Monday, December 22, 2008
I am still learning many things along the way, and I am so grateful for my family and the friends God has placed in my life. They have helped me so much in my walk with Him. I pray that my words will mirror Philippians 4:8~ "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things."
Once again, I'm looking forward sharing my thoughts with you here. Now it's your turn to introduce yourself--if this is your first time visiting, please leave a comment so Bev and I can get to know you better. A blessed Christmas season to you all!
In Christ Alone,
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Join me in welcoming my sweet friend Sara, who will now be coauthoring this blog with me!
Sara will be helping me with posting as well as coming up with new ideas for this blog. I know she will be a positive addition to The Girl Inside.
I appreciate Sara's spirit and willingness to help, as well as her commitment to our standard of Philippians 4:8.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
I just want to mention that this is a very direct and pointed message and is definitely more appropriate for older teens and up.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Kristin is a sweet online friend that I have the honor of knowing. You can go here to read a post that she just wrote recently. I told her that I would post a few tips on courtship for her, as she is going through that season of life right now! Her sister, Jaime, another online friend, wrote this post for her sister.
I've already posted our courtship story, so I won't rehash that :-) I like lists, so maybe I'll just do this by listing a few things that helped us through our courtship. I hope this helps you Kristin!! I also want to say that I was really blessed by reading your sweet story.
1. This is such an exciting time of life, but it is also filled with many temptations - physical and spiritual. Make a habit of committing every decision to prayer. Pray alone, and pray together. I know you two are already doing this!!
2. Talk, talk, talk!! We had a sort of long distance relationship, and we used our weeks to talk about anything and everything we could think of. We only saw each other on the weekends. This was such a blessing because we still talk about anything and everything.
3. We read a Christian book together - actually we read it simultaneously and discussed it on the weekends.
4. This one you've already done: become best friends. I can truly say that my husband is my very best friend. He's the one that I can "let my hair down with." I covet time with him - I just love being with him!!
5. Here's one I wish we had done: minister to others together. We occasionally helped out with church functions etc, but I wish we could have found a ministry to participate in together. I've seen other courting couples do this, and it is a wonderful foundation to build a relationship on.
6. Be mindful of others. I taught Sunday School for many years before I met my husband to be! I knew that all my former students were watching to see how we handled ourselves. You can be such a blessing in this way.
7. Courtship is a wonderful preparation for marriage. We had focused on knowing each other's hearts. The honeymoon I shared with my husband was so unbelievably amazing. Everything was fresh and new. We had just spent a wonderful day in the presence of all of our friends and family. We had waited. We had hoped. And now we were together!! I can't describe how "right" it was.
And now I must go and spend some time with this man I've been talking about. I wish you the best, Kristin. I'm sure I could think of more to say if I sat here longer, but maybe there will be other opportunities!!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
I'd just like to say that it is very unusual for me to recommend a book without first reading it myself. That being said, a book has come to my attention that I may not be able to read for some time, and I didn't want to let it go without attention.
My mom just purchased this book, and she and my sister are reading it simultaneously. You can read her review here.
Gabrielle also has purchased and read the book, and has reviewed it here. If you would like to visit Ella's blog (check out my sidebar), she has already followed up with a related post as well!
You can purchase the book here.
I plan on reading this book as soon as I finish a couple others that I am currently devouring, so I will weigh in as well at a later date. Have you done a review or a post related to this book? If so, there is a Mr. Linky below where you can let us know where to find your words!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Today I went out looking for something to wear to a work function I am going to with my husband. I already knew I'd have a hard time because my belly is starting to pooch out, but I'm not quite big enough for my maternity dresses.
I was so saddened! I guess I haven't gone clothes shopping in a while. Sigh. Everything was low, short, strapless, and otherwise unacceptable.
I really like this website. There are a passel of websites with modest clothing, or patterns, if you are a sewer. There are articles about modesty as well.
Before I was married, I used to model my outfits for my dad before leaving the house in them. He was very frank about what was acceptable to wear. I am thankful for a husband who does the same for me now. Sometimes he'll make me bend over or reach up in the air to test a top before we leave the house!
How do you find modest clothing? Do you sew your own clothes?
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
This is on the subject of integrity. I start with an excerpt from Jane Eyre.
"Jane, you understand what I want of you? Just this promise - 'I will be yours, Mr. Rochester,'"
"Mr Rochester, I will not be yours."
"Jane! Jane, do you mean to go one way in the world, and let me go another?"
"Jane" (bending down and embracing me), "do you mean it now?"
"I do." -- extricating myself from restraint rapidly and completely.
"O Jane, this is bitter! This - this is wicked. It would not be wicked to love me."
"It would to obey you."
A wild look raised his brows -- crossed his features: he rose, but he forbore yet. I laid my hand on the back of a chair for support: I shook, I feared -- but I resolved."
"One instant, Jane. Give one glance to my horrible life when you are gone. All happiness will be torn away with you. What then is left? For a wife I have but the maniac upstairs: as well might you refer me to some corpse in yonder churchyard. What shall I do Jane? Where turn for a companion, and for some hope?"
"Do as I do: trust in God ... Believe in heaven. Hope to meet again there."
From Jane Eyre
You may not know the story of Jane Eyre. If you do not, I would encourage you to read it. How many of us have the integrity that Jane had? She had a very unhappy life, but when she had one opportunity for happiness she chose to do what was right rather than to do what she wished. You see, friend, sometimes when we are faced with difficult situations, the right thing is often the hardest! We must have the integrity to do what is right even in these cases. Only then can we have true joy. How far are we willing to go to follow the commands of the Lord? Oftentimes,doing so will mean loneliness and ridicule. Are we still willing then, or just when it is easy? We have no choice as Christians. We MUST obey in all circumstances that occur in our lives. True Christian joy and peace will follow.
Proverbs 10:9 tells us:
"He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become known."
And Galatians 6:9 says:
"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart."
Monday, March 17, 2008
Lena's first carousel ride was at the zoo. She loved it - and I actually did too!
Lena got a chance to feed the ducks at the zoo.
Lena "read" the whole week long - wherever we went - she had a book or five!
Lena and my husband - she is about to get kissed!
Monday, February 25, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
My mom sent me this wonderful devotional, thinking it might benefit you girls, and I agree. The poem is beautiful - and true.
This devotional is taken from Streams in the Desert by Mrs. Charles E Cowman.
"Ye shall not go out with haste" (Isa. 52:12).
I do not believe that we have begun to understand the marvelous power there is in stillness. We are in such a hurry--we must be doing--so that we are in danger of not giving God a chance to work. You may depend upon it, God never says to us, "Stand still," or "Sit still," or "Be still," unless He is going to do something.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
1. My sister Neesie has a new Blogger blog, and I have been very blessed by her compassion for others, and her needed reminders ... like this post! Love you, Sis!!
2. Sara is another dear sister in Christ. I've appreciated her posts on Hinds Feet on High Places, and also her thoughful posts like this one!
3. Beth has such a peaceful blog. She takes beautiful pictures and she always reminds us to love the hymns of the faith. Here is one of my favorites!
4. Laura is such a sweet girl. Her blog is so honest and sincere. This post about her Grandpa really touched me.
So there you have it -- and enjoy reading the four posts I picked out too. Have a wonderful weekend, girls. I have a poem I want to post for you, but that will have to wait until next week.
Oh - I also wanted to say that I know you are all extremely busy with school and family life, so if you don't have time to pass this award on - I will not be offended at all!
Thursday, January 31, 2008
It is wonderful to enjoy your friends, to have long conversations and to do fun things together, but our friendships as women of God should have a deeper purpose ...