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”