Uncover Your Eyes!

Have you ever seen a little child do this; either when in trouble or even just playing around?  They think that if they cover their eyes, you can’t see them – but we all know different.

To us it may seem silly, but we do it too (though maybe not literally).  Have you ever thought that by ‘covering your eyes’ God can’t see you?  That you can escape discipline?

But, just like we can still see a child when he covers his eyes, God can also see us and everything we’ve done when we ‘cover our eyes’.

“The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.”  Proverbs 15:3

How it all began…

If you were to ask me what helped with my decision to have a relationship with Christ, I’d have to say fear….the fear of death and the fear of Courtship.  Now I know that second one sounds very odd, but it’s true…and this is my story 🙂

I was born into a Christian family and prayed ‘the prayer’ at the age of 4, but it would be 13 more years before I really understood what it was to have a relationship with God. 

I went to church regularly, had Christian friends and occasionally read my Bible…but something was missing.  I could see something different in my friends…something I didn’t have but wanted.  They KNEW they were saved; they had stories of how God was working in their lives. They didn’t have the fear of death like I did.

Now, you’re probably all wondering why I was afraid of courting someone…well, I was scared of the questions that would come.  Questions about my relationship with Christ; how he’d been working in my life; what I was learning in my devotions, etc.    

So I began searching…searching God’s Word, praying, observing others, and really listening to the messages Sunday mornings.   I finally came to realize that all I had was Religion, but that wasn’t enough…I needed to have a Relationship!  There’s a HUGE difference there!  

The late Keith Green says at the end of one of his songs “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian, anymore than going to McDonalds makes you a hamburger.”   And this is so true!  You can go to church all your life and be a ‘good person’, but if you don’t have Christ as your personal savior and have a relationship with Him, then it’s just a religion.   

In 2007 I believe it was, I truly accepted the Lord as my Savior and things began to change (I don’t remember the date since I didn’t write it down, and I really wish I had).  I began reading my Bible because I wanted to – not because I had to.  The fear of death (and courtship) went away, and I had a peace I had never had before.   

As the years have gone by, that relationship has gotten even better; even sweeter 🙂  I now have stories as to how God has worked (and is working) in my life and the amazing things I have seen Him do…I’ve even posted some of them here on my blog 🙂

And there you have it…my story of how God took me from a fear of death and courtship and brought me to a wonderful relationship with Him! 

My Baptism August 17th 2008

Whatever It Takes Singles Conference!!!!

For those of you who have been following my blog for awhile, you’ve heard me mention the WIT (Whatever It Takes) Singles conferences a few times.  Well, it’s coming up again!!!  July 5th-8th in Indianapolis, Indiana 🙂

God has worked through Paul and Jenny Speed to help so many people (me being one of them!).

If you have not already read my blog post of my testimony, you can read it here – https://iluvgod.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/what-god-has-shown-me/

For more information about the conference, you can visit their website ( http://witministries.com/ministries/singles/ )  or their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/WIT-Ministries/76812652683)

I’d also like to ask those of you who won’t be going, to please pray for those who do!  I know from personal experience that Satan will use many things to try and keep the TRUTH from being spread!

Sara 🙂

WIT Singles 2011

Proverbs 31 :)

Whenever I used to think of the Proverbs 31 woman, I always dreamed of being like that…someday.  It wasn’t until just recently that I realized, though I’m not yet married, I can be applying most of these to my life right now! 

So I sat down, went verse by verse, and wrote out the qualities that the Proverbs 31 woman has….

Verse 11 –  The heart of her husband safely trusts in her and lacks nothing in value. 

                She is trustworthy

Verse 12 – “She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life”

                She considers how her actions will affect him (and others)

Verse 13 – She works willingly with her hands

                She works with delight and pleasure

Verse 14 – “She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar”

                She is an enterprising person

Verse 15 – “She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens” 

                She is not a sluggard

 Verse 16 –  “She considers a field, and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard”  NIV               

                She shows good judgment 

Verse 17 – “She girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental and physical fitness for her God-given task] and makes her arms strong and firm.”  Amplified Version 

                She is prepared for the work God gives her 

Verse 18 – “She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.” NIV

                 She sees that her work is profitable

 Verse 19 – “In her hands she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers” NIV

                 We again see her working with her hands

Verse 20 – “She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.” NIV 

                She notices the needs of other and helps them 

Verse 21 –  “When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.”   NIV

                 She sees that her family is well taken care of 

Verse 22 – “She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.”  NIV

                Once again we see her working with her hands and providing for her family

 Verse 23 – “Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.”  NIV

 Her husband is respected at the city gates (because she speaks positively of him)

Verse 24 – “She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.” NIV

                She makes things to sell; she’s industrious

Verse 25 – “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”  NIV

                She is strong and dignified; she is free of anxiety and worry (she knows God is in control)

Verse 26 – “She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” NIV

                 She is wise and has faithful instruction (you can only teach after you’ve learned)

Verse 27 – “She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” NIV

She watches over her family and is not idle (it doesn’t say she doesn’t rest though)

 Verses 28/29 – “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also and he praises her: ‘Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” NIV

She is called blessed by her husband and children (“that is, one who enjoys happy circumstances and from whom joy radiates to others.”)

She surpasses the noble woman

Verse 30 – “Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”      NIV

                She fears the Lord

Now for the difficult part…applying it!!!  🙂 

 

Artwork done by my friend Meadow Brady 🙂

 

The Gift

“Thanks for the gift!  I like it, but couldn’t you have given me more?  Maybe something a little better?” 

 

How many of you would actually say that to a friend or family member after receiving a gift?  Probably none of you – at least I hope that’s the case! 

But you see…that’s exactly what I’ve been telling God lately!  Not in those exact terms, mind you, but the meaning was the same and I’ve come to see it this week….

For awhile now, I’ve been trying to figure out what God wants me to be doing for a ministry and every time I prayed about it, I felt Him telling me ‘write your blog’. 

My response was always “Yes, Lord, I’ll keep writing it, but what do you want me to do for a ‘real’ ministry?  My blog’s not enough; there must be something better you want me to do”

But, everytime I asked Him that, His response was always the same…silence.

This past Wednesday, while Facebook chatting with a good friend, I told her how I felt, and she pretty much told me that God has given me a gift of writing; use it.

It wasn’t until today (Thursday) that it really hit me…

I realize that God gave me the gift of writing and everytime I tell Him that writing my blog isn’t enough of a ministry, I’m basically telling Him that I don’t think the gift He has given me is enough.

After seeing it from that perspective, I now have an even greater desire to write my blog and write more frequently. 

So now I am setting out in greater force to do the ministry God has called me to do, and I will do it with a joyful heart; fully devoted to Him 🙂

 

It Doesn’t Apply to Married Women Only!

“The wise woman builds her house, but with her hands the foolish one tears hers down.” 

Proverbs 14:1

As I was reading through this the other day with mom and a friend, something jumped out at me that I had never realized before. 

When I used to read this, I always assumed that the women they talk about were married women – wives and mothers.  But that’s not the case….it’s written to all women; no matter the marital status!

My mom also pointed out that you could also put “words” in there, after “hands”.  So many people tear down their homes with the words they use.

So that got me to thinking a few things…

How can we single women build up our families?

Are there ways we are tearing our family down?

Are we building up our family, even when they aren’t around, or are we always tearing them down?

The note on the wise woman in this verse in my NIV Bible says – “She is a source of strength and an example of diligence for her family”

Do I fit this description?  Am I a source of strength or an example of diligence to those around me?

This is something we need to work on while we’re single…it won’t magically appear in our lives once we’re married! 

I’m looking forward to what any of you may have to say on this subject, so please leave comments!