Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"Pushing" Girls to Grow Up To Fast!

I was getting ready for work this morning; doing my normal routine when I heard something that stopped me in my tracks.  One of the morning shows was running a segment on push-up bras for tweens!!  I was speechless!  I couldn't believe that there was a debate about this at all!!  I don't have little girls, but I have nieces and I think this is absolutely ridiculous!  I did a little research and found that push-up bras are the latest fashion trend for tweens, along with anti-ageing makeup!  COME ON PEOPLE!! What is this world coming to? 

The morning show was saying how the push-up bra will increase a cup size by 2!  First of all, most tweens don't even have enough to even call it a "cup size", and the ones that do have something don't really need to increase it anymore that it already is.  I think it is disgusting that the world thinks that this is right in any fashion!  Girls are already pressured to look a certain way and act a certain way.  Teaching our girls that if you dress or act a certain way will get you popular and "looked at" is wrong!  We should not have to create a fake look or act for anybody!  God created us all in His image and He knew what he was doing before we were even born!  God did not intend for us to change how He created us.  I wish the world would stop pressuring women and girls to be a certain way!  The superficial life is not the way to go!  Being who God created you to be is the way to go.  Girls will never gain anything from looking or acting fake!  You can gain so much more, by being who God created you to be!   JUST BE YOU!!!!

Love in Christ,

Sunday, August 14, 2011

New Posture!

I am reading a book right now, called The Tangible Kingdom by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay.  This book is pretty heavy and answers alot of questions about ancient church and how to bring it back in today's culture, but it also has shown me some very interesting things about my own personal character and how I "advertise" myself as a christian.  A couple of posts ago I talked about how we are all walking billboards and that we should act and carry ourselves a certain way.  In the book I am reading the authors talk about this same thing.  Halter and Smay refer to it as "A New Posture."  They focus on the nonverbal communication part of the person.  I wanted to just highlight some points from the book that made me think about my "posture".

The authors describe posture as representing the attitude of the body: the nonverbal forms of communication that accompany what we say.  This description is so true.  Our body language speaks louder than our verbal speaking.

The second point the authors bring up is words communicate what we know; posture represents what we believe and feel.  Therefore, posture is the most important part of relationship and communication.  Posture shows true emotion and the intent of our heart.  I know that sometimes, we can be left with the question of what is wrong? Girls and women are so good at not expressing how they feel.  For some reason we feel the need to torture others, by giving the silent treatment or ignore others that have wronged us or we think have wronged us.  We never share how we truly feel and then when we are over it, we don't talk about it to the person that we feel has wronged us.  We just assume that they are over it too.  So, when they do not respond how we think they should we are asking ourselves, what is wrong? What did I do?  In truth it may have something to do with our nonverbals.  They are not going to want to approach you if you are putting off all kinds of nonverbal signs that basically says: GO AWAY! I DON"T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT OR TALK TO YOU!  This really goes for both males and females, but females are really good at working the body language! 

We are always advertising with our body language! We don't have to speak to even be noticed.  What we wear, how we act and what we say can change us and the people around us.  It doesn't take much to turn a person's head!  So, what statement will you make with your NEW POSTURE?

Love In Christ,


Monday, August 8, 2011

Food For Thought

Watch you thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny!

Taken from a passage out of  The Daniel Fast by Susan Gregory

Monday, August 1, 2011

Do You See Jesus In Your Clouds?

"Behold, He is coming with clouds..."  (Revelation 1:7)

In the Bible clouds are always associated with God.  Clouds are the sorrows, sufferings, or providential circumstances, within or without our personal lives, which actually seem to contradict the sovereignty of God.  Yet it is through these very clouds that the Spirit of God is teaching us how to walk by faith.  If there were never any clouds in our lives, we would have no faith.  "The clouds are the dust of His feet." (Nahum 1:3).  They are a sign that God is there.  What a revelation it is to know that sorrow, bereavement, and suffering are actually the clouds that come along with God!  God cannot come near us without clouds--He does not come in clear-shining brightness.

It is not true to say that God wants to teach us something in our trials.  Through every cloud He brings our way; He wants us to unlearn something.  His purpose in using the cloud is to simplify our beliefs until our relationship with Him is exactly like that of a child--a relationship simply between God and our own souls, and where other people are but shadows.  Until other people become shadows to us, clouds and darkness will be ours every once in a while.  Is our relationship with God becoming more simple than it whas ever been?

There is a connection between the strange providential circumstances allowed by God and what we know of Him, and we have to learn to interpret the mysteries of life in the light of our knowledge of God.  Until we can come face to face with the deepest, darkest fact of life without damaging our view of God's character, we do not yet know Him.

"...they were fearful as they entered the cloud"(Luke 9:34).  Is there anyone except Jesus in your cloud?  If so, it will only get darker until you get to the place where there is "no one anymore, but only Jesus..." (Mark 9:8; also see verses 2-7)

This is a devotional taken from "My Utmost for His Highest" by Oswalt Chambers