Monday, April 7, 2014

Washing Feet

Terror, Panic, and Shock those where just a few of the emotions me and I'm sure my friends where feeling right at that moment. It felt like the air had been sucked out of the room.

Me and three of my friends where sitting around the table doing a Bible study

when out teacher announced that we where going to wash each others feet.

I shall give you a moment to think about that.

I hope y'all (I might have a southern accent ;)) have read John 13:1-17,

if not grab your Bible because that's what this post is on, It's

the story of when Jesus washed His disciples' feet. It all takes place

right before the Passover feast.

Jesus and His disciples where eating when Jesus got up and started to call the disciple's

over and was washing their feet.

Can you believe that?!?!

I had a hard time letting my friend wash my feet, so could you ever in your wildest dreams imagine,

Jesus, the King of Kings, Heavenly Father, Elohim, All Powerful, Sovereign God, washing your feet?

The man who was born through a virgin mother and came to

die on the cross for you!

When you are washing someone's feet you are humbling yourself a great deal.

As well as being extremely obedient, because I promise you that none of us wake up in the morning saying "Wow I really want to wash peoples feet today."

And who can say if a stranger walked up to you and said "I'm going to wash your feet."

would be completely comfortable.

Well that's kinds how Simon Peter, one of Jesus' disciples felt.

John 13:6-10

New International Version (NIV)

6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.”

You see it wasn't really that their literal feet where dirty (though I'm sure they where)
it was a symbol. Jesus wouldn't wash all of Simon Peter because he had already done that

through Simon Peters baptism. 

If you have already been saved and you tell a lie you don't get saved again,no.

You just ask for forgiveness, when He forgives you He has just washed your feet.

You might be thinking what is me washing somebodies feet going to accomplish?

It shows humility, obedience, and a bunch of love.

While we were washing each others feet we prayed for each other. I didn't cry while I was washing her feet, but I continued that prayer in my room that night in my room and I can promise you I cried.

We used sugar scrub on each others feet and now any time I use sugar scrub I will always

remember when me and my friends washed feet.

Sister in Christ,

Audrey

Monday, March 31, 2014

Beauty

 

***  Good Morning!  You are in for another treat, here is another great post from my girl!  BTW, did I mention she is only 14.  I am so proud she calls me Momma!***

Is there a difference between pretty and beautiful?

Yes!

Say you meet two girls:

Girl one, is a beauty pageant queen (disclaimer* i do not feel that this one girl represents all pageant people*) never smiles unless someone is taking her picture. Is rude, curses, and is disrespectful and to any one who tries to talk to her.

Girl two, she’s the girl who sits in the back of your trig. class, doesn't have any real friends who want to sit with her during lunch, but whenever somebody talks to her she is all smiles and excited to listen and talk to them about God and their life.

Now, which one do you think is pretty?

Now, which one do you think is beautiful?

Hopefully you think girl two is beautiful. No she’s not the pageant queen or has the best of clothes but she is kind and you feel happy when ever you talk to her.

"Like a gold ring in a pigs snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion."

                                          Proverbs 11:22

Why such a disturbing example? The person who wrote that verse probably used an overstatement to emphasize how wrong it is to put beauty with indiscretion."

"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean."  Matthew 23:27

Okay again another gross example, but you get the point.

And my favorite.

"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in Gods sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God to make themselves beautiful..."

1Peter 3:3-5a

Peter doesn't mean your an ugly sinner when you braid your hair or wear gold jewelry he's just saying that shouldn't be where we count ourselves as beautiful, and don't hate your selves when your hair isn't  curled or your face not covered with makeup.

When you were little and your mom just had another baby, she sat there holding the baby saying that it is the most beautiful baby in the world and just so cute, but honestly the kid looks like a rotten potato. Just plain and simple.

That's the way God looks at you He thinks your beautiful, beautiful enough that He sent His Son to die on the cross for you!

So it doesn't mater what others think of you or what you think of yourself, you are

beautiful.

True beauty is on the inside, its how you treat others, how you hold the door open for the person behind you, and how you treat yourself.

You are

                  Smart

Loved

Blessed

Saved

Privileged                

  Free

                Forgiven

and

BEAUTIFUL

sister in Christ,

                    Audrey

Monday, March 24, 2014

Elohim

*****Today y’all have the special treat of reading a post written by my sweet daughter Audrey!  She is my jewel and I am so proud that she has decided to take a leap of faith and start writing for this blog.  Please show her some love!!!!*****

 

  Good morning my lovelies!

On this beautiful  morning I'm going to ask you to take time out of your normal routine and praise our God and creator,

Elohim.

"The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him..."

Exodus 15:2

The Bible gives us instruction and examples on praising our Elohim (see Isaiah 55:13 Isaiah 24:14-16 and Psalms 54:6-7 and many more.)

I challenge you to make a list of things that you praise Elohim, your creator for.

If you're like me and you work best with music, I would suggest Matt Redman's album 10,000 Reasons, it is and amazing album full of songs that praise our God, Elohim.

And if your stuck or just need a little bit of an inspiration to get the ball rolling, I would turn your Bibles open to Psalms  20 it holds just a few of Gods wonderful promises for us.

Here are some of mine:   

                                        I praise my Elohim for.......                                        

1. The color PINK!

Honestly think about your favorite color, food, or animal no my life wouldn't end if the color pink never existed, but it just adds a little bit of extra happiness to my life.

2. Creating every single star in the sky, and even knowing them all by name.

3. The beautiful family I was blessed with and any future family members that have not yet entered my life.

4. That He is not shocked  when we disobey Him.

When God made a covenant with Abram (Genesis 15) that he may have a son from his own body, and his descendants will be as many as the stars in the sky. But Abrams wife Sarai went and gave Abram her maidservant as a wife (Genesis 16), and the maidservant bore Abram a son. God of course was hurt that Abram disobeyed Him, but He knew that it was going to happen. And even after Abram disobeyed God, God  kept His word ( Genesis 18 and 21) and Sarah bore Abraham (name change in Genesis 17:5 and 17:15) a son, Isaac, and indeed Abraham's descendants became as many as the stars into sky.

5. His amazing love for sinners.

" for God so loved the world that he gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

6. I praise God for all the trials, struggles and pains that He allows to come into my life, for I know that He has a plan for my life and all the hard times I go through are for a purpose.

Whenever you are discouraged or upset with God, Take put your list and praise your God, Elohim.

           Sister in Christ,

     Audrey 

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