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Monday, December 14, 2009

Monday Lesson with James

"A bit in the mouth of a horse controls the whole horse. A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets a course in the face of the strongest winds. A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything--or destroy it!

It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell."

-James 3:3-6


Need I even say more? I like to re-read those verses every week.

Shout-out to the Admirable AG who always builds me up with her words, she's a blessing.

Love you all!
XOXO, Patriotic Princess AG

Thursday, December 10, 2009

How I Met My Prince

Since today marks 3 and a half years for me and my prince, I have decided to share the wonderful yet unusual story of how we met.

Once upon a time there was a princess. Her father was the King of AAU. She did not play basketball, only her brothers did, but she definitely ruled the courts.

Fast forward to the summer before freshman year (I think) of high school. Patriotic Princess AG and friends still traveled in packs ranging in the double digits when they decided to make an appearance at the local movie theatre. Enter Prince Patrick.

I still remember seeing him and his AAU team. I'm not sure exactly how it went down but we all started chatting and we all ended up sitting together. All of my friends and all of his AAU team occupying the entire first row. Oops, correction. All of Prince Patrick's AAU team BESIDES him and one friend. They sat behind us. Sigh. I still remember seeing him through the cracks in the movie seats. But God was just winking at me.

Fast forward again, this time the princess is older, more mature, but still around AAU boys. (I will skip all the details about how the princess' brother's team that her dad, the king, coached annihilated Prince Patrick's team quite a few times every year after their movie debut). One afternoon the princess was chatting with a friend online. He sends her a picture of him and a very good looking friend. Yup, there he was again! Her prince! Only, she couldn't recall his name...she could only recall his handsome face, gorgeous eyes, and nice arm muscles. She did know that she had seen him quite a few times before, she knew he played AAU basketball, and she knew they would live happily ever after. This princess had no time for little dreams.

Weeks passed, still glancing at the picture I had saved on my computer. Hmph, would I ever find out or recall my prince's name? I couldn't ask my friend, that would be rude. (Although I wish I would have because Prince Patrick was his roommate and would have made my pursuit much easier and less stressful).

And then one glorious afternoon Patriotic Princess AG was scanning Facebook when...AT LAST! She stumbled upon the picture that matched hers!



Victory was mine. Or partly. We became Facebook friends! He had a girlfriend. Sigh, doesn't that always happen? Although a real princess knows that if her prince is truly HER prince, it will eventually work out. AND IT DID! Although it took about 5 months for Prince Patrick to realize I was not a crazy stalker (he did remember me from AAU!) ...we started dating. Now, three and a half years later we are planning our wedding.

It's always a long story to tell, but always one of my favorites!



I love happily ever afters, don't you?!
XOXO, Your Patriotic Princess AG

Monday, December 7, 2009

Flourish!

"The Proper Role of Government is to Protect Equal Rights, Not Provide Equal Things." How true is this? I have noticed that the liberals I argue with always try to pull the "equal" card out on every topic. EVERYTHING HAS TO BE EQUAL! But does it really?

The government is supposed to protect our equal rights, not provide everyone with equal things. Personally I am thankful for this because I don't want to live in a communist country. Still, I think sometimes our government is dangerously close to crossing the line with this principle daily.

I think we are blessed to live in a nation where our Founding Fathers wanted individuals to prosper and I think they knew that we would. People prosper because of many things, good luck perhaps and inheritance, but mainly individuals are prosperous because of the hard work they put into their lives. When our government steps over boundaries, it puts this principle of hard work and prosperity in danger. God blessed every single person with unique gifts. No one is excluded and every individual has something to gain.

I definitely believe that hard work pays off. Motivation is a good thing and when the government steps in and trys to provide everyone with equal things, hard work and motivation go out the window.

Speaking of windows, guess what is outide my window? SNOW! The FiRST snowfall of the winter. That makes me smile, even if it means Prince Patrick is stuck in traffic.

"...Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless." [1 Corinthians 15:58]

XOXO, Your Patriotic Princess AG

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