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Monday, September 24, 2012



It’s so easy to pass through life, only concerned about complicated, intellectual thoughts;  important facts and ideas. And, if this is the way you live, then when you get to the end of the road, you will realize, with regret, that you never even stopped to smell the flowers. You can miss so much, by overlooking beauty. God created a beautiful, joyful world just for us, and even if you spend your entire life smack dab in the middle of it, you might just miss it.

He could have just made it black and white, but he gave us color; rich, full, bright, indescribable. And he gave us eyes to see that color. 

It could have been a silent world, but God made glorious noises; roaring oceans, crying babies, barking dogs, voices to sing with and to have conversations with. 

We feel things: soft, hard, bumpy, smooth, sharp, squishy. . .and we have words to describe all those things.

We taste: not just one or two flavors, either. There’s an infinite variety of the things we can eat. And what’s the point, really? It’s only in our mouth for a moment. . . But imagine how terribly monotonous it would get if we ate only one thing (say, oatmeal) every day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

And then, of course, we smell: roses, chocolate cake, freshly-washed laundry, pine needles, lemons. . .and, yes, the garbage too. 

  God even went to the trouble to make each of the millions of billions of snowflakes unique and delicate and beautiful. Imagine how many trillions of snowflakes are scraped off of the roads and dumped to melt in dirty heaps every time the snow plow grumbles by.  


     It could have been an isolated world. One where people all lived alone and depended on themselves. But, instead, it's full of families. And friends.  

It is infinitely unthankful to take all that for granted and to just plod along ignoring. We should revel in the beauty and the risk of it all. Because there is risk: There are valleys along the path. There are nettles that sometimes grow with the flowers, so you have to be careful when you are pick them. Some people prefer to look at the ground all the time, so that they will be sure not to trip and fall down. They'd rather just ignore the flowers altogether, so they won't risk getting sore fingers. We live in an exciting world; a fast-paced, action-packed world; a dangerous world. You're going to get knocked down sometimes; you may even get the breath knocked clean out of you. We never know what will happen next. But it's when you're down there on your scraped knees, that your Father will reach down and show you that you can get back up again.

     By relishing God’s creation, you are getting to know him better. You get to know an author, not by just reading his books, but by living in them. You get to know God more by taking a walk on the beach: digging your toes in the sand, breathing in the salty air, feeling the wind toss you around, and letting the waves drench you; you will become more wise in one moment of just being real, than you will ever be from hours spent poring over thick volumes of evaluations and scholarly opinions. So, live life to its absolute fullest. Savor every moment that you are given in the Story with joy. 

And don’t forget to smell the flowers.





~allie



Thursday, September 20, 2012

Time






The Greek word, chronos means normal time; the time that goes by every day; moment by moment; the clock ticking.


Kairos, however, is something different; kairos is dynamic, important, specific, crucial moments that happen within chronos.



An easier way to understand it, would be to say that chronos is historical time. And kairos is historic time. Your historical time is your history; everything that has every happened to you. Historic time is the time that is really remembered and honored (or else, hidden away in a dark corner of our minds in a vain attempt to forget.) Both weddings and funerals are historic.

The historic events in each of our histories are what define us. The revelations, the "eureka!" moments, the tears, the partings, the friends we make, the important chapters or paragraphs in our stories: those are the things that shape us into the people we are. Sometimes shaping is painful. Sometimes things we like have to be cut away. But shaping (through the historic things that happen to you) makes you into what God wants you to be.

God holds both chronos and kairos (historical and historic times) for all of history in his hand. He has your story written out. It's been written since before time even existed. Now, at this moment. . . and this moment. . . and this one, you are living that story. Every breath you take, every word you say, every choice you make (good and bad), every life you touch, everything you mess up on, and everything you succeed in, every smile and every tear; with every moment that passes, and each historic event that occurs, you are living out your story and your purpose. And your story continues, as the historical times come, and, like a vapor, are gone, you are a page closer to your final purpose.



Christians all have new lives in Christ. We've been adopted into the King's family and now we are joint-heirs with his Son. And yet, you still are your history. The life you have lived and the choices you have made determine a good part of who you are today. You still carry the "old man" with you until you die. Your sins have been washed away, but you still remember the stain. And it still has an effect on you. We all must live with our pasts. But, that doesn't mean that we should live in fear, or in shame, because our Father has everything under control. He has your future written. You just have to live it. It may not be something safe, and that is a risk you have to be willing to take. . . but it is most definitely something good.


"There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
     a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
     a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,

    
a time to weep and a time to laugh,

    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
     a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
     a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
     a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
     a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace...
....He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end." -Ecclesiastes 3: 1-11


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Why Do We Say It?

I haven't posted one of these in forever, so here you go :D



Achilles' Heel:
Why do we use the phrase "Achilles' heel" to refer to a man's vulnerable spot?

Because Achelles' vulnerable spot was his heel. According to Greek mythology, Thetis, the mother of Achilles dipped him into the River Styx in an attempt to render him invulnerable. Unfortunately, she held him by his heel as she did so. And thus his heel became his one vulnerable spot. Achilles died of a wound received from an arrow shot into his heel.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Summer 2012

Okay. . . . I am really sorry that I haven't posted anything in FOREVER. I promise I'm still alive :D
It's just that I've had an absolutely crazy summer.

We went to the beach in June, as I already mentioned several months ago.






And while we were at the beach, my baby sister turned 2. (I already did a post about that as well. . . but here are a few pictures of her anyway :D)
cutie!

blowing out her candle

I LOVE her expression in this one. Haha.



My cousin had a big 16th birthday party.

The slip-n-slide was a big hit. 

Even the adults joined in on the fun.....lol

It was especially fun when we added some dish soap.....:D


After swimming, we had a big dance :)


It was the longest virginia reel EVER 




My cousin came to visit for three weeks in July.




Yep. . . we put him to work in our garden :DDD


We met the Newsboys :DDD


Our friend got engaged!! And I'm one of her bridesmaids! So we've been busy with wedding plans and wedding showers and wedding decorations :DDD

The bride and all her bridesmaids 

Corina and Curtis :)

This was the day they got engaged.


My brother and I were in a play. We rehearsed all summer long and performed in August. It was amazing. We made some awesome friends. And we both loved every minute of it.

My friend (Snow White) and me (Ariel...with a crazy wig :DD)

The Entire Cast

My dear friends Alice, Snow, and Cinderella (backstage, being crazy) 

My brother, Peter Pan :P

I got my braces off!!!! :DDD

BEFORE


AFTER



We went to the beach again at the end of August...this time with our cousins :)

My cousin (left)  and me (right)

This is at our favorite seafood restaurant ever: Killer Seafood


Fishing

A couple of the fish we caught



And then we came home. . . AND school started. I'm taking 2 online classes: Greek and Omnibus V.

So that was basically my summer in a nutshell. It doesn't look as busy when it's all written out like this. . . but it sure felt busy when I was living it. I can't believe it's already over. It was really great.

Now that school has started, I might actually have time to tend to my blog. I sure hope so.

So you can be expecting another post soon.

~allie