The Power Of Prayer

I was reminded of the power of prayer last night while gathering with our home church. A young woman came for the first time who God divinely brought to our group, and we prayed over her to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, for He had yet to fill her. She cried and lots of healing happened in her. It was so beautiful; God’s presence and His healing, loving work in her life. It convicted me to really pray more diligently. I pray for all of you ladies, but I’m sure I can intercede more fervently. It is my goal to make more time to pray. I see from my own home church just how greatly we all need prayer support. We all could use the prayer of our fellow saints.

For those of you who faithfully keep me in prayer, I thank you so so much. Please do continue to pray for me. We need it all the more as the Day of the Lord draws near and this world becomes more and more evil. We need it so our hearts don’t become cold and discouraged.

Thank you again for your prayers. I will continue lifting you all up as well, and all the more so. Much love to you precious family. Feel free to leave a comment with a prayer request or to email me with your prayer requests at betterthanedward(at)live(dot)com

Hug/Kiss Your Hubby Longer

For a short time, I began hugging my husband for twenty seconds. I had read somewhere that a woman’s brain releases chemicals that bond her to a man after hugging for twenty seconds or more. I tested the claim, and certainly felt happier/closer to my husband after our lengthy embrace.

But then we let stuff distract us.

Sure it’s important to clean up, go to work, and make dead-lines, but it’s even more important to grow your marriage.

So today a friend sent me this link about the “15 second kids experiment.” Basically, you kiss your spouse for fifteen seconds every day.

Again, I took the challenge. It certainly brought us closer. The little “pop kisses” we give each other aren’t as effective as the fifteen-second ones we did today. When the time was up, hubby said, “That’s it?”

Fifteen seconds really isn’t long at all, especially when you’re kissing the man God has gifted you with.

So from now on I will both hug my hubby for twenty seconds and kiss him for fifteen seconds every blessed day I have with him.

Married sisters, I pray you do the same.

True Love Is Always Worth The Wait

“He brought me to the banqueting house, And his banner over me was love. Sustain me with cakes of raisins, Refresh me with apples, For I am lovesick. His left hand is under my head, And his right hand embraces me. I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, By the gazelles or by the does of the field, Do not stir up nor awaken love Until it pleases.” (Song of Solomon 2:4-7 NKJV)

Why hadn’t I read this passage before I walked into kindergarten? From the moment I rested my big hazel eyes on Bobby Well, I made a habit of stirring up love. And you know what happens when you stir up love before you’re ready to? Heartbreak.

Break-up after break-up, disappointment on top of disappointment. I’d built a tower of broken dreams where I sat trapped at the pinnacle just like Rapunzel (except a wicked step-mother hadn’t locked me there, I did).

I thought I was ready for love. And when I was sixteen, I convinced myself I was totally ready for a relationship. How did I know? My feelings told me so. No one older and wiser told me, I just thought that since I wanted it so bad, I was ready for it.

Word of advice: just because we want something, doesn’t mean we’re ready for it.

I learned that the hard way—many times. I’m hoping this blog will be used by God to spare you from the heartbreak I threw myself into time and again.

I don’t know when you’ll be ready for a relationship (and by relationship I mean a serious one that you enter into with the goal being possible marriage). But I do know if you spend your time getting to know Jesus, spending time with Him, and growing in love with Him, you’re on the right track. And as long as you stay on this track, if and when you meet your future spouse won’t matter much. You’ll be so distracted by Jesus, He’ll take you by the hand and bring you to the man. And who better to play Cupid than the All-knowing One who has specific plans for you that are “good, acceptable, pleasing, and perfect?”

So beautiful princesses, please don’t awaken love until its time. I promise you, True Love is always worth the wait.

Are You Cheating On Jesus?

Then the Lord said to me, “Go again; show love to a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, just as the Lord loves the Israelites though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes.” So I bought her for 15 shekels of silver and five bushels of barley. I said to her, “You must live with me many days. Don’t be promiscuous or belong to any man, and I will act the same way toward you.” For the Israelites must live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, and without ephod or household idols. Afterward, the people of Israel will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come with awe to the Lord and to His goodness in the last days. (Hosea 3:1-5)

Are you in a relationship with a man who does not love Jesus? Who does not obey His commands? This is considered adultery in the Lord’s eyes.

This man is an “other god” in your life. And far greater than 15 shekels of silver was the price Jesus paid for you on that cross. He spilled His own blood. He gave His perfect life for you. Are you going to trade that precious gift for a man who doesn’t really love you? How can he if He doesn’t know Love Himself—Jesus?

I pray you choose to cut off that relationship and live with Jesus many days. That you will be reading His Word daily, worshipping Him in song, praying to Him as much as you hang with and talk to your boyfriend.

Then as you seek the Lord in these ways, you will discover His goodness. All that you were craving, all that you thought you needed from your ex will be completely overwhelmed by the reality that Christ was all you ever needed, and all that you will ever need.

His goodness cannot be compared to anyone or anything, though it surrounds us in everything that He created. Just consider your own body, how your heart and lungs and immune and nervous systems, how all the millions of things making up your body work on your behalf to keep you alive. How oxygen works with carbon dioxide, keeping you alive. How the sun’s rays keep you alive. How gravity keeps you on the ground. I can go on and on about God’s goodness that lavishes you every day, but until you seek and surrender to Him yourself, you will not grasp the depth, height, length and width of His love for you.

I pray you stop committing adultery on the very one who deserves all of your heart and devotion. That you would hear Him pleading through me to your heart, hoping you will choose to embrace Him.

Embrace His love today. Don’t wait a minute longer.

He is waiting.

Christian Girls & Make-up

Hey precious princesses. I want you all to know that I pray for you every day, and over every post I write, that God will use them in your life, to reveal more of His great love for you.

Today I saw a few covers from a Christian beauty magazine that I commend for featuring modest women with humble poses. But something I noticed was the amount of make-up the women wore, and an article title on one of the covers that said make-up “must-haves.”

This caused the Holy Spirit to stir within me, which led me to send them a message, and what I shared, I’d like to share with you.

I may be wrong, but I don’t think make-up in itself is evil. However, when we use it to disguise who we are, or we feel like we need it or otherwise we aren’t beautiful, it becomes an issue.

God’s Word says we are fearfully and wonderfully made, and there is no mentioning of make-up being necessary for true beauty anywhere in the Bible (in fact, the times make-up is mentioned, it’s always regarding prideful women). So make-up doesn’t make us beautiful, God does, as 1 Peter 3:3-4 states:

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.

And as does Proverbs 31:30:

Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.

The world we now live in is so dangerous for young minds. The world force-feeds us that we need lots of make-up, sexy clothing, and to be underweight in order to obtain beauty.

Some of these lies even convinced me for a long time. I started wearing make-up daily starting in sixth grade. First, it was just black eye-liner and lip-gloss. My best friends will tell you, I needed my eye-liner and shiny lips.

Then by eighth or ninth grade it became mascara, bronzer, lip-gloss, and concealer that I needed everyday, or else in my mind, I looked terrible.

I would wake up early and spend nearly an hour applying make-up. This continued until after I graduated. But on February 22nd, 2009, I gave my entire heart to Jesus, and He started transforming it. Now I ditched the bronzer and lip-gloss, and went down to only mascara and concealer. Soon, it was only concealer. Then it became concealer sometimes and chap-stick, though I’d often use a white shine for my the outline of my inner canthus because I liked how it looked, and now it’s just chap-stick and concealer sometimes.

You can note in my youtube videos I’m wearing mineral powder, concealer, eyeshadow, mascara, lip-color, and usually eye-liner. Why? Partly for the camera and lights, but another reason was because deep down I believed if I looked beautiful, you ladies would pay more attention to what I say. But I realize now, it’s not my beauty that is effective for Christ, it is His Word, His Holy Spirit who works mightily in and through me to reach out to you precious women. By His goodness, He has shown me I don’t need lots of make-up, and I pray you soon come to the same conclusion as you continue to allow our Heavenly Father to conform you into the image and likeness of His Son of whom the prophet Isaiah stated, “He didn’t have an impressive form or majesty that we should look at Him, no appearance that we should desire Him.”

We’re bombarded with the world’s lies of what beauty is every day, but our duty as Christians is to “not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind.”

I pray in Jesus’ name you are transformed by reading His Word, and praying that He will teach you what true beauty is in His opinion so you can be set free from the chains of insecurity and walk in humble, yet bold confidence in your identity in Christ.

Before I end, I’d like to testify to the truth of Proverbs 31:30.

My husband rarely tells me I look pretty when I have a lot of make-up on. In fact, he’s expressed his dislike of it a few times before. But comically enough, when I’m not expecting any compliments, when my face is free of any make-up at all, my husband will look at me and say, “You’re pretty.” I usually smile and reply, “I look like a mess right now,” but by then he’s grabbing me and silencing my words with a kiss.

I thank Jesus for making my spirit beautiful and letting His light shine through me so others think my outside is “pretty” too.

If you’re a daughter of God through faith in Jesus Christ, and following Him, God thinks and says you’re beautiful, and He cannot lie.

Your sister and fellow princess in Christ,

Natasha

I’m A Christian; Kegs At My House Everyone!

“In the same way He also took the cup after supper and said, “This cup is the new covenant established by My blood; it is shed for you. But look, the hand of the one betraying Me is at the table with Me! For the Son of Man will go away as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed! ” (Luke 22:20-22)

Do we not know that when we sin against Christ, we are betraying Him? We are rebelling against His will for our lives. When Satan rebelled against God, he was thrown out of heaven and cast into darkness. He continues to rebel, and his end is eternal destruction. We should not assume that if we likewise continue in sin, in rebellion against God’s will, that we will somehow escape God’s wrath and hell.

“…let us draw near [to God] with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water. Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near. For if we deliberately sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries. If anyone disregards Moses’ law, he dies without mercy, based on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment do you think one will deserve who has trampled on the Son of God, regarded as profane the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know the One who has said, Vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay, and again, The Lord will judge His people. It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!” (Hebrews 10:22-31)

I’m speaking to my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We have no advantage over the one without Christ if we continue deliberately sinning. Jesus commanded those who desired to follow Him to pick up their cross, deny their self, and follow Him. We must deny our desires if they are contrary to His will. We must obey what He says if we are His disciples.

“When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living. Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:10-23 NLT)

So please pray to our Father. He is ready to forgive with fresh mercies each morning. Come to Him, walk into the arms of love, and repent. If you’re not sure if you’re in sin, ask Him to reveal if you are. He is faithful. Then really make it a goal to know His Word which clearly declares His will. Get into the New Testament and read it all the way through, then do it over again and again.

His desire is for your well-being, and sanctification is for our benefit. I love you guys.