I Am New And So Are You

We are ambassadors of Christ. We bear His name like a cross on our back. We have put on Jesus and taken off our old self. Everything we do, we do for His glory, not ours. We magnify His love and beauty, His holiness with our bodies, which we offer up to our Blessed Savior as living sacrifices.

We desire to be shining lights in the midst of this crooked generation. We are His light. We represent Him. And we do so out of love and devotion for Him and for the sake of the lost, that through us, they might taste and see that the LORD is good. We no longer live for ourselves; too much time has been wasted on selfish living in our past. We now live for the only King and LORD.

We are not of this world, so we do not act, talk or dress like they do. We stand out for Christ. We are unashamed of the gospel because we know by it we have been saved. We proclaim it boldly, knowing it is the truth based off the transformation we’ve experienced in our own lives.

We cling to Jesus because the devil is pulling at our sleeves, but in Christ, satan has no power over us. We hate sin because we know it brings death and dishonors, angers, and hurts our most Holy God. We don’t desire it. We don’t need it. As we read the Scriptures we understand we have all we need in Christ.

We refuse to compromise and taint our witness for Jesus, for He lived and died for the Father and for us, and we do not take His sacrifice lightly. We will stand in the truth by God’s keeping us through His powerful Holy Spirit who now lives in us. We have been redeemed from our old ways and now can walk in a new way: God’s way. He has promised us:

“Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God. But as for those whose hearts follow the desire for their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord GOD.” (Ezekiel 11:19-21 NKJV)

This promise has been fulfilled in we who have surrendered our whole heart and desires in exchange for Jesus. By His power, may we always walk worthy of Him.

Why Are My God-Given Dreams Taking So Long To Happen?

I pray this in Jesus’ name for you sisters!

“Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (‭II Thessalonians‬ ‭1‬:‭11-12‬ NKJV)

Precious sisters, daughters and princesses of the King of Kings, please understand that sometimes, our dream ministry does not happen as soon as we’d like it to. Sometimes it comes decades after we first envisioned it.

Remember how long it took Joseph’s dream to manifest? And the promise to Abraham and Sara? Who are we to think we must receive our ministries sooner than they did?

I have had plenty of visions for ministry. Some I’ve rushed to see happen, and they failed, others likely won’t happen until I’m in my late thirties or forties or later. But right now, I do have ministries. Sure, they may not be huge in scope in comparison to some people’s world-wide ministries, but I’m not to compare. God’s Word says:

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all … But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ … For in fact the body is not one member but many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. (‭I Corinthians‬ ‭12‬:‭4-7, 11-12, 14-25‬ NKJV)

Right now, these are my ministries:

1.) My marriage

2.) My children

3.) This online women’s ministry

4.) My fantasy trilogy

Now these ministries may not seem as great as others, but God basically says in the above passage that He views all individuals/their ministries in the body as of equal importance, and the “lesser ones” He gives even greater honor to.

It’s really all about timing. When we’ve grown in character, proven ourselves faithful with the little He’s given us, then God can entrust with more.

So let us be humble and trust our God has perfect timing, and know that our simple child-like faith pleases Him even more than our desire to serve.

The Ministry of Home-Making. Help Me, God.

Funny how—in light of this Proverbs 31 Woman study I’ve been doing—I’m realizing how much better I can get at cleaning.

I was raised with a very loving mother who also happened to be somewhat of a cleaning perfectionist. She ended up taking over all the chores, and thus, I had to discover the art of house-keeping on my own.

Year one of marriage, I was a total slob. And year two I was only slightly better. I remember once we had an unplanned visit where a sister was going to sleep over. We lived in an apartment, and Jonathan dropped me off in front so I could dash up to our place and try to clean before he found parking and they came inside.

I had my dog and cat hair all over, and my dishes piled embarrassingly high. The bathroom was gross. I had five minutes to make the apartment look decent. Poor girl was a great sport. She didn’t show displeasure, but man, how much more peaceful would sir Jonathan and I both had been if I only kept our place clean on a regular basis.

Now here we are in year four. I’ve made leaps in the cleaning department. I can say I now keep this big house we’re staying in (by God’s grace), decent and nice—for the most part.

But when my mother-in-law comes over, I always learn just how far behind I still am in this whole house-keeping, homemaker deal.

I thought our bedroom has been decent and maintained for a longer period of time than it’s ever been. But then my mom-in-law comes over last night and she says, “I can smell the dust.” She orders me to grab a wet rag and puts me to work, and I quickly realize just how despicably dusty and cat-hair-infested our bedroom really is.

She sweeps while I dust and sir Jonathan moves things around and throws stuff away, and then afterwards she says something like, “You know hun’, you can just sweep everyday, or at least say two days out of the week are my cleaning days so you keep up the house.”

I’m thinking, woah, this woman is a machine! Sweep every day? And here I was thinking I’ve been doing a pretty good job. Her house is beautiful by the way, and if she has no excuses, I shouldn’t either. She works full time at a bank, cooks maybe two meals daily and still has time for recreation. She reminds me of how the Proverbs 31 Woman’s lamp doesn’t go out at night. She surely works hard.

And as I write this, my mom and grandma are here and guess what they’re doing? Yup, cleaning. Seeing the two of them scrub and rearrange, I’m humbled yet again at how far behind I am at home-making. But I am highly thankful God is showing me first-hand how to get it done. I only work 12 hours a week babysitting, and I write a lot, but I am home most of the time. I can do this with Christ’s help and it is my desire to. Hey, God made us women this way didn’t He? What He commands is what He knows is best for us and others. I’m discovering home-making is a ministry in itself, and I’m excited to begin this new kingdom service.

How To Know If You’re Beautiful

You’re beautiful because God crafted you. You’re beautiful because the All Beautiful Creator of this insanely gorgeous universe knit you together. The Artist of all artists painted YOU. You don’t need to get dolled up and post a pretty selfie to prove you are beautiful. In fact, many women who American society would consider NOT beautiful are exactly the women God deems precious and beautiful; plain, humble, gentle, submissive to husbands, women who adorn themselves with good works rather than lavish makeup and accessories.

I challenge every sister in Christ to delete the selfie they think they look most beautiful in, the one with the most likes, and to not repost it. Why? Because I think many of us women deep down post those pictures because we feel good when we get attention for them, but it’s vanity, pride, and truly a cheap high.

Christ thinks you’re beautiful when you wake up first thing in the morning with messy hair and bad breath—He NEVER takes His eyes off of you or forsakes you, not for a moment.

And honestly, you do not want a guy who is hitting on you just because he thinks you’re hot and fantasizes about you. You want a guy that sees how you live for Christ and is attracted to THAT. Sometimes sisters wonder why all they attract are wolves, users, dogs, unbelievers etc. and to them I say, “How are you presenting yourself?” Are you posting sexy pics with cleavage shots, or bathing suit shots, or close-up lots of make-up shots?

A girl recently did a study and found that when she had lots of make-up on, she attracted nasty guys coming on strong. When she posted pics without make up, the guys maybe mentioned she was cute, but were more interested in who she was and what she was into rather than how “hot” she was.

Holiness attracts holy men. Worldliness attracts worldly men. And let’s face it, “the lust of the eyes” is worldly. You want a guy who is attracted to you because of who you are in Christ, not because of how good you look. That guy is WAY more marriage-material. In fact, the other guy ISN’T even marriage-material.

If you’re sick of attracting the wrong guys, I encourage you to take a good look in the mirror. Are your clothes real right and make-up just right? Or are you truly modest and simple with your make-up? Just something to think about.

Much love princesses,

Natasha

Becoming A Proverbs 31 Woman Day 11

She makes her own bed coverings; her clothing is fine linen and purple. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭31‬:‭22‬ HCSB)

Like we’ve already established, this Proverbs 31 woman is an excellent seamstress, but I don’t think every woman needs to become one in order to be a powerful and godly woman.

Apparently, the Proverbs 31 Woman dresses nicely as well. Again, this isn’t so much a character trait—outward appearance—but it’s mentioned here for a reason.

Not every woman can afford “fine linen.” I know I sure can’t. In fact, I go shopping for a few pieces of clothing literally once a year—if that, and it’s usually because someone bought me a Marshall’s gift card for Christmas.

I used to be really into how I look—before I surrendered to Christ. I confess, it’s been five years walking with my Lord and I only care less and less. I hardly wear make-up anymore. I don’t spend money on hair products (besides shampoo/conditioner). I still wear some of the same clothes I wore in high school. I don’t like designer stuff.

But, I think if I did have a good amount of extra money to spare, I may buy a few pretty affordable dresses. I like modest, dainty, flowy, princessy dresses that you can wear regularly, not just on special occasions. (Funny, before I surrendered to Christ I wore mostly black and dark colors, and hated bright colors and dresses).

I think this one’s somewhat of a toss-up. We know Paul says in the New Testament:

Your beauty should not consist of outward things like elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold ornaments or fine clothes. Instead, it should consist of what is inside the heart with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very valuable in God’s eyes. For in the past, the holy women who put their hope in God also beautified themselves in this way, submitting to their own husbands, just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. You have become her children when you do what is good and are not frightened by anything alarming. (‭1 Peter‬ ‭3‬:‭3-6‬)

So a godly woman doesn’t dress sloppy and immodestly, but she doesn’t go overboard with flashy jewelry and intricate hair-styles either.

It seems to me that she has a simple beauty. She doesn’t look like the world with their decadent jewelry and crazy hair-do’s. She doesn’t try to draw attention to herself with all that extra flash. She’s more concerned with her inward beauty, which is very valuable in the eyes of God, who—unlike other people—can see into the heart. So although a woman may be stunning on the outside, God looks beyond that and into her heart and turns away in disgust and anger at what He sees deep inside.

I care a lot more now about the purity of my heart than my outward beauty. It’s a work Christ has done in me, to have me truly grasp that He sees my heart and thoughts everyday and by His grace, He’s made both pure.

But dear sisters, know that sin in the heart is ugly to God, repulsive to Him. Remember how brutally Christ died for sin? That’s how much God hates it. The bible says God’s wrath was poured out on Christ, His wrath toward our sin. And remember how Revelation describes God’s righteous judgment on sinners? Sores, bloody rivers, huge locusts that sting people with scorpion-stingers, 100 lb hail that crushes those on earth. He loathes sin.

So may we trust His Words in Romans chapter 6 and 7, and no longer let sin have dominion over us. You can defeat it and literally not even sin in your mind. That is how pure Christ can make you if you take Him at His word. That’s how beautiful you can become, that the King of the universe peers into your heart and smiles and delights in what He sees, and looks forward to the day when He tells you in person: Well done, My good and faithful servant.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word. He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭5‬:‭25-27‬)

Proverbs 31 Woman Prayer

Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your truth. Please cleanse me by it. Please help me hide Your word in my heart that I may not sin against You. Help me to become pure and beautiful in Your sight, Lord. To care more about my inner beauty, which is a clean heart and mind. Help me turn my eyes from worthless things and let You sanctify me. Amen.

Christian Girls And Short-Shorts

If they’re five inches above the knee or shorter, they’re too short.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭1-2‬ NKJV)

We aren’t to copy the world. They’re immodest, but women who profess godliness are not.

We are to offer our bodies as holy sacrifices to God, not unholy, seductive, eye-candy that causes men to lust. Let’s not forget Christ is the one who said lust is on the same page as adultery. And God does hold us accountable for everyone we cause to stumble.

So please, honor God. Repent if you are immodest. It may please man, but it disgusts God. And trust me, He’s the one you want delighting in your holy beauty at the end of the day.