Outcry Tour 2015

There’s just an unexplainable thing that occurs when you’re in a place full of God’s presence. That’s exactly what happened last night at the Outcry Tour concert in New Orleans. There’s just no way to explain to you how God moved in that place. Nothing else matters. The bands were amazing but it was all for one man. Jesus.  

    
 

  
    
 

 

  
 

       

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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I just want to start off by saying that none ofmy book reviews will ever have any spoilers. I try to go into as much detail as possible without actually revealing too much.

And now Red Rising…

I heard about this book on the radio. I can thank Kidd Kraddick in the Morning for introducing this book to me. I figured, I have a lot of books already that I need to read; what’s one more? So I purchased it through Amazon and as soon as I got it, I was hooked.

The way I describe Red Rising to people is if Avatar and The Hunger Games had a baby, it would be Red Rising. The book is very good. I enjoyed it so much that I am currently reading the second book of the series, The Golden Son.

Darrow, the main character, is at the bottom of the totem pole. He is a Red. They live on Mars and have been convinced that the work they are doing (he’s a driller) is to prepare the planet for the next generations. Earth is basically in the past. Reds work to the bone and get very little in return. He is married to Eo whom he has known since he was a child.

This book is very difficult to review without giving too much away. So much happens to Darrow so quickly in the book that it’s hard to describe it without revealing key points of the book. Darrow thinks he has it all figured out. Like the rest of the Reds, except his uncle, he has been lied to by those in higher positions. The Golds run everything. They control what is seen and hear. They are a very cruel type of people and Reds mean absolutely nothing to them other than being manual labor. Darrow has no idea what he is going to be thrust into.

One thing is for sure: Darrow is a fighter.

I would definitely recommend this book. It is nothing like what I thought it would be. Just because I describe it as the love child of Avatar and The Hunger games doesn’t mean that you’ll know what to expect. This is a must read.

The third book has not been released yet. I still have not looked into when it will be. The Golden Son is the sequel.

Time and Beyond Time (Mere Christianity excerpt) C.S. Lewis

This is not a perfection illustration, of course. But it may give just a glimpse of what I believe to be the truth. God is not hurried along in the Time-stream of this universe any more than an author is hurried along in the imaginary time of his own novel. He has infinite attention to spare for each one of us. He does not have to deal with us in the mass. You are as much alone with Him as if you were the only being He had ever created. When Christ died, He died for you individually just as much as if you had been the only man in the world.

The Great Sin (Mere Christianity excerpt) C.S. Lewis

“The vice I am talking of is Pride or Self-Conceit: and the virtue opposite to it, in Christian morals, is called Humility. You may remember, when I was talking about sexual morality, I warned you that the centre of Christian morals did not lie there. Well, now, we have come to the centre. According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.”

Hope (Mere Christianity excerpt) C.S. Lewis

“There is no need to be worried by facetious people who try to make the Christian hope of ‘Heaven’ ridiculous by saying they do not want ‘to spend eternity playing harps’. The answer to such people is that if they cannot understand books written for grown-ups, they should not talk about them. All the scriptural imagery (harps, crowns, gold, etc.) is, of course, a merely symbolical attempt to express the inexpressible. Musical instruments are mentioned because for many people (not all) music is the thing known in the present life which most strongly suggests ecstasy and infinity. Crowns are mentioned to suggest the fact that those who are united with God in eternity share His splendour and power and joy. Gold is mentioned to suggest the timelessness of Heaven (gold does not rust) and the preciousness of it. People who take these symbols literally might as well think that when Christ told us to be like doves, He meant that we were to lay eggs.”

Things My Kids Will Never Do

1. Use an encyclopedia (book) to do homework or a project

2. Use the Dewey Decimal System

3. Wait by the radio for hours with a tape ready to record your favorite song

4. Get new shoes only on Christmas and birthdays

5. Get excited about having a quarter to buy a .25 bag of chips

6. Have 9 planets

7. Have simple, quick math (common core has ruined it)

8. Be abandoned by a parent

9. Secretly scratch all over under the covers because of chicken pox

10. Walk home from school

mosquito relief!

Mosquitos. Mosquitos. Mosquitos.

That’s one thing Noah should’ve gotten rid of when he had the chance. In southeast Louisiana, mosquitos plague everywhere. You are safe nowhere. The fact that we are surrounded by swamps should give you an indication to how bad the mosquito population is. The cities fumigate in the streets and even by air, but there’s no escaping. To make matters worse, my kids and myself are allergic to them. One mosquito bite causes our skin to become swollen (bigger than a half dollar), hot to the touch, and very irritated.

I’ve tried many products to try to help with this.

  • hydrocortisone
  • after bite
  • hand sanitizer
  • rubbing alcohol

None of these work for my kids. This will last about a week. I don’t like giving my kids Benadryl orally when this occurs because it’s so frequent here my kids would be Benadrylholics. Insect repellent isn’t 100% foolproof as a couple of those suckers always seem to get through that barrier.

I went to target yesterday and went to the pharmacy section. My son was bitten the day before by 4 mosquitos and they were very inflamed. I was just browsing to see if I could find anything new when one of the pharmacists asked if I needed help and I began to tell him my dilemma. He told me his son is the same way and he uses the Benadryl stick. Before I could ask him what he was talking about, he grabbed one of the packages and told me about it. I decided, what the heck? I bought it and have since seen a dramatic reduction in the swelling. It has only been 24 hours and I can see such a huge difference.

It’s very simple to use. It comes in a pen-like shape. You just unscrew the cap and dab it onto the affected area. Less is more. It will come out like liquid but you don’t want to overdo it.

I am very happy with the results and that I bought 2. I have one for my purse and one to keep at home. I never thought I would find a solution that would have quick results like this. I recommend this to all parents and people who have this same issue.

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