A Steady Diet of Beauty Magazines Will Starve Your Soul {I Peter 3}

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Today we are in 1 Peter 3 and these verses are not easy to tackle.

1 Peter 3:1 and 2 says:

“Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct.”

First we see that Peter is speaking to wives – that’s us!

Do any among us have a non-Christian husband or a husband, who is not obeying God’s word?   How do these verses say we will win them?

The answer…without a word.

Notice this does not say, by how many Bible studies we attend, how many meals we cook for the sick, how many Christian books we read, by the Christian music we listen to or by pointing out our husband’s flaws.

A husband is won…

without a word.

Simply by our submission…respect and purity.

1 Peter 1 continues in verses 3 and 4:

3 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.

In this passage the word adorning is also translated as beauty.

Does this passage forbid the braiding of hair or gold jewelry?  No! Thank goodness because I love braiding my hair and my daughter’s hair ;) and if you’ve seen my videos, you know this girlfriend likes some big earrings, right? Lol!

This passage says our focus should not be the same as the world’s. The world sells beauty as the pinnacle of achievements for women.  Every magazine in the grocery store is graced with a cover of a gorgeous woman and then 10 tips on how to apply eye shadow, 4 tips on how to diet, 5 tips on the newest fashion trends and so on.

A steady diet of beauty magazines will starve your soul.

It is a woman’s “fear of God” that will lead her to pursue what is precious in God’s sight – - – a gentle and quiet spirit.

I remember when I first discovered these verses in high school.  I was mortified!  Did this mean I had to stop laughing so loud and become introverted?  I was anything but a quiet girl.  How could I become what was precious in God’s sight?

After talking this over with my mother, I learned that this was not about my personality! Thank goodness!

This passage is referring to an inner peace, calm and strength that comes from a deep trust and faith in God.  A woman with a gentle and quiet spirit will be meek. She will deal lovingly and gently with others. She will not be consumed with worry but have a quietness and peace in her soul that draws others to Christ in her.

1 Peter 3:5-7 says this:

5 For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.”  7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

Oh boy, the difficulty of this passage continues.  Stick with me here.

We need a little background about Sarah to understand what she did that was so exquisite.

In Genesis 12:1-20 we see that Sarah was beautiful externally and Abraham was fearful that the Egyptians would kill him to steal his wife. So he asked her to…stretch the truth… and say she was his sister. Truthfully, she was his half-sister.  See what happened below:

10Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. 11As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”

14When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman. 15And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. 16He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.

17But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. 18So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? 19Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!” 20Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.”

In 1 Peter 3 we see Sarah being praised not because she was externally beautiful but because she trusted God and obeyed her husband in a dangerous situation rather than giving way to fear.

Now – hold on to your hat because this gets even more interesting… this scenario repeats itself again in Genesis 20 when King Abimelech sees Sarah’s beauty and once again, Abraham tells her to call herself his sister. She is taken as King Abimelech’s wife and then later she is released after the King has a dream from God that he should not have her as his wife!

Seriously!  Abraham – what are you doing? Why was he not trusting God? He was giving into fear! But Sarah – was as cool as a cucumber. She submitted to her husband, trusted in God and God protected her.

Sarah was clearly beautiful on the outside – possibly she was as beautiful as Queen Esther…since both a Pharaoh and King pursued Sarah’s hand in marriage the moment they laid eyes on her.

But it’s not Sarah’s external beauty we read about in 1 Peter 3 – it’s her inner beauty.  A beauty God admires and a beauty God has called us to.

You won’t read about having a gentle and quiet spirit in the beauty magazines being sold at your local grocery store.  But as we read through the Bible cover to cover, God will transform all of us from the inside out as we lay down our ugly sin filled hearts at the foot of the cross and exchange them for what is precious in God’s sight.

Today we have a choice – what will we pursue? A steady diet of the world’s beauty secrets or a steady feast of the living bread.

Let’s look at beauty from God’s perspective.

Let’s examine ourselves according to this passage and see where we are lacking.

Let’s ask God today to help us make changes in areas where we are lacking.

Walk with the King,

Courtney

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**Chime In:

Why do you think 1 Peter 3 is such a hard teaching for women of our day?

Do you struggle with having a gentle and quiet spirit? What gets in the way?

How does your husband respond when you display this kind of living?

What else is God teaching you this week through your study in 1 Peter?

 

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Overnight Slow Cooker Oatmeal

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Janelle from Comfy in the Kitchen has a comfy breakfast planned for us today!

She writes:

This morning I had some of my close mom friends from our children’s school over after drop-off. I whipped up an easy ham and cheese quiche, cut and washed some berries, and had this delicious oatmeal already baking overnight in the crockpot. May I just say…. it was so much easier knowing that one of my main dishes was finished even before I woke up!

We had a great time over breakfast and coffee….we live in such a blessed community.
Two tips for GREAT slow cooker oatmeal- Use steel cut oats and a water bath! If you have made Crock Pot oatmeal before, did you notice it crusts on the sides and sometimes browns on the bottom? The water bath prevents all of that nonsense. ;)

*I use gluten-free oats, but you may use any kind you wish.


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In a casserole dish add oats, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon.

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Fill Crock Pot up half way with water, then place the casserole dish inside and cover. Turn on low heat overnight and bake 8-10 hours.

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In the morning you’ll wake up to the smell of cinnamon and have delicious baked oatmeal waiting for you.

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Add milk, pecans, raisins and an extra dollop of brown sugar and sprinkle of cinnamon. Mmmm…

Thanks to my friends who shared their morning with me! Love you girls!

Overnight Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Serves:8
Prep time:5 mins
Cook time:8 hours
Total time:8 hours 5 mins

Ingredients
2 cups steel cut oats {I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free}
6 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Enough water to fill Crock Pot ½ way.
“Fixins” and extra milk as desired.

Instructions
In a casserole dish add all ingredients except water.
Fill Crock Pot with water.
Place casserole dish inside Crock Pot.
Cover and set on low for 8-10 hours {overnight}
Add your fixins in the morning {brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans, raisins, cinnamon …pour on additional milk to desired consistence}

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Janelle is a Christian, a Wife, a Stay at Home Mom of 3 young children and a proud- to- claim- it “Foodie”.

You can find her displaying step-by-step photos of her recipes, giving devotionals,and sharing meal ministry stories on her blog.

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Are You a God-Fearing Woman? {1 Peter 1}

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If you completed the book of Esther with us- Congrats!
That’s one book down and 65 left to go!
Be sure to mark it off on your “GMG Reading Through the Bible” Plan!

Here is this week’s reading plan:

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Today we begin the book of 1 Peter.  If you are new here – we are simply reading one chapter a day.

As we dig into 1 Peter, I marvel at the author of this book.  Peter  intimately knew our beloved Jesus!  He walked on the water and was there the night the soldiers came to take Jesus away.  Peter denied Christ 3 times BUT he also boldly preached Christ name to thousands in Acts and ultimately died a martyrs death, crucified upside down.

I wish we could discuss every part of this book because there  is SO much meat – simply just in the first chapter.  Immediately we see deep doctrines mentioned such as election, foreknowledge, the trinity (verse 2), sanctification, grace, peace, mercy, faith, joy, the gospel, angels and holiness.

But today I’ve chosen to focus specifically on 1 Peter 1:17-21.  It says:

17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. (niv)

It is because of the blood of the lamb that we have faith and hope in God.  All penalties for our sins were paid for at the cross but God has called us to holiness.  1 Peter 1:16 says “Be holy because I am holy”.

Sometimes we are tempted to return to our old way of life but as verse 18 identifies, our old way was –the empty way.

But what is the new way?

The new way is…

holiness and living in reverent fear of our Almighty God.

Are you a God-Fearing Woman?

I’ve been told by many women over the years, the reason they miss their quiet times is because they are simply “too busy”...

I believe it goes a bit deeper than that.  May I suggest that perhaps we don’t comprehend how HUGE our Majestic God truly is?  Perhaps we need to fear God a bit more in a culture where fear is frowned upon.  “No Fear” is a mantra we hear so often that maybe…just maybe…we need someone to pause and say to us…

Oh yes – we must have a healthy fear of God.

Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.~ Ecclesiastes 12:13

 Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever! ~ Deuteronomy 5:29

Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments! ~ Psalm 112:1

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. ~ Proverbs 1:7

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. ~ Matthew 10:28

In today’s video, I explore the fear of God a bit deeper and explain how I believe it will transform your daily time in God’s Word.

(if you can’t see this video – click here to play it)

John saw God in Revelation 1:12-19 and here is how he described Him:

Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.

17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. 19 Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this.

When we see the Lord Almighty as He is – we will not be able to keep away from the word – we will run to Him in the morning!

Are you a God-Fearing woman?

This fear should not cause anxiety but rather security.  You are a child of the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, therefore rejoice and pursue holiness today!

Walk with the King,

Courtney

**Chime In:  Who do you think wants us to not fear God?  Why do you think we focus more today in our churches, on the love of God rather than the fear of God?  How can you live out the fear of God in your life this week?

What else did you learn from your quiet time in 1 Peter today?

And in case you missed the Big News! Good Morning Girls has a new Facebook page! I will begin posting verses that correlate with our “Reading Through the Bible” plans Wednesday morning! Come join us!

For Better…or Worse {When Seasons In Marriage Change}

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1For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven:

2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Ecclesiastes 3 describes 28 different seasons of life and one thing is guaranteed, change.

Change is absolute.

In John 14, when Jesus met with his disciples he told them change was coming. He was going to depart but they were to have no fear because he was sending them the Holy Spirit.  The Greek word for “Holy Spirit” is parakletos which means: one who comes along side and helps and comforts.

God uses change to shape us and to open our eyes to his presence. We are not alone. The Holy Spirit is with us helping us through life’s changes.

Change is what turned Mary the peasant girl, into the mother of God Almighty! Change is what turned David the shepherd boy, into the King of Israel! And the change of Jesus’ blood covering over our sins, is what turns you and me from sinners to saints!

In our marriages, we will all face seasons of change.

Change comes from job changes, location changes, friendship changes, sickness, new births and the loss of loved ones.

Sometimes our likes and dislikes cause distance in our marriage.  I know in my marriage our hobbies have heavily influenced the way we spend our time.   Never did my husband and I foresee me being a blogger or a homeschooler.  As change comes into our lives – each spouse has to readjust their expectations, grace needs to be made, sacrificial love needs to be poured out to sustain the marriage.

Changes from the college days to starting a family or raising teens or taking care of ailing parents can be rough. When exhaustion and stress sets in – it changes people.

Some of these changes in life have not brought out the best in us…but rather the worst.

When iron sharpens iron – sparks fly.  Have sparks been flying in your home lately?

You aren’t alone. All marriages go through these seasons. Some last longer than others.  But this one thing I know….

God is using marriage as a great sanctifier in all of our lives!

What is sanctification?  Sanctification means to make holy or to purify, to set apart for God’s use.

When we were born again, we were declared justified in the eyes of the Lord.  Jesus’ blood covered our sins but we still need to be sanctified and made more like Christ.

Do you see how God is using your marriage to sanctify and purify you?  Marriage brings out our selfishness, anger issues, score keeping abilities, pride and trust issues.  God reveals our sin to us through the marital relationship and as we read His word and confess our sins, he purifies us and makes us more like Him.

Marriage is a sanctifier and this sort of spiritual growth is vital in the lives of all Christians.

Sometimes we are tempted to think that we are the only ones experiencing the pains of life. But changing seasons are normal, as Ecclesiastes 3 shows. Some are pleasurable and some are painful. There are positive things and negative things that happen to all of us and sometimes we just have to ride the wave as it goes down because a swell is coming on the other side and it’s going to be okay.

This week’s marriage challenge is:

Consider some of the ways that your marriage has changed over time. Start counting the blessings that these changes have brought. Write them down.

Chime In:  Which season are you in – a “For Better or…For Worse” season.  How has God sustained your marriage and what blessings has been brought through these changes?

Walk with the King,

Courtney

**This post is a part of the…

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Coming next:

September 15: Embracing Your Differences
September 22: Embracing Oneness
September 29: Embracing Your Friendship

Today my friends pictured above are also writing on
Embracing Change in Your Marriage.

Please visit them!

Darlene Schacht at TimeWarpWife.com
Jennifer Smith at UnveiledWife.com
Sheila Gregoire at ToLoveHonorandVacuum.com
Ashleigh Slater at AshleighSlater.com
Lisa Jacobson at Club31Women.com

 

This Week’s GMG Reading Plan {09.07.14}

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Good Morning Girls!

We are reading through the Bible, one chapter a day, cover to cover.  No sign-ups, no enrollment, and no subscribing is required. Simply stop by every Sunday for the reading plan!

This week we complete the book of Esther and begin I Peter.

Here is this WEEK’s Reading Plan {09.07.14}:

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 This is a free printable – click here to print it.

Here is this MONTH’S Reading Plan {September}:

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This is a free printable – click here to print it.

 Here are the free eWorkbooks for the rest of this month:

Esther  - Short eWorkbook
Esther – Long eWorkbook

I Peter – Short eWorkbook
I Peter – Long eWorkbook

II Peter – Short eWorkbook
II Peter – Long eWorkbook

I John – Short eWorkbook
I John Long eWorkbook

II John – Short eWorkbook
II John – Long eWorkbook

III John – Short eWorkbook
III John – Long eWorkbook

Jude – Short eWorkbook
Jude – Long eWorkbook

Psalm 1-30 – Short eWorkbook
Psalm 1-30 – Long eWorkbook

The SOAP method of study is explained in the workbooks.

PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE NO ASSIGNED PASSAGES TO SOAP – PLEASE FOLLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT’S LEADING AND DO WHAT TIME ALLOWS.

Some may NOT want to SOAP at all – simply work on the daily discipline of being in God’s word.  

Some may want to SOAP 1 or 2 verses, others may want to do 5-10, still others may want to write out the entire chapter.  Do whatever time allows you in this season of life.

Grace. ;)

The short eWorkbook has one worksheet a day for journaling your thoughts.

The long eWorkbook has 4 worksheets a day for those who like to write more or do extra research.

You do not have to use a workbook at all though. You can simply follow along just reading one chapter a day.

Below is the free printable of every book and chapter of the Bible to mark off as you complete your reading. You will want to print this and save it somewhere near your Bible (or in it). We will be flipping back and forth between the Old and New Testament, so you will want to keep track of what you have completed in case you need to take a break and return.

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Click here to print the

“Reading Through the Bible with Good Morning Girls” Plan.

 5 International Translations Available Now

Within our international GMG group, some of the women offered to translate the resources!  Here they are!

Spanish Translators: Beth Vollmer Chagas & Julie Chagas

Esther – Spanish Short eWorkbook
Esther – Spanish Long eWorkbook

1 Peter – Spanish Short eWorkbook
1 Peter – Spanish Long eWorkbook

Portuguese  Translators: Beth Vollmer Chagas & Julie Chagas

Esther – Portuguese Short eWorkbook
Esther – Portuguese Long eWorkbook

1 Peter – Portuguese Short eWorkbook
1 Peter – Portuguese Long eWorkbook

German Translator: Petra Rushing

Esther – German Short eWorkbook
Esther – German Long eWorkbook

1 Peter – German Short eWorkbook
1 Peter – German Long eWorkbook

Croatian Translator: Rosilind Jukic at http://dobrojutrodjevojke.blogspot.com

Esther – Croatian Long eWorkbook

1 Peter – Croatian Long eWorkbook

Dutch Translator: Eve Jansen at  http://www.lookaroundthecorner1.blogspot.com    

Esther – Dutch Short eWorkbook

1 Peter – Dutch Short eWorkbook

Are you a blogger?

Friday’s post will include a video and a link-up for bloggers who are blogging through the Bible or writing about their morning quiet times.  Simply use this graphic in your post  (right click – save as) and link it back to GoodMorningGirls.org then link up with us on Friday!

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Are you wondering what we’ll be reading next? In the months of October and November we’ll be reading…

Genesis!

I’ll see you back here this Wednesday with a discussion of this week’s reading.

Have a great week as you walk with the King!

Courtney

**Special Announcement: I have started a new Good Morning Girls Facebook Page.  I will begin posting there this Wednesday as we begin our reading in I Peter. I hope you will join me there today!