20 May 2015

Created....Beautiful!

(Lessons from Eve #3)
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Psalms 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
 
Eve was part of God's creation and everything He made was very good. She was also made in the image of God--in God's likeness. She was different to the animals.
And so are you! You are God's creation and you were created in God's image. Although sin ruins beauty, you are still God's creation. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are beautiful! God doesn't make junk.
Do you ever look in the mirror and wish you were taller, shorter, prettier or a different size? Do you wish you could have chosen the way you look?
Remember that God created you just the way you are and you are beautiful!
There are things you can change and you can make yourself more attractive by being clean, tidy and dressing nicely. But don't worry about the things you can't change. Accept the way God made you. He made you just right.
And if you are proud of the way you look, just remember that you were created! You didn't design yourself or choose how you would look, so there is no reason to feel proud! Don't look down on others that you think are not so pretty or as slim as you, because you have no reason to.
Instead of being so focused on how you look, concentrate on having a beautiful character. That's what is most important and it is something you can change with God's help. Joy, thankfulness, kindness, friendliness and modesty are just a few things that will make you more attractive. No girl is ugly when she smiles!
Ask God to help you to accept the way He made you, to keep you from being proud of your looks and to help you focus on inward beauty.

13 May 2015

Created....a Woman

(Lessons from Eve #2)
Genesis 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
God created you a woman—a beautiful female. You are completely different from a guy. Not less than-- just different. You are created to do different things, to look different etc.

Don't despise the fact that you are a woman. Don't try to be like a guy, act like a guy and look like a guy.
God made you a female and God doesn't make mistakes!
I heard a preacher say he didn't want his boys to dress in style because “The world's style is masculine girls and feminine guys.”
Girls are ashamed to be girls—who God created them to be.
Guys are ashamed to be guys—who God created them to be.
I heard another preacher say, "I have 3 sons and they're all boys!" When everyone laughed he said something like "Well, you can't always tell these days."
He's right. You can't always tell these days which are the girls and which are the guys. But that's not the way God intended it.
We are all different—some love girly colours, dresses, jewelry, accessories etc. and some are naturally more tomboyish. But no matter our own unique tastes, we should be proud of the fact that we are a woman.  We should try to act and look like a woman.
Never be ashamed—be thankful you're a girl!
Just so you know who is writing this post---I am naturally the tomboyish type! When I was around 8 or 9yrs I remember picking out a blue bike helmet rather than a purple one because I didn't want to look too girlish!! I have never liked dressing up, wearing lacy things, handbags, hats, scarves or even jewelry. Well, I have tried wearing jewelry, but every necklace I ever wore I broke because I forgot I was wearing it! In fact I found a necklace some time ago and wore it. My husband said it didn't suit me!! It was probably the first time he had seen me in one since our wedding day 51/2 years ago.  I remember my mum being surprised once that I was wearing a pink jersey! I have changed a bit over the years and although I am still plain and practical and always will be, I do make an effort to look feminine. Because... God made me a woman and He knew what He was doing!

Guys need women who are women, not women who are trying to be men! God made Adam and Eve different—to fill each other's needs.

12 May 2015

Thankfulness Challenge

Find or buy an empty notebook. Every day write down a few things that you are thankful for. It may change your attitude and your view on life! 

5 May 2015

Preparing to be a Help Meet

(Lessons from Eve #1)
And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Genesis 2:18

When you think about getting married in the future, what comes to your mind?
 Having someone to love YOU, provide for YOU, give YOU a home...?
 
Or having someone for YOU to love and be a help and companion to?

Eve was created to be a help and companion to Adam.
A lot of wives today are not much of a help or a companion to their husbands. We are naturally so selfish and focused on ourselves and what we want. When we think about marriage, we don't necessarily think about being a help!

What are some ways you could prepare to be a helpmeet?
(Even if you never marry, these tips will still come in handy.)
 
1) Learn skills
Cooking, driving, gardening/yard work, looking after children etc.
Cooking is a big one! It's best to learn as much as possible before you are married, as once you are married meal planning becomes a big daily responsibility.
You don't want your husband to be like the newly wed guy who said, "My wife really worships me. She puts before me three burnt offerings every day!" :)
Help!!

2) Learn to keep a tidy room/house.
It's one thing to have a bedroom to keep in order, but it's another thing to have a whole house to look after. It's good to learn to keep your room clean and tidy and then it won't be so overwhelming when you have a whole house. Also, I can assure you, your husband will appreciate coming home to a clean orderly house!

3) Keep your heart for your man.

When you are married, you will have to stay faithful to your man. But if you are used to switching boyfriends regularly and flirting with anyone, how will you stay true to your man? God only has one man for you, so why not keep your heart pure until He shows you the right one?

4) Respect your father and/or any other authority in your life.

If you don't respect your father now, you probably won't respect your husband. Your father has much more experience than your future husband, so if you can't respect your father for his rules, authority and decisions, you won't respect your husband with his little experience/wisdom. Even though he isn't perfect and makes mistakes sometimes, respect him. Your husband won't be perfect either!

5) Learn to be content and thankful.

If you're not happy and fulfilled as a single woman, you won't be content as a wife either. You will not automatically become fulfilled once you are married.
Also, if you learn to be content and not covetous, you will be a big blessing to your husband as you will help save money!

6) Start praying for him.

As a wife, you'll need to pray for your husband that he will make the right decisions as he leads the family. Why not get in the habit now? All young guys need a lot of prayer! Even if you never marry, I don't believe your prayers will be wasted.

7) Make a list of all you want your husband to be, then learn to be that yourself.

It's easy to have expectations and yet not come close to meeting them ourselves. If you learn to be what you want your husband to be, you'll attract the type of husband you want.

8) Learn how guys think.

Males and females think very differently! If you learn how he thinks and what he needs, then you will be a better and happier wife!! Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus is a good book to learn how men think.

9) Study the Bible to see what God says to women.
What does the Bible say about how girls/women should live and act? What does God expect from wives? Why not find out?

28 April 2015

Wanting is Not Enough!

Image result for old man playing violinA famous violinist, who was very old, was playing his last concert. The whole world came to hear him play. After he got through playing a young violinist came up to him and said, "Sir, I would give my life to play like you." The old man looked at the young boy and said, "Son, I have given my life to play like me."

I can relate to that young boy. I look at people and admire their abilities or their character and I want what they have.  But often I forget what it took for them to get where they are. I just want to have what they have without any work! Are you the same?
To get good at something, you need to work hard and practice. You need to cut out other things that hinder or distract.

Do you ever look at someone and want what they have?
      ...a close relationship with God
      ...a great knowledge of the Bible
      ...closeness to God in prayer
      ...a talent--playing a musical instrument, art, speaking, writing, a sport, etc.
      ...a character quality--patience, self control, friendliness etc.

These things don't just happen. You may want lots of good things, but unless you are willing to put the time and effort in, you'll never get there.
Even when someone has a natural talent for something, they still need to practice and work hard to develop and improve their God-given ability.

If you want to know God, you need to do something.
If you want to know the Bible, you need to do something.
If you want to learn how to pray, you need to do something.
If you want to be good at something, you need to do something.
If you want to have great character qualities, you need to do something.
Of course, you should pray and trust God for them. But don't stop there! Use the means God has given you. Don't be a sluggard!

Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.