Monday, September 29, 2014

Listening, Loving, Laughing

I'll get right to the point and tell you what I've been up to. :) 
I have been...

Listening...to the audio version of The Hobbit. I like it more than I thought I would! ;)

Loving...this potato man breakfast! Adorable.

Sad...because soon it will be too cold to swim relax in our pool. This breaks my heart. *sniff sniff*

Wanting...Starbucks. So. Bad.

Laughing...at what Siri said about fire trucks. 

Until next time, 
-Madelyn 





Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fun and Feminine #1

Hello Everyone!
Today I will writing the first Fun and Feminine post. I am so excited! I love style, helping people, crafty stuff, and just all kinds of ways to be fun, feminine, and modest. If you didn't read my introduction post for Fun and Feminine, click here, and you can find out what these posts are all about.

Every week, I'll give an idea on how to dress modestly, a Bible thought, and a way to put the Bible thought into action. For our Bible thought today, I would like to discuss with you how we speak. So many people just do not take God's name seriously.


Bible Thought

Sometimes you might hear people take God's name in vain in public, or on television, but really don't think much about it. And sadly, there are some people that don't know better because they've grown up hearing that all the time, but if that's your case, I hope that you can learn something from this post! :)

My mom and I are taking a Bible class every Monday afternoon, and yesterday in class we discussed how important it is to respect God's name. If you read the Bible, the book that can help you with EVERY problem that you have, there are verses that talk about taking God's name seriously. Not just God's name, but words that have bad meanings, and slangs for those words. Generally, we don't want to say "gosh", 'gees", "omg", or 'golly", because those are slangs for God's or Jesus's names.

In my Bible class yesterday we also talked about not to say "oh my goodness." If you think about it, it's really not the best thing to say, because you don't want to be talking about your goodness do you? I'm trying not to say that anymore. Here are some verses that help us see the importance of respecting God's name more.

Matthew 12:36
I tell you that, on the day of judgment people will give account on every careless word they speak.

Exodus 20:7
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”

Colossians 4:6
"Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer each person."

James 3:9-12
"With our tongue we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water."

These verses are all so important to study. We will be judged for every single time that we curse or take God's name in vain.  Like me, I hope that you learned something, and will try to speak positively and encourage everyone you know to say good words.


Take Bible Thought to Action

Here are a couple of ideas that might help you if you're having trouble with saying any of these words, even "oh my goodness." These ideas might sound cheesy, but they'll help. Keep a chart of every time you say a curse word, slang word, or say God's name disrespectfully. You can wear a rubber band around your wrist and every time you catch yourself saying a not-so-good word, pull it up and let it go. Ouch! 

Fun and Feminine Ideas

Cute. Even shows u have to do it. Score
1. Everyone can read chinese, right? I think the picture directions are pretty easy to follow.



Click the link to make Finger knitting- ear warmer !

2. I love to finger knit! The girl that made this video has other finger knitting videos you should also check out!

-Anna Foster

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Favorites | Food, Family, Friends

My favorites things this week are...

My family. This was taken recently at our family reunion. Seriously, I love my people. ;)

Waiting at the dentist office. There's nothing like it. :o

Remind Me Who I Am by Jason Gray. I have listened to this song like fifty times over the past couple days. No joke.

My friends. Life with them, is just the best.

These chicken quesadillas. Oh my word y'all, these are the yummiest (is that a word??) food that I have ever tasted. It's like I have gone to food heaven. My whole family loves them and we can be, uh, a bit picky at times. Try these. 

So...check back in a couple weeks and (hopefully) I will have another one of these fun posts.
-Madelyn

Thursday, September 11, 2014

{Christmas}

I just love Christmas. I mean, who doesn't? Seriously though, from November 1st until midnight on December 25th, is what I live for/look forward to every year. My family is Christmas freaks fanatics. We all love the cheesy movies, over the top lights, amazing food, fun songs, and most of all, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. So today, I'm going to get crazy and share something I'm calling "I like Christmas so I'm going to share my favorite things about it with you" pictures included(!!) Short(ish) and to the point. :) 

Favorite things about Christmas...

 2013: Picking out & decorating our tree. It is a tradition for us to go to a tree farm, find a tree that we love, cut it down, and then decorate it. This in itself is so much fun. Last year we had the best time. We had such a blast and we were so excited. Needless to say, it would not be the same if we did not get to pick out our own tree.

 2013: Pajamas. They have the cutest PJs out at Christmas. I know that probably sounds a little weird, but hey, it true. (And yes, I like penguin pajamas. Don't judge.)  


 2013: Sweets & treats. Oh my goodness. Part of why I love Christmas, is that there are so many excuses reasons to bake goodies. I don't know if y'all have noticed, but I have sweet teeth. Not a sweet tooth but sweet teeth-as in plural. I love sugar. This is no secret.

 2013: Teaching your aunts and uncle how to take a selfie. Every. Single. Year.

 2013: Alabama. This may or may not be relevant to what I have been/am discussing, but I love how we can wear shorts or short-sleeves in December. December, people! There are two people in the picture wearing short-sleeves and one person (yours truly) wearing shorts. I just love this. I hate being cold so Alabama is a good fit.

Charlie Brown. It is also a tradition to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas. When Linus tells Charlie Brown about the true meaning of Christmas, cue the goosebumps! ;)


 2012: Good times. We've been blessed because all we know at Christmas are good times. Laughing, singing, and talking are all things that go on around here during that time. The holidays just makes us happy. :)


Hallmark movies. I l-o-v-e the movies that Hallmark Channel's countdown to Christmas shows. They are coming out with so many new ones this year that I can hardly wait! Every year, all five of us (plus our two dogs) pile on our couches to watch the new Christmas movies. It's a tradition. I love Hallmark's year-round movies that they make as well, but nothing beats their Christmas movies. :) 

2012: Snuggling. The *only* good thing about the cold is snuggling under the covers. That is the one and only thing that I like about it. Digger demonstrates snuggling to a tee. He is totally our dog. Our other one...not so much. She refuses to have anything to do with snuggling-or blankets in general. ;)

2012: Lights. A few blocks away from our house is this man that has so many Christmas lights. We literally started calling him the man with all the Christmas lights when we were little and we have called him that all-year-round ever since. He is a neighborhood legend. Each year he adds more lights and each year, we are more astonished than the last.

Music.  I have way too many favorite Christmas songs. I love pretty much all of them. :)

2012: Family. Every Christmas Eve, my family on my Dad's side, get together. My uncle and we alternate hosting. This year, we are hosting again. :)

 Reading about Jesus' birth. Every time I read about his birth, it leaves me with goosebumps. Jesus' birth is just amazing. The King of all Kings born in a stable with common animals. Wow. Celebrating his birth is the reason for the season.

 So you've most likely figured out how absolutely crazy I am about Christmas. I might have a problem. ;) I might be too excited about Christmas now...oops. November 1st, better get here fast. By the way, I apologize for saying the word "Christmas" a gazillion times. I get excited easily. ;) What's your favorite thing about it?
--Madelyn

Saturday, September 6, 2014

God's Not Dead


So I'm here writing this at 10:45pm, practically brain dead because I literally can't function after 8:30pm. (This is not something I'm proud of.)

Why in this world is she writing then? I'm sure you are asking.

I'll tell you why. 

Because I have news. The news that God's Not Dead. Yeah, yeah I know that you know that but listen anyway [please!] Heh...heh. 

There is so much evidence that proves God's existence that I wonder why atheists and anti-theists think otherwise. 

Let's take the The Big Bang Theory. Do you really think that the world developed in a couple of minutes? Go to Wikipedia and bookmark that page to read how cra-cra (pronounced cray-cray) it sounds. 

"Oh, the earth cooled sufficiently after the explosion and made protons, neutrons, and electrons, etc."

It's all untrue. God is the one who created the universe when he said "Let there be light." in Genesis 1:3. 

Evolution. Yes, we all evolved from monkeys. Yes, we developed into man over time, blah blah blah. Uh-uh. Don't you think that we would still be evolving if we were once monkeys? (Which we weren't FYI) God created man in Genesis 1:27. 

"So God created human beings in His own image.
In the image of God He created them;
male and female He created them."

Here's another question: What do you call the "little" things that are so impossible to accomplish but you end up achieving them anyway? That my friend, is what I like to call a God-thing. There was a 99% chance that it couldn't happen by yourself. If you have God on your side though, that's a whole different ball game. Nothing, I repeat nothing is impossible with Him. 

Why do we have evil then? If He's all powerful then why can't He just banish evil? The answer is simple. Free will. God tolerates evil in this world on a temporary basis so that one day those who choose to love Him freely will dwell with Him in heaven with their free will in tact.

Moral absolute. With no God there's no reason to be moral. There's no definition of right and wrong.  

"If God does not exist, then everything is permissible."

It all comes down to a choice-to believe in God or to not believe. 

"I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."
John 16:33
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{By the way, I got most of my information from the movie "God's Not Dead." Great movie; so inspirational. Y'all need to see it! Oo, and while your at it, listen to the song "God's Not Dead" by the Newsboys.}

God's. Not. Dead.

Have you seen the movie and/or heard the song?
Thank ya for reading!

-Madelyn