Thursday, November 25, 2010

Lessons in Thankfulness from Philippians 4

 The turkey was in the fridge. The canned pumpkin and stuffing fixings sat on the pantry shelf. Everything was telling me that I should be ready for Thanksgiving. Yet my spirit didn’t feel thankful.

Feelings are not what should direct my life, but it is so easy to let them take hold, and to take the place of my love for God. Then my whole outlook on life can turn to a dreary gray. And I grow consumed with:
The weight of my worries
Lack of sleep, feeling ugly inside and out.
            Impatience, and frustration with people I love.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Why My Father Holds My Heart

                   Someday...I am going to walk down the church’s center aisle, clothed in white. I will have my father at my side, with his arm wrapped securely in mine. Once we stand before my groom, the pastor will ask, “Who gives this woman to be married to this man?” And my father will reply, “Her mother and I.”

With those four simple words, and a farewell kiss on the cheek, my heart will be given away....                                                         

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Modesty: So Much More Than A List of "Don'ts"

One concept is received in so many different ways.

It is abused and broken in our worldly culture,

and frequently causes girls to groan...

Monday, September 27, 2010

Saving the Kiss

About two years ago, I encountered a conversation that went something like this:
“Oooh, sweet sixteen, and never been kissed,” teased an elderly lady at church.
I laughed, and politely responded, “And I don’t plan on it either, until I’m married that is.” 

Another lady chimed in, “Oh, you won’t have to worry about waiting that long.”
I smiled, then said in a more serious tone, “I’m going to make sure I do.”

Two years later, at 18-years-old, I still have never kissed a boy, and I thank my God for this blessing.

Guys...what's a girl to do?

So, you don't date. You believe in saving romance for when God decides you are ready for marriage, but where does that leave you with boys now?