Prince Rupert’s Drop

When I’m not working, making things, exercising, or doing any other of the things on my “to do” list, I like learning some physics. The funnest way to learn new things is with Destin from Smarter Every Day. I was introduced to his channel by a friend from Ireland. 

Are you wondering what a Prince Rupert has to do with physics?

Prince Rupert was a German from Bavaria, and he brought a special piece of glass that looks like a drop of water, to the British king in 1660. Since then, that glass drop is called by his name. This glass has impressive properties that I’ll let you learn in the video. Glassmakers have known about Prince Rupert’s Drop even since the Roman Empire. The glass drop has also been used as toys around the 17th-18th centuries. It used to be called “Dutch tears” or “Prussian tears” because they claimed to have invented the glass drop. 

In his 7 minute video, Destin takes you on a journey to learn about this mysterious and fascinating piece of glass that continues to amaze people throughout generations.

Whenever I learn about the wonders of physics or chemistry or any other science subject or the world around us, it makes me glorify God for His intricate, perfect, creation!
“Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite” (Psalm 147:5)

After watching the video, what do you think?
Have you known about the properties of Prince Rupert’s Drop before this post?
Since we’re on the topic of glass, would you try glass blowing if you had the chance? 

 

 

What Does God Say about Books & Reading?

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I love reading; I’m a book collector, and a constant scout for new stories to read. I have a growing list of books I want to read this year…but I might need to get creative with my time to plow through them all.  If you have any title suggestions to add to my reading list, I invite you to share! Then I can blame you if my list grows so long it has to wrap around the earth twice 😉 Nah, I’d be thrilled! I’m not endorsing the books on my list, I still have to check them out and see if they are good books, but the titles and descriptions look solid! 

But what does God think about books and reading? Have you ever wondered? I read an interesting description by Institute for Creation Research on this topic, and I encourage you to read it too! After that, check out my book list below and see if you recognize any book titles, or if you’d be interested to read any of them yourself. 

THE BOOK OF BOOKS

“This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him.” (Genesis 5:1)

The Bible (literally “the book”) contains over 200 references to books. This implies, among other things, God’s approval of communication by books. Our text, containing the first mention of the word “book” in the Bible, indicates that the very first man…. (Continue reading). 

 

A Few Books on my Reading List for 2017

  • For the Glory: Eric Liddell’s Journey from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr by DUNCAN HAMILTON 
  • Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the raid on the Entebbe Airport, the most audacious hostage rescue mission in history by SAUL DAVID 
  • Beyond the Call: The True story of one World War II Pilot’s Covert Mission to Rescue POW’s on the Eastern Front by LEE TRIMBLE WITH JEREMY DRONFIELD 
  • When God Looked the other Way: An Odyssey of War, Exile and Redemption by WESLEY ADAMCZYK 
  • The Forgotten 500: The untold story of the men who risked all for the greatest rescue mission of World War II by GREGORY A. FREEMAN 
  • No Greater Ally: The Untold Story of Poland’s Forces in World War II by  Kenneth K. Koskodan 
  • Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot 
  • Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman and Andrew Postman
  • Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust–Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour by  James A. Grymes
  • The Gulag Archipelago by Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Isaevich
  • Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World by Mark Miodownik 
  • Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
  • A Good Place to Hide: How One French Community Saved Thousands of Lives in World War II by Peter Grose

Can you tell I’m fascinated by WWII stories? 

A little bit of politics

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, (1 Tim 2:1-3).

In America, the presidential inauguration is tomorrow. For some of you reading this on the other side of the world, it already happened. There are a lot of ideas about this election and upcoming president. As Christians, we do not put our trust in men, in presidents and politicians, but if God granted us the freedom to live in a free country where we can vote, I believe we should use those civil liberties to further the Kingdom of Christ on Earth till His coming. Just as Paul the apostle used his civil liberties as Roman citizen often, I think it is Biblical to do so. God can also use people in power to bring temporary relief and benefit to the Church in the world. But we must sustain the blessings of freedom and peace through prayer. 

So I wanted to share this article that shows exactly why the Lord used Trump’s election as a blessing to America and the nations around her.
I pasted the article here, because I don’t trust you will click the link to view it 😉
Plus, it’s short and very well written!

Thank God for Barack Obama (he cleared the field for Donald Trump)
By Arthur Herman

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/01/19/thank-god-for-barack-obama-cleared-field-for-donald-trump.html

As America watches Donald Trump take the presidential oath on Friday, it’ll be worth taking a moment to think about what the future will show was a truly providential moment in our history: the presidency of Barack Obama.

It’s time to realize that the eight years of Obama were a gift that kept on giving, one that has cleared the field for Trump in ways we can’t see.

Why? Because in his eight years in office, Obama managed to expose the intellectual bankruptcy of liberalism. He revealed once and for all that it’s an ideology based on a flawed view of reality and of human nature, and that it has been a destructive force in our country going back to the New Deal, and going forward to ObamaCare.

Obama exposed the bankruptcy of the mainstream media and its bogus claims to be an objective information filter, when, in fact, outlets like CNN, NBC and the New York Times are mouthpieces for the Democratic Party.

He exposed the political bankruptcy of the so-called civil rights movement and groups like Black Lives Matter and showed that, instead of trying to improve the lives of African-Americans, they are geared to raise racial tensions for political gain.

He exposed the bankruptcy of Keynesian economics. After eight years of trying to use government borrowing and spending to grow the economy, Obama and his advisers have left us poorer, less competitive and with more adult Americans not working than at any time since the days of malaise in the 1970s.

Four years weren’t enough to expose these truths. It actually took eight years and Obama’s reelection in 2012 to fully reveal the lies, deceptions and fallacies on which his presidency was based.

Eight years for him to hollow out the Democratic Party at the national and state levels, so that Trump enters the White House with a Republican majority in both houses of Congress and with only four states out of 50 with Democratic governors and Democratic majority legislatures. The Democratic national leadership has been reduced to a politburo of septuagenarians and refugees from the SDS.

In the perpetual divide between liberalism and conservatism, Obama has shown us which is on the side of law and order, and which is not. He showed us side which cares about our veterans, and which does not.

He showed which supports our allies like Britain, Japan and Israel, and which does not.

He showed which side cares about national security, and which does not — and which feels free to let a traitor like Chelsea Manning go free.

He showed which is more concerned about protecting terrorists from Americans, including springing them from Gitmo, than protecting Americans from terrorists.

He showed the American people that federal agencies like the IRS, EPA and CIA have become politicized to a degree that makes them ineffective and even hostile to American interests.

He showed this nation and the world that appeasement of our foes, like China, Russia and Iran, doesn’t work, and that when America fails to lead, we are all put in peril…

Finally, after eight years in office, Barack Obama has left official Washington broken, exhausted and paralyzed by partisan rancor. Even Washington now recognizes it’s time for new blood and new ideas, and that whatever happens it’s bound to be better than what we’ve suffered since 2009.

All in all, it’s an opening for our new president like none since Ronald Reagan, or even going back to 1832 and the inauguration of Andrew Jackson.

And let’s face it. After eight years of Obama, Donald Trump has nowhere to go but up.

Instead of New Years Resolutions

 

I cannot believe how quickly 2016 has passed by! For me it has been a very busy year, but also a very fruitful year by God’s grace.

I have experienced many answered prayers and I was humbled and thrilled to see how the Lord would answer specific desires that I prayed. Last year instead of doing a New Year’s Resolutions list, I did something different which I’ll repeat this year too.

Prayer and Goals List for the New Year 

I felt that the most efficient and sure way to see change in my life, to see goals accomplished and dreams granted was through making a prayer/goals/dreams list for the upcoming year. I titled it “Prayer List for 2016”. I added on that list things that were high on my priority list, all the way to smaller things. For example, I put my request to graduate with honors, to pass my final exam in the first try- and both of those were answered. Also smaller things in some people’s eyes (but that meant a lot to me) like getting a pair of roller blades- and that was answered too! I put ministry goals in there as well, such as my apologetics ministry and writing books for little children.

Then I prayed on that list throughout the year.  As time passed, I saw how the Lord answered prayers and I saw my list being check-marked! He granted me my desires for the year! How good the Lord is! Of course, I am not saying that the Lord is there to do whatever you want Him to do- but He loves us so much and delights when we pour out our hearts to Him and entrust our dreams and goals for our life. It is a tangible way to experience God’s love when you see Him answer specific prayers!

So I urge you to make a goals/dreams list and pray on it for the upcoming year instead of making a New Year’s Resolution. Put stuff on there like traveling to The Ark Encounter, or other travel plans, ministry goals, family goals, school goals, and any other thing you have on your heart.

Thanksgiving List of the Previous Year

Along with my goals/prayer list, I made a thanksgiving list too. I recounted all the significant and beautiful events of the previous years and put them all on a long list. I added huge events like our roadtrip to Chicago, all the way to small things like getting compliments on a group project from my teacher, or winning a giveaway, or getting a molar fixed! It may sound ridiculous to some people to list such “insignificant” things, but in all those things I saw God’s hand, His goodness, and lovingkindess, so I wanted to remember them in gratefulness to see how He was with me in the big and little things in life.

What Will YOU be doing for the New Year?

Life snippets

Funny incident: Two days ago we had an unexpected visitor. A stray chicken from our neighbors came walking around our property! What a surprise and commotion it caused! My mom chased it and caught it before it could get on the road and get run over by a car. We didn’t know where to put it, because it would quickly run away. So we had to make up a temporary chicken coop, feed it and give it water. It got quite comfortable in our coop, although it tried evading at first. Finally we hopped in the car and drove around asking neighbors if they lost a chicken!  

Something delicious: I’ve regressed to childhood lately. But before you judge, let me tell you that it is quite healthy, low calorie and irresistibly delicious! For breakfast I’ve been having some delicious organic cocoa bunny cereal. I cannot stop eating them! 

Currently Reading: The Boys in The Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics. It’s an interesting and inspiring story. I almost wanted to take up rowing (on a rowing machine) as a great way to exercise! But then my dad pointed out that rowers get really bad spine problems and joints (shoulder, hip etc.) injuries, so I quickly changed my mind. I’ll stick to running, thank you very much. Have any of you read this book? 

Goals for this blog: On a napkin, sitting in the car one day, I prayed and scribbled some notes with my blog in mind. I had a flow of blog post ideas that I just kept writing down on that napkin. So now I have a whole list of exciting things to put up here, but I want to save them till I transfer this blog to a new domain. What are your feelings about this move, as readers? Does it sound exciting or not? 

Pondering on Scripture: I just finished the book of Exodus about 1 week ago. I am now in Leviticus. I was impressed by the artisans who built the tabernacle of meeting, because I am an artist myself. The chapters said how they did everything exactly as ordered and they did it to perfection. One of the chief artisan’s name was Bezalel. I looked up his name and it means “in the shadow (protection) of God”. How beautiful is that? I have pondered on that name often since then.  One time it even brought a lot of comfort to my heart when I had a bout of worry, and then the name came to mind and I was reminded how I am under the protection of God Almighty because I am His child. What have you been reading from Scripture that has been encouraging?

Hymn in my heart:  I’ve enjoyed singing this hymn lately “I Heard the voice of Jesus say“. Very expressive, rich and comforting hymn. What music has been inspiring you lately? 

If I could: I would head out and travel. I would go back to visit Colorado and nestle deep in the mountains for awhile and smell the alpine air. I want to see the Ark built by Ken Ham in Kentucky. Have any of you been to the Ark yet? 

This weekend: I am attending a neighbor’s annual fall bbq gathering on Saturday and look forward to my sister’s delicious marble cake. I’m also applying to a job and praying that God’s will be done. I am also tidying up the yard a bit, and it’s quite nice to see fall coming around although I do miss summer. What are you doing this weekend? 

 

Practical Tips: How not to care about what people think (PART 2)

Continuing from (Part 1), 

Many people have this inner struggle of worrying about the opinion of others. It pops up occasionally in everyone’s life, whether we know it or not. 

Here are some practical tips to overcome the struggle. Please read all the Bible verses because they are the most important, core tips! 🙂 

 

Finding out God’s will for your life and embracing it

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth (John 16:13)

When you pray and seek God’s perfect will for your life, you will have a clear direction and purpose in your life. This will enable you to remain unshaken when people come at you with opinions or when you are tempted to live in a way that is not according to God’s will.

Not watching television 

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them (Ephesians 5:11)
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. (1 Peter 2:11)

Television is filled with filth. Also a lot of social media has a way of creating ungratefulness and comparison. It also raises sinful desires in people, causing them to want to pursue fleshly ambitions. Staying away from them will keep your mind clear.

Basing your choices on Biblical standards not cultural trends 

Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (James 4:4)

Abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thess 5:22)

Going along with cultural trends keeps you from being yourself. You are trying to fit in the crowd. It is also dishonoring to God and sinful. Your life choices should reflect Biblical standards, and then whatever people may say, you will be right, because it is based on God’s Word!

Recognizing that as a Christian you are different than people in the world

And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:17)
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20)
Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, (Ephesians 1:4-5)

You will be judged by non-believers and it may be uncomfortable at times. But you have to remember you are always different than them. Live for what matters not for temporary “friendships” and approval.

Keeping a heavenly perspective 

Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:24)
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14)

Keeping your focus on getting a heavenly reward can be a motivational factor to live a unique God-honoring life, above the opinions of people.

Caring about what God thinks, not what people think 

Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)

Ultimately we should care more about what God thinks of our life, actions, character and accomplishments, not what people think. People do not have a final say on your value or life.

Staying involved in ministry

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace (1 Peter 4:10)

Use the talents, abilities, resources, and opportunities God has given you to serve Him. Staying involved in ministry will keep you too busy to care what people think. It will keep you focused on what really matters, and seeking God’s kingdom will ensure a true rewarding life!

Top Resources for Young Adults

Summer is here! I personally go to the library more often when summer arrives, and I also get to cram in more reading time to make up for the whole year!

I have a lot of resources (videos, audio and books) I want to recommend for young adults this summer.

Here are some thoughts about the Christian Young Adult life:  

  • It is imperative that young adults use their time wisely in these precious years of youthfulness and times when their mind is sharp, and use it for God’s glory
  • Young adults need to have a solid foundation of Biblical knowledge and truth 
  • In addition, young adults need quality resources to inspire, motivate and teach them life lessons, keep them rightly/properly “entertained” (for lack of a better word), so that they do not waste time with worldly, superficial and useless movies, books, etc. 
  • Christian Young adults should stay away from sinful, superficial, movies, books, video-games and literature because it taints their soul, ruins the Christian testimony, and keeps them from being fruitful for Christ
  • Finding quality, inspiring and useful resources for young adults is difficult but not impossible- and it is totally worth the investment! 
  • What you feed your mind with, will determine what and who you become. If you consistently feed it with useless information, trash, social media, video-games and such, you will become an empty, apathetic personality. If you feed your mind with the right materials, you will surely grow up in your:
    1. spiritual walk, 2. in your intelligence, 3. discernment 4. personality and 5. wisdom
  • Pray that God will lead you to the right resources for His glory. And He will!

Let our sons in their youth be as grown-up plants, And our daughters as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace
Psalm 144:12

Here are some resources (books, video, audio) for young men and women to get you started: 

 

The Road to Unafraid (5 STARS):  The autobiography of Captain Jeff Struecker, the story of “Black Hawk Down” in Somalia. One of my very favorite books! It shows God’s guidance all the way through, the man’s faith, salvation and transformation, and the unbelievable story of courage and honor of our troops. It is a great story for young boys but also for young ladies. What I like about him is that Captain Struecker honors the Lord and does not put the curse words so common in the military. See a little of the trailer to get a taste of the book! 

 

Here I Stand- A Life of Martin Luther (5 STARS): An excellent resource about the Reformation. Chock full of historical information and theology, it is the TOP book to learn every detail about Martin Luther from his childhood to his death, as well as the atmosphere of that time and much more. The author is a gifted writer, making the book enjoyable. It is a more difficult reading comprehension level for some who may not be trained in old English, but it makes it all the more interesting to read. For those who still can’t make themselves read it, there is an audiobook pictured below that can be accessed. Great for family time! 

 

Discerning Truth and The Ultimate Proof of Creation (5 STARS): Two of the best books for young adults to train them how to answer atheists and defend the Biblical worldview of Creation against Evolution. Written by Ph.D Astrophysicist Dr. Jason Lisle, among the top Christian scientists of our time, these books should be in every library. Discerning Truth is like a resource book for learning Logic and using logical arguments in discussions. The Ultimate Proof  is a book that helps people understand the connection between Genesis and science and how the Science supports the Bible. 

Unlocking the Mysteries of Genesis DVD Series (5 STARS): This is a treasure trove of information for families, and youth groups and churches alike. My family already bought this series and we plan on having potlucks with friends and viewing these videos this summer! It teaches Christians to think Biblically about our origins, Creation and science. It is a dynamic and interesting presentation for Millenials. This series has had an impact all around the world in many countries. Topics include Life Science, Earth Science, Astronomy/Cosmos and Origin of the Universe, Dinosaurs, Ice Age, and more! 

Orchestra of Exiles Documentary Video (4 STARS): Very interesting and moving documentary about the heroic and passionate actions of famous Polish violinist Huberman during WWII. We watched it with the whole family and enjoyed discovering this piece of history that is not talked about in history books. I’ll let you find out more about the story by actually watching the documentary! It can be found on Netflix, (and I think) Amazon, and PBS website. 

 

Contending for Christ: The Love and Loyalty of Charles Haddon Spurgeon (Audio Series) 5 STARS: If you want to learn all about Spurgeon, I have just the thing for you! This is a set of about 5 Audio CD’s by Pastor Phil Johnson, expert on Charles Spurgeon. A very entertaining series to listen to, and you learn all about Spurgeon from his childhood to his death! I wished it would never end when I listened to it! I couldn’t recommend it more heartily. It will make you both laugh and tear up! 

Where it can be purchased Grace Life Pulpit

L’Abri by Edith Schaeffer (5 STARS): The immensely interesting autobiography of the Schaeffer family (Francis and Edith Schaeffer), a 20th Century family of missionaries and (her husband a renown theologian and man of apologetics). Edith Schaeffer writes as if talking to a friend, and takes you on the journey they had of serving the Lord their whole life in beautiful Switzerland and how God used their ministry to have an international impact. It is a most beautiful story of God’s work, and I couldn’t put it down! 

Story of a Secret State (5 STARS):  A thrilling true story of the life of Jan Karski a brave, passionate and intelligent underground worker of the Polish Resistance. It is an edge-of-your-seat book. It boils your blood, breaks your heart, and makes you smile and rejoice when there is triumph, and brings a renewed respect for the people who sacrificed so much in WWII and for the brave Polish people. This would make an AMAZING movie! Great book for young men- but I recommend it for young ladies as well.

 

“My Italian Secret” Documentary + “It Happened in Italy” Book (4 STARS): These are stories you will never find in history books. You will learn something about Italy that you never knew before- things that Italians did in WWII that will surprise you! The documentary is fun to watch with the whole family. You can also read the book which tells the same thing as the documentary. 

Acts & Facts Monthly Magazine (5 STARS): The best monthly magazine out there- GUARANTEED! The Institute for Creation Research offers this amazing ministry of training families, youth and lay people with scientific articles written by Astrophysicists, Earth Scientists, Physicians and other Scientists. What’s even better is, it’s FREE! You can subscribe to receive this in your mailbox every month, and you and your family will get to read top scientific articles that will inform you and train you to be a great Creation science and Biblical worldview thinker!

One of their team members, a NASA astronaut Jeffrey Williams, is actually now in orbit in outer space, and has LIVE tweeting and videos! Follow him on twitter and Facebook. 

SUBSCRIBE HERE

 

Memories Before and After the Sound of Music by Agathe von Trapp (4 STARS): We all know the “Sound of Music” movie, and the lovely Von Trapp family! My siblings and I watched it many times as little kids. I was intrigued to learn more about their true life story by reading a book written by the oldest Von Trapp children. It is fun to see the differences from their true life and the movie. It was interesting to learn what they thought of the movie Sound of Music too. 

 

Things We Couldn’t Say (5 STARS): An amazing book of courage, faith and sacrifice! I personally did not read it yet, but I can’t wait to get my hands on it. But I can guarantee it is absolutely intriguing and cannot be put down- because my siblings already read it and they cannot believe I didn’t start reading it yet! Great insight into WWII times, and underground activity. 

 

The Innerant Word (5 STARS): A Solid and quality book to build up your theological foundation! Words of insight from many godly and gifted pastors and theologians. Each chapter is written by a different pastor!