Galatians 6:14

But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! 

I pray that the love and light of Christ may fill you with all hope, joy, and peace this CHRISTmas season. May we never forget that Jesus is the Reason for the season! What a wonder that God would come to us in such humility! Let us rejoice in His birth, not only that, but that He died! Through His death we have Life, and life to the fullest!

An Irish Christmas Blessing
The light of the Christmas star to you. 
The warmth of home and hearth to you.
The cheer and good will of friends to you.
The hope of a childlike heart to you.
The joy of a thousand angels to you.
The love of the Son and God's peace to you.


A Thought....for pondering, by Roy Lessin

If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent an educator. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist. If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist. But since our greatest need was forgiveness, God sent us a Savior.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Winter Welcome

Hi Everyone!

Tis the season to be jolly and mostly to celebrate the birth of our amazingly wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ.

My fried Kay, took some pictures of the first snow of the season, and I want to share it with you to welcome this most wonderful time of the year:






I find that these lyrics are very apprapos...read and see if you don't agree-

Christ is Come
The word of the prophets, centuries old


The birth of Messiah, has been long foretold

That unto you, now unto you



Christ is come, let all creation sing

God's own Son, oh hail the newborn King

The word made flesh, now dwells among us

Christ is come



Those born in darkness have seen a great light

The Redeemer of our hearts has been born this night

Now unto you


Prince of Peace, Yeshua, Messiah, the Son of Man

Holy One, King of kings, Lord of lords, the Great I Am

Comforter, Counselor, Author and Finisher

Divine Truth Revealer, Deliverer, Healer

You are God, Jesus You are God


What a wonderful reminder for us. May we all remember that Jesus is the reason for the season!

God bless,
Charity

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Salute to Our Veterans

Happy (late) Veterans Day!!!!

Thanks to all of our men and women who have fought for the freedom of this nation, sad to say, a freedom we have taken for granted. 
 May God bless you!

I also want to say, I am PROUD to be an American!

Today we have a special treat, a guest blogger! Miss Kay Maynard. She has written a lovely ode to our veterans.

Here is Kay:

"I remember very well the day that my Dad came rushing home from the Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary and told my Mom that there had been a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.  I was too young to understand just exactly what had happened, but I knew it was a bad thing because Mom was crying and she usually doesn’t do that in front of us unless something really sad or bad has happened.  I went over to Daddy and asked him what the matter was.  He said, “There’s been an attack on the World Trade Center,” looking off into the distance and not really paying any attention to me.
       “What’s a terrorist?” I asked.
       He came back to earth suddenly. “Terrorists are bad people who want to harm civilians and get control of them that way,” he said in words that my six year old mind could understand.
       “And what did the terrorists do?” I asked.
       “They crashed an airplane into the World Trade Center. They were the tallest towers in the world, Kay, and thousands of people worked there. The towers exploded and many people died. All over America, people are in shock right now. They lost many of their friends and relatives.”
       I was appalled and sat down hard on the floor. Dad caught my arm and pulled me back up. “Why would anybody do that?” I asked.
       Dad is usually so strong, but I saw tears in his eyes as he said, “Because of sin.  People that don’t know Jesus have nothing to live for, so they try to get attention in the wrong ways. There are lots of bad people in the world. These terrorists, these bad people, they wanted to take away our freedom. It’s because we are the freest country in the whole world.” He removed his glasses and put a hand over his eyes. “You’re privileged to be growing up here, Kay.” He set the glasses down on his blue jeaned knee before drawing me to him. “Listen, Kay. Because Jesus loves you and He lives in your heart, you have all the freedom you are ever going to need right there. Even if these terrorists invade our country and take away our freedom, you will always be free in Jesus.” He gave me a hug.
       Later that week, Mom and Dad were talking in the kitchen about President Bush sending the troops into Iraq to find the people that had planned the attack. They kept using the word “soldier.” I didn’t know what that meant until Daddy explained it to me.  If we hadn’t been in such terrible shock and circumstances, you would have laughed out loud at the conversation that went between me and my Dad, something like this:
       “Daddy, what does that mean?”

        “What does what mean?”
       “That word. You keep using it. Sol-jer?”
       “Oh. Soldier. You really don’t know what a soldier is?”
        “No.”
       “Well, do you know how when we are at Meijers sometimes we see men in camouflage--”
       “What’s that?”
       “Camouflage?” Dad looked flustered. “Oh, it’s a pattern that makes you look like a tree in the woods, You wear it on your clothes and you can blend in.”
       “Camouflage.” I tried the word on for size as Dad went on.
       “Well anyway, you know how we see men wearing camouflage walking around in stores sometimes? They are soldiers. Soldiers are the people that go to war for us. They fight so we can have freedom.” I nodded, remembering the meaning of the word freedom. Dad and I had discussed this in school just weeks before. “They keep our country safe from bad people like the terrorists. They keep America safe so we can say what we want to, go wherever we want, not be persecuted because of our religion…”
       “Those are some pretty big words. Per-suh- cuted? Religion? What do they mean?”
       Dad looked red faced. “Forget it. But you know what a soldier is now, right?”
       I nodded.
       “And because they pay the price of freedom, do you know what we do? Whenever we see a soldier, we go up to him and thank him for his service.”
       I nodded and broke into a big smile.
       A few months after this, in about mid March, Dad, Mom, Emily and I were finishing our shopping in Meijers when I spotted a soldier. He was wearing that weird pattern that Dad had explained to me. “Daddy, look!” I said, pulling on his sleeve. “There’s a soldier. Should we go say thank you?”

           “That’s right,” Dad said. He started pushing the cart that way. As we got closer, I could see that the soldier didn’t look very happy. Even though he was young, and couldn't have been more than twenty years old, his shoulders were bent like an old man's, as though he was carrying a weight on them,  and his boots were wet and slushy from the snow outside. As I walked up to him, I was a little scared, but Dad just gave me a nudge and said, “Say, “Thank you for your service, sir.”
       I went over to the man. He looked so much taller than he had when I was looking at him across the room. I craned my head back for a better look at his face and, smiling as best I could, revealing a missing tooth, said, “Thank you for your service, sir!” Just like Dad had told me to.
       Dad chose that moment to come up and give his thanks as well. “We really do want to thank you, sir, for your service to our country. We value your protection with all of this crazy stuff going on.”
       “Thank you,” the soldier said to me in a raspy voice. "I really needed to hear that." To my astonishment, he got down on his knees in front of me, regardless of the dirty store floor, and held out his arms. I went into them. His arms closed around me as though they were made of iron. He buried his head in my shoulder and started to sob. I couldn’t see his tears, but I could feel his shoulders shaking. Mom and Dad looked at each other in distress, as if wondering what they should do. Finally my parents stepped behind the man. Dad started patting his back firmly and Mom rubbed his shoulder for a little bit, saying, “It’s OK, it’s fine, you’re gonna be OK,” with tears running down her own face.
Finally the soldier looked at me through his tears and smiled at me. I smiled back. “I’ve been through a lot. You just gave me a present, do you know that? Something that meant a lot to me.” He briefly touched my nose with one finger and then stood up. “Thank you.”
           The soldier talked to Mom and Dad in big people talk, telling them that he'd been a "POW" for the last few months, and that they'd done some really bad things to his best friend, who had not survived his captivity.
           I don't know the soldier's name, and I never saw him again. But I still pray for him. I wonder, does he know Christ? Does he know the monstrosity of Christ's sacrifice, and does he know that sacrifice is the true meaning of love? It makes me stop and think about the troops out there: It is so hard to give up what you know for what you don't know. These men give up their safety and their lives with their wives and children in order to face giants bigger than they are, to face our country's enemies. They fight so that we can live our lives the way we want to live them, with all the freedoms that we enjoy. They have given up their time, energy, and lives for us.
       It has been said that at least once in their lifetimes, U.S. soldiers sign a blank check to the United States of America for the amount of “One soldier, up to and including his life.”
       Wow.
       So do me a favor and thank the next soldier you see, maybe take a moment to stop and pray with him. And remember, it is his life, not yours.... just as it was Christ's life and not yours. "Greater love hath none than this, that he lay down his life for his friend."

Friday, October 8, 2010

On Your Mark, Get Set, Clean!

So how DO you clean a house? Cleaning a house can be a very daunting task for people, but even the most amateur cleaner can be victorious by following these three steps: preparation, tidying up, and upkeep. 
  
  However, before you start, there are a few suggestions that aren’t necessary to do but will make your time cleaning go by much faster. First off, invite a buddy to help. Inviting a friend to help provides camaraderie and an extra set of hands to get the job done quicker. Next, put on some good working music. Putting on music increases your level of motivation, stimulates the senses, and gets your mind in gear for manual labor. One hint of caution though concerning good working music. If you want to get a lot done, don’t turn on classical music. Classical music has an effect that is very relaxing, which is definitely not what you want before you start cleaning! Last but not least of the suggestions is, dust before you vacuum. This suggestion makes it so that you don’t do double work by vacuuming, dusting, and vacuuming again.   

  There are many preparations that you have to make. First off, you must have the right supplies. Some of the essential materials will include: a broom, vacuum, mop, dust rag, and warm water. If you don’t have the right materials, then you must make time to go out and buy them. 
  The next step of preparing for the job is setting aside time to clean. Many people say that they will clean this day, or that day, but never get around to it because of the negligence of this very important step. The adherence to the set day is half the battle! 

  Now comes the time to actually start cleaning. Make sure you go to bed early the night before and eat a good breakfast for plenty of energy during the day. (This is sounding like instructions for a test!) So get ready to clean! You want to start cleaning from one end of the house to the other, because it will help you stay focused. If you decide to clean on the weekend, and have accumulated a lot of tension during the week, this is a wonderful activity to do as a stress reliever. 

  Good job, you have completed your task. It is crucial that once you are finished cleaning, that you put up your supplies so that when you want to clean your house the next time the supplies will be readily available to you. Be sure to put the materials out of the reach of children. The chemicals can be very fatal and you don’t want your little one getting into them. 
  Lastly comes the hard part, or the easy part, depending on the way you look at it and deal with it. You must try your best to keep areas clean on a daily basis. It’s paramount that you don’t overlook this tiny but time costing step. I know that many people lead busy lives, so sometimes it’s not possible to straighten up before heading out for the day, but grab any and every opportunity that you have to do a quick clean up and be sure that you do it. Make every effort to not neglect this step! 

  After the job is totally finished, you deserve a day off for some fun. Go to the movie store and pick up a good movie, go out to eat, or something of that sort, but reward yourself, you have stuck through a grueling day of manual labor, you deserve the time off. 

Monday, September 20, 2010

An Amazing Journey

For my College Composition class, I had to write an essay about a first experience. So I decided to write about my Haiti trip. And I want to share it with you, cause I know I haven't blogged in detail about my trip. Enjoy :)


An Amazing Journey
  In July of 2010 I took my first trip out of the country to a place where the people are so different, a culture so poor, and customs that are so shocking. I went to Les Cayes, Haiti with a group of friends for medical Humanitarian purposes. I remember the day that the magnitude 7 earthquake devastated that country like it was yesterday…6 months later, I begin my two week adventure into the unknown land.
  My first reaction was one of amazement. The land was so beautiful! We landed in Port au Prince and began the process of going through customs and gathering our bundles of luggage. At the PAP airport, there are men who look very official, but don’t work for the airline, and they try to help you carry your luggage for a fee. With 29 people, 500 lbs of medicine, and our personal belongings, you can only image the amount we had! But nonetheless, it was quite a fight to keep our luggage with us. As we started heading towards our vehicle, I was struck by all the crowds of people that were staring at us and hording around us. As that reality set in for me, fear gripped at my heart and I began to panic and cry, wondering, “Why in the world am I here? If I can’t handle the airport, how will I be able to handle all the other difficulties that will come my way?” After composing myself and letting my emotions and my heart settle down, we started towards Les Cayes. I saw so many things that broke my heart to the core: children running in the streets with no shoes on, families living in tents, once beautiful architecture now demolished, etc. I saw hopelessness all around me, whichever way I turned, the downcast faces of the people told all. Because of all the buildings that had collapsed during the earthquake, what was supposed to be a 5 hour trip, turned into 7. Needless to say, we arrived safely and in one piece to our desired destination, the RMI guesthouse.
  The next day brought us high expectations and hopes, but no real plans. The day started at 6:15 am with all of us preparing for what we were to do. We drove to Sisters of Charity, a Mother Theresa Home for the sick and dying. One of the sisters, Guadeloupe, took charge and showed us around. They do so much for the local community! The best way to describe it would be that it’s like your local hospital, which speaks for itself. We then brought some of medicine and began sorting through it while others were working on pumping up therapy balls. One of my favorite moments that day was when we were going around and meeting the children. We were walking to meet up with the others that hadn’t gotten the tour yet, and these little boys came up to me…I said “Alo!” and they took my hand and began to lead me to where the other little boys are and I just got surrounded by them! All talked with one breathe in Creole, asking me questions. So I tell them my name and they began to say it, and kept saying it. What a blessing it was to be loved by the children!
  We spent several days at the Mother Theresa Home, and I learned so much about the people through the many interactions I had with the natives. I was encouraged by the joy and hope I saw in their lives.
  After the long week, we decided to rest and go to Rainbow Beach. The beauty of the place was incredible. Words are not adequate enough to describe it. We had a truly amazing and authentic tropical experience: swimming in the deep blue Caribbean waters, and talking with the natives, the whole undergo made complete by drinking the juice of hand-picked coconuts.  
  On Monday I began to feel sick with symptoms of nausea, dizziness, and blurred vision…thought it was dehydration at first, but the symptoms progressed and didn’t subside until the next weekend. So most of that week was spent in bed.
  On Friday we decided to go back to Rainbow Beach, and stayed there for the weekend. This time, it was a totally different experience, because we were stationed at a different part of the beach. On Sunday we went for a hike to one of the peaks. The trek was not easy, and it was very hot, but all the work was worth it. The panoramic view stole my breath away! So much majesty all around. I was in complete awe.  I was very thankful for the long weekend and all the rest that I got. It was much needed.
  Monday began a new week , and I was as healthy as I had ever been. It also came with a new experience…riding a Mototaxi- basically, it was a moped that someone owned and they function as taxis and the primary source of transportation in the city.-We went back to the Mother Theresa Home, but this time not dispensing medicine, but to love on the orphans. We spent the morning singing and dancing with the children and then we went to their classrooms and helped them with their crafts.  
  We helped out at a place called Centre Lumiere, which is a vocational school for Haitian women. The women spend four years learning trades such as: crocheting, embroidery, sewing, etc, and begin schools in their area to teach basic life skills that could earn them some income.
  Our first job there was to organize the supply closet and separate all the fabric into their respective colors. It seemed quite monotonous, but having the perspective that we were helping the people in some way or another made me see the task as joyous. Next, my new friend Jenni and I put together supplies, crafts, etc. for a foster home system in Haiti, Loving Shepherd Ministries. Each home is run by a Haitian couple that are passionate about serving their fellow man and lodges 12 kids who are in desperate need of care.
   I wondered when homesickness would come…here is an expert from my journal on 7/27/10- “What do I feel in my heart? What emotions are just beckoning at the door of my heart? I guess it’s homesickness.  I don’t know. I feel like crying but the tears won’t come. Sometimes, it’s so hard to have to grow up and begin seeking independence.” -That day was also my dear sisters birthday, so that didn’t make things any better.
  But, the rest of the day turned out great. After supper, we went to a girls orphanage run by a couple where the husband had been an orphan himself, and lived in the States for a few years, but wanted to give back to his home country some way. And that way was by instilling patriotism in the hearts of 21 orphan girls. It is a neat facility. They are utilizing solar energy, and composting as a beginning in becoming self-sufficient. We sang and danced with the girls and they poured out love upon us in such a special way that it touched me in my innermost being.  
 Well, the week came to an end, meaning that my time there was over. The week past by so fast, I couldn't believe that it was already time to go back home. As I said my goodbyes and made my way back to the States, I realized that I had left my heart in Haiti. I had fallen in love…in love with the people, with the country, and with the customs. I was so grateful that my trip turned out to be such an amazing journey!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Haiti Pictures

I finally have Haiti pictures for you! There is a slideshow that I embedded underneath the Travel the Road one. Please keep checking back, because we are constantly uploading photos. :)


In Christ,
Charity



Saturday, August 28, 2010

Church Outreach

Hello!

Well...first of, so sorry for not posting in such a long time. Life has happened in my world :)

Today was our annual church outreach- carwash/lunch- It was so great to be able to bless others with a free carwash, a display of how much Christ has blessed us. 

Here are a few pictures:






Above: Our Amazing Tire Washing Team!! 


Above: Working Together!!


Above: Teamwork = Family Work  :)

Its been a wonderful day...God is good. Please be praying for all the people that came. That the seeds that were planned would result in salvation and much fruit. 


Love to all,
Charity

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Haiti Trip!

Hello everyone!!


I am so sorry for taking such a long time to blog... But I'm in Haiti and doing very well and very safe. We originally were going to have wireless at our guesthouse, but God had other thoughts, because when we got there, it was out...but God provided, anyway :)  I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers and support. God is doing an awesome work in this nation, and in my heart. A BIG work!!!

We have had an awesome trip and the experiences have been lets say...interesting :) I have lots of stories soon to come, when I have more time to blog :) So thanks for hanging in there!

The people here are wonderful and have such a way of life that for me, is very humbling. Now the children...my heart has been stolen! They are the most precious and beautiful children! So needless to say...I am falling in love...

My emotions are raging...and I am praying hard that it will not cloud my judgment or drain out God's voice. So please be praying for that.

Pictures will be coming...so stay tuned!!!

And I continue to covet your prayers...


Only and forever His,
Charity

Monday, July 12, 2010

For My Dear Mother

I want to wish my dearest friend, my mother, a WONDERFUL birthday! I can't imagine my life without you. Your life has been a reflection of Christ in every way. I love you!


Happy Birthday!


All my love,
Charity

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

An Invitation to Abundant Life

Isaiah 55:1-13
“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you— The sure mercies of David. Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people, A leader and commander for the people. Surely you shall call a nation you do not know, And nations who do not know you shall run to you, Because of the LORD your God, And the Holy One of Israel; For He has glorified you.” Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to for which I sent it. “For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace the eater,  So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree, And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree; And it shall be to the LORD for a name, For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”
Grace be with you this week as you trust in Him,
Charity

Monday, June 28, 2010

Farm Life

Thought I'd share some photos of our farm & the things that happen on it :) Enjoy!


Our Animals:



Our Farm:



Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Haiti

As you know, on January 12, 2010 a magnitude 7 earthquake devastated the country of Haiti. The Lord has opened up an opportunity for me to go and minister there. In 3 weeks, I will be going with a group of people from my church to Les Cayes, Haiti. A way that you can be a part of the missions trip is to be praying for the team and for the Haitian people.

Here are a few prayer requests:
~ Please pray that God will provide the financial, physical, and spiritual needs of those going on this trip.
~ That God would provide safe travels to those going to Haiti. Also, for strength of mind and body as we endure the heat, humidity, and all the challenges we will face.
~ Pray for fruitful ministry opportunities to unbelievers and to the "needy".
~ Pray for the team to be in one mind and unified in one Spirit.
~ Pray that God will be glorified and that lives will be changed by His mercy and grace.

I would so appreciate your prayers!


For the King,
Charity

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all you fathers, especially mine :) I am so grateful for your guidance and leadership in the home, for loving your wives as Christ loves the church, and for being there for your children.

Happy Father's Day!




Blessings,
Charity

Friday, June 11, 2010

May I Recommend a Book...

I would like to recommend a book to people of all ages:

When I Don't Desire God, How to Fight for Joy- John Piper

Here's the synopsis taken straight from the back of the book:

For over thirty years, John Piper has been trumpeting the truth that “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” He calls it Christian Hedonism.

The problem is that many people, after being persuaded, find out that this truth is both liberating and devastating. It’s liberating because it endorses our inborn desire for joy. And it’s devastating because it reveals that we don’t desire God the way we should.
When you discover the biblical truth that God commands our happiness in him, the absolutely urgent question becomes: What can I do if I don’t have it? With the heart of a pastor and with radical passion for the glory of Christ, John Piper wants to help you answer that question.

I pray that the one's that read this book will be blessed as much as I have by it!

Friday, May 14, 2010

To Those Who Are...

2 Kings 19:15-19
Then Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said: “O LORD God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth.  You have made heaven and earth.  Incline Your ear, O LORD, and hear; open Your eyes, O LORD, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God.  Truly, LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands, and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands—wood and stone.  Therefore they destroyed them.  Now therefore, O LORD our God, I pray, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the LORD God, You alone.”


I pray that this verse will encourage those that feel that their "Sennacherib" is too big for them to face. May our trust be in the Lord, the ONLY GOD, who has promised victory to those who put their trust in Him.


There is nothing too big that our Lord can't handle. Every evil that seems to ensnare us or hold us back has been defeated at the cross.  




Only in Him,
Charity

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Hannah's Prayer

As I was doing quiet time 2 days ago, I read this beautiful passage from 1 Samuel 2. I love how it speaks of the greatness of our God and how He uses the weak to accomplish His purposes.
May this be our prayer as well!

1 Samuel 2:1-10
And Hannah prayed and said:
"My heart rejoices in the Lord;
my horn is exalted in the Lord.
I smile at my enemies,
because I rejoice in Your salvation.
No one is holy like the Lord,
for there is none besides You,
nor is there any rock like our God.
Talk no more so very proudly;
let no arrogance come from your mouth,
for the Lord is the God of knowledge;
and by Him actions are weighed.
The bows of the mighty men are broken,
and those who stumbled are girded with
strength.
Those who were full have hired
themselves out for bread,
and the hungry have ceased to hunger.
Even the barren has borne seven,
and she who has many children has
become feeble.
The Lord kills and makes alive;
He brings down to the grave and brings
up.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
He brings low and lifts up.
He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the beggar from the ash heap,
to set them among princes
and make them inherit the throne of
glory.
For the pillars of the earth are the
Lord's,
and He has set the world upon them.
He will guard the feet of His saints,
but the wicked shall be silent in
darkness.
For by strength no man shall prevail.
The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken in pieces;
from heaven He will thunder against
them.
The Lord will judge the ends of the
earth.
He will give strength to His king,
and exalt the horn of His anointed."


Be encouraged,
Charity

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Feelin Feminine Day 6 & 7

What a week this has been! I have really enjoyed wearing skirts and basking in my femininity. I hope that those of you who did the challenge feel the same way.

Here are some questions that I believe will be helpful...


How was the experience for you?
The experience was totally amazing for me! I felt like a lady, but didn't really feel restricted in any way.

Any particular stories?
No.

Did wearing skirts rather than pants affect the way you felt?
Yes. I definitely felt (and looked) more feminine than I did when I wore pants.

The way you felt about yourself?
Yes. I felt more older, and mature.

The way you acted?
Yes. I acted ladylike with more grace and poise. I was paying more attention to proper etiquette :) 

The way you carried yourself?
Yes. I was aware if my posture was not correct, if my feet were spread apart to far...etc.

Were you able to go about everyday activity as freely as pants?
Absolutely!

How did people respond?
I didn't get any negative comments :)

Were you more respected?
I felt like it.

Did you feel more like a lady?
YES! A million times yes!


After the challenge do you desire to keep wearing skirts more regularly, or were you desperate to wear pants again?
My desire is to wear skirts more regularly.
 
Here are the pictures from Day 6, and Day 7:

Day 6: I am wearing a pink Life Is Good shirt which was a gift, pink skirt from Goodwill, and a white sweater from Ross.


Day 7: I am wearing a green shirt from Ross, and the skirt is a hand-me-down. 

Thanks for keeping up with me this week! Enjoy being a lady, fulfilling the role that God has appointed for you.

In Christ,
Charity

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Feelin Feminine Day 5

I can't believe that today is already day 5! Wow! Where has the time gone?
Today I am wearing a Pink Polka Dot shirt from Rue 21, and a black skirt from goodwill.

Oh, also here is the picture of the outfit from Day 3. The shirt is from Cato and jean skirt was sewn by me.



The next couple of pictures are of what dad, my brothers, and I did yesterday, which was setting tile. I must admit, it was a lot of fun :) And the last picture is a wildflower bouquet that I picked.
Enjoy!






God bless,
Charity

Feelin Feminine Day 4

I forgot to get a picture of yesterday's outfit! Sorry! I will post it tomorrow.
Here is today's outfit:
I am wearing a blue shirt from Goodwill and a pink skirt sewn by me. Wasn't too creative with my hair today:)






Thursday, April 22, 2010

Feelin Feminine: Day 2

Today I am wearing a springy outfit, to welcome the beautiful weather :).
The shirt is from Kohls, the the skirt is from Goodwill, and the shoes are crocs. My hair is up in a simple bun.

Sorry for such a quick post, but I have to finish school for the day :)

Feelin' Feminine 7 Day Challenge- Day 1


OK, so this is actually my 3rd time doing it, but this time I'm posting pictures. :)
I hope that you will try it! And please leave me a comment of your experience!

The Challenge:
The challenge is to wear only skirts/dresses for an entire week of seven days, and then post a photo of your outfits (head to toe) on your blog. If you don’t have exactly seven different skirts, that’s alright. Mix and match with different shirts. We can be not only feminine and modest, but frugal too!
What is on the inside will show on the outside so dressing in a feminine manner in this way shows what we desire and strive for at the heart. Why dresses and skirts, you ask? Read through the websites. Dressing in a feminine manner doesn’t mean you must loose your respectability. It means you value your respectability and honour to the Father and to yourself more than you value fashion.
If you want to “personalize” your outfit a bit more you can add a hat, a scarf, a headband, a matching purse  – whatever you like! You can also style your hair in different ways each day. Just remember to remember your goal is not to be fashionable or blend in with the world, but to be set apart in everything!

DAY 1:
Today I was at home and decided to go casual. I am wearing a brown shirt that I got from Goodwill and a brown skirt that was sewn by me. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Modesty

What is it?
Modesty is an attitude/characteristic of the heart. Humility is never a defect in a person. One who is secure in their relationship with Christ will feel no competition with others. They are content to interact with others fully cognizant of who they are, functioning within the boundaries of their own capabilities, or limitations with confidence. One who lives and behaves in simplicity quietly performs daily tasks and routines without the trumpet blown before. There is no need to call attention. Modesty acts gently, but with no less perfection or care as one who may constantly announce their deeds.


In Life
We can also display modesty in life. Quietness, humility, and simplicity are values to be grasped and sought after. Colossians 3:12 says, “Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”
A life of modesty is lived towards God and each other. Towards God, we recognize Him as the source of all our gifts, abilities, and strength. We know that we can do nothing apart from Him, that we are fully dependent upon Him for everything we need. As a result we acknowledge Him in every undertaking fully trusting His wisdom, that He will always do what is best for us. Towards each other we show our modesty by honoring others before ourselves. We do not fight and compete but willingly allow others to have the place of prominence. Philippians 2:3 says, “Don't be selfish; don't live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.” We must be confident that our own abilities will open any necessary door for us and so quietly, give ourselves to the pursuit of excellence. Christians are representatives for Christ wherever they go, in whatever they do. When we excel we glorify God who gave us our ability. 1 Corinthians 4:7 says, “What makes you better than anyone else? What do you have that God hasn't given you? And if all you have is from God, why boast as though you have accomplished something on your own?”



Obtaining It
Modesty may be obtained by adopting the mindset of Jesus Christ. Philippians 2:5-8 says, “Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. Though He was God, He did not demand and cling to His rights as God. He made Himself nothing; He took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. And in human form He obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal's death on a cross.” Most people do not naturally possess an attitude of modesty as characterized by humility and simplicity. We instinctively seek recognition and attention. We want others to honor us for who we are and what we have done. However, if we follow after Christ as His disciples, we will divest ourselves of all self-seeking and submit ourselves to God. Living a life of modesty is a personal determination. We purposefully set out to be content, patiently waiting for God to give the promised rewards, which do come, even in this life. God is faithful; He sees all that we do. Contrary to the modern belief that we allow ourselves to become doormats and castoffs, those who honor God and live humbly before Him have His promise upon which to depend. 1 Peter 5:6 says, “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and in His good time He will honor you.”


Also, the modesty of our heart is reflected by the way we dress. 


Stay tuned as tomorrow I will be posting about a challenge of wearing skirts for 7 days.  

Saturday, April 10, 2010

ALL the Beautiful Women?

With all of the junk that is happening in our government, as of late, here is something to encourage us from desiringgod.org.  

Know that God is in control, and that no matter what happens, He will take care of us. 

 In Esther chapter 2, King Ahasuerus finds himself without a queen.He had sacked Queen Vashti in a rage because she had refused to entertain him and his guests with her beauty, thereby encouraging uppity-ness in all the women of the kingdom.
But a king needs a queen. My goodness, where does one even begin? His advisors come up with a doozy of an idea:
'…let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom to gather all the beautiful young virgins to the harem in Susa the capital…And let the young woman who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti.' This pleased the king, and he did so. (Esther 2:3)
Yes, the king was pleased. I wonder if he gave thought to how many hearts he was breaking?
All the beautiful young virgins? Ahasuerus ruled 127 provinces from India to Ethiopia. By anyone’s measurement this is overkill. It’s a really bad policy. It’s an abuse of power and a major waste of resources.
And God used it to save his people.
One lesson from the book of Esther is that God can make excessive government intervention and very bad legislation serve his purposes and expand his kingdom.