Monday, November 19, 2012

New Blog!

By the title, I hope you have seen that I have started a new blog. I began a new blog, but will still continue posting on this one. The blog's name is truth that sets free and will deal with present problems in the world as well as showing the truth that God brings.

Please look at my new blog! I'm still working on formatting and editing it some, but soon it will be great looking!

The Address is www.knowingandsettingfree.blogspot.com

Thanks,
Hannah

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Trip Day 2

I am doing yesterday's and today's posts during the same day. Today we went to see Monticello, pronounced in the Italian as Montichello. I saw some amazing things, including a phonograph(copies letters) think modern day photo copiers,  and a clock with balls that go into the ceiling and some amazing gardens.

Monticello is the home of Thomas Jefferson, our third president. He was elected after Washington and Adams. Jefferson lives only a few miles away from James Monroe, another president. Monticello holds a thousand feet of garden, Jefferson's grave and many other features.

Well, that's all for now!
I've gotta go and study some homework!
-Hannah

Trip Day 1

On our trip, we went through the blue ridge parkway, and I experienced severl interesting things.

1.  the sound of you ears really popping
2. the experieice of wishing you were on solid ground (scary one)
3. wishing the turns would stop winding
4. carsickness

Overall, the scenic was beautiful, and at some point, my ears stopped popping.
I've gotta go pack up, we are changing hotels.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Wasting your life

When you think about wasting your life, you think about not getting good grades, or throwing it away for something bad. That's not how John Piper thinks about it. John Piper believes that God has called us to live life with a passion. That passion is to joyfully show his greatness in all aspects of life. A Wasted Life is a life without this passion.

Philippians 1: 20-24
I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.

We should not be ashamed of the gospel but have courage to let Christ be exalted in our bodies. If this means, doing something you don't want to do to let Christ be exalted, by all means do it! My mom is very sick right now, and feels very weak. However, I have to be strong for her and pray for her. We have a conference tomorrow that starts up in Chattanooga tomorrow afternoon, that I have to trust God that we will  be able to make it up there in time.

If we live through Christ and have the passion of following Christ for who He is and not what he gives, dying will be gain, because in dying we will go to heaven if we follow Christ with a passion. But if Christ allows us to live a long time, we are supposed to be working and providing fruit so that when we see him face to face, he will say, "Good job, Good and Faithful Servant." 

If I was to die today, which would be scary for my family, I would go to live with Christ, but that would be better than on living on earth, because in Heaven there is no evil. But God has called us to remain with the body, and be an encourager.

So, In summary, a life that is wasted is one that does not serve God with a passion of doing things for Him and not for what he gives. A passion for God is someone who does things for Christ, and knows that while dying would take away all pain and suffering, Christ called us to be on this earth to bring a message of peace and joy to people who have never heard it before. This is amazing! 

I got this from Don't Waster Your Life by John Piper.

Prayer Requests:
1) my mom is feeling really sick right now, pray for protection and safety
2) I have my FIRST and ONLY swim meet this fall in 17 days!!!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Possibility of a Trip

It's possible I might go down to florida on septemeber 26th. It's very exciting. I would be gone for four days. The downside: In order to go, i have to be ahead two days of school. Which is going to be difficult to get ahead in everything......

Splatter Lab



The purpose of this lab is to discover the effects of raindrops on land mass. The question to be answered is how does the height of the dropper effect the size of the splatter? In this lab, drops of colored water will fall from different heights and make a splatter. The splatter will be then measured and the diameter recorded. She believes that the height will affect the size of the splatter to some degree. The equipment used in this experiment are base, pole, ring, safety goggles, graph paper, 2 rulers, a dropper, beaker, dye water, 2 trays and paper towels. 
The steps for this lab are as follows. First, put a drop of dye in some water. Put the dropper through one of the holes on the ruler and place it on the ring flat. Then, place a ruler and measure from an upside down tray to the end of the dropper. Adjust so that the distance is 5 cm. Then drop a drop of the colored water onto graph paper. Quickly draw to lines to measure the size of the drop. Measure the diameter with a ruler and record. Repeat with 10cm, 15cm, 20cm, 25cm.
Data Chart:
Test
1
2
3
Av.
5cm
10
10
10
10
10cm
15
14
14
14.3
15cm
16
16
16
16
20cm
16
20
14
16.6
25cm
16
16
16
16

Some potential sources of error in the experiment are the hardness of the squeeze, the different people squeezing it. Next time, I am going to create a graph table before I start working on the experiment. My hypothesis was correct. The size of the splatter was affected by the height of the ring and dropper. What surprised me was that at 20 cm, it varied a great deal. I think we messed up on that one. J I have a few questions from the research I did.. How does it affect the ground when they fall from a higher altitude? Why don’t raindrops fall from the sky in a big bucket like fall? Why do they fall in little drops?

* this is also posted under science. :-)

Monday, September 3, 2012

True Love-Part 2

Today, we are going to get into the subject of mentors. Titus 2:3-5 talks about the importance of young men and women having a mentor to guide them through life.

This is the model for a mentor:
 Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.

The importance of a person to guide you through life is great. God is always there, but to have a person to look at and follow is amazing.
Some of my mentors are:
my parents
my teachers: Mrs. Ligas, Mrs. Davis
people at church: Wendy Trent, Mrs. Thomas

Sometimes if you have a really wise friend, they can be a mentor. Most of my friends are the crazy middle school type who love you to death, but when it comes to wisdom can be lacking. Not always, just sometimes. 
That's the importance of a mentor. I look up to these people above and trust them, because if something were to happen to one of my parents, I would go to them.

 
 Hope you look for a mentor in your daily life.

-Hannah

Monday, August 27, 2012

True Love-Part 1

Intro to the Series:
Recently, I was inspired by another post which captures the idea of movie love and the possibility of true love in life. But I, being the amazing creative writer that I am, decided to go farther and write a few posts on the topic. {mainly because if is far to difficult to write about in one post.} So, today I am going to be giving the answers to three different questions I asked my friends a couple days ago and guess what???? Three people responded, so I have written their answers in random order and have posted the questions below. For the next post I have decided to dig into 1 John 4 and then the post after that 1 Cor 13.  So, you've got three nice lengthy posts coming up, so sit back and gear up for the ride!

1. If such a thing as true love exists.
2. If true love can be shared
3. If perfect love is true love.

But, before I do all of this, here's what a few of my friends said:

 In response to question 1, here is what they said:

 "I think that true love is someone that you love and would do anything for, sometimes even though you love them, you don't even like them. "

"True love is where a married couple are happy together."

"True love is a love by the guidelines of 1 Cor 13."

In response to question 2, here is what they said:

"True love can be shared."

"No, but a couple in true love can share happiness, and love to others, because love is not just a couple in love."

" Yes, true love can be shared."

In response to question 3, here is what they said:

" Yes, I think."


" I don't know. I would say yes though, because if you are in true love, you think it is perfect love."

"Perfect love is the love of Christ, which is true love."


 Let's Review the Questions again:
1. If such a thing as true love exists.
2. If true love can be shared
3. If perfect love is true love.

 
So, what did y'all think? If you have a different answer to any of these questions, leave a comment in the comment box! Thanks!

In a few days, I'll follow up with the next part.



 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Forever Reign


Devo Time:

 I have decided to run through 25 lies throughout the next couple of months and go through the book: Lies Young Women Believe. 

 Lie #1-God is NOT enough

My heart will sing
no other Name
Jesus, Jesus

Oh, I’m running to Your arms
I’m running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

I hope that drove you to tears. It always makes me cry.
What do you want more of, that you do not have? Would that be enough?
think through the examples in your life.....  


I have a problem with this song. I love the song, love the lyrics,  but at some point it hits me. How many times has my heart sung to something else than Jesus Christ? Almost constantly, I am wanting something that is not what I need or what God knows I need. This is denial that God is in control. In my mind, I know that God is sovereign and good. In my heart I distrust this.  I have decided to run back to God today as I fight to run back to Him.

God Is Enough.


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Song review "Call me maybe"

This song is played everywhere in mankind. for instance, the USA swimmers made a video which I have seen played on NBC. The lyrics to the original are kind of strange, but at the same time, this is a worldly song. I don't really like the original  so I found a version by cookie monster that I love. It talks about cookies!

Here it is!

This is a short post, but my next one will be longer!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Olympics!!!!!

Is anyone watching the olympics?

Is anyone wondering, besides me, whether or not Lochte will win against Phelps every time they race together?

Did anyone see the major upset that  in the men's 4 x 100 free relay?
Ya. That was slightly disappointing. I was a little disappointed in that but hey, they tried really hard and they just weren't able to hold the other team off. Silver is real good though.

Did anyone see the upset in the Women's gymnastics?
Jordan Weiber dosen't get to be in the all-around because gabby douglass and another girl got better scores than her. The thing that makes me mad is that Jordan probably has one of the best scores in the entire thing.

Y'all need to be watching this. Amazing things happen. history is made.

History is in the making.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Exciting: Blue Skies

Tomorrow we leave on the most exciting trip this summer. We are going to Florida! But not just to Florida, we are going to Port St. Joe, FL!!!! okay, we are going to Blue Skies(cue applause) Blue skies is a ministry where families whose children have pediatric cancer get to go to the beach for a week free! by the way, our family has NO ONE with cancer. We're serving!

I am so excited to serve! I believe our family will be a host family, which means that we help a family by cleaning their condo, and other such things. There are also themed dinners, including a western as well as pirate night! I love dressing up as different things so this will be fun!

Things you can pray for:
-save driving down to FL
-being able to serve and uplift families
-going all out for Christ-all out is swimming language for the most you can do, giving everything you have-used while sprinting and racing
-letting God use me to serve Him for His glory
-removing ourselfves from the world and fighting for God's glory



link to blue skies site: Blue Skies

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Guess what???

today's post was very goofy, but as I have not done a funny post in a long time, I thought it was about time that I do some fun posts. This is a list of things that I have either done, or really want to do. comment and tell me which of these you think I have done and which I haven't.  some of these my friends will know, some you will have to guess at. Guess what? that's my title
1. waking up to the smell of breakfast
2. enjoying hot chocolate in the middle of july
3. cleaning your room with a toothbrush
4. washing the dishes and listening to mandisa at the same time
5. eating cookies
6. running a mile and then falling down exhausted
7. sewing projects
8. learning algebra :-)
9. doing my laundry every monday
10. Quiet Time in the morning
11. Worshiping at church
12. watching movie with my best friends
13. laughing over floundring
14. painting my nails and totally messing up
15. studying marine biology
16. swimming the 500 and your goggles come off on lap #2
17. speaking in public
18. laughing and joking around right before you race
19. putting your goggles on backwards right before you get on the blocks
20. making your parents laugh
21. living through life with a middleschool perspective-especially through the middleschool years
22. vacumming up all of the roly polies on my carpet
23. redesigning my room
24. taking a shower-actually love doing this!!!
25. having a sleepover with your siblings
26. acing a math test
27. texting your "pen pal"
28. rolling on the floor laughing when what you are laughing at is not really funny at all
29. joking around with your parents on the subject of chicken
30. eating elk
31. reading the map of Australia in Georgia, USA
32. looking for a picture and finding a cheese-it
33. walking around in jean shorts in december
34. pretending you are an angel
35. ramming your head into a rack at Kohl's
36. walking through Target with the "I really can't buy anything here" perspective
37. buying candy at walmart
38. skiing
39. loving a pair of boots 
40. texting your grandparents
41. going on a mission trip
42. enjoying being competitive
43. playing piano
44. writing an essay three times
45. writing  research report
46. using your life in order to find true hope
47. living each day like it will be your last
48. finding a true love
49. that true love is amazing
50. that love is Jesus Christ


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Screwtape Letters

One of my summer assignments was to read and write a report on a book called: The Screwtape letters, by C.S. Lewis.
Here's the report:

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is a book of letters from a devil to another devil. It contains advice for praying and sexual usage of women as well as a volley of other sins. The amazing part is that it is just one-way letter. It is not a letter to a devil and then a response from another devil. The instances described in these letters are merely human instances, from Screwtape, the uncle to Wormwood, the young na├»ve devil.  But, do they have a purpose? What is C.S. Lewis trying to tell us? I believe that C.S. Lewis is trying to convey a sense of shock and horror at the schemes and traps that the devil uses.
Screwtape starts off by lecturing Wormwood on Teaching. Teaching is, in general, true or false. Screwtape tells his nephew to not concentrate on making something true or false. Instead he tells Wormwood to make it sort of unclear and fuzzy to make it confusing as if it so ordinary that it does not matter whether it is true or false. Screwtape then goes on to tell his nephew on the subject of representing Christianity. He says that jealousy is a good sort of thing to have between families when someone has “become a Christian.” He then begins to communicate his feelings towards war. Screwtape says that instead of enjoying the suffering of humans, the devils should be using it to bring upon the humans questioning and doubt. Doubting is the cause of falling away. Our job is to cause them to fall away, says Screwtape. Then comes the question of the knowledge that humans have of demons and devils. According to Screwtape, the procedure is to keep concealed. This is what is said commonly throughout the book. The goal of the devil is to keep concealed and not to be heard or seen by humans. This allows for a surprise and hidden attack on a human and adds distress and worry when realized by the human. Also, keeping concealed allows the human not to realize easily that they are being attacked and are therefore not able to counterattack the invading army.
This was such an eye-opener. I would have prided myself on knowing about the devil and demons, but as all I knew was that they exist and not much about them.   C.S. Lewis addresses the question clearly and makes it easy to understand. He also deals with the issues that are in the world around me. War, pain, doubting; all of those things I have either seen or experienced. (Not the physical war though.)  I was almost amazed to see myself understanding this book easily. Usually, it takes a few read through of the chapters in order to understand the meaning. I was actually nodding as I realized that in my worldview that all of this is real and true. I agree with everything C.S. Lewis wrote in Screwtape Letters. Completely.
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is a book of letters from one devil to another. The devils are commentating on how to capture a human heart. They go through several issues, mainly on “Christianity”, Love, Devotion, Prayer, etc. I would recommend this book to the grades in upper middle school and high school because the language is a bit difficult to understand. I do believe that this book opened my eyes to the devil’s work in our land and world. Does this summary not cause the thinker to realize that our world is being trapped and held by a great many sins and demons?
            And the great dragon was thrown down,
            The great serpent of old who is called the devil, and Satan,
Who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to earth and his angels were thrown down with him.
-Revelation 12:9

my next post will be on the book: The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It's by Robert Louis Stevenson.

can't wait to post again!!!
until another time,
I will forever be,
Hannah Grace Newbold
 
 

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Peace in Christ

Beautiful sunset picture. Gives me peace.
Last night, God spoke to me. I was upset for no reason. I think i was just tired. I was crying in bed, and suddenly I heard a voice saying, " I am in control, do not worry." I was upset because of my status in math and just my every day life has been rotten this year. Yes, rotten. I felt a peace wash over me, something I have not felt in a long time. 
God has been calling out to me for a while. But I chose to ignore it until I was about to break down because of the stress in my life. Something that stresses me out is college. It's 5 years away for me, but I still get worried about that kind of stuff. My mom is telling me that I can get a college degree. But, what if that is not God's plan for my life. My interest is in science and history. But in order to get into college, I have to be good at math. I also have to take the SAT. All of this ahead of me is very stressful and nerve wracking.
I really don't know what God wants me to do with my life. I have always thought that God would lead me into what he wants me to do with my life. But, I am seeing a change. I notice that I make decisions for myself. God brings those decisions into my life and then I make them. Life is stressful, but it doesn't have to be this way. That is why I am glad that in three days I will be done with math. In a few more days after that I will be finished with the rest of my books. I want to be finished, because I need rest and peace from the worries that surround me. I am giving in to my physical and spiritual needs because I know that I need them. I am not quitting, I am just stopping. I know that I can understand math, and that it might just take more time. I wish that was not so. Because I really just don't enjoy math. But, If that is God's will, so be it. I will not change, I will grow.

I have found peace in Christ knowing that he is in charge and is in control of my life. 

Hannah

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Private Devotion

I LOVE to steal awhile away
From every cumbering care, 
and spend the hours of setting day
In humble, grateful prayer

I love, in solitude, to shed 
the penitential tear;
And all His promises to plead,
When none but God can hear

I love to think on mercies past,
And future good implore,
And all my cares and sorrows cast
On Him whom I adore

I love, by faith, to take a view,
Of brighter scenes in heaven;
The prospect doth my strength renew
While here by the tempest driven.

Thus, when life's toilsome day is o'er
May its departing ray
Be calm as this impressive hour
And lead to endless day

I'm technically not supposed to be writing on my blog right now. I'm supposed to be memorizing this poem that's due Thursday. I think I have the most of it down. Just think about these words

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Anchors and Rocks.....

O.K., so I found this poem online by Mike Shaw.  It's titled "Anchors and Rocks."

Anchors And Rocks
Keep you safe
Keep you secure
Stop you drifting with the tide
And let you come home
Anchors and rocks
More precious
Than any other stone or metal.

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah" (Psalm 46:1-3)
 Rocks and Anchors move some, but not very much. What if we were to substitute Jesus in for the anchor, and our mentors for the rocks?  My anchor, Jesus, is the best part of my life. I wake up ready to start the day with Him. But as time goes by, I tend to slip away and get stressed out about finding something or get worried about something and go panicky. That's when I run, away from everything and run home to Jesus. I don't take running lightly either, I AM NOT a runner. I run alot, but something I think about is running to Jesus. Jesus is going to let you come home to Him.
On to the rocks, my rock is my mentors. These people include, my parents, my teachers, my small group leaders, my best christian friends, etc. The people I can trust with everything. I have a REALLY hard time focusing on school at the end of the year and these are the people that I can count on to help me through my trouble in studying.
Precious metals are the people that I watch, but don't really want to follow their example. I'm not one of those crazy middle-school girls who smears makeup on a chases everybody, has a really loud voice(although I really project decently....!!!) I don't participate in every middle-school gathering, I have my best friends and then my friends who aren't really there very often. I generally am a quiet person around people I don't really know.
How many of us really worry about something and can not let it go with out finishing it fully? TOTALLY ME! If I have something due this thursday, and can not find it. I will get SUPER STRESSED OUT! I can only run to god and say, "This is what is going on. Can you help me?"
Recently I read about the word selah. Most scholars think it means to pause. I think it means that this thing that the guy just said was really important. God apparently wants us to understand that he is our refuge and strength in times of trouble.

I'm going to God, I'm running to God, for He is my Anchor.



Sunday, April 22, 2012

A letter to y'all from a person struggling with the same issues.

Our God is not dead. Nothing you say or do can separate you from his love. Isn't that amazing? That there is a god who loves you so much that he sent his son to die so that you can be free. I am NEW. God has made me perfect and blameless and it doesn't matter what the world  tells me, because I am blameless and perfect in his sight. Isn't that amazing?

What the world might tell me:
You are not good enough.
You will not ever suceede in life.
You will never look good enough.
You are a failure.
You will never be the right person.
You will never be thin enough.
You willl never look like those people on the TV. 

My mom recently sent me an email that had a letter from God in it and I want y'all who read this and have stuck with me this far to read this slowly and think about it.
Date: FOREVER


Dear___________________________,


When you think you are ugly, I know you are beautiful.
The days you feel like you are not measuring up, you are exceeding my expectations.
Just when you think you haven't done enough, I step in and do the rest.
Where you find the end of the rope, that is exactly where I will be.
You are never alone, I am always near.
When your faith in people leaves, I will be there to hold to.
Occasionally you will walk/run away, I will be waiting to see you again.
When you wish for so much more, I am there to give it to you.
When you don't know what else to say, I am there to speak;
Hopefully at that time you will listen.
When you are weak, I am strong.
Some storms will come calling, but I am in charge of those too.  
When the road seems long, I have a map.
Sometimes the plan will seem to not exist, but I hold it right here in my hands.
The world will tell you that you don't measure up, except I know they are wrong. 
When hope is lost, I will remind you I AM. 



I love you only for who you are-- everyday.


Love, 
God

Doesn't that just strike a hole in you? Doesn't that help to fill that part in you that says , I will never___________. 

One of my favorite songs is: White Flag. We need to be ignoring what the world tells us and surrender our lifes to God. I'm not the only one who struggles with this. Today's a new day. Let's life gloriously trusting in God!

Hannah
 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I am so sorry!

Just ignore the subscripts. I haven't been on here in forever, but I've been working on a research paper. It took me a long time and I'm not ever sure if it's good enough right now. Ohhhwell, I've already turned it in.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Relating the past few days in a post. PART 1

Friday:

I was turning 13 @ 6:04 on Sunday.  I've already had all the sugar I can eat for a VERY long time. I had a party with my friends on Friday night and we had a HUGE turnout. Almost everyone I invited came. We had at least 9 middle school girls, and for a Friday night, right after school: that was AMAZING! I thought that my party was over, all we had left was a small family party on Sunday night.  Boy...was I wrong!

Saturday:
It was clean the house day. :-( not that don't mind cleaning a little. But this was OVER THE TOP MAJOR CLEANING! I don't think the house has been this clean since we got the place since I was 3.  I was kind of mad because my sisters kept copying everything that I was doing. I wanted to watch TV, so did they. I was sitting in a chair, got up to get some water and when I came back, it had been taken. I was reading an important school book and set it down, for a thinking break. My sister took it and started shaking it. At this point I was frustrated with her. I no longer had enough patience to wait one more second. I went and I told dad, pouring out all of my frustration. Maybe it was all an accident, but to me it just seemed plain rude. We had a talk together and removed some of the trouble inside of our selves. I was no longer mad, but I was needing some attention from God.
That night I got out my bible. I had not had a bible time in so long I was beginning to feel the need to start it back up again.  I had gotten a new journal and had decided to use it for my bible study. When I opened it, I found that there was a bible verse on each page. Saturday's was: Deuteronomy 33:27

 
27 “The eternal God is a dwelling place,
And underneath are the everlasting arms;
And He drove out the enemy from before you,
And said, ‘Destroy!’

That hit home. It didn't matter what I was studying that night.  Then I started thinking about a story I had either read or heard recently. I am not sure where!

There was a man and God and they were looking over the man's life together. His life in heaven was like a beach with some small rocks and some massive boulders. He was reviewing his life and everything he had said and done with God. Imagine that relationship! as they were walking along the beach they came to the boulder and the man saw only one footprint going across it. He didn't say anything about it though, and continued walking. The same thing happened on the next big boulders. He asked God at the end of the tour, "Why are there only one set of footprints on the boulders? You said you would be with me always. How come I'm alone in that part of my life?" God replied, "My son, you were not alone for I am with you always, I picked you up and carried you through that part of your life. "

That really connected to the verse for me. Don't get all scientific and say, you can't leave footprints on boulders. That's NOT the point of the story. The point is that God will never leave you or forsake you. He is with you always and though he might carry you through with his everlasting arms. He is STILL there.

-Hannah