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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Essay I wrote for school last year

           As God’s children it is very important that we be effective witnesses for Christ. We our His servants, His workers. We should be good examples on others who observe our actions so they will be drawn to the Lord through us.  Of course, we need to have a contrite heart with God before we can be effective.

          Even though we DO work for terrestrial employers, we are actually working for the Lord as well. Because of this fact, we are to be consistent in exemplifying Christ’s character and standards, which will, without a shadow of a doubt, be better than any standard that an earthly employer may have. We are to build our own personal standards on God’s most perfect standards. When and if we pass the Lord’s righteous expectations, we will gain an employer’s expectations also.

           God’s head concern for our complete thoroughness is the inward, holy cleansing of our hearts. How is our hearts? Is it a heart that God would pleased with or a heart that is filled with rebellion, lust, and sin? “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from ALL filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the discomposure of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1).

           As David prayed, “Wash me completely and thoroughly from mine own iniquity, and extremely cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 51:2), that word that he used, “multiply,” appears seventy-four different times in the Bible. David was sincerely asking the Lord to cleanse him repeatedly so that there would be absolutely no sin left in him. However, thoroughness cannot happen with a quick, little prayer that we only say once and don’t really mean, but it can happen by a severe cleaning and thorough washing that removes every, single bit of “dirt” or uncleanness.

           Do we have a repentant heart like David? He was a “man after God’s own heart!” We need to ask God to cleanse us so He can work in us and change us to be a person after His own heart too. The Lord wants us to take this step and grow in Him. He desires with all His heart to have a good relationship with us. Do we desire to have a good relationship with Him?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Friendship Quotes

Is like a precious flower
Ready to bloom every hour.
It may stop growing
or keep on flowing
But you'll still have it forever

When it hurts to look back
and your scared to look ahead
you can look beside you and
your best friend will be there

Friends are like stars, they come and they go, ( but the ones that stay)are the ones that glow.

Is the compfort that
comes from knowing that even
when you feel alone, you aren't.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Who are you modeling your life after?

Have you seen those magizines in the store about all these celebrities that are about break-ups and being pregnant and being dumped by guys and all that kind of stuff? There is alot of trash all over magizines and is influencing our already sinful culture like crazy! You hear about celebrities doing tons of bad things and making bad choices and people dying from drug over-doses. And yet these are the people we seem to admire and lift up and model our lives after? We say, "I love her, (or him) she (or he) is so awesome!" Seriously? Now, I don't want to offend anyone, but this is the truth. We, as young, Christian girls, should be modeling our lives after number one, Jesus Christ, and also other young, Christian women that are serving the Lord and making good choices and have good chraracter. I am going to tell you right now that we need to STOP praising and glorifying all of these ungodly celebrities. Examples of celebs that we seem to praise and like: Kim Kardashian, Hayden Panniteare, Megan Fox, Jessica Simpson, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Ashley Tisdale, Mariah Carey, Leah Michelle, Katy Perry, Christina Auguilara, Audrina Partridge,Annalyn MCcord, Selina Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Blake Lively, Miranda Cogsgrove, Miranda Lambart (now Shelton because of marriage to country singer), Hillary Duff, Jennifer Annisten, Miley Cyrus, Jordan Sparks, Kelly Clarkson, Candice Accola, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Rihanna, Kristen Bell, Reese Witherspoon, Amber Heard, Angelina Jole, Carrie Underwood and tons more! Yes, thats's right, above I mentioned Selena Gomez, Miranda Cogsgrove, Taylor Swift, Ashley Tisdale, and Carrie Underwood. You might say, "Wait a minute. They're not that bad.. They are definately not the worst. They look pretty good in the public eye." Well, they're not the worst, but they are NOT even close to the best. We have got to STOP settling! God doesn't want us to say, "Oh, she's not too bad." No! God wants us to go for the best! And none of the celebritites fit that definition. I am not critisizing, I am merely saying that I don't think we should follow their examples glorify them and admire them. Instead, we should pray for them! We are letting these people influence our lives and compromise our convictions. Do you honestly think Jesus is happy about the choices those celebs are making or the choices  we are making to choose to follow and lift these celebrities up? Certainly not. These celebrities that we all seem to admire are lost and we need to pray for them instead of glorifying them. In Philippians, it says to think on things that are pure, noble, lovely, just etc. That applies to people too. So before we decide to want to be like someone who is not the best influence on us, we should discern their character first. Another thing we seem to do is look at someone and say, "She's gorgeous!" and we start making an idol after that person. Now, we may not be realizing what we're doing, but it is. Whatever consumes our minds, thoughts and what we say all the time and something that we glorify is basically an idol. We get  so carried away with outward appearances that we totally fail to notice their ungodly character. Be cautious and careful and full of discernment, discretion, and wisdom when it comes to modeling our life after someone. Remember, we should model our life after Christ and His word! Make it a goal to be more like Christ everyday.