Thursday, December 27, 2012

HERO album release..

I have only been following +Gabriel Hudelson on Google+  for a few months and frankly I don't know much about him. The only thing I am sure of is that he is an amazing artist/composer. Today his fourth album is being released. Just wanted to let you all know that. You can preview and buy his new CD on his website: 

Thank You for sharing this with all of us Gabriel! 
God Bless You and I hope his wonderful music blesses you!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Let's hop over to "My Journey Thru"...

So, I was reading posts from my friends that I haven't read in a while mainly because of college. I thought this post was amazing, so I'm going to share it with all of you. May it bless you as it blessed me. :-) 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Have a very Merry Christmas!

The hustle and bustle throughout the streets..the candles shinning in windows..the music flowing through the house...the smell of christmas dinner being cooked on the stove..the warm fire to lay/sit near..the laughter and smiles being passed around the room..the glittering snow that covers the trees outside..

All those things are nice and probably light up the whole house with a warm, homey glow. It makes everyone feel right at home. But, that is not the reason why we celebrate christmas every single year with all our families. JESUS is the true reason we celebrate Christmas. It's his birth into a lowly manger so that he could die for our sins; that's the real reason. Sometimes with all the things going on we forget that...and I don't want that happeneing this year. And I'm pretty sure you wouldn't want to forget that either. May God bless you and your families this year! 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
~ Isaiah 9:6

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A little thought and inspiration for my followers...

      This quote talks about what a young man should look at in a girl, but I also think it says something about how a young woman should act and portray herself. I think every girl is beautiful, in her own way, it's the way God made her...and God always makes things beautiful. It shouldn't be a question of how she looks, but how she acts and makes others feel. 
I esteem to be a girl who can make a young man love by how I live, not by how I look. 

"Delight yourselves in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart." - Psalm 37:4

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

What are YOU thankful for?

  I'm so thankful for everything I have; my family, my friends (far and near, new and old), my house (that still has some branches of a tree on it), wonderful food, God's word, and sooo much more. The thing I am most thankful for is for my Saviour, Jesus Christ. He is so merciful and faithful. I'm thankful for his infinite and unfailing love, and his grace. He is always there for me, to guide and protect me. You can leave a comment and tell me something that you're thankful for...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Woman of Character...

Ever since I was a little girl, I've dreamed of being a woman of grace, like the "Proverbs 31 woman." It's almost as if it's been instilled into me, because it's become a greater desire. I try my best, and sometimes I get dissapointed because I know that I did something wrong.  
Somethings, like honoring my husband, isn't completed yet, but even though he doesn't exist as my husband yet I still pray daily for him. I pray that he grows deeper with God everyday and that his heart is prepared to help me stand stronger with the Lord. 
I know the Lord is with me and that I will become the woman he wants me to be, even if it's not a perfect Proverbs 31 example; I'll still be a woman of character, molded by Gods characteristics! 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Hurricane Sandy..a true show of God's power!

     Long Island was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. There wasn't much rain, but the wind alone caused a devastating amount of damage. I am so thankful that my immediate family only lost power for two days, but compared to others that was nothing. Our neighbors tree fell on his house and their was definitely structral damage. Trees still litter the streets along with downed telephone poles. Others lost all their belonging due to flood waters over 5 feet high. The sewers were flooded and are finally working again. Over 500,000 still don't have power, including some street lights. The newest problem is that gas stations are running out of gas, nd for the stations that still have, there are lines that go for miles. I never in my life dreamed of seeing such a sad sight. The local news is so devestating, that I can't watch it without sheading tears for some of the people. God showed his power during this storm and he's showing it in the cleanup efforts. Please keep praying, it will be a few weeks or even a few months, till eveything goes back to normal around here. (If you'd like to hear more stories or how the relief is going you can contact me at

Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Warrior's Heart

     I never really was interested in Lacrosse. I always loved going outside to shoot hoops or throw the ball or even kick the ball, all while attempting to keep the balls in our backyard. During the summer when we were younger me and my siblings were always outside playing sports. 
     I was watching some movie trailers, when I stumbled upon a movie called A Warrior's Heart. I looked at what it was about and I thought it wouldn't be that good, but it was really good. It's about a lacrosse player and...well maybe I shouldn't tell you what its about. You should find out for yourself. I recommend this movie to everyone (it's rated PG), it's a movie made for a family movie night. 

(this is the full moie, right from youtube if it's not in your library or any place you get your movies from)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

God is with you ALWAYS.

I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while. I've been busy with college classes. I just finished the first tests in almost all of my classes. Since its the first semester of my second year I started hospital clinicals. The first two classes we had a partner with us while we took care of our patient. This coming Wednesday we take care of our patient all by ourselves, which will make me a little nervous. 
Pray for me in this coming week and during the rest of the semester!
A new thing that I've started this year is that I put a bible verse on every notebook/binder for my classes. If i get nervous or intimidated with the amount of work (believe me its a a lot), I can always refer to those verses and then I never have to be afraid. 
In the bible God wrote "Do not fear.." 365  times, once for every day. I find that very encouraging and comforting. I'm so thankful that God is with us all the time and is mindful enough to tell us not to fear anything. God Bless all of you.

How to Face Fear: 10 Bible Verses To Inspire Courage

For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Bless The Lord..

Our voices filled the empty building with such a sweet sound, a sound only made by those in total communion with God. We were singing like we never had. The room was filled with over 50 teenagers, from all different states and churches, but it sounded like it was one voice going right up to Jesus. "Still my soul will sing your praise unending, ten thousand years and then forevermore.."

Saturday, September 8, 2012

A Sophomore..once again.

This is the second time in my life that I'm a sophomore. I'm excited to learn new things as I jump into nursing head on. I start this year of college with three hard classes - Patho, Pharm, and the first off-campus clinical. I have lots of studying and memorizing to do, but with God's help I'll get through it. On all of my notebooks I've pasted a verse to remind me of God's constant presence during troubled times. I would appreciate if you would pray for me during this semester. Thank you!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Frame it! Friday!

Not really from this week, but I'd like to share this anyway. My family is going on vacation to the finger lakes. I would love if everyone prayed for us as we travel and have a great time in God's creation. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A post to think about..from LYWB.

The Real Deal: What True Womanhood Is All About

Have you ever thought about what it means to be a young woman? I'm not talking about a young woman the way the world defines it, but the way God does. After all, He created women, so He should know!
This summer I spent a weekend searching God's Word for the answer, as I'd been asked to give a talk to some teens on "biblical womanhood." Last week I shared part of that message with you—how true womanhood is not being a Mix & Match Girl, Marathon Girl, or Monument Girl.
Today, I'd like to share with you what a true woman is. These are the three bottom-line answers I arrived at. For starters, let's get this clear: true biblical womanhood is about so much more than the length of your shorts or how long you had your quiet time this morning or the way you interact with guys. Don't get me wrong—dressing modestly and reading the Bible and interacting with guys with purity are all important—but it's possible to do all these things and miss the main point entirely.

1. Biblical womanhood starts in the heart. I remember the day, years ago, when this truth hit me. I wrote in my journal:
I wonder if my most precious possession is my heart. I have never really considered that. God is always talking about Israel's hearts as the thing He desires them to obey Him in and to surrender to Him. And in Proverbs 4:23 it says, "Guard your heart, for out of it flow the wellsprings of life." And God says love Me with all your heart in Deuteronomy 6:5. God most definitely wants my heart. I don't think I've ever given Him my heart: my emotions and longings.
How about you? Would God say about you, "She honors me with her lips, but her heart is far from me"? If so, would you give Him your heart today? That most precious part of you?
Something I've learned the hard way is that God won't be satisfied with part of us or most of us. He wants all of us, beginning with our heart. And biblical womanhood doesn't start on the outside, but works from the inside out.

2. True biblical womanhood flows out of a personal, growing relationship with King Jesus.
Second Corinthians 3:18 tells us that the way we change is by looking at Jesus:We all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.
So the important question is, how do we look at Jesus? Simple. In His Word, the Bible. I love it when Jesus says to the uber-religious guys, "You search the Scriptures because in them you think you have life, but you do not know that they point to me." And in Luke 24:27, Jesus is on the road with two men and it says, "And beginning with Moses [the author of the first five books of the Bible] and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself."
So the question is, are you spending time every day looking at Jesus in His Word? Listening to His voice? Building a relationship with Him—like you would with anyone else—by spending time with Him, just you two? He is the only one with the power to transform you from the inside out into a fully alive woman.

3. A biblical woman says, "Yes, Lord" in every area of her life.
How can a woman say "no" to her self and "yes" to the Spirit of God? That's hard! There's really only one way: because she knows Him, so she trusts Him.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, is a great example of this. Did you know she was probably just a young teen when she said, "Yes, Lord"? You may know the story. An angel appeared to Mary and told her she would have a son—while she was still a virgin!—and that he would be the Son of God.
Her response: "How will this be, since I am a virgin? . . . Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." It was a very scary assignment that meant moving away from those she loved, having her reputation tainted, and having "the sword of sorrow" pierce her heart when her beloved Son died on the cross. But it was also the most exciting, greatest honor. Yes, one that would mean "death" to her in so many ways, but one that would ultimately bring life to billions!
What has the Lord assigned to you right now? Are you resisting Him or saying, "Yes, Lord"?
Okay, now it's your turn. How would you describe what it looks like to be the kind of young woman God designed you to be?

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Youth Retreat #1

Just two days ago me and my siblings came back from a youth retreat. We had an amazing time and we even have pictures to prove that! God really met us this year. We had lessons on Revival and prayer (I'll write more on the lessons sometime soon).

~ This is a link that show pictures that were taken (scroll down till you see the links under "Youth Retreat") :
~ A bit of camp history and such (just click ENTER) :

This song was the unofficial theme song of the retreat. We were always singing it, even when we weren't in meeting. What a blessing it was to all of us. May it bless you too. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Forgiveness ~ Sometimes it's doing the impossible

  This video was brought to my attention this afternoon by my beloved twin sister, and it's been on my heart to share it with all those who look at or follow my blog. May we all forgive even the worst of people, who like this man killed a daughter and sister. 

A trip to "Lies Young Women Believe"...

   The recent topic on L.Y.W.B. has been very interesting. And I don't just mean the actual post, but the comments too.  I am going to put three links below, for the latest three posts. You may have a look and feel free to comment! May the Lord bless you..

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Healing Rain ~ Let us Pray for it!

   This is the worst drought in the USA since the mid-50's. Over 50% of the country is in drought conditions and the rest is considered "unusually dry." I live in New York, so I haven't been hit with drought conditions, but I still pray for rain. This morning on Klove Radio the three hosts stopped the music they had been playing and took a minute or so to have everyone close their eyes (unless you were driving) and they prayed for the people who needed rain, mostly central USA. It felt so good praying for hundreds who I didn't know, but had one thing in common.
    1 Samuel 12:18 says: "Then Samuel called on the Lord, and that same day the Lord sent thunder and rain. So all the people stood in awe of the Lord and of Samuel." Let us all pray that today is the end of the drought. And if not today, then let us keep praying each and every day. God Bless All!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The heat!

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. The beginning of July is always busy because our moms birthday is on the third and then we celebrate with family on the fourth. The heat wave has also taken time. We have to water the flowers everyday more than usual. Thanks for being patient!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Flag Day ~ June 14, 2012

 The Star Spangled Banner 
By: Francis Scott Key (1814)

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! Thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

     I didn't get to post anything yesterday, but I don't want to forget to post something for flag day (which was yesterday). Usually I only hear the first verse or so when someone sings the national anthem, but I decided to post all four verses. We have the full song in our church hymn book because we do sing the national anthem the Sunday after the 4th of July. We should all keep praying for our nation, for we all need prayer!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Joyfulness with a side of Laughter...

    There are rarely days in which I don't laugh. I smile all the time, with happiness in my wake. The rest of my family may not be as bubbly as me, but they do know how to laugh and smile too. 
    It is a rainy day here in West Hempstead and it's not going to get better, for there is a storm predicted. At three pm we all gather together at the dinning room table to have a drink and a small snack, which is usually a piece of fruit. Today my mom and brother were at the table doing some logic puzzles from a puzzle book. Before five minutes had passed everyone was involved in helping them finish. Everyone was smiling. It was so delightful to look around and see them so happy. The weather could be as downcast as it wanted to be, but the happy mood could not be broken. 
    The Lord has been so gracious and good to everyone in my family this past year. It's been great being eighteen (what a blessing to live another year...)! The Lord has been with me in the past year and I am glad that I have been able to grow more like him.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


"Practice makes perfect" is a thing I was told a lot when I was growing up, especially when I was busy preparing for a performance with my violin. I hated when people said that and I would always say: "It will never be perfect!" (probably walking away as I said it..). Sometimes I wish that I could help solve everyone's problems, but I know that can never be done. I'm not perfect and I know that I lack the perfection in order to do that. But I still wish...especially when the person is hurting.
Below is a poem I saw on the internet a few days ago I love the ending, it's so true! 

A Perfect Christian
You could count on a perfect Christian
To always be gentle and humble,
To be immune to sin,
And never, ever stumble.

He’d study and remember
All of God’s commands;
He’d be trustworthy, moral and honest;
You’d know just where he stands.

With others, she’d be in harmony;
She’d never lose her cool;
Forgiving and forgetting,
Following the Golden Rule.

He’d surrender his life to God,
Full of joy and peace,
Free of stress and worry…
Perfect, pure release.

She’d lift up everyone,
Full of sweet compassion,
Free of worldly wants,
Ignoring worldly fashion.

But we can’t ever be perfect,
So we always need to pray
for the strength to do our best
to love God and obey.

By Joanna Fuchs

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

France - 10 day vacation

Today at 6:20pm EST the plane will lift off from America and a few hours later will land in France. A group of 41 people (college aged and professors) will be on that plane.
Me and my sister will be part of that group.
I've never been to Europe before, so I'm really excited. I am so thankful that God allowed me and my sister to have a chance to go overseas. This is a pleasure trip that we are taking with the Honors freshman at Molloy
Your prayers would be appreciated: Thank you!
(I will take pictures and maybe post a few on this blog when I get back)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

God's Garden!

Today there was beautiful weather here on Long Island. Not a cloud in the sky blocked the wonderful warm sun. The birds chirp joyfully and clatter around on the bird feeders at the far end of our backyard. Since I couldn't do justice describing the beauty around me, I took pictures and decided to post them for all of you to see. God has truly blessed us with a wonderful start to our garden, so I give him praise for that. Thank you Lord!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Thank you, Lord

    School has finally finished and I have successfully completed my first year if college. The Lord has certainly helped me and kept me throughout the hard times. I want to thank all of those who were praying for me: THANK YOU! 
    You would think that I would have lots of time to write new posts, but that is not the case yet. Me and my twin sister are going to France next Wednesday, the 23rd of May. We are so excited to be going. The Honors program at our college offers this trip to all of the honors students, and me and my sister chose to go. A lot of our new friends are also going so it will be fun. Although we have made many new friends, most aren't Christians. I would be grateful if you would pray for all of them. 
   Me and my twin sister joined the christian group at our college and became friends with everyone there, but only two from that group of about twenty will be going with us to France (most are not freshman, so they went last year on the trip to France if they are in the Honors Program). 
    Again, thank you for your constant prayers. I will be praying for all of those who view this blog. 
    May God Bless You and Keep You, Julie Waldvogel 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

"Be still And Know"

This is a great video that I got from a should all watch it...the pictures are great as well! 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

An Amazing Post that EVERYONE should read (Male or Female)!

Take a few minutes from what you're doing right now, click the link below, and read this
              wonderful post! It definitely touched my heart, may it also bless you.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Prayer ~ In troubled times.

This week I officially finished my second semester of college.
Next week I have finals in 4 of my 6 classes, I would be grateful if you would pray for me.
Thank you all for your constant prayers...
Two verses come to my mind, as I looked to the Lord for help: 
Psalm 46:1 = "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble"
Ephesians 6:10 = "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power"
If you have any verses or words of encouragement for me, you may leave me a comment below!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

God is our Guide and Strength..for each new day!

God will make a way 
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me
He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength
For each new day
He will make a way
He will make a way

By a roadway in the wilderness
He'll lead me
And rivers in the desert will I see
Heaven and earth will fade
But His Word will still remain
He will do something new today
Lyrics by: Don Moen

The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. ~ Isaiah 58:11

Monday, March 26, 2012

One of Gods creatures - Strength

Have you ever watched a horse run along a sandy beach, it's muscular legs kicking up the loose sand? What about seeing a herd of wild horses gallop through inches of soft snow? Have you ever stood next to a horse to hear it breath and to feel the soft touch of its muzzle on your shoulder?

     I can't say yes to all these questions, sadly. Horses have been my favorite animal since I was a little girl. I remember watching horse movies one after another. There were times when I would gallop around the house like I was riding a wild steed, that I could supposedly train. (what a dream, right?) 
      Then my dream of riding a real horse came true when I entered third grade. We took riding lessons for about a year and a half. They were some of the most memorable and exciting days of my life. I rode a horse named Presley, a handsome chestnut with a black mane. The riding lesson price soon went up so high, that we stopped our lessons. We've ridden horses on vacations too. We went to Chincoteague to see the ponies there, and we also met the grandson of the owner of Misty. 
     I think that the thing that always drew me to horses was the grace and strength they showed. They run so smoothly, and show no fear. God made them to show us that we should be like them. We should never show fear toward Satan and his plans to lure us away from God. All horses know their owners voice, whether man or just God. We should always heed to our masters call no matter how hard it is for us to get to him. 
 “Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane? Do you make it leap like a locust, striking terror with its proud snorting? It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength, and charges into the fray. It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; it does not shy away from the sword. The quiver rattles against its side, along with the flashing spear and lance. In frenzied excitement it eats up the ground; it cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds."  ~ Job 39:19-24 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Springtime: An awakening

Lily Of the Valley
Spring is my favorite time of the year! Everything wakes up from the long winter slumber. It is truly a fresh start for everything and everyone. The birds once again start there beautiful relaxing songs that go from the early morning hours till the sun sets in glorious colors. The trees and bushes start to grow their blossoms, some poking their heads out of the thawing ground toward the sun. Blooming cherry blossom trees are my favorite trees to see during the early spring. The sun shines, casting rays of sun through treetops. Those sun rays remind me of God's light on us from heaven. Spring also reminds me of God's promise to Abraham, that he would never completely destroy the earth in a flood ever again. Cardinals move with the colder weather and soon are gone from the trees. Blue jays and various warblers come to adorn our trees once again. 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Knowing You, Jesus by Graham Kendrick

I was at a retreat this past weekend and I just wanted to share this song that we sang!

All I once held dear, built my life upon,
All this world reveres and wars to own,
All I once thought gain I have counted loss,
Spent and worthless now compared to this.

Knowing You, Jesus, knowing You
There is no greater thing.
You're my all, You're the best,
You're my joy, my righteousness,
And I love You Lord

Verse 2:
Now my heart's desire is to know You more,
To be found in You and known as Yours,
To possess by faith what I could not earn,
 All surpassing gift of righteousness.

Oh to know the power of Your risen life 
And to know You in Your sufferings;
To become like You in Your death, my Lord,
So with You to live and never die.

Friday, March 2, 2012

A Father and His Child..

She liked verses 9-11 the best,
 but knew the whole psalm by heart!
Last Friday I was helping, in the hospital where I volunteer and I saw a welcoming and beautiful thing taking place. A father and his young son were inside a hospital room, sitting next to a bed with a frail woman, probably the wife and mother. They were reading a book, and when I went over to ask if they needed anything, it amazed me to see that they were reading the best book in the world, the bible! I ended up talking to them a little and they told me that the woman was indeed the woman belonged to them. She had been the christian and now both son and father had excepted the Lord, just about three months ago. It made me so happy and I smiled, and it made the woman smile too. The little boy likes the stories of 1 and 2 Kings with all the battles and he even liked the story of Job. He kept asking his dad questions, and sometimes they required a simple answer, but the dad was so patient, and would answer them without being frustrated. It made me think of the love God has for us, even when we don't completely understand the things he tells us. They were reading from Psalm 42, the woman's favorite. She recited it, as they read along and what a beautiful harmony it made! The scene made me remember the times when I had sat on my dad's lap and looked on as he read the bible to us. I probably won't see them ever again (the woman was let out earlier in the week), but they did make an impression on me and I wanted to share that with all of you.  

"The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress."
~ Psalm 46: 7 or 11 (they are the same), NIV

Monday, February 6, 2012

Prayer Is Powerful!

   Prayer is a very powerful weapon and tool. Satan doesn't like when we pray to God to come and help us, because he knows that God will help us. Prayer can change lives or heal the most chronic of diseases.
   I am currently reading a book called "No Longer A Slumdog". It's about the children of Asia who are at the bottom of the social status pyramid. Even though discrimination is prohibited, it is still happening. There are police officers always around, but if they were to protect the dalits (the lowest of the social status) they may get in trouble by the more powerful ranks. The children are going hungry and most will always be in debt to the people they work for. They can't go to school because they are poor, they don't know how to play because they are expected to work, and they are in need of Jesus because they don't go to church or have religious freedom.
    Most of the stories have happy endings because the man who wrote the book has started a school for the dalits. The learn of Jesus as they progress in the program. There are still lots of children in the streets and slums of Asia that need our prayers. Lets keep them in our daily prayers!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Modesty: Not Just Something On The Outside

Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness. 1 Timothy 2:9-10
The dictionary defines modesty as the quality of being modest; freedom from vanity, boastfulness, etc. I think that it is a great definition, but it is missing something. Modesty is not just a description for the outside of your body, but also the inside; your heart. Actually, modesty is a matter of the heart completely. Outer modesty comes from what you value and store up in your heart. You reflect God's love and reserve when you dress with modesty. When I get dressed in the morning I look in the mirror and ask myself if God would approve of what I am wearing. We should all be asking that question and we should also be asking if our heart is in the right place, so that we can let God shine through us.  

Friday, January 20, 2012

Our Help and Safety in times of Trouble…

     God will always be right by our side, even in the worst times. One of my favorite names that describes Jesus is omnipresent. In the dictionary that I have at home the definition is all-enveloping, which is exactly what God is. He is always around us, enveloping us in his strong arms. Psalm 121 is a cry of help and sometimes we make it our own, because we may be afraid or unsure of what is going to happen. It also assures us that God is always there for us.
     This psalm starts with a question, and right away it is answered. “I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth (verses 1and 2)” The psalmist looked up toward the top of a mountain and asked who would help him. Mountains are extremely tall and can be intimidating, especially if you are at the bottom. He was answered with a wonderful response. The Lord, who made the earth (which includes mountains) and heavens, will help him.
     Verses 3 and 4 are my favorite verses of this chapter. Some people think that God sleeps and that’s the reason why we have trouble in our lives. They have it all wrong! God is NEVER asleep, not matter what happens. God tests our faith, but only up to what we can handle. He will always provide a way for us to run back to him. If we fail those tests, he doesn't just throw us away, he draws us back to him in an even more real way than before.
     Protection is another way of God conveying his love toward us.We don’t have to worry about anything. He watches us at night, when we sleep, and during the day, as we go about our work. We just have keep out eyes fixed on him through all trials. God will keep us from all harm. He knows exactly what we are going to do every day and he will make sure that we are safe from all fatal blows. This psalm is full of assurance of our safety along life’s dangerous road.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” - Isaiah 41:10

Friday, January 13, 2012

A Creator Like No Other...

    Hiking is one of my favorite things to do during the summer/spring/autumn months. It's not about getting to the top and getting praised for going so high, but about examining Gods creation. One of my favorite things to do on the top of a mountain is to look down and take pictures of the wonderful scenery below. Looking down makes me think of how beautiful the view must be from heaven. Since God put so much beauty around us, than how much more will he put beauty into our creation. 

Pink Dogwood trees line one of the streets close to mine. When the spring comes the tree blooms and then they shed the flowers later in the fall. The petals fall to the ground and cover the street and sidewalk. It looks beautiful, like an aisle ready for a bride to walk down. God has given us so many beautiful things to look at and we should be thankful for them. This year I want to be more thankful for what God has given me...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Another Giveaway for all to enter into..

There is a blog that I follow that is hosting a giveaway and you may all go to the website and enter to win. Thank you Bethany and Johanna for hosting giveaways. Lord bless everyone!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Another Year With God..

As we start the new year we should all thank God for giving us such a great year last year. I know that I have grown closer to God this past year, and all of you have helped me draw closer to him. I pray that God will give me another year to draw closer to him and to grow in my faith. God is faithful and will always be at our sides to help guide us.  May he also bless you as you go on into the new year! 

1 Peter 4:7-8 = "The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so
 that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.