In the name of God, here's looking forward to a single, unified Orthodox Church of the United States.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

A Little Post Happy Today

I won't apologize! You can't make me!

=P

~~~~~

This is an interesting post by Sister Judith Hannah on her blog.

Are you Guilty of Practicing Legalism ... as Defined by Scripture?

I've never thought of this before, so I'm not sure if I agree with her 100%, but it's very intriguing logic.

...hmmm

I was going to write that there are other stumbling blocks that have nothing to do with the Law of Moses that could be considered legalism, but then I couldn't think of any off the top of my head, so maybe everything is covered in the Old Testament.

Assuming you could find something that is not outlined in the Old Testament, would that be considered legalism, or simply heresy?

Athlete = Rude?

Today marks the second time in as many days that I have been cut directly in front of while waiting in line for food. Seriously, they just walked right in front of me and stayed there - most didn't even seem to notice I existed.

Is it because I'm the short, frizzy-haired girl with glasses and they were all tall athletes who, apparently, think they own the world? Just because you can leap tall buildings with a single bound doesn't mean you can ignore such things as common decency and respect.

EDIT: I realize this was written with a spirit of hurt and anger. The Bible calls us to love your enemies and do good to those who persecute you (Matt. 5: 43-48). It even says that "if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also" (Matt. 5: 40)! In that case, I should have backed graciously away and asked the LORD to take away my anger and replace it with love.

Of course, there wouldn't have been anything wrong with just a quick, polite, "Excuse me, but I was here first," however, since I'm socially autistic and unable to speak up for myself, I choose, instead, to stew over every little perceived or real slight. Too, if I had spoken up and they'd simply laughed, Matthew 5 would have been just as applicable, if not more so.

Really? My Utmost?

As you may have noticed on one of my previous posts, I'm going through Crystal Paine's archives and I stumbled across this little gem, which she posted, by Oswald Chambers.

Your priorities must be God first, God second, and God third, until your life is continually face to face with God and no one else is taken into account whatsoever. Your prayer will then be, "In all the world there is no one but You, dear God; there is no one but You."

~Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

PFC Edward John

I would just like to take this time to thank and praise my fiance EJ for always being there when I need him even though we're over 1,000 miles apart, for preparing to provide and care for a family and for working his hardest, even when he's tired, drained, and only wants to sleep. Thank you for putting up with my whining and complaining and seeing the humor in every situation.

But, most of all, thank you for realizing the sacrifice God made for all of his children and striving daily to live the Biblical model for husband-hood.

I'm starting to tear up. ^_^

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Amen!

Crystal Paine wrote an article on her blog way back in 2006 about getting a degree "just in case." I wish I could link to it directly, but, as it is, scroll down almost all the way to the bottom and look for the article entitled, "But, What If My Husband Dies?"

Thanks to 50 years of over-reaching atheist, feminism, and humanism, our churches, and thus society, has completely failed when it comes to supporting widows and orphans - something that is mentioned time and time again all throughout the Scriptures.

EDIT: And when you've finished reading that article, scroll back up the page a little ways and read the follow-up article entitled "How Big Is Your God?"

EDIT 2: Oh, heck, just read all of her posts on education on that page. She presents very challenging and thought provoking ideas.

Monday, August 25, 2008

What Goes In, Must Come Out

I'm trying to cut down on the garbage I allow into my mind through television and the internet.

So, I suppose this movie won't hurt:



=P

Mein Zweck?

I've been thinking a lot about the purpose of this blog. Is it just a personal space? Is it for others? I certainly write as though others read it, though it seems no one really does (except for one person that I know of). I don't offer arguments for what I write here because I'm no good at debating or settling argument. If you want reasons beyond those that I offer for the topics I create, there are more than enough sources you can find just through Google alone.

So, I guess, if anyone stumbles upon this little corner of the world wide web, it will be a place of introduction to ideas they may have never heard of.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Polyvore!

Well, it's (almost) back to the old grind.

I managed to move back to college today, suffering only one major bruise, a torn nail, and many, many irritating little nicks and scratches. I'm glad it's over for this week at least, but next weekend I'll hoof it on home and pick up everything I forgot (and I forgot a lot! Can you say "Pillow"? >.<). We'll see what happens then.

In the mean time, I discovered a highly addictive website: Polyvore. It's an outfit generator. Make your own profile, create and publish outfits using their extensive databases, and search other peoples' profiles to find outfits they've made that you love! You'd never know it by looking at me, but I love fashion, especially good looking modest fashion. That's why it's neat to create these outfits on this site using only clothing from stores that are definitely not catering to the modest-minded. It gives one hope that it can be done if you only look hard enough. =) Now I can have fun trying to find pieces that look similar to those I picked on Polyvore, but for a much lower price (can you believe one sweater dress I chose cost over $2,000!!! That won't ever happen in real life, but it was sooooo cute. ^_^)

Ah me, now back to the present.

Peace.

Still on a Headcovering Kick

WHOA!

Seriously, whoa! This article from Reformed SHEology is amazing!

Discovering Headcovering

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Arranged

I want to see this movie:

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Covering, Part Drei - A Sad Day

Last night my mom "found out" about my covering. I use the words "found out" because my family doesn't exactly support my decision to live certain parts of the Bible, so they like to make sure I hide my propensity for doing just that the best they can. It all began with my growing submission to EJ, then I became more conscious of what kind of clothing I wore, and now I'm taking the authorization to cover one's head seriously. I try not to rub it in their faces. Heck, most of the time I try to keep it on the down-low, having endured more than one harsh word from my parents in regards to my skirt wearing or asking EJ's permission for something.

Last night, unfortunately, things got a little uncomfortable and mom and I ended up getting into an argument over 1 Corinthians 11.

Her: You know, that whole section is really just a cultural thing.
Me: Then how much else in the Bible can we deem "cultural??"
Her: No, just that.
Me: Huh? How do you make that distinction?
Her: There's a theory that says if something in the Bible is not supported by two or more other verses, then it does not have to be followed or believed.
Me: *shocked silence for a moment* Where in the Bible does it say that????
Her: It's a theory followed by many theologians.
Me: So it's not in the Bible.
Her: Yeah.
Me: What about "all Scripture is God inspired and profitable for teaching and reproof?" [2 Timothy 3:16-17]
Her: *silence* N-no.
Me: ...
Her: You know, there's really no precedent for women around the world covering their heads.
Me: ... *Thinking: There's absolutely no reason for me to continue this debate anymore. >.<*


We did argue about other specifics, but this part made me want to cry. I love and cherish my mother and pray she will someday see the truth, not just about headcovering, but that nothing in the Bible can just be thrown out, no matter what. Sometimes, I feel as though I'm the only one I know who's trying to follow God's commands for women and the family. That's not all there is to the Bible, of course, but why can no one seem to understand that those parts are not oppressive, not ignorant, and it's not merely cultural!! Paul's commands were for the CHURCH, the Body of Christ, throughout the ages! My family would have me believe there's something wrong with wanting to show my outward adoration of Christ in these specific ways, but Scripture says otherwise!

And now, having probably offended anyone who might stumble upon my blog, I retire with a not-so-graceful bow:

Galatians 1:8 - But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!

I don't want to be accursed, I just want to do what's right. I don't want my family or friends to be accursed, I want them to know the love of the Savior and the true fulfillment of His purpose for their lives (whether that be in the boardroom or as a dhimmi in Saudi Arabia.)

I dunno, I just feel extremely arrogant writing this and pray that I actually am correct in my interpretation of the Bible.

EDIT: I think I found the verse upon which her alleged theory is founded:
"In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established." ~ 2 Corinthians 13:1
Interesting.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Covering, Part Zwei

A number of days ago I posted about wearing a headscarf. It wasn't large enough to cover all of my head, so all I did was put my hair in a ponytail and wrap the scarf around my head, making a knot at the nape of my neck, and throwing the two tails over my left shoulder. Just for fun, I added the biggest, dangliest pair of earrings that I own. I thought I looked kind of cool - in a gyspy-ish sort of way. =P

Of course, as soon as I went downstairs, my middle brother greeted me with a "What the heck are you wearing??"

I did eventually chicken out and take it off before going to the store, but, for a few glorious hours, I really felt ... right.

~

Today I purchased three yards each of a nice gray fabric and an eggshell-colored, linen-type fabric. I figured those were two good, basic solids to get me started on this journey. Now, I'm faced with a new problem: How do I choose?? Should I make one like these, or perhaps like this, or maybe these are more to my liking. Goodness, so many choices, so little fabric. ^_^ It's a wonderful problem to have.

Peace, readers.

Monday, August 18, 2008

I wonder why I register as coming from St. Louis, Missouri whenever anyone has those "Live Traffic Feed"s on their websites. I'm nowhere near Missouri.

Huh...

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Mild Frustrations

Good grief! Why is it that, whenever I come across a website or organization who's theology seems the most Biblically sound, there is always, and I mean always, a clause saying they think the Roman Catholic Church is the Whore of Babylon, or music with a beat is of Satan, or the King James' Version of the Bible is the only authorized version in the English language (What the heck?? Authorized by whom? Did Jesus Himself come down and say, "Thou shalt only use this 17th century English version until I return to judge the living and the dead"? What about people for whom English is a second language? Come on, that's the silliest thing I've ever heard!!). Why, oh why??

Seriously, EJ and I need to start our own house church, because I'm beginning to believe that there is no one out there who cares about the doctrines of the Bible more than tradition on the one hand or "relevance" on the other.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Beautiful Child

I love spending time with my godchild, Kylie Isabelle. Even though she was born under not-the-best circumstances, she is such a beautiful, darling child and such a blessing to be with. At almost 2 1/2 years old, her hair is curly, her lips are red, and her voice still has that sweet baby gurgle that can only half pronounce words. ^_^

I help babysit her occasionally and I'm so thankful that I get that opportunity. My youngest brother just turned 14 in April and, until Kylie came along, I really didn't know how to relate to my younger cousins whom I saw, at most, 4 times a year. She's teaching me a little bit about what it takes to raise a child (or, at least, raise a girl, I'm still in the dark as to the boys!); it's an incomplete education, to be sure, I don't suppose you can ever learn everything about being a mother until you're actually one yourself, but it's so wonderful to learn little things like how to talk and explain things to a 2-year-old (she can differentiate between colors! We went blueberry picking today and when I showed her the difference between the blue blueberries and the green ones and to only pick the former, she understood! I was so proud. =P ) and how to entertain and discipline them.

Pray for her mother, though. She's in a difficult situation right now with her husband and daughter. I know she'd love to be there more for her little girl, but she has to to work so hard to provide for her little family and is just barely getting by. If it weren't for the help of her friends and family, I'm not sure what she would do.

Until next time, Lord's Blessings.

Friday, August 15, 2008

To Cover or Not to Cover:

To Cover or Not to Cover, that is the question.
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind
To suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous noncomformity,
Take arms against a sea of lasciviousness,
And, by opposing, end them? To acquiesce, to sleep;
To sleep and lose the dream; ay, there's the rub.

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Not the best parody ever, but it's my first attempt.

So, today is the first day I'm actually wearing a headscarf. I'm still a little confused as to what the Bible says on the matter. I've been researching it rather feverishly, reading the Bible and praying and have found some excellent articles both for and against covering while in sacred assembly. I guess I'm kind of erring on the side of caution by wearing one when not in church. It's more of a modesty thing than a "praying or prophesying" thing at this exact moment. If anyone feels led to comment on this issue, please do so. =)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I found this on Anna's site. =P

"You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you odd." ~Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O'Connor definitely wrote some strange things and she's not my favorite author, but she seemed to have a good grasp on humanity and what makes us react.

She also wrote this:

"The novelist with Christian concerns will find modern life distortions which are repugnant to him, and his problem will be to make these appear as distortions to an audience which is used to seeing them as natural; and he may well be forced to take ever more violent means to get his vision across to this hostile audience. When you can assume that your audience holds the same beliefs you do, you can relax a little and use more normal means of talking to it; when you have to assume that it does not, then you have to make your vision apparent by shock—to the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures." Reference.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

This is eerily accurate


I am a
Violet


What Flower
Are You?



"You have a shy personality. You tend to hesitate before trying new things or meeting new people. But once people get to know you, you open up and show the world what you are really all about."

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Living Daily with Discouragement

"With all the money I'm spending on your education, you'd better do something with it other than just popping out babies."

That's what my dad said to me this morning by way of 'encouragement.' Unfortunately, that sentiment is shared by the rest of my family who are simply too polite to be quite as ... erm ... articulate.

What higher calling could I attain than serving my family in a Godly way and properly educating my children using what I learned in school? If he's so dead set against me following God's plan for the family, why doesn't he just withdraw me and 'consign' me to a life without a degree? I'll happily have a courthouse wedding and join EJ wherever he's stationed. Sure, I wouldn't mind finishing college, but, honestly, I'm only there because my dad wants me to be.

One more year and I'll be free. =)

Saturday, August 9, 2008

I have to say, I'm glad I'm no longer working. My time at the hospital ended 10 days ago because the company had miscalculated its budget and could no longer afford to pay me. I was going to leave to go back to college anyway, but things just worked out sooner rather than later.

That's alright, though, because, to be honest, it was quite aggravating sometimes to work with three women who fiercely believed in feminist ideology and all that entailed. However, my time in the office did provide a very telling glimpse into the harm said feminist ideology has done and is doing to these women and their families. It was quite interesting to realize (with no small amount of glee) that feminism is not the natural order of things and they only acted the way they did because they'd been trained to do so. I'm able to say that, because every so often I would notice a crack in their hardened exterior and catch a glimpse of the real woman hiding inside.

Not that they even knew it was there.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Interesting. I'm sitting in a terminal in the Charlotte-Douglass International Airport right now (and have been since 11 this morning) with my laptop open, browsing the web. I try to open a site and instead of what I expected, I see a restricted notice. The reason given? Cult/Occult.

Now, I'm not trying to create controversy, nor do I believe that the airport, as a private business, should be forced to pander to every religious whim. However, the site in question was Eternal Warriors. Someone please tell me what in the world is 'cultish' about that?