Today is the book Bomb!

March 25, 2008

Do Hard Things - Amazon Book Bomb

Go pre-order your copy of Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations!

Written by Alex and Brett Harris, this book carries a message the teenagers of this generation desperately need to hear.  Natasha and I have ordered our’s today. The goal is to spread the message further by getting it as high as we can on Amazon’s Top 100. It’s currently #25!

Soli Deo Gloria!

 ~~Bethany

Why I haven’t been writing

March 18, 2008

I’m so sorry to my 23 readers that I have nothing to share. I recently left the church I spent my entire life at. All of my best friends, including Natasha, are still there. I, however, am not. It was a nasty ending which isn’t over yet. I haven’t had the heart nor inspiration to write anything yet. I will. But for now, I need to get through this trial. I’ll update and write when I can and I’m planning on doing some book reviews on Stop Dating the Church by Joshua Harris and Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye?by Carolyn McCulley.

If you’d like to hear me write about anything, comment here and I’ll try and do so! I would love to hear any feedback or ideas. I’d appreciate it greatly, as I still enjoy to write. Tell me what you’d like to see more of–or less of–and I’ll see what I can do.

~~Bethany

Do Hard Things Book Bomb

March 12, 2008

Do Hard Things - Amazon Book Bomb

I couldn’t be more thrilled for Do Hard Things to come out! I plan on joining in. Do you?

Music

March 5, 2008

Music has a huge influence on this generation. The mood, the sounds, the lyrics, and the artist himself are all ingredients into what kind of influence the music you listen to has on you. How can we be affected by this?

When we listen to a song, the attitude, the words, and the atmosphere the song produces is being put into our minds. How does it make us feel? Proud or humbled? Rebellious? (And rebellious against what?)

What does the music you listen to on a consistent basis say about what you believe? What you’re living for? Your interests, desires, and dreams? Does it shout, “God is my life! He is my everything! He is the most important thing to me!” If you knew Jesus were to come and look at your playlist on your iPod or check out your CD collection, what would He see? Would He be disappointed in your choices or rejoicing?

Secular music is not bad, in and of itself. It all comes down to the content and the artist. Whether we liek to admit it or not, both of these things is going to affect us in one way or another. Thoughts, ideas, and attitudes will be poured into us. They will penetrate our heart and our mind. What is our music causing us to think? Is it causing us to think pure, or better yet, God glorifying thoughts?

Bethany

Announcement

March 3, 2008

After one year, our dear Natasha has moved on from Something Greater. We will desperately miss her thoughts and writing (especially me!) but she has good reasons. For one, she is in the middle of a very busy season of her life. In the midst of keeping up in homeschooling, college classes, church, friendships, and eating, she does not have enough time to devote to this blog. I know this blog was important to her, but I know God has incredible things in store for this amazing girl.

Although we’ll miss her very much, I will still be here and will keep on running this blog until I know God is calling me to other things. Perhaps one day she’ll join us here in our bakery again or maybe we’ll get a visit or two. Until then, His grace is sufficient!

What do you want to see here? What do you want to see written about? Are you looking for more resources? Let me know and I’ll do what I can!

Bethany

Faith

March 3, 2008

Last night, I did something I don’t usually do. I listened to my iPod just before falling asleep. After turning on maybe only 2 songs, I realized that this would not helo me fall asleep nor relax, since ever 3 minutes and 45 seconds I’d have to change the song to the one I wanted to listen to at that very moment. Instead, I chose a sermon an faith. I chose it because I’m going through a paticularly difficult time. Though I remember only a little of what I heard, one line paticularly stuck out to me:

Your faith in God has everything to do with how you veiw His character.

And then I realized it: my veiw of God had been so small. In the beginning of this trial, I felt confident that God was strong enough and powerful enough to change the circumstances. But now, I have lost hope in that idea and accepted my circumstances, and therefore falling into an apathy, a complacency, a numbness. Subconciously, I had lost faith that God could “do immeasureably more than all we could ask or imagine“. Though I wouldn’t admit it outwardly, inwardly I knew it was true. I knew He was powerful enough in the same way I know that the sky is blue. But on days that are gray, filled with clouds and storms of doubt and pain, it’s hard for my heart to believe it.

The truth is, God is powerful enough. And He is strong enough. There is not one thing He doesn’t know, not one detail that He has overlooked. He is still Lord–Master–over all. He is almighty, all-knowingall sufficient. He has sustained me and is continuing to do so. He is all I need. Even if my circumstances have changed, He has not, and my identity in Him has not changed either. I am still saved by grace through faith. i am still healed by His wounds. I am still redeemed. He is still my something greater.

What is your veiw of God like? Is it what it should be?

Patience

February 29, 2008

I hate to wait. Who doesn’t? Who really wants to wait minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades, or centuries for the one thing they’ve been looking forward to? Not me. Uh-uh, no way.

But usually, God says otherwise.

In a generation of convenience, we become continually shocked at the amount of time we spend waiting. Whether it is for food in a restraunt or a man in our love lives, we want it, and we want it now. For me, I am waiting for a number of things from God: a new church, direction for the future, and a husband. I woke up this morning with the last bit clear in my mind. Yet only could I pray, “Help me to be patient!”

Psalm 27:14
Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage;wait for the LORD!

Psalm 37:34
Wait for the LORD and keep his way,and he will exalt you to inherit the land;you will look on when the wicked are cut off.

Psalm 39:7
And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.

Psalm 130:5
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,and in his word I hope;

Isaiah 40:30-31
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
   and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
   they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
   they shall walk and not faint.

Micah 7:7
But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation;my God will hear me.

So from these verses, we can learn the following:

  • Look to the Lord in all things
  • Wait for the Lord to work as He pleases
  • Trust Him and that His plan is good and wise and righteous
  • Remember that God hears our prayers
  • Remember that He is our salvation
  • Remember that our hope is in Him
  • Let your heart take courage in the Lord.

~Bethany

Is there Something Greater?

February 12, 2008

I was browsing the web today when I came upon C.J. Mahaney’s post on the Super Bowl. Within this excellent post, I found the following quote by Tom Brady, quarterback of three Super Bowl championships:

Why do I have three Super Bowl rings and still think there’s something greater out there for me? I mean, maybe a lot of people would say, ‘Hey man, this is what is.’ I reached my goal, my dream, my life. I think, ‘God, it’s got to be more than this.’ I mean this isn’t, this can’t be, what it’s all cracked up to be.

Wow. Friends, when we stand before God to be judged, all of our awards, our superb popularity, our money, great marriage, talent, collections, all we had done on earth, means nothing. I once heard a missionary say something like this: We must always look at things in the light of eternity. It is fine to value and love things. But not to the extent that it means everything to us, that it is what we live for and would even die for. If anything is being put before God, you are not living for Him alone.

I struggle with this every day, from the moment I awaken to the moment I fall asleep. I am constantly battling against my priorities.

What about you? What do you live for?

2 Things That Can Help- CL&R-OM: Part 3

January 28, 2008

Following are two thing I’ve found that can help you guard your heart.

The first is : Don’t let your friends be “Emma’s.” If you don’t know, Emma (in Jane Austen’s “Emma”) convinced her friend that a certain young gentleman was in love with her. She smooth talked so much that her poor friend was convinced Mr. So &So was in love with her- when really he was in love with Emma.

There’s also an Emma in Heather Paulsen’s Book “Emotional Purity”. Emma is just like the Emma in Emma (Okay, these Emma’s are confusing me!) except modern day. She encourages Tracy that a man (Mike) really likes her- when it turns out that Mike had a girlfriend.

Are you an Emma? I know in my close knit circle of friends its easy for us all to be Emma’s. We love each other; and as such we want each other to find love. (After all, if there’s hope for one there’s hope for all!) But its not very loving to encourage others on, even in jest, that the one they like may like them too. It doesn’t help them; it hinders them. Even if you think your best friend would be “just perfect” with the cute pastor’s son- don’t say so. And, don’t say so to other people either. I know its fun to pair up people (Matchmaker, matchmaker…!) but it can easily be gossip; and if it gets back to the original person it can cause them to think “Oh, huh. I never thought of it that way- but Billy and I would be great together!”

The 2nd thing I’ve found to help is “crush fasting”. Stay away from him! I know when you like someone you really truly want to be with them. I face this battle every Sunday and Wednesday- to walk that way or not. To move a little closer to that group of people- or not. Its so hard; but it is better to stay away. If the Lord wills, He will come seek you out. Its much more biblical to have the man pursue you than to go chasing after him. So stay away! Talk to other young ladies, get to know the older people in your church, immerse yourself in playing with children- anything to not go chasing after him.

Basically, the less time we spend with the guy, the easier it is to not think of him. It doesn’t take care of the things you may imagine; but it does take care of going over events in your mind. No fuel for the fire, persay.

Keep on keeping on in the fight to stay focused on the Lord and guard your heart. There are blessings in store!

Proverbs 14:1

January 28, 2008

The wise woman builds her house, 
but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
Proverbs 14:1

I was having my quiet time this morning (the first in many days, sadly.) and I realized that there is so much wisdom can be learned from this verse! Not only do we have the capability to tear down the homes we share with our parents, siblings, and other people in our life, but we can also be simultaneously tearing down the home we will one day share with our husbands and children (Lord willing, of course.)

We can tear our houses down quickly and easily. One that comes to mind is by our speech. When we grumble, complain, slander, gossip, hurt, lie, falsely accuse, unrighteously argue, or use language that does not honor God, we are tearing our house down. We can also fail to be faithful in our promises, avoid housework, and not spend time with God.

However, we can build our houses up just as quickly and easily. We can love (See 1 Corinthians 13 for a complete list on how to show love), bless others, serve others, obey our parents, be joyful in all circumstances, practice humility, spending time with God, doing our chores and housework, and worshipping God. However, this list is unlimited! Just open God’s Word and you will find that there are endless ways to build up our homes for the glory of God.

This was convicting for me, as just minutes before had my mother asked me to put a huge stack of dishes in the dishwasher and hand clean some as well. Usually, we do not have so many dishes to do at one time. But alas, I became very lazy this weekend and am determined to start off this week right. So I decided to spend time in the Word to get my heart right. Immediately was I convicted as I began to read today’s verses (I studied Proverbs 14:1-3).

As you go about your day today, remember to build up your house, not tear it down.

Bethany