Feminine Modesty Monday

Hello Gals!

How was y’all’s winter? I hope y’all are enjoying spring! :) We are just now entering spring and it is so pleasant to be able to go outside and feel fairly warm-without wearing a coat, feel mud and soft gravel squish under my feet (when it isn’t above my shoe tops!!!) and see faint signs of spring!!!! Every season has been given it’s beauties from Yahweh.

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The pink flowered blouse was given to us by a sweet friend. The skirt was bought at a thrift store for around $6.

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I enjoyed making this outfit more bright and dressy by wearing a seashell patterned white Cape that one of my older sisters gave me on one of my birthdays a few years ago, and a pair of white shoes (that I got at a BUY1GET1 sale at Kmart for $8-$10).

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Blessings;
Sarah

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Selflessly Loving…picture

Hello gals,

I realized that the picture in the post, Selflessly Loving, accidentally got deleted after being posted; sorry about that!

Here it is again! :)

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With love;

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Time is an Essence

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While one of my brothers and I were talking a few weeks ago, I became awed. We were talking about a way that I was doing something that was probably no longer necessary; yet I was still doing it and was spending about five minutes several times each day doing it. He started doing the math for it and came up with something that hit me with an amazing realization!!! I would spend a total of four hours doing this unnecessary thing in two weeks time, and five (twenty-four hour) days per year, doing something simply by spending five minutes, four times a day doing it!!! I was awed!!! It is amazing to think about how very important each minute is, and how they add up so quickly!!! I pray that when we realize how important “just a minute” is, that we  would do our best to spend them doing things that glorify Yahweh. The times, though they may seem small, do add up and we must use the time that our Heavenly Father has given us to use, wisely!

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to Yahweh, and not unto men; Knowing that of Yahweh ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Anointed.  -Colossians 3:23-24

One time, a few years ago, I had just finished doing something and realizing that I had thirty or so minutes before lunch time, I was contemplating what I should do. I could either bake a quick batch of cookies, or I could go play with my siblings…Which was more important? I decided to ask my three younger siblings who were playing a game, which they’d prefer. It didn’t take them more than a moment to reply enthusiastically, “Come play!!!”. I was thinking about it afterwards. My siblings really enjoy cookies, but it is more important to them that I take time out of the “busi-ness” of life to stop doing things, even ones that are for them, and be with them!! There is a time and place to give our time to our beloved ones by doing things for them and a time to put aside things/”duties” to spend time with them, personally. This has been a struggle for me, personally, and is something I am trying to work on. It can be all too easy to waste my time on things that do not have eternal value, and forget that I have a limited time (though how limited it is,  is not known to me) with everyone around me!!! Without notice, I may not have another opportunity to shine the love of Yahshua to someone/everyone in my life. Would they know that I loved them? Would I have shined Yahshua’s light and love to them, or would I have been swept off dealing with things?

I have been convicted about this, lately, as I think about my family…does each family member know that I love them VERY much?

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I’d like to leave you with an article, A Higher Calling (Part 1 & Part 2), that a sweet friend of mine, who is sincerely one of the most beautiful and virtuous woman that I’ve ever met, wrote a while ago. The articles touched my heart deeply with conviction, inspiration, and encouragement, and I pray they do the same for you as well.

Blessings in Yahshua the Anointed

 

 

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Feminine Modesty Monday

Hello gals!
How are y’all enjoying this winter? I have heard that some people are enjoying spring already and that is nearly unfathomable when I think of Maine just now warming (a little later than usual for us) into the thirties! Spring is coming, all in due season…for some of us it is just a few weeks away!!!! :)

We are planning on starting Feminine Modesty Mondays again. They will probably be close to every other week, instead of every week as we had tried to do before. I would really enjoy receiving pictures from y’all of modest outfits that you like and would like us to use for Feminine Modesty Mondays. Please don’t feel like you need to have modesty standards that are the same as ours. There is nothing wrong with being “different”; we can all gain from each others’ examples! You are welcome to send in pictures of your modest and feminine outfits and I’ll try to use them sometime in the future posts! :)

I have realized that I really like pink right now! For months now, I have REALLY enjoyed wearing pink!! The outfit I am posting today, is…can you guess??? Pink! I am really not sure why I like pink so much right now, but I am guessing it is because, not only does it pull out some color in my light skin, but pink is as close to the most feminine color that I know of and in trying to be feminine, I’ll often choose pink!! I know there are many other colors that a woman can wear that are feminine; pink has just been a favorite of mine.

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The skirt is handmade and was handed down to me when it was nearly new, except for a bleach stain. Thankfully the skirt was wide enough and full enough that I simply ripped out the waist band seam, cut part of a panel that had bleach on it off of the skirt, resewed the skirt back together and slipped the elastic back into the waste band. You may have seen this skirt in another post along with a cranberry colored knit shirt. As for the shirt, Samantha posted a picture of it in a post that we did last July or August with a white skirt, but I have since altered the shirt to fit me better. I really like the color and style of this shirt, but it was a Large or XL, so it was much too big for me! (I generally wear a size Small or Medium ). This shirt was so big on me that it was somewhat bulky for a gal’s shirt, uncomfortable, and, in my opinion, less feminine. It also helped me realize that shirts that are too large, can actually be less modest than a fairly fitted shirt!!! Reason being, the shoulder, being too big (wide) would pull the side of the shirt out when I lifted my arm (because I had inches of extra material around the waist), which can provide some embarrassing moments! I find that wearing a t-shirt or some kind of long shirt under my outer shirt helps be sure that I am always “covered”…even if while playing a game like Volley Ball or reaching for something high above my head that ends up causing my shirt to come up a little too high…but still, even when I wear a t-shirt under my shirt, I try to be sure that all of my shirts are long enough that they still cover me well. It is awkward to try to be sure that the waist of my shirt stays by my waist and doesn’t buckle outward or isn’t lifted too high, causing me to become immodest!!

It helps to have the t-shirt blend in well with the outer shirt, by the way. ;)  While looking at some pictures that were taken this last Fall, I realized things like my bright green t-shirt collar was visible under my plum-purple velvet shirt!!

I really enjoy altering clothes because it makes finding shirts that I like much easier (because often small things that I don’t like, can be altered) and it allows for creativity too, with Yahweh’s help, to make clothes be the way I’d like them to be, sometimes just for the fun of it!! :) Some of my sisters enjoy buying large shirts and inexpensively turning them into pretty, modest maternity shirts. Altering shirts, although at times can be very difficult, can also be fairly easy; thankfully altering this shirt was one of those times! :)
I’ve included before and after pictures of the shirt in this post. The “before” pics were from pictures that were taken last July/August. The bouquet was sweetly given to me by one of my sweet brothers. :)

Before 1. (this one shows a little bit of how loose the shirt was on me before being altered):

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I have found it easiest to alter clothes if I figure out what I need to do with that specific piece of clothing, before beginning the alterations. :) It also helps to wear a shirt a few times before working on it, to decide what I don’t like and what I would like to change about it. Lately, I’ve realized that I don’t do so well trying to accomplish something if I do it on the fly, without having a “vision” of where and how I want to get there, before starting!! :)

First, I figured out how much I wanted to tuck the sides in, which for this shirt was a 1 1/2″ seam allowance equaling three-plus inches of material per side (I did a slightly larger seam allowance at the waist and armhole). Making the original armhole smaller, not only made it more comfortable, but I also have room to gather my sleeves, which I really like because it adds a more feminine touch. Then to start the process, I ripped out the seams that connected the sleeves to the shirt bodice and set the sleeves aside. Taking the bodice, I sewed the side-seams smaller and made sure that it fit well.
This picture was taken at that time, with a long sleeve cotton shirt under the bodice that I was working on.

After 1.

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Then I measured, and cut an excess amount of material off of the inside shoulder seam to make it fit me better. Generally, I cut the most amount of material off of the front seam of the arm-hole and a tiny bit on the top of the shoulder, but not on the back (to leave comfortable arm-moving room); it really depends on the shirt though and how it fits me. I think that for the next shirt I do, I will cut more off of the inside shoulder seam than I did for this shirt, leaving about 7 1/2″ inches for my shirts from the center seam (second button down) to the arm whole.

Here is a paint-job example of what I am referring to when I talk about cutting material off of the shoulder seam. This is more than what I cut off when I made this shirt, but is an example what I am talking about.
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Because the shoulder was made for someone with larger shoulders than I, it buckled some. So, I ripped the seam out on the shoulder, peeled back the top layer that is for looks and worked on the two shoulder seams that really matter. :) After I measured by pinching the seam to the point that it fit best (about a 1/4″ seam on this shirt) at the arm-whole, I ripped the shoulder seam out. Then, I folded the middle layer over the bottom layer and sewed it, gradually (much like we do darts on the front and back bodices of our dresses) to the original point at the collar. This picture was taken at this time:

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Then, I took the top layer, folded it down, and sewed it back onto the shirt. Taking the sleeves, I gathered them to fit the armhole, evened the gathers out while grouping most of them to the top of the shoulder, and sewed them back on.

Here are a couple more pictures of the outfit, completely finished. In the top photo I was wearing a pink headband. It is made of cotton binding, that I simply wrapped around my head and tied under my hair. These work really well, because they are slightly stretchy, so they are comfortable but they also do not fall off as easily. Then, my hair was pinned back with a Flexi Clip.

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In this photo, I had my hair in a half French Twist and it was held by a Flexi Clip.

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Be sure to listen to Yahweh’s voice, even while sewing! At times I am amazed with gratitude and wonder at my heavenly Father’s love and guidance that He gives, even as I do “tiny” things in life like sewing!! He is such a loving Father and God. At times, I am sewing something, like a sleeve onto a shirt, when I feel Him lay on my heart to stop. It is amazing when I stop and listen for the next command, asking Him what it is that He wants me to do; often I realize that it was for a great cause. Sometimes it is because I am sewing something wrong or the hard way, and other times it is because He uses that time to remind me that I had something else to do at that time, but had forgotten. Yahweh knows what is best; I just need to have listening ears, ready hands and a willing heart to hear and obey His voice!

I remember when I was wearing this skirt soon after getting it that it made me feel pretty and so feminine!! Have y’all noticed that the clothes, and shoes actually, that you wear affect how you feel and act as a woman? I’d enjoy hearing your experiences, if you’d like to share.

All in all, the skirt was given to me, the shirt was from a thrift-store (a favorite for me!) and it cost me about $3, the shoes were gotten on a Buy1 Get1 sale at Kmart for around $8-$10, the headband was extra cotton binding that we had on hand. The Heart Bouquet Flexi is a favorite of mine and cost $14. :)

Blessings;
Sarah

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Selflessly loving

Hello gals,

My precious sisters, in learning to love those around me, I am learning to be “self-less”. Yahweh gives us several commands about how to love those around us. (Actually, He gave us lots of commands; I believe that loving Yahweh and our neighbor as ourselves is the reason for His law!! When we learn to love and keep Yahweh’s law along with His grace, we learn how to truly love Him and all people around us!!!) It is exciting and wonderful to think about. :)

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Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another;” Romans 12:10

When I think of preferring others above ourselves, I think of a few things. This can be applied to the person who prefers to save one’s life above their own…but it also applies to each of us in our daily lives…all the way down to preferring the last scoop of ice cream for our siblings rather than ourselves, (even though we’d really like it at that time) or letting our siblings choose the music, even though we are really wanting to listen to a certain type of music, etc!  This doesn’t mean that we may not ever say “no” to people’s requests, but it does mean that we need to learn to love others above ourselves, and truly…if I love and prefer others above myself, then I would lovingly prefer to sacrifice my own pleasures for theirs. I am speaking as much, if not more, to myself as anyone.

May we all serve and prefer others above ourselves. Yahshua is the precious Son of God, and yet, He served His disciples and those around Him. Washing one’s feet is a sign of being a servant and yet, our precious beloved Savior and King of kings washed His disciples’ feet.  “He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.” (John 13:4-5) It is a beautiful thing that the King of Kings would humble himself to wash His disciples feet, and I pray that each of us would have that same loving, servant heart as that of our Father in heaven, to love “even the least of these”.

Matthew 25:40 says “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” That is an exciting thought!!! Every time we do a kind thing to one of the least of these, we have done it unto Yahweh! But, it is also a fearful and humbling thought when I think of the many times I have selfishly preferred myself above others. In as much as I have done it unto the least of these, I have done it unto Yahweh.

“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” -John 15:12-14

There are so many ways that we can daily lay down our life for those around us, preferring them above ourselves.There are so many things in each of our lives, daily or even hourly, that are ways and opportunities that we may choose to love people above ourself, or, ourself above others. Lets choose to do what Yahshua did, and love others more than ourselves. It is amazing how much love is tied into all that people do, including the passion (or lack thereof) to share the good news of Yahshua with each other, or being willing to be put into an awkward place for the pure love of others!

When I think of love, and it’s being the greatest cause of the biggest sacrifice that one could give, the first person that comes to mind is Yahweh. Yahshua was willing to come down to this earth in the form of a man and a servant, even though He was God. He paved a road of perfection, leading us onward, and showing us how to become perfect, giving us a hope that we too can become perfect and over come evil. He lead the way and gave us a perfect picture of love. Yahshua loved those who hated him, and blessed those who cursed Him. He forgave those who mocked and spat in His face, and those who whipped Him and brutally tortured Him though He was innocent…the King of Kings…and He did it because of His great love for us!!! Truly, we have no greater example of love!!!!

“Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself…” (John 10:17-18a)

I pray that we would each become conquerors through Him that loves us, that we’d conquer that selfishness in our heart and prefer others above our selves, always. May we be a great testimony of radiating His great love and light to all people, especially those in our family.

I would highly recommend that each of you read ALL of Yahweh’s word!! The verses that I’ve quoted here today are from the newer books, but Yahweh’s word is full of examples of how to truly love as He does. I pray that we all read Yahweh’s word with a thirst even greater than we would read a bunch of letters that were written for us personally by our love whom we are eagerly awaiting the wedding day and life with after!!!! Yahweh’s word was written for us by our true Love, Yahweh, and  “ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” -2 Timothy 3:16

Blessings,
Sarah

I’d love to hear your thoughts and what you’ve been learning in this area of loving our siblings/men also, my sisters!! :)

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Esther – Using Her Example as the Template of Our Life

This morning I sat with my bible open, and was completely at awe with what I saw. First the fact that it felt like we were reliving this period in the sense that the believers and Jews alike are being killed by the boat load (for lack of a better word). To see the weeping, the mourning, the sackcloth…the utter devestation and heartbreak over what was happening.

But then as I continued reading, I was amazed. As many times as I have read this book, it never ceases to amaze me what Yahweh can show me through it each time!

Have you ever thought about what took place after Mordecai told Esther what was going on? First he tells Esther to basically stop thinking of herself and start thinking about all the people…her people…who desperately needed help! He charged her to put her concerns aside and do what she could to save her people. When she mentioned the fact that she was not supposed to go before the king without being called and it had been 30 days since she had been called into his presence…he told her that “who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Wow! SO true!!!

Listen to Esthers reply…“Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish”.

When I read this, I sat back. What a powerful verse!

Esther asked them all to pray! She needed wisdom before she could approach the king. It reminded me of how much we need wisdom to know what to do, the steps to take, to save our people and bring them back home, again. But not only that, it struck me how similar this story is to our Saviours! He was our Deliverer…who was in the belly of the earth for three days and three nights…but who at the end of those three days and three nights, rose again…as our great Deliverer!

I’ve been pondering this all day. Could this be a huge key…an important key…for once again, knowing what to do now? Should we not only pray, but also call a fast? They all prayed and fasted together which reminded me of the verse about “where one or more are gathered together, there He is in the midst of us”! It wasn’t just Esther praying or fasting, but the nation. It wasn’t just Mordecai, but the nation. This was going to impact the entire nation! Yahweh blessed their prayers and them seeking Him with their whole heart, with saving the entire nation, who would have been slaughtered otherwise! Yet, He did such a work that He turned the entire thing around, slaying Haman and his sons, stopping those who wished to do them all harm! Could this be a huge and very important step in the process, that we often miss in our life, thus missing the joy and deliverence that He so longs for us to know and enjoy?

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Are We an Esther?

As I read the book of Esther, I can’t help but compare my life to hers and ask myself the question “Am I an Esther?” I love studying the lives of the godly women in scripture and even since scripture was penned, as there is so much I think we can learn from their lives! And although they may not be able to teach us in person, we can still learn from these “older women” who have lived a virtuous and edifying life. As I go through the book of Esther, watching her character and how she carried herself, I find myself comparing my life to that of hers and asking myself how I can become more virtuous in my own life.

I know a lot of people over the years have put emphasis on her outward beauty, and we know she was certainly fair and beautiful to look at, but I honestly don’t believe it was her outward appearance that drew people to her at all. It was her heart…her character…her love.

Realizing that she didn’t have an easy life, puts who she became, in an even brighter light! She allowed the trials of life to better her and purify her, not make her bitter. Girls, she lost both parents! I assure you, this wasn’t easy to go through! But, as much as she obviously overcame some hefty trials sent her way, she allowed them to purify her character and grow her love, kindness, respect, etc…not only for those around her, but also for her God. She trusted Yhwh with her whole heart! And she submitted to those in authority over her life…even as an adult. We see a woman who was obedient, submissive, kind, pleasant, but also truly content. I love how vs 15 in chapter 2 puts it…

“…she required nothing but what Hegai the king’s chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed…Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her.”

Again, was it because she was so beautiful that she obtained favour of all? I say no way! Not outward beauty, anyhow. It was her radiance, her peacefulness, her contentment, her love and kindness, flowing out through her that made her so beautiful and favourful to one and all. She didn’t require anything but what was appointed her! This lady knew how to be content and how to thrive where Yahweh placed her! And we see again in vs 19 her being submissive, and in vs 22, her certifying the deed in her uncle’s name, not her own. She didn’t have to tell the king who told her about the men trying to destroy him. But she did anyway, and because she did, we can see the blessing of it later on. She could have tried to impress the king and tried to retain more favour of him. But she didn’t. She didn’t need to be anything more than she was. She was confident in who she was in Yhwh. And sisters, what a beautiful picture she has left us to follow! Does our own lives radiant obedience, kindness, love, selflessness, and contentment? Could we truly thrive under the circumstances that Esther was subjected to? I’m sure I could go on and on about her godly character! But I don’t think I need to. I think we all know the story well.

So my question to all of us is; Do we dwell on the inward, or the outward, appearance? Will our husbands be drawn to our body and outward beauty, or our heart and inward character? Which will you be known by? Everything about Esther’s life shines Yahshua’s love, beauty, strength and character! She truly was an amazing lady! I pray that she may challenge each of us to live our lives in a virtuous and godly manner! May we be known for our character and our love, not our outward beauty. May people when they speak about us, talk about our joy, our peace, our kindness, our love…our Saviour! May our lives truly show them who our Saviour really is!

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The Importance of Respecting Our Men

With it being Purim yesterday, I decided to sit down and read the book of Esther during the next couple of days. I’d like to share with you a passage from Esther chapter one that really stuck out to me as I read it.

Esther 1:16-22 says, “…Vashti the queen hath not done wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, and to all the people that are in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus. 17 For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not. 18 Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media say this day unto all the king’s princes, which have heard of the deed of the queen. Thus shall there arise too much contempt and wrath. 19 If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is better than she. 20 And when the king’s decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall give to their husbands honour, both to great and small. 21 And the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king did according to the word of Memucan: 22 For he sent letters into all the king’s provinces, into every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language, that every man should bear rule in his own house, and that it should be published according to the language of every people.”

Sisters, have you ever thought about her testimony? It wasn’t that she just disrespected and dishonored her husband, the king. The princes knew that every wife and women looked up to her and would follow her example! You see, her actions weren’t going to just effect her and her husband, but the entire providence! Her disrespecting and dishonoring her husband, would effect each and every marriage in his providence! That’s pretty serious…yet, I’d like you to think about it. I don’t believe Yhwh has left us this example, just because it’s history. It’s there for us to learn from. Respecting our men is SO important and should never be taken lightly.

Throughout scripture we see Yhwh instructing the men to love and honor their wives, and the wives to reverence, respect, honor and submit to their husbands. This is because men require respect and wives require love. It’s the way Yhwh created us. When this is broken, marriages fall apart. Why did Yahshua divorce his bride, Israel? Wasn’t it because she, like Vashti, did the opposite of submitting, respecting, and honoring her husband? Sisters, this is so serious! As I look around, it breaks my heart to see how lightly we take disrespecting and dishonoring the men in our lives. They are sadly no longer (a lot of the time), bearing rule of their own house and I truly believe we are the reason behind that. Are we building our homes, or tearing them down with our own hands? Are we setting the example for those around that Yahshua would be proud to have another follow? Or will He have to remove us and place another, who is better than we, in our place?

I know many of you are unmarried, but now is the time for you to learn this! You don’t have to have a husband, to learn to honor, respect, and reverence another. I entreat you to treat the men in your life with respect and honor! Whether it’s a friend, a brother, a father, or a grandfather. If you learn to respect and honor and reverence them, you will naturally treat your own husband in the same way…and sisters, our husbands need this more than anything! Our brothers need this more than anything! Our father’s need this more than anything else! Look for ways to treat them with respect and honor them. Be ever watchful over your tongue to make sure that in no way you bring them disrespect or dishonor, for I honestly don’t believe you could hurt or destroy a man more so, than by doing just that!

So as we enter this season in our life, ask yourself what kind of an example you are leaving for others to follow in? Will it be one like Vashti’s? The virtuous woman who does her husband good all the days of her life (this includes while he’s not in your life)? Will it be like Abigail? Esther? Hannah? Sarah? Ruth? By what example will you be known by? Will Yhwh bless you as you leave a Godly example for others to follow in? Or will He have to take you out of the picture, because of the damage that you are causing His house (kingdom)?

May we all go to our knees and ask Him how we can best serve the men in our lives and be the women that He has called us to be. May He show us areas that we have fallen short in and help us to redeem the time that we have left. May we bring Him respect, honor, reverence and joy in calling us His own! May each of us walk in such a way, that others can follow in our footsteps! May our fathers, brothers, and husbands be proud to call us their own. May He pour forth His blessing upon your life as you seek to please Him in all areas of your life!

I’d like to leave you with recommending a book that I would highly recommend you older girls read. It’s called “For Women Only”. It so impacted my life concerning knowing how to respect the men in our lives. I know I myself fall so short in this area. But it is so true…I don’t think there is one area that is more important for us to learn, than respecting our men! It is our way of showing them how much we admire and love them. I must admit that I was shocked and truly humbled as I read how they take certain things. Yhwh has wired us totally different and we often can take things differently than they do. They did a really good job, in my humble opinion, in helping us realize how we can honor and respect our men…and how we often do the opposite without ever even realizing it. So please do take the time to read it. It’s well worth the read! And don’t be afraid to use your fathers and brothers as training ground! Talk to them about ways you can respect and honor them…and ask their forgiveness for ways you have failed to do so in the past.

How I love each of you, my precious sisters! May He help each of us become all we can possibly become!

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Going About the Father’s Business Without Fear

This morning during my devotions, Yhwh showed me something once again. I had read something similar in an earlier chapter, but seeing it again, made me stop and ponder it even more so and as I did, I realized it was absolutely beautiful!

John 8:20, 28-29 says, “These words spake Yahshua in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come. 28b but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. 29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.”

Yahshua went about his Father’s business, not afraid of what would happen to him, because he knew that until his hour, no man could touch him. He says this twice in the first few chapters of John. This was so encouraging and such a reminder that we too, have nothing to fear! We ought to be about our Father’s business not concerned in the least of what man could do, because until it is also our hour they can’t touch us, either. Sisters, we do not have to live our lives in constant fear! Don’t let the enemy terrorize you and keep you from going about your Father’s business. We must follow Yahshua’s example!

As I read on it was so beautiful how Yahshua says that he who sent him, was also with him and did NOT leave him alone…why? Because He always did the things that pleased Him! Wow! Talk about comforting, yet challenging, too! When Yhwh sends us, He won’t leave us alone…if we too, do what pleases Him!

Sisters, if you do what pleases the Father and are obedient to Him, you have absolutely nothing on earth to be afraid of! It doesn’t matter what or where the Father has called/sent you. You can thrive where He plants you, doing what He has asked you to do! You can stand boldly up and work in His harvest and not worry about what man could do. For like Yahshua, until your hour is up, they have no power over you! So live in the freedom of this truth. Don’t let fear hold you a captive. Give your all to your Maker and Master and do that which is pleasing to Him, always…and know that you were born for such a time as this!! Don’t waste it!

I leave you with this verse, which is one of my favorites. Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

May you truly pour yourself out in what He has sent you to do, giving your all for the One who has given all for you!

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Loving our siblings with praise

Hello gals!

There are many many ways to love those around us, and one of those ways is praise. Yahweh said in Proverbs 27:21: “As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold, so is a man to his praise.”

The furnace and the fining pot are for cleansing and purifying metals, leaving us with a very precious, expensive metal (gold or silver). As the furnace works on the gold, removing impurities and imperfections in the metal, leaving us with a precious substance, so is praise for a man. My dad has a saying, or a “rule of thumb”, that he has given us children and I’ve had the pleasure of watching him live it out daily; the results of his living it out daily has done wonderful things in our lives! It is the following: “For every one time that you correct, praise nine times.” I have to admit that that is terribly hard sometimes. It drastically stops the constant correcting, though. ;) I’ve found that I simply cannot praise each of my siblings nine-eighteen times each day, and that’s only for one-two corrections! I have such a bad habit of trying to change and mold my siblings by correcting them. It can be so easy to be a critic and try to change their bad habits with correction; but, it is so much better and much more fruitful to build up and encourage them, instead. Honestly, when thinking about my own faults and realizing that I am truly imperfect, I realize, what right do I have to correct and criticize my siblings because of their imperfections??

Look for opportunities to praise our siblings and parents. Dwell on their good points, not their bad; it is hard to praise and sincerely build up our siblings’ good points when we are thinking about their faults!! Look for their good points. Everyone has good points, and with encouragement, those points will grow. Do they have a hard time with something? Keep an eye out for when they do (even a little) better, and praise them, thoughtfully. When they do something kind for someone, do something well, etc. take the opportunity to encourage and praise them about it.

With sisterly love;
Sarah

 

 

 

 

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