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Questions for the Heart

April 11, 2008

The ladies at Beauty from the Heart typed up some very good questions yesterday. I encourage you to think and pray through each one.

  • Do you act out of obedience to Christ and a passion for His glory–or your own?
  • How do you spend your time?
  • How much of your time per day is spent chatting with friends (online, on the phone or in person)?
  • How much of your time per day is spent daily in conversation with family members?
  • How much of your time is spent daily speaking to God?
  • How often do you meditate on the Cross? (Once a day? Once a week? Once a year?)
  • Do you set time aside every day for prayer and Bible study?
  • Do you try to faithfully obey God in public and at home?
  • Do you ask God for the grace to help you obey consistently?
  • What people, books, movies, etc. influence you the most?
  • Do you read books, watch movies, or listen to music that does not encourage your walk with Christ? Do you think this is wise?
  • Are your friends fellow Christians who are seeking after godliness? Or do they encourage you in gossip and ungodly thoughts?
  • If so, do you also join in that gossip and allow those thoughts to dominate your mind?
  • What are your main spheres of influence?
  • What steps could you take to become a stronger influence of a Christ-like attitude to friends, siblings, neighbors, relatives, etc.?
  • Do you actively serve in your community?
  • When making decisions, do you consider how they affect others?
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Postage and Bloggage

March 27, 2008

Due to writer’s block, I don’t have anything I’ve written to share. However, I thought I’d share three of my favorite posts from the large circle of blogs I read. If you have any other favorites, please share in the comments.

  • To Say, I Have Known God
    Alex and Brett have done it again. I love this post and go back to it continually because it so vividly and Biblically expresses what it actually means to know God. One can have all sorts of knowledge of God. But that doesn’t mean they know Him as one knows their best friend. Alex reminds us that we must persevere, even if it is hard.
  • Serving
    I like this post from the girls at ModesTeen because it is so practical! Just because I am young does not mean serving is out of the question. A short but sweet post, these darling sisters in Christ remind us that we have a mission field of opportunities to serve the Lord by serving others.
  • Content But Not Complete- Part Four
    This article by Jeannie Castleberry really cleared up my head on the issue of longing for a husband while still being content! You can see all of her posts in this series in this category, along with others on the subject of contentment.

 Enjoy!

An Excellent Post

December 19, 2007

Jenny from Tea Party Girl has just posted on her blog in which she brings a sweet truth to mind: men and women truly do have different roles and gifts God has given them, married or not. I’m thankful for her post and decided to share it with those of you who regularly visit- it’s a worthwhile read!

Bethany

For the Beauty of the Earth

November 30, 2007

Today, in the beautiful town that we live in it is raining. And ladies, for California, this is rain- real rain. By no means a thunderstorm, but it is cold, “dreary”, water is coming from the sky; and for this drought laden town, it is a beautiful thing. Recently, I was given a cape. A beautiful cape- black, with red satin lining and fur on the edge of the hood. It was made in England, and I had promised myself on to wear in until it finally rained. However, tonight I am going to a 16th birthday for a dear friend, and I had highly considered going back on my self made promise. Imagine my delight when this morning I woke up to hear rain puttering down the metal rain gutter! My joy runneth over- no pun intended!

Which brings me to something I had been contemplating. I had been deeply thinking about why I believe in biblical womanhood. Why am I not a feminist, or at least, less complimentarian than I am? Why do I plan on staying at home, at least when married? Why is it a battle for me to make the crucial decision of whether to go to college or not? Why do I (usually) not mind being different? Why?

Its because it is so beautiful. I came to that conclusion while visiting Mr. Phillip’s blog on the Vision Forum website. I saw the little girls from the Faith and Freedom tour playing in beautiful clothing. I saw the little boys that have their little guns and other manly playtoys. I see the girls my age at their father’s and brother’s sides- cheering them on, preparing to be a helpmeet. I see the young men close to my age- and I think of how that is the type of man I wish to marry one day. Not a rough, video-game playing, potato chip eating, slothfull boy. (!) I wish to marry a young man- one who has spent his teen years doing hard things for the glory of God. And I think of how that young man will desire a young woman like the one I desire to be.

Let me not be mistaken. I admire Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin, the Vision Forum group, and others not because being like them will get me a good husband! No. While marriage may be what God has in store for me, He also has so much more. A husband is not the “final result”. Children are not either. Being seen as virtuous and beautiful are not either. Being virtuous and beautiful is not either. It is to bring glory to God.

 To me, being truly beautiful ( in character, personality, and appearance) is one of the ways God wants me to bring glory to Him. He has created so much beauty in the world. Sin has marred it, but restoring true beauty is part of sanctification. Not becoming sinless, but striving to sin less. I try to think of something pure, something we consider beautiful; and what comes to mind is snowflakes. Not when they hit the ground, but when they are still falling. And that is what I feel called to strive to become- like a snowflake. Without sin ruining its apppearance.

Not every one leads a set apart life; many don’t even try. But the life like those that I previously mentioned lead, a set apart life, is truly a beautiful life. And that is why I feel drawn to it. I believe that a set apart life adds to the beauty of the earth.

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.
For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon and stars of light,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
Pleasures pure and undefiled,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For each perfect gift of thine,
To our race so freely given,
Graces human and divine,
Flowers of earth and buds of heaven,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For thy Church which evermore
Lifteth holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore
Her pure sacrifice of love,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise

A Couple of Upcoming Posts!

September 5, 2007

Bethany here! I’ve decided to let you all know about two of my upcoming posts, and to let you know that Natasha has been busy but she will post again very soon! I’m excited to hear her thoughts.

The two articles I’m currently working on are:

  • Using His Time Wisely- A Different Perspective of Laziness
  • Modesty- And the Lack Thereof

Soli Deo Gloria!!

Bethanh

Two New Articles Coming Up!!

August 13, 2007
  •  Is Your God Big Enough? An article on the controversy and vision of stay-at-home daughters.
  • Superheroes: The Inner Desire for God

-Bethany