Monday, February 13, 2012
Physical intimacy before marriage is the popular (and easy) thing to do, but is it worth the guilt and dishonor? In this sex-obsessed generation, it is practically impossible to live without having some kind of regret relating to physical intimacy. Here are a few of Cary Schmidt's "20 Reasons to Avoid Premarital Sex:"
-It presents huge physical risk—diseases and illness are rampant among those who engage in this lifestyle.
-It is disappointing at the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels—the only physical intimacy that exceeds expectations is that founded on long-term commitment and marital growth.
-It creates a spiritual/emotional bond without commitment—this only breeds resentment, bitterness, and the feeling of being used. It says something like this, “I don’t love you enough to commit to you, but I love me enough to use you.”
To read the full blog post, click here. I plead with you, don't wait to agree with this counsel until you know it's true through experience. Take it from Bro. Schmidt when he writes, "A life of wonderful, married intimacy is well worth the wait!"
Friday, February 10, 2012
I bet you all are thinking, "What is that topic doing on this blog?" Well, I just thought it'd be good to erase any false assumptions my younger readers have about marriage before they get in a serious relationship. Whether or not we want it this way, we are influenced by the world's viewpoint of love and relationships every day. High expectations fill our minds, and when we start assuming a guy can make us happy and feel secure, bad things happen.
Come read this short and simple post, "3 Myths About Marriage," by Paul Chappell. The counsel given is valuable for now and later, no matter what stage of a relationship you are in. Whether your relationship status is "single," "engaged, " "married," or "it's complicated," take this practical advice from a man of God. Click here to read the blog post.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
One really good reason to register your Starbucks gift card: any drink you want on your birthday...free.
I knew about the Starbucks loyalty program, but couldn't bring myself to buy myself a gift card completely devoted to coffee (even though I'm addicted). However, when Tim's sister gave me one for Christmas, I wasted no time registering it. A few weeks later I received a postcard in the mail telling me to bring in that card for a free birthday drink! And they let me get whatever size I wanted! I felt absolutely fabulous while enjoying my free venti Java Chip frappuchino.
Here's what you need to do:
1) Get a Starbucks gift card. If you're like me and can't bring yourself to buy yourself one, drop hints about how much you love coffee and someone will probably get you one. Or... join Swag Bucks and earn a free one. Just sayin'.
2) Register it at Starbucks.com and remember to include your birthday where they ask for it!
3) Make a purchase to activate your Welcome Level status. Don't squirm... a tall regular coffee is $1.50.
4) Patiently wait for your cute little post card to arrive in the mail.
5) Bring the postcard to Starbucks and have at it!
This alone makes registering worth it. If you never use your gift card again (which is like, impossible) then you will have still snagged a deal. There are plenty of rewards cards out there with this kind of deal, but I just wanted to share this one because I just got it today and coffee is near and dear to my heart.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
I thought I'd start my new "Finances" label by talking about my new favorite way to earn points and get free stuff: Swag Bucks! The basic gist is to earn "swag bucks" in a variety of ways, including using the Swag Bucks search engine, redeeming coupons, participating in daily polls, games, surveys, and even trading in your old cell phone. The Swag Store has lots of interesting and useful things that you can buy, and when you accumulate enough swag bucks, enjoy your shopping spree!
Here is a list of things you can buy with swag bucks: iPod Touch, flash drives, Amazon Kindle Fire, Keurig Coffee Maker, Xbox 360 console, board games, Barnes and Noble gift cards, Biolage shampoo and conditioner, and Dermalogica body scrub and lotion... and that's just a few of them! Click here (or the logo above) to sign up; it's the easiest thing ever and I know you'll love it as much as I do.
Monday, January 9, 2012
I recently watched the pro-life documentary "180" and my summation of it is "WOW!" Ray Comfort talks various people through the horrors of the Holocaust and correlates it to abortion today. Is his reasoning enough to change their minds about abortion? Watch 180 to find out!
Just to warn you, there are graphic images on this video, but to be honest, they're not as bad as I expected. There is footage of the Holocaust at the beginning, and a clip of a doctor wrapping something up in paper (an aborted baby, though it doesn't actually show the body).
The logical arguments Ray Comfort proposes are both blunt and respectful. Did you know that, like abortion, the atrocities of the Holocaust were legal and government funded? Which is worse, killing a child in the womb or after they've been born? Finish the sentence: "It is okay to kill a baby in the womb when ___________." When does a "fetus" become a human being? All these are hard but necessary questions we must face when dealing with the hot topic of abortion.
If you are pro-choice, prepare to think about this "women's right" from a different perspective. If you are pro-life, get this into as many hands as you can. The Roe vs. Wade tide just might be turning. Go to http://180movie.com/ as soon you have a half hour to spare and watch this "shocking, award-winning documentary!"