Friends!!

page_11I have some of the best friends around! I am so thankful for the friendships that God has provided for me. Through ups and downs, conflicts and resolutions these girls are there for me and are instruments of grace in my life. They have been faithful friends and I love them so much! I am so thankful for the way they remind and point me to the cross. We also have so much fun laughing, joking, shopping, making fun of each other (we gave each other nicknames on one of our trips: S=Narcissa-because of the narcissistic amount of pics she took :D, R=idiodyssey-because she was the resident joker and idiot haha, Me=Snoba-because they think I am stuck up and snobby :)). Anyway, we have a ton of fun together and can talk serious stuff and also cut up and laugh till we cry. I love that about them! 

Rediscovering Jonathan Edwards

 

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards

I have been rediscovering Jonathan Edwards for a research paper that I am writing for an American Church History class. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Mr. Edwards and am looking forward to diving in deeper. Jonathan Edwards had a huge impact on the Great Awakening of the 18th century and his sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” is famous, or maybe infamous :). Anyway, Jonathan, as a very young man (he was only about twenty years old!) wrote, “The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards.” These are rich, enjoy! 

BEING SENSIBLE THAT I AM UNABLE TO DO ANYTHING WITHOUT GOD’S HELP, I DO HUMBLY ENTREAT HIM BY HIS GRACE TO ENABLE M TO KEEP THESE RESOLUTIONS, SO FAR AS THEY ARE AGREEABLE TO HIS WILL, FOR CHRIST’S SAKE.

Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week. 

1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriads of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many soever, and how great soever.

I love how our pursuit of God’s glory and our own pleasure are one and the same. John Piper, author and pastor, also says “God is most glorified when we are most satisfied in Him.” Our deepest satisfaction and joy comes from resting in and enjoying Him. LOVE it! I highly recommend John Piper’s book Desiring God or any of his books for that matter. 

More on Jonathan Edwards to come! 

*J*

Henry David Thoreau on Eloquence

 

Eloquence

Eloquence

 

 

“We love eloquence for its own sake, and not for any truth which it may utter, or an heroism it may inspire.”  — Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

I was reading Thoreau for my War and American Society class and came across this quote and for some reason or another couldn’t get past it. It is so true, an eloquent speech by a politician or anyone else, really is valued more than a simple, but honest one. I suppose there is some value to an eloquently put, winsome speech, only if it’s purpose is to inspire truth. 

What do you think?

…random thoughts…

I got my haircut yesterday. Chris, my stylist, and I were talking about how everything and everyone seems to be flying past us. Time is flying, it seems as like it’s out of control. It was just yesterday that I was a freshman at Gordon College being left in Massachusetts as my family went home to North Carolina. Now, I’m a junior and back in good old NC. It’s all so odd and strange. People are getting older and the necessary changes that come with growth, maturity and age are occurring, but me, I feel the same, nothing new is happening. My sister, Cote, is getting married in September. I am extremely happy for her. I can’t wait to celebrate with her, she has been waiting for this for a very long time. She will be a beautiful bride. Anyway, I guess, it’s just an odd sensation and feeling of monotony, all the while, everyone else’s lives are dynamic and full of good change. 

Other things…You know, I think I have an obsession with coats and jackets. I am constantly buying them, though I am sure I already have enough. Any style and any kind will do. I love nice, wool/cashmere coats and cute blazers, but I also love a good soft shell, rain jacket, and heavier duty coats for the snow…my next purchases are going to be the Mountain Hardware Monkey jacket and Marmot precip jacket. 

Still thoroughly enjoying my War and American Society class. We are now onto the Mexican War. We are reading Henry David Thoreau for our discussion tomorrow. I haven’t really even started it yet, but once I am done I am sure that I will have much to say about it. 

Bye, for now. ~Gem

A Few of My Favorite Things

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

These are a few of my favorite things (four from each category to be exact, and yes these are kind of random)….

FOOD

1) Anything spicy

2) Halibut

3) Almost any kind of soup

4) BREAD! 

Books 

1) Persuasion

2) The Keeper of the Bees

3) Living the Cross Centered Life

4) Les Miserables 

PLACES  

1) On top of a mountain somewhere

2) My grandmother’s house

3) The top shelf in my old closet (i had a big closet and could climb up to the top shelf and put blankets and pillows up there and read or talk on the phone or, in some cases cry. it was a nice place :D) 

4) A deserted beach 

MovIeS

1) The Return of the King

2) Breakfast at Tiffany’s 

3) Funny Face 

4) North and South

* Oh yeah and I do really like the Sound of Music 😀 

Birds

1) Bald Eale 

2) Blue Bird

3) Cardinal 

4) Ostrich 

MUSIC 

1) James Taylor

2) Priscilla Ahn

3) Amos Lee 

4) The Carpenters

Changing Seasons

Before you know it years have gone by and your are five years older. It’s so funny, I don’t really feel like I have changed that much since I was 15 years old, but boy I have changed a lot (and thank goodness for that)! I was reading old journals and e-mails today…wow, they are hysterical and embarrassing all at the same time. 

Life’s different seasons are exciting and unique. Praise God for the times that we have and the unique opportunities present in all of the seasons. I think that my friends and I are leaving one season and entering another now. It may be a little painful, growing usually is, but I can already tell that this one is going to be a blast. And, I’m sure that we will all be afforded new and different opportunities to further the kingdom. So, hoorah for Spring and everything that comes with it!

War and American Society

Standing Army

Standing Army

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                  I am taking my history senior colloquium on the Military History of America with a focus on war and society. So far I am thoroughly enjoying it. If I were, which I am not, going to make a career out of history, I think I would want to go into military history. 

The first book on our reading list is A Respectable Army:The Military Origins of the Republic, 1763-1789 I haven’t read much, only a couple of chapters, but it’s really fascinating. It starts of by describing the ideological origins that made militia preferable to standing armies in the eyes of the founding fathers. I found the part about the duty of the citizen soldier and his personal virtue to be particularly interesting. The notion that a man of property fighting for his own interests of liberty, freedom, property and perhaps even life versus a paid soldier with no particular investments in the cause, would in some way fight more honorably, harder and with an awakened sense of morality and virtue makes so much sense. On the other hand though, many times American history, especially that of the Revolutionary War period is romanticized and we make everyone out to be the perfect, virtuous, citizen-soldier, the ideal. 

Anyway, as I continue to read, I will update you on my latest discoveries. 

For now, 

J

Jackson

 

Alaska in the Summer

Alaska in the Summer

This photo was taken by my incredibly talented brother, Jackson, on a trip to Hooper Bay, AK in the summer of 2007. I love everything about this photo, it has been my wallpaper ever since he got home! 

Jackson is a wonderful, thoughtful, and funny brother. I have had the pleasure of knowing him for the past eighteen years :). We have shared so many fun memories together and gone on more than a few adventures. One of my favorites was when my mom had just come home from the hospital, and we, being the crazy little kids, snuck out during nap time. We hiked through the jungles of our backyard until we reached the border, a tall fence separating us from paradise. We climbed up and jumped over into the unknown. There was so much to explore, a large body of water and so many plants that we didn’t have in our country (yard). We went swimming in the water (even though it was October) and picked mom a nice bouquet of weeds…or so we thought. Realizing that nap time was almost over we jumped the fence and ran home in our soaking wet clothes. We quickly changed and went to our rooms. It wasn’t long though until we realized that the weeds we picked were poison ivy leaves. However, it wasn’t until much later that we found out that the sparkling waters we had been swimming in were quite polluted from a sewage pipe that had burst. Yes, those were good old days with Jack.