Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Watch-It Wednesday: Genius

Are you a good person?

What are your morals?
Where do they come from?
If you could steal two million dollars and never get caught, would you?

"Genius" is Ray Comfort's newest video (if you haven't watched "180" yet, you can see it here) discussing the life of John Lennon and the morality of our culture today. With poignant questions designed to help the unsaved identify their need for a Savior, this movie serves as a powerful reminder to Christians of our need to be daily speaking the truth (even the "hard truth" of "you're a sinner") to others, in a loving way.

Two words: Watch This. It will be a well-spent half hour.

Note: if you're in the 13-and-under age bracket, please grab your parents before clicking 'play'.

Thanks to our Jesus for His redemption. Go out ready to speak boldly, this Wednesday

Monday, January 21, 2013

Life's Little Instructions

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From a list by one 95-year-old, William Snell, 1993 ~ These make me smile
~Sing in the shower~
~Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated~
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~Watch a sunrise at least once a year~
~Never refuse homemade brownies~
~Strive for excellence, not perfection~
~Plant a tree on your birthday~
~Return borrowed vehicles with the gas tank full~
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~Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them~
~Leave everything a little better than you found it~
~Keep it simple~
~Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures~
~Become positive and enthusiastic~
~Be forgiving~
~Say "thank you" a lot~
~Say "please" a lot~
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~Wear polished shoes~
~Remember other people's birthdays~
~Commit yourself to constant improvement~
~Have a firm handshake~
~Send lots of valentine cards, sign them~
~Look people in the eye~
~Be the first to say hello~
~Return all things you borrow~
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~Make new friends, but cherish the old ones~
~Keep secrets~
~Plant flowers every spring~
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~Have a dog~
~Always accept an outstretched hand~
~Stop blaming others~
~Take responsibility for every area of your life~
~Wave at kids on school buses~

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~Be there when people need you~
~Don't expect life to be fair~
~Never underestimate the power of love~
~Don't be afraid to say, "I made a mistake"~
~Don't be afraid to say, "I don't know"~
~Compliment even small improvements~
~Keep your promises, no matter what~
~Marry only for love~
~Rekindle old friendships~
~Count your blessings~
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~Call your mother
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And your dad, too~ 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Think About It ~ Quotes for a Wednesday

The Matrix VS The Real World
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It's a "cold and dreary" sort of Wednesday. The sort of Wednesday where pensive clouds and water droplets breathe almost imperceptibly in the stillness. The sort of Wednesday where "gloomy" lends a beautiful, cosy sensibility to the afternoon. The sort of Wednesday that makes you happy to pull on an extra sweater, steep a mug of tea, and just ponder life. My ponderings today focus mostly around a series of quotes I've been reading this week...
"We are Americans. We must not allow, nor shall we tolerate, the actions of criminals, no matter how heinous the crimes, to prompt politicians to enact laws that will infringe upon the liberties of responsible citizens who have broken no laws." - Tim Mueller

"Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;" - I Peter 1:13

"I was doing the wrong of never wanting or trying to be better. And now I see that I have been letting things go as they would for a long time. Whatever came into my head I did, and whatever didn't come into my head I didn't do." - Curdie from The Princess and Curdie

"It is but a small thing for Me, your God, to help you. Consider what I have done already. What! Not help you? Why, I bought you with My blood. What! Not help you? I have died for you; and if I have done the greater, will I not do the less? Help you! It is the least thing I will ever do for you; I have done more and will do more....In helping you, I am giving you what I have bought for you already." - What? Not Help You!

"Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass." - Psalm 37:5
What are you pondering today?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Watch-It Wednesday: What Money Can't Buy

We all know that the best things in life can't be bought with money.
Yes, come along, nod your head - you know it's true.

...Unexpected smiles...
...Autumn colors...
...Late-night talks...
...Quiet moments when it's just you, God, and a star-filled sky...
...Every-day songs...
...Special memories...
...Rainy downpours perfect for twirling...
...and this song Daddy inadvertently discovered over Christmas break (to list a few). The more you listen to it, the more it grows on you. I will certainly be keeping Christmas year 'round with this song!
Isn't that beautiful? Like all truly good things, it cannot be bought for any price. (Seriously - but if you ever find I'm wrong, keep me posted!) So add it to your list of "un-purchase-able happiness", and have a lovely Wednesday!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Make-It Monday: It's the New Year!!


Today I am making...

♥ New Year's Resolutions.

♥ 2013 "Book List" (includes books and authors). What are some of your "To-Reads" for 2013? I would love recommendations!

♥ my "Daily Schedule"...

♥ Studio schedules, competitions, and prize lists!!! :) it must truly be the beginning of 2013. Wow. I will save the attempt of relaying the overwhelming thoughts of where I've been and where I'm going for another day...

...but in the meantime, the end of 2012/Christmas vacation means I will be going through withdrawals from all sorts of fun.

From our annual New Year's Ball....

Some of the Ladies ~ Back Row: Rachel, Me, {Gracie}, Kaytra, Emily
Front Row: Madeline, Megan
Some of the Gentlemen ~ Back: James
Front: Friend Austin, Zachary, Friend Jonah
Grandma (and Grandpa) came this year!
The Whole Gang! the "adoption ceremony" of some dear friends...

It started with breakfast, and some of the best hot chocolate EVER!

Me an' Jenny (one of the adoptees)

Jonathan (the other adoptee) and Ben
Emily, Jo (previously 'adopted') and Rachel
Then we were off for ice skating!

"We girls" after the skates came off!
Rachel, Emily, Jo, Me, Jenny
Then we came home, watched "Kidnapped", played games, and generally enjoyed each other's company! I present to you all the Coder children: now a happy 13 in number! :) the fabulous White-Elephant-Dress-Like-A-Portlander (which really means anything goes) Party.

Our magnanimous host and hostess: Tai and Kaytch!!
The whole gang - aren't we a lovely bunch??

I am so blessed with this group of friends with which I have been surrounded. People who dance Regency dances with us, our dear "new" siblings, and (of course) the gang above, which constitutes the young people in my church. Plus, all of them genuinely love the LORD, and are seeking His will in life. Yep. Besties all around (who enjoy being crazy as much as I do! - how cool is that? :)

Welcome, 2013!