Hope in the midst of the hurricane….

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Fear. Devastation. Billions of Dollars. That’s what fills the minds of Americans as they look at this picture. So how can we, as Americans… but first as Christians, look at Hurricane Sandy with a different perspective.

There is no getting around the fact that Hurricane Sandy has brought terrible devastation to the lives of those involved. People have died and their homes have been destroyed.

Yet. In the midst of the damage, in the midst of the distress, God is in control.

Our first thought shouldn’t be fear – Our first thought should be prayer.

Our first thought shouldn’t be devastation  – Our first thought should be redemption.

For we know that in the midst of the damage, in the midst of the distress, there is a future hope of God’s greater plan. This too shall pass. There is healing and hope that remains.

1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.”

Praying for the families of Hurricane Sandy

To listen or live by…..

Who doesn’t love Taylor Swift?

Ok. So there’s a lot of T-Swift haters out there. But, I, for one, am among the Taylor Swift fans. My sister and I were at Meijer 12:01am to buy her newest CD as soon as it hit the shelves.

We cranked the tunes on our way to school the next morning, and I already have my favorite songs memorized.

I love her lyrics. I love her sound. I love her style.

But as much as I love Taylor Swift, I know that I can’t blindly listen to her music as an anthem for my life.

She rides an emotional roller coaster.

She sings about revenge and hopeless heartache.

She has unhealthy ideals for romance, based on physical attraction rather than lasting commitment.

Her songs are not a book to live by.

In fact, one of her songs on her new CD hints at spending the night with her boyfriend.

Her song Stay Stay Stay goes:

I’m pretty sure we almost broke up last night.
I threw my phone across the room at you.
I was expecting some dramatic turn-away,
but you stayed.

This morning I said we should talk about it.
‘Cause I read you should never leave a fight unresolved.
That’s when you came in wearing a football helmet and said “okay, let’s talk.”

Although, her songs shyly hint at living together, they are not disgustingly provocative or outlandish like most pop music today. As an artist in today’s secular world, Taylor Swift does a respectable job keeping her songs both fun and innocent. That’s why I’m a fan.

However, just because she’s “better” or “cleaner” than most artist, we shouldn’t blindly accept all of her views as an okay way to live.

Her music can be enjoyed without be emulated.

Cartoons

Dove hair products launched a new campaign featuring the cartoons we know and love! I really respect their creativity! Rather than using images of sensual models with sex appeal, they thought outside the box and used images that are fun and fresh!

How do you say good-bye?

See ya later, Alligator! In a while, Crocodile! In an hour, Sunflower! Gotta Go, Buffalo!

There are a million ways we can say good-bye. Yet, we always use the same word when we end our conversations with God. At the end of our prayers, all God’s children say “Amen”!

What does that even mean?

Amen is a Hebrew word which means “to confirm”.

When you say amen, you are saying “so be it”. You are in agreement with everything that has been said and are confirming it in your life.

That’s why people sometimes shout “Amen!” in the middle of a church service. They are agreeing with the truth of what the preacher had just said! 

When it comes to saying good-bye, I can’t think of a better way to end my prayers than Amen. It really isn’t a good-bye because we never say good-bye to God. Instead, it’s a confirmation of our conversation.

Here is a long list of creative ways to say good-bye in text messages, e-mails, letters, and any other sort of conversation… other than prayers. Amen is still the best. =)

Normal:

  • Best/Warm wishes
  • Confidently yours
  • Kind regards
  • Respectfully Yours
  • With anticipation
  • Hugs
  • Kinds Thoughts
  • Wishing you the best
  • Write soon
  • Your Friend
  • Be good
  • Be well
  • Until next time
  • Take care
  • Take it easy
  • Smiles
  • Have a nice day
  • Many Thanks
  • Your the best
  • In Gratitude
  • Thanks a Million (1,000,000)
  • With Heartfelt Thanks

Funny:

  • Peace, love and pogo sticks (or whatever else…peace, love and bouncy balls)
  • Love, Peace, and Chicken Grease
  • Later Vader
  • This message will  self destruct in 10 seconds
  • Take Care, Comb your hair
  • Only you can prevent forest fires
  • All I ask is that you treat me no different than a Queen/King
  • Call me, or else
  • you love me
  • I didn’t mean anything I wrote

Yours till…

  • Yours till the Hersheys’s Kiss
  • Yours till the candle sticks
  • Yours till the ice ages
  • Yours till banana splits
  • Yours till butter flies
  • Yours till the kitchen sinks
  • Yours till niagra falls
  • Yours till the chocolate chips
  • Yours till the cow mooooooooooooos
  • Yours till the crow flies and the flies crow
  • Yours till the tie dies
  • Yours till the road kills
  • Yours till the cat barks
  • Yours till the lip sticks
  • Yours till ice skates

Unique:

  • Tag, your it!
  • Stay tuned
  • Peace, love, and unity
  • Later Gator
  • In anticipation of your valued response
  • Ta ta for now
  • Cheers
  • Cheerio
  • Your Pal
  • Godspeed
  • Shine on
  • Rock on
  • Love and Rockets
  • Love and Lollies
  • Toodles
  • at your service
  • Later tater
  • Buh, bye
  • Coo Coo, Cachoo
  • Whoop
  • Enthusiastically
  • G’day Mate
  • All good, all the time
  • Keep on rollin in the free world
  • Keep on keepin on
  • Fair thee well
  • Solid
  • Unquestioningly
  • Tally ho
  • See ya round like a done I’m gone
  • ~Poof~
  • Don’t let the bed bugs bite
  • There’s someone looking through your window
  • All good, all the time
  • May your arrows fly straight and your aim be true
  • That’s all she wrote
  • Cary on bravely
  • *Elevator Music*
  • May fun characterize your evening
  • The end
  • Copyright (Insert Year)
  • Pretend I folded this up and past it to you under the desk
  • Power to the people
  • May the sun shine on your conquest this day
  • I need some closure
  • So as it is written, let it be done
  • Yours until further notice
  • In my humble but accurate opinion
  • Burn after reading
  • Your stalker
  • Color Outside the lines
  • I bow to your superiority
  • Get it? Got it? Good

 

Sweet:

  • May the road rise to meet you
  • Over the river and through the woods
  • May blessings and Smiles be yours
  • Be Safe, Be Healthy, Be Happy
  • It’s been real..It’s been nice…It’s been real nice
  • Peace and Progress
  • My time is up and I thank you for yours
  • Here’s to always having loving ways and perfect days
  • Happy Trails to you
  • Stay as you are
  • Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch

Movies:

  • Here’s lookin at you kid
  • May the force be with you (Star Wars)
  • Live long and prosper (Star Trek)
  • Can you dig it?
  • Lock and Load
  • Over and out
  • You don’t need to see my credentials (Star Wars)
  • Mind you Manners, (Robin Hood)
  • Up up and away, (Peter Pan)
  • Rest well and dream of large women, (Princess Bride)
  • And that’s all I have to say about that (Forest Gump)
  • For Strength and Honor (Gladiator)
  • Take Care Now, bye bye then (Ace Ventura)

Different Language:

  • Vive la revolution
  • Au revoir of Salut (French
  • Tot ziens or Doei (Dutch)
  • Pax Vobiscum (Latin for Peace be With You)
  • Adieu
  • Aloha
  • Adios amigo (use “amiga” for a female letter recipient or “amigos” for a family or group),
  • Tschus (German for bye bye)
  • Carpe diem (Latin for seize the day)

Across My Heart

Princess Kate. She’s not just the Duchess of Cambridge. She’s an icon in the world of fashion. Whether it’s Time magazine or a British tabloid, magazines have made her a celebrity. Her pictures are everywhere, and her sense of style seems flawless. But Princess Kate doesn’t simply dress to be famous or to please herself. She dresses to represent her country.

A friend of mind once pointed out the amazing responsibility of the Princess.  Everyday when she wakes up, she can’t just throw on a pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt and hit the streets of London. She has to carefully determine (with the help of personal stylists, of course) what she’ll wear that day. Her outfit isn’t about showcasing HER personality or HER sense of style. Her outfits must portray the elegant class and traditional garb of English society. From the length of her dress to the size of…

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Barbie Girl

A permanent smile, sparkly pink stilettos, and platinum blonde hair – she’s perfection you can hold in your hand, and she goes by the name Barbie.
Barbie’s flawless skin and perfect figure seem harmless at first, but some argue that every little girl’s favorite doll is setting harmful standards for idealistic beauty.Barbie Girl

Mathematicians have calculated that a 5-foot-6 Barbie would have a 39 inch bust, 21 inch waist, and 33 inch hips – aka nearly impossible in reality. But is Barbie’s fake body causing real problems?

I mean, she’s fake.
Her plastic face never ages.
She always smiles.
She only has one emotion.
Her hair doesn’t grow back when it’s cut.
She isn’t real.
And her standard of beauty isn’t real either.

Little girls know what is real with what is not. Magazines, celebrities, movies, TV shows… those are real people setting real examples and creating real problems… not a doll. So let’s leave Barbie doll alone.

Vote for Big Bird???

You might not know a lot about the economy. Or taxation. Or health care reform.

You might not know a lot about Obama. Or Romney.

But everyone knows Big Bird.

In Obama’s latest ad campaign, he uses the big yellow bird (without permission) as a way to poke fun of Romney.

In order to cut back on our national debt, Romney said that he’d cut government funding to PBS, the television channel that airs the popular TV show Sesame street. He made the pop culture reference in direct correlation to the economy and government spending.

Now the whole thing has spun out of control. It’s 28 days before the election, and America is talking about Big Bird.

A Singer, a song, and a story….

The Story Behind the Song

What Do I Know of Holy? Change in the Making. This Little Light of Mine.

Most of us are familiar with Addison Road’s radio hits. I’ve seen the band perform in concert at Michigan’s Big Ticket Festival twice now! They are my favorite band! So when they announced that the lead singer Jenny Simmons was recording her own album…. I was a little upset!

SAD DAY!!!!

But, yesterday, Jenny Simmons released her brand new single Heaven Waits For Me! It has the same great lyrics and the same great sound that I loved about Addison Road! The song hit the Top 50 in Christian music sales on Itunes. So, apparently, I’m not the only one who likes it! Click the link at the top to hear the story behind the song.

Not So Modern Fashion

It seems like fashion moves in cycles. From bell-bottoms to skinny jeans to bell-bottoms to skinny jeans and back again. They’ve always had different labels of course…. “peg leg” pants, “parachute” pants, boot leg jeans, flares…. but whatever you call it….

Fashion always makes a comeback.

Sometimes, it can be exhausting trying to keep up on the latest trends. So instead of buying the “latest and greatest” maybe you should go back to the basics. There are some things that stay in style because….well…. they’ve always been in style!

Audrey Hepburn’s “little black dress” never lost it’s fame and Grace Kelly is still a fashion icon today.Classic style and vintage fashions have a timeless elegance! The A-line dress and the patent leather shoe never grow old! That’s why fashion sites like modcloth are so great. Take a look for yourself and see if you like the looks of yesteryear!

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