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