May 19, 2014

The God In the Thunderstorm

I love thunder. It reminds me of power - God's power, on display for all to hear.

When lightning cracks the sky, I think of how small I am compared to a God like that.

But still He sends rain to quench our thirsty ground.

And did you know that thunder is only the sound of lightning? Yeah, that big scary boom is just the power-noise of lightning. And did you know that lightning is the spark kindled by masses of electrons and protons surging towards each other? Lightning is just a mega-version of those shocks you feel going down a slide at the park. And it is the rain droplets in the clouds that rub together to created the static electricity for the lightning. So instead of your body rubbing the slide to create a shock, it's like the clouds are holding a big dance party for baby raindrops. And somehow they rub enough to create a lightning-shock.

So thunder is the loud, awesome announcement of the brilliant power created by the rain before it falls. 

That's the science behind the thunderstorm.

But I think there is more than just science behind it. 
I think there is a God smack in the middle. 

Am I crazy to think that thunderstorms illustrate the Trinity?

I imagine that lightning is like God the Father, 
sheer power and glory, 

I imagine that Jesus is the shock wave 
born of the Father,
rumbling power sent forth 
to shake the very foundations of this earth.

I imagine that the rain is the Holy Spririt, a very part of the other two 
sent down to quench thirsty ground
to bring vibrant life
Like Pentecost could have been a torrent of Spirit falling that 
let up 

May 12, 2014

Spring Beauty Earring Tutorial

Aren't these pretty?
I love pink and green together, especially if it's in delicate dangling style. I call these my spring beauty earrings. ;)
And guess what? You can make some too! But yours can be blue and green or orange and pink and red or any springy color combo you have the nail polish for. 
Yup, you read that right... nail polish! That's the secret behind these earrings. The color is supplied by something nearly every girl has stashed in her room!

How to make Spring Beauty Earrings

This is what you need:
A couple colors of nail polish
Thin wire
Wire cutters/benders (our tool does both)
Paper towel (or something to wipe up any messes with)
Pin cushion
2 Earring hooks
2 jump rings (I used 4mm, you can use whatever size you like or even make your own)
2 earring backs

1. Bend the end of the wire into a teardrop shape with the wire-benders.
2. Keep bending and twisting until you like the shape and number of loops - I did seven.
3. "Paint" the loops with nail polish. It may take a bit to get the polish to form a film inside the loop, but keep working at it. If it just won't fill in the loop, the loop may be too big or the nail polish too runny. 
4. Put it somewhere to keep it upright while it dries - I used a pin cushion.
5. Once dry, bend the extra wire into a tiny loop a bit lower than you want the earring to attach to the earring hook. 
6. Use a jump ring to attach the tiny loop you made to the earring hook. The jump rings are on the far left in the picture below... they typically are open to begin with, and you just have to pinch them closed with pliers or a wire bending tool. 
And there you are, folks! Gorgeous spring colors to grace your May outfits with!