How to Help Change the World as a Surfer

 

As many of you who follow me know, not only do I live in coastal Rhode Island, but I love this tiny state that boasts big beauty, breathtaking scenery and diverse geography.

Although my guest, Jay Recinto, is sharing a message for Surfers and Surfer wanna – be’s like me, I think it is a great message which applies to all of us as people. This earth is not our own, yet we all have a hand in it.

As local beach lovers we ask you to share this post if you agree with the message.

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Ocean

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Lord, You are not unlike the ocean

sun reflecting off the water

a blinding, shimmering

brightness

I squint, barely able to look into the beauty.

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On Shark Week and Close Encounters (of the Sharky Kind)

photo credit: candiche via photopin cc

photo credit: candiche via photopin cc

 

 

I’ve seen sharks in the ocean, it hasn’t made me get out of the ocean; that’s for sure.

Luke Hemsworth

 

I am still on my little blog break, but as many of you know I am a fan of Sharks and Shark Week. Although I do not care for all of the Shark Week shenanigans, I do appreciate the efforts of researchers, marine biologists  and many others who share fascinating facts about these amazing, mysterious creatures. As one who is drawn to all of God’s Creation, I can’t help but ponder the diversity, beauty, darkness and brutality that co-exist in our current reality.

 

My mother asked me recently, “Why do you like Sharks so much? Why not Dolphins?”  Why am I fascinated by Sharks? I find all of Creation to hold aspects and mystery about the Creator Himself  that we have yet to understand and within them lies dormant incomprehensible truth. Why am I fascinated with Sharks? That’s easy…God made them and in them also lies a part of The Creator’s divinity and  power. NO, I don’t worship them, but respect them as part of His ultimate Creation. I also love Dolphins, Mom. I just don’t hate or reject creatures (or people) just because they behave true to their nature (could do a whole post on that).

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The War on Christmas Book Blog Tour and Giveaway!

 Today, I have the honor of taking part in a very unique Advent Season Book Tour which features the title, The War on Christmas: Battles in Faith, Tradition, and Religious Expression by Bodie Hodge. What is unique to this blog tour is that twenty bloggers are participating and each one is reflecting and/or reviewing a specific chapter in the book. Overall, this book takes a look at many of our deepest held beliefs and traditions, weighing them against the biblical and historical record. It is beautifully laid out with colorful images, a welcome addition to your Christian library. This compilation of 23 chapters covers everything from Santa to the Magi, and Mary to the Manger. Mr. Hodge is the General Editor and brings together a beautifully united theme that ultimately leads us to the heart of Christmas. I am getting ahead of myself, let me share a bit about the chapter I was called to focus and reflect on on for this Advent season.

I was thrilled that I was chosen for the chapter that focuses on Creation, Genesis to Bethlehem: Why Creation is Important to Christmas Creation holds a very special place in my heart. Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis offers up insight in this great chapter! I can still recall sitting in a 3rd grade public school classroom and hearing about the theory of Evolution for the first time. It stood out in stark contrast to my second grade Catholic school explanation of Creation. God as the Creator of all creation is addressed in this chapter. We start at the beginning with the first man Adam, in the first book of the Bible, Genesis. Understanding Old Testament theology and prophecy is key to seeing New Testament Gospel truth, clearly. We need to understand the First Adam to recognize the Last Adam, and the need for him. If you have no idea who the Last Adam is, let me assist you, He was born in Bethlehem. But, long before he came, Genesis records the promise of his coming, and the role he will play in saving humanity from the First Adam’s sin which impacted all who followed. I can still recall hearing about the two Adams…the first Adam who brought sin; the Creator, who promised a solution, and the Last Adam, Christ who became salvation. From Sin to Solution, to Salvation that is Genesis to Bethlehem in a nutshell!

Consider: “If we discount the story of creation, we remove the need for Christmas. And sadly generations of young people are being educated by schools and in the media with evolutionary ideas about our origins. The erosion of Christianity in society is directly linked to the attack on the history of Genesis and the increasing indoctrination in a false history: that man is a result of millions of years of evolutionary processes.” 

This book packs just the right kind of reality punch, we as believers and truth seekers need. We don’t want to be sidetracked over secondary issues, while clinging, ignorantly to our traditions. After all, Jesus had a lot to say to those who did just that, when he walked on earth…and most of what he had to say was not very nice! Separating fact from fiction, this is a readable, comprehensible and enjoyable Christmas read, or teaching tool. I’m still enjoying it!

Sale on Downloadable Version: 4.99 (not sure how long that will last but as of this last proof read 12:30ish AM, it was available!

Check out the links below and join in for a chance to win the book and a #waronchristmas T-shirt- a great conversation starter…
Watch the Book Trailer  (for e-mail subscribers)
Check out The #WarOnChritsmas Blog Tour Website
Visit the Publishers Book Page +New Leaf Publishing Group

Please note: Open to all US readers 18 Years and older!

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I received a copy of this book in return for participation in this blog tour.
Thank You to Handlebar Marketing and the New Leaf Publishing Group
for this great opportunity!



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Sunflower Joy!


Hooray! My camera batteries came in today and the first thing I did was run to the backyard to capture the Sunflowers that are currently surrounding the bird-feeders! So much for Wordless! But here are the photos I promised on Monday!

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