Listening to Music, ASL Style

Ever heard of ASL (American Sign Language)? Ever heard of music? ( 😉 ) Put both together, and you’ve got ASL music. Ever tried listening to a song you know the words to and signing to it instead of singing? I have. It’s fun. So does this girl.

Ah, Grenade by Bruno Mars. I love that song, I’ve listened to it before I saw this video, mainly because I heard it on the radio. I love that song…but I’ve never listened to anymore of Bruno’s music. XD Anyway, the girl doing the ASL is really good at it. 😀 Here’s another song by her:

The song Stronger by Mandisa. I’ve heard it on the radio before, but I’ve never listened to it otherwise. I like her ASL in this video best. I like how she makes it look like she’s huddled under an umbrella. XD hehe

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the videos! 😀

~M~

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Turkey Awesomeness

Okay so I know we’re not having turkey for Thanksgiving this year, but I suddenly thought of a great idea: I could look up turkey crafts in a search engine. 😀 I found some great results, check ’em out:

This one’s pretty cute and simple. It’s not my favorite, but it is cute. :mrgreen: All you have to use for it are a pinecone, construction paper, googly eyes, and tissue paper. 😀

I think this one is my third favorite. I like how all the person used for it was paint, markers, and a googly eye. 8)

Okay, I’m challenging you now – TRY STATING ONE THING THAT IS CUTER THAN THIS. Just try, I dare you.

Can’t think of one, right? >:) I knew you wouldn’t be able to. This one is my favorite!!! 😀 All you’d use for it are two googly eyes, half of a fake flower, felt, and two pieces of ribbon. 😀

This one’s pretty darn cute, too, but not half as cute as the previous one. What you’d use is a pinecone, felt, a pom-pom, and pipe cleaners.

 

This one is ADORABLE! 😀 But still not half as cute as the one above the last one. 😉 What you’d need is googly eyes, constuction paper and a cup! 😛

And now, to end my little post, a turkey quote I found: “Really, I’m just a peacock. This is my fall look.” Does that mean we’re eating peacocks? O.O haha

 

 

 

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I Love Sudoku!

According to my Sudoku book, it is “the original brain workout from Japan.” The Japanese are SO cool. 😉 Sudoku is really fun. The reason I found out how to do it was because of my aunt, who had a virtual Sudoku in her car. Virtual Sudoku is harder than doing Sudoku on paper, because if you put a number in the wrong place, there’s no taking it away. That’s why I always do it on paper, with a mechanical pencil.

I wanted to play Virtual Sudoku because it looked cool enough – nine columns, with nine blocks in each one. I tried to figure out how to do it with some sad help from my aunt. Until I found Sudoku on paper, I thought that it was super hard. Well, on paper, it’s not.

In my book, it has a good explanation on how to play. Let me give you a little explanation. It’ll probably be horrible and non-understandable, but just give me a chance, okay? 😉

Okay, take a look at the Sudoku puzzle I’ve put in this post. The numbers range from 1-9. There can only be one of each number in each row, and column.

Okay, I know that didn’t give you enough of an explanation, so here’s a good explanation from ehow.com 😉

  1. Look at the size of your diagram. Each row, column and square on your diagram must have each number once but no more. For example, in a diagram measuring 9 by 9, each row, column and square must have the digits 1 through 9 once without duplication of any number.
  2. Analyze the location of squares that already are filled in. If a box has a 5 and 9, you know that the box needs the seven other digits to be complete. Look at the diagram in terms of three sections, the top, middle and bottom boxes in rows.
  3. Use a pencil to fill in possible numbers so you can erase them if you’re wrong. It’s easier to write “5 or 6” in a box than to remember that the number in that box needs to be one or the other. Use a pen to finalize your answer if you know a number is correct.
  4. Continue filling in boxes until each row, column and box has all digits once and only once. Check your work along the way to verify you don’t have duplicated numbers.

As my mother said, I’m obsessed with it. But hey, she doesn’t even understand the concept, why should she care? 😉 I’m still a beginning Sudokuer — wait, is that what we’re called? Sudokuers? I have no idea. Anyway, I hope that, if you haven’t already tried at least ONE puzzle, you now try at least one after reading this post. 😉

By the way, “Apparently, there are 6,670, 903, 752, 021, 072, 936,960 possible games,” says my book. 😯 A bit overwhelming, isn’t it? The first six in that number…what ‘illion’ is that? O.O There’s thousand, then million, then billion, then trillion…what comes after that? XD

Signing off!  Have a great day 😀

~M~

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Verse of the Day – Philippians 4:6-7

Philippians 4:6-7

New International Version (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

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Getting to Know God

I have a good friend that I met on Wattpad last month. His name is Langston. 😀 What’s funny is that we both live in Georgia… O_O haha! Anyway, he wrote this really cool post on his blog called “Getting to Know God,” and I asked him if I could post it on my blog. So here you go! 😀

Don’t  forget to check out his blog at FYWIC! 😀

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“But I am close to God. I go to church three times a week, and read a Psalm everyday.”

 “I do know God. I’ve read the entire bible twice, and I’m halfway done for my third time.” 

“I already have a relationship with God. My dad’s a pastor and so was my grandfather. It’s in my blood.”

All that stuff is great, but it does nothing to get you any closer to God. If you really want to get closer to God, you’re going to have to take some major steps. Here are three points that I came up with to actually know God.

1. Simply reading isn’t enough.

In all honesty, we all could probably use some work in this area. But seriously, you can’t read about someone and expect to get to really know them. That’s knowing about them.
For example, if you clicked my name up there and read everything I have on my Google Plus profile, does that mean you know me? Personally? Or does that mean you know stuff about me?

Sadly, that’s how many of us are with our relationship with God. We know all about God–that He’s Almighty, Sovereign, omnipresent, the Beginning and End, our Comforter, our Protector, etc. But many of us never actually experience any of that in our own day-to-day lives; it’s just knowledge. Like knowing your friend is a doctor, but never going to see him when you have some disease.
I’m not saying it’s bad to read about God–it’s great. But it’s no replacement for an actual relationship. Knowledge is useless if not applied. Actions and understanding need to come with it. This leads me to my next point.

2. A relationship works two ways. 

A common definition of “relationship” is

“Emotional or other connection between people: the relationship between teachers and students.” 

Notice the word “connection.” A relationship is a connection between two or more people, not one person doing all the work while the other just sits and listens. Unfortunately, we’ve began to apply this to our relationship with God, in two ways.

The first way is when we work tirelessly to reach God, but don’t give Him any time to talk or say anything back. Some people teach that if you read your bible cover to cover, or pray every hour of every day, then you’ll be “spiritually connected” to God.
That’s not true.
That’s the equivalent of someone trying to do all these nice things to get close to you, but forget to actually spend time with and get to know you. They’re so busy with their works, that they forget the relationship part.
In reality, we get ourselves even farther away from God than we were at the beginning.

The second way is when we turn ourselves off to God completely. Our world becomes us-centered and all we think about is ourselves. God becomes some distant memory, and we’re off indulging ourselves in what we want to do. We basically say to God, “If you want me, come and get me!”

Neither of these examples are relationships with God. You’re either trying to hard, or not trying at all. You’re either not letting God in or pushing Him out. If there’s a secret ingredient to a good relationship, then in my opinion; it would be balance.
You need to balance your relationship. Remember that some of the responsibility falls on God, just as some of it falls on you. You don’t have to do everything; God doesn’t have to do everything. You guys are supposed to meet in the middle-ish area. (I say that because God probably does more work than we do) While we definitely have to do our part to stay on key with God; it’s not all our responsibility.

In our Relationship, we have to trust God as well. If we take too much of it on ourselves, we become crazy workaholics, only working ourselves away from God. If we take on too little, we became lazy brats who expect God to do everything. How do you balance it then? Simply get to know Him. :] Which leads me to my third point.

3. Simply Obey

 

If you want to really advance in your Relationship with God, you need to be willing to take those steps to obey Him, completely. Take Moses for example. Exodus 33:11 tells us that he spoke with God face to face, totally unlike anyone before or after him. How exactly did Moses get to this point? I believe it was because Moses obeyed God.

From appearing before to Pharaoh, to leading the Israelites out of Egypt, to parting the Red Sea and leading God’s people to the Promised Land, Moses was obedient. Not to say he never disobeyed, as Moses had his moments as well. Numbers 20:12 gives us an example of that. Moses had his doubts, his fears, his “what ifs”, and his worries.
But you know what? Most of the time, Moses didn’t let those stop him from obeying his God. Despite criticism, backlash, arrogance and complaining from the +2 million Israelites he was leading, Moses never resigned from, backed out of, or left the calling God gave him. And simply because of his obedience, Moses experienced God in more ways than many of us can even dream of.

Obedience puts your faith into action. If God tells you to run head-first into a brick wall, for whatever reason, what do you do? Do you ignore God’s command, or do you start running?

Seriously. Think about it.

Usually, when we obey, it usually put things at risk. There’s usually some kind of doubt in our minds or a chance that things will go wrong. But God uses those experiences to teach us who He is and how He works. You get to know Him more when you obey. When you listen, you get to see how He works through you. You get to witnesses for yourself God’s plans and what He has in store. You get to experience Him in a personal way, in a way that only you can.

These are just three things I think are really essential to having a genuine relationship with God. Many people–while sincere in their motives–end up getting themselves farther from God then they were in the first place. We’ve become more focused on us and what we can do, than on God and what He will do. We need to stop just knowing about God and actually get to know Him!

Because God knows you. He’s already at the door, knocking and waiting. (Revelation 3:20) Either you can be like Mary and let Him in, or you can be like Martha and get so caught up in what you think is right that you miss God yourself. {Luke 10:38-42}

Let’s pray that we all let Him in. :]

Have a great day and God bless!

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~M~

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Verse of the Day – Psalm 55:22

Psalm 55:22

New International Version (NIV)

22 Cast your cares on the Lord
    and He will sustain you;
He will never let
    the righteous be shaken.

I found this really cool Bible Verse video company that has Bible verses they show in a cool way. 😀 It’s hard to explain…how about you just watch the video below? 😉 That’ll be a good enough explanation. 😀 Enjoy!

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~M~

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Ever After

Ever After is a great re-telling of the original Cinderella story. I really like all the characters in it. Even the bad characters were casted well. 😉

 

I liked Danielle, but there are two things I don’t like about her character: one, her name SHOULDN’T be Danielle, she isn’t a Danielle, I don’t know why. XD Two, she kinda overdid it when she was acting. You could kinda tell that she was acting. 😆

Ah, Marguerite, Danielle’s ‘evil’ step sister. She’s evil. I don’t really like her…except for the fact that she has my middle name! 😀 Yep, my middle name is Marguerite. I love the part where she has a fit and her mom was like “What was that for?” and Marguerite said, “There was a bee.” Haha, awesome part. 😀

Jacqueline, Danielle’s nice step sister, is my favorite character. 😀 She’s so funny! She has to act like she doesn’t like Danielle in front of her sister and mother, but she actually does. XD My favorite part is when she’s trying to get Prince Henry to notice her by sticking a feather in her hair, and down her dress. 😆 😆 😆

I liked Prince Henry all right, but I didn’t love him. XD I love how he wore such inapropriate clothes. :mrgreen: HAHA.

Here’s the trailer for it, hope you enjoy: 😀

~M~

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