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A Woman’s Journey.


“Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord she shall be praised”
Proverbs 31:30

This webpage is dedicated to my life as a Christian woman. I was baptized in June 2007 when I was 32 years old. On this page I will share my thoughts, struggles, and joys in my walk.

I believe many churches today are just feel good churches with civic programs and missionary outreaches but little individual personal responsibility. They preach that God is good and to love Jesus but not that there are certain and specific ways we as Christians are told to live or that not doing so has consequences. The Sunday only behavior is very common where people behave righteously on Sunday (or worse, only part of Sunday) and worldly the rest of the week. They go to church to “get their weekly fill of righteousness”. Yes, I’ve even heard someone phrase it that way.

It saddens me to see professing Christians behaving in a worldly manner the majority of the time. This is very hypocritical and doesn’t help bring others to Christ. People need to see you live the true way everyday; not just on Sunday, when it’s convenient or culturally relevant to do so. We need to practice what we preach and be a living witness in all manner of daily life from our clothes and hairstyles to speech to what we do and listen to for entertainment. No one said it would be easy all the time. Temptation to return to worldly ways is all around, however, God will never send a temptation that is too strong to be resisted.

I’m not saying we need to act “holier than thou”. This is prideful and not right. Nor do we need to be “Bible thumpers” and overwhelm our friends and acquaintances by being pushy or zealous when witnessing to them. Rather we need to have a meek spirit and obey God’s laws just as we obey the laws of our country. Remember when dealing with others that small steps are often more effective than all at once changes. Be encouraging. Look for ways to subtly infuse God in your day. Show by example how joyous and contented righteous living can be once we surrender fully to God’s will and His laws.

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” 1 Corinthians 10:31

We don’t gain our salvation by works. That is only through faith and confession in Jesus Christ. But we show it through works. They are the fruit of our salvation. You can not have one without the other, as clearly stated in James 2 (kjv).

18: Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith and I have works; shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

20: But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

26: For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Not only does it matter how you act as a Christian, it also matters how you dress. As a conservative Christian woman, I believe “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;” -1st Timothy 2:9 (KJV) My way of fulfilling this is dressing plainly including the cape dress. I do wear other dresses and long skirts at times too. I and many of the other ladies at my church wear a headcovering according to 1 Corinthians 11.

I have recently re-discovered James 4:17, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” A child will be disciplined by its parents for disobedience. As children of God, we will likewise be disciplined for intentional disobedience. “He that saith, I know him and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his work, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him” 1 John, 2:3-5

“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And I will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:17 – 18

This doesn’t mean I don’t have good days and bad days. I still struggle with frustration and depression at times. However, I now have more good days than bad. My husband has noticed a change and comments on it to encourage me whenever I have a bad day.

I have switched to a more conservative, Biblical church which teaches specifics of how Christians should live according to Biblical principles rather than worldly ways. What an encouragement it was to find other families that believe as I do.

Someone recently asked why Christians believe in God. This person wasn’t a believer. Here’s my answer. It’s simple really when you boil it down.

You have auto and fire insurance. How do you know you will ever have a crash or fire? If not, then you have lost nothing except money. If so, then you are covered. Believing in God is spiritual insurance in a way. What have we lost if at the end we just cease to exist? Nothing except a little time periodically. What have we gained if Revelation is right? Eternal life in Heaven! What happens if we don’t believe and Revelation is right? Hell! There’s only 2 options if it is true. I don’t like the second. No one will truly know until it is too late to do anything about it. Are you willing to take that chance?

Joshua 24:15 “but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD”

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6 Responses

  1. Jeremy,

    Thanks. I haven’t had a chance to check them all out in much detail yet. From what I’ve seen so far , it sounds reasonable. That’s what I like about conservative Anabaptist churches. They still stick to the original teachings better than some “modern” and “contemporary” churches. They don’t over analyze things to twist them into what they want the scripture to say but rather change their own view to match scripture if necessary. Nor do they practice what I recently head described as ala-carte Christianity, where you pick and choose which to practice/believe and ignore the rest.

  2. I agree with reading the Scripture and Interpreting it with the help of the Holy Spirit.

    But, it is not proper for us, as followers of Jesus Christ, to label ourselves or put ourselves into a denominational bias. We must remember that ALL denominations are a creation of MAN, not God.

    Who did Jesus have issues with when he walked as a man on this earth? The religious leaders of the day.

    God says in His scripture he does not reside in buildings made with man’s hands, but He dwells among his people, hence us being the Temple of the Holy Spirit.

    Just remember that if we begin to say we are a part of this religious group or denomination or that one, then we have begun to put ourselves into a situation where the laws man makes take precedence over God’s law for our life.

    My and my family’s label is Christian, not baptist, pentecostal, episcopal, lutheran, or any other denomination you can name, such as anabaptists, or reformed baptists, or even reformed charismatics.

    “Lord Jesus, may your truth shine into our hearts and minds so that we may live according to your Holy Word and not to the way of this world and it’s understanding. We give you praise and glory and honor for redeeming us from this wicked world. Amen.”

    Bless you all,
    Jeremy from http://www.forgenerations.net

  3. Jeremy,
    We have denominations because of the ala-carte approach to scriptures. Also, people will always interpret things differently from one another so the denominations help keep like-minded thinkers with each other. This should limit inter-denominational feuding, but unfortunately, has in some instances increased it as both sides think they are right. This was probably most dramatically shown in behavior during the Radical Reformation of the 1500-1600’s between Catholics, Protestants (Lutheran primarily), and Anabaptists. Denominational labels help others know better where you stand on issues and practices (for better or worse). While I am a Christian first, I also align myself best with the conservative Anabaptist interpretations.

    Is this always a good thing? No. Is this the original way? No, but by the time of Paul’s letters to the Corinthians the church had already started showing differences. With such a large number of believers today, scriptural interpretations, and Biblical translations there will now always be differences in churches within the overall Christian church. In the end, do all these differences (some minor and petty like method of baptism, others more drastic like avoiding medical care) really matter? I’m not sure.

  4. On your site https://akhomeschoolfun.wordpress.com/church-2/headcovering/ I saw this:

    “We’ve now switched to a more conservative Biblical church (surprisingly, it is one my brother has been attending for several years). What an encouragement it was to find other families that believe as I do. Many of the ladies there also wear headcoverings. They don’t have a standard type or color they wear, but it’s usually a kerchief style. Several of the girls wear them as well.”

    I’d be interested in learning what non-Amish and non-Mennonite churches practice headcovering. Can you pass on the denomination of your church? I’ve been working on http://www.tinyURL.com/what-about-headcoverings

  5. It is a non-denominational group of loosely affiliated churches referred to as the Church of Christ. Some Pentecostal churches also practice headcovering.

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