Posts Tagged ‘God’

Do Hard Things: The Book

April 15, 2008

I can’t be more thrilled. I’ve been waiting for this book for about a year. I’ve been waiting for a book like this for much longer.

Do Hard Things was released today. Since I preordered it, it shipped yesterday and is coming tomorrow! I can’t tell you how excited I am. This book carries a message that desperately needs to be heard throughout the Christian teenagers of this generation.

You can expect a reveiw very soon! I look forward to it so much, and hope to do it justice.

To learn more about Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris, visit www.TheRebelution.com.

Bethany

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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?

Stop Dating the Church: The Reveiw

April 9, 2008

Title: Stop Dating the Church: Fall in Love with the Family of God
Author: Joshua Harris
Topic: Church and Christianity
Age appropriate: 13+
Rating: 10/10

Joshua Harris, I am convinced, is brilliant. He expressed so many Biblical points within a tiny little book, Stop Dating the Church. He covered so many important topics, from the reason why we should be committed to a local church, to the importance of humility in leadership, and things to remember when choosing a church.

This book has been good for me, as I mentioned in my previous post, since I’m in the process of searching for a new church home. Mr. Harris expresses some very important points on what to look for in each church one visits. As soon as I could, I pulled out a pen and a notepad to copy these down and what he wrote about each of them.

One thing I paticularly enjoyed about this book is that while he made it relevant and understandable, Mr. Harris did not compromise the truth of the Word. Many authors do this today, but Mr. Harris wisely didn’t! Also, Biblical explanations were given for nearly every point he made. This is very important to me and I hope to others.

I recommend this book for all Christians. This book would be good for all Christians to read, no matter what you think about church. It’s also a good guide for those looking for a new church, as it beautifully explains that which is important in a church and that which is not.

Bethany

Singleness

April 9, 2008

I closed the book and sighed. I didn’t want to be single forever. And I didn’t want to prepare for it! My dreams were somewhere over the rainbow, just waiting to happen. They contained a prince, a wedding, and a happily ever after. Sounds like the perfect Disney movie, no? The author, of course, was dead on. Singleness truly is a gift. But I didn’t want to admit it! I felt much more comfortable reading books that told girls to prepare for marriage, to save their hearts for their future husbands. But acknowledging that I may not have that happily ever after? No. That was not for me.

 I picked that book up again a few months later, still with an unwilling heart. I didn’t finish it that time either. I didn’t want to admit that singleness for the rest of my life could be a good thing. After all, why would I want to live alone with no husband to love me? Why would I want to have an empty house with not children running about? The idea seemed better for others who were more content and had their minds anywhere but marriage.

A year later, I was babysitting and while the kids were occupied with other things, I decided to read. And as I read a completely different book on a completely different subject, it hit me: If I was single for the rest of my life, it would be o.k. I would have things to do. I thought about the single women I knew and realized that they fill their time with serving, ministry, spending time with younger girls, hanging out with their families, and so many other spectacular things. It just clicked. It wouldn’t be so bad after all.

I firmly believe that we are not married from birth for a reason. We need time to, most importantly, grow in the Lord, as well as to learn how to care for a home, husband, and family. It takes time to change habits that would run dear ole’ Hubby out the window!  I know I am certainly not ready, spiritually, mentally, physically (I am such a weak young lady! It’s hard to screw in a light bulb sometimes!), and practically. I have so much to learn! And even though we wouldn’t like to admit it, the majority of us young women are not ready to get married. Again and again I am astounded at the wisdom God had when He designed the time of singleness. It is not meant to waste away, wishing and hoping and sitting around doing nothing. It is a time of purpose.

During the time we are single, we have so many opportunities to serve in our families, in our homes in general, in our churches, in our community, and in the world itself. We are not “tied down” by having a family and home to care for (Although every young woman’s circumstance and family may be different, so this may not always be the case.) Therefore, we may have much more time to commit to various forms of ministry and learning. There is much we cannot do when we have children that we can do now. For instance, I want to go on a few short-term mission trips before I have kids, Lord willing. I know it’d be an amazing time of growth and serving. It’d be far more difficult to do when I have little pipsqueaks running around my messy house (And I say that affectionately!)

While this knowledge may not always be a comfort when we feel lonely, at least we can know that this time was created by God and for a purpose. We must remember that God is good, He is in control, He is sovereign, and He knows. He is working all things together for the good of those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28).

Only those lonely rainy–or not so rainy–nights, I like to read books or articles that talk about our life in Christ– growing and glorifying Him. Some great examples are Knowing God by J.I. Packer, Heaven by Randy Alcorn, and Loving God with All Your Mind by Elizabeth George. I also prefer to listen to music that glorifies Him. Songs like these can be found through Sovereign Grace Music (My favorite CD is Songs for the Cross Centered Life). Sometimes, calling up a friend just to talk or busying one’s self with family can help us to focus more on Christ and growing in Him.

{{Discussion}}

  • What do you to focus more on Christ in times of loneliness?
  • What “comforts” you?
  • What are you spending your single years doing? What are your plans and desires to fulfill, Lord willing, before marriage?
  • Do you have any thoughts you’d like to share with us on the subject?

 Love,

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?