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Archive for March, 2011

“The Prince”

I’m reading a book called The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli. In chapter 17 Machiavelli addresses the question of whether it is better to be loved or feared. he at first says it is best to be both…but not many people can be both. Queen Elizabeth was. But not many other rulers can do both. Machiavelli  then says it is better to be feared than loved. He says people should respect the ruler or he will take away everything…except their property. I disagree, however. It is better to be loved in my opinion. Because t be loved means you have to earn the people’s love…and that takes time and effort to get that. A ruler should show he cares for the people and want to do what is right. If a ruler is feared wy would be want to listen to him or believe what he says? I wouldn’t.

Needless to say, The Prince was a beautifully written book! It consisted of examples to follow from both sides of his argument. It can be used as a guide for our rulers. If they listen! But for a ruler to be genuinely great he must remember the importance of following God and trusting Him to be the ruler God wants him/she to be!

~”Listen to me, you islands;
hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the LORD called me;
from my birth he has made mention of my name.”~

Isaiah 49:1

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Feeling Good

I took a history test last week. We had to do an in class essay along with answer mutliple choice questions and short questions(which are long paragraphs on a certain topic) I studied hard and felt prepared. Got my results back and got a B. Now what made me excited was a comment that my professor made on my exam.

“Abby, you are well prepared and will do well at the college and universty level.”

I had never had a professor say that about my efforts. Especially since I did not have the best grade or whatnot…but it was encouraging to see that a professor recognized that I was trying. Cause, I hate history…with a burning passion..because I dislike it so, I have to work hard to memorize the stuff and work at learning the material. So I put effort into the course and to see that a professor noticed that made me feel good 🙂

So hard work pays off huh? So that means I will get a job one day…

~”All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.”~ Poverbs 14:23

St. Patrick’s Day!!!

Alright today isn’t St. Patrick’s day but today my sisters and I are teaching about St. Patrick’s ministry in Ireland!! It’s real exciting cause I love St. Patrick’s day and leprechaun’s and Irish stuff, so this Good News Club is going to be GREAT! But it’s interesting that many people don’t know the real reason for St. Patrick’s…I find it very sad. Cause Patrick is a great example of  who God can use to share His word. Patrick wasn’t even Irish….he didn’t even want to go to Ireland…he was captured and taken to Ireland where he was sold as a slave. And after working for a Druid chief for 6 years he was able to return to England…his home. But he had dreams about Ireland and the people there and he knew that’s where God wanted him. He went back to the people who took him away…he went back cause he knew the people of Ireland needed God!

How amazing that he was able to go back and tell those people about Christ and what He did! His impact in Ireland was so great; yet today people only celebrate St. Patrick’s day for beer. So I’m excited to teach this story so that the children in our Good News Club will know the real meaning of St. Patrick’s day! And be able to pass it on to their parents and others!!

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;

and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 1:8

Life Goes On

I’m not a very consistent blogger. So I’ve decided I am going to get better 🙂 I’m starting off small! First just some encouragement!!

My dad is doing a study through the minor prophets, which I have enjoyed a lot, and through this study I feel like we have unraveled more of God’s great and unchanging self. What I’ve enjoyed most is how God pushed people to the extreme….the prophets did not have easy jobs. I mean, Micah, the naked prophet, walked around the city naked!! That’s normal 😉 and told the people God was going to destroy their city.  Jonah went and told the people of Nineveh to repent! And they repented…but he was swallowed by a great fish! So what I’ve tried to do is let God have more control of me. I don’t know if that makes sense but I become to comfortable in my everyday routine that I often forget my mission. I know I say that a lot…but I do. For my encouragement…..don’t give up and don’t forget your purpose 🙂

Zephaniah 3:17- The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.

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