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! :)

22 August 2014

Proof!


There is one thing I love about this awful story.
Joseph is proof that it is possible to resist temptation.
He was tempted with very strong temptation, but he didn't fall.
It IS possible! We hear so much today of people falling into sin. It sometimes seems like it's impossible to stay pure when tempted. We even hear of preachers and pastors doing disgraceful things. There are so many girls that go astray in their teen years-get pregnant before marriage, stop going to church, live with a guy before marriage, rebel against their parents. There is so much peer pressure and temptations for teenage girls today. Is it really possible to stand—to stay pure, to live right, to be different?
Joseph is proof! We don't have to fall and make a mess of our lives.
1 Corinthians 10:13
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 

But we must stay close to God like Joseph did. We can't do it on our own.
I read an illustration once that sums it up pretty well. People are like toothpicks and God is like a nail. A toothpick on its own is easy to snap but a toothpick alongside a nail is impossible to snap because of the strength of the nail.
So in our own strength we'll fall easily, but close to God and trusting in His strength we won't snap! We must stay close to God all the time.

Jude 24 “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.”


15 August 2014

What's Better?

(Lessons from Potiphar's Wife)
Joseph had a choice—to sin or not to sin. Each choice had a high cost. What was better for Joseph?
If he had sinned, he would have paid the price of lost fellowship with God, the guilt and troubles that follow sin and of course, losing his purity.
If he didn't sin, he would face the wrath of Potiphar's wife—which turned out to be a false accusation and prison.
Which cost was higher?
Which cost would you choose?
Which was better?
It was better to sit in prison close to God with a good conscience. Doing right has a cost but doing wrong has a higher cost.
There are times in life when we have to choose like Joseph. There are times when both choices have a high cost.
I read a quote that said It's better to lose a good coat than a good conscience.
God may want you to do something that's difficult or something you don't like. What's better? To stay in your comfort zone or to obey God?
If you've done something wrong or made a mistake, what's better? To hide it or confess it?

I remember one time when I lived at home. I used to help my dad with milking the cows. We had quite a small milking shed so I was able to milk by myself. This one evening I forgot to take the milk pipe out of the milk vat when I started putting water through the cups. I quickly realized but when I pulled the milk pipe out of the vat there was already water coming out. When you milk cows you must always take the pipe out of the milk vat before you start washing the cups!! I didn't know if the water had damaged the milk or not. But I didn't want to go home and tell my Dad my mistake.
I had a choice.
I could tell him and maybe get a growling.
Or I could pretend that nothing happened and have a very guilty conscience. Maybe he would never find out.
I chose to risk a telling off! And guess what? My dad just said, “Don't worry about it!!”
Even if I had of gotten in trouble, it would still have been the best choice. Because choosing to do right is always the best choice!
 


8 August 2014

Stains

My two little girls are opposites! Hannah likes to always be clean whereas Esther can hardly wear something without staining it.
One time I was baking some chocolate muffins. I took the tongs off the cake mixer and gave one to each of the girls. Within a minute Hannah was calling out that she needed a wet rag because she had a little bit of mixture on her hands. Whereas Esther came inside later completely covered in mixture! She was having a great time!
Hannah and Esther are a picture of two different types of people.
Dirtiness represents sin. Some people are like Esther, not caring how dirty and stained their lives become. While others are like Hannah--hating sin and trying to stay pure. 
Now, let's talk about Esther for a moment. Esther is always staining her clothes. She got a brand new top for her birthday. I put it on her, but later she was going outside and I knew she would get dirty as our section is very wet at the moment. So I put waterproof overalls and a jersey over top. I thought, There is no way she can get her new top dirty. I was wrong! She came inside later with mud down her sleeves, so now her sleeves were stained! Another time she managed to get into the deep fryer and got oil all over herself. Those clothes had to be thrown away as I just couldn't get the stain or the smell out. No matter how much I scrubbed or soaked, the stain wouldn't come out.
Did you know sin is like that? It leaves behind ugly stains in your life. When you confess your sin to God and repent from it, God forgives and cleanses you. But often you will still have to live with the consequences of your sin. For example, if you tell a lie, people will find it hard to trust you again. Even though you've asked God for forgiveness, you will still have a stained reputation.
Sin can stain the relationships you have with people. Sin can stain your purity. 
 Do you want your life filled with ugly stains? Sin may seem like fun at the time, but it leaves behind terrible stains.
Now let's talk about Hannah. Hannah is very particular about staying clean. When we sit down for a meal, I often give her a wet rag or I know I'll have to get up in the middle of the meal! She can't stand having dirty hands! But even though she is so careful, she still gets dirty. She needs baths just like Esther does and sometimes her clothes get stained aswell. The same goes for you. You should be like Hannah, staying away from sin and keeping pure, but just like she still can't stay clean so you can't be perfect. You will still sin no matter how careful you are and how hard you try. That's why you need a Saviour. That's why Jesus had to die on the cross. You can't be good enough.
Also, Hannah can't see her face. Sometimes while she is fussing over her hands, she has no idea that her face is covered with food. She would be horrified if she knew! And so you also are often so blind to how sinful you really are. You need the mirror of God's Word to show you your sin and then you need the blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse you.
One more lesson I have learned through watching my girls. Esther's influence has changed Hannah a little. Sometimes Hannah will now splash in puddles and get all wet because that's what Esther is doing. I'm sure Hannah wouldn't do it if Esther wasn't there.
And the Bible teaches us that "Evil communications corrupt good manners." If you hang around people who love sin, it will start rubbing off on you and you will start to do things you wouldn't do otherwise.
So remember these lessons.
    1)Sin leaves behind ugly stains.
    2) You should hate sin and stay away from it.
    3) You can never be good enough which is why you need saving.
    4) You'll become like the friends you hang around, so choose good friends.

 

 


27 July 2014

Hurting Others

(Lessons from Potiphar's Wife)

Sin hurts others. What Potiphar's wife did hurt Joseph. He suffered because of her sin.
That's the way life is. Our actions don't just affect us. It can affect everyone we know.
Sin never cares about the other person.

Sin is like a bullet that kills or injures, a knife that stabs and a fire that burns. It hurts!
I'm sure none of us would deliberately hurt anyone with these things, yet we hurt people far more with our mouth and with our actions.
Our words can hurt—criticizing, lying, gossiping, badmouthing etc.
Our actions can hurt—the silent treatment, snobbing, ignoring, disrespect etc.

 
I read a quote a while back which went something like this.
Christians would never purposely run someone down with their car, and yet they run people down with their mouths.

In the book of Proverbs, this verse is repeated twice.
The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. (Proverbs 18:8 and 26:22)

Another Proverbs says A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow. (Pro 25:18)

I never understood what this verse meant until I read it paraphrased like this “Telling lies about someone is as harmful as hitting him with an axe, or wounding him with a sword, or shooting him with a sharp arrow.” Wow! That's pretty serious.

As teenagers and adults, we usually care about people's bodies—we wouldn't hurt them physically—yet we often don't care about their feelings or their reputation.

If you disobey and disrespect your parents, you hurt them deeply. Teenagers who go off their own way have no idea how their sin hurts everyone they know—parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, nieces, nephews, friends, people at church, and the list goes on.

Do you realize how much your words, actions, decisions and attitudes affect others?



1 July 2014

Don't ignore the signs!!


A tourist was driving down a desert road and came upon a sign that read, ROAD CLOSED. DO NOT ENTER. He thought the road looked passable, so he ignored the sign and continued driving down the road.
A mile later, he came to a bridge that was out. He turned around and drove back in the direction he came from. As he approached the warning sign, he read on the other side: WELCOME BACK. TOLD YOU SO!

I read this story in a jokebook! But isn't it so like us? We tend to ignore warnings and think we know what's best. Then somewhere along the line we realize that the warning was right after all and we wish we had listened.
God's Word is full of warnings! Do we listen to them or do we ignore them?
Parents give us warnings! Do we just think we know better?
Remember this story next time you are given a warning.
Be wise and listen!

26 June 2014

Bible Reading Challenge

One way to read the Bible is to have a notebook and write down everything you learn about God as you read.
God has given us His Word to reveal Himself to us.
Often we have our own ideas about what God is like. We tend to make God into what we want Him to be.

So I have started to read the Bible this way and it is interesting!

 So far I have found...

 God is...
    ...all-knowing
    ...righteous
    ...a shield that defends
    ...a judge
    ...angry with the wicked every day
    ...longsuffering
    ...merciful
    ...forgiving
    ...Creator
    ...a refuge for the oppressed in times of trouble
    ...doesn't forsake them that seek Him.