Think on These Things

The following is an article by a fellow blogger that I totally agree with! It basically says everything I’ve wanted to say in a way i never would have thought of saying it.  All credit goes to Caitlin, who wrote this, and this is a link to her blog, go ahead, and check it out! Daughter of Destiny

By the way this is a continuation of the rant I started with the following post: Romantic Novels, are they really worth our time?

Think on these things

I’d like to address an issue, that I feel like has been laid upon my heart, in which I believe is crucial, in this day and age.

Movies… now before any of you exit out of this post, or un-follow me, I’d like you to hear me out.

Our family has set standards as us kids have gotten older. Yes, I’m almost 22, and yes, I’m allowed to choose which movies I watch, and yes, I’ve made some mistakes, and watched movies that I shouldn’t have seen. Sometimes, those images stay in our head, and convince our minds that it’s okay.

What bothers me, is when people go to midnight showings and watch movies that they KNOW will have “Sensual Scenes” or “F-bombs”, they say, “It’s okay, it doesn’t bother me.” or “I just ignore it.”

To be honest… you can’t just ignore it. We slowly give way to accepting what our culture watches.

At first, we may fast forward the “kissing scene…” maybe the next time, “we watch just a little bit of it”… slowly, we accept the fact, that kissing scene’s are in every movie we watch, and we little by little become okay with it.

What once was a sin to see… still is… but, we accept it now. We justify our sin. We think that we won’t be “cool”, if we don’t see the movie.

Can I ask a question?… how many of you look at reviews for movies? How many of you see what the review says, but still go anyway? You see that the movie has a couple “scenes”, but…really? Just ignore it? I’ve talked with a lot of people on this subject, and they say, “it’s realistic when they do that…” it doesn’t matter if it’s realistic or not… it’s NOT okay. We can’t justify it!!! Adam and Eve didn’t have the kind of language we have today… they didn’t call people the “S” word, or the “D” word! They might have gotten mad at each other, but…really?

You guys (gals), this is a spiritual battle! We see it everywhere today! And little by little, we’ve compromised! Little by little, we let things “slide” so to speak. It doesn’t bother you to see a man and woman getting naked in front of a T.V. screen? … it should! The Bible tells us in

Hebrews 13:4 

“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.”

Even if you turn your head for 5 seconds… once you’ve seen, it can destroy you! And when you go to a movie, the director’s don’t know that you “turned” your head… they think you support that movie. They don’t know if you fast-forward scenes, or use “Clear-Play” to watch movies… although it’s much safer to do that. You still support the movie. I’m not perfect! I do it too! However, I try to hard to remind myself of what Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-mediate on these things.”

Is going to see “____”, (fill in the blank) any of these things? If not, pray and ask God for guidance. You might have grown up in a family, where it’s okay to watch whatever movie you’d like. You might have grown up in a family that would only let you watch a couple movies or no movies at all, and now you let things slide. Whatever the case may be… I ask that you PLEASE protect your mind, soul, and heart! Don’t let this world steal your mind and thoughts. I’d recommend looking at:  http://www.pluggedin.com/ for a movie review. And please, don’t take me wrong… watching movies can be great and fun! … but in the end, are thoughts in your mind that shouldn’t be?! Forgive me if I’ve overstepped by boundaries. But this is one thing, I can’t let go by anymore. Thank you all, and may you be blessed! 🙂

~ Caitlin Baughman

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Pawleys Island Sunrise Shoot

Hey y’all! Just wanted to share some more pics from our vacation. This time, it’s gonna be some pics from the sunrise shoot I did on the last morning we were there.
Every summer we are in Pawleys, my Mom, and try to get at least one Sunrise photo soot in during our time there, and whatever pics we do get from those shoots, we hold onto for the rest of the year, until we get to go back. We make a lot of memories on those “photo walks” as we like to call them. It’s also a lot of fun.

So, without further ado, here they are! =) Enjoy y’all. Oh and let me in the comments what you like, which ones you think are better, and why. =) I Love to get feedback from my beloved readers =P

 

 

Just as a side note. I shoot all my photos on Manual. So all these exposures have been hand dialed into the camera. Because I shoot in Manual Mode, I start normally out at a very over or under exposed state, and slowly work up from there, util i have the perfect exposure, and then i go from there with the rest of my shoot. I enjoy shooting on Manual, a lot. =)

Have a great week y’all. =)

~Sunshine

 

I Love The Way You Hold Me

The Way You Hold Me,

You lift me off the ground,

You swing me around,

But when you put me down,

I feel like I’m still flying,

In your arms,

I close my eyes and I’m still In your arms,

We’re still spinning around,

My feet still miles from the ground,

No matter what’s going on around us,

You make me fly,

Because I love the way you hold me,

You always turn my day right side up,

When it’s flipped around,

When you’re no longer holding me,

I just close my eyes,

And hit rewind,

To put my day back together,

Because you hold my heart,

In your arms.

~ Sunshine

July 22, 2014

I wrote this poem today, and I’m at least a little bit excited about it =) I want to just explain where the inspiration for this one came from. I have been listening to the below song, a lot, like it’s one of those songs I heard on the radio, fell in love with it, and just have been listening to over and over and over, because I just really love it! =) It’s called “Hold Me” by Jamie Grace. I just love the concept, of someone, anybody that you love just coming up and hugging you, making you feel better, and just letting you know it’s gonna be alright. That whole concept just really struck me, and I just knew that there was going to be a poem coming out of it. So earlier as I was listening to it (For like the ten thousandth time!), I was sitting here at the dinning room table, with a blank notebook in front of me, just singing along and thinking about who this song reminds me of, and just thinking. Then all of a sudden, the words just started flowing. At first all I had was the first line down, and then next I knew, had a full poem sitting in front of me! And it all totally fit together! =P I’m pretty proud of it =)

This is one of those poems that is more like a vignette into my thoughts and feelings, than my life. I don’t really know how to explain it. =) It’s one of those poems =P

I hope y’all really enjoy it =) Oh and I also incorporated another song I’ve been listening to over and over to called “Rewind” by Rascal Flatts, Look it up, it’s an awesome song. Really love that song too! =)

Vacation Journal Entry #1 – Pawleys Island, S.C.

Wow, so kicking myself right now, trying to make sure I’m actually here! We are actually in Pawleys! I just can’t believe how fast this year has flown by! I mean, come on, since when did July just fly in like less than a month after January?! Wait, wasn’t last night New Year’s?! The last year that I remember to have flown by this fast was um, let me see, it was the year my little brother Noah was born, 2008, and as most everybody knows when you have a baby in the house, the years always fly by, because they grow up faster than you want them to. But this year, has just flown bye so fast. I personally think it has at least a little bit to do with how anxious I was turn 15, and how desperate we are to move from our current residence, but I may be wrong. As I’ve said in previous posts, I still remember when I was like 8 or 9 like it was two weeks ago. Okay now I’m getting way off track, so anyway. My Papa’s Sisters’s Husband’s family (My Uncle Greg’s family) owns a summer house on the beach on Pawleys Island in South Carolina. Every summer, all of my Uncle Greg’s family takes turns having the beach house for a period of time, and they get to invite whoever they want to come to the beach house with them, while they are there. My Aunt Kelly, Uncle Greg and cousins Mac and Sondra live in Baltimore, Maryland, along with my Grandparents on Papa’s side, so we very rarely get to see them, except for at the beach house, and at or around New Years. So for the past three years we have been invited to the beach house, sometime in either June, July or August.  The beach house is literally a two minute walk through the backyard off the beach, making it  favorite place for all the family to hang out, on the beach, playing cards, reading, going for rides in the boat in the marsh, etc. As you can probably imagine, my whole family looks forward to this beach/family time all year long, and gets so excited in the days leading up to it, we pack like three – four days ahead of time, a rarity in our house, when it comes to traveling. =) So we were invited back again this year! So happy! So today what I will be doing is posting a bunch of pictures that I have already taken here. We are going to be here for two more days, and we just got here yesterday. The First block of pictures will be taken by Me. And the second will be by My Aunt Kelly. Just to explain a little bit. Yesterday when we got here, we watched the Brazil vs. Germany World Cup soccer game, which I must say was heart breaking, then we went right onto the beach,  took a few rides in the boat around in the marsh, played a little bit of Foosball, ate a delicious dinner and then played a card game called Shanghai, it’s played with regular playing cards, and it is very similar Gin Rummy but it has 7 different hands. We played cards until 12:30 last night. Which explains why I did not get up as early as I would have liked to, to take some pics of the Sunrise. Okay now for the pics!

Okay, one last thing, I just wanted to add one song, that has really gotten into my head, and so I thought I would share it.

Have an awesome week, y’all! =) Sunshine PS, please excuse some of the misspellings I was a little rushed to write this out, because i was missing stuff going on here while I was writing this =)

Take this weight off my back!

I have been able to relate to this so many times in my past, and just thought I would would share this with y’all since it was very encouraging for me.

Dancing With Fireflies -

10408085_471450286319697_2051635264467343191_nIt was once so heavy, this boulder of emotions that I carried around on my back.  I allowed it to grow bigger and bigger as I added parts of my life that were dark and horrible to feed this creation of mine.  I carried it with me everywhere I went. Fear kept me from ever leaving home without it.  It didn’t take long before I was weakened by the load. But I refused to let it go, I grew dependent on that weight. so tired at points from moving his heavy stone from place to place in my life, that I often felt so weighted down that I didn’t leave my house, didn’t grow and enjoy life as I should have been allowed to.  I not only hated this boulder and loathed the life that it gave me, but I also began to have a relationship with it.  I named it…

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My Newest Favorite songs

Hey y’all I just wanted to kinda share a bunch of songs with y’all that have really been inspirational, helpful, and just plain awesome for me in particular right now. This play list includes:

  • “Happy” by Pharell Williams
  •  “Unconditional” by Katy Perry
  • “All of me” by John Legend
  • “Who am I” by Casting Crowns
  • “Fifteen” by Taylor Swift
  • “I am Love” by Michael W. Smith
  • “Pretty Pink Tractor” by Tim Hawkins
  • “Brave” by Sara Bareilles
  • “Shadowfeet” by Brooke Fraser
  • “Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts

And several others, that of course I can’t think of right now. Just how it goes, anyway, so yea. I will put a few of them songs here. Hope y’all enjoy! =)

Sunshine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I got the Liebster Award! So Honored!

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Hannah, @ Radical Femininity  nominated me for the Leibster Award, last week, so i am just now posting it! So here we go!

The general ‘rules’ for accepting a Liebster Award are:

1. Post the award on your blog.
2. Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
3. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers.
5. Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions.

 

So here are my answers. . . . . . . . .

1. What is your favorite Bible verse? Um, wow, that is a hard one! I really like Jeremiah 29:11, and I also like Philippians 4:13, and Isaiah 40:31. Those are probably my top three =)
2. Have you ever slaughtered an animal for food? Actually, I have, or at least think this counts. One time, way back (it was only like 10 or so years ago) when my family and I lived on our 40 ft sail boat, we caught a wild Tuna, in the Atlantic ocean, and so yea, we slaughtered/filleted it, and ate it right up. I was like 3 or 4.
3. If you could live in any era, which would it be? Um, well, that’s kind of hard to! I think it would probably be the Edwardian era. Still not sure, though, that one is going to take some more thought =P
4. What is your favorite style of music? Certainly Christian, but i don’t think that is a “style” per say. I like all kinds of music, country, blue grass, classical, some pop( christian pop), so yea =P
5. What country would you really like to visit? Wow, that’s another really hard one. I think my top four are Brazil, Equador, France, and Costa Rica. =)
6. Do you garden? Currently, no. But I have previously, quite a bit, actually =)
7. What is one prayer that you have had answered?  Oh wow, um, I have had so many answered!
8. Do you like the country or city? I call myself a hybrid, I have a little bit of city girl in me, and some farm girl in me too, so yea =) But, if I had to choose one over the other, I would probably choose the country. I actually prefer the beach, or Ocean side, the most =) 
9. Have you ever been to the chiropractor? Nope, never in my whole 15 yrs! =P
10. Would you prefer tea or coffee? Well I have only tasted coffee, and I would like to say coffee, over tea, but I’m  not allowed to drink it, so =)
11. What is your life goal? Life goal. To be a better daughter, sister, friend, and follower of my Savior Yahushua. I can’t guarantee I will ever accomplish it though =P

 

And now for the 11 random facts about me! :

(I will try to make these facts, facts that you don’t find out right when you meet me, or just by knowing me for a few months)

1. My Papa came up with my name like, he says “a decade before he could even get married”! Actually it was when he was like 15, or something =)

2. I believe in dressing modestly, no skirts above the knee, and nothing like see through, and stuff. Oh and I have not worn pants/jeans of any kind since I was 8.

3. My family and I used to live on our 40 ft catamaran. I really miss it. I have salt water in my blood, for sure!

4. I did not get my first skateboard until last year, around December. My best friend had large part to play in that =P ‘Cuz she is awesome!

5. I have always had a love and passion for dance, and praise dance. But I have also always wanted to learn three types of dance, Irish folk dancing, Tap, and Modern. Still have not gotten around to any of these, but I will try in the years to come. For now I’m just an amateur, and I enjoy dancing at parties, at Shul (known to most as Church), and around the house. I did take a few introductory Ballet classes when I was like 6 or 7.

6. I have always had a real addiction, I guess you could call it, to traveling. I just love the fact of being away from home, and doing stuff, we don’t normally do at home! I also really enjoy the outdoors. Anything related to Hiking, Swimming, Watersports, Canoeing, Backpacking, I enjoy, a lot! =)

7. I really enjoy writing, in a creative way. If someone tells me to write something, about something, or something like that, I really don’t enjoy it. I like to write on my own time, whenever it comes to me. Sometimes it’s poetry, other times it’s about something I did, still other times it’s a fictional story! =) Creative writing is a big favorite of mine =)

8. I would really like to finish school, early. And by that I mean, I would like to do my best to finish school, when I’m sixteen. I am not promising anything, y’all! Now I don’t want any pressure guys, I’m already putting enough pressure on by my self =)

9. I absolutely HATE math! I think it must be a girl thing, but I can’t stand math. I don’t care how many time y’all try to tell me, how useful it will be, when I try to make a business making skirt and dresses, or how useful it is when cooking, and so on. You won’t change my mind, I can’t stand math, and I am no good at it. The ONLY math I like and have ever liked, is Geometry.

10. I really enjoy sewing. I wish I had more time to devote to it, but I don’t.

11. (Wow, I made it to 11! I’m not a terribly interesting person.) I really like most sports, but especially Volleyball, and Soccer, known in most other countries other than the U.S. as Futbol.

 

Okay, now it’s time for the Nominees! Drum roll please! =P

 

And finally the 11 questions for my awesome nominees:

1. What is the most exotic/unusual thing you’ve eaten?

2. What is your favorite book topic?

3. Pick one country that you really want to visit, what is it?

4. Given a million dollars what would you do with it?

5. You have been given the chance to go on world wide TV, and you have decided to change to world with this chance, but you can only use four words, what will they be?

6. What foreign language would you really, really like to learn?

7. Have you ever Been Sailing?

8. What is your Favorite Quote?

9. Who is your favorite Music Artist/Band?

10. What favorite blogging Topic?

11. What is your favorite person in history?

 

Okay, wow that took a while! =P Have an awesome week, y’all. And once again, thanks so much, Hannah, @ Radical Femininity for the chance to receive this wonderful award, and share a little bit about me with y’all! =)