23 June 2016

Gossiping or Praying?

Do you criticize people and yet never take time to pray for them? I do, so this is written for me! Its so much easier to criticise and gossip about somebody than it is to pray for them. And yet prayer is what will help them. So the next time you start to think or talk about someone's faults, stop! Start praying for them instead, and you will be using your time far more profitably. By criticizing, I'm meaning talking about them, not to them. There is a time and a place to challenge people on what they are doing. But stay humble, be quick to pray and slow to gossip!
"Speak not evil one of another, brethren..."James 4:11a

21 June 2016

Prayer---More Than Just Asking For Help

Do you know someone who is only your friend when they need something from you? Thismorning someone my husband knows rang up asking to borrow some money. My husband has tried his best to be a friend to this person, but usually the only time we hear from him is when he needs something. I couldn't help but feel a little disgusted! But then I thought, "How many times am I like that with God?"
True, God wants us to come to Him for help. He wants us to bring all our problems to Him...
. He tells us to do that. But He wants far more than that. He is not just there for emergencies like an ambulance or a fire engine. He wants our whole life to be centered around Him. He wants to hear us say "thankyou" not just "please"! He wants to be our closest and dearest Friend that we make time for each day, even when life is going great.
Do you only pray to God when you have a problem? Do you only read the Bible when your life has been turned upside down?
Is prayer your spare wheel or your steering wheel?

23 May 2016

10 Reasons to Read Girlz 4 Christ Magazine

Girlz 4 Christ is one of very few magazines for Christian girls out there. Why should you check it out? Here are just ten of the many reasons:

 1. It’s FREE!
 2. Get on the same page (literally) with girls around the world.
 3. Read about the faith of both girls like you and big-time celebrities. The next issue will feature three members of the Duck Dynasty family. Past issues have included singers, authors, movie stars, and even girls involved in charity work.
  4. Sneak peek into the latest Christian books and movies.
  5. Learn how to incorporate your faith with everyday living.
  6. A lot of the issues have contests! Who doesn’t love contests?
  7. Do you enjoy writing? Girlz 4 Christ accepts submissions from readers, so your work could be featured alongside well-known authors.
  8. It’s more than a magazine. Connect with Girlz 4 Christ and readers from all over on the blog, YouTube channel, Facebook page, Instagram profile, and Pinterest account.
 9. This is one of the few magazines where you won’t be embarrassed to have a sibling or parent read over your shoulder. All content is wholesome and God-honoring, but still fun and relevant!
 10. Best of all, use Girlz 4 Christ as a starting point for your devotions or generally spending time with God!
But don’t take my word for it- check out Girlz 4 Christ for yourself! You can read a sample issue, get connected to resources, and get a free subscription at Girlz4ChristMagazine.org. 
 
by Jessica Lippe
Editor of Girlz 4 Christ Magazine
 

11 May 2016

God's Answer

If you have a problem, how do you pray? Take this problem away? Make my life easier? Help me to learn and grow through this difficult time? Please change me for good through this situation?

Over this last year, I've often wondered what to pray for.
When we found out during my pregnancy that our baby had heart problems, I wondered how to pray. Please heal my baby OR Please help us through this hard time??
When our baby was born and it seemed we would never leave the hospital, I wondered how to pray. Please help us to be able to go home quickly OR Change us for good during this hard time and use us here.
When we came back into hospital for our baby to have heart surgery, the same questions again. How do I pray? Give her a quick recovery OR give us help and strength?
When a week after being home after surgery our daughter got sick again with a complication from surgery, and we found ourselves back in hospital with a long stay ahead of us, I wondered again how to pray. Please heal her quickly OR Help us to be content in the situation we are in??

How would you pray?

I have learned to pray both ways and then add "but do what You think is best."
Sometimes God will take our problems away, and its not wrong to pray for that. But sometimes God answer is
..My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.
This is the answer God gave Paul when he prayed for God to take a problem away. He prayed three times, but this was God's answer.
My grace is sufficient. In another words, I'll help you through this.
Our character and spiritual growth is more important to God than us having a trouble free life. So sometimes He won't take a trial away, instead He will help us, strengthen us, grow us, change us and make us more like Him through the trial.
If you don't realize that this is an answer God sometimes gives, you can get very confused, disappointed and even angry at God, because you think God is not answering your prayers!
So tell God your desires, but surrender them to Him and let Him give you His best.

8 May 2016

Honor Your Mother

What kind of relationship do you have with your mother?
When I was a teen I didn't always get on very well with my Mum! But the last year or two at home before I got married I started to understand her a whole lot more and we became very good friends. Now I am able to treasure our relationship.
In case you don't have a great relationship with your mother, here are a few tips I've learned that I hope will help you.

1) Mums aren't perfect!
Now that I am a mum myself I understand that. As much as I would love to be perfect, I make mistakes. I am not the great example that I want to be. I sometimes do what I teach my children not to do.

2) Being a Mum is very difficult.
When you are a Mum you are on call 24/7. You don't always know what is fair because you don't see everything that happens behind your back. Sometimes you might be up in the night with a baby or a sick child and you don't have your normal patience. When you are a Mum, there are so many things you have to keep up with and you don't always feel appreciated for everything you do.

3) Being a wife is also not easy.
It's easy to judge our parents because they may not always get along. But when I was about to get married I realized that when you get married you marry someone completely different to you! You both come from different backgrounds. And yet you have to make decisions and try and bring up a family together. Men and women are completely different and don't always understand each other. That can cause conflict and hurt. Sometimes it can be a real challenge just to get along nicely.

4) Mums do so much for their children.
Mums are first pregnant for 9 months. 9 months of having a growing uncomfortable body. And with some, nausea, fatigue etc. Then they have to go through labour or in some cases C-sections. Then their whole world is turned upside down for a while! They have a little human who is dependant upon them night and day. Not much sleep, maybe a sore body, tears that start for no reason, learning to breastfeed, and still trying to keep on top of a house and maybe other children. And then for some Mums, complications that mean lots of time in hospital, stress, fear and so on. Then there is the rest of their life given to training, loving, teaching and caring for that child. Even when children leave home, Mums are still there for their children.

Now maybe you don't have a mother who cares for you. Or maybe you find plenty of faults with your mother. Or maybe your mother has passed away and you even have a step mother. But I hope these four points can help you to love and appreciate your mother a little bit more, because she deserves it no matter what! Honour your mother because she is your mother, if for no other reason.
Honour ...thy mother:...Exodus 20:12

22 April 2016

Why Pain?

Our baby girl has a drain in her chest at the moment as there is a lot of fluid there. But the drain leaks so her dressing needs to be changed a lot. A few days ago I was standing next to her cot while the nurses were changing her dressing. Lydia was crying as it was painful. I don't know how babies think, but if she thought like an adult I could imagine her thinking, "Mummy, are you really there? How can you stand there and watch people hurting me? Why aren't you stopping them? It hurts! Why, Mummy?"
Lydia couldn't understand the reason why. But because of my love for her, I have to let her be hurt when it means that it will help her get better. I only let people hurt her when it has to be done--when it is for her good. It hurts me to see her hurt.
As I watched her and thought about this, I learned a lesson. There are painful things in my life at the moment and I find myself asking God the same questions. "Are you really there? Why is this happening? Why are you allowing this? It hurts! Why?"
I don't understand the reason why. But because of God's love for me, He does allow things that will help change me for the good.
I can trust Him. He is in control. He doesn't like to see me in pain, but He knows what has to be done. He cares for me far more than I care for Lydia. One day I will see the big picture like God does and then I will understand the purpose of every trial.



3 April 2016

Trust God

Do you ever struggle to trust God?
Last week it was nearly time to leave hospital. Our baby was recovering well from her heart surgery and we could go home and be reunited with our other children that I hadn't seen for two weeks. And yet fears flooded me--fears of something happening to keep us in hospital, fears of being separated from our children again etc.
I knew I needed to trust God but I also knew that sometimes what I want and what God wants are two different things! So I was finding it difficult to trust God.
Then I read a reading from the Daily Light. One of the verses was  "I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." Jeremiah 29:11
This spoke to me.
 I don't understand why hard things happen in my life---I don't know the reasons why. But God knows. He knows the reasons why and His thoughts are of peace and not of evil. He has a good purpose to everything He allows. He sees the big picture. I can trust Him. He is in control and He promises to work everything together for good if I love Him. He will allow hard trials to change me, teach me and make me more like Him but I can trust that He has a wise purpose for each one and He will go through it with me.

You can trust God!