Friday, March 31, 2017

What I've Learned

37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 38 but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”
-John 10:37-38

Hello World,
Something has been on my heart so I'm going to quickly write this before I go to work.  I don't talk about my faith much.  My job as it is, is something that I really try to keep my faith out and let my actions speak louder then words.  My country has asked me to have separation of church and state and I want to honor that when I'm at work, unfortunately that can leak into my life outside of work.  Here's the deal though, I don't believe that Jesus Christ is God because of blind faith.  I don't just willingly trust in Christ because of my family and how I grew up.  My parents encouraged me to look into the validity of Christ, they didn't ostracize me when I had questions about God, and they sure didn't say you're dead to me because I wanted to see what the Koran said about Jesus.  Jesus himself has asked everyone to search and to question to see if He is telling the truth.  I love that!  What other religion allows such freedom?  Our God is an amazing God, and the Holy Trinity is absolute perfect love.

So when I read the verses John 10:37-38,  I see a God saying grill me, fact check, and make sure I'm telling the truth.  Beseechingly, wanting the truth to be made true, to have no hypothesis, or theory that can be proved wrong, but to be true in every iota and cell of it's body.  Jesus Christ is God, He died on that cross for us, because if he didn't we would have to be on the cross.  God incarnate lowered himself to man's weakness, blindness, and understanding so we can have a relationship.  He didn't shed any one's blood in violence, but He shed his blood for us.

That's beautiful friends.

Monday, March 27, 2017

When Tides Turn

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Hello World,
So today was full of firsts for our sweet family :)  Liv had her first soccer session while Drew tried out for the swim team and made it.  The were both so excited, but extremely tired.  My new Mondays are busy from ballet, to soccer, and finally swimming.  Are you busy on Mondays?  

When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin introduces us to Tessa and Dan.  Tessa is unhappy with how very little she can do with her bachelors degree and is craving a way to help the United States with WWII.  Dan has a goal in mind and he just can not allow any type of distraction to get in his way, especially a blonde hair, green eyed distraction.  Will these two see what's in their face or will they miss the boat on love (pun intended).

This is a fun book to read, I immediately fell in love with the spunky, intelligent, loving Tessa.  I could only imagine what it would be like to be a young woman from the 1940's era.  She's extremely bright, but there are very few places that will take a chance on a woman.  I also loved how Dan's character kind of peeled away to reveal a very well meaning man of God.  This book is definitely a fun read, with romance, adventure, and a little mystery thrown in too :)  So dear readers I highly suggest you pick up this book!

*Yo peeps this book was given to my by Revell for my honest opinion.

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Returning

Hello World :)
I know it's been a month and half since I last talked to you, but seriously, my life has been a matter of cray cray.  I loved every minute of it, but it's been crazy.  Here in Texas us orchestra teachers (said in a very Texas accent) have this little state competition called UIL and it is intense.  Truthfully, I've never been stretched as an orchestra teacher as I have with this competition.  It really makes you look at your teaching critically to see if you are teaching to the best of your ability.   My orchestras did fantabulous, and I'm so proud of their hard work and accomplishments.  So how are you?  Has life been good?  Would love to hear what you've been up to.

The Returning by Rachelle Dekker is the final book in the A Seer Series.  This is the continuation of Carrington and Remko's story.  Having had to give up their daughter to seek safety; twenty years have passed and they have both regrets and triumph.  The time has come for a new beginning and a final battle.

This book is for all you dystopian  readers, for all you fantasy and science fiction readers :)  This would be me and truthfully there are many Christian authors who do not know how to handle this genre well.   Rachelle Dekker has done a phenomenal job at creating a new world.  Her characters have come to life in this series and it's been an honor to read her books.  Ok, now on to the the third and final book.  I was at first a little shocked that she took the timeline so far ahead into the future, but after reading the book I liked it.  You can see what time does for a mother and father who have lost a child.  You also have the opportunity for new characters to be added into the story.  It was a great idea and the executed well.  So all in all dear readers read this series and read the final book that finishes the series oh so well :)

*Yo this book was given to me for my honest opinion!

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.