Textile Struggles

Without resistance in the form of the hook, yarn could never be woven into a useful blanket.

The strands rub against each other constantly, but they still stand together to make something beautiful.

Threads on a loom have shuttles being thrown at them and they are constantly being warped.  Yet, the final product is a beautiful piece of cloth that can be made into useful clothing, furniture, drapes, etc.

Thread can’t made a beautiful embroidery pattern unless it passes through tough fabric over and over again.

When we give these such struggles of ours to the Master Weaver, He can use them and us in His masterpiece of a plan.

So why not?

Good As New

Thinking you have it all

Till it all falls apart

In a heap.

Scavenge the pieces

Take them to their Creator

So he can stitch his child back together

Remade.

Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. 

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. 

Lord my God, I will praise you forever.

Psalm 30:2‭, ‬11‭-‬12 NIV

A Thang With Wangs

Flying insects use all sorts of creative methods to get from from point A to point B. About 54.5 million to 37 million years ago, at least one species of beetle was using wings that looked like helicopter propellers to get around, Science News reports.

(Source: Prehistoric Beetle Had Wings Like Helicopter Blades – Mental Floss)

If I found an old helicopter, everyone would know that it was made by humans because it is too complex to have been created by a bolt of lightning striking a tree that was next to some scrap metal or something, right?  OK, then how are evolutionist scientists going to explain how THIS came about? Helicopter wings on an insect? Wings in and of themselves are an amazing “invention” —  one we’ve barely been able to replicate — and yet most people believe (we don’t have proof) that they evolved by chance and luck and chemicals. How’d the chemicals get there? Chance and luck and matter mixing and reacting, right? How’d the matter get here? A big explosion. What exploded? Everything. How? Well… we’re working on that one.

Creationist scientists know that since God is unchanging, his laws won’t change either. (Gravity, Laws of Thermodynamics, Laws of Motion, etc.) Because of this knowledge, we can use the scientific method to examine and try to begin to understand nature around us. We can even predict things! How amazing is that? 😀  We know exactly how creation came into being.  God told it to. 🙂  Everything was created within a week, even these helicopter beetles.  The intricate design of God’s creation is something that we can try to replicate, but he gave us the materials in the first place, so we really can’t take credit for any of it.  But, that’s OK!  We are here to bring him glory, and that’s all that the founding fathers of science, like Isaac Newton, wanted to do.  Should our mindset be any different?

Squid

P.S. Dear Evolutionists, you do know that the word “universe” comes from “uni-” (single) and “-verse” (spoken sentence).  The thing you say came about by chance is actually called a “single spoken sentence.”

Liebster… Mach II

Recently, the amazing Sayl over at Sayl With Pens was nominated for the Liebster Award!  Yayayay go her!!!  Rewind time a bit and I’m doing my Liebster… How time flies. 🙂  Anyhow, she nominated me, and because the super official rules created by Ryo112358 don’t have anything to say about what you’re supposed to do if you get nominated twice, I’m going to make up my own procedure. Here goes nothing!

So, traditionally, I supposed to thank the person who nominated you.  Thank you, Sayl!  I’m looking forward to answering the questions you sent me!  But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves… hehehe…

The second “traditional” thing to do is write down 11 facts about yourself.  Weeeelll, I’m not sure I’ll do that many, but you never know!

1. I’m homeschooled.  I’m not sure if everyone knew that, but I have been since day one and have never regretted it.  My mom would even threaten me with public school enrollment when I was misbehaving back in the day when I thought that that was a legitimate threat.  Schools don’t exist, right? Hahahahahahaha

2. I wanted a pet my whole life and then, within the past 3 years, I “inherited” a dog and got a cat too! They’re amazing and adorable. 🙂

3. Next year, God willing, at this time, I’ll be braces-free!  #thisismyfightsong

4. I’ve actually gotten paid to take people’s pictures before and I have another job lined up right now!  Thankfully, they’ve all been friends of ours, but it’s still a lot of pressure. 🙂

5. I have a lot of hair.  Like, it’s not even funny.  We call it my “mane” sometimes, and it feels like it most of the time!

6. I have very limited social media accounts.  I don’t use Google Plus on my Google account, don’t have Facebook or Twitter, etc.  The only things I use is WordPress and Flickr, but even Flickr is limited because I don’t surf it at all due to very weird/inappropriate content out there.  I use it for storing and sharing my pictures because they give you a whole terabyte of free storage! 😀 My photo feed is on the side of my blog, and I would love if you would check it out!

7. I’m very picky about my footwear and about the type of note cards I use.  It sounds silly, but it’s true.  Footwear-wise, I wore almost nothing but Converse for a year or two.  A lot of my friends (and their parents) were surprised when I started branching out a bit.  What can I say?  I found a great pair of boots! Good-will, Good-will, Good-will,  (come on guys!  Chant with me!) Good-will!!
I also use a LOT of notecards for my foreign language (Latin) and I can now tell between “good” notecards and “bad” ones.  The thickness, margin size, and other features all are very important. 🙂

8. If it wasn’t already obvious, I love Goodwill!  There are usually super nice people on duty at the charging rooms, and everything is so cheap!!  And, I usually don’t like modern fashions, so finding stuff there without a modern feel is a day-makers for me.  And, finding designer brands for $7 is amazing. 🙂

9. I love superheroes, but in a vintage, “the comics were better” type of way.  All my friends (and their parents) know that if they ask after a movie, “Was this thing/event/person in the comics?” that I’ll usually have the answer.  My uncle indirectly brought about this great love, because my grandma still had some of his old TMNT comics and when I went to her house I would devour them.  I have mostly memorized them by now, but I still love them anyway.

10. I’m a retro-loving music person.  I envy my dad that he went to Petra concerts all the time, went to college with Audio Adrenaline, and saw dc Talk in concert!!  Of course, my kids will probably say similar things about the fact that I’ve seen For King and Country in concert… but still!  My friends have usually never heard of half the music I listen to, like Carman (who?) or Idle Cure.  I just went to my friend Bri’s Sweet 16 and I asked the DJ (one of our friend’s stepdads) to play dc Talk’s “Free At Last” and he was totally shocked by the fact that I knew who dc Talk was.   If you don’t know who they are, think TobyMac, Michael Tait (lead singer of Newsboys), and Kevin Max (lead singer of Audio A in their Kings and Queens days) all in a band.  And that’s what it was! 😀

11. Wow!  I made it to eleven!  Go figure! XD
OK, I am the oldest of 5 kids in a blended family.  I have twin step-sisters who are 8 months younger than I am, a blood-sister who is 3 1/2 years younger than I am, and a 2-year-old half-brother. Interestingly, we have fewer children in our family than many of the families at our church do.  There are families with 12, 10, 9, 8, etc. children and we’re friends with many of them! 😀

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Now, for what you’ve all been waiting for, Sayl’s questions!

What’s your favorite season? Why?

Well, in Flordia we have a tiny mashing of winter and summer that most locals call “spring”, a loooonnngg hot summer, a tiny less-hot-than-summer fall period, and an unpredictable winter.  This winter is like spring with lower temperatures.  So, I would have to go with winter. 🙂

If you were asked to meet this new person…would you? How would you introduce yourself?

Yes, I would, but I would stand still for about 5-7 minutes preparing the perfect introduction and praying.  My personality type is extroverted, but I can’t seem to convince my fear of it.  Yet. 🙂  After coming up with the perfect way to approach this unknown person, I’d go up to them and this would probably happen:

Me: “Excuse me.”

Person: “Oh, hi!”

Yeah, then I usually tell them my name awkwardly and we’re either great friends or he/her is totally weirded out.  It really depends.

What’s your biggest fear?

Being scared.  I know God will protect me in every situation or work it out for good, so I’m not scared of the outcome of situations, but I’m scared of the initial grip of panic.  Kinda weird, I know, but true.

That or living a life in which I did nothing for God.  That scares me.

Scared of Heights?

I love heights!  I’m just scared of falling off of them. 😀 Sometimes I get dizzy and have to hold onto the railing or something, but I love the thrill.

Favorite drink?

Mango-flavored sweet tea that isn’t too sweet.  Or, fruit drinks that aren’t artificially flavored with aspartame and/or sucralose.  Seeing stevia or xylitol on an ingredients list makes me want to high-five the company. 🙂

Are you the let’s do the easy way? OR are you the one who will go through complicated processes to get what you want? 

I’m the one that doesn’t mind doing hard things if it’s necessary, but I need to want to eliminate any unnecessary steps along the way, otherwise I get frustrated.  I don’t like wasting my time. (That is a very mob-boss thing to say, don’t you think?)

What’s your favorite thing to do in your pastime? 

Ooh, this is hard.  You’re getting a list… 🙂

  1. Read
  2. Play music
  3. Listening to music while talking to friends online
  4. Math
  5. Watch birds
  6. Take a walk (if weather permits, and I don’t just mean rain)

Are you considered a deep person? Why or why not?

Yes, I think so.  At least, I consider myself to be one. 🙂 I tend to remove myself from the equation and look at the world from a distance.  That gives me some insight that others may not have.

Are you awesome at listing 11 random things about you? Or does it take super long to come up with 11 things? 

I took a while to come up with the ones in this post, but not as long as I expected.

List your favorite blog here! Why are they your favorite blog?

Math With Bad Drawings  His posts are so funny and I love math, so it’s sorta a win-win. 🙂

Have you ever tried to hug someone but it turned out to be a total stranger and it wasn’t who you thought it would be?

No, not exactly.  I think I have been walking behind someone who and saying, like, “Carrie… *person doesn’t turn around* Carrie, *still doesn’t respond* CARRIE!!” To a person who I thought was my sister and was just ignoring me but was actually someone NOT named Carrie. Yeah… That was awkward.

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Well, I hope that you got at least one laugh (but hopefully two) from this Q&A and “Let’s-learn-more-about-Squid” session!

TTFN,

Squid

The Truth is Unchanging

I hope that the reblog I posted last week made you really think about what you believe, and helped you see what you don’t. Today I’m going to repost one of my own blog posts from a while back, a poem.  This summed up what I believed and still do.  I hope you enjoy it and that it rings true in your heart.

Believed for so long
“Known” to be true.
Evolution from soup
Of me and you.

Creationists laughed at
But would you believe it?
Call it science?

Growing from soup
By process unknown.
Little to no proof,
Wait, hold the phone.

You want me to believe that?
I’m just an accident?
With the design I see
All around me?

I’m sorry, no I just can’t,
There is no evidence.
Design always spawns from a designer,
Of that I’m completely sure.

Does this beautiful world look accidental…
To you?
Perfect systems in place
To keep us all glued.

I think that they’re wrong,
That we’ve been lied to.
I believe there’s a God,
He loves me and you.

Instead of nature, creation
Purposeful and perfect
Made with a plan
But we ruined it.

Instead of our eternal happiness,
We disobeyed, and on us a curse was placed.
Death and troubles, separation from God.
Could this be the end?  No it was not.

A sacrifice for us,
Taking the penalty,
Death’s new victim,
Oh! No, it couldn’t be!

Jesus Christ, God’s only son
Loved immeasurably, loves us as one.
He took our punishment, the grave.
Overcoming death, he saves!

Oh glorious day!
The curse has been broken,
The shackles fall down,
So why does the world endlessly frown?

Because Jesus saves,
We owe a debt gladly paid,
Telling the world
That they can be changed!

But the debt is unappealing,
Bondage!  They say.
They can save themselves,
It’s “easier” that way.

But they don’t understand
The gravity of their plight.
Jesus Christ is the only way,
The only one who can save the day.

The God of the universe is calling you,
What will you answer, what will you do?
He alone is mighty to save,
For you he died, his soul he gave.

Will you let him?
Let him save you.
Throw down your pride,
Let him love you.

From Do You Believe? (written and published by me 10 months ago)

Control or Peace?

I’m a control freak.  Yup, I said it.  It’s a joke in our household that I’ll be a dictator someday of my own country on some faraway island… population: me. (My anguish over society doesn’t help… doesn’t anyone else want to join Nim and myself?)  My Myers-Briggs personality type is ENTJ, the Commander.  Oddly enough I’m scared of being the one in charge, but when I am in charge it comes naturally to me.  As the oldest child I’m independent and am used to figuring things out on my own and not asking for help, usually because I’m expected to have it all under control.  The problems come when in reality, I don’t.  So many times I want to ask for help but everybody else is working on or focusing on something or someone else.  That means it’s up to me to be responsible and figure it out, or else.  I often make rash and foolish decisions, meaning well, but messing up badly.  Despite this, God doesn’t give up on me, even when I have a hard time “letting go and letting God”.  Even though I mess up time and time again, my instinct in times of uncertainty is to figure it out on my own, not pray.  The prayer usually comes later, after I’ve messed up and have no where else to turn.  Unfortunately, my lack of reliance on God means that I worry a lot.  I think that since I’m in control, I have to make sure I don’t mess up, or else I have nothing in life to look forward to.

I have a friend who’s going to college soon, and that puts education as a top-priority worry.  Will my grades be good enough to get me into the college I want to go to?  Will I have enough electives?  What career do I even want to pursue?  I like ____ and understand it, but will I understand it in an unfamiliar setting? (college)  Am I even learning the right things?  Will I be totally lost in a college setting? (#homeschoolproblems)  As these thoughts are swirling around I find it really easy to get discouraged and overwhelmed over everything I can’t control.

But, surprisingly, The Valley of Humility is a good place to be.  There God presses pause on my speeding cyclone of despair that’s threatening to suck me away.  He speaks to my heart and says, “Hold on, child.  Trust me.  I hold the world in my hands, the very atoms in your body obey me.  Nothing happens without my timing.  You need not be afraid.”  Peace, if I choose to accept it, is offered to me.  But so many times I push Him away, saying I can handle this on my own.  That’s when everything falls apart and I get a C+ on my science test, or struggle understanding a basic Algebra concept that made perfect sense the day before.

I think that these are all ways that God gently nudges me (or, in some cases, rather abruptly turns me) to His arms.  He knows I can’t do anything, and wants to dispel my imagined fantasies as soon as possible.  If I could accomplish something on my own then I’d start thinking I could do anything, so it is imperative that God stop me from my own plans.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalm 46:10
I love these verses because I need them so badly.
I recently discovered a new musical artist named David Dunn and on the first day when I pushed play on his album Crystal Clear, the chorus of one of his songs jumped out at me.
When my world comes crashing down around my head and I,
I feel like I’ve got nothing left,
Ohhhh, ohhh,
I’m not in control,
But it is well with my soul.
Like, hold the phone, man.  Yes, I’m not in control.  I’ve realized this through all of my epic failures.  But what?  It is well with my soul??  That’s the complete opposite of how I feel!  I am worried, stressed out, and trying to plan out my whole week!  That’s when I played that part a couple times through, just letting it sink in.  Although I have no idea what in the world is going on or what’s going to happen next, I can still be at peace and should be!  Wow!  God is giving me peace, am I going to accept it?
So, I’m going to rephrase that opening line.
I’m a recovering control freak.  Yup, I said it.
It
Is
Well
With
My
Soul
Squid

“Falling” In Love

I’m not going to write a long post about Valentine’s Day, instead I’ll simply share a quote from Grammarly.com

You can’t blame gravity for falling in love.   Albert Einstein

Also I’m going to recommend an absolutely hilarious video by YouTube comedians Studio C.  I can’t recall the exact name, but if you search “valentines day studio c” on YouTube I’m positive it will come up. 🙂

Remember:

God is love.
Luv Is A Verb. (dc Talk)
Love, love, love; Christians this is your call.

Squid

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