Friday, July 31, 2015

Liebster Award #5

My dear friend Evie over at Letters from Avonlea has tagged me with the Liebster Award (thank you, dear!).  This is the fifth time I have been nominated for a Liebster Award and yet it never gets old answering these questions.  They're so fun. :-)
Anyway, without further ado, here are Evie's questions:

Pirates or Ninjas?  Why?
Definitely pirates.  And it's all thanks to Killian Jones/Captain Hook from Once Upon a Time. ;-)
Have you ever climbed a tree more than twenty feet off the ground?
I think so, although I am not entirely certain.  It's been years since I've climbed a tree, so the last time I did I was probably just a little munchkin who thought that the tree was gargantuan.  You know how everything appears larger and more majestic when you're a wee one. :-)
Did you like swinging as a child?  Do you still get excited when you see a swing set?
Absolutely.  And yes, I still enjoy swinging every now and then.  Quite especially if the swing is one of those old-fashioned wooden types.  Or a tire swing.  They make the environment look quite picturesque, I think.
If you could have any pet in the world, illegal or not, what would you get?
Can I say my pet Chihuahua?  My parents are keeping him since my hubby and I are not allowed pets where we live currently.  And oh how I miss my little peach. . .
What was your favorite cartoon growing up?
Disney's The Little Mermaid (my family can attest to that).
If you had to have a cow or a pig, which would you take?  Why?
A cow I guess.  That way we could milk it (although I detest skim milk).  So actually, I have no idea which I would choose.
If you had to look at one city skyline for the rest of your life, which would it be?
The Eiffel Tower.
Longest plane ride you've ever been on?
2.5 hours.  Only because there was a layover.
The latest you've ever slept.
12:30 in the afternoon. . . don't judge!  That only happened like once in my life, and that was when my family and I lived a second shift lifestyle where my dad didn't even get home from work until 3:00 in the morning.  So sleeping in was acceptable for that sort of shift.  Although 12:30 was definitely the latest I've ever slept in.
Would you buy a sweater covered in kitten pictures?  Would you wear it if someone gave it to you for free?
Would I buy it?  Probably not.  But if someone was kind enough to gift it to me, I'd probably wear it if it were warm and comfortable.  It would suit me well during the frigid, winter months.
Thanks for the fun questions, Evie!
God Bless!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Beautiful Mindset = A Beautiful Day

Good afternoon, dears!
It sure is a lovely day today, isn't it?
Here in my little spot of the world the clouds are roaring, the roads are paved with rain, and the overall outdoor sight is positively glum.  
And yet. . . I am delightfully happy!
It's a beautiful day,
and I am blessed to be alive.
A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset.
 When you wake up, take a second to think about what a privilege it is to simply be alive and healthy!
Rain or shine, I am still grateful for everything that I have been blessed with, today and everyday.
Sometimes you meet people in life whose attitudes change depending on their circumstances;
a gloomy day makes for a cheerless mood. . .
 a sunny day brings just the opposite. . .
I believe that any day can be beautiful the moment we start acting like life is a blessing.
I can assure you that once you begin to have that mindset, it will start to feel like one.
"He has made everything beautiful in its time."
- Ecclesiastes 3:11

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Biblical Definition of Marriage

If any of you have been keeping up with the media lately, I'm sure you have heard all about the same-sex marriage act that was legalized nationwide.
When I first heard that same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, my heart shattered.  I couldn't believe that a nation originally founded on Christianity could make this abominable act legal.
Marriage is supposed to be a picture of Christ and the church, and same-sex marriages are not God's original design.  Rather, they are man's perversion of what God has ordained.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 states, "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexuals nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."
Leviticus 20:13 also mentions the abomination of homosexuality: "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable."
In the Bible, it is clear that God ordained marriage for one man and one woman only. 
As Jesus stated in Matthew 19:4-7, "Have ye not read, that He that made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this cause shall a man leave father and mother and shall cleave to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh’? Therefore they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."
This message couldn't be any clearer.
I've had people ask me, "What kind of Christian are you if you go around bashing on homosexuals when Christ preaches about love more than anything?  What kind of hypocrite are you?"
I've heard and read these comments far too many times.
I've tried making it clear to anyone who asks me these questions, but for some reason they never seem to understand it.  They still turn around and exhort hurtful remarks about us Christians and the so-called 'hypocritical' lifestyle we're leading.
Just to make it clear to anyone who may be questioning the Christians' response to this legalization; we do not hate homosexuals. 
Hating the act and hating the individual committing the act are two totally different things.  As Christians, we are called to love one another.  It is a part of our Godly behavior.  It's not just something we are commanded to do, it's something we choose to do, because it's what Christ did for us. 
He loved us when we didn't deserve it! 
"But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8

We can love the sinners, but that doesn't mean that we should support and encourage them to continue sinning.  If we are to be imitators of Christ, we shouldn't be supporting that which God detests.  If we go about claiming to be Christians and yet support this diabolical sodomy, then are we really saved?  Can we truly call ourselves followers of Christ?  No!  It is impossible to be a Christian and yet support that which God abhors.

Our nation needs the prayer now more than ever, folks.  Will you join me in prayer for our country and nation?

Thursday, July 09, 2015

3 Months & Counting

Today marks 3 months of being blissfully married to my beloved!

Marriage has been a joyful experience for the both of us.  It's been so exciting to see what the Lord has had in store for us throughout this life-long journey.  Married life has had it's funny little ups and downs, but I'm grateful that I've had the opportunity to share each of those moments with my husband. :-)
To celebrate, I thought I'd share with you all the vows Andy and I recited at our wedding.  These words still hold a very dear and special place in our hearts. ♥

Excited to share many more days/weeks/months/years with my amazing man!

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Saving Sex for Marriage

Some of you who were following my Facebook page at one point probably remember this post I had shared with my followers then and am about to share now. 
Originally this post was intended for blog publishing, so those who weren't following my Facebook profile could read it as well . . . but, I hadn't gotten that far at the time.  
So, now I am publishing it on my blog (with a few changes and additions).
Over the past few days I've been noticing quite a lot of sexual topics floating around the Internet (unfortunately these days, in this sin-filled world, it is hard not to see them . . .)
And you know what?  It saddens me greatly to see these young girls, and single girls at that, talk and brag about their sex lives.
I've gone back and forth about posting something like this, but after some prayer I decided it would be a good idea to do so.  After all, sometimes being a Christian requires you to step out of your comfort zone once in a while to help those you love and care about.
So, here goes . . .
As a married woman, I can now say that sex is a big deal while truly understanding why.
Some of you may be thinking, "why do I care to hear about this woman's sex life?"
But please, just hear me out for a bit.
Sex is a wonderful thing that God designed for a man and woman to share after being united in holy matrimony, and I just can't express how thankful I am that I have shared this experience with my husband, and my husband only.  He has shared it with me, and me only.
Throughout my single years God kept me strong, and with the loving teaching of my parents guiding me, I was able to save myself in the most physical way for the man I married.
There was no guilt. 
No shame. 
No worries about what people would think of me or the dreaded discovery that I would become pregnant as a single woman.
Sex didn't come as a blow to my self-worth that I was just another conquest to a man who just wanted me for a while, and not forever.

I have heard about and seen all of these things happening around me and it breaks my heart.
But because of God's grace, my experience was different.  It was different because God's Word showed me what was the right thing and I did it.  He said it was better to wait, so I waited.  I did it God's way, and I am forever grateful to Him that I did.
But allow me to help you understand that God doesn't tell us these things to control us like little children.  No, He tells us out of love because He wants what is best for us.
If you are reading this post and are worried because you have already made the mistake of sharing your body sexually with another man, don't be.  You can repent and turn your sight towards God!  God sent His only begotten Son to die on the cross so we could be forgiven of our sins! 
All Christians make mistakes, but that doesn't mean that we have to let those mistakes overcome us and build up a wall of guilt and shame.  We can repent and become new creatures in Christ, because we've been given a second chance.
Isn't that wonderful, friends? 
We have a second chance to choose to do what is right!
So I beg you young women (and those select men that may be reading this, too) to take a stand and do what is right.  There is no greater happiness than knowing you are living out God's Will for your life, which is written in His Word.  All you need to do is pick up your Bible, folks!

Friday, July 03, 2015

Out with the old . . . in with the new

So if you haven't noticed already, my blog has gained a lot of new changes over the past few hours. 
For a few months now I have had this idea of how I wanted my blog to look (since I was getting rather bored with my old layout . . .).  And to be honest, it still doesn't look how I originally wanted it.  But, I am actually happy with the result. :-)
Back when I first started blogging I didn't really have an interesting idea for a blog name.  But just recently, I had the title 'Joyfully Inspired' come to mind.  I instantly fell in love with it and so I searched the internet to see if anyone else had used it for their blog name.  Turns out that it hadn't been used before!  So I decided to re-design my blog with the new name.
Like I said, I'm pretty pleased with it.  I'm still having fun tweaking with different things, but overall I'm happy with the new look.
What do ya'll think? 
Do you prefer the old design or the new one more? 
( it won't hurt my feelings if you say you like the old one more. ;)
God Bless!