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Cross-eyed’s E-book

I am very excited to announce that Cross-eyed Blog and Webzine has an e-book out in honor on their first anniversary and it includes an article written by yours truly. My article is entitled “What is You Motivation” formerly titled on my blog Imperishable Beauty as “Modesty and Pride”. So go over and check out the new e-book packed with some good articles on modesty and practical tips.

http://crosseyedblog.com/?p=1229

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32 Quirks

All of a sudden I blinked… and all of a sudden it was September and all of a sudden I hadn’t posted for almost a month! I can’t even remember the last time I went that long without posting. Of course I could think up some good excuses for not doing so, like starting my 4th week of school, having two adorable but busy baby brothers to look after, and general business. But truthfully? Well, truthfully I just haven’t been diligent enough in my writing endeavors and have struggled just to finish anything I start writing.

But that shall stop and I really hope to try to write more, write better, and just plain write. Hopefully I’ll get writing into my daily routine and that’ll give you a few posts a week (or even one would be good…). Anyhoo… onto some other stuff…

32 Quirks!

This post is partly in honor of Abigail, my sweet friend with so many lovely quirks… including the obsession with the number 32. :D So when I decided I wanted to post some of my own quirks and wanted a number… none seemed more perfect the 32. Now brace yourself…

  1. I don’t usually do lists like these but really enjoy reading everybody else’s lists like these…
  2. I am pretty much addicted to tea and coffee and at times I’ll have 4 cups a day between the two and my teeth are becoming stained from it.
  3. I never stop taking pictures and I am addicted to that as well… my friends will tell you that I go into withdrawal without my camera (or my dad’s camera) when I’m at some event or such.
  4. I love to sleep but sleep does not love me. Therefore I don’t sleep much and therefore I am addicted to coffee.
  5. I love books more than I love reading… bizarre? Yeah.
  6. My heart got removed from me and was placed in the Red Light districts of India…
  7. I pace/skip around my room when I am excited and talk out loud to myself as well as squeel.
  8. I am both a night owl and an early bird, I work best before 10am or after 10pm.
  9. I love art but can’t draw at all. I totally stink at it. So therefore I pick different forms of art like photography, poetry, music, acting, collages, and other things as well.
  10. My fashion style is a strange mix between bohemian hippie, classy classic (Audrey Hepburn is a major fashion icon for me), edgy (bordering on punk at times), and comfy (I love jeans, sweats, and hoodies… *happy sigh*). And sometimes I go for all the looks in one outfit.
  11. I have a strong desire and tendency to call everyone “hun” but it gets awkward when I want to call like a teen guy “hun”… so I reserve it for when I’m with kiddos.
  12. I give everyone nick names. I get that from my mom. My little bros have about a dozen or more nicknames each from me.
  13. I am currently obsessed with the song Jai Ho… it’s just amazing! I’m learning the dance to it too. :)
  14. I think that Jane Austen is the queen of all romantic fiction, Tolkien the king of fantasy, and C.S. Lewis the king of Christian fiction. I doubt anyone will ever be able to top them.
  15. I have an obsession with comfy blankets and knee high socks. That’s what happens when you live in a place where winter is 5 months long and you have about a month or more of mostly below zero temps.
  16. I am incredibly klutzy, some of the things I’ve walked into have included the small part on bathroom stall doors, a TV hutch thingy, and I’ve always walked right into steps… just forgot to step up at all and fell on my face.
  17. My favorite word in Hindi is “Delhi” cause it sounds like “deelee” and is really fun to say repetedly.
  18. I will watch movies that aren’t that great… but when it comes to movies I say I love or are my favorites, I’m super picky. The writing, acting, cinematography, score, and humor all have to be superb. Therefore you will never hear my say that Facing the Giants or Fireproof are my favorite movies… or any movies involving hormonal teenage girls.
  19. I will stay up into 3am reading a good fiction book and I have plenty of times, the first time being right before 4th grade reading the second Elsie Dinsmore books… I cried so hard!
  20. I have a habit of reading books that aren’t meant for my age range. From reading Authentic Beauty at twelve, to reading Calvin’s Institutes currently at fourteen… I don’t follow the suggested reading ages.
  21. I am a total psychology/sociology geek and I love to figure out why people are the way they are, what it is in the brain or what chemicals make us that way, and the why of how cultures and social structures work. I also love a good social experiment.
  22. I am a generally messy person, but I am OCD about some things… like tags sticking out on shirts, my bedroom door being open, and people writing “alot” instead of “a lot” (which I used to do myself…).
  23. I can’t stand my violin or guitar being out of tune. It will drive me CRAZY until I tune it. *shivers from the thought of an out of tune instrument*
  24. I love the words of many hymns but sometimes their melodies just are really bad so I have recently started making my own arrangements and melodies for hymns with good words and bad music.
  25. Speaking of writing music… when I am working on writing a song I go into this crazy songwriter mood where I sing so loud and bang on the piano until I get a headache. And I love having my swivel chair so I can go back and forth between the piano and computer.
  26. I’ve always loved journals but have been pretty bad about writing faithfully in one.
  27. I have vowed to never buy a pair of jeans over $25. The one time I bought a $30 pair of jeans, four months later they had holes in the back pockets. I will NEVER do that again! Goodwill, Target, Arizona (on sale), and thrift store jeans baby! Then even if they do fall apart I still got my money’s worth.
  28. I love thrift stores… LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!
  29. I don’t fit into the typical home school kid stereo type at all! I love pants, I listen to rock music, I like to dance, I am not anti social, I have public school friends, my mother doesn’t have hair down to her hips, and I have a cell phone.
  30. My mom and I break out into random singing and dancing sometimes. Keeps the kiddos entertained!
  31. I start lots of things that I don’t finish… from blog posts to books to other projects.
  32. Abigail has got me thinking of thirty-two way too often and thirty-two anything makes me think of her. :)
This is for Abs!

Love you girly!

{Serious posting will continue shortly… I just had to mix things up and give y’all a fun random post.)

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God is Good – Nathan Junker UPDATE

I just saw my dad’s status on Facebook and they found Nathan’s body.  Please pray for the family. Nathan is in Heaven, but his family is left here and I’m sure their hearts are broken. A friend of mine reminded me that the fact he is in Heaven is a miracle. Again, please pray.

“I write to you with a heavy heart. This afternoon, Pastor Nathan Junker and Al “Herm” Hermiston, a long-time youth leader at Faith Baptist Church, were with the Jr. High youth on Pokegama lake. The two of them and 5 of the youth were on a sand bar near Drumbeater Island and were swept out by the waves and wind, unknown to others who were on a beach nearby. They struggled to swim back. Several of the youth and Herm were wearing life vests, but Herm gave his to one of the kids who did not have one. All 5 of the youth made it safely back, but the two men did not. Herm was found face down in the water and taken to the hospital, where he died. At this time, Nathan has still not been found in spite of the search efforts of others in the party and law enforcement. Please pray for Herm’s family, especially his wife Nancy, and for Nathan’s family: wife Samantha (Sam), and children Lauren, Alexandra, Journey, and Lincoln. Nathan’s father Randy Junker is pastor of the Grand Rapids Alliance Church. His mother’s name is Debbie. And pray for the people of both churches and the community who have been affected by these men.” (http://www.hogshadows.com/2009/06/praying-for-nathan-family.html)

Last night we received the news that Nathan Junker was missing. His father pastors my grandma’s church. He is a casual friend of my dad and a fellow pastor from the area. This winter when our church hosted the yearly Missions conference in our area, he was involved in a skit with my dad, another associate pastor, and a missionary that we were sending out. I remember his kids. They were so little. He is only about 30 himself.

It’s so hard to look at these situations as see God’s goodness. I’m struggling today to do just that. Baring a miracle, Nathan is dead, his wife widowed, and children fatherless. To see God’s goodness in such a devastating situation is hard. But no matter what we think or feel, God is good. He is good and this is all in His perfect plan. Even when our heart screams against it, God is still good.

In all… we hold on to the future hope. While hope that Nathan is living wears away more every minute, we have a future hope. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”(Revelation 21:4) Nathan was a believer therefore, we do not grieve as those that have no hope. “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep,that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.”

Please keep the Junkers in your prayers, as well as Al Hermiston’s family. I still am praying for a miracle, but the fact that Nathan had no life jacket and it’s now been overnight… they are only expecting to find a body. But in all of this. God is good.

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Happy Birthday Blog!

*Happy sigh* It’s now been one year since “Nobody416” was “born” (June 26th). I had started writing a little before and I felt that words without someone to hear them are pointless (I have since changed my mind on that matter slightly). I had very little clue what blogs were and how to get one… all I knew is that the Rebelution had started as one. :) I had the silly idea that if you started a blog you would end up with thousands and thousands of people reading it, a book deal, and a national conference. My current response to that is… “yeah right”.

Even though I haven’t been offered a book deal or a chance to talk to thousands… I’ve learned a huge deal through blogging this last year and met some amazing people! I’ve had the chance to make some wonderful friendships that I would never of had the chance if it wasn’t for this blog. Both casual friendships (I term them my “blog palls”) and some of my closest friends. I’ve had some contact with some people big in the blog world and even the assistant to one of my heroes Leslie Ludy.

I’ve also seen growth as a writer. I look back on some of my first posts and I cringe at times and I’m sure I’ll do the same with my current writing in the future. It’s amazing to see how much natural progress has come from just sitting down and writing. Writing has produced spiritual growth as well as I’ve learned how to articulate my beliefs better.

So now I want to hear from you! All of you that have stayed in the backgrounds and refuse to comment (or rarely do), come on out and let me know who you are! I would also love to hear what some of your favorite posts have been. Also, what would you like to see me write about in the future?

Because of a very busy past few days (and my longing to go to bed)… I’m going to stretch the celebrating out for awhile with some new fun stuff. Stay tuned in the next week or so for a intro to a new series (or two ;)) and maybe even a book giveaway! Thank you all for your support and readership, without you I would have no one to write to! God bless!

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Goodbye Sam!

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Sam and I when we were little...

  For those of you who don’t know, Sam is my older brother. Five years older than me, he has still become one of my dearest friends. This year he is graduating and moving a few hundred miles away from his poor, carless, sister. :) Over the last two years or so we’ve had so many great memories blasting music in the car, late night chats, hanging out with friends, watching random old movies (ahh… Duck Soup… classic randomness… :D), and many other things. 

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We've always been crazy!!

  In our lifetime together we have had some… umm… interesting moments… Hugging Barney, creating an imaginary world, walking around Walmart wearing Sombreros, arguing about if my dolls were real or not, all that sort of fun stuff. It’s been a fun and crazy ride. He’s always been around to make me smile and laugh. 

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Our one eyed dog Rusty... poor Rusty...

  Though this is a post about Sam I must mention our dog Rusty that we had many years ago. This was no ordinary dog. Not in the least bit. He had only one eyes, that in it’s self makes him unique. But he also was a bit of a… hmm… how should I put this? A pack rat? A collector of random things? Crazy? Those things all describe dear Rusty. He would bring home bags of bread, lawn gnomes, umbrellas with pictures of dogs on them, toilet paper, and other things. But Sam and I still loved that dog and had fun with him.

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Sam, Corina, and I shortly after Corina joined our family

  Eight years ago this May, Corina came into our lives and family. It took us from a twosome to a threesome and we’ve had a blast together. We are so thankful to have Nina with us. 

Sam had to get into the picture that was being taken by a friend last winter in AL.

   Sam is one of the best brothers in the world and one of the nicest too! Despite what this picture might tell you about Sam, he’s very nice and picks on me only in limited amounts. :) Compared to many other guys I know Sam is an angel! He is a fantastic guy with a passion for the truth, manly gentleness, compassionate, and he loves the gospel. I’m so blessed to have him as my brother and friend. 

 Sam and I have shared almost fourteen years together and for the first time in my life, starting this fall I’ll be facing life without my big brother right by my side. While our childhood is coming to a close and we are growing up, I’m excited to see what the future seasons of life will hold for us. To everything there is a season and this one is coming to a new end, but a new one is starting. I trust that our relationship will only grow as we go off into the world. 

 Sam, I love you and I’m going to miss you! You are the best and the only good thing that’s coming from this is me getting your room! :D

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Changes and Twitter

 Hey Y’all! 

 Lately I’ve been really busy with school and my little bros and all that sort of stuff. My older brother is graduating high school this month and we have major work to do in order to host a few hundred people at his open house. It’s also that time of year where you are scrambling to finish your work in time for summer, there are concerts and graduations, and general business. Instead of feeling pressured to have to get a post up several times a week I’m going to work more on writing better posts. Many of my posts haven’t been very good lately and I haven’t been satisfied with the quality. 

 I do have some treats coming up for you though! I’ve been starting work on a series entitled “Hope for the Prostitute”. (I’m not saying any more about it.) You guys are in for a big treat with a guest blog series by my good friend Joshua on the topic on Biblical manhood.  (He is also very busy right now with finishing up school for the year so there might be a little wait on this.) I’m also planning on getting some book reviews up here since I plan to do a lot of reading this summer. Last but not least, I’m adding a new page entitled “My Favorite Things” and will try to update that often with some good picks of books, music, quotes, and whatever else happens to come. So check back there often. (Note, as of now I have very little actually on it. Be patient please!)

 One very last thing, you guys can still keep in contact with me, especially through Twitter. I caved to the fad last night and am testing it out right now. (If I find it too addicting or too pointless I’ll delete my account.) So all of you on Twitter be sure to check me out! 

www.twitter.com/nobody416

 

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Confrences Galore!

 This summer and spring there are a multitude of fantastic conferences that I’m so excited about! Even though I sadly can not attend any of them, I know that God is going to do some amazing thing through these conferences. All the conferences I want to share with you are put on by fantastic people! I have had some form of contact with at least one person running each conference. So without further ado, here are the conferences to look into: 

  • NEXT (formerly New Attitude): This year’s conference is on the person and work of Jesus Christ and it looks amazing! With speakers such as Joshua Harris, C.J. Mahaney, Sinclair Ferguson, D.A. Carson, and Kevin DeYoung. Worship is also lead by Bob Kauflin. If you are attending this conference you are in for a real treat! (There is also a breakout session with Carolyn McCulley on Radical Womanhood!!!)
  • Do Hard Things tour: I went to this conference last year and it was great! Also for all of you that have not read Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris or haven’t checked out The Rebelution as a whole, be sure to check it out. 
  • Set Apart Girl: For those of you who don’t know, Leslie Ludy is one of my favorite authors and a personal hero of mine. She is doing a full blown conference this summer and it looks absolutely like the best thing out there! The material in geared towards 18+ but those girls about 15+ that are passionate about being set apart for Christ. Anyone in Colorado or that can get there should definetly go! 
  • Beauty From the Heart: I’ve been reading this blog for a few months and I love the message and the two teen girls behind the blog and conference! I really wanted there to be a conference close by but sadly the closest is about 1,000 miles away. If you are able to attend this conference then you need to go! (Also, Hannah Farver’s (one of the authors) brother got into a horrible ATV accident a few months ago and needs a ton of prayer. You can check out the story on the blog.)
  • The Gospel Coalition: This conference is coming up next weekend I believe. With names like D.A. Carson, John Piper, Mark Driscol, and Ligon Duncan as some of the main speakers and Joshua Harris and C.J. Mahaney as two of the workshop speakers. Just some of the books that they are giving away to those attending are worth going for!

 Tell me if you have any great conferences that you would like to share! Again, all of these look fantastic and I am confident in all of the people leading these to have sound Biblical doctrine and message. If you can attend any of these then you should definetely take advantage of that.

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