Monday, June 22, 2009

Honoring Our Future Husbands: Series Introduction

"She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life." Proverbs 31:12
One day I was reading through Proverbs 31, the famous “women” chapter , and I saw this verse and something struck me about it. I had heard and read it before, but it hadn’t set in until then. The simple word “all” had set a little light bulb off in my mind that has refused to go out.

The mentality in our culture is to think nothing of giving our hearts to guy after guy, to learn to effortlessly flirt with any cute guy that comes along, and to act with very little discretion in numerous ways. Especially when it comes to our relationships with guys we don’t often seek to honor our husbands. We go for the short term pleasure rather then pleasing God and loving our husbands all the days of our life.

The concept of being faithful to one's husband is commonly applied to the married woman. However, in referring to "all the days of our lives", wouldn't it include our childhood, teen, and single adult years? How do we honor someone if we don’t know who they are? We're going to do our best to share with you all our ideas on how to strive for this beautiful accomplishment. Many of these thoughts come from mine and Abigail's personal experiences and goals to honor our future husbands (if God blesses us with them) and God with our life.

We can not expect that when we are married all our bad habits are going to disappear and we will instantly become godly wives and women. It doesn’t work like that. We need to work towards honoring our husband; for it is not an instant thing and it is not something you only do while married. Above all we need to pursue godliness and seek to honor God above all else. May all that we do honor and glorify Him.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

False Freedom That Leaves Us Broken

“I was born in 1975, and from anorexia to date rape, from the utter inability to feel safe on the streets to stories about stalking and stalkers, from teenage girls finding themselves miserably pregnant to women in their late 30s and early 40s finding procreation miserably difficult, this culture has not been kind to women. And it has not been kind to women at the very moment that it has directed an immense amount of social and political energy to “curing” their problems.” - Wendy Shalit

I just read this in John Ensor’s book Doing Right in Matters of the Heart and my first thoughts was “wow, this is so true!” We live in an age that women can do more than in any time in history. In this last presidential election we had a woman running for both president and vice president. Women can get the highest levels of education and can be the CEO of major companies. Women can do almost whatever they could ever want!

Yet even with all of this “freedom”, I look around and see broken women. I look at the girls in my generation and I am distressed. I see all the depression, suicide, eating disorders, pregnancies, and STDs and my heart is broken. I see girls that are desperate for love yet only end up with broken hearts. In every generation it has gotten worse.

As humans we all long for completion. We long to not thirst for that mysterious thing that nothing can seem to satisfy. We seek to fill our lives with whatever seems to make us happy. We seek liberty from what we assumed was causing our unhappiness, only to be found with more unhappiness.

“Women’s Liberty” and feminism doesn’t save.

The gospel saves.

In all of this; in all of our thirstiness, in all of our discontentedness, in all of our brokenness, it all comes back to the fact that we are sinful people. Sinful people with a need for God. Saint Augustine said it better then I ever could when he said, “Thou hast made us for thy self, Oh Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee”.

Jesus is our hope, our joy, our completion, our fulfillment. Nothing else will satisfy the longings of our heart. No matter what man does to find happiness and joy it will fail. But Jesus will never fail.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Happy 16th Abigail!

 Our favorite lady around here is now 16! Her amazing mix of zaniness, loveliness, artistic flair, passion for Christ, and pure awesomeness makes her indispensable to the blog and to my life. :D Her friendship is valued VERY highly and her authorship is immensely loved. Happy sweet sixteen Abs and may God bless you and this new year! I'm so excited to see where this year takes you and to see you grow in your faith, maturity, and stunning beauty!! I love you dearly Abigail and have a great day!

[Note: I love this picture. :D]