Sunday, May 29, 2016

Being "Blind"

I wear glasses because I have very bad eye-sight. The picture below gives some idea of what I see without my glasses on. You are very blessed if you have healthy eyes. When we are complaining a lot, we should remind ourselves of the blessings God has given us.

Below are some things that God has blessed me with.

1. I can see! I have bad eyes, but we have the money to get glasses so I can see you.
(Picture by Dad) 

2. I have plenty of food. We helped serve food to these children in Haiti in 2014.
(Picture by Priscilla)

3. I have a comfortable, clean house. These are tent houses in Haiti.

4. I have a great family. This is not everyone, but it is a good picture. Back row is me, Mom, Dad, and Priscilla; front row is Hannah, Bethany, Lydia, and Gabriel. 
(Picture by Dad)

What are some things that God has blessed you with?
Count your blessings!

The Turban

This is a common sight at our house after showers. Lydia often eats dinner with her tower on her head. We call it the turban. By the way, this picture was taken a few years ago, but she still does this. 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Hanging Rock

Last Wednesday we went to Hanging Rock State Park to hike and enjoy the Lower Cascades. We were joined by Priscilla's friend, Justus, and we had a great time.
Lydia always likes to get her picture taken at this rock.

One of the many views from the top.

The graggy rock edge.

The rocks at the bottom.

Priscilla, Hannah, Justus, and Bethany look over the edge.

I know this Sambucus peanut-butter sandwich looks disgusting, but it was actually really good.

A pine tree at the top.

Moore's Knob.

Farmland below the mountains.

Mountain Laurel on the rocky cliffs. 

Justus jumping. 

The Lower Cascades. 

Bethany in the water.


This smaller waterfall was fun to walk through. 

Lydia in the water.


The rushing water around Lydia's and my feet.

Justus, Lydia, and Priscilla in the little waterfall.

This section was really fun to walk through.

That is Hannah up there in the trees.

Justus (wearing Priscilla's glasses) and Priscilla.

From the bottom.



Sunday, May 15, 2016

Semester Paper

I recently asked which ones of my papers from this past semester people would enjoy, so I will start with some causes for college students leaving the church. This really is a serious problem in our culture, and I hope that all my young friends will become stronger in the Lord and stay in the church. Once we leave the church, we open the door for Satan to deceive and destroy.
I know the essay is a bit long, but bear with me!

The Growing Trend of Going Away

     He came from a Christian, home schooling family in rural North Carolina, went to a very
conservative, family-integrated church, and went to Bob Jones University for his first year in
college. He confessed to be a Christian himself, but as college years wore on, he began to go to
church less frequently and began to question the church, the Bible, and finally, God. Within ten
years of finishing high school, he was an out-right atheist, completely denying Christ. The whole
case was no surprise to God, and sadly, it is becoming a more familiar story in the United States.
College students are leaving the church. According to Ham (2009),“61% of today's young adults
who were regular church attendees are now `spiritually disengaged.' They are not actively
attending church, praying, or reading their Bibles”(p. 24). Many “Christian” college students are
dropping out of church. The question is not if it happens but why it happens. There are many
possible reasons for this growing trend in America and Europe. Some may think church is
boring, others would say there are too many hypocrites in the church, while still others are not
even Christians themselves, and finally there are some who do not see the importance of church.

     First of all, college students may be leaving the church because church services are not
entertaining enough for them. Although they may not outright say it, they think church is
boring. Lifeway did research for why people leave church, and they found that 12% leave
because of a “boring service”(Ham, 2009, p. 29).They grew up going to church, but most of their
childhood years they were in Sunday school and youth-group. When they left for college, they
realized real church was dull. They may have a right to accuse churches of this, for it is true that
many churches are nearly dead, with only a few older people still attending. One man wrote
of his experience at one such church, “I am ushered into the small foyer area where around 30
chairs are set up and where I join a handful of elderly people with their heads bowed” (Ham,
2009, p. 9).Although many churches are still full of life, a college student may not be able to find
such a church near his or her college. It seems that too much entertainment for children and
youth is actually a problem for young people. As Ken Ham noted, “Sunday school is actually
more likely to be detrimental to the spiritual and moral health of our children” (Ham, 2009, p.
38). Although good, gospel-centered Sunday school can be a help to children, many Sunday
schools or “children's churches” take away the true meaning of the Bible and set up young
Christians for not wanting to be in the real service. Some may object that Sunday school can
actually be a great benefit to children in drawing them to God. This is very probably true, but
that only further shows the fact that every child is different, and Sunday school is definitely not
always the answer.

     Another explanation for why college students leave church is that they think there are too
many hypocrites in the church, and they do not want to be associated with hypocrites.
Westerholm (2014) stated, “And when the leaders are not as perfect as they appear, worshipers
(especially the young) leave the church devastated” (par. 5). Possibly these young people had
dads as elders or deacons, and they saw the gritty workings of the church. They saw the real
lifestyles of people who acted very spiritual in church but were worldly during the week. The
young man in the opening story of the essay was among this group of church-leavers. His father
was an elder of their church, and he saw things that made him disgusted with not just those he
would call “hypocrites,” but the whole church in general. He, like many others, had resentment
toward the church because of growing-up experiences. The sad thing is that the accusation is
quite true. The church is full of people trying to look good and make a name for themselves, but
they do not truly love God. Many people will go to church on Sunday, but the rest of the week,
they live worldly: drunk at the bar Saturday night, praying at church Sunday morning. However,
hypocrisy can show up much more slyly, such as gossiping (which so many Christians are guilty
of), complaining, being self-centered, telling crude jokes, and using bad language. Of course,
some will bring up the fact that not all church members are hypocrites. True, not all church
people are hypocrites, but the fact that there are some at all can be reason for a young adult to be
disgusted with church in general and leave. It only takes one rotten orange to spoil the whole

     The third and possibly biggest reason that “Christian” college students leave the church is
that they are not really true Christians themselves. As author of Growing Up Christian, Karl
Graustein (2005) put it, “Because we do the things Christians do and we are surrounded by
Christians, we tend to assume we are Christians, too. But just as standing in a wheat field doesn't
make someone wheat, being raised in a Christian environment doesn't make someone a
Christian” (p. 33). In the same way, many college students grew up in the church, but they never
actually surrendered their own lives to Christ. Very probably, they were living as hypocrites
themselves. Of course, only God can know the heart, but Christians should be able to see the
fruit of others who call themselves Christians, and when no fruit or “evidences of grace” are
noticeable, one will wonder if that person is truly saved. Especially when one actually calls
himself an atheist (as in the opening story), it seems that he or she was never a Christian. Some
may argue that people still go to church even when they are not Christians. While this may be
true, many will leave when they are away from their parents. When one is not truly regenerated,
he or she will not be interested enough to stay in church for very long.

     The fourth and final reason is also perhaps the most startling. Some college students are
leaving the church because they do not see the importance of it. David Kinnaman (2011) writes
of one young woman, “She told me, `I never lost faith in Christ but I have lost faith in the
church'” (p. 26). Like many other young Christians, this woman still confessed to be a Christian,
but she seemed to be sickened with the church for whatever reason. The fact is, the church has
indeed become very polluted. This pollution can be seen in the hypocrisy already discussed,
focusing on a larger congregation instead of the spiritual growth of the members, and a focus on
fun to attract the unsaved. There have even been pastors who were not Christians themselves.
Young Christians may think that they can live more righteous lives just staying away from the
church. They have concluded that church is not important to their faith, especially if it is so
corrupt. What these Christians are forgetting is that man did not institute the church, God did.
While it may be true that it is not a good reason to leave the church (as some may object), it is
nonetheless a real reason, and it should make the church consider how they are representing
the body of Christ.

     Many young people are leaving the church for various reasons including church services
being boring, false believers in the church, not having a saving faith themselves, and not seeing
the importance of church. If people do not realize these problems in the church, there will likely
become even a worse issue in years to come. As David Kinnaman (2011) said, “The church is
not adequately preparing the next generation to follow Christ faithfully in a rapidly changing
culture” (p. 21). If, however, the church addresses these reasons for why people leave and begins
to make changes in the way she does things, the next generation could be a turn-around of the
present trend. That one young man may have left , but there is hope that the next will stay.


Graustein, K. (2005). Growing up Christian. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing Company.
Ham, K. (2009). Already gone. Green Forest, AZ: Master Books. [Google].
Kinnaman, D. (2011). You lost me. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. [Google].
Westerholm, M. (2014, April 6). Serving appetizers: Worship services that keep their promises.
Desiring God. Retrieved from

This is an old church we drove by in Pennsylvania. 


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

My Mom isn't perfect, but she is the best Mom ever. I know a lot people are probably saying that, but I guess that's the point: God gave everyone the mom just right for that individual.
My Mom is a Christian, she has taught me the Word for more than 19 years, she is beautiful, she is my favorite teacher, she is a great cook, she is the BEST mom for me.
Thank you, God for Mom, and bless her with a great day!
Elisabeth and Mom

Resurrection Day Cake

Resurrection Day was a while ago, but I thought I would post a few pictures of a delicious cake I made for that special day. It was a moist, sweet, nutty Hummingbird Cake.
The top view of the cakes (the eggs are not a part of the cake, I just put them there for effect).

The side view.

If you think you might want the recipe, just let me know and I can post it. It is super!



    Hello, Friends. It appears that I have been gone for a long time, and I thought I would come back.
A lot has happened since April 1st (the last time I posted), so I will tell a little about it.
    One of the biggest things that comes to my mind is that I turned 19 on April 7th. It was a good, simple Birthday. We went to Siler City and got a few things at The Farmer's Alliance Store.
    The day after my Birthday, Mom and I went to a two-day training on how to teach a Precepts Bible study. Precepts teaches how to study the Bible in depth.
    Some time soon after that, we began the process of painting our school room. We are done and finally have it set up again. It is a totally new setup, but I like it.
    Finally, Dad and Mom went to New Jersey near the end of April to get a lot of stuff from our Great-grandma's house because she died in December. Right before they left, I got my license so that I could drive the girls to church while the Dad and Mom were away.
    In all of this, one thing remains -- English. Actually, God is truly the One that will always remain in all of my life, and that is such a wonderful and glorious thing. He is such a merciful God. But, anyway, it is also true that I have continued to plug along at my on-line English Composition class with the University of Northwestern (an expensive but recommended Christian college). I have done a lot of writing, and I was thinking I would post at least one of the essays I had to write. Therefore, I would like to see what my readers would most like to here of the following:
    1. An evaluation of the book Holiness by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
    2. The proposal of a solution to the problem of teens not hand-writing enough
    3. Speculating about the causes of college students leaving the church
    4. Observing a local business called Sportsman

Your choice!