Monday, July 21, 2014

A Christian Woman's True Freedom


Ladies. Do you ever have those days where you HATE being a woman?
 
You know, the days where you just loathe the roles and responsibilities that are assigned to us. Being gracious, and submissive to our husbands. 
 
I don't know about you, but this lady does.
 
And it seems that marriage has really shown me how I need to work ask for the LORD's help in this area.
 
More often than I like, I get upset at the fact I am called to be submissive to my husband. I like to lead, and often times greatly dislike authority. (BAD,BAD, BAD)
 
At times, I feel that by being submissive, I am losing my own free will, and abandoning my own identity as a person.
 
But that's not true.
 
Here is a quote I found today, by Elisabeth Elliot, that shares exactly why it is NOT true...
 
“The world looks for happiness through self-assertion. The Christian knows that joy is found in self-abandonment. 'If a man will let himself be lost for My sake,' Jesus said, 'he will find his true self.' A Christian woman's true freedom lies on the other side of a very small gate---humble obedience---but that gate leads out into a largeness of life undreamed of by the liberators of the world, to a place where the God-given differentiation between the sexes is not obfuscated but celebrated, where our inequalities are seen as essential to the image of God, for it is in male and female, in male as male and female as female, not as two identical and interchangeable halves, that the image is manifested.”
― Elisabeth Elliot
 
My rebellion at the thought of submission is rooted in the desire to assert myself higher on the "ladder of life", than I really am. I want to make myself "happy" by fulfilling a role I was not created for.
 
My joy is to be found in abandoning my selfish desires, for the cause of Christ.
 
And my identity is found in HIM, as a saved child of HIS...
 
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26-28
 
Each of the genders has a specific and GOD given role in this life. And each of these roles have differences in responsibilities that should be embraced with a thankful heart.
 
But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. Titus 2:1-8
 
As a woman, I am important to GOD.
 
What responsibilities I am given as a woman, are essential for the image of  Christ.
 
Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.
 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God. 1 Corinthians 11:11-12
 
Now, prayerfully, when the urge to rebel at the thought of being a woman hits, I will be reminded of these verses, and this quote. :D
 
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Quick and Easy Blackberry Cobbler

The most wonderful thing about summer, is the easy access to fresh fruits and veggies. You can go down to your local farmers market and choose your fresh produce, or be frugal and plant your own crops.

Not only do my husband and I have a garden we eat out of, but my parents do as well. And we are blessed in the fact they are ready and willing to share their abundance with us.

And this year they shared their blackberry harvest with us.
 
 
Some of the wonderful berries have been frozen, and others, well, they had to go straight into a cobbler. :D
 
 
Here is a recipe I found on Pinterest that is wonderfully simple, but oh so good...
 
Quick and Easy Blackberry Cobbler Recipe
 
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups whole wheat all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups blackberries
 
 
 
Directions...
      ~Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Once oven temperature is reached melt butter in a 9x13 inch baking pan.

    ~In a medium bowl stir together the flour, sugar, milk, water, and all ingredients except butter and blackberries; batter will be slightly lumpy. Pour mixture on top of melted butter in baking pan. Do not mix butter and mixture together.
     

    ~Drop blackberries into batter; if  less crust is desired add more blackberries.
     


    ~Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until golden brown.

     


     
    ~Serve warm, and top with vanilla ice cream. :D
     
     
     
    Do you have a favorite summer recipe?
     
    Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
    Angel

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    'Round Here...

    Well hello my dear friends! I pray that you are all having a wonderfully blessed day in our LORD! It's a rather sticky day here. The temps are in the mid nineties, and there is a 50% chance of showers for the forecast. Ahhh.... Sweet summer time. :D
     
    How has life been for you this summer? Around here it has been BUSY, but great! Let me show you...
     
    We headed to a local city on the Fourth of July, to see a firework show...
     
    And we were treated to a beautiful sunset...
     

    I was able to spend an evening with my family at the beach...

     
    It reminded me of all the times spent there on outings as a child. Boy do I miss those days sometimes...
     
    


    Our church holds a special luncheon for the senior citizens of the community every summer. I was asked to decorate for the event this year. I decided to go with a fishing theme... 


     


    A new addition has been added to the Bishop house. One that showed up in our yard about 3 weeks ago...
     

     
    We have named her "Elsa"... :)


    Justin and I decided to go looking for wild blackberries on some back country trails one day...
     
    
     

    We were only able to find a handful...

     
    But we did find some mud to sink the tires into...


    Country entertainment at it's finest...
     
    
     
    Justin bough me a new camera for an early birthday gift. It's a Nikon D5300. It's my first DSLR, and I am LOVING the learning experience that comes with it...
     

     
    I've been able to spend time at my parents house during the day. And have been able to find plenty of willing subjects to pose...


    



    My chickens are doing great. There is just one issue: 5 roosters and 2 hens. Yeah, we might be enjoying some fresh roasted chicken soon... ;)



    Oh yeah! My mom brought me some fresh peaches straight from Georgia. I hope to freeze them for cobblers, or perhaps jam later on...
     
    
     
    Thank-you LORD for all your blessings on me.
     
    And thank-you for the prayers and concern regarding my health. I have been feeling much better. I haven't gotten as much rest as I hoped for. But I have been able to take things at my own pace. And I haven't had a cold since school let out. :D
     
    Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
    Angel

    Monday, July 7, 2014

    Excercise To Be Ready

    Okay, so this may be the fourth time I have started a post in two days. I wanted to share with you my exercise routine, just as I said I would in my "Summer Bucket List" post. But I feel the LORD is leading me down another path with this topic. Not to share in endless, boring detail of how I try to keep in shape. I feel the LORD wants me to focus more on what motivates me to work my body, pushing it to it's limits on a daily basis...

    I've never been an athletic person. In fact my clumsy, awkward self could easily be labeled as "athletically challenged".

    Up until this past year, the most strenuous sort of exercise I had ever done was walking, with running thrown in here and there. After getting married in April of 2013, and thinking that I may have been pregnant three months later (if I was, I miscarried quickly), health has become very important to me. Primarily for these two reasons...

    ~I want to serve my LORD in whatever capacity HE needs me to.
     
    ~ I want to keep my body in tip top shape for a possible pregnancy.
     
     
    Let me explain each. First off with being able to serve my LORD.
     
    GOD wants us to be willing and able to serve HIM, when and wherever HE calls us. Regular exercise helps keep our bodies in good, working order. A LOT of  health problems can be alleviated if we would all just get up and move. Not only can it aid in keeping away sickness, it is great for improving flexibility, joint mobility, and strength. Typically when our bodies aren't moving, they become stale, and begin to deteriorate.
     
    Shouldn't we help keep our bodies running smoothly, for our LORD?

     What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
    For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
    1 Corinthians 6:19-20
     
    My second reason can go with my first. I want to bear a child someday, LORD willing. And I want to give that child the best possible start by keeping it's first home, my body, in proper, working order. Pregnancy and child birth, is one LONG workout I have been told. I want to train my body, so it can be ready to prayerfully be a healthy environment for them.
     
     
    She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
    Proverbs 31:17
     
    She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
    Proverbs 31:27
     
    So, what form of torture exercise do I subject my body to?
     
    I stick with two types, that I personally enjoy, on a weekly basis: Running/walking intervals and weight training
     
    I try to walk/run 30-45 minutes 5-6 days a week. It's great cardio conditioning, and it gets me outdoors in GOD's beautiful creation. :D
     
    Our home weight set, set up in our spare room for working out in privacy.
     
    I do weight training 4 days a week. And I mean WEIGHT training (the big stuff). I target certain muscle groups daily, and change up what exercises I do, every few weeks (always trying to go up in weight). It may seem weird a woman would love weigh lifting, but for me, I've always loved lifting heavy objects, and thinking I'm all big and strong. It may have something to do with an issue called pride. Yeah, trying to work on that one... ;)
     
    I have learned something through all this work, as well. That at the end of the day, even though I have worked my tail off, trying to be "fit", it can be all for nothing.
     
    For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
    This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
    1 Timothy 4:8-9
     
    That's right. Even though we can spend a ton of time being ready physically to serve our LORD, it means NOTHING if we aren't working to prepare for the life to come.
     
    Just as we need to spend time  keeping our bodies healthy, we need to spend MORE time keeping our spirits healthy. By reading HIS word, and bowing down on our knees on a daily basis, drawing ever closer to HIS side.
     
    I don't know about you, but that's not always easy for me. I get caught up in this physical realm so often, that the spiritual is often left behind. It's quite discouraging. But I have this promise...
     
    He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
     Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
     But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
    Isaiah 40:29-31
     
    Thank-you LORD for the strength, YOU ALONE give...
     
    What sort of exercise do you enjoy?
     
    Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
    Angel
    
    

    Monday, June 30, 2014

    To Be Married To This Man...

    
    "A sure sign of a man's strength, is how gently he loves his wife."
    -Fiercemarriage.com
     
    I'll never understand how I could be so blessed, to be married to this man. My dear, sweet, amazing, outstandingly good looking hubby, Justin... 
     

    He knows that I have REALLY wanted to go do something "different" of late. So Sunday afternoon, he took me down to a Civil War historic site, that also happens to be near the beach...
     
     
     
    But this post is not about that trip. But what the LORD revealed to me on this trip...
     

     I've always known that my husband loves me. But just how much and how he loves me, wow. I am truly blown away...
     
     
    He puts up with my grouchiness in the morning. He is patient when I am wallowing in self pity for the billionth time...
     
     
    He seeks to learn my likes and dislikes. And forgives my short temper daily...
     
     
    I really don't see what makes me desirable to him. But to him, I am the perfect one for him...
     
     
    GOD showed to me on this trip, that marriage with my husband, and his patience in all of my misgivings and short comings, is the perfect example of the love Christ has for each, that are a part of his church.
     
     
     Through all our failures, HE is there for us, calling us to HIM. Patiently waiting, and graciously "putting up" with our shortcomings. None of us are worthy of HIM. But praise HIM! HE loves us anyway...
     
    22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
    23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
    24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
    25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
    26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
    27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
    28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
    29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
    30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
    31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
    32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
    33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
     
    Ephesians 5:22-33 
     
    Today, I feel so blessed to married to this man. The one who daily shows the love Christ has for me, and each of HIS church...
     


     What are you feeling blessed with this week?
     
    Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
    Angel

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    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    The Place of Contentment


    Contentment: Content; a resting or satisfaction of mind without disquiet (disturbance)
    Content: Literally, held, contained within limits; hence, quiet; not disturbed; having a mind at peace; easy; satisfied, so as not to repine, object, or oppose

    For the past few months, the LORD has been teaching, or I should say re-teaching, me a very difficult lesson: contentment.
    This is one area of life I have never exceled in. I think I have learned it one day, and them BAM! I’m hit with a new wave of disturbance.

    Like when I first graduated high school, and I drifted and was unsure of where GOD was leading my life. HE eventually led me to stay at home daughter hood, daily helping my family around their homestead, and preparing for the day I would have a home of my own.

    I was happy when GOD showed that destination. But before long, I began to feel a wave of doubt, in thinking what I was doing was not worthwhile. After sometime, I had to come to a certain place. I was where HE wanted me, and I had to be satisfied in that place.
    And I was satisfied in that.

    A couple years pass, and the biggest wave approached. I was beginning to feel I would never be married, never have a house of my own, and that greatly disquieted my soul. I had to be brought to the place where Christ was my only love, and ONLY HE could satisfy my longings. And slowly, I came to that place.

    HE was my only longing.

    Fast forward another year, and I became engaged to my one true love. I was on cloud nine, flying across the sky, with new hopes and dreams. I was marrying the man of my dreams. Everything will be perfect!

    I had great peace of mind.

    Four months later, I said “I Do” and forever, to the one GOD made for me. And for a few months, I began to drift away from my first love, I felt like that man was solely what I needed.

    But as with each of the above stories, I became dissatisfied. I was being brought to another place. The place where I knew I needed to love my husband, but know that only Christ could truly satisfy my deepest longings.

    I felt easy.

    The past two months, I have not felt so easy. I have felt that familiar wave of longing and desire for more. A desire to travel, have a baby, make new friends, have a larger house...

    I have felt uneasy, opposed, disturbed, repined, and down -right disquieted! And how wrong it is I feel this way!

    GOD has blessed me with so much in this season of life!
    I have a husband who loves me dearly.
    We are able to spend a lot of time alone, continuing to get to know one another, before GOD blesses us with children.
    We have a beautiful little house. No we don’t own it, but it’s a roof over our heads until we do own one.
    We have chickens, and a little garden of our own at my parents house.

    We are both have fairly good health.

    Why have I been so unhappy? Because I have begun to let my eyes wander, and long for what others have.
    I look at others around me, and begin to think my life isn’t so grand, I want what they have. I’ve once again, forgotten my first love, and longed for more.

    That’s not contentment. And being content is what we are called to be in Christ.

    2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee:”

    GOD and HIS grace is all we need in our lives.

    Not money.
    Not land.
    Not children.
    Not houses.

    Only until we come to the point HE is enough, will we EVER be truly satisfied.

    Slowly, but surely, I am coming to this place. Again.
    I know Christ is the ONLY one who can satisfy my longings, and provide my deepest desires.

    Yes. Once again, I am coming to this place.

    Hopefully, I will stay here, for a LONG time.

    Oh, why HE puts up with me, I’ll never know. I guess it’s because of that crazy little thing called love. And I am so thankful for it. :)

    Hebrews 13:5 - Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
    Ecclesiastes 6:9 - Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.
    Philippians 4:6- Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

    Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
    Angel

    Monday, June 23, 2014

    Barefoot Bride...

    Once again, dear friends, I am posting another outfit. It's quite unusual for me to share outfit posts so often. There is a post on contentment in the works, and I pray you will join me when I share in the lessons GOD has been showing me in that area. Any who...
     
    It's been a pretty busy day here for me. I have made Monday my official "deep clean" day. That means dusting, vacuuming, mopping, clothes washing, you name it, I do it. It makes keeping the house organized through the week A LOT easier.
     
    I also made up a batch of laundry detergent, vacuumed my Jeep (there was an inch of sand, okay maybe not that much, from last weeks beach trip), lifted weights, and got in a 45 minute walk/run.
     
    After starting at 8 am, with temps in the upper 80's all day, by 4 pm, I felt pretty gross, and it was time for a shower! Typically at the end of Mondays, I like to spruce myself up for when Justin gets home.
     
    I will go ahead and be open and honest, I don't always try to look my best for my hubby for when he gets home from work. By the end of the day, I'm usually pretty wiped out, and yeah, my appearance isn't always the greatest. But  at least 2 or 3 days a week, I try and make an effort to look nice for him when he arrives home from work. And he always appreciates it. ;)
     
    So, without further a do, here is this evenings outfit. I call it "Barefoot bride, In Love With Her Man"...
     
     
    This is most definitely my favorite tee shirt. I first saw it on Pinterest, and knew I had to get it. You can purchase them from here (http://www.sunfrogshirts.com/Faith/i-love-my-husband-heliconia.html)...
     
     
    The skirt is thrifted...
     
    
     
     

     This has been one of my favorite ways of wearing my hair during the summer...


    All I did was pin some of my bangs back, and wrap a bandana around my head and tie it where the pins are...
     

    "Let every true wife daily brace more and more tightly round her husband's heart, the armor of the old principles which made our fathers invincible in their long battle against error and wrong. The honor of manhood will not fail among us, so long as every wife and mother aims at being the truest helpmeet."
    ~From the book "Daughters of Destiny", compiled and edited by Noelle Wheeler~
     
    How has your Monday been?
     
    Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
    Angel
     
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