My Body, My Rules

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I recently came across this photo on Facebook. Maybe some of you have seen it. I normally just pass right over this kind of stuff but when I saw that a couple of people I knew had commented on it I was interested to see what the comments were like. I should have never opened that up. I could not believe what “CHRISTIAN” woman were saying about this photo. Things like, “I was raised with the Bible and taught that sex before marriage was wrong. But when I was a teenager I decided I wanted to so I did. It was my choice to do it.” And also, “My daughter is only 5 but if she wants to have sex as a teenager that is fine with me. It is her choice.”

What does God think about this mentality?

” Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”   (I Corinthians 6:15-20).

It is not my body! God gave me this temple to use to honor Him. That is why I chose not to have sex before marriage. That is why I choose not to have tattoos. That is why I choose to dress modestly. That is why I exercise and eat right. My body is to glorify God. Yes, we have this choice. God allows us to choose between right and wrong. But that does not mean that choosing wrong is without consequences. Sin has consequences. Sin hurts. We need to be teaching our daughters AND sons that their bodies are to be used for the Lord. We need to be teaching them that sex outside of marriage is wrong and is not without consequence. We need to teach them that Christ paid the ultimate sacrifice for us.

Many comments on that photo were about not making rules for our teenagers but rather just equipping them with good decision-making abilities. I agree we need to teach our children how to make good decisions. BUT I also believe we can keep them from a lot of hurt by placing rules and restrictions in their lives until they are able to make those good decisions.

For example, before William could walk he slept in a crib. I did this to protect him. As he got older he was able to get in and out of a bed without falling so he no longer needed the protection of a crib. Then he was walking around and I needed to put up a baby gate by the stairs. I did this not to hinder his decision-making abilities, but to protect him from falling down the stairs. As he got older he was able to take the stairs successfully so the gate was removed. Now he likes to play outside. He is allowed to play outside but only in our yard. He is not allowed to go down the street by himself. This, again, is not to hinder his decision-making abilities but rather to protect him from being hurt. As he gets older he will be able to go down to the park by himself. Parents need to place restrictions in a child or teenager’s life to protect them.

Ultimately, however, we need to teach our children we do this because God said so. Whenever I correct my kids I say, “God does not like that.” “God hates that.” “God says that will hurt us.” And then I tell them what God does like. And it is important to use Scripture when doing this. It is NOT our bodies, our rules. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Jenn’s Skirt

I had an old jean skirt that I LOVED. It was so comfy and I wore it all the time. Then the day came where it was starting to look too worn out and I couldn’t wear it any more. Sad day. I couldn’t just throw it away. So I tucked it away in my sewing bin for a couple years. I brought it out a couple weeks ago and decided to make it into a skirt for Jenn. I took some photos to show you all the process. I am by no means an experienced seamstress…I just guess with everything 🙂 But it came out great!

I started out by just measuring Jenn’s waistline and the length I wanted the skirt to be. I added an inch to the length for the hem. Her waistline was 20″ so when I cut these panels I made the top of each jean one 4″ and the top of each pink one 2″. I made 4 each so that makes 24″. I made it a little bigger because I will be using elastic at the waist. I did not measure the bottom of the panel but it is about double the length of the top of the panel. I wanted it to be very “flowy”. Pictured below is what I cut for two different skirts, although I have only sewn up one so far. I also have ribbon for each skirt to go along the bottom.

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Trim the bottom so they are all the same length (I am really bad at cutting evenly). And flip it over and cut any extra material off of where the pieces are sewn together. You can also iron the seam down here but I didn’t because I was pressed for time. Also I just hate ironing. Seriously hate it.

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Next I sewed a hem onto the bottom and top of the skirt. This can be done while sewing on the ribbon at the bottom but I prefer to do it separately. It is just easier for me to keep things on the right track. Then I sewed the ribbon along the bottom. Remember, we haven’t sewn the skirt ends together yet. It is important to put the ribbon on before the skirt is sewn up. When you put the ribbon on, I folded it around the ends of the skirt just to keep it looking sharp.DSCF4693 DSCF4694

Not pictured, I then folded over the top of the skirt enough to fit an elastic through…about 3/4 inch and sewed all along the top. I attached my elastic to a safety pin and fed it through the “tunnel” I had created. I made the elastic about 18″ long. Afterwards, I think I should have made it a little shorter so it fit a little more snug. Anyway, once you feed your elastic through you can sew your elastic together. Then sew up the back of the skirt. This is such a simple project. And here, the finished project and a satisfied customer 🙂

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I know a lot of you are excellent seamstresses. I would love your tips and feedback on this project! How can I do it better? I have a whole big pile of my old clothes that I am ready to turn into summer clothes for Jenn and would love any tips or pointers before I get going!

Spinach, Spinach Everywhere!

I love spinach. The fresh stuff…not so much frozen. It has so many amazing benefits. Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein, and choline. (source). You can hardly beat it 🙂 This week I have been trying to get spinach into my diet for at least one meal, most days two meals. Here are a couple ways I have been using it:

Breakfast! 

Eggs and Spinach Omelet

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This thing is so seriously yummy. I just whisk my eggs, milk, and baby spinach all up together and pour it into a hot pan. Once it is fairly cooked I flip it and add shredded cheese to one side and fold it over like an omelet. Even the kids are asking for “eggs with grass in it.” Lol.

Breakfast/Lunch

This delicious blend can be for any meal. It’s so easy to make, too. In this photo I have frozen blueberries, spinach, and strawberries. A half a banana is hiding in there, too. After I took the picture I added some greek yogurt,

milk and cocoa powder. You could add orange juice and no cocoa powder if you wanted to. You don’t have to like spinach to make this. You won’t even know it’s there. This is Pepper’s FAVORITE snack. If she sees me eating it from across the room she will grunt at me until I come over and give her a taste.
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Lunch

Ok, you will have to love spinach to enjoy this salad. But it is so good!

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It is just spinach and sliced strawberries. I like adding fresh mushrooms to it but I didn’t have any. Usually I use raspberry vinaigrette but I didn’t have any of that so I found this recipe for the dressing. It sounds not so good but it was really good.

Ok, now go eat some spinach!

And since I mentioned Pep, here is her 6 month photo

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Encouragement

This past week one of the ladies from my church hosted a Bible study. We typically have a ladies Bible study once every couple months and they are always a huge blessing. I just wanted to share a few thoughts that were shared at the Bible study. It is so encouraging to study encouragement in the Bible 🙂

The main question we were asked was, “Why is encouragement so important?” The answer was found in Hebrews 3:13 “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”  

God wants us to encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ to keep us and those we are encouraging away from sin. This doesn’t mean we won’t sin if we are encouraging others. But it does mean that we can “fight off” a hard heart by encouraging others. And then that encouragement helps give them strength to fight off a hard heart as well. The bottom of our handout said, “When we are encouraged in Christ, we have strength to put on our spiritual armor and remain steadfast.”

We went on to talk about many places in the Bible where God talks about encouragement.We talked about men of God, like Elijah, who struggled with staying encouraged. We talked about a famous encourager (It’s my blog, I can make up words if I want to), Barnabas.

Then the discussion was opened, inviting woman to share ways they have been encouraged. Everyone was quiet for a while, then some one said, “I know I have been encouraged by others, but the only thing that is coming to my mind right now is how I have been encouraged by Scriptures.” Then the conversation got going! Almost every woman shared how they had been encouraged in God’s Word that week. What an encouragement that was to me! God uses His Word to encourage us, then when we share it others can be encouraged by it as well!

I just have to share one of the verses that was shared that night. Exodus 20:21, “And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick of the darkness where God was.” When you find that you are in the darkness, remember that God is still there. 

So think now of someone you might encourage. Send a note or call them up. Let them know you are praying for them, tell them they are doing a good job. And when the Lord puts it on your heart to encourage someone, do it. You never know what kind of help it can be. Remember what God says in Hebrews, “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”  

Favorites Game

This is an extremely simple concept but my kids had a blast the other day with it and I thought it was worth sharing. Having a two year old and a four year old, they have very different interests at times. Then being a boy and a girl they have very different interests at times. It can be hard to play with both of them together without one being a little bored. Then they like to fight over who gets to choose what we play and it ends up being a stressful morning with a lot of tears. Yesterday started out that way then an idea struck me.

When I was a kid and my sisters and I couldn’t decide what to play, we would all write down our ideas and put them in a hat. Then we would pull from the hat and play that thing. Easy. Fair. So yesterday I had the kids each give me a list of the things they wanted to play. Jenn’s list had things like princess, monkeys, towel on the head (I had no idea what that was until we played it haha), flashlights, etc…just simple things she wanted to play. Then Will’s list was things like Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Zelda, etc. I cut the pieces and the kids folded them up and put them in a bowl. They each got a turn to pull from the bowl. We would play that game for 3-4 minutes then move onto the next activity. They taught me how to play all their made up games which was a lot of fun. There was no fighting. It was a nice morning 🙂

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