I Am….

A  Bible-believing Christian.

A Conservative.

An Anti-Feminist.

Pro-life.

Anti-Racist (Which is not exclusively white-black. Everyone is capable of racism.)

A dancer.

A writer.

A teacher.

In love.

I have no reason to hide or be ashamed of any of these. And I am certainly allowed to speak out for what I believe in. More Christians ought to start speaking against sin more, it is Biblical. Maybe if we had kept that practice up, the world wouldn’t be quite as bad as it is now.

I am proud of who I am. I am firmly rooted in my beliefs. I encourage you to take a look at what you believe and whether or not it is Biblical. I can give you verses supporting all my positions, verses in context. If you, as a Christian, can’t do that then it might be time to look a little closer at what you believe.

I am saying this in love, because I do worry for Christians who believe things contradictory to the Bible, such as abortion and gay rights. Pray about your beliefs and what you should believe and speak out for. I do, though I probably should more often.

Have a fantastic day everyone.

Judgement

I’m tired of getting called judgmental by judgmental people who don’t admit that they’re judging me.

Because when you call me judgmental, you are, in fact, judging me.

Now, I never said that I never judge people. Here’s the reality people; we all judge. Yes, you judge people too. Every last one of us make judgments about people and events.

I try not to judge people, and I thought I had been doing a pretty good job about only judging the sin on my blog post, but when I slip up, it’s not really your job to call me out, because that my dear friends is called hypocrisy.

Again, I’m not saying that I’m never hypocritical, but try to think through it before you call me judgmental. I’m trying my best not to be. Are you when you call me out on my every failure?

On a different note, we’re supposed to judge fellow Christians and try and make them aware of their sins. That’s what I’m trying to do. We need to be more careful when we talk to non-believers, and that’s something I need to work on, but I’m blogging mostly to believers and mostly believers comment.

Read these verses in context:

Hebrews 3:12-13

John 7:24

John 8:16

I Corinthians 5:12

1 Corinthians 6:2

Galatians 5:26- 6:2

Ephesians 4:25

Colossians 2:8

Before you throw it at me, Romans 14:13 needs to be read in context. It is talking about different levels of maturity in faith, and how you should not judge if one’s faith is slightly different than yours, not whether or not you should judge sin or make him aware of it. Please, please, please read all the verses in context so they are not abused. You can’t just pick and choose.

Also, Paul, who was not blameless like Christ, spoke out against sin to the churches. He was not silent. He straight up told them what they were doing wrong.

In short, we have been called to judge sin. That is what I am doing. Judging the sin, not the sinner. If you have any reason why that is not Biblical, please tell me, but don’t talk about “feelings” and ignore what the Bible says.

Sticks and Stones….

There has been a resurgence of arguments against my views on feminism. Since it has become popular to fight with me again, I would like to say this:


If you are going to disagree with me and challenge my views, please find Bible verse to back you up. Bible verses in context. I will be open to your argument. Because I, personally, am confident in my Biblical use and I know that I am doing what God is calling me to do.


So, argue with me all you want, but it better be Biblical if you expect me to listen. I don’t care what any mainstream media has to say about the matter or a dictionary, or your friend, I care about what God has to say.


Thanks everyone. I honestly do love all of you, even if we disagree.

Getting Started

We’re at the point where Jesus starts preaching! **Excitement**

Today we read Matthew 4:12-17 and Mark 1:14-15. Jesus heads out to Galilee (Fulfilling the prophecy in Isaiah 9:1-2) and what’s the first thing He does?

He says, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

I don’t really think that this is insignificant. The very first thing Jesus preaches about, proclaims, is repentance.

Hm. Maybe it’s important…..?

So, the definition of repentance: Real penitence; sorrow or deep contrition for sin, as an offense and to dishonor to God, a violation of His holy law.

Just think about it for a minute, really. The VERY first thing Jesus talks about is repentance.

One other thing is that Jesus proclaimed, not just preached. He said things boldly, without worrying whether or not people agreed with Him. He knew the important thing was speaking about what God wanted Him to speak about.

So, did I put enough emphasis on repentance?

Dunked

The Baptism of Jesus ( Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-22, John 1:29-34)

So, as a rule I won’t be copying large portions of scripture in my blog because I want you to get out your Bible if you’re concerned at all with following along. Plus, different translations have different perspectives, and I would love to hear from you guys.

So, basically, John the Baptist is being his outlandish self and baptizing people at the Jordan River and Jesus walks up and is like “Hey, you wanna baptize me too?”

John, however, knew a thing or two and was all weirded out that the Son of God was asking him to get baptized. He said “Whoa, you’re like, the Son of God, YOU should be baptizing ME.”

(I’m paraphrasing a little)

Jesus probably smiled (I totally picture Him giving John this knowing smile) and said “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”

So John baptized Jesus and then Heaven opened on Him and God descended upon Him “like a dove”

(Whether that means His presence physically resembled a dove, or it had a calming, graceful vibe to it, I have no clue.)

And that’s the story of how Jesus got baptized.

Now, the question on many people’s minds is why did Jesus get baptized? Wasn’t He God, meaning he was already clean and sinless?

Because of the line “To fulfill righteousness” I’m inclined to believe that Jesus got baptized to keep with the cultural practice of being cleansed in order to get closer to righteousness, even though he was already righteous. He got baptized to fulfill the law.

By doing so the prophecy in Isaiah 42:1 came true.

He did what was pleasing to God before he started in his ministry.

Psalm 40:7-8

Another question that popped up was why baptism was necessary, when we as modern Christians see it as being born again. My mom and I didn’t know if it was just symbolic, a social practice, or whether it was actually required by God, through the law.

If anyone has answers on this, I’m listening.

Our closest guess was that, since Jesus hadn’t died yet, it was a symbolic cleansing.. We drew this conclusion from the passage in Exodus 30:18-21.

So, there’s the Baptism installment. I would love to read your comments and discussion. Look forward to the next one on the Temptation of Jesus.

The Customary New Years Post

I liked 2014. I really did. But I’m looking forward to 2015.

First, about my past year.

It didn’t have the greatest start. My family found out my brother has something called ITP, a blood platelet deficiency. But soon enough Golden Boy and I were hanging out a lot, dance started, and work was going well.

I got the lead in my spring show and suddenly it was summer.

Summer brought about dates, dance shows, rain, and Mississippi.

My second summer at Ballet Magnificat was a wonderful experience. I went for the entire month of July. I met some fantastic people, met a goal, and learned a lot. While I was 5,000 miles away from home, my brother was sent to the hospital for his ITP.

It scared me, but I was blessed because I was surrounded by Christian women who comforted me while I wasn’t sure what was going on.

After Ballet Mag, I went home and got a job at the hotel Golden Boy works at. It’s a seasonal job, so I only worked for about a month and a half, but it was a great experience.

I started college classes and started teaching my own ballet class. My Christmas show went splendidly and the holidays have been wonderful.

It is now 2015 and frankly that frightens me. I’m going to graduate, I’m going to be an adult, and my little brother is going to be a teenager.

At the same time, I’m looking forward to being done with high school. I’m looking forward to working at the hotel again. I’m looking forward to becoming an aunt.

I’m happy right now, guys. I have a fantastic family, a wonderful boyfriend, and I still love dance and teaching.

My New Year’s resolution is to finish writing the second Time Brigade book. I’m halfway done, but it’s slow-going. I hope to reach more people with my blog as well.

Happy New Years, dear readers!! What are your resolutions?

Confessions of a Ninja Ballerina: Humility

First off, you must understand that I AM NOT FULL OF MYSELF. I promise.

Anyways, when you’ve been dancing in your studio since it started, you tend to become one of the better dancers there, one of the senior dancers. You get feeling pretty good about yourself.

And then you go somewhere else.

Somewhere where there are girls who have been dancing seven years longer than you.

And suddenly you’re at the bottom of the ladder when you were previously on the top.

My first experience with this was at Ballet Magnificat. There I was surrounded by two hundred girls, half of which were way more talented than I was.

I was in the lower half of the levels the first year and it was weird for me.

But there are two ways a little forced humility can affect you. You can let it destroy your self-confidence and eat away at you until you hate whatever it is you’re doing, or you can let it motivate you.

I chose to let the experience drive me towards a goal.

Over the course of the next year, I worked harder than I ever had before. And I accomplished my goal of reaching level 9 this past summer. Even then, however, I was in the bottom half of level , still dwarfed by the beautiful girls there.

But that’s ok, because I came home motivated again. I don’t really have a goal, besides to get better, but that’s ok.

Even just going to another studio in town with Golden Boy has been a sufficiently humbling experience. The girls there are soooo good.

So don’t let a little reality destroy you. It can be extremely healthy if you let it.

Are Christians Hateful?

Before I start, I will admit that there are some Christians who are very mean and hateful towards people they think are in the wrong. We are not perfect. Christians make mistakes too.

Now, people have been accusing me as being hateful by saying things like homosexuality are a sin. There is apparently something unacceptable about confronting people and telling them what they are doing is wrong. It is hateful to tell them they are sinning.

Is it hateful to tell a murderer he killed someone and it’s wrong?

Is it being hateful to tell a kleptomaniac to stop stealing things for his own good?

No.

Why is it wrong to tell a homosexual that he or she is sinning?

Think about it. If someone you love is doing something that will hurt them down the road, what do you do? Do you tell them that thing is ok as long as they’re happy even though you are perfectly aware that it will hurt them later? Or do you tell them they need to stop and repent?

The second option seems more loving to me. If you love someone you want them to happy, safe, and healthy. Forever.

I believe it is much more hateful to not share God’s Word with people.

Yes, we have to be careful about how we word things, but it is love that compels me to talk about these things. I want people to turn to God.

There is no hate for people in my heart when I am writing my posts. Only hate for sin.

I hope you understand my reasons for defending that I am doing this in love.

What Makes it Worthwhile

Sometimes I wonder if I’m supposed to be blogging. Honestly, it makes some people very angry.

My posts on feminism and homosexuality got lots of hateful comments or people arguing with me in a way meant to make me feel bad, stooping to name-calling at times even.

My series of posts on dating damaged a friendship for a while, which hurt.

Why do I persist?

Well, it honestly doesn’t matter how many people I offend. It doesn’t matter how many times I get cussed at or called stupid.

It matters how many people I touch. How many people I reach.

I believe I am doing the right thing. I pray about my posts and comments and firmly believe that Christians are meant to be outspoken about issues like these.

As long as I get one person who says “Thank you for that” or just one person who saw a new, good perspective, then all the persecution is worth it. Every word that hurt me, every uncomfortable situation is worth one person saying that my post helped them consider what God has to say.

I am not completely selfless or else I would say I am doing this entirely to bring people to God. Sometimes I blog for me. Yes, I like the popularity. I’m human.

But at the core of it all I want to bring God glory. I want to show people what I have seen  in the truth of the Bible. I do not think I am self-righteous. I do not believe I am better than anyone else and I hope I do not come across that way. I just want people to see God in the issues we’re dealing with today.

That is why I blog.

Christmas Traditions

Christmas Eve is tomorrow.

Christmas Eve already.

This time of year brings about celebrations of the birth of Christ, of family, friends, and food.

Every family has their traditions no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. They are what make this time of year rise above any other.

For my family it starts on Christmas Eve with our Christmas dinner. Afterwards we attend our church’s Candlelight Service, a lovely time of singing Christmas hymns, which I adore.

We come home to dessert and possibly a Christmas movie. Before bed we read three stories, starting with the original Christmas story, the birth of Jesus Christ. That is followed by ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and then our family favorite; How the Grinch Stole Christmas, complete with facial expressions and voices from my mother.

grinchie

My little brother and I head to bed, but I’m usually the only one sleeping for a while. Christmas starts with Josh waking me up around 4. We aren’t allowed to our parents up before 5,  so he tries to get me to play games and such.

Amidst going through stockings and opening presents, we eat lil’ smokies and homemade cinnamon rolls. Afterwards my mother makes her absolutely divine biscuits and gravy.

presents

The rest of our lazy Christmas Day is spent talking to family over the phone, figuring out our presents and watching old movies, my favorite being Elvis movies.

Christmas is a great time of year to spend time with your family and remember what all God has given to us.

nativity

What are some of your Christmas traditions? Or do you celebrate Hanukkah? I’d love to hear some stories!