Tuesday, February 26, 2008

My favorite speaker

Here is the link to the website of one of my favorite speakers, Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I listen to her everyday. She really is an exemplary speaker. I also read her books. They are excellent!


Terrible song!

Have you ever hated a particular song? You hated it so much that it itches your skin! I have. Here is the first stanza...

I am woman, hear me roar In numbers too big to ignore And I know too much to go back an' pretend 'Cause I've heard it all before And I've been down there on the floor No one's ever gonna keep me down again.

Roaring woman! What a terrible description of a woman. There are so many women today who have a lifestyle of roaring. They cry their "own way" out loud. They want everybody to tiptoe around them and grant whatever they want. Some ladies don't roar loud. But it doesn't mean they aren't roaring! Roaring women get depressed a lot. Why? The answer is simple, the more we desire to control the more frustrated we will get. It is not about us. It is not about what we want. But it is all about God and what He wants to accomplish in and through our lives.

Here is a song that every woman must love to hear and sing...


Monday, February 25, 2008

The Fear of the Lord

Our pastor preached about the fear of the Lord yesterday. He talked about how Aaron's sons were consumed by the fire of the Lord causing their deaths when they acted irreverently toward Him. This morning, I was reading the first 10 chapters of 1 Chronicles. I came across the verses that mention about how Uzza was struck by God to death when he acted in a way that did not show reverence of His presence. This makes me think about one of God's characters, being a JUST GOD. I was wondering why so many people today show no reverence of God's presence. Obviously, they do not have the Fear of the Lord. I've been noticing that the subject on fearing the Lord has been intentionally left out. Preachers do not even want to preach about it in their churches, saying that they do not want people to be walking a Christian life in fear. But if Jesus Himself preached about hell and the coming judgment more than a hundred times, why can't we talk about it? We all need to know and remember that God is a JUST God. He is a righteous Judge! A righteous judge would never let the guilty go unpunished. This truth should create in us "the fear of the Lord". This kind of fear helps us to get rid of every unholy activity we are engaging in our lives by the help of the Holy Spirit. This kind of fear ushers us to love the Lord our God with everything we are and everything we have. This kind of fear is the defining character that places a woman in an honor that surpasses the attractive reputation of other noble women.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Noble Woman

Proverbs 31:29 says "Many women do noble things, but you excel them all." I was thinking about what makes the woman in Proverbs 31 surpass other noble women. Both are noble. Both have physical stamina and hardworking. Both are attractive. Both contribute to the financial wellness of their households. Both have "beauty and brains". The following verse (verse 30) discloses the line that clearly separates the two. "Charm is deceitful, beauty is vain, but a woman who FEARS THE LORD, she is to be praised." What makes a noble woman excel other noble women? She fears the Lord. She has an exceptional wisdom! Proverbs 1:7 says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of WISDOM, but fools despise wisdom and instruction."

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Becoming a woman that God designed me to be

I've been working on becoming a woman that God wants me to be. I am a firm believer that every woman is created with a reflection of God's beauty. Wherever I am today- spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally- deep inside me, there is this "God's standard of beauty" that is waiting for a breakthrough. I've been thinking a lot about how the God pictures a beautiful woman. I've seen and known a lot of women who are very obsessed with beauty. They think perfect make-up, fashionable clothes, pretty sandals, very thin bodies and etc. make them beautiful. Usually, women of this category are attractive until they open their mouth to speak. For all they could say is shopping, fashion and comparing themselves with other women and nothing deep. On the other hand, I've also seen and known women who just don't care about their appearance. Some just gave up on the idea that they could become beautiful regardless of what they look like now. Some are just lazy to take care of their bodies. They hide their insecurities by appearing to be knowledgeable, thoughtful of others and funny. They say, appearance doesn't matter, being moral is. Others define a beautiful woman in three words, "beauty and brain". But how do I define a beautiful woman? I admit that I am still in the process of trying to define it according to God's perspective. But here is what I came up so far... a beautiful woman is a one who was redeemed by the blood of Jesus through her repentance of her fallen nature or sinfulness. Whose heart is filled with a passion for godliness and a deep desire to obey the Lord whatever it costs her. Make-up, fashion, being moral, being knowledgeable, academic achievement (high education, as they put it), hard work and etc., they are not necessarily bad but an obsessive desire for them, taking pride in them and without a heart that is redeemed by the Lord Jesus- a spiritual regeneration, is a description of an "ugly woman".