29 September 2014

To find or to be?

A man was in court for some crime he had committed. He explained to the judge, “I think I just got in with the wrong crowd.”
The judge replied, "Did it ever occur to you that you may be the wrong crowd?”
It's good thing to look for good friends. It's a Biblical principle to find friends who'll be a good influence on you.
Proverbs 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
1Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

But have you ever thought about whether you are a good friend? Are you a good influence on others? If someone is looking for a friend who will encourage them to live right and walk with God, could they choose you?
You may think that others aren't friendly to you, but are you friendly to them?
The same principle applies to finding a husband.
Do you have a list of what you want your husband to be? Do you want him to be kind, unselfish, hardworking, godly, etc. Well, if you found a guy like that, would he want to marry you?
If you are lazy, would a hardworking guy want to marry you?
If you are selfish, would a kind unselfish guy want to marry you?
If you don't love God yourself, why would a godly man be attracted to you?

So learn to be the kind of friend you want to have, and learn to be the type of person you want your future husband to be!

26 September 2014

Freedom from the past

I found this little story in a book I have by Corrie ten Boom. On this blog I feel like I am always hammering about making the right decisions, staying pure etc. because I hope and pray that this blog will keep girls from doing things they will regret. But there are lots of girls who have already made foolish choices. Maybe you are one of them. I want to share this story as a reminder that no matter what you have done in the past, if you repent and turn to God He will still use and bless you. Though you have to live with what you've done, you don't have to live condemned.

There was to be a dinner party in a beautiful home beside a river. I had spoken the night before on the subject, 'The problem of sin has been solved on the Cross of Jesus Christ.' And I was glad to see that Jack was present tonight, because I had seen a look of obvious distaste on his face during my talk the night before.
And now Jack said, 'I believe that there is remission of sins through Jesus Christ, but redemption? No, I can't see that. We have to carry the consequences of our sins as long as we live.'
After dinner we continued our talk in the garden. There were only three of us now; John, with whom I had been working for the past two weeks, and Jack, who was relating his experiences to us. It was a sad story.
'We were not very good boys in high school. I dated a lot of different girls, and one time things went wrong. I had to marry the girl; and four months later the baby came. I want to become a minister; but if people hear about this my whole career will be gone. I am living a lie, and don't know what to do about it. I'll have to bear the consequences of my sin as long as I live.' As he spoke I continued praying for wisdom. Then John began to speak.
'Nevertheless there is redemption. Jesus does not patch things up. He renews. If you will ask Him to go back with you to that dark spot in your life, He will change its darkness into light.'
'But what must I do?' asked Jack. 'I have been converted, as people call it, and I have accepted Jesus as my personal Saviour.'
'You still have to surrender your life completely to Him. Turn over all the keys of your life to Him.'
'I am willing to do it, but I don't know how to express it,' said he.
'Just ask the Spirit of God to give you the right words,' All three of us then prayed, and Jack said, 'I don't understand these things, but here I am, Lord, I know that you have said "Him that cometh unto Me I will in no wise cast out", and "A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise."'
Just then I was called into the house. An hour later as I was leaving, Jack said to me, 'Corrie, I can laugh again; I haven't been able to laugh for a year. but now I am free.'
And I knew that it was true.

21 September 2014

It's the Little Things

Last week I stopped at the petrol station to get $20.00 petrol. As I was about to put my pin number in for my visa card I realized that I was about to pay $200.00! A little dot had been put in the wrong place.
I remarked to the man who had overcharged me, "A little dot makes a big difference!"
There are many little things in life that make a big difference. A little bullet, a little stone in your shoe, a little poisonous insect or spider, a little bee, a little cut in your finger etc.
There are also many little things we do or don't do that can make a big difference to our lives.
We'll start with the negative
A little lie
A nasty or negative comment
An angry word
A little silence--the silent treatment
Talking back to someone in authority--backchatting
A little alcohol, drugs or a cigarette-- Drunkards, alcoholics, druggies and smokers all get started with a little bit.
A bad habit
A friend who is a bad influence
A bad attitude
A moment of uncontrolled anger

But then there's the positive...
A word of encouragement
A smile
A card
A gift
A phonecall
A tract--many people have gotten saved through reading a little tract.
A question--"Are you saved?" "Can I help you?" "How are you doing?"
A prayer
Lending a hand to an elderly person
A Bible verse--There are many single verses that make such a difference to my life
A little faith

14 September 2014

A Tragedy

(Lessons from Jeroboam's Wife #1)
At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick.
And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I pray thee, and disguise thyself, that thou be not known to be the wife of Jeroboam; and get thee to Shiloh: behold, there is Ahijah the prophet, which told me that I should be king over this people. 1 Kings 14:1 -2 (for the full story read verses 1-18)

Why would a wicked king who worshipped idols send his wife to get a message from the prophet, the man of God?
His son was sick.
It often takes a tragedy to make people seek God, to wake them up and to bring them to their senses.
When my uncle committed suicide, it stopped my dad in his tracks. It was used to help my Dad come to God.
There are so many other people who have turned to God through sad or difficult things that happened in their lives. A friend or family member dying, an accident, an earthquake, getting cancer... and the list goes on.
What about you?
Do you know God? Are living your life for Him?
Or do you need waking up? Will it take a tragedy to bring you to God? What will it take for God to get your attention?
It's a scary thought!
If you became seriously sick or a tragedy happened that affected you, what things in your life would you change or do?
Don't wait for a tragedy!

5 September 2014

The Winner

Thanks to those who entered in the Book Giveaway.
The winner is Rio Regene Acierda Licuna.
Please email me your postal address and I'll send it.
My email address is emily_lauridsen@yahoo.co.nz

4 September 2014

Too small to make a difference?

Do you ever feel that you're too small, too insignificant or too ordinary to make a difference?
My little boy is nearly 5 months old. He can't do much yet. He's still very dependent. He can't talk, walk or help with anything. I have to do everything for him.
But, you know what? He makes a difference to our house! He has a big smile and a cute giggle. Sometimes it's impossible to be grumpy when he's around!
One afternoon when he had just started to smile, I was trying to have a rest. He woke up needing a feed. Since he was feeding very often and having very short sleeps, I was feeling tired and frustrated. I was about to grudgingly feed him when he looked up at me and voluntarily gave me a huge smile! My frustration melted instantly.
He is so small and so dependent, yet he makes our home a happier place and he brightens up our lives. He adds so much enjoyment to our day. He can't do much, but he does what he can and he makes a difference.
We are all able to do much more than a little baby. While there may be things we can't do, we can at least smile, give an encouraging word, pray or give someone a card. There are many more things that we can do.
Never think that you can't make a difference!

28 August 2014

Book Giveaway

I would like to give away a copy of my book to whoever wins!
(This giveaway is open to anyone in the whole wide world no matter what age. I will get it sent from the Book Depository, which is free shipping!)

What book (apart from the Bible) do you think would make a good giveaway??

To enter the giveaway, simply answer this question as a comment and add your name. Make sure you add your last name. I won't publish the comments but will make a list of the names and get my husband to pick one out. (with eyes shut of course! :) ) Giveaway ends the 4th of September and the winner will be announced on this blog.

And who knows! Maybe the book you suggested will be the next giveaway! :)