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A Lesson From Prejean

*Raises Hand* Excuse me, I have a confession to make.  Sit back and relax while I have a little rant about another sin I see in the western church, maybe even get some tea or coffee while reading! Just allow me to speak my mind on an issue that has bugged me for awhile. Now what is this issue you ask? Ahh, allow me to tell you with a story. 

 Carrie Prejean. Miss California. You all know her. For the past weeks she has filled the TV screens and the news headlines. She has also crept into the hearts of Christians across America and most conservatives for her strong views on same-sex marriage. She boldly proclaimed that she believed in traditional marriage and then later stated that she was a Christian and was soon after jumped on by the conservative/Christian world faster then a brownie in the midst of teenage girls. They loved her and praised her and though her answer might of made her lose the title of Miss America she won the approval of Evangelicals. 

 Then it happened. For me it wasn’t much of a surprise. Somehow some horribly racy pictures of her got out on the Internet. The liberal world jumped on that like teenage girls with brownies as well. And I don’t blame them. It’s sickening the hypocrisy that comes from many Christians in America that “homosexuals are the worst sinners in the world but I can be proud, immodest, and hateful and it doesn’t matter”. Now I am not saying that homosexuality is right, it’s obviously against what the Bible says. But so is pride and immodesty and judgemental attitudes. Yes, certain sins have worse consequences but they are all high treason against a holy God and all are deserving death. 

 What really frustrates me about the Miss California situation is how Christians dealt with it. It’s nothing new though. When someone who is popular, beautiful, successful in the world’s eyes, and has a huge hunk of change to their name and can still manage to tack on the name Christian and some good morals the church pounces. I’ve seen this in so many realms of the church. We often do not pick the poor, unattractive, and unpopular person who has a fire for God and the gospel to emulate and admire but the person who has it all in the worlds eyes. 

 In Nancy Leigh DeMoss’s article on Miss California she states it this way:

“Sadly, Carrie is the product of a Christian sub-culture that has lost a sense of what it means to be citizens of the kingdom of God and has embraced the values and thinking of this world.

By and large, young adults who have grown up in our evangelical homes, churches, and schools, are buying into a message that they have seen modeled by those around them who call themselves Christians—namely, that Christianity can be divorced from Christ-likeness, and that practical holiness in everyday life is out-dated, irrelevant, or optional.”

 Simply put, we like being comfortable with the world, to sit down and have some lemonade with it, but little do we know that the lemonade is seriously sour and wont quench our thirst. We look at those that are living a life abandoned to Christ as being a little over the top and freaky. We think that being Christians in name while still having our lemonade with the world wont hurt us. What many don’t know is that the sweetest lemonade, the one that can quench our thirst, is found in a relationship with Christ and laying down all that we are, picking up our crosses, and following Him. It might mean being hated and despised by this world, but it will satisfy. 

 While I don’t think that Prejean should be a role model, we can still learn from her. I know that she has taught me that I need to seek sweeter lemonade and to emulate those that are doing so themselves. 

 {Recommended reading: Nancy Leigh DeMoss on Prejean“Miss California, Meet Miss Beautiful Morals” by Hannah Farver, and “Women Who Fear the Lord” by Your’s truly. }

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Death is Not Dying

Our life is fragile and easily blown away. But death is not dying.

Today I finally sat down to watch the video of Rachel Barkey speaking to a group of women about the terminal cancer that fills her body and the faith in God that fills her soul. It’s a beautiful address that everyone should hear. It’s just under an hour long but it’s well worth the time out of your day. She is a beautiful inspiration and I believe that through her upcoming death God will work wonders and be glorified. I can not wait to meet her in heaven some day and while it is so sad that she is only 37 and leaving behind a husband, two young children, and other family and friends, she will be in heaven and God will use her life and death for His good and glorious purposes. Now go and watch the video and let her words speak for themselves!

(Picture courtesy Keara Jaelyn.)

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To Fear the Lord (What Does it Look Like?)

 In my post on women who fear the Lord, I got an anonymous comment that I wanted to take a whole post answering because I know that my response comment would be just as long. :)

This is true. But what’s the opposite thing that we’re supposed to be doing?[Opposed to getting nail done, etc.] What are the big and small ways in which we stand out as Christian women?

 Well I think the best answer I have is to tell you what I admire about the women that I listed in my previous post. In my opinion, the biggest thing these women all have in common in a wholehearted passion to Jesus Christ. They love him like crazy and they are not just halfhearted about it. A heart that is passionately in love with it’s Savior is going to stand out. Love for Christ flows out into our actions. (1 John 2:28-29, 3:1-10, 2 John 1:4-6) These are the main things I look up to in these women.

  • Self Sacrifice. These women are all characterized with being willing to give things up for Christ and what He has called them to do. They fear God rather than man and focus on Him. They are willing to go off to foreign countries, stay at home and raise their children in a way pleasing to God, are being counterculture in ways that make the world stop and stare.
  •  Faithfulness through trials. These are real women who have gone through real things that have been tough. Almost half the women on my list have struggled, or still struggle, with health problems. Yet they have learned to praise God in the midst of it and they see that God has a plan with all things.
  • Love for People. These women LOVE people like crazy!!!! I can’t even begin to talk about the amazing love I have witnessed in these women. They are willing to serve people in humility and take joy in helping others. They want to see the weak Christians become strengthened, they want to see the lost come to Christ, they want to see their families love and serve Christ. It’s all an out flowing of their passionate love for Christ.
  • Love for the Bible.They know the importance of the word of God and of good doctrine. They seek to know God through His precious word and each day is a search for what God says about different issues. The Bible is their light and guide.
  • Encouragement.I have been so blessed by the encouragement I have received from these women, even those I have never met. But specifically those I do know personally. They’re the type of women who say “keep going!” “You can do it!” “With Jesus you are going to go so far!” and it is amazing the power it has had on me.

These are the general things that I admire in these women and seek to do myself. I could get into why I admire each one of these women, but that would take far too long and a dozen blog posts. J I don’t think any of you want that. God bless you all and I pray that you girls and women reading this will seek to be like this and those guys that are reading my blog will remember that this is what they should look for in a wife.

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Women Who Fear the Lord

“We don’t want life to pass us by, because this is the best time ever. Acting your age and being silly is fun!” 17-year-old Cammie explains.

 

This is the so called “message” of the pop trio The Rubyz that was featured in Brio’s magazine for teen girls a few months back (click here to see the full article). I was very unimpressed by this pop group. These are the girls that Brio are telling girls to look up to and to see as role models. Girls that love to go shopping, get their nails done, have sleepovers, and go to the movies. Are these really the girls that are worth emulating? I personally want to look up to girls and women that are giving their all for Christ and are living set-apart, poured out lives for Him. I want to look up to people who are constantly trying their best to die to this sinful world we live in.

I have found that in many women, some of the past, and some that I know today. People of the past like Amy Carmichael, Corrie Ten Boom, Elizabeth Elliot, Jonni Erickson Tada, just to list a few. Young women in our present day like Kaysie (from Alabaster Box), Lauren and Abigail (from Pearls and Diamonds), Columbine martyr Rachel Scott, former camp counselors of mine that I know see going off as missionaries and have such a passion for Christ, and there are many women that aren’t as young that I have been able to look up to. Like my mother, Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Nunley (both moms of good friends of mine), Caroline Buer (one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known who also goes to my church), Leslie Ludy, and many others. God has blessed me with woman that don’t spend their days leisurely at the mall getting their nails done, but serving the Lord in both big and small ways. They have faced real trials and have still remained faithful to the Lord.

These are the kind of women that I look at and say, “that’s what I want to be like when I am older, and even now”, not girls like the Rubyz or many other girls that Christians tell us to look up to, that don’t really deserve it. We often times look up to women because they are in the spotlight instead of because their character and how they live their life. Proverbs 31: 30 says, “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Those women who fear the Lord and those we should praise. If there are any teen girls reading this who have been looking for women to have as role models, the women that I have listed are ones that I highly recommend. J

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My Heroes (Part 4 Leslie Ludy)

Leslie Ludy is a modern day woman of God. We easily say that all the amazing Christian women are dead or very old. Now Leslie is only in her thirties and I see her as one of the most influential women on my life (right after my mom and Amy Carmichael). She is the author of one of my favorite books, “Authentic Beauty” and co-author, along with her husband Eric, of “When God Writes Your Love Story”. She has made a great impact on my life.

 Last year at camp one of my counselors (we had two since they weren’t 18 yet) started reading Authentic Beauty to us girls one of the last nights. It sounded so interesting. The first chapter or two was about her life and when my counselor was reading this I wasn’t sure where it was going. So anyway, I borrowed the book and read it during the following month. It really showed me not to be content with being just a nominal, apathetic, “good” Christian girl but to be a set apart, radiant Christian girl. The book is about being set apart. Being one of the few women and girls in every generation that choose to live radical sold out lives for
Christ. It has been part of this last year being the year I grew the most (spiritually) than probably any other year EVER!!!! As camp is approaching it reminds me the amazing journey this last year has been. From Dan Hubbard at camp, to Leslie Ludy’s book, to other speakers and books, this year has been an amazing growing time.

 Now in May I listened to Leslie’s audio series on Sacred Femininity and was deeply impacted. It totally changed my view of beauty!!!! I thought that I had the “Biblical” view on beauty. I mean, it was the same as all the Christian books say “You are beautiful the way you are and you don’t need anything to make you beautiful! Your heart is radiant all by its self.”, but I realized how self centered that thinking is.

 We are NOT good. Nothing about us is good. We are rotten, dirty, bloodstained, sinners deserving of death. There is nothing beautiful about our nature. Only when Jesus comes and redeems us and purifies us from all unrighteousness, do we have any beauty. Leslie used Ezekiel 16. We are truly ugly and gross before Christ comes and makes us beautiful. Only through his death do we have any beauty.

 Leslie talks about the two options that we usually have: either, “You need to look like the anerexic, air brushed supermodels” or “You are fine just the way you are. All you need to do is love yourself!”. Neither of them is right. This should be our outlook on beauty: “I am not beautiful, but by the grace of God I am becoming beautiful. As I become more like Christ, the most beautiful human there ever was, I become more beautiful.” That is a Biblical view of beauty. 

 This audio series made me look at my heart and see that my opinion of beauty was wrong. I realized that 2 songs that I had written were not right “Your beautiful the way you are, he who made the way you are, so don’t worry he made you a star.” and I ended up writing a new song. It is probably one of my best songs yet! It is based off of Ezekiel 16, “In you I have beauty, though only through your mercy. You have redeemed me, made me lovely, without you I am nothing, broken and dirty, but in you. I am Beautiful”

So Leslie has made a huge impact on my life and on my thinking. She has been a great role model of a set apart woman and a Godly woman! She is one of those people that I wish I could be discipled by. She is also been impacted by “MY” Amy Carmichael, which I think is awesome!

 You can find out more about her books and audio series on my resources page. I hope you read some of her books. They are GREAT!!!! Soli Deo Gloria!

In Christ,    Nobody <><

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My Heroes (Part 2, my Parents)

 Some of my heroes are my parents. My siblings and I know better than anyone that they aren’t perfect, but God has truly blessed me with Godly, amazing parents. So I am going to take the time to tell you some about them and “Rise and call her (or them) ‘blessed'”. I’ll start with my Daddy!

 My dad has been such an example of a gentleman for me. He has shown me for as long as I can remember, that a “real” guy will cherish me and honor me. He cares about my heart and that just makes me choke up thinking of it. My friend and I joke around that we will never get married because her dad is a cop and my dad is a lawyer turned pastor! : ) But I truly love how much my dad cares for me. Last year my dad gave me some of my favorite advice I have ever received, “There are only 2, no 3, guys that you should ever care about what they think of you. God, me, and your future husband.” That bit of advice has meant so much to me. I have a daddy that has taken me on “daddy dates” even to this day (we need to have one again). I am so blessed to have a dad that is SO theology smart. I can go to him with all my questions on the Bible and theology. He doesn’t have all the answers, but he is still a huge help. My dad works so hard to provide for us. He has also shown me to wait on the Lord and to follow God’s path for us. My family has struggled with trying to find God’s plan for us and my dad has been excellent on saying “no” to something we may want, because he knows (or believes) that it isn’t God’s plan.

My Mom:

 My mom has decided to stay home with us and teach us, and for that I am SO thankful. Both my parents sacrificed so much so that we could be homeschooled and I want them to know how thankful I am for that. My mom puts in so many hours and has given up so much, just for us! My mom has been such a supporter of my dreams!!!! She has always given me her thoughts and her encouragement. She has been a great help with helping me with my writing, singing, and piano. She is a woman of prayer and has been praying for me since she was a girl. My mom is always there to talk about whatever I need and has put so much effort into my life.

 My parents have shown me what Godly people are. They have trained me in the word of God and have sacrificed SO much for me. My dad drove an hour last winter, so that I could go to a close friend’s birthday party. My parents have sacrificed money so that I could play violin and viola and piano. They have used their time to teach me many valuable things. They have listened to all my hopes and dreams (even the crazy ones) and have given me advice on which ones to pursue. They are AMAZING and I love them SO much! They are some of my heroes and have made such a difference in my life.

In Christ Alone,

Nobody <><

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