Monday, December 21, 2015

The Goal of Greatness

What is true greatness?
If we are to strive towards greatness, we need to understand what the word "greatness" truly means.  Greatness is not based on personal achievement that results in fame, fortune, or position.  Rather, true greatness is what God does in and through us.
"And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe,
according to the working of his mighty power," (Ephesians 1:19)
Peter did not have money, but he had the power of God working through him to carry out great works.
“. . . Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6)
What great works does God want to accomplish in and through us?
First of all, He wants to transform our souls to be conformed to His thoughts, desires, and goals.  Jesus said,
“What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36)
When we are in a right relationship with God, the Holy Spirit is able to do mighty works through us.  We can become aware of some of the works that God wants to do through us by reading and studying His Word.  Human efforts become great works when they are directed by God and accomplished for His glory.
"Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine;
Thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and Thou art exalted as head above all."
- 1 Chronicles 29:11

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Pregnancy Update // 24 Weeks

Hello dears!
I know my posts have been a little sporadic lately, and I do apologize for that.  Life has been pretty crazy lately . . . with married life, pregnancy, and the holidays coming and going.  These months have been going by so fast, it's insane.  I can't believe we're in the month of December already!  Where oh where does the time go?
I haven't posted a whole lot these past few months, though I have noticed that I've posted several "Thankful Thursday" posts and updates more than anything.  However, my Bible studies have kind of tampered down for a bit.  I'm currently struggling with ideas for posts, as this pregnancy leaves me absent minded quite often.  Just when I get an idea for a post I forget what I'm writing about not even a paragraph in.  So please do forgive me for that.  I assure you that I will post a new study as soon as this baby allows me to return to my former apperception. ;)
And just for a little pregnancy update . . .
How far along?  As of today I am 24 weeks and 3 days pregnant, with an approximate due date of March 22nd.
Total weight gain:  13 pounds!  Supposedly I am gaining steady baby weight and no extra fat from over-eating, so that's pleasing to know. :)
Maternity clothes?  Yes.  As of recent, I have officially begun donning the traditional maternity clothing.  I am able to fit into a few select items that I owned previous to the pregnancy, but they have to be larger fitting.  I went through my closet about a month back and literally removed over half of the items due to most of the clothing being too small!
Stretch marks?  Thankfully these horrid markings haven't made their appearance yet.  I'm currently using an organic belly balm daily, so hopefully the stretch marks will continue to hold out for a while.
Sleep:  Sleeping has been rather difficult for me lately, due to a constant full bladder and the struggle to get into a comfortable sleeping position.  I do end up getting quite a bit of sleep at night, which I am thankful for.  However it can often times take me a while to enter a deep slumber.
Best moment this week:  Every time my baby girl kicks. <3
Miss anything?  Having a lot of energy and the motivation to get things done.
Symptoms:  Absent-mindedness, heartburn, bleeding gums, the occasional back pain, and exhaustion from standing up for long bouts of time.
Movement:  Quite a lot.  This little girl is pretty active and has developed quite the routine now!
Food cravings:  Not currently having any.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  Motion.
Gender:  Girl!
Looking forward to:  Hearing my baby girl's heartbeat again today. <3
I'll try to update again soon, friends. :)
Warmest blessings,