Thursday, August 8, 2013

Summer Harvest.

One of the things I love about living in the country is being able to have a garden, or should I say friends who have gardens! This past week, we were so thankful and blessed to have friends give us many different types of vegetables and fruits from there gardens!

One of my favorite fruits this year are these sweet, juicy, delicious, figs!

She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willing with her hands. ~Proverbs 31:13

 I love this picture of my mom, she has taught me so much in the kitchen, one of my favorite recipes is her carrot salad! 

My mom made strawberry, fig preserves from an old recipe someone gave her. I have been trying to collect recipes from people, especially from those talented, and experienced sisters in the church, who are pretty much famous for there works! Haha!

 This is sugar-free fig preserves. Since I'm a diabetic, I'm always trying to find ways to make my favorite stuff healthier. Instead of sugar, I used honey for this recipe, turned out really well! 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Chapter 3: "A Heart Committed to Prayer."

Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.-1 Peter 5:7

Prayer allows us to have a deeper relationship with our God, our Father.
If we spend regular, daily, unhurried time in prayer with God, we will deeper our relationship with Him.
Prayer helps us to grow spiritually, it increases our faith and also provides a place to unload our burdens.

To be honest, I use to not put very much effort in my prayer life, I would only prayer for about five minutes every other day and most of the time it was a prayer of asking for rather than thanking for.
Chapter 3, really changed my heart on prayer, and inspired me.

First of all prayer increases are faith, when we go to the Lord and ask for guidance or healing for others, and we see His work in the things we prayed for, that strengths our faith.

2. Prayer provides a place to unload burdens.
If we begin our day casting our cares and burdens on the Lord, then we can go about are day relieved, freed from many heavy weights.

3. Prayer teaches us that God is always near.
"God is our refuge and strength, a very help in time of trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the mist of the sea. -Psalms 46:1-2
The more we pray, the more were reminded of God's powerful presence in time of trouble.
Prayer trains us not to panic. Jesus tells us in Luke 18:1 not to give up, give in, or panic.
Instead we are to preserve: "And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint." -Luke 18:1

Lastly, prayer changes lives.
Once we develop a life committed to prayer it not only changes things it will change you!

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made Heaven and earth." -Psalms 121:1-2

"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
 -Jeremiah 33:3

I hope and pray that through prayer it will help me and you to grow in our faith. Relieve us of our burdens.
Make us more aware of the presence of God. Help us to be less likely to panic when troubles arise and we will be changed and transformed into the image of God's Son and our Savior.

"For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil."-1 Peter 3:12

So I encourage you to take the time to pray, make a prayer list.
Pray for your family, your pastor, your friends, your church, your struggles.
God is ALWAYS there with an ear to hear our prayers. : )

Friday, July 12, 2013

Chapter 2: "A Heart That Loves God's Word."

*Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -Psalms 119:105

The greater your proportion of your day -of your life-spent hidden in quiet, in reflection, in prayer, and in study of God's word. The greater will be the effectiveness, the impact, the power of the part of your life that shows.When we spend time with Christ, He supplies us with strength and encourages us in the pursuit of His ways.

1. Develop the habit of drawing near to God.
"And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the Lord." -Genesis 19:27

"My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD, in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up." -Psalms 5:3

"And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he (Jesus) went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed." -Mark 1:35

All three of these men went to the Lord in the morning, at the start of their day.
As I mention in the last post, its important to put the Lord at the top of your 'To Do List', and why not start your day in the word of God, that sounds good to me! :)

2.Design a personal time for drawing near to God.
Plan a time and place for you to Study and meditate on God's word, a time where you can REALLY sit down and study the word and take it to heart.
A lot of times I use to quick read, especially when I had school work waiting to be finished.
Don't quick read, take the time to study and meditate on it.
The Bible will guide you and bless you, its the book of life!

Here are some reasons why its good to read your bible:

~The bible keeps you from bad behavior.
"Thy word have I hiding in my heart that I might not sin against thee." Psalms 119:11

~The bible leads you in the right direction.
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalms 119:105

~The bible guides you in the truth and prepares you to serve others.
" All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Timothy 3:16-17

~The Bible sharpens your discernment and judgement.
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12

I want to encourage everyone out there to read your Bible. Even if its just ten minutes, God will be pleased to see that you care and want to learn how to live a life to please Him. He will bless you! :)
Read God's Word. Start anywhere. The only wrong way to read the bible is to not read it!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Chapter 1: How to Become a Woman After God's Own Heart.

1. Choose to spend time with God.
I know for me, that its easy to get distracted by other things on your to do list.
You know, doing school work, checking your e-mail, cleaning the house, and so forth.
As a matter of fact, I recently moved  from Florida to Alabama with my family, and let me tell you, there were a lot of things on my to do list that distracted me from my time spent with God.
Weather it was unpacking boxes in my room, the kitchen, the bathroom, hanging pictures, organizing, helping my mom unpack, the list goes on! I had it in my head that I wanted to be unpacked before church on Sunday morning. It didn't take but a couple of days until I was so hurried and tired, that I began to become anxious and irritated with every thing around me.

Don't do what I did, remember to set aside time in your day for God, put Him first, don't let the world rob you of this precious time, to be spent with your Heavenly Father, the most fulfilling relationship in life.
It was amazing how much relief I felt when I put God first on my "To Do List". : )

2.Choose God's ways at every opportunity.
In all you ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.- Proverbs 3:6
Consult with God regarding your every decision, word, thought, and response.
Ask God what He would have you to do, think or say.
Not only will this give you relief, but it also will give you a peace knowing that He's in control and will take care of you. God is there to help just ask of Him: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not and it shall be given him." ~James 5:1
God's way is the best way. =)

3.Commit yourself to God daily.
We should spend time each day, learning more about God through His word, that way we know how to follow Him better. Making this Commit will bless you tremendously! However, we shouldn't just make this commitment for the blessings, but because this is our reasonable service. You should want to read His word and pray because you love Him.
"I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."~Romans 12:1

4. Lastly Cultivate a hot heart.
We are to be hot-hearted. This means that the heat of your heart and emotions reaches a high temperature.
Our heart should be filled with excitement, activity, emotion, and passion for God.
Don't be embarrassed to talk about God, read you bible, or pray because your scared of what others will think. If you have the right company
they will respect you and hopefully be hot-heart too! =)

I hope this chapter encouraged you, as much as it did me to start a journey learning how to be a Woman After God's Own heart! I'm so excited to share my thoughts with you and I hope you will share yours with me, please leave a comment. I would love to hear what you have to say!
Also, I want to just say thank you for taking the time to read my post.
Lord willing I hope to post more on this inspiring book! =)

Thursday, July 4, 2013

A Young Woman After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George

During the Summer I try to read more books, because first of all I have more time and second its good to workout your brain during the Summer, to keep it strong for school in the Fall. ;]
One book I've just started to read, again for the second time, is by Elizabeth George called A Young Woman After God's Own Heart.The first time I read this book I was about half way done with my Sophomore year in High School. However, because of school I didn't have the time to REALLY read and take it to heart, if you know what I mean. : p

Elizabeth George has written several other devotional and guide type books for young lady's,
such as: "A Woman's High Calling", "A Woman's Walk With God", and Beautiful in God's Eyes".
Elizabeth George is a popular teacher and speaker at Christian events. Her ministry experience includes, teaching high-school and college women, at churches and Christian college campuses.
Although Elizabeth George beliefs on the Scripture are a little bit different than mine, I have really enjoyed reading her book.

A Young Woman After God's Own Heart has really changed my views on a lot of things.
Such as my relationship with God, family, and friends, but it also has made me see a lot of areas in my life that I need to work on such as: my prayer life, bible studying, and trusting in the Lord's prefect timing.
So after much thought and prayer, I have decided to read this book again, take it to heart, and share my thoughts on it with you!  The posts I'm planing on doing will be my personal thoughts and stuff Elizabeth George mentions that inspires me and hopefully you.

Lastly, I want to say that I'm not doing this to tell other people how to live because I know everything.
BELIEVE me I don't, I am far from perfect. I am doing this mainly for me. To remind me of the important's of pleasing God in every area of my life. But also I'm doing this to hopefully spread God's word and maybe inspire someone else to live a life after God's Own Heart.

* The follow post I will be doing will mention things from the book: A Young Woman After God's Own Heart, as a disclaimer, I want to give all rights and thanks to Elizabeth George for her hard work and effort in searching the scriptures and taking the time to write such an inspirational  book for young christian woman.