Some Encouragement

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~Be a light~

“The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” ~ Psalm 119:130

Some people think that whatever pops into their head is what they have to think about, and therefore say. That’s a recipe for disaster; it can also be hurtful to those around you. Thinking is a choice. Just as you exercise control over your body and how you behave, so should you exercise control over your mind and what you think and what you say. Our lives – what we do, say, or think – should in all ways reflect the light of Christ.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” ~ Matthew 5:16

After all, isn’t glorifying God the point of our lives?

The following verses can be applied to your thought pattern, as well as your behavior.
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” ~ Ephesians 4:29
In other words, let all you say (and think) be an encouragement to those around you.
“Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” ~ Proverbs 16:24
“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” ~ Colossians 3:2
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” ~ Philippians 4:8
Your thoughts have an impact on what you do. They can also affect those around you. Choose to have a positive impact. Remember that you are not, and were never meant to be, a slave to your thoughts, emotions, and/or actions. Rise above it! With Christ on your side, you can do it!
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” ~ Philippians 4:13
I hope this was helpful. It certainly has helped me and continues to day by day. May we all be an encouragement to each other in a world that has gone very dark. Be the Christian that really effectively shines the light of Christ on those around you. It isn’t easy. No one said it would be. But it is possible. Indeed, it is the only way.
“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging.” ~ 1 Peter 4:9-10
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us.” ~ 1 John 4:7-12
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New Year, New Goals

“Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles..” 
Isaiah 40:31
With the new year starting out, probably everyone is working on new years resolutions. I’ve never actually set new year resolutions, so I’ve decided to try it this year!
One of my resolutions is to draw more. I plan on doing at least one drawing every day.
I have started using charcoal powder on the paper and blending it in with a brush before I actually draw on it. I’ve discovered that I can create different background textures on the paper that way, and I really enjoy it! Also, if I use that technique, I can focus the drawing on one particular object. Of course, I can also use it on more detailed drawings to give more dimension, but so far, I think I like the look of focusing on only one object. And I have started experimenting with a tiny bit of color with the charcoal.
I’ve also been going through a bird phase..
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 Thank you so much for taking a look at my blog! Have a great rest of your day and God bless! 🙂

Forgiveness

“If you don’t let go of your resentment, if you refuse to forgive others, you’ll be robbing yourself of your heavenly Father’s forgiveness.” Matthew 6:15
Have you ever been hurt by someone or shocked by something someone did? Have you ever met someone that brought out qualities of your personality that made you uncomfortable? Well, we have all been there. Every one of us has somewhere along the road either been the cause of someone’s hurt or else been hurt by someone. Most likely, it was someone close, a good friend or family or a special someone. The real question is… How did you respond?
You may say, “so-and-so caused it!” But so what? The Bible says to turn the other cheek. Forgive and let go.
If someone has wronged you, it can be painful. But you have the ability to turn the situation around. Don’t harbor vindictive thoughts about that person. Don’t become resentful. They may have started it, but you can choose whether to keep it alive or not. The choice is yours. If you don’t forgive, you are the one inflicting the pain on yourself, and most likely, others around you will be affected.
Are you really willing to be the negative force that keeps the bad situation going? “But I’m right!”, that doesn’t matter. You may be right, you may be wrong. What matters is not whether your argument or motives are correct, what matters is what you do.
The Bible says to forgive others as your heavenly Father has forgiven you. That means entirely. It doesn’t say forgive them if you feel like it. It gives the most wholesome example of forgiveness.. that of our Lord and Saviour. If you cannot seem to forgive the trespasses of a friend, how can you expect to be forgiven yourself? It is the equivalent of putting yourself on higher ground than your fellow man. But who are you? Are you God? Dare you say that you are perfect? Forgive as your heavenly Father has forgiven you… As wretched a sinner as you are, your heavenly Father forgives you! Day in and day out, no matter the transgression. And you, dear Christian, are called to be like Him. You are called to forgive as He has forgiven. Forgive entirely! Holding a grudge isn’t Christlike! It’s wrong! Don’t return the grievance or hold it over another’s head. Don’t keep the strife going. Don’t let the anguish take hold. Forgive and forget! Move on, and allow the grievance to die.
Forgive others as quickly as we expect God to forgive us.
“God can restore what is broken and change it into something amazing. All you need is faith.” ~ Joel 2:25
“To worry yourself to death with resentment would be a foolish, senseless thing to do.” ~ Job 5:2
Forgiveness isn’t a feeling. If you don’t feel like you can forgive, then take it to the Lord. Ask Him for the grace and the strength to do it. He will not fail you.
And above all, pray. Pray without ceasing. Always take your burdens and your joys to the Lord.
Lord, help me forgive my offender. I need Your perspective and peace to replace the poison of resentment from welling up in my heart.

Why Modesty Is Important

“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel…” 
1 Timothy 2:9
“As Christian girls, it is our responsibility to raise the moral bar, not lower it. It is our duty to lead our culture towards modesty and decency, not away from it.” ~ Unknown
Ladies, let’s dress to impress God always rather than men. If you expect men to behave like gentlemen, then be modest in your dress, actions, and character.

“Authentic femininity is a combination of class, tenderness, and virtue… When a woman possesses these traits, a man will naturally want to be more of a gentleman around her.” ~ Jason Evert

“The way we dress affects the way we think, the way we feel, the way we act, and the way others react to us.” ~ Judith Rasband

Modesty isn’t about a list of rules, it’s about reflecting God’s holiness and purity through our clothing.

“We cannot give our hearts to God and keep our bodies for ourselves.” ~ Elisabeth Elliot
“You can dress attractively without being immodest. Within the Lord’s guidelines, there is room for you to be lively, vibrant, and beautiful both in your dress and in your actions.” ~ Thomas S. Monson
Modesty is not really about clothing, guys, or your body. It’s about Jesus, and we need to be glorifying Him in everything we do ~ including how we dress.
“To me, a lady is not frilly, flouncy, flippant, frivolous and fluff-brained, but she is gentle, she is gracious, she is godly, and she is giving. You and I have the gift of femininity… the more womanly we are, the more manly men will be and the more God is glorified. Be women, be only women, be real women in obedience to God.” ~ Elisabeth Elliot

Would you be comfortable with what you’re wearing in the Lord’s presence?