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Friday, February 24, 2012

Becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman

As christian girls we spend a lot of time talking about "The Proverbs 31 Woman."

We 'learn a lot from her' 'want to be like her' 'think she is the epitome of christian womanhood' and much more.
What are we doing about it?

God has called us to do more that just talk.
He has called us to ACTION.

Make us willing to go and do what we know is right.
Make me willing.
"10Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies." 
I purpose to be devoted to You and Your Word before my own projects, activities, and ideas.
 "11The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil."
I purpose to ask You what you want me to do in a given situation and not to rely on my own wisdom.

  "12She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life."
 I purpose to take the time to show Your love to others with my tongue and with my actions even when I don't feel like I have the time.

"13She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands."  
"14She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar." 
 "15She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens."
 "16She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard."
 I purpose to be willing to do whatever I see needs doing and to do it with all my might, regardless of looks, inconvenience, and self-denial required . 

  "17She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms."
I purpose to avoid books, movies, thoughts, activities, possessions, and clothing that distract me from You, and tempt me to think, act, and speak in a way that does not please you.   

 "18She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night."  
"19She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff."
I purpose to use my talents for Your glory, and not to boost my pride. 

 "20She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy."
I purpose to talk to others when You prompt me, even if I don't want to, and to look for ways I can meet other's needs.

 "21She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet."
"22She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. "
I purpose to be available to my mother, to be her helper, and to learn with a servant's attitude, even if I think I know it already.

 "23Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land."
 I purpose to treat each person around me as if they were you.

 "24She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant." 
I purpose to look around me for ways to be creative, to think outside the box, and use Your ingenuity instead of giving up, saying it can't be done, or throwing my responsibility on someone else because I don't want to figure it out. 

 "25Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come."
I purpose to look at my desires, goals, and role models through Your eyes and weed out those which do not please you.

 "26She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness."
I purpose to spread your joy with my smile and tongue, even if I am  tired and/or want to grump.

" 27She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness."
 I purpose to be diligent do the things that you give me to do, like or dislike, big or small, hard or easy, to Your standard.

"28Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her."
 "29Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all."
 "30Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised."
I purpose to look forward to Your reward in heaven, to look at life around me from Your eternal perspective, and to choose to focus on those things which are of eternal value. 

" 31Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates."
 I purpose to find out what God commands and to do it, taking full responsibility for my diligence in application.

This is something that God has called me to. Will you hold me accountable? 


Monday, February 13, 2012

A 'snapshot' of Romans

"This letter is truly the most important piece in the New Testament. It is purest Gospel. It is well worth a Christian's while not only to memorize it word for word but also to occupy himself with it daily, as though it were the daily bread of the soul. It is impossible to read or to meditate on this letter too much or too well. The more one deals with it, the more precious it becomes and the better it tastes."
~Martin Luther

This video was made by Mr. Currado, a man I highly respect and look up to. I hope that it encourages you and gives you a perspective of Romans that you have never seen before.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Survival of the Fittest

I read this post from Mr. Doug Phillips Blog it touched my heart, I hope it touches yours too.

Joseph and Chrissy Rivera were devastated last month when they were told that their three-year-old little girl Amelia was ineligible to receive a kidney transplant.
Kidney transplants are rare, especially in children, but that was not why this little girl was being denied help. Amelia was being denied a transplant because she suffers from Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that has left her with mental disabilities. Her doctors said her quality of life was not adequate to justify a kidney transplant. A hospital social worker explained that the little girl was better off anyway because she would not be able to take care of herself in the future when her parents passed away.
Amelia’s story has prompted a public outcry as more than 37,000 people have signed an online petition to urge the hospital involved to reconsider. In the face of massive public pressure, the Philadelphia hospital has now relented and is allowing the family to go through a review process, although they have yet to confirm whether Amelia will be approved for a transplant.
This story is far from unique, as an ever-increasing number of medical practitioners use a “quality of life” calculus in determining how they will and will not treat their patients. If the patient’s “quality of life” is deemed sufficiently low, they will be given more limited treatment options or, in some cases, deprived of care altogether. Given the financial cost and burden to the system, the argument goes, theirs is in not a life worth saving.
This is no small matter, as it represents the triumph of Darwinian ethics over Biblical ethics of life. According to Darwinism, man is not made in the image of God and neither is life sacred. Instead, evolution views man as one among many anomalies in the evolutionary process — a selfish animal who only thinks himself superior to others in the animal kingdom.
What is the result of this denial of God’s Word? Darwin stated it succinctly: “The survival of the fittest”; the weak and infirm should be left to die.
The doctors’ response to Amelia is textbook Darwinism. Instead of recognizing her as a little girl made in the image of God and using their skills and knowledge to improve her health, the doctors involved have deemed her not fit to survive due to her mental disabilities.
The ethical implications of Darwinism are serious, and we as Christians must be prepared to address them with clarity and conviction, as Vision Forum does in our Bioethics of Life DVD Collection.
Where the curtain falls on these issues — as the case of little Amelia shows — means life or death for the weak.