Friday, February 29, 2008

Question and Answer Sessions: Responses Part 5

I've so enjoyed receiving and answering all your questions, ladies! Please continue to send them to me(on any subjects), in interview style, and I would be more than happy to answer them!

I received the following questions from my dear friend from church, Hannah.

First of all thank you so much for your great questions, Hannah! If you have anymore, be sure to let me know! :)

What is your favorite story/character in the Bible?

I can only pick one?! lol I have many favorites.

My favorite stories would be the love story of Ruth and Boaz, the love story of Rebekah and Isaac, the parable of the sower, the amazing story of when our Lord did not condemn the adulterous woman, and the story of the sea storm, where the disciples are rebuked for being of little faith. The love stories I mentioned are so beautiful, and show that in reality, every single marriage is an arranged marriage-arranged by our all-loving and all-wise God. The parable of the sower encourages and strengthens me so much to teach God's Word more. The sower didn't know how or when the seed began to grow, but it did by God's grace. He just threw the Word and left the results up to the Lord. To me, that's so very encouraging, because I tend to worry and fret over whether or not the people I'm debating with will realize the Biblical truth of what I'm teaching or not. But, I don't have to worry! :) All I have to do is be faithful to teach God's Word, and leave the results completely in His hands! How refreshing is that! The story of when the Lord forgave the woman caught in adultery simply amazes me! What amazing, wondrous love our wonderful Lord has for us! Lastly, the story of the disciples and Jesus in a boat when the powerful storm arises convicts me every time I read it. I would often be rebuked by the Lord for being of little faith. Not only does this story convict me, but it also encourages me, because it shows that at all times, the Lord is completely trustworthy, and in control of all things.

As to my favorite Bible character, I would have to say Mary. Her unwavering and unquestioning faith in the Lord and willingness to do whatever He required of her absolutely amazes me! Because she was unmarried, she knew that she would be persecuted, ridiculed, looked down upon, made fun of, etc. for being with child. But she was a willing servant of Christ, and her example convicts me so much! I pray that the Lord would make me more like Mary.

Do you like my mother's famous no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies? ;)<p>

I love those! They are so good. Maybe you could bring those to the fellowship meal at church Sunday! :)

Your devotionals are great! Have you ever thought of putting them together as a book?

Thank you so much! That's very kind of you. :) I hope they're a blessing.

It's so funny that you should ask that, as I was talking to Mama about that very idea just a few weeks ago. That is something that I'm very seriously thinking about. If I did have them published, I would probably add study questions, application tips, etc. to the end of each one.

What do you think, ladies? Should I have my devotionals published? Is this something that you would be interested in purchasing? Please share your input!!

Devotional on 1 Timothy 2:9-10 part 2

...not in braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing.

~1 Timothy 2:9b (NKJV)

We are now on part 2 of our devotional study of 1 Timothy 2:9-10. In part 1, we discussed the huge importance of dressing modestly. Part 1 of this series showed that the true godly lady has no desire to draw attention to herself during church services(or at any other time, for that matter), but rather desires that all the attention be directed to the Lord. She wants the worship services to be about Him-not her.

Now we come to the second part of this verse. A lot of confusion arises when people read this part of the passage, because they begin to wonder whether or not it's a sin to braid your hair or to wear jewelry or nice clothing. Let me assure you once and for all: it's not! In fact, it would be sinful for us to not look our best-we are ambassadors for Christ, and so we need to show that we pay careful attention to how we present ourselves, for His glory.

Now to understand what the Bible is teaching on the subject of braiding your hair, we need to look to what is said in this verse after it speaks on braids, and we also must look to the culture in Ephesus at the time this was written, so that we can better understand what God's Word is truly teaching. During the time when this verse was first penned, women were attending church services with ribbons of gold weaved through their braids, as a way to show off and flaunt their wealth. That is what this verse is commanding against. Braided hair, pearls, nice clothing, and gold are all ok-as long as they're not worn in excess, or worn in such a way that you are flaunting what you have. The truly Biblical woman is not haughty or prideful- the Lord abhors pride and hautiness, and this includes hautiness of spirit, adornment, etc.

When we hear the word 'immodest' we tend to think only of clothing that is tight and revealing. But immodest clothing has a much farther range than just this. Gaudy, overdone, excessive, loud clothing and acessories are every bit as immodest as tight, revealing clothes are.

The bottom line about clothing and hair is this: our adornment is not to be tight, revealing, or gaudy and overdone. Jewelry is fine, providing that it's not worn in excess. Braids are beautiful and perfectly modest, providing that you don't adorn them throughout with pearls, gold, etc.

Be sure to return on Monday for part 3 of this series!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

I've just been tagged by my friend Kathleen to do this game! :)


1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.

2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.

3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.

4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Here are my facts:

1. I skipped second grade.

2. I've had two surgeries: 1 to have my wisdom teeth(that weren't even through the gums yet) removed, and one to have a pin placed in the top of my femur bone after it slipped out of its socket in my hip.

3. I'm HORRIBLY afraid of spiders-I can't even go near them to kill them, because I'm afraid they're going to jump on me(I know-I'm a little strange, aren't I? :))

4. Green peas disgust me!

5. I've never had a cavity.

6. I've only been outside the US once, and that was when I went to Mexico.

7. I would love to go ski-diving(if I knew my parachute would open) and hang-gliding(if my landing was good!), but I'm scared to go bunjee jumping.

That was fun! :) Ok, ladies, now it's your turn to join in on the fun! The ladies I'm tagging are:
2. Anna Naomi and Miriam Rebekah over at Maidens of Worth

3. My sweet friends from church Hannah and Geneva over at The Heritage Sisters

4. Ella

5. Monika (since you don't have a blog, feel free to leave your answers in the comment section)

6. Jade and Autumn over at Handmaidens with a Mission

I'm looking forward to reading your answers!

Daily Bible Verse

Whoever loves instruction love knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.

~Proverbs 12:1(NKJV)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Devotional on 1 Timothy 2:9-10 part 1

In like manner also, that th women adorn themselves in modest apparel with propriety and moderation.

~1 Timothy 2:9a (NJKV)

This is an exceedingly important command that all too often goes unheeded in the church today. In our culture,(as it was in Ephesus at the time this passage was written), church-going women oftentimes attend worship services dressed in very immodest clothing, whether it be revealing clothing, tight clothing, gaudy clothing, etc. These women are preocupied with the desire to snag a guy by the way in which they're dressed. In the youth group of our old church, many teenage girls attended the church services for the sole reason of getting a young man's attention, and this showed in the way they dressed. Other girls there did truly attend church for the purpose of worshipping the Lord, but they as well attended the worship services in very immodest attire so that they might also acquire the attention of the boys there. Their thoughts were not on being godly young women attending church for the purpose of worshipping God and learning more about His Word. Rather, their thoughts were on ensuring that their clothing, hair, makeup, etc. looked such a way so that they would be liked by the boys at church. Sadly, women guilty of this as well. This is a wicked and vile sin and is immensely abhorred by God Almighty. The female after God's own heart desires to dress in a manner that while she's at church, no one's thoughts are on her, but rather on the Lord to Whom the church service is dedicated. The true godly woman doesn't want attention placed on her in any way, but rather on the Lord and His goodness. When people at church see her, the true Christian lady desires for them to see Christ in her. She wants them to see her modesty, chasteness and love for the Lord.

In his study Bible, Mr. John MacArthur, regarding the words 'propriety' and 'moderation' in this verse, writes that "the Greek word for 'propriety' refers to modesty mixed with humility, which carries the underlying idea of shame. It can also refer to a rejection of anything dishonorable to God, or refer to grief over sin. 'Moderation' basically refers to self-control over sexual passions. Godly women hate sin and control their passions so as to not lead another to sin." As you can see, the truly Christ-like lady is clothed with modesty and humility. Simply the thought of dressing in such a way at church as to cause another person there to sin, or to cause their attention to Christ turn rather to attention dedicated to her, is enough to make her ill. She would never ever want to be guilty of being dressed at church in such a way that there would be sin there in the house of God.

I cannot even begin to express to you the huge importance of dressing in a modest manner at all times-not just at church. We are to be shining lights for Christ in this dark world, and the simple truth is that we will be unable to be a shining light for Him if we're adorned in immodest apparel.

So, ladies, band together with me, and purpose to be a lady of modesty for the glory of our blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Daily Bible Verse

In like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.

~1 Timothy 2:9-10 (NKJV)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Monday's Devotional

Hello, ladies!! I pray that all of you had a wonderful weekend, and a restful, blessed Lord's Day!

For the devotional today, we're going to be doing something a little different.

The following is one of my very favorite songs. I want you to meditate on its lyrics; just soak in the amazing truths found in this beautiful song.

What Wondrous Love Is This?

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this
That caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul!

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down
Beneath God’s righteous frown,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul for my soul,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul.

To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb, Who is the great I AM,
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing,
While millions join the theme, I will sing.

And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on.
And when from death I’m free
I’ll sing His love for me,
And through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
And through eternity I’ll sing on.

God's love absolutely amazes me! Just stop and think a minute on how amazing His love is. We were enemies of His; we were vile, wretched, wicked, impure sinners. And He is a pure, holy, righteous, perfect God that cannot stand to be even in the presence of sin. Yet He came down from heaven to die the most agonizing death imaginable, so that we would spend eternity with Him in heaven. That's amazing! Why would He, a righteous, just, holy God, want to spend eternity with us?? It's truly amazing isn't it? What wondrous love is this!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Friday's Devotional

A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

~Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV)

I love this verse! It's so comforting and encouraging! We may think that we have our whole lives planned out for ourselves. But that isn't the case! The Lord has planned out the events of our lives-all the joys, sorrow, blessings, and disappointments were planned out before the foundation of the world. He is directing our steps in every area of our lives. He's leading us in the direction He wants us to go. The events of our lives are not planned by us! Rather, they're planned out and directed by our all-wise, all-knowing, all-powerful God Almighty. What immense and blessed comfort there is to be found in that knowledge!

If at any time you find yourself apprehensive and worried about the future and what it holds, I encourage you to simply meditate on this beautiful verse. Know that the Lord is in complete control over what happens in your life. He planned all of your days and what they would contain before a single one of them came to be. His plan for your life is far, far better than anything you could every think about or ask for, or anything you could dream up yourself. Simply trust in that knowledge, and thank the Lord that He's so trustworthy, and that He has planned for you such a wonderful life!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Daily Bible Verse

My son, keep your father's command, and do not forsake the law of your mother.

~Proverbs 6:20(NKJV)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Wednesday's Devotional

If you love Me, keep my commandments.

~John 14:15 (NKJV)

Do you love the Lord? I mean, do you really love Him, with all your heart, soul, mind and strength? There's only one way to find out. And that is this: if you truly love Him, then it will be clearly evident in your life, because your life will be a life of complete obedience to Him. That's the only way you'll ever be able to truly discover whether or not you truly love Him. True lasting love is not feelings and emotions. It's dedication to Him and full, unquestioning obedience. If you truly love Him, you will obey Him always, out of your immense love for Him. If you don't obey His commands, then it's extremely doubtful that you love Him at all. That statement may seem a bit harsh, but that's what this verse teaches. We may say that we love the Lord. But that claim is only true if we live a life of complete, total obedience to Christ.

Now, of course that's not to say that we won't still sin and at times disobey Him. We're still sinners! When we became Christians, we didn't all of the sudden become perfect and incapable of committing sin. We will still occasionaly disobey the Lord in some areas. We will still sin, and when we do, we must go to the Lord in repentence. We must ask for His forgiveness, and ask that He make us stronger in the future to resist temptations that we'll face. He will strengthen us, and will bring us closer to Him.

Ladies, if you have a deep, longing desire, as I do, to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, then you must begin by living a life of obedience to Him! And you'll only be able to do that if you stay constantly in the Word of God. You will not know what His commands are or how He wants you to live, unless you search out and study the Scriptures often. Psalm "Your Word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You." That's what we all must do; it's crucial to leading a life of complete obedience and love to Christ!

So, I encourage you all to join with me in this adventure! Join me ladies, as I strive to become a young woman after God's own heart. A young woman whose life is characterized by complete obedience to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Meal Mondays #5! (on Tuesday)

Ladies, I'm so sorry for not posting my Meal Mondays recipe yesterday! :(

The following is a recipe for Chicken Almond Casserole. This is one of the best casseroles I've had, and it quickly became a favorite in our family. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! :)
Chicken Almond Casserole

5 cups diced, cooked chicken breasts

2 cups diced celery

3 cups cooked rice

1 (8 oz) can sliced water chestnuts

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 TBSP chopped onion

2 TBSP lemon juice

1 tsp salt

3/4 tsp white pepper

1/2 cup sliced almonds

Mix above ingredients and put into buttered 13x9 inch dish.


1/2 cup almonds

3 cups crumbled corn flakes

2/3 cup butter

Mix above ingredients and sprinkle on top of casserole. Bake at 350 degrees F.(adjust for your oven, if necessary) for 35-45 minutes. Can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated until baking, if desired. ENJOY!

Be sure to let me know how you like the casserole! I'm sure you're going to love it.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Monday's Devotional

For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required;

~Luke 12:48 (NKJV)

Just dwell for a minute on the amazing fact that we've been given so much! We were enemies of Christ, were vile, wicked, wretched, worthless sinners, and yet God-completely holy, pure, blameless, above reproach, perfect in every way-chose to save us! It's amazing that He would desire to have anything at all to do with us, let alone save us so that we'd spend eternity with Him! Isn't He amazing?! We indeed have been given much! Much more than we could ever ever deserve; the Lord's blessed us in countless ways.

We've all been given much, and so, from us, much is required. We're told over and over in God's Word that we're to be salt and light in this dark, vile, lost, sinful, pagan world. That is what is required of us! And nothing less will do. We're required to obey Christ in all things, out of a heart of thanksgiving and love to Him. I know I've said this countless times before, but I'm going to say it again: we must look COMPLETELY different from the world! Because, if we don't, God's Word is going to be blasphemed because of us. That's a guarantee. If the world knows that we call ourselves Christians and yet we act and live just like the world does, rather than living in total obedience to Christ, then the world is going to think that God must have no power whatsoever to change people, and that all that Bible stuff is just a bunch of fairytales. Let me assure you, fellow Christians, that there truly is a whole lot required of us! We are slaves of Christ, and as such, must be obedient to Him in all things. That kind of joyful, complete obedience to Him is what He requires of us.

Therefore, ladies, let's train ourselves to be true warriors for Christ and His Kingdom! Let us join together in fellowship, and let us be dedicated to Him and His Word at all times fully. The world is watching us. Therefore, it's of paramount importance that we reveal to them what a true Christian's life is really like-a life of joy, fulfillment, completeness, loving obedience, and satisfaction.

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Curse of Women Rulers

History is in the making this election year. For the first time in history, a woman is running for the office of President of the United States. Some(namely, the feminists) are cheering for joy, thinking that it's "about time a woman had this opportunity". Others are mourning over the fact that a woman is running for this position, and are wondering what in the world our nation is coming to. But what does God Almighty have to say about all this? Is His Word neutral on this subject, is He for women being in leadership positions, or does He oppose women as rulers?

Let's have God's holy and inspired Word speak for itself. First of all, the Bible is quite clear in its teachings that the woman is not to be the head of the home-her husband is to be in loving authority over the household, leading it with servanthood and care. The wife is to joyfully, willingly and lovingly submit to her husband's leadership, and is to respect the fact that God has wisely ordained that the man be the leader of the home and its inhabitants(Ephes. 5:22-24, Titus 2:5, Col. 3:18, 1 Peter 3:1,6). Likewise, women are not to be in leadership positions in the church. The offices of pastor, elder, bishop, preacher, etc. are all to belong to men-not women. 1 Timothy 2:11-12 says, "Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence." 1 Corinthians 14:34-36 teaches this as well: "Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church." From the Lord's teachings that the leadership of the family and church is to be male, I think it becomes clear that the leadership of cities, states, nations, provinces, businesses, etc. is also to be male. For, if women are not allowed to be leaders of households and churches, what makes us think that it would be fine for them to be in leadership over cities or even nations-which are made up of families and churches? The Lord does not merely leave us to our own guesses or opinions on this subject, though! Rather, He provides for us solid evidence in the Scriptures that reveals it is clearly wrong for women to be rulers.

First, we must remember that 1 Timothy 2:12 says that women are not permitted to have authority over men. Therefore, it goes without saying that women are not to rule over cities, businesses, states, nations, etc., for men are persent in each of these. The Lord goes on to reveal in His Word that not only is it sinful for women to be rulers, but that the nation which has women rulers is under a curse of judgement from God Almighty. In Isaiah 3, we discover that Israel had fallen into disobedience. The people of Israel were not obeying God, and their lifestyles were not in accordance with His design. Because of their wicked disobedience, they were under a curse from God, and were thus experiencing His judgment, wrath and displeasure. Isaiah 3:12 tells us what part of this curse was: "As for My people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them." When a nation has women rulers(whether ruling over the cities and states, churches, or the nation as a whole), it is a clear sign that that nation is under a direct curse from God, for women rulers are a sign of judgment. The feminists would like us all to believe that women being in positions of power and leadership is a sign of progress, and is a wonderful thing that should have happened long ago. However, God has shown us that any nation with women in leadership positions is under judgment from Him. Therefore, women rulers are a punishment for that nation's disobedience to God and His Word.

In light of this passage from Isaiah, it becomes clear that America is already under a curse from God. We may not yet have a woman ruling over the nation as a whole, but countless women are already ruling over businesses, cities, states, government systems, etc. America, rather than following after God and His Word, has been duped by feminism and has fallen prey to its satanical lies. Rather than holding up God's Word as its standard, America has ceaselessly praised the lies of feminism and other worldly, God-hating philosophies. America is no longer the nation its founders designed it to be-a nation founded on Biblical principles. We are now a nation based on humanistic, feministic and evolutionary teachings. We've relentlessly disobeyed God-a God of justice. Because of this, we are now facing the consequences of our disobedience. America is now under a curse from God, and part of that curse is that women are ruling over us.

But there is hope still! We brought this curse upon ourselves because of our disobedience. But 2 Chronicles 7:14-15 says, "If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn form their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." If we want this curse to be lifted, then we must turn from our error and disobedience, and instead embrace God's design for the family, church and nation. It is only then that we will be forgiven and will have this curse lifted from us.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A Beautiful Valentine's Day Celebration

This post is dedicated to all of those dear and precious ladies who are committed to complete purity and chastity. You ladies may find yourselves "alone" by the world's standards on this Valentine's Day, but I hope this post encourages you and lifts your spirits, by showing you that the true Lover of your Souls is right by your side on this holiday! I hope that you will all join with me, and will dedicate this Valentine's Day to the Lord and His glory, honor and praise! God has placed in the heart of every maiden the longing desire to meet her Prince Charming, to be pursued by Him, and to then ride off with him into the sunset to his castle, where she will forever be loved, protected, provided for, and cherished. This is a beautiful and wonderful desire created by God Himself. But Valentine's Day only intensifies this desire all the more, and the images of red and pink hearts, of couples holding hands and going on dates, only brings to mind yet again the reality that because you're a maiden committed to courtship and complete purity, you won't be celebrating Valentine's Day with a special someone as "everyone else" will. You may begin to feel sorry for yourself, thinking that simply because you have no "special someone" this Valentine's Day, that you're somehow all alone. But there's something you must remember, dear maiden: as a Christian, you already have something that countless girls and young women only dream about and wish they had-a perfect, fulfilling, everlasting, true love. As a Christian maiden, your true Knight in Shining Armor and Prince Charming has already come and swept you off your feet! The Prince of Peace and King of Kings has pursued you relentlessly, is jealous for your full attention and dedication, is enthralled by your beauty, has showered you with His amazing love, and will one day escort you to His beautiful castle-the Mansion in Heaven that He's furnished just for you, His own precious treasure. There, you will forever be in His divine, loving presence. You, dear sister in Christ, have already been pursued by the most complete and wonderful love to ever be found-a true and perfect love that will undoubtedly last forever and ever. Only His love is able to fulfill the deepest desires of your heart, and true satisfaction comes only from Him being #1 in your life.

Ladies, don't allow this Valentine's Day to slip by. Don't discontentedly waste your time on Valentine's Day by feeling sorry for yourself and by idlely pining away for your future spouse. Instead, dedicate Valentine's Day this year to the deepening of your relationship with your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the lover of your soul. Celebrate this holiday by doing everything in your power to make your relationship with Him deeper and more intimate. Make Thursday a Valentine's Day to remember by spending it in a rendezvous with the King.

So, how about it, maidens? Will you join me this Valentine's Day, with the commitment to dedicate it to the deepening of your love and adoration for the Lord and to the strengthening of your relationship with Him? I wholeheartedly pray that you will, and that this Valentine's Day therefore becomes a day to remember and cherish always. I encourage you to begin planning now what you will do on this special holiday to show the Lord how much you love Him. The following is a group of ideas to get you started:
  • Compose a letter of love and thanksgiving to your Savior.

  • Spend time in deep conversation with Him.

  • Awaken early in the morning(perhaps right after sunrise) and go out on your front our back porch. Spend time alone there(just you and the Lord), reading the Bible-the Lord's precious love letter to you, and enjoy drinking in the beautiful truths to be discovered in this wonderful Book.

  • Find little ways to please Him by serving others(perhaps by serving your mother breakfast in bed, or by volunteering to babysit your siblings so that your parents can go on a special Valentine's Day date).

  • Memorize verses of God's Word that tell of His immense love for you.

  • Sing praises to Him.

May the Lord richly bless you, dear ladies, and may this Valentine's Day prove to be one of the most special and precious days of your life-a day dedicated to the worship and adoration of the Lord! :)

Daily Bible Verse

Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord; Praise Him, O you servants of the Lord!

~Psalm 135:1 (NKJV)

Monday, February 11, 2008

Meal Mondays #5!

I don't know about you, but I love lasagna!! The following is a really great lasagna recipe that we tried the other day.

Lasagna Surprise

3/4 cup chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped (we use the jar of minced garlic, found in the produce section of the grocery store)

2 TBSP vegetable oil

2 (26 oz.) jars pasta sauce(any flavor)

1 (15 or 16 oz) containter ricotta or cottage cheese(we use ricotta)

1 (10 0z) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained

1 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

2 eggs

1 (1 pound) package lasagna noodles, cooked according to package directions

1 pound ground sausage(we use the turkey sausage-it has a great flavor)

In large pan, cook meat, onion and garlic in the vegetable oil. Add prepared pasta sauce. Simmer 15 minutes. In bowl, mix ricotta, spinach, and 1 cup mozzarella, all the parmesan, and eggs. In 15x9-inch baking dish, layer 2 cups sauce, half the lasagna, half the remaining sauce, all the spinch mixture, half the mozzarella, remaining lasagna and sauce. Cover; bak at 350 F. for 45 minutes or until hot. Uncover; top with remaining mozzarella. Bake 15 minutes. Top with some parsley flakes, if desired. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

ENJOY!!(and remember-I want to hear how you liked this recipe once you try it!)

Monday's Devotional

The fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction.

~Proverbs 19:23a

A Christian can only be truly satisfied in life and totally fulfilled and complete if he obeys the Lord's every command, out of reverance and fear for Him. That's where true joy and satisfaction is found. Don't ever let the world tell you that you'll only be happy if you follow the world's standards. Don't ever let the world tell you that all that "strict Christianity stuff" just steals your fun and fulfillment. Both of those are complete lies.

The life of the Christian that is completely and solely dedicated to the Lord and to the loving obedience of His commands, is the most complete, adventurous, fulfilling, exhilarating, joyous, blessed, exciting, productive, and happy life that you could ever imagine! True joy and happiness in life can only be found in God and in following His Word. No matter what some people may think, no one can ever be truly fulfilled, complete or happy by following the world's philosophies-whether they be feminism, humanism, or whatever else. True joy and complete fulfillment comes only from making the Lord #1 in your life. You will never truly be happy unless you are obeying His commands, and unless His blessings are on your life. What the world has to offer pales in comparison to what Jesus Christ offers! The world's philosophies, standards and teachings only bring heartache, suffering, sadness, stress, and feelings of unfullfillment.

The fear of the Lord truly does lead to life. Not only to eternal life, but to the most amazing life while here on earth. It is only in loving Him, obeying Him, fearing Him and placing Him first in our lives, that we find true joy and true fulfillment!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Friday's Devotional

All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse is in them.

~Proverbs 8:8(nkjv)

Can this be said of you? Is this a godly characteristic that you have abtained? As Christians, we are commanded to be godly in all areas of our lives. And one of the most important is in our ruling of the tongue. The book of Proverbs as well as the book of James speak a lot on the subject of the tongue-how hateful, unruly, damaging, and un-Christlike it can be. If we're Christians, that means we've been sanctified and redeemed. The word sanctified literally means to "be set apart". We're to be drastically different from the world, and one of the most important areas where this difference must be evident, is in our speech. The world should be able to look at us and know without a shadow of a doubt that we are His.

This verse says that everything we say is to be righteous. We must not allow anything crooked or perverse to come out of our mouths. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, "Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God." Every single thing we say should bring glory, honor and praise to our Lord. The words we say ought to be a wonderful example of what a Christian truly is. Our words should show that we are in this world but not of this world! Our witness and example for Christ is hugely important, and if we go around speaking as the world does, we will tarnish and destroy that good witness. If we speak as the world does, that will send off the message that all that Christianity stuff is nonsense. The world, by our bad example, will begin thinking that God couldn't possibly have any power to change people, for we "Christians" are just like the world. That's why it's so important that we do not allow any crooked or perverse thing to come from our mouths.

Not only is the words you say so important, but how you say them is of equal importance as well. We can go around saying pure and upright things, rather than crooked and perverse ones, but if we don't speak in a loving, kind, Christ-like, charitable way to all people whether enemy or friend, then our witness for Christ will be just as tarnished as it would be if we were perverse in our speech. We must make it a habit to speak always, to everyone, in a kind manner. We must put that meek, gentle and quiet spirit into practice, ladies!

As the book of James tells us, guarding the tongue is so difficult. But it's something that must be done. And, ladies, we're not alone! The Lord desires for us to be pure and holy in all areas of our lives. Go to Him and ask Him heartily for help! He will give us all the assistance and help we need to guard the tongue, so that we can truly say "All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse is in them."

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Daily Bible Verse

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

~Psalm 37:4 (NKJV)

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

1st Blog Award!!

A couple days ago, I was awarded the "Blogging with a Purpose" Award by my very dear friends and sisters in the Lord, Jade and Autumn S., who blog over at Handmaidens With a Mission. I am so honored and completely humbled! I have to tell you, Jade and Autumn, that I was so excited when I discovered that I had recieved my first blog award!! :) Thank you so much for awarding me. I'm sure I don't deserve this great award, but I'm very thankful for it. :) You two are so kind.

This blog was begun with the purpose of bringing glory, honor and praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It was also begun with the purpose to edify, encourage and strengthen ladies and young girls. They truly need encouragement and edification, for we live in such a feministic and ungodly culture. I truly hope this blog is successful in both of those important purposes. Whenever I receive an e-mail from one of my readers, telling me that I'm changing their life, bringing them closer to God, etc., it truly makes my day! That's the reason this blog exists, and I truly hope and pray heartily that it continues to be a blessing, encouragement, edification and strength to all of you dear ladies!

And now, it's my turn to award 5 blogs. The following are 5 very dear ladies, whose blogs I absolutely love!

This young woman is an amazing writer! Her posts on Biblical womanhood, feminism, femininity, modesty, purity, etc. are such an inspiration! She's such an encourager, and a true shining light in this feministic world. I have been richly blessed to get to know her, and I will always treasure her friendship.

These sisters are my dear friends from church. They are so likeminded, and have been such a blessing to me! They're such a joy to be around, are true examples of Christ's love, and I feel very blessed to be their friend. You're sure to enjoy their blog, where you'll learn about the life and times of a wonderful, joyous, Christ-honoring family of 11.

This girl is such a sweet friend!! We haven't known each other all that long, but already, I can tell that she's such a dear, dear sister in Christ. We are both huge lovers of Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin's book, So Much More, as well as their documentary, The Return of the Daughters. We're very likeminded, and I've been tremendously blessed by her friendship. Be sure to visit her blog; it's awesome!

I adore this blog! Kathleen is such an amazing light for the Lord. She enjoys refuting feminism, embracing femininity, and living out her roles as a godly young woman. I'm so thankful that the Lord brought me to her blog; I enjoy reading it so much, and know that you will, too!

Yet another amazing blog!! This girl is so sweet, and her blog is so amazing! She delights in being a young woman for God, she refutes feminism often, embraces femininity, and blesses her readers with an amazing blog. Go check it out; it'll become one of your new favorites!

Allright ladies, those who I awarded are now supposed to go on and each award 5 more blogs. :)

Thank you again so much, Jade and Autumn for awarding me! You two are so sweet. May the Lord richly bless you and your family!

Wednesday's Devotional

Hi, ladies! The following devotional is yet another really great one by Oswald Chambers. I thought you all would be blessed from it, so I decided to post it instead of posting my own devotional today. But don't worry-more of my devotionals, articles on feminism, exciting announcements, answers to questions, etc. etc. will all be posted soon, so be on the lookout! :)

"This is the will of God, even your sanctification." ~1 Thessalonians 4:3

It is not a question of whether God is willing to sanctify me; is it my will? Am I willing to let God do in me all that has been made possible by the Atonement? Am I willing to let Jesus be made sanctification to me, and to let the life of Jesus be manifested in my mortal flesh? Beware of saying, "Oh, I am longing to be sanctified." You are not, stop longing and make it a matter of transaction-"Nothing in my hands I bring." Receive Jesus Christ to be made sanctification to you in implicit faith, and the great marvel of the Atonement of Jesus will be made real in you. All that Jesus made possible is made mine by free loving gift of God on the ground of what He performed, my attitude as a saved and sanctified soul is that of profound humble holiness(there is no such thing as proud holiness), a holiness based on agonizing repentance and a sense of unspeakable shame and degradation; and also on the amazing realization that the love of God commended itself to me in that while I cared nothing about Him, He completed everything for my salvation and sanctification(see Rom. 5:8). No wonder Paul says nothing is "able to serparate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Sanctification makes me one with Jesus Christ, and in Him one with God, and it is done only through the superb Atonement of Christ. Never put the effect as the cause. The effect in me is obedience and service and prayer, and is the outcome of speechless thanks and adoration for the marvellous sanctification wrought out in me because of the atonement.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Daily Bible Verse

Truly my soul silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.

~Psalm 62:1-2(NKJV)

Monday, February 4, 2008

Meal Mondays #4!

For today's Meal Monday, I wanted to share with you one of my very favorite recipes! The following recipe is for whole wheat bread. It's very healthy for you, and is truly the best tasting whole wheat bread I've ever had! This bread will quickly become your favorite addition to any meal! You can use it as toast, sandwhich bread, or as a side for your favorite dinner, but however you eat it, one thing is guaranteed: you'll love it!

Whole Wheat Bread

1 1/2 cups hot water
1/3 cup oil(we use extra virgin olive oil-it's healthier!)
1/3 cup honey
2 tsp salt
1 egg
2 TBSP lecithin
1 tsp gluten
about 4 3/4 cups whole wheat flour(enough so that the dough is not sticky)
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
1 TBSP yeast

Here are the step-by-step instructions along with photos for some help if you need it.

Combine oil, honey, salt, egg, lecithin, gluten, ground flax seeds, and hot water in a mixing bowl(you can use the dough hook attachment of your mixer, but we usually don't). Mix well.
Add the yeast and allow it to proof a couple of minutes(don't dump the yeast in all at once in one clump, but rather spread it out as this picture shows).
Add one cup of flour and mix well. Then add a second cup and mix it thoroughly as well.
With the third and fourth cups of flour, mix by hand(with a spoon) or use the dough hook attachment-it gets way too thick for a regular mixer attachment. After you've mixed in the 4th cup of flour, cover your cabinet with some flour, take the dough out from the bowl, and place on cabinet. Work the dough and add more flour as needed. Knead the dough for approximately 10 minutes. Use enough flour and knead enough to where it isn't too sticky.
After kneading the dough, place it back in the bowl and cover it with a towel. Let it rise until it's about double its original size. After it's risen, punch it down. Then knead again for about 3 minutes.

Divide dough into 2 equal segments and place in bread tins(they measure approximately 3 1/2" X 8").
Let it rise until just over double.
Place in preheated oven at 325 degrees F(adjust to your oven's temp if needed) for about 25 minutes. Then take them out of the oven, butter the top of the loaves, and allow them to cool.
Afterwards, we use this really handy bread-cutting machine.


Making bread makes you feel so domestic and old fashioned-it's so much fun! :)

Let me know how you like the bread! It's sure to become a family favorite.

If you're reading this and you're an unmarried young lady, I highly encourage you to begin making this now-don't just give this recipe to your mom and let her make it for the family. If you begin making this bread now, once you're married you'll be so glad that you took the time to learn how to make it. Preparing for your life as a wife, mother and homemaker is so important, and making fresh, homemade, healthy and nutritious bread is a great way to serve your family!

*a big thank-you to the Hugheys at church for this great recipe!

Monday's Devotional

I want to dedicate this devotional to all the dear ladies who have visited my blog and who have been such an encouragement and joy to me throughout these past few months.

I thank my God, making mention of you in my prayers, hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints, that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgement of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you.

~Philemon 1:4-7(NKJV)

I thank God so much for the gift He richly blessed me with when He gave me your friendships! My convictions and way of life are very counter-cultural, and to have met such likeminded, encouraging sisters in the Lord has been a bigger blessing than any of you will ever know! I have received so much encouragement from all of you. You've kept me strong in my convictions, and have encouraged me to stay strong in the Lord, to live always the way He wants me to, and to follow after Him and His commands always. I'm so very very grateful to all of you! I can't even express in words what joy you've all brought to my heart! As the end of this passage of Scripture says, I have "great joy and consolation in your love". My heart and countless others have been refreshed by all of you!

Many of you ladies have blogs as well, and to go access those and see what an amazing life you all are living for the Lord and His glory alone has been so encouraging! We ladies who live only according to God's commands and precepts may be numbered as few among the population of the whole world, but I have been so blessed to have met many of you through "blog land". Meeting other like-minded ladies has encouraged me so so much, and I'm so grateful for all of you and for your testimony and witness to the Lord! Thank you all for how much you've ministered to me. It's been so wonderful to know that I'm not alone in my Biblical convictions!

I also, as this verse says, keep you all in my prayers. That's one of the reasons why I really want you all to e-mail me your prayer requests-so that I may better know how to pray for you all, and to bless you in that way.

Once again, a special and huge thank you to all you dear readers of my blog. You are all such blessings, and I thank God continually for you all!

May the Lord richly bless each and every one of you!

Numbers 6:24-26:

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Respose to comments received regarding "Biblical Guidelines about Clothing"

About two weeks ago I published this post on why I wear exclusively dresses and skirts. I'm amazed about how much of a response this post has generated, and I was so excited about receiving all the comments from you dear ladies about this post. Thank you so much for leaving your comments; it was a joy for me to get to know all of you, and to respond to your comments and questions. I have responded to the majority of them there in the comments section of that post, but there are a couple that I would like to respond to here, in a new post. For those of you ladies who may not have read the above mentioned post, please do so now, before continuing on with this one. Thank you! :)

I received the following comments from a dear lady named Lynne:

I find it interesting that you use arguments about the cultural aspect of clothing, especially since in our American culture, pants are seen as women's clothes as well as men's.

You brought up a great point, Lynne, that I was wanting to discuss! :) Now, before I continue on with answering your question, I want to make something quite clear to all of those ladies reading this post. Not a single thing that I say here about the whole "jeans vs. skirts debate" is said in order to point a finger at those females who wear jeans, trousers, slacks, pants, or whatever you want to call them. Nothing I say here is said in order to be judgemental towards those ladies. If I ever ever come across as being rude, mean, or judgemental towards ladies who disagree with me, then please accept my deepest and most heartfelt apology! What I am writing here on this blog about femininity is written in order to edify and encourage you ladies.

As I said above, you brought up a great point! Deauteronomy 22:5 says, "A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman's garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the Lord your God." This can also be translated that they are "detestable to the Lord your God." Those who disagree with me on this subject often point out that today, pants are considered women's clothing, and so that makes it ok. But, I want to draw up an analogy to begin with here, if you don't mind. When someone lies, that is a sin. Now, if someone has been lying profusely over a long period of time(of, say, 5 years), does that make it automatically ok, just because it's become a very common occurance? That person commiting lies was sinning when he began doing so, but just because he continued to do so very very often for the next 5 years, and it thus became an everyday occurance, doesn't mean that it was allright for that person to be lying all that time. Likewise, when women began switching from wearing skirts and dresses(a female's distinct clothing) to wearing pants(men's clothing) in the 1960s, that was a sin. The above mentioned verse points that out clearly. Pants were clothing that pertained to men, and so to begin wearing them was a sin, by this verse's standards. This was not to be done. So, just because this sin has lasted for a good 40 years, and because it's become more prevalent as time goes by, doens't mean that it's any less of a sin today than it was 40 years ago when it first began.

There's something else I want to point out on this subject. The precise wording of this Deuteronomy verse is very noteworthy. It's very interesting and important. Notice what it says: "A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman's garment". This is very noteworthy, and I'll tell you why. This verse could have been written "A woman shall not put on a man's garment, nor shall a man put on a woman's garment." If it said this, then women could argue today that they're not doing anything wrong as long as they're not wearing a piece of clothing that was purchased in the men's section of a clothing store(thus, a "man's garment"). If this was the case, then women could easily argue that they can wear pants if they want to as long as they were purchased from the women's section and not the men's. But, as we can see, that's not how the verse is worded! Instead, it says, "A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, not shall a man put on a woman's garment." That's a big difference! From the way this verse is specifically worded, it shows that wearing pants (clothing, that for centuries and centuries has pertained to men), is a sin. I think this verse is worded this way for cultures like the one we have here today in the West, where many many women are wearing jeans, pants, etc.

Also, something we have to understand is that the "women wearing pants movement" came about because of feminism. For articles on why it's so important that we, as Christians, do not support any of the philosophies of feminism, please check back soon. I'm currently working on many articles on the subject of feminism(its history, hidden agendas, destructiveness, founders, etc.) and will be posting them here in the near future.

As long as you're not showing a personal, private part of your body that belongs to your future husband (or the Lord), you are dressed modestly.

I must say that this is a dangerous argument to have! Because, by saying this, then that means that bikinis and speedos are modest. Because, by your argument, in both items of clothing, the private parts of the body are covered with clothing material. Yet, both of these items of clothing are extremely immodest and are not to be worn by Christians. Recently, I read an outstanding book by Mr. Jeff Pollard entitled Christian Modesty and the Public Undressing of America. In this life changing book, Mr. Pollard uses his extensive knowledge of the Hebrew language and the knowledge he's gained from in-depth Bible studies to prove that the Bible teaches that any article of clothing that does not reach the knee is immodest, and is against what God requires for a Christian's clothing. I will be posting exerpts from this great book here on my blog shortly, so be on the lookout for those! :)


I received the following question from Caitlin:

Hi Rebekah, I had another question for you, and for other people who wish to share. What do you wear to swim in?

That's a great question, Caitlin, and I'm glad you asked it! :) I used to wear the regular 1-piece swimsuits, thinking that I was modest because I wasn't wearing the 2 pieces! However, after reading the above mentioned book, the Lord showed me, so clearly, the horrible error of my ways.

This past summer, my family was planning a vacation to Savannah, Geogia, and the beach there:Tybee Island. We were in need of modest swimming suits! We came across this website, and Mama decided to purchase one of their patterns instead of the modest swimwear they themselves sew, in order to see if she could make them herself. She succeeded beautifully, and the finished product can be seen here and here. I felt so blessed to be able to go to the beach and not feel self-conscious. I was able to go to the beach and have fun while being completely modest and glorifying God at the same time! It truly was a blessing, and I look forward to wearing this swimsuit in the future. :)

What about the rest of you ladies? What do you swim in in order to preserve your modesty?


Again, I want to offer a big thank you to all of you ladies who commented on the Biblical Guidelines about Clothing post. To those of you whose questions/comments did not appear on this new post, please refer to the comment section of the Biblical Guidelines post, and there you will find my responses to your comments! :) And, for those of you who may not have read that Biblical Guidelines article, please do so now! And I welcome your comments on it as well as on this one!

May the Lord richly bless you all!

Devotional by the late Oswald Chambers

I'm sorry I'm a little late in posting this devotional! This has been a busy day! :)

The following is a great, and very convicting devotional by the late Oswald Chambers, and can be found in his devotional book My Utmost for His Highest. I hope that it edifies, encourages and strengthens you!

Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will give him a stone? ~Matthew 7:9

The illustration of prayer that Our Lord uses here is that of a good child asking for a good thing. We talk about prayer as if God heard us irrespective of the fact of our relationship to Him (cf. Matt. 5:45). Never say it is not God's will to give you what you ask, don't sit down and faint, but find out the reason, turn up the index. Are you rightly related to your wife, to your husband, to you children, to your fellow students-are you a "good child" there? "O Lord, I have been irritable and cross, but I do want spiritual blessing." You cannot have it, you will have to do without until you come into the attitude of a good child.

We mistake defiance for devotion; arguing with God for abandonment. We will not look at the index. Have I been asking God to give me money for something I want when there is something I have not paid for? Have I been asking God for liberty while I am withholding it from someone who belongs to me? I have not forgiven someone his trespasses; I have not been kind to him; I have not been living as God's child among my relatives and friends.(vs. 12)

I am a child of God only by regeneration, and as a child of God I am good only as I walk in the light. Prayer with most of us is turned into pious platitude, it is a matter of emotion, mystical communication with God. Spiritually we are all good at producing fogs. If we turn up the index, we will see very clearly what is wrong-that friendship,that debt, that temper of mind. It is no use praying unless we are living as children of God. Then, Jesus says-"Everyone that asketh receiveth."