Saturday, June 30, 2012

06/30/12 - Worldview

We all have a worldview: you, me, your friends, your family, we all have a worldview.

Worldview is a certain view you take on the world around you. A certain philosophy on life!

A worldview is like a pair of tinted glasses, let me explain.

Let's say I hand you a pair of yellow lens colored sunglasses. When you put them on you can only view the things around you with a yellow shade. Everything you see and view is effected by the yellow glasses. You can't see anything without a hue of yellow! 

So is a worldview!

Your worldview will tint everything you see! Everything!

How you view education, marriage, family, relationships, conflict, work, media choices, recreational activities, church, ministry, money, and everything else you do or think is effected by your worldview.

This is why it's so important to understand the culture is SCREAMING it's worldview at you! It's telling you to put on it's sunglasses and view the world through it's lens!

The culture's worldview stands in near completely opposition to a biblical worldview.

As followers of Christ we must seek to find the biblical worldview. To do this we have to be in God's word and seek hard after truth. The more we see through a biblical worldview, the easier it is to spot the worldviews the culture wants you to believe is truth. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

06/26/12 - Clothes

What's modest? What's not modest? Does it matter? Does it cause someone to stumble? 

So many blogs, articles, and opinions about modesty! 

Oh I have them...opinions that is!

But the more I think about modesty I think of 2 things:

1) Modesty is an issue of the heart. A woman who is Christ-centered will have a heart that longs to exult Him. She won't use her clothes to get attention. 

2) My clothes need to point people to the gospel and make the gospel evident in my life. I don't want me clothes to tarnish the gospel and the work of Christ in my life at all.

We live in a culture that needs to see God's people acting, living, dressing in a way that is completely consistent with the fact that we are God's Royalty! We are sons and daughters of the King! 

When our heart is submitted to the King and when we are behaving in a way that honors the King we serve, the question of what is modesty or what is not modest will not be what we ask.

We will ask: Does this make more of Christ or more of myself? Does this point people to Him or to me? Does this display the gospel or does this display my idol of self? Is this attractive or does this attract unwanted attention? 

As the temps warm up don't do a too low, too short check (although that can be helpful) but do a heart check!

Friday, June 15, 2012

06/15/12 - Laughing At Winter

My mom has set out on a journey.

Some of her family members have walked away from the Lord in their 70's and 80's. This has caused her to ask, "What is the key to walking faithfully to the very end of life?"

She's begun interviewing older women, women in their 70's and 80's to find out how they have stay the course. 

We need to look to the gray haired faithful women of the faith and learn from them. 

Check out my mom's blog: Laughing At Winter

Thursday, June 7, 2012

06/07/12 - Fear vs. Faith

Are you being controlled by fear?

Or are you being controlled by faith?

If you are being controlled by fear you will become judgmental, prideful, critical, scared, box God in, and point your finger at those not "doing" what you think they should be doing.

See when you are controlled by fear you will think a formula will keep you pure. You will think that if you do X, Y and Z, than you will be pure!

When you are walking in step with the Holy Spirit, you may look, externally, like a person who is being motivated by fear, but your heart will be humble, peaceful, looking for the way God is going to move, and smile at what is to come. 

You will know God's plan is the best. You will know that God is moving and working in ways you can't see. You will know that God works differently for His different children. 

God is not a god of fear or confusion...but a God of peace and can be wholly trusted!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

06/05/12 - Email

I always enjoy hearing from readers! These types of emails bless me more than you know!

"Hi Mrs. Heather, 

I just wanted to thank you so much for your book Emotional Purity and all that it means to me. I am sure that you get emails like this all the time but this book is truly amazing. It is my favorite book (outside of the bible). I have read many books on purity but have never read one that touched me so deeply and really hit home for me. In fact, I just finished reading the book through for the third time.

A year and a half ago your book, along with the hand of God, helped me get out of an emotional relationship that had been battling in my head for some time. After I got out of my 'relationship' (it was only in my head) the Lord placed a group of girls for me to share my testimony with. He continues to give me a platform and although I am very thankful I never would have guessed I would have been here nor have I asked for the platform. I am only 18 and while many of the girls God has sent my way are my age some are older and younger as well.

I have told so many people about your book and tonight will be finishing a girls bible study where we went through your book chapter by chapter discussing how we can apply the principles to our lives.

I am continuing to find that purity is not a black and white concept but that you have to have an open mind about it and if not you miss out on the greatest ministry and learning opportunities. I am continuing to ask people around me, who have gone through relationships, for advice. Gathering information so that I am equipped for when the day comes for me. In fact I have already had to explain to a few young men that I do not date although they looked at me funny I feel again that they Lord used it to minister to the young men. I've also found so much freedom by sharing with my parents little things, even though it was hard at first.

Again thank you so much for the encouragement you have already given!"

Emotional Purity was first published 11 years ago and it blows my mind that God is still using it to challenge and encourage young men and women!

To God be the glor