End of the Age Updates for 6/19

End of the Age Updates for 6/19/16

Things are really building up in the world geopolitically and how it relates to Bible prophecy!  Last week pastor J.D. Farag devoted his whole service time to it when normally he gives his usual Sunday message and then adds on a time at the end for his Middle East update. … Continue reading

Free Printables -War Binder and Bible Intro

Free Printables War Binder and Bible Intro

So I’ve been working on setting up my war binder (think prayer journal combined with praise, Bible study notes and other areas for notes and whatnot all together in one binder or other book form).  It just seemed like it needed an intro page and this is what I came … Continue reading

Mindful Monday 6/13 -The Refiner’s Fire

Mindful Monday for 6/13: The Refiner's Fire

Ever feel like you’re being beaten down at every turn and that it feels like it will never end?  I think many of us can relate to that feeling.  Sometimes you just want to just crouch into a corner and stay there till the fire’s raging calms down.  Wow can … Continue reading

End of the Age Updates for 6/12

End of the Age Updates for 6/12

As I begin this post for this week’s End of the Ages Updates, in light of the mass shootings at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida early this morning; I’d like to remind you all to pray for all those affected individually and for our country as a whole.  Pray … Continue reading

Mindful Monday 5/30 -God is Good ALL the Time

Mindful Monday God is good all the time

I apologize for missing all of last week here at Calvary, Couponers, and Crafters.  If you’ve read the introduction to yesterday’s End of the Age Updates post, you will have read why, but for those who didn’t I’ll explain here.  My mother has been dealing with dementia for the past … Continue reading

End of the Age Updates for 5/29

End of the Age Updates for May 29

Please forgive my absence this past week.  It was a very very difficult week for me as my mom had to go into a nursing home last Tuesday and last Sunday about this time I found out it was going to definitely be happening. Her dementia was also upgraded to … Continue reading

Mindful Monday 5/9 -God the Planner

Mindful Monday 5/9 -God the Planner

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I’ve really gotten into the planner craze this year. I’ve always used planners, but not to the degree that I am this year.  I find I get so much more accomplished if I have it down on a … Continue reading

Mindful Monday 5/2 Pretty or Beautiful?

Mindful Monday for 5/2 Pretty or Beautiful

Pretty or beautiful?  Many people do get the two confused!

As a big girl from about five years old and upward, my whole life has been full of the phrase, “Such a pretty face, if only…”  Now looking back I know most of those were well meaning.  For a young girl, however, the “if only” were the words that stood out in big, glaring, bold letters and overshadowed the pretty part.  As a result I fussed and primped with my hair and face hoping that would be acceptable enough to get people to look past the “if only”. However…as the granddaughter of two preachers, the importance of a life of faith was embedded into me as well.  At times it felt like God was the only one who loved me just as I was.  He saw ME…deep inside and knew the real me. I was always told I didn’t have to perform to gain his acceptance.  As my walk with Him grew, I can only hope there was true beautiful found within me.  Beauty as described in the devotion, “Pretty vs. Beautiful” from, “Beauty Begins:  Making Peace with Your Reflection”, by Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha:

 

“Pretty vs. Beautiful

On a daily basis we interchange the words pretty and beautiful. “You look so pretty in that dress!” “Your hair is so beautiful today!” Our culture has confused the meanings of the words beautiful and pretty. Though they seem the same, when we get down to it there is a real difference between pretty and beautiful. Pretty describes things that are temporary, constantly changing, never going to last.

For example, our wardrobe is pretty. We are always buying new clothes because they go in and out of style. A shirt is cute one day, and ugly the next. One day jean skirts are in, the next day they are out. Beauty, on the other hand, is constant, never changes, and eternal. Beauty lasts forever.

Our outer appearance is constantly and continually changing. We will all get wrinkles, grey hair, and saggy skin. That’s life! So then why do we waste so much time and effort trying to make ourselves look good every morning? You need to look at the heart behind it. It’s not bad to put makeup on and dress up every day; your job might even require it. But if you are changing your outer appearance to please others, get attention, or non-verbally asking for confirmation that you look good or you are liked, then you are doing it for the wrong reasons.

Think about the most beautiful person you know. What makes them so beautiful? Is it their long skinny legs, luscious hair, and dark skin? Or is it their patience, how kind they are to others, how they are constantly joyful and always make you laugh? The most beautiful people I can think of are pretty on the outside but what draws me to them is their beauty on the inside. I long to be that kind of person. Do you?

Would you rather be friends with someone extremely pretty, but they put others down, make you feel bad about yourself, and are completely selfish? Or would you rather be friends with someone who is just normal looking, but they encourage you, make you laugh, and always ask how you are? So we need to be like those people that we believe are the most beautiful. People don’t want to be friends with someone pretty, they want to be friends with someone beautiful.

Think about it: How will you be beautiful today?

Verses for further reflection: 1 Peter 3:3-4 Song of Solomon 4:7 Proverbs 31:25-26″

 

Proverbs 11:22