Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Bit About Me

Six of My Favorite Things:

1. Croc Flip Flops

2. Sonoma Shirts

 3. Scented Candles

4. My iPod 

5. My Pink Dumbells

6. Flowers

🎶 These are a few of my favorite things!🎶 It's the little things in life. :-) 

I asked a few people to describe me in three words. Here's what they came up with.

1. Dramatic
2. Outgoing
3. Sweet

I'm 13 years old young but I'll be 14 in June. I love to read, play minecraft (yes, I know how "geek-y" that sounds but it's true. :P ), hangout with friends, run on the elliptical machine, worship God, practice ballet, and go outdoors. I have two younger sisters and two dogs. My sisters and I home school and love it. Right now we live in the city but we are renovating a house in the semi-country. We hope to move in soon! Whelp, that's a start. I'm sure you'll learn more about me in my upcoming blog posts. :) I don't have a super exciting life, but I wouldn't change it for the world. (It's not like I could anyway but, ya know what I mean. ;)) 

Sunday Devo // What it Means to Be a Christian

Happy Sunday! How has your day been? Ours has been wonderful! I have a short little devo I want to share with y'all today. I actually write this months ago and after all this time I found it today. Coincidence? I think not. ;) 

  What does it mean to be a Christian? describes it as being: "of, pertaining to, believing in, or belonging to the religion based on the teachings of Jesus." I describe it as being: "One who believes in and tries his or her best everyday to be like Christ." I also believe it means to: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind." (Matthew 22:37 NLT) I'm not perfect at all-in any way. I'm human-just like everyone else. We mess up; we sin. Ever since Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we have sinned. That doesn't mean we can't strive to do good in the eyes of the Lord. Ephesians 5:1 says: "Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children." Also, in Matthew 6:33, it says to: "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need." Jesus himself said: "'People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" (Matthew 4:4 NLT) We truly need God-even if we don't know that. Being a Christian is realizing that and putting a plan into action. Such as: "How can I serve God next?" or "what does the Bible say about this?" or even "I shouldn't be doing this because this isn't pleasing to The Lord." We wouldn't even exist  if it weren't for God. We would be nothing without God. He loves us. John 3:16 "For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." God sent his one and only son for us! He loved us that much! The creator of the universe loves each and everyone of us! He knew us in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5) and he knows all the hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:30) I'll close with this last thought: Why wouldn't you want to follow and worship God? He has done more for us then we can comprehend. Take a minute today and thank God for everything he has done. Let me know your thoughts on today's topic. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

| Guest Blogger, Anna |

Modesty For A Purpose is back again! I'm excited to say that my friend, Anna is going to guest blog today! Without further ado...

 Modesty, Inside and Out!

Hello Everyone,
My name is Anna Foster, and I am so glad I have the opportunity to write this post. I would like to thank Madelyn so much for asking me to write on her 'What I Wore Wednesday' post. I think modesty is a great theme to be thinking about. I am twelve years old, and my family home schools. Some of my favorite things are music, art, acting, writing, and crafting. I have a twin Brother and wonderful parents. My dad is a professional photographer, and my mom is a stay home mom, and my teacher. Madelyn and I have been friends for five or six years now, I believe. I hope you enjoy what I have to say!

One of my favorite things to do is shop. I love clothes, shoes, nail polish, doing hair, and everything about fashion. But, I want to honor God in how I dress. Of course everyone has their own opinion on what to call modest or immodest, but just same, some things are obviously not appropriate. Some things to wear are over-the-top. Like these shoes...They make me go bananas! Modesty isn't just about what you wear, it's mostly how you act, what you do, and what you say. This subject isn't really taken to heart by the average woman these days, but yet it should one of our main goals in life. Like I said, most women and girls don't really take the time to think about modesty, but that's just it, we as Christians don't need to be average. I think that if we are Christians, that gives us all the more reason to act and dress modestly. This is so we can be good examples to those whose are not Christians. God has provided good scriptures in the Bible to help us be more Godly women.

Proverbs 3:15
She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
but my dove, my perfect one, is unique, the only daughter of her mother, the favorite of the one who bore her. The young women saw her and called her blessed; the queens and concubines praised her.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

Proverbs 31 is a great passage from the bible to help us be more Godly women:

The Wife of Noble Character

10[b]A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the
Lord is to be praised.31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

There are also many good examples of Godly women in the Bible. Ruth, Esther, Mary, and others, but these women are my favorite. We need to act and dress in a gentle way that does draw attention to ourselves. If we do get noticed we want it to be for our Godly ways.
Also, as far as actions, there are things we can do to help an encourage others. Writing a friendly card to someone that might simply say, “I love you”, would make someone's day. For one thing, they would be so honored to be thought of, and that you took the time to do something nice for them, and for another, they got something in the mail that wasn't a bill. But making something to eat, a card, a small gift, or even a hug and a five minute conversation would show love to someone. Complementing people is another thing, and letting them know that you care and notice them. And just saying 'thank you' makes someone feel good. Speaking positively really means a lot in how you act. If you speak negatively all the time, no one will want to be around you. We want to do our best in building people up, and we always want to have good speech around others as well. Remember, we are not doing this just to please the world, but to please God. We are never going to be perfect, and sometimes we will be discouraged, but with God all things are possible. Pray, and ask God to help you be more like Godly women, showing others how Christian women and girls act. Be someone people look up to. Make it obvious that you are doing your best to serve God, and that you are showing Modesty. Inside and Out!

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Was that not a wonderful post?! Thank you so much for guest blogging, Anna! Have a great day everyone and stay tuned for more Modesty With A Purpose posts. =)

| Introduction |

I've made a new blog!  On An Apron Full of Apples, my good friend Julie Anne and I had a series called "What We Wore." We did this for the month of February, but now, we're planning on doing different series. I missed blogging about modesty so much, I've decided to have my own modesty blog called Modesty For A Purpose. I will either post every Wednesday or every other just depends on how it goes. I named it Modesty For A Purpose because we are supposed to dress modestly with a purpose--the purpose to please God! I plan to blog about everything (church clothes, casual clothes, nails, hair, shoes, etc. so stay tuned!) I also plan to to share a few things about modesty and I will have guest bloggers from time to time as well. If you have any suggestions or anything you want me to blog about, let me know. You can either comment on my blog, text me on hangouts, or email me. :-) This is an outfit I wore last night for my sister's birthday dinner.

My other sister insisted I post this picture...

Skirt: Cato
Blue Jean Jacket: Cato
Shirt: Kohls

I got this outfit for a reasonable price. Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for my friend, Anna's post.