Category Archives: Scripture

Be a size YOU.

This post has been sitting in my heart, nearly typed out as I have been battling with the balance of sharing with all of you the advantages of living a healthy lifestyle and yet living in accordance with what I believe in God’s word.

I do not want anyone to see me as a woman who pressures other women to be skinny girls.  That we should only focus on weight loss and exercise.

No. I want to focus on the whole woman. The woman who is healthy physically, emotionally, spiritually.

I don’t want you to be a size two. I want you to be a size YOU.

What does that mean?

I believe that true beauty comes from the inside out.  A healthy person is not someone who is necessarily able to fit into smaller clothes.  If that person embraces fear, insecurities, heartache, instability, lack of faith etc….then they are not healthy completely.  When you find yourself rotting on the inside, it is hard to appreciate the health you appear to “have” from the outside.

Being a size YOU means that you are healthy emotionally.  You are healthy physically and spiritually.  You take care of yourself knowing that you do it because there are things in your life that must be done.  You have a young family, a husband, ministry, jobs, responsibilities that should you fall incredibly ill, those very responsibilities would suffer.

This is not about the scale, although most of us do weigh ourselves from time to time.

It is about being strong inside and out to do all that God has asked of you!  It is so important that we do good works. That we are grateful for the one body that God has specifically designed us to have.  To treat it as a temple acceptable for worship and capable of doing good towards others and furthering His cause.

So friends don’t get caught up on the scale.  Don’t believe for a second the person who tells you that a size 2 is what you need to be.

Cosmopolitan did not create you.

God did.

Tiff~

1 Timothy 2:9-10; Romans 12:1

 

Walk Worthy

I received the best devotional last night via email and I thought that I should definitely share this with all of you.

This was from Joyce Clasen and she has a devotional book out called Joyfully Joyce. This devotional that I received from her through email was such a breath of fresh air and I so needed to hear it. I hope that it encourages you as well:

 

                                                                            WALK WORTHY

 

            Have you considered your walking style lately?  Is it fast and determined, or is it slow and steady?  How you walk says something about your attitude and how you feel about your life.  Your walk as a Christian has an impact on those around you. 

 

            The Bible indicates several times in the New Testament that you should make it your goal to walk worthy of the Lord.  To walk worthy means that you honor the sacrifice that Jesus made to bring you to the point of salvation.  To walk worthy means that you  choose not to do anything to bring disgrace to the name of Christ.  To walk worthy means that you do all you can to share the Good News of grace and mercy through Jesus Christ. 

 

            Your walk is a decision of the will.  It also means that you should study the Word of God to learn what is asked of you as a follower of Christ.  You can learn about how to respond to the love of God in all your ways.  Your walk is a demonstration of what you believe.  The more you study about God and His love for the world, you learn how to walk in a way that will draw others to Him. 

 

Your walk becomes an imitation of Christ.  Christ walked in humility.  Christ walked in love.  Christ walked in the Spirit. 

 

Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the  lust of the flesh.  Galatians 5:16 

 

 Walk in love as Christ also has loved us and

  given Himself for us…  Ephesians 5:2

 

…walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him,

being fruitful in every good work, and increasing

in the knowledge of God.   Colossians 1:10

 

 Determine to walk worthy of the Lord!

 

  Joyfully,

Joyce

P.S. If you would like to purchase her devotional, you can pick one up at Amazon

Something For Your Daughters

Every night Dan and I have taken turns to read Madi a devotional or Bible Story before she goes to bed.  We have both honestly tried to make the task of instructing and teaching of our children in the Lord a priority.  

We aren't perfect at it. To be honest, sometimes we just want them to go to bed! But Madi has now become so accustomed to this schedule and to her Bible readings, that she absolutely looks forward to the stories and she DEMANDS that we read them.

I would rather have it this way than any other way.

Lately we have been reading a devotional that we absolutely love and Madi seems to really resonate with its teachings. 

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I had heard Sheri Rose Shepherd at our Women's Retreat a couple of years ago and loved her. And I loved that she wrote a devotional for little girls and regarded them as princesses of the King. In fact, these devotionals are written in the form of a letter from our loving God.

Madi loves them and she understands the lessons very well. If you have a little girl, I highly recommend it.  

Blessings,

Tiff~
 

I’m Running a Race

The last 6 weeks I have been training for a 5K.

You know, a race that is only 3 miles long. 

I haven't run a race since high school, so I am trying to re-teach myself how to run properly. 

Also, I am a huge wuss and 3 miles sounds very, very long to me. LOL!

This post by Sarah Markley cracked me up because that is definitely me and how my training has been. While I am not running in a 1/2 Marathon (and btw she is running for an excellent cause. Please support her and her team if you can) my whole mindset towards training can and has become swayed by my schedule, or lack of one, and all the mental and physical obstacles that can come along the way.

It makes me think a lot about my journey as a believer.  I can get so sidetracked by all the pretty and wrapped of gifts this world offers us that my own race as a Christian can become stalled.  

And come to think of it, with all of the hoopla surrounding one man's prediction that Christ is rapturing His church tonight (at 6 PM to be exact) and all the jokes that are appearing on my twitter stream…..it sure is easy to slack off in being  ready for when He really will come.

And He will come!  

Is He coming tonight? I don't know. No one knows. Not even this Harold who predicted He would. Let me repeat…NO ONE KNOWS!  So I may see you tomorrow and I may not. 

So because no one knows, I am going to keep on keeping on. I will not quit training for my 5K and I will not quit in growing as a Christian. In telling others about He who saves.

One race is earthly and I may receive an earthly medal.

The other has far more eternal significance. This race deserves far more attention and alertness.  

"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last forever. Therefore I will not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize." I Corinthians 9:24-27

Blessings,

Tiff~

Sunday Worship

"Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence." 1 John 3:18-19

Enjoy and give thanks this Sunday in the presence of our Lord.

Blessings,

Tiff~

P.S.  I realize that I have not blogged about it. But my heart is aching for turmoil in Libya and the devastation in Japan.  If you have not already given to help the victims in Japan, Living Social is providing a way for you to do that.

 

When Scripture is Misunderstood

Last night, I posted this verse on my facebook:

"The righteous eat to their hearts' content, but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry." Proverbs 13:25 NIV

And I got one comment that broke my heart because I realize it was misunderstood.  And I can see, out of context, why it would be taken the wrong way.  

In this world where there are third world countries and people who are constantly searching for nourishment for their family and children….this verse seems heartless.  Irresponsible. Mean-spirited.

But my friends, it isn't. 

It is a promise to those whose hearts belong to the Lord. Our God. Our Savior. Our Provider.

The book of proverbs is filled with passages of wisdom and guidance.  I love reading through them because it is inevitable that the Lord will direct one, or two, or even three that will penetrate my wayward heart and lead me back to Him. 

Correction and discipline at its finest.

This verse does not in any way suggest that those who are literally hungry are wicked. 

But those who choose to find their contentment in worldy offers and not at the Lord's table, those who choose to oppose the Lord will constantly be in want. They are constantly controlled by their constant cravings.  

Consider another translation of this verse:

"The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want." Proverbs 13:25 ESV

Those of us who have our hearts set on Him will always be satisfied in our spirit.  

Tiff~

When Scripture is Misunderstood

Last night, I posted this verse on my facebook:

"The righteous eat to their hearts' content, but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry." Proverbs 13:25 NIV

And I got one comment that broke my heart because I realize it was misunderstood.  And I can see, out of context, why it would be taken the wrong way.  

In this world where there are third world countries and people who are constantly searching for nourishment for their family and children….this verse seems heartless.  Irresponsible. Mean-spirited.

But my friends, it isn't. 

It is a promise to those whose hearts belong to the Lord. Our God. Our Savior. Our Provider.

The book of proverbs is filled with passages of wisdom and guidance.  I love reading through them because it is inevitable that the Lord will direct one, or two, or even three that will penetrate my wayward heart and lead me back to Him. 

Correction and discipline at its finest.

This verse does not in any way suggest that those who are literally hungry are wicked. 

But those who choose to find their contentment in worldy offers and not at the Lord's table, those who choose to oppose the Lord will constantly be in want. They are constantly controlled by their constant cravings.  

Consider another translation of this verse:

"The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want." Proverbs 13:25 ESV

Those of us who have our hearts set on Him will always be satisfied in our spirit.  

Tiff~

Sunday Worship

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 NIV

Happy Sunday friends.

Tiff~