Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Standards FOR A (man)

Standards FOR A(man)
Is there a list of which we hold in our minds of the qualifications we want in our husband? We don’t want to waste our precious time playing the guessing game wondering if this person holds biblical standards for what God has determined to be the man we need in our lives.


While some people base their “maybe” husbands off looks, and how much money he makes, God has placed essential characteristics that our potential husbands are to be.


In Titus 2 we are given the characteristics, which we are to look for in a man. That the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience.” Wow that’s a lot! Let’s break this down. The first characteristic given word sober, let the men be “thoughtful,” in contrast with thoughtfulness of careless youth. The men we need should be mindful of our needs and wants, as in him being the one to take charge in your relationship’s spiritual growth, sure we all want the flowers and surprises but God doesn’t say that is a necessity. Moving on, reverent, to be quietly earnest in his emotions, to be respectful to all people, more like being able to bite his tongue when he would like to give someone a piece of his mind.


Now this word is a big deal when it comes to men, temperate; SELF CONTROLLED, the biblical man should be self-restrained, sexually, mentally, emotionally and with his tongue. We don’t want our husband to be wanting other women, nor do we want them to be looking at them in an un-pure manner when walking in a store, a christian man should make an effort to control his thoughts about other woman out of respect that, that woman is not his wife. Lastly we of course we should all be aware that our husbands should be strong in their faith, strong in love, and strong in patience. We as ladies in Christ should be looking for men who actively pursue and practice these characteristics, does he have to be perfect? Of course not. We are all learning and growing.

However, in order to marry a man of this nature, what do we as Christian ladies need to be, for these Christian men?  Next week we will find out:)

Friday, December 11, 2015

I Face No Fear

I Face No Fear
Hey Everybody!  I know I've procrastinated for... well, a long time, but I've finally decided that it's time for me to blog for the first time in my life.  Anyways, tonight I was sitting around the dinner table with my family just finishing dinner.  We had finished up our daily round of ask about each other's day when we had started talking about the issues going around the world today and as you would expect with the mass shootings and problems we as Christians are facing, it wasn't a fun talk.  Actually, it was down-right depressing looking back on how far this nation has turned their back on God.  My brother brought up an interesting fact saying how it's almost like God is showing us how much we need him.  Of course I thought about the book in the Bible Hosea (which, any of my church friends will tell you that it is one of my favorite books) and 11:7-11:
My people are determined to turn from me.
    Even though they call me God Most High,
    I will by no means exalt them.
“How can I give you up, Ephraim?
    How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I treat you like Admah?
    How can I make you like Zeboyim?
My heart is changed within me;
    all my compassion is aroused.
I will not carry out my fierce anger,
    nor will I devastate Ephraim again.
For I am God, and not a man
    the Holy One among you.
    I will not come against their cities.
10 They will follow the Lord;
    he will roar like a lion.
When he roars,
    his children will come trembling from the west.
11 They will come from Egypt,
    trembling like sparrows,
    from Assyria, fluttering like doves.
I will settle them in their homes,”
    declares the Lord.
If you've read Hosea, you can see that Israel was facing problems worshipping different gods.  Like my brother said, we are facing the exact problems, but anybody can tell that we have turned our back to God and instead turned to worldly luxuries and now have a fear of offending people. The end Hosea shows Israel turned back and we can see that God is always with us.  The funny thing is, my family was reading our daily devotion preparing for Christmas with the book, "Waiting for You" by: Louie Giglio and the devotion had perfectly matched what we were just talking about.  The reading was Psalm 27:1-6:
The Lord is my light and my salvation
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked advance against me
    to devour[a] me,
it is my enemies and my foes
    who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
    my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
    even then I will be confident.
One thing I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
    he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
    and set me high upon a rock.
Then my head will be exalted
    above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
    I will sing and make music to the Lord.
How relevant!  It was like God spoke to me and said, "Here I Am".  What a wonderful God we have, to know that even when we are facing terrible events in the world, God is there and he is on our side!  It also said that if this war takes us down, let me live in heaven and let me shout and sing praises to you.  Isn't it amazing to know that through all things God stands by us!!
Here's 2 songs that I found that's lyrics really inspired me:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5bLvVjJ4MA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zEiiZi2DKk
-Hannah (12/11/2015)

The Little Things

https://youtu.be/lejrmjom698 <--- WATCH FIRST  This video has a great over all lesson to learn.



 When building a house, does it magically appear? Or do construction workers come early in the morning and stay late into the night to build the house step by step? When one turns 16, does he/she's parents give them a car? Some might, but would they if one had no permit, no driving experience, maybe didn't even know how to turn the car on? Most likely not! Its the same with how our parents gradually give us privileges, God had gradually built the men and woman in the Bible to do the work  necessary for His will. 
     Everyone had to start somewhere, David had to trust God was with Him when fighting the GIANT, Moses had gone way out of his comfort zone to deliver a message, because God was faithful in His plans. The way God worked way way way way back then isn't how He goes about it now, God doest speak through burning bushes any more, therefore we must seek more to hear the Holy Spirit guide and teach us. We as Christians are to stay faithful with all the small tasks, to get ready for the BIG ones. God will use the ones who seek His will.  He has a great purpose for everyone's life. We must truly be thankful for the stories, teachings and answers God provided in His word.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

CHALLENGE


It’s been awhile since I’ve written to you all, I apologize volleyball had taken up most of my writing time. Something I was recently challenged with was reading the Bible every day, before I even start my day. Instead of rolling over to look at Instagram, Facebook, snapchat, or twitter in the morning, I would grab my Bible and read; starting in Romans. 

In order do to this all you really have to do is grab you Bible app or even better grab your Bible, there’s something about holding and flipping through the Bible itself that you can't get from a digital version. Open up any book, if you need direction start in Romans 1 read the whole chapter, highlight a verse that touched your heart instantly as you read it, and then pray but wait don’t pray for yourself pray for someone else. How can reading the Bible get any easier?!

You don’t need to read the whole Bible in one sitting, no need to do a long devotion and write your thoughts, just read one chapter, highlight, and pray. I promise you, the first morning you do this you will feel as though God put wings on you, feeling refreshed, feeling as though God just smiled upon you. Sure there will be verses that make you feel as though you have messed up big time! There will also be times when you think you’ve done some good things, no matter how you feel the Bible will always say God loves you and will never leave you. It’s important that when you come across those verses you learn from them and be willing to teach those who will listen whether that be mom, dad, brother, sister, grandpa, and grandma. Everyone is important to the Lord. With this challenge comes support, we want to hear from you, tell us how you felt after you woke up and filled your mind with the holy words of God. Your not alone. 1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your ANXIETIES on HIM, because HE cares for YOU”

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

"You are the only Bible some unbelievers will ever read." -Unknown

This quote has inspired me to write this post. I don't want to put pressure on you, but people are always watching what you do and how you act, especially unbelievers. They will keep a close eye on you and watch what you do better than your momma will. If you follow the Bible and walk the talk and are happy doing it, people will notice and say "Hey, I want what he/she has. I want to be as happy as they are." I know its a lot harder than it looks being in high school. Temptations seem to follow you around and never loosen their grip on you, but if you say a prayer to the good Lord above, I'm sure he will help you through the temptations.  We need to also go out and spread the Word, like the quote said we are the only Bible some people will ever read, which is why we need to read our Bibles so that if people do have questions we ready to have answers. I've been asked a very hard question by an unbeliever and because I hadn't studied my Bible then like I do now I didn't know how to answer. Sure I answered it to the best of my abilities but I feel that if I studied more and knew more I would have been able to answer that question even better than what I had and the person asking the question would've gotten a better blessing than what he received. I know you can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?


                                                                                                                            -McKenna


Monday, October 26, 2015

Why?

"Why God, why would God cause this in my life!? Im not gonna believe in you anymore!"   Yes this really happened to a girl I attend school with who lost her father due to a unfortunate car accident at a very young age. She did indeed tell me this and did exactly that, stopped believing.  I asked her saying "How can you stop believing so quickly and just give up?" to which she replied "I don't believe in a God who takes away people's lives"  I couldn't reply, for what she had said truly gotten ahold of me. Why do we believe in a God who really takes people's lives?   Now, I can give a description of a perfect god to man, he would always get me what I want and let me say anything I want, at anytime I want to, but that's exactly what the problem is: "I".  I is a very strong word, when you think of it, you think of "me" this is "my" writing after all. You think of what you have accomplished and you say, "Hey! This is what I have done, look what I have achieved".  With the letter "I" comes selfishness and pride, with enough of it eventually becomes inconsiderate and greediness.  Aren't you glad that our God has no trace of selfishness or greed in his being?  Aren't you glad that He is God not just some "Convenient" one, He doesn't have to adjust to our needs, we have to adjust to His.  So ask yourself, "Are you adjusted to Gods standards?"

Mckenzie Street

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

God's Blessings

                  Hey guys!! This is Mikayla blogging for this week, so bare with me. I'm new use to doing this kind of thing. When I was younger, in the summers, our cousins from Asheville, Hannah and Nathaniel would come up for a week. Let me tell you we had a ball!! Everyday we would go outside and play until there was no more daylight. And one morning out of that week, Mamaw would make homemade pancakes. She would call it Endless Pancake Day, we would eat and eat until we thought we would POP!! 

When  our grandparents were building a new driveway, we put six huge boulders next to it. We each claimed one as our own. My brother got the biggest of the boulders. We all would climb on our rock and sit and talk. Behind my brother's rock were big vines. We would swing down into the forest and play there.  At the end of everyday, before we would go to bed, my Papaw would make us all sit down in the living room and say prayer. As he was praying I would look up and look at each one of my family members and think, "I am so blessed to have such a good Christian family." God has truly blessed me beyond compare, I deserve nothing of this. so go hug you family members today tell them that you love them, for you would be nothing without them. And with out them, you would find life hardly worth living. God Bless!!

-Mikayla

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Proverbs 31 Woman

        Have you heard the term “Proverbs 31 Woman?”  If so, do you know what it really means? Often people throw this title around loosely, however it should be well understood before using it to label any woman.  God has given us a picture of what a godly woman is to be in her home.  The example of the Proverbs 31 woman gives us women a picture of how we should provide care and help to our husbands, her motherly role in the family, and the value God places in her for fearing the Lord.

        The Proverbs 31 woman is noble and is clothed with dignity and strength. Dignity means belonging to a hereditary class with high social or political status, this woman is dignified in her home, she is strong in the Lord (Proverbs 31:10; 25)

        The wife is to bring good, not harm all the days of her life (Proverbs 31:12). You should bring happiness and encouragement to your family everyday, this pleases the Lord. The man of the house, the husband is to be respected by his wife and the family (Proverbs 31:23). We all know how hard it is to listen to authority when we think we’re right, however the woman in Proverbs 31 should be in submission to her husband's authority; obeying him is most important as long as it is pleasing to the Lord.

        Her motherly role in the house is to make the meals as a woman is supposed to do just as it was back in the Bible times.  This is a dying trait of many women today. You are to make wise decisions about the use of your time, making sure you are being self sacrificing and tending to the needs of your family. The mother trains her children in the way of the Lord, to praise Him for everything; good or bad.

        God has placed high value on women, this is displayed in His word within this particular passage in Proverbs 31. This woman, she is more precious then rubies (Proverbs 31:10). Her fear of the Lord is to be praised (Proverbs 31:30). Whatever she does is to be honored and her works are to bring praise to the Lord. Know your works are to praise and glorify the Lord; they are not to praise your family.

        Being a mother or wife with these characteristics, is not easy nor does it come naturally.  Being willing to set this standard as a goal, and making daily improvements will make a big difference over a woman's lifetime. The importance of this woman is given to us by God, when He says in Proverbs, she is strong in the Lord, she submits to her husband, and her main priority is her home.

-MK

Monday, September 14, 2015

APPLE BUTTER

       OK, I don't know if any of our readers know, but me and my sisters are from the south.  In a very small community in the mountains of North Carolina to be exact, its where our dear Betty Ann, founder of this wonderful website is from, so we might use southern language in our writings. Anyway, what I'm going to talk about today is listening closely to your parents and grandparents because they have words and stories that tell lessons about God and bringing the family closer. Now I will always have a story that will go along with the lessons that I will try to teach our readers and this one takes place years ago. 

        I was maybe 6 or 7, all the family and cousins were up and we planned to make apple butter the next morning.  We all went bed excited and eager to get up early the next morning because apple butter took all day to make. Our cousins and us girls had spent the night with our Maw and Paw, and I still remember being the first one up shaking my cousins and sisters awake (of course Maw and Paw had already been awake a few hours helping to start the fire up in the upper cow pasture where we would make the apple butter). We were so excited we didn't even bother eating breakfast.

        We usually make apple butter towards the end of Fall, so it was pretty cold that morning. So here we go wrapped up in big winter jackets, scarves, gloves and winter caps walking up to the upper cow pasture still wiping sleep from our eyes and fighting off yawns. Finally we made it, the big black pot sitting on an open fire, the wooden ladle laying on the frostbitten ground not far from the pot. My Great Aunt Dolores was sitting in a chair peeling apples, cutting them and throwing them in the pot. There's a specific kind of apple you use to make apple butter but its been so long ago that I can't hardly remember what kind we used nor do I remember how to make it. I just remember throwing rocks at my cousins (I don't know why, I guess I thought it was fun seeing my cousins wince as the small pebble landed on their arm) then running as they took off after me with a much bigger rock hauled over their heads. I also can recall climbing up the treehouse and constantly asking Dolores when the apple butter will be done because it took so long to make, 8 hours I think it was. 

        But what I remember most was the older ones telling stories of their childhood, laughing at the ones that were funny and crying as they revisited old memories of lost loved ones. Talking about how blessed we were and what God has done for our family. I'm always thanking him for the family he has given me and how blessed I am to be born with parents that have taught me between what's right and what's wrong, even when I'm punished I still thank Him. God gives you family that shapes who you are today. Listen to their stories for they have traveled paths that we have yet to walk. Take advice from them, and pray for them. Prayers are always greatly appreciated. And always pray to God for whatever you need. Pray.


-McKenna

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Practice What you Preach

When sitting in church or talking with a friend, have you ever said or thought “Practice What 

You Preach”? I know I have so many times! It’s so easy to say the right things to someone else but

applying the same things to your life is harder and we ourselves think were better than others. God’s

Word says in James 1:22 “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” We hear

preachers preaching and teachers teaching, but do we ourselves teach without being taught? One

example of this is loving one another, as Christians we are to love, as God loved us. You may know of

someone who you don’t really like or you’re not mean to them but you don’t “love” them like you

should. We all know what I’m talking about, well this week I challenge you to love that one person who

you think is weird or annoying and I will do the same, everyone has someone who they can love more

and be nicer to. Do something that would make the Lord happy, we live for Him first and foremost.

Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore we eat or drink or whatsoever we do, do all to the Glory to God” 

         With love and care 

          -MK

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Introdution to Me and My Sisters: McKenna, MiKayla and Mckenzie

This is all very new to me and my sisters.... I don't think any of us has done a blog before (not to mention writing isn't one of our best skills) but once we heard that this was for God, we were in right away. At any given chance to brag and thank Him for all the blessings he has given me, I will take it. But first allow me to introduce ourselves...(drum roll please).... This is me and my sisters' blog and we're triplets! Crazy right?! A lot of people around here find that hard to believe, whenever we're in public people are constantly asking "Are you all sisters?" to which we would reply at the same time "Yes, we're triplets." And then they would freak out and marvel at us like we're a two headed calf. One guy at Subway even took a step back, eyes wide, mouth agape and whispered to himself "Did I take my medicine this morning?" I didn't know if he was being serious or not so I just ignored him and continued ordering my sandwich. After the freak out has passed and they've calmed down a little bit they would ask us our names, I would reply "My name is McKenna." And my other 2 sisters would introduce themselves as MiKayla and Mckenzie. (Kayla is insisting that I tell you that she is the oldest by one minute, so here it is... Kayla is older by one minute.) We are sharing our blog, so each blog will be written by a different sister. This blog is being written by me! McKenna, although I shorten it Kenna. God has blessed me with my sisters (sometimes a very annoying blessing) but a blessing none the less. We have a close relationship so we hardly ever keep secrets from each other. I can still remember our whispered conversations in the middle of the night when none of us can sleep (We share a bedroom) talking about what the preacher's sermon had each meant to us and what we thought God was trying to tell us. And then the conversation would turn to more girly matters and our small bedroom at the time was filled with the sound of small 12-year-olds giggling, sometimes to the point where Momma or Daddy would open the door and give us a scolding at 2 AM. I should probably stop droning on and on about mine and my sisters' adventures, there's plenty of time for that later. :) I hope you all will enjoy reading our adventures and all the lessons God and my family has given to us.


                         -McKenna

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Welcome to our page!

Hello everyone, this is Kate,

Ms. Betty, the founder of Alaska Christian Women's Ministry came to me a couple of months ago and asked if I would be willing to help start a page for teens that was written by teens. I love working with young ladies so the answer was a no-brainer for me, "Of course!" I responded.

While Ms. Betty was not expecting an answer right away, she insisted that I think about it for a little bit. As I began to think, the thoughts of what all we can do with this page came rushing in! It was so exciting to think that we can have a global movement of young women pursuing Christ and I wanted to be a part of that. I quickly got online and created the page.

We have an amazing team of writers for you here at Makarios who love to share their lives, their struggles, to encourage one another, and to ultimately help each other point to the one true God.

I am more than thrilled to start this adventure with you today and hope that you all benefit from what our lovely young ladies have to say.

With Love in Christ,
Kate