Archive | February 2016

A Couple Announcements and My Trip to California

Hello friends!

So, I’m sure you’ve noticed the change I’ve made to my blog. I turned 14, you know, and I felt my blog needed to grow up a bit too. I changed the name (although mine didn’t change 😛 ) to The Sojourns of an Elf due to my many wanderings and love for adventure – plus I love elves. I also updated the look and About page.

One more announcement: I haven’t posted in like FOREVER!!! And boy have I missed it!

Truth is, I went on vacation. Sorry I forgot to tell you. 🙂

I had a rather grand and exhilarating time at the “Happiest Place on Earth.” Yes, I went to Disneyland.

Let me tell you, I had one of the most grand excursions of my life on this trip. We arrived there on Sunday the 21st and left Friday the 19th.

While we were there, I think my favorite activity was the Splash Mountain ride. We went on over a dozen times and our faces were one word: priceless. Here’s a few pics for ya:

 

 

Toy Story 3D Ride

Toy Story 3D Ride

 

Left to Right: John, Ally, Dad, and Yours Truly

Left to Right: John, Ally, Dad, and Yours Truly

 

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Mom and I in the Front Row on California Screamin’ – notice my very wide mouth! 😛

 

 

 

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“Courage is found in unlikely places” – J.R.R. Tolkien

 

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Me, Ally, and Mom on Splash Mtn.

 

I also had an amazing time with mi familia!!! Tina, Baby D, Aunt Mimi, Danny, Abuela-y-Abuelo, I love you guys so stinkin’ much!!! Loved the slurpees. The El Torito rocked and I loved the surprise flan you guys got me for my bday! I must admit when the waiters and waitresses sang “Happy Birthday, Banchita,” I was surprised and liked the attention. 😛

When we weren’t a Disneyland screaming our heads off at Splash Mountain or eating birthday flan at El Torito, we were at Huntington Beach walking on the shoreline with the water and sand in our dehydrated toes while looking at the sunset. The magnificent pinks, purples, and oranges painted the evening sky and it looked like the Father had painted it just for us.

And he had.

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My beautiful parents...<3

My beautiful parents…<3

 

 

 

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Joshie

 

Ally Wally

Ally Wally

 

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John John

 

Over the years, I’ve learned that any kind of experience – yes, good or bad – has been given to us for our growth or enjoyment by our loving and caring heavenly Father. The streaks of heavenly paint in the sky were from God’s own paintbrush – I was convinced. I looked out as far as I could; where the water meets the sky. I couldn’t see anything, but I could feel His smile shining on me and presence raining down upon us. And admiring our smiles at how His blessing had blessed us.

The seagulls squaked overhead and tried to beg for some sunflower seeds (which my Dad holds very dear and wouldn’t share) – with no success. John and Joshua played in the sand, Ally stretched out for a darker tan (lolz) and Mom monitored Joshua and caught him trying to put sand in his mouth. Dad did what he always did and will do: lay on a towel, ask for silence, and declare with a whisper,”Peace.”

And so it was.

The peace I felt there on the beach was like a lukewarm breeze on an unending day of heat. Like a good stretch in the morning after all has been stiff. Like the Light of Eärendil – a light in dark places. A peace in troubled times. The wind rolling off the sea felt like God’s breath blowing on us refreshment and tranquility.

So, I know I’ve gone a bit deep for my style, and I really could keep going on and on, but it still steers true. The peace of God is there. Even when we can’t see it. It’s in places where we least expect it. The blessings and peace of God are always there. They will always and forever be a lamp unto our feet and a light for our path (Ps. 119:105)

I have been reading Revelation with my family these past few weeks and I recently discovered that colors actually have symbols in the Bible. Red, for example, means life and the spilling of blood. I have always assumed that white means purity and peace, which it does. But, did you know it can also mean pseudo peace?

          “And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.”

– Revelation 6:2

The man on the white horse is the Anti-Christ. The man given dominion by God to rule in peace for 3.5 years and cause terror and intense persecution for another 3.5 years (thank God we’ll be raptured!!!). The world at this time period will be seeking peace. As they already are now.

It just shows: when we search for peace, we can’t find it. We find the opposite: pseudo peace and chaos.

As God’s children, we have to wait for his peace to come to us. All other peace is false. That’s another thing I am still learning: that nothing can give us peace but the word of God and his presence. The Father’s peace is the only one that can bring true, lasting, and perfect peace. Nothing else can. We are so deceived by the many things that can supposedly bring sanity or peace. I have witnessed many fall to these things and the results bring tears to your eyes.

On a lighter note, because we are children of God and believe in Him with all our hearts and souls, and know that he has been raised from the dead and delivered us from sin, we can have his peace. We are no longer slaves to chaos, addiction, money, etc. We are free. And we can live in freedom knowing that our God has us in his right hand and that when we can’t walk, he’ll carry us. This is an analogy I love:

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Isn’t that beautiful?

And it’s true. The peace of God carries us even when we can’t see it or least expect it.

Beloved readers, until we meet again! Hopefully that will be the Rey tutorial – I’m almost finished with it! And I’m getting started on Legolas…so be ready!!

Arriverderci,

Emily Greenleaf 🙂

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”

– J.R.R. Tolkien – The Hobbit

This entry was posted on February 29, 2016. 2 Comments

Control: It’s a Girl Thing

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have everything my own way. What it would be like to have steak and potatoes for every meal, shirely temples for every drink, and always get whatever I ask for. It sounds really intriguing. And sometimes I try to get it done.

That’s one of the biggest components of being a female: Control. We crave it. We seek it. We desperately desire it. We want things our way: right here right now. Unfortunately, in the world we live in, things don’t always happen like that.

This morning in Isaiah chapter 24, I read about the destruction of the earth. It seemed pretty crazy to begin with – people mourning, the mountains breaking open, massive catastrophic events, etc etc etc. I kind of had to rethink the entire Bible to figure out why judgement will come. It starts with Eve.

Alone, walking through the garden, Eve saw the fruit (what was she doing by the tree anyway?). She probably knew it was wrong, so started walking away. Suddenly the serpent enticed her to take a bite. He said she could be like God and know everything. Eve was tempted by ultimate power and control – she grabbed the bait and condemned herself and her husband to a life apart from Eden and God.

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The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise – By Benjamin West

Because of Eve’s desire for control, her genes have passed on to us: her crazy female descendants. All through the Bible we see it: Delilah, Jezebel, Sapphira, etc. Therefore, the whole world has been influenced by the need for control, and even today, people struggle for world domination. The Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians/Medians, Romans, The Nazis, ISIS. When we want control, God is pushed to the side and we put ourselves on the big “ME” throne.

In the painting by Benjamin West above, I added an arrow to show the serpent leading Adam and Eve out of the garden. The control they desired wasn’t so great after all, was it?

Eve’s desire to “be like God” is exactly what we see in Isaiah chapter 14 when Lucifer is exiled out of heaven:

 For you have said in your heart:
‘I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’
15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol,
To the lowest depths of the Pit.

– Isaiah 14:13-15

The same control Eve craved is the same desire that got Lucifer kicked out of heaven. The same control gave us the 6500 different known languages and scattered everyone around the world. The same control hung Judas on the tree. The same control gave the Pharisees big heads.

It reminds me of Saruman in the Lord of the Rings.

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Saruman and the Palantír

 

Saruman is a great, wise, and powerful wizard that leads the White Council. However, after discovering the power of the One Ring, he seeks it out and builds an army of Uruk-hai Orcs for Sauron – until the control causes him to betray his new master. The control Saruman seeks causes him to betray his old friend Gandalf, the White Council, and Middle Earth. He craved the power to control all of the world and is utterly defeated by Gandalf (now Gandalf the White), The Kingdom of Rohan, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli.

As females, we have a greater pull to becoming control freaks. We want power over our own “world” and sometimes won’t stop until we do.

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely…” 

-John Dalberg-Acton

Ladies, we are control craving crazies! Our nature is to control all we want. But controlling all corrupts relationships, families, academics, etc. We have to let Jesus take the wheel and control our lives for us. He has to drive our car for our lives and use the controls in the best way for us possible. Even if we don’t see it.

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Love and Peace,

Emily 🙂

P.S. Pattern just came in for Legolas – Just need to buy some fabric with a gift card from Christmas!!

P.P.S. My birthday is tomorrow!!! 14!!! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

This entry was posted on February 12, 2016. 4 Comments