bluetick Coonhound thinks the cats are Coons…..then sometimes the dog ends up treeing a cat.
  24. Q: What are 3 childhood movies? A: I know I already mentioned this one but: The Rifleman!! Also The Little House on the Prairie (Until I read the books). Next probably comes Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  25. Q: How do you make your graphics? A: I use Photoshop and I love using the pen tool. I really don’t know anything about how other people do it.
  26. Q: What is your favorite movie? A: Either Couragous, Faith Like Potatoes, or Love Comes Softly.
  27. Q: What is up your fave book? A: Other than the Bible, I really don’t know. Probably Bun Hur: The Tale of the Christ (I’m in the middle of it right now). Or maybe Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. I really don’t know.
  28. Q: How long have you had your current Bible? A: I’ve had my current ESV Study bible for almost 2 years now. I’m hoping to get another more portable NASB version soon-ish
  29. Q: Tell us about daily life on your farm. A: My daily life on the farm is wonderful awesome. I’ve been seeing that more people want to hear about the farm side of my life not just the theology side, so I’m planning on doing more farm-related posts. I answered this question more fully here.
  30. Q: Can you tell us more about your farm, maybe about the animals on your farm? A: Umm… let’s see. We have something around, over, or under 100 cows. We have about 25 chickens, including a rooster and a couple pullets. We have 2 cats and 1 dog. We have something around 10-15 goats. (I’ll go and count later. It’s just we keep on selling and buying goats). I think I will more fully explore this question in a blog post.
  31. Q: Also, in your 3 day 3 quote challenge, what do you mean when ‘jumping up and down on one leg’ Why one leg? (If too personal don’t worry!) A: LOL. When I’m really excited, I’m really impulsive, so I do silly things like jump up and down on one leg. I don’t really know why. I can be a bit clumsy sometimes. It’s more like my way of saying “I was so excited I couldn’t contain myself”. If you would like to see this post, see it here.
  32. Q: What is life on the farm like? A: Life on the farm is a lot of hard work. It’s also a lot of fun. One of my favorite things are the starry nights and the beautiful landscapes. I’m thinking of doing a blog post series on the 5 benefits of being a farm kid. (#1 would be Work Ethic)
  33. Q: What is your favorite pie? A: Apple pie every time! (I mean MAYBE peach pie would be nice…)
  34. Q: What made you want to blog in the first place? A: I had to share my ideas/thoughts in some way! Every time I opened my bible and learned something really cool and wonderful, I wanted to share it with someone!
  35. Q: What are three things that inspire you to write, now that you have your blog up and running? A: 1) My Bible 2) My Life 3) Other bloggers.
  36. Q: How did you come to Christ? (this may be too long) A: Yah, it’s probably too long but here is the super shortened version. Maybe I’ll do a blog post or something later on it. I’ve grown up in a wonderful Christian home so I don’t have this worldly background that Christ saved me from. I was still born a horrible sinner. The first time I remember crying out to God in repentance was one Sunday when I was 6 years old. I had been reading the book of Jonah on our way to church and had been reading about the Ninevites repentance. Something in me wanted that and I wanted Him. I have simply grown from then.
  37. Q: Of the book reviews you do, why did you read those books in the first place? (What drew you to them?) A: Generally I first read books because either they’re on the shelf in the house, I’ve researched them, or someone at church recommends them. Really I read lots and lots of books so if it’s a clean fruitful book, I read it.
  38. Q: If you could have ANY wish granted what would it be? A; Other than like seeing Jesus face to face and all that……maybe getting a guitar?
  39. Q: How many siblings do you have? A: I have four. 3 sisters, 1 brother.
  40. Q: What is your dream job? A: Probably working with babies as a nurse? (Not the giving them shots part.)
  41. Q: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? A: Generally anything chocolaty. My favorite specific flavor is Baskin Robins Gold Medal Ribbon ice cream flavor.
  42. Q: What is your dream vacation? A: Maybe going to Israel?
  43. Q: When did you start blogging? A: I started blogging 5 months ago
  44. Q: What do you do in your free time? A: I blog, try out new hairdos, do photography, play with my younger siblings, and have theological discussions with my family.
  45. Q: What denomination of church are you, if any? A: I am a follower of Christ. I don’t have a denomination label and I don’t need one. As for my theological beliefs, they are much to long of a list to put here.
  46. Q: If you had a superpower, what would it be? A: Selfishly, I would like to be able to turn invisible. But in the long run I would probably prefer flying.
  47. Q: Do you like to read? A: YESSSSS!!!! I absolutely love reading! I could all day long and read 21 books a week, but my family would probably not like that and besides, there is a time for reading, and there is a time to put your book down. But I read a lot. By the time I was 13 I had already read books like Wuthering Heights (I didn’t like that one much) The Tale of Two CitiesOliver Twist, and I was and still am struggling to find enough books to read to keep up with my reading appetite.
  48. Q: Do you play an instrument? A: Yes! I play the cello. I play a tiny bit of piano, but not enough to count. I also like to sing.
  49. Q: What is your preferred version of Scripture? (NKJV, NIV, etc.) A: My preferred is NASB, but my main bible is an ESV and I also use some of NKJV. I don’t think there is a “perfect” translation and I think the best thing to do is look at a more than one accurate word-for-word translation.
  50. This one is my favorite one ever so I saved it for last. Thanks to HEAVENSREEF for asking this question!
    • Q: I would like to know…….because I experience this myself and another blogger has agreed with me……if when you write about and for GOD that not only are you HIS instrument, but HE seems to lead you in your words and gives you ideas you never would have thought of yourself!? When you blog……does HE meet you there??
    • A: Yes and Yes!!! Particularly some days, it feels like during my bible study (or during prayer time, or really anytime), the Lord just lays on my heart a particular subject, and leads me in ways I never would have thought of on my own. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” -Isaiah 55: 9 (ESV)

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My Current Favorite Bible Verse:

“They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the Lord, to deliver you.” -Jeremiah 1:19 (ESV)

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” -Matthew 11:28-29 (ESV)

Our Dream

I really want to do an Independence Day post, but I don’t have time to write a whole posts’ worth right now, so I decided to share a piece of writing I wrote a while ago. Here it is. Enjoy:

“Our Dream”

We all have a dream. Many of us dream of the perfect America, with true ‘Liberty and Justice for all’. Many dream of the day when all sin will be removed, when every tear will be wiped away. Some dream of the day when their burden of debt and poverty will be removed. And still others dream of the day when freedom and equality ring on every hill and through every valley. Martin Luther King Jr. had such a dream. It is a dream that captures the mind of every individual: the dream of a perfect world.

There are four core values that have stood as America’s foundation since the founding of our country. These four values are Liberty, Individualism, Equality, and Growth. These values are Godly qualities, as long as one does not block the other. If we begin to value growth over equality, it hurts the nation. Such behavior is shown by the actions of the Southern planters towards the blacks prior to and after the Civil War. We must value goodness more than liberty, or the freedom is not for all, and thus no longer a core value. It is our dream for America that Liberty and Equality, and Individualism and Growth prosper together in harmony.

Despite all laws, all rules, and all regulations, the government is unable to satisfy our dream for a ‘perfect’ equality. The problem is not that the government is not making enough laws or regulations. The problem is not that the government doesn’t understand what equality means. The problem starts in our hearts. Are our hearts focused on making America a perfect nation, or in spreading our dream with the world? We live in an imperfect world, incapable of perfection. Our dream cannot come true in this world, because our dreams are of the coming world. We must keep dreaming of the dream that will be fulfilled in the next life. We must keep dreaming because the perfect dream will guide our choices here on earth. We will look up and see the beauty of our dream. And through our God, the Lord of the universe, the creator of our God-given dream, we will follow our dream towards heaven.

We, Christian brothers and sisters, share a dream. It is the same dream that Daniel and Isaiah had. It is the same dream that John had. It is the same dream that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had. It is no longer a dream of America, it is a dream of heaven, with all nations bonded in brotherly love. It is a dream that God has given us. It is no longer a dream of earthly things, but of spiritual things of God. It is a dream of new life, without sin. The dream is pure joy. And we have a glimpse of this dream from God. We must share our dream, until the whole world knows, and praises God. For the Lord is our God, and he has given us this beautiful dream. It is our dream.

Have a wonderful day, celebrating the country that God has blessed us with!

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” -Romans 13:1 (ESV)

Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” -1 Peter 2:16-17 (ESV)