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#3ThingsThursday (a link up) #grow4christ


 

I’m trying to think of three things to write up for Heidi’s link up – which is actually harder to do than one would think – especially when you’re trying to think of something to write.  So here goes:

 

1.  I sent our first ever homeschool notification in in August of 2008 that means I’ve been homeschooling for 7 years now!  In 2010 I added my middle daughter to our notification form and in 2012 I add our son.  We will begin our 2014-2015 school year on July 21st I wanted to make sure we got through the girls’ summer dance intensive, their junior dance company try outs and all three college 4 kids classes before beginning back up.  I’ve already done all the planning for their math, Teaching Textbooks, and each will finish in March and April, respectively.  We’ve been blessed to homeschool, my husband and I made the decision even before our oldest was born – in fact I was only a month pregnant when we made the decision.  I haven’t had to miss out on any milestones – including seeing them read their first books (well, we’re still working on that with our son! but I won’t miss out on his either.  It hasn’t been easy, and anyone who thinks homeschool is easy or that I’m some sort of super laid back, un-stressed, super mom, had better think again.  There are days when the yelling is so loud even I can’t stand myself.  I have threatened to send one or all to a ‘regular’ school.  Would I?  No.  I love having my children with me – I couldn’t stand the thought of sending them to daycare, preschool and then to school almost all day – is every day peaceful?  Definitely not but it’s allowed up to travel when it’s less busy and when the heat isn’t horribly oppressive so I can enjoy vacation.  It’s allowed us to take many field trips to places they would have had to wait till crowded weekends or even not all because it’s not on the school’s budget or time line.  This year I’ll be having a 8th grade 12 year old (yes, she is a ‘year ahead’ even though we don’t go by the school’s schedule), a 5th grade almost 10 year old and a 3rd grade almost 8 year old!

 

My three a couple years ago.

 

2.  Our country just celebrated it’s birthday – July 4th – and while it’s a time to be celebrated, for me it’s also bittersweet as it was my Grandpa’s birthday.  All of my grandparents are gone – both maternal and paternal.  My husband still has one set of his grandparents which is great for him.  I really miss knowing that I have grandparents and while I wasn’t close to my mom’s parents I still miss them as well.  My Grandpa and I had a close bond so when holidays come up it’s especially hard, although it’s gotten easier over the years.  This fourth our weather was so nice and unseasonably cool for July so I took the children and went to the cook out my dad and step-mom have and watched as my dad, two of my Aunts and my Uncle (my paternal grandparents have 5 children – one Aunt lives out of state) toast my Grandpa’s memory with one of his favorite beers.  Unfortunately, all the pictures I had of my maternal Grandpa on my camera at one time were deleted when our computer crashed years ago.  I have more of all my Grandparents but I’d have to scan them in.  So, anyway the fourth of July, while remembered as the birthday of our country will remain first and foremost the birthday of a Grandpa who was there when I needed him.

 

My Grandpa, Charles, with my middle daughter

 

3.  I enjoy hanging our clothes out on our line.  It gives me great satisfaction to see my clothing hanging on the clothes line in our back yard – I guess knowing that I’m saving money (it has literally cut our bill in half, almost) and also that fresh scent without harsh chemicals just gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.  I’ve had some say what about allergies, and yes, we do have allergies in our house but it seems there are more skin issues when I dry by machine or use fabric sheets.  We shake the clothes out thoroughly to dislodge any wasps or bees (a HUGE issue since hubby and I are deathly allergic to one or both) or other insects.  The only items that get too stiff are the towels and hubby’s jeans – which is solved when we have a really windy day (on the days where there is no wind they are very stiff).  My only worry is someone stealing our clothing off the line, an alley runs behind our house and even though there is a privacy fence, there is a gap between it and the neighbors fence so anyone could slip in and take down the clothes.

 

My clothes line – right now it’s only two but hubby said he’ll try to fix the middle line so I can hang even more out 😀

 

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Blogging Through the Alphabet: W and X are for….. #grow4christ #abcblogging


I apologize for once again getting behind – it’s been a long couple of weeks.  We are finally moving into our new house, we still have some stuff to get to my mom’s new place and some stuff to get out of our old place but we are moving along.  I’ve had a friend help me strip the wallpaper off the ‘dining room’ walls so I can paint and put my bookshelves up.  My husband spent some more time in the hospital and we gave up our dogs after walking in our house to find that one or both of them (not sure which) had killed my daughter’s guinea pigs.  So I’m behind…..again……but I’m here to bring you both W and X (and I thought Q was hard!)

W is for Worthy…..

In the King James Bible the word worthy appears 68 times in 66 verses – and don’t we all at times feel unworthy?  I think we get so caught up in what the world thinks that we forget what God thinks, and that He is the one who considers us worthy, He loves us and He wants us to belong to Him.

Even John the Baptist felt unworthy – because Jesus was following and He would be the Lamb – it’s not a sin to feel unworthy.  None of us were worthy of such a significant gift that God gave – the death and resurrection of His Son – but He loved us so much that before we were born He made a way that we could seek Him and become worthy, we can accept His gift of life and call on His Son and be worthy.

In Matthew 8 we read of a Centurion who felt he was unworthy, “The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” (Matthew 8:8)  But Jesus’ didn’t seen him as unworthy – He healed the Centurion’s servant because he had faith to ask.

Am I worthy of Heaven?  No, not in my own power – not by my works.  If I tried to be worthy of Heaven by my own self, I would fall short, very, very short but I have hope, I have faith.  Do I fall short everyday?  Yes, I’m human but again I have hope, I have faith.  Some would tell me it’s vain or pride (which can be a sin) that I can know that I’m worthy of Heaven, that I’m worthy of God’s love versus His wrath – but no,

When I called upon Jesus to save me – I made a conscious choice to be redeemed, to become worthy of all that He gave – His life, His death, His resurrection and His love.

The only thing I was worthy of before was death and suffering – now I have the hope, I have the faith that when I die I will be found worthy – even with my shortcomings that I strive to repent and die to daily – that I will and am worthy of Jesus’ sacrifice and that makes life worth living.

And, now I change course a bit…..

X is for Xenial (yes, I didn’t know that word existed either until I found a site called, Phrontistery)

Xenial means having hospitality towards guests.  There is a city near me named Xenia and they derived their name from the Greek word for hospitality or Xenial – which is an interesting side note.

Even the Bible has some to say about hospitality (a lover of hospitality is philoxenos and given to hospitality is philoxenia) a bishop is encouraged to be hospitable.  The body of Christ is to also to be hospitable (Romans 12:13).  We should do it without grudge (I Peter 4:9).

This is one area of the Christian life I’ve lacked in – I always felt our old house was unworthy of hospitality, it was too small, too much was wrong with it, and on and on….now that I’m moving into a bigger house I look forward to showing hospitality to others and my husband is even thinking of having a small Christmas gathering and it’s only March!  I guess I should get to work.  My new house is much better suited to entertaining and hosting others – I’ll have more room to welcome others and while it’s not thoroughly cleaned just yet it is in much better shape than our old house.

My children will be able to have sleep overs with their friends and we’ll even be able to have birthday parties for them in our own house versus having to rent a place with space large enough to accommodate!  I’m so very excited.  While my house will never be totally cleaned (we live in it after all) I know that I am called to be Xenial to others, whether they be family, friends or even people who come knocking from other religions and wish to tell me about it – maybe, my hospitality to them will open their hearts to the Truth and love that Jesus so wants me (and all Christians) to extend to others through hospitality.

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Blogging Through the Alphabet: N is for …. #grow4christ #abcblogging


Well I had intended to write this a few days ago but having been displaced from our house made my whole writing goal non-existent.  In short N is for New Year – I was so ready to get rid of 2013 and get on with 2014.  2013 wasn’t all bad but the bad outweighed a lot of things like my oldest daughter’s scoliosis surgery and then my husband’s illness which saw several hospital stays and finally a procedure.

Now that we’re 14 days into 2014 I’m ready to see it go too.  We had some major plumbing issues in our very old house, which was built for returning veterans after WW2.  A plumber came out, we paid him and the problem wasn’t fix then on Saturday we called another and paid even more money and my kitchen then my bathroom flooded.  It’s been crazy and with 3 children and two adults you need access to a bathroom 24 hours a day.  So we’ve been finding stuff to do during the day and returning to my husband’s parents at night to sleep.

So this year is off to a big mess!  One thing I’ve been trying to focus on is that God is going to get me us through this even though it’s been exhausting.  We’ve taken the week off school and are instead taking in some sites like a couple Children’s Science Museums, a local county history museum, and libraries so that we have access to restrooms and are still doing educational things.  My mom gave us some financial support, which has definitely helped out – and I have to say God has definitely been working in small but very noticeable ways…..

like, we took some items in to sell to get some extra cash and were told they’d give us a certain amount but we felt no peace and left and went somewhere else the next day where we got more and felt peace about it.

or when we were going to get a cheap hotel room for a night, it just so happened one of the rooms was open so we could see in (we were going to ask to see one first anyway) but it was timed right that we just kept going – the rooms were funky.

God is taking care of us and carrying us – He allowed me a decent’s night sleep which I needed as I was feeling so mentally exhausted and I feel refreshed and renewed this morning and I’m praying it lasts.  Keeping things in perspective is hard, and keeping God at the focus is sometimes even harder, but unlike what some people think being Christian is not easy and nor does life become a bowl full of cherries but we have the Lord who never leaves us, doesn’t turn away in our time of need and continues to love us despite our struggles and fears.
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Blogging Through the Alphabet: M is for……. #grow4christ #abcblogging


If you caught my last Blogging Through the Alphabet post it was about love – just scroll down a bit!  Anyway seeing as today, yes, 1-1 – is my anniversary I thought it’d be fitting to say my M word is for Marriage.

I don’t have any great words of wisdom to make a great or a perfect marriage – the Lord knows that I’m far from being a great wife.  I mean the husband and I don’t even have our own bedroom so no romantic nights here – so I’m not sure why I’m writing about marriage, except it seemed that is what the Lord kept putting in my mind when I thought about what to write this week.

For me, marriage was a huge adjustment – I mean HUGE!  I never thought I’d get married, at least not until I had a lucrative career as an attorney – my dream career since I was in the 5th grade and after having read John Grisham – but even when you don’t acknowledge the Lord or even believe there is a god – there is One and He is working and calling to each of us, some of us listen and some of us ignore Him.

I listened.

I met my husband in the summer of 2000 and things proceeded fast and not really how a Christian should do things – but then again I wasn’t a Christian (well I was baptized at 12 but if I had died then I would not have been going to Heaven) – and we were married on 1-1-01 at 12:01 a.m. (yes, we have a funny wedding story for the grandchildren someday).  I was not prepared to be a wife – my parents were divorced and my mom was and is a career woman and there really wasn’t any Titus 2 women in my life to mentor me.

Our first years of married life were fraught with yelling, name calling, things being thrown and doors being slammed.  Then I got pregnant (our first died from a miscarriage) again, and my heart began softening – it took 2 more years before I told my husband that I wanted to go to church.  To say he was shocked is an understatement.  I ended up re-dedicating my life to Christ and desired  at that point to be a better wife.

A submissive wife.  A loving wife.  A Titus 2 wife.  A Proverbs 31 wife.

I fail.  I succeed.  I fail.  I fail.  I fail.  I succeed and then the cycle keeps repeating but one thing I’ve learned in regards to my marriage is that there is a Potter, one who is molding me constantly – my failures and successes are what He uses to bring Him His glory and I’m okay with that.

We don’t have the perfect marriage, who does?  But we have the Lord and He is doing His work.  I pray that my children can see Him through us and that they learn what a marriage is and what a marriage isn’t and that through it all my husband and I are bringing glory to the Lord.

The Lord loves me.  My husband loves me.  I’m a wife.

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Blogging Through the Alphabet: K is for Keeper #grow4christ #abcblogging


Blogging Through the Alphabet; K is for Keeper @GrowingForChrist

I’ve been subscribing to a magazine called Keepers At Home for a long while, years…..I’ve even had the pleasure of meeting the people who run the magazine.  I wasn’t quite sure what to write about for K because it’s been a whirlwind 3 weeks with my husband having had 3 hospitals stays.  While he’s been in the hospital I’ve been holding down the fort at home – it’s proved challenging and also I’ve come to realize how much I rely on my husband at home, especially at night when I hear EVERYTHING that goes bump in the night!

Titus 2:5 in the KJV says “To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”  while the ESV says “to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God be not reviled.”

They both say pretty much the same thing just in different words – but I have to say I have no idea how I would have been able to deal with my husband’s medical crisis and hospital stays as well as take care of the house and the children and everything else that needed to be done, completely on my own.  I’m not a great keeper at home, I’m not even a good keeper at home – but these last few weeks have shown me that I’ve had to learn that some things have to get put aside or completely thrown out so that the things at home can be taken care of.

My keeper status this week was elevated to caregiver as I had to ask questions alongside my husband so we could get the care he needed, and still needs.  I’m not writing this post to say that all women have to be at home, mainly my thing is that me being a keeper these last few weeks changed – I wasn’t only a keeper at home but I was also a keeper in a hospital setting.  I’ve had to learn to be self-controlled as there were many times I would have let my tongue loose and the fall out would have been bad.  There was much I’ve learned about myself and about the changing nature of what being a keeper at home is – it won’t always be…

at home in the kitchen….

with your children…..

with your husband…..

changing diapers…..

homeschooling……

your keeper status may come to involve an aging parent, an ill child, a sick spouse.  Your time may be spent in a nursing home, a hospital or elsewhere outside the actual home but what matters is that what you are doing is bringing honor and glory to the Lord.  If I could go back and do one thing differently these past few weeks it would be to treat the nurses nicer at the first hospital – they encountered a tired mom, stressed out wife, slacking home educator and a lousy Christian example – not one of them saw Christ in me and nor did I honor or bring glory to the Lord in my actions or words.  I can excuse my behavior by claiming they weren’t doing their job (which has some truth to it), that they weren’t addressing the issues (some did), and many others but there is not excuse when it shames my Lord.

So as you go about your day as a keeper at home, whatever that may look like, remember that what you do should be done so that the word of God is not blasphemed or reviled – hated.

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Blogging Through the Alphabet: I and J are for….. #grow4christ #abcblogging


One thing I think about during the Christmas season is the fact that we tend to build up idols.  As I watch commercials sing about the joy of shopping, saving money and giving gifts I think we have built these things up as idols.  Yes it’s good to save money, it’s even good to give gifts – but when we only see that during Christmas it tends to become something we idolize.

The Free Dictionary gives us several definitions of what idol means:

  1. a. An image used as an object of worship  b. a false god
  2. One that is adored, often blindly or excessively
  3. Something visible but without substance

Given that humans are very much prone to making idols – whether we esteem someone so much that we fail to see that they are human (I can think of some recent events that show how much Americans blindly follow other men) or that we make an object (iPhone, tablet, our house, cars, etc) something that we worship.

You’re probably thinking – I don’t worship my house, I don’t adore Mr. X…. does that thing or person replace the Lord?  Does the thrill of the next bargain or the next big present replace the thrill or overshadow the thrill of worshiping the Lord?  You don’t need to answer to me 🙂

I too have to re-examine things – it became clear that in an effort to get more free product and books that I was letting things slide.  My children are suffering.  My house.  Our school time.  My Bible and prayer time.  All are suffering…..

I’ve resigned from two review places because I could feel reviews becoming an idol – they’d replaced God, they’d replaced my family and it was becoming an all consuming idol.

Once we get rid of our idols we can enter into J or joyful!

I’ve always loved Christmas.  The presents.  The trees.  The lights.  The cookies.  The Bible story.

Having become a mom I now can sense what Mary felt.  It was joy!  No, I’m sure the pain of child birth wasn’t joyful.  Nor was the fact that she was probably shunned from many friends and family.  OH!  We can take joy in our sufferings – but that is for another post.

It’s no longer the presents.  The tree.  The lights. that bring me joy – don’t get me wrong I still like those things and I still love watching my children’s faces as they take all these in but it’s the true joy of Christmas – knowing that Christ came down to earth as a helpless little baby and would one day soon – let’s face it 30 odd years is soon – die a cruel, horrible death.

Take away the commercials.  Take away the trees.  Take it all away and you’ll still have Christmas – no one can take away Christ and His coming to earth.  People can try to diminish Him or try to say it’s just a ‘story’ but the real joy comes from knowing that Jesus came, He lived, He died, He rose and He’s alive and waiting for His bride.
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Random 5 on Friday – 9/20/13 #grow4christ


The Pebble Pond

Like The Pebble Pond – my brain needs a reset – I feel so tired and drained with all that has been going on.

1.  We visited Carillon Historical Park and Sunwatch Indian Village on Tuesday which proved to be a lot of fun and quite educational.

2.  We took this week off of school, which was a blessing since we had quite a bit going on with helping my mom out, our field trip, and some other going-ons.

3.  Today all three of my children have dentist appointments in the afternoon and hubby can’t take time off so it’ll be fun to go by myself.  Praying they all get a clean dental health bill but since my son seems to have lost a filling and it looks like he’s got another cavity I’m not holding breath.

4.  I still have quite a bit of reviews to catch up on  but it’s slowly slowing down, which I appreciate it because it’ll mean less time writing reviews while my daughter is in the hospital next month and more time spent focusing on her.

5.  I have a laptop!  I’ve been wanting one ever since our last one bit the dust about 3 years ago.  It isn’t really a want but more of a need – now I can have one child on the desktop doing their Teaching Textbooks math while the other one can do it on the laptop and when Christian starts using that mat next year it will make things easier.  Not to mention that my oldest needs to start doing more research stuff for her school so while we are in the living room doing stuff she can be in her room or the kitchen doing her work.  I was able to purchase the laptop and a new printer (our old one quit printing and we didn’t have a warranty, our new one now has an extended warranty) due to a very generous gift from my mom.

an extra one – 6.  My mom bought herself a new car so she gave us her Santa Fe which has air conditioning.  Did you read that????  It has air conditioning – our van has been without air for about 5 or 6 years and with the steamy summers we get I can’t usually go anywhere unless the 5 of us pile into my hubby’s tiny Nissan Sentra (yeah, we get lots of looks with that one – we joke it’s like a clown car when we get out).  So we now have a vehicle that come next summer is going to benefit us all!

I don’t have any pictures to share this week, but you can check my linked post from #1 if you want to read my post about our travels into the past – it has a lot of pictures.  Have a great Friday and enjoy your weekend!

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Wednesday Hodgepodge – September 18, 2013 #grow4christ


I’m linking up again with Wednesday Hodgepodge because I’ll be doing a post tomorrow about our trip to a local historical park.

1. When did you last sing happy birthday to someone? When were you last sung to? Does that embarrass you or do you enjoy being the center of attention on your special day?

We sang it to my FIL but we’ll be singing it on the 29th again for my daughter’s birthday.  I have no idea, honestly I don’t like the whole birthday song but I also don’t relish being in the limelight either.

2. Name a famous or ‘infamous’ person who shares your birth month and day. Is that someone you’d like to meet in person if it were possible?

Well the ones I could find are:  Roger Federer, Meagan Good, Dustin Hoffman, Bradley McIntosh and Connie Stevens and since Dustin Hoffman is the only one I’ve ever heard of and still don’t know that much about but I don’t think I’d want him around my children?  The movies I’ve seen him in aren’t family friendly. 

Since I’m a history buff I went in search of another person who shares my birthday and while this person is dead I think it’d be neat to hear his tales of adventures of traveling with Matthew Peary as the first people to reach the North Pole in 1909 – Matthew Henson.

3. Someone hands you a box tied up in a lovely bow…what are you hoping to find inside?

Hmm…not sure there really isn’t much I need although I would like a new sewing machine so that would be nice but so would money that I could use towards funding either an adoption or mission trip or both.

4. What is something you can guarantee about yourself?

I can guarantee I’m a Christian – I will follow Christ till the end of my days.

5. Talking about art and beautiful cities here…’The Last Supper’ in the Santa Maria della Grazie Abbey in Milan, Italy or ‘The Mona Lisa’ in the Louvre, Paris…which would you most like to see up close and in person?  Why?

Well, not sure because I have no desire to see Italy or Paris and I’ve seen replicas in books and such – I know the real art lover will say a replica isn’t good enough – it is for this person.  If I had to chose one of the above it’d be The Last Supper – because I feel such a connection of the sacrifice of Christ and His fellowship with the disciples before His death that just overpowers me with the majestic-ness of this piece of art.  However, I’d rather see some of art in Germany or Ireland – those are on my list of places to see.

6. Your favorite dessert?

I like an iced capp from Tim Horton’s but also anything with chocolate and peanut butter.

7. This coming weekend marks the official start of autumn (in the northern hemisphere)…what is something you do to get ready for fall?  What is one thing you’re looking forward to on your fall calendar?  Spring or fall-which do you prefer?

I don’t do anything to get ready for fall – honestly all the ghastly decorations and costumes creep me out – which is bad since my husband likes them.  Usually I look forward to all the festivals that occur in our area in the fall but this year it’s going to be harder to make those so I’m just going to enjoy getting out in the cooler temps that I can finally enjoy.  I’m definitely a fall weather person – I like spring and all the flowers but spring here has been so hot and humid so fast it’s not enjoyable for me.  I love fall’s colors, smell and temps.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

These are some pictures of two of my children I took a couple weeks ago but haven’t found a way to incorporate them into another post so I’m posting them here.  Enjoy!

It’s a bit grainy, sorry about that – but we were doing something with those googly eyes and she got the bright idea to do this – we were all laughing…..

My son thought it was a great idea as well, not sure which one looks scarier – but he is missing a tooth so I think he wins???

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blogging Through the Alphabet: Y and Z (The End) #grow4christ


Blogging Through the Alphabet

Well, we’ve come to the end – sometimes I had to double up or triple up or more to get caught up but I actually finished!  I’m hoping to be able to join in on the next one but we’ll see where life is leading me then.  Regardless, I’ve been challenged this time and I’ve had fun.

Y is for:

Youth…..

I’m 35 – I’m at a point in my life I never thought I’d be, a wife, a mom of 3, a home educator, a homemaker, 4-H advisor, American Heritage Girl unit leader, reviewer, daughter…..

Some days I don’t feel like a youth, I don’t feel youthful, I feel tired, worn out, stressed and just exhausted.  As I was looking for a word for Y, youth wasn’t it, but I think the Lord had me stumble upon this word so I’d find this Psalm:

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,

and all that is within me,

bless His holy name!

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

and forget not all his benefits,

who forgives all your iniquity,

who heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit,

who crowns you with steadfast love

and mercy,

who satisfies you with good

so that your youth is renewed like the

eagle’s.”  Psalm 103:1-5 ESV

There are many mentions of youth and youthful in the Bible – sometimes it’s in relation to youth being foolish but this Psalm written by David is so fitting, the Lord can renew my youth, that doesn’t mean I’ll be 18 again – I’d never want to be 18 again – but He can renew how it feels to be youth-like.  He can take my stress, He can give me energy when I have none, He can give me His strength when I have none of my own, He can give me rest.

Z is for zealous:

How’s that for an ending?  I’ve had some discussions lately about sin and my opinion is that we, as Christians, need to be aware of the sin in our life – whether it’s sin in the past or things in our life now that can cause us to stumble – we should be ready to die to our flesh and rid our life of sin.  We cannot sit idly by and be content that while we are Saved by grace, that we can’t or won’t sin anymore.  When we let ourselves idle that is when Satan can and will enter our life.

While we live there is always going to be temptation, Christ never promised us a carefree, a sin free, life if we became Christians – in fact being a Christian sometimes is, quite frankly, the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  I’ve lost friends, I’ve lost family, I’ve had to give up books, I’ve had to give up movies – but you know what?

Being a Christian has made me the happiest I’ve ever been!  I’m free in Christ – losing friends, family, books, etc are but a minor sacrifice compared to the sacrifice Christ made for me.  For my children.  For you.  Before Christ I struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts, since coming back to the Father’s arms I’ve not struggled with that.  I’m not saying those with depression don’t have enough faith, not at all, but for me that was what was wrong – no wonder the medications didn’t work……..I was living in sin……that sin was killing me……and I needed to be zealous and repent!

If you don’t believe that, it’s between you and the Lord, if you feel that we don’t need to be aware of sin and temptation then I urge you to read the Bible to seek the Lord.  For me, I’d rather deal with temptation and rid myself of that sin than to die in that sin and the Lord tell me He never knew me!  Oh, the heartbreak!  I look at Revelation as Christ speaks to the church in Laodicea:

“Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.” Revelation 3:19 ESV

So be zealous and repent and be ready for when the Lord calls you home, He wants you to be with Him but we must repent and confess our sins to Him.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook – 9/3/13


Outside my window…

It’s going between cloudy and sunny and it feels great out, just like September should feel.

I am thinking…

That I’m tired since I haven’t been sleeping well but I have a lot to do like get a hostess packet ready for a friend for my 1st Thirty-One party, zoo field trip business, go to the credit union, mail back my daughter’s math DVD’s to upgrade them.

I am thankful…

That we are now in September and can look forward to cooler temps.
In the kitchen…

Just kind of winging it this week, so nothing is planned, frozen pizza for dinner tonight.
I am wearing…

My long denim skirt, my AHG Camporee t-shirt and my blue crocs
I am creating…

Lots and lots of blog reviews….
I am going…

To the post office and credit union and maybe my son’s martial arts class.

I am wondering…

When I can take a nap.

I am reading…

Before the Dawn by Kathleen Bauer (hopefully I’ll finish it today)
I am hoping…

I can make my Thirty-One business successful

I am looking forward to…

As odd as this sounds I’m looking forward to my daughter’s first pre-op appointment next week so we can get some questions answered.
I am learning….

How to let things go.

Around the house…

the dishes need done and I have a lot of books that need reading and reviews written.
I am pondering…

How to be at peace.
A favorite quote for today…
“I have one desire now-to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it.” Elisabeth Elliot
One of my favorite things…

A few plans for the rest of the week…

To get school done on Wednesday and Thursday, make sure the girls dance attire is clean and together this week for dance next week, go to the zoo for the huge field trip I organized.

A peek into my day…

Here was a beautiful rainbow from about 2 weeks ago that was over the softball field at one of my husband’s games. The iPod doesn’t do it justice.

 

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