How Do We Wait?

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God” Corrie Ten Boom

I shared in the past post that I would share some additional lessons that Yahweh has taught me that kind of went along the same lines, so here I am. :) I pray the last post was a blessing to you.

Last year as I was praying, okay, a little bit impatiently, for Yahweh to bring my husband to me, He really convicted me about something. Not only was I complaining, He showed me something else that made me stop dead in my tracks.

He showed me how I wasn’t to ask Him to hurry it up…but that I was to instead pray that He would make him rooted, grounded, and established in the faith! He showed me how I was to pray that He would use this time to preapre each of us for His service, so when He did bring us together, we would be great warriors for Him, able to accomplish what He had for us to do to, to the best of our ability.

I realized that by praying that He’d hurry up and bring him to me, I was in a sense also asking Him to cut His perfect work short in both of our lives! But how could I?! Is this truly what I wanted Yahweh to do? Surely not!

I began to realize how important it was to be subjected to Him, trusting Him and His time. Sure, it is hard. But precious sisters, Yahweh wants to prepare us for the futures that He has instore for us…but we have to be willing to go through that “purifying fire”.

Yes, this often requires my needing to cry out for his strength and grace to see me through this time, but is that really bad? Again, I don’t think so.

Girls, living a surrendered life is SO worth it! Let this time draw us to our knees, not only on our behalf and need, but also theirs! Our husbands need our prayers, just as desperately as we need theirs! But be careful with what you pray for. Don’t complain in your praying. Ask for strength. Telling Yahweh how weak you feel, how helpless you may feel, is one thing. Complaining that He doesn’t understand or see your need, is a totally different thing altogether! This is when it turns into sin.

It reminds me of another passage of scripture in 1 Peter 5:10 how Yahweh explains that one of the reasons we suffer is to make us perfect, established, strengthened, and settled…in the faith. And I can certainly testify to just this! :)

As I look back over the years, I realize how much Yahweh brings us through things, to prepare us for the road ahead. He doesn’t send us into the battle, ill prepared! He doesn’t tell us to accomplish something, that we can’t! He truly does love and care for us. He wants to prepare us…and that is going to take time. I realize how, had Yahweh not brought me through all those years and the things He did, I wouldn’t have been able to handle some of the later, harder things that He then called me to walk through. How much more is this true, concerning our husbands, and our futures? Yahweh knows what each of you need. What each of us needs. So let’s instead pray that He will bring us to the place that we are then able to serve side by side, in His kingdom! Let’s ask Him to work His work in their lives, and girls, this means our lives, too! Are you willing to let Yahweh work?

In the meantime, look for ways to serve Yahweh with your whole heart, as He does His perfect work within your hearts! Look for ways to reach out and bless another. To serve another. Pray that He’ll find you faithful in this time, too. Trust Him with your future, with your beloved, and truly rest in Him.

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Having a Victorious Birthday

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Some may think this is kind of an odd title, but I think others could be blessed by it, so I thought I’d share what Yahweh has taught and is teaching me, concerning it. And precious girls, I’m going to try to be as transparent as I can, in hopes that it will bless you.

This is an area which I have to admit, Satan has really fought hard to be victorious in, which means I have had to fight even harder back. Birthdays are not easy for me, as it signifies that my Beloved is still “on his journey” away from me, and yet another year in which we aren’t serving side by side…and in all honesty, that’s hard. I don’t think I will ever understand how husbands and wives can be separate constantly (or ever when not needed!), with one going on a journey, while the other remains home! Since I was younger, marriage has always been something that I greatly desired. I think you’d agree with me, when Yahweh brings two people together, it’s absolutely beautiful! He says that its a good thing. And children…well…they have always held a very, very special place within my heart! People think it’s crazy that I have always wanted 25 children, but the truth is, I would be in gloryland with that many!! I don’t just enjoy children. I adore children. And so this has been an area that Satan I know sees, and thus, where he tries to get me down in the most. And what better way, than to put my age, so-to-speak, in my face? He would absolutely love for me to believe the lies he tries to get me to believe…to fear and be anxious, to dwell in darkness (depression), instead of light and trust. But, I am more than determined that that isn’t going to happen! :)

My precious girls, this past year Yahweh has taught me so much on how I can identify the enemies attacks (albeit I know I have a long ways to still go!), and also how to counter those attacks so that he doesn’t gain the ground that isn’t his to be had. And so this year, I was kind of on guard and a little bit more prepared for the battle I knew would be sure to come with this time of the year, quickly approaching. :)

For my older sisters, you can probably relate to this struggle. For you younger ones, this may not apply to you, as you are just coming of age and haven’t necessarily had to do much waiting :). But these truths can be applied no matter the battle you are currently fighting, and so I pray that this will encourage each and every one of you.

So, how can we live victorously in this struggle? How can we approach each year, being blessed, instead of discouraged? How do we fight the battle of our mind (for Satan surely does a LOT of his battling within our minds!)? Are we supposed to just accept whatever thoughts he throws at us? To allow Satan to get us so discouraged and doubtful, instead of living fully trusting Yahweh and joyful in where He has us and what He has us doing?

I’d love to first share some scriptures that I think will help you know how to engage and fight. But then I’d like to share some insights that Yahweh has shown me this past year, that hopefully will be an added blessing to your own life. But first, let’s read what His word says. :)

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

So…if Satan tries to get us to doubt Yahweh’s goodness to us, is that true? Honest? Pure? What does Yahweh tell us to do?

Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to, “Trust in Yahweh with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

So, here Yahweh is telling us to trust Him and NOT to lean on our own understanding (what we precieve)…and also tell us to acknowledge him, and that He WOULD direct our paths! So we can identify this attack as just that, an attack from Satan and counter it with the truth…and choose to THINK ON THE TRUTH! This in and of itself will help us live victorious in this area…for we wouldn’t even allow ourselves to dwell on those lies. :)

Psalms 43:5 goes on to say, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”

I have found that when I find myself being cast down and my soul being disquieted, it’s usually because I have allowed doubt to take rule over me. But if I instead stop, hope in God, and start praising Him for all He has done in the past, my countenance totally changes! Even if, my precious sisters, you stop hoping or simply don’t feel like you are hoping, if you bring yourself to remember what Yahweh has already done in your lives, and praise Him for His wonderful goodness to you, you will find your attitude totally changing to that of one of hope! It’s really amazing how it does this!!! You will once again believe!! You will feel so much better and will be able to praise Him with your whole being. So remember, even if you don’t feel it or feel like it, do it and you will find yourself able to soon! :)

I remember a time this past year when a dear friend and I had to do just this. We sat down when we felt overwhelmed and didn’t understand Yahweh’s working in our lives, and began going back over what we could see and could understand. Being able to see what He has done in the past, helped us to be able to trust Him for the present and future. It gave us the encouragement we needed…the hope we needed…the reminder that He had everything in His hands and under control. Remember the verse above that commands us to “think on these things”? :)

I came across this passage this morning and fell in love with it instantly! It was such a beautiful reminder for me.

Psalms 39:4-5 says, “Yahweh, make me to know my end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. Behold, thou has made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah”

So yes, Girls, 31 isn’t the end of the world! ;) Seriously, it was a huge encouragement to me, as when Satan would try to get me discouraged about this, I could/can quote this verse back. My age isn’t anything before Yahweh. Girls, He knew and knows exactly how many children, if any, I would have. This isn’t taking Him by surprise. It’s not like He forgot about me. He knew and He knows. Remember Sarah? She was what, 90 years old when she had Isaac? So just because Satan would love to get us down because of how old we may be, we can assure Him Yahweh doesn’t care how “old” a person is. It is HE who opens and shuts our wombs. Age has nothing to do with it…if He wishes to bless a person with a little one, He will, period! :) And as for marriage, again, age is nothing in His eyes. He is WAY more concerned about our heart, than our age…but more on this later.

Some other scriptures that have been helpful and ways to counter are;

1 Peter 5:7 “Casting ALL your care upon him; FOR HE CARETH FOR YOU.”

Lie: He doesn’t care about you.

Truth: quote this verse…and realize that he DOES care for you!

Philippians 2:13-14 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings:”

We know Yahweh hasn’t forgotten about us, but He is working His will out in our lives. What we need to do, is be on guard that we do not complain or grumble over where He has us.

But the good news is Isaiah 41:10 tells us to, “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.”

I know it can be hard. Believe me, my precious sisters, I know and understand the struggle quite intimitately! But girls, we can go before His throne, knowing that He has promised to be with us, to walk each step with us, strengthening and holding us, when we need Him to…which is all the time! :) There is nothing wrong with going before Him and telling Him how weak you currently feel and asking for His help and strength. I certainly do all the time! There is nothing wrong with casting your care upon Him…He WANTS to carry it for you! But He needs you to fully and deeply trust Him through this time! He needs you to not complain, but to seek Him with your whole heart, and follow His leading in your life. Don’t take things into your own hands. Keep trusting Him, for He is truly worthy of your trust!

I told you this could be applied to all areas of your life…and the reason for this is, it’s the same principles. One of the ways that Satan tries to attack us, is in getting us to dwell in the darkness! If he can get you discouraged, he has you and he knows it. Take each thought captive to the obedience of the anointed! Take each thought, weigh it, see if it is biblically true or not, and if not, follow the steps He has given us. Learn to fight how Yahshua taught us when being tempted himself. He didn’t have this long half hearted discourse with Satan…with a bunch of “maybe’s”. Satan tempted him, Yahshua countered it with “thus it is written”, period. He countered the attacks and the lies, with the truth. His word is supposed to be your sword, so don’t be afraid to use it! :) Be bold and speak the truth and think the truth!

In the next part I’ll share some more of different things Yahweh has been teaching me that kind of goes along the lines of this whole topic. :) Until then, may Yahweh richly bless each of you and draw you ever closer to Him as you engage in the battle over your soul!

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Allowing Our Brothers to be the Men YHWH has Called Them to be!

Allowing Our Brothers to be the Men YHWH has Called Them to be!

Yes, I am going to write a post about us allowing our brothers to be the men Yahweh has called them to be! Why? Because I think this is sorely lacking, sisters, and I don’t think we even realize to what extent, we are hindering them and causing this very problem in not allowing them to be that man Yahweh has called and ordained them to be. And yes, I am pointing the finger at myself, too.

Having grown up with so many brothers has been such a joy in my life. I love my brothers. But lately, Yahweh has reminded me of something that I desperately need to work on, once again. When my older brothers were still living at home (or the older boys, not all of them were older, but being grown men, I guess I just think of them as being older), I had to learn this lesson. Thankfully, I once had a wonderful older lady gently correct me and tell me how wrong I had been. I had been visiting this family and had sat on the floor (okay, admit it girls, we love sitting on the floor!). I was quite comfortable and all the seats were filled, anyhow. Until… one of the young men in the room, quickly got up and offered me his seat. I, to my regret, turned him down and told him I was okay where I was. I will never forget the look on his face. I had no idea what I had just done that was so wrong! Wasn’t he glad he didn’t have to lose his seat? Boy, did I have a lot to learn. And I got to put into practice what that lady shared with me that day, with my other brothers. But sadly, with the gap in age in my brothers, I have gotten out of the practice of calling the man out in them. But back to the story!

To a girls way of thinking, I was comfortable and didn’t want him to have to give up his comfortable seat. I was used to sitting on the floor, I enjoyed sitting on the floor, and I certainly didn’t mind being where I was. But what did I do? I caused that young man, who had been taught by his wonderful mother how to be a gentleman, to not be that man Yahweh has called him to be…and yes, he was rightfully, appalled! They are supposed to be the protectors, the providers, the ones looking out for us. They are supposed to be the gentlemen and give up their comfortable seats, for us ladies. To stand when a lady entered the room. They are to open the doors for us. This is part of who Yahweh created them to be. They want to treasure us and treat us like queens or princesses!

But what happens when they are constantly turned down and refused? They are only going to risk that so many times…and girls, if they stop, it is only because we have stopped them!!! We have discouraged and not allowed them that privilege of showing us the honor of whom Yahweh had called us to be! It is like them going out to battle to protect us. This is all a part of manhood. And our job, as a lady and daughter of the King, is to do our part in welcoming them!

My brother has done wonders in helping me know my place. As he has grown into quite the young man Yahweh has called him to be, he has also started opening my car door, helping me over logs, down steep places, etc. If I fall, he’s there to lend me his hand. Sure, I’m sure I could figure out how to get up by myself. I can open my car door, too. I’ve been doing that for a long time. And when I don’t have a young man with me, I still do. But sisters, I’m afraid this is becoming a lost art…and it’s really none other than our own fault! When we bound out of the car on our own, how are they supposed to be able to open our door? Are we not basically telling them “I don’t need your help?” Are we any less to blame than the girl that says to the guy who opens the store door for her “I can get that, thank you very much!”?? Sure, we aren’t saying it in words, and I know we certainly don’t mean to, but isn’t that what we are doing when we don’t allow them to be the men Yahweh has called them to be?

I had the immense pleasure of traveling recently with my 18 year old brother. I just grin as I watch him bud into true manhood. It is a gift and a sight that I will never tire of! I loved watching the older boys bloom into adulthood and manhood, and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching him do the same. And I have to admit, makes a girl feel really special to see her brother get out and brave the cold, just to help her out of the car! Or watch as he gets out of the car, opens the house door, and comes back to open your door so that you don’t have to stand out in the cold while he goes to get the key to open the door! :-) But, there were a couple of times, that I had to catch myself, as my natural habit is to open my own door. Did I wait patiently every single time? I’m afraid sometimes I didn’t even think to! But as I watched him speed up to get my door, it reminded me to slow down.

And this is only one way I think we are hindering them in their relationships with Yahweh. Yahweh has also called them to lead. Yes, they are born leaders, but do we allow them that priveledge? Girls, this really breaks my heart. I don’t care how old your brothers are. We were never given this role. Sure, when they are too young to know right from wrong, we must instruct them. But I am watching this role never swap and that is what breaks my heart most of all. Girls, honor your brothers! Let them lead you! Let them guide you! You are the perfect training ground for them, and they are the perfect training ground for you, with learning submission! I once had a young lady tell me that she had submission down. As I spoke to her further, I realized she equated submission to obedience (*not obedience, agreement). This is NOT obedience, although it may include obedience. Submission though, is when you don’t agree, yet choose to submit and obey, regardless as to how you feel or think. Submission doesn’t even start until you disagree with something. But what better training ground do we have, than to hand the controls over to our amazing brothers, and have them make the decisions?

Something our family has always done, is when my father isn’t home to have someone lead us in prayers, it naturally falls on the oldest boy home. They can pray or they can do what my father does, and dictate who will. Either way, the leadership falls upon their shoulders at meal times. I like to take this one step further and try to apply this into different areas of our life, looking for opportunities for them to have that honor of leading us. They must learn this trait, just as we must learn how to follow.

Sisters, this brings me to another issue that I have witnessed numerous times. I have watched as sisters nagged their brothers to do something. When men say they will do something, since when are we supposed to nag them about it? It is no longer in our hands. We have passed the buck onto them. When you start complaining and nagging your brothers, you are preparing to do that very same thing, but instead of it being your brother, it will be your husband! Sisters, this is very dangerous ground you are treading upon. Do NOT nag! Our men have a LOT on their plates. They will get to it, when they can…albeit their schedules probably won’t look quite like ours. But that’s okay! I want to share with you a  verses to try to bring this point a little bit closer to home. Look what Yahweh commands each of us to be.

Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. Ephesians 5:33

Men are commanded to love us, for that is truly what we need and desire, is it not? But look at what Yahweh tells us as wives to be to our husbands. He tells us to see that we reverence our husbands! Let’s look at what reverence means. Reverenece means “to deeply respect someone or something”. But often times, to a man, respect and trust go hand in hand. If they are not trusted, they are not respected.

Now let me put this scenario in a different light that maybe you would be able to understand. When we don’t trust them to do something that they said they would and refuse to drop something, are we not disrespecting them? Are we not doing the opposite that Yahweh told us to do? And yes, I realize that I our brothers are not our husbands. But dear precious sisters, one day you will marry, Yahweh willing, a brother. Maybe not your physical brother (obviously), but your spiritual one. If we do not start here at home, learning these traits, I dare say you will never do them when you are married (atleast not at ground zero!)! We must learn how to be the lady Yahweh has called us to be, by also learning to allow the men to be who Yahweh has called them to be…NOW! Don’t wait. Give them the respect that they rightly deserve. That is our duty. That is our calling. Trust them above your ownself. Look for ways to gain wisdom from them. Look for ways to go to them and ask their advice (and heed it if you can!). Look for ways to allow them to bless and honor you. When they offer you their chair, take it with gratefulness in your heart that they are being a true gentleman and let them know how much you appreciate that and them, too!!

Girls, call out the Kings, the Priests, and the Knights out of your brothers! And be the princesses and queens that will one day, Yahweh willing, be blessed by one of those very Kings!

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Feminine Modest Monday: You can have fun without compromising!

I thought I would share kind of a fun post of pictures, to share with you how you can have a lot of fun, without compromising. Mainly, without compromising on being modest. I know I have spoken some in the past on modesty and have said (but have not shown) how you can do things, all while being modest. But, today I would like to share some pictures with you to show you how I do it.

Through the years, I have heard so often how you can’t do “this or that” in a long skirt, that you must wear only pants. Well, “only pants” has never been an option for me. I don’t believe they alone are modest on a lady (not to speak of not being feminine), and so if it was “pants only” or not doing it, I would certainly choose to just not do it. Yet, I enjoy having fun, too, and thus, most of things that people say could never be done in a skirt, has been proven time and time again, to just not be true. I’m hear to tell you that they can be done, that you too, can have fun!

In this post I will show you pictures from swimming (actually canoeing, but I’m in my swimsuit while canoeing so that I could go swimming when we stopped at the island), to skiing, to hiking and yes, even doing martial arts (Tae Kwon Do)! So, are you ready my girls to go on a journey of pictures? ;-)

First, swimming. I didn’t have time to go through all of our pictures to find a better one, but here is what I wear when I swim. It’s made out of the 4-way stretch spandex that regular bathing suits are made from (I do tend to wear a full suit underneath for support). Then under my 3/4 length skirt (as it WILL stretch when wet) I wear leggings, and again they are made from the same type spandex swim fabric. *Note: this is my lab Buddy who is at my feet, who went canoeing for the first time when this picture was taken! :)

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The next set of pictures is of me hiking the tallest mountain in Maine. And just for the few who may say it was only a hill, and thus why I could hike up it in my long skirt, I wanted to include a picture of where I had just climbed up. :) It is a couple thousand feet up…a rock slide…after you climb the mountain. But…for someone who loves the mountains, it is TOTALLY worth the hike up!!!

This is of me getting ready to hit the rock slide part of the climb.

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At the top! The view is totally breathtakingly beautiful!!

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Yep! That side of the mountain is what my siblings and I had just finished climbing up. :) Isn’t Mt. Katahdin beautiful?

Now for the Tae Kwon Do pictures, which I just had taken today, as I don’t think I have any from back when I was actually taking it. But I wanted to show you what I did wear for a couple of years and what really worked well.

Before I share the pictures though, I want to share a little bit of a story with you. How did I ever start into Tae Kwon Do? Glad you asked! :) You see, back quite a few years ago, my two brothers were taking it. I would often go and just watch. I had really wanted to do it, as it looked like a LOT of fun, but I knew there were two things I would not compromise on. 1) I wasn’t going to wear pants only. And 2) I wasn’t going to spar with boys or men. I honestly didn’t know how I could get around those two problems, so I didn’t even bother looking into it. BUT, we had the most wonderful instructor. One day, after my brother’s tournament, Bill (our instructor) took both him and I out to eat. As we were eating he asked me why I wasn’t joining the class? He knew from the look in my eyes that I wanted to, but told me something was holding me back, so what was it? Was it the sparing with the guys? Was it the pants? I smiled. Both, actually. :) He was extremely respectful of our beliefs and had the mentality that “if there’s a will, there’s a way”. He knew I was a seamstress and told me he didn’t know if the state of Maine (he was an instructor who was a part of a group here, so was under someone else, too) would allow it, but he wanted me to try. Could I design a really, really full skirt, which I could wear over my gi pants? That way I would be modest. I told him I thought I could come up with it. He then told me that if I would be willing to spar with my brothers (which we already did :) he would make sure I never got another man, as my partner. As our instructor, he did tell me he would sometimes have to explain things to me, but as much as possible, even he would be hands off. I had no problem at all with this and i greatly appreciate to this day, his and his wife’s thoughtfulness and consideration, not to mention the great respect they had for us doing things differently!

So needless to say, I went to work and came up with a very full skirt, in which I could still kick in, spar in, etc. It never constricted me in any way, and knowing that I had the loose gi pants on underneath it, insured I stayed and remained modest at all times.

Long story short, the day came to come to class. Yes, I was the only girl in the class who came with a skirt on! It matched the uniform, but I got the “are you seriously going to be able to do these moves in that? from the other classmates. I smiled. Oh, believe me, I’ll be able to do it! It became the joke of my instructor that I had a distinct advantage to the others…they couldn’t see my foot come up for a kick! :P But he also commented on how beautiful the kata’s were when done in a skirt. It was so flowing, as I slid my foot across the floor. And sure enough, it didn’t hinder me in the least bit.

Finally the “head man” came to check it out. Bill asked him if he had a problem with the change in uniform? He really liked it too, and so permission was granted! I could join the class! And soon some of my younger sisters also joined the class for a time…who also wore the same style skirt.

I share this, simply to encourage you to think outside of the box and to NOT compromise! Try to think of ways that you can do things, while remaining within your standards. Know what you believe, and don’t compromise just to have fun. For myself, I knew what my standards were. I didn’t mind wearing pants underneath my skirt, and so when our instructor helped us come up with a way that I could join class without compromising, I was all for it! Did I stand out? Yep. Did I care? Nope. And eventually, even the girls commented on how much they liked the skirt over the pants! Don’t be afraid to take a stand for what is right…even if you’re the only one doing it. And don’t be afraid to not do something, if you can’t figure out a way of doing it and remaining within your standards. Remember, it was years before I joined my brother’s class. I hadn’t come up with a creative way that I could (and a way that I thought would be acceptable…knowing there was a strict uniform that was required). But once we did, I was all for it. *Note: I didn’t have the t-shirt we wore, as mine as long since worn out…but I did wear our white t-shirt under my gi jacket…not the shirt you see me wearing today!

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Yes, my forms have a LOT to be desired! It’s been a LONG time since I have done this and sadly have lost a lot of the forms.

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No, I can’t do the splits anymore, but I wanted to give you an idea as to how wide this skirt is…also it has an elastic in the waist…actually two of them for support as it has a LOT of gathers.

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And now for one more activity…skiing! Yes, I love cross-country skiing and recently was able to find a set at a thrift store for only $10, so I was THRILLED to finally be able to go out on them again! But, as I thought about activities to share, I could have chosen kickball, volleyball, four-square, or a list of others…but I thought since it was winter and this is one sport that most wouldn’t think you could do modestly in a skirt, I decided that it took the prize over the others. :)

Here is me on my ski’s, getting ready for a beautiful mile long trec after sunset one Sabbath evening. It was the most beautiful cross country experience I have ever had. It wasn’t quite dark, but there was a stillness in the evening and just light enough to really see your surroundings, that added to the beauty of it! In one word, it was “peaceful”! :)

But before the picture, what do I wear? Answer, a wider skirt again, as you want to be able move. I also wear ski pants under my skirts (which you can’t see) in the winter when I’m out in the snow and cold…and these are handy for softening the falls and keeping one dry, too! :) Then I just wear all my other winter gear.

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I pray that in some small way, these pictures will encourage and inspire you all to have fun, but to also realize that you don’t have to compromise in order to have that fun! Be creative and you’ll be surprised at how much you can do in a long skirt!!! I don’t think there is anything that I have ever really wanted to do, that I haven’t been able to do in a skirt. Sometimes, like in Tae Kwon Do, it required my designing or making something I didn’t have, but generally speaking, I’ve pretty much always had what I needed. I just had to get creative. :)

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Feminine Modesty Monday

This is of my sister, Sarah. :) Everything came from thrift stores, and all cost under $6 each. Isn’t the sweater beautiful?

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She did her hair in a half twist, held back with the Ruby Bouquet flexi, and then she braided to hold it back.

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Then to kind of add a fancier look to her hair, she does a half twist and wears the Princess Tiara Dangle flexi. :)

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Do We Give YHWH the Thanks and Praise that He Deserves?

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And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark of Yahweh, and to record, and to thank and praise Yahweh God of Israel: Give thanks unto Yahweh, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.” 1 Chronicles 16:4, 8-9

As I read this passage, I stopped and something hit me. If Yahweh was so concerned that His acts were recorded so that they could be remembered, and had people set apart to simply praise and thank Him, how much more are we suppose to be doing the same? I thought back to the many times that I have requested Yahweh to do something, yet how many times has He answered me, but I never recorded it, so didn’t know it had actually been answered? Then I thought about the latter part of the verse and was once again convicted. Do I talk of all his wondrous works to those around me? Do I let the unbelievers know what a wonderful God I serve and all He does for me? Was I not often like those nine in the passage below?

And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Yahshua answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.” Luke 17:14-18

Look at the difference between the one and the nine! When his prayer was answered, he turned around, with a loud voice glorified Yahshua, falling on his face thanking Him from the depths of his heart! He truly was thankful for what Yahweh had done in his life!!

Yet look at the other nine. Yahshua did the very same thing for them, healing them of a horrible disease, yet they just went on with their life, never stopping, never turning around and thanking the God who just healed them!

Yet, my sisters, how often have we done the very same thing? How often have we pleaded with Yahweh for something or for Him to act, and yet when He does, how many times do we even thank Him for doing it? How often do we turn around and glorify Him for what He has done? Do we even know what He is doing or how He is acting in our lives, and in the lives around us?

Let’s read some of the other passages.

Sing unto Yahweh, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalms 30:4-5

Sisters, we ARE to give thanks at remembering His holiness and what He has done for us and those He loves! But, how can we look back and remember, if we don’t record like the Levites? I know I for one seem to have a very short term memory and as much as I may try to think back to what Yahweh has done in my life and those around me, I know I fall desperately short of being able to. Even just remembering what I have prayed for, and seeing how He has answered me or in what ways He has answered me. So often I find myself saying a quick prayer and moving on. Yet, is that really the type of prayer life we’re supposed to have? Somehow, I just don’t think so.

Oh that men would praise Yahweh for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Oh that men would praise Yahweh for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Oh that men would praise Yahweh for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

Oh that men would praise Yahweh for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! Psalms 107:8, 15, 21-22, 31

Girls, FOUR times we hear David lamenting that if only the children of men would praise Yahweh for his goodness and wonderful works! FOUR times Yahweh has him repeat it, in one short chapter. I think He was serious about us giving Him the thanksgiving and praise that He deserves!

And this got me to thinking. How can we record what He is doing in our lives? Is there a way that we can do this in a somewhat organized fashion that is easy to look back and see what he has done? I have seen a few ways this has been done. One is using a notebook and just writing short sentences like this…

  1. Yahweh healed “_” today

  2. Prayed and asked for wisdom about “_” and Yahweh answered “_”

  3. Etc

Someone recently came up with the idea of a jar with pieces of paper in it, writing different things that we are thankful for, and then going back through the jar and reading through it, remembering what He has done in our lives over the year.

I have done the numbering system before, and it was interesting reading through a couple of years ago, remembering what Yahweh had done in our lives and the lives of those around us. I also keep a journal pretty regularly, where I can write more specifically what I am going through, how Yahweh is answering my prayers, etc. This is obviously a more in-depth way of doing it…but it’s also harder to go back (unless you read your entire journal), to remember what all was happening, how Yahweh answered you, etc.

Yet another thing I often do, is write different prayers (dating them!), in my bible. Whether its passages I pray for my Love and I, for those who are sick, different passages that have convicted me, etc. But it has been really neat to go back over my Bibles and reading all that Yahweh had done, knowing what I had prayed and realizing all that He had faithfully answered (I really like using my Bibles like a study Bible and thus tend to write in them a lot, so every couple of years I generally find myself with a new clean copy…so that I can work through it yet again :)).

I’m sure there are many, many other ways that people have found that seem to work good for them. I don’t think it’s so much how we record or how we remember, as it is that we do remember and do give thanks and not find ourselves being like those other nine, never giving Yahweh the praise and glory He so rightly deserves!

And one more thing, girls, TALK about what Yahweh has done! Talk about how great our God is! Make the nations jealous over what a GREAT, WONDERFUL, AWESOME, GOOD, God we serve! Let them know what He has done! Don’t keep it to yourself. Obviously, there is a time and a place to quietly give Him thanks. Obviously, there are going to be times when we can’t thank Him publicly for something. But there are SO many times that we can, yet so often, don’t! So let’s start this new month, praising Yahweh!

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6

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Lilla Rose’s Biggest Sale of the Year!

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Not only is it a huge sale, but they are bringing back each of this years “Flexi of the Month”! That means that the monthly special set that you could only purchase that month, you can now purchase…but it’s on sale!!! This sale is only while supplies last…and I can tell you from experience, they’re not going to last very long! So if you’ve been thinking about trying them out, or just want to get some as gifts, or even gifts for yourself, now’s the time! Remember, free shipping for all orders over $50!
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Not only that, but for the first 3 people who spend over $100, I am going to send a little surprise Lilla Rose gift to you, as my way of saying “Thank You”!

But I need you to do something…if you are not already a customer, I need you to follow the instructions below and become one. Otherwise I will not be able to send you your gift! :) Thank you!

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A song that’s so true!

This song touched my heart so much and I knew I had to share it with you. It’s sadly so true. Yahshua tells us to live in the world, but not of the world. Girls, the world needs to see His love flowing out of us. As the Israeli’s often say “don’t tell me you love me, show me that you love me”. May we show the world that we really do care, that we really do love them…because he first loved us! Words mean little if there isn’t action backing them.

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The Cry of My Heart

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Thou Art My Portion Yahweh

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Thou art my portion, Yahweh: I have said that I would keep thy words. I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.” Psalms 119:57-58

The past couple of days, I have been pondering upon these verses, constantly. Have you ever thought about this passage before? “Thou art my portion, Yahweh” I smile as I read the precious words once again.

I’ve often wondered how some people seemingly could go through anything, untouched? And I don’t mean “untouched” in that sense, but in the sense that their relationship with Yahweh didn’t lesson with the trials of life, but were strengthened through them. How could Elisabeth Elliot go back into the very tribe, to the very people, who had just slain her husband? How could other missionaries do similar things? How can people go through some of the most painful things possible, yet come out still praising and trusting Yahweh? How can you wade through suffering, pain, and even loss, still praising Yahweh?

For each, the path and road Yahweh may bring each of us down, will probably look very different, yet still, we all face the same thing. How can we walk down whatever roads he is bringing us down, with a smile on our face, joy in our hearts, and a trust that is unshakable in Him? I’ll tell you the secret.

It’s in making Him your portion, your strength, your comfort, your stay, your rock, your provider, you’re all in all! Girls, when Yahweh is your portion, you can go through anything, because He is there with you. You know He is all you need and tho the world may seem like it’s caving down upon you, you realize that He is there to stay and will NEVER leave you or forsake you and will give you the strength you need!!!

Recently, I’ve been really pondering different things in my life and although I’ve always known Yahweh has NEVER left me, no matter how painful the trial may have been that he was bringing me through, it never really hit me until the other morning why I, too, could walk down whatever road he calls me to walk down? Knowing some of the roads he’s already called me to walk down, I couldn’t help but wonder what the other roads would be like in the future? And honestly, at times, it’s kind of a fearful thing to even think about. Yet, being able to look behind me and realize that He’s always given me the strength and grace to walk down them, was such a blessing. But why? Why did I now have a sense of peace, knowing that no matter what he called me to go through, I could? Because, I now knew He had become my portion! He had become my all in all. I knew He has always been, and will always be, with me! Elisabeth knew this truth. The other missionaries, knew this truth. It’s not that we are strong. Atleast for myself, I am anything but strong!! But, it’s because HE is our strength. HE is our portion. HE is all we need. If we have Him, we can go through anything!!! Yes, we can ask him to be merciful to us, but ultimately, we know with Him, we can face anything He asks us to, simply because we can rely upon HIS strength and grace to carry us through.

Girls, I can’t encourage you more so in learning to rely upon your Saviour. Really, truly, deeply, rely upon him…and that means trust Him, too. No matter what is going on in your life, trust Him! He promises to never leave you nor forsake you, so if he asks you to walk down a path that may be rough, be willing to walk down it, knowing even though you are weak, he is strong…let him carry you if need be! But realize that He needs to be your portion…all day long, every day! And what a blessed thing it is, when he is!

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