Tuesday, August 18, 2009

What Not to Wear

Trouble with deciding what not to wear is a common problem with us girls.

We want something that makes us feel pretty, amazing, I mean c'mon you get the picture!

The bad thing is the clothes sizes are shrinking, the shorts are being made shorter, and well they just don't make jeans like they used to.

It seems now that whatever is "cool" for us to wear, actually make us look like hoochie-mamas. In fact the shirt I'm wearing now would show my midriff if not for a tank top worn underneath!

Some may ask me why I've taken dressing modestly so seriously, and I'd tell them I'm dressing to glorify God and not tempt my brothers in Christ to lust.

You think I'm overreacting. Go to any theme park, or swimming pool, or even a Victoria's Secret store and you will see girls with (as Brother Dane says) "Not enough clothes on to cover up a hummingbird." I've seen it for myself and I can't help but wonder what's going on in the minds of guys through all that exposed flesh! Yes, I know how God created you guys! LOL

I'm committing to dress in a way that glorifies God. Will you join me?

1 Timothy 2:9-10

9I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

Mind you, that doesn't mean we can't wear nice things. It just says that outward appearances ought not to be the only thing we pay attention to! :)

Love to all!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Fine Arts Nationals

Well yesterday was our day to play! I went to Universal CityWalk with my parents and we ate at Bubba Gump's and watched fireworks. Mmmmm....next to Pappadeaux, Bubba Gump's has some of the best sea food this side of the Mississippi.

For today we just sat back and relaxed!

It's been a busy week indeed! In Orlando Florida competed in four categories for the National Fine Arts Festival; ASL Solo, ASL storytelling, ASL group, and Drama Ensemble, Large.

And guess what?? God was good to me (as He usually is!)! I got the Award of Merit for ASL Storytelling but I honestly don't know why! I had no clue what I was doing! However, my crituque sheets said "good use of ASL." And all three judges for that category were Deaf.

It's cool the way God shows up and helps us!

As for our Large Group Drama, we got a Superior on it. :( But we were fine with that, because this is the first year that our large group got to Nationals! It was also the first time that everyone who competed in FAF at our small church got to go!

Here I am praying with my youth group before the big performance! :D

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Summer at the Summit, pt. 1

Whew! I couldn't believe it was already over! Two weeks goes by quickly when you're having fun!

Two weeks of intense 65-hour lectures, sports, and fun!

Two weeks of note-taking, room-cleaning, game-playing amazingness!

I will confess that when I first got there I was feeling kind of shy. I mean c'mon, I'm gonna be stuck here for two weeks with a bunch of people I don't know, forced to listen to a bunch of people I've never heard of.

If I typed out all the things I learned and did at Summit on this here blog, I tell you one thing, there would not be enough space to put it all! It would be the same about the people I met! I will post some pictures of the amazing people I met there!

A bunch of RANDOMNESS!!!!

Yup. This is what happens when my cousins and I get bored :)

Sour Punch Straws are a favorite delicacy of ours, hence the photo above :)

We messed around with the special effects found on my (brand spanking new) webcam! :)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Church Camp

Yikes! It seems that time is getting away from me! I apologize for having not posted anything in who knows how long. It's been crazy.

Well I think I will start at the highlight of my summer, that being church camp :). Church camp was the very last week of June leading up to July.

If I could sum up camp in one sentence it would sound something like: Camp. Was. Awe. Some.

And it always is! In fact every year it gets better. Sure we still sing some of the same songs, eat the same food, do the same activities. And those are fun!

But that's not what we go to camp for!

We go for the Word.....

The Spirit.....

The fire.......

The healings.....

The miracles.....

The message of Jesus Christ our Savior and His amazing love for us! If you want to get fed spiritually church camp is the place for you.

One of my "biggies" this year was the fact that I needed more God! More! More! More! He showed me that the fears I had been struggling with was nothing more than the devil "tryin'a fasten a hammel" on me and God is love and perfect love casts out fear. I shoulda known. But I come to camp so that I can learn what I need to work on!

I am going to college this fall and had been really scared about it. Being on my own is new but then God reminded me of the Scripture verses in Psalms 139 which say,

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast

YAY!! God is always with me! No matter where I am! I've heard those verses many times but had I truly known them with my heart? Of course not! Praise God for being so good to me!

He was also good to my friends but if you wanna know their stories, ask them. :). I tell you one thing, you will not meet a finer group of students than what we have back at my church! :)