Reminiscing & 2013

My sisters and I had a wonderful morning antique shopping with a sweet friend that we haven't seen in a while.  For lunch, we tried a new restaurant, whose food was delicious.  Family-owned cafes are the best!

Card Book
When we returned home, I took a stroll down Memory Lane.  Over the years for as long as I can remember, I've collected cards that I've received - b-day, Christmas, etc.  I have a whole drawer-full of them!  The idea was to organize them for a new project I'd like to do (see right).  As I skimmed through each card, putting them in their rightful piles, I read various little notes of well-wishing, thank-yous, and letters.  Several were from friends I haven't seen in a couple years, and others from a cousin now off at college in another state.  It was pleasant to re-read the different handwriting and sweet encouragement from childhood friends, ladies in the church, and family.  I gotta tell you, I feel so LOVED.

And BLESSED.  I have a family that loves me (at least I hope they do... they sure put up with all my faults, bad attitudes, spoiled acts, etc.).  =D  Ha, I'm just kidding, I know they do!  Right?  *eyes shift, looks at mother*

Me:  "Ma? do you love me??"
Mama:  "What?  Ye-e-sss..."
Me:  *beams* "See! I told you so!!"

I am BLESSED.  I have a roof over my head, clothing for all seasons, and a warm bed.  Hmm... this could be the start of a new poem!  *ahem*

Moving on...

Now, we find ourselves at the end of the year 2012 A.D.

I don't make resolutions for fear of not keeping my promises, but I do try to set goals of what I wish to change, how I need to mature, and what I desire to be this time next year.

As we face this new year, never forget what a great God we serve.  No matter what comes, He is in control.  We can rest safely in this assurance.

No fear of the future!

Happy New Year!

Blessings,
Sarah

Passage to Ponder

The start of a new year is just around the corner.  Can you believe it?

2013 A.D.

The days before us are not promised, but we may live each and every dawn-to-dusk wishing only to further His kingdom, preparing every day to greet our Forever-King in the Eastern Sky.

Unfortunately, you can expect trials and suffering this coming year, but don't let that depress you, for "Greater is He that is in you, than He that is in the world." (1 John 4:4)

He has promised, however, to NEVER leave nor forsake us.  We can rest safely in Him alone.  Friends, even family, may betray our trust, but our King never will.  Yes, He allows troubles to assail us.  Death is never far away.  But, as long as your heart belongs solely to Him, rest assured the trials are merely tests.  Death, a reality, yes, but also a doorway to a new, far better life - with Him!

We as Christians have a HOPE, something worth fighting for!  SOMEONE worth fighting for!

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"Let brotherly love continue.  Don't neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it.  Remember the prisoners, as though you were in prison with them, and the mistreated, as though you yourselves were suffering bodily.  Marriage must be respected by all, and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will judge immoral people and adulterers.  Your life should be free from the love of money.  Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you.  Therefore, we may boldly say:

The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid. 
What can man do to me?

Remember your leaders who have spoken God's word to you.  As you carefully observe the outcome of their lives, imitate their faith.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Don't be led astray by various kinds of strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be established by grace... Therefore, through Him let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of our lips that confess His name.  Don't neglect to do what is good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.  Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account, so that they can do this with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.  Pray for us..."

[Hebrews 13:1-9, 15-18]

Blessings,
Sarah

What's in a Name?

Samuel Morse
Samuel
Gender:  Masculine
Origin:  English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Scandinavian, Finnish, Biblical
Pronunciation:  SAM-yoo-əl (English), SAM-yəl (English)

Meaning & History
From the Hebrew name Shemu'el, which means either "name of God" or "God has heard".  In the Old Testament, Samuel was the last ruling judge of Israel and the son of Hannah, brought up at the temple under the tutelage of the prophet Eli.  As a judge of Israel, and under the command of the Lord God, he anointed the first king of God's chosen people, Saul.  Later, when God deemed Saul unworthy to lead His people, Samuel also anointed David as Saul's successor. 

As a Christian name, Samuel became common after the Protestant Reformation.  Famous bearers of this name were American inventor Samuel Morse (1791-1872), Irish writer Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), and American author Samuel Clemens (1835-1910), who wrote classic literature under the pen name Mark Twain.


Samantha
Gender:  Feminine
Origin:  English, Italian, Dutch
Pronunciation:  sə-MAN-thə (English)

Meaning & History
Possibly intended to be the feminine form of Samuel (see above), adding the name suffix antha, which most likely comes from the Greek anthos, meaning "flower".  It originated in America in the 18th century, but was fairly uncommon until the year 1964, when it was used by the main character on the TV show "Bewitched".


Erik the Red
Erik
Gender:  Masculine
Variations:  Scandinavian, Finnish, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, German, Dutch, English
Pronunciation:  E-rik (German), AY-rik (Dutch), ER-rik (English)

Meaning & History
A form of Eric, which comes from the Old Norse name Eiríkr, derived from the elements ei "ever" and ríkr "ruler".  Bearers of this name include several kings of Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.  In the 12th century, King Erik IV is the patron saint of Sweden.  Other bearers include the founder of the first Norse settlement in Greenland, Erik Thorvaldsson, also known as Erik the Red, an explorer and outlaw from Western Norway.  Leif Ericson, the Norse Icelandic explorer, was Erik's son.  He is regarded as the first European to land in North America, 500 years before Christopher Colombus.  At some point, Leif converted to Christianity and was given the mission of bringing his faith to the people of Greenland.  As to his father, Erik strongly rejected the religion of his wife and son.



Euphemia
Gender:  Feminine
Origin:  Ancient Greek, English (Archaic)
Pronunciation:  yoo-FEM-ee-ə (English)

Meaning & History
Means "to speak well".  It is derived from the Greek word for "good" and "to speak".  Saint Euphemia was an early martyr from Chalcedon.


What's in a Name?

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Noah
Gender:  Masculine
Origin:  English, Biblical
Pronunciation:  NO-ə (English)

Meaning & History
Taken from the Hebrew name Noach meaning "rest, comfort".  In the Old Testament, God ordered Noah to build an Ark, a great ship that would ultimately save him and his family and two of every kind of animal from the Flood, God's judgment on the evil world.  After nearly one year since the start of the rains and the floodwaters of the Deep, God's mercy was shown to Noah and his family and they were commanded to fill the earth once more, always remembering God's promise, as seen in the rainbow He placed in the sky.
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Erin
Gender:  Feminine
Origin:  English, Irish
Pronunciation:  ER-in

Meaning & History
Anglicized form of Eireann, the genitive case of Gaelic Éire, meaning "Ireland".  Commonly, it is Anglicized as Erin and has been used as a given name since the middle of the 20th century.


Chael
Gender:  Masculine
Origin:  unknown
Pronunciation: possibly CAH-el

Meaning & History
Possible variation of Cáel, from the Gaellic caol meaning "slender".  In Irish legend Cáel was a warrior of Fianna and lover of Créd.


Arwen
Gender:  Feminine
Origin:  Literature
Pronunciation:  AHR-win

Meaning & History
From J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy (1954).  Means "noble maiden" in Sindarin.  Arwen was the daughter of Lord Elrond of Rivendell, and lover of Aragorn, king of Gondor.

God's Perfect Gift

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Little Baby on the hay,
Soon there'll be another day
When nails shall pierce Your hands and feet
As you provide our sin's defeat.

Risen Jesus on the throne,
We lift our praise to You alone -
For You're the Gift that we receive
The moment that our hearts believe.


"Thanks be to God for His indescribable Gift."
II Corinthians 9:15

What's in a Name?

Jaron
Gender:  Masculine
Origin:  Hebrew, English
Pronunciation:  JAYR-ron

Meaning & History
Hebrew variant transcription of Yaron, meaning "to sing, to shout".  English invented name, possibly derived from Jared, meaning "descent", and Darren, who's meaning is not known, but could be derived from a form of Darrell, which is an English surname.

Hannah's Prayer
Hannah
Gender:  Feminine
Origin:  English, Hebrew, French, German, Dutch, Biblical
Pronunciation:  HAN(English), HAH-nah (German)

Meaning & History
This name comes from the Hebrew given name Channah (most likely pro. cah-NAH), meaning "favour" or "grace".  In the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel, Hannah prayed to God for a son and through her heart-felt pleas (1 Sam. 1:10-11), God granted her request and gave her Samuel (1 Sam. 1:20), who, under the tutelage of Eli, became a great prophet.

As an English name, Hannah was not popularly used until after the Protestant Reformation.


Arthur
Gender:  Masculine
Origin:  English, French, German, Dutch, Scandinavian, Welsh Mythology
Pronunciation: AHR-thər (English), ar-TUYR (French), AHR-toor (German), AHR-tur (Dutch)

Meaning & History
The meaning of this name is unknown.  It could be derived from the Celtic words artos "bear" and viros "man" or rigos "king." Arthur is the given name of the fabled hero in the Arthurian legends, who is known as a 6th century king of the Britons, leader of the Knights of the Round Table.  It is possible he was a real person, though it is uncertain.

This name became common in England during the Middle Ages, due to the Arthurian romances of the time.  In the 19th century, it enjoyed a surge of popularity as well.  Famous bearers of this name were German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), English mystery author and Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), and science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008).

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Evgenia
Gender:  Feminine
Origin:  Greek
Pronunciation: possibly eve-GEHN-nya, or eve-GEHN-nee-a

Meaning & History
Modern Greek form of Eugenia, which is a feminine form of Eugene, an English given name meaning "well born" of Greek origin.  Eugenia was the given name of a semi-legendary saint in the 3rd century who escaped persecution by disguising herself as a man.


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I really like the name Jaron and am currently using it as the given name for one of my Elvish characters in a short story.  He's also in a larger novel-like story I'm writing, minor character.  I love the idea of tying all my fictional fantasy stories together!  It's a great way to think of character development and background history as well.  Writing short stories is quite useful, too, though I usually have a terrible time thinking of a good plot. Everything has been taken, already used!  I rely on my sister Ju for a bit of my plots, she's a good thinker in that area.

Posting names with their meanings and history has been great for me!  I love it, and hope this helps some of you other young writers.  For me, I usually think of a good name combo and my story develops from there.  Is that weird?  Perhaps.  It might not be the best way to think of a novel idea, discover an awesome plot, resolve conflicts, etc., but that's how my mind works.

There is a tale I wish to tell with the name Evgenia.  Long story short, Jenny and I were invited to go to Dollywood with a dear friend of ours and her parents.  After the park, they treated us we to a new restaurant (for me and Jen) called the Pottery Cafe, which is an awesome place to eat, by the way, and the name of our waitress was Evghenia, with an added h.  She had a distinct accent, though we couldn't tell where from.  We asked her how she pronounced her name and she told us, we were going to ask where she hailed from, but didn't get a chance.  Beautiful name, don'cha think?

Fairfarren, for now, my friends!
Please comment if you would like to see your name appear!

Blessings,
Sarah

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Contentment

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." 
Romans 3:23, HCSB

It's true.  Whether you admit it or not.  Nobody is perfect, no not one.  I, of all people, know it.  I have so many faults, so many flaws, and yet He loves me anyway.  Through Him, we are made righteous (Rom. 3:26).
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I would like to share a confession.

Are you ready?  =]

Off and on, for the past year or so, I've been struggling with contentment.  Since my decision to be a stay-at-home-daughter, learning all the while to one day be a help-meet and a keeper-at-home to a future husband and family, I've worried over my future.  During my "training," I've slowly realized that God may never call me to be this.  There is a possibility, and I am afraid.  I'm afraid he won't send me a husband, I won't ever have a family of my own, nor a house to keep, and so on.  And yet, I believe, through this, He's teaching my stubborn will the fact that all I will ever need is Him.

The song Draw Me Close comes to mind:

Draw me close to You,
Never let me go.
I lay it all down again
To hear You say that I'm Your friend.

You are my desire,
No one else will do;
Cause nothing else can take Your place
To feel the warmth of Your embrace.

Help me find a way
To bring me back to You.

You're all I want
You're all I've ever needed.
You're all I want
Help me know You are near.

Recently, I had a conversation with my King.  I don't believe I've ever heard Him speak so clearly to me as He did on December 1st during my quiet time.  I've been reading in the Psalms, just a couple chapters every day, and when a verse or two really sticks out to me, I'll jot it down in my little "thankful" journal, which is the notebook I've been recording my 1,000 Gifts (I'm currently on 600!).  

One of the verses I stumbled upon was Psalm 20, verse 4, "May He give you what your heart desires and fulfill your whole purpose."  I admit, that passage set me thinking.  What was my heart's desire?

All throughout the Psalms, David's heart is spoken clearly as wanting only what God desires.  Another of my favorite songs is entitled "Your Heart", sung by Chris Tomlin.  It goes something like this:

At the end of the day, I wanna hear people say,
That my heart looks like Your heart,
My heart looks like Your heart!
When the world looks at me, I pray all they see,
Is that my heart looks like Your heart,
My heart looks like Your heart!

Truly, that is my wish also.

But still...

I had to ask myself these questions:

What is my heart's desire?
To one day get married and have a family of my own.
What was David's desire?
To dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 27:4)

God:  "See the difference?"
Me:  "Yes."
God:  "Will you trust Me?"
Me:  "Yes.  Please help me to."

Maybe He does have a prince for me.  Maybe my dream is part of my future.  I don't know.  

We will never fully understand the mind of our God and King.  But that doesn't mean you should worry and fret over something so trivial.  Trust is the thing.  I'm slowly learning this.  It has even entered my mind that God knows I'm not ready for such a commitment and responsibility as marriage.  Maybe He is waiting for me to grow into that person, waiting for me to mature, to learn to fully trust Him. 

O how I want to!

Unfortunately, it is a slow process.  At least, in my case.

Contentment - n. the state of being contented; satisfaction; ease of mind.

Slowly, but surely, I'm finding my satisfaction in Him.  He alone is the Giver of Peace.  


Blessings,
Sarah

What's in a Name?

King David of Israel
David
Gender:  Masculine
Origin:  English, Hebrew, French, Scottish, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Scandinavian, Dutch, Czech, Slovene, Russian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Pronunciation:  DAY-vid (English), dah-VEED (Jewish), da-VEED (French), DAH-vit (Dutch, German), dah-VEET (Russian)

Meaning & History
From the Hebrew name Dawid, which was most likely derived from a Hebrew word meaning "beloved."  Of the kings of Israel, David was the second and the greatest reigning over God's chosen people in the 10th century BC.  Various accounts are told of him in the Old Testament.  He fought and defeated the giant Goliath and succeeded Saul as king.  In the New Testament, the genealogy is given tracing the family of David to our King Jesus Christ.

In Britain, this name has been used since the Middle Ages.  It's been especially popular in Wales, where it was borne by a 5th century patron saint, and Scotland, where it was the given name of two kings.  Famous bearers of this name include empiricist philosopher David Hume (1711-1776) and explorer David Livingstone (1813-1873).  This was also the name of Charles Dickens' hero in the semi-autobiographical novel "David Copperfield".

Charis
Gender:  Feminine
Origin:  Ancient Greek, English (rare)
Pronunciation:  KAR-is (English)

Meaning & History
Derived from Greek charis meaning "grace, kindness."  It came into use as a English name in the 17th century.

King Edmund the Just
Edmund
Gender:  Masculine
Origin:  English, German, Polish
Pronunciation:  ED-mǝnd (English), ED-muwnt (German, Polish)

Meaning & History
Means "rich protector" from Old English ead "rich, blessed" and mund "protector."  This name was borne by two Anglo-Saxon kings of England and two saints, as well as a 9th century king of East Anglia.  This Old English name remained in use after the Norman conquest, even being used by King Henry III for one of his sons.

Famous bearers of this name were the English poet Edmund Spenser (1552-1599), the German-Czech philosopher Edmund Husserl (1859-1938), and the New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008), the first to climb Mount Everest.


Sarah
Gender:  Feminine
Origin:  English, French, German, Hebrew, Arabic, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Pronunciation:  SER-ǝ (English), SAR-ǝ (English), ZAH-rah (German)

Meaning & History
Means "lady" or "princess" in Hebrew.  This was the given name of Abraham's wife in the Old Testament, who became the mother of Isaac at the age of 90.  Originally, her name was Sarai, which means "my princess" in Hebrew, but God changed it in Genesis 17:15.


What?  I had to post my name here sometime!

Any requests?

Blessings,
Sarah

Doodlez!

I'm back!  Did you miss me? 

Here's another random post, this time with a doodle!

I'm actually quite proud of this masterpiece, inspired by, yes, did you guess? BRAVE!  I love Celtic knots but have never tried to draw them.  I admit, the knot in my doodle is based on another... Note, I said based.


For her birthday, my sister Jenny received The Art of Brave, which is a book that contains all of the artwork of the artists involved in the making of the Scottish Disney film.
This is one of my favorites from the book:  Angus and Merida.
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My first thought, when I picked up pencil and sketchbook, was to draw something I could use as a kind of watermark for my photos.  That's why you see my self-proclaimed title for my photography... I'm not sure it would work, though.

I haven't decided what to do with it yet, it may just stay a line drawing, I don't know.

Well, there you have it.  Randomocity!

Thanks for reading!

Blessings,
Sarah

Why?

I believe something needs to be said about the tragedy that happened this morning at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. 

The headlines are all over the news.

Twenty-six are dead because of one man.  

Twenty of the twenty-six were children ages five to ten.  

As I listen to the news report sounding over the speakers on the TV in the other room, my heart goes out to the families of these precious children, as well as the many teachers unmercifully gunned down.  

Motive?

So far, the lawmen of the town have nothing.  I doubt we'll ever really know the true thoughts and mind of the monsters who follow the world and act in obedience to their master.

You know who I'm talking about.

Our enemy has power.  There's no doubt about that, but guess what?  

His power is LIMITED

I assure you, though it pains me to think of it, the murderer is now suffering the result of his actions and will suffer so for all eternity.  Justice was not served there in the wounded town of Connecticut, but God is the ultimate Judge and He has spoken.

And yet, always, in situations like this, the questions comes to mind.  

Why?

Why, why did God let this happen?
        How could He?
Why must there be such violence?
        Why, why, why?

I don't have all the answers.

But I do know that whatever happens, GOD IS IN CONTROL.  Whether we believe it or not, He knows what He's doing.  Whether we accept it or not, He has a plan to bring good out of anything. (Romans 8: 28)

Yes, even through the death of our dear little ones.  

We may not like it.  You may even hate Him for allowing something like this to occur.  And yes, I said He allowed it to happen, because we all know He has the power to stop whatever is in motion.  And again the question returns, Why did He allow it?

I don't know the mind of God.  I cannot comprehend what is going on Up There.  But as mentioned before, He is in control and we have no need to fear the future.

"In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear.  What can man do to me?" (Psalm 56:11)

True, he can take my body, yet in death, I am victorious!
If you are secure in your relationship with Christ, you need not fear death.  Yes, in our life here on earth, there will be suffering as what we have seen today, but we as Christians have a promise (Romans 5:21) of a home and life in heaven.

Those sweet children, now gone from this earth are already there.  
I really believe that.

I know to a parent - sibling, friend - of these precious lives that were lost would not want to listen to what I have to say, but I pray this disaster brings them closer to the One who still loves them even when the unthinkable happens, even when the result is laying to rest the body of a most beloved child.  

But hang on, I am not finished.

This disaster, this massacre, involving firearms, always, always resurrects the discussion of gun control.  Politicians, citizens, officers, teachers, parents, you name it, argue for more gun control, more laws, when in truth, at least in a sense, it's not the gun that is the problem, but the person who pulls the trigger.  

Understand, I speak for myself, my daddy, my mama, my sisters, my brother, my family.  

Faith, Family, Freedom.



Pray for those grieving this Christmas season.
Don't ever forget the Reason for this season.
        Pray for our country.  

Lord, have mercy on the United States of America.  Forgive us, Lord, for our wrongs.  Convict us, our King, and bring us back to You, and to the foundation for which we were born.

Amen.


Blessings,
Sarah

What's in a Name?

Hullo, dear readers!
    Here's some more names to feast your eyes on.  I'm trying to post the more common names along with some unique ones.  Posting about the history and backgrounds of some of these guys and gals has been great fun for me, I enjoy the research!
    More to come in the next few days...

Nekoda
Gender:  Masculine
Origin:  Biblical, Hebrew
Pronunciation:  nee-KO-da (English)

Meaning & History
Means "marked" in Hebrew.  In the Old Testament this is the name of the head of a family of temple servants.

Catherine the Great
Katherine
Gender:  Feminine
Origin:  English
Pronunciation:  KATH-e-rin, KATH-rin

Meaning & History
The etymology, or the study of the origin and history of words (in this case names), is debated.  This particular name comes from the Greek name Aikaterine, although it could be derived from the earlier Greek form Hekaterine, which came from hekateros, meaning "each of the two"; it could be taken from the of the goddess Hecate; it could be related to Greek aikia, meaning "torture"; or it could be from a Coptic (native Christians of Egypt) name meaning "my consecration of your name."  In early Christian times, this name was associated with Greek katharos "pure".  The Latin spelling was changed from Katerina to Katharina to indicate this.
    This name was born by a semi-legendary martyr and saint of Alexandria who was tortured on a spiked wheel.  She was later esteemed in Syria, and returning crusaders brought the name to Western Europe, where it has been common since the 12th century in many different forms, Katherine and Catherine being the most popular.
    Famous bearers of this name were Catherine of Siena, a 14th century mystic, and Catherine de' Medici, a 16th century queen.  Other bearers include three of Henry VIII's wives - Katherine of Aragon, Catherine Howard, and Catherine Parr, as well as two Russian empresses, among them Catherine the Great.


Robert the Bruce
Bruce
Gender:  Masculine
Origin:  Scottish, English
Pronunciation:  BROOS

Meaning & History
Originally a Scottish surname of Norman background, which possibly referred to the town of Brix in France. Robert the Bruce, a Scottish hero of the 14th century who won independence from England and became king of Scotland, was one of the first to bear this name.  Since the 19th century, it has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world.


Makena
Gender:  Feminine & Masculine
Origin:  Eastern African

Meaning & History
Means "happy one" in Kikuyu.


Hang in there, friend, your name could be next!


Blessings,
Sarah

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Quote Worthy

Hello, friends!

I am currently reading a book entitled Stepping Heavenward, by Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss.  Usually, I read one non-fiction along with a fictional novel.  This time, I've chosen the above said book (as my non-fiction, even though it's actually... fiction...) and the second of a new series we started a little while ago, the Wingfeather Saga, North! or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson (great series, by the way!)

 So far, I am only on the eighth chapter, but I love it!  

At first, I thought it was the actual diary of Mrs. Prentiss, but came to find out it is the fictional story of a young girl and her struggles with the flaws of humanity (bad attitudes, quick temper, selfishness, etc.) and told through her journal.

Here are some quotes I wish to share with you:

"I am a wayward, foolish child.  But He loves me!  I have disobeyed and grieved Him ten thousand times.  But He loves me!  I have lost faith in some of my dearest friends and am very desolate.  But He loves me!  I do not love Him; I am even angry with Him!  But He loves me!"
    All the way home I fought this battle with myself, saying, "He loves me!" I knelt down to pray, and all my wasted, childish, wicked life came and stared me in the face.  I looked at it and said with tears of joy, "But He loves me!"  Never in my life did I feel so rested, so quieted, so sorrowful, and yet so satisfied.
-Katherine Mortimer (pgs. 59)

    "And do you really think that God notices such little things?"
 "My dear child, what a question!  If there is any one truth I would gladly impress upon the mind of a young Christian, it is just this, that God notices the most trivial act, accepts the poorest, most threadbare little service, listens to the coldest, feeblest petition, and gathers up with parental fondness all our fragmenting desires and attempts at good works.  Oh, if we could only begin to conceive how He loves us, what different creatures we should be!"
-Mrs. Cabot (pgs. 68)

"I really, really don't deserve to be praised.  For I have been thinking that, if it is true that God notices every little thing that we do to please Him, He must also notice every cross word we speak, every shrug of the shoulders, every ungracious look, and that they displease Him.  And my list of offenses is as long as my life!"
-Kate Mortimer (pgs. 68)


Just something to think about.


Blessings,
Sarah

What's in a Name?

Ok, if you're an aspiring writer, or a published author (or even a wanna-be, like me), you have to love names, right?
Ancient names, mythical/legendary names, new names, weird names, out-of-the-blue names... Whether you are in the process of writing a masterpiece of a medieval novel or currently strolling through a modern city with your fictitious friends, your characters need names, correct?

I know I'm right, I just want to make sure you're still with me.  Still with me?

Off subject for a minute:
You've heard of coin collectors, card collectors, and other kind of collectors, etc., right?

Well, have you heard of a name collector?  There's a possibility others exist, I don't know.  But I admit, I am one.  I love names, I enjoy finding new ones, even bizarre ones, and discovering their meanings.  I have pages upon pages of just NAMES listed with their meanings and origin.  I hadn't thought of it until now, but it's a very interesting hobby.

One of my favorite websites is called Behind the Name.  Type in a name and the site will find the meaning and background, be it English or Ancient Greek, fictional or modern.  There's a good chance you will find what you're looking for, unless it's something uniquely different like "Delani" or "Myrander," both fictional characters of my own, by the way.

Because of my love for names in general, I thought I'd share some of my collection and post a random one every now and then...

Emporer Marcus Aurelius
Marcus
Gender:  Masculine
Origin:  Ancient Roman, Biblical Latin, English, Scandinavian
Pronunciation:  MAHR-koos (Ancient Roman, Biblical Latin), MAHR-kes (English)

Meaning & History: 
Given name of Roman origin, which was probably derived from the Roman god, Mars.  Famous bearers of this name were Marcus Tullius Cicero (known as Cicero), Marcus Antonius (known as Mark Antony), and Marcus Aurelius, a 2nd-century emporer.


Jane Austen
Jane
Gender:  Feminine
Origin:  English
Pronunciation:  JAYN

Meaning & History:
Medieval English form of Jehanne, an old French feminine form of Iohannes (a form of John).  This became the most common, feminine form of John in the 17th century.  Well-known bearers of this name were the uncrowned English queen Lady Jane Grey (1536-1554, she ruled for only 9 days), the British authoress Jane Austen (1775-1817, Pride & Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility), and British primatologist Jane Goodall (1935-).  Charlotte Brontë used this name for her main character in the novel Jane Eyre (1847).


So, what's in a name?

Well, as a wise man once said, "... I learned a long time ago that a name is only what a person makes it."
(Louis L'Amour, Lonely on the Mountain)

"Besides, what does a name mean?  Nothing, until a man makes it mean something."
(Louis L'Amour, Passin' Through)



Blessings,
Sarah

Name definitions and history via behindthename.com.
Photos via Pinterest.

A Bit of My Day

Suilaid, dear readers!

I wonder if, by that word, you've guessed what I'm currently reading?  (For those of you poor unfortunate souls who cannot comprehend the word above, it is Elvish for "greetings")  =D

If you thought J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, you are correct!  Because of the upcoming movie that I am absolutely ecstatic about but not obsessively counting down the days to (7 DAYS!!) , I decided to re-read the classic novel before my family goes to see it (in theaters!).  Several years ago, my mother read aloud said novel to us kids, I remember sitting around a campfire during our annual week vacation in the mountains, but reading it again myself, I remember so much more.

I love the style of Mr. Tolkien's writings.  He gives his stories a kind of whimsical feel where his readers, in my opinion, have the sense that the dangers in each tale are "no big deal."  Does that make sense?  Or am I just rambling on nonsensically?

[  Whoa.  Random thought.  Haha, that word (nonsensically) just reminded me of something: didn't Lizzie Bennett say it in Pride & Prejudice?  I'm thinking of the 2005 film version, because my sister and I recently watched it last week.  "... it would be nonsensical!" That was it... though I don't remember what she was accusing of as being "nonsensical."  By the way, I love the 1995 TV mini series of Pride & Prejudice better than the '05 version.  What do you think?  ]

That was a rabbit trail... 

Anyway, back to my day.
For a part of it, I was able to enjoy a few chapters of The Hobbit, while knitting.  I don't do both often, because I don't exactly consider myself well-coordinated (and let's not even mention the topic of reflexes), but I needed to get a shawl done for a Modest Fashion Challenge prize that my sisters and I are sponsoring for the lovely Sadie & Sadie, and I also wanted to read.  So, there you have it.


Namarïe, for now, my friends!


Sarah


Passage to Ponder

Isaiah 9:1-7
"Nevertheless, the gloom of the distressed land will not be like that of the former times when He humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali.  But in the future He will bring honor to the Way of the Sea, to the land east of the Jordan, and to Galilee of the nations.

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"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; a light has dawned on those living in the land of darkness.
    You have enlarged the nation and increased its joy.  The people have rejoiced before You as they rejoice at harvest time and as they rejoice when dividing the spoils.
    For You have shattered their oppressive yoke and the rod of their shoulders, the staff of their oppressor, just as You did on the day of Midian.
    For the trampling boot of battle and the bloodied garments of war will be burned as fuel for the fire.
    For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders.  He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
    The dominion will be vast, and its prosperity will never end.  He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from now on and forever.
    The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will accomplish this."



Grande Opening!

Welcome to the grande opening of my new blog!

I decided to create a new place in which to write, journal, review books and films, and record other such awesome and interesting stuff about myself.  I would eventually like to post a short story or two each month as well.

So, stay tuned and come back for a visit!


Sarah