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“And Do Not Be Conformed to the World”

“And Do Not Be Conformed to the World”

SCR398-S-01My life verse for 2016 is Romans 12:2…

 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

The Lord has clearly presented this verse to me time and time again this year in many forms. As the year has moved along, I have been pondering how to truly live this verse out.

This verse tells us we are transformed by the renewing of our mind. I believe this means meditating on God’s Word and searching out what he has to say about how we are to live our lives. As Christians, I think that sometimes we do not even realize we are “copying” the world’s standards. We MUST learn to respond to the culture through a biblical worldview in all areas of our lives. We need to be influencing the world, not copying it.

I encourage you to dig deep into God’s Word. Seek out how he wants you to live. What do the Scriptures say about being a woman? How are we to act? What is God’s definition modesty? Who are we truly created to be? The answers you find will not be “politically correct”, however, you will discover exactly who He created you to be!

Here are a just few verses to get you started…

Titus 2:2-5 Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

1 Peter 3:1-2 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct.

Proverbs 14:1 The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.

Proverbs 31:20-21  She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. 

Proverbs 31:26  She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. 

1 Timothy 2:8-10I desire…that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.

 

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Pinterest and Reclaiming Beauty

Pinterest and Reclaiming Beauty

 

I have had a Pinterest account for a couple of years now. It sure is fun to “pin” lovely things on my “boards”. I have been so inspired by the creative ideas and how easily these ideas can be shared, but I have noticed something that worries me. Many young ladies I know are pinning dream homes, wedding ideas, lovely clothes and party ideas. But some of the “pins” are surprising such as fashion, makeup and movies that I hope they are not really considering watching or wearing. I am not sure that they really understand that what they are “pinning” is telling a story about who they are.

The following verses come to mind…

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” ~1 John 2:15 ~


 “likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. 

~1 Timothy 2:9 ~

Ladies, please be careful what you are looking at. Do not feed an appreciation for styles and trends that you should not wear or movies with characters that are of the “world”. Make sure your goal is to desire the things that are pleasing to the Lord.

Reclaiming Beauty Project

I would like to suggest that you check out the Reclaiming Beauty webinar. The Botkin sisters have done an excellent job defining true beauty with great tools and tips to figure out your personal style without compromising to the “worlds” standard. You can preview the first session for free!

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Butterflies!

Butterflies!

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 19: The Pavilion of Wings & Live Animal Presentation held at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum on July 19, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging) LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 19: The Pavilion of Wings & Live Animal Presentation held at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum on July 19, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

A few weeks ago I was asked to give a devotion for a Mother’s Day Luncheon for a group of women from my church. The theme of the luncheon was butterflies. As I began to do research on the butterfly, I was reminded of the amazing transformation that occurs in us as we become a new creation in Christ!

Among God’s most beautiful creatures, is the butterfly. How God can transform a caterpillar into to a chrysalis and then into a beautiful butterfly is simply miraculous.
Here are a few amazing facts about the butterfly which is a reminder of how intricately God made each of his creatures!

We all know that Caterpillars are transformed into beautiful butterflies.

But did you know that after the caterpillar builds a chrysalis around itself, it releases a chemical that turns its insides to mush. This mush is transformed into a brain, internal parts, a head, legs, and the wings of a butterfly.

The transformation  of a caterpillar into a butterfly is without a doubt, an amazing wonder.  But is just as amazing that we too are being transformed into something new as we daily walk with God.

2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

It is only by the grace of God, that he can take sinners and transform them into something beautiful.

Butterflies have predators!                                                                                               
As lovely as the butterfly is, there are other little creatures out there that prey on it. Wasps, birds, snakes, and frogs to name just a few.

When we have a new life in Christ, we have a predator too. Just like the butterfly needs to be aware of his surroundings and how its predators can attack him, Christians need to also be aware.

1 Peter 5:8 reminds us to

 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Butterflies Can See Ultraviolet Light!                                                                                     
Did you know that the butterfly has the ability to see things we humans cannot see? They have the ability to see ultraviolet light which helps to guide them so they can find nectar to drink.

As Christians we have a special eyesight as well. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can see things others don’t. We have the ability to see with the eyes of faith.

Matthew 17:20 tells us 

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Butterflies Need The Sun.                                                                                        
Butterflies can’t fly if their temperature is less than 86°  They cannot produce heat on their own and butterflies must rely on the sun to heat up their wings in order for them to move about. They have strong muscles but they can’t fly without the sun to warm their bodies first.

That is how we are as Christians. We cannot do things on our own. We need the “Son” (Jesus) to warm us as well. We don’t move along very well in our own strength. We have to rely on the Lord’s strength and guidance before we can accomplish anything.

Philippians 4:13  reminds us

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

As believers, we need to be constantly spending time with the God and listening to his voice before we move forward and take flight.

How do we hear the voice of God?

Romans 10:17 tells us

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

We hear his voice by hearing the Word of God preached. We hear his voice through mediation of His Word. We hear His voice through prayer. The more time we spend intimately with God and His Word, the easier it is to recognize His voice and His leading in our lives.

And just like the butterfly, he will transform us into something beautiful…a reflection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

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A New Season

A New Season

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Each year we experience four different seasons. Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. With each season comes new experience. As I think of my own life, I realize I have gone through a few seasons.

Spring ~ I was so young and enthusiastic. Life was ahead of me. I became a believer in Christ at the age of 18. A new beginning. I became a bride at the age of 21. Our life together was in the future and we were so excited to set out on our journey together! Their were ups and downs, excitement and disappointment. I now know that the pruning and growth of those days was necessary to get us where we are today. It is hard to believe that we celebrated 30 years of marriage last year!

Summer ~ My first child was born when I was 28. We waited so long for this baby. This season was so exciting. Experiencing life through a child’s eyes is a wonderful gift! We were blessed with another child  6 years later. Homeschooling adventures with two little boys were such sweet days. Now those little boys have grown into men. My youngest will graduate from high school in a few days and my homeschooling journey of the past 20 years has come to end.

Fall ~ I am now entering this season of my life. With this season comes changes and challenges. Over the years I have had a few woman in my life who have come along side of me and encourage me as a wife, mother, and sister in Christ. The sad truth is, their have only been a few. So as I enter this “season” I want to be that woman.

Winter ~ This season, Lord willing, is in my future. I want to seek out woman who are in that season and soak in their wisdom so I am prepared for what lies ahead.

My goal for this website help woman in every season of life to catch a vision of who God wants you to be. I want us all to find “Joy in the Journey”!

So in the spirit of Titus 2:3-5, here we go…

The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

 Titus 2:3-5

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