Wednesday, January 15, 2020

If I Could Live In Bible Times... (Noah)

Hello, everyone!

"Hello Houze!"

I'm soooooo glad you're here! 

"Well, we're glad to see you!"

Aw, you really mean it?

"No,we just said that."



That's not funny. 
Happy Wednesday everyone.  I'm really happy you're joining me today. We're going to be going on an adventure. I'm going to be to imagining I lived in Bible times. I am going to be putting myself in the shoes of Noah and his family today.

The story of Noah begins in Genesis 5:32 and goes through to the end of chapter 10. If you would like to go read the entire story you can here.

*Please note, this is partially made up, with elements of the actual Bible mixed in.*

My take on the story:

"Noah dear, it seems like a nice evening to go for a walk," said his wife.

"I think I would have to agree, let's go."

Noah, his wife, and three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth walked down the street. Noah, was soaking up the town and the people that walked by. There were many people. Some even included giants.

"Look at all those big people," Japheth announced. 

"Yeah, It's a shame to see all the wickedness around." Noah proclaimed.

"Yeah," Shem agreed.

They continued walking. Noah couldn't believe the things he saw. The people in the town didn't seem to ever think about God. He thought about the stories he's been told about his ancestors, who didn't go back very far in time. They started to head back to the house, for it was starting to get dark.

That night, Noah was sleeping. When suddenly, he believed he heard someone talking to him.

"Noah you have found grace in my sight. The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.  
But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.
And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them." (Directly quoted Genesis 6:13-21) 

"Okay, Lord. I'll do that." 

Noah began his quest. He needed to build an ark so that his family would be safe. Once Noah had built the ark he was commanded to build. He was commanded, by the Lord gather up some animals.

"Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. 
Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth." 
(Directly quoted Genesis 7:2-4) 

After all the animals were in. God shut Noah and his family, along with the animals into the ark.The waters began to come down from the heaven.

"Look at that rain coming down," Noah's wife sounded a bit scared.

"It's okay, dear. We're all going to be safe in here. God promised to protect us."

People started screaming and pounding on the ark's door to get in, but it was already too late. They were watching the waters come down, drowning the people and animals in it's path.

Some time went by, when Japheth finally got tied of staying in the ark.

"Dad, are we ever going to get out of here? We've been stuck here with all of these animals FOREVER."

"Yes, son, be patient. God has this." 

"Dad, Japheth has a point, It's been over a year," Ham backed up his brother.

"God has this. He knows what he's doing."

While Noah and his sons talked a dove came back in through the window of the ark, carrying olive leaf. 

"Why, would you look at that. The waters have lessened. 7 more days boys, I'll send another dove out. 

The day came quickly. This time Noah released the dove and it didn't come back. Noah looked out the window and saw that the earth was dry. Then he heard God speaking to him saying, 
"Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee.
Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth." (Directly quoted Genesis 8:16-17) 

"Boys, it's clear that God did a miracle for us. Let's show God that we are thankful by building an alter and sacrificing to Him." 

God was pleased with them. He promised to not curse the ground any more for man's sake, neither would He smite any more every thing living. 

"Noah, I'm going to set up a convent with you. Look in the sky."

"Woah, Lord what a colorful sight."
"It's a rainbow."
I hope you all enjoyed this little narrative of what I imagine happened during Noah's days. I am thinking about making this into a series. So let me know if you would enjoy that. I'm sorry it's long (if I do this series they probably will be longer posts), but I could honestly keep going with it. I had to shorten it as it was. :P Thank you all for reading, byeee! See you all next week! 

Today's Encouraging Quote: 

Christ will always accept the faith the puts its trust in Him. - Andrew Murray

Today's Bible Verse: 

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. - Romans 6:12 (KJV)

Remember, the best friend you have is Jesus Christ.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

2020 POSTING GOALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*Lays on couch watching YouTube*

"Hey, Houze it's been forever since we've seen you. What are you doing?"

Feeling sorry for myself!

"Why...would you do that?"

Umm, I've been *cough* sick *cough* for the last 2 weeks!


"Well are you doing better?"

Nope, sill sick. *cough*

Have you tried medicine?

Yes, I have and I'm TIRED of taking medicine every 4 hours that's not working!

"Oh well, then..."


"Are you going to be posting today?"

Yeah, just um a short post.

"Okay, get on with it then."

Wait, just one more video.

*5 hours later*

Okay, I'm ready to do my post!


Thanks for reading my pathetic intro. That's my been life that last two weeks! Coughing and running noses, ear aches, no energy, watching too much YouTube because I have no energy to do anything else but that. Yeah, it's been crazy.

I figured I would try to put my best foot forward this year and set up some goals for myself this year. (I am off to a REALLY bad start).

1) Do more Christian posts.

Last year, I really lacked on the Christian posts. The Christian posts are definitely my favorite posts to do. However, last year I really lacked motivation to do them. I felt like I said the same thing over and over again. They were just a mess, at least in my opinion. So hopefully, I can do more Christian posts this year, that are actually good.

2) Stop being so hard on myself.

I had multiple ideas for posts last year, but I scraped them because I didn't think they were good enough, or I couldn't pull them together. I tend to overthink things and push myself too hard that the process becomes a job, instead of being fun. Which, I never want posting to become a job. I want it something that I love doing! So I need to work on that.

3) Actually post!

Last year, I missed a lot of weeks. I want to post at least 45 posts this year. That means I can only miss 7 weeks, now 6 since I missed last week's post... We're off to a great start!!!!! NOT

4) Create a new, interesting signature for my posts.

I've had the same signature since I started, back in 2018...(I made that sound like so long ago...) Anyway, I need to make a new one. Like come on! It's 2020!

5) Make better intros.

This one probably comes down to me being too hard on myself again, but ya know... I REALLY don't like my intros. I know I said that last year, but things NEED to change this year. I mean seriously they are pathetic! Moving on...

6) Start a new series of posts.

I would like to start a series of posts. I enjoy doing series, so I would like to do that. I'm not exactly sure what it will be on yet, but we'll see in the future I guess.

At the end of 2020 we'll revisit these and see how I did. Hopefully, I can pull some of these off. I really want to become a better blogger this year. I want to make QUALITY content for you guys.


Looks like that's the end of this post.  I hope you all will stick around for another year of posting. :) That was lame, I know. I'm sorry. I really am. Anyway...Hope you all enjoyed and I'll see you all next week (hopefully, not sick). BYEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Today's Encouraging Quote:

Faith does not make things easy. It makes them possible. - Unknown 

Today's Bible Verse: 

But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. - Matthew 15:18 (KJV) 
Remember, the best friend you have is Jesus Christ.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Day In the Life of a Puppy!

Hey y'all! Welcome back to anotherrrrr blog post with Housemom418 today. LOL As y'all know, (If you read last week's post) we got a puppy named Missy Mae. She has been a handful for sure! Who knew that my life revolves around a puppy? Even I didn't know that! LOL Right now she is 10 weeks and 3 days old! So, she is a very young pup. 

However, life isn't just unicorns and rainbows as some people might expect from a puppy. It's way more than that! But, sometimes you might wonder what their language is, and what they think. 

Today, I am going to be doing something that I think will be super fun! I am going to be making a skit about what Missy Mae thinks about every day, or what we might think that she thinks about! Let's get into it!
Alarm: 7:00 AM
"Ring! Ring! Ding! Ding!"

Owner: (Gets up)

Missy Mae: "Oh! It's time to bite everybody face's off, yay!"

Owner: (Let's out of cage)

Missy Mae: "I'M FREE!"

Owner: "Come on, Missy! Let's go outside!"

Missy Mae: (Runs) "TIME TO GO GET SHOES!" 

Missy Mae: (Grabs a shoe and takes off with it)

Owner: "Missy, no! Bad girl!"

Missy Mae: "Ugh, again? I don't understand my parents, AT ALL! I just want to chew this all up! Ugh..." Ruff...

Owner: "Come on, let's go outside!" 
(Opens door)

Missy Mae: (Runs outside and bites leash) 

Owner: "Missy, bad girl! Let's not bite that leash! That's not a toy, Missy!"

Missy Mae: "UGH! THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND ME!!!" Grrrrrr...

Owner: "Missy..."

Missy Mae: (Runs around in the grass)

Owner: "Let's go inside." 
(Opens door)

Missy Mae: "You ruined my play time." (whines)

Owner: (Gives food)

Missy Mae: (Eats some of the food and then gets distracted by seeing toes) 
"Ooooh, toes..." (Runs and bites)

Owner: "Missy, no! That really hurts! Grab your toy!" (Throws toy)

Missy Mae: (Plays with toy for 2 seconds and then goes back to biting) "Mwahaha..." Ruff!

Owner: "Into your play pen!" (Carries and puts in play pen)


Missy Mae: (Squeaks toy and whines)

Owner: "Oh Missy..."

Missy Mae: "Why do they talk about me like that? I'm so cute, look at me!" (Jumps)

Owner: "Let's not jump, okay Missy?"

Missy Mae: "Why?! I love jumping."

Owner: "Missy..." (Goes to room)

Missy Mae: "Ugh, now nobody's playing with me or paying attention to me..."

Owner: (Comes back out and gives more food)

Missy Mae: "Oooh, more food." (Eats and begins to behave) 

Owner: (Picks up) 


Owner: "Nooo, Missy..."

Missy Mae: "I really wish that they allowed me to play with my toys..." (also known as hands)

Owner: "Time to go to bed, Missy."

Missy Mae: "Never fails..."

Owner: (Puts to bed)

Missy Mae: (Falls to sleep)
Well, I guess that's it for today! I hope y'all enjoyed that. She's very stubborn to say the least, LOL! Here's today's bible verse!
Jonah 1:14 (KJV)
Wherefore they cried unto the Lord, and said, We beseech thee, O Lord, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O Lord, hast done as it pleased thee.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

My Last Post of the DECADE?!?! 2019 in a Nutshell

Hi, everyone. I'm back for another post, and have some sad news to share...

This is my last post of the decade.

*tears up*

Okay maybe that was too dramatic, but it's true! This is my last post of the decade! It's pretty crazy to think that this blog has been around for nearly half of a decade. The blog started in 2015, and it's amazing to see how far we've come! Lots of bloggers have come and left, but I'm grateful for each and every one of them!

Who knows, maybe this blog will be around for half of a decade more! I'm excited to see what this next year and this next decade holds for AJFC!

Anywho, last year I did a post called "2018 in a Nutshell" and decided to do the same thing this year! This is basically just me reviewing the year and how it went for me. Feel free to do the same thing in the comments! Let's gooooo!


2019 In a Nutshell (According to Gracie)


Overview of 2019:

This year really was great. One of the biggest highlights for me was that I started my first job! It's a volunteer writing job, and I just recently got promoted. It's been so great having an amazing group of Christian writers around me. They all really feel like family. I got to go to nine Christian concerts this year, and met a total of thirteen artists! Although this year there have been a few challenges in our church, this year was amazing! I feel like God has given me this year as a time of rest after all I went through in 2018, watching my sister literally almost die, and taking care of my niece full time while my sister was in the hospital and recovering. That was for sure a crazy season, so this year has really just been a time to breathe. God is always doing such amazing things in my life, and has given me so much hope for the future. I'm so excited to see what's to come in 2020! If I had to choose one word (well... make that two words) to sum up 2019, it would be "God's favor," because I've seen His favor so much this year.

Bible verse of 2019:

Definitely Matthew 19:26, which says:

"Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'"

At the beginning of the year a friend (acquaintance??) sent me that verse, and it really became my verse for 2019. I feel like I've defied a lot of odds this year, which reminds me that with God all things are possible. From our human stand point, a lot of things look impossible. But with God, all things are possible.

Song of 2019:

Oooh boy... I think I'm gonna go with Fear No More by Building 429. Overall it's a really great song both musically and lyrically, but there's one line in that song that especially sticks out to me. "This isn't what I'd choose / but it's where I'm finding You." Honestly, there's been a lot of situations this year that I would have never chosen, but God did. And that's where I'm finding Him. I would never have chosen our church situations, but it's where I'm finding God. I guess you would say I'm in the music industry now, and would I have chosen this position for myself ten years ago? Probably not. But God did, and I love I'm loving it, and finding Him through it. Fear No More has been an anthem for me.

Album of 2019:

I'm going with No Shame by Tenth Avenue North. That album is, as the kids say, "all the feels." Seriously, if you haven't listened to it, YOU NEED TO. Some of the songs will make you want to dance, some will make you want to cry. It's seriously exceptional.

Music video of 2019:

I really don't know why I have some of these categories. Who do I think I am? The K-LOVE Fan Awards?!?! I apologize for the randomness of this post.
Although this music video released last year, I really like it. It's great. It's called Burn The Ships by for KING & COUNTRY! Enjoyyyyy.

Book of 2019:

Again, really random. This blog post should be titled, "these are a few of my favorite things... of 2019." But then I would have to talk about silver white winters, and girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes.
Moving on. (if u know u know)

I read a couple of books this year, but my favorite would have to be "Not Forsaken" by Louie Giglio. It's such a powerful message about God being a perfect father. Jesus was forsaken by God, so we would never have to be. If you get a chance, I would encourage you to read that book!

Quote of 2019:

Not sure I can classify this as "quote of 2019," because I just heard it recently. But when I heard it, it really stuck with me.

"Less leads to the best" -Louie Giglio

Pretty short quote, but it's so good. It's a quote I've been reminding myself of, and holding onto this month.


I'd love for you to fill out your answers under these seven categories! Be sure to comment them down below! I'll be on the lookout for them, and I'll respond to each one! :)

Have a great week, and a wonderful 2020!


Friday, December 27, 2019

What I Got For Christmas 2019

 Hello y'all! Welcome back to another blog post. I hope y'all had a good Christmas! I had a wonderful Christmas this year. Let me know what y'all got for Christmas this year down in the comments! I'd love to hear that. :-) I have a little surprise at the end, BUT DON'T SCROLL DOWN YET. Don't. You'll ruin the surprise! Let's get into it, shall we?
1. Paint Brushes
I really needed some more paintbrushes, I got a whole set of paintbrushes, but these were the nearest ones that I could take a picture of. So, I'm very very thankful for these! They are pretty nice. :)
2. Paint
I needed some more black paint, so I'm also very thankful for this. LOL

3.Panda Slippers
I will show you in the next picture...
4. Fox Slippers
Also in the next picture...
5. Socks
Here's the picture. LOL

6. Painting Kit

 I think this is awesome! It's a paint pouring kit, which will be so much fun!

7. Markers
These are scented markers, and they smell pretty good!

8. Earrings and Necklace
I thought these were really pretty! I love them so much. :D
9. Wet Brush
My sister and I really needed a wet brush because if we brush our hair while It's wet, It gets all springy and It's really hard to brush if we need to brush it while wet.
10. Star Projector Thingy

This is AMAZING. THANKS AMAZON! Anyway, It's so fun. It lights up and you can set how long you want it to glow, and it even will spin!

11... Surprise! 
Our good friend at church actually gave her to us, her name is Missy Mae, and she is 9 weeks and 4 days old. She is an amazing puppy, but she does the puppy things like biting everything. LOL She is awesome. She is a miniature schnauzer, and her color is rare. She's like a brown color as you can see in the picture, her color is called liver. (3
2 Timothy 1:13 KJV
Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
Bye guys!