Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Modern Day Auschwitz

"One of the most dangerous places on planet earth today is inside a mother's womb. The place that all natural reason would suggest should be the safest place of all, has become a modern-day Auschwitz. In America, one in four babies doesn't make it out of Mommy alive..."

To read the rest of this and to hear and watch the sermon and video that goes with it, click here.



Thanks for listening to a girl who doesn't know much about life but who wants to help make it heaven on earth.

God Has A Really Good Taste!

We're up in the mountains this week (since my dad has work back in Windsor and can't be disturbed...) and yesterday Mom took us kids to a town called Leadville, which is way high up in the mountains, even more than we already were! The view was SPECTACULAR, and I seriously thought we had somehow gotten transported into a modern-day Narnia (because there were cars and you know)! While in Leadville we visited the Leadville Mining Museum. Some of the "mines" were really life-like, and if you didn't know they were coming up, they could freak you out! :) We learned a lot about rocks and minerals. Did you know that in almost EVERYTHING we use, there is a mineral in it? And actually, pencils do not have lead in them, only clay and graphite. We learned a lot of cool facts.

But on the way from Edwards to Leadville and back, the scenery was amazing (if I havent already said that!). God has a really good taste when decorating the earth. Even some of the rocks we saw were so unbelievable. Only miners and God would have seen them if people wouldn't have extracted them from the earth. God has an amazing taste in color, too.

Well, I have to go now! I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Keep reading!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Orphan Fund


Most of you may not know, but my family has been desiring to adopt. Last year we heard God very clearly that it was time to move in that direction. We needed $1700 to begin the process of adoption, and we've been wondering how to achieve that goal. This morning, we came one step closer. Our family devotion this morning was on Psalms 37: 16: "A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked." We were studying that when my dad pulled out a peice of paper, and my mom, an envelope. The paper was a letter from our good friends back in MN. My dad began to read out loud, and my mom reached into the envelope and handed each of us kids a hundred dollar bill. We were speechless. My dad said that our friends were giving us $400 towards our "Orphan Fund"!


Anna, my sister, was crying, and I felt so happy. Stephen and Nathan (my brothers) were grinning, and my dad and mom began to cry. Mom got out a jar and we each placed our $100 bill inside of it. That was the beginning of the Orphan Fund. So devotions ended, Anna went to cleaning the kitchen, Stephen and Nathan began playing, and I got out my school book. We all finished our chores and immediately all got out our personal savings. One by one we added our money to the jar. Anna and Stephen even added the silver dollars that Poppy had given them. Before lunchtime, our fund had grown from $400 to almost $500. We now need to save $1,218.73. God is so good! Please pray that my brother and sister will get here soon!



Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thankful


I know it's not Thanksgiving, but I have a list of the things I am thankful for.

1. Ellerslie (school & students)

2. My family (Mom, Dad, Anna, Stephen, & Nathan)


3. Quedesh time with Anna

4. Gracie O' Connor and Hannah Thomas

5. My cello

6. The Ludy family (Eric, Leslie, Hudson, Harper, Avy, & Dubber)

7. My house

8. Jackie & Scout (our old dogs), Jewel & Jeremiah (birds), David, Blue 1, & Blue 2 (fish)

9. The His Little Feet Kids

10. JESUS CHRIST!

11. The Bible

12. Master's Hand co-op

13. All of my grandparents

14. All of my cousins

15. Music (worship, classical, and soundtracks)

16. Mountain Lakes

17. Mountains

18. Beaches

19. Sand beneath my toes

20. Listening to my Bible on my iPod while I ride my bike

21. Blogs that glorify God and
that uplift others

22. Annie, Jade, and their friendship

23. Photography

24. Becoming a Proverbs 31 woman (like my mom)

25. Books, notepads, and pens! :)

26. Hearing, speaking, walking

27. The chance to spread the Gospel

28. Being educated to read God's Word

29. Mimi (my aunt), Uncle Dave and Aunt Nikki, & my unborn cousin

30. Loodles' Mint Oreo frappe (and Loodles!)

31. That Tessa and Amy will be healed!

32. That Jesus saves

33. The Chronicles of Narnia and how they reflect the story of the
Gospel

34. The mission work going on overseas

35. My creative writing class and how I get to exhibit Christ there

36. That my grandparents will be saved

37. The Fruit of the Spirit

38. The precious lives of children

39. My surprise birthday at Spooners

40. Friends

41. Candles and roses (together) at night

42. Soft scarves

43. Fall, sweaters, and argyle socks

44. The Best for Last... That Jesus loves me


What are you thankful for?


Monday, January 10, 2011

Think

Think lovingly, speak lovingly, act lovingly, and every need shall be supplied. -James Allen

Sunday, January 9, 2011

January Set Apart Girl Conference 2011

So this weekend was the Set Apart Girl weekend. There is another conference in May, look at my first post for details. Later I'll share more about what we learned, but for now I wanted to do another picture post! Here goes...


Hannah, Gracie, and Harper Ludy


Me and little Harper Ludy. She was adopted from Korea as an infant.


Eric and Leslie Ludy, me, Gracie, and Hannah


Hannah, me, Gracie, Anna, Molly, and Natalie


Me, Hannah, and Gracie


Me and my AMAZING friend Natalie Thomas!


Sweet Hannah... what would I do without her??


Of course... after every nice pic comes the silly one!


My BFF'S: Gracie O'Connor and Hannah Thomas


Hannah and I... we were so excited to see each other!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Just because I'm young...

"Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, and in purity."

-1 Timothy 4: 12

To Remit Our Sins


Character Trait #2: FORGIVENESS



Forgive: To pardon; to remit, as an offense or debt; to overlook an offense, and treat the offender as not guilty.


ἀφίημι (forgive)

סְלִיחָה(forgiveness)


Remit:

1. To forgive; to surrender the right of punishing a crime; as, to remit punishment.


2. To pardon, as a fault or crime.


3. To restore.


Remitment:

Forgiveness; pardon.



If we forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly father will also forgive you. But if ye forgive not men their tresspasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matt. 6: 14-15


Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted to them.

John 20: 23


Psalms 86:5

For thou, Lord, [art] good , and ready to forgive ; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.



My dad gave a devotion on forgiveness. Funny, that week we were also needing to work on forgiveness! The night we began this character trait, Dad and Mom started a family "tradition" called Debriefing. Everyone would (and still does) go around the room and declare whether we were "clean" or "unclean". Most of the time we were unclean, having to make ourselves right with our siblings or parents. It felt so good when we received forgiveness! And what I can't believe, is that Jesus actually took the form of a baby and grew up to die on a cross! And He forgave us of our sins ... which are too numerous to count (I'm sure you agree). I am very, very thankful that Jesus had enough compassion and mercy to forgive and remit our sins!



"He who forgives ends the quarrel." -Author Unknown




All definitions taken from the Noah Webster 1828 dictionary. You can go to the online version at www.1828-dictionary.com


Monday, January 3, 2011

Sovereign King

Character Trait #1: LOYALTY


Loyalty: fidelity to a prince or sovereign; to a husband or a lover

Loyal: faithful to a prince or superior; true to plighted faith, duty, or love

Plighted: pledged

Fidelity: faithfulness; careful and exact observance of duty, or performance of obligations

Sovereign: supreme in power; superior to all others; a supreme lord or ruler; one who possesses the highest authority without control.

Faithfulness: fidelity; loyalty; firm adherence to allegiance and duty;truth; vows or covenants.


My dad did a family devotion using these words. We are currently studying loyalty, so we also studied the words associated with it. My family learned that we must be loyal to our King, Jesus (a prince & sovereign), and give Him plighted (pledged) faith. But then we looked at who we were being loyal to. A sovereign. A prince. A superior. Most of the time, when we think of sovereign, we think of some guy who's bossy and dictates us. But look at the definition again: one who possesses high authority without control. Jesus is the Highest Authority, but does not control us and force us to love Him, for then it would not be love. If we surrender our lives to Him, he won't let us go crazy and do whatever we want, but He'll govern us without control. We'll be WAY more happy with Him than the world!


All definitions taken from the Noah Webster 1828 dictionary. You can go to the online version at www.1828-dictionary.com

Sunday, January 2, 2011

My Christmas 2010

Hi everyone! A picture post! This post is of my Christmas here in Colorado. In order to have a white Christmas, we had to go to Estes Park....there we skated and had hot chocolate!

Dad, Grandpa, and Uncle Travis


Dad, Uncle Travis, Mom, and Aunt Kari


My sweet cousin Abigail Rosen!


My little brother, Nathan, and cousin, Caeden, with Nathan's new Christmas present!


My wonderful family! We went up into the mountains (at the base of Long's Peak)to ice skate.

Now I love this picture! And I love my family!

May 2011 Set-Apart Girl conference

This is the main Set Apart girl event each year, where young women gather in Colorado for a weekend of powerful teaching, practical encouragement and fellowship with like-minded sisters in Christ from all around the world! Leslie and Eric Ludy, along with other guest speakers, will present life-altering messages at our Ellerslie campus in Windsor, Colorado. This conference is geared for young women– appropriate for younger girls yet relevant for college-aged girls, older singles and even moms. Detailed session descriptions will be available soon on the Set Apart Girl website. Register soon – space is limited and fills quickly! Go to www.setapartgirl.com if you are interested!

I've been to other conferences, and I got a lot out of them. If you're interested in becoming set-apart, definitely check this out!