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

Pregnant at the Ripe Ol' Age of 38!!

>> Monday, December 28, 2009

Yep! You read it right. I'm just at 9 weeks pregnant! The days have been filled with complete exhaustion and frequent nausea. And because of this, housework and schoolwork has been slipping and sliding to the wayside! Christmas has come and gone for another year, so now is the time to get back to "normal" living... if that is even possible at the moment.

I will post, of course, about my journey through this pregnancy, along with what God is doing in me to prepare me for this new season in our lives.

Blessings,
Saint Shellie

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Two of My Favorite Christmas Movies

>> Tuesday, December 15, 2009

There are so many Christmas movies out there, and so many versions of the same ones. But out of just about all of them, my two favorites are...A Christmas Carol and It's a Wonderful Life. This month, my son and I are reading A Christmas Carol and he is doing a lapbook to reinforce his learnings of the literature. This is the first time to actually read the story, so we are getting so much out of it. I love it so much because it is a redemption story...through Christ!!! Not only is Scrooge changed to "do good", but is actually born again!! That fact can't be denied in the story. And another thing I like about it is that it's never too late for redemption! No matter how old you are and how many mistakes you've made, Christ is ready to save you!! Of course, we are also watching one of the movies. My absolutely favorite version is Scrooge. Albert Finney plays Scrooge, and he is such a fantastic actor. And this is the version I saw as a child when our school class went to see it in the theater... in the '70s!! So, if you havent't seen it, try to find it and watch it with your family. It's great!!

Another favorite is It's a Wonderful Life. What a great movie for your kids to watch to see what it really means to "reap what you sow!" James Stewart is another great actor and this has got to be his greatest film. At least, that's my opinion, even though I haven't seen all of his films. LOL! Just to see how he put his wishes aside to help so many people in his community...And then to see how they come running to help when he was in desperate need! Sowing and Reaping! What a concept.

So, to reflect on our own lives... How can we change our ways to look more to the poor around us? What ways can we sow into other people's lives? Just a thought to ponder!

I know this time of the year can be quite busy. But how about get some popcorn and hot chocolate with your family and kick back and watch these movies. You may just get a new perspective.

Blessings to You and Merry Christmas,
Saint Shellie

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Dealing with Anxiety

>> Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Troubles come and troubles go. Questions arise, with or without answers. Many days come along and go as planned, without a second thought about it. But then there are days that bring with it many unexpected things that can bring on anxiety!

How do we deal with this anxiety? These questions in our minds? These doubts that plaque us continually throughout the day, or week, or maybe a month or more? Is anxiety good for us? Can it bring us closer to our Savior, or does it ultimately lead us away from Him? Does anxiety come from our Lord, ... or from our enemy??

To tell the truth, I deal with anxiety at the oddest times. Early in the mornings before I even wake up! From out of nowhere, a thought will pop into my head about something I need to do, something I forgot about, or something that seems so urgent at the time. How annoying this is!! Then, of course, I can't go back to sleep because I'm fretting over this thought that won't go away. Well, if I get up, have my coffee and time with the Lord, I will eventually get over it and will realize how ridiculous it was.

But there are some days that an anxiety will get the best of me. What do I do? Fret and pray. Then, honestly, fret and pray some more. Now is this honoring God? I would have to say, "No!" Now here's a bold question for ya, ...

Is anxiety a sin??

Let's look at the Word of God and see what He says about anxiety.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Now back to my question... Is anxiety a sin? Well I look at God's Word as commands, not suggestions. So when Paul, who wrote this under the inspiration of God, says to be anxious for NOTHING, then I see that being full of anxiety is going against The Word.

Is anxiety, itself, sin? Well, I would say no, but it's what we DO with it that can be sinful. When we take that anxiety and run with it and fret about it, then it is sinful. We have to ask ourselves, "Do we really trust God?" Do we trust God's providence in our lives? Can we believe that this "thing" that we are experiencing is part of a bigger plan to make us more like Him? And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son... Romans 8:28-29.

God tells us to cast all our cares on Him because He cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7) So, He knows that we will have things that make us anxious and worrisome, but He wants us to take those things and give them to Him. Isn't that something to be thankful for? Being anxious about something does not make me feel good. I physically feel terrible when I'm anxious. But to be able to give it to Him... and then trust Him to deal with it, that makes me feel better.

Jesus, Himself, had an extreme anxiety attack when He was praying about His upcoming crucifixion. So much so that He was sweating blood! Now was that anxiety sin? Of course not!! We're talking about sinless Jesus!! It's what He did with this anxiety. He prayed that the Father would take the cup from Him, BUT not His will, but the Father's will be done!! He was casting His care on His Father, giving it to Him, and was trusting in God's Providence!!

This morning was one of those mornings when something came up and made me very anxious. Of course, I fretted and prayed, but then fretted some more. I finally had to face up to it and do what needed to be done, but only after I finally gave it to God. I had to tell myself to not worry, that God would take care of the situation, regardless of the outcome. And it turned out that everything worked out beautifully. Better than I even expected! God is good! He's always good, even when things look bad. We can always trust His Providence! So, don't fret, don't worry, He is our Father who loves us with an everlasting love.

The next time anxiety attacks, my prayer is that you (and I) would be encouraged by these words and would quickly remember to be anxious for nothing and to cast our cares on Him!!

Blessings,
Saint Shellie


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A Change in Focus! And a Challenge to You!!

>> Thursday, December 3, 2009

But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly, or of necessity; For God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9: 6-7

We've made a decision... This Christmas season, we are taking the focus off of ourselves and putting the focus on our Savior. Each year we get sucked into the "gimmes" and what we want, but not this year! We are going to do what Jesus would want us to do. To be extravagant givers!!! We are going to give each other a gift, just not many gifts. Instead, with the money that we would spend on ourselves, we are going to spend it on families who need help. We have adopted 2 families in our area who can't afford to buy gifts for their kids. We hope to shower them with gifts that show them the love of our Savior. Sprinkled with little notes hidden in the wrapping to share that God loves them and He cares for them. And that there is someone praying for them.

Of all the "things" that I would love for my kids to get for Christmas, THIS is the one I want them to "get" most of all!! It's not about us, but about HIM! To take our eyes off of ourselves is a practice in dying to ourselves. The "gimme gimmes" only feeds selfishness. Our lists of all our wants only feeds our carnal flesh. That doesn't honor God. But being extravagant givers does please Him!

I'm excited! My kids are even excited. We all are excited about doing this. And I'm excited about how my family will be blessed. I'm excited about how these families will be blessed and how seeds will be sown into their hearts. Who knows, they may have never been told that they are loved and cherished by their Creator. But they will know now. Because we will tell them! I am believing that God will use this for their good.

So, my challenge to you is... What are YOU willing to do differently this Christmas to reveal the real meaning of the season?? Let me know. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Blessings to You this Christmas!
Saint Shellie

P.S. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on my Christmas message to you. You will be taken to another page (kids4truth). I promise, you will enjoy it.


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