Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New Happenings

Many things have happened since my post in January.

First, Brenna and I finally have our own room decorated in a horse theme. It is super cute and we 
love it! The pink and green sure is bright, isn't it? Next we want to add some Sister pictures of us in plaid shirts, cowgirl hats and cowgirl boots.

  Second, we finally have our own horse! Her name is Sugar Rose because she is so sweet. She's a great horse; we just love her.

                                         Now we've rented a building and started our church---

                                           Victory Springs Independent Baptist Church!      

 Our motto is "Where the Bible comes alive, there is Victory." We are on our 10th week, and we have had three people join our church. God is so good! We are so excited to see what the Lord has for us.    

We also got four chicks: Bean, Starry Flower, Mud Bud, and Rhody. Silas, Callie and Micah bought them. Sadly three of them died. One of them got killed by a raccoon. However, our last chick, Starry Flower ( she's Callie's ) is still alive and healthy.

And lastly, Josh has finally gotten his dog! He named him Bo, he is going to be a big dog.

We are so blessed!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Dressing Modestly and Femininely in This Present World: Part 2

  Welcome back to our posts on "How am I supposed to dress?''!

  The first thing we are going to look at is modesty.  --"In like manner also, women adorn themselves in modest apparel..."  - I Timothy 2:9

 My mom, who was once a youth pastor's wife, did a study on modesty with some teenage girls.
 She first addressed the issue by stating what modest apparel or katastole means. The definition of katastole is "long and flowing."

 My pastor once, when mentioning lady's clothing, said " It needs to be long enough, high enough, thick enough, and loose enough."

''How long is long?" Mom asked the teen girls, "Are you worried about being too christian?"

  My mom didn't always have these modest dress standards. When she was a teenager, she didn't dress modestly. Only after she was married and really started following God did she start dressing modestly. Mom, knowing those girls' hearts and mind-set because she had been in their place, rightly said, "We find out the right way and go exactly to it -- after time it gradually gets shorter and shorter. Do you ever wonder why Christians want to live as close to the boundary line as possible? Those Christians will cross over that line."

  So how long is long?
  Isaiah 47:2-5 gives us the answer. Here is what it says-- "Take the millstones. and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh,pass over the rivers.
 Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man. 
 As for our redeemer, the LORD  of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.
 Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms,"

These are the points my Mom gave:

  1. What does the Bible say is naked?  vs.s 2-3 "
"Take the millstones. and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh,pass over the rivers. 
Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man.

  2. When this happens, it is shameful.-- vs.3
  3. You are no longer called a lady.-- vs.5 "

   What is your thigh? It should be covered at all times- sitting, standing, playing sports, etc. Since God considers the uncovering of the thigh, nakedness, then you need to be careful with the clothing you choose. It also needs to cover your knees. When addressing the question about how long is long, the length of your skirt needs to be long enough to cover your knees or the line will be crossed over. If your skirt/dress barely comes to your knee when standing, then it won't cover your knee when sitting.
   What about slits? They were made to reveal sensuality. When looking for skirts,don't measure what they show when standing, but measure what they show when walking.

 What about the upper half of your body?
Genesis 3:7, 21 --"And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked: and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons." vs.21- "Unto  Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them."

 When Adam and Eve ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, their eyes were opened and they saw that they were naked. So, they made themselves aprons out of fig leaves. When God saw that their eyes were opened and they saw that they were naked and made aprons, he knew that the aprons were not good enough for them and so God made them clothes out of skins. However, instead of aprons he made them coats.

  So, what is the difference between a coat and an apron? A coat covers the stomach, chest, shoulders, and arms. V,21 says He "clothed them", so were they clothed before? Since God had to clothe them they were not clothed before. They thought the aprons would work but God saw they needed coats. The Bible says, "For my thought are not your thoughts, neither your ways my ways saith the LORD." His ways are higher than ours.

 We've talked about measuring our skirts but what about your tops? When measuring how high your shirts need to be, place 4 fingers, under your collarbone. If your top is lower than your fourth finger than that top is probably too low. For some ladies, four fingers may be too much so use three fingers instead.

 Thank you for joining me on this post the Lord has laid on my heart. Please join me on my next post as we finish up on the subject dressing modestly.