I Am Woman. I Don’t Use My Body For Power. I Use Something Else.

O, precious sisters, please pray for our country. I just read an article on 45 communist goals to overthrow America and ladies, they are totally accomplishing them. Some of them were discredit the family as an institution, encourage promiscuity and easy divorce, present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy”, undermine the bible, exalt intellectualism, get prayer out of schools, break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV, the list goes on and we totally see these things dominating our culture.

Pray for my generation, Millenials, especially, because many of us are falling prey to these things.

And lastly, pray for me and all of us sisters, that we stand firm in holiness and sanctification, setting the example, not taking part in the corruption of this world, but shining the beautiful and pure light of Christ to the lost, calling them out of the darkness and into a right relationship with the Holy Father.

I pray none of us compromises our morality and that if we have been, we repent. A sister in Christ told me once, “God delights in redeeming our mistakes.” He is O so merciful. It doesn’t matter how far off you are from the holiness of God, He can forgive, cleanse, and restore you. Run into His loving arms while they’re still open, and change your mind about your sin. Hate evil and cling to what is Good–Jesus. You can cry out to Him even now, and He will hear those who are sincere.

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”-Luke 18:10-14

Humble yourself before Christ, and He will raise you out of the ashes and turn you into something truly beautiful.

Time is running short, and we do not want to be enemies of our loving Savior. We want to be His representatives, not these evil communist’s representatives.

His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. 4 By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires.-1 Peter 1:3-4

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.-2 Corinthians 5:20

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. 7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. 8 Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.-1 Thessalonians 4:3-8

Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.-James 1:27

May each of you princesses who follow this blog be the example of a godly woman and make disciples who “walk worthily” of the Lord like the Bible commands us to do. I love you and pray for you daily.

❤ Natasha

I’m A Christian, But I’m Not Joyful

If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be My disciples. As the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you. Remain in My love. If you keep My commands you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commands and remain in His love. I have spoken these things to you so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. (‭John‬ ‭15‬:‭7-11‬ HCSB)

“Ask whatever you want and it will be done for you.” What an awesome promise Jesus gives! But notice the key to having our prayers answered: “If you remain in Me and My words remain in you.”

We first have to be in Jesus. That means we must confess Him as Lord and align our minds with God, choosing to forsake our sins and follow His ways. But then we must remain in Christ and in His word. That simply means we continue following Him, learning His commands and being obedient to them. For however many years God allows you to walk on this earth, once you commit your life to Him, He wants you to be His forever. This is the true test of the Christian: will we endure? Will we continue to follow Jesus no matter what happens to us in our short time here? If we do, there are tons of benefits.

Now if you’re truly remaining in Christ, naturally, you will produce much “fruit,” thus proving you really are His. Fruit is Christ-likeness; love, peace, patience, joy, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control, wisdom, and making not just converts, but disciples. Remember, the great commission wasn’t: go into the world and make converts, but rather, go and make disciples—people who likewise follow Jesus, learn His ways and remain in Him.

Jesus also says something interesting here: “Remain in My love,” by keeping His commands. He basically implies that if you don’t keep His commands, you won’t remain in His love. But He promises if we do remain in His love, our joy will be complete.

There’s a lot of unhappy Christians. They say, “Yeah, Jesus loves me,” but they are not content, let alone completely joyful. Perhaps this is because they are not keeping Christ’s commands. They’re sinning and not really repenting of those sins, and it’s only leading them into deeper and deeper darkness and despair. They are lonely so they sin by compromising with unbelievers or being sexually active. They’re tired or busy so they sin by neglecting spending time in prayer and the Word. They hang out with bad company; gossips, sexually immoral, proud people, liars, and thus they start sinning by acting like their worldly friends and yet they wonder why they aren’t joyful. What’s missing? Is it career, is it a man, is it family? Nope. It’s Jesus. He is missing. Since you aren’t keeping His commands, His love has left you, and you’re seeking it in all the wrong places. Instead of coming back to the Source of love and joy, you continue to sin by looking elsewhere. Instead of remaining in Christ, you’re remaining in sin.

When the joy isn’t there, it’s very simple: make a choice. Choose to leave behind your sin, your ideas, your opinions, your desires, and just trust Christ. Trust that He knows better than you, trust that He is good and wants to help you not harm you. Without faith it is impossible to please God. If you cannot come to Him believing He rewards those who diligently seek Him, do not expect to have a joyful life. He doesn’t respond well to doubt. He blesses faith.

If Him dying on the cross in your place isn’t enough to muster faith in you of His goodness and love, then nothing will ever be good enough.

Choose this day whom you will serve: self or Christ.

The choice is yours.

Becoming A Proverbs 31 Woman Day 17

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭31‬:‭30‬ NKJV)

“Isn’t he charming?”

Most of us know about Prince Charming. Many of us have met him—only to find out he was really a toad. But charm isn’t just exclusive to men. I used to be a pro at charm.

Charm is fleshy, sensual, and demonic. It is usually coupled with beauty. Now I’m not saying beauty is evil, clearly, God created many beautiful things, but when beauty is used as a means of selfish gain, it is charm at work, not godliness.

I used my body to charm guys into succumbing to my selfish will: their desire and affection. This was in turn used against me by many guys who left me heart-broken because hey, God promises you reap what you sow.

Charm is deceptive. It poses as one thing when truly, it’s another. It’s like bait on a sharp hook. It looks nice, moves seductively, but in the end it pierces and fries us.

Beauty indeed fades. As a flower withers and wilts, so do our bodies begin to wrinkle and sag over time.

But a woman who fears the Lord, she will be praised. The beauty of her strong and noble heart never dwindles. She is ever shining with the glorious light of her Savior. No matter how old, she brightens any room and blesses with her presence. What draws others to her is the Spirit of Christ, not some sensual charm or fleeting outer beauty. She is adorned with love, honor, faithfulness, respect, modesty, self-control, truth, kindness, gentleness and wisdom. And unlike the beautiful woman who uses charm to take from others, the Proverbs 31 Woman operates in holiness and lovingly serves others. And for this, she will be praised.

Proverbs 31 Woman Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your beautiful and powerful word. I pray that like the Proverbs 31 Woman, I operate in the fear of the Lord. May I be renewed in mind always, never using charm or outer beauty to get what I want, or any other method of the world, but honor and glorify You in all I do. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Being A Man Is Not Wrong, So Let’s Stop Acting Like It Is

Manliness and testosterone are not bad things. Too often does our society, our media-culture delineate and degrade men for simply being men. Their natural, God-woven design is as special and wonderful as a woman’s God-woven design.

Greed, control, and abuse are not byproducts of testosterone. I know a man who has never once raised his voice at his wife. His wife had this to say about him:

What’s on my mind? My incredible husband is on my mind. He is so good to me and loves me with a tender, fierce love. Daily he showers me with praise and tells me I’m beautiful. He’s so persistent that he actually has me believing him. Ha!Ha!
This may sound unbelievable, but *believe* me when I say that he has never once raised his voice at me or uttered an unkind word to me. I can’t recall one time when he’s been angry at me, and that includes (almost) 34 years of marriage!
Yep, he’s definitely a keeper! I love that man!!!

So being a man is not wrong or bad. I thank God for men. We women need them as much as they need us. Each sex has its own God-given niches and traits that benefit the other and can cause an amazing team and bring about the most beautiful outcomes such as:

1.) Oneness in marriage

From the beginning, God created a sacred covenant specific and exclusive to these opposite sexes and said of them:

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (‭Genesis‬ ‭2‬:‭24‬ KJV)

In God’s design, only can a man and woman join themselves together in marriage and become one. This is a beautiful and holy covenant. It is honorable and powerful when a man and woman are devoted to living for God. They experience this powerful, supernatural oneness that brings about true love displayed in sacrificial service, nurturing support, protection, respect, honor, and trust.

2.) Children

Only a man and woman can come together and produce life. This is a wondrous phenomenon that bonds a loving couple so deeply and intensifies their capacity or understanding of love. Man and woman create the most precious earthly entity in the universe: a human life. This incredible production of life is again, God-ordained for the man and woman:

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply …” (Genesis‬ ‭1‬:‭28‬ KJV)

“Didn’t the One God make us with a remnant of His life-breath? And what does the One seek? A godly offspring.” (Malachi 2:15)

“Sons are indeed a heritage from the LORD, children, a reward.” (Psalm 127:3

And let us not forget the most amazing of all:

3.) Together, both man and woman represent the likeness of God

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (‭Genesis‬ ‭1‬:‭26‬ KJV)

A woman alone does not display the fullness of God’s likeness, but alongside man, the two reveal what God is like. Masculine and feminine in ways, parts of God’s imprint are on both man and woman. The man contains the strong, protective, and providing nature of God, whereas the woman has the nurturing, gentle, and helpful nature of God. When both man and woman are honored for what they are: prized creations of God chosen to manifest His nature on earth, to be His offspring, beautiful and miraculous things happen.

As Christians, may we always remember the command to honor one another, and understand we are made from God, highly cared for by Him and entrusted with powerful and supernatural responsibilities and privileges. Thus, we must not be bitter toward one another, but truly reverent in the way we treat each other. God does punish us for dishonoring His creation and the commands He laid out for us regarding one another. May we fear and love Him, and love what He has accomplished in both man and woman.

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.