Thursday, March 24, 2016

Do modesty and summer go together?

As a full-time mother, wife, and student, I have found very little time for extracurricular activities, (such as blogging), and I deeply apologize for my absence. However, with the presence of summer approaching ever so quickly, I have found many posts circulating Pinterest regarding "modesty," and have really felt led to touch on the subject.

As the temperatures rise, so does the subject of "appropriate swimwear."  

Many people either disregard the topic all together, or just simply tiptoe around the answer as to avoid confrontation.

As much as I would love to please everyone, it is our jobs as Christians to spread the gospel. The full gospel. In truth.

So, here it is goes, the question of the hour (or season, rather), "is it okay for a Christian woman to wear a bikini?"

I have heard many answers to this question, all from Christian women. While some answer "no", many have various answers including: "yes, as long as it is not for vain reasons," "yes, because it is the most comfortable option for heat and water," "yes, because after struggling with my body image for so long I am now choosing to embrace my image and be proud," "yes, because I am pregnant and it is too hot to cover my belly," "yes, because I want to tan my entire body," "yes, because it is the most practical option."

Notice that no one ever said "yes, because I know that God doesn't mind," "yes, because the scriptures don't tell me I can't."

If your answer is "yes, because it is the most comfortable or practical option," ponder this thought, what if your daughter chose to wear short shorts and a top revealing her stomach to an outside event because it was "hot" outside and she simply felt that this was the coolest and most comfortable option? Is this deemed appropriate? If not, what makes wearing a bikini appropriate? Because you're sitting beside a body of water?

When I find myself facing these kinds of moral and spiritual dilemmas, and there is no black and white answer in scripture, I ask myself, "if God were standing in front of me at this very moment, would I be ashamed?"

When this topic is addressed from a Christian stand point, the answer is usually always "it is a matter of personal conviction."

And maybe it is, but let me share a few scriptures with you.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

What? Know ye that your body is the body of the temple of the Holy Ghost which is on 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.

These scriptures tell us that not only are our bodies God's temple, but that our bodies are to glorify Him. Another words, YOU, inside and OUT, are supposed to represent God. If you are in a bikini just like everyone else, how would you stand out as a Christian?

You wouldn't.

1 Timothy 2:9 says for "women" to "adorn themselves in modest apparel."

Is a bikini modest? Be honest with yourself.

Mathew 5:28 says "whosever looketh on a women to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." I understand this is on men if they choose to commit this act, and that a man will lust over a woman who is fully clothed as well, and while we aren't responsible for another mans sin, I personally do not wish to knowingly contribute to another persons sin, and a man is more likely to lust over a woman who is half naked rather than modestly covered.

It was Eve who convinced Adam to disobey God, let's choose not to be an Eve.

Instead of justifying your choice by saying it is only because of convenience, study God's word and seek His guidance on the matter, let Him give you the answer.

If you knew that God was going to be at the pool or beach that you were attending, would you still wear a bikini? Or anything immodest for that matter?

Remember, Hebrews 4:13 says that there is nothing or no one hidden from the sight of God. "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth..." 2 Chronicles 16:9.

God sees us whether he is standing in front of us, or just simply looking down upon us from Heaven.

How would you dress if you walked everyday with God?

-M








Friday, March 4, 2016

The Power of Prayer.

Hello my lovely followers! I hope you have all had a good week. PTL it's almost the weekend! 

It has been a week here at the homestead. The devil has thrown one curve ball after another, trying his hardest to destroy my friends and family. From physical warfare to spiritual warfare, we've seen it or been through it lately. And while I would love to sit and complain about all of the havoc the devil has reeked this week, I refuse to give him anymore credit. I refuse to let him rule. I refuse to stand on the side lines while the adversary tries to bring my loved ones down. God is stronger than any forces that the devil tries to destroy them with.

How many scriptures are in the Bible about faith? How many times does the Lord say "ask," "pray," "seek me?" 

Countless. 

Remember, there is power in prayer. 

"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." -Mathew 21:22

 
My pastor referenced a mulberry tree last Sunday, and it brought a message to mind that I have heard before, that I am now going to share with you. It has brought me strength through times that my faith was  running low, and I hope it will do the same for you. 

In Chronicles 14:8-17, we learn of the prosperity of King David, as well as the power of prayer. 

Before King David decided to stand up against the Philistines, he sought God's will; before he fought them, he sought God's protection, and God delivered him. 

The Philistines attacked a second time, and once again, David turned to the Lord for direction, only this time, God sent the king to the mulberry trees. Instead of smiting the Philistines right then and there, he sends King David to wait patiently under the tops of the trees.

God told him, when you hear a sound in the tops of the trees, go forth. Go forth to smite the Philistines. 

"And it shall be, when thou hear a sound of going in (the noise of marching) the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt go out to battle: for God is gone forth before thee to smite the host of the Philistines." 

Now, you're probably wondering the significance of the mulberry trees. Let me explain. 

One, the Hebrew meaning of mulberry is "weeping." King David was a man of prayer, it is significant that he wait under a weeping tree. God sent him to his weeping place, a place of prayer. 

Secondly, Mulberry tree leaves do not make a rustling sound when the wind blows through them, which is why, if you look up the interpretation of this verse, you will find that skeptics believe it couldn't have really been a mulberry tree.

But if you serve the same God I serve, than you know, He is mighty enough to shake the tops of the mulberry trees. You know, He is powerful enough to make the  leaves whistle that heavenly marching sound, and send it echoing through the air. 

 When David heard the sound in the tops of the mulberry trees, he did as God commanded, and God brought him victory. 

The moral of the story is that: "a man is no greater than his prayer." 

We will not overcome the battles of life without prayer. 

Do you need a physical healing? Ask God. 

Do you need a spiritual healing? Ask God. 

Has your child gone astray and you don't know what to do? Seek God

Is your life full of turmoil and you're at your breaking point? Pray. 

A King, with all of the resources in the land, humbled himself before God, sought his will, and won the victory. 

"Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." -Mark 11:24

A friend shared that scripture with me today, just when I thought I couldn't breath another prayer, God reminded me of the power it brings.


Lord, please strengthen our faith. When we are fighting life's battles and lose our way, please help us to remember the strength you offer. If a mighty king can humble himself and ask for help, I surely can. Lord, you said ask, and ye shall receive. Here I am lord, asking, please deliver my loved ones from their affliction. Please bring our lost loved ones out of the depths of hell, and deliver them from their sins. Save them God, and put a wall of protection around them keeping them from evil. Lord, you're the ultimate healer. God, let your healing power flow down and touch us like only you can. Heal our bodies, minds, and souls, please Lord. Amen.

Do you have a place of weeping?

-M












Thursday, March 3, 2016

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Noah's Ark: Genesis 5-8.

Good morning my lovely followers!

I don't know what your weekend consisted of, but mine was full of mid-terms, family and church gatherings, broke down vehicles, laundry, and much much more! So, if you had a busy weekend, like myself, you spent all day yesterday getting caught up on your Bible reading. 

This week, we are going to continue in the book of Genesis. I left off at chapter 4, so I am going to discuss chapters 5-8 with you this morning. 

Let's get started! 

Chapter 5: 

•This chapter consists of a second geneology, the first being in Chapter 4. It is a list of the ten descendants of Adam, to Noah. 

•It is as follows: Adam - Seth - Enos - Cainan - Mahalaleel - Jared - Enoch - Methuselah - Lamech - Noah 

•Note: In versus 22 and 24 it says, "And Enoch walked with God:" the phrase "walked with God" is only used for Enoch and Noah (6:9) here. If you look up the biblical meaning of "walk," you'll find it isn't just being used for its literal sense, to actually walk on foot, but it represents a way of life, or behavior. To say he "walked with God" is saying he lived a life that served God. 

Chapter 6 

•This chapter begins with the corruption of the earth, and with God warning Noah of his intent to destroy it. 

6:1-4
•men began to multiply on earth 
•sons of God (angels) took the daughters of men (humans) for wives and had children, thus "giants were on the earth in those days"

6:5-7
•God saw that man was wicked - including their hearts
•It grieved God that he had made and he decided he must destroy man and the animals he had created 

Note: Twice it says "and it repented the lord" that he had made man, "it repenteth me that I have made them." - The earths evil was so great, that God wish he hadn't created man or animal alike.

6:8-9
•Noah, (one of the two men who walked with God) found grace in God's eyes

6:11-13
•Flesh had corrupted the earth
•God told Noah he was going to destroy all flesh with the earth

6:14-16
•God instructs Noah to build an ark and even how to build it

6:17-22
•God says he is going to bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh - everything in the earth will die
•God allows Noah, his family, and two of every animal, male and female, to enter the ark to live

Note: Verse 18, "But with thee will I establish my covenant ;" this is the first time "covenant" is used
Covenant: a contract, or a binding promise
God is giving his word to Noah that he will protect him and his family

Chapter 7

7:1
•God found Noah righteous - why he was chosen to live in the ark
God

7:4
•It will rain for 40 days and 40 nights - killing everything on the earth

7:13
•Noah, his wife, his three sons, their wives, and two of every animal entered the ark

7:19-24
•The water grew and covered all the earth, including the mountains
•All flesh that moved upon the earth died
•Only Noah and they that were with him in the ark remained alive

Chapter 8

8:1-5
•God remembered Noah and everything that was with him in the ark
•God stopped the rain and the water began to decrease
•The ark rested on Mount Ararat

8:6-14
•On the 40th day, Noah sent out a dove to see if the water on the earth was gone
•The dove returned - the water was still on the earth
•Noah waited seven days and sent forth the dove yet again
•That evening, the dove returned with an olive leaf, the water was no longer on the earth
•Noah waited another seven days, let the dove out once more, and when the dove did not return, Noah opened the ark, and the land was dry.

8:15-19
•God allowed Noah, his family, and all the living things from the ark to enter out upon the earth, and to multiply the earth.

8:20-22
•Noah built an altar unto the Lord, where he took of every clean beast and fowl, and sacrificed them unto the Lord.
•The Lord was grateful, and said unto himself, that he would not again curse the ground for man's sake.

 The end.

Of the first 8 chapters anyways. Only 42 more to go!

What did we learn?

We learned of the descendants of Adam, all the way down to Noah. We learned of the flood, what caused the flood, and who survived the flood. We also learned of when the flood ended, and how life was, again, brought to the earth.

Lesson: Noah found grace in the eye's of the lord, and because Noah obeyed God, he lived. 



"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:"
Ephesians 2:8

Tomorrow, we will read of God's covenant, the shame of Noah, and the failure of man. (Maybe more!

-M











 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Starting in Genesis.

Good morning! If you read my post yesterday, than you know we are reading through the Bible starting in the first book, Genesis. Most of us have probably already read the book of Genesis, but I am OCD and want to start at the beginning. I will provide my notes for you along the way and hope you will join in!

I understand reading all 66 books of the Bible is a hard task to tackle, but if we do it together, make it fun, and hold each other accountable, it will bring so much joy to our lives. Not to mention, we will have a better understanding of God's word, and our walk with Him will be closer than ever!

Materials needed:
  • Bible - I use the KJV, I understand some prefer other versions as the KJV can be difficult to understand, however, I personally want my understanding to come from God, not man's interpretation. (This is just my personal opinion, I am not saying there is a right and a wrong here.)
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Highlighters
Let's begin!

What does Genesis mean? It means "beginnings" of course!  (You probably could have guessed that, huh?!)

Genesis is the book of beginnings. We learn the beginning of creation, the fall of man, the first sin, murder, death, the first time fear was felt, establishing of the nations, and salvation...(to name a few).

First though, let's start in the first 4 chapters.

Yesterday, I read chapters 1-4. As I am reading, I like to take notes summarizing the scriptures, as well as record my understanding of them, but please study how you feel most comfortable.

Here's what I have:

Genesis 1:1-19
  • God created the earth
Genesis 1:20-22
  • God created the sea creatures, as well as the flying creatures
Genesis 1:24-25
  • God created the animals of the earth - living creatures: cattle, creeping thing, beast
Genesis 1:26-30
  • God created man - in his image
  • He gave them dominion over everything on earth
  • He commanded them to be fruitful and to multiply (have babies!)
Chapter 2

Genesis 2:2-3
  • God rested from his work on the 7th day and made this day holy
Genesis 2:4-25
  • These next scriptures are not chronological like the previous chapter but are more of an elaboration of creation
Genesis 2:7
  • This verse is an elaboration of 1:27 when God created man
  • God made man from the dust of the ground and breathed life into him - he became a living soul
Genesis 2:8-14
  • God created the Garden of Eden
Genesis 2:15-17
  • God placed the man he had created in the Garden of Eden, and forbid him to eat from the tree of knowledge
Genesis 2:18-20
  • God did not want Adam (man) to be alone
  • God gave Adam the living creatures and Adam named them - Adam was still alone however
Genesis 2:21-25
  • God created a women for Adam - formed from his rib
  • 24: the beginning of marriage
Chapter 3

In this chapter we see the first sin, as well as the fall, and curse, of man.

Genesis 3:1-6
  • Satan (the serpent) tempts Eve (women) to eat from the forbidden tree of knowledge
  • Eve eats from the tree and convinces Adam to eat as well
Genesis 3:7-13
  • Adam and Eve's eyes were open - they now saw good and evil
  • God confronts them - they hide in fear
  • Note: verse 10: this is the first time fear is mentioned in the Bible "and I was afraid"
  • 9-10: God questions them of their actions, expecting them to take personal responsibility, however, we see pride in their answers. Eve places the blame on the serpent - Adam says: "the women who thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree" - Adam is not only blaming Eve, but blaming God as well.
Genesis 3:15
  • This is a hard one! What is your interpretation of this verse?
  • The verse before this, God is cursing the serpent - and he is still speaking to the serpent here
  • What does enmity mean? Hatred.
Genesis 3:16-19
  • For what Eve has done, women will now experience suffering during childbirth
  • Husbands shall rule over their wives
  • The land Adam once had dominion over will now bring him suffering as he tries to control it
  • 19: We understand man must now die - just as man was made from dust, to the dust man will return
Genesis 3:22-24
  • We understand now that man is no longer in union with God - because of sin
Chapter 4

The first sons of Adam and Eve, as well as the first murder

Genesis 4:1-5
  • Eve bares two sons: Cain and Abel
  • Cain, the eldest son, was a "tiller" of the ground (farmer), who brought fruit offerings unto God, but did not find respect in God's eyes
  • Abel, the youngest, was a shepherd who also brought offerings to God, and God respected his offerings
  • Why does God respect Abel's offerings but not Cain's? Perhaps because Abel is offering something greater. He offers God the first born and fattest of his flock, this would cost him greatly, but he wants to give God his best. Cain, however, only offers God fruit, which isn't described as being the first or the best.
  • This angered Cain
Genesis 4:8
  • The first murder takes place in this scripture
  • Cain slew (murdered) his brother, Abel
Genesis 4:10-16
  • God curses Cain as a wonderer and fugitive of the earth
  • Another curse to a man because of sin
Genesis  4:17-22
  • These scriptures reveal Cain having a son, Enoch, and begin the history of Cain's descendants
Genesis 4:25-26
  • Adam and Eve bare another son, Seth
  • 25: Note: could this verse be referring to verse 15 of chapter 3? "For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew."   
Summary: We now have learned the beginning of the earth, fear, and pride, as well as the creation of man, the first sin, the fall of man, the curse of man, and the first murder. Side note: we also now understand why childbirth is so awful...thanks Eve!

We have learned of Adam and Eve, their two sons, Cain and Abel, Cain's wife, his son Enoch, as well as a long list of descendants of Cain. We also learned at the end of chapter 4 that Adam and Eve bore another son, Seth.

Yay! We have successfully made it through the first 4 chapters of the Bible! (Insert happy dance here!)

This is just the beginning...literally.

Tonight, let's try to tackle a few of the next chapters and meet here for another discussion tomorrow!

Remember, "The Bible is meant to be bread for daily use, not cake for special occasions."

I want to be a witness of God's love, but how can I do that if I do not know his word?

-M






Wednesday, February 24, 2016

We Must Read His Word To Know His Voice.

We follow along as the preacher reads from the Bible on Sunday's. We look up an occasional verse for comfort, (or for reference). We look up scriptures to color in our Bible journals...but do we really dig in to God's word? Do we know His voice when he speaks? 

Sheep will not follow a strangers voice, but when their master calls, they will follow, because they know his voice. 

"And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers." John 10:4-5

Join me today as I begin studying God's word, starting in the first book of the Bible, Genesis. I will take notes along the way and share them with you all here, on my blog. 

If you care to join me, share your findings as well! 

Distance yourself from the world, open your bible, and listen to what God has to say. 

-M 




Friday, February 12, 2016

Finding Joy in the Midst


Finding joy in the midst of the hustle and bustle of everyday life is easier said than done. Whether you are a wife, a mother, a student, work, or stay at home, life is stressful. We often turn to the world to bring us pleasure, in hope that it will satisfy our anxiety filled hearts. We think the more we have, the happier we will be. The more we go out with our friends, the less we will feel lonely. The more successful we are, the better we are. We are always looking for ways to quench our appetite for euphoria. But are we really looking in the right places? 

As a mother, wife, and full time student, I often find myself struggling to stay joyous. I get so overwhelmed with life, that I lose sight of where happiness truly comes from. I lose sight of the One person who is actually able to cure my anxious heart.

Friends are very important, and yes, we can poor our hearts out to them and they will listen, but this won't bring us long term joy. Of course we feel all bubbly inside when we buy a new toy, but when the new wears off, we are no longer satisfied. And while being successful does bring us a certain amount of happiness, what if we suddenly lost it all? Would we still be happy? If we lost our friends, our worldly possessions, our money, would we still have joy in our hearts?

If your joy doesn't come from the lord, than the answer is no.

The thief cometh not, but to steal, kill, and destroy. The devil would love nothing more than to rob us of our joy. Don't give him your victory. Your victory comes from above! Your victory comes from the one that will provide you with a peace that surpasses all understanding.

When you have reached your breaking point, cry out to God. Remember, "they that sow in tears shall reap in joy." When you are lost and don't know where to turn, turn to His word.
-Psalm 126:5



Remember, the world will only provide joy for a time, but joy in the Lord, will last forever.

When your kids drive you to the edge of your sanity, and you feel you have failed as a mother, remember, God has given us grace. The same grace he shows us, as adults, show to your children. God must think highly of you to have you bare such a miracle. If he thinks you are capable, you are.


When your marriage is in a slump and you feel there is no hope, remember, weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning. "When there is no hope, there is grace. When you feel too weak to stand, let the blood take your place." -The Dunaways 

When work or school seems too much to bare, remember, God will never put more on you than you can handle. Put your faith and trust in Him, and he will not forsake you. 


When I find my heart is troubled, I go to the rock that is higher than I. I take my cares to Him, and he provides me the with the ultimate peace.

Lord, when life becomes too much for us to bare, please give us strength to endure. When our hearts are overwhelmed, please fill them with peace and comfort. Help us not to be overcome with everyday annoyances, but to instead exhort the grace that you shed upon us. Please Lord, help us to find joy in the midst of the journey of life.