Category Archives: Biblical teachings
Sometimes this may be a good thing….When we live in less than perfect surroundings, with negative things and perhaps people, we need to focus on the lovely. In fact we need to force ourself to do so.
Phillipians 4:8, 9 says:
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.
9: Those things which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Sometimes we need to ignore anything that isn’t true, honest, just, pure lovely and of GOOD REPORT…How often do we get bogged down in all of lifes woes..Sometimes by listening to negative sources such as television, sometimes by just listening to that negative voice within ourself, and sometimes by just being brought down by negative surroundings??
Let’s dwell on the good things!
Don’t let life just happen…
Use the Word to fight back!
Look at that last verse…”Those things which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” That’s all we need to know, isn’t it? If you’ve learned, received, seen good things, DO them! And the God of peace SHALL be with you!!
Christmas is most truly Christmas when we
celebrate it by giving the light of love to those
who need it most. ~Ruth Carter Stapleton
Christmas is a very special time of year! It is a time when we can share our time and goodwill with others. It is also a time as a family that we can create treasured memories for the years ahead! Besides all the hustle and bustle of the obvious church events, parties, family get-togethers and gift-giving – there are so many things to do in preparation for all of these things! Such as decorating, shopping, cooking, wrapping gifts, sending cards to family and friends, and so much more.
This was always a very special time of the year for my mother and I, to work together in the kitchen making cakes, candies and pies. We also had such a fun time wrapping gifts and hiding them from my sister and my father. It was our little secret!
Mothers and daughters don’t seem to have much time anymore for these special activities. Everyone is so busy! My mother doesn’t do much baking or preparations anymore, but we always try to get together and do something fun – just the two of us! Sometimes we go out for a day of shopping, going to lunch or just sitting for awhile and talking about the “good old days”…while enjoying some beautiful Christmas music.
Have you ever realized how certain things bring back such nice memories from your childhood? The sights, sounds, taste and aroma of certain things? A cup of apple cider, our favorite old strand of twinkling lights, the yummy aroma of those special cookies we only have at Christmas? Turning on the radio and hearing “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem”…Or perhaps it could be something as simple as walking or riding around the neighborhood and looking at the beautiful decorations that we know will be there from year to year.
I read this quotation in an email I received recently, and it got me to thinking!
“Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward
show. The secret lies in an inner glow. It’s lighting a fire inside the heart. Good will and joy a vital part. It’s higher thought and a greater plan. It’s glorious dream in the soul of man.” ~Wilfred A. Peterson
I hate to think what Christmas would be like without the tinsel and lights! It just really wouldn’t seem like Christmas at all!
But I pondered this even farther and realized it is so true! Giving of oneself is the best gift that you can give to anyone! In return we have that “inner glow”…A warm feeling in our heart. If we give from our heart with real love and joy we will be blessed!
We could have tinsel, lights and gifts all year, but it doesn’t make it Christmas-time does it? What makes it Christmas is the gift that God shared with us over 2000 years ago when he sent his Son to earth. Jesus was the very first Christmas present!
Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward show…Christmas is a state of heart!
Sometimes we do get caught up in the flurry of events, and sometimes we don’t stop and think “why” we have this wonderful holiday. The lights and tinsel and other nice things gives us a visual and sensory perception of this special time. It does provoke special feelings to see, hear, taste and smell all the wonderful things that we have come to identify with “Christmas”…And of course lots of these things represent Jesus, the wise men, the star that led them, the gifts they gave to Jesus, and some even represent his crucifixion, burial and resurrection. And there is nothing wrong with that!
So in the true spirit of Christmas, to celebrate it in a way that will bring to mind the wonderful gift that God gave, let’s give of our self to others! Spend some time with your family and loved ones and enjoy all these special activities together!
A friend of mine told me how her family celebrates a special Christmas tradition…and it sounded so nice that I am going to start this tradition in my own home!
She said that everyone sits at the table or in the living room and someone hands out a small white candle to each person. The first person lights a candle from one on the table.
Then they light the next person’s candle, and they in turn light the candle of the person sitting next to them, and on down the line. Then everyone shares something special, a verse, blessings or whatever they choose.
Let’s light a candle! Let’s give from our heart! Feel that special warm glow in our heart for having spent time with a loved one. Let’s spread joy and love to everyone! And make some new traditions that will bring sweet memories for years to come! Ask your mother if she can use some help baking, planning and decorating. Find little things to do that will be helpful to her as well as a joy to you!
Remember – Christmas is a state of heart!
You can be comfortable, and look good! Not to mention feeling modest, feminine, and less self-conscious than if you were wearing crotch exposing, figure/derriere outlining-jeans, low-cut blouses or such…There’s really no excuse for a woman not to dress like a woman…And a godly woman at that…These would be very easy to sew at home, saving money. And less stressful than trying to find something similar in stores. As we all know modest clothing are far and few between in this day and age.
The above photos are from Modest Apparel USA, click picture to go to website.
Be stylish!! If you feel the need to wear designer clothes because of your lifestyle, demographics and such then you can still dress womanly:
I saved these pictures but couldn’t remember where they came from…
I’ll be adding more pictures soon!
I Timothy 5:14: I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
Titus 2: 1-5 tells us, “But speak thou the things”…Hold on, But what? Paul is reiterating what he said in chapter 1…So let’s go back: Get your bibles and read chapter 1…For the sake of typing a whole chapter and a half…Just go read it. Paul is talking of being godly, “the acknowledging of the truth, (II Timothy2:25) which is after godliness”. (II Timothy 3:16) 2. “In hope of eternal life” (II Timothy 1:1) 3. “But has in due times manifested his word through preaching”…
What Paul is saying is that we have eternal life, we have the grace of God through his son Jesus Christ. But sometimes we need some preaching! Sometimes we slip and fall into the world’s way of thinking. So we need to be reminded of some things. Yes, by grace I believe we will have eternal life. God promised it. But we each have roles in “this life“. We have to stay under the subjection of the Holy Spirit. We have to walk circumspectly! We can’t just get saved and continue in our old way of living. We can’t follow just any kind of teaching and expect to be rewarded—no matter how good it sounds. We have to have spiritual discernment. Or else we’ll follow the teaching of those in darkness. We have to follow sound doctrine! Right teaching!
Paul goes on to tell Titus to find elders and bishops and what to look for in an elder and bishop. Why? To set in order the things that are “wanting”. What kind of men did he specifically say to look for?
I Timothy 3:2, And also Titus 1:6…”If any be blamesless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. 7. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre. 8. But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate. 9. Holding fast the faithful word that as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to export and to convince the gainsayers”.
There was a purpose in these men having the right qualifications…So we wouldn’t be led astray and deceived as some (I timothy 1:6) are. Those being ones who “profess that they know God but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate (void of judgement!)
But let’s don’t stop here, because this is not the point of this writing. I wanted to point out these things, because it leads up to scripture that a lot of ladies live by or strive to live by, that being the keeper at home or “homekeeper“.
The men were first! They are the head, so they had to come first! We are to be taught by the example of these men of good standing. Don’t just listen to anyone who’ll tell you anything. Listen to the ones who are qualified.
Then we get to where I first began: Titus 2: 1-5: “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: …(he was telling Titus that he wanted men who would speak truth, who had been taught and were qualified to teach sound doctrine! If a man wasn’t qualified by the specific things mentioned in Titus 1:6-9 then he was not the man for the job.) And why did Paul think this was so important? Because he wanted men of God who could teach us the right way with sound doctrine, without any question, being blameless!
Teach who?? 2. …”aged men to be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
And?? 3. …”aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach (emphasis mine) the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5. To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
6. Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
15. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Why is all of this necessary? Because there has to be order. By grace we are saved through faith. But what comes after that? We are to follow sound doctrine, that we may live godly.
We want to be teachers of the young women, but we must first be taught by men of sound doctrine! We must first live godly lives and set an example to the young women.
And young women are to look to older women for advice! Don’t look here and there and everywhere….Definitely don’t be pulled into new age, worldly thinking, feminists’ agenda and any unsound teachings from any of these!
Find ladies who have been there and done that! Where are we getting our foundation we are building upon? Are we indulging our attention to ladies at the office who cut down men constantly, TV shows that make men look like women (and women look like and act like men), books that are brimming with every evil that exists’? Emails that make fun of women being homemakers or make fun of men…
Find yourself a godly mentor! One who subjects herself to the teaching of a godly man, who in turn wants to follow biblical teaching and do her duty as has been stated in Titus 2:3. Follow her example and live above the lowly vision that the world teaches. So that the word of God will not be blasphemed! So that we will have learned and lived according to sound doctrine and cannot be blamed, nor the word of God.