Kate didn't want her photo taken, but when we visited the capitol together, there were a few things she wanted me to pass on.
|It is a very pretty building. It was built out of red granite (though Logan insists it is pink)|
|The Texas Capitol has many monuments.|
|These are roses that were given by the city of Tyler|
|You will have to read the book to see why this interested Kate so much.|
|This is not something you excpect to see|
|That is right! Texas proudly displays the Ten Commandments on the capitol grounds.|
|Lots of law books in the library (it was a pretty boring library).|
|The staircases were cool!|
|The #1 thing we learned? Do not use the elevators when the legislator is in session.|
A huge thank you to Mikayla for the awesome photos.
In the same tradition of Matthew, Acts picks up where Matthew left off. Seeing the story of the early church unfold, using the NIV word-for-word for a script was great. Dean Jones is great in the role of the physician Luke, who acts as the narrator of the story. There was great acting, great settings, and a powerful movie the displays the real events that happened long ago.
Pros: Word-for-word Bible for easy memorization and great stories.
Cons: Sometimes men have their shirts off, some hard intense scenes.
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Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
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A very good friend of mine introduced me to this song and I haven't been able to get it out of my head since.
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I haven't taken a author photo since 2011 so my dear sister helped me update my look
|Oh yes, we had to go to the state capitol for this|
|This was my favorite. Mikayla told me when she took it that this had to be my new author photo|
|This building is so awesome|
|Me with an old ink pen that was my grandfather's|
|Authors must pose with books, right?|
This is my all-time favorite movie. Using NIV bible word-for-word as the script, this tells the story of Jesus in a very powerful way. Visually it is very appealing, and the way they tell the story made me appreciate Jesus for who He is better. It is an incredible and fresh look at the old story.
Pros: Pure scripture, powerful acting, good way to memorize scripture.
Cons: The crucifixion is pretty bloody, however, it was toned down some a bit. There are a few times where Jesus and other disciples do not have shirts on.
Age Appropriate For: All Ages
Best for Ages: 13 and up
Description: When you're obeying His commands and serving the Lord there is a certain satisfaction that you feel. Serving Him brings you great joy and pride. But what about giving yourself and your life to Him entirely? In giving Him your life, that includes giving Him your appearance, your attitude and your heart's desire. You are a daughter of the one true King. It's time to step into the life that God has meant for you to live; one filled with confidence in your natural beauty and grace. Let His glory shine through you, bringing His light to the world. Within these pages you'll learn to unlock your natural beauty that God has given you.
I had been hearing a lot of good about this book, so I thought I was very fortunate to be able to pick up a free copy. I opened this book on a Sunday, thinking I would just read a couple of pages and ended up reading the whole thing.
Leite has a very engaging style of writing; I could tell that when I started reading her blog. The story feels like one girlfriend talking to another. It isn’t a sermon or a lecture, just a conversation starter on a subject many have overlooked.
While this book lacked a little in style and formatting, and would have done better with a little more depth on some things, it made up for that in heart. The intention of this book seemed more to be a springboard for a person’s own study and journey of modesty than a definitive book on the subject. This would make a great small group or Sunday school tool for exploring the topic.
The best part about this book? For me it treated this topic with respect but not legalism. It showed that modesty had a biblical basis, but left the door wide open for differences of opinion. It also made it clear that we dress modestly not because we are responsible for what guys think, but for our own sakes and value.
I highly recommend this book for those who are looking for information on modesty, enjoy shorter non-fiction works, or want to start a conversation about the subject.
“Modesty is not about revealed flesh but uncovered intentions.”
Note: young readers might want their parents to read this with them
This quote sums up a lot of what I think about modesty and also what I think the Bible does as well. My brother quoted it a long time ago, and I cannot find who said it or if I have it right. Although, I think he found it in the Singer trilogy by Calvin Miller.
Modesty is a very touchy issue for a lot of people. I have heard the sermons preached by well-meaning men whose words seem to pass off their guilt in lust and make it the issue of the women who are immodestly dressed. They start to talk about specifics. Super modest girls want to cry, because they do their best, but they notice that teenager giving them a dirty appraisal. The girl who is moderately modest wants to scream, but instead sits with her arms crossed and contemplates throwing out the whole modesty idea. The girls that never cared in the first place are still hurt by the sermon, but roll their eyes and move on.
Because of the misuse of the term by some guys, the prevailing thought in the culture, and the rebellion in our own hearts, modesty is often ignored and laughed at. The Bible has a lot to say about lust, modesty, and aligning our heart with God, and I encourage you to explore the topic through your own personal Bible study.
When you are searching, don’t just search for the word modesty, also look for the word lust. It is very clear from the Bible that the heart is what matters the most to God. What we do reflects the state of our heart before God. Because of this, I think that the first and most important thing when considering modesty is have you considered it in the light of what God has taught you? It is so easy to draw back when you hear the rabid modesty people talking about ridiculous modesty rules, or men blaming women for all their issues to chunk the whole idea. However, God has called us to modesty.
The Bible, doesn’t give us a lot of rules. There is not a verse that says “And all women are to cover themselves from the collar bone the ankle, with the shoulders cover to a length of not less than three inches.” That would have made it easy, but God only called us to treat our private parts with modestly, that nakedness was for the marriage partner alone, and that our beauty should come from the inside. This leaves a lot of room for differences of opinion. Perhaps because God knew that different people at different times, cultures, and such would have different struggles.
When asking if an item is modest here are the questions I ask myself:
~ “What does it draw attention to?” If the answer is a part of the anatomy associated with sexual attraction, best to move on.
~ “Why am I interested in it?” This one is easy for me, as my closet is mainly clothes that I can work in, I am not much of a fashion girl. However, I want to always make sure I am not buying it to attract the wrong kind of attention.
~ “Would my father think it is modest?” Although my father has told me I can make my own choices, one of the ways I honor him is to dress in a way that he thinks is modest.
Let us talk about the elephant in the room: Are we as women responsible what guys think? My answer is a very quick no. We are not responsible for what anyone else thinks. I think we see clearly in the Bible that each is judged for his own thoughts. HOWEVER, we are responsible for the messages we send with what we wear. If we wear something that we know will attract the wrong kind attention (aka lust) then we have done wrong to not only God, but also to our brothers in Christ.
Modesty is a difficult issue for which I could go on for a long time. It is one that we sometimes would like to ignore, but we cannot. If you haven’t, please go before God today and seek his will for this topic in your life.