12/20/12

"Don't Judge Me!!"

{per request of my sister, Bek}
 
Have you ever saw someone on the street and started making fun of him? Either by his height, his weight, or his face? Or have you ever met someone you didn't like, so you started condemning or belittling him? Both of these are a form of judging. Judging- an act we, as Christians, shouldn't do, unless it's done right.
 
In Matthew 7:1-5 {KJV} it says:
"Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in the brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to they brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye."
In this passage, it's talking about the condemning judgment. The first verse tells us that if you judge, it'll come back to you, kinda like a boomerang. Once you judge someone, it'll return to you, either by that person or by someone else. The rest of the passage goes on to talk about how we are in no position to take care of the faults in someone else's life. The well-known story of the Pharisee and the Publican holds a very clear representation of pridefulness and humility, but have you looked at it with a different mindset? It's also a great story on judging. The Pharisee, thinking himself way better than the Publican, condemned the Publican while he was "praying".. thinking himself way better than the Publican. Whereas, the humble Publican knew his faults and took care of them, not worrying about the Pharisee's faults. We are in no position to look at someone else's life and start "fixing" them when we have piles of faults and sins in our life that we need to take care of.. it is hypocrisy if we condemn someone else and exalt our own selves. The Bible also tells us that every man is accountable for his own self... that means, the person you're judging is accountable for his own faults, sins, and his own life and you are accountable for your own life...
 
However, there IS a time to judge.. in Leviticus 19:15 it says:
"Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour."
Now, I'm really looking at the end of the verse... "but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour." What does it mean? Well... to me, it's saying we should judge people righteously. Judge them according to God's Word. Test their standards and beliefs against God's Word. We can't go through life without judging someone... we do need to! You need to judge someone to see if they might be a good spiritual leader(pastor, missionary, etc), a good friend, or a good soulmate, or anyone special in your life. We do need to take what they believe and test them righteously to see what God has to say about them. This leads me to the next point...
 
In John 7:24 it tells us:
"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."
There's the righteous judgment again! Now that we know what that means, we can look at the rest of the verse. We Christians shouldn't take one look at someone and decide to not talk to them or get to know them just by looking at them... grant it, not alot of people give us much to look at or go on. Alot of "Christians" don't dress or act like Christians, but we still shouldn't judge by appearance. Imagine a homeless person. You see him on the street, begging for money. You think "ooohh, I bet he gave his life up for alcohol or drugs" Right. Have you even talked to the person? He may have been an amazing Christian who went through great persecution. Of course, you don't know that because you  never asked him his story. We should never push away people just by what they look like.
 
Judging is not something we Christians should do. Instead, we need to be like Christ and love everyone for who they are! Only God knows what's on the inside... try to push away what they look like on the outside and see what's really there... and maybe, just maybe, after you get to know the person, he/she might come to know God and start looking like a Christian! And always remember to judge a person righteously... take his life to God's Word and match everything up.. see what God has to say about him. If he drinks and you don't think you should be near him, read what God says about drinking. Same thing for smoking, homosexuality (yes, God condemns that!), and many many other bad habits out there... take it to the Word and to God and see what He says!


10/31/12

Remember to Keep Your Testimony!

My dad is in the Army, we'll start off with that lol. We were stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, from 1998 to 2010, so, I grew up there. That's home to me. We didn't live on the post, we lived in the city right next to it, Killeen. (: Killeen isn't a very big city, but it is very.... heavy, I guess is the word. Alot happens there, crime mostly. So, growing up there, my brothers and I were kinda sheltered. We didn't get to go places alone, I wasn't even allowed to walk across the street to my friend, Faith's house without one of my brothers! (Mostly because where we lived had the most crimes in the apartments ;P)
 
So, yeah, when Nathan (my oldest bro) was in his teens, he started doing things, going places, he was kinda free in a sense. I remember, as far back as I can remember lol, that whenever my brother left the house, my dad would shout out to him "Remember to keep your testimony!!" I never really understood what that meant til *I* started becoming free! Of course, that was when we moved up here in IL lol.
 
So, a couple months ago, my sister (Bek) came and visited me... My parents have standards and I know them... I was tempted to go to the mall with my sister in my tank top without a shirt over it. But as we were leaving my house for the mall, my dad texted me and just said "Remember to keep your testimony".... And that hit me. I finally got it! Hey, I may not agree with evvveerrryyyttthhiinnnggg my parents set for me, but I live under their roof, I have to obey them. They don't really care for just tank tops, so when I got that text, something inside me said "don't forget to put that other shirt over it." Because my parents set a standard and reminded me of it, I was able to keep my testimony! (Now, I'm not saying everyone needs to have a very strict dress standard lol)
 
1 Corinthians 8:3 "But if any man love God, the same is known of him." (KJV) I can see y'all's looks already... at least those who don't do the KJV lol. To me, the verse is telling me "If you love God, you need to show it! If you love Him, truly love Him, it needs to show." You can show it in many things... remember, man looks on the outside, but God looks on the heart.... yes, a personal relationship with God is very important, but how will a man know you love God if you don't show it? It needs to shine through. I know a girl here in my church who loves the Lord with all her heart and it shines through every day! That's the kinda attitude we need. People need to see a difference in us as Christians. They should be able to take one look at us and think "hmmm, something's different with that person, and I wanna know what it is" We need to keep that testimony! We need to show the world that we love God! It's very important now these days... so, listen to my dad, if you want haha... remember to keep your testimony. (:

10/4/12

Where's Brookie?

Heyyy!!! So, um, this crazy girl has been in a whirlwind life right now and not having much time to blog {sadness}..... main thing is school.... so busy I haven't had a chance to breathe! In order to graduate in Florida with the homsechool class of 2013 who's taking Abeka curriculum, I have to be finished with school before the normal deadline! Sooooo, I'm finishing in April... can't wait for the finished prize, but I'm hating the stress lol. Every other week, I double up in my classes which takes away time that I need for my different papers/reading books. So my day looks something like this.....


 

Ok, that's not true, but that does look like my face when I have so much to do ;D Just kidding... thiiiisss looks more like my day!
 
 
Or, that's what my brain looks like hahah
 
So, school is kinda really stressful, I have my 9 weeks exams coming up, 3 books to read at the same time, gonna have to write a test-graded paper on Macbeth {bleh}, need to study political terms for Government, memorizing a monologue for a test graded speech, a test-graded paper on something political that's due like soon, and sewing a skirt..... that's just the small version of everything... oh, and don't forget the lack of sleep... with loads of homework, I'm usually up til 11 something at night and up at 6:30ish every morning with a pretty terrible night of sleep!
 
 
Why yes, thanks for asking, I do feel better after whining ;D Hey, I needed somewhere to vent.... hahaha. So yeah, please pray that I don't lose my calm again and I focus on everything. With so much to do... why in the world am I blogging?
 
Ta-ta for now!



9/27/12

dot dot dots and a few exclamation points

Have you ever had the sudden urge toooooooooooooooo................................................................................. crack a few chem lights, put the chemicals alllll over your fingers and paint strange, abstract designs on your ceiling?? Please don't tell me I'm the only one.... c'mon, if you did, when you go to bed at night and turn off the lights, your ceiling (and fingers) will be glowing!!!!!!!! and then you can scream "ALIENSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" and totally freak out your whole family. *sigh* if we owned this house........ I would so do that..... then get in trouble for it. yuppy...

Yes, I'm serious, I really wanna do this.... I feel sorry for my future husband.. he's gotta deal with me. Oh boy. He better be somewhat sane. Did you know..................... if you put an "e" at the end of "dud" it would be................. dude. I realized this yesterday. And it amazed me for the rest of the day. Yes, I'm easily amused, leave me alone ;D

People say I have adhd...... no I don't...... I have addh. Answer da door, hello! Ok, so I just totally made that up and I am suffering through Dr. Pepper withdrawls.... No, I'm not on sugar.

The trees up here are SHEDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm serious.. leaves keep falling down... down down. Therefore, they are shedding.... makes sense to me. Ya know what I'm going to do?!

I don't know either..... I feel lost..... Maybe it's because I don't know where I'm at...? That might be it! I'm hungry. Ya know what sounds good? ....................a corndog. Yeah, and a pickle! Maybe even an oreo... oohhh, oreooooossssssss....................

You know what I'm gonna do when I move out? I'm gonna put myself in my dryer.............. why? I dunno... mom says I'd kill myself, but I wouldn't be able to... because it wouldn't turn on with me inside it. Oh! and I'm also gonna eat brownie mix..... and eat cool whip right out of the container!

Ok, enough ramblings..... I'm bored and hungry and Dr. Pepper deprived. Hmmmmmmhhhhh..................... ice cream. I wonder what it feels like to be an alligator.... or a Pigeon. Oh! I got it! a Penguin! Wait a second, I know what it feels like to be one of those....

Ya know what's fun to say? fuzzy........ fuuuzzzyyy fuzzy fuzzy fuzzy!! it's even more fun to spell! Ok, so I'm tired... just so you know, and I'm gonna live on the edge and saaaayyyy....................................................................................................................................................................



hi. (:



bye!!!

9/26/12

Fireproof


Ok, so the title isn't the most creative, but hey, it's straight and to the point ;D Recently, my family and I have been in a Sherwood film kick and we've been watching all four of their movies like crazy (Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous). Well, watching all four of them all together, I officially can say, Fireproof is my absolute favorite, Courageous second haha. I saw Fireproof shortly after it came out, thought it was great, but never really lovedloved it.... til recently.

 
If you don't know what Fireproof is about, well, let me share it with you....
Fireproof is basically about a marriage that's going downhill... a fireman and his wife (a reporter I believe..?) start going through a hard time til eventually she wants a divorce. But, before Caleb will let that happen, he talks to his dad about it and his dad gives him the Love Dare. 40 days of trying to restore the marriage... doing sweet things that are totally opposite of Caleb's character. Through the Love Dare, Caleb recieves Christ as His Saviour. The 40 days get tougher and tougher as the days go by, but he never stops.. no matter how bad he wants to. Around day.... 44 maybe? His wife finds the Love Dare and reads it... then tells Caleb that she'll wait a week on the divorce papers, just so she can think. She finds out that Caleb bought her mom and dad a bed and a wheelchair, goes home crying, finds her ring, then goes to the fire dept to talk to Caleb... they get back together and live happily ever after haha.
 

 
Fireproof is an awesome movie, I recommend you watch it, if you haven't already... Wonderful movie. It gave me my life song, While I'm Waiting by John Waller, which I also recommend you listen to, haha (:  
 
"Never leave your partner behind" <3

9/20/12

My Life Is Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows...... (:

"I'm a happy girl, and the prettiest thing in the whole wide world, is a happy girl"
 
(:
 
I can honestly say.... my life IS fulllll of sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows... I've been blessed beyond my wildest dreams! Of course, I've had terrible times, but ya know, I'm still blessed. It's hard to see the good in the bad, but that's my life's goal.. make the good out of the bad. (: I didn't wanna move back in 2010, but I'm kinda glad we did... I grew. I'm a different person, and I'm happy with the new me....
 


 
Because of the move, I met my lil sis! Jadyn has been a wonderful friend to me. My bestie. My secret keeper. My lil missy. I didn't wanna make any friends when we moved, because, well, I hate good byes, and I didn't wanna go through that when I move away.... buuuttt, Jadyn kinda conquered that lol. She was my true first best friend up here, and is and always will be one of my best friends in the whole wide world! I love you, Missy Mooooooooo



 
Moving up here was also another great thing, because in September 2011, my big sister, Sissy, came and visited me while she was visiting other family members! It was great to have her for 3 days, but I still hated the good bye... cried for like an hr when she left, but I was still glad she was able to visit! And now that she's moved to Indiana (only 3 hrs away from me!!!), I can see her approximately every 3-4 months (it seems like that anyway ;D) If I still lived in Texas (which I still wish very much I did), I wouldn't be able to see her lol. Although I reallllyyy wish I could still be in Texas, I'm glad I live closer to my sissy (:





 
What does it mean to have a sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows life? To me, seeing the good in every aspect of my life (: I love my roller coaster, sunshine, lollipoppy, rainbows life (:

9/18/12

Shots from Angel

So, last Saturday, September 15, 2012, my parents surprised me with my Angel! Since 2010, I've been carryin around Dixie and using her for pictures, she's a wonderful camera still, but Angel is better :D My dream camera and I still can't believe I have her!!! :D So, I played around with her on Sunday at church and got some wonderful pictures of some willing subjects.. and I also let my lil sis play around with it too ;D Enjoy the results :D
 
Canon EOS Rebel T3i. 18 mp. 18-55mm zoom and can have other lenses (:

love the quality :D Ed was my first photo shoot haha

This was near the end..... the next pic says it all

He was done with pics haha


Taz took forever to get pics of! I finally got some good ones...



This was taken right after a really loud thunder clap... she was scared haha, this is Callee (:
 


Back to Eddie haha
 

Love this shot!!
 


He's a pretty boy...

Love my focus (:


Steven.... my future husband ;D



haha I don't know what he was doing here....
 



Such a cutie!

He got these bubbles in his award bag (from the Patch Ceremony) and when he pulled it out he gasped sooo loud and Jadyn and I started cracking up laughing so hard haha
 


He was bored lol

I love the color here and the brightness, the use of natural light (:

Jadyn's eye haha

I love this pic of Jake... it's so cute!

Jadyn being her pretty self (:

Now being her sweet & innocent self ;P

Some girls from the Patch Club (:

My lunch haha

Ashley's lil bro (:


And Jadyn and I had an impromptu photo shoot with this umbrella (:

She fell in love with Angel too ;D

Love this shot!!!


She's so cute hahaa

And so is her brother, Steven, my future guy ;P

*love*



Jadyn took this (:


And I took this one ;D