Another prayer request

We’re about to head off to the next Speech and Debate tournament.  I’m scared to death!!  (Don’t worry all, I’m bringing my will.  For those of you who don’t know about it, I wrote a will one day before a tourney to be silly.  But it certainly helped to relieve some of the tension I was feeling that day! ; )  We completely changed our affirmative case so I’m scared because I don’t feel prepared.  And we are getting rid of anchor babies, and that is going to be very hard to argue, so I’m scared about that as well!  I’m also scared because of what happened at the last tournament.  I don’t want to throw up again at the end of the week.  So if ya’ll could pray for our speech club and myself.  That God would give us courage and strength to make it through the week.  And that my brother’s Duo partner and myself will keep our voices found for the entirety of the tourney.

Thank you all!

God Bless!

~Tee-Kaye

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Sanity, it’s a good thing

As the next speech and debate tournament is rapidly approaching, and I am significantly re-vamping my affirmative case, I am finding it hard to get everything done that should get done.  I haven’t practiced my violin at all, I haven’t done much in the way of school, haven’t finished some things for debate and haven’t really helped much around the house.

Of course I could use the excuse that I was really sick with a cold and the flu and was completely drained by the end of the last tournament and needed to recover my health.  And I have been breaking out in hives for some unknown reason and have had big chunks of my day taken up in recovering from the affects of the Benedryl.  But there is still so much that I could have gotten done.   I’m a terrible procrastinator, and am terribly lazy.

So, as my time left to prepare is drawing to a close I remember these verses.

 John 14:26-27 “26But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize.  25Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.  26Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly;  I do not fight like a man beating air.  27No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

Hebrews 12:1-3 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  3Consider him who endured such opposition form sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Sola Deo Gloria!

~Tee-Kaye

Prayer

The other day I found out that one of my friends, known as “Little Woman” to the blogosphere, has been diagnosed with scoliosis.  Needless to say, she’s a little scared, I would be too if I was in her place.  So if any of you feel called to pray for her, it’d be greatly appreciated.  She is such a sweet person.  She loves God with all her heart, and is a wonderful role model to me.

Love ya sister!

~Tee-Kaye

You don’t know who your friends are…

…until you need them. (or something like that ; )  I learned the truth in that statement this last weekend.

Our family is participating in NCFCA Speech and Debate and last week was the Colorado Open.  Unfortunately I was fighting a cold the entire tournament and was very tired.  My friends were amazing.  They stuck by me the entire time.  They helped to carry my debate box up the stairs and understood when I was too tired to talk.

Then Friday I lost my voice.  And then I found out that I had broke to semi-finals and would need to do my speech at least once more.  Everyone told me that I shouldn’t talk and should use kinesics to let them know what I was saying.  It was pretty funny, but they were so kind and would be quite so I could try to whisper something to them.

On Saturday I did semis.  But because of the my cold I took some cough medicine beforehand so as to not cough while giving my speech.  But half way through lunch I all of a sudden started to get really tired.  I didn’t finish my sandwich but went and lay down.  My debate partner was so sweet and later came over and put her coat on me.  My dad was a real hero to that day.  He stuck by me the entire time as well.  When I attempted to wake up it felt like my mind was stuffed with cotton, and it took forever to process anything.  It turns out, the cough medicine was 10% alcohol!  So I was probably having a reaction to that or something else in the medicine.  All I know is that I felt awful!  Dad took me for a walk outside to try to shake off the effects of whatever was happening to me.

Upon coming into the student lounge again they were about to announce breaks to finals.  And guess what?  I broke to finals!  But now I needed to get the energy to do my speech again.  A friend’s mom gave me a vitamin drink that perked me up long enough to do my speech but right afterwards I crashed big time.  I sat in the student lounge with my head resting on a table, trying to get some kind of rest.  My stomach was beginning to hurt like crazy.  Unfortunately I threw up in the student lounge.  Even then my brother, his friend and my dad helped me in so many ways.  Throughout the whole ordeal everyone was so sweet.  I wasn’t capable of doing much, and they helped in whatever way they could.

I’m blessed with very good, kind, loyal friends.  And most of all, with a Dad who is always watching out for me, helping me when I’m weak and helpless, and comforting and supportive.  So this past week I’ve realized how much I have to be thankful to God for.  Remember never to take your friends and especially your family for granted!

Sola Deo Gloria!

~Tee-Kaye

If your friend’s jumped off a cliff…

    Once upon a time, there was a queen.  She was a wise and kind ruler.  All of her servants were very devoted to her.  There was one special servant, who was the wisest of them all.  He had the special job of driving the queen’s chariot.  Unfortunately, he was getting up in years and one day he died.

    After the funeral, the queen set about finding a servant to fill the now vacant position.  But not just anyone could fill this position.  They had to be strong and wise.  One by one the queen interviewed the servants in front of the court.

    The first interviewee came before the queen.    She asked him, “If we were driving on a mountain and came to a place where the road on one side was a cliff going straight up, and a on the other side a cliff going straight down.  How close to the edge would you drive me?”

    The young man, puffing out his chest a little said, “Oh my queen, I could quite easily take you within one foot of the edge!”

    The queen thanked him and called in the next man.  She asked him the same question.  He proudly said, “I could steer you within in 1 inch of the edge!”  Again the queen thanked him and called for the next man.

    When the third young man came up she again asked the question.  But this time the young man said, “My queen, you are a very important person.  If I was your driver, I wouldn’t risk your life by taking you even close to the edge.  I would steer as far away from it as possible.”

    The queen answered, “You are truly wise!  You understand that when there is potential danger, the answer is not how close you can get to it without getting hurt.  The answer is to stay as far away as possible.”

    So this young man was made the new driver for the queen.  And many that day learned a lesson from his wisdom.

Now, if any of you have listened to “Passport to Purity” you should recognize they story.  I’m afraid it is quite different than the original though.  It’s been awhile since I listened to it and don’t remember the story that well so I took the idea and went with it. ; )  But anyways, the lesson is still the same.  When there is a cliff, don’t see how close you can get to the edge without falling off, you should stay as far away from the edge as possible.

Now, in “Passport to Purity” they used this parable to talk to physical purity, but I believe it can be applied to emotional purity as well.  Let me explain.

Some people think “What’s wrong with a little flirting?  It won’t hurt anyone!”  But by flirting, you are defrauding the other person.  If you truly like the person, by flirting you are indulging the feelings that in most cases are not right.  And if you don’t like them, you are living a lie.

Some will say, “But if you don’t flirt, how will they know that you like them?”  But, in all honesty, you should never let the other person know that you like them unless you are in a relationship headed towards marriage!  Think about it, if you both are not mature enough to get married, what point is there to knowing you like each other.  It’s not like there is anything you can do.  You are just going to have to wait and this opens up a door to other sins.  (i.e.  where your thoughts could lead you)   God says “Since no man knows the future, who can tell him what is to come?” (Ecc. 8:7)  You do not know for sure if this young man is who God has chosen for you!  By liking him you are giving your heart to someone who, for all you know will be another girls husband!  Not only that, but if you are focused on him, you are not focusing on God.  You are wasting precious time when you could be serving God and others, not yourself by flirting and bringing attention to yourself.

Many people have told me I’m much to shy around guys.  That I could get more guys to like me if I were more outgoing and flirtatious.  So the purpose of my life is to get as many guys to like me as possible?  No!  That’s what the world thinks their purpose is.  But the Bible says it’s to glorify God and enjoy him forever.  Not go out and break a lot of hearts.  We are called to a life that is holy and blameless.

So you see, the question is not, how much can I flirt with danger without getting hurt.  You need to flee youthful lusts and pursue Christ and righteousness.

Well, that’s my five cents.  Sorry if I come off a bit harsh.  I’m becoming quite passionate on this subject.  But I do hope that this caused you to think.  If anyone has any questions, comments or gestures of defiance, please use the comment section.

Sola Deo Gloria!

~Tee-Kaye

Is it okay to be”just friends” with a boy?

Boy, the names of my posts up till now have been awfully boring. ; )  I shall attempt to remedy that!

Anyways, here’s yet another link.  It’s from Girl Talk again.  It addresses the question I used in the title.  It’s very interesting and has a lot of wisdom in it.  Please read what they have to say before moving on to what my thoughts are.

http://girltalk.blogs.com/girltalk/2005/10/q_a_2.html

When I read this I couldn’t help but laugh because I had asked this very question of my dad just two weeks ago!  He told me that it’s possible to be just friends with a boy, but…  you have to have a LOT of wisdom and very good accountability.  As Mrs. Bradshaw said, guys read into things like girls do.  Especially as they grow older.  So whether or not you can be friends with a guy is highly dependent on the guy as well.

Something that should highly be taken into consideration is your own motives for wanting to be friends with that particular guy.  Is it because you like him?  Or because you are longing for male attention?  When you are looking for that attention, that is what leads to flirting.

Mrs. Bradshaw also talked about treating the guys in your life as you would your brother.  But you still need to be very careful while doing this.  A few years ago I was using the excuse that I was treating one of my brother’s friends like I did my brother, but I was really flirting with him.  I still was not treating him correctly.  I wasn’t being mean to him, but I was definitely flirting.  So I decided that I needed to treat him more like a younger cousin.  Respectfully, yet not getting too personal.

Well, that’s all I have for today. 

Sola Deo Gloria!

~Tee-Kaye

Emotional Purity: 3

Before I share the next link, I want to speak a little to why emotional purity is important.  Here is something Sarah Mally wrote in “Before You Meet Prince Charming.” 

“But think of it this way:  How would your future husband feel if he knew that some other guy had known your deepest thoughts, dreams, fears, and emotions?  What would he think if some other man had known  you even better than he himself knows you?  Or how would you like it if some other girl had dozens of long, deep, intimate conversations with your husband and knew practically everything there was to know about him?”

I might address this more later.  But here is another very good post that I found on the blog “Girl Talk”. http://girltalk.blogs.com/girltalk/2005/09/q_a_1.html I hope it causes you to think. ; )

~Tee-Kaye