Thursday, June 29, 2017

Eagles Wings





Be Blessed and be a blessing!







All Photographs in this post/blog © Cheryl Howard

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Lighthouses

Tybee Island
Ponce de Leon Inlet


Jupiter Inlet

Cape Canaveral

Tybee Island

Tybee Island

St. Augustine

Tybee Island

All Photographs in this post/blog © Cheryl Howard. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Living as a Priest for God


The Titus 2 Woman

Titus 2:3-5 New International Version (NIV)

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

The whole goal of a Titus 2 woman is to train younger women in Biblical, simple-to-measure, Spirit-empowered, love-based living.
Paul did not call for Titus as the pastor to train all the women in these qualities God wanted them to cultivate; rather he called upon the godly older women of Christ's church. He singles out the women of faith, those who had already learned to love their husbands, learned to love their children, and learned to be reverent, godly, modest and wise—and charged them with seeking out and meeting with every younger woman in the church.
The older women are to have mastered all the criteria and the younger women are trained in the last seven.
v. 3a “the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior”
First the godly character of the older woman in the faith is profiled. Without a reverent lifestyle behaving like a living sacrifice, dedicated to God—none of the rest even matter. That is why Paul starts here first!
Paul first draws a word from the Roman world to capture the entire bearing of these godly role model women in Christ's church. The Greek word translated “reverent” is used only here in the Bible, and it conveys the idea of priest-like. That word for ‘acting as a representative of a god’ is the word Paul uses to describe the devout and godly character of the Titus 2 woman. Older women are to live like holy priests serving in the presence of God. Their sacred personal devotion to the Lord has slowly come to influence every aspect of their lives.
Godly older woman have simply taken Romans 12:1-21 Corinthians 6:19-20; and Galatians 2:20 seriously.
Bodies presented as living sacrifices, holy, acceptable to God, not conformed to this world, but with transformed and renewed minds, in bodies that are temples of the Holy Spirit glorifying God in your body and spirit, which are God’s; no longer living for me, but Christ living through me.
They have presented themselves to the Lord, they have begun to live life the way God asked them to live—as a walking temple of God, as a consecrated priest of God, as a living sacrifice, and as a bondservant of the Lord.

The goal is to be godly women Living as a Priest for God. How can we as Christian Women help each other grow and live out our faith to be a light in a dark world? 

Let's be encouragers of one another.




Be Blessed and be a blessing!


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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Be Positive




Being positive does not mean we deny the existence of difficulty; it means we believe God is greater than our difficulties. (Joyce Meyer)


Be Blessed and be a blessing!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Personal Training


The Bible makes everyone both a trainer and a trainee



In a world where education seems to be offered everywhere, the biblical description of the church as God's training center for holy living is often overlooked. this error becomes obvious when a church lacks leaders. Effective leadership in a church is the result of proper training. When young believers have not been trained the church begins to flounder.

Read Titus Chapter 2

Paul instructed Titus to place responsibility of moral leadership on the elders. Older men and women (2:1-5) had to lead the way in personal holiness. If their lives demonstrated the transforming power of the gospel, they would leave a lasting impact on following generations. Young men who saw older men diligently maintaining their faith in Christ would do likewise (2:2). Young women who heard older women encourage them to "love their husbands, to love their children" (2:4) would be more likely to take the counsel to heart if they saw their mentors doing that themselves. Titus himself was to exhort "young men" (2:6). while making sure that he was consistently following the pattern of life he was teaching (2:7).



The degree to which sound training exists in a local church practically determines the health of that church. The pastor may be the designated teacher but the Bible makes everyone both a trainer and a trainee. Church members should rely on each other for spiritual guidance. The older generation should pass on to the next generation their vital Christian faith by word and example. The character that results from this process of spiritual training truly is an eye-catching advertisement for the gospel.


Be Blessed and be a Blessing

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Virtuous Woman

THE 10 VIRTUES OF THE PROVERBS 31 WOMAN



1. Faith – A Virtuous Woman serves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul. She seeks His will for her life and follows His ways. (Proverbs 31:26, Proverbs 31:29 – 31, Matthew 22:37, John 14:15, Psalm 119:15)

2. Marriage – A Virtuous Woman respects her husband. She does him good all the days of her life. She is trustworthy and a help-meet. (Proverbs 31:11- 12, Proverbs 31:23, Proverbs 31:28, 1 Peter 3, Ephesians 5, Genesis 2:18)

3.  Mothering – A Virtuous Woman teaches her children the ways of her Father in heaven. She nurtures her children with the love of Christ, disciplines them with care and wisdom, and trains them in the way they should go. (Proverbs 31:28, Proverbs 31:26, Proverbs 22:6, Deuteronomy 6, Luke 18:16)

4. Health – A Virtuous Woman cares for her body. She prepares healthy food for her family. (Proverbs 31:14 – 15, Proverbs 31:17, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Genesis 1:29, Daniel 1, Leviticus 11)

5. Service – A Virtuous Woman serves her husband, her family, her friends, and her neighbors with a gentle and loving spirit. She is charitable. (Proverbs 31:12, Proverbs 31:15, Proverbs 31:20, 1 Corinthians 13:13)

6. Finances – A Virtuous Woman spends money wisely. She is careful to purchase quality items which her family needs. (Proverbs 31:14, Proverbs 31:16, Proverbs 31:18, 1 Timothy 6:10, Ephesians 5:23, Deuteronomy 14:22, Numbers 18:26)

7.  Industry – A Virtuous Woman works willingly with her hands. She sings praises to God and does not grumble while completing her tasks. (Proverbs 31:13, Proverbs 31:16, Proverbs 31:24, Proverbs 31:31, Philippians 2:14)

8. Homemaking – A Virtuous Woman is a homemaker. She creates an inviting atmosphere of warmth and love for her family and guests. She uses hospitality to minister to those around her. (Proverbs 31:15, Proverbs 31:20 – 22, Proverbs 31:27, Titus 2:5, 1 Peter 4:9, Hebrews 13:2)

9. Time – A Virtuous Woman uses her time wisely. She works diligently to complete her daily tasks. She does not spend time dwelling on those things that do not please the Lord. (Proverbs 31:13, Proverbs 31:19, Proverbs 31:27, Ecclesiastes 3, Proverbs 16:9, Philippians 4:8)

10. Beauty – A Virtuous Woman is a woman of worth and beauty. She has the inner beauty that only comes from Christ. She uses her creativity and sense of style to create beauty in her life and the lives of her loved ones. (Proverbs 31: 10, Proverbs 31:21 – 22, Proverbs 31:24 -25, Isaiah 61:10, 1 Timothy 2:9, 1 Peter 3:1 – 6)



There's nothing more beautiful in all the world than a woman who is righteous and loves God. That's true beauty.

Be blessed and be a blessing.




Friday, June 9, 2017

The Love of the World




Count it all joy… James 1:2-3



Often we don't receive the things we ask of God because the motivation in our hearts is wrong. James addresses the Church as the Bride of Christ. He accuses her of spiritual adultery for her love of the things of the world.

God wants our love and commitment for Himself exclusively. when He sees us devoting ourselves to the world and material things He is jealous of our misplaced devotion.

You can't have it both ways - it's time to stop straddling the fence. We can find freedom and peace in God's Word - God's peace. 

God will protect us if we ask for His help; we don't have to succumb to the lure of worldly things or desires. God wants us to be concerned with Him and with spiritual things. He knows that the worldly things which tempt us would only leave us dissatisfied.

We can't live life in our own strength, we find strength in our dependence on God. No matter how strong we are, no matter how together we thin we are - it's nothing compared to God.

Graces is God’s part…Believing is my part

Be blessed and be a blessing!




Monday, June 5, 2017

Hebrews 13:5




God is With You

I believe that today, whatever you’re facing, God wants to remind you that He is with you. I believe God wants you to know that He is able to provide for you, to protect you, to sustain you, and to keep you safe—no matter what you’re facing.

I’m praying today that God will make everyone reading these words aware of His presence and provision today.

Be blessed and be a blessing; know that He is with you.



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