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Inspirational Wednesday: Doers not just hearers March 21, 2012

Hello friends 🙂 I hope you’re having an inspirational Wednesday. Mine’s pretty good. I’ve finished a chapter in my book and it didn’t take me long so I’m happy. I’m starting to think I may finish this thing by summer after all. Anywho, I’ve been doing an amazing Bible study by Beth Moore in the book of James.

Passage James 1:22-25:
22But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth].

23For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it and being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks carefully at his [own] natural face in a mirror;

24For he thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes off and promptly forgets what he was like.

25But he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the [law] of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed in his doing (his life of obedience).

This is a beautiful and convicting passage. How often do we hear God’s message yet still live for ourselves? Sometimes we’re like children….we think WE know best. We forget God, Our Creator, knows alot more than we do and he is looking out for our best interest. I’m going to leave you with an excerpt from the Bible study.

“Lock in on this section of James 1:23: ‘like a man looking at his own face in a mirror.’ Circle the phrase ‘his own face’. The KJV uses ‘his natural face’, giving perhaps a stronger deference to the original wording. Actually, the Greek is GENESIS. While the adjectives ‘own’  or ‘natural’ unquestionably translate the word, some scholars think the ‘genesis’ face could layer the meaning. James does, after all, refer to aspects of creation several times in his letter (see 1:18, 3:9). If genesis carries the deeper meaning, the reflection in the mirror would not only reveal grime or sore. It would also remind the gazer of his true identity, bringing conviction with an upward spin: I want to be who I was created to be: a bearer of the very image of God. Sadly, however, he goes out and forgets who he really is.

We were created to be satisfied with nothing less than the fulfillment of our original purpose.”

~James: Mercy Triumphs by Beth Moore pg 79

God bless and remember The High King Lives! ~Amber Dover

 

March 20, 2012

Happy Hear the Writer Roar! Tuesday 🙂 Enjoy this reblog from Kristen Lamb. God bless & remember The High King Lives~Amber Dover

Kristen Lamb's Blog

 

One of my new favorite movies is the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris, and I feel all writers should watch this movie. Gil Pender (the protagonist) is a Hollywood hack who longs to live in Paris and become a real writer. He yearns to leave his rich and accepted life as a screenwriter and, instead, finish his novel about a man working in a nostalgia shop.

His fiancee is less than thrilled and never loses an opportunity to snipe Gil and his dream. She deliberately crushes any silly fantasy that might get Gil sidetracked from his healthy income in L.A. She is accustomed to a certain lifestyle that “Gil the in-demand commercial movie genius” can provide. “Gil the novelist” threatens that comfort.

Gil, on the other hand, believes he is a man born too late, that if he’d been born in another time, his life would also…

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Crafty Monday: Nesting Birds craft from thatartistwoman.org March 19, 2012

 

 

Hey gang. We did this craft last year and it’s just beautiful. The directions are here:

http://www.thatartistwoman.org/2010/03/spring-weaving-project.html

God bless and remember the High king Lives!~Amber Dover

 

My Family Rocks! Sunday: How debt affects marriage (article from focusonthefamily) March 18, 2012

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Hello friends 🙂 Me and the Hubby have had our share of financial tribulation…..some we couldn’t help and some because we were immature……..sometimes we are still immature. The point is: I know how money problems can hurt a family…especially debt……credit card debt…loans etc….it’s like the frog in the pot..he doesn’t realize he’s being cooked because the heat is being turned up ever so slowly. The same can happen with debt…before you know it  you’ve cooked your goose!  Anywho, we are trying to get out of debt and to be wise with our money. It’s a slow process. We found the book “The Total Money makeover” by Dave Ramsey very helpful.

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Here’s an article from focus on the family. It’s a series that includes tips to help you make smart financial decisions.

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/marriage/money_and_finances/how_debt_affects_marriage.aspx

“Intelligent Borrowing

Intelligent borrowing means that some level of safety and limited risk for both the lender and the borrower is built into the transaction. Here is what intelligent borrowing looks like:

  1. The borrower has a safety valve — a legally and morally sound alternative to get out of the obligation.
  2. The debt is secured. The lender holds something that is at least as valuable as the amount of the loan, something known as collateral. Think of collateral as a security deposit for the lender.
  3. The loan is for something that has a reasonable life expectancy of more than three years as opposed to something that will be down the drain before the bill arrives.
  4. The loan is for something that will increase in value, unlike a couple of movie tickets and dinner in a fancy restaurant, or a great new outfit.
  5. The interest rate is reasonable.”

~excerpt from: http://www.focusonthefamily.com/marriage/money_and_finances/how_debt_affects_marriage/intelligent_borrowing_or_stupid_debt.aspx

Time for your input friends. How are you dealing with debt? What methods have you used that help? What financial decisions have gotten you in trouble? What warning can you give to others? If you’re debt-free what helpful advice do you have?

Just to be silly:

God bless and remember The High King Lives! ~Amber Dover

 

Media Saturday: David Crowder Band March 17, 2012

This is one of my favorite bands. No review today. You can listen for yourself and decide. 🙂 I love how they did the video…very kewl.

Remember The High King Lives!~Amber Dover

 

How He Loves by David Crowder* Band

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us so,
Oh how He loves us,
How He loves us all

Yeah, He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves.

We are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.
So Heaven meets earth like a unforseen kiss,
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest,
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets,
When I think about, the way…

He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Oh how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves.

Whoa! how He loves us.
Whoa! how He loves us.
Whoa! how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves us,
Whoa! how He loves.

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s day everyone! Me and little one started our celebrations a day early. He’s having some daddy time with our church today. They’re doing archery or something boyish. Anywho, so yesterday the leprechauns got a hold or our house and went CRAZY!

They left a mess of an obstacle course in the living room.

There was treasure at the end. I got the Irish Peg doll idea from Pink and Green Mama’s blog

Look at Michael’s face! 🙂

The leprechauns also left a big rainbow right in our kitchen! (Michael knows I”m the leprechaun lol)

http://mustardseeds.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/03/tutorial-paper-chain-rainbow.html

He was so excited when he woke up. We enjoyed Lucky Charms while doing school.

We topped it off with Leprechaun punch: Sprite and Lime Sherbert

Michael enjoyed the obstacle course….

There’s a snake because the legend goes that St. Patrick drove out the snakes from Ireland. So Michael got rid of the snake & claimed the prize.

Well, the Leprechaun Obstacle course had to come down before the hubby got home. It wasn’t very adult friendly lol. I did send my hubby away with some love: a Shamrock sandwich made from a cookie cutter

I also made some No Bake Thin Mint Truffles: http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/01/no-bake-thin-mint-cookie-truffles.html

They’re not the prettiest but they taste good. It is alot of mint at once so I suggest you make several small ones. We learned all the St Patrick facts with activity packets from http://www.enchantedlearning.com  I have a membership & it really helps supplement our homeschool curriculums.

We also made a rainbow out of fruit loops with some leprechaun confetti

I really enjoy this holiday. There are arguments about whether St. Patrick was really Catholic or Protestant but most people do agree that St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland and played a big part in converting the druids. It is said he used the shamrock to teach people about the trinity. Last year we made this trinity craft from:

http://www.thatartistwoman.org/2011/03/shamrock.html

We made a rainbow cake last year & we had a paper rainbow

we also had a shamrock hunt last year

Last year, we listened to St. Patrick a heart afire : http://www.whitsend.org/en/albums/31-days-to-remember/394-saint-patrick-a-heart-a-fire-1-of-2.aspx

St. Patrick’s day has nothing to do with drinking and trying not to get pinched. St. Patrick was all about freeing people from spiritual bondage. I hope you enjoy your day and maybe you can benefit from these ideas 🙂

God bless and remember The High King Lives! ~Amber Dover

 

Virtual Friday: Witnessing in SecondLife? March 16, 2012

I found this article that’s probably old but it had some good points:

http://www.internetevangelismday.com/secondlife-evangelism.php

I definitely agree that you have to be careful where you go in SecondLife. I have given virtual Bibles to people in SL and I’ve been to prayer meetings and Christian clubs. But I am still an introvert even in the virtual world. I prefer to visit neat places and see beautiful art rather than talk to people (shame on me).  Anywho, there have been a few places where I had to lose a creepy person or people were barely dressed…so I had to teleport out of there. But overall if you research where you’re going first and you keep the same moral standards you have in real life then you should be ok. I rarely talk to guys on SL. I may have prayed for someone in a prayer meeting or something but if a guy tries to talk to me usually I run away lol. It’s just my way of protecting myself from temptation. I am the same way in Real life. My hubby is usually always with me if I’m talking to a guy. I try to avoid the appearance of evil.

Every once in awhile I like to visit this church in SL: http://www.calvarychapelsl.com/

Here’s the SLurl for Calvary Chapel: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Meldenrake/115/140/64/

(Here’s me listening to preaching. This is when I had an adult avatar. The pics a bit fuzzy)

God bless & remember The High King Lives! ~Amber Dover

 

March 14, 2012

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I love this 🙂 Thanks for the great quote J.S. Happy Inspirational Wednesday folks! I’m doing much better writing. I wrote out a detailed outline last night. I had a general outline which I used & mostly I was winging it with my chapters. But now I have specific details on how each chapter should go….hopefully this will help me write better. Now I’m busy making Pirate invitations for my son’s bday party. I don’t like skulls so I’m hand making the invitations and you know I’m a perfectionist….who knew an almost 6 yr olds party could take so much blood, sweat, and tears lol

God bless and remember The High King Lives! ~Amber Dover

 

Map of Emeth: The Truth Seeker’s Chronicles Sneak Peek March 13, 2012

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Hello friends 🙂 I’ve got a treat for you. I finished my map for The Truth Seeker’s Chronicles. Now you can see what the world of Emeth looks like. I also have tips on how to make your own papers look old. I guess I am posting something original this week….. So here’s your sneak peek 😉

Here’s the link to the article on how to age your paper. After staining the paper and baking it I got my hubby to burn the edges. Once it cooled down I folded the paper a couple of times. Voila! An old map! Next time I’ll let the tea sit longer…

http://www.mevsthehouse.com/how-to-make-paper-look-old-by-aging-it-with-tea

God bless and remember The High King Lives!~Amber Dover

PS: I did not use the original drawing. I used a copy of the original.

 

Happy Hear the Writer Roar! Tuesday 🙂 This is reblog week….I’m sitting at Krystals to write my book. love to you all! Remember the High King Lives~Amber Dover
PS: Kristen if you’re reading this I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Here’s my post about it: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/versatile-blogger-award-kewl/

Kristen Lamb's Blog

 

There are a lot of blogs out there that I love and respect for the best information. Any of you who have been following this blog for any amount of time know I am a huge fan of NYTBSA Bob Mayer. He really does go out of his way to help writers, and I can say that I have learned a ton from his books and workshops. Frankly, I would never have made it as a writer without his teachings about conquering fear (another blog for another day).

Last week, Bob had a post, The Secret Handshake of Success that, in part, sparked my last Wednesday blog The Modern Author–A New Breed of Writer for the Digital Age of Publishing. I believe that, in the Digital Age, we have to up our game, and knowledge is power. But the most powerful knowledge of all in this new paradigm?

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