Growing in Grace Thursday Link Up #27

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Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray that this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

Faith in Jesus

Motherhood

Marriage

Serving God in Singleness

Homemaking

Homeschooling

Homesteading

Industry

Modesty

Service

Health

Finances

Hospitality

Thank you so much for linking up!  Several of these link ups have now surpassed 3,000 views.  What wonderful encouragement you are offering to others!

The most viewed post of last week was:

Benefits to Having Babies Back-to-Back

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This summer, my oldest daughters are hoping to minister to and share the love of Jesus with various communities in Appalachia Kentucky this summer through word, deed, and dance!  They are in fundraising mode right now to make this happen, and they would love to share about the heart of this trip with you.

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Being a Christian Witness on Facebook

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Facebook.  To some it is good, to others, it is plain evil.  It can be a time stealer and marriage destroyer.  About one year ago I was ready to throw in the towel for good.  I truly didn’t see how any goodness could come from Facebook.  After a six week break, I returned, but with a fresh perspective.

While for some, Facebook just isn’t worth it.  I totally respect that, and I have been there!  At the same time, there is tremendous potential to reach others for Christ on this platform.  When I’ve made that my focus, as well as changed a few settings on my computer, I feel like I can use it in a God honoring way.

I would love to share a few strategies that I have found helpful while using Facebook!

  1. If you are married, share one joint account.  Friends, I cannot tell you how many stories I have heard about divorces occurring after a former flame looks up an old boyfriend or girlfriend.  Sharing an account is a way to keep accountability with your spouse.
  2. Unfollow, but do not unfriend, those who share inappropriate content.  Those who share this content need you as a friend.  At the same time, scripture commands us to remain focused on purity.  When we unfollow, but do unfriend, others can still see our sharing Christ but inappropriate content will not show up in our newsfeed.
  3. Limit your time.  Facebook can steal time that rightfully belongs to our families.  Setting time limits (and sticking to them!) will solve this problem.  If need be, remove the facebook app off of your phone so the temptation isn’t quite as strong.  If the temptation is just too hard to bear, stepping away from Facebook entirely might be the best solution.
  4. Choose likeminded ministries and blogs to follow for encouragement.  I find so much encouragement from ministries, blog, and homeschool groups that show up on my facebook newsfeed.
  5. Stay focused on others, and not on yourself.  While it is nice to share photos of your family to your friends, excessive selfies (of only oneself) can be an indicator that your focus is in the wrong place.  Instead write encouraging notes on other’s timelines.
  6. And finally, the absolute, most important thing that you can do on Facebook is:

Share Christ and Keep Focused on Him!

The truth of the matter is, Christ should be the center of absolutely everything.  We can use this platform to share the gospel, scripture, and other amazing Christian resources with others.  God can use you mightily when we focus on Him, others, and not on ourselves.

We must remember that if we claim to be a Christian, then others are watching us.  And sadly, most of them are hoping that we will not remain in Christ.  While none of us is perfect, we really need to remember that we are Christ’s ambassadors!  If we stay focused on Him while online, then we will keep our good witness.

While this is true for all Christians, it is especially true for those in ministry positions, like pastors/elders.  We recently left a church where I honestly would not have admitted that our pastor was our pastor based on his Facebook life.  Yes, I know that this is a major problem, but I waited on my husband to make the final decision for us to leave.  God is good, and as soon as I stopped worrying about the situation we left within one week!

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I would also like to share a little story about something that happened in my life that really brought the importance of our witness on Facebook to my attention.  This same pastor posted on Facebook that he had taken his eleven-year-old son to a movie that was rated PG-13.  I looked up this movie on Focus on the Family’s Plugged-In, and while it wasn’t all bad by any means, there was some language and innuendos mentioned.  In our family, if there is anything in this nature in a movie we avoid it.  I try to ask myself, “If Jesus was physically sitting next to me on the couch, would I watch this?”  Anyhow, I questioned this practice after I saw that my pastor watched a PG-13 film, and my husband and I rented one the next weekend.  Needless to say, we turned it off within the first 10 minutes!  While I believe that this pastor should not have watched this movie in the first place, if he would have kept this information off of his Facebook page, and instead have focused on Christ and his family, then the thought to put mild vulgarity in front of our eyes would have never occurred to me or my husband.

Ladies, if we stay focused on Christ in all we do (including Facebook), He will be glorified, and our witness will remain intact.  If we use Facebook, let’s try to keep this in mind.

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Growing in Grace Thursday Link Up #26

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Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray that this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

Faith in Jesus

Motherhood

Marriage

Serving God in Singleness

Homemaking

Homeschooling

Homesteading

Industry

Modesty

Service

Health

Finances

Hospitality

Thank you so much for linking up!  Several of these link ups have now surpassed 3,000 views.  What wonderful encouragement you are offering to others!

The most viewed posts of last week are:

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A Surprise – Celebrating 25 Years by Radical Femininity

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A Slightly Author-ish Outfit by Reflections of the Heart

An Interview with Audrey Broggi Part 2 by Ready to Be Offered

You are now warmly invited to join our link-up!

Please note that the opinions of the posts below are not necessarily my own. Please use discretion while reading.

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Finding Beauty in the Mundane

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Does your life as a wife and mother ever feel, well…boring?

Ladies, sometimes as a mom my life feels incredibly mundane.  For instance, at the moment we are battling a cold virus in our home.  On top of that, we are keeping up with homeschooling as laundry and messes seem to be piling up in every corner.  The days seem to run together sometimes, and my life feels, well…mundane.

I’ve heard stories of wives and mothers deciding to abandon ship in this season of life.  Their lives are not as they wish them to be, so they just leave.  This has happened in my community countless times, and when I hear of these occurrences my heart breaks for all.  For the children, husbands, and mothers and wives involved.  While I’ve found wonderful contentment (and joy!) through Christ as a wife and mother, in the past I’ve also spent time sneaking chocolate in my bathroom upset about how mundane I believed that my life had become.  The only difference between myself and the woman who gave up hope is Christ.  Without Christ, I would be nothing!

What should we do when life feels this way?  Should we attempt to radically change our lives, or find contentment in things that remove us from our home and families?

Well, if you have spent time reading my blog at all, I bet you can guess what my solution is.  It is Jesus!…and yes, He is the answer to everything!  Once we’ve put our hope in Jesus and truly live for Him, we can bet that our mundane lives are actually not mundane in the eyes of the Lord.  All of the small tasks of being a help meet to our husbands and mothering our children add up to pure beautifulness.    These tasks are a sweet offering that we can offer to God.  He is the one who gave us our beautiful families!  Instead of choosing to think of our lives as mundane, let’s think of them as full of service to our King.

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“You are as much serving God in looking after your own children, and training them
up in God’s fear, and minding the house, and making your household a church for
God, as you would be if you had been called to lead an army to battle for the Lord of
hosts.”

-Charles Spurgeon

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Free St. Patrick’s Day Learning Pack

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I am a contributor at Year Round Homeschooling, and I just finished putting together a free 25 page Printable Pack for their new subscribers.  Included in this pack is the story behind St. Patrick’s Day, penmanship pages, addition practice, journaling pages, and more!

Click here to get yours.

Growing in Grace Thursday Link Up #25

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Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray that this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

Faith in Jesus

Motherhood

Marriage

Serving God in Singleness

Homemaking

Homeschooling

Homesteading

Industry

Modesty

Service

Health

Finances

Hospitality

Thank you so much for linking up!  Several of these link ups have now surpassed 3,000 views.  What wonderful encouragement you are offering to others!

The most viewed post of last week was:

A Day in My Life by Artful Homemaking

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The Importance of Accepting Sisters in Christ

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Accepting sisters in Christ is an important concept.  It seems like a no brainer.  But when we dive deeper into the nitty-gritty of what this actually means, complications sometimes arise.

We, as Christ-followers, have been called to love each other.  This love should really just radiate from us.  But what happens when sisters look differently than we do?

We still show kindness, but in our minds we might pass judgment.  Some believers are more conservative in their daily choices than others.   The conservative camp might judge other believers and vice versa.  As long as actual sin is not involved, we should be accepting of other’s choices.  I have learned that for the most part, true Christians make choices based on their faith.  The sister who looks more like the culture around her (but does not indulge in sin), might have left a very fundamental environment that taught that our works influence salvation.  The sister who separates and is more conservative might have had many sinful experiences with the culture in the past.  We need to understand that each sister is making choices that will draw them closer to Jesus!

My family recently left a church where grace was taught but not always practiced.  Matters of conscience were deemed sinful at the pastor’s discretion.  An authoritarian spirit ran high. While clear-cut sin is to be addressed and rebuked, only the Holy Spirit can soften and mold our hearts to be more like Christ when clear sin isn’t involved.  Like this situation, sometimes we as sisters can judge when there is absolutely no need to judge.  We cause divisions instead of forming unity.

In 1 Corinthians 12, we read that there is unity as well as diversity within the body of Christ.

12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into[c] one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.

15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be?

20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty…

Just as we have different functions within the body of Christ, we will not all be carbon copies of each other as God uses us and changes us to be more like Him.  I fear that we miss out on so much when we judge rather than love others.  What blessings we will find if we reach out to those who look differently than we do! I thank God for His grace to change us for the better!

Bible Study Series for Women — Philippians 1:1-11

 

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Sweet friends, I am so excited to begin this study with you!  As women and mothers, we encounter unique challenges in our daily life.  My prayer is that this study will be a blessing to you as you walk with our Savior.

My plan is to begin in Philippians.  I pray this book speaks to your heart and fills it with joy, which is a central theme.  My hope is to post a new study bi-weekly or monthly.  We will go through as many verses as we can at a time, yet I do not want this to become overwhelming!  Please grab your Bible and let’s dig in!

The optional memory passsage from our text is Philippians 1:9-10.  If you do not memorize this verse, no worries!  Feel free to just meditate on it for a moment while we are studying.  I will be using the NKJV, but please feel free to use any version you would like!

Memory Passage

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ…

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A bit of background…Paul wrote this book to the Church at Philippi to thank them for a gift.  Paul also wanted to share the truth that joy comes from Jesus alone.

The text…

Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ,

To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

The explanation…

Verse one begins with Paul stating the letter is from Paul and Timothy, bondservants (or slaves) of Christ, in a greeting.  The wording bondservants of Christ is important.  Paul is humbly stating his needs are secondary to anything that Jesus might ask of him.  Ladies, we need to have this mindset as well!  Are we truly bondservants of Christ?  Verse one ends with Paul stating that he is writing to God’s church in Philippi.  In verse two Paul wishes grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ to the readers.  Grace and peace can only come from God alone.  If we look for peace in our circumstances, such as vacations or financial status, we will come up empty.

In verses three and four, Paul thanks God for every remembrance of the Philippians.  He is always in prayer for them in joy.  This is the first of many times that joy is used in this letter.  When we pray, do we remember to thank God for His blessings?  Do we exude a joy in this thankfulness?  When others remember us in their prayers, does our remembrance make them joyful?  Let’s strive to be a bright light in the lives of others.

In verse five, Paul says the Philippians were partners in spreading the Gospel.  We can be partners in this as well, either practically or financially.  As mothers, we can bring the gospel to our children and the community around us through outreach opportunities.  In verse six, Paul states he is confident that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.  Ladies, this applies to us today as well!  Praise God that we can be confident that if God has begun a good work in us, He will complete it.  Let’s keep this promise close to our hearts when we feel defeated in our daily mothering tasks.  We all have those days, don’t we?

In verse seven, Paul is most likely speaking of his Philippi imprisonment.  While there, he longed to see his brothers and sisters in Christ.  If we are Christians, we are members of God’s family!  Ladies, let’s keep that in mind daily.  We should strive to show love to our fellow sisters in Christ, and avoid foolish arguments.  Verse eight, reiterates this.

In verse nine, Paul states that he prays that the Philippians love should abound more and more.  The end result of this love will be a greater understanding of Christ and moral discernment.  Christ is love, so when we love our husbands, children, and others around us, we are exhibiting Christ-likeness.  The more that we love, the more that we will be able to discern right from wrong.   Our hearts and our minds will become in one accord.  In verse ten, Paul says that this abounding love will lead us to approve things that are excellent.  How cool is that?  We will be able to discern what we should allow into our homes, and other big decisions regarding our children if we remain in and show Christ’s love to others.  Finally, in verse eleven, we are shown that this love will fill us with fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ.  I pray that in my home, my husband and children see this fruit in me.  We cannot begin this work within ourselves…it all begins and remains in Christ!

Please chime in…if any of this text spoke to you, please share in the comments!

Growing in Grace Thursday Link Up #24

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*Thank you so much for stopping by!  I’m so sorry that this link up wasn’t live last week.  Our allotted internet has been dwindling fast, and I haven’t been able to post often.  I believe that we have found the problem.  Our new wifi printer has been the culprit!  We have now hardwired it and hopefully our wifi will not be slipping away so quickly.  This is one of the cons of living in the country without internet lines.  Now onto our link up!

Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray that this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

Faith in Jesus

Motherhood

Marriage

Serving God in Singleness

Homemaking

Homeschooling

Homesteading

Industry

Modesty

Service

Health

Finances

Hospitality

Thank you so much for linking up!  Several of these link ups have now surpassed 3,000 views.  What wonderful encouragement you are offering to others!

The most viewed posts from last week are:

Homeschooling When People Know Your Home by Strangers and Pilgrims on This Earth

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 by Reflections of the Heart

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Growing in Grace Thursday Link Up #23

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Welcome to our Thursday Biblical Womanhood link-up, Growing in Grace! Thank you so much for stopping by. This link-up is built on the foundation of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31, and I pray that this will be a place for Christian women to mingle while growing in the Lord. This link-up is for any and all things pertaining to Biblical womanhood! Suggested Topics include:

Faith in Jesus

Motherhood

Marriage

Serving God in Singleness

Homemaking

Homeschooling

Homesteading

Industry

Modesty

Service

Health

Finances

Hospitality

Thank you so much for linking up!  Several of these link ups have now surpassed 2,000 views.  What wonderful encouragement you are offering to others!

You are now warmly invited to join our link-up!

Please note that the opinions of the posts below are not necessarily my own. Please use discretion while reading.

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