Monday, November 28, 2011

Some things that I am afraid of

One Word...


I have 5 to do, so this is going to be a short post.

In Christ alone,
Josh Martin

Friday, November 25, 2011

Dessert Tutorial

First off, I don't eat dessert. (with few exceptions)
I don't eat chocolate at all. (with the exception of the recces piece) Don't ask me why, but for some reason I like those.

However during thanksgiving I do eat pumpkin pie.
So here is the tutorial on pumpkin pie:
Step 1: Go to the store and buy a pumpkin pie.
Step 2: Come home and follow cooking directions on the box.
Step 3: Wait.
Step 4: When it is done, eat the pie.
Step 5: (As was reminded me by a reader) add lots of whipped cream. (Thank you)

There you go. I know that was pretty sad, but I leave the actual pie baking to my sister and my best friend. :)

In Christ alone,
Josh Martin

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My Favorite Season

This was a tough one. I like two seasons, fall and spring. I like fall because my birthday is on the first day of fall. (That made it easy to remember) Also football season is going and the trees are quite lovely (What? I'm not saying I want to build a summer home) Some of you might get that. Leave a comment and tell me if you do.
On the other hand there is spring which I'm going to have to say is my favorite. The joys of the greenness and rain and such. I am not the best with words, so I will use a quote of a very dear friend of mine.

"I love the smell of rain; how earthy and fresh it will leave everything. I love how it brings lovely thoughts of tea. I love walking in rain and getting all soaked. I love hearing the drops go pitter patter against my window. I love feeling the water on my face. I love having an umbrella to twirl around like Gene Kelly. In short: I LOVE RAIN! It’s the best part of spring."

Perfect way of putting it Rose :)
And yes, I did copy paste that strait from your blog. If any of you out there want to read it it is here ...
That is my favorite comic strip.

In Christ alone,
Josh Martin

Monday, November 21, 2011

Poll Answers

Real quick,
The answers for the polls I put up are...
Q: How old do you think I am?
A: 18
Good job!
70% of you got it right.

Q: What was the first sport you think I played?
A: Soccer
Sorry. You all missed. I started playing soccer when I was 5. I didn't start karate till I was 10, but I see how it could be hard to know that since I have never mentioned it and I always talk about karate.

Thank you for participating and good luck next time.
In Christ alone,
Josh Martin

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Something that I could eat or drink every day for the rest of my life.

Chicken Tenders!

I could eat these forever.
The rich succulent white chicken and the crisp flavorful breading with just the right amount of spice and seasoning.
If they are warm.... Oh, now I'm really hungry.

In Christ alone,
Josh Martin

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Favorite Memory

There are so many memories that I love to relive. My graduation, piano recitals, playing hide and seek with neighbors, any class I ever had with Mr. Whalen. The list goes on forever. But here is one that I will always remember. I will try to get pictures as soon as I can find them. This was back in the day when only the rich people had a digital camera : )

My First Black Belt Test!
Date: February 9th 2008
Place: Grelley Colorado
Time: 8:00 AM- 5:30 PM
People Testing: 54
Level of Excitement: Off the Chart!

That day was the longest day of my life. 8 and a half hours of physical torture. But there were a few thing that were very interesting about that day. #1 If you know me and have been around me in a setting of high stress, you will know that I am the most nervous person on the face of the planet. However, that day, I was as calm as I have ever been. God really helped me and kept me safe and from hyperventilating (Which I do a lot!) #2 I got to do it with my little big sister. (3 years older, 5 inches shorter) That was fun.
Overall it was a really good day.
And there you go.

In Christ Alone, Josh Martin

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Some quotes I like

“When I was fourteen my father was so ignorant I couldn’t stand him, but when I turned twenty-one I was amazed at how much he had learned in seven years.”

Mark Twain

“Treat a person as they are and they will remain as they are. Treat are person as if they were what they could be and should be and they will become what they could be and should be.”

Jimmy Johnson

Those are some of my favorite quotes.
In Christ alone, Josh Martin

Saturday, November 5, 2011

A book review of a book I have recently read.

Now, this may be hard for some of you to grasp, but being in college, you don't have time for a lot of pleasure reading. I have only maneged to read one book for pleasure all semester and I didn't write a report on it. Sorry. Between the 39 papers I've written this semester and the 35 books I've read, I didn't have time to be original.
So here is one that I did for college.

Josh Martin 10/20/11

Chambers College: Four Christian Fantasists

The Golden Key

By George MacDonald

The Golden Key is an allegory by George MacDonald. He follows two main characters named Mossy and Tangle. As the book starts, Mossy’s Aunt is telling him about a golden key that can be found at the end of a rainbow. Mossy finds special interest in the key and one day sees a rainbow in the woods. He goes to it in search of the key. He gets there and finds the key lying in a patch of moss. A fish then comes to him and shows him the way to a house where he meets Tangle and her grandmother.

Tangle was also brought there by a fish. They are sent on a journey by the grandmother to find the door that Mossy’s key will open. They walk through the woods and across a plain. They see some shadows dancing and wish to go to the realm that they are from. After being separated, Tangle finds the old man of the sea. She then is bathed and sent to see the old man of the earth and then lastly to the old man of the fire. He tells her how to get to the land where the shadows are.

Mossy also finds the old man of the sea, but he sees a great king when he talks to him. He is told that because he has a golden key he may cross the sea and find the door. The door leads to Tangle and they reunite and find another key hole. Mossy turns the key and it vanishes before them, but the doorway leads to the land of the shadows.

The symbolism in this book is very interesting and I think obscure. I think the key represents salvation in a way. Both Mossy and his father find a key and go on a journey. I think the fish that go into the pot then come out with white wings are angles because later one guides Tangle through the mountain. The shadow land represents heaven. The different men that Tangle meets I perceive as different levels of purgatory. When she goes to the old man of the fire, she goes through a refining fire, I think because she doesn’t have a key, so her road is much harder. Because Mossy has a key, he gets to skip “purgatory”.

In Tolkien’s “leaf by Niggle”, Niggle has a period of sanctification in purgatory, but Tangle seems to go through salvation in purgatory after she has died. I think that Tolkien does a better job in reflecting their life over their death because MacDonald doesn’t really stop the pace of the story when they die. Their death is almost the exact same as their life, which is very unbiblical.

There you go.
In Christ alone, Josh Martin

Friday, November 4, 2011

My favorite picture and why.

Now Rose is going to kill me for using this picture because of how blurry it is, but it is my favorite. We will be able to retake it in two years when we both graduate. Why is it my favorite? Because I got to share my graduation with my best friend, Rose Cassidy.
In Christ alone, Josh Martin

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

10 things that I appreciate about my Mother:

#1 She gave birth to me. I’m a bit thankful for that!

#2 She homeschooled me in a Christian manner. I’m a bit thankful for that too!

#3 She let me have the first snow day off from school so we could go play in the snow.

#4She is a great cook, even though she complains about it. I wish I was a better cook and could help her more.

#5 She has a pretty compassionate heart.

#6Her and I share the same sense of humor.

#7 She will often try to convince my dad that pizza is something that is needed, and not just a treat 

#8 She is a very safe and confidant driver. (much better than I probably ever will be)

#9 Now that I am in college, she doesn’t tell me what school I need to be doing. (Believe me, I appreciate that a lot)

# 10 She loves me!

In Christ alone, Josh Martin

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Blog Challenge

So my good friend Rose asked me if I wanted to do a blog challenge with her. I of course said yes. If I had said no, you probably wouldn't be reading this right now.
So here is the challenge.
Post 1- 10 things you appreciate about your mother

Post 2- A favorite picture and tell why it is
Post 3- A book review of a book you have recently read
Post 4- Some interesting quotes
Post 5- A favorite memory
Post 6- Write about something you could eat or drink every day for the rest of your life
Post 7- Write about your favorite season
Post 8- A desert tutorial
Post 9- Write about some things you are afraid of
Post 10- A poem you have written
Post 11- Write about a Sibling and what you appreciate about them
Post 12- A move review.
Post 13- Post an interview with a fellow blogger
Post 14- Write about a favorite Hymn
Post 15- Write about what God has taught you in the past year
Post 16- Write about something you feel strongly about
Post 17- Post some of your own art
Post 18- Write about a tradition or old custom that you think should have survived to today
Post 19- Write about a country you would like to visit someday
Post 20- A craft tutorial
Post 21- Write about a person you look up to
Post 22- Post some of your favorite jokes
Post 23- Write about some Bible verses that have impacted your life
Post 24- Post irregular words
Post 25- Write about a day in the life of you
Post 26- Write about your favorite author
Post 27- Recommend some good blogs that you read
Post 28- Write about what you would like to do with your life in the future
Post 29- A favorite recipe
Post 30- Host a contest

Along with Rose I will be doing 1 post every two days.
You can follow Rose at And you can follow me here (as you already know)
If you want to join the challenge just let Rose or I know and you can copy the post schedule.
In Christ alone,
Josh Martin