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Thoughtful| Teshuva, the Return

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We, as finite creatures- tend to drift. To float away weakly after the pleasures of the world. We exchange the wonderful blessings of Christ Jesus, for the fleeting pleasures of sin. It’s a rip-off, but we don’t mind. It doesn’t matter to us. But it should.

Many of you have probably heard the C.S Lewis quote about the children being more content with mud pies than with the vacation at the beach. That’s us. We’ll take the mud pies, disguised to look like candy- and devour them.

But there’s good news.

We’re not given over to our sin as unbelievers are. The Lord will never forsake His own. He pursues us, He loves us freely. And above all- He convicts us. Have you ever felt that terrible poke right before doing what you know is wrong? Most of the time, people refer to that as your conscience. But did you know that the Holy Spirit, while being a comforter- is also a convicter? God doesn’t wink at sin, and He has indwelt us in the person of the Spirit. He is merciful and gracious.

I feel that the things that I have been doing are drowning out the love that I ought to have for God. I cry out, asking why God isn’t answering. Why isn’t He there? Well, He is. Sometimes God doesn’t answer the way we want Him to. Sometimes we alienate ourselves from Him. We neglect reading His Word and praying. And then we wonder why we don’t ‘feel’ Him there.

The Psalm most applicable that I can think of to repentance (turning away to return) is Psalm 32. It tells us what happens when we do not confess, and I gives us encouragement to return.

Blessed Are the Forgiven

A Maskil of David.

” Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
    whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
    and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
    through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
    my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah

I acknowledged my sin to you,
    and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
    and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

Therefore let everyone who is godly
    offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
surely in the rush of great waters,
    they shall not reach him.
You are a hiding place for me;
    you preserve me from trouble;
    you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
    which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
    or it will not stay near you.

10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
    but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,
    and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!”

~Psalm 32

Sadly, sometimes it’s so easily said, and not easily done at all. I know when I’m in a ‘spiritual rut’ or find myself backsliding back into sin- sometimes the last thing I want is to return. Even though He loves me freely. Even though my current path will only lead to destruction. I still am content to wallow in the mud.

Sometimes we must wallow in the mud for a while to be brought to utter humility. We see our need of Him more clearly when He ‘hides His face’ from us for a while. But then, like the prodigal son—we return. He brings us back like lost sheep into His fold. We feast once again on green pastures. He restores our cast-down souls. He gives us drink from the clear, still waters.

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He makes us to lie down in peace.

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Thoughtful| “Once Upon a Birthday”

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“Growing up is never straight forward. There are moments when everything is fine, and other moments where you realize that there are certain memories that you’ll never get back, and certain people that are going to change, and the hardest part is knowing that there’s nothing you can do except watch them.”     

~Alden Nowlan (no idea who this is 😉 )

From the above quote…you may guess what this post is about. Growing up. Getting older, and leaving behind the days of littlehood. This has been put on my mind a lot lately. I have to admit, I’ve been thinking about it for years. I think the first time was when I was six years old. The world was big, the grownups were so very…grown up. I look back and can’t help but blush at some of the things I thought as a really little girl. One thing that I think is funny is that I thought I would have a ‘special someone’ when I turned sixteen. Then it was all the story of Sindersoot (aka-Ascenputtel, Cinderella) and all those other beautiful fairytales. Well…I turned sixteen and um- yeah. I had figured out long before then that my childish thoughts were just not the way things actually normally happen. I blame the Little House on the Prairie tv series with Melissa Gilbert playing Laura. Do any of y’all remember how Mary had a ‘special friend’ when she was maybe fourteen? 🙂 Anyways…yes. The more people I meet the more funny little kid stories I come across.

The reason it’s come to my mind RIGHT NOW is my big sis, Hannah- just turned eighteen. And I will be eighteen next year. We’ve been pretty close for a pretty long time now, and I’ve always felt left behind whenever she crosses into another season in her life. We really do grow at a different rate. Everyone is just so different.

There’s one thing I’ve decided about this tricky business called ‘growing up’. I don’t want to forget all my memories. And I don’t want to be sad, depressed, or bitter about being left behind. Because I’m a unique person, who God is shaping day-by-day into the image of His Son. And I can enjoy where He’s placed me. All to soon, I’ll probably be wondering where the years went. I’ll be one of the older and (hopefully) wiser people who’re always telling us teenagers to be content. To just enjoy where we are right now. Here’s another quote about growing up:

“One of the oddest things about being grown-up was looking back at something you thought you knew and finding out the truth of it was completely different from what you had always believed.”

~Patricia Briggs

That’s something I can identify with. As I get older…things I thought are torn down and replaced with reality. And that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It is often a very painful thing (depending what it is), but not always something that will devastate you. Read this Bible verse for a very telling thing about growing up.

“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.”

~1 Corinthians 13:11 

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Have you had any similar thoughts?

Do you have any favorite childhood memories?

What is ONE memory that you never want to forget?

~Emmaline

p.s The cake for the post is the one I made for Hannah’s birthday. It was a two layer cake, one layer raspberry- the other vanilla. With chocolate cream cheese frosting, and strawberries on top.

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Thoughtful| “Forgiveness”

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This post is one that’s been set rather immediately on my mind because of some things that have been going on in my life.

This isn’t a post of self-pity.

This isn’t a post telling you it’s all someone else’s fault.

This isn’t a post to tell you if you forgive someone they’ll be automatically changed.

Sometimes life seems like those broken pieces of glass. Getting broken is painful. Being sinned against (and sinning against someone else) hurts. There isn’t an easy fix all the time. Not every relationship can be fixed by simply setting up a day, meeting,

and

T A L K I N G   IT  OUT.

People will probably be bitter, have scars, and just be hurt in general. Forgiving someone isn’t just saying you’re sorry something happened. It’s much more difficult than that. If it was that easy, probably no one would have any problem with saying it. True forgiveness is HARD and takes a big dose of grace and humility. Asking forgiveness takes a pride-smashin’ session. And forgiving someone? It takes exactly the same.

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For a while, I was feeling pretty comfortable with life (probably a bad sign). There were maybe a few small arguments once in a while…nothing major though. Then, out of the blue to me (also probably a bad sign) things starting coming up. I ended up hurt. There was a lot of emotional taxation. There still is. I was also angry. I didn’t understand why it was happening to me, or what I has done wrong in the particular situation. But I can already see it being used for good. It hurts, it’s maybe very inconvenient, and it makes me sad–but God has been drawing me nearer to Him through it.

Motivation for forgiving others…

“Why should I forgive someone (especially if they don’t even ASK forgiveness) ?” that question was going around in my head.  At one point, someone asked me if I hated them and if I didn’t, why didn’t I? I was so tempted to just run off feeling even more hurt. But in that moment someone else told me to ‘start with the obvious’. Now, that probably doesn’t make much sense, but thankfully- I knew just what was meant. The person I was dealing with was a ______ in Christ. Christ had forgiven them with His blood- just the same as He’d saved me. I had no right, absolutely none- to hate the person. Yes, I was hurt. But I have been commanded to love, not to hate.

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

~Ephesians 4:32, ESV.

You have every reason to love, and NO REASON to hate. Especially someone who is your brother or sister in Christ. If I could remember that every time I wronged someone or was wronged- there would be a huge forgiveness party! We would all be asking forgiveness.

WE HAVE EVERY MOTIVATION IN CHRIST.

~Emmaline

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Movies to See in 2017

Hey guys,

Most people enjoy a good watch. This post is me raving (oh okay, maybe not RAVING- that’s too strong a word) about movies coming out this year. That’s right—2017!

1. STAR WARS EPISODE EIGHT: THE LAST JEDI

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Some people don’t like the Star Wars series. I totally understand if y’all aren’t thrilled. There are some things that I strongly dislike with the films, but also things I like. It doesn’t help any that my family was sorta’ ‘raised’ on this by our uncle 🙂 . But I am looking forward to the continuation of the series.

(p.s. I am not listing them in the level of my excitement, but rather they are listed VERY randomly.)

2. LIVE ACTION BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

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Now I AM pretty excited about this one. When Disney started reproducing the live action fairytales (last year?) I was happy. Cinderella was the first one. And now Beauty and the Beast. So far, Disney has stayed close to their original plot (from what we saw of Cinderella, anyways.). I am quite confident that this movie will indeed be the live action version of their original animated movie. When I was 12 I got into fairytales. Not necessarily Disney princesses but more the brother’s Grimm. But I enjoy a good throw of fantasy and fairytale.

3. CARS 3

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My younger siblings love animated movies. I must say, I rather enjoy them too. I have no idea how this one is going to be or if it’ll even be worth watching. But I liked the other two well enough. So maybe this one will be good as well, who knows?

4. PADDINGTON 2

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While Paddington 1 was almost nothing like the book…I thought it was a fun little movie. I’m not sorry that they didn’t stick to the book because the book…was very obviously a child’s book. I did NOT like the two children’s attitude towards their parents or a few other little things which had to do with mostly the older girl, Judy. If you’ve watched it- you know what I mean. But I am still looking forward to this and hoping that it won’t be grasping for a plot. That kind of movie annoys me.

5. I’M NOT ASHAMED

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The story of Rachel Joy Scott is an inspiring and amazing and heartbreaking story. It’s also disturbing. I know this came out in 2016, but I haven’t watched it yet 😦 . There are several things that I am not sure about in this film, 1 being the possible disturbingness of the shooting. Another thing is the inclusion of some of the Robertsons in this film (Duck Dynasty). I am very certain that isn’t true to the real story. I also don’t know how the theology of the movie will be. Sometimes there’s just an awful lot I don’t agree with even in Christian films. But otherwise I am very excited to possibly watch this sometime. You should look up her story when you have the time- it’s pretty amazing.

Well, that’s all for now!

Which movies are you looking forward to? 

What other movies are you excited about? (I very probably forgot to mention quite a few 😀 ) 

Do any of these look good to you?

~Emmaline

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Thoughtful| “Children”

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Hey there!

Welcome to my second installment of Thoughtful. The title of this is on children. I have thought a lot about children over time. It’s sort of hard not to. You go to the grocery store and you see- children. You go home (and if you have any younger siblings) you see- more children. You go to church and you see- children. 😉 I suppose you’re seeing the point here. There’s no escaping children, like it or not. The point of this post is not to give you tips on children (um- what would I know about that?), it’s to talk about my thoughts on children and give a Biblical perspective on them. I see the real need for this kind of post (even though I won’t say anything new) because it seems many people see children as an inconvenience these days.

Let’s get started…

I get accused of not liking children.

There, I said it. Why? Oh, there are several reasons. I am rarely the one you see holding the babies at church. I am rarely the one you see holding babies at all. There is a reason for that, however. EVERYONE WANTS TO HOLD THE BABIES. There is generally a long line. I am not the assertive one when it comes to holding or playing with children. Another reason is that I am not very gentle or patient with my siblings. The truth is- I’m not. I struggle rather a lot with being a kind big sister. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like children. Anyone with siblings probably knows that there is a big difference between YOUR relationship with YOUR siblings- and your relationship with other children.

I like children. (my secret is out…ahhhh! 🙂 )

It’s true I am not always jumping out of my socks when told a baby is ready to be held. But I find that with certain children I experience much more of a connection than with others. A young couple from church has just made the decision to foster three little children. A four-year-old little girl, a three-year-old little boy, and a one-year-old baby boy. The catch? The two oldest have autism (and the baby boy likely has it as well). When the couple announced their decision to DCS- the workers there showed surprise. The reason? No one had wanted to foster care for them because it was a difficult situation. The four-year-old and I played together on Sunday. Her name is Lyla (I also have a cousin named Lyla, random fact.). She chattered on the whole time and we just played together. She has a pretty severe case of autism and barely eats at all. She can’t really talk yet either. Every few minutes she’ll repeat a word if you say one. But she doesn’t communicate fluently as other children her age probably could.

This poses a question. Is Lyla less precious than other children?

No.

Children in general are a blessing. The Bible says they are.

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Possibly one of my favorite Bible ‘stories’ (they’re true, so I don’t quite get why we call them stories exactly.) is the story of Christ laying His hands on the children of some of the Jewish parents. The disciples wanted to push them away- but Christ actually rebuked them for it!

“Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away.”

~Matthew 19:13-15

Children are the future of this generation. More specifically- they are the future of the church. They are blessings. Christ (in many places in scripture) showed that he loved them. If Christ loved children, how can I do any less?

~Emmaline

 

 

 

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My Coat of Arms History Project

Hey guys!

I have mentioned before that I am taking a history/humanities course for high school with a group of friends. Today I am just going to spend some time sharing our most recent project with y’all. We were instructed to make a coat of arms on the theme of our family in the past, the present, and our vision for our family in the future. We are also supposed to make a paper explaining why we chose the symbols we did for the coat of arms. I will be sharing a picture of my finished coat of arms project and I’ll add a copy of the paper to explain it.

 

❤ My Coat of Arms Project Paper ❤

My Family: Past, Present, and Future

My coat of arms is based loosely on the Sauer coat of arms- and primarily on my imagination.

Past~ My crest displays my family’s past with four of the symbols shown: The Italian flag, the German flag, the lion, and the capital letter ‘F’. The Italian flag symbolizes the Figura family as having Italian roots and our immigration from Italy to the US. The German flag- the name ‘Sauer’ has German roots. The name literally means ‘a man who is a sawyer (cut wood to sell)’. 🙂 The Lion is the central item in the ‘Sauer’ family crest. The lion symbolizes royalty, valor, and strength. The lion is also known for having Biblical significance (Lion of Judah, Christ.). The letter ‘F’ is simply supposed to help to identify my family name.

Present~ Let’s start with the shield division I chose. The red cross symbolizes faith and protection. Protection can be anything from God’s constant protection of His children to a father’s protection of his children. Or parents teaching their children and protecting them from worldly influences. Quinque Solas is a latin phrase which means ‘the five solas’. While is not even close to a summary of what my family believes- it does give a foundation for justification- one of the most crucial doctrines fought for during the reformation. Cave, Cave, Deus Videt– is a latin phrase which is and was popular especially in the middle ages. It means ‘Beware, beware, God sees!’. This is a warning to all Christians and all people in general. It is especially aimed at our practical atheism. When we want to sin, we pretend in our hearts that God isn’t there- that He doesn’t see. But God will not wink at sin- thus the warning.

Future~ My vision for my family in the future can be summarized in one word: ‘triumph’. The victory over sin that Christ has won for us. Now I will explain the five remaining symbols on my crest. The color of my shield in old heraldry stood for freedom, beauty, joy, health and hope, and loyalty in love. I pray that in the future my family will be forever loyal to God and each other. The anchor is placed strategically in the center of my crest, as I wanted it’s prominence to be obvious. It symbolizes salvation, hope, and religious steadfastness. I have a vision that by God’s grace- that my family will be steadfast in their faith and not be swayed by heresy. I pray they will never lose the hope that they have as Christians. The apple is to display God’s goodness, the peace we have in Christ, and once again- salvation (seeing a pattern here? 🙂 ). Lastly- the acorn and the crown. The acorn means independence and strength. The crown is tucked under the shoulder of the lion (the lion represents Jesus Christ, as I said earlier.) to show that it belongs to Him. The crown is literally known as the ‘heavenly crown’. Other meanings include: ‘a symbol of victory’, ‘sovereignty and empire’.  To summarize that for you- “GOD RULES AND REIGNS!”.

“Saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” “

~Revelation 5:12

Soli Deo Gloria!

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This was a fun project and I recommend it. It’s a lot of fun to track down history and to create your own crest. I loved it because you can technically count it for an art credit too 🙂 .

Have you ever done something like this?

Have you ever made a family tree?

What do you think of my drawings on the crest 😉 ?

~Emmaline

 

 

 

 

 

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Bible Verses for Women

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This post is a little different than my normal posts, but I feel it’s an important thing to talk about especially in light of our current culture. One thing that is sad to me–is the fact that many people who try to speak to women don’t speak from the Bible. I’ll just preface this by saying that if you read the Bible–none of this will be new to you. But I hope that it will be an encouragement just the same. This post will strive to ask and answer specific questions about women straight from the Bible–and will mainly focus on what a women is to be. (NOTE: this is by no means an exhaustive post.)

What Should a Woman’s Main Concern Be?

A Christian woman’s main concern should be delighting in the Lord. Her love for Him will be the basis for all the other things that flow from this. If she loves the Lord- she will obey Him. This is really true for any believer, man or woman. But it is so very crucial.

John 14:15

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

Mark 12:30

“‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'”

Psalm 37:4

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

How Should a Woman Look or Dress?

And now we get into common and nitty gritty questions. They’re important though. I am honestly not going to give any extensive detail or place myself as an authority on the matter. I will simply state what the Bible says about this. That way if anyone is offended it’s not me you can be mad at 😉 . I will add that I firmly agree with what the Bible says and believe ALL Christians should as well (you may take offence at that if you wish 😦 🙂 ) And no, that is NOT a legalistic comment. It is simply saying that if you are a Christian and believe the Bible (I don’t see how you could be Christian and disbelieve the Bible)–then you ought to also obey God by obeying the Bible.

How should I dress?

Deuteronomy 22:5

“A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.”

The first principle clearly laid out in Scripture is that we are not to wear a man’s garment and vice versa for the men. I won’t tell you that this verse means you can’t wear pants or you have to wear skirts. We’re not going there and I don’t think there’s much evidence that can be pulled out of the hat (yes there is ‘evidence’ that can be found when one is searching for it really hard. But we need to be very careful that we don’t pervert Scripture or become legalists). This is the basic principle that is there.

1 Peter 3:3-4

“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”

1 Timothy 2:9

“Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire…”

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

I am going to ask you not to get hung up on the parts which talk about braided hair and gold jewelry. To do so would be to lose the meaning and actual force of the passage. I would say that the second principle is dress modestly. And as I say that–I would ask you to keep in mind that our love for God is the reason we do this. It’s not ultimately just so that we help our brothers in Christ not to stumble (it is that as well). It’s because it needs to be our delight to honor the Lord. But if you feel like you want something in the form of actual advice on the topic I’ll mention something my dear mother mentioned to me. When you’re considering how to dress ask yourself: “Can I wear this outfit to the glory of God?” and also: “Am I seeking someone’s approval wearing these clothes?”. Yes, it’s generic. But it’s also a great litmus test. Note: also apply this test to the way you choose to look.

How Should a Woman Act?

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No I did not take this photo or make this graphic. I just thought it was pretty 🙂 .

Proverbs 31:26

“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”

Titus 2:3-5

“Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”

1 Timothy 2:11-12

“Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.”

One thing that you will find continuously in the Bible ever since woman was created- is submission. Now I know many of you are probably not married. I’m not either for that matter 😉 . But daughters are to submit to their fathers as they would submit to Christ. Keep in mind the first thing I said. It’s our love for Christ that provokes our obedience to Him.

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Single ladies: Just switch the husband part to ‘father’ and you’ve got it 🙂 . 

 

Obviously being submissive and showing honor to you husband or father or ruling authorities isn’t the ONLY way we’re supposed to act. Proverbs 31:26 (above) gives us some helpful advice. Another part of Proverbs 31 (everyone knows Proverbs 31) says–

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“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar…”

Proverbs 31:20

“She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.”

The Proverbs 31 woman isn’t a sissy- she’s STRONG. We do need to be careful that we don’t go out of what the passage intends when it says she’s strong. This woman is strong of character- she works hard. She is diligent. She opens her mouth in wisdom. She is generous to the poor. We’re not saying a worldly kind of strong here. The world wants to make you think that a woman is more like a man than a woman. It wants you to confuse your God-given role as wife, daughter, and mother. It doesn’t want you to think that being under a man’s authority is a high calling. It wants you to think children are a hindrance. An inconvenience. In short, it wants you to be selfish. It wants you to be consumed with a career. It doesn’t want you to have any time for family.

This is why it’s so very important that we understand who we are made to be. We are to be followers. But not of this world. We are to follow Christ wherever he leads us. We are not to be sniveling little weaklings either however. The Proverbs 31 woman shows us that.

 

How Should a Woman View the World?

What Should a Woman’s Involvement in the World Be?

I’m going to lump these two together because they’re so very related.

John 15:19

“If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”

Romans 12:2

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Philippians 3:20-21

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”

Colossians 3:2

“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

1 John 2:15-17

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”

James 4:4

“You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

These verses while somewhat scary-sounding, make themselves abundantly clear. We are to be in this world–but not OF this world. Our citizenship isn’t in America (or anywhere else for that matter)–but rather in Heaven. If we are children of God, then we are children whose home is in Heaven.

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As I said, this ISN’T an exhaustive post. This is all that I will cover for the time being. I hope this was encouraging and helpful to you. It has been very good for me to just be writing it. Mostly because I get to search the Word for specific verses on being a woman.

What are your thoughts on this topic?

Do you struggle with the role and function of Biblical submission?

Did you disagree with any of this as a fellow believer?

~Emmaline

Posted in Faith and Controversial Topics, Seasonal Posts

Merry Christmas!

 

 

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“For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
 Of the increase of his government and of peace
    there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
    to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
    from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”

~Isaiah 9:6-7

“No one is really neutral about whether Christmas is true. If the Son of God was really born in a manger, then we have lost the right to be in charge of our lives. Who can be objective about a claim that, if it is true, means you’ve lost control of your life? You can’t be.” ~Tim Keller, Hidden Christmas (page 72)

Merry Christmas!

~Emmaline

 

Merry Christmas!

~Emmaline

Posted in Faith and Controversial Topics, reading

My To-Read Bookshelf

Hello!

Ever wondered how I decide which book is the next in my ‘reading’ list? Well…you’ve come to the right place. Many people call this kind of a post ‘what’s on my bookshelf’. But I’ll just call it ‘My To-Read Bookshelf’. Most of the books on this shelf are books that I have recently bought and am planning to read. But I admitted to myself…that I need a shelf and a schedule for these books. The shelf part’s down…but the schedule? To be determined.

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The books to the left are ones that I’m already reading. And I’m reading them…

…V E R Y  S L O W L Y.

I can see the need for a coordinated schedule. Because, I really am spreading myself too thin. I need that schedule and then I need to write more in my reading journal so that I can better process my thoughts. There are various factors to consider in constructing a reading schedule. Here’s a little list:

  1. How many books per month? I think one is a good starting place 🙂
  2. Which ones are good for devotions? Several of the books I don’t want on the actual schedule. Some are more devotional than others. I’m thinking specifically of the 365 Days with Calvin book. I’m starting that for my devotions (Deo Volente) in January 2017.
  3. Are there other books that I’ll have as required reading for school? Um-yes. I get a new one monthly because I do Gileskirk by Dr. George Grant. So far I’ve done reviews on Augustine’s Confessions and Beowulf. But I know for sure there are more books. And I have the occasional review to do from Bethany House, as well.

 

The List…

//Pilgrim Theology, by Michael Horton

Status: Reading (not actively)

//The Peacemaker, by Ken Sande

Status: Reading (not actively)

//The Christ-Centered Preaching of Dr, Martyn Lloyd Jones, by  Martyn Lloyd Jones 🙂

Status: Reading (not actively)

// Ann Judson Missionary Wife, by Arabella Stuart

Status: Reading (half-way through, but not actively)

// Katharine Parr, by Brandon G. Withrow

Status: Reading (almost done)

// When People are BIG and God is Small, by Edward T. Welch

Status: Reading (almost done)

//Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

Status: Reading (almost done)

//The Door in the Wall, by Marguerite DE Angeli

Status: Reading (not actively, but almost done)

//The Glory of Christ, by John Owen (why is this on the shelf? I am re-reading the later portion of the book 🙂 )

Status: Read. (re-reading later portion)

//Communion With God, by John Owen

// The Piety of John Calvin, translated and edited by Ford Lewis Battles

Status: Reading snippets. (parts of book being read, but not the entirety all through)

 

The ones I am not reading yet…

// The Doctrine of Repentance, by Thomas Watson

// The Heart of Christ, by Thomas Goodwin

// The Lord’s Supper, by Thomas Watson

// The Holy Spirit, by John Owen

// The Mystery of Providence, by John Flavel

// The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, by Jeremiah Burroughs

// C.H Spurgeon’s Prayers, by Charles Haddon Spurgeon 🙂

// All of Grace, by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

// To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

// The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards, by Jonathan Edwards 🙂

// Calvin & Culture, edited by Hall and Padgett

// 365 Days with Calvin, selected and edited by Joel R. Beeke

 

*Note: there are other titles on my kindle which are on my reading list as well.

 

What are YOU reading right now?

Have you read any or all of the titles listed?

What book(s) would you recommend?

 

~Emmaline

 

Posted in Faith and Controversial Topics, Lifestyle, Writing

If at First You Don’t…

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Hello!

Today I’m doing something a little different. A post on failure…(so popular, right? 🙂 )

In my albeit short life, I have undergone a lot of (what I would consider) failures. Mostly in my crazy craft life. Other failures include:

a. writing endeavors.

b. drawing endeavors.

c. picture-snapping endeavors.

d. etsy business endeavor.

ETC.

Thankfully, I’m told we all make mistakes. But…that doesn’t make an excuse for mediocrity. So…how should we handle the failures? First off, I would say…

  1. DON’T QUIT!!!!

In my humble opinion, quitting is the true failure.

2. Observe the ‘failure’ and try to figure out where you went wrong.

This may be the singularly most helpful thing you can do. There have been so many things like this for me personally. Let’s take a pretty popular high-school example: math. (There are plenty of people who like it, I know…) I for one, am going through geometry. And I’m finding that it’s getting harder. I have to apply this tip to geometry all the time! I go back and observe where I went wrong…and I study so that NEXT TIME- I won’t make the same ole’ mistake.

3. Keep it in your mind that this should be done for God’s glory.

Too often, I think we make the mistake in thinking that everything we’re working for is for us! Talk about needing a shift in focus. I’m always wishing I could remember this in my hour of frustration. If I was setting my mind on higher things, I probably WOULD remember this whenever I’m frustrated about something.

To close this brief study on failure I will share a quote that I love on failure (funny that I love something relating to failure 🙂 ).

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NOTE: Just so y’all know, I do NOT consider myself an expert on any topics I pick up on this blog. Really, writing all this out helps me more than anyone. As I write my thoughts, I am able to think more clearly about things. This blog really is talking to myself most of all!

 

What are things YOU have ‘failed’ at and want to ‘try, try again’?

Do you have any additional things that have helped you deal with failure?

What are your thoughts on failure?

 

~Emmaline