Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Awake, awake our hearts to hear the echos,
Your words resound at the dawning.
And all day we taste a love that is undying,
And all day in praise for the morning light.
Phil Keaggy//Morning Light

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Simply An Ordinary Christian

"Wurmbrand has brought into the universal Church a new dimension, reminding it about the martyrs." -Church Times, London

"Wurbrand is anew St. John the Baptist...a voice crying in the wilderness." -Christianity Today, USA

"Except for the Bible, nothing has shaken me like Wurmbrand's Tortured for Christ. It is a message of the century. Even more: since the persecution of Christians by Nero, it is the most powerful act of Martyrs."-Dr. Kurt Koch

My Dad has told me a few times in the past months that I should read one of Richard Wurmbrand's books titiled, The Oracles of God. I was putting it off, reading this or that. But last night I crawed into bed ready to continue reading Let Me Be a Woman, by Elizabeth Elliot, (Great book, by the way, a must read for every lady in the universe!) and realized I had left it at the house. (I sleep at my Grandma's house.) "Ahh...I'll just go to sleep a little early," I thought, igoring Wurmbrand's book by my bed, "The extra will be really nice, actually." Then tonight when I was ready to contine on in Elliot's book, yeah, you guessed it, I had still forgotten to bring it over to the cabin. Eyeing Wurmbrand's book, I thought, this time "Okay. I'll check it out, but this is annoying. I want to finish all the other though-provoking books I've started." So I opened the cover, and began reading the first couple pages: quotes people said about Wurmbrand. From them, I concluded, that he is a really amazing, God-fearing, Warrior-Poet man. Well, I already knew that, but it was stil fun reading them. (Actually, I think I met him when I was a baby. I know I at least met his wife because there's a picture of her holdin me, but that's a different story.) But what caught my attention was the last quote, by Wurmbrand himself: "What I have to say about myself is much simpler: I am an ordinary Christian who lived in very unusual circumstances." He wasn't out to get any fame, he wasn't out to please man. He was simply out to follow Christ with his all. He learned something many of us only grasp in a small way, and that is to love. It wasn't any kind of love though, it was to love God with every part of himself, and the side affect of that was to love all of God's creations. We can never truly love until we love God with everything we are, and Wurmbrand saw this and really loved Christ. Richard Wurmbrand was simply and ordinary Christian living for the Glory of God. Now that takes an extra-ordinary man. And you know what? You can be one too.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Grateful for...

Saturday, the 10th: Mornings off work to sleep in; and days spent with my little sisters and brother.
Sunday, the 11th: God's unfailing love, and His never ending works through the sermons this year.
Monday, the 12th: The ability to learn, and my parents who put up with my failings in school but never give up. This year has been the best so far,  and it's only because they never gave up on me.
Tuesday, the 13th: The bright, blue-eyed old man at the Nursing Home who reminded me of a dear (pretty much a Grandpa) friend who died a few years back.
Wednesday, the 14th: Being able to get new glasses, for free because of medicare.
Thursday, the 15th: The ability to walk, and long exploration trecks through the woods with my family
Friday: A job to earn money, and finding a new computer for a good price.

I'm in a bit of a rush right now as I'm hurridly typing this before I head off to work. But I'll leave you with one though: "The Truth is heavy, therefore few care to carry it" -Winston Churchill Are you a seeker of what the truth is? Or do you just comply with 'whatever'? What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The [not so little anymore] little girls

Last week my little brother and sisters went to a cabin where I would be taking family pictures for someone at. I was checking out the place, and lighting. It was a lovely place, and the family portraits went great the next day. (I don't think I'll be sharing them on the blog though. Sorry!) Anyways, here's a few shots I took of my sisters. Enjoy! 

And one goofy one with the little bro

Friday, November 9, 2012

Give Thanks | Part Uno

Dear God,
I just want to take a moment,
not to ask you for anything, 
but to say
 Thank You
 for all I have.

I know it's a cliche thing in the month of November to do a 'what-i'm-thankful-for-today'. It's great to remember to give thanks, but really, we should do this everyday. Maybe that'll be a New Years resolution for me: To be thankful everyday, and tell people, not just in the month of November. But you know how resolutions go...hey though, I think the first will be to actually do the resolutions. [smile] Anyways, instead of posting everyday on facebook, I'm going to post on hear every Friday of November. (Didn't do last Friday because it was only the second day of the month...) What are you thankful for? Take a moment, and think about it. 

November 1: Early mornings working on the farm. I am not a person that likes to get out of bed in the morning, but when I do, and have a quiet hour all to myself, I love it. So all summer long when I had to get up earlier to be at work by 8am, I despised it. But in the end, I kind of liked having a reason to get up. The mornings are so beautiful! Especially during Autumn. 

November 2: My dad's work office, and his boss who lets me use it so I don't have to bike four miles to work. I love to bike, but its so much more convenient to go to work with Dad and sit in his office to do school, blog, etc... before I head off to work at 10:30. It's onle a 15 minute walk. Anyways, I'm so thankful for the use of the office twice a week.

November 3: A good job, great employers, and yummy food. That basically describes my job at the restaurant. God gave me the job when I needed it, and I'm ever so thankful. 

November 4: This song, and the Piano Guys: 

November 5: Another good job, with another great employer, and maybe the co-workers aren't so bad either. :) My second job this summer ended on Monday; it was working at an organic farm. I learned a lot this summer working there, and wouldn't trade the experience/lessons for anything. 

November 6: For the freedom in the country to vote, even if I do think that the electoral college needs to be booted out because it's not really needed anymore. But it is a huge privilege to vote. (although, I'm too young to yet...)

November 7: My sister, and long phone conversations with her while she's away at college. This girl is a huge blessing in my life. Probably more than she knows. (so hey, Anna, if you read this...thanks for being you.) We may not see the same on some things, but we'll always be sisters and friends, for life. 

November 8: My parents. My facebook status last night was this: 'God knew what He was doing when he gave me the parents he did; no one else I know would/will love me like them, listen like them, and stand by my side in what I believe strongly about. I love them so much.' Pretty much sums it all up.

November 9: Coffee. 'nuff said. Oh wait, and fresh cream. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Life as of Late (in cell phone pics)

~Picked up the violin more lately
~Work on the farm
~Collecting leaves
~Reading [thoughtful] books
~Family game nights
~Eye appointments, 
and trying on fun glasses
~Fun hats 
~Church basketball games
~Long phone calls with the sista
~Studying of Swahili, and Spanish
~Dreams of what may come
~Prayers said in tears
~Memories of great Saints in my life
~Reminders of God's great love
~Little miracles
~Fresh cream, and hot coffee
~Remembering to live in the now

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

1. Wild
My wild little siblings. :) Noo..the stove wasn't hot yet. In fact, since its a soapstone you can pretty much lean up against it all the time. And it keeps the house really warm. Nice deal, huh? 

2. Welcome
Welcome to the weather of wood fires. We don't use any electric heat, and for a couple weeks now we've had the cook stove going. Just this week, though, I started the first fire (and my first one of this year) in the big stove (pictured above). I love starting fires and hearing the wood cracking...

3. Adventure
This little guy is one of my favorite people in the world. He and I have been 'buddies' since the day he was born. (Although last night he left me for his dad saying he had a new buddy.) Anyways, he's my boss' families littlest boy...and life is full of adventure with this redhead around!

4. Vibrant
I did my first pinterest project. Mod-podge leaves in a mason jar and put a candle in. The light give such a vibrant color with the bright leaves.

5. Classic
Dr. Seuss is such a classic writer. I'll never tire reading his books. One of my friends nick-names is Kat, and when I put together her folder for the Christmas play this year I couldn't resist drawing The Kat in the Hat on it. :)

On a different note: I started a blog for my writing. I don't really like to put long articles on here since it's more for photography, but I hope you'll check it out sometime: www.lovemeetsjustice.blogspot.com
Feel free to comment with your thoughts on my articles, and agree or disagree. I always love a good debate. :) Be blessed. -Sveta D.

On Respect and the Upcoming Election

           With the upcoming election, I wanted to write a post with some things that I believe are important and often overlooked. Something that is a human fault everywhere is pride. That fault of pride can lead to disrespect for those who think differently than you. This fault is terribly hard to overcome; I know from personal experience. I do believe there is absolute truth and only one way to eternal life, but this does not mean that I cannot respect others with different opinions. I may not tolerate (agree) the faith that they have, but I will respect them as a person. I want them to know the truth, but I will not force it in their face. Hopefully, by Godly example, they will see the true way to eternal life. But that’s a whole new blog post, and I’ve gone off on a ‘rabbit trail’, as they call it around here. I hope that helps you see where I stand in the area of respect vs. tolerance. Applying that to the political world, I will respect any leader that is put in charge of this country, even if I do not tolerate the views he has. The only exception I have is if he makes a law forcing everyone to do something that God clearly forbids.  Because God is the one who is ultimately in control, and primarily I have to obey his laws. If anything a leader says to do something against one of those laws, then I cannot do it (example: bowing to idols, etc…). The Bible makes it very clear to respect whomever God places in our government. In Romans 13 it says: Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.  For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,  for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer.  Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. I do stand in the conservative worldview, but if a liberal is placed in office again I’ll respect him and not speak bad of him.

          One thing that I am put off by is people who are not willing to vote at all because they don’t like this or that about the candidates. It would be better to have the ‘ok’ than the ‘really-not-so-good-at-all’ one. Right? Now I could pretty much guarantee that both candidates we have now are really good talkers and are probably lying about half the stuff they say they’ll do or not do. (Just look at how well Obama has kept his word in the last four years.) But that is no reason to not vote. Voting is a privilege we have. Many places in the world cannot choose their leaders, and would give anything for that kind of freedom. So please vote. I’m the next generation, and it’s important to us young people as to where our country is going. So please, for the sake of the generation to come, vote. Vote for the constitution, vote for the laws of God, vote for the life of unborn babies, vote for your children. Put some thought into your vote, analyze and decide which candidate is the better one and go vote. If the one you wanted does not get into office, do not think your vote was wasted: it was not. It means the world to us young people. But in the end, respect whomever it is who gets the honor of leading this country.