Friday, May 22, 2015

R.A., P.W.C., & I.E.G.T.

Today you get three acronyms for the price of one.

Paul wraps up his letter to the Thessalonians by giving these commands in rapid fire succession, with the only explaination given "for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
But these commands, though small and simple, are some of the most powerful truths to live out in our daily Christian walk, and simple doesn't mean they're easy.
 As for the reason Paul gives us to live this way? It's the will of God.
I think that is a very good reason.  :)

Do we rejoice always? So much of the time, our mood and level of happiness is effected by our circomstances. Instead, it should come from the fact that we have an awesome God who made the ultimate sacrifice in sending His Son to die for our sins.
Even through hard times, we are told in James 1:2-4  "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."


It's so easy to pray during our personal devotion time, or say a quick prayer before we dig into supper, but all throughout our day we should be talking to our heavenly Father. It can be a thank you, a plea for help, whatever the prayer- God wants to hear from you.  Colosians 4:2 says, "Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilent in it, with thanksgiving."  To pray "without ceasing" doesn't mean without taking a break, but like Colosians says, to "continue earnestly". Don't give up praying about something just because God's not answering it in your timing; be persistant.


How can we give thanks in everything? Because our Great Savior has everything in His control, even  though we may not be able to see it at the time. We have so much to be thankful for, no matter the situation. Romans 8:18 & 28 are a great reminder of this. "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us... And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according  to His purposes."  I encourage you to read all the way to the end of chapter 8, as it's such a powerful passage of Scripture.

These three commands, though small, will take us a lifetime to master... so why not start now?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Rainy Day Song Medley

Do certain things ever make you think of songs?

They sure do for Beth and me.

The idea for this rainy day medley began while we were back at school. It had been raining on and off for weeks and one particular Sunday morning it was pouring. 
After the morning church service, we scampered through the puddles and failed to dodge raindrops while heading to the dinning hall, where our Sunday school class was held. The Everly Brothers' song "Crying in the Rain." had been stuck in my head ever since the rain had began. I even doodled a raincloud on my bulitin and wrote the song lyrics in with the raindrops. :)  
While we waited for Sunday school to start, we began to talk. There are so many oldies songs about the rain, wouldn't it be fun to do a medley? Right there we started humming, and we tried to see if the Cascades' "Rhythm of the Rain." would fit with "Crying in the Rain." We didn't get too far before the Sunday school teacher came, but we saved the idea for when we had the time.
Turns out, the next time we came to it, was a rainy day back at home. Beth found the guitar chords to both songs, and they were in the same key. We slowed the tempo of "Crying in the Rain" so the two songs would flow together. Beth arranged the lyrics so each song would take a turn, and started the medley with the guitar riff from "Rhythm of the Rain." We sang it a few times, seeing how best to blend the two songs, and then I really wanted to try if we could sing a verse from each song at the same time. It took some trial and error, but then it worked! 

I ran outside with my camera, tripod, and umbrella to film a backround for the video while it was still raining and then we recorded the medley.

We had a lot of fun putting this together, and we hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

"There were never such devoted sisters!"

For those of you intrigued by this gif we had at the end of one of our posts... :)

During the first few weeks of school, we found out that there would be a talent show in April, and some friends, who were also sisters, told us they had been thinking of doing the song "Sisters" from the classic movie "White Christmas". One of them wasn't so sure she wanted to do it, but if another pair of sisters were to join them...

We had sporadic practice sessions with their busy schedules, and since large feather fans aren't the easiest to find, we made some improvisations, but here is the finished result, kindly filmed by our father on his phone. :)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Last Week of School...

When we started this semester, we thought when we reached this week, our feelings would be expressed quite accurately by this song line:

Monday, May 4, 2015

Random Question Tag

Thank you, Ashley, for tagging us!

Let the randomness begin!

~ Paste the button onto your blog post.

~ Leave a new list of questions (or just pass on the question list you answered) and tag a few people of your random choice (and say why you tagged them, if you have time!) (Be original and nonsensical in your question-creativity - make the blogging world a cheerful place :-) And be disastrously random.)

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