Thursday, December 3, 2015

Vessel of Honor

The beasts are controlled by children. I just look at the sad children and walk past. I wish I could tell them to stop. I wish.:
2Timothy 2:20-21 -  But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
 
 We are all vessels. Just as earthen vessels serve different purposes, we are all people carrying various things - burdens, joys, talents, and sorrows. Some vessels are tall and beautiful while others are short and round. Some are beautiful and ornate while some are plain. Some vessels sit on a shelf and never are used. And yet some vessels are broken and unused. The truth is we are all different; we are all unique. But we share one thing in common - we were created by the same master. Our Lord expertly designed us to be vessels created for his pleasure. But yet some of us do not fulfill our purpose. We are not vessels of honor. The truth is you might feel like a broken vessel- someone without true value or worth.

  I want to talk about three stages to becoming a vessel of honor. I hope that this devotional will be a help to you. These thoughts have been a huge help to me.

Isaiah 64:8 - But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. 

1) The Clay 

 Romans 9:21 - Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? 

When you look at a beautiful vessel, you don't think of the clay that made it do you? No, because that's not what you see when you look at it. You see something beautiful and complete. But yet before that vessel was beautiful it was just a lump of clay. It had no form, it had no beauty, and it seemed to have no purpose. And on its own that clay would never have become something beautiful.  
The thing that makes a vessel beautiful is not the clay from which it is made but the hand that forms it. 
If you are anything like me, at times, you probably feel like you have no use. That you cannot do anything remarkable or noteworthy. You feel hurt and alone....maybe you even feel incomplete. The truth is - sometimes that is where God wants us to be. God can use a a lump of clay even more than he can use a completed vessel. You might think that sounds ridiculous, but does it really? Think about it. A potter takes something that seems useless. Just a lump of clay. But once he gets a hold of that clay he molds and makes it into something beautiful - something honorable. You can't make something that's already been made. It's nearly impossible for God to use someone who thinks he's good enough on his own and doesn't need any help. Potters don't just add to something that is already done. They remake and they remold. We need to get to the place in our lives where we are willing to say, "Here I am Lord. I'm broken and useless and I can do nothing on my own. But I know that you can make me into something more. I know that you can make me a vessel of honor." On our own we really are nothing but a lump of clay, but when we put our lives in God's hands then he can make us something more.

2) The molding 

When a potter forms his clay into a beautiful piece of pottery it is a very long and difficult process. The potter shapes the clay by evenly distributing water throughout the surface of the clay. Often, it is hard to do this because of air bubbles. The potter must get rid of the air bubbles on the clay's surface before he can form it the way he pleases. 
  I think this is an incredible illustration. The Bible says that God is the potter and we are the clay. So, this means that God must mold us to become His vessel.  He must apply water (His Word) to us to mold us as he pleases. But so often we get distracted by this world and we start to fill our lives up with other things (TV, music, celebrities, money, etc.) and this forms "air bubbles". It comes between us and God. It keeps Him from molding us as He wants.  For us to become a vessel of honour we must get rid of the distractions in our lives. The Bible says that we can be either a vessel of honour or dishonour. When we allow things of this world to create "air bubbles" in our lives we become unfit for the master's use. The Lord can't use us without us surrounding ourselves with his Word and giving Him full control. We must get rid of the sin in our lives to let God form us into His vessel of honour.

3) The Fire

The third phase is the hardest, but yet the most vital. Once the potter has molded his creation, it is still not completed. Why? Well because the clay is still very sensitive to it's surroundings. If it were to be touched it would be bent, and if it were to be dropped it would break. It is still too pliable. So, it must be sealed. Potters finish their creation by putting it in the fire. This finishes the pottery and allows them to glaze it with a design. The very same thing must be true for us.
 Molding us into a vessel is not enough. It's maintaining the vessel that's the most important.
  You may let the Lord mold you the way he wants, but then how easy is it for us to break out of that mold? How often do we decide we want to have our own way? God not only wants to mold us into a vessel of honor but he wants us to continually be a vessel of honor. He sends trials our way. Sometimes he just has to send the fire. Not for us to be hurt but to heal us. 
Not to mold us but to make us.

 Are you a vessel of honour? Have you let the Lord mold you? Many times we break away from God when he sends the fire. We loose faith in Him and start heading down our own path.  We must realize that without the molding, and without the fire, we would still be just a lump of clay. Are you willing to let God be your master? Are you willing to let him take you through the fire? Because that is the only way to become a 
VESSEL OF HONOUR


Have Thine own way, Lord, have Thine own way
Thou art the potter, I am the clay
Mold me and make me after Thy will
While I am waiting, yielded and still 


Keep shining bright
~Brittney

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Senior Pictures

Oh my goodness guys! I can't believe how long it's been since I did a blog post! This year has been so busy and has gone by so fast it's crazy. I can't believe that I'm almost half way done with my senior year. I got my pictures taken by a friend of mine and I thought I'd share some of them with you all.

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Me from my K-5 Graduation to my high school graduation!

 

  


I hope that you all are having a wonderful November! What are your all's Thanksgiving plans? We are having it at our house for the first time this year and having family come in! I am so excited about black Friday shopping too. Do any of you all shop on Black Friday? Once again I'm so sorry for not keeping up with blogging like I used to...I really miss it. Hopefully I'll get around to posting a devotional sometime soon!




Keep shining bright
~Brittney

Saturday, July 18, 2015

3 things we must do for our Country

and there should be NO ONE that tries to take away this soldiers right to openly pray.  

I'm sure all of you have noticed by now (or at least I hope you have) that America has made some terrible decisions in the last month. These decisions have the power to change the course of our Nation--and not in a good way. America is no longer acting like One Nation Under God. It's making decisions without Biblical principles, and our government is trying to push God and Christianity out of the picture. Ronald Reagan once said- “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”
    It's very discouraging to me to look at our Country and see how far it's fallen in the last few years; it makes me think about my future. It makes me almost scared to imagine what this world will be like when I'm older and maybe have a family of my own some day.
 America is falling, but it is not yet fallen. 
I know it's easy to look at this world and get discouraged, but we must realize that this world is not what we need to be focusing on. You may say, "there is no hope for us." You might say, "America will never come back to the Lord." And when those words escape your lips you become the one that is hindering our Country. We serve a living Savior. And as long as He is alive there is hope. Hope lies within the Christians of our land who will stand up for right and follow the task that is set before them. 
There is hope. Jesus is that hope. 
Right now there are soldiers in our Army who are fighting for our freedom. WE must also fight for our freedom. Prayer is a powerful force and as good soldiers of Christ and as citizens of the U.S.A it is our duty to pray for our country. There is a battle going on in America. A battle between right and wrong. A battle that Satan would like to win. He wants our country and he wants our religious freedom. But we must stand fast in the Lord and be soldiers of the Cross. 

  While doing my devotions the other day, I came across this verse that really lead me to think about our Country and the attitude that I've had towards it. This verse showed me something I can do to help my country. It showed me what all of us Christians need to be doing every single day to help our Country turn back to the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 5:16- 18 - Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

1) We must Rejoice evermore. 
1 Thessalonians 5:16 says," Rejoice evermore." It might seem hard to look at America and rejoice at where it's going, but even though there is much wrong there is still a lot of good. There is still a reason to rejoice! We must rejoice in the fact that we still have religious freedom in our Country. There are still Countries today where Christians are openly persecuted and imprisoned for their faith. There is still a reason to rejoice. And there always will be. No matter what happens in the Capitol--God is still on the throne, and he is always in control. Rejoice in the Lord. He deserves our praise. There will never be a time in which we will not have reason to rejoice in the Lord because of who He is. He is a perfect, Holy God. Make sure you take time to rejoice!

2) We must Pray without Ceasing
America needs prayer more than anything else. Prayer has the power to change the course of our nation. Sadly, most Christians don't realize the immense power of prayer. Christians aren't taking the time to bow the knee before a Just God and pray for our nation. America needs your prayers. It is our duty as Christians to pray. "To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing"   I truly believed that if we started fighting our battles on our knees before God, we'd win every time. It is a weapon more powerful than I think any of us realize. Take time to pray for our Nation!

3) We must In everything give thanks
There will always be so much to thank God for! No matter what comes our way there is always something that God has done in our lives to be thankful for. Don't whine, fret, and complain about where our Country is headed. Thank God for our Country's past and how he delivered us in so many situations. Our Country was founded by men of God. We have a Godly heritage. That is something to be thankful for.  1 Thessalonians 5:18 - In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Do you say what it says at the end of the verses? It says- "For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

Rejoice evermore.
Pray with out ceasing.
In everything give thanks. 
THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD!

The will of God for our country is that it would do these three important things. Are you following the Will of God? Are you doing these three important things for our Country? If not-start today! Help America turn back to God. Fight for our country by: 1- Rejoicing evermore. 2-Praying without ceasing. 3- In everything give thanks.

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 Ronald Reagan


Keep shining bright
~Brittney



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

This crazy life of mine



This summer has just started but it has been so busy I've barely had any time to sit down and collect my thoughts! I hope all of you are doing marvelous. So sorry for not posting very often--I really wish I had more time to write on here but the older I get the more responsibilities I collect and the less time I have! I do have some exciting things that have happened over the last couple of weeks...one of them being that I got my license! And a car! YIPPEE.
Also, my family is moving in two weeks into a bigger house in the area-I am so excited. We've been crazy busy packing and everything but we're all looking forward to the new house. Next week my youth group is headed off for summer camp! Can't believe it's already been a year. Me and my friend will be doing a skit and I'm playing piano for the Instrumental competition. I'm getting nervous about it all but I'm sure it will turn out great.
   I also have some news for you all personally. This Summer I won't be able to take any blog design orders-I'm just going to be too busy and I'm trying to dedicate more time to my writing instead of designing right now. BUT I WILL BE BACK. Hopefully around mid-August I'll be firing up my blog designing again.
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If you haven't checked out my Facebook page for Daughter of the King yet please do! I'd really appreciate it if you liked my page. Also, I have a personal account if you'd like to friend me. Thank you all for continuing to read my blog! You all are such a blessing. Keep shining bright for Jesus







~Brittney Johnson

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Do you have a speed limit?

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The following text is taken from chapter 3 from a book I am currently writing. I hope that it's a blessing to you and I'd love to hear your feedback from it. 

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 “SLOW DOWN!” Those are probably the last words many passengers have yelled in a car crash. Can you imagine it in your mind? The driver is speeding down the road not noticing the dangerous ditch coming up ahead of him. The person in the passenger seat sees the ditch. They yell; they shout out a warning. But then it's too late. I believe the teen years are like journeying down the highway of life-there is danger everywhere and if we don’t watch out we will end up wrecking our lives. In life we need to have a speed limit. 

 Gaining speed
  In America, us teens are constantly busy with school, friends, and social media. We fill up all our time in the day and jam our schedules full! We’re constantly texting our friends to see when the next big event is and gossiping about the latest romance. We pack our minds full with thoughts of television shows, our Facebook status, and the new cute girl or guy at school.
  If you’re like me you enjoy living a busy life—doing fun things, hanging out with friends, and planning for our futures as adults. While we should live a good and productive life I believe many of us are going way to fast—we’re flying through life. Teens are just living in the moment enjoying the thrill that being older brings. They don’t give much thought to spiritual things but want to “live it up” and have as much fun while they still can.
  I can’t even begin to tell you have many teens I know that are so excited about the freedoms their adulthood will bring them. They can’t wait to let their wings out and soar. They want to take control of their own lives as soon as possible.
  High School students are busy with schoolwork trying to plan out what they want to do when they graduate, if they are or are not going to college, and where. Some are busy with their jobs and relationships, but in the midst of our busy teenage lives we have lost sight of something very important.

   We’ve lost sight of time spent with God. We’ve replaced time spent with God with time spent with ourselves and this world.

  We’ve lost sight of spending personal time with him. We’re moving too fast, always planning for the next day and having our own agenda. We think we’ve got all our lives planned out and can’t wait to be an adult with our own freedoms and responsibility. The fact is, time is short. Why hurry it? Our teen years are the most important years in our lives—so why are we trying to pass the time and counting the days till we become an adult? God gave us this time in our lives for a reason, and that reason is not partying and just having fun. I’m not saying God doesn’t want us to have fun, but I am saying he has much bigger and much more important plans for our teen years.
 We can do more for God now than probably any other time in our future lives. As young people we have more energy, more zeal, and more time. The teen years should be a time to grow and spend time with God, but instead we use these years to satisfy our flesh and cravings of adulthood. 

If we aren’t the teens God needs us to be we’ll never be the adults he needs us to be.

We must start serving God now. Don’t push it off till later. So many teens have the mindset that they’ve got to get their lives all figured out before they can turn their focus to God and his work and will for their lives. The truth is his work for us begins NOW. We must first find out who God wants us to be before we go on deciding what we want to be. We must slow down our schedules and make time for God and his will for our lives. So many teens use the teen years to date, party, and just have fun, but what will this matter in the long run? What is the eternal value of these petty things?
All of that stuff just brings pain and repercussions, not life-long fulfillment. I work on a bus route and I have nine year old girls already talking about the boy they are currently dating! How can this possibly be? How could they be thinking of such things at such a young age? The truth is our world is promoting adult pleasures for us young people, but not adult responsibility. They want us to be able to date and be in relationships but they don’t show the moral responsibility these things bring. The truth is we don’t need to fill our minds and time with these things now. The world says you aren’t special if you’re single. God says singleness is a gift (1Co 7:32 - But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: ) when in a relationship a huge part of our time and thoughts go into the person we are with, but at this time in our lives all of our time and thoughts need to be directed towards the Lord and his plan for our lives.
Slow down.
Don’t be in a hurry to be an adult. Use the time God has given you to make a different today. Don’t waste the time God has given you now dreaming of a time not yet to come. Good things come to those that wait for God’s best. Instead of devoting your time and energy to pursuing a relationship with a special someone pursue a relationship with your very special God. Slow down, and give your time to God. 


Keep shining bright
~Brittney Johnson 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Recipe//Guest Post

Today you all get the privilege of reading a guest post by my dear friend, Hope. I hope you all enjoy reading and try out these awesome looking Blueberry Biscuits she made!

 
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  Maybe I'm strange, but I love to bake/cook. I guess in a way it's how my creative side comes out. After a stressful day of school..there is nothing more relaxing(to me) than experimenting with a new cupcake recipe. Maybe your not wired like that, and I understand it's not everybody's thing...but if you have never tried it very much, I would give it a shot. You might be surprised! 
So my challenge to you? Stalk someone's Pinterest board and try out one new recipe this week. Oh and if you want, use this one I just made. Best. Thing. Ever.

~Hope McDaniel
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Looks delicious doesn't it? I think I'm definitely going to try making those sometime. So sorry to you all for not posting in ages! I've been so crazy busy trying to finish up school for the year. I can't believe summer is just around the corner-and that I'll practically be considered a Senior in High School in a week! AHH! Time just seems to go by so quickly. I hope to be posting more regularly soon and I've already got a few posts in mind. Have a great week ya'll!


Keep shining bright
~Brittney


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Human love vs. God's love

 It is strange how often a heart must be broken before the years can make it wise. ~ Sara Teasdale
1 John 4:7-11 - Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

What is love? What does it really mean? The world will say that love is a feeling; that it is a passing emotion.The Bible says that love is not a passing emotion but that it is a constant devotion. Love is determined by how we treat others who have nothing to give us back. True love is putting someone else before our-self. The prime example of that kind of love is not seen in feel-good Hollywood movies but in the old pages of the Bible. The prime example is that Christ died for us. As humans, we love to be loved. We give to receive; but God gave his only Son and received nothing. He loved the unlovable and forgave the unforgivable. Are you loving others with human love or are you loving them with God's love?

The difference between human love and God's love:

Human love says, "I'll love you as long as you love me." God's love says, "I'll love you no matter what."

Human love says, "I want something in return." God's love says, "My love is a free gift to you."

Human love says, "Be there for me." God's love says, "I'll be there for you."

Human love says, "Don't hurt me." God's love says, "I died for you."

Human love says, "I will love you only if you're attractive." God's love says, "I created you; you are fearfully and wonderfully made."

Human love says, "I'll love you as long as you make me happy," God's love says, "Even when you deny me I will love you."

God's love is perfect. It is unconditional // Human love is self-centered. It fades away.

   If you are a Christian you have the power to love the way God loves. We can reflect the love God has shown us to the others around us. God is love. 1 John 4:8 - He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. The thing that Hollywood shows you today isn't really love. It's lust, and it will fade away with time. Some say love fades and that's why friendships, relationships, and marriages fall apart. The truth is human love does fade; but God's love is everlasting. If we love the way God loved us then that love will last forever. Are you showing others the right kind of love? Are you loving them conditionally or unconditionally? Love is not based on if the other person loves you back or not. It's based on you. God says to love your enemies. You might say that's crazy and that it would be cruel for God to ask us to do such a thing. The truth is when Jesus died for us he died for his enemies. He died for the very soldiers who pierced him and hung him to die on the cross.
If you're a Christian you have the ability to let God's love flow from you to others. Are you loving them as God would love them? Or are you only loving them with human love?

love is based on actions // not just feelings 

1John 4:7 - Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.   



Keep shining bright
~Brittney

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Delicious Pineapple Cupcakes

Since I always get good feedback from my recipes and since I personally love finding new recipes from fellow bloggers I thought I'd share with you the recipe for these amazing Pineapple Cupcakes. If you're a huge pineapple fan then you'll love these. My parents love pineapple and said that they were the best cupcakes I've made yet. 

Pineapple Cupcakes

Ingredients for the cupcakes:

1 Can (20 oz) pineapple tidbits ( and reserved juice )
1 package(s) yellow cake mix 

1/4 cup pineapple juice
3/4 cup water
2 eggs
3 tablespoons brown sugar


Directions


  • preheat oven to 350
  • line 18 cupcake liners in muffin tin
  • in a mixing bowl combine all the ingredients for the cupcakes except the brown sugar and mix
  • add the brown sugar and swirl through the batter making rings
  • fill each cupcake liner 2/3 full
  • bake for 20 min
  • let cool completely before frosting

For the frosting

4    cups  powdered sugar
1    cup  softened butter ( 2 sticks )
2    tablespoon  pineapple juice
1    teaspoon  vanilla extract 
  • In a mixer cream the sticks of butter and powdered sugar
  • add the pineapple juice and vanilla (add more pineapple juice if needed for consistency)
  • beat for 5-10 min for completely smooth frosting
  • Pipe or spread on cooled cupcakes

For the glaze

3    tablespoon    butter
1/4    cup    brown sugar, packed
3    tablespoons    pineapple juice
1/2    Can (20 oz)    pineapple chunks

  • in a saucepan melt the butter and brown sugar
  • add the pineapple juice and fruit chunks
  • cook over medium heat for 5-7 min until the sugar starts to caramelize and the pineapples get a nice golden color
  • let cool completely {Do Not Put in fridge to speed up cooling this will cause the butter to solidify again}
  • place completely room temp pineapples on each cupcake and drizzle some of the glaze on each 
 
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If any of you all try this recipe I'd love to know how it turned out for you! Thanks for reading. Hope you all have a wonderful day. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Is He alive?

 Thank you Lord, for this day you gave us. Thank you for the hands which prepared our meal. Bless the conversations we share.  May we be a blessing to those we meet and keep us of mindful of those who have little. That we may find ways to share our  bounty.     Amen

I know you all have heard and seen the phrase "He has risen!" probably over 50 times this week for Easter Sunday. I'm sure most of you celebrated Christ's Resurrection this Sunday at church the same as I did. I'm sure that we can all agree that Christ is alive. He is risen. He lives. But this Easter a more personal question came to my mind...Is he alive in my life? 

  As a Christian, I'm sure we all understand that when we received God's salvation he began to live within us. But what I'm trying to focus on today is not the fact that God's living in us--but are you allowing him to live through you? Is he alive not only in your heart, but in your life? Has God risen up above all other things in your life or are you living as if He's still in the tomb?

  God needs to be alive in your life. You need to let him radiate his love and His light through you for the whole world to see. Mat 5:16 - Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Christ died and arose for all mankind. He paid the ultimate sacrifice. We must be willing to make God first in our life. Is Christ living in you? If you're saved the answer is yes. (Rom 8:11  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. ) But is he living through you? Christ saved you so he lives within you, but it's our job to let him live through us. Is Christ alive in all areas of your life? Is He your main focus in life? Is he your passion, message, and purpose? Are you letting him live through you? '

If you're saved Christ is living in you. Now it's your job to let him live through you.

Is He alive?
Luke 24:6  He is not here, but is risen:

Yes; He surely is. He's alive and well. But is He personally alive in your life? Have you allowed him to live in you and through you?

Give Him your all today. Let Him live through you!

1Co 3:16 - Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?



Keep shining bright
~Brittney

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Honduras 2015



So before I went on my missions trip I said I would share with you all an update on the Honduras trip....Finally I've got a video put together. To see pictures of our trip just watch the video below.

STATS
15 team members
38,000 Scriptures passed out
Over 150 visitors to the special services
Over 35 people saved.


The Lord truly blessed our trip! It was a time filled of wonderful outreach, and wonderful time spent together as a team. Praise the Lord for the many souls that were saved.

*Ok so the video for some reason is not downloading correctly. To watch it please click on the following link: Honduras video 2015 





Friday, March 13, 2015

Fashion Post & Missions Update

I haven't done a fashion post on here for some time so I thought I'd do a quick one one on a new spring outfit of mine! I'm not sure about you all but I am so ready for this warmer weather; so glad spring is nearly here.


 
We had such a beautiful day the other day so my brother snapped some pictures of my outfit real quick!


 I know these pictures aren't the best quality but we were in a hurry! One of these days I'm going to take some time to have a real fashion post with better images and such....but that might not be for a while!

Outfit recap
Necklace- Kohls
Shirt- Walmart
Skirt-Cato (just came in with their new spring items) 
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 I also have some exciting news for you all! I will be leaving Monday for a 8 day missions trip to Honduras! I am so excited. Please keep us in our prayers. Pray for our safety and of course that many souls would be saved! Hopefully when I get back I'll have some photos to show you all of the trip. I won't be able to respond to emails for that period of time also, so if I don't reply to anyone during this time just know that I'm unavailable. I will try to respond as soon as possible! 
Have a great week you all...I'm off to go packing! 



Keep shining bright
~Brittney

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The matter of Modesty

Today I'd like to talk to you about something that is close to my heart. In all honesty, I've been wanting to do a post on modesty for a long time, but have been slightly held back to do so. I now feel like it is something that God has laid upon my heart to share with you all. I hope this can, in someway, be a blessing to you and your walk with God.
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The Matter of Modesty

1 Timothy 2:9 -  In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel.

 
I think that the matter of modesty is probably one of the most overlooked things in the Christian life. So many churches have tried to avoid confrontation by sweeping the matter of modesty under the rug. I have heard so many people say, "we must not judge other people by their clothing because what really matters is what is in the heart". I believe that this thinking is flawed. I firmly believe that you can dress modestly and not have a right heart, but I also strongly believe that you cannot have the right heart and dress immodestly

What is in our heart will come out in the way we act, dress, and talk. Modesty is so much more important than what some of us think. The way we dress and hold ourselves is our testimony to others around us. If we are daughters of the king, shouldn't we dress in a manner well pleasing unto the Lord? The truth is - if your heart is right you will strive to be modest. Today, I'd just like to show you a few important things about modesty:

Where it starts


Modesty is not just a matter of what clothing we wear. It goes much deeper than that--it is a matter of the heart. Many people today say that we Christians can dress anyway we want as long as we feel like it is ok. I believe that modesty isn't just a personal conviction but a commandment that God gives to His children. We shouldn't look to ourselves to determine if something is modest or not--we must turn to God and His word. Modesty does not happen by accident; it is something that we must purpose in our heart. Have you given God control over every area of your life? Have you given him your heart? If you've truly given God your heart then you will strive to clothe yourself modestly. Give God control of what you wear. Ask yourself, while looking in the mirror at your outfit, "Is this godly?" Does this rightly represent myself as a daughter of the king?

Before asking yourself if your clothing is right; you must ask God if your heart is right! Are you willing to give God control of your wardrobe? If our hearts are right with the Lord then modesty will not come hard for us; it is something that we would gladly do for our Lord.

What it is

What do your clothes say about you?  Can people look at you and know you are a Christian by just looking at you? Does the way you dress improve your testimony for Christ or hinder it? 

Dressing modestly is more than a fashion statement, it’s a daily decision to dress like the child of God you are. The way we dress is a symbol to others around us. It is a part of our identity in Christ. The Bible says in Romans 12:1 -  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. We are commanded in the Bible to dress in a way that is well pleasing unto God. God wants our hearts, and if He truly has control of our hearts He'll have control of the way we dress. Modesty is presenting ourselves in a way that is holy, and acceptable to God. 

Why it's so important
We must want to dress for the pleasure of our king (God) not the desires of a man.

As Christian young ladies we must realize the importance of dressing modestly. We must dress in a pure fashion. Immodesty in the world today runs rampant. TV commercials, magazines, and posters are always showing women dressed in a sensual, ungodly way. In older times even the world had respect for modesty and shamed immodesty, but in the world today immodesty is publicly shown and even encouraged. Many today think that for a girl to get attention from a man she must dress in a way that is impure. God hates this! Our modesty is a symbol to others of who we are in Christ. God intended for us to dress in a way that is pure, lovely, and honoring to him. We must not dress in a way to get man's attention but to dress in a way that is well-pleasing to God. We must dress like a lady. We must wear clothing that is decent and that wouldn't lead to improper thoughts or impure actions. Our clothing says a lot about who we are! We must want to be known as daughters of the King. The way we dress is a huge part of our testimony. How can we reach the world for Christ if we act and dress just like them? We must clothe ourselves like God's children. In a decent, pure manner.

Ladies,  modesty is not just dressing like a lady but acting like one also. We must not only dress in a lady-like fashion, but we must act like a true lady of God. If you are saved then you are God's princess. He wants you to act and dress like one!

Guidelines for modesty

Maybe even before reading this you realized the importance of modesty, but maybe you haven't set personal standards for yourself on what to and what not to wear. I'd just like to share some personal guidelines on what I believe modest apparel is.

Is it feminine?
Deut 22:5  The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

The Bible clearly states that a woman is to dress like a lady. A lady does not dress like a man. My personal conviction is that ladies should not wear things that pertain to a man (ex. pants, shorts, etc.)  I think the women of today have lost true femininity. The world today encourages us to act like a man, take on the roles of a man, and to even dress like them! God made us different. We need to be ladies of Christ. We must dress in a feminine matter. 

Is it pure?
We must dress in a way that only leads to thoughts of purity. God did not intend for us to flaunt our bodies off and wear sensual clothing. We must cover ourselves in a godly manner. Before buying or wearing clothes you should first examine these three things.

Is it tight?
Notice I didn't say too tight...I just said tight. If it's tight we just shouldn't wear it. If you have to think about whether it's too tight or not, most likely it's just too tight. I'm not saying walk around wearing clothes that are twice your size and fit you like an unflattering sack...You can wear flattering clothes without them hugging your body.

Is it too low?
I think the general rule for determining whether something is too low is this: if you can't bend over without your shirt bowing out and cleavage showing then it is either too low or is too loose. I understand that most shirts on their own are pretty low and immodest. An easy fix for this is to just wear a cami under your shirt or use an amazing thing I love - called fashion tape (I know you can find this at Walmart, Cato, Target, and Kohls).  Making sure your tops are not too low is such an important part to dressing decent!
Is it too short?
Wearing a skirt does not mean you are dressing modestly. Skirts can be too tight and very often too short. Same thing goes for dresses! The rule for my family to determine if the length of a skirt/dress is long enough is: that if you can sit down and it's below the knee it's ok....if not it's too short.

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I hope that this was a blessing to some of you! I know that it can be difficult to dress in a manner of godly modesty. I know that sometimes it's hard to be different and that maybe sometimes you'll feel judged by others because you look and dress differently! Dressing modestly is an honorable thing and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. It is something that pleases the Lord.

Does the way you dress honor God? Does it present you as a daughter of the King? Purpose in your heart today to dress in a manner that is well-pleasing unto the Lord!
Modesty is always the best policy!



Keep shining bright
~Brittney