Sunday, September 15, 2013

It was a Global Flood

These past two weeks in school we have been looking into Genesis: creation through, as of now, Noah's flood. I think that there is something that God wants me—or one of you to know through this because in both Geology and Old Testament History (Bible Class) the flood is the main topic right now. I am learning about why Noah's flood was a worldwide flood—NOT a local flood. Here is some biblical evidence why it was a global flood.
A sketch of the flood that I doodled.
  1. The highest mountain tops were covered with approximately seventy-five feet of water.
  2. An ark was needed to survive rather than just move to a safe place away from where the flood would take place for the time being.
  3. The ark landed on a mountain top— the mountain of Ararat!
  4. After the ark was grounded, it took Noah and his family over 70 days to see the other mountain tops!
  5. The rainbow was God's sign that he would never again flood the earth with such a flood. If it was a local flood, then God had broken his promise many, many times.
  6. In the New Testament Jesus referred to the global flood that “took them all away”.
These are all reasons why it was a global flood not a local flood.
Also, man has found that 75% of the surface of the continents are covered with sedimentary rock averaging one mile deep to as much as ten miles deep. An example is Mount St. Helens that erupted in 1980 where thick sedimentary deposits which consist of 1000s of very thin layers, were deposited in just a few hours.
Besides this, we find billions of fossils buried in the rock layers ALL OVER THE EARTH. To me, Noah's flood is great evidence for the truth of all of God's word.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

School Days with the Family!

Blowing the shofar to begin our year.
Yesterday was the first official day,  in the classroom, of our 2013-2014 school year. This year is our fifth year of homeschooling. Homeschool is such a blessing to our family because it gives us flexibility to travel, to go Tuesday to Saturday instead of Monday to Friday. Most of all, my sister and I are able to be taught Christian values and lifestyles in addition to, and sometimes included in, our regular traditional academics. We also get to have much more family time than if we were in public school.

Posing with our new books and, of course, hot cocoa!
The first day of school is always a lot of fun. We traditionally will begin the day by going outside and blowing our shofar. The shofar is a horn used in Israel to anoint and bless things. Also we pray and bless our property, animals, and the school year. Then, with hot drinks in hand, we parade to our classroom. On our desks are most of our new books and our supplies like pencils, erasers, and other equipment for art, etc.. We go through our new books and start the day.

This year I am in seventh grade and eagerly looking forward to this school year. At the same time I am nervous because junior high is a BIG change. More work, longer days, more homework, more responsibility, and more chores. I hope to, this year, grow closer to God, my family, and be a better example for my sister and everyone else who might be watching. I don't want to be as selfish but more willing to give. Pray for me brothers and sisters! Pray that I may be God's hand and feet in everything I do- from school to simply being a witness. Thank you!

"Phew! I'm pooped! How do you girls do it?"