Monday Devo: Strongholds

Monday, May 11, 2015

 (Forgot to post this last week, so here it is!)

Once again, I chose to read into the book Facing Your Giants for one of my quiet times. That day, the chapter was called Strongholds. Originally, I hadn't really known what "stronghold" meant, and had considered it something good. That's not the case. While strongholds can be good, they can also be VERY dangerous.

STRONGHOLD: A fortified place of fortress.

Right away, the chapter talks about strongholds being dangerous and how it's something that Satan uses against us. Satan uses a stronghold on our sin. You know what I'm talking about. That sin that just WON'T go away. The one that you constantly struggle with and are so tired of! It's as if Satan built a fifty foot wall around our sin, claiming it as his own and telling Heaven that it can't be touched.

What we see with David is that he has just been crowned king of Israel, and he looks onward to Jerusalem. When we think of Jerusalem, we think of a church growing, Jesus preaching and healing , basically a capital that is thriving! However, during this time in the Old Testaments, Jerusalem is an old rugged city, of which David wants to change.

However, Jebusites dwelled within the Jerusalem walls, and when they saw that David wanted Jerusalem, the continually discouraged him, telling him:
"You''ll never get in here ... even the blind and lame could keep you out!" 2 Samuel 5:6-9

Sounds familiar doesn't it? You'll never overcome your bad habit. Think you can overcome your addiction ... think again. 

The amazing thing about David's story is that although the Jebusites are mocking the new king, this 12 letter word is the plot twister: Nevertheless
"Nevertheless, David took the stronghold"

"Wouldn't you love God to write a nevertheless in your biography? Born to alcoholics, nevertheless she lived a sober life. Never went to college, nevertheless mastered a trade.."

"We use God's mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil's strongholds" 2 Cor 10:4

Can you think of anyone else in the bible who had to endure mocking? If you guessed Jesus, then your right. This guy was mocked and discouraged left and right, but Jesus practiced "selective-hearing". Not a bad idea when Satan is rushing at us with doubt and regret. 

If you have that annoying sin that you're trying to get through, listen to the encouragement from God, shut out Satan's discouragement at all costs!

If the walls are too tall, try a tunnel.

Cool & Modest

Sunday, May 10, 2015

"And I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes." - 1 Timothy 2:9

"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." 
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Yay! The winter is gone, the snow has melted, and we're finally out of the negative degree weather! (Just kidding, I love the winter and I miss it already).

But seriously, spring and summer are on their way, and we're putting away our jackets, our thick sweaters, and sweatpants and replacing them with jeans, t-shirts, skirts and dresses! Although the heat may force us to wear just a little less in order to stay cool, I can help you to still stay cool, while keeping everything modest!

I find it difficult to buy shorts nowadays, since majority of stores are selling shorts that are basically underwear, and t-shirts that are basically bras. I can go into a whole sermon about why girls should dress modestly, but I thought I'd cover it all with my favourite quote:

"Dressing immodestly is like covering yourself in mud, sure you'll get a lot of attention, but only from pigs"

I'm going to start off with 5 tips to get yourself to dress modestly, and constantly living your life for God:

1. Handmade & thrift shopping. It's difficult to search for shorts that aren't exposing your derriere or are just too tight you can barely move. A good way to avoid "underwear" shorts are to make your own, this way, you can make them as long as you want from any fabric you wish. The easiest way to make shorts is getting an old pair of jeans and some scissors and cutting away! A good idea is go thrift shopping as well, you're bound to find shorts that are at a nice and appropaite length, or just really nice ripped or stained jeans that you can cut up (you don't want to be cutting up 20$ pants!!).

2. Don't give up searching. If you're not that well acquainted with sewing and cutting and such, then my tip to you is to never give up! There are definitely some good stores that will not fail you on proper shorts. To name a few: Bluenotes, Old Navy, and Joe Fresh. I also was able to find some nice sweatpants shorts (the ones you see in the images below) from H & M, only 14$ each!

3. Always be kept accountable! There will always be those days where you pick up a skirt and think, "This is cute" and sort of turning a blind-eye on the shortness of it. Or even, you don't think it's any harm to wear that shirt that is cut just a little bit too low. It's always good to have a gal-pal to keep you accountable on your clothes. Snapchat is a lifesaver. If you're a little unsure about an outfit, just take a picture of your #ootd and send it to a girl you trust and ask them for their opinion on it. This way, you can constantly be dressing the way God wants us too.

4. 4 B's checklist! I feel so cool because I came up with this myself (or at least I think I did). To ensure yourself that you're dressing like a godly women, take the time to get the 4 B's list out. Breast, Butt, Belly, and Back. If ANY of these B's are peeking out or being displayed way too much, it's always a good idea to change into something else. Why? Firstly, because that's the way God wants us to dress, modestly. But also, to protect our guy friends. While most guys try their hardest to keep their hearts and minds pure, we aren't really being good friends by laying it all out in front of them for them to stumble. Help a brotha' out.


Okay, now the fun part! A few of my friends and I spent the day together having a little photo shoot, to show you guys some cute styles that you can wear during the summer time (or even spring time) while staying modest! Hope you guys enjoy :) 

Photo credits to: Mac Jessen 
Thanks to Lauryn K for modelling :)

"The LORD doesn't see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7