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The High King Lives

Inspirational Wednesday: What Does God Look Like? July 24, 2015

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I was looking through old posts and found this one. The videos are really good. Enjoy! God bless and remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

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Note: don’t miss the awesome Youtube vids at the end :)

Hello dear ones :) I hope you’re having a very inspirational day. You know back in the day a silly song came out where Eminem sang “Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?” Now a days it’s like will the real God or the real Jesus please stand up. There are alot of religions out there saying they have the truth and alot of people have claimed to follow Jesus. But if their “Jesus” doesn’t fit the Historically accurate and Biblical Jesus…then he’s just another false Christ….an impersonator…a fraud.

Jesus Christ is real and He is God. God became flesh and lived among us. He walked on water, He healed the blind, and He died & resurrected to save the world. We don’t know exactly what He looks like. We have a few ideas of how He…

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The Danger of Idolizing Celebrity Preachers

“Not many [of you] should become teachers ([a]self-constituted censors and reprovers of others), my brethren, for you know that we [teachers] will be judged by a higher standard and with greater severity [than other people; thus we assume the greater accountability and the more condemnation].”

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“God still speaks through rocks and donkeys.” ~Paul Washer (Amen bro!)

I like to watch preaching but I’ve learned the hard way not to idolize preachers…just as I learned not to idolize “experts” in any field. Humans make mistakes. I may go to a doctor to consult about my health but that doesn’t mean that I should trust a doctor blindly. Preachers and pastors have a great calling to guide God’s people, but they are still human, and every follower of Christ has the same Holy Spirit. We all have access to God’s Word. And ultimately when we stand before God in Heaven we will take account for ourselves. “But the preacher said this…” won’t cut it. Do you know Jesus personally? That’s what matters. You won’t get to Heaven riding on someone’s coat tails.

I say this as a fellow student and a fellow traveler in life. We should test the spirits. We should search the scriptures for ourselves.

Paul speaks of the Bereans

“11 Now these [Jews] were better disposed and more noble than those in Thessalonica, for they were entirely ready and accepted and welcomed the message [[a]concerning the attainment through Christ of eternal salvation in the kingdom of God] with inclination of mind and eagerness, searching and examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” Acts 17:11 AMP

Now to bring balance, sometimes we won’t like a sermon because it doesn’t tickle our ears and our flesh hates it. We feel conviction and maybe we are fighting it. How do we know the difference? Well, what are we using as our standard? God’s Word in context? or our emotions and experiences? In the end it does not matter what we have experienced, what we feel, or what our culture says….all that matters is what God says. God’s truth will often bring conviction. It will bring the fruit of the Spirit. But if a sermon brings condemnation, pride, fear, or other ungodly attitudes then it is not of the Spirit.

Sometimes preachers give messages in the flesh. Again, they are human. I saw this in my Dad. He was a former drug dealer that turned preacher. I could tell when my Dad was preaching from pride and his flesh. I could also tell when my Dad was humble and it was God’s Spirit speaking through Him. I struggled to listen to his sermons done in pride. But when he spoke with humility, my heart opened.

Things to question when you hear a message

  • Does the Bible (in context) support this?
  • Does the speaker display Christ-like behavior?
  • Does it edify the body of Christ?
  • Does it make sense?

I pray that you will be strong in these last days. These are deceptive times. I try to teach Michael to read the Bible himself and not idolize me or his dad. I tell him that we are human and we will fail him at times, but Jesus is the perfect friend. The Heavenly Father is the perfect parent. God’s Word is perfect guidance (read in context). I hope to share helpful info on how to read the Bible, soon. I’m working on it.

I pray that you, dear one, won’t idolize me or any other blogger. We may look put together on the outside but I assure you that every one of us are just as human as you. We struggle with sin just as much. We are desperately hanging on to Jesus to help us through this mess of a world. The thought of someone putting me on a pedestal scares me. I don’t want that.

Anywho, so when you meet teachers, preachers, pastors, and any leaders in the church…remember they are human. They need friends. They need accountability. They need guidance. They need love. They bleed. They cry. They need prayer. Even the ones that are really off theologically. Even the corrupt ones. God’s grace is available to all. Any one can be changed by God if they repent. Don’t idolize them. Please pray for them. They’ve taken on a scary task.

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

 

Writing Spaces July 23, 2015

Hello dear ones! Believe it or not, I am still writing my trilogy The Truth Seeker’s Chronicles. I’m on the second book and hope to release all three at the same time. I’ve made it a priority to leave the house once a week and go write. Some of this time is taken up writing my blog as well. I found several nifty places to write. I’m excited to have found these, because it’s easy to be creative in the right atmosphere. Here are some spots in downtown Columbus, Ga.

Iron Bank Coffee~ Iron Bank is my favorite place to write. The classy coffee/snack shop is located inside an actual old bank. They have a large room upstairs that can be reserved. The two vaults on the main floor are decorated rustic chic and one has a couch to sit on. The prices are reasonable and the service wonderful. I also like to sit by the window and look out at the street. They also have live bands and special events like Trivia night.

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Looking at the rain while sitting by the door

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Upstairs ~ I can just imagine rich bankers standing around discussing business up here long long ago.

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The Vaults

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Freeze Frame Yogurt Shop~ I’m not as acquainted with Freeze Frame but I like it so far. It stays open later than Iron Bank. You can customize your yogurt and you pay by the ounce. It’s similar to Sweet Frog but it has the rustic feel of downtown.  They have local artwork on the brick walls. I found this very unique gummy frog to put on my yogurt. I didn’t eat it though. It was too cute. I was pleased with the service as well.

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Picasso Pizza~  I like to eat outside of this pizzeria and hear different musicians play an acoustic set. One day I listened to these elderly chaps play the blues. Sometimes our contemporary music minister plays here. The pizza is delicious, and one slice is enough to fill me up. The only problem with writing outside during the Summer is the bugs. I think I’ll like it more in the fall.

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There’s still so much of downtown to explore. I hope to share more with you soon. God bless and remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

 

Life with Baby: Hacks

Hello dear ones! Welcome to another Life with Baby post. So I’ve tried out several hacks or tricks if you will when it comes to baby care. Some of these ideas I found on Pinterest; others I thought of myself but later found on Pinterest. There’s nothing new under the sun, right? I hope these help you!

Pool noodles~ These things are great for loads of stuff. Who knew they could help with baby too! I actually thought of this and then found it online as well. I used pool noodles to keep Leeland from scooting off the bed when I changed him. Now that he’s older and starting to flip over, I just change him in his crib (which is super easy now that it’s a co-sleeper. See below). Why take up space and buy an expensive changing table?
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Wipes container ~ You can reuse a wipes container to store all the small baby items like pacifiers, grooming tools, and medicine.
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Diaper station~ I found this cart at Walmart back near the laundry department. It’s small and it rolls. I put diapers and burp cloths in the drawers. I have my homemade wipes on top. I keep the solution in a wipes warmer and I keep the cloths in a mesh bag. I have my wet bag for cloth diapers hanging nearby. I just changed the room around so it looks a little different than this picture. Still it’s similar. I keep a small trashcan nearby for disposable diapers (yes, we still use those at times…especially the weekends).

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Finding space for baby’s clothes~ I use these rolling plastic tubs and just roll them under the crib. I have two. One for current clothes and another for diapers and clothes Leeland will be able to wear months later.

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Mesh bag for bibs, cloth baby wipes, and blankets. The pack of bags comes in three sizes. I have these bibs hanging on a chair in the kitchen. That works well for us since we have no more drawer space in there.

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A plastic tub in the bathroom for the baby’s towels and rags. 
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Turning our crib into a co-sleeper~ I’ll do a whole ‘nuther post on sleep at another time (Lord willing). But for now here is the link we used to do this. I found it and my husband did most of the work. Sleep is so much easier this way and it’s safe. You can kind of see another rolling cart behind the crib. I keep baby bedding in that one. I can actually walk behind the crib now. You can see that we keep Leeland’s stuffed animals hanging above. I can just turn on his little turtle light above him and it fills the ceiling with stars. I don’t worry about him smothering.

http://www.drmomma.org/2010/01/turn-your-crib-into-cosleeper.html
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One last hack and it is soooo helpful. Plastic linky rings. These things are awesome! I can hook the rings to anything…Leeland’s stroller, car seat, crib, play mat, or his bouncy seat. I can then hook toys to the rings. I like to hook foam letters for Leeland to chew on. You can see them in the picture above, attached to the crib.

Well God bless and remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

 

Pinterest ideas:   https://www.pinterest.com/doverette/all-baby/

 

Other Life with Baby posts:

Cloth Diapers
https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/life-with-baby-cloth-diapers/

Breastfeeding and Baby Wearing

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/life-with-baby-breastfeeding-baby-wearing/

Monthly Pictures

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/07/08/life-with-baby-cuteness-overload/

Baby School

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/07/16/life-with-baby-baby-school/

 

Fourth of July Crafts and Our Second Family Olympics 2015 July 17, 2015

Hello dear ones, I hope you are well. Two years ago we had our first Family Olympics. You can find the link here: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/my-family-rocks-sunday-2013-family-olympics/

This year we spent Independence Day having our second Family Olympics. I also have July 4th crafts to share with you. Here we go :).

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We made 4th of July T-shirts.

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Michael and Chris tie dyed a red, white, and blue shirt.

 

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I used Leeland’s hand print and craft sticks to make this  U.S. flag onesie.

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Michael did a lapbook on the U.S. flag. Link here:

 

http://www.currclick.com/product/72074/United-States-Flag–Speedy-Lapbook

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Then Michael made me a red, white, and blue necklace out of beads.

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We also did a state lapbook. Link here: http://www.currclick.com/product/76669/United-States-Alabama–Speedy-Lapbook

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Then my mom came over for…
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Family Olympics

 

I really love this event and I can’t wait until the next one. We should really have winter Olympics as well. We began by making our personal flags to represent us in the games. IMG_2394

We used index cards to keep score. Here are the events:

    • Archery

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My Step Dad Kim

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Mom

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Chris

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Me

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Leeland

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    • Foam Sword fighting

Me and Mom~ This was fun, but a word to the wise…make sure you zip up the trampoline if you use it. When Michael and I were sword fighting he actually fell through the unzipped part of the trampoline screen. Thankfully he didn’t hit his head too hard. It was scary though.

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    • Airplane Toss

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    • Egg Race

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    • Sac Race

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Then just for fun:

    • Parachute games

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    • Michael’s 4th grade piano recital. He played The Star Spangled Banner and Amazing Grace.

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All of us won at least one medal, but Kim won the trophy.

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God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

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Father’s Day Crafts & Our Trip to Jesup 2015

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Hello dear ones! This past Father’s Day we visited our hometown and everyone got to meet the new baby. Leeland and Michael also made homemade crafts for Chris. It was a special Father’s Day. Here’s what we did:

I printed out a Father’s Day poem from here:

Then I put the boys’ foot prints on it. I also printed out a Darth Vader poster.
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I stapled Daddy surveys to the back of the books. Here’s the link:

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So we visited our hometown and saw our families. We saw Chris’ dad…

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and we visited where my Dad is buried.

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We visited my Granny.

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My family didn’t want to let Leeland go.

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My Uncle
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My other grandparents

I loved playing with this Chess set as a kid.

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Chris’ mom playing with Leeland

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Chris’ older brother and Michael trying out his 3D plastic making pen.

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Well, God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

 

Laugh Yourself Silly: Goofy Guys on Youtube

Hello dear ones! I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted videos for you to laugh yourself silly to. So I’ve compiled some of the goofiest guy teams on youtube. Enjoy!

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I love that song! “It doesn’t love you. It’s gonna die one day. It’s full of E-coli bacteria anyway.” ~ Get Off the Phone by Rhett and Link

Wink wink* to my husband. The smart phone apocalypse is coming! Join me in the rebellion.

 

 

Super Carlin Brothers

 

 

 

The Skit Guys

 

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

 

 
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