Sunday, October 26, 2014

Standing Strong

Love this quote. It is so true

Psalm 94:16 - Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?

1Cor. 16:13 - Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. 

In a world that's falling we must be willing and ready to stand. We must be willing to stand boldly. To stand strong. If we do not have a firm founding-a firm foundation we will fall. The people of this world build there lives on material things. Their foundation is weak and it will not keep them stable. They will fall. They have built their hopes, lives, and dreams on something that will not last. But, we have the choice to have a solid foundation. We have something far more stable and strong. 
We have Christ.
He is our rock.
  What are you standing on today? Are you standing on things of this world-entertainment, money, and technology. Or are you rooted deep into something that is sure to hold us strong through the days of adversity. We have an amazing God and we must stand on him and stand strong. 
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Three ways we can stand


1) Stand FIRMLY
As Christians we have a firm foundation...sometimes we just don't use it. Christ is our rock and our shield. He is a helper in the time of need, but we must be rooted in Him. In order for us to ever stand strong we need to stand firmly on the foundation of God. HE is our strength and without
 Him we would be nothing. Stop trying to lead your own life. If Christ is our rock-if he's our foundation, we will not fall. He has the power to control and direct your life. Plant yourself deep in Him. Pursue a relationship with Him before anyone or anything else. If you do not stand firm in your faith you will not stand at all.
2) Stand BOLDLY
Not only should we stand in Christ but we must stand for Christ. Stand up against the crowd and glorify Christ. Be a bold witness for Him. Don't let this world shake you and hinder you from serving God to your full ability. Be bold. Take a stand. It is better to stand alone than with a crowd going in the wrong direction. Stand for what is right, even if you stand alone. In a world that created you to fit in, God created you to stand out and be a light.

3) Stand STRONG 
Stand in Christ. Stand for Christ. Stand with Christ. We are nothing by ourselves. Without Christ we can not do anything for Him. But if we make him our foundation; if we transfer our faith in our self to faith in Christ he can use us in amazing ways. It's like He's the master painter but we are His paintbrushes and his paint. If we allow Him to use us He can create a masterpiece through us. God is the ultimate craftsman...but he uses us to be his tools. Don't let this world knock you down. Stay strong in Him! Stand in Him firmly. Stand for Him boldly.  If we do that God will stand with us strongly. He is our strength. He is our rock. 

Joshua 1:9 - Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. 

 Eph 6:10 - Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

 One of the reasons I married my husband is because he made me feel like this... and then we started going on hikes that looked like this. :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

autumn

autumn-lovely idea to do with whole class for all sorts of things...  

Fall is here! And oh how I love it. I love the beauty that fall brings, the chilly air and colorful leaves. I love wrapping up in a blanket on a chilly day and sipping some hot cocoa. I love autumn. God's beauty always surrounds us but I always feel like it does even more in fall.

Fall, the prettiest season of all. 

What's your favorite thing about autumn? 


autumn leaves  
(This picture just reminded me...did I tell you all I got my driver's permit? Because I did =D So yeah I'm pretty excited about that...)


 So cool!
 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

16th Birthday pictures

I had an amazing 16th Birthday party October 4th. Sorry I haven't gotten around to posting pictures til now!

I had such an amazing time with all my friends and family.



Me and my aunt Debbie



At my birthday party we also had a ceremony and my dad presented a purity ring to me!


after the ceremony I changed into casual clothes and opened presents! (btw for those of you who are wondering why I got frosted flakes for my birthday it is because my nickname is "Frosty" which came from frosted flakes...and how I got the nickname is a long story so yeah. weird I know.)

After the party me and my friends played soccer in my backyard :) So totally awesome...

And this is my crazy youth group!

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Hope you enjoyed the pictures. I had more but I don't have the time to post them all now...Hope you all are having a great week!

Also I now have a facebook!!! If you have one I'd love for your to request me as a friend. My profile is here

Keep shining bright
~Brittney

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bloom where you're planted

 Bloom!
About a year back I was struggling spiritually with life. I was discontent. Unhappy. I didn't think I belonged and I thought that I couldn't grow where I was...that I needed to be somewhere else, but God showed me that the most beautiful flowers bloom through adversity. They spring out from the dirt beneath them and radiate with beauty. Sometimes we say that the grass always is greener on the other side-we're always wishing for more in life but the truth is the grass is greener where you water it.
 Embrace life.
God put you in the life you're in for a reason, and even if you struggle with things from time to time remember that you can bloom anywhere, at anytime. It's your choice. Will you let struggles in life choke you up like a weed? Or will you bloom through the storms? I just thought today I'd share some points on how to bloom where your planted.

1) Water your life with the word
 Isaiah 40:8 - The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
For a flower to bloom it must be watered. It must have a constant, steady nourishment. In life we need this too. God has given us his word to help us stay "well-nourished" for life. Every time I fail to stay in God's word I feel myself slowly weakening spiritually. We need to keep on reading and living in God's word. We can not grow physically without food or water. So how do we expect to grow spiritually without spiritual water-God's word? The Bible has the power to transform you. If you find comfort in God's word and purpose to drink it up in your life I promise you that you will bloom where you are planted! Water is necessary to grow.
2)  Have firm roots
 Col 2:7 - Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
So many Christian teens fall out of the Christian life when they become an adult because they do not have firm roots. They don't know what they believe and why they believe it! Our roots need to be firmly planted in the things of the Lord. If we plant ourselves in the world we will shrivel away and bring forth sickly, dead leaves in life. Plant your life in things of the Lord not this world. Stand steadfast for the Lord. If your roots aren't firmly planted you won't bloom into what God has for you. Grow in him.
3) Don't compare yourself to other flowers
As a teen I know that we so often do this. We compare our lives to others. We constantly compare who we are to who others are. Don't compare yourself to others; compare yourself to Christ! A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just grows. Don't compare how colorful or exciting others lives are to your own! God planted you where he wants you. Don't be the sunflower who yearns to be a rose. God created you to be who you are. He needs each of us to bloom for him where he planted us. We each have a place in his garden. Learn to except your place and do as much for Christ as you can where He put you.
4) Grow in the rain 
Lastly I think for us to bloom where we're planted we must grow in the midst of trials. Let everything you go through, grow you. Don't let it trample you. God sends storms our way to help strengthen us. We just must decide to strive through the storms not shrivel away. Remember that everything you grow through is forming you into the beautiful flower God made you to be.

 

2 Peter 3:18 - But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.



Keep shining bright
~Brittney

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fall Fashion post//Birthday party

So sorry for not posting forever! My trip to Maryland was fantastic (pictures coming soon) Wednesday my brother took a photoshoot for me! So I'm going to do a fashion post...haven't done one for awhile...


Falling in love with fall 

 

  

 

  
this one is my personal favorite

 

  

and this is one that was accidental...this is me telling my brother what to do! lol. 

Outfit:
 
scarf- from a friend (I think it came from Walmart)
belt- Cato
skirt- goodwill
shirt- goodwill
shoes-Kohls

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So I think some of you know this already but....my 16th birthday party is TOMORROW. I'm like super duper excited =D I hope to post pictures of it soon. Can't believe I'm turning sixteen....time surely has flown by.