Farewell Summer

Dear Summer,

You are leaving tomorrow.
You served me well this year, you brought forth many memories. Cooking with friends, working at camps, making new friends, and much, much laughter.

I can’t say that I’m ready for you to be gone, but I see that I have no other choice than to say goodbye. But this goodbye is not of the bitter sort, it is a sentimental farewell for I know that you will return next year, and just in the nick of time too.

Tomorrow summer and I part officially, leaving me to start a new chapter in my life. Year two of High School. But I have faith that it is going to be a good year.

So just as the great author wrote “Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow”~William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet. 

Sincerely yours,

Amy

“Mawage”

“Mawage is wot brings us togeder tooday”- The Princess Bride

That is one my all time favorite movie quotes. Why? I don’t know, but its right up there with “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming” and “Life is like a box of chocolates”. But I suppose that the “Mawage” quote has come up quite a bit this summer. Why? Everyone is either getting married or engaged. In fact, just today I went to a beautiful wedding. It was for my lifelong friend’s sister. A beautiful girl, inside and out, who I have had the pleasure getting to know while growing up. She’s been someone that I have always looked up to, she always has a smile and a wise word to say. Her wedding elegant and classic. The bride looked like a princess, she was practically glowing. The groom seemed just as happy as could be. One of the aspects of the wedding that I loved was that it was a Christ centered, and I know that it is symbolic of what the marriage is going to look like.

One thing that I love in particular about this couple is the way that they went about their courting/dating/building of their relationship. They met at church. Then, she left for college. While she was away, he took the oppurtunity to go spend time getting to know her family and dad. While she was away they exchanged letters (SO ROMANTIC). All throughout the relationship, however, they sought guidance from those who were older and wiser.

Today they were wed.

One thing that I especially love about the bride however is, is that this was the first guy that she has ever been in a relationship with. I know that many people probably believe that you need to date several different people casually before making such a life changing decision, but I don’t believe that, my convictions are that you should date with the intention of marriage. I believe that one must seek after God, and ask him to guide you and to help you wait for the right man.

As this quote says “A woman’s heart should be so lost in God, that a man must seek him in order to find her.”- Author Unknown

Ponderings

I’m starting to prepare myself to start back to school, in twenty two days to be exact. I’ll be a sophomore in High School this year.  In preparing for this year, I’m thinking back on last year, and I don’t think this is uncommon for freshmen to say, but ninth grade was hard. Not only was it academically difficult, it is also socially and mentally hard. It’s a year of finding a balance within one’s life. I had a steady job, homework, and friends to juggle and it was a challenge. I don’t think I handled it as well as I could have. Instead of turning to God with my struggles I just stressed about everything and let it get the best of me. But even though I wasn’t giving God the time that he deserves, he was still gracious with me, he treated me so mercifully. I was having trouble making friends at the place that I was taking classes, and did have really  any friends the entire first semester (and the friends that I did have, our class schedules were opposite and so we would always miss each other), and not only am I introverted, teenagers can just be rude. But at the beginning of the spring semester, God gave me one good friend. We had enough in common to hit is off, and he was extremely intelligent so we had some deep conversations that caused  me to dig deeper in my faith. God knew exactly what I needed, and he gave it to me.

So my point in sharing all of this, to all going into the ninth grade, do not lose perspective. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Don’t give in to the drama and gossip that High School can bring. You are better than that.

I’ll end this post with this, God isn’t going to give you anything that you can’t handle (check out 1 Corinthians 10:13), and will walk with you through it. Also, we serve a merciful God (Lamentations 3:22-23) he will never give up on you, and will always love you. One more thing to keep in mind,  “therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit.” Romans 8:1

So, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

Heading Home

I’m packing my bags, and I’m heading on home, to a place where love and forgiveness awaits.

Maybe I’m a prodigal, maybe I’m a hero, but either way, I’m heading on home.

I shouldn’t have run, but I don’t regret doing so, not even for a moment.

Yes, I saw things that no man should experience, and lived when I should have died,

but God saw me through it.

They pinned medals against my chest, and told me “Son, go on home.”

So, I’m packing my bags, and heading on home to my wife and children a humble man who lost his sight but whose soul has taken flight.

Something to chew on

Something to chew on…

Acts 17:24-28

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

This is My Truth

I write in regards to the legalization of same-sex  marriage throughout the fifty states of America.

First of all before I begin, I would like to make it clear that I am neither judging, nor am I hating and I am entitled to my opinion. Now the opinion that I am going to share is written in regards to my Biblical worldview and I not only speak to to the non Christians, but to the Christian as well. So now, allow me to begin.

It is a popular lie that God’s Word says nothing about homesexuality being wrong. I would like to annihilate this lie. Take Romans 1:25-27 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.  In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.” This is my truth.  And I know that though God is waiting for you with arms wide open,  you have to take the leap and follow him leaving your sin in the dust. I also know what happens when you do not turn away from sin. Another example would be what happened in Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18-19). The men and women were living sexually immoral lives. Homosexuality was prominent in these two cities. I would summarize what happened but I fear that I will leave out something important, so here it is. Genesis 19: 1-8 “The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.”

“No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.”

 But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house.He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”

 Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him 7 and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. 8 Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”

To summarize a bit,  God told Abraham that because the two cities were so entrenched in sin that he was going to destroy them. The Lord showed Lot and his daughters mercy and they were able to escape before the cities were destroyed. However, because Lot’s wife looked back she was turned into a pillar of salt. She was so captivated by the evil, that she could not let go of it. She needed one last look.  But because of their failure to repent, Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed.  The last scripture that I would like to bring up in this paragraph is this “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men”               1 Corinthians 6:9. Those are the words of God. Not man. This what the Bible has to say about homosexuality.

Our nation was built on basis of Biblical beliefs, however over the past two decades are nation has suffered degradation in its moral values.  Our current administration in the white house is ungodly. I think that there is a problem when our nation’s leadership is indifferent to the murdering of an unborn child, and even encourages it. My question is, as it is stated in several blogs that I have read,  if “love has no limits” where will it stop.

In conclusion, this is evidence of the end times. God’s said in               2 Timothy 3:2-4 “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,  without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God”. Repent. Turn away from your sin. I would like to say one last thing before this comes to an end. I feel just as repulsed by adultery, rape, murder, etc. But the problem that I have with this is sin, is that it is being celebrated.

God bless you all and thank you for reading. God is still sitting on the throne and is in control.

I’m back!

I have just gotten back home from one of the best weeks of my life. So allow me to elaborate upon it.

My friend Lauren and I volunteered to cook at a camp for a week. I never realized how much work it truly is. We were cooking for about thirty five people total, however, cooking was not our only task. We cleaned up the camp grounds, bathrooms, and occasionally helped with the kids. This camp is with a non-profit organization, so the parents do not have to pay to send their children there. This camp is meant for children who have rough home lives, its a place for them to get away for one week. They are given love from caring counselors, plenty of food, fun activities, and told about the love of Jesus. They are able to be children, and can run and play on beautiful camp grounds.

I learned many things this week, and one was that stress is a choice. There were a few times when working in the kitchen where things got a bit hectic, especially because Lauren and I were THE cooks for the camp. We had help here and there, but there were almost forty people relying on us for food. In the chaos of the last minute preparations I would feel myself beginning to get stressed about something, but then finally I stopped myself and realized that I didn’t gain anything by stressing out. Stress didn’t make the food cook any faster, or me or the people around me feel any better. th So in having this epiphany I took control of what I was feeling and everything went smoother.

This was also a week of discovery. I love feeding people. Watching people eat the food that I have  prepared makes my heart sing. This was an all boys camp so Lauren and I had to keep 7 teenage boys plus twenty campers fed. Not an easy task. I mean, when a 15 year old guy decides to eat six bowls of cereal, you know you’re in trouble. Unfortunately much of the food that we cooked was your average every day camp food that included hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, and nachos made with canned cheese. Under normal circumstances I would not be cooking with the ingredients that were given to me ( I prefer fresh food),  and due to the fact that I can’t stomach overly processed food I lived on a steady diet of almonds, salad and beef jerky. But overall I had an amazing time, and let’s just say that there was a lot of music blasting and dancing happening in that kitchen.

I could go on for hours about my week, but I am on the brink of exhaustion so therefore am going to wrap up this post. But shall I say, I will never take indoor plumbing for granted again. The workcrew was forced to use porta-potty’s due to some plumbing issues, need I say more? Also, a blow up mattress has never felt better. Each night Lauren and I went back to her house and crashed. Literally. Each day we were more tired than the last. Our feet and legs ached from our many duties, but none of the pain we felt could take away from the satisfaction that we received in feeding these beautiful children.

But oh, this week is so full of memories, I will never forget my experiencing camp.

Here is something that I wrote while I was there, I think this can sum up my week.

Jubilee

See how abundant is His great love,

as He wraps his arms around these children in a Fatherly hug.

Their laughter is like music to his ears, they are treasures from heaven, so let’s wipe away their tears.

Peace is flowing in this beautiful place,

and day after day I see God’s grace.

The Novel Traveler

The Novel Traveler

I walked through the door, the musty air meeting me where I stand.

The place so pleasant, my soul at peace.

The aged wooden floors creaking beneath my step.

I walk beside the sturdy shelves, my fingers drifting over the binding of my familiar friends.

I find my treasure, and hold it close.

Looking around I find my place in leather chair, broken in by years of use.

Placing my legs beneath me, I prepare myself for an adventure.

Getting caught up in the moment of the tale, my eyes flutter close.

Awakening, a beautiful state of being indeed.

What do I see? Roads. Roads leading me places that I  never would have gone.

Mountains and valleys I see,

people covering ground,

but that’s not what baffles me.

A mere girl of sixteen, traveling the road and it’s all so familiar.

Her hair, her voice, her eyes, that smile.

I open my mouth, to call out, to find the truth, but as I did, this world vanished.

My eyes flew open, the book fell from my hands.

I jumped up, my heart racing,

confused to the point of desperation, I shelved the book and ran.

A daughter of the forest

The freckled face, the shimmering eyes, stare up at us in sheer delight.

The prospect of attention from more than one of these, strange yet beautiful creatures, causes her heart to bubble over with joy.

A treasure is she, green eyes and a smile, with spunk like a stallion, she’s a daughter of the forest. She will grow into a young woman with grace and beauty, but until then she is like an Indian Child, untamed and free, like the wind itself.

The life of a teenage girl in a nutshell

The makeup, the glamour, the tears, the mascara.

Pimples and periods, the pain oh so serious.

Chocolate is nice, but bread is better.

The heartbreaks that bring, the torrent of tears,

oh how hard are these few years.

The nails, the polish, the laughter that follows,

and the memories that are made.

The buckets of ice cream,

the movies that make us cry.

But treasure us always, and we’ll be the ultimate prize.