Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Different Perspective on Gender Equality

Could there be more to gender equality than equal pay and opportunities? Here in the U.S, those are the main wishes of women's rights activists (some believe abortion rights should be a part of this equality, but I wholeheartedly disagree). Sure, these things are important, but today I'd like to introduce you to a whole new- and entirely more serious- problem happening within the world of gender rights.

According to this excellent article, couples across the world (especially India and China) are aborting babies after discovering that they are female. Males are just "worth more" in their society.

Aside from the moral implications of all these abortions, there are some serious social implications as well. Sex trafficking is no new issue, but a lack of women in society contributes to this atrocity. Families are relying on their young men to support them financially in a way that young women cannot; the costs of a dowry are also encouraging families to have boys instead of girls.

In no way am I saying that inequality here in the U.S. should not be addressed, but I do believe that we need to take a step back and appreciate our rights, while always encouraging people all over the world to remember something that might seem so simple.

Women have worth.

"I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Why the Idea of Salvation Doesn't Make Any Sense

As a self-proclaimed logical thinker, I like to be able to understand things. From the way a car engine works to the forces that drive our behavior, I find myself asking questions about the how? and why? of things quite often. Usually with enough digging or finding someone who knows, I can wrap my head around the concept of the things that boggle me.

But there is one thing that just doesn't make sense.

If humans are sinful, like the Bible says we are (Romans 3:23), then how could any perfect God be justified in providing us with salvation?

Think about that for a minute. If God is a perfect judge, as the Bible presents him to be (Psalm 7:11), then he would have to judge everything justly.

If we all deserve punishment for our sins then God would have to punish us for them, or else he wouldn't be a perfect judge.

So salvation must not exist.

Well, I disagree. You see, God is also a perfectly loving God. He loves us and even made us in his own image. But love is not enough to save an entire human race from our sins. Something had to be done about this and naturally, God had the answer.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Proving that All Ads Aren't a Waste of Time

I love YouTube. Unfortunately, with the love of YouTube comes that pesky reality that we can't get away from- advertisements. The other day I saw an ad that was surprisingly not a complete waste of my time. In fact, I watched it again to show my husband. Here's the video:

I'm not sure why I find it so funny. The satirical tone just cracks me up. It's like a commercial making fun of a commercial. I just had to share.

Was this commercial a complete waste of time? Or, did you laugh out loud like I did? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

"It's always too early to quit." -Norman Vincent Peale

Thursday, October 2, 2014

My Marriage Counseling Journey

Have you ever had one of those moments in your life when something just clicked in your brain?

When, for a fleeting second, you had something all figured out?

That happened to me one night at a Bible study group and it put me on the path towards my career.

Let me back up for a second.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Faves

September has sure gone by quickly! For me it included floating down a river, a mini road trip, a friend of my husband's staying with us for awhile, and a new job. What did your September include?

Looking forward to October, I'm excited for a very busy month. I have two weddings to go to (Yay!). One is close by and the other is back in my hometown, which is exciting. I'll get to see some family that I haven't seen since Christmas! 

It was a little more difficult for me to choose favorites this month than usual. I only have a few picks, but they're good ones! Here they are:

My new iPhone 6

I was not one of those stand-in-line-at-midnight-to-get-the-Iphone people. In fact, I wasn't even planning on getting a new phone. My contract with AT&T was up and I qualified for AT&T Next, plus my husband had some Best Buy store credit from selling his phone, so I went for it. I really love it, and the fingerprint scanner makes me feel like a spy, so that's always a plus.

Maybelline FitMe Concealer in 15
Fit Me™ Concealer
This is an oldie but a goodie. I've had this for a few months and I'm almost out of it. I have it in the shade 15 light, which is lighter than my skin tone, but perfectly covers and brightens under the eyes and on the high points of my face. It doesn't get cakey on me, which is fantastic for my dry skin, and it covers while looking natural.

How I Met Your Mother

My husband and I got Amazon Prime, which is great because we get free 2 day shipping and streaming video for some shows and movies. We never finished all the seasons of How I Met Your Mother, so this has been the perfect opportunity for us to get back into it. We're almost finished and it's so funny! (Note: definitely not for children)

My DIY Chalkboard

A tutorial on this might be coming on the blog soon ;)
You've already seen this if you follow me on
Instagram, but I basically just made a DIY chalkboard for Bible verses and our weekly menu for in the kitchen. I really love how it turned out!

What were your favorite things from September?

"Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self." -Alfred North Whitehead

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Is it Fall Yet? S'mores Krisipie Treats

Nothing screams Autumn quite like s'mores. In the spirit of s'more season, I performed a marriage of sorts.
Yep. I married s'mores and Rice Krispie treats.
What is the celebrity couple name for this yumminess?
Not Brangelina. Not Kimye.

How about "S'mores Krispie Treats?"

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Flirting With Fall: Wishlist

I'm beginning to love Autumn more and more. There's just something so cozy about hot drinks, yummy scents, comfy clothes, and bonfires. 
It might be technically the first day of Autumn, but here in the desert Southwest we won't start feeling Fall temperatures for another month or two.
So, in eager anticipation of that moment when it actually FEELS like Fall here, I've compiled a wishlist of a few things I'm interested in for this season!