Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Merry Heart

Proverbs 17:22 ~A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

I can't think of a person who had a more merry heart than my dear friend Kay. Always smiles, even through the pain and truly a great laugh. You know the kind that comes straight from the heart and that makes you end up laughing as well, tears spilling out of your eyes because you can't stop. Her home and heart were always open to play games, or host a dinner, afternoon tea or summer BBQ. There was always a plethora of fun and games when Kay was around.

Monday evening the Lord finally called Kay to be home with him. She's no longer in pain and I'm sure that she's having a blast up in heaven right now. Tonight's lesson was given to us with her in mind, and the message that the Lord gave to Tim was truly a blessing. What a glorious way to remember her life and the love that she gave to others.

Hebrews 3:9 ~ There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

Kay may have lived with her cancer for 14 years, but she has double the blessing of rest now that her life has been completed (something that we picked up tonight). She will be missed, but it's only temporary. I can't wait to see her again one day:)

If you don't know the satisfaction that comes from the rest that the Lord can give His people please click on the link in this post to find out how you can.

If you knew this dear sister her family would appreciate messages to be left in her rememberance at this website, a tribute page that the funeral home established for the family.

Fall Give Away

There is a fall give away over at The Mennobrarian. Books & Recipe cards. Definitely fun homemaker type items. Check it out for yourself. You never know if you might win. Good luck to all who enter.

Monday, September 21, 2009

In the beginning God created . . .

Last week was wonderfully busy. Not so much with errands and such, but with meetings at church. A few of us last night were laughing over the irony that seems to take place during these week long meetings, which is with all the visitors that we tend to get we should be on our toes and as welcoming as possible the irony comes into play though, that we are probably the most tired that we could be and yet somehow we always seem to be the nicest version of our ourselves. I'm sure that those of you that have active church social lives know exactly what I am talking about. However, it was a wonderfully busy week of meetings and the fatigue was well worth it.

Last Sunday kicked off the week with Friend Day 60+ visitors from various walks of life and all friends of BBC members visited and got to hear Bro. Pat Briney preach. A few years ago he visited us to speak about Bio-Ethics, as his field of expertise is immunology. However, he is also an expert in the field of Creation Evangelism and using the creation science model as a rebuttal for the crowd of Evolutionists and Humanists that have taken over science and the school systems of America, and equipping Christians with the tools that they need in order to refute the "evidence" for evolution that they like to level in our direction. This is what he spent the week teaching on in our Bible Institute and nightly meetings, which culminated in a meeting in Seedro Wooley along HWY 20 as part of out HWY 20 Project outreach.

In case any of you are wondering, Science supports the Creation Science model.

I don't think that one blog post will do justice to such an in depth topic so this will probably be a multi-post series.

One thing that I learned is that when us creationists get caught up in a conversation with an evolutionist, about evolution, that we are not talking from the same points. Creationists argue the origin of the universe while Evolutionists argue on the origin of species. However here's one nugget for you to chew on, how could there be species without a universe in the first place? So really the conversation has to start at the beginning. You can't argue speciation without a universe to begin with.

It's easy for people, especially Christians to shy away from controversy. In one aspect we know ultimately what will happen, so why should it matter how the world was made? The answer is found in 1 Peter 3:15, But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:, and it should be relevant to us if we are to be "all things" as Paul aimed to be, 1 Corinthians 9:22.

However, Bro. Briney does not shy away from the controversy, and though he doesn't seek it out the "dirty dozen" seem to follow him anywhere they can. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing his testimony and about the situations that he's encountered while speaking on this subject in the University system. Maybe it's because I too have stirred things up with my points of view in the past, but when you're right and you know it, and you have the information to back you up there's a certain euphoria that takes place as you watch people grasp at straws or get emotional while you're remaining calm during a "debate". What is absolutely fabulous is that he was once an evolutionist, being indoctrinated into their frame of thought. God is so good! Of course my words don't serve nearly as well as his because it is his testimony, but he was a biology major in the UC school system when he heard a speaker on this subject and began to question what he was being taught, obviously seeing the logic and actual science behind the creation model. It was a real privilege to sit under his teaching for a week.

Personally I'm glad that I'm done with my science pre-reqs for school and that I can now learn real science for myself instead of having to regurgitate the words of someone who wrote a text book. Instead let me regurgitate the words of the Lord . . .
Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."

I'll share more of my new found knowledge as the days continue to go on. Stay tuned. If you're interested in where the evidence, as well as why the evidence, lies in favor of creation you can head over to Bro. Briney's website Creation Insights. I also have a link up at the top of my screen under Sites for Seekers.

I know all you want are the photos

I've mentioned a couple times that I would be taking photos for my friend Amy's wedding, well the wedding been 2 weeks gone now and I could regail you with the events that transpired during me and Kali's tenure in St. Louis, but I'll spare you the play by play, because lets face it all you want to see are the photo's anyway. If you feel so inclined to inquire about the events of the week then just ask, but the pictures of the blessed event speak for themselves. There was a lot of apprehension on my part when she first asked me, but no one ever achieved anything when fear was allowed to hold them back. I just didn't want to get ahead of myself and promise Amy something that I couldn't deliver on, or get my own ego so inflated that I start to think I'm God's gift to photography. Amy was more laid back about it than I was, and I quote "Carolyn, you're nervous enough for the both of us." But let me do advise that if you should be asked by a friend to do something like this that you first pray about it and then just do it with love. Treat each photo like it's the one that you would want to choose from, if you had your wedding day in mind. Don't let your ego get involved, it's not about what you want, it's about making special memories for the couple. If you look at it like that you can't go wrong. Regardless if I ever do this again I'll still be a bundle of nerves, just because I'm a perfectionist by nature.

After I finally worked my way through 1200+ photos, disregarding the completely unusable ones, I finally managed to cut the total down to about 700. So if it seems like there are a lot up here, trust me this is nothing. But I think it's an accurate overview of what I'm capable of, and of the day over all.

Church, Dress, Flowers & Rings . . . .

Musicians . . . .

The Ceremony. . . .

The Wedding Party. . . .

The Couple. . .

The Cake. . . .

The Reception. . . .

This was just my first experience in getting to do something like this so I wanted to show off some of my faves, and what I was able to do. Now all I need is my own D-SLR, and then maybe I could have a decent shot at a side business. It was a lot of fun and I do hope that I get another opportunity to do something like it again. I hope that you enjoyed them.

I feel very privileged to have been asked by Amy to help her with her special day and I wish both her and Andy every imaginable happiness! Please feel free to leave comments.


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