I came across this video as I was randomly stalking people's blogs.
"As a ring of gold in a swine's snout, So is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion." -Prov. 11:22
"Your adornment must not be merely external - braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart." 1 Pet. 3:3-4a
In the book of Esther, the writer made it a point to say that she was beautiful BEFORE she was taken to the citadel of Susa. At the king's palace, the women brought there were basically made beautiful (think the Persian version of that video up there) for A WHOLE YEAR! Yet the writer says she was beautiful BEFORE that process.
The writer also says that she found favor with Hegai, who was in charge of the women. I suspect that Hegai had seen plenty of haughty women who were pining for the crown like lions for meat. So the way that Esther found favor with him was probably in her attitude and words.
Likewise, we shouldn't be so concerned with looking perfect. We should be more concerned with our spiritual beauty because at the end of the day, that's what really matters.
Now don't think that this means we should schlep around not having showered in weeks, because that extreme is ALSO wrong. In a verse in the New Testament, it says that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and should be treated as such.
(does anyone remember the specific verse? if so, please leave it as a comment. much thanks!)
Saturday, May 31, 2008
I came across this video as I was randomly stalking people's blogs.
I got this in an email foward a couple months ago, and I thought it was amazing.
1 x 8 + 1 = 9
12 x 8 + 2 = 98
123 x 8 + 3 = 987
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543
12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321
1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111
123456789 x 9 +10= 1111111111
9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888
987654321 x 9 - 1 = 8888888888
9876543210 x 9 - 2 = 88888888888
1 x 1 = 1
11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 1232
11111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111=123456789 87654321
Now, take a look at this...101% From a strictly mathematical viewpoint: What Equals 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been in situations where someone wants you to GIVE OVER 100% .How about ACHIEVING 101%?What equals 100% in life? Here's a little mathematical formula that might help answer these questions:
If: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Is represented as: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.
If: H-A-R-D-W-O- R- K
8+1+18+4+23+ 15+18+11 = 98%
And: K-N-O-W-L-E- D-G-E
11+14+15+23+ 12+5+4+7+ 5 = 96%
But: A-T-T-I-T-U- D-E1+20+20+9+20+ 21+4+5 = 100%
THEN, look how far the love of God will take you:
12+15+22+5+15+ 6+7+15+4 = 101%
Therefore, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that: While Hard Work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, It's the Love of God that will put you over the top!
Friday, May 30, 2008
In the movie, Eduardo plays Jose, a former soccer star who loses his career in a moment. He now works as a chef at his brother's restaurant in New York. Also working at the restaurant is Nina, a waitress struggling to make it in New York. When Manny fires her, Jose shows her a simple act of kindness which changes each of their lives forever.
Don't settle with just renting this movie. Firstly, you will want to own it, and secondly, supporting this film means supporting the Christian makers of this film and the values they stand for.
*Not knowing whether Faraday is alive or not
*The Kahana is no more
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
NO, I'm not talking about Lady in the Water. That one I didn't like very much. I am talking about the Village, that mysterious tale of a town surrounded by woods inhabited by creatures known as Those We Don't Speak Of. Throughout the beginning of the movie, we learn that there is a truce between the villagers and the creatures. The Villagers stay in their valley, Those We Don't Speak Of stay in their woods. Additionally, the color red is believed to attract the creatures, so anything red is buried. Flags around the border and guards wear yellow, thought to be the safe color.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
This is a duck we saw in the Magic Kingdom
Me with Rhindon, Peter's sword. "Be ye friend or foe?"
Me with Excalibur. "The Lady of the Lake. Her arm clad in the purist shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water. Signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king."
My uncle Kent watching a Rice football game. I call this one, "The Lone Fan"
This one is of Dad on Tom Sawyer Island in Magic Kingdom
This is me on Lake Travis. I love the blue in the picture!
And finally, the last picture taken of me before I whacked off my hair,
you have just crossed into...the Twilight Zone.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
I knew from the start of this movie that it was going to be awesome. How you may ask? Right after the Disney and WaldenMedia logos did their thing, two planets came close together, and passed each other....just like the book. If they were going to do small things like that from the book, then they had my full appreciation.
But, just to get them out of the way, I have..
Just like I thought it would, Susan warrior chick bothered me. Yes, she didn't really have a choice whether to fight or not, but THROWING an arrow??? That's kind of too much for me to believe that she's really "the Gentle." I did love all of her garb, especially her purple dress and her armor corset thing, which was awesome..
And, just like I thought it would, the SusanCaspian romance thing bothered me, but not as much as I thought it would. It was very slight, so it didn't ruin the movie for me.
The worst part for me was the breaking of Peter's character. Yes, it would be hard to adjust to being a kid again, but once he was back in Narnia, he didn't adjust BACK to being the Magnificent quite as well as he could have. Once meeting with Caspian, he proceeds to take total and complete charge, which seemed to be a bit bold considering Caspian was the one who currently held the right to the Narnian throne. In the book, Peter specifically said to Caspian, "I haven't come to take your place, you know, but to put you into it."
And now that we're pass the cons, I shall discuss the things that COULD have been cons, but weren't. The night raid is a good example. I thought it was amazing the strategy and ideas they had for it, and the execution was incredible until all of the Telmarine soldiers were alerted to it.
After the night raid, Caspian is approaced by Nikabrik in Aslan's How. Nikabrik asks if he's glad of using that horn now, and proceeds to take Caspian into the room with the Stone Table, which leads into the scene that also COULD have been an issue, but turned out to be awesome.
Nikabrik says, "We've tried one ancient power, and that has failed." The wer-wolf gave me shivers when it repeated word for word the line in the book. "I am hunger. I am thirst. I can fast a hundred years and not die. I can lie a hundred nights on the ice and not freeze. I can drink a river of blood and not burst. Show me your enemies!"
The hag proceeds to draw the circle, and takes the White Witch's wand and plunges it into the ground. Ice trickles up two columns, and the White Witch faces Caspian. After a bit, the Pevensies and a few others burst into the scene and start taking care of business, but in the middle of it, Peter is drawn in by the White Witch and stands next to Caspian entranced. "You know you can't do this alone," she tells Peter. But suddenly, one of the most awesome moments of the whole movie happens. The ice shatters, and behind it stands Edmund with his sword, the cause of the break. "I know, you had it all worked out," he says to Peter before walking away.
YAY FOR EDMUND!!!!!! He is definitely one of my top favorite characters.
Overall, this was a fantastic movie that stayed true to the spirit to the book, and it was amazing seeing my childhood dream of seeing the Chronicles come to life in a movie come true for a second time.
I shall return and discuss individual things from the movie later.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Don't have time for a real post about it now, cause I need to take a shower before leaving, but I have to say, it blew my mind. The parts that I knew I was going to have issues with, I did. But they weren't quite AS bad as I thought they would be. The good definitely outweighed the bad. And Ben Barnes as Caspian did a great job, I think. Yes, he is old for the part as written in the book, but I think it was done very well. Edmund's still my favorite....
Long live Aslan!
PS I will have a real review on here later plus several mini-discussions, but don't look for any of them any sooner than tomorrow afternoon.
*The Others totally surrounding Kate and Sayid.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I've been going back and listening to the Chronicles of Narnia on audiobook. Hearing them again, especially the Horse and His Boy and the Silver Chair, has really been amazing because of the symbolism that I missed as a younger Christian.
NOTE: Tricia, and anyone else who wants to keep themselves spoiler free, skip the rest of this entry and read later after reading.
Praise God, I'm finally done with the AP History test. I took it at a local high school this morning, and I am now free from doing three plus essays every day! Yay! And the timing for different stuff has been perfect, because there are a few awesome things happening tonight and this weekend that sort of serve as the light at the end of the tunnel.
Friday, May 9, 2008
"Abaddon" is the name of the biblical Angel of the Abyss (Revelation 9:11).
The name is Greek for "destruction" or "the destroyer". As a place, it is likened to Sheol or hell. Abaddon is mentioned again elsewhere in revelations "And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key of the shaft of the bottomless pit; he opened the shaft of the bottomless pit and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft." (Revelation 9:1-2)
Abaddon is pictured as a human sized locust, and is known as the lord of pestilence. "Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth, and they were given power like the power of scorpions of the earth; they were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any green growth or any tree, but only those of mankind who have not the seal of God upon their foreheads; they were allowed to torture them for five months, but not to kill them, and their torture was like the torture of a scorpion, when it stings a man. And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death will fly from them." (Revelation
All hail the return of Richard Alpert!!!! Huzzzah! YES!!! What's funny about this episode is that on my way home with Dad (before seeing the episode), we discussed Claire disappearing, and Dad had a really good theory. His theory was that Claire had died in the explosion, but she was in one of those solid ghost forms, an idea supported by Chistian Shepard, Dave, Charlie, Yemi, Libby, Boone, and Ben's mother. So she seems to be a ghost, and that's why Miles keeps on offering to help with her or Aaron, and why he didn't say anything when she walked off. Seeing her in the cabin with Christian (her dad) seems to have confirmed that idea.
This week's featured character: John Locke
Richard Alpert is still ageless man. And he looks cool in all the different ageless times we see him. Richard is the only known member of the Others that was also a member of the Hostiles. (according to the mythology, the Hostiles were the ones that wiped out the Dharma Initiative, and after that, they were known as the Others.) The big question is, why did Ben become the leader even when Richard had been around for much longer? And why is it exactly that he is ageless? Was he born on the island? If so, is that why he is ageless? If that is so, will Aaron grow up to be ageless?
Thursday, May 8, 2008
A photo motage of our kitten from when we got her around the end of March, to about a week ago.
April 14, sleeping in the crevice between the counter and the refrigerator
April 15, sleeping in her box that Kaya made for her
April 21, sleeping in schoolbooks
April 21, hanging out in a bag
And finally, April 26, me and Charlie
By no means get the idea that she sleeps all the time. And yes, I named her after the character in Lost even though she's a girl.
Monday, May 5, 2008
For anyone reading my blog who doesn't read Tricia or Caryn's blogs, BOG is Brag on God, and I have a great one tonight.
About a week ago, my spiritual motivation was extremely low. I hadn't been reading my Bible or praying all that much, so I asked my youth pastor and a friend to pray for me.
A week later on Saturday, I felt so motivated. I read my Bible alot that day, and then yesterday at church, Bryan's message was meant for me, the songs Pastor Berry chose for me were meant for me (they were some of my favorites, yay!) and Pastor Burkart's sermon was meant for me.
But that's only the first part. Pastor gave us the impact cards, so I put two people there. One I had no idea if she was a Christian or not, the other I was pretty sure he was a Christian, but I wasn't positive.
Well, tonight I was at acting class talking with this particular person and a couple of my other friends, and we got into a whole theological discussion about Creation, evolution, and the like. I asked each of the friends if they were a Christian, and they all were. I was so happy because it had been an answer to prayer about whether my friend was a Christian or not.
And just to close, I'd like to put Colossians 3:17:
Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
I just love these paintings, so I wanted to share with y'all.
And this one is "Stitching the Standard" also by Edmund Blair Leighton:
And this one, also by Edmund Blair Leighton, is called "the Accolade."
I love his use of light, and I love how he shows the lady's devotion to her knight in different ways. In the first, she wishes him godspeed; in the second, she devotes her time to sewing his standard; in the third, she knights him for his deeds.
Friday, May 2, 2008
My great-grandpa was a game warden for the Texas Parks and Wildlife, and more than fifty years ago when my grandpa was a little boy, Great-grandpa Gus was shot and killed by an illegal duck poacher he was attempting to arrest.
They re-named the management area after him, and last year a new conservation center was opened at the Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area.
I never met him, but I know he was a wonderful husband and father. I look foward to seeing you in heaven Grandpa!
The Officer Down Memorial page has a page in his memory here: