“How Realistic Was Jurassic World’s Science?”

 

For any of you who watched the Jurassic World movie… You might be interested in the article of the September Acts & Facts issue from the Institute for Creation ResearchThey have some pretty fascinating information written there, which may even make for great conversations when people ask if you watched it. 

Speaking of which, are you subscribed to the free Acts & Facts magazine from ICR? Oh, don’t rush to subscribe, it’s not like you’ll be missing out on the top scientific articles in Creation Science from experts in the field, ya know?  ;) 

To read the article:

Click here

Let me hear your opinion! 

Dig Deep

dig deep

 

Can you identify yourself in any of the examples below?

  • Knowing every detail about your favorite band, musician, or sports team because you spent time learning everything there is to know about them
  • Keeping on top of every FB, IG or G+ post your friends put on social media
  • Informed on every new movie
  • Always up to date on every fashion or technology trend
  • Wanting the best deal on something, like a new car, and doing a thorough research to find the best price
  • Browsing the web on a topic that really interests you (like nutella ;) ) and going from link to link, website to website, not getting bored as you sift through all that information
  • When looking for the best college, the best house, top of the line smartphone or laptop, you make sure you’re informed on all the options

In other words, all of the above descriptions are areas where people like to dig deep. It means investing time, discovering details, doing a thorough job, preparation, or investigation. And we all do that when it’s our interest don’t we?

But, how often do we do that with God’s Word? How deep do you dig in Scripture?

How much time do you invest in your spiritual life? Are you as passionate about growing spiritually as you are about your other interests?

Do you skim through your Bible reading just to get it over with?

Let’s take a look at what God says about investing in your spiritual life:

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” (Luke 6:46-49)

This post is a challenge to dig deep in God’s Word. As you see in the reference above, superficiality will have destructive consequences for your spiritual life.

How does digging deep translate into practical terms? 

  • Reading the Bible consistently, every day, every morning
  • Don’t substitute your daily Bible reading with short devotionals, thinking that is enough
  • It’s important to read the Old and New Testament in parallel daily, going book by book in order, like you read any normal book. It is not spiritually healthy to skip and read haphazardly, just like you shouldn’t have dessert before your meal :)
  • Pray that God will reveal His Word to you each time you read it, and will help you understand the meaning (and He will!)
  • Ponder on what you read from the Bible throughout the day
  • Read and analyze the text of Scripture in the context of the chapter, in the context of the book, and in the historical context (yes, context is very important)
  • Look up different words in the original language
  • Research the background of the book (again, context)
  • Do a study on Romans, the key book on the doctrines of grace
  • Supplement your Bible reading with reliable and sound commentaries
  • Don’t wait for your pastor or church to open the Scripture for you- access it yourself regularly and rely on the Holy Spirit to reveal His Word

Digging deep and “building on the rock” means acquiring a good grasp of the fundamental doctrines of the Bible and the doctrines of grace. It means being rooted in the Word. This will keep you from being shaken when the floods of trials, temptations, false teachings and false prophets come your way! 

What happens if you are superficial with God’s Word?

“Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.” (Luke 8:18)

But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” (Luke 6:46-49)

These verses say it all.

Those who are superficial with God’s Word will lose even what they think they have. The devil will erase the Word from their minds (Matthew 13:3-7), and they will be led astray by false doctrines and teachers because their foundation is not on the rock. 

Just like it takes real work and dedication to progress, get the best deals, or be good at what you do, so also it takes diligence to grow spiritually. You have to dig deep in God’s Word to get rewarded with “gold nuggets”. And you will, because:

…He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

Some resources for digging deeper

Consider these something like your spiritual digging tools for digging in Scripture: the shovels, pick axes etc. Or your workout equipment, or your vitamin supplements :)

Blue Letter Bible  (great place to look up words in the interlinear, cross reference, use the dictionary)
Bible Hub (another great site for looking up root words and cross referencing)
The John MacArthur Old and New Testament Commentaries (some of the best commentaries out there)
The Ungers Bible Handbook (look up historical background for each book of the Bible, with pictures)
Compact Bible Handbook (great for giving an overview, key chapters, verses and timeline of each book of the Bible)
The Open Bible (has the best introductory outline for each book of the Bible. A great resource!)

How to Successfully Keep a Journal

 

I’m a dedicated journal keeper. In the picture above are all the journals that I’ve kept since I started seriously journaling eight years ago. Several years before I started keeping a journal, I kept two travel diaries.

Speaking of journaling, I opened an instagram account recently! I have been on a roadtrip/ministry trip/vacation last week with my family, and now we’re on our way home. It was a wonderful experience. Please follow me here to see glimpses of the trip: http://instagram.com/miss_pencilette

Now back to our topic!

I love keeping a journal. There’s something special about putting ink on paper, about keeping a record, about writing down a piece of history.

Lots of people start journals, write for awhile, and then find themselves losing interest, dropping it, feeling like it becomes a chore, feeling intimidated or overwhelmed, or not finding the time to maintain one.

But anyone can keep a journal, whether you have talent in writing or not. You just have to understand the mechanics behind the art of keeping a journal.

So is the recipe to successful journal keeping!

There are no rules

Now allow me to qualify that claim. What that means is, a journal the place you can express yourself freely! Nobody sets the rules. You get to make them. You can write about any subject in the world. Use any style of writing you want. Write as short as one sentence, or as long as a volume of novels. You can journal in the sequence/order of how things occurred, or be random and freestyle.
You can write as often or as sporadically as you want-  be it several times a week or once every six months. You can journal about only positive and rosy topics, or mix it with your tears and disappointments, or rant your heart out. Imagine the possibilities of that blank page! Transform it into whatever you desire. My point is, there is no set rule to how much you have to write in your journal. For example, sometimes I only wrote one page length about an event (like a birthday for example), or one short paragraph about something unusual/exciting that happened that day (like a thunderstorm!). It adds dynamics and spontaneity to your journal. The important thing is to have a record of what happened in your own wordsfrom your own perspectiveIt’s unique.

Write about what interests you

In order to keep yourself motivated to keep writing, you have to write about the matters/issues your heart beats for. What is your passion? What is important to you? You can keep a journal just for your thoughts or discoveries on a topic (art, logic, science, philosophy etc.). But if you want to keep a journal about your life, write about events/days/thoughts that you consider special. Don’t feel pressured to write about new activity, unless you felt it was really worth remembering or writing down. I don’t write about each anniversary, holiday, or occasion I experienced. Sometimes I write about an ordinary day, just because something special happened (in my opinion).

Do it now!

The key ingredient to starting and finishing a journal is to write as soon as the event happened, or you had the idea pass through your head. Write that day. Or at the most, write the next day. You can even write while the event taking place! The point is, the more you put it off, the higher the likelihood you will never write it down. I think this is one of the main issues that causes people to drop journal keeping. They fall behind and get discouraged. Other things come up. But you have to make time for your journal. And this is where the “no rules” aspect comes in. We’re all busy, life is hectic (hey, I would know, I’m a college student ;) ). When would you have time to write so much?!? So if you’re short on time, keep your journal entries short and sweet. My journal doesn’t get filled as much during school as it does during my breaks. The second thing is, make some time. Before you go to bed, jot down some stuff quickly. In your lunch break. Whenever.

Be flexible/improvise

This tip is not my own. It’s actually one implemented by my sisters who also keep their own journals. Let’s say you fell behind in all the stuff you wanted to write in your journal, or you want a fast way to write down your ideas. Here’s a tip that can be convenient. Type out your journal entry on your computer. It’s fast, it’s easy, and you stay on track. The less-convenient/time consuming part is to later write it down by hand in your journal. But it works for them. This option is if you are short on time, have a lot to write, and want to keep events in sequence in your journal. Or you can simply keep an electronic journal- all on the computer. Blogging is also a type of journaling. Then you can even print it out in a nice book format via Blurb or Lulu.

Jot down ideas

If you find it harder to express your thoughts in writing, but you still want to keep a journal, then try to formulate your paragraphs in your mind first before writing them down, jot down some titles, subtitles, ideas, and notes on a piece of paper as you go throughout your day, and later sit down and bring it all together. And since were on the topic of ideas, maybe you don’t know what to write about in your journal because you think your life is boring. Wrong! God is working many things in your life whether you know it or not. His plan for your life is unfolding as you go through the years. You can write about milestones (graduation, marriage, jobs, etc.), about “firsts” (first marathon, first trip cross-country etc.), about answered prayers, your hopes, dreams, goals, accomplishments. See? Plenty of things to write about.

Write with a purpose

You may be journaling just for yourself. You may be writing for posterity. You may be journaling just because. It’s a good idea to have a purpose for your journal. That will keep you motivated.

Some of the reasons I journal is because I love keeping a record of my life and looking back to see the amazing things God worked, the answered prayers. I write as a way of remembrance of His grace in my life. As a thanksgiving for His blessings. I love looking back over the years and rejoicing over the Lord’s mercy, or laughing at my silly immaturity sometimes.

If you function best under stress, then set a deadline/goal. You can set a goal of completing a journal in one year. Or write 1,000 pages in one year. That way it will force you to keep writing.

Add keepsakes

Ways to add more meaning to your journal is to add keepsakes along with your writing. For example, I added an “I voted” sticker, or a birthday card. Stuff like that. Tickets from concerts or trips, a pressed flower, stickers, a napkin from a special restaurant- you know what I mean. You don’t have to make it complicated or start transforming your journal in to a scrapbook. Just a few touches here and there. Adding those tangible little things makes a journal even more special and adds dimension to your writing.

Benefits of Journal keeping

I’ll conclude by mentioning the many benefits of keeping a journal.

– Sharpens your writing skills

– Sharpens your thinking and creativity skills

– Provides a tangible record of the past (you’re writing down history!) if you are writing about your life

– It’s a way to remember God’s blessings in your life

– It’s a way to keep track of answered prayers, thoughts, ideas

– It’s a great medium for expressing your feelings and debriefing

– It can be a great hobby

 

In conclusion I hope that this post provided you with useful tips for keeping a journal and motivated you to continue at it (if you’ve done it before) or start journaling soon (if you’ve never done it before). Feel free to share you tips and ideas, what’s worked for you and what hasn’t!

Midweek Music XV: A Day Late

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I have an exquisite piece of music to share today, though this posting is a day late. I’ve been working more than 12 hours today and though I’m tired…here I am writing this post.

Interestingly enough, I realize most of the orchestra music that I shared here is by Vivaldi! I promise he’s not the only classical composer I like, it just happens that I’ve found a lot of beautiful pieces of his on youtube. After this, I’ll share more worship and other genres I enjoy, to keep things fresh. The thing is, I get excited about a new video I find and can’t wait to share it with you, so then I put the rest of the songs on the backburner.

Speaking of music, I have to start burning some songs on CD’s to take on an upcoming roadtrip! Yikes, I know I’ll end up with a little stack of CD’s to carry around.

This Vivaldi piece is a Mandolin Concerto. The players are so passionate, so skilled, they live the music! It’s a beauty to watch, and nearly makes you want to be among them playing along. It’s also a perfect example of God’s workmanship, how He endowed man with the ability and talent to compose such complex music, and use hands, fingers, mouth, mind, everything, moving in perfect coordination to make melody that feeds the soul and praises God!

I do hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Do you enjoy classical music? 

If so, who is your favorite composer?

If not, why not? 

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?