Archive | November 2015

Thanksgiving- Truly a Time of Thankfulness

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Thanksgiving is probably one of the most celebrated (besides Christmas) holidays of the year, where friends, family, and a whole lot of food are gathered around the table with an air of happiness, bonding, and most importantly, thankfulness. It is a time when those we have not seen in a while, and those we have, are gathered into one area, where they can meet with one another and show love, support, and care for those they meet, but Thanksgiving isn’t only just about all of that.

Long ago, back in November of 1620, a ship called the Mayflower landed on a land unknown to its passengers, the Pilgrims. This New World was indeed very new to these people, who were trying to escape persecution and the laws of their homeland, and they longed to build their own community, where they could create a place to worship God freely and be able to give themselves and their descendants a place for them. Although these travelers knew nothing about how to find food, a kind Native American by the name of Squanto showed them how to fish, plant, and make a living off the earth. With his help, the knowledge of this new land, later to be named America, spread, and during harvesting time, the Pilgrims and the Native Americans gathered together and gave thanked to God for what He gave them.

Today, we still celebrate this important time in history. Without God’s guidance, the Pilgrims would never have found America, have the ability to live off their land, or be able to prosper like they did. America is one of the most populated and prosperous nation of the world, and without God, we would have never been able to find America. God’s power and care was shown through the Pilgrim’s journey.

As I think over the many joys and events of my life, I am thankful for many things. I am thankful for my parents, who love, care, and teach me ways that will help me throughout my life. They are truly an inspiration to me, and for both of them, I am thankful. I am thankful for my brother, for his constant optimism and support. Without him, I’d be lonely and a bit bored. I’m thankful for all my grandparents, who also encourage me and route me on! I am thankful for my friends, both on the Internet and in real life, who have been such a support to me and have shined Christ to me through their actions, words, and behavior. I can’t tell you enough how grateful I am that God has allowed me to meet them!

I am also thankful for the many things given to me. I am thankful for my brilliant Border Collie, Chloe, for the talents and knowledge God has allowed me to work for, and for life itself! Life is truly good!

Thanksgiving isn’t just a holiday that precedes Christmas, then. It’s a time when we reflect on our ancestors, what happened during that time, and most importantly, Who helped them on that journey that would change a lifetime. As family and friends come together to remember this special time for America, I will be reflecting on the many things I am thankful for.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone! Enjoy your family and friends as well as your food! (I will certainly be enjoying it!)

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Dove’s Question and Answer Week!

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Hey! This week, I decided to have a bit of a Q&A for my blog, so I asked my followers on Tumblr if they had any questions this week! I want to give a huge thank you to girlinblackconverse, youvegothatonering, coolguitargirl, and anonymous for sending me questions! You guys are awesome!

 

Favorite color/colors and why? 

I’ve been trying to figure this out for some time, but I think I have it. As a child, I loved lilac purple, and I think it’s just stuck with me throughout the years. Blue is also one of my favorites, as it represents some of the different colors of blue in the sky.

 

Have you ever been to a concert? If so who? 

I have been to a Clay Aiken concert and the Getty’s concert, which was hosted at a  church. Hopefully in the near future, I will also be able to see Twenty One Pilots!

 

What is your all time favorite song?

I really enjoy the song ‘What I Believe’ by Skillet! Fantastic song with a cool message!

 

If you could transport to any fictional world, which one would you travel to?

Probably Middle Earth! I would fit right in with those Hobbits!

 

Do you prefer dogs or cats, and why?

I enjoy both animals immensely. I have always liked cats, but dogs are just lovable creatures!

 

Are you a closet fan of anything?

I’m pretty outspoken about what I enjoy, so there is not a whole lot of things I do not like to talk about. Everyone pretty much knows what all of my favorite movies and shows are.

 

What is your all time favorite band?

Impossible to choose! Maybe Twenty One Pilots, but I can’t leave Paramore, Fall Out Boy, and Skillet out!

 

What is your favorite number? 

I have always liked the number 2. Don’t ask why; it’s just fun to say.

 

What is your favorite actor or actress?

This one is a rather hard one for me, but I think it’s probably Karen Gillan. She’s a rather funny person, and sometimes she’s a bit awkward, but she knows how to pull it off as a bit of a joke. That’s admirable to me!

 

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

I think my favorite part is being able to witness about Christ through my words. I think that’s the coolest part about the Internet, actually.

 

What is something you really want to write about on your blog, but haven’t done yet?

Eventually, I’d like to do reviews on the different series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but I think I’d also like to do some more of the Free! anime.

 

Why did you start blogging?

When I first came up with the idea that I wanted to do a blog, I was thinking along the lines of doing honest entertainment (such as movies and TV) reviews, but I think the true reason I have blogged is to witness about Christ through what I write. I may not get a chance to see the people that I meet online, but perhaps I can speak about Christ through what I blog about.

 

Do you have any goals in blogging?

This is a good question, and I’m not really quite sure yet. I guess what I want is this: if a person is having trouble trying to find a show or movie appropriate for them or their children, or they’re looking for a different view on a topic, they may find my blog. And if they find it, I want to be able to tell them honest answers about my views. They don’t have to agree with them, of course, but, by God’s will, maybe it might be a witness to them.

 

Do you write blog stuff when you feel like it, i.e. also, not in a steady way, or do you have a schedule with blogging?

Usually I have a schedule, which ranges from Friday to Sunday. When I first started out, it was more of a when-I-felt-like-it schedule, just so I could get some more posts up on the newly created site, but I try to stay consistent, although that doesn’t always happen.

 

How do you usually make your posts? What process do you enjoy the most for the post’s outcome?

Well, typically I like to start planning a topic to write about around Monday or so. That day, or the day after, I begin writing out some of my thoughts on the topic. Around Friday and Saturday, I then finish it, add in some interesting pictures, then I choose a category and post it. My favorite part has to be choosing the pictures for the post. I’m always trying to find the best one I can find!

 

Thanks for all the questions everyone! Man, I really appreciate it! It’s been a fun week!

Have a great weekend!

 

The American Girl Scoop

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Earlier this week, I was hit with some sad news. After reading a blog post concerning one of my favorite childhood things, I was filled with remorse, anger, and nostalgia, all hitting me at the same time. American Girl, a popular company which produces dolls, magazines, and books for girls, has declared themselves supporters of gays through their ‘American Girl’ magazine, something I spent a lot of time reading as a child.

Even though I’m not quite as avid of a fan as I was back then, I still enjoy the dolls and books today as sort of a nostalgic memory for me. I used to go crazy for that stuff; for all the dolls, the horses you could buy, the books, everything! One of my favorite stories was about a girl named Samantha and her best friend Nelly, both who lived during the 1900s. Those stories taught me many lessons and brought me lots of fun entertainment.

Therefore, you can see why I was upset over the fact that American Girl had decided that were supporting something I was totally against; gay actions and abortion. This realization all started out the day I received my monthly magazine in the mail. As my custom, I paged through the magazine, skimming over articles and looking at the different quizzes and activities in it. As I got towards the middle of the magazine, I suddenly stopped at an article about a young girl. Something didn’t seem quite right to me. I didn’t read through it all (which was part of the problem here.) but I did read small bits of it, and almost immediately, something had made me uncomfortable. However, I pushed the feeling down, set the magazine aside, and forgot about it.

a73560e354c0b365bd11e05b8d0201e6Sunday night, though, I was looking at an article on the Peculiar Messenger’s blog and I noticed something regarding American Girl. I read through it and instantly froze. In it, it basically talked about American Girl’s support of Planned Parenthood and of the gays. My stomach clenched and I quickly picked up the magazine I had read only a few days ago, landing on the exact page they were talking about.

I’m still both sad and upset about this. Please do not misunderstand me; I do not hate gays. Don’t think that at all! My job as a Christian is to love everyone, no matter what. I do not support the world’s beliefs and choices, however. Does this make Christians haters? Not at all. Christians are called by God Himself to love people just as He loved them, but not to love the world itself.

Also, I do not support Planned Parenthood. The other day, I wrote about some arguments about why I do not agree with it, which you can read here, but basically, I pointed out one scenario: Suppose your parents decided they wanted to have an abortion for you. Would you be here today, impacting others as you are? No. Not at all, because you would not be alive. And because you would not be alive, you would not be doing what you are today. Does life seem tough and maybe sometimes we wonder why we are alive? Yes, of course! That’s normal; human, in fact! But believe it or not, you’re impacting someone!

be08536a72ca2934e094fac644f97295This is why I do not agree with abortion. Scientists are now saying that because the baby has not been born yet, the child is not even a child at all, but merely a clump of cells. And each time I hear that, I will say the same thing: Really?! Then how come it contains DNA? Why does it contain the genetics from both parents? Why isn’t this coming out? Is it because they want all this hidden to support their statement?

Like I have said before, I am called to love everyone, just not to follow in the world’s footsteps. Some mistake that for hatred. It’s not hatred, it’s called obedience to the One who made us all.  The news about American Girl’s decision hit me hard, and I will no longer be supporting them. As much as it pains me to see this world slowly folding in on itself and becoming so ungodly, I know Christ has a plan, just like He always does, and I’ll keep believing.

Have a great weekend!

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P.S. Please pray for Paris! Yesterday, terrorists killed 153 people and took 100 people hostage. Though, the threat is over, Paris, and France itself, is suffering from the loss, hurt, and shock they faced last night! Now, more than ever, Paris needs our prayers and support.