Friday, January 16, 2015

Embracing a Cold

You know, its hard when a cold from no where knocks you down!  And a hard one, not just the normal 24-hour thing we usually get.

But the reality that life is so fragile comes to mind again, the truth that life is swiftly passing, that's its not forever.  That in the end it only matters who you serve with your soul. 

The Lord is are only hope and though some may know Allah or Budda its sad the hell they'll have to face due to refusing the only son of God, or adding to what dear Jesus has done for us!

I must go, its late and I've been very busy!   Thank the Lord!
His Girl,
Faith Elizabeth
P. S.
Psalm 139: 3 and 5

Friday, January 9, 2015

The "Experiment" & Fogs of Change

So the experiment is over!  The family are all home and I finally feel 'at home' even though I have been(home) alone for the past ten days....

Let me explain, so the family left me all behind on my own.  They headed for S TX to play music.  And I'm still in the band, just I had to stay behind for my friend who's expecting (she still hasn't had the little booger, but she will when its time)!  And of course I was house sitting our house and taking care of the animals. :)

With the temps down to the teen I'm glad I stayed home, to keep this place semi warm (from totally turning into Frozen's ice castle) and to keep it from freezing pipes etc.  But I did have a bit of trouble getting wet wood to burn in the fire stove.  But problems over!  The family is all here again and its been fun to fit in that groove again.
I did ring in the New Year alone (an interesting new for me) but it was really fun to stay up and watch all the library movies I rented, thus 'till 6:30a!   But at 12a I skyped with the family in S TX. but Daddy was asleep already and the boys wanted to watch movies down there, so I let them go as I had to rush to my own movies... Cruel aren't I? ;)

Anyway that's my update.  But on a more seriously note, here's some thoughts I have about change.


Fogs of Change


In new things, years, seasons, changes etc.  there's usually lots to fear, lots to worry over.  Lots of unknown.

It takes one by surprise sometimes to realize some of these 'new's, but for some changes its super exciting.

In it all, these ebbs and flows of life, it can be hard to know what to do, how to proceed, to say yes or no... or maybe.   But ever underlying this universe, ever watching over, the Lord is there.  Christ Jesus who put us here in this day, in this hour for a reason.  Whatever that may be.

Lots of times its like a fog when you're thrown a new curve (in life).  Its all so hard to see, nothing is clear just the big questions in your face, all meshed together as one huge fog cloud.  All your business is halted due to this new fog-cloud of change.  And if you shine any light on it, that only mirrors back on you and you see worst then before.

Its like for a time the Lord ONLY wants you to see what's there with you now.  Your current circumstance.  And yourself.  And who lives within yourself (Christ, if you're his child).

A beautiful picture then comes to light.  The busy-ness around you has ceased and you can stop to see the joy you have now.  The amazing circumstances you may have to leave behind.  The Lord's love to you, abundant, never ending, as high as heaven is above us it goes on...  And his glory, shines out of your very soul, what a wonder in and of itself!  You're a beacon if you only leave yourself 'open' for him to shine and work through.

Its only when our life, our wants, our needs, our desires, our, our, our SELF gets out of the way that HE can beam from within us and change the world, be that with your words or gifts to those around you.

So in the changes, or temporary holds, its an awesome time to reflect on the brightest light ever, that happens to live within us, and on the creator who put us just here, just in this year, this day, this hour.  And who can take us home at any moment, or let his angels hide us if we're in danger.

If you serve the Lord Jesus you, with me, serve a terrible and marvelous God, the only one true God.  One who can be trusted every minute of everyday with anything, always.  Terrible is he, that I was in GREAT danger and condemned to hell for eternity guilty of wrong.  Even my lies would have sent me to hell, but for his MARVELOUS grace in that he has sent his VERY son to die for my wrongs, all of them.  Thus he PAID my debt of death, with his own death that I can go freely into heaven taking his place, as the child of God!    And its not over, he didn't only die for my own sins, but your's as well if you'll believe he is the son of God.  And he rose from the dead and defeated DEATH FOREVER, Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost!

His girl,
Faith

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Beginnings

 So its 2015, here upon us!

Wow, what a year 2014 was.  I already told you of that last week, but hey 2015 has more trips and adventures planned!

Like any girl, I'm excited to one day marry, settle down, figure out my man's favorite goodies, build a new life together, etc.  But all that will come in God's awesome timing, so for now... "LET THE ADVENTURES BEGIN" (the solo ones)!   I am working hard on getting music going 'hot and heavy' ;)   Lodge and hotel lobbies await along with snug coffee shops and luxuriously acoustic rooms!  I have already started our weekly videos on Youtube for a start, go check those out!  And I'm gonna do my own songwriting channel as well.   I am very blessed to be able to sing and play with my family and its so fun! :D

I am planning a Homeschool Camp Out for my friends, country wide, so I invite you all.  Do email, or comment if you're interested! :)  My family and I plan to do more such Shindigs, gatherings, and 'How-Downs'! :P   Check out http://digashindig.com/

So grab your pen and paper time for resolutions!  Dream big, plan bigger, alright pen poised, ready.... set.... go!

These two songs have helped this week!   I felt I needed share them.





God Bless!
-Faith

Friday, December 26, 2014

Blessed

With the year of our Lord, Two Thousand Fourteen, coming to a close I am overwhelmed with the multitude of blessings I've been showered with....  Thanks only to the Lord!

Blessings, overflowing, unending, abounding,
May-hap in little "Bless yous" murmured by strangers,
Or in nods of approval, they are about me, surmounting!

Like the endearment of a newborn babe I am privileged to hold,
I am so prized by a King, who yet came as this,
A tiny child, a blessing who's life needs be told and retold.

How he paid with his blood for all the sins of man kind,
To redeem all, the liar and slayer alike from the hell,
If they only believe on Jesus Christ the son of God who made, to see the blind.

The Lord Jesus is our only hope for eternal bliss.
Hell would be a torturous end for eternity
And this earth can guarantee no such happy ending bliss.
Just believe.


I've been so blessed to enjoy so many tiny little things, and some huge awesome fun trips!  :D  I have a precious life, thanks only to the LORD!  I don't live in bliss here, there is no 'bliss' here, and I don't live without problems, trials or trouble, but I have Jesus to hold onto.  Who will pick me up when I'm too tired to walk and will hold my hand guiding me everyday!

His blessed,
Faith



Here is a recipe (with my variation which are starred*) for
Gluten-Sugar Free Coconut Bars

Filling:
1/2 cup shredded coconut (*I used coconut flakes)
1/2 cup coconut milk (thick)
*1/4 cup coconut flour
*1/2 water
about 5 to 6 packets of Truvia (sweeten to taste, more if you need)

Coating:
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup cocoa powder
(I needed more so I doubled this)

Mix filling ingredients until thoroughly mixed and sweet enough for your taste.  Shape into a block, 4x5x1/4 to 1/2 inch thick use plastic wrap to help shape it, then wrap it tightly or place in bag; freeze about 2 hours, until completely solid.  Melt up your oil and cocoa in a pan.  Make sure pan is deep enough to dip in and make sure you have enough.  Set aside (but keep liquid).  Cut block into 3 to 5 'bars' depending on your preferred size.   Now come the messy part!  Dip frozen bars completely in and you're done (I found tongs are so much easier than anything else)!

Keep in fridge/freezer.

I want to put almonds in my next 'block' and make my homemade 'almond joy'! :D

* =additions I made!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Secure Surety

Hello again!

I am trying to get 'organized' now... so far so good. ;)  These blog posts are now every Friday at 12pm.

So in last week's we discussed setting fires for hell.  You know I, thank God, haven't now!  I am blessed beyond measure and am constantly awed by new gifts, joys, and blessings the Lord sees fit to send our way!

Its a choice of keeping one's tongue closed and remembering that the God of the Universe, of the millions of Galaxies (etc!) lives inside of me!  How wonderful he is!

I often forget this little fact.  And the fact that he is already winner over Satan.  This is where we crumble, to the unsettled.  I sure can't stand that uncertainty, and I no longer have to!  The certainty and fact in knowing Jesus is to me the most important.

We are created to need and desire order, and truth.  Without it what dim bliss, if it could be called such.   I've heard ignorance is bliss... what the foulest lie!  It is forever fearfulness and uncertainty of everything.  But in Jesus Ahh!  Just as the scripture says "There is no fear in love ('God is love' see verse 8): but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. ..." 1st John 4:18

Amazing!  So for this Christmas, I hope you have the surest surety in Christ Jesus.  The son of God, and Creator of the universe etc. and you.

This is why God's spirit made a mortal virgin pregnant, that the child would be both fully God and fully man.  Thereby able to die (as a mortal) for the sins of the world, and to be raised from the dead (as God) to defeat death and Satan, return and reign in heaven at the right hand of God!

God Bless you!
Merry Christmas,
Faith

Friday, December 12, 2014

Setting fires for Hell

When I wake up I think it'd be easy to go down stairs and have a happy morning.  But na, not when we stand for Christ!  Am I dreaming?  I guess so!  I often forget I do have a battle to wage everyday.
And when I forget that I attack my own side and I turn into a fire-starter for hell....

In the spiritual realm around my home, this is probably the most easiest job I could get.  And I often wake up and quickly apply for it!  This is VERY wrong and VERY scary.

I read 2nd Peter 2 this morning and was re-afeared of the Lord in the BEST WAY EVER!!!! PRAISE AND THANK GOD!!!!!

This verse stuck with me the most:  [2Pe 2:10 KJV] "But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous [are they], selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities."

I am often unafraid to talk evil of my authorities.  This is a VERY wrong thing.  And I am quitting this sin, that I was 'okaying' in my life and calling fine!

I have no right, adult or not, to talk evil of the authorities God put in place over me.  He wants us to obey them, he did put them in place for a reason!  Even Mr. Obama!!!  (Rom. 13:1)

And even as an adult in my parent's home I need to obey them and honor them.  [Heb 13:17 KJV] "Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that [is] unprofitable for you."  And even if my parents weren't Christians (Thank the Lord they are)!  [1Pe 2:18 KJV] "Servants, [be] subject to [your] masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward."

I am tired of being a fire starter at my house.  A fire starter for hell.  I'm sick of being a 'double agent' which in reality means I'd be in huge trouble with Jesus if I died!  :[  Here is the verse that re-awakened my fear of the Lord:
[Jas 3:6 KJV] "And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell."

And you know its better, though maybe a tad harder, to work for Jesus, but its awesome!
[Eph 6:11-12 KJV] "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.   For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]."


Check back next week for "My own Pilgrim's Progress",
His girl,
Faith Elizabeth Grubb

Friday, December 5, 2014

Crumbling Unsettled

James 1:3 "Knowing [this], that the trying of your faith worketh patience."

Proverbs 17:3 "The fining pot [is] for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts."

We've all been there once in that outer-space-like area where we feel miles, years and even worlds of control...
Where everything you've ever believed or trusted is being fried around you, to test its truth, strength, reality or not.  Its a scary and unnerving place, it feels like every inner conviction of yours is being unraveled out of you and you can't do anything to stop it, your deep rooted roots start snapping far underneath the ground of your skin and everything you've been raised to think was right starts to look all wrong, or at least not proven to be right...

This is the battle of life.  I've finally gotten here and its a tough, but interesting place.  Since our childhoods, whether children of Jesus or not, we've been seeing little glimpses of this battle since we were little kids.  We've even been battled when we were little but not so hard.
But I'm finally here being tried.  And we all are in our teens and early 20s.  Where will we stand concerning truth, hell, heaven, God, Satan, wickedness or righteousness?  The spiritual world wants to know and needs to.  So thus we are tried and tested.   Satan needs to know if he need bother with you, or are you believing his lies anyway?  Then no need.  And Christ needs to know, will you stick by him, and trust him in every area of your life?  Even when the very ground you're standing on crumbles under you?  

He has sent his very son to save us all, if we'll just believe but we tend to wait to decide.  We tend to relax and reach for the easiest route, thinking we have worlds of time to him-haw away.  But the truth is your's, mine all our lives are only vapours in the whole plan ([Jas 4:14 KJV] 14 Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.).

We don't have much time to plan for eternity which is never ending and timeless place after this life. 

God is real.  And you ask me how I know this.  He lives in me.  I know him.  Just like I know my family and friends.  He is so ready to get to know everyone of us.  We just have to ask to get to know him, like with any friend!   And he'll tell you about himself.  If we just listen.  If we cut off our friends or neighbors, they won't continue talking to us.

We are in a battle for life, over life.  God wants to know if you want life or not- eternally.  Ask him how to get this eternal life!  He will answer if you are truly seeking answers.  But he won't be mocked and answer a fool who asks for 'fun'.  Life isn't fun and games last I checked.  People die, people are born, people have issues, and yes people have fun and games, but not all day everyday of their life.  It will never be so.  And can never be in this life.

As I am a child of Jesus, I stand for him.   I am being 'tried' by the world now, or rather being laughed at and yelled at by the world.
[Jhn 15:19 KJV]  "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you."
Its all part of the battle and its awesome to see how today in our time, the black and white is getting clearer.  There used to be a big gray area but not now.  Are you for or against me?  Jesus wants to know.  Satan wants to know.




I can only tell you of my experience, but so far, this battle is about do I trust God or not?  In everything.  As I talked about the ground even crumbling under you.  Great, nice Christian leaders you've looked up to completely turning to Satan, family members choosing wrongly, friends turning to enemies.  But this is why we can't even trust our own spouse, or parent.  Jesus is the only one you can trust ever.  And when you start putting your trust in anything else, even things: being a singer, being a 'pretty' girl, being a 'Christian', being an American, you start to waver in your step and you even fall once or twice, or twenty times.  But its all worth getting up again for.  Just to see the Lord of Lords at the end of time... to even fall in death fighting for him would be worth it.  Worth all the love he's given me 'er I was dreamed of, while I was in my sin, while I was a wicked girl doing wrong and knowing it.   As this song ("His Kind of Love" by Group 1 Crew) says, his love was reckless for us, it'd be worth doing that for him in return!

Thank you Lord Jesus!  Glory forever and ever to you!
Your crazy girl,
Faith 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Christian Romance

Hello again!  I'm having a wonderful fall, I hope you are as well.
I have been offline for a while.  And plan to be off again, for a while.  Its given me time to think...

A few months ago our family got to visit a friend of ours and we got to talking.  Our subject: Christian Romance and Love.   The article that I shared with you all here a while back ("Always Ravished with Love") sorta spurred the conversation.  Anyway, from what I understand my friend believes two individuals must be all out 'in love' before they marry each other, for it to work.

I disagree.  Not totally, but I disagree that this is a must to get married.  In some cases I do find its a must for the two parties to be 'in love', but in others it isn't necessary at all.

For example, I know that throughout history (even up to the early-mid 1900s) many couples were arranged to marry.  They were either 'ordained' to marry so and so or their partner was picked when they were children, or they were told to marry such and such for their position in society.

Many of these couples married and remained happily married up until they died and they learned to love each other after marriage.   I'm don't deny it that some of these couples never learned to love their spouse, and rued the entire arranged marriage sadly till they died, utterly unhappy and ill-wed all their life.    But my point is that its not a guarantee (as the Ravished article seemed to say it is...) that if you are 'in-love' to begin with you will have a happy blessed marriage (this has been proven over and over in this modern era of the sex revolution where marriage='love' and 'romance' 24/7.  And if you don't find it the world tells you that its your 'right' to divorce).    

My friend, said he wants a love like Solomon's (in the book of Song of Solomon).  But this book, last I checked, is about a married couple and  is certainly not of how they met nor of the prior to marriage.  This is where I am in disagreement totally with him.  You will not always find your spouse with an instant revelation or spark of 'love at first' sight, most of the time actually you have to spend time together to let love grow (as it describes in the Ravished with Love article).
My sister for instance is now married and in love with a wonderful man!  They met in 2009 and never said a word to each other.  He actually talked with my other sister and I.  And then three years later he thought of Christina, who was nearer his age, so he contacted her.  They wrote each other and were soon in love and married!  They were in love before they married but not at first glance.  She actually thought she liked someone else at that time ;)

And another thing, God's plan for each couple is vastly different and never the same.  He created heaven and earth and we seem to beg and yearn to know his 'recipe' for finding a spouse and getting married, but to my knowledge he left us no such recipe.  And to me I don't think one exists!

He only left us a book of what a good person is like and what a bad one's like.  And he leaves it up for us to decide.  (I wrote more about this here).

I am just saying that one could marry without love if need be.  For instance in case of a man who's wife died and another lady came along that was good with children they could marry without love for the children's sake (like in the movie "Apple Dumpling Gang").   But I'm not saying marry someone you absolutely hate.  That would be a dumb mistake on your part (as you'd have to live with them the rest of your life).  I'm saying someone you know you could live with and you felt it was the path God was leading you to.  Not go out and marry a guy with kids.  God has rules and he loves us too much to let us end up in an unhappy marriage.  But I'm saying you could marry anyone whom you feel the Lord was leading you to marry regardless of your feeling in love or not.  There was a girl I read an article by.  She was in a courtship with a very Godly guy, whom she didn't really know.  And she knew God was leading them together and she felt it was his will for her.  So she (feeling it was too weird to marry without love) prayed and asked God to give her a love for the man before they got married.  Sure enough he did!   I just know I don't have to have love to marry a man if I knew he was the one God wanted me to marry.  And this 'love' business is just to glorified in this day and age and I'm sick of it sometimes.  Sorry for my crassness.

Just obey God no matter what.  The world swears we must have love to marry or just have it 'good'. But the Lord may call you to a marriage without knock-out sensual (worldly) love at first sight.  And He is all love himself and I know he loves to reward and give wonderful gifts of joy and peace to those who follow him, regardless.

Anyway this is just my take on the whole 'in love' issue.  It would be very nice, if I fell in love. And hopefully before marriage, but whatever my Lord wishes and he will direct me who to marry, whether he gives me love before or after "I do"! :)

The King's child,
Faith

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Give Thanks

Its been a nice Tuesday!  And Melody is 25 today!  And its a girl's party at my Memaw's tomorrow. So some free time, YAY!

So for about two years now I've been wondering what the will of God was for me personally.   Along with this (more recently about this last half year) I've been noticing thankfulness in the bible, thanksgiving, give thanks, with thanks etc.  Its mentioned quite often through out the bible its amazing.
Thus this past Sunday I heard a sermon this, about Thankfulness.  For thanksgiving! :D  Thus I've been learning to be thankful.  Seriously.
His sermon was about how thankfulness 'repairs' your heart, as in an heart disease, you take certain 'repair drugs' or surgeries to fix your heart.  And so spiritually thankfulness makes you spiritually grow, it makes your faith grow too, as in thankfulness you realize God has already provided everything! The verse he used for the whole thing was 1st Thessalonians 5:18.

1Thess 5:18 KJV "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

Its simple.  In growing up into adulthood, I tend to start thinking too seriously.  And thus I think EVERYTHING is too complicated!  But its not with Christ! :D   He's made it simple enough for a child to understand.  And its all FOR a reason.  He tells us NOT to worry, as its better for our hearts, minds, souls and bodies NOT to!  How awesome is he!
And he died for us and we still have to make life complicated!  Adulthood ain't that different, its just life, only you're in 'up to your neck'!  (to quote Gregory Peck in "Guns of Naverone").   We're still God's children and that's what's AWESOME we can become kids again and carelessly rest in our Daddy's lap, he's got it ALL under control! :D

Its just cool how he put it all together for me! :)  And what a study it'd be to look up thankfulness in the bible!

Thank you for reading and let me know what you're learning this Thanksgiving season!
His gal,
Faith



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Kindness at Home

My friends!  You all know how home life is, a bit too 'real' right?  Like waking up isn't a scene from It's a Wonderful Life where all the kids are so sweet and kind.

Its not as lovely as we would wish or like.  Home life is a battle as a Christian family.  Satan is there to whisper lies to everyone, and the angels of the Lord and he, is just sitting there to help, but we hardly ask we strive to do it on our own, by ourselves and we always fail.

I've been deceived by satan's lies and I'm tired of it all.  Its not fun trying to do it anymore.  Its work, useless work that we'll never win alone.

These are some lovely candles my dear friend Beth makes!
Its time to give up and let the Lord battle for us.  He can do it WAY better anyway.

I've been reading James.  And I love chapter 3.  But it also scares me.  As I with my mouth, having been setting afire the course of nature with fire from hell.

[James 3:1-18 KJV] "1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same [is] a perfect man, [and] able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 4 Behold also the ships, which though [they be] so great, and [are] driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6 And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8 But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet [water] and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so [can] no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. 13 Who [is] a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but [is] earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife [is], there [is] confusion and every evil work. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace."

Together as God's children we need to obey him, and yield to him.  No other.  And we NEED to continue to PRAY for each other.  Everyone, even that annoying sibling in Christ at church or at the last gathering.

I along with everyone could use prayer.  And also don't forget that as we are going through so much ourselves what about each one of our siblings and our future spouses?  They too are all Christians learning to trust the Lord completely and learning his will for us!

[Pro 17:1 KJV]
"Better [is] a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices [with] strife."
(All of Proverbs 17 is good, like verse 9)

His Girl,
Faith Elizabeth