Monday, October 28, 2013

Simply.... Things

I tend to get myself in a fix. My brain gets all poetic on me. But, the problem is there is not very much poetry running through my blood stream. My form of art comes in music. The instrumental kind. Not putting down words.
I'd like to say that I've spent most of last week sitting by the computer mulling over a series of posts that I want to do. My fingers running over the keys, just waiting to write something. But that's not very realistic. In all truth, I would often stare at my phone trying to decide if I have all my thoughts in order enough to start these posts. Do I really want to share this or that? How far should I go? What can I use for resources? 
But, I pray that these posts will be an encouragement to others. They are more intended for young ladies like myself but I'm sure, with God's help, anyone can get something out of them. 
It all started a few weeks ago when I was asked to do a guest post. I thought about it for a little while and had an idea that I really liked. So I started compiling it in my head. Just a short post to be an encouragement. But, the next morning as I was reading my Bible, God seemed to put a whole different topic on my heart. It was way off from what I was thinking, and honestly, I was a mite dissapointed. But I knew that this new post would be used by God if I followed His leading. And I believe it was. And now I can expound and draw out my other idea more on my own blog. 
I want to share with you a series of posts entitled "Things I've Struggled With as a Christian Young Lady". Now, despite what the title states, most of them are things I still struggle with. Some of them, God has given me the victory over, and they're not a struggle anymore. Hopefully they will be a blessing to someone else.

The first topic I want to present is courtship and purity. Waiting for the right one. When I celebrated my 19th birthday last year I realized how single I was! I know lots of people will say that I'm so young to think that, and they are probably very right. But last year, due to quite a few circumstances in my life, I entered the "trying to be patient and wait, but it's oh so hard" stage. Maybe a little prematurely, but I'm there.  Some of it might be due to the fact of my surroundings. I'm the only single lady in my church. My two best friends are married to brothers. One has been married for six years and has two beautiful little girls and a little boy on the way. The other one has a little boy that is almost a year old and is just a darling. I'm sure if you've read my blog enough you know who I'm talking about! It seems like every other day I hear of a friend that is courting, engaged, getting married, or having a baby. And while I am extremely happy for ~most~ of them, it is a reminder that I'm still VERY single.  This little image is a perfect description of my life: 

Now, not only am I the only single lady in my church (which by the way, makes up the most part of my social life. And I'm very glad for I) but, there aren't very many single young men either. In fact, there are two. One of them is my brother. So not only am I VERY single, but I'm not in a situation where I have the opportunity to meet Price Charming easily. Now, I don't know, he could be lurking in my life right now, right under my nose. But at this point I am VERY single. 
And, please, don't think I'm trying to gain sympathy points! I've had opportunities to launch into a relationship. I've rejected one boy and there's another one that would jump if I gave him any leading(I'm not trying to brag here either, just stating facts). And that's not even including anyone from my year+ at college. 
Anyway, all that to say, "waiting for my Isaac" is on my mind rather frequently. 
I'd like to launch into a small section of waiting and purity that has become very real to me!  How many of us Christian girls are raised to believe in courtship and purity both physical and emotional? And I'm sure most of them have no problem with the physical part of purity, but how often is emotional purity compromised in young ladies' lives? I'm touching on this subject because it's something very real for me. 
I'd like to share a very true story with you about a young lady who compromised her emotional purity. Some of you know this girl, some of you, I'm sure, can figure out who I'm talking about, but if you don't, take my word for it. It's a real story about a real girl. 
This girl grew up in church all her life. She was raised to believe in courtship and all the other 'rules and regulations' of being a godly young lady. If you asked her if she believed all these things, she would, without hesitation, answer yes. She grew up in a 'perfect home' situation for most of her life until she entered her teen years.  Then her dad left the picture. 
She graduated high school and was getting ready to go to bible college. There were a few things at the college that she disagreed with, one of them being Christian dating. But, after talking to her mom and pastor she decided it would be alright. She just wouldn't get into dating/courtship in any way while at the school. That thought lasted just a few months. 
On her first birthday at the school, she and another girl were invited to get ice cream with two of the guys there. Before the night was over they realized it was a huge mistake. These guys were out to make a point and were just using the other girls. It wasn't all the guys faults though. The girl knew that she shouldn't have accepted in the very first place. Right then, a little bit of emotional purity was lost. But, it wasn't the first. Just a few short weeks before, a friend of this girl's came up to her and said to her: "I just heard that so-and-so wants to ask you out!" Now, in this situation the girl didn't want to 'go out' with the other guy. She just simply was not interested. But, throughout the situation there were many thoughts of "well, what if...?" Even though she never got involved in a relationship, she, through both her thoughts and through conversations with her friends, lost some emotional purity. 
Unfortunately, that wasn't the end.  That next spring one of her closest friends broke up with her 'boyfriend'. When that happened she became sort of a middle man between the two. She considered herself a 'hero'. But, it involved a lot of texting with the boy. Something she had never really done before. And, as is the usual case, it led to more. Before she knew it the talk started. They were going to be the next couple. He asked her about the rumors and they both agreed that it would NEVER happen. One month later, they were considered a 'couple'. One of the many problems with their relationship was that her mom did not approve. 
A few months later, their sins caught up with them. They both got in trouble with the school and her mom took her out of school. It took her quite a while to realize what she had done, but when she did God started giving her many victories in her life and she came out if it a whole different person. 

I'd like to use this story and make a few points. 
First of all... God has given you the authority in your life for a reason. If you simply follow their instructions and guidance you will be saved a lot of heartbreak. 
Also, you might be like this girl. You've been through a wrong relationship. You've given yourself away emotionally, if not physically. I want to do a whole different post on this but I will share this verse with you. 

Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Isaiah 1:18

Be careful that this is not the case for you. Just because a man comes along and says all the right things doesn't mean he's the one. 
This is so simple, but so true! You don't have the right to go around giving your love away. God has already reserved it for someone special! 
This is what I want in my relationship. Both for my future husband and myself! 
As single young people, we need to submerge ourselves into serving God and seeking Him that a special relationship comes as a surprise to us, not something we expect. 

I hope this post was of some encouragement. I know it was REALLY long, but I just spoke what was on my heart! There will be more following, some day, but probably not as long ;) 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Just a Quick Little Thought

My brother pointed out THIS giveaway and I definitely wanted to enter!  If you love getting new CD's, you might want to enter as well! :)
Don't worry, some new posts will be coming in the next week hopefully!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

What I Wore || Missions Conference

These weekend, as I've said before is our Missions Conference at our church!  Here's my outfit for the day!
This picture is NOT the best... it was windy outside, and I'm all slouched over... Cons of this blog project is the lack of good photography, lol

Shirt: Thrifted Old Navy
Scarf: Thrifted
Skirt: Thrifted Pendleton
Shoes: Gifted Born

Friday, October 18, 2013

What I Wore + A Handful of Different Things

Ok, so to start out my post... HAPPY FRIDAY everyone!!
Second of all, I was given the opportunity (and blessing) to do another guest post :)  More Blessed to Give... 
And... I'd like to post about a wonderful giveaway on Chelsy's blog... Life With Chels 
Finally, a small change happened here...
You can't really see it that well in the picture, but I got all my hair chopped off!  I've been wanting to get it cut for a long time and when I went with my mom to get her hair cut I decided I might as well do mine too! :) Before I got it cut it went over halfway down my back, and now it's just on my shoulders.  I have this funny obsession with short ponytails, so I'm enjoying bouncing it around, lol!  Have a great weekend!
Pink Sweater: Gifted
Belt: Goodwill
Skirt: Gifted
Shoes: Walmart
Jewelry: Silver flower set from JCPenney

In God's Will

Paul and Jonah were both in a storm, but the circumstances were quite different. Both in storms, one in the will of God, and the other out of the will of God. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

What I Wore...

This was a great weekend!! Saturday we took a group of our teens up to Charlevoix for a youth rally.  The theme was "Cast Your Burdens", and let me tell you, it was so encouraging!!  They did a skit on all the different ways we can build up baggage throughout our life, and how all we need to do is cast it on God, and the baggage will fall right off.  One of the girls in our group got saved, which was also a huge encouragement!  
Sunday was great, as well.  I ran my bus route with new enthusiasm!  I want the kids that come from my route to be excited to come to church!  This next Sunday I'm starting a "Fill the Bus" promo, so please be praying that it will get the kids motivated and we will get new riders.  This Sunday we only had one, which is normal.  My bus route is actually a van route, so it doesn't take much to fill it!  
As for my outfit, I just recently bought three belts, my first three, and so I've been wearing them a lot with different outfits.  I love the pattern on this skirt, you can click on the picture to zoom in. Next time I'll try to get a closer pic with more jewelry detail, plus the shoes :)   

Grey Shirt: Gifted (Croft and Barrows) 
Skirt: Thrifted (Jennifer Moore Collection, offbrand?)
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Wal-Mart (Dr. Scholls) 
Necklace: Gifted
Earrings: Christopher and Banks

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

What I Wore...

After thinking about it a lot I decided that I wanted to start a little section on my blog and posts entitled "What I Wore"  
Now, when I was thinking about this idea my number one hesitancy was this: I am not what one would consider a fashionable person. I'm always 'behind' the current fashions. Lol, I only own two scarves and three belts *gasp*. But I'm starting to catch on to the ideas of this year's style. But, on the other hand, some of the reasons for starting these fashion posts are: 1) even if it is a little behind, I can encourage other Christian girls in dressing modestly! I've often been discouraged with "modesty" blogs that aren't always modest. 2) I'm very much open to suggestions in which I can grow my style a little bit, while still following God's commands in dressin modestly! 
What I Wore
(Goodness, my phones not very good for this, haha) 
Blue gingham shirt: thrifted (Old Navy)
Belt: thrifted 
Skirt: thrifted (Gap) 
Shoes: thrifted (Dr. Scholls)
Again, I'm open to any suggestions and constructive criticism on my outfit! 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Influence and Purpose of Music

Music has a power of forming the character, and therefore should be introduced into the education of the young ~Aristotle 

In order to take the spiritual temperature of an individual or a society, one must mark music ~Plato 

Music is a curiously subtle art with innumerable, varying emotional connotations. It is made up of many ingredients and according to the proportions of those components, it can be soothing or invigorating, ennobling or vulgarizing... It has power for evil as well as for good. ~Dr. Howard Hanson 

Music has helped cause the destruction of the Greek and Roman empires and it will sooner or later destroy America and England. ~Henry David Thoreau 

To maintain that technology [music] is plain and simple ~Neil Postman 

These quotes were taken from the book Music Matters by Cary Schmidt. 


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Random Update of Happenings...

I feel kind of slacking on my blog, filling it in with songs or quotes or such, but life has been busy! I tutor one girl in 4th grade, focusing on multiplication and reading. I also have four piano students. Other than the norm, it's been a good week :) 
Sunday night I went over to Colleen and Josh's house and they left the next morning. I stayed until Wednesday afternoon babysitting their 10 month old, Arlie. He is such a sweetie and was very good and cheerful the whole time! 

After church last night Jimmey and Jesse passed out gender reveal cupcakes to show what their baby is going to be. The verdict: a boy! Christian saw me with my phone a little while later and made the comment "Sarah just can't wait to get the news out to cyberspace". Lol, in that he was very right, but it took me longer than he thought :) Jimmey was hoping for one so I'm sure they're all happy :) I know Bailey and Kiley are excited for a brother! 

Today is Hunter's 11th birthday. We went to a museum and then to ponderosa with my grandma. We were all sad that grandpa had a cold and couldn't make it :( 

Saturday we're doing a birthday party. And then life continues on, still busy! Next Saturday is harvest youth revival at the camp we go to. The next week I have an appointment with an oral surgeon about getting my wisdom teeth taken out. Guess how excited I am about that! Lol. That weekend is our missions conference on Saturday and Sunday. I can't believe October is upon us! 
Have a great week and hopefully I'll have more updates later :) 


After God's Own Heart

In order to have a heart after God's, as David did, we need to...

1. Confess our sins immediately. 

2. Understand our heart's condition. 
   ~the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked...

3. Acknowledge the need for total reconstruction.
   ~create in me a clean heart, oh God, and renew a right spirit within me. 

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