What Is Man's Chief End?

Man's chief end is to glorify God, [a] and to enjoy Him for ever. [b]
[a]. Ps. 86:9; Isa. 60:21; Rom. 11:36; I Cor. 6:20; 10:31; Rev. 4:11
[b]. Ps. 16:5-11; 144:15; Isa. 12:2; Luke 2:10; Phil. 4:4; Rev. 21:3-4
THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM
Every new believer has been set apart by God, separated unto God to be transformed into the likeness of His Son, Jesus Christ. In this sense, every believer is a saint- a person separated from his old sinful way of life and set apart by God to increasingly glorify God as his life is transformed! Jerry Bridges in Respectable Sins

A Wife's Biblical Submission~Week Two, Part Two

>> Monday, November 30, 2009



The Modern Day Rib... To Bless and Protect...

As I said in the first post, I understand the blessing part, but not necessarily the protecting part. Aren't they supposed to protect us? We are the weaker vessel, after all...

I can see ways in which I should protect my hubby. Nowadays, men are put down, feminized, and made to look stupid. And yes, I will admit, I am really bad about focusing on his faults! I tend to notice those things before I TAKE notice of all the good things that he does. Shame on me! And believe it or not, I have been working on this.

And, I have gotten better about protecting him from family members who can tend to be demanding of his time. What it means that he worked all night long and he needs some rest!! Some just can't understand that. But anyway...

I know that I have a long way to go in blessing and protecting my hubby. Over the years, I have moved forward in my walk with the Lord and I have changed in the way I treat my dh. For the better, of course. But I still have a long way to go.

Thank you, Sunny, for the wonderful insight!

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>> Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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Blessings,
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Banana Bread~Modified! :)

>> Tuesday, November 24, 2009


This is my first recipe to post. I have modified it from the original recipe provided by Jane Fonda in her book, Cooking for Healthy Living. I have experimented with this recipe many times, using different flours and sugar substitutes. I also added chocolate chips! Each time was pretty good, but the last time it turned out dry. But this time, I have to say, it turned out quite yummy! :) So here's the original recipe with my BEST modification.

Jane's Recipe:~~~~~~~~~~~~~~My Recipe:

2c unbleached flour~~~~~~~~~2c unbleached Whole Wheat flour

2tsp baking powder~~~~~~~~~ 2tsp baking powder

1/2tsp baking soda~~~~~~~~~~ 1/2tsp baking soda

1/2tsp salt~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1/2tsp salt

4 large, overripe bananas~~~~~~ 4 large, overripe bananas

2 egg whites~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 egg whites, or 1 egg

3/4c sugar~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3/4c Organic Agave Nectar

1/4c lowfat buttermilk~~~~~~~~ 1/4c milk

1tsp vanilla extract~~~~~~~~~~ 1tsp vanilla extract

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ some chocolate chips!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl from the wet ingredients. Then mix dry with wet, or vice versa. Mix slowly, never too harsh. Then add chocolate chips.

Bake for 55-60 minutes and voila!! Now you have a moist and tasty banana bread! Enjoy!

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A Wife's Biblical Submission~Week Two

>> Sunday, November 22, 2009



The Wife & The Rib~~to PROTECT and BLESS...

I've always thought about why God chose to use Adam's rib to form Eve. Sure, I've thought about husbands not walking all over their wives and wives being by their husband's side. Notice how that kind of thinking is for MY benefit!!! How selfish of me!

I can honestly say I've never thought of the woman being formed in order to protect and bless her man! Sure, to bless him...I get that. But to protect him? Isn't that what the man is supposed to do for his woman?

I love my husband, and I know that God has brought me a long way to move me away from the feminism movement and that line of thinking. I try to bless my husband by serving him. But protecting him is so new to me.

Can't wait to get to Sunny's next lesson to see what the Lord has revealed to her about this.
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I Want To Be a Separatist!

Being a part of a Church that is so large can be somewhat...lonely. When we started going to the Church that we attend, it was not so big. It was easier to meet people and be a part of things. I felt like I was among them and belonged with them.

But now, after 10yrs. of being a part of this Church, it has grown to be a mega Church in our city. Now I feel so lost in the crowd, a needle in a haystack. As a family, we aren't "connected" with anyone there anymore. Our family has been going down another path, one that has been different than our Church. BUT we ( mainly my dh) have not felt led to leave. I mean, where do ya go??? Where can you can find a group of people that want to serve God, even if it means giving up your comfortable lifestyle?

Well today, we visited a very small Church that was giving a presentation of the true history of the first Thanksgiving. It turned out that I knew the pastor's wife, who is a homeschool mom, and another homeschool mom. And it appeared to be full of homeschoolers. ~~~Sometimes you can just tell.~~~ :)

So afterward, I was thinking...These people were basically Separatists, just like the first Separatists leaving the Church of England. This small Church was filled with people separating themselves from the "Church of America." They were different! Not your usual " I'll go to church, but let me be" group.

My sons didn't know what to think bc they aren't used to this type of church. They're used to the praise and worship music, not hymns out of hymnals. So, they felt totally out of place. And I'll admit, it was a bit different.

But I have to ask myself, "Do I want to be comfortable, or fruitful?" "Do I want to be like everyone else, or do I want to go down that narrow(er) path that He's been leading me down?"

All I know is that I want to be a part of a Church that is not afraid to speak the Truth!!! Even if it means that you could be arrested!!! Call sin for what it is...Sin! Call wickedness what it is...Wickedness!!! The Church we are a part of has gotten so afraid to offend anyone!!! And I'm so sick of it!

So, I've decided... I want to be a Separatist! Of the Church of today's America. My prayer is that He would lead us to another Church... One that desires to live separately!!!
Saint Shellie

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Thankful Thursday~November 19th

>> Thursday, November 19, 2009

Today, I'm thankful for...

God's Word...This week, it's been Psalm 37! I really needed that Psalm!!! God is Faithful!

My family's good health.

Tomorrow's Friday! Praise God!

My DH's job. God always provides!

Friends and Family!

A shredder! No explanation needed!

Blessings,
Saint Shellie

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Things I've Recently Learned

You can freeze cooked sweet potatoes. Who knew? Well, obviously not me!

A shredder gets jammed if you put a CD in it. Even if it does say that it can shred CDs. And it's hard to un-jam them!!! That Beauty just didn't want to let go!!!!

Sometimes it's best to keep your mouth shut!

It's hard to catch up...

Too much information can sometimes be, well,...too much!

I really do have friends who actually like me...for me!~~Even if they are "virtual"! LOL!

Saint Shellie

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Why Do I Call Myself a Saint?

>> Monday, November 16, 2009


I can understand why some may find it offensive that I call myself Saint Shellie. Let's face it, in our society today we are taught that saints are someone who live their lives in perpetual "perfectness". Never giving in to their flesh, but always doing everything exactly right...ALL THE TIME. Now, we know that no one ever lives to that standard; only Jesus Christ did. And I will be the first to admit that I am far from that perfect life.


But I do know
who I am IN CHRIST! In Christ ALONE, I am a saint. But before I go any further, let's take a look at what God's Word says. Who does God call saints? What "kind" of people are they?

2 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the Church of God which is at Corinth, with all the SAINTS who are in all Achaia.


1 Corinthians 1:2
To the Church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are SANCTIFIED in Christ Jesus, called to be SAINTS, with ALL who in every place call on the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Now, taken from the book Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges...

The church at Corinth was all messed up, both theologically and morally. They were proud and fractious; they tolerated gross immorality, sued each other in court, flaunted their freedom in Christ, abused the observance of the Lord's Supper, misunderstood the purpose of spiritual gifts, and were confused about the future resurrection of the believers. Yet when writing to them, Paul addressed them as "saints."

The popular meaning of words often changes over time, based on their common usage. So today we wouldn't think of those messed-up Corinthians as saints. We might call them worldly, carnal, or immature, but certainly not saints. In the Roman Catholic tradition, sainthood is conferred posthumously on Christians of exceptionally outstanding character and achievement.


Well, I have to say, if I were Catholic, I would never be considered for sainthood after my passing because I definitely do not measure up to their standards. Rather, I tend to be more like the Corinthians. Now more from Respectable Sins...


How then could the apostle Paul address the messed-up believers at Corinth as saints? In fact, this form of address seems to be a favorite of Paul's. He uses it in several of his letters and frequently refers to believers as SAINTS. How could Paul refer to ordinary believers, even the problem-plagued ones at Corinth, as saints?

Romans 1:7 To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints.

Romans 16:15
Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.

Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 37:28 For the Lord loves justice, and does not forsake His saints.

And others...Philippians 1:1
Philippians 4:21-22
Colossians 1:1-2

Now, let's go back to Respectable Sins...

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answer lies in the meaning of the word as it is used in the Bible. The Greek word for saint is hagios, and it refers not to one's character but to a state of being. Its literal meaning is "one who is separated unto God." In this sense, every believer- even the most ordinary and the most immature- is a saint...

G
od's Word calls ME a saint. God's Word calls you a saint, if you are in Christ Jesus. Should I then be ashamed to call myself a saint? I don't think so because HE says that I am. Am I having a "holier than thou" attitude by calling myself what my Savior calls me? I would hope that the Scriptures, themselves, would be able to answer that.

I, by no means, consider myself perfect, but "I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore, let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind." Philippians 3:14-16

My prayer is that everyone who reads this, or anything else in my blog, would be able to see me, as I truly am...

A great sinner who has a great Savior... Who calls me (and you) His saint!!!

May God Bless You, His Saint!

Saint Shellie

*Quotes from book are in red only
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A Wife's Biblical Submission

>> Saturday, November 14, 2009



I came upon this study when I was searching for a Proverbs 31 Bible study. There are quite a few out there, but this one caught my eye. I am looking forward to each lesson and gleaning from other sisters in Christ in their walk toward complete Biblical Submission.

Thank you, Sunny, for following the Lord's leading and sharing your heart and wisdom. May I learn more of the Proverbs 31 woman, and truly walk in what pleases my Savior in sanctification and holiness.

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A Thankful Heart~ November 13th

>> Friday, November 13, 2009

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5 things I am thankful for...

1. A working heater!! God provided a working heating unit without us having to purchase a new one. DH was able to just skoot over our other unit that we weren't using. It was questionable if it would work or not, and if it would be enough for our larger living space, but Praise God, it works!!!

2. Gas logs. Something I've always wanted, but we never were able to purchase any, until now. With a non-working heater for a while, DH thought we might need to go ahead and buy some. So now we have a working heater, that seems to be working better than the other one AND new gas logs!! What a joy!

3. A Shredder!!! The Beauty!!!

4. Hobby Lobby for having a 50% sale and a DH for letting me get some stuff for our "soon to be" de-cluttered home!!

5. My health and my family's health. I have a friend who is in ICU who was, one day, perfectly normal and seemingly in good health, and the next day in the hospital fighting for her life!! Please pray for her!! Things like this puts everything in the proper perspective. You never know what a day will bring.

Blessings,
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Beauty vs. the Beast!

Beauty...Oh, the things that come to mind when I think of beauty!
A colorful sunset...
Roses, the rich aroma of roses...
Well, Flowers...any flowers. I love them!...
2 boys getting along, as loving siblings should, playing and laughing...
Laughter...Husbands and wives laughing together with their kids...
A home that is neat and de-cluttered, reflecting and honoring the Savior!

Now, the Beast...The things that come to mind when I think of the beast!!
A cloudy, dreary day that makes me feel gloomy...
Japanese beetles eating my roses...
Dead, weedy flowers...
2 boys bickering....
Strife between husband and wife...No laughter...
And A MESSY, CLUTTERED home that you can't find your own head reflecting in the mirror, much less the reflection of the Savior!!

So, I've had ENOUGH!!! I am not a terrible house keeper. My home is pretty much "clean" when it needs to be, but I am ashamed to admit that it is CLUTTERED!!! I am one who has a hard time maintaining things. I will clean and clean till I am satisfied for the moment, but then...

Now my other "problem" is my DH who also is a bit... well, clutter-y! His biggest thing is PAPER!!! He is a master paper hoarder!! Piles and piles, mountains upon mountains, of endless paper!!!! Why? Why? Why?

Between the two of us, plus two other living souls in our home taking up space, things can get a bit, well...

So, again, I've had enough! I'm on a mission (again) to end the life of this beast. This week I have gotten rid of pieces and parts of the beast, along with mountains of the paper beast. My husband has been "cooperative" so far. He has actually been helping with the mountains! What a miracle! But will it last?

The clutter beast is coming to an end in our home! Beauty will prevail...

Is that a sweet aroma I am smelling...?
Saint Shellie

Updates of this endeavor will be posted. Will the Beauty conquer the Beast? Check back to find out.


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Our Daily Bread~ Scripture Memory Woes & Our Finished Book

>> Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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Well, last week's Scripture memory list turned out to be a doozy for me!! Even though we had been over them many times before, I just could not get them in my head! So....guess what's happening THIS week? Yep, more Scripture memory! I love to memorize God's Word, so I am determined to remember these. And of course, my sons think its funny when I can't remember as well as they do. LOL! So, my mind is set on this task. With the Lord's help, and of course, with little hints from the boys, I WILL memorize them.

Along with our tremendous list of Scriptures, we managed to finish our reading of The Weed with an Ill Name. What an awesome book! We will be discussing this book for a while. WEEDS! The weeds in our hearts can be so overwhelming, but thanks to the help of our Lord, they CAN be uprooted! :)

Until next time,
Blessings to you,
Saint Shellie

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