Monday, February 21, 2011

Thoughts from my Bible reading...

...you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law. For, as it is written, "The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you."
Romans 2:21-24

I know I have often spoke of hypocrisy on my blog. It is hypocrisy among us Christians that often turns people away from Christianity. I know I have put this quote on my blog before, but I feel it is important to the topic of this post:

The greatest single cause of Atheism in the world today, is Christians. Who acknowledge Christ with their lips, and walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds...unbelievable.
-Anonymous

We as Christians must be very careful about our testimony. We must be sure that we are always relying on Christ, and always striving to live in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. Unbelievers are always watching us...we must be sure that our actions direct people's eyes to Christ...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

What a Day That Will Be

There is coming a day,
When no heart aches shall come,
No more clouds in the sky,
No more tears to dim the eye,
All is peace forever more,
On that happy golden shore,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

What a day that will be,
When my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand,
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

There'll be no sorrow there,
No more burdens to bear,
No more sickness, no pain,
No more parting over there;
And forever I will be,
With the One who died for me,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

What a day that will be,
When my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand,
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Deployment...

I just want to apologize in advance to all the people whose blogs I follow. My ship is on deployment right now, and it makes looking at people’s blogs and commenting really difficult. I can't give any details about where we're going, or how long we'll be out, but I just wanted to let you all know so that you don't wonder.

I'll try to get on and post when I can. Oh, and if you could all, also be praying for the safety of my ship. This is also probably my last deployment before I head home, so just pray that I can be patient.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My Faith Still Clings

by: H. F. Colby

My sin is great, my strength is weak,
My path beset with snares;
But Thou, O Christ, hast died for me,
And Thou wilt hear my prayers.

Refrain

To Thee, to Thee, the Crucified,
The sinner’s only plea,
Relying on Thy promised grace,
My faith still clings to Thee.

The world is dark without Thee, Lord,
I turn me from its strife
To find Thy love a sweet relief;
Thou art the light of life.

Refrain

Temptations lure and fears assail
My frail, inconstant heart;
But precious are Thy promises,
And they new strength impart.

Refrain

Unfold Thy precepts to my mind,
And cleanse my blinded eyes;
Grant me to work for Thee on earth,
Then praise Thee in the skies.

Refrain

30 Day Challenge: Day 29, Hopes, dreams and plans you have for the next 365 days

Well, I must say the things I'm looking forward to the most in the coming year, is getting out of the Navy and starting College. As I've said many times before, I do not regret serving, but I know it's time to move on to something different. I cannot wait to be around a Christian support center, both and home and in college. That's one thing that has made it so dificult in the Navy...not having that Christian support system.

Besides what I have just mentioned, I don't really know what else I'm looking forward this year. The rest is pretty much in God's hands. I'm going to trust Him that He's in control, and try to live my life in a way that is pleasing to him.

Day 2: A favorite movie.
Day 3: A favorite book.
Day 4: A favorite television program.
Day 5: A favorite quote.
Day 6: A moment you wish you could relive.
Day 7: Five things you couldn't possibly live without.
Day 8: A thank you letter to someone who has changed your life.
Day 9: A photo you took.
Day 10: A photo of you taken over ten years ago.
Day 11: A photo of you taken recently.
Day 12: A song that you want played at your wedding(or was played).
Day 13: A guilty pleasure.
Day 14: A vacation you would like to take.
Day 15: A person you admire.
Day 16: A song that makes you cry.
Day 17: An art piece.
Day 18: A time when you felt passionate and alive.
Day 19: A talent of yours.
Day 20: A hobby of yours.
Day 21: Something you know you do differently than most people.
Day 22: A website.
Day 23: A way in which you want to be remembered.
Day 24: A movie no one would expect you to love.
Day 25: A recipe.
Day 26: A childhood memory.
Day 27: A physical feature you love.
Day 28: A scar you have and it's story.
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans you have for the next 365 days.
Day 30: A motto or philosophy.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

30 Day Challenge: Day 28, A scar you have and it's story

Well, as you can see I'm skipping "A physical feature you love..."...I don't know...I just couldn't think of a good answer for that one. Like, is it supposed to be your own physical feature, or a physical feature you like on other people? Anyways...I'm skipping that one...

So, a scar I have and it's story...my most prominent scar I have is probably the one on my arm. When I was probably around 6, or 7 years old, I had bought this cheep plastic toy knife from the dollar store...well I got the brilliant idea that I could cut it in half, because it was hollow, and I would have two knives! Well, I was working on doing that, and having some trouble, when I decided I would use my moms pocket knife that she kept on her table. Well, I was using it to cut open my toy knife, when I sliped and cut open my arm. I had a gaping cut in my arm, probably big enough for a sliver dollar to fit in it.

I calmly went into the back yard where my mom and dad were working on our garden, and I showed mom. They rushed me to the emergency room and had three stitches put into it. Needless to say I was very careful from then on about playing with knives...

Day 1: A favorite song.
Day 2: A favorite movie.
Day 3: A favorite book.
Day 4: A favorite television program.
Day 5: A favorite quote.
Day 6: A moment you wish you could relive.
Day 7: Five things you couldn't possibly live without.
Day 8: A thank you letter to someone who has changed your life.
Day 9: A photo you took.
Day 10: A photo of you taken over ten years ago.
Day 11: A photo of you taken recently.
Day 12: A song that you want played at your wedding(or was played).
Day 13: A guilty pleasure.
Day 14: A vacation you would like to take.
Day 15: A person you admire.
Day 16: A song that makes you cry.
Day 17: An art piece.
Day 18: A time when you felt passionate and alive.
Day 19: A talent of yours.
Day 20: A hobby of yours.
Day 21: Something you know you do differently than most people.
Day 22: A website.
Day 23: A way in which you want to be remembered.
Day 24: A movie no one would expect you to love.
Day 25: A recipe.
Day 26: A childhood memory.
Day 27: A physical feature you love.
Day 28: A scar you have and it's story.
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans you have for the next 365 days.
Day 30: A motto or philosophy.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

30 Dat Challenge: Day 26, A childhood memory

Alright, so this one was kind of difficult. I have lots of memories from when I was little. Mostly from when my family lived in Souderton, PA. So, I'm having a hard time picking just one...

Well, when my family lived in Souderton, there was this big field, a park, and a big hill back behind our house. Most of my memories from childhood were spent in the area behind our house. Most of our summers were spent playing games in the field in the park. We'd be out in that field 'til it got dark almost every night. We'd play "Kick the Can", Guerilla Warfare, Capture the Flag and many other games 'til we could hardly the hands in front of our faces. Mom used to turn the back porch light on at night when it was time to come in.

Also, most of our winters were spent sledding down the big hill. Probably one of the most memorable events that happened on that hill, was when my dad thought he could snowboard down the hill. Well, he didn't make it very far down the hill before he fell and smacked his head on the ice. He got a concussion, and had temporary amnesia. I remember my mom wouldn't let me go into the house because she thought it might scare me that my dad had forgotten a lot of things.

Oh, the memories...fun times...

Day 1: A favorite song.
Day 2: A favorite movie.
Day 3: A favorite book.
Day 4: A favorite television program.
Day 5: A favorite quote.
Day 6: A moment you wish you could relive.
Day 7: Five things you couldn't possibly live without.
Day 8: A thank you letter to someone who has changed your life.
Day 9: A photo you took.
Day 10: A photo of you taken over ten years ago.
Day 11: A photo of you taken recently.
Day 12: A song that you want played at your wedding(or was played.
Day 13: A guilty pleasure.
Day 14: A vacation you would like to take.
Day 15: A person you admire.
Day 16: A song that makes you cry.
Day 17: An art piece.
Day 18: A time when you felt passionate and alive.
Day 19: A talent of yours.
Day 20: A hobby of yours.
Day 21: Something you know you do differently than most people.
Day 22: A website.
Day 23: A way in which you want to be remembered.
Day 24: A movie no one would expect you to love.
Day 25: A recipe.
Day 26: A childhood memory.
Day 27: A physical feature you love.
Day 28: A scar you have and it's story.
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans you have for the next 365 days.
Day 30: A motto or philosophy.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

30 Day Challenge: Day 25, A recipe

Pumpkin Roll

Batter

3 Eggs

2/3 Cup Pumpkin (Can be canned pumpkin)

1 Cup of Sugar

1 tsp Baking Soda

½ tsp Cinamon

½ tsp Ground Cloves

¾ Cup Flour

Filling

1 Cup Powdered Sugar

2 Tbls butter, softened

8 oz. Cream Cheese, Softened

¾ tsp Vanilla


Line a cookie sheet with wax paper, it should go up on all sides. Mix batter ingredients. Pour batter into cookie sheet with wax paper. Spread evenly. Batter is thin. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 – 15 mins. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Flip onto a cold damp towel that has been heavily sprinkled with powdered sugar. Remove wax paper. Roll up in cold damp towel. Cool for 5 minutes in freezer. Unroll and spread creamed together filling. Roll up tightly. Wrap in plastic wrap. And refrigerate until ready to eat! Freezes well for later enjoyment up to 3 months.

I don't know anyone who doesn't love Pumpkin Roll. It's a staple in my house, at Thanksgiving, and Christmas. There's a common problem that people often have with Pumpkin Roll...when you roll it up, it cracks. Well, this recipe solves that problem. Wrapping it in a cold damp towel and placing it in the freezer for 5 minutes solves this problem. I also made my own change...the 1/2 tsp of Ground Cloves is my addition. I love the smell, and the taste that cloves give to food.

So anyways...feel free to try this recipe out!

Day 1: A favorite song.
Day 2: A favorite movie.
Day 3: A favorite book.
Day 4: A favorite television program.
Day 5: A favorite quote.
Day 6: A moment you wish you could relive.
Day 7: Five things you couldn't possibly live without.
Day 8: A thank you letter to someone who has changed your life.
Day 9: A photo you took.
Day 10: A photo of you taken over ten years ago.
Day 11: A photo of you taken recently.
Day 12: A song that you want played at your wedding(or was played).
Day 13: A guilty pleasure.
Day 14: A vacation you would like to take.
Day 15: A person you admire.
Day 16: A song that makes you cry.
Day 17: An art piece.
Day 18: A time when you felt passionate and alive.
Day 19: A talent of yours.
Day 20: A hobby of yours.
Day 21: Something you know you do differently than most people.
Day 22: A website.
Day 23: A way in which you want to be remembered.
Day 24: A movie no one would expect you to love.
Day 25: A recipe.
Day 26: A childhood memory.
Day 27: A physical feature you love.
Day 28: A scar you have and it's story.
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans you have for the next 365 days.
Day 30: A motto or philosophy.

Friday, February 4, 2011

30 Day Challenge: Day 24, A movie no one would expect you to love




Alright, so I guess not necessarily everyone would not expect me to like this movie. I know my sister and my mom know I love this movie. But not a lot of my friends know I do.

This movie came out in 1940. I first saw it on TCM, back when my family had cable. I like this movie so much, primarily because of Irene Dunne...she makes this movie with her sarcastic comments, and the unexpected things she says.

Also just the whole premise of the story, is at some points even heartbreaking, and it pulls you in.

I actually just bought this movie on Amazon. I should be coming within the next couple of weeks.

Anyways...I definitely recommend this movie to anyone. It's filled with good clean humor, that can only be found in movies of it's era.
Here are some quotes for this movie:

Ellen Wagstaff Arden aka Eve: Oh, by the way, how was my funeral?

Ma: Lovely. Doctor Blake preached a wonderful service.

Ellen Wagstaff Arden aka Eve: Oh, I wish I had been there.


Nick Arden: Impulsive? He's full of carrots!


Nick Arden: [discussing how to tell Tim and Chinch that Ellen is their mother] Would it help if I wrote them a letter?
Ellen Wagstaff Arden aka Eve: Oh, that would be nice, yes. 'Enclosed, please find your mother.'

Judge Walter Bryson: I'd like to get home and tell my wife about this. She thinks all my cases are boring.
Day 1: A favorite song.
Day 2: A favorite movie.
Day 3: A favorite book.
Day 4: A favorite television program.
Day 5: A favorite quote.
Day 6: A moment you wish you could relive.
Day 7: Five things you couldn't possibly live without.
Day 8: A thank you letter to someone who has changed your life.
Day 9: A photo you took.
Day 10: A photo of you taken over ten years ago.
Day 11: A photo of you taken recently.
Day 12: A song that you want played at your wedding(or was played).
Day 13: A guilty pleasure.
Day 14: A vacation you would like to take.
Day 15: A person you admire.
Day 16: A song that makes you cry.
Day 17: An art piece.
Day 18: A time when you felt passionate and alive.
Day 19: A talent of yours.
Day 20: A hobby of yours.
Day 21: Something you know you do differently than most people.
Day 22: A website.
Day 23: A way in which you want to be remembered.
Day 24: A movie no one would expect you to love.
Day 25: A recipe.
Day 26: A childhood memory.
Day 27: A physical feature you love.
Day 28: A scar you have and it's story.
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans you have for the next 365 days.
Day 30: A motto or philosophy.

30 Day Challenge: Day 23, A way in which you want to be remembered

This one takes no amount of thought to figure out what I'm going to say. I know I've often thought about what kind of things people might say at my funeral. I mean, I know that may seem morbid to some people. But I think in some ways it can be a good thing...it can help us focus on what really matters in life.

And what really matters in life? Living for God. Nothing in life we can strive for, will ever give us the kind of joy, and contentment that comes from living our lives in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. That is how I would like to be remembered. I would to like to be remembered as the man who spent his life living for God. A man who was always trying to draw closer to God in his walk. And who was also always striving to bring others to Christ.

Am I there yet? Certainly not...but that is my goal, and my prayer. All I can do is live day by day, moment by moment, striving to please the Lord.

Day 1: A favorite song.
Day 2: A favorite movie.
Day 3: A favorite book.
Day 4: A favorite television program.
Day 5: A favorite quote.
Day 6: A moment you wish you could relive.
Day 7: Five things you couldn't possibly live without.
Day 8: A thank you letter to someone who has changed your life.
Day 9: A photo you took.
Day 10: A photo of you taken over ten years ago.
Day 11: A photo of you taken recently.
Day 12: A song that you want played at your wedding(or was played).
Day 13: A guilty pleasure.
Day 14: A vacation you would like to take.
Day 15: A person you admire.
Day 16: A song that makes you cry.
Day 17: An art piece.
Day 18: A time when you felt passionate and alive.
Day 19: A talent of yours.
Day 20: A hobby of yours.
Day 21: Something you know you do differently than most people.
Day 22: A website.
Day 23: A way in which you want to be remembered.
Day 24: A movie no one would expect you to love.
Day 25: A recipe.
Day 26: A childhood memory.
Day 27: A physical feature you love.
Day 28: A scar you have and it's story.
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans you have for the next 365 days.
Day 30: A motto or philosophy.

30 Day Challenge: Day 22, A Website

Probably one of my favorite websites is Plugged In. Plugged in gives you movie reviews from a Christian standpoint. It breaks the movie down and tells you about any negative and positive elements in a movie. It even goes down to the point where it tells you how many swear words are used in the movie. I find it to be a very useful site. Whenever I'm unsure about whether I should see a movie or not, I just look it up on Plugged in, and read about it. I look to see if it's an appropriate movie to see. I know I would waste a lot of time at the theater watching bad movies if I didn't have "Plugged In."

Day 1: A favorite song.
Day 2: A favorite movie.
Day 3: A favorite book.
Day 4: A favorite television program.
Day 5: A favorite quote.
Day 6: A moment you wish you could relive.
Day 7: Five things you couldn't possibly live without.
Day 8: A thank you letter to someone who has changed your life.
Day 9: A photo you took.
Day 10: A photo of you taken over ten years ago.
Day 11: A photo of you taken recently.
Day 12: A song that you want played at your wedding(or was played).
Day 13: A guilty pleasure.
Day 14: A vacation you would like to take.
Day 15: A person you admire.
Day 16: A song that makes you cry.
Day 17: An art piece.
Day 18: A time when you felt passionate and alive.
Day 19: A talent of yours.
Day 20: A hobby of yours.
Day 21: Something you know you do differently than most people.
Day 22: A website.
Day 23: A way in which you want to be remembered.
Day 24: A movie no one would expect you to love.
Day 25: A recipe.
Day 26: A childhood memory.
Day 27: A physical feature you love.
Day 28: A scar you have and it's story.
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans you have for the next 365 days.
Day 30: A motto or philosophy.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

30 Day Challenge: Day 21, Something you know you do differently than most people

You know...I've been trying to think of a good response for this one. And I honestly can't think of one. I'm sure there is something I do that's a lot different than other people...but sad to say I can't think of one at this time. So, I think I'll pass on this one. Although I might come back to it later if I think of one...

Day 1: A favorite song.
Day 2: A favorite movie.
Day 3: A favorite book.
Day 4: A favorite television program.
Day 5: A favorite quote.
Day 6: A moment you wish you could relive.
Day 7: Five things you couldn't possibly live without.
Day 8: A thank you letter to someone who has changed your life.
Day 9: A photo you took.
Day 10: A photo of you taken over ten years ago.
Day 11: A photo of you taken recently.
Day 12: A song that you want played at your wedding(or was played).
Day 13: A guilty pleasure.
Day 14: A vacation you would like to take.
Day 15: A person you admire.
Day 16: A song that makes you cry.
Day 17: An art piece.
Day 18: A time when you felt passionate and alive.
Day 19: A talent of yours.
Day 20: A hobby of yours.
Day 21: Something you know you do differently than most people.
Day 22: A website.
Day 23: A way in which you want to be remembered.
Day 24: A movie no one would expect you to love.
Day 25: A recipe.
Day 26: A childhood memory.
Day 27: A physical feature you love.
Day 28: A scar you have and it's story.
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans you have for the next 365 days.
Day 30: A motto or philosophy.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

30 Day Challenge: Day 20, A hobby of yours

Well, actually...I used to say my hobby was bird watching, because I used to bird watch quite a bit with my mom, but it's been so long since I did it regularly, that I can hardly call it my hobby anymore.

I don't think I really have a hobby so much anymore. I mean, I like to read, but I don't really do it enough to call it a hobby either. I think when I'm out of the Navy, I might get back in to bird watching...so I suppose that bird watching is still my hobby in my heart.

There's something about just sitting and relaxing with a pair of binoculars in your hand, looking for birds...I can't really put it into words. I just love doing it...try not to make fun of me, okay?

Day 1: A favorite song.
Day 2: A favorite movie.
Day 3: A favorite book.
Day 4: A favorite television program.
Day 5: A favorite quote.
Day 6: A moment you wish you could relive.
Day 7: Five things you couldn't possibly live without.
Day 8: A thank you letter to someone who has changed your life.
Day 9: A photo you took.
Day 10: A photo of you taken over ten years ago.
Day 11: A photo of you taken recently.
Day 12: A song that you want played at your wedding(or was played).
Day 13: A guilty pleasure.
Day 14: A vacation you would like to take.
Day 15: A person you admire.
Day 16: A song that makes you cry.
Day 17: An art piece.
Day 18: A time when you felt passionate and alive.
Day 19: A talent of yours.
Day 20: A hobby of yours.
Day 21: Something you know you do differently than most people.
Day 22: A website.
Day 23: A way in which you want to be remembered.
Day 24: A movie no one would expect you to love.
Day 25: A recipe.
Day 26: A childhood memory.
Day 27: A physical feature you love.
Day 28: A scar you have and it's story.
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans you have for the next 365 days.
Day 30: A motto or philosophy.