Apr 28, 2006
Here is a joke that I found on this subject........
While I was working as a pediatric nurse, I had the difficult assignment of giving immunization shots to children. One day I entered the examining room to give four-year-old Lizzie her shot.
"NO! NO! NO!" she screamed.
"Lizzie," her mother scolded. "That's not polite behavior."
At that, the girl yelled even louder, "NO, THANK YOU! NO, THANK YOU!"
Apr 25, 2006
So now God starts working on you. He starts chipping away at you. Shaping you. Molding you. And maybe this shaping and molding starts hurting a little bit. You start getting worried. You start wondering what He’s doing. And now you’re not so sure if the finished you will be so great.
I really like the TV show Extreme Makeover Home Edition. (You know the show where they come and tear somebody’s house down and rebuild it bigger and better.) Well, the families that get chosen for the Home Makeover are really excited and happy. They readily give them permission to re-do their house. But once they come and start tearing down the house, you wonder if the families ever start getting worried. I mean, come on! They at least had a house even though maybe it was in bad shape. And a house is better than no house! Even though at first they realized the finished house would be great, when they start bulldozing their house you wonder if they ever start doubting whether this was such a great idea.
It’s the same when God starts working on us. He starts tearing things down, re-doing, rebuilding, and rearranging. And sometimes that gets painful. It gets uncomfortable. But one day, the work He has begun in us will be completed. And the finished us will be so much better than anything we could have ever hoped for or even imagined! Just hang in there and trust God. Because you know what? He’s trustworthy!
...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Apr 24, 2006
Apr 21, 2006
Apparently this lady can't either........
A tiny but dignified old lady was among a group looking at an art exhibition in a newly opened gallery. Suddenly one contemporary painting caught her eye.
The artist happened to be standing nearby. "What on earth," she inquired of him, "is that?"
He smiled condescendingly. "That, my dear lady, is supposed to be a mother and her child."
"Well then," snapped the little old lady, "why isn't it?"
Apr 18, 2006
I gave our dog a bath today. He sure doesn’t like that! He especially doesn’t like it when I have to rinse the soap of his head! I took some pictures of him awhile ago and so hopefully someday I’ll be able to sit down and write a post all about Buster (that’s our dog’s name).
Apr 17, 2006
Apr 15, 2006
Apr 14, 2006
A new hair salon opened up for business right across the street from the old established hair cutters' place. They put up a big bold sign which read:
"WE GIVE SEVEN DOLLAR HAIR CUTS!"
Not to be outdone, the old Master Barber put up his own sign:
"WE FIX SEVEN DOLLAR HAIR CUTS"
Apr 12, 2006
Apr 11, 2006
My mom and I are reading Shirley by Charlotte Bronte right now. And we read a part the other day that is truly beautiful. It is another reminder that God looks at the heart not the outward appearance.
"May God long preserve to you the blessings of peace and innocence! By which phrase, I mean comparative innocence; for in His sight, I am well aware, none are pure. What, to our human perceptions, looks spotless as we fancy angels, is to Him but frailty, needing the blood of His Son to cleanse, and the strength of His Spirit to sustain. Let us each and all cherish humility—I, as you, my young friends; and we may well do it when we look into our own hearts, and see there temptations, inconsistencies, propensities, even we blush to recognize. And it is not youth, nor good looks, nor grace, nor any gentle outside charm which makes either beauty or goodness in God’s eyes. Young ladies, when your mirror or men’s tongues flatter you, remember that, in the sight of her Maker, Mary Anne Ainley—a woman whom neither glass nor lips have ever panegyrized [which means praised]—is fairer and better than either of you. She is indeed,” he added, after a pause—“she is indeed. You young things—wrapt up in your selves and in earthly hopes—scarcely live as Christ lived: perhaps you cannot do it yet, while existence is so sweet and earth so smiling to you; it would be too much to expect: she, with meek heart and due reverence, treads close to her Redeemer’s steps.”
Shirley by Charlotte Bronte chapter 4 Mr. Donne's Exodus
Apr 10, 2006
-Register for the SAT
-Get and send SAT scores
-Apply online to colleges
-Add schools to a college list
-Get email reminders
-Sign up to receive an email each day that contains a question like those on the SAT
-Also there is a college finder
Apr 8, 2006
Aaaaaaaaaaaah……summer break is almost here!!! But it’s not here yet……..and I don’t know about you but I’m ready for a break. My school has been very demanding this year. Especially since I got a late start on it. (It would take a little bit of explaining why I started school late, so I won’t bother you with it…..for now at least!)
School takes a lot of, can you guess what? It takes perseverance. It takes discipline. And those are things that I find hard sometimes, okay a lot of the time. Some days I have to really push myself to get my school done. I would rather be playing the piano or blogging etc. But I know one day my hard work will pay off. All these hours I’ve spent studying will be worth it. Why? I really want to go to college and get a pharmacy degree. I’ve always loved the medical field. And I have narrowed it down to the field of pharmacy. Getting to that goal isn’t easy though. And I’ve really figured that out since I’ve began highschool. I’ve seen real quick that it is going to take a lot of perseverance and discipline (and of course I need God’s help!).
Here is some encouragement for you as you study:
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! So this means if you fail 10th grade, try, try again! (Hopefully that won’t happen!)
Here is some real encouragement:
It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
~Good Sayings by Albert Einstein
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
~Franklin D. Roosevelt~Famous Perseverance Sayings
Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
~William Feather~Great Perseverance Quotes
Don't be discouraged. It's often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.
~Author Unknown~Famous Perseverance Sayings
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
~Newt Gingrich~Great Perseverance Quotes
The time is always right to do what is right.
~Martin Luther King Jr.
Nothing is more harmful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army superiority over another.
"In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first."
~Harry S. Truman
"First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you."
"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments."
Apr 7, 2006
Apr 5, 2006
Anyway, my brother and I pulled some pranks on April Fools. It was a lot of fun!
(1.) We took hard boiled eggs and switched them with the raw eggs in the refrigerator. This turned out really well!!
(2.) My brother taped my dad's computer mouse to the side of a cabinet. (The computer mouse it cordless.) Instead of tricking anyone this one just looked kind of odd.
(3.) I took tape and rolled it and taped my dad's shoes to the floor. He didn't find this out until April the 2. So it was a day late, but oh well.
(4.) We switched the pictures around on the walls.
(5.) We switched the sweetened tea with a mixture of water, food coloring, and unsweetened tea. (We had to do that to give it the tea color)
(6.) We took two doors off the hinges and hid them. My dad noticed it I believe right away. But it took my mom awhile to figure it out!
Now you might be asking, "Yeah that's great but didn't you get in trouble?" Well, my parents were fine with these jokes as long as we put things back where they went. Like, for instance, the pictures. And as long as we didn't hurt anything. Like, for example, dropping the doors and breaking something.
The door joke was kinda a joke on us though. The one door was not too heavy so it was pretty easy to get back on the hinges. But then the other door which is a wooden (oak) door took a few tries. But everything went fine and we had some good laughs.
My dad did get us back. Lets just say that he hid a few of our things. Like Nathan's PlayStation 2 and my GameCube etc.....!
Imagine that you are engaged to be married. You have met and fallen in love with the one who God has planned you for all along. You can hardly wait for the wedding day, but you have one problem. Your groom promised to bring the entire wedding party to your doorstep, but following old Jewish tradition, has refused to tell you the wedding date. It is a secret posessed only by him and his father. Every morning you wake up and question yourself, 'Is this the day of my marriage?' Each day you must prepare as though the wedding were just about to take place.
This may seem like a surreal situation, but it was reality for Jewish women during the time of Christ. After the initial betrothal, about twelve months would pass. Toward the end of the twelve months or soon after, the groom would arrive at the bride's home with the wedding party and the marriage ceremony could begin. The bride was never sure of the exact time that her husband-to-be was coming; she only knew that it was soon.
Be sure to read the rest of this great post!