Being a Light in the Darkness

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Over the past few weeks, there has been a burden on my heart for sharing the gospel. The seeds of this burden were planted when i watched Rend Collective’s As Family We Go promotional video, and throughout the video Gareth tells the story od St. Brendan. He also talks about how we as Christian’s can get complacent and comfortable in where we are and what we are doing to the point where we have essentially become lukewarm pew warmers, rather than following where God’s spirit calls us, even when it is outside of our comfort zones and means leaving what is known and familiar. The phrase that Gareth used that has stuck with me is something along the lines of “we gather for strength and scatter for light”, which to me means, we as the church gather to learn and grow spiritually as well as help build each other up and help them grow, yet go out and share the light of the gospel with those who need to hear it, as well as meet other Christians along the way. In meeting other Christians along the way, they can help us grow and we can help them grow and encourage each other.

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:14-16‬ ‭KJV

‬“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭28:19-20‬ ‭KJV

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God has called us to let our light shine like a house on a hill (or like a lighthouse out to sea), and to share the Gospel with others. 

A few Thoughts on the subject of Modesty and Purity 

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In my last post I mentioned the subject of modesty and that it was a subject of Modesty. So here I am, to discuss it a bit. 

Modesty applies not only to young ladies, but to everyone, males and females alike. I know, that at least in my case, modesty was preached solely to the young ladies, while the young men were pretty much let off the hook. 

As Christian young women, we do need to dress modestly. That doesn’t mean you have to wear a skirt 24/7, or look like the Amish women, or the duggar girls if that is not something God calls of you. In some cases pants can be more modest than skirts. Case in point – properly fitting Bermuda Shorts (that aren’t too tight, but aren’t falling off either), are more modest than mini skirts and skirts that hug the figure and are too tight. 

To the young ladies and parents of young ladies; it is totally possible to dress age appropriately, without looking frumpy and dowdy. You just have to be selective. I know what it is like to have been dressed in a non age appropriate manner for the sake of modesty. I was in college before I really began to really find my own style and what works for me, and still be modest. 

I used to wear a lot of clothes from old navy, and still have some, when I can find something that fits. I also love Maurice’s. Nowadays my wardrobe is primarily made up of clothes from Maurice’s and some from Old Navy. I am definitely a layers kind of person, and one of the things I love about Maurice’s is their Lace edged crinkle tanks. They have adjustable strapes, and come up high enough with out being uncomfortable, and are a bit longer, so no midriff is shown, yet are also light enough to be worn under sheer and lightweight tops during the summer and are not too hot. 

The whole being able to dress age appropriately yet modestly was and still is a huge deal for me. 

As I am writing this, and pondering it in my heart, it has also been on my heart, that Modesty is more than just the responsibility of young women. Young men also need to be held accountable for their actions, yes they are way more visual than young women, but they also need to be taught, and practice self control. 

Modesty in and of itself also applies to guys as well. As a society we have been setting a double standard for our young men and women. We teach girls that they need to dress modestly (which is true and important), yet boys and young men are taught that they can run around shirtless, and wear sagging pants or tight fitting skinny jeans, for the whole world to see. You can’t tell me that young women don’t check out the young men, just as much as they check out the young women. Trust me, we do check out the guys. This double standard is not right, as God has called us all to be responsible for our actions, and that both genders need to be modest. 

Modesty goes along with Purity, Modesty or lack there of, is the outward reflection of the heart. As Christian’s living in a sinful and sin driven world, we have to work hard to keep our purity of heart, mind, and body. Modesty is just one of the outward indicators and choices of the works that God has done on our hearts. 

You are Bought with a Price

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“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:19-20‬ ‭KJV

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Christ was born of a virgin, lived a simple life, and payed the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. he gave his life and rose again to atone our sins.

I know I have read this passage before at various points, and sat through Sunday School lessons and devotionals taught on this passage. But it wasn’t until reading it again yesterday evening, that it’s meaning really settled on my heart. 
Because God created us, and sent his son to pay the ultimate price for us and our spiritual freedom that we belong to him, who created us, and paid the price for our sins. 

How we talk, dress, act, and in everything we do, we are to live our lives in such a way that glorifies God. Modesty is a part of that, but is a subject for another blog post. 

While God gave us our free will to choose, serving God isn’t always easy, but it is so much better than not serving God. 

Praying for my Future Husband

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The lord has blessed me with many years of singleness. Part of it, I know is because I needed to give my life to the Lord, and work on building my own walk with him on my own, before someone else can be in the picture.

I was never one of those girls who has the attention of all the guys as a teenager and young adult. I have struggled with feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness. I have felt like there was something wrong with me, and that’s why I have not met the man, that the Lord would have me marry.

I know I am going to sound like a friend of mine here, but; it’s not because I am inadequate or unworthy of being loved, and it is not because there is something really wrong with me. It comes down to me needing to be where I need to be with God, and allowing God to do all things in his timing.

There came a point a few years ago, where I stopped trying so hard to get the attention of the guys I liked, because I was going about it the wrong way. I know this is the 21st century, and there are guys who don’t mind or prefer when girls pursue them, but that never worked for me. It never worked for me, because, that method isn’t the way it is supposed to be, at least for me anyway.

The point I am getting at here, is that while I am waiting on God’s timing for the whole meeting the man I am supposed marry thing to happen, I am supposed to grow spiritually, and pray for the man I am someday going to marry. Why I am starting this late in the game, I cannot tell you, other than better late than never.

 

Where He Leads I Will Follow

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The past month and a half, the Lord has really put it on my heart that it is time for me to be moving to another state, and getting out of the comfort zone and safety net that Portland has been for me. 

I have really been having to lean on him, and trust him, since the job that I had had for nearly two and a half years ended last month. 

That job and a few less than beneficial friendships were the only things keeping me here. Now that job, and the less than beneficial friendships have ended, I know that it is time for me to move on, and follow God’s leading for my life. 

I know God has a career for me, and new friends as well. There are some friends I will be leaving behind, but life and serving God is bigger than those you have to leave behind. If they are really your friends, they will support you, wherever God leads. 

While I don’t know for a fact where I will be ending up, or what exactly I will be doing, I am trusting God to guide me each step of the way. 

Rend Collective; Finding Encouragement in their music.

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Over the past year, or so, I have definitely been listening to Rend Collective and I Am They a lot.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but for me I have struggled to enjoy contemporary Christian music that all the Christian radio stations play. A lot of it has to do with the style of the music. While I get that it is geared for Worship and Worship services, and I can handle a certain amount of it (especially when it is similar to I Am They’s Amen). The style of a lot of it, is hard for me to get into, as it is not the style I listen to on a regular basis.

When I was younger, and going to youth activities and events I had to listen to a lot more of the contemporary christian music.

When I was in College I found the group Celtic Thunder, which is still my favorite group (the original 5 + Neil), but they aren’t Christian. I also really liked the style of Mumford and Sons (again not a Christian group, the use of profanity in several of their songs makes that clear).

The Summer I got saved, I was introduced to Rend Collective’s music, and some of their music has a similar style musically to that of Mumford and Sons and the more traditional Irish style (as they are Northern Irish). For example their song “More than Conquerers” definitely reminds me of the style of Mumford and sons.

The fact that I was won over by Rend Collective, and more willing to listen to more Christian Music, kept me coming back to them, and watching their youtube videos. As I watched more of those videos, I learned more about their ministry and message. The message that they are all about is simplicity, both in terms of the gospel and the style of worship, as well as authenticity of worship and serving the Lord, as well as the inclusivity of the Gospel, and that we are all part of the church.

I know God has used their music and ministry to reach me, and help me understand what God wants me to be doing with my life, and that there is more to life and being a Christian that just going to church every week, and warming a pew, and being a half hearted Christian. A lot of Rend Collective’s music videos take place outdoors, and / or around a Campfire. That whole getting outside, away from the city and everything going on, and the hustle and bustle, to just connect with God in his creation is what I am all about. Being part of the church is more than going to church, and we have to get out of our comfort zones to help grow the kingdom.

I had the opportunity and privilege to see Rend Collective perform live about a year ago, and it was amazing. While it was a “concert”, it was also one great big worship service. It was amazing.

Thankful For God’s Protecting Hand

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I am very thankful for God’s guiding and protecting hand in my life. 

I cannot tell you all the times he has protected me, kept me safe and guided my life. 

He was there in the decision of which college to go to, what my major should be, and so much more. 

He protected me when I was involved in a fatal car accident in Canada when I was 11. I could have died that day, or been critically injured, but I walked away least injured of all. He was there when I had to have my appendix out when I was 16. If it had not been removed when it was, it would have burst and I would have been was sicker than I already was. 

He protected and kept me safe while I was in some sketchy situations that I hadn’t knowingly gotten myself into while in New York, that I couldn’t have gotten myself out of just by walking away from the situations. 

Just today he was protecting me and my family from a car accident. 

This truck and car came wizzing up the right shoulder of the freeway, and somehow the truck lost control and wound up blocking traffic, on the freeway. These two reckless vehicles almost hit the car I was in as well as others and almost caused a multi car crash on a major freeway. God was there protecting us, and had kept us safe. 

God is also faithful to direct our lives and our dreams, goals, and careers.