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Faith Without Borders

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I love this song. Take the time to read the lyrics. ๐Ÿ™‚ I attached a Youtube video link (my link to text thingy isn’t working) so you can hear how beautiful it is.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dy9nwe9_xzw&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Ddy9nwe9_xzw

“Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong United

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
[x6]

I will call upon Your Name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

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Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Random Thoughts, Uncategorized, Worldview

 

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Through Clouded Eyes

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When was the last time you cried?

Did you grow up believing that crying was a sign of weakness as a friend of mine did?

Let me tell you something. It’s not. To cry is to let go of the pride holding back the emotions inside. Perhaps crying is not a sign of weakness, but in fact, a sign of strength.

I have cried quite a bit this year. Sometimes not with physical tears, but I can feel it inside.

There are so many reasons we cry.

I have cried out of fear.
I have cried out of uncertainty, out of missing a sense of steadiness.
I have cried out of conviction, as Wednesday night sermons have been preached.
I have cried out of worship, as I feel the Spirit of God moving.
I have cried out of disappointment in myself.
I have cried out of worry and fear for the young girls on Instagram that are cutting or suicidal.
I have cried out of desire.
I have cried out of frustration.
I have cried out of sheer, overwhelming hormones. ๐Ÿ˜›
I have cried out of confusion.
I have cried out of surprise.
I have cried out of love.
I have cried out of anger.
I have cried through movies.
I. Have. Cried.

Have you?

Crying is a release, a way to peace. It brings us to our knees. It brings us back to God, back to where we belong. Have you noticed how sleepy you get after a good cry? Maybe that’s a sign of the rest that we need. We need to take a break. Take a break from worry, from fear, from frustration, from disappointment, from anger.

Go ahead, cry. I have Kleenex.

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2013 in Random Thoughts, Worldview

 

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Left Behind

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I have never made it all the way through the Left Behind series. I am determined to now though. There is a new movie on it coming out next year and I want to have them all read by then.

The first book, Left Behind (written by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye) follows the journeys of Capt. Rayford Steele, his daughter Chloe, Pastor Bruce Barnes, flight attendant, Hattie Durham and reporter, Cameron “Buck” Williams as they seek to discover an answer to the mysterious and sudden disappearances of thousands of people. Join them in their earnest search for truth.

In my opinion, the first book, up until the last couple of chapters, is somewhat hard to get through because it’s very political and I am horrible with politics. The last two chapters are honestly rather scary, but it’s worth reading, I promise.

So, will you be joining me?

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” -1 Corinthians 15:52

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2013 in Book Review, Worldview

 

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Who’s Money is it Anyway?

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Recently, God has been testing my trust in Him with my finances. At 18 years old, and still living at home there hasn’t been much I have had to worry about when it comes to money. I pay for anything extra I want and my horses, but I get off pretty easily because my parents still pay for a lot.

Lately I have decided to start driving (yes, I waited a lot longer than the average teenager, but with good reason.) so that I can get a job when we move in a month or two. Well, I also decided it would be best for me to buy a car of my own as well. So I started saving. Then little Miss Rivver came along and ate all of my savings. Silly horse!

So… I started over. And… My account got overdrawn. First time that had ever happened to me. It was a nice, big mess. I was stressed and confused. The birthday money Mom and Dad had given me ended up going towards bank fees and such. All that and a way overdue pay check has really pushed my limits. I have cried a lot over the past couple days.

I knew that in becoming an adult that there would be adult stuff to handle, but I wasn’t quite prepared for it to happen. I have been trying to figure out how I am going to handle paying for the horses’ food and buying a car so that I can get a job with not as much money as I had planned on having. It seems like every time I turn around something else comes up. I refuse to be in debt, I am trying to start out well and pay cash for everything. I am just trying to figure out how to handle my money the best.

Have you noticed anything wrong with that last paragraph? How many times did I say MY money? That I was trying to handle it? What’s wrong with what I said? WE worked hard for OUR money, right?

The problem is that it isn’t OUR/MY money. So, who’s is it? God’s. It’s God’s money, not ours. He has so graciously given it to us to BORROW. He trusts us with His money. Do you remember hearing the story in Sunday School? The one about the man who gave his servants the different amounts of talents? A talent was a Greek coin that was worth 6000 drachmas. A drachma was a days wage. In todays money it would be about $360,000 U.S. dollars. So, this man trusted these servants with quite a bit of money. Two of the servants were wise with the man’s money. They knew it was his and used it in a way that would benefit the owner. The other man, hid the money, thinking the man would be proud, but he wasn’t. He gave the foolish man’s money to the wiser man with more talents. (Matthew 25:14-30)

We are to use God’s money wisely. God also calls us to give 10% back to him. It’s a very hard thing to tithe when you have no extra money. But we need to trust that He does everything for the glory and advancement of His Kingdom and be obedient in the things He calls us to do.

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2013 in Worldview

 

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You Pick Winner: Dating Vs. Courting

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My first You Pick winner is Tirzah from Tirzah’s Delights. She requested I write about courting vs. dating, a popular topic amongst homeschoolers, and often the source of debates between homeschool kids and their public school friends. Please keep in mind that these are my personal thoughts, and that I have not dated or courted yet.

When I was 9, Mom took me to a hotel and we stayed the night there together. It was at that time that I got my purity ring. (We later decided that 9 was a little bit too young and my siblings all got theirs at 12.) We talked about what purity (in body, and mind) meant, because I honestly had no idea. I hadn’t really thought about boys at all, besides the “crush” I had on the little neighbor boy across the street that one year…

Anyway, the way Mom explained “saving my heart” was this: “When you date someone, imagine this paper heart. Imagine that with each guy you date, you write his name on a piece of that heart. When you break up, tear his name off. The heart gets smaller and smaller. One day, you’ll find the guy you were meant to marry and you’ll give him your heart. He’ll see that you did not give him your whole heart and be sad. You want to give him your whole heart, but you know you can’t because you already threw pieces of it away.”

I love it when Josh Harris is explaining it in his book “I Kissed Dating Goodbye.” He pictured himself standing by his bride on his wedding day, but one by one, his ex-girlfriends all walked in the door. He was very embarrassed at not being able to give his bride his whole heart.

You know, it’s hurts me to see girls, both public schooled and homeschooled, who nearly once a week are changing their relationship status on Facebook. To think that they have a new boyfriend every month, or even every week… Why are they wasting their lives like that? What is wrong with our society that kids think they have to have a boyfriend or girlfriend hanging on their arm….mouth….etc. to be cool? Why are we training our kids to live lives of divorce? Because, really, isn’t that what dating is? A precursor for divorce? When you get into a relationship you need to stay committed. You can’t just decide that person is boring now and leave them. The only reason to leave a relationship/marriage is in an abusive situation.

And sex. Boy. Where in the WORLD did we get so off track there???? First of all, it is NOT okay to have sex outside of marriage! And kids! Really? 13 year old kids! Sometimes even younger! People refer to sex so casually now. It’s like everyone does it. It’s not private anymore and you’re weird for waiting until you’re married. Ugh.

Courting. Now THAT is something special. Courting is typically with the intent of marriage. Meaning, when two people enter a courtship they are learning the person, getting to know their family, etc. The thought of the only time you spend with a person you’re interested in being around their family freaks a lot of people out. But really, think about it. When you marry someone, you marry their family, and they marry yours. There isn’t really any way of getting out of it. So, way not start off right with the prospective in-laws?

Rarely will a couple break off a courtship, but it does happen. They come to realize that going into a marriage together is more harmful than good. Another thing about courting is when you court someone, you’re going to be spending a lot of time around them and they are going to see how you interact with your family (which we all know is not always the best.). They’re going to see some of the worst sides of you. And that’s okay. Because it’s dumb to go in to a marriage thinking someone is perfect. When you date someone you typically put on your best self, because no one who would notice is going to be there, so people tend to get false opinions.

Yes, I know that there are “lots of fish in the sea,” but I also that God just happens to have someone picked out for each of us and He just happens to have a time set up for us to meet that someone. ๐Ÿ˜€ Let’s not date people like we’re going in to the dressing room to try on clothes, then tossing them over the door if they don’t fit, or look good on us. Remember that when you are in a relationship with someone you are messing with their heart. Please don’t date someone just for fun.

Everybody is going to do things differently, I know that. I know that God has written a different love story for each of us. I just ask that you really think through how this could affect this person’s heart, as well as their future spouse and your future spouse.

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2013 in Just For Fun, Worldview

 

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I’ll Catch You, Just Trust Me

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We have all played the “Trust Game” at some point in our childhood. The game that was fun in thought, but was absolutely terrifying when you actually played it. You know what game I’m referring to, right? The one where a friend stands behind you, while you fall back into their arms, hoping they’ll still be there when you land. You have to blindly trust your friend, know that they had your back. Literally. It probably was a good way to weed out the bad friends, the ones who let you fall. You also knew you could trust the good friends now, you knew that they’d be there to catch you when you fell, and in the end, you came up laughing and grew closer.

I feel like I am playing the Trust Game this year. At the beginning of the year, I just had this feeling of “This is going to be a great year.” Mom had begun to feel really stressed at one point and I told her that I felt that way. She said, “That’s great. Just keep hanging on to that.” And I have. However, we’re only in May, not even halfway through the year yet, and I have had to trust God blindly more than ever.

I am not one for change. I like steadiness, or at the very least, I like to know when things are goings to occur. I am not flexible. I am a legalistic, black and white, this-is-the-way-it’s-gonna-be-and-ain’t-nobody-changing-it kind of person. I work really well off of checklists. God, however, does not provide that kind of checklist. At our church they have a saying, “The only constant here is change.” Boy, does that resonate in my life right now!

About 9 months ago we moved into a new house. We were all very excited, because each of us got our own rooms (5 kids, including me, in my family.) and we were FINALLY living in the country! Over the years we have moved probably 10-12 times. We were hoping that this is where we’d stay. (Obviously, that is until we got married and/or moved out.) I got blessed with a job I wasn’t even looking for, feeding a senator’s horses and dogs. Everything finally felt normal and steady again.

About 3 weeks after I got the job, Mom told me she wanted to keep me informed on something. The short story is that things have changed with the house and we will have to move again. My plans were that I would have my job over the summer, save up money for a truck and learn to drive so that I could still get to my job when we moved. And then I was informed that I wouldn’t have the job over the summer…

So, basically, we’re just along for the ride, knowing that God has it all planned out, and that we’ll come out stronger in the end. An interesting thing is that, as well as I don’t handle change, I am honestly okay with it. I mean, at some times it tests me, but for the most part, I feel like I am handling it pretty well.

We decided 2013 is the year to learn the valuable lesson of trusting the Lord through whatever He has for us. This year is going to be completely different. Every aspect of it will be different, but we know He’ll be there to catch us when we fall.

What are you learning this year? Are you able to trust Him, no matter the cost?

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2013 in Worldview

 

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Modesty

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Before I start writing, you should know that my family, although conservative, is not “Dresses/skirts only.” I wear jeans nearly every day and I rarely wear skirts, usually only to dances. You should also know that these are my own personal opinions.

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” -1 Corinthians 6:19-20

I think it’s wrong to be hyper conservative and legalistic by telling girls that they cannot wear jeans, that they are sinning if they wear them. (By the way, they get this from the verse, “A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD your God.” -Deuteronomy 22:5) I, however, am not saying that it is wrong to wear skirts all the time.

I believe it is important to dress modestly with men and young boys in mind. Their minds do tend to wander, sometimes caused by clothing that we, as girls don’t think about. “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” -Matthew 5:28 I want to take you by piece of clothing, along with my brother’s thoughts and input and tell you what WE see as appropriate or inappropriate. As a general rule, given one time by my choir instructor, “If you look in the mirror and think, ‘Man! I look hot!’ don’t wear it.” That’s not to say you can’t ever wear something nice, just watch it.

Shirts: Tank tops are the one thing I wish I could wear, because we all get hot in the summer and would love to throw on a much cooler, more comfortable tank top. I have asked my brother (16) and my dad if I could even just wear it around the house and got a no from both of them. Tank tops show your bare arms and, most of the time, your bra straps. My brother said that it gives off a bad opinion of you, and it’s distracting. When I put on a shirt I make sure it doesn’t show my shoulders, my bra straps or cleavage, or my belly.

Pants: Like I mentioned, I think we can wear pants and still be appropriate. In fact, I think that sometimes pants are even more appropriate than skirts. I don’t wear tight fitting pants, pants that show off my shape. I don’t like skinny jeans (personally, I can’t fit in them, but I don’t even like them on other girls.) I do understand wanting pants to tuck into your boots, but find some loose enough. I don’t see anything wrong with shorts, but we don’t allow them up past a few inches above your knees. Super short shorts are definitely a no no. Skirts don’t go above our knees.

Shoes: I can’t think of anything wrong with shoes, however, some people have an inch limit on heels, especially if you are also wearing a shorter skirt, because heels make your calves tighter and more attractive. I don’t wear heels, just because I don’t. Personal preference, not a conviction.

Swimsuits: If I could find one, I would wear a t-shirt while swimming, but they’re nearly impossible to find unless you’re 5. Bikinis are completely inappropriate. I mean, how’s it any different than wearing a bra and underwear out of the house??? I prefer tankinis if I can find one that fits right, or a one piece. And I always wear shorts. I feel uncomfortable if I don’t.

Tattoos, Makeup and Jewlery: I don’t agree with tattoos or piercings. “You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the LORD.” -Leviticus 19:28 My ears are pierced. I got them pierced in grade school. I let my holes close, except they didn’t close all the way because I was able to get earrings in recently. At this point, I would not pierce them again, and likely wouldn’t allow my future children to pierce theirs. And tattoos are just dumb. Why would you inject ink into your body? And it’s a lot of work to get rid of it. And when you get old and wrinkly… Eww. I don’t have a problem with jewlery, just don’t wear a lot of it. It looks kind of ridiculous. Makeup: I wear barely any. My brother said there is nothing wrong with makeup. Just, again, don’t over do it.

Headcoverings: The Bible says to cover your head when you pray. And you are supposed to be praying constantly, therefore, you should always wear a headcovering. We don’t. I believe you can pray without your head covered. It’s not like God is going to choose to not listen to you because your head is not covered. Some friends of ours are so strict as to say that they are not allowed to pray if they don’t have a head covering on. I think that’s sad.

Modesty in Men: We so often talk about girls being modest to protect your Christian brothers. But guys are not the only ones prone to lust! Magic Mike is proof of that. I recently brought this up to my dad. I asked him why guys can wear their shirts off. He said, “Because we get hot.” I said, “Okay, girls get hot too. But why can’t we take our shirts off?” “Um, because, um, guys have an attraction to women’s chests.” “Yes, you’re right. And we respect that, that’s why we don’t take our shirts off, even if we are burning up. But girls have an attraction to guy’s chests.” “They do?” I think it has become such a part of our culture for guys to go shirtless that no one thinks about it. But what girl doesn’t blush at a picture of shirtless Channing Tatum? If guys look at a picture of a naked woman it’s called porn, but it’s more than okay for teen girls to have posters of shirtless boys all over their bedroom walls. Why in the world is this okay? Guys, we would really appreciate it if you would keep your shirts on. And Speedos and tank tops are just disgusting.

Girls and guys, you CAN be “in” and look nice, while still dressing modestly. I promise. Besides, if your future spouse is a good one, they’re gonna find what’s on the inside more attractive than the outside. Girls, check out this Modesty Survey by over 1,600 teen boys.

Mom’s Article on Modesty
A Very Good Video on Swimsuit Modesty and the History of the Bikini

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2013 in Worldview

 

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