December 2007


by Katie Marie 

Living in Wisconsin for the past 18 years I’ve learned a lot about our “Frozen Tundra”!

I wrote last July about the different categories of cold in my post “Coffee and Cold”.

 Today I will expound on the varying levels of winter driving.

 Indeed, there is a big differences! There is the minor category, and medium category, and then you have the more treacherous level I will call White Knuckled Driving.

That is what we’ll focus on today.

Ah yes, WKD (White Knuckled Driving). I got a chance to drive in some of that last weekend when a two day storm blew through our area.

It started out with Minor winter driving with rain and then rain turned into thick rain, to freezing rain, to wet snow, to nice large fluffy snow to itty bitty icy snow driven by gusting winds. 

By this time conditions were well into WKD weather.

I had to work the weekend. It is a 30 min drive one way in good weather. Saturday, like I said, was minor. But by the time Sunday came around we had a a good foot of snow with large drifts and roads slicker than snake snot.

When I came home most of the roads had not been plowed and there was a layer of ice beneath the snow. I knew the instant I got out of the parking garage and onto the road
that it was going to be a WKD drive home.

Its like this:

You pull out of the parking lot and turn your blinker on to turn out onto the road and slowly put on the gas. Your wheels spin before gaining traction, once traction is gained you turn out onto the road with the back of your car sliding out sideways. Once you gain control of your vehicle you slowly plow through the snow till you have to stop at a stop
sign. Giving yourself twice the stopping room you hold the brake down and let the Anti Lock Brake system do its thing. Once coming to a sliding stop you make your turn. And since you slid into the intersection already you just turn your wheels and keep going. Once you hit the interstate you hit the plowed roads. Your speed creeps up to 40-45mph at the most so you can make it through the drifts. Once in a while some fool driver with 4 wheel drive who thinks he’s invincible will come flying past you. The wind blows your car sideways, as your going 40-45mph.  Your already white knuckles clench tighter and an intake of breath is taken and held until you feel your tires have traction again.

 Then the fun part.

 Getting off the plowed, glare ice interstate you get on an exit ramp. An unplowed exit ramp.  Again, as you fish-tail a little you remind yourself to breath. Once coming to a brief halt at the intersection you pry your fingers off the steering wheel to let some blood take residence in the capillaries.

Stopping to get gas in fun too. Praying mightily that you won’t hit the pump, you slide into place. Pushing the door open against the screeching wind your breath gets blown away. Once the gas tank is full you feel confident that if you should slide into a ditch somewhere you won’t freeze to death.

The rest of the way home is similar to what I have already described.

Once home, you again pry your fingers of the steering wheel and give thanks to God that you made it!

Believe it or not, I am not exaggerating! But don’t take it for complaining! I love this stuff! It is mighty exhilarating! I may not say so if I actually did end up in a ditch somewhere, but hey, it would be an adventure! I love WI and winter!

Given an option, I would take WKD ANY DAY over city driving!

img_0062.jpgKatie Marie is an active young lady with a heart for the Lord. She lives in the beautiful state of Wisconsin, particularly enjoying the outdoors and EMS work, not to mention her own sweet pair of darling nephews.
Blog:
weeblondeleprechaun.blogspot.com

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May this day be filled with the joys of the season, the fellowship of friends and family, and the love of the Savior! I trust you have a merry and joyous holiday season celebrating the birth of the Prince of Peace. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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   “Let it be then your first solicitude to exhibit, in your early life and single state, all those general and moral beauties which form the character of virgin excellence.

Be holy, industrious, modest, benevolent, and useful: inspire hope in every beholder, and awaken expectation.

But then, be ever anxious, studious, and prayerful, that in the transition from single to the wedded state; in the development of the girl into the woman, all that was lovely, artless, and simple in youthful charms, shall, with unbroken and unvarying consistency, ripen into all that is holy, estimable, venerable in the wife, the mother, and the matron.”

John Angell James
(1785-1858)
In his book, Female Piety

Rediscovering the Art of Being a Woman

“Rediscovering the Art of Being a Woman” 

Cracking the covers of this book is like sitting next to a cozy fire sipping coffee and having a refreshing heart to heart with a wise friend. When the conversation ends—or as in this case, the last page is turned—you come away feeling changed, revitalized, regenerated, and energized in a refreshing sort of way.

I have watched women around me heed the deception that the serpent offers and run head long into his snare. I recall the many times I have stepped out on the well-trod path of chicanery myself, chasing the illusion we were all stumbling after. The joy we crave as women, the sense of belonging we strive for, and the desire to be fulfilled takes us down the wrong paths. We’ve lost our way, we’re frustrated, and we can’t understand where all the good men have gone.

There have been many occasions where I have exasperated, “Would someone please put down a legible road map for us?” Somebody suggested writing a book. Lacking the means necessary for such a book, I thank Michelle McKinney Hammond for saving me the trouble.

In her own, unique and candid style Michelle says it like it is—without pretense. She doesn’t beat around the bush, she doesn’t watch your toes, and she doesn’t tickle your ears. She does, however, talk woman to woman, speaking the truth in love, and puts her loving verbal arms around you and hugs you for being who you are.

Throughout the 309-page book, Michelle exposes and debunks the lies the Enemy has led us to believe. Going all the way back to the beginning in the Garden of Eden, she makes her way through countless analogies in Scripture. Digging deep into the lives of biblical women she takes her reader on a journey to rediscovering and reclaiming the joy and beauty of femininity. She points one to the God who created them, and helps them celebrate everything He made them to be.

With clarity she renders womanhood with the true value and beauty that belongs to it. Time after time she brings one back to the basics and helps them learn how to be who God created them to be.

She helps us see the importance of friendships between other women and ourselves. She elaborately places motherhood in the light it deserves to be in—a truly beautiful task the Lord gives women, the value of which could never possibly be measured. There is no such thing as “just” a mom. She helps us understand our strength in vulnerability, the power of our influence, and the lasting reward of virtue.

There’s nothing quite like the way she skills her reader in how to relate to men and clarifies the importance of them in our lives, whether married or single. This book will help girls know how to respond to the men in their lives in a way possessing of dignity and grace, granting her love, honor and respect in return. Throwing our weight around and digging in our little stiletto heels holds no victory in the war between the sexes. We can erase the battle lines and both man and woman can emerge as victors together.

Most of all, she brings us to an understanding of who God is and how desperately we need Him. This book is a great read for both married and single women, simply because she expresses so profoundly how our men are not the answers to our emotional needs. The void we may have in our lives is filled solely by our Creator. If our reliance is on a man or any other physical means, we will never truly be fulfilled.

This isn’t a book about options. It doesn’t treat you with psychological answers in relating to others, nor does it rave primarily on the author’s opinion. Instead it manifests the things we have lost as we have turned to other things and ideas in replacement of the true plan and design of God for our lives as women. Drawing from Biblical examples, you will become aware at how far you have strayed from His plan for you in your life as a woman… and the best part is she points the way back home.

This is a book I highly recommend for any female. Married, single, divorced, single mom…. You will find yourself encouraged and inspired. There is great joy in knowing who you are in the eyes of your Creator, and fulfilling your life the way He designed you to.

Purchase the book at Amazon.com: The Power of Femininity

Edited to point out:
After a little more research, it appears Michelle has renamed her book and put a new cover on it. The Power of Being a Woman has a new look, but the content appears to be the same. Order it from CBD:
The Power of Being a Woman: Mastering the Art of Femininity, or check your local Christian Bookstores.

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As Mary waited for the time when she would be married to Joseph, she rejoiced in being a handmaiden of the Lord. She was rewarded with a visitation from God Himself, overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, and became the mother of Jesus Christ, Savior of the world. Talk about being a “force”! We as women are all called to birth something that will affect change for the better in the lives of those around us. Mary was a single woman, yet not one who bemoaned her fate. She was available to God and, because of this, He gave her a special honor. He longs to give us all that honor, to fill each one of us with Jesus Christ to overflowing, so that His virtue may flow out of us to touch, to heal, and to deliver.

::: Michelle McKinney Hammond

by Rachel Marie

img_0407.jpgI remember very well one evening several months ago when I was having an extremely difficult time, both spiritually and emotionally. I had just about decided to give up all my crazy “dreaming.” Dreaming about the future (my future, specifically), seemed to only disappoint and disillusion my heart and mind. After all, how much of it actually had come true so far…?

Hm, not much, I guessed. I was disheartened. I was disappointed. I was confused. I was unsure. I was sad. I… I… I…

Looking back I see what my problem was, clearly. All I could think of was myself. My ambitions, plans, and wishes. I was not concerned for others; I was not concerned for Christ’s Kingdom. I was only worried about myself, and what would become of me.

I knew what I wanted, but it seemed to me that God either didn’t understand or wouldn’t answer me. And wasn’t I supposed to look forward to the years ahead? Wasn’t I supposed to be dreaming up and anticipating great things? Why did it seem like all my hopeful sunshine had died down to a few faint sparks?

Perhaps it was all because the Lord knew and saw my heart, and realized that I was so self-focused that I could no longer see much else.

This is not to say that dreaming is wrong. It is not wrong. Dreams are indeed the very stuff of life. God’s Word instructs us to have hope, and to have vision, without which we would “perish”. This is also not to say that I have now arrived to some selfless plain of perfection. No, far, far from it. However, I can now thank and bless God for allowing me to experience the struggle of “dreamlessness.” I’m learning more and more that the struggles and trials which the Lord chooses to lead me through are not for vain purposes, or for further disappointments. In truth, such struggles do often only appear as disappointing and vain while one is in the midst of them; but many blessed, beautiful truths are learned and birthed out of the deepest of agonies and struggles, and the Lord in His infinite wisdom knows that.

That same night when I was mulling over myself, and everything that I wanted, the Lord brought something to my attention, which both convicted and challenged me. It was an article written for people in my stage of life, going through my kind of struggles. God used it to bless and change my outlook on life… for the better, and for His glory. It spoke directly to my heart and life where I was at that time. It showed me that “Impossible Dreams” are not impossible after all…“For life to be fully lived it must wrestle the impossible and win. For life to be fully lived, the God of the impossible must be fully trusted with the writing of the script.”

I have far from “arrived,” but although the learning is at times so wearily painful, I see how that simply dreaming up things that will please myself is so very futile. The Lord can never bless such dreaming, and will likely bring it all to naught in order to show you Himself, and what truly matters in life.My encouragement to you if what I have written here has spoken to your heart in anyway, is to seek Jesus. That precious, heavenly Babe born in the lowly cattle stable. Seek Him First and Foremost. Focus on Him, and He will direct all your dreams down His way of perfection. It may not be exactly what you’ve hoped and planned for, but His way is always perfect. Only TRUST Him now. He knows, and sees, and loves all.

:::the article previously stated can be found here!:::

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img_0009.jpgRachel Marie is a sweet young lady who loves the Lord with all her heart. She is keenly interested in the study of biblical womanhood and authored a well-noted article, Just a Girl Through & Through. Along with her gift of writing, her hobbies also include photography, flowers, sewing and a host of other avenues she uses to vent her creativity. Her heart beat is missions with a particular love for China.Contact:
lajiemarie@gmail.com
www.lajiemarie.blogspot.com  

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