Another denim skirt days set featuring a boat neck tee!
As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more (Psalms 103:15-16).
The life of man is like a wildflower. Life is beautiful, but uncertain. We grow, and in what seems like a moment, we are gone. The human life is short.
It’s God’s desire we seek, find, love and serve Him with our lives. Life, however short, becomes more beautiful when we yield it the One who created all things.
Highlights are details or events we pick out and emphasize as being important, the best part, exciting or interesting (Merriam-Webster). God blesses us each day we are alive; with every breath we take. This is a result of His grace and mercy.
Quite often we talk about how faithful we are to God (or should be). Let’s take time each day to dwell on how faithful He is to us. When we do this, we remember faithful highlights — those events in our lives where we say,“God showed up and showed out!” What are we really saying? God manifested His power and presence in a spectacular way — to us. Without a doubt salvation is one of the most spectacular and life changing events. Maybe another faithful highlight was healing, deliverance, breaking an addiction, provision, sparing our lives, mending a broken heart, etc.
The children of Israel definitely had some faithful highlights, most notably their deliverance out of Egypt by the hand of the One Almighty and Living God. We tend to rehearse our faithful highlights. They are our testimonies. Keeping them in the forefront helps us to stay in a place of gratitude. God is great, and He is worthy of all the praise.
What about you? How has God proven His faithfulness in your life?
How to wear a fanny pack really isn’t rocket science. You just pick one and fasten it around your waist!
While fanny packs ceased being donned by celebrities and fashion models for a season or five, avid travelers still treasured the fanny pack. For some, it never went out of style. It’s functional fashion.
Now the fashion industry has caught up with travelers and globe trotters, making it a-okay for trend watchers to wear a fanny pack. (Side note: you can wear a fanny pack when it goes “out of fashion” too.)
There are many styles of fanny packs to choose from. Have fun!
I’m excited to introduce Little Model Me Girl: Growing Up Modest (g.u.m.) — modesty training, character development and life skills for little girls, ages 4 to 12- years-old. The Little Model Me Girl website will feature articles, printables, tips and girls fashion sets.
Little girls are exposed to the same messages from society as older girls and women. When little girls grow up, it’s sometimes hard to accept modesty, even with a bible verse about “modest apparel” planted right in view.
Girls are in a continuous process of being socialized to value being barely covered as a powerful symbol of our culture, and an influential source of their own style. It’s a stronghold, and is true even for girls in the church.
Once a girl believes showing excessive skin is okay, it doesn’t take much to convince her that even more of it should be put on public display. Never mind God likens nakedness to shame, and He calls us to a higher standard.
God’s Word expressly tells us ladies how to adorn ourselves. Hello meekness, gentleness, strength, honor…
I know embracing modesty goes against the rules of society and carnal nature, but it is in-line with the command of God. I want to see young girls cultivating a mind and heart to please God in all they do.
Modest fashion doesn’t mean frumpy fashion. We are free to be colorful and creative while obeying God’s Word to dress in modest clothes.
Modesty training also includes etiquette, protocol and servitude, which are rooted in humility.
The introductory sets I created were approved by my wonderful 6-year-old niece, as she sat and watched me create Little Model Me Girl fashion sets.
She’s often watched me work on Model Me Girl, and expressed she wants to be a Model Me Girl, too. In a sense, Little Model Me Girl is for her, and I’m willing to share what we learn with you and the little girl in your life. My niece is in modesty training. She is grasping, “We don’t model the world. We model Christ.” The way she puts it is, “I know how to dress properly.”
Modeling Christ is the foundation of Model Me Girl. It’s time for women of God to be the light of the world Christ called us to be, and shine a lifestyle worth modeling. One that comes with a reward of eternal life.
Wake up, ladies. Let’s stop allowing the world to train our little girls. As such, I will continue to put myself on repeat and broadcast the message that God is calling women and girls to model Him, not the world.
Whether she is mother, daughter, sister, niece, cousin, neighbor or friend—six or 60— let’s lift up God and inspire girls and women by modeling modesty—by modeling Christ.
God wants to start with you.
Many people seem to be on a quest to find peace. School and work leave us exhausted and over-extended. Family life feels upside down. Friendships go shipwrecked. We look for “me time”— precious moments when you can just get away from it all. Bubble bath and a tropical beach optional, but totally recommended.
If we manage to find little moments during the day to escape, invisible militiamen soon find us and wage a mental war of worries and stress. Anxiety-riddled thoughts pop up in our minds like jack-in-the-box. Heart rate is erratic. Chest feels heavy. Tension is your norm. And that daily headache? It’s your new best-friend. All of this comes with a price: our health. Spiritually. Mentally. Emotionally. Physically.
What are we really looking for? Peace. Harmony between every area of our lives. Balance in the form of contentment. We really don’t want to be pulled in a million different directions. That’s for Elastigirl. Multitasking isn’t all corporate America has seduced us into believing. We mess up or forget what we were working on to begin with.
You’re not the Miss-Fix-It people made you out to be. You can’t even fix yourself. That’s a job for Jesus.
What should you do? Believe God. Fear and doubt are the reasons for the absence of peace. God made the world. Surely He can take care of you.
Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace—true serenity. He is the balance you seek in your life.
Instead of letting life revolve around that job, that class, that man, that friend; why not let life revolve around the One who created all life—yours included?
We don’t keep our minds stayed on Jesus, therefore we are not being kept in perfect peace. That promise, like many in the bible, comes with a condition. Instead, we keep our mind on her business, his business, that worry, doubt, lie and ego. And we wonder why we can’t sleep at night. Why we cannot stop to smell and enjoy the roses. Why we feel like we are just existing.
Our lives are chaotic, and family life is trash because we are not seeking FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. We are seeking it last. After mister walks out, when the paychecks stop coming, when the eviction notice shows up, when the car breaks down, when beauty fades. When money—your god—lets you down. Then we seek the true and living God, Jesus Christ. Last. And half-heartedly, at best.
Where is God on your love list? Is He first? Does He have all of you, even your mind? Or are those worries the god of your thoughts?
It means when trouble comes, you can endure with peace because you know trouble doesn’t last, but God’s Word does. You’ll know you are truly safe in the Master’s arms, no matter what happens in the world.
Real peace is not found in circumstances, location, things or man, but in the blood of the risen Savior, Christ our Lord.
Anger is always looking for a place to rest—a place to call home. But you don’t have to allow it to claim your heart as its own.
We cannot control how other people talk and act. But we can control our own actions and reactions. The bible is a manual for righteous living; whether it’s about how to dress (modest apparel), or how to turn anger on its head. We can use God’s Word to direct our lives.
I’m going to share three bible-based tips on how to deal with an angry person. These are not in-depth, but they are a starting point for conflict management—God’s way.
A soft or gentle answer disarms the angry person. On a carnal level, it’s pretty hard to be soft and gentle towards someone who is yelling at you, name-calling or pushing buttons for a brawl. We want to yell back, sling out insults, and hurt the hurter. But this formula isn’t God’s method, but that of the flesh. It’s a formula for mess. Grievous or harsh words is the spoon in the pot. Keep stirring and you’ll get more anger out of the person.
Go to higher ground, instead. Walk in the Spirit and remember Jesus. Recall how He didn’t say a mumbling word as He was spat upon, hit and beaten. This means you’ll practice some self-control by being silent at first, giving yourself time to consider your reaction and its consequences.
Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
The other person may think your meek demeanor is a sign of weakness, but you should know it is a mark of power. Why? Well, this formula for success came from God, so how can it be anything but powerful?! Also, it demonstrates you choose to not be controlled by your emotions by taking the time to think before you speak, craft a gentle word, and ultimately please God.
God wants us to settle matters before we show up before a judge, mediator or third-party with the other person. He doesn’t want things to go that far. More importantly, God is the righteous Judge. Don’t show up before God with a matter unresolved between you and your brother or sister. God doesn’t even want our gift at the altar until we go to the person we believe has something against us.
Matthew 5:25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison.
Agreeing with your adversary quickly or settling a matter doesn’t mean you’re admitting the other person is right. It means you’re not wanting to allow anger to get a hold of you or them, and cause either one of you to sin. Many times we allow anger to cause us to sin. We don’t think rationally when we are angry. The sooner you deal with and fix the problem, the better. We shouldn’t give a root of bitterness the chance to spring up. People all over are hating one another, walking around as spiritual murderers because of a disagreement, misunderstanding, hurt or neglect that bubbled into anger.
You’ve given a soft answer and agreed with your adversary quickly. They’re still angry, and seem to wrap their identity in being the mad one. What next? Prayerfully think and take proper action.
Why put or keep yourself in a potentially dangerous position by staying in the presence of someone who is always angry? You don’t have to take abuse and be the verbal, emotional or physical punching bag for someone who chooses to remain unhappy. You do not know if or when that anger may become rage.
Proverbs 22:24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man you shall not go:
Furthermore, God doesn’t want us to learn the ways of angry people. He knows the power of mirroring, and how easily we may mirror another person’s bad behavior. If someone is angry all the time, the anger is a symptom of a deeper problem. Pray for them, and continue to show kindness and love. Understand the anger is probably masking hurt. Yet, do not make this person your familiar or intimate friend. The spirit of anger that envelops him/her may try to consume you too.
Remember, be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
To grow means to develop, expand, increase or advance to maturity. As I sat in Bible study tonight, I thought about something my dad said. “The devil wants to kill us as soon as we are ready to give our life to Christ; as soon as we are born again, before we get strong in God and are built up.”
Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy, but he especially wants to destroy us when we are new in Christ — babes. Why? Because at this early stage, our strength is small and our discernment has not had time to become sharpened. We have not yet been rooted and grounded in the Word. We are easy targets.
If you know anything about babies, you know they are vulnerable. Even in the animal world, predators seek the weak, categorized as the very young, sick/injured or the very old. Satan is a predator, and his mission is to devour as many people as possible, which includes seeking out new believers.
We are very vulnerable as babes in Christ. We need to feast on the sincere milk of the word, so that we can grow (1 Peter 2:2). The stronger we become in God, and the more skillful we become with the Word, we are able to resist the devil and easily use our Sword against him: the Word of God.
It takes time to mature, both naturally and spiritually. If you are a babe in Christ, I lovingly encourage you to indulge in the Word. If you feel you don’t have a thirst or hunger for it, feast on it anyway, at the same time asking God to ignite your thirst and hunger.
If you have been in Christ for a while, you are not above being deceived and falling. You are on the enemy’s hit list too, and you need the Word. There comes a time when we can move beyond milk and feast on meat — the deeper things in the Word that babies can’t eat or understand because they’d choke on it.
2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
All of us need to grow. Don’t be satisfied with where you are in God. Always desire to be closer to Him; to be more faithful; to be more like Jesus. A beautiful part about being in Christ is that He has everything we need to grow by — starting with grace.
God also wants us to grow in the knowledge of Christ. Knowledge is awareness, familiarity, facts and information gained from experience with someone or something. There’s more to know about Jesus than what you discovered the first time you heard His name; or from when you were baptized; from when He last healed you; from last Sunday’s sermon; or the day He saved you from your sins and self.
We learn more about Christ as we study and meditate on His Word, pray, fast, spend quiet time with Him, and allow Him to lead us by the Holy Ghost. Only when we are led by the Spirit of God are we the sons (and daughters) of God (Romans 8:14).
I believe Ephesians 3:17-19 sums up growing in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ perfectly.
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
You were born to stand out – to be different. In fact, God’s Word tells us to make a difference. In the literary world, we hear that a story or words jumped off the page. What does that mean? The words were highlighted in such a way as to immediately grab our attention and pull us into the story.
For something to jump off the page, it has to be distinct, richly creative and unique.
Here are a just a few ways God wants us to jump off the page for Him.
Doing the above seven things will definitely set you apart from the world. You’ll literally jump off the page with your holy lifestyle. It’s sure to be a conversation starter. Where there’s a conversation, there’s opportunity to convince stray hearts to be reconciled to Christ.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
What are you waiting for, peculiar people? Jump off the page!