"Finally, brethren, Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, & if there be any praise, think on these things." Phillipians 4:8
Good Morning Friends! I read a WONDERFUL blog this morning that I follow! It was a CONFIRMATION for me! And I want to add the link for you to visit that you too will be blessed! Abby also has a link from her blog to another blog that I think you will find uplifting & informative too! PLEASE visit BOTH, as they offer different information! Here is Abby's Blog: http://littlebirdieblessings.blogspot.com/
Last night, I finished reading a book my friend wrote! It was/is her first book! I've known her for a LONG time! I was excited for her when I found out about her book! "I know an 'Author,'" I thought! How exciting! And I quickly offered to help her by interviewing her or doing a review here on my blog! As I read her book, it was GREAT! The story was suspensful, & flowed well...then, a little sensuality was thrown in & I felt warm! Uncomfortable! My thought & the thought that kept coming up was, "Why did you feel the need to go to THE EDGE?" As I read, those instances of sensuality were bumped up each time! With sin, once you dip your toes in the crystal clear, beautiful blue waters, you can't resist then going in up to the ankles, then to the knees, then to the waist... then something from deep below comes up & grabs you by the ankles & drags you under! Gasping for air, you struggle to get your head back above the surface! Pornography, (sin-whatever it is...) whether it be Soap Opras, actual pornographic magazines, books that you read, things that you create yourself, that aren't godly....WILL drag you under & destroy you!
"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, & to kill, & to destroy: I am come that they might have life & that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10
Satan will use ANY means to get you to dip your toe! He'll tell you WHATEVER you want to hear! Trying to convince you, "It's OK!"
There is a little song that comes to mind we used to sing in Sunday School & Childrens' Church; "Oh be careful little eyes what you see....Oh be careful little ears what you hear.... Oh be careful little mouth what you say....Oh be careful little feet where you go... Oh be careful little hands what you do... For the Father up above is looking down in love..." We HAVE TO BE mindful of Our Heavenly Father in ALL we do! If we're TRUELY serving God, HE MUST BE the one we are seeking approval from! NOT becoming famous, getting our name on a list, the esteem of another person, etc!
I ACTUALLY have been thinking on this VERY ISSUE for sometime---with the many things that have come my way over the last few years! And the very song I have mentioned above had come to mind then too! I had the thought, "WHY doesn't SOMEONE use this simple childs song to remind people of what the Christians' stance SHOULD BE in MANY instances in life!?!"
My sweet son knew I liked the group Casting Crowns & has been buying me their CD's ever since! One day, while listening to The Altar & The Door, this song came up & I WAS BLESSED!!!!!!!!! Below is a YouTube Video of this very song! Hope you watch & listen to the words!It says SOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!! http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Casting+Crowns+Slow+Fade&view=detail&mid=14AA5F8F26CAB513282B14AA5F8F26CAB513282B&first=0
As "Christians" we are to be a LIGHT to the world, "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid." Mt. 5:14. As "Christians" we are to be SALT to the world, " Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, & to be trodden under foot of men." As "Christians" we are to BE DIFFERENT THAN THE WORLD!
I REFUSE to be the kind of friend that tells people what they WANT TO hear! Then, I would be betraying MYSELF & MY LORD & SAVIOR TOO! My heart aches for my friend as I know she's probably hurting right now after receiving my opinion of her book. Say a prayer for her today? ( I haven't heard from her yet!)
The first image you see above is from Graphics Fairy, the other two are from Little Birdie Blessings! For more images, see those sites! :)