- Staying Godly in a Sinful World
- Sexual Sin
June 2016 Bible Reading Plan ♡ Bible Passages On Eight Different Topics: Homosexuality, Abortion, Self-Worth + More!
Hi everyone! Here is June's Bible Reading Plan (download below)! You can stick it in your Little Faith Book like I did, hang it on your wall, save it to your phone, etc. This month's plan is a little unique, because the verses deal with eight different topics. They are:
GUEST POST FROM EMILY HOWELL OF PROVERBS GIRL PROJECT.
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Hello there! My name is Emily Howell and I want to share with you what God has done in my life and how He is still working. I came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior at the young age of 5. I still remember sitting on the couch in my living room and having a conversation with my mom about Jesus. She had a big part in leading me to the Lord, but all the glory goes to Him. She prayed with me and I accepted Christ into my life that night.
A few years later, at the age of nine I decided I wanted to go forward and be baptized to make a public declaration that Christ raised me from death and into life and that I wanted to follow Jesus. So I was baptized!
A few years later, when I was 11 years old, they were having baptisms at a different church I had just started going to and people were giving their testimonies. There was one that really stuck out to me and prompted me. I don't remember the whole story, but in short this girl had accepted Christ at a young age like I did, and she just felt that she hadn't been following Him closely, so she rededicated her life to Christ. That really hit me for some reason.
I had come to Christ at such a young age that I felt like maybe I hadn't really understood everything. When I first accepted Christ at five years old, I remember being scared of nonbelievers going to hell. Like to the point of tears. That was one reason that I came to Christ at 5, but as I got older I learned that I should want to follow Jesus not just because I want to go to Heaven and not Hell, but because I love Him and want to have a personal relationship with Him. That night, before going to bed, I called my mom in the room and told her that I wanted to rededicate my life to Christ. And that's what I did. I had written down the prayer I prayed aloud on a piece of paper so I could always remember that night and I still have it to this day :)
The next year, a big trial hit; just a few months after my 12th birthday. Even through this, I was still holding onto God and reading His word even when I was upset and right in the middle of being faced with hard things. I was still feeling pretty good and I had faith that maybe this hard time would come to an end.
But the very next year, when I was 13, this trial was still going on and even escalated a little. I was old enough to realize what I was going through and how much it was affecting me. I started to become very upset, and wasn't clinging to God as tightly as I should have. So I began to slip a little... and a little more. God never let go of me (praise the Lord!), but I was drifting. It began with an unhealthy (spiritually and even physically) addiction to my phone. I was meeting people online and I would stay up ridiculously late being on my phone and communicating with them. I was no longer going to God when I was upset. I was no longer instantly going to His Word when I was faced with trials.
Not only that, but I was lying about my addiction, like a lot. Through this addiction to my phone (and more specifically, this thing called "Role Playing" on Instagram and Kik) I began to fall into some other forms of sin that were available to me right at my fingertips. This group of people I role played with would cuss and talk of things that should have turned me away from them right when I met them. But I tried to ignore the Holy Spirit's conviction. I started to go along with them to an extent, never to an "extreme." But no sin is big or small to God; it's all the same. I was very desensitized at the time and I had believed the lie that what I was doing wasn't bad compared to what others did. But what was happening was I was displeasing God. Didn't matter if others didn't think it was bad, it was bad to God and it was something I still regret to this day and I can't even tell you how thankful I am for God's grace and forgiveness because I could have kept going deeper and deeper but He didn't let me do that.
I struggled with this addiction on and off for about a year. Then one day, God just woke me up spiritually and I felt that conviction from the Holy Spirit that I had previously tried to ignore.
"Emily, what are you doing?"
"Why are you doing this?"
"Come back. I'm waiting with open arms."
That day, I broke down and asked for forgiveness. Most importantly, God's forgiveness, and secondly forgiveness from my mom because she had no clue what had been going on until I told her.
Since that day, with God's help, I have been free of that sin for a little over two and a half years now.
Now at the age of 16, there are still ongoing trials going on in my life and I am continually learning that there is no other way I should be handling them but God's way. It's an ongoing process for me learning to let go of baggage like bitterness, fear, and even guilt. I can't get rid of those things without God's help. But I am FREE in Christ and there is nothing that He can't help me through.
Here is another thing He has currently been doing in my life that I want to share with you! I have always been a very closed and shy person with other people. I used to hate being taken out of my comfort zone. I have always been very afraid of speaking publicly. But just within the last couple weeks, God has started working in that area. I went on a missions trip for a whole week and by the end of the week, I felt God had taken away a lot of my stress and fear. I made many friends, and started really opening up. I know it's going to be an ongoing thing getting even farther out of my comfort zone. But like I said, there is nothing He can't do. I am now excited to see how He uses me and how He stretches me even further!
I pray that God will speak to you through this testimony because these words were not from me, but Him. To God be the glory!
Hey beautiful girls! It's Emma again & I am back for part 2 (the final part!) of "Christian Feminism" :)
Last devotion I talked all about what Christian feminism really looks like, and how it is actually a GREAT thing. This devotion is going to be all about real women in the Bible and their Godly, strong character traits. Today I want to really go deep and focus on 2 prominent women: Queen Esther and Queen Vashti. The book of Esther is one of my personal favorites, and not only have I read through it multiple times, but have also done some research about Esther, Vashti and the king. There are some things about them you might find surprising.
Queen Vashti. I don't know about you, but I used to always think of Vashti as a defiant, almost bad character in the book of Esther. For my quiet time one day I decided to do some research about this intriguing woman and found myself completely taken aback. In Esther 1 she and her husband, King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) are both throwing royal parties for 180 days. Esther 1:10-12 says, "On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagatha, Zether and Carkas, the seven eunuchs who served in the presence of King Ahasuerus, to bring Queen Vashti before the king with her royal crown, in order to show the peoples and the princes her beauty, for she was lovely to look at. But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king's command delivered by the eunuchs. At this the king became enraged, and his anger burned within him."
After reading this you are probably thinking something about how the king had just asked her to come show off her beauty and Queen Vashti was just being defiant—you may be surprised to hear, this is NOT the case.
PLEASE NOTE: THESE VIEWS ON QUEEN VASHTI ARE WHAT WE TAKE AWAY FROM THIS STORY, BUT THE BIBLE ISN'T REALLY CLEAR EITHER WAY.
Believe it or not, Vashti was actually a very inspirational, bold woman who gave up so much just to do the right thing. If she had listened to her husband and become a "trophy" for the men, Vashti would have been doing something very inappropriate for that time period. Does this give you a new perspective? If you look deeper through the words of the Bible you can see that Vashti valued feminine modesty, stood firm in womanly self respect, and was bold. She valued obedience to God by valuing her modesty over her position as queen. Not to mention she was most likely killed for her actions! Her husband, the king, was asking her to do something ungodly and sinful. Queen Vashti did the RIGHT thing by not displaying herself in front of drunken, lusting men. The king divorced her because she refused to display herself as a trophy for the men's pleasure. If someone is asking you to disobey God's law, you are 100% allowed to not obey them, no matter what their position. Acts 5:29 says, "But Peter and the apostles answered, 'We must obey God rather than men.'"
The majority of people would identify Esther as an honorable woman who has many godly character traits. This IS true. What many people do not realize is how much credit she doesn't get. The man she was forced to marry, the king, was not exactly the ideal husband. There are many historical accounts of him making rash, impulsive, terrible decisions. A Greek historian (Herodotus) wrote and documented some incidents of when the king was angry and the actions he took. One terrible incident was when a concerned dad came to the king and asked if his son could be taken out of the military. All the father wanted was to protect his son and family name. The king responds by (this gets a little intense and terrible) cutting the son in half and marching his army though the 2 halves. I don't want to give any more examples, but I think it is important for you all to have an idea of the man Esther had to marry.
Despite everything her husband had done, Esther loved him and respected him. She showed insane courage by entering his presence without being summoned in order to save her people, the Jews, from the evil plot Haman had created—he wanted to annihilate the Jews! Esther valued selflessness by putting others before herself and risking her life to save the lives of the Jews. Esther showed wisdom and obedience by asking Mordecai for help/advice and listening to what he said. She had faith and trusted that God would deliver her and her people. She was submissive to God and His will. Queen Esther was a strong, faithful woman who God used to help save His people! Esther is one of the strongest female heroes in the Bible! If you haven't already, you MUST check out the book of Esther. It's 10 chapters and it is such an incredible story!
I have really enjoyed writing these for you all & I hope you enjoyed them too! Thank you all for reading.
P.S. I used BibleGateway.com for research about Vashti, and www.apologia7.com for research on King
Xerxes and Esther ❤
PHOTOS BY SHANNON LEE MILLER
Hey all! Today's Little Bible Plan challenge is to "use a Bible verse as your phone's lock screen." (See the full calendar of challenges here!) So I searched around Google and found some of my favorite wallpapers to share with you guys! This is such a fun, easy and meaningful way to add a little Jesus in your daily life. Download the files (button below photos) for best quality!
Disclaimer: I did NOT create any of these! You'll find links to the owners underneath each lock screen.
One of my sweet followers, Krista (Instagram: @krista.hope), and her friend were in charge of craft time for their small group, so they decided to make Little Faith Books! These are seriously some of the cutest books I've ever seen. They decorated with Bible verses, Disney, washi tape, flowers and even BB-8! I know you'll love the pictures from their Little Faith Book Making Party as much as I do! SEE THE FULL POST HERE.
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