Sunday, December 27, 2009

my latest addiction...

Is BBC's show "The Vicar of Dibley". It's had me sitting in front of the computer all afternoon!

What's your favorite show? Any recommendations?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

that I have conformed...

and got a DailyBooth account! See a daily snapshot of me and whatever I'm up to at Brookie's DailyBooth!.

I made Puppy Chow today for the first time. It turned out well- yay! The sweet chocolately, peanut buttery, powdered sugary goodness! With a little crunch. This snack is something that instantly makes me think "Christmas!" because I only have it at Christmastime. YUM!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

So much fun

was had tonight! I went to a party at my Sunday School teacher's house where we ate and played Catchphrase. We girls DOMINATED! No matter what strategy the boys used, the girls won 85% of the time! I guessed at that statistic. It was well over 25-5, and that's not an exaggeration!

I love Catchphrase. Want to instantly get the party going? Divide it up boys and girls and play this game. At least at my church, we're wildly competitive when it's in good, clean fun. You'd think that the winner would have won a million dollars! Nope! We didn't even know that there were prizes! LOL

This was really just a quick post to let you all know that I'm having a wonderful break. Now to wrap presents!

Grace and peace,

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Making changes

around the blog, adding some new codes and widgets and such. this is a test post, but if you want to make me happy, you'll leave me a comment so I know that everything's working!


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Brookie goes to college

and learns a lot more about the Bible and formulating a sermon and theological viewpoint than she ever thought possible in such a short time.
That being said, it has probably ruined my "listen to the sermon and agree with everything he says and think that he's making really good points and that there aren't any holes in his logic and his hermeneutics aren't totally off" days.

Good thing? Bad thing?

One final thought: it has definitely set a standard for me. I just can't go to a church where the preaching is sub-par. I have been spoiled!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Brookie passed Greek!

That's right, folks! I did more than pass, and that's totally a God thing! Thank you, Jesus, and thank you, Dr. Bryant.

One thing about school that has been troubling this semester has been how "liberal" the theology is that I've been learning. For instance, I learned in my Old Testament class that there were two authors to the book of Isaiah. Um, what? I spoke with the father of a dear friend, whose father is a biblical scholar, about this issue. His answer? "The whole point of Isaiah is that this has not happened yet. It's that God is saying 'This won't happen for another 500 years, but I'm God and I'm telling you what will happen.'"
Isaiah's prophesy shows us that God knows the future. It reveals to us more of God's character. It also gives us hope. Some would say that the prophesies refer to Hezekiah's son, but Christian thought for centuries attributed these prophesies to Christ and his birth.

So where does this leave me? Well, I'll probably be looking for a conservative seminary to attend. Other than that, I'll eat the fish and leave the bones when it comes to my required religion classes. I'll keep some knowledgeable, trusted biblical scholars and leaders on my speed dial and talk to them about things that I am having trouble with. Above all, I'm going to continue to trust Jesus and rely on Him, and remember that all He asks of me is to love him.

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Micah 6:8 NRSV

In Christ alone,

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I know that I said...

that I wouldn't talk about or think about theology, BUT
it REALLY, REALLY bugs me when people start making theological assumptions and use those assumptions to judge that someone is sinning IF THAT PERSON has no formal study in the original Biblical languages or in Christian Doctrines in general.


This is a "Brookie is very upset that people are judging other people and putting words in Jesus' mouth and calling it blasphemy if you don't subscribe to their views" post. I don't really blog angry often, but here we go. A first for everything.

Please, people. Before you get your panties in a wad over a "revelation" that you had, please just do some research. And don't you dare call me a sinner if I get married and work outside the home.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Where is my joy?

I used to have such joy. Then I came to college.
I think that my problem is that in high school, I was comfortable where I was and with what few friends I had for the most part. Now that I'm here, I think I'm preoccupied with making new friends and fitting in.
I was not born to fit in, people. I have never fit in. In high school I was The Conservative One. I've loosened up in college, at least as far as how I relax, but I wonder if I've lost some of myself in doing so. Have I compromised my inner Brooklynn by not being the "prude" that I once was? Am I losing myself? Has that taken away my joy?

Am I ashamed of Jesus? Am I ashamed of the radical way that the Lord has changed my life and saved me? Is my fear of getting "in your face" keeping me from celebrating the new life that I have in Christ? In order to make new friends and be "user-friendly", am I forsaking the joy that I found in Jesus?

Well, ladies and gentlemen, it's not worth it. Whatever it is that I'm doing, I'm definitely doing it wrong. I love Jesus, I'm forever grateful for His work in my life, and because of His death and resurrection, His love, I am saved.

I can not be silent.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009


is probably the best way for me to think these days. I mean, I love to just think in my head, or blog (which is different for me than journaling), and I love talking to my friends. But something about writing words down, forcing myself to think slower so that I can write everything down in a coherent sentence works for me. It calms me down, gets those crazy rushing thoughts out of my head. Do this! Do That! Process this! Learn that!
It's all so much easier when I actually write it down.
Needless to say, this is NOT the end of my blogging career. I have blogged since 8th grade. And I blogged through my freshman year of high school and managed to keep a paper journal, too. Something about those paper journals just help me to make transitions, I guess. I'm not going to analyze myself, though. I am trying to simply, and that includes not analyzing myself, my actions, anyone or their actions for a while (which is sometimes just judgment in disguise when you think about it!).

So if you see me around campus or in my room, writing away in a spiral notebook like my life depends on it (and it does!) have no fear. It's not a plot to take over the world, it's just the girl who thinks, thinking it all out. Feel free to stop me and ask me what I'm writing about. It's a better conversation starter than "how are you?" and I can promise you that if you ask me what I journaled about last night I'll be more honest than my standard "good, you?"

With a note of finality, I say to you- my dear, sweet, precious few followers (and possibly those who I don't know who are following me! Hello!),
God's peace be always with you.

P.S. I never read over and edit my posts. Here's to hoping that when I press "publish", it's something worth publishing! Anyone else just type and submit?

That Theology...

is a little to much for me right now.
Don't misunderstand me. I love God. I love talking about God. I love trying to find out the ins and outs of what's Biblically sound, what's sound doctrine and what isn't, but I have reached a point where I can't think about all of those differences anymore. I feel like I've found out that there are so many different points at which doctrine splits entirely, and indeed form two different faith systems. I don't know which is right. All I can rely on is God, that He will guide me along what is true and what isn't.
But now I've gotten so busy with school and friends (shock!) that I have neglected my relationship with God. Typical- neglect the One who delivered me safely thus far, who loves me unconditionally, and who made the ultimate sacrifice for me. The One whose heart hurts for me when I fall away from Him, who is hurt by my sin, whose heart aches for me when I ache.
That wasn't very loving me of, was it? And that's all that God requires of me.
Consider this my official notice of sabbatical. I am taking a break from any outside influence on my relationship between me and God. I am going to start rebuilding my relationship with my Abba, one step at a time. First step? Saying sorry.
Next step? Love.

I'll keep y'all updated. I know you're hanging on my every word (not!)