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Happy 1st Birthday A White Stone Blog!! 🙂 Enter to win the A White Stone Blog birthday give away! The grand prize is a free tshirt and $20 free to Starbucks. Click HERE to enter.

Here are the top 10 most popular posts of 2010, decided by how many times each post was read by YOU! If you missed one of these posts, make sure you catch up before the end of 2010. Click on any post you want to read!

10. USA Today: New Morning After Pill
What do you think about a pill that will end a pregnancy up to 5 days after unprotected sex? It’s not just “the morning after” any more, and it’s on the market.

9. Real Stories: Jess
Read Jess’ testimony and how God literally brought her back from the dead.

8. Return to the Strip Club & The Deathly Hallows
Read about my latest trip into Cassidy’s strip club in Amarillo, Texas.

7. Commentary on Lady Gaga’s Meat Dress
Why would a celebrity wear a raw meat dress to the VMA’s? Read why this really bothered me.

6. My Night at the Strip Club
Read about the very first time I ever set foot in a strip club.

5. A Christian Girls’ Guide: Kate’s Top 12 Misconceptions Single Women Have About
Marriage

Ever wonder if marriage is what you think it will be? This may clear it up some of your misconceptions!

4. “Men Are Pigs” by Stuart
Written by guest author, Stuart! Hear why he says, “Men are pigs.”

3. Our Calling
Everyone wants to know, what is my calling and destiny. Read how to know what your personal calling is.

2. Why Women Love Twilight
Twilight the series of movies and books were a major phenomenon in 2010. People, especially women, go crazy over these stories. My second most popular blog of 2010 tell why women love Twilight. Everyone should know and understand why these stories are so VERY popular.

1. Most Passionate Love Story of All Time
There was NO contest when it comes to which blog was read more than all the others in 2010. The contest wasn’t even close!! By FAR, by FARRRR the most read blog of 2010 was this blog about love. This blog is one of the most read blogs every single day in 2010. If you are longing to have a story of your own, you’re in luck! Read about it all here.

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Here are 3 of my favorite blogs that didn’t make the cut!!!

Pappy

If Pot = Murder; A Grasp on the Big Picture

My Thoughts From Central Park

KR:)

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Ladies and Gentlemen.

This week is the 1st birthday of A White Stone Blog. I believe that a “Thank you” is in order for all of you that have read this past year. To celebrate I would like to give YOU a gift!

You have read about the things I have done this year, but now I would like to hear from you! Here is how to enter to WIN!

1. Decide what has been the highlight of your 2010? (Maybe you went somewhere cool, did something meaningful, had a neat experience)

2. Email me- davidandkateritchie@yahoo.com – by January 1, 2011!!! Send me a PICTURE and a SHORT description of your coolest thing in 2010.

3. You are entered to win!!! On January 1, 2011, I will be choosing a winner and posting your picture and story on my blog!! The winner of this contest will be receiving a FREE “Jesus Loves Strippers” tshirt AND $20 FREE to Starbucks!

It’s so easy, and you could win a FREE gift from ME! I hope you had a Merry Christmas!!

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Oprah’s Kate’s Favorite Things.

The only episode of Oprah that I absolutely love is her “Favorite Things” episode where she gives everyone in the audience all of her very favorite items of the year. I wish I could give all of you my favorite things, well, not happening. BUT maybe I can give you ideas for last minute gifts or on how to spend the $cash$ your grandma gave you for Christmas! If you don’t like mine, I’m sorry. You can still have Oprah’s favorite things. 🙂

Here are a few of my favorite things of 2010!!

1. Jeggings: wikipedia definition. In my opinion, the most amazing fashion creation of all eternity: jeggings. Never sag, never hang, always comfortable, combination of leggings and jeans. BUY THEM at Target…or anywhere really. I just love Target.

2. Lost: TV series

3. Chuck: TV series

4.Avon Anew Eye Cream: for those smile wrinkles
Love it…see it HERE.

5. Twilight Woods by Bath and Body Works
Please don’t make fun of me! It smells great!

6.Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
My favorite book of the year! Look at it HERE.

7.Church history in Plain Language by Bruce Leon Shelley
My second favorite book of the year! Great and easy to read!! I loved it and learned so much! HERE you go!

8.The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee
A book I started a couple weeks ago, and I can’t put down. You must read this!! It’s changing my life! HERE!

9.Up the movie AND The Fantastic Mr. Fox the movie
My favorite movies of the year!

10. Bananagrams the game
My favorite game of the year!

11. The Nest: local Amarillo store.
Best store in Amarillo, Texas. The Nest’s blog!

LAST, but definitely my VERY favorite thing!

12. ESV Study Bible
This is the BEST study Bible I have ever used. It is the best resource I have ever used! Get one if you don’t have one!

Buy it HERE!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right?! Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but for many people the holiday season can be hard. If you’re struggling to stay joyful or if you have a heart to share “good tidings of great joy” to those who are sad, this blog is for you!

“5 Reasons You Might Be Sad This Christmas”….5 Reasons To Be Happy From The One Who Understands!

1. Finances
It never feels more important to spend money than during the holiday spending rush. But let’s face it, our economic financial climate has never been so tough. They say “money isn’t happiness,” but maybe money or the lack of has got you kind of down this season. There is a way to still be happy.

2 Corinthians 8:9 “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you by His poverty might become rich.”
Jesus became poor in every single sense when He came to this earth. When He experienced poverty, it wasn’t because of the economy or hard times. He stepped down from Heaven and lived a life without money or provision, because He loves you. And what He offers you is a wealth of love and provision in this life, but also the wealth of eternal life to come. In Him you are rich.

How to share “good tidings” with those sad over finances this season? It’s simple. Become poor. Sacrifice financially for someone this year. Volunteer to serve food. Buy gifts for a family in your neighborhood. Bake gifts for people in need. Share with someone how poor in spirit you once were, and how Jesus has made your heart rich and full. Be vulnerable with people this season.

2. Awkwardness
Everyone wants their holiday family time to be smooth and memorable, but it some families it just feels impossible. Maybe there is hurt and wounds. Maybe families are split by divorce. Maybe there is bitterness. Maybe there is just awkward family drama. And maybe the pressure of it all is taking your “peace on earth” and dragging you down. There is still a way to be happy.

Jesus can be your peace. Your peace will depend on what you allow yourself to think about and who you trust with your situation.
Isaiah 26:3-4 “You keep him or her in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he or she trusts you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.”

How to share “good tidings” during awkward times? It’s simple. Share your peace. The presence of peace in the midst of strife and awkwardness is as noticeable as the elephant in the room. Practice peace. The Bible says, “Seek peace and pursue it.” Keep your eyes open at gatherings and in malls for the people who need the peace of Jesus. Maybe instead of letting those people make you crazy angry, share some of your peace with them.

3. Distance
Christmas is portrayed as a time to celebrate family and friends. This expectation is really difficult when those people are far away, and loneliness can suddenly feels worse than ever. If the people you love are far away, there’s still a way to be happy.

Jesus understands the distance. When he carried our sin and our shame to the cross, He was separated from His Father. But Jesus paid the price to bring us close to God, and we have the opportunity to never be far away from His perfect love.
Ephesians 2:12-13
“…Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ…having no hope without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who were once far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”

How to share “good tidings” to those who feel distant? It’s simple. Draw close. If the very answer to the distance lives in your heart, give Him the opportunity to give home. Draw close to those who feel far away. Look for people down about the distance, go to them, take time for them, and invite them into your home or celebrations. Bring them close to you with the intention to bring them close to Jesus.

4. Loss
Mourning and grief are hard enough without the holidays, but during Christmas the hole in your heart seems amplified by ten thousand. It feels like life could not go on and Christmas couldn’t happen without your loved one, yet no one else in the world seems to notice they are gone. There is still a way to be happy.

John 11 tells a story about a friend of Jesus named Lazarus who dies. When Jesus arrives at the tomb of His friend, the Bible says, “Jesus wept” over the death of His friend. Jesus knows what it is like to suffer loss and to mourn. The amazing thing about this passage is that Jesus was moments from raising Lazarus from the dead when He weeps. It comforts me to know that Jesus understands loss. But it comforts me even more to know that even when resurrection is just around the corner, Jesus’ still wept in sadness. Please know today that He understands, and even though in all reality resurrection is just around the corner for us all, it is ok to still weep. Remember this promise.
John 11: 25-26
“Jesus said to her (Lazarus’ sister), ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

How to share “good tidings” with those experiencing a loss? It’s simple. Weep and remember the future hope. Jesus did not stand by as an observer while he walked on this earth. He was a full and vulnerable participant in life with men and women. Let us weep with one another, share in stories from out past. When we do this with one another, we will earn a place to share our joy and hope. Let us then, remind each other of what is to come, the resurrection when there will be no more sadness and tears.

5.Expectation
This time is the perfect reminder that the perfect gift, ultimate celebration, imagined joy and peace and satisfaction are just out of our reach. Possibly the biggest reason people are sad during Christmas is because the holiday experience never lives up to their imagination’s expectation. It’s so sad, but it is just never perfect no matter how hard you try. Christmas is never as satisfying as you think it should be. There is still a way to be happy.

Jesus is the only thing that truly satisfies the needs of our heart. Every single thing we think we need in this life is only pointing to the greater needs of our heart. And nothing earthly, no matter how good it is, could ever meet an eternal need.
Psalm 107:9
“For He (Jesus) satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things.”

How to share “good tidings” with those who have crushed expectations? It’s simple. Share Jesus. How has He satisfied you? There was a time in your life when you were looking for fulfillment, identity, love, peace maybe you were searching for it in family, friends, relationships, sex, intellect, money…etc. And at some point that thing failed you. At some point you realized that it would never be enough, and that when you found Jesus, the true fulfillment to all the counterfeit. This Christmas, tell someone your story. Give Jesus to someone who has been let down by the expectations of Christmas.

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Congrats and Merry Christmas to my sweet friends Patrick & Meg Schlabs ! Early Tuesday morning they gave birth to their first baby, Judah Patrick Schlabs. He is perfect in every way! David and I love you all very much and look forward to life with your family!

Photo taken by JosephElliott Photography.

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I’m not traditional, but I certainly love traditions. I think the appeal of something being repeated over a vast number of years is that it makes that thing seem very stable, perhaps real. So I’m all for celebrating holidays the same each year, creating memories, and occasionally installing new traditions.

I had a lot of time to think this week. The onset of the flu, which I hope is NOT a new Christmas tradition, forced this energetic chic to slow down a little bit. It gave me a chance to really get excited about the upcoming holiday and look forward to the celebration of the season. It also got me wondering, how do YOU celebrate Christmas?

How the Ritchie’s Celebrate Christmas.

1. Advent

I’ve participated in Advent many years now, and it is truly how David and I have chosen to celebrate Christmas. It begins about four weeks before Christmas, and can be celebrated in many different ways. The word “advent” means “coming.” The purpose of Advent as a Ritchie tradition is spend a month of the year dedicated to the expectancy and celebration of Jesus Christ, the God who rescued us. For me, it has been a time to remember why Jesus died and all that His death and resurrection accomplished for my life. It has also been a time to acknowledge the fact that this world is still not as it should be, and celebrate the fact I am waiting for the day that Jesus will come again to make right every injustice and wipe away every tear.

If you are interested in making Advent a part of your traditions, click on these podcasts David preached last Advent.

“The King is Near”

“The King is Here”

Also check out this amazing sonnet by Seth Wieck. Seth is an amazing writer (check out his tumblr ), and he and his wife Katie are our sweet friends. Allow this to stir your heart to worship Jesus this Advent.

Advent Sonnet #2
O Messiah, Your prism mysteries
Have scattered the light ‘cross my feeble eyes.
In my blinking, I’ve seen the strange stories
Of how one man born can be fathered twice.

Son of Man, son of Adam, David’s son:
Death spread to all men because we all sinned.
You, grafted in, donned our skin to be undone
Like the oven-fired grasses just de-stemmed.

Son of God, declared by resurrection:
The Glory of Your heavenly Father
Breathed new life into fallen creation
With the same Spirit that hovered o’er waters.

By that Spirit do we call out, “Father!”,
Having been dead, now raised His sons and daughters.

2. Our Annual Christmas Tree Walk.

There is a place near our house that sells live Christmas trees. Each year we say that we will just go with the fake tree, but each year usually late at night I give into my traditionalist heart. This cave is followed us getting all bundled up and walking up the street, picking out a tree, and my amazing husband carrying it all the way home. This year was no different. Friday night, our tradition continued.

3. Make and Eat Buckeyes.

These delicious, fudge-like treats have been my favorite for as long as I can remember. I love to make them, I love to eat them, and I love to give them as Christmas gifts. More than anything, I enjoy giving my love to the world’s greatest sports team, The Ohio State University. Go Bucks!

And don’t worry, I’m not shy with the recipe. Here’s it is!

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These are just a few “Ritchie Family Christmas Traditions.” I’d love to hear some of your’s, feel free to post a comment and share.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

-KR:)

Calvin in the Christmas spirit.

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Think that pornography isn’t hurting anyone? Think you can stop watching it whenever you want? Think again.

Watch this video to see how pornography can become an addiction, and a gateway drug that leads to much more.
Video: “Saved On The Strip: Pornography as a Gateway Drug”
(**Warning: This is about a Christian ministry, but due to the topic matter, your own discretion is advised.**)

Annie Lobert is a former prostitute and founder of the ministry “Hookers For Jesus.” “Hookers for Jesus is an international, faith-based organization that addresses the realities of human sex trafficking, sexual violence, and exploitation linked to pornography and the sex industry. While we are committed to abolishing human sex trafficking on a global scale, our urban ministry outreach, community awareness, and transitional programs are based out of Las Vegas, Nevada.”

Annie Lobert is airing a new 3 part show “Hookers: Saved On The Strip” tomorrow night, December 8th, on the Investigation Discovery Channel at 10pm. Tune in to hear more about her story and the stories of the women who are finding Jesus through her ministry.

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Need help?

-Are you struggling with pornography?

-Are you an individual involved in the sex industry?

-Do you want help?

There is a way out. You are not alone. Jesus is the answer. Nothing can separate you from His love. It is only through Jesus that we can move from trying to do the right thing and constantly failing, to becoming a new person. Want to know more? Have questions? Email me at davidandkateritchie@yahoo.com . Even if I don’t have every answer, I have seen what Jesus can do and I love you. Contact us if you need help.
Need accountability for pornography? Find a good community of Christians and check THIS out!

Do you want to be a part of the solution? Get involved!

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A little girl from the Thanksgiving outreach with her turkey!

Tuesday evening David and I drove into Trinity Fellowship Church’s parking lot a few minutes later than our normal early arrival to North. We had taken a detour to northeast Amarillo to pick up a friend that we had met at the Bethesda’s Eastridge Thanksgiving Outreach a few weeks earlier. Khadija and I had hit it off right away because we shared one very important thing in common, a fierce love for The Ohio State Buckeyes (we both used to live in Ohio)! We had been chatting via phone ever since our meeting in Eastridge, and Tuesday afternoon my new sweet friend had called and asked if she could attend North with us. We were honored to go pick her up.

As we entered Trinity, Khadija asked me to show her North’s ‘cause wall’. She appreciated our Thanksgiving dinner and really wanted to know how she could get involved in our volunteer opportunities called ‘causes’. I began telling her about our ‘causes’ and why we do what we do. As time drew near for North to begin, I could sense Khadija growing a little nervous. She didn’t say, but I knew she was probably wondering how people would respond to her Ethopian clothing and Muslim headscarf. I wasn’t worried. I know the kind of people who attend, and it wasn’t long before she was commenting on how incredibly nice and friendly everyone was to her.

Tuesday was a particularly special night at North, it was a night of worship as our worship pastor, Patrick Schlabs, released his first worship ALBUM. Khadija and I sat side-by-side, and I could see her concentrating on the words to the songs I can close my eyes and sing. When the worship ended she was beaming.
“I loved it,” she said. “And I was very touched, particularly by the song ‘Immanuel’.”
She told me that she really enjoyed North, but that the way we worship Jesus is very different than the way she worships her god. When I asked her to explain how she said,

“When you worship Jesus, everyone worships with passion. I see you all have so much passion for your God. I am very touched and know that I need to have passion in my life for something.”

When David came to find us, Khadija told him the same thing she had told me about the song ‘Immanuel.’ He told her it meant, “God with us,” and that we sing it because we serve a God who is near us and loves us. She explained to him that Muslims do not worship Jesus, but believe He was a prophet. She wanted to know what we believe about Jesus that is different. David was able to share with her the Gospel. He explained how we all strive to connect to a god who is distant and use religion as our means, but our God came to us. Because of His great love, Jesus came to us to remove all that stands in the way of God and us. We love Him passionately because He first loved us so passionately.

We talked about life and about Jesus the whole way back to the Eastridge neighborhood. She told us more about her religion and her 7 brothers and sisters. As we pulled up to her family’s apartment, Khadija asked us if we would like to meet her mother. She said it was a treat tonight because her mom got home from work before 1am because a machine had broke down at her factory job. We were greeted just inside the door by smiling faces. The children remembered us from the outreach. They were sharing a plate of noodles and meat on the floor, as they politely took turns passing around forks full of food. Khadija’s mom was radiant and smiling. She offered us her authentic Ethiopian food, which smelled delicious. The apartment was full of love and warmth.

As we got in the car and drove back across the railroad tracks, we just smiled at each other. Heading back southwest over the bridge, we could see downtown Amarillo, Texas glowing in the night.
“The gospel really works,” I said. “It works for me every day, and it works for every soul on this earth. It’s what everyone needs.”

Jesus said to, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all of creation.” Most of the time that isn’t some grand adventure. Most of the time that’s not literally traveling all the way to Ethiopia. Most of the time it’s loving your neighbor. We are saved because God’s love came to us. He is why we live. It’s His love we have to give each day. There wasn’t a magical conversion. There wasn’t a special sinner’s prayer. But Khadija wants to beginning serving with us at Faith City Ministries, and she wants to come back to North next week.

Want to hear what the ministry of North is all about? Check out a sermon from North HERE!

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I’d also like to send a shout out to North attendees, Macy and Becca, who are supporting “A White Stone Cause” as they are missionaries in France! They are sporting their “Jesus Loves Strippers” Shirts! Love you ladies!

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