The ordinary adventure

I was going traveling on an adventure! I packed my bags for the trip I was going to take. I took all the supplies I needed. I made sure to get my backpack, had all the books, and essentials such as water, lunch, pens, pencils, papers, my cell phone, some altoid mints, and other miscellaneous items.

I was running a little late, but I hurried to do my hair, pulled my shoes on and rushed to the car.

I looked at the gas level as I revved up the engine. Half full. That should be okay to get me to my destination.

After a quick prayer for protection I was on my way!

It was summer, a hot and a lazy day. People all going their merry little way. The miles sped under my tires, and the warm wind blew in my face through the open window.

I knew the way to this place quite well. I had been there many times before, but that didn’t stop me from going back. In fact, I had to go back.

After awhile, I saw it on the horizon. In a few minutes I would be there.

When I arrived, I joined many other adventurers like myself. We were all going to the same place, but we all had different reasons for going there. Despite our varied backgrounds, most of us had packed the same, lugging backpacks after us, because we would all need similar supplies on our journey.

The adventurers and I generally had an idea of what awaited us on this day, but some were probably more worried than others because sometimes there could be hurdles in the way…hurdles that required you to prepare in advance for them in order to keep going on your journey.

This place had several buildings. Some trees, benches, tables, restaurants, stairs… it was quite expansive.

I entered a building along with several other people who were on the same journey. There were leaders in front who had materials to give us and guide us along to reach our destination.

It was going to be quite a long journey…but I had already come such a long way, I would be there soon!

~The End~

Can you guess where my traveling adventure was?

A Collection of Horse Sketches

Like I mentioned here, I love drawing horses. When I was young, I was that type of little girl who if you would asked what her favorite animal is, she would promptly reply “a horse!”, and would dream of owning a horse, and riding a horse across rolling hills into the sunset, and whatever scrap of paper was on hand, the first thing you would find her doodle would be a horse.

Curiously enough, I hardly owned any accessories, clothes, or toys with horse prints, my bedroom was not decorated with horses, and I think I only ever rode a pony once when I was young.

But I still do enjoy drawing horses and I strive to get better at it. This is a collection of a few of my horse sketches throughout the years. Some of the drawings are from five years ago, others are more recent, while some are drawings from my preteen-ish years. But now that I stop to think of it, I realize none are from the last 3 years! Wow, I haven’t been drawing horses in awhile!

You may recognize some horses from cartoons. The movie “Spirit Stallion of the Cimmaron” was a little addictive for me when it came out (though I wouldn’t endorse it now because of the New Age-y and anti-white/western expansion messages it has). I loved the way the horses were illustrated in the movie.

There are a few unfinished sketches sprinkled among the rest. I thought I would share them anyway because they have their own charm. Cowgirls and cowboys are naturally characters present in my horse drawings, yes, Toy Story too! I also have a sketch of a little donkey with a cart that I copied from a historical book.

I hope you enjoy scrolling through my sketches. Let me know which one was your favorite!

Would you like to see more posts with my sketches on the blog? Let me know in the comments below!

horse sketch{Horse sketch prototype}

 

 

pony sketch{Mongolian Pony}

irish horse sketch{An Irish damsel and her stallion}

horse sketch{A girl and her horse – unfinished}

horse cartoon sketch{Altivo}

horseman sketch{A soldier from antiquity, A.D. times}

war horse sketch{A war horse jumping a hurdle}

Spirit Stallion sketch{Rain, from Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron} 

donkey cart sketch{A donkey with merchandise}

Spirit Stallion sketch{Spirit and Rain}

cowgirl horse barrel racing sketch{Cowgirl barrel racing}

horse drawing sketch{Equesterian I}

horse drawing sketch{Equesterian II}

cowboy horse drawing{Cowboy feeding his horse}

Jesse Toy Story drawing{Jessie and Bullseye from Toy Story}

horse stable drawing{In the stables}

horse bust drawing{A Morgan}

Life Lately

I am currently…

LISTENING to this lovely sacred music CD by R.C. Sproul. I got it at a good price of $8.00 at a church bookstore! You can find it available as MP3 download for the same price too- but I like the hard copy with the words better. I’ve played it in the car several times through. Yes I’m that type of person.

THINKING about a blog name change, and transferring to a “.com” My mind has been brewing with plans for this blog (accompanied by prayers), so you may see some changes coming up on the blog soon…hopefully. If I find a domain name that is. #hardesthingever

WISHING I had more time to dedicate to my drawing and writing projects. #somuchtodo #solittletime

WATCHING uh, the weather? Yeah. One day it’s cloudy and nearly raining, the next its sunny. No joke.

DRINKING refreshing summer drinks like sparkling water and home-made lemonade. And hot cocoa basically every morning.

SMELLING pasta sauce and ground meat with spaghetti that my mom is cooking for lunch. Mmm mmm!

LEARNING a new melody for the hymn “And Can It Be”. And truths from Scripture every day. A verse from the book of Romans encouraged me recently and said: Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13)

TASTING delightful summer fruits. Blueberries, strawberries, grapes and…fruits!

READING the memoir Story of a Secret State, a WWII account from a Polish resistance fighter and spy. How would I describe it?#ontheedgeofyourseat 

DREAMING of a planned road trip sometime this summer! I almost can’t believe I get to travel this year, Lord willing. It’s a little dream come true because I haven’t been traveling for about 4 years. #thatsalongtime

WORKING on summer school classes, and other projects, like crafts. One day soon even on #changingthecarbrakes

What have you been doing lately? 

“Christmas Future”

I decided to do a Christmas in July  type of post.

It is about Christmas Future.

I know what you’re thinking- weird. Christmas is definitely not on our minds in the middle of summer.

You see, it was the Sunday before Christmas last year, and my family and I visited Grace Community Church where Pastor John MacArthur ministers. The carols were uplifting. The orchestra majestic. The choir melodious. The decorations beautiful. The people full of good cheer. But the sermon was not your usual Christmas sermon, which was why I can freely share it with you in July instead of at Christmas! It was… well, I’ll let you decide what kind of sermon it was!

Listen.to.the.end.

You can download the mp3 and listen to it in your car on the way to work/school, play it while you exercise, do chores around the house, or work on your latest and greatest project.

After you listened to this special sermon, hurry back and drop a comment with your opinion!

Click –> Christmas Future sermon

Go ahead. I’ll be waiting.

4th of July Recap

I decided to do things a little differently this year on the blog for Independence Day.

Instead of having a pre-holiday post with happy wishes for the upcoming event, I’m just going to share a short snippet of how my family and I celebrated!

I love looking up patriotic quotes and songs as the day draws near, and this year I saw a quote which many Americans may be familiar with on a sign on the freeway. It really stuck to me, and I felt it was so true in our days:

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty

Now back to our day. It was a lovely day with friends, fellowship, mouth-watering food, games, singing, sharing from the Scriptures and fireworks!

To balance out all the fun we had near the end of the day, the first part of the day was filled with preparation and chores. Car washing, cleaning, shopping, baking, making decorations…endless little details :)


4th of July fireworks

 

My sister made the best brownie cheesecake bites in red, white and blue. I complemented the dessert with little decorations I put up around the yard to make it look festive

 

4th of July decorations

We had burgers with generous trimmings of mushrooms, bacon and guacamole (amazing I know), with chips and coleslaw on the side, all made from scratch. For drinks we had natural lemonade, also made from scratch with honey and sparkling water.

 

4th of July

We sat outside under umbrellas and canopies with friends. Afterward we played a game with teams, and I’m proud to say my team won twice! Yeah!

 

4th of July dessert

This is the dessert table from a top view, though not quite complete, because we had ice cream too ;)

 

4th of July decorations

It was so cozy and beautiful to be outside in the warm weather even as it got dark, and we anticipated the fireworks. But first we went inside, sang some hymns, shared some things from the Bible and prayed together.

 

fireworks

The fireworks were beautiful and we sang all the patriotic songs we knew as we stood there watching them! That’s how we spent our 4th of July.

 

To my American readers, how did you celebrate? To my other readers, wish you could share in the festivities once with us!  

 

Ten Signs of a True Christian


My dad (who is a pastor) made this list in 2008 as a powerpoint presentation for a church. I found it while rummaging through some files/emails and thought, hey this would be great to share on the blog! 

It’s a useful tool to evaluate one’s spiritual standing. It may be useful to pass it along to your friends, new believers in Christ, acquaintances, or even church leadership to use.

Feel free to share it on Pinterest, FB, Instagram, etc. I added a pinnable infographic at the end for your benefit!  Please link back to the blog. Thank you.

Ten Signs of a True Christian

1. Has fellowship with the Father and the Son

truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. (1 John 1:3,5,6)

Questions: How would you describe your fellowship with the Father and the Son? Do you think that God allows you to walk the dark side of life and still claim Christianity?

2. Loves the brethren

He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. (1 John 2:9, 10)

Questions: Do you claim to be a Christian but you don’t attend Church because you cannot stand believers?

3. Does not love the world’s values

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15,16,17

Questions: Are you a materialistic person? Is Las Vegas something you long for? Is the bar your “cool” environment? Are you up-to-date with the latest fads in fashion? Do you entice your flesh with alcohol, drugs, and too much food? Do you curse? Do you intentionally lust with your eyes or watch pornography? Do you live in immorality and claim that fornication is not graver than any other sins? Are you a prideful person, bragging about how good you are in different areas of life?

4. Lives in continual sanctification and practical righteousness

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.
(1 John 2:9, 29)

Questions: Do you quickly confess your sins? Is your righteousness a reality outside the Church walls?

5. Practices charity

But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:17, 18)

Questions: Are you indifferent concerning the poor brother or the poor family in your church? Do you always find new toys or gadgets to buy, and neglect the needy? Is your Christian love just a slogan?

6. Can not be overcome by false prophets/teachers and false doctrines

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (1 John 4: 1-6)

Questions: Do you care about truth and accuracy in your faith? Are you afraid not to offend people’s convictions and therefore you don’t discuss “religion”? Are you an Emerging Church promoter? Do you think that all the religions lead to God? Do you think Christ is like any other founders or prophets of different religions?

7. Loves God

We love Him because He first loved us. If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also. (1 John 4:19-21)

Questions: Do you ever tell God you love Him? After wandering a little bit form the truth do you long for God?

8. Has the right view of Christ as being God in flesh and the Christ/Messiah

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. (John 1:1, 2, 14; 1 John 5:1)

Questions: Do you totally uphold the deity of Christ based on what the Word says? Do you believe that He is the promised Messiah?

9. Is Trinitarian

For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. (1 John 5:7)

Questions: Do you agree with the Bible that the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit are co-equal, co-eternal, and co-substantial?

10. Is diligent in reading the Word, attending Church, taking the Lord’s Supper and Praying

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Acts 2:42)

Questions: Do you read the word daily? Is God talking to you through His Word? Do you take Communion? Are you praying alone and with others?

 
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Discovering rare and interesting instruments

~ Music is what feelings sound like

Today is not just another Sunday in June, it is not just another weekend, today is National Music DayAbout 120 countries and 700 cities participate in this musical celebration day. If you didn’t know that, you’re not the only one. I never heard about this day before in my life, until this year. Sad, I know. I love music, I play music, I sing. So I am excited to take part in this musical day with a very special blog post! You will get to read about and hear music from some rare and unique musical instruments. I am intrigued by every one of the instruments listed in this post! And…psst, you know what? My dream and hope is that in the future, I will be able to collect and play each of these instruments myself. Probably sounds silly, but hey, at least one can dream! national music day

Kalimba “Thumb Piano”

It is a cute little instrument that almost sounds like a xylophone. To many people it’s known as the “thumb piano”, and it is also known as mbira. This instrument originates in Africa, and was discovered by European explorers such as the Portugese as early as the 1400s. It is often used in accompaniment to singing. Many charming little songs can be made by using the kalimba, and as the video below shows, it can be quite versatile!

(more info on kalimba)

Nyckelharpa

This odd looking instrument has a surprisingly beautiful, resounding and earthy tone. It is an ancient Swedish instrument, and the name means something like “key-harp”. It is a medieval instrument and variations of the instrument were from as early as 1408. I think it looks like a combination of a violin with a type of accordion. What do you think?

(more info on nyckelharpa here and here)

Ocarina

The name ocarina comes from a Bolognese dialect of Italy, and means “little goose”. The ocarina is quite ancient, and found in many cultures such as the Aztecs, India, China, and then in Europe. It is as old as 5000 B.C. In Europe, the Italians adopted the instrument from Central America in the 1500s, and later, Guiseppe Donati an Italian baker refined the instrument as we know it today. There are many different styles of ocarinas. An interesting historical note: In WWI and WWII, soldiers were given ocarinas to carry with them in war so it will keep their spirits up. I would love to get myself an ocarina! To me it sounds like a Celtic instrument. Listen to these short videos to see how lovely it sounds! The last video may be familiar, one I featured before on the blog. It has a Celtic style song with the ocarina.

(more info on the ocarina here)

Glockenspiel

Glockenspiel means “bell play” in German. This instrument is a combination of two types instruments, one with bells and another instrument called the “metallophone” from Eastern Asia. In the 17th century, the Dutch refined the instrument and arranged it in the shape that it is today, with the rows of metal bars. George Friedrich Handel was the first composer to write music for the Glockenspiel and include it in his orchestra. I just love the sound of the Glockenspiel! It has such a sweet, charming, peppy sound! Listen to this short clip in this video.

(more info on the ocarina here and here)

Bowed Psaltery

The psaltery is originally an instrument that is plucked with the fingers. An ancient instrument, it is referred to in the Bible too. However, the bowed psaltery, which is played with bows like a violin, was invented in the 20th century. It has an interesting sound, and it looks like a fun instrument to play. I think it goes along well in combination with other stringed instruments.

(more info on the psaltery here)

Mountain Dulcimer The Mountain Dulcimer is another hybrid of an instrument. It originated in the Shenandoah River Valley in Eastern United States, from a combination of Scottish and other European folk musical instruments such as German, Swedish, Norwegian and French. It was also an Appalachian mountain instrument. The Mountain Dulcimer has a nice tone.  It reminds me sometimes of fingerpicking guitar. I love it!

(more info on mountain dulcimer here)

Which instrument do you like best? Which would you choose to play? Which do you think is the oddest instrument?