Wifey

I just got an extreme feeling of anxiety thinking about my future. A lot of my goals in life have changed over the course of four years, and what I want out of life.

I’ve changed from just wanting to be a teacher to wanting to be a sole homemaker. A question that I’ve had running through my head most lately is when and do I seriously want to get certified to be a teacher? Since I’m going to be getting married this year I will just be sub-teaching or something else. After that, I really don’t know if by then I’ll still want to get certified or do something else.

And becoming that sole homemaker has left me feeling anxious about what my goals have changed into. I don’t have a plan right now on what I’m going to do once I graduate in May. I have no idea what will come after subbing for a year.

Where will we stand in our marriage? When will we be ready to start a family? Should I go ahead and get certified so that I don’t have to do it at a later date, or should I pursue something else with my English degree? Should I write a book? Should I make something more of this blog?

But I guess everyone goes through this phase of anxiety of when we are going into real adulthood, where it is all of my decision of what happens with my life. And I just need to trust God that he will take care of me in struggles and successes. He will guide me to the right decisions that will lead me to the life that he wants me to have and for my family to have.

“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:”

– ‭‭1 John‬ ‭5:14‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.”

– ‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭16:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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Being a Woman of God: Part 2

Today lets talk about the characteristics that a Christian women should strive to have in her life. But even if you don’t consider yourself a Christian or a Godly woman, these characteristics will benefit you either way. These characteristics should represent how a woman presents herself to the public and in her daily life. These things will lead to a blessed life, and will also become strong characteristics of a great marriage.

  1. A Virtuous Woman – Proverbs 12:4 “A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.”

Proverbs 31:10 “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.”

2. A Trustworthy Woman – 1 Timothy 3:11 “Even so must their wives must be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.”

3. A Compassionate Woman – Proverbs 31:20 “She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.”

4. A Honest Woman – Proverbs 13:21 “Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.”

5. A Wise Woman – Proverbs 8:11 “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”

6. A Confident Woman – Ephesians 3: 11-12 “According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.”

7. A Woman who Honors Her Husband – Ephesians 5: 22, 25, 33 “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. … Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; … Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”

woman of god part two

Being a Woman of God

I am wanting to do this blog as a series of blogs on one topic – what a woman should strive to be like to be a woman of God, and how this will lead and help her through her life. With me becoming a wife soon, I thought this would be a good opportunity to do this study :).

Now we will just start off with the basics of what the foundation of your home should be. (I can thank the Bible App for doing short little lesson plans for this idea) We should have wisdom, specifically the knowledge of Gods’ way. With wisdom comes understanding and applying Gods principles correctly. All of this brings knowledge and having the skills to apply in areas of our lives. “Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”- Proverbs‬ ‭24:3-4

“And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman. And he said, Blessed be thou of the Lord, my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich. And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.” -‭‭Ruth‬ ‭3:9-11

Go On The Journey

IMG_0125My journey restarted on October 25th of 2016. This is the day that I reevaluated my life and decided it was time to change a lot of things. October 25th, it was a Tuesday night at about 8 p.m when I texted Zach, asked him a couple of questions to clarify myself, and told him I was ready to be baptized. I was certain. Now, I had been baptized back when I was 16, and I remember it happening a week after I had stood in front of that church and said that I wanted to be saved. A lot of emotions change in a week. I mean, thinking back on it now there is no way I had the same things going on in my mind that I did a week earlier. And since I questioned it now, it made me certain that it didn’t mean what I thought it meant then to me.

This time, I told Zach, he got everything together, and by about 9 p.m I was in Ozark at the church of Christ ready to be baptized that October night. The elders and a few of the regular people who attended welcomed me in and Zach baptized me into Christ’s church.

Everyone has there own time in their life when they feel that moment. I don’t feel like my moment was when I was 16 anymore; my moment to commit myself to God and his word was last year. I studied; I hadn’t sat down and studied the Bible when I was 16. I felt the moment so much more with information and emotion together when I made that choice that night. I didn’t know all of the expectations God had of me when I was 16. I didn’t fully grasp what I was getting myself into, and I may have changed my life for a couple of months but then I let it go. I didn’t stick with it. This last year I have learned so much about His story and His purpose, and my purpose.

I’m sharing this so that maybe you can look on your life and see if you need to reevaluate your choices that you have made. Are you making the right choices? “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.”- ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬. Are you surrounding yourself with the right people? “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.”- ‭‭John‬ ‭10:14‬ ‭KJV‬‬. Do you know what you need to do to welcome Christ into your life? “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”- ‭2 Timothy 2:15 KJV.

Acts 20:28 KJV – “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” I have so many things that I could put on here to encourage anyone, but then it would end up being an entire book, plus the entire Bible! If anyone ever has any questions, I am here, and if you aren’t the one to talk (like I was) you can always turn to a book called Muscle and a Shovel and study the Bible. It will teach you oh so much, and help you in any way that you need it to. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”-‭‭Matthew‬ ‭28:19-20‬‬

Confess, Repent, and be Baptized!

It’s Just a Day

When your day starts out perfect: you get ready early, leave the house on time, make it to class early AND it’s nice outside, and you think your day is just going to be great.

And then your day takes a turn for the worst.

Nice weather turns into walking in a soup outside. Your hair is no longer cooperating. Your cookies from the vending machine for your afternoon snack get stuck on the roll out thing, and you couldn’t get a refund.

Sinus headache decides to poke its head around the corner.

Arrive at your third class and one of your classmates asks if your ready for the midterm in the next class you have together, and you had completely forgot about it! Midterm turns out to be harder than any of you expected it to be… and the “Singin’ In The Rain” movie wouldn’t play for our film class.

And then I open my book “The Begging Place” and the part I start reading fits perfectly for today. In the first paragraph says, “Everybody has troubles. Even righteous Job said, ‘For man is born for trouble, as sparks fly upward’ (Job 5:7). In short, life is tough.” She goes on to talk about how “the Devil is loose” and he is causing a ruckus in her families life in the story she is telling, and I couldn’t relate more to her than at that moment. She reminded me that I need to give it all over to God and let him handle it. All my troubles should be cast on Him and I shouldn’t worry about them like I do and let them ruin my day.

“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you with all malice.” – Ephesians 4:31 KJV

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” – Hebrews 12:1 KJV

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” – Romans 15:13 KJV

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 KJV

“So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” – Hebrews 13:6 KJV

“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:18 KJV

So, the lesson for me today is to give it all over. My worries are not important enough to ruin my day, and to not acknowledge that the devil was loose in my day. And how he got there, I will never know when my day started out so well. But that doesn’t matter now does it? God decided to send me a message today, and told me to open that book because it had something for me today. He does those kinds of things in the most unpredictable ways. 🙂 IMG_0673

Iniquity Will Be Purged

“By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.” — Proverbs 16:6 KJV  Today’s verse this morning fit well with what is on my heart. We found out yesterday that a shooting had occurred at the Burnette Chapel church of Christ in Tennessee, and all I can think about is what if that had happened at one of our churches. I’m thankful that only one person was killed, but I am very sad that one person had to die and many others were injured for what this man chose to do that day. I’m thankful for the man that stood up against the shooter to help out his fellow church members and stand in the face of evil. God put him there at just the right time to calm down the situation.

Now, wee see violent reactions to churches everywhere around the world and for reasons we may not know or truly understand, and my question is is why does this happen? Why do people have such a strong urge to be violent against God’s people, against Christian’s? “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”- ‭‭John‬ ‭10:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬ Jesus came into our lives to save us from our own evils, and to guide us on a path to God and righteousness, yet everyday people are succumbing to their own desires and going after them without thinking of the consequences. But when someone does wrong, like this shooter did, some people want to seek revenge, most get mad or upset, but God wants us to lean on Him even greater than we did before and trust that He will do what he deems fit for this man. “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”- ‭‭Romans‬ 12:19 KJV

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”- ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬ “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”- ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:3‬ ‭KJV‬‬ God does not want us to fear for our lives, God wants us to seek after Him even more than we do now, and pray for the person that did this and hope that they may come to repentance and ask God for forgiveness and maybe he will want to learn about the Lord and become a child of God.

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”- ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭21:4‬ ‭KJV‬‬ “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”- ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬ “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”- ‭Romans 12:2 KJV “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”- ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬ “For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.”- ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:26‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I hope and pray that this man may be able to come to the realization of what he ahs done and will want forgiveness for what he did. I pray that God will work in all of His children’s hearts and lead them to where they need to go and speak to them so that they may hear what they should be doing. I hope that I can eventually see a world where we will not be afraid to talk about God with anyone and that everyone will be able to come to God and enter into His kingdom. Will you pray with me?

I’m Happy

Day 6 of the #yogagirlchallenge !! I didn’t have time yesterday to do anything, lots of school and work 🙄 But today I did something I never thought I would do. I signed up on #oneoeight for my 10 day trial and then I’m going to keep going!   

Something else unbelievable happened today…. I cried during the end of the “Let it Flow” class Rachel has on One o Eight. I cried. I don’t know why, I can’t explain it. In the 7 years I have been doing yoga I have never cried during a practice, but today I did. But they were happy tears, I have never been this happy. I was crying and laughing and wondering what in the world was going on! But I’m so happy, even if I get hip cramps on the middle of standing splits and half moon. I’m happy even though flipping my dog into Wild Thing scares me more than anything because I don’t want to fall, but I’m mastering it. I’m happy with everything I have right now and I know it’s only going to keep getting better ❤️ #oneblessedgirl #yogagirl 

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

– ‭‭John‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Get To Know God Before You Judge Him

Most of you know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” and if that saying isn’t more accurate on people judging The Bible then I don’t know what would be. Everyone seems to be afraid to open the Bible or listen to Christians about what is so amazingly fantastic about God. I mean, it took me a while to accept that I should just lean on God and His word, I know it’s hard; but looking back now I’m like how did I ever survive without Him in my life everyday???

Many people like to think that God is not a loving God probably solely based on something bad happening in their life, but trust me He doesn’t put us through things He knows we couldn’t handle. He knows our limitations, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” — Isaiah 41:10. And He loves each one of us in His own unique way; we are all His favorites so to speak. Look at Ephesians 3:17-19 with me: “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled  with all the fullness of God.” God loves you, forever and ever, and if you have faith in Him, you too can experience the love He has for all of His children.

As we look at the world today, what do you see? I see turmoil, separation, sadness, and less of God. I know there are many different views of who and what God is, and I deeply wish we would all just look back to our bibles and listen to the word and not distort it to our liking because we need to find something in there to justify our actions. When God made us, He gave us Free Will. Now God left it up to us to use our free will how we chose to use it, but he did give us guidelines on how we should go on about our lives. Look all the way back to the beginning, “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” –Genesis 6:5-6. God regretted at one point that he had made man, and it saddened him so deeply. We, as his creation, disappointed Him.

More and more people are turning away from God because he doesn’t conform to their wants, or they find a place that distorts God so much but still call themselves “Christians”. Yes, we are free to express ourselves in this world, but He does not want us to tear apart His loving word and destroy it. He wants us to exercise our gift of free will, but use it with common sense. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” — 1 Corinthians 10:13. The world will tempt you, as He says, but one thing is for sure that if you have faith in Him and believe that He will bring you out of any trouble that you come across, you will be alright in this troubled world.

When God created us, He knew exactly what He was getting himself into when He created us. Which makes you think He is even crazier for allowing us to be able to make our own choices and do what we do in this world! God just wants us to love and listen to Him as He loves and listens to us. Proverbs 16:9 says, “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.” Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Matthew 6:33-34, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is evil thereof.”

What I want you to take away from this blog is to study God before you take the worlds first impressions of what God is like and who He is. God is loving, He does not intentionally make us fail, He pushes us to our ends to show ourselves how strong we really are, and that if we just rely on Him we will have an everlasting life with Him. I feel like I have said all of this before, and I’ll keep saying it till I think I’ve pushed it enough.  I pray that each one of you may find that happiness.    

Creating a Life with Christ

Our goal as Christians is to live more like Christ everyday. God want us to love and be loved, believe in Him as He believes in us, and to create a world that creates as He did (with many other things of course). Psalm 143:10 KJV, “Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.”

What I mean by create a world that creates as He did is by creating more Christians that all stand for the same thing the way that God intended. He sent Jesus to teach us all to be more like Him everyday of our lives, and to share the gospel with others so that they may know him as well. Ephesians 2:10 KJV, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” But we all stray from the straight and narrow way. There is nothing easy about it, that’s for sure, but if we continuously seek after Jesus and His way we will find our way will be a little (or a lot) easier than it would be without Him.

God and Jesus both want us to create more Christians. Whether it be we go and evangelize to others (Mark 16:15 KJV), praying for others (Ephesians 6:18 KJV), or simply living our daily lives in a Christ like manner (Romans 12:2 KJV). We represent His message and His word, the Truth. God gave us all a special gift when He created us and brought us into this world. We all have something different and use our gifts in different ways. Romans 12:6-8 KJV says, “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.” God wants you to find your gift, and use your gift in a way that He would be proud watching you use it. I like to think I’m using my gift right now, talking to all of you. I’m not very good with talking to others and evangelizing to them; I for sure do it a lot better by writing out my thoughts and bringing them to all of you. And it took me a while to find my gift, and yours may not be as easy to find either. But I hope you may be encouraged to seek and pray to God that He will show you your gift so that you may grow and share your gift with others, and so you may come closer to God and His word. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 KJV.

Time


Who has ever wanted more time in a day? There is never enough time to get everything done that needs to get done in one day; sometimes you are just overflowing with things to do. As I was reading The Begging Place today, the chapter talks about making time to talk to God and pray to Him. And then she added this poem

No Time: 

I knelt to pray but not for long, 

I had too much to do. 

I had to hurry and get to work, 

For bills would soon be due. 

So I knelt and said a hurried prayer, 

And jumped up off my knees. 

My Christian duty was now done, 

My soul could rest at ease. 

All day long I had no time 

To spread a word of cheer. 

No time to speak of Christ to friends, 

They’d laugh at me I feared. 

No time, no time, too much to do, 

That was my constant cry; 

No time to give souls in need, 

But at last the time to die. 

And when before the Lord I came, 

I stood with downcast eyes. 

For in His hands God held a book; 

It was the book of Life. 

God looked into His book and said, 

“Your name I cannot find. 

I once was going to write it down– 

But never found the time.” 

— Author unknown 

And then I looked at the bookmark my mom gave me with a poem that was similar: 

The Difference: 

I got up early one morning and rushed right into the day. I had so much to accomplish that I didn’t have time to pray. Problems just tumbled about me, heavier came each task. “Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered. He answered, “You didn’t ask.” 

I wanted to see joy and beauty, but the day toiled on, gray and bleak. I wondered why God didn’t show me. He said, “You didn’t seek.”

I tried to come into God’s presence; I used all my keys at the lock. God gently and lovingly chided, “My child you didn’t knock.”

I woke up early this morning and paused before entering the day. I had so much to accomplish that I had to take time to pray. 

How well do these go together? I know I need to make more time to pray. Whether it be in the morning or in the middle of my day, it needs to be done. 

I hope and pray for everyone that reads this that they notice that they need to take the time to pray and talk to God, no matter what is going on in your life.