Monday, December 16, 2013

My Life Update as of December 16th, 2013

These last couple weeks have been great. I hope the same is for you all!

First off, now I work at a Post Office, as Janitor, 5 days a week in the mornings, with a friend of mine. That has been going well. I have amazing people to work with and am so thankful for that..That way I wont be cleaning bathrooms, mopping floors, wiping windows/ counters, and dusting for grumps. (Although I'd still be there working even if they were grumps, hehe) They all have joyful personalities...well, most of the time. ;) I have cracked a few jokes with some of them since being there and vice versa.
So...the workers (at least some of them) like Baklava. You know what that means? It means I'll be making them some sometime next year.

I found some John Calvin Sermons (on Ephesians) on Sermon Audio by Still Waters Revival Books. There are a lot other ones by John Calvin, but I think I'll start with the Ephesian ones. So excited about it! I am hoping to listen to one a day (or night or early morning), but not sure exactly if it will work out or not, as I am very busy on the first place. But in order to have time, I have to make time.
 His sermons have always been a blessing for me. I am hoping that this will help me to pay attention to Biblical topics and such throughout the day. Even though you can't really be thinking about Biblical Theology while doing math. ;) Too bad!! But as I take care of my farm animals, clean the house, organize, work at the post office, and such it will be a good idea to have Christ on my mind. :)
I also found some that are not audio (just typed out) that I might read too. Whichever I do, I'll try and post each whenever I read/listen them. :)

I do read theological books as well. As I am 18, I do not believe in following blindly in religion if you can clearly study it on your own. I am not saying that I do not follow someones teaching, I am saying that you can not say you "believe something", if you can not describe it yourself or study it yourself- that is not a true belief. So, that is why I study things on my own. :)
I am thankful that through the study I have done, I have not been led astray by false teachers or by fanciful words of the wicked. The Glory be to God!

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple." ~
Romans 16:17-18

Some books I have been reading:

Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure by David Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Taking the Christian Life Seriously by by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Domestical Duties by William Gouge
Sum of Saving Knowledge in the book Westminster Confession of Faith

Ye That Love the Lord, Hate Evil by Fred. T. Di Lella
Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot
And a couple parts of other books here and there.
I read my Bible too, of course.
I pretty much try and read anything I can get my hands on, which can be a problem concidering how many awesome books we have in our possesion and how little time I have to read them all. But I try and read not too many at a time, so I can actually get through them and not be in the middle of 8 books at once. Plus, it is easier to grasp things when you are doing a little at a time.

I am also starting to memorize Ecclesiastes and finish up Proverbs. I used to always complain that memorization was "too hard", but I have come to realize that I just wasn't putting effort in to actually DOING IT and doing it frequently. That is why I have been stuck in Proverbs for years now. That is going to change. Thankfully. :)

School has been going great! I really enjoy it as well. In History I am reading/ studying the Constitution. In Math I am doing a whole book on review before I go on to Algebra. (Can you believe I am actually super excited to start Algebra?!!! :D) All my friends seem to dislike Algerbra... I hope I don't. At least my mother liked it when she was in school, so I have some hope. ;)
Maybe it is just my impatience to finally go forward and feel "normal".

Ha, and what does "normal" even mean in today's corrupt world? Yeahh, that pop-star has a "stunning" dress on today....which most of the time means half dressed or maybe normal is that 18 year old woman with that boyfriend of hers who she does who knows what with and does so with no shame... -_- So, no...I guess I really don't want to be "normal".

So...I thank the Lord I am not "normal" as the world defines it and that I am saved by grace to be a new person. Praise the Lord! Be behind as I am in school, but what matters in my life is if I glorify God and do what I do well for the furthering of His Kingdom and our edification.
On that, I am moving forward and better than I would have if I was not behind. I find I am learning so much, that I likely wouldn't be grasping if I was younger.

So heres to another blessed week. May the Lord encourage you all in His truth.
Peace, my friends. :)

“Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” ~Ephesians 4:3

Friday, December 13, 2013

"Marriage and the Marks of Farm Life" (Bryan Welch)

The chickens are pooping all over the front porch again, and my wife is a very special woman.

Almost every week, at some point or another, Carolyn says how happy she is to live at Rancho Cappuccino, surrounded by the wildlife and the livestock, steeping in nature’s own exotic brew of life, death, struggle and ecstasy.

Sounds great, you may say, but the chickens are pooping all over the porch. The geese are pooping all over the lawn. The manure in the sheep pen is two feet deep right now and  the pasture where the cattle are grazing, well, it’s a cow pasture. Talk about your exotic brews.

The cow is a virtuosic defecator. They poop more, larger, wetter, deeper, noisier and more often than anyone else on the farm.

But all God’s children leave their mark.

The chickens leave theirs on the front porch.

My wife’s friends are revolted. Who can blame them?

But my wife is a very special woman.

We’ve tried solutions to the chicken problem. We tried fake snakes. The chickens ignored them, then killed a real snake and left it there, next to the fake snakes on the porch, to express their disdain I guess. This really happened. No kidding.

Then we created a barrier of silk flowers in little buckets. The chickens steer clear. Guests have to step over them.

Of course the chickens still do their business all over the sidewalk and the drive way and the lawn.

I’m acutely conscious that there are very few roommates who would put up with this, and almost all of them are men. If you think I’m being a sexist,  you have an invitation to come help me clean the sheep pen. Then we can talk about my prejudices.

I figure if Carolyn decided to divorce me, I could either move to town or be single for life. I try to think of some other attractive woman who would be willing to join me at the Rancho. I can’t. Even some of the best sports I know can’t hide the little grimaces that say, “How can they live like this? How can she live like this?”

So here’s to Carolyn, with all my gratitude. I’ll make sure I take my boots off every time I come inside. Promise. Unless I forget.

Original post here.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

"When I am weak, then am I strong..."

"Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong." ~Corinthians 12:10