In my last post, I talked about not letting your dreams die. Now, old dreams might change and have to be reinvented into new ones; but, the passion that fuels those dreams–both old and new–remains intact, and THAT is what we do not let go of. We simply redirect it into another conduit. Let me tell you about one of my dreams that has had to change, but which I refuse to give up on. Continue reading
When I first began to dream about my life, I imagined all sorts of daring scenarios. I envisioned myself as a heroine daring to live life on the edge for the sake of the truth. I saw myself at the forefront of the battle to turn hearts back to God: challenging, calling forth, aflame with passion and filled with the Spirit of God. Those dreams were like stars–bright pin-pricks of light in the dark unknown. I held them close to my heart and entrusted them to no one but God alone, Who was the only person who truly knew me. Eventually, I grew up and became “realistic.” The hot glitter of stars faded into a shimmery dust brushed up into the corners of my heart; still warm, but neglected.
I get the feeling, as I look into other people’s eyes, that maybe some of them neglected their dreams, too. Maybe they never even had them. And that is something that, while they might be able to accept it for themselves, I am not okay with for myself.
Dreams can change, and that’s alright; they can be rearranged into new patterns, fresh designs. But, they must never be left to smolder in the corners. I wonder what would happen if we left them there too long–would they burn out, go cold as if they had never existed in the first place? Would they then return to the One Who had made them, crackly-new and unused? What a waste, to have the chance to do something incredible with your life, and instead, to borrow other people’s mediocre dreams, to live as copies of them, and not ever give yourself the chance to see what a dream on fire might mean.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve read over and over how important it is for a Christian woman to give her husband all the sex he needs so he won’t feel deprived and become interested in other women. We’re told to understand his natural need for intimacy, and to minister to his bodily needs just as we minister to his other needs. I agree with that, but I think it’s hugely one sided. Continue reading
This is exciting–we have the chance to ask Jeremy Gardiner of the Head Covering Movement website our questions about headcovering! Here’s how he explains it:
(Headcovering Q&A intro video link)
As you can see, I’ve already recorded my own question for him. So far, mine is the second question he’s gotten, but he needs more questions from more people in order for this new series to be a success! If you have a headcovering question (mine isn’t technically about headcovering–it’s about our natural covering, the hair), don’t be shy–go ahead and record it, and send it on over! I can’t wait to see the final presentation.
(My question for the Q&A video link)
(Oops, I just realized it’s more than 30 seconds! Oh, well…)
Thanks so much for participating! And, if you want to have a go at answering the question I posed, it would be neat to read what you think in the comment section below. I’d love to hear your perspective! Have a great week, everybody!
Then Joshua said to the children of Israel: “How long will you neglect to go and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers has given you?…” Joshua 18:3
What has God already given us that we stop short of possessing because we’re too timid or too lazy to go and take hold of it? Continue reading
As women, we naturally want to be beautiful. We want clear complexions and shiny hair; trim figures and feminine curves. None of that is bad. It’s not bad to want to look nice. But what happens when our desire to look nice turns into a hunger to attract? We want to be beautiful, but what is beauty? Is it found in our power to attract a man and hold him captive through lust? At what point might our thirst for outer beauty interfere with our ability to cultivate inner beauty? Continue reading
Here’s a new YouTube showing how I trim my hair; I also demonstrate one hair style I like to use a lot. Additionally, I talk about why I have long hair and what the Bible says about long hair for women. Hope you enjoy watching it!
The “lavender” scented garbage bags made me cringe every time I opened up the cabinet door to throw something away; perfumes made me gag; air fresheners and scented candles were like being in a gas chamber; I even had to avoid lotions. That’s what being pregnant does to me: the nausea can be so overwhelming and persistent to the point that I wish I could retreat into a sterile, dark bubble. No smells, no bright lights, no loud noise, no nothing. Just rest. But there was one type of scent that I could handle–that I enjoyed, even! A fragrance that was both calming and rejuvenating at the same time. Continue reading
I don’t have to read about how great coconut oil is for me to be convinced of its benefits; I already know from experience! Continue reading
There are books which are “nice,” and then there are books which are life-changing. Let me introduce a few that have impacted my own life, and which I think might do so for yours, too. These books cover topics that I often write about on my blog. Continue reading
In life, since we’re not usually where we want to be, we often make goals to get there. Here are mine. Continue reading
To answer my son’s question this morning: “So, what is mistletoe, and why do people kiss under it?” I flipped open my smart phone and began a Google search. The first article that caught my attention was from a website that also presented the interesting video above (click on the link–it’s only a couple minutes). Continue reading
Continued study on controversial holidays has long been overdue. As the momentum leading up to Christmas gathers force, I felt it time to get a start. I opened up my browser this morning feeling all the weight of this ponderous subject pressing down upon me. Certainly this study will end up spanning several years! However, as I scanned some articles on the Answers in Genesis website (for starters), I felt a sense of relief. This subject is indeed a solemn one, and it certainly does deserve a thorough study which might take a long time; but, I was reminded of something today which promises freedom from condemnation and gives hope for me as I seek to honor God in this area. Let me explain. Continue reading
Are pants permissible for Christian women to wear? You may be surprised by my opinion. To start out with, here’s what one Christian female author has to say about it: Continue reading
This newest video discusses different examples of headcovering and un-covering in the Old Testament. Continue reading
One thing I’m learning is that joy isn’t necessarily something that comes to you–it’s a choice that you make.
My house can be a hectic place with six children; we live in small quarters, and we only have one car in working condition. When I feel up to my ears in stress, I can’t just run away to Starbucks. And I can’t get depressed, either. Depression is a luxury that only those without small, helpless children can indulge. It lurks at times, but I push it back, and in the process, God is showing me some awesome insights that I would like to share with you! Continue reading
This past Sunday was beautiful. The weather was beautiful, and something that happened to me was beautiful, too. A lady at my church gave me a gift, and that gift was a variety of lovely headcoverings! Continue reading
I’ve only been blogging for about two years, but I feel that I’ve grown in that time. There are several ways I think it has helped me, and several ways I think it has threatened me, in a sense. Continue reading
Since there are probably many Spanish-speaking ladies who would be interested in knowing more about covering, I thought it would be a good idea to create this video. A couple of other people also encouraged me to do so. It may be that there are already lots of videos in Spanish on this topic out there, but this is my simple addition to whatever already exists.
Though Spanish is not my first language, I have learned a lot from my husband, who watched it and gave it his okay. It’s not perfect, but with time, I hope to improve my language and presentation skills (yes, he did point out a few things, in his kind and gentle way). I would love to make more YouTubes in Spanish in the future.
I hope this video ends up being useful and encouraging to others!
In the picture recently taken above, I am wearing a skirt that I bought at Walmart for $5.00. Great buy, right? Well, in the moist climate at the seaside where we took a trip this fall, the skirt was fine. But, back here in dry Arizona, that skirt tends to have a lot of static cling! Continue reading
So great is God’s respect and love for us that He lets us make our own choices. He gives us the freedom to manage our own lives, whether for the better . . . or for the worse. Certainly He could keep us from making those foolish and hurtful decisions that cause destruction to ours and other’s lives, and He sometimes does; but He often doesn’t. Continue reading
The door had to open somehow: to be able to enter into God’s peace and rest, there was a door which had to be unlocked and opened before I could proceed into the refreshing presence of the Lord. Continue reading
Is it sufficient to promote a return to biblical roles for men and women, without also recognizing the symbol that represents those roles? Can we, as women, fully reclaim biblical womanhood but ignore headcovering? I don’t think we can. Continue reading
This is a (somewhat) shorter version of my previous video on why I cover. Instead of taking 50 minutes, it only takes 30 (ha, ha). I’m re-doing my longer video by creating new, shorter videos that tackle only one theme at a time; this will probably make it easier for other people to watch. In this particular video, I also show you a few of my very first headcoverings (veils). Enjoy!
I was thinking today about an opportunity to be a testimony of the Lord’s work in my life . . . which I lost. Continue reading
The Bible says that if we walk in the light, we have fellowship with one another. Continue reading
Sometimes you just have one of those days: the kids are bouncing off the walls, and the cacophony rattles around inside your skull until you can’t concentrate on a single thing. Why don’t we all go to the park? you decide triumphantly; yes, that will do the trick. Of course it takes forever to pack for a five-minute trip to the park that is just down the street. Continue reading
How often do we stop to consider where our choices will logically lead us? We may not experience the fruit of those choices at the outset, but after time has given things a chance to mature, what sort of developments should we expect? Continue reading
Sweat poured down my back as I stood in front of the Planned Parenthood clinic holding a sign that said, “Children are a gift!” with a picture of a fetus coming out of a box in pretty wrapping. Continue reading
Several years ago, a plumber came to repair our sink pipes. You might not expect a plumber to have an opinion on headcovering, but he did. Continue reading
It’s so easy to lie to ourselves. When we are in a tough situation, our feelings deceive us into accepting the “easiest” solution. We become prone to listen to bad advice, evil counsel. And that, coming sometimes even from our fellow Christians. This self-deception can happen in many–any–area of our lives, but today let’s look at divorce. Continue reading
The other day, I had the privilege of meeting another blogger and headcovering/dresses-only lady: Regina. Continue reading
In Nancy Campbell’s article “Breastfeeding God’s Way,” she describes how nursing is what the Bible refers to as “the natural use” of the woman’s body. She also asserts that when we abandon the “womanly functions” of pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing, we unwittingly invite other perversions into our society, such as homosexuality. I think she is correct. Continue reading
Lactation Amenorrhea is the “Physiologic suppression of menses while nursing” (Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing). Even though we’ve heard that it isn’t a dependable form of family planning, it does work as a God-given, God-designed, completely natural way of spacing children. Continue reading
Here’s another new YouTube video, which shows headcovering styles you can do in thirty seconds and gives an explanation of why I don’t think hair is the covering 1 Cor. 11:1-16 has in view. I know the video is a little blurry; I think it must be because my computer’s camera isn’t the best quality, so sorry about that, and thanks for bearing with me! I’m having so much fun creating these videos!
Which is more important, church or family? If faced with the need to choose, which would it be for you? I’ve come up with a list to demonstrate how I determine who takes precedence whenever there is a contest between two priorities. Continue reading
Here is a video I just created on YouTube. It introduces my beliefs; and at the end, I model one of my headcoverings for you!
This is a first for me, so maybe the quality isn’t so good. Sorry. But, I plan on making more videos in the future, so hopefully I’ll improve.
Thanks for watching!
What is the hardest thing about being skirts and dresses only? Well, it isn’t the length or bulk of the material; it isn’t the lady-like drape of the fabric; it isn’t the added coverage of one’s figure and amplification of one’s femininity: it’s the ridicule and the loneliness. Continue reading
Picture this: dried cement covers this woman’s eyes, which burn to a degree unimaginable. Her chest feels like a dump truck full of bricks just unloaded its cargo on top off her. She aches all over…so much so, that she wonders how much longer she could possibly endure it. Her own mother screams when she sees her. Continue reading
Would you say that giving birth to babies is equivalent to preparing God’s next generation of spiritual warriors? Rachel Scott thinks that it is, and expounds upon this idea in her book, Birthing God’s Mighty Warriors. Continue reading
A woman who is fulfilled is a woman who has submitted her life to God’s plan for her. She doesn’t need to look for fulfillment in an expensive education or in a career. She doesn’t need to look for fulfillment in having a great body or in sporting the latest style. Rather, her heart is at peace because she knows she is doing what she was always made to do, what she was designed to do from the moment she was conceived in her mother’s womb–no, even before that in the thoughts of Almighty Creator God! Continue reading
The following was submitted by a reader who’s been wearing skirts-and-dresses-only for the past twelve years! Here are some things she’s learned from her experiences: Continue reading
Now I think I understand more than ever why some people view head-covering as a symbol of oppression. Just today, I finished the book The Green Bicycle, by Haifaa Al Mansour.
We all want to belong, to feel accepted, to fit in, to be part of the group; that’s natural. I even think that to a certain degree, that desire reflects a need that is not only natural, but essential: we are social beings created for community. Even if everyone else deserts us, we will still rely heavily upon fellowship with the Holy Spirit to sustain us. God made us this way because that’s the way He is: He has always existed as a communion of three members in the Trinity; He was never alone, and He never intended for us, who are made in His image, to be alone either.
The trouble starts when we develop an attitude of pride and arrogance in our belonging to a certain group, or in holding to a certain ideology. Continue reading
After posting about the incident of one lady who criticized my appearance, another situation came to mind. Except that in this story, it was I who criticized someone else. Continue reading
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
I once heard a popular Bible teacher say that to “train up a child” means to “guide a child according to his natural bent.” Though I’m no one to argue with a theologian, it does seem a bit of a stretch to me. Why can’t we just take the Bible at its word? Continue reading
“Jesus didn’t carry you 80% of the way to drop you off close to the finish line and say, ‘Run–and you’d better hurry: hell’s right behind you!’ And neither did Jesus carry you 99.9% of the way to drop you off right in front of the finish line and say, ‘Jump!’ No, Jesus carried you all the way across that finish line, and He dropped you off on the other side. The work’s been done; your salvation has been accomplished 100% by Jesus, and all that you needed to do was believe.”
Isn’t that awesome? Our pastor last Sunday continued a series on Galatians we’re working through, and this was one of the points he made.
I know there’s controversy over whether “once saved, always saved” is biblical. Continue reading
It’s hard to overcome the guilt for past mistakes when we still have to see the people that we’ve hurt. When they haven’t overcome the past. Their very presence is a constant, painful reminder of wrongs that haven’t been righted. That can’t be. We can’t go back with an eraser and make it all go away. Memories haunt, bitterness clings, depression lurks. Continue reading