To live

I long to live in Lancaster where the dandelions grow,

To grin and wave and say “hi” to everyone I know. 
To live in peace upon the land that’s blessed by many people,
To go to church on Sunday morn, the one with the big steeple. 
I love to breathe in the fresh air and look upon the streams,
Like in Ruth’s day when she had just enough corn to glean. 
Until that day that the Lord shall place me in that higher place,
I shall be his handmaiden to live in peace and grace. 

A virtuous woman

A virtuous woman is what all Christian woman should strive to be. What does virtuous mean?
She thinks upon heavenly things, not earthly things. So know we know what a virtuous woman is, but let’s see how the Bible describes her. 

Proverbs 31:10-31King James Version (KJV)

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

So it’s saying that a virtuous woman is not lazy, she’s prepared, and she fears the Lord. She is also kind, and blessed and loved. 

There are many examples of a godly women in the Bible. Ruth is one of them. 

“And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.” Ruth 3:11

Being yoked

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 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 will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 KJV
These verses are about being together with unbelievers. You shouldn’t marry one is what most people say verse 14 means. Being “unequally yoked”. To yoke means to fasten, attach, join. So to not be unequally joined together. 
When one is married they say “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
Mark 10:9 KJV
But I think it can go deeper than that. Are all your friends unbelievers? Do you hang with the “wrong crowd”? Could your souls tie with the wrong type of people based on what you do?
What is a soul tie?
A soul tie is an emotional bond or connection that unites you with someone else. You can become bound to a person through your soul. 
You have to pray to God to release your soul ties. 

When the Bible says be ur separate, it means it. We are to separate ourselves from these sinners by not hanging out with them except for the sole reason of teaching them about Christ and trying to free their souls. 

Jesus did not hang out with sinners. He taught them. He corrected them. He rebuked them. We should do the same. 

Giving up your ways

You know it really saddens me when I see Anabaptists, Mennonites, or even just plain people who’ve slowly given up their plain ways. 
The Anabaptists have a rich background In history. They stand for  separation of church and state, for non-resistance, and adult baptism to name a few things. Their ancestors died often horrific deaths from catholics and protestants. 

The most obvious thing about the anabaptist is the way they dress. The women wear dresses or skirts and cover their hair with various prayer coverings. The men wear their beards. 
But now I’ve seen good women friends of mine discard the covering. First women who discard the covering would do so in subtil steps. 
First they would go from a prayer kapp to maybe a hanging veil. Then from there to perhaps a doily. Next step, headbands, then nothing!
To see a Godly woman with a covering used to such an encouragement. Sometimes a person’s appearance is their only testimony to a passer by. 
Then to see them start wearing pants when playing sports (I know some of you say it’s a safety issue). Soon it’s just at home, then on outing trips. 
You complain “It’s too hot!”. So you wear pants all summer. “I’m not convicted anymore.” You just keep making excuse after excuse. 
Covering your head and not wearing pants are not a conviction. It’s a truth. The Bible says to do it so you do it. 
Soon the visual testimony is gone. You look just like everyone else. No one can tell that you are a Christian. 
I think it’s very important that our outside matches our insides. “And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the Lord am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.”
Leviticus 20:26 KJV

The truth

You would not say these things to me even though I’m born again because you know my history and when my sins began. If I was born plain, you see, you would have more respect for me.  But because I’m just like you, you treat me as anyone would do.
I’m here to tell you I’m not the same
 as you would think, I’m solely plain. 
My thoughts are on heaven above
What pleases Him my heavenly love
So next time think before you speak
I’m strong in Him I am not weak. 

To vote or no.

I just got into an argument about voting on Facebook. Someone dear to me was accusing me of being judgmental and “strict” because I don’t believe Christians should vote. 

Why shouldn’t we vote you ask? 
Because this world is not our home. We are all half-citizens. Our other citizenship belongs to God’s heavenly kingdom. We make no allegiance to this world (At least we shouldn’t). 
We are on this earth only for a short while and we should feel as settled in this world as we would feel if we were traveling in Mongolia. It may be a fascinating place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to sink down roots there. 
Our sense of identity should not be derived from this world, but from our relationship to God and His people, bound for heaven.

“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;”
1 Peter 2:11 KJV

You must apply the Bible to your life.

“Bible exposition without moral application raises no opposition. It is only when the hearer is made to understand that truth is in conflict with his heart, that resistance sets in. As long as people can hear orthodoxy divorced from life, they will attend and support churches and institutions without objection. On the other other hand, the man who preaches truth and applies it to the lives of his hearers, will feel the nails and the thorns. He will lead a hard life, but a glorious one.” -A.W. Tozer