Monday, January 31, 2011

NIPTO, Day 358

I'm tired. That was more of a "inside-voice-drawn-out-scream"
Today was longgggg. Stayed up too late last night. (More about that tomorrow. Maybe. If I have time. Which if it snows as much as it's supposed to, I will.) Got up around 7:15 this morning. Got ready. Went to school. Did school. Ate lunch. Went to classes. Came home. Caught up on blogs that I didn't read during breakfast (which would've made me late) or during study hall (which is slightly irresponsible). Babysat. Did some more blog catching up. Ate dinner. Got ready for dance. Drove to dance. Practiced the jazz dance about 7 times. Did modern stuff. Came home. Heard that tonight was THE BEST CHUCK EVER. But it didn't record. So I'm not watching it. But I will watch it tomorrow during lunch. And I'm looking forward to it!

Yeah. I'm planning on sleeeeping tomorrow. Especially if we don't have Urban Vision... I kind of hope we do, but I dunno.

A'ight. NIPTO.
1 Timothy 5:17-25

17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.

The elders in the church who are in charge of the talking? They deserve double what they get. More than that! They have the "grunt work" of the church.

18 For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.”

Pastors should get what they deserve for working. They deserve their pay.

 19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. 20 But those elders who are sinning you are to reprove before everyone, so that the others may take warning.

Accusations against elders shouldn't be brought to light unless it's brought by two or three witnesses. If an elder is sinning, they should be reproved in front of everyone as an example. 

21 I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism.
 22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.

These instructions are to be kept without favoritism. Nothing should be done out of favoritism. I wonder how much stuff in this world is done out of favoritism. I'm guessing a lot. 
Don't be quick to "lay hands" on someone. And definitely don't share in other peoples' sins. We're to keep ourselves pure. 

 23 Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
 24 The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them.25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever.

A little wine never hurt anyone... the operative word being little. Yes. 
Some sins are obvious. Other sins leave trails... of some sort... behind them. Destruction? Hurt? Who knows. Good deeds are obvious as well. And even good deeds that aren't obvious will someday be brought into the light. Yup yup.

A'ight. Imma hit the sack.
I'll post about WinterJam tomorrow. Hopefully. According to Dad: "It's like spitting ice balls from heaven." Sweet. Ha.

Peace out,

Sunday, January 30, 2011

NIPTO, Day 357

Heyooooo! I'm blogging "early" today because I'm expecting to be gone until very late tonight. Why? Because I'm going to WINTER JAM! I'm pumped! David Crowder*Band is going to be there, along with Kutless, RED, KJ-52, Francisca Battistelli, and Newsboys. And Chris August and Chris Sligh. Whew. LOTS of bands and I'm missing 3. WOW. Yeah. Lots of bands. But I'm super excited! =D

Church was good this morning. As was small group. I like those people! And Jeremiah taught me a "useless life skill." What is that? Putting gum wrappers on a notebook! hahaha.

NIPTO? Yeah.
1 Timothy 5:9-16

 9 No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, 10 and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the Lord’s people, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.

Apparently there was a list. Of widows. But a widow couldn't be put on the list unless she was over 60 and had been faithful to her husband and was known for bringing up her children well, showing hospitality, washing the feet of other Christians and helping those in need. 

 11 As for younger widows, do not put them on such a list. For when their sensual desires overcome their dedication to Christ, they want to marry. 12 Thus they bring judgment on themselves, because they have broken their first pledge. 13Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to.

Younger women who were widowed have the natural instinct to get married again. When that desire overcomes their dedication to Christ, they bring judgement on themselves because they broke their first pledge to their first husband. When younger women are widowed they become idle and busybodies who talk nonsense. Huh.

14 So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander. 15 Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan.
 16 If any woman who is a believer has widows in her care, she should continue to help them and not let the church be burdened with them, so that the church can help those widows who are really in need.

Younger widows were encouraged to remarry and have children and to manage their homes. Some women turned to follow Satan because they weren't helped and didn't have the "busy-ness" factor to keep them from sinning.
If a Christian woman has a widow or multiple widows in her care, she should help them and not foist them on the church. Why shouldn't they be put in the care of the church? Because the church is helping those widows who are in great need. 

Tada! That's your lesson on widows today... haha.

I think I'm going to finish an episode of Chuck that I started watching yesterday and then I might pack my bag for school tomorrow so I can sleep in a little bit longer in the morning... sounds good!
Adios mis lectores!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

NIPTO, Day 356

Wow. Today was... short. I've been awake for less than 12 hours. I started my day at 11 o'clock. After 11 hours of sleep. I ate breakfast and then Dad and I worked on almost all of the ACT stuff. I went up to my room and listened to some music and wrote a little bit... then I came down stairs and "surfed the 'net" for a while. Mom and Dad got home from their walk, and Mom asked if I wanted to go see a movie. And I said "yes, I would like to see a movie." But it wasn't that simple. But Dad and I ended up going to see Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 3-D. It was good. I love that movie. Especially the end. And there is one quote (by Reepicheep) that is one of my favorites. And I'll share it with you now :) "We have nothing if not belief." Yeah. I like that one. After the movie I took a shower and then we ate dinner and watched Fame, which I throughly enjoyed. And I just spent too much time watching Big Bang Theory clips on YouTube. So funny!

NIPTO! 1 Timothy 5:1-10 1 Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.

This addresses how we're supposed to address others. An older man should be treated as if he were your father. Younger men should be treated as brothers. Older women should be treated as your mother and younger women as sisters. Good rules to go by.

 3 Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. 4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.

This is all about widows and how they're to be treated. Widows who are truly in need should be given proper recognition. If a widow has family, they should put "their religion" into practice and take care of her. That's what is pleasing to God and is what he wants.

5 The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help. 6 But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives.

A widow who has no family should put her hope in God and should ask him day and night for his help.
A widow who lives for pleasure isn't truly alive, even if she's alive.

7 Give the people these instructions, so that no one may be open to blame. 8 Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

These were to be given to the people as instructions so that they wouldn't be to blame. Anyone who doesn't help and provide for their relatives, especially those in their own household has denied their faith and is worse than an unbeliever. Harsh. But not really. If you don't take care of your family, how can you be expected to take care of anyone else that's considered "family"? 

That's all for tonight. Church in the morning and WinterJam in the afternoon/evening! Should be a blast! (I'm pumped to see David Crowder*Band in concert! 's gonna be fantastic! :)

Friday, January 28, 2011

NIPTO, Day 355

How are y'all doing today?
I'm pretty good. Tired, as always. But then again, it's late.
Today I got up and did school. Ate lunch and watched an episode of Chuck from the 2nd season (Sarah's high school reunion! hah)
Did more school. Babysat. Came home. Relaxed?/facebooked or whatever. Ate dinner. Babysat some more. Ate DELISHUS chocolate cake that Jason made. Talked to Chris&Rosie about Pushing Daises and other tv shows of the wonderful variety.
And now I'm blogging. Because it's late. And I haven't blogged yet today. Obviously.
And please go look at this. It's the funniest thing I've seen in a long time. Oh my goodness. I can't wait to show it to Mom tomorrow.
Tomorrow...ahhhhh tomorrow. I'm going to sleep for as long as I want to/can. And then I'm going to go over ACT stuff with Dad. Then I'm going to go sledding in the back yard. And then, hopefully, I will get coffee with Kaytee! She says she has stuff (good stuff!) to tell me. And it has to do with God. Sooooo I'm excited. I hope it works out.
And so I can get more sleep, I'm going to "NIPTO" and then sleep!

1 Timothy 4:11-16

11 Command and teach these things. 12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

Ahhhhhh. One of my favorite verses. Verse 12. But not to forget verse 11. These things in this letter/chapter are the things that we need to command and teach. But when you do that, don't let people look down on you because you're young. Set an example for them in your speech, how you conduct yourself, in your love, your faith, and your purity. I have a note-card that I got at my very first (quote illegal unquote) LT (2007). It has verse 12 on it, and on the other side it says "Though you are young, look to God in all things, and He will use you in tremendous ways." The guys from Grace Point gave it to me. It's currently in Blue Like Jazz as my bookmark. But what it says is true. If we look to God, he will use us as examples for what his people should look and act like. 

13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

Until Paul came, he wanted them to devote themselves to reading the Bible publicly. And to preach and teach. He was telling Timothy to not neglect the gift that was given to him through a prophecy when the elders laid their hands on him. It would be a shame to neglect such a powerful gift.

 15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

We need to be diligent in what we do. We need to devote ourselves to things so that our progress will be evident to others. Paul told Timothy to watch his life and doctrine closely. When people know you're a Christian, they're going to watch you like a hawk. If we persevere in our life and doctrine, people could be saved by observing and wanting what we have. It's not just for personal growth, it's for the salvation of others.

Wow. Lots of good stuff. I'm going to go to bed now.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

NIPTO, Day 354

I don't feel like blogging right now.
I don't feel like doing much of anything right now.

Last night: I watched American Idol and read As You Wish. Which I finished today while babysitting. 304 pages. 20 hours. 1 book. (Really about 11 hours because I slept for 9 hours. And I also did all my school work. So. Yeah.)
Then I went to bed. And woke up. And got ready. Did some school. Ate lunch (and read). Did more school. Read more. Babysat. Came home. Talked to Kayt some. Generally relaxed. Ate dinner. Went over ACT stuff some. Watched American Idol. And now I'm watching The Office and blogging.

1 Timothy 4:6-10
6 If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.

If you point out the attributes and truths of God, then you will be a good "carrier" of Jesus.  Especially if you're "well fed" on truth and good teaching. 

7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance.

We shouldn't have anything to do with myths or wives' tales. We need to train ourselves to be godly. Godliness has value for everything. It has promise for our current life and for life to come. That's trustworthy and deserves to be accepted.

10 That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.

We labor and strive because we have hope in God. Who is alive. He's our savior. He's the savior of all people, especially those who believe in him.

I'm going to finish watching The Office and go to bed.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

NIPTO, Day 353

I'm extremely tired today.

Yesterday I went to Urban Vision. Sat in the gym and read/prepared for my ballet class. (Last minute, right? Yeah. I know.) Ate dinner, delicious chicken and rice stuff. Helped a few people with homework (at the same time). Got ready for ballet. Went up to the "studio" of sorts (which will be getting mirrors soon! YAY!). Stretched some. Practiced my fuette turns (I think that's how that's spelled. Probably not). Then a couple of the girls came up and we cleaned out their LOCKERS! Yes, they all have lockers. I'll take some pictures next week and put them up... hopefully the mirrors will be up by then!
Then we had class, which went really well. Michelle is a huuuuge help! I love having her around to help me... it makes things much easier!
After class I went to my dance classes. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Then I came home, at a piece of cake, got sucked into the internet and didn't get pulled out until almost 11. Then I went to bed.

Got up this morning. Got ready. Went to Spanish class.  Caught up on the blogs that I didn't have time to catch up on before I left. Did my work. Ate lunch. Did physics during Mom's class. Packed up. Went to the lib-a-rary. Finished physics for the day. Looked at some books. Picked a couple out. Checked out. Came home. Put grocery stuff away. Relaaaaxed. It was nice. Listened to Dave Ramsey some. Talked to Katie some (Oh the funny stories! :) And now it's almost time for dinner.
So I'mma peace out until dinner (quiche!) is over.

Ahhhhh dinner was yummy!
After dinner I did some SAT Question of the Day questions. And took some kind of personalty whatchamacallit for college majors. Annnd now I'm going to finish my blog. Then I'm going to watch American Idol. And then I'm going to go to bed and sleep for a very long time. (Hallelujah, amen.)

1 Timothy 4:1-5

 1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

Unfortunately, some people will abandon their faith. They'll follow other religions... things that are taught by demons. 
Other religions aren't things to be taken lightly. They're taught by demons. Uh. Wow.
It makes me think of Safely Home when Li Quan takes Ben to a Tibetan temple and the priests are basically possessed. It's creepy. But true, nonetheless. 

2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.

The teachings by demons come from liars who don't have a clear conscience because it's been seared with an iron. The teachings forbid things that God created to be received with thanksgiving by people who know and believe the truth. 

4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

Everything that God created is good. Nothing should be rejected if it's received with thanksgiving. I mean, why would you do that? And anyways, it's consecrated by the word of God. What he creates is consecrated. Set apart. 

Good stuff.
I'm going to relax... have my cake and eat it too. Literally!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

NIPTO, Day 352


I'm trying to get everything done before I leave for Urban Vision/Tornado Tuesday (UV, Ballet, DanceX2) and blogging is on that list... sooooo. Yes. Here I am.
I woke up late-ish today. Did school. The norm. Watched Chuck during lunch. CRAZY. But that's all I'm going to say. I'm looking forward to next Tuesday afternoon when I can watch the next episode!
Good episode.

Not a whole lot has happened since I last posted... the dog was just barking in her sleep. And her legs were twitching. Funny stuff haha. Mom just got back from her walk (because it's actually WARM(ish) outside! hah as warm as it can get in January!)

Soooo NIPTO? Yeah.

1 Timothy 3:14-16
 14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, 15 if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.

Paul was writing to them so that they would know how to behave in church. There was a huge possibility that Paul would be delayed... he was an outspoken Christian, and jail was... normalish for him. Bummer of a way to be delayed, but not if it's in the name of Christ, I guess!

16 Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great:
   He appeared in the flesh,
   was vindicated by the Spirit,
was seen by angels,
   was preached among the nations,
was believed on in the world,
   was taken up in glory.

The mystery of God is great. God himself appeared in flesh as Jesus. He was justified by the Holy Spirit. He was seen by angles and preached among the nations. He was... believed on in the world? Not sure what that means exactly. He was taken up into heaven in glory. The mystery is great, but it's been revealed to those who believe in Christ.

EEEK. That's how I feel right now. I have to go get ready to leave and somehow figure out music for ballet. Procrastination at its finest! ha...
Until tomorrow...
Au revoir!

Monday, January 24, 2011

NIPTO, Day 351

Hey everyone! It's once again LATE and I am once again tired. However, I'm not to the point of breaking down. Yet. Ha.
I had to get up toooo early today. I think I'll sleep in a little tiny bit tomorrow morning. Got ready... went to school... did school stuff... ate lunch(ish)... I feel like I didn't eat a whole lot and therefore almost "missed" a meal, and now I'm hungry. Anyways! Had Lit&SAT. Annnnd drove home... relaxed a bit... babysat... came home and relaxed a little tiny bit... ate dinner... paid Dad in back rubs for getting How To Train Your Dragon for me... got ready for dance... went to dance. Danced for 2 hours. Drove home. Ate a piece of cake. Listened to Owl City. PLEASE go here (the Owl City website) and listen to the song that comes on in the background (Peppermint Winter)... maybe I'll be nice and find it and embed it or something.
Here ya go!

Good, innit?
Yup. Now it's NIPTO time. (Sorry the font is little! I'm tired and don't feel like changing it! haha)
1 Timothy 3:8-13

8 In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. 9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

So yesterday, and the first verses of this chapter, are about leaders. And how they're supposed to act. This is the same, but for deacons. A little different. A little lower on the "totem pole" or whatever. Deacons should be worthy of respect. They should be sincere, not a drunkard, and not a swindler. If that's the right word. Which I think it is. Deacons are to hold onto the truth that is in the word of God with a clear conscience. They should be tested before put into leadership. If there's nothing against them, then they'll be allowed to serve as a deacon.

 11 In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.

Women should also be worthy of respect. We shouldn't gossip or talk in a hurtful way. Women should be temperate and trustworthy in everything. The question I'm asking myself is "can I honestly (no pun intended) be trusted/trustworthy in everything?" Are there any areas that I'm not trustworthy in, I guess is what I'm asking too, kinda.

 12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. 13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

Deacons should be faithful to their spouse and should manage their offspring and household well. If you serve well, you'll gain "an excellent standing and great assurance" in your faith in Jesus. Serving gives assurance. But you want to serve for the right reasons. Right? Right.

A'ight people.
I'm off... [my rocker] to bed! 
I hope your day was lovely&splendid, etc, etc, etc!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

NIPTO, Day 350

You know how sometimes you get to that point at night where you have a headache and too much to do before you go to bed and you just want to cry? Yeah, well I'm at that point.
Here's a quick rundown of my day: Got up this morning and got ready. Went to church. Church went: band practice, 1st service worship, sunday school, last song, sunday school, 2nd service, talked to people, went to Kent, ate lunch with Hannah, drove home, relaxed a little bit, skyped with Katie for a long while, worked on some homework, ate a tiny bit, went to youth group (which was fantastic! And I recorded... yay! Even I want to listen to it again :). Cleaned up the youth room a bit, looked at some of BK's advertising stuff, came home, watched last week's Chuck, finished my homework, and here I am.

Alright. NIPTO.
1 Timothy 3:1-7
 1 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.

Whoever wants to be a manager (overseer, deacon, pastor) wants to do a noble job. Simple, eh?

2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)

This person has to be an  honorable person. One who is above reproach, faithful to their spouse, controlled, welcoming, has the ability to teach, not a drunkard, is gentle, doesn't argue and doesn't love money. That is a HIGH standard. This person must also be able to manage their family well. He should "see that his children obey him" and he needs to do that in such a way as garners respect. If someone doesn't know how to take care of their immediate family, how can they take care of the extended family of God, that is, the church?

 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.

This person should be a long-time Christian. If they aren't, they could easily become conceited, which, as heard in Pastor Mike's sermon today, is a legitimate concern. This person should also have a good reputation with people not from teh church so that they won't be disgraced. 

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. That was a half scream half sigh of contentment. Well, not really contentment. Because my contacts are bothering me, I have a headache, and still need to take a shower along with getting completely ready for bed. 
Hello not getting 8 hours of sleep on a school night. How dare you keep me up late, homework... or something. 
I'm going to bed now. I'm having problems typing, which means I should definitely sleep.

P.S. please excuse any spelling errors that I did not catch. Like I said, it's late.
Goodnight, again.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

NIPTO, Day 349

Today's been busy!
I got up and took a practice ACT (got a 25... eh). While I was scoring my test, Mom and Dad left to get the Karen girls. I took a shower and got ready&whatnot and then they got here, sooooo we looked at some magazines together and the younger girls played in the basement. Eventually we ate lunch and then I went to the basement with Eh Dah Po, Be Bin, and Ehne Thau and played Wii for a bit. Ehne Thau opened her birthday present (an orange coat and an orange&white tie-dye hoodie) and we watched The Clique. I read the book version of the movie and they were pretty much the same. After the movie we ate cake for Ehne Thau's birthday. They played Slap Jack for a bit and then we played 3 games of Spoons. Then Mom&Dad took them home and I did I have no idea what... random interwebz stuff? They got home and we ate dinner and watched How To Train Your Dragon (again) before we had to take it back to the RedBox. When it was over Dad and I ran to Wal-Mart and returned it. At 9:00:20. We don't have to pay a dollar for having it "after 9PM" ha. When we got home, I decided to get ready for bed since Mom was blogging. I read Safely Home for a while and now I'm blogging. When I'm done I'll probably go up to my bed and read more there. Then sleep. Ya know.

NIPTO, eh?
1 Timothy 2:8-11-15

8 Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.

Therefore (because Paul's job is to carry the message to everyone (and our job too!)) we should pray. So we raise up holy hands/to praise the holy one/who was and is and is to come. Without anger. Without arguments. With joy.

9 I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10 but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

Reminder reminder reminder. As a woman of God, speaking for myself, I need to dress modestly. With propriety. I don't need a fancy hairstyle or great jewelry or the latest, hottest, clothes. I should "adorn" myself with "good deeds appropriate for women who... worship God." Hallelujah, Amen. 

 11 A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 15 But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.

I'm not completely sure what I think about this. I agree that women should learn in quietness and submission. At the time it was improper for a woman to preach, so I agree with that too. I guess. I don't really know. I'll probably bring this up with someone sometime and get into some kind of crazy debate about it. ha. Go future me =P
Adam came first. And it's completely true that Adam wasn't the one who was deceived. Eve was deceived. And yes, I know that rhymes. She was the one who was deceived and became a sinner. Thankfully, us women are saved through the pain of childbearing. (WHY Eve, WHY?!?!?! hahahaha) That is, we will be saved if we continue in faith love, and holiness with propriety.

Interesting. Lots of interesting stuff. (Any thoughts on verses 11&12?)
I'm going to go to bed now. Goodnight.

Friday, January 21, 2011

My New Improved Room

I kind of reorganized/redid/vamped up/cleaned my room last night and this afternoon, and I mentioned it in my last post, so I thought I'd put some pictures up!

My bed, which is now a cocoon! (I have yet to sleep in it... I'll let y'all know how it goes.)

My CLEAN desk! (And sweet lamp.)
If you look closely in the top right hand corner of this picture,
you can see Katie's Princess Bride picture! :)

My not so clean on-top-of-storage area

Clean (for the most part) dresser/make-up-application area

In my mirror! Which needs to be cleaned and covered in new quotes. 
Yup! I think I'll work on my GACH 3 post now... that I've been meaning to work on for forever! 
Yay for free evenings!

NIPTO, Day 348

I feel like I always start my blog posts the same way. Oh well!
Heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. (That's a little different! ha.)

Today was... normal-ish. Got up (late). Did school (like normal). Ate lunch (late). Read a book and ate nutella (yummy). Did more school (difficult). Gave up and eventually talked to Hannah for a bit (nice to catch up!). Got ready to go babysitting and created a cocoon out of my bed (maybe I'll post pictures sometime). Came downstairs and saw what Mom had gotten from the thrift store and decided to depart to go babysitting (fashionista and timing). Got a call from Susan saying that I didn't have to babysit (yay-ish). Did geometry (long and difficult). Read a book (wonderful). Ate dinner (French-bread pizza with a banana and Lays... yum). Finished reading my book (yes). Got my movie ready (How To Train Your Dragon). Updated my various social networking sites (facebook and twitter). And now I'm blogging (hurrah!). And listening to music (Joey Hendrickson, if you were curious).
^^^ That was different! Hah.

So yeah. After this, I'm going to watch my movie and then read Safely Home until it's time to sleep!
So NIPTO? Mmhm.

1 Timothy 2:1-7
 1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

All. All prayers, petitions, intercession, and thanksgiving should be made for all people: Those in authority are first on the list... "that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." We should pray for the authorities in our lives because they kinda control the "peaceful" aspect of our lives to an extent.

3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Prayer, petition, and intercession for all people pleases God because he wants everyone to be saved and to truly know truth. Don't you want people to know the truth? 

5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. 7 And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.

There is 1 God and one mediator between God and man. That mediator is Jesus. Jesus was both God and man and can therefore be our mediator. Jesus also gave himself as a ransom for all people. You and me. This makes me think of Isaiah 52:3: 3 For this is what the LORD says: “You were sold for nothing, and without money you will be redeemed.” We are redeemed by the blood of Jesus. He's our ransom and our payment that we might be redeemed. 
It was witnessed that Jesus died. It was the 'proper time.' 
Paul was appointed an apostle and herald because he wanted to tell the truth. He was appointed to tell the truth. Paul was a faithful teacher of truth to the Gentiles. Good for him! :) 

Here's to all of us being teachers of truth to anyone that we meet!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

NIPTO, Day 347

Today's been school. And that's pretty much it. I watched Parent Trap during lunch and I'm still watching it :)
Lindsay Lohan was so cute when she was young. And Dennis Quaid makes a great "dad" character.

I slept for... a long time (10 hours) last night! So that was nice. I'm not feeling 100%... I've got a bit of a cold and my throat is sore today. But I'll be okay. I'm definitely planning on taking some hot chocolate to babysit today. And a book. And I'm thinking about making him watch TV. I mean, what kid wouldn't want to watch TV? hah. He'll have homework, so I'll make him do that. And he'll have to deal with the fact that I'm not feeling 100%.

Soooo NIPTO? mmmmmmhm. Mhm.

1 Timothy 1:18-20
18 Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, 19 holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.

Paul was giving Timothy this command/advice to keep with the prophecies that were made about... Timothy? Sure. And so that by remembering them that he would be able to fight the good fight and stay strong in his faith and have a good conscience. Some people rejected the Christian faith and "spiritually shipwrecked."

20 Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.

Two of the people that had been spiritually shipwrecked were Hymenaeus and Alexander. Paul handed them over to Satan. He didn't want anything to do with them, apparently. Sad.

Here's to being on point spiritually and not shipwrecked!
Peace out,

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tornado Tuesday and Wiped-Out Wednesday

SO. You want to hear about yesterday and today? Well, you're in the right spot!
Yesterday: Got up and did school or whatever... that was uneventful. Then I went to Urban Vision and sat in the gym/played with the kids for... an hour and a half ish? LaTajare came and sat on my lap for a long time. She had a headache and wasn't up for running around in the crazy gym. I loved just having her sit on my lap. She's such a sweetheart!
While I was in the gym, Jeff came in and was taking a couple of the kids out to talk about prayer requests and how things are going and whatnot, and he came in and saw me and was like "Oh! I need to talk to you!" Annnd he offered me an internship at Urban Vision this summer! So I'm thinking about that... I still need a little more information and stuff. So yeah. But that was exciting!

I also taught (in the loosest sense of the word!) my first ballet (if you can call it that...) class yesterday, too! It was... harder than I thought it would be! An hour is a really long time to keep eight 9-11 year olds occupied with ballet. Soo yeah. It was good... for the most part. I have some books from the library out on ballet&teaching dance and whatnot. (But they say that there's nothing you can get from a book that you can't get from a television faster... hm... maybe I should watch some TV shows or instructional DVDs about teaching? hahaha)
After teaching Mom&I dropped Eh Dah Po off and then I went to my dance classes. Annnnnd yeah. Those were good too. We learned a sweet combination for Jazz that might be in our new dance... still haven't decided what we're dancing to yet. (Grenade by Bruno Mars or another song that I'm not quite sure what it is... maybe Politics of Dancing? Not sure. The combination was to Grenade. Super sweet!)
We looked at 2 dance costume catalogs for a specific costume for our modern class, but Nancy, apparently, didn't leave the right book. Annnnd we lifted Emma and didn't drop her (kinda!) so that's good. Annnd I drove home and that went well.
I ate when I got home because I was starving and we always talk about food during dance, so I ate and blogged and did whatever. And that kept me up until 11:30.

Today: I got up too early. But I actually got up on time. It was just too early for my body's clock. I didn't get my allotted 9 hours of sleep. I only got... *gasp* EIGHT.
Got ready and whatnot. Went to Spanish class with the Runers. Made it through class. Did my physics and then had to move classrooms. Did more school. Ate lunch. Sat in Mom's class and did school. Packed up and went to the library while Mom went to the grocery store. I got a bunch of movies and a few books. So yes. Then we came home and put groceries away, finished geometry, and relaxed! And to relax I watched Stick It. Then Mom and I ate dinner, I helped her clean up and stuff, and then I did NIPTO.
And RIGHT NOW I'm watching American Idol and blogging. Next commercial break I'm going to start getting ready for bed.
The new season of American Idol is... decent. I like the judges more than I thought I would.
And I'm going to sign off and turn the computer off for the night! :)

Goodnight! I hope this was a good update!

NIPTO, Day 346

Hey-oooo This is a "solo Nipto" post. I'm planning on writing another post right after this that contains details of Tuesday and Wednesday. So stay tuned for that.
In the meantime:

1 Timothy 1:12-17
12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.

God will give us strength. WE are the trustworthy people that God has appointed to take his word into the world. And he'll give us the strength that we need.

13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

Our past doesn't matter when it comes to God. Paul was shown mercy because he didn't know what he was doing when he was persecuting the Christians around him. God's grace will forever be poured out on us. Undeserving people. The faith and love that are in Christ will be poured out on us as well because he loves us. And it's that simple. 

 15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.

This saying... exactly what he says it is: it's "a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance." If we can accept this... life will get a little easier.  "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." Jesus came to save us. The sinners. If you believe that you're a sinner, God will show you mercy. He'll show his patience... his immense patience for those who believe in him 

17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

To God who is eternal, immortal, invisible, and the ONLY God: honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. A men. 

Alright. I'm going to sign this off and write about my day yesterday and today.
Stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

NIPTO, Day 345

Hey y'all. I'm exhuasted and it's half an hour past my bedtime, so this is going to be brief, and I'm ignoring (for the most part) any spelling/grammar mistakes. Enjoy ;)

1 Timothy 1:8-11
 8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly.

The law, if used improperly, is not useful to anyone. Good to know.

9 We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

The law wasn't made FOR God. He made it for us so we can become like him. The law was made for those who did anything that was contrary to "sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel." The gospel that concerns God's glory&blessing which he entrusted to us. 

I swear I will write all about my day TOMORROW. But right now it's 10:45, 45 minutes past my bedtime, and I still need to get ready for bed, take a shower, etc., so I'm signing off for the night. Adios mi amigos!