Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Preparing for the Future (Week 2)

It's Coming sooner than we think and little do we know that preparing for it can help us in the long run.  I want to ask what you are doing to prepare yourself for the day that you leave the house?, fly the coop?, or whatever expression you would like to use.
We need to be prepared for life because it is prepared for us.  If we don't have the proper tools while living life, it can very quickly overwhelm and overrule us.
FOUNDATIONS are so important...and we have the opportunity to establish firm foundations while we are young.  

This week we are talking about...  Drumroll please!...  

School is important.  It can definitely improve the well being of not only yourself, but also your future family (If God wills it).  It can help your understand the world more clearly.  And hopefully it will drive you to use your abilities for the glory of God!  

Most Kids think that school is a waste of time and there are others...where school is their life. But what happened to the third type?  You know, the one that was all about taking their best abilities (given to us by God) and using them to the glory of Him?  What's so sad is that most people think that that type is outdated.  Now we are all about the dollar.  Climbing the corporate ladder.  (Either that or we are plumb lazy and wait for things to come to us).  Men become work-a-holics and women, well, they want to keep up with the men.  EQUALITY is politically correct ya know.
"Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another... whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.  Giving thanks to God the Father through Him."  Col. 3:16-17
I would only hope that there are a few people out their that just might have an eternal perspective...  I know a few of them, you might know a few, but are we some of those people?  Do we want to do everything in our power to serve Him?  I know that I want that with all of my heart.
While we don't know what God is going to do with us in the future, we have much we can be doing right now...with the gifts He has given us and also, with the commands He gives us in the Bible.
So there are two aspects to education for the Scripture-rooted Christian.

#1 What can we be doing to prepare for the future?
In that there are a few things to consider.
What does the bible tell men to do?  (The next post will pertain to this question...excited for you all to meet my first guest blogger!)
What does the bible tell women to do?
I am taking classes to become a vet.  Doing everything "required" for this field of work.  I am 15 and should be done with my highschool courses and also have a few college credits under my belt this time next year.  My goal is to have all my General Ed College credits done when I turn 18 so that I can go to the Vet school that I have picked out along with my parents.
That being said, I have read scripture and am learning what God requires of a woman.  I would love to be a wife and a mother!!  I am also doing what I can to prepare for that great honor while at home.  Cooking, Housekeeping, Homeschooling...learning all the ins and out of running a home.
A veterinary career would be something that my family could easily be a part of, however, family always comes first and I would choose that over a "career" anyday!!  A vet just happens to be my Plan B.  ;)
Once again, always keeping in mind:
"A man's heart plans his way but the Lord establishes his steps." Proverbs 16:9
A sweet friend and mentor said it like this, "our plans must ALWAYS be the plan B!"  Thank you Mrs. Myers!
  I want to be prepared for whatever God brings me.
A couple great books that I would recommend here are Before you Meet Prince Charming by Sarah Malley and Preparing to be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl
Proverbs 31 and Titus 2

"She does him good and not evil ALL the days of her life."  Proverbs 31:12
Girls, that is referring to our husband one day!!  How could we be doing our husband "good" right now "all the days of our (entire) life"??  I have heard "the way to a man's heart is through his belly"...and while this may not be entirely true, it is a great starting point in being a helpmeet.  LEARNING TO COOK IS GREAT EDUCATION!
(Don't worry, ladies...more to come on that one in a future post.)

#2  Where DOES God have me right now?
Where are you?
What gifts has He given me that I could be using for His glory...and maybe am not because of fear, or doubt...OR don't know where to start?  Pray for wisdom.
Can you sing?  Write?  Are you a master chef hiding your talent?  Does your mom need help and you are fully capable?  Can you be in the garage helping your dad because you know a thing or two about nuts and bolts?
If you go to public school,...who do you sit next to?
I just read the book, She Said Yes.  The unlikely martyrdom of Cassie Bernall.  She was the teen at Columbine who was "blown away" after she answered "yes" to the gunmen's question of belief in God.
She died because she took a stand for Jesus in school.

Education is important.
What we fill our minds with establishes our worldview.
Even more important is knowledge and wisdom (God given).
Knowledge and wisdom would use Education to bring glory to the Lord.

With David he served God while he was on the throne.
Ester did as Queen of her people.
Paul served as a prophet and teacher.
Martin Luther Served as a missionary to his own people.
And David Brainerd was a missionary to the Native Americans.
Today...people like:
Tim Tebow in football.
Kirk Cameron in acting.
The Harris brothers in writing.
The families behind Chick-fil-A and also Hobby Lobby.

God doesn't only work on a grand scale like the individuals listed above.

"Truely, I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."  Matthew 25:40

You can serve God too!!
Do it in your classroom, through your schoolwork, and in your job.
"Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching (training) show integrity, dignity,.." actually all of Titus 2 and 3 are great to read for this!
Look for ways to serve Him, train in ways that will equip you to serve Him...Be BOLD in serving the Lord wherever He has you.

By the grace of God alone, Gabrielle

Friday, September 19, 2014

Preparing For Our Future (Week 1)

Hey Friends!!
I posted a picture on Instagram a couple weeks ago asking what you guys wanted me to post on my blog!  And I had an awesome suggestion from a friend that gave me a great idea!
So, thank you (you know who you are ;))!!

This is going to be a series of blogs on The Future.  One will come out about every week for a few weeks depending on feedback.

It's Coming sooner than we think and little do we know that preparing for it can help us in the long run.  I want to ask what you are doing to prepare yourself for the day that you leave the house?, fly the coop?, or whatever expression you would like to use.
We need to be prepared for life because it is prepared for us.  If we don't have the proper tools while living life, it can very quickly overwhelm and overrule us.
FOUNDATIONS are so important...and we have the opportunity to establish firm foundations while we are young.  

A great book by John Piper is called "Don't Waste Your Life."  In our day and age, there are billboards for this, apps for that, new games, new tunes, new dude at school and temptations galore, BUT these are the days to build.  Don't waste your time on the things that contribute nothing to your life...actually, they are ROBBING you of your precious youth.  Time that God has given you to prepare for your future.
1 Timothy 4:12
"Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity."

So let's get started!

Week 1
Our Walk with God.

Psalm 119:9
"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word."

Our walk with God is THE MOST important thing we could ever do in order to establish a foundation for a good future.  If we are active with God at home (especially willingly...and if you do not desire this, PRAY that God would give you a hunger!), then we will more than likely succeed in keeping this relationship up when we are in the world by ourselves.
So here are a few easy tips to help maintain a steady pace on the narrow road.

1. Make sure that your walk with God is stable.
Many will tell you that Doctrine, Theology and Apologetics are outdated, unimportant or that you need a degree in order to understand any of it.  NOT TRUE!!

Theology: The study of God's Word (What is your theology?)
Doctrine: What we believe concering God  (What is your doctrine?)
Apologetics: Defending what we believe  (What is your defense?)

They all sound pretty important to me!

This is the most important choice you could ever make in your entire life!!  If you are looking to God in everything, you will always be content with whatever He puts you through...in your future.  If you seek Him through His Word and prayer you will never be steered in the wrong direction.  It may not be what we "want" or what we think is "fair", but the will of God is the desire of His children.
Scripture tells us:
 "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:33
That means...START HERE!!

I , like many people, have a hard time with just sitting down and studying scripture, but technology has done me wonders!!
Here are some easy tricks that I use on my IPhone:

1. Studying the Bible.  It is very easy to not study/read the Bible.  What I found out is that if you have a good setup, then it almost seems easier to study the Scriptures!
First things first, download an app that has the bible on it.  My favorite is the Bible App.  Then set out a time which most convenient (mine is lunchtime) and set a reminder for that period of time, I love the Bible App because it has that setting built in.  It's awesome!  You can take 30 minutes out of your day and READ, get to know God.  It is hard, you might stumble and forget a day, or even a week, but brush it off and start over you won't regret it.  At the same time, you should not be bound to this ritual...you have a relationship after all.  Open communication with God.  Anytime is a good time...we are also called to "pray without ceasing." "Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving in your hearts, make your requests known to God."  Do more, seek more, strive to know your God.

2. Verse memorization.  I try to memorize as many verses as I can, usually one per week.  Most of the time I just write them down in a designated journal, but I lose it...  and lose it... and lose it again...  Only to find that I cannot remember what verse I was memorizing!  So I will set a reminder on my phone (with the whole verse inside) for a few times a day, then when that it pops up I'll  say it a couple of times and go on with my day...  Then when I have it down, I will just set a reminder with the scripture reference in it for once a day.  And so on and so forth!
Writing down scripture is ALWAYS good too, I try to do both...anything and everything to help me write His Word on my heart forever.  My mom writes scripture with dry erase markers everywhere, and on notecards used as bookmarks...always bringing to mind a visual reminder of a verse as well.


3.  PRAYING.   Praying is a must.  It opens our heart up to God.  And we can tell Him anything.  Unlike parents, friends,teachers, acquaintances, you could tell Him your DEEPEST DARKEST SECRET right now and He wouldn't budge.  You know why?  He already knows, He knew you before you even had that secret,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." Jer. 1:5
"Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began" 2 Tim. 1:9

So prayer isn't telling God something He doesn't know, like it would a human being, but it is opening you up to your Heavenly Father.  Prayer is not manipulation...it is communication.  I have found also, that if you pray more, the more you want to pray!  I heard a great quote the other day, but can't remember who said it..  So I will just give you this.
"One does not need to pray long, just don't go long without praying."
-Unknown (Brain fart)

A few GREAT books:
Timothy was young, Mary was young, David was young, Joseph was young (to name a few) and their futures helped shape ours!
Do Hard Things
Preparing to be a Helpmeet
Joyfully at Home
We Became Men, A Journey into Manhood

Preparing for our future means seeking, moving and being active....always remembering that "The man's heart plans his ways but the Lord directs his steps."
It doesn't tell us NOT to plan, it just reminds us that God is sovereign over those plans. He is always leading us...

Don't accept a common knowledge of scripture, don't rely on someone's else's study, doctrine, theology or beliefs...YOU study, YOU memorize, YOU get to know God!
Build a solid foundation for your future!

Seeking God together,