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.