The Lighthouse

I don’t know about you, but the holidays are some of the only times I see certain family members. It’s at those times that I have a chance to show the gospel to those who are in the dark. I know not all of my relatives are saved and that they need light somewhere. My relatives need to see a burning flame in the darkness they are surrounded by so very often.

Many in the world have heard the story of the bible and the preaching of others and yet are not saved. Many fall prey to the Evil One lurking like a snake in the world as they get older. They’ve heard the ongoing dirge of Christians pleading for them to see the light. They look in disgust at us. We look weird perhaps, with our different ways, but that’s how it should be.

We should look different from those in the darkness, maybe showing them that we are not the same as they are. It’s hard to act godly sometimes, though. When my little brother goes around the house asking people to cut his apple for him, and I refuse, I’m not going “Sure! I’d be happy to!” when he does that, I’m almost praying that I would not have to. Thing is, if my relatives were there and I said “Sure! I’d be happy to!” that probably would have stuck out. They may have been thinking “Wow, that’s unusual.”

Girls, now, when you’re around so many non-believers you want them to look at you and say “She looks different.” Because it shines a light into their dark lives.

You want to be a lighthouse in the darkness. What’s a lighthouse for? A lighthouse is typically on a bay so that lost boats can see it and find their way home or so that they know that they know that there is danger at this bay. In this case it’s the former: you should be a lighthouse cutting through the darkness and bringing people home. You are a light cutting through the darkness to the lost traveler. Now’s your chance to show people the light. Will you?

Karen SignaturePartial Credit goes to Anna Elizabeth for the idea to use the lighthouse analogy. 😉

Awkward and Awesome: 5-10-13

Awkward:

  • Not actually doing A&A on a weekly basis… o.o AE, K, M
  • Going to Publix to buy a cake with your mother, and when she finishes, the lady behind the counter asks you what you want. Probably because you’re tall and have a child in each hand. M
  • Getting called “Sweetheart” and “Honey” by a lady at the dentist who didn’t look a day older than 28. M
  • Shoveling ground-up leaves from a pile and finding a giant King Snake….twice…. M
  • Gong to Target to buy  Mother’s Day presents, and getting asked by a random lady which watch to buy for her 7-year-old daughter for her birthday. You comply, but still at a loss as to why she asked you. AE, M
  • ALL your 15-year-old friends getting their driving permits before you do……… M

Awesome:

  • The strings concert on Tuesday went well. 🙂  K, M.
  • So many awesome concerts coming up! We can’t wait! =D K, M, AE
  • This blog being a year old. Wow….. K, AE
  • Being part of this blog for about 8 months! M
  • Journaling in my spare time to vent feelings. AE
  • Art class. 😀 AE

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Yuck

As you should know, this is a blog written for girls. Many girls are yucked out by “yucky” things. I, for one, do not like spiders.

But if you pull out your bible and read pretty much anything about sacrifices (example found here: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus%208&version=ESV) you may realize that girls in that day and age probably found that things like blood being poured out on an alter were normal.

Think about Aaron’s daughters. Their father killed animals daily. Were they “yucked out”? Maybe at first, but with Aaron and his sons doing that everyday for a LOOOOONG time, they probably were used to it.

PLEASE note that this is just a thought. I am a thinker and am not saying that yucking out is bad.

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Little Miss Stewardess

Do you know what it means to be a steward? Google says that a steward is someone who looks after passengers. In other words, stewards take care of people. We are stewardesses. We have things; a life, a home, a family. We are their stewardesses.

There are two kinds of stewardesses: One who takes care of their subjects, and one who does not. Which one are you?

You have a home, a bed, and an electronic device that you are reading this post from. For example, you also have a body. You are your body’s steward. It may be hard to picture it that way, but it’s true! If you do not keep our body clothed with modest clothing, you are abusing the body God gave you to steward. I’m not saying that you do that, I’m just advising you–one christian girl to another.

I am not perfect. I am a sinner and am a terrible stewardess. Just as terrible as any of you girls out there. I am not a perfect stewardess. In fact, most days, my bed does not look very good.

Do you take care of yourself and your possessions correctly?

Thoughts? Comments?

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Awkward and Awesome: 2-7-13

Awkward:

  • Not being able to bite anything because you got your braces adjusted. AE
  • Waking up with your hair looking like you just got swept up by a tornado. AE
  • Watching Pride and Prejudiced. Sooooo many awkward moments. K, AE
  • Going grocery shopping in the rain… AE, M
  • Realizing that you haven’t done this in a looooooong time…. AE, K, M

Awesome: 

  • Kettle-cooked potato chips. 😀 AE
  • Coffee…… AE
  • Donuts. Yummy!!! K
  • The Avengers. Possibly the best movie ever. AE
  • Finally Doing this. 😀 AE, K, M

What was awkward and awesome about your week?

Anna Elizabeth, Melody, and Karen. 

John Calvin Quote

 

“If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house, then in a field,…it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a fetus in the womb before it has come to light.” ~John Calvin

 

Think about it: Abortion is horrible. To kill, murder, a tiny child…  That child, that poor baby, could have been a missionary to a civilization that doesn’t know Christ. That baby, that little adorable baby, that gets aborted, is being murdered.

 

When Karen and I discovered this quote, I thought it deserved its own post. John Calvin said this in a way that we could never say it: It is truly a crime to murder somebody, even if they haven’t been born yet.

 

Anna Elizabeth and Karen

Awkward and Awesome 11/30/12

Awkward:

  • Dancing to Christmas music in public, then realizing that everybody is watching you…. AE
  • Squealing about random things is public…. AE
  • Having most of the awkward moments… AE
  • Scratch that… Having all the the awkward moments…. AE

Awesome:

  • Getting a Christmas tree… K
  • Christmas music… Gotta love it! AE
  • The smell of a Peppermint Mocha Candle… 🙂 M, AE
  • Hot apple cider and candycanes.. AE
  • Winter, my favorite season. AE
  • Christian fellowship with other teenagers. 🙂 K, M, AE

What was awkward and awesome about your week?

In Christ,

Anna Elizabeth, Karen, and Melody

Awkward and Awesome Friday, 11/16/2012

Awkward:

  • Having the cleaners guy remember you singing… M
  • Not having enough awkward things… M, K, AE
  • Being tired, thus yawning during church, and afterwards, people coming up to you and saying, “You were really touched by the sermon, weren’t you?” AE

 

Awesome:

  • Hot apple juice to soothe your sore throat. AE
  • The cold weather. AE
  • Thanksgiving. M
  • Homemade snickerdoodles. AE
  • Having more awesome things than awkward things (for a change. 🙂 ) M, K, AE

What was awkward and awesome about your week?

 

Anna Elizabeth, Karen, and Melody. 🙂

Be Strong and Courageous/ Verses of the week 10/28/2012

Be strong and courageous!  Many times in the bible is this said. If the bible says it three times in one chapter, and again in another book, then it must be important and true. 

Deuteronomy 31:6-8, 23

 ” ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.’ Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, ‘Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it. It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you;he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.’ 23 And the Lord commissioned Joshua the son of Nun and said, ‘Be strong and courageous, for you shall bring the people of Israel into the land that I swore to give them. I will be with you.’ ”

And one of the more known verses,

Joshua 1:9

” ‘Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’ ”

The Lord will surely be with us wherever we go. He shows us through the bible time and time again, to remind us of His love and mercy towards us. Surely mercy and grace will follow His children all the days of their (our) lives. When we die, when we are living; we need to be strong and courageous. We have something to look forward to. We need not to be afraid of death. Like Paul says in Romans 8:38-39,

“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

That is our hope. What we feed on. The hope of our salvation, of the cross, and of life with our Father eternal. For He is immortal, invisible, and the only God, all wise.

Anna Elizabeth and Karen