Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A New Blog

Greetings, readers!
Today I'm pleased to present to you a new blog, created by my own dear hubby!
He has been wanting to start this blog for a while now, so please, if you will, hop on over and give him some support!
He humbly resides here, at Dare to be a David.
May you all be encouraged.
Have a blessed day!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Deliverance in the Bible

"DELIVER me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man; which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.  They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips.  Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked." 

Deliverance is defined as 'the action of being rescued or set free; a rescue from bondage or danger.'
In the Bible, deliverance is the acts of God by which He rescues His people from trials and peril.
Deliverance is often sought from evil spirits or the spirit of guilt, lust, jealousy, doubt, evil speech, etc.  But it’s important to understand that, as believers, we already have eternal victory over Satan and his power.  We can be delivered from the evil influences in our lives by using the weapons God has given us, described in Ephesians 6:12-17
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."

Deliverance from sin, rescue from trials, and escape from the influence of a world in the control of Satan can only come through Christ, the Son of God who has come and 'hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.'
"For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness."
- Romans 6:14-20

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Why I Chose Modesty

Up until about two years ago, I used to fit right in with today's society and how they presented themselves in feminine attire.  At one point, I had hardly understood what it meant to "dress modestly".
Although I was raised and taught to stand-out as a young Christian woman and segregate myself from the fashions of this world, I hadn't always heeded my parents teachings, or the Bible's for that matter.
Granted, I made it a point not to appear scantily-clad while I was out in public, and I never once wore a bikini when I went to the pool.  That was one thing I was convicted on at a very young age.

But as far as my everyday wardrobe choices went, I basically fit in with today's society.  I wore the tight-fitting jeans, just like the ones all of my friends were wearing . . .  I didn't mind if after a day's activities my shirt neckline stooped lower than it should have . . .  nor did I think that there was anything wrong with wearing short shorts like all the teenage girls donning Daisy Dukes you see out there. 
Surely there isn't anything wrong with wanting to look pretty and feminine and like your average day woman, is there? 
Let me assure you; that mindset is completely wrong.
As I aforementioned, I didn't really put much thought behind my outfits, other than making it a point to fit in as much as possible so people didn't look at me strangely.  I just didn't really get modesty, you know what I mean?
It wasn't until a couple years back when I was really convicted that I needed to change.  After hearing it repeatedly from my parents, reading about it in God's Word, and then noticing the wardrobe styles of big Christian families such as the Duggars, the Bates, etc . . . I finally started to understand.  Although I wasn't dressing entirely like a young teenager who didn't care if she showed off everything on her body, I still had a lot of stepping-up to do if I wanted to portray the Godly example I was telling everyone I was. 
At first, it didn't come easy.  When I finally made the choice to stop wearing jeans, I worried constantly what my friends would think of me.  I dealt with the addled looks other girls gave me when they saw me in my high neck-lined shirts and long jean skirts, and I never once saw a guy look twice when passing me on the streets.
. . . it was dispiriting.
The same worrisome and panicky thoughts came to me when I replaced summer shorts with knee-length skirts and dresses.  
Even though, in the past, I had tried to make sure my shorts reached the mid-thigh level and didn't see much wrong with it, later I was deeply convicted when I read this passage in the Bible:
" . . . uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.  Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen." - Isaiah 47:2-3
The Webster's Dictionary definition of 'thigh', is:  The part of the leg extending from the knee to the hip.
If an uncovered thigh is shameful and God plainly states to avoid such nakedness, then it is clear that although I was considering myself to be covering the most important areas of my body, to God, I was seen as being naked.  How convicting is that?  I'll honestly admit that it convicted me immediately and I never once reverted to wearing those shorts again.
You might ask me: "Well if you don't wear shorts or jeans anymore, what on earth do you wear every day??"
And to answer that question, I'd inform you that I have chosen to wear skirts and skirts only. 
For certain exercises or while hiking, I will opt to wear capri-styled pants that in no way form to my legs.  And when it comes to swimming, I abide by God's Word and make it a point to cover my thighs when seen by the public eye.  In that case, I will usually wear a t-shirt and boys' swimming trunks that completely cover what is seen as nakedness in God's eyes, or, I will wear a typical swimsuit with a summer dress overtop of it, never once removing it while swimming.
These style codes have convicted me, and if they haven't for you already I pray that they do.  I've been abiding by this simple scripture for the past couple of years now:
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." - Romans 12:1
My goal is to present my body as a "living sacrifice".  I would hate to get to heaven and discover that I caused a handful of men to stumble because of my defrauding attire.  It would break my heart, and I would feel like a failure as a Christian woman.  I would feel as though I had failed God, and in a sense, it would have been true.
There are many levels of modesty, and I am continually growing in my convictions.  I've heard people say that dressing modestly makes one look frumpy and unstylish.  And I must state my opinion when I say that this statement is completely inaccurate.  You can be modest and still obtain a sense of style.
My every day fashion choices look somewhat like these:


Note that each one of these outfits is modest, and yet they are still classy and very feminine!  Modest, comfortable outfits and clothes can be beautiful, they can be fun, they can be trendy, and they can be all your style and God's at the same time. 
If you visit my Pinterest page, you will find a myriad of pretty, feminine modest choices that I refer to when I am making it a point to present myself as the Godly young woman I am telling everyone that I am.
As a Christian, I have learned that my behavior sets the tone for how others see me and my faith. 
Being modest in your appearance is just as great a witness to those around you as your words.  If you are preaching about Christ to others and claiming to be one of His followers while wearing revealing clothes, what kind of a Christian example are you leading? 
When you choose to dress modestly you are allowing people to see your inner faith rather than your outer appearance.
"Modesty is the characteristic of a woman whose
heart has been changed from self will, to godliness. 
It reveals the attitude of a woman that
lives to honor God."
Being modest really isn't as hard as it seems, ladies.  And once you make that choice to better represent yourselves as Godly women, you will be better representing your Savior and the Christian life you have chosen to follow.
I will leave you with a few scriptures on modesty that have convicted me in the past and still continue to do so:
"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but which becometh women professing godliness with good works." - 1 Timothy 2:9
"What?  know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." - 1 John 2:16
"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight." - 1 Peter 3:3-4

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Good afternoon, dear readers!

Today I have been nominated by the lovely Paige at Sunday Best and All the Rest for the "Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award".  So, thank you dear!

The rules, as listed below:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site. 

2. Put the Award logo on your blog. 

3. Answer the ten questions sent to you. 

4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer. 

5. Nominate ten blogs.

And now, here are my answers to Paige's questions:

1. Have you ever been in a choir or other singing group?

I was in a Christmas play singing with the angel choir . . . does that count? ;-)

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talents (e.g. wiggling ears, yodeling)?

Hmmm, well at one point I could sing operatic music quite well, but since I got a severe cold a few years back I'm unable to reach the high notes like I once could.

3. Do you find wombats cute and cuddly? 

Well, to be honest I couldn't even remember what one looked like, so I had to look it up just now . . . lol!  But to answer your question, I would say that some appear to be quite cute, while others not so much.  I don't know, I've never been familiar with the little critters, nor have I ever seen one in person.

4. What was the last song you heard?

Well I've been listening to my oldies playlist today, and the song that is currently playing is "In the Mood" by Glenn Miller.  :-)

5. What were you very happy to accomplish last year?

I don't know if you could consider this an accomplishment, but meeting the man of my dreams and beginning a courtship with him (and then of course marrying him!) would probably top my list.  After all, it was on my bucket list for 2014. ;-)  But, I also was very pleased to be able to get contacts as well (all thanks to my sweetheart) <3

6. What do you hope to accomplish this year?

Being the best wife (and hopefully, a mother) I can be.

7. Given the choice, would you rather have someone over for dinner tomorrow or go to someone else's house for dinner?

I think I'd prefer to eat at someone else's house.  It's been too hot in this house lately!

8.  If you could be a pen-pal or e-pal with someone from any nation, what country would you choose (it can't be a country in which you already have a friend)?

Ireland, I think.

9. What is one thing you disliked doing as a child and now enjoy doing as a teen or adult?

Doing housework.  I greatly disliked it when I lived with my folks, but now I get gratification as I do the household chores.  It's a lot more rewarding, I think.

10. Has blogging changed you as a person? If so, how?

Definitely.  It has helped me to grow closer to my Creator as well as helping me discover who I really am as an individual.  Blogging has allowed me to express my beliefs and convictions and has given me the opportunity to share them with others.  Just knowing that I have helped and encouraged others since starting my blog brings great contentment.  I consider this blog to be a great blessing for me.


Here are my questions:

1). If given the opportunity, would you travel outside of your country to minister to others?  If so, what country would you choose?
2). Do you ever desire to dye your hair or are you pleased with the natural color you've been blessed with?
3). What was the last thing you ate today?
4). You've won a vacation to an exotic island for a month and can only take one person with you; who would you choose?
5). If you could meet any one of your long-distant blogging friends, who would it be?
6). Roses or lilacs?
7). Your favorite flavor of ice cream?
8). Spring or Autumn?
9). Do you have a reading goal this year?  If so, how many would you like to finish before 2016?
10). In your opinion, what is the best talent you posses?

And here are my nominees:

Evie at Letters from Avonlea
Naomi at Wonderland Creek
Gabriela at Under Grace
(it's not quite 10, I know . . . but it'll have to do for now)

Thanks again Paige!  I hope you all have a lovely day!

Thursday, June 04, 2015

You Are Special

A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. 
In the room of 200, he asked, "who would like this $20 bill?"
Hands started going up.  He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this."
He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up.  He then asked, "who still wants it?"
Still the hands were up in the air.
"Well," he replied, "what if I do this?"  And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe.
He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty.  "Now who still wants it?"
Still the hands went into the air.
"My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson.  No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value.
It is still worth $20."
Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way.
We feel as though we are worthless.  But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value: dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you.
The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE.

You are special . . . don’t ever forget it!