Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring, Spring, Spring!

Dear Readers,

I am so happy that spring is finally here!!!!! I have been able to take some pictures of the new flowers and the new plants that are finally coming alive at our house in Belton! I truly LOVE Spring the best out of all the seasons, it brings hope to me! What is your favorite season of the year?? Why?

"For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land"
Song Of Solomon 2:11-12

"Spring flowers are in blossom all over. The whole world's a choir- and singing! Spring warblers are filling the forest with sweet arpeggios. Lilacs are exuberantly purple and perfumed, and cherry trees fragrant with blossoms."
Song of Solomon 2:12-13a 

I am also starting my own herb garden this year! I have had so much fun watching my plants grow and I can't wait to use it in my food, and for medicine!
Most of the herbs are medicinal which will be very interesting! I have been studying how to make medicines and when and what to use them for. If someone has done this sort of garden before and you have some tips please, please, please, let me know!! Well, I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I have in writing it! Till' next time!

Your Friend,

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Southern Faith's First Video

Hey Everyone!

I just wanted to announce our first video for Southern Faith!! This past Sunday, we were practicing  and then we were like "why don't we just record it?" So it was quite spontaneous! LOL :) This is not an official video (since we were missing a very important member of the band) but it was good enough to post as our first video. I hope you enjoy it and are blessed!!!

May we all worship our Holy God everyday!!

Your Friend,

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Introducing Southern Faith

Dear Readers,

I want to introduce to you, My (I call it mine but it's all of ours of course LOL) small singing group Southern Faith!!! We began this group about 4 months ago, and I have enjoyed it soooo much!

We will hopefully be putting up some music videos soon!! So please go follow our youtube channel Southern Faith, and you'll get notified as soon as we do! Our goal is to encourage young people to use their talents for the Lord and to not be embarrassed to share their faith with others! I hope that what we do will glorify the Lord and encourage you! Blessing to all!

Your Friend,

Monday, September 12, 2016

A Late Post

Dear Readers,

I meant to post yesterday as I try to alway do a tribute for 9/11. I know I'm a day late but I'll post it anyway.

 I want to Honor all those who gave their lives to save others. We will never forget you!

May we never forget our country men, women, and children who lost their lives in this awful attack. May the Lord comfort and bless their families! 

Your Friend,

Thursday, June 2, 2016

In Loving Memory of Paul Valdez

Dear Readers,

This past Friday at 5:10 Am, a very dear member of our family passed away unexpectedly. Although he wasn't our grandfather, we loved him and will miss him so much. My grandmother was taken to the hospital due to stress of it all but we thank God that she is stable and is at home. Though it is hard to suffer the loss of a loved one it brings to mind that "The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord." May HE be glorified in our sorrow, exalted in our loss, and magnified in our grief. We have been shown that God gives the grace we need to endure everything He sends our way, and we have to trust Him in all our ways.  Please pray as my Grandmother is still grieving the loss of her husband, and for us as we help her and grieve as well.

Your Friend,

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sometime it's fun to go Retro!

Dear Readers,

I just wanted to share my Sunday outfit along with my sister's! Hope you enjoy!

Because we love him and he looked wonderful too!

Your Friend,

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

God's Guidance in Finding a Spouse

Dear Readers,

My pastor spoke to us on this subject during our Old Testament Survey, and it was such a blessing and encouragement to me that I wanted to share it with everyone! I asked My pastor for his notes, so I take no credit for this. I hope you are encouraged as much as I was!

Genesis 24

Issac is overshadowed by his father Abraham and his son Jacob. One very interesting episode that relates him is the manner in which Abraham went about selecting a wife for Isaac. We have some insights into how to receive guidance from God.

1. The principles on ascertaining God's will
        A. Establish a covenant relationship with God though His Son (24:1-4)

             The text here shows that God has blessed Abraham in all things. But we must admit 
              there are some things within this text that are somewhat strange to our modern ears.
              But what I wanted you to see is that Abraham wants this servant to obtain a wife not               from Canaan, but from his kindred. Now why do you think that is? Well, the obvious               reason is that this group is most certainly wicked. But remember this group is under              a curse.

             Genesis 9:24 " When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had              done to him, he said, "Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his                        brothers."  

            So we remember the story of how Ham dishonored his father and a curse was spoken               on his youngest son. So, I believe Abraham had the good sense not to marry into that               cursed family.  

      B. Move within the context of God's revealed will

           I believe that Abraham understood that this was the will for him. And that                                  the covenantal promises were not though Shem and Ham but though Shem only.
           So remember all of these things that we read earlier in Genesis are important.

          But keep in mind we must move within the revealed will of God. Certainly, these
          Canaanites did not worship God and it is not the will of God that we should marry our             sons and daughters to unbelievers. 

         Deuteronomy 7:1-4 -  " When the Lord thy God shall bring thee into the land whither                thou goest to posses it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and                the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the                    Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; and when                  the Lord thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly                 destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy into them:                   Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto               his son, not his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For they will turn away thy son            from following Me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the Lord be                   kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly." 

           God is pretty clear to these Israelites that they are not to marry with these pagans. 
        II Corinthians 6:14 - " Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what                    fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath                      light with darkness?"
            So this is not some outdated O.T. concept. There is liberty in this.
        1. The Kindred (vs. 3-4)
              So Abraham send his servants to find a wife for Isaac within his own family. 
         2. The Country (vs. 5-6)
               So, the servant is to go and get this wife from the old country and do it without                          Issac. Do you pray for your future spouse? Do you trust that God will bring the right                one along?
      C. Trust in God to guide you (vs. 7b) 
            The servant see the issues and difficulties. Abraham is trusting God to guide him. 
            This trust involves:
                      I understand this advice is difficult, but let me encourage you to trust God. 
            1. Believing God has a will in this situation.
            2. Believing that His will is best.
            3. Believing that He will make His will known to you or bring you into it.

     D. Take whatever general steps you can  (vs. 10)
           When I say take whatever steps you can that simply means do what you know God
           clearly commands. We know we are supposed to go to work, church, evangelize,  
           not steal, etc... Do those things while God prepares you and brings about His will in                  your life.

   E. Pray for specific directions (vs. 12-14)
        Certainly, we must pray that God will give us guidance. And this kind of prayer                         demonstrates that you realize how dependant upon God you are. God knows 
        that we are dependant upon Him, we are the ones that have the problem.

  F. Avoid premature conclusions about God's leading

 All I can say here is that we must not let our experience determine whether or not something we have prayed for is the will of God. We must line the experience up with the word of God.

G. Obey promptly when God does clearly indicate His will.

Once God's will is clear to you, obey immediately. Don't delay.

1. Their word to him (vs. 50-51)
These men realize that this is of God and they obeyed.

2. His word to them (vs. 56)
Once we see the will of God clearly, then we must not hinder.

H. Give God the credit for the results

Never forget to give God the credit for the results.

1. In Prayer (vs.48)
This servant clearly saw the favor of God in this adventure. 
2. In Public
And never forget to give God the glory to those around us.

2. The parallel in assignment in God's work

A. God, like Abraham, sends forth His servants to obtain a bride for His Son.

This story really parallels the Christian walk. God is sending us out to find a Bride for His Son.

B. We succeed in our commission in the very same way Abraham's servant did.

And we must use the same principles this servant used. 

1. We look to God in prayer
2. We declare Christ as appointed heir of all things. 

We need to declare the message given to us. The message is that all people should submit ti the Lord Jesus Christ.

3. Our labors are crowned with similar success

Remember our success is determined by the way we carry out the will of our Father. Did we use the means He gave us or did we manufacture some man-made method?

I hope this has been a blessing to you! I know I was really blessed by it!! If you would like to hear more by Pastor Ben Gardner you can find him on , just type his name in.  
Please leave a comment and let me know what you thought!

Your Friend,