Jan 31, 2007
Jan 19, 2007
"Let us learn to know in everything and by everything the inestimable goodness of our God. For as he declared His love toward mankind when he spared not His only Son, but delivered Him to death for sinners, also He declares a love which he bears especially toward us when, by His Holy Spirit, He touches us by the knowledge of our sins and He makes us wail and draws us to Himself with repentance."
Jan 17, 2007
Martin Luther King, Jr. and The March on Washington by Frances E. Ruffin.... is about the sin of pridefullness. White people weren't letting black people sit with them on buses or trains. They weren't letting them go in stores or restaurants. They weren't letting black children sit with white children in schools. They weren't letting black people get jobs or go to hotels. There were protest marches in southern towns and cities. Some white people marched with the black people. By marching, people were saying, "This is wrong!" People sang songs like, "We Shall Overcome."
The March on Washington was large. More than 250,000 people came to Washington, D. C. to say, "This has got to stop!" Dr. King gave a speech. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a preacher and he knew what it was like to be a black person. Martin Luther King, Jr. had been put in jail many times. Some white people had threatened him and wanted him dead. Dr. King wanted a better world where black people could go on buses with white people, where black people and white people could play, hang out, and do jobs together. Actually, he cared about every person...no matter what color they were. He wanted them to have freedom and friends. I think Martin Luther King, Jr. sent a beautiful message into the world. The message told everyone not to worry about skin color.
Jan 10, 2007
Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are HIS. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness. And light dwells with Him.
Thank you Lord, for your Word...for the way it ministers to us. Thank you for your swiftness, your discipline and your mercy in dealing with our wayward hearts. We will remember and tell our children...and theirs.... of your mighty works. You alone are worthy of praise. What a wonderful week-end! What lessons learned!
Jan 5, 2007
The Pursuit of Happyness is about chasing happiness. When I wrote about homelessness yesterday... I didn't easily understand how a person could lose a home, money, or a job...but now I see because the movie gave me an idea about how you can become homeless. The protagonist, Chris, was working really hard...trying to make money but he was failing. The family broke up and the son stayed with his dad. They had nowhere to live. They could barely buy anything and they had to sleep on a train and in the men's public bathroom in the train station. They also slept in a homeless shelter which was dark and squished. Chris kept trying and trying to get back to where he should be. Because he worked really hard, he could start providing for his son. I recommend this movie because it teaches you a lesson. The lesson is to keep trying when you're low and you fail. The story is a true one.
Jan 4, 2007
Homelessness is a big problem in the world. You could be an orphan who was sent out into the streets or you could turn up homeless if you get kicked out of a house and a family if you're doing drugs or stealing. If you have a husband and you get divorced, then you might become a homeless person because you might not have enough money to take care of yourself or your kids. Some people have jobs which they can lose. This is a problem because if you are old...you might not be able to get a new job for yourself. I am sad for homeless people because they have no one to live with or take care of them. Whenever I see a homeless person, I think...how did he or she become homeless? I look at them and I just think...what are they going to do on the streets? How can they survive? My parents take homelessness seriously. One time in California, my mom saw a homeless man on the street and asked, "Are you hungry? Would you like me to buy you some food?" He said, "Yes." My mom bought him a soda, a burger and fries from Burger King. Once at Desert Ridge, we saw a man with a sign by the freeway. We bought the man a subway sandwhich and a coca cola from Smoothie King and drove back around the exit to look for him. He had walked across the street but finally we found him. My brother brought the food to him and he looked surprised. He yelled, "Thank you." Another time... in Rocky Point, Mexico...we gave homeless kids gifts. It made me really happy for the kids. At first, the kids seemed scared to open the boxes because they didn't know what was inside them... but then, they were happy because when they opened them... they saw a whole bunch of good stuff. I'm learning that you should not always give homeless people money because they might do bad things with the money but you should give them gifts, clothing, shoes, food and prayer. I think it's good to provide homeless people with things they need so they feel happy inside.
Jan 3, 2007
The one consolation I have as my little ones grow and begin to venture out of the nest...is that ultimately...they are in the loving hands of a protective father who wants nothing more than to see them safely home. May they recognize HIM as the provider of protection and the only source for lasting security.
Vincent VanGogh's art is very interesting. It's interesting because you can see his strokes...the marks of his brush. I like how he does his flowers...I really like his flowers. My favorite painting of his is "Vase With Twelve Sunflowers" because...of course it's flowers...but they are funky flowers. I like how he mixes yellow and green on his leaves. I like his self portraits because I can see his face even though he is not living. The picture that I posted is named "Church at Auvers". It was painted in 1890 and I like it because his father was a pastor and maybe Vincent liked churches. I hope he was a Christian and went up to Heaven to be with Jesus. He has so many paintings and I just love all of them.
The Potato Eaters 1885
"Mashed, boiled, baked, fried, knished...makes no difference to us. " Mom