Thursday, March 30, 2006

It's A Virus! Well, Not Really...

So here's the deal...Pearsonified has started a small, casual social experiment, it’s called “The Indie Virus.” Here’s how Pearsonified describes this experiment:The experiment, henceforth referred to as “The Indie Virus,” has two goals:* To bring exposure to lesser known blogs (especially those outside of Technorati’s top 100)* To explore the metrics behind a viral linking campaign launched by the “little guys” (less popular blogs)
I will now be so kind as to pass this virus on to Tracy>
because she is the only other person I know that blogs on here haha!

Thursday Thirteen!

Thirteen Places That I Would Like To Go To Before I Die!

1. Ireland

2. Alaska - To see the Northern lights

3. Australia - New Zealand is included in this. I want to see the back country.

4. Italy

5. England

6. Montana - I want to drive a hundred miles an hour and it be legal!

7. Yucatan Peninsula - I want to ride horseback to see the Mayan Ruins

8. Canada - I want to go bowling in Canada with Heather, so when we're old, we can say, "Hey, remember the time we went bowling in Canada?" Haha

9. Bora Bora

10. Japan - To see Will's kin-folk

11. California - Not necessarily to see "where the celebrities live," but to see the Pacific Ocean

12. Africa

13. Graceland - Everyone's got to go to Graceland! Haha!

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

"Christian Liberty"

Every Wednesday afternoon I meet with a friend at school and we have a Bible study. Today, my friend told me a statement someone had said and it amazed me. The statement she heard was this: "I have the 'Christian Liberty' to sin." This person, whom she chose to keep anonymous, believed that as long as they were saved, they basically could do whatever they wanted, even sin, and it was okay because they knew God would forgive them. Romans 6 contradicts this statement.
Today while looking at Romans 6 in our study, we discussed how Paul says over and over and over again that when you are saved, you are dead to your sins. Verse 15 says, "What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid." It goes on to say that when we are saved, we are free from our past, free from death and sin. Now this does not mean that we will NOT sin. We sin daily because of our human nature. The difference is that we should not WANT to sin anymore.
Verses 21-23 says, "21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. 22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." So what is all of this saying? When we were living in sin, the only thing we were working towards was death. But now, because of grace, we are FREE from sin and have the promise now of eternal life. That is our "Christian Liberty." What reason do we have to go back to sin? There is none.
There is a song that comes to mind while I'm writing this. It's called "My Wants Been Changed" by the Ruppes. Here's the chorus:

"It's true I can do whatever I want, but my wants've been rearranged.
Jesus came in, saved me from sin, now there's been an awesome change.
I used to want all this world could give, but I've chosen not to die, no, I'm gonna live.
It's true I can do whatever I want but my wants've been changed."

If you're struggling with going back to past sins, pray that God will help you to return to His will. He'll give you the strength you need, all you have to do is ask!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

My Clothing Rant

Today I went shopping with my mother at lunch. We went to the employee store for the company she works for. Both my mother and I got a pretty substantial amount of clothing, so much that we're almost done with shopping for summer clothes, and it was only about $115.00. Back in the day, when clothes were alot cheaper, this would seem like alot, but now, it's a great great bargain!
This thought then brought a question to my mind: Why do clothes cost so much now days? I remember when I was little, my mom wouldn't pay more that $15 for a pair of jeans, and definately not more than $10 for a shirt. Now, even at non-name brand stores that have good sales, I hardly ever pay less than $30 for jeans. And tennis shoes, usually around $60, if you find a really good deal. And these are staples in the average person's wardrobe. I guess they figure we need them so they can charge what they want.
But there is one thing that bothers me about these rising prices. I went to a store recently, one that has reasonably priced clothes, looking for a bathing suit (I did not find any mainly for the fact that I choose not to expose myself like most of the bathing suits sold do, but that's another subject entirely). Most bathing suits were around $25, for each piece. So, if you are planning to be covered, you're looking at a $50 bathing suit. After I left to this store, I went to the mall to look for one. Big mistake. The prices I found there were almost twice as much. In one store, each piece was $48. That is insane!!! It's not alot of cloth, why the high price??
This is also true of shirts, shorts and skirts. Each year there seems to be less and less fabric that makes up the article of clothing, but still the companies feel the need to send the prices through the roof. I do not understand!!! I am just thankful for stores like my mom's employee store, a place where you can still buy a pair of jeans for $15 or a shirt for $8. Other stores should go back to this!

Monday, March 27, 2006

Could I Be A Poet?

Today I am writing about writing. I've always thought it would be really cool to write poetry. See, I'm currently taking a poetry class and am required to read and discuss all kinds of poems, structured, free verse, anything and everything. In reading some of these poems, especially those that are free verse, I have found that I really like reading it. I mean, just the way that the speaker's feelings are laid out on the table for the world to see, it's very captivating.
Like I said earlier, I think it would be cool to write poetry. However, I have learned that it is not so so simple. When I used to think about poetry (real poetry, not the stuff they make you write in middle school that fits a certain formula), I thought that the poet did only one thing: put their inner-most thoughts down on paper. I thought that if you were good enough of a poet it would sound like a masterpiece. I was wrong.
In my poetry class we recently read a collection of poems called "The Owning Stone" by Jim Peterson. Today, Jim came to our class and talked about the book, writing poetry in general and answered any questions we had. While he was talking and telling us about his thought process (keep in mind that he is not the stereotypical 'crazy poet', he's just a guy who likes to write), I was really amazed at how much detail you have to pay attention to. Using or not using punctuation, word choice, line breaks, how it appears on the page, etc. Knowing now how challenging it is to write poetry, it actually makes me want to write it more. Who knows, you may see some poetry show up on here!

Friday, March 24, 2006

Wandering Aimlessly...Kind Of

Hey everyone! Hope you're having a fabulous day so far. So I just got back from a second trip to the dermatologist. I went last week and had a mole taken off, and the pathology report came back saying it was but a tiny bit away from being melanoma. Today the doctor took some more skin so it can be tested. It's kind of a scary thing, being that I'm only 19 years old and I'm dealing with the posibility of skin cancer in my near future. However, I do know that God is in control and will bring me through anything. I just ask that you pray that everything comes back okay and that no further action will be needed.

On to a lighter subject: my future. Okay, so maybe it's not really all that light of a subject, but I feel like talking about it. See, I thought I had figured out what I wanted to do with my life. I would study and get a degree in Psychology and then use that to try to help others. Now, I'm not so sure. Psychology interests me and all, but I don't want to make a career out of it. Actually, the only way you can make a career out of it is if you spend half of your life in school. Please understand that I am not saying that this is a bad thing, but it's not for me. One thing that I want one day is a family. I want to be married and have children, and more than that, be able to spend time with them. So for now, I'm basically floating along, just waiting to see what God has in store for me. It will probably be something much more exciting to me than psychology!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

My First Post!!!

Hey everyone! Well this is my first blog post on blogspot. It's so exciting! You'll have to bear with me while I try to figure all of it out. I'll get it, eventually.

So I thought for my first post I would explain my blog title: "Thoughts From a Brunette Brain." This may sound as a pretty straight-forward title, and it would be, if I had brunette hair naturally. See, I am really a natural blonde. Many blondes, though not all, fall under the classic stereotype of the "dumb blonde." It's sad, I know. But thanks to my cousin Tracy, God decided to bless me with a smart brunette brain. This does not mean that I do not have blonde moments. I don't think there is any one person who has never had a "blonde" moment. However, for the most part I use good common sense.

In the future I will probably be posting a variety of things: Quotes, stories, random thoughts, whatever comes to mind at the time! Hope you enjoy!