Monday, September 17, 2012

Kept by God



"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." -1 Peter 1:3-5
What really spoke to me in this passage of scripture was the phrase "... kept by the power of God through faith..." what  WONDERFUL news! Why? It is HOPE, hope in Jesus, hope that is made SURE by the resurrection of Jesus. Hope that can be given to us because Jesus bore the wrath of God for our sins! As Christians we have a great hope in Him knowing He will keep His word, and His word says that He will keep us!  -amen-
"Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls." -1 Peter 1:6-9
Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Praise God! 

"Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" -Romans 8:30-31
If you haven't understood the point I am trying to make maybe this will clarify it a bit...
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."   -Romans 8:38-39
As Christians NOTHING can take away our inheritance in Christ. Why? Because we are kept by the power of God. Those who are truly Christians will remain Christ's forever. This is why the prodigal son can have hope (God brought him back -kept), and this is also why the plant that springs up among the rocks withered away (never truly was Gods -unkept). In both situations the deceitfulness of this world entice the person, but the prodigal is humbled and brought back while the other withered away.
"They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us." 1 John 2:19
This post is not trying to create a license to sin. Quite on the contrary actually. Seeing the assurance of the complete work of Christ on our behalf should encourage us to become obedient children desiring to please our father- not for salvation, but because of love.
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9
This post is to ENCOURAGE the discouraged, to bring JOY to the down hearted, and to put your CONFIDENCE in Christ and not yourself. Christ is our sure hope!


"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." -Romans 12:12



Warm Regards,
Ashley




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Thursday, November 17, 2011

A blessing from God

I don't know if you have noticed, but there is a fancy new ticker on the right side of this page counting down to the most recent blessing from God. We are having a baby! I am so excited to pregnant again! This will be my fourth pregnancy, we only have one child living, so if you remember or ever think about me and my family throughout your day we could use your prayers for peace, a healthy full term baby, and a healthy safe delivery.

Also if you could pray for God to give us wisdom about whether or not to move out of state to get work, and if it is the Lords will that He would open doors for us to go and have a temporary place to stay.

Thank you for your prayers, and I hope to keep posting if morning sickness will permit!

Warm Regard,
Ashley

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Correcting Fear and Worry

This morning I woke up with a thought that I heard sometime before:
'How much of our lives are wasted worrying about stuff that doesn't even matter'.
I began thinking about that statement and examining my thoughts. I thought about life and all the cares I face daily as a human being. I thought about all my past worries and how now they all seem so silly because God was in control the whole time. I started to look at how I ought to think, you know, what is the stuff that does matter?

I got really rebuked because all my past thoughts and worries (even the ones from yesterday) were so earthly minded. I mean they were only focused on the here and the now. Checking my thoughts by that statement and remembering that I am a daughter of God and my home here on earth is only temporary, I came to a conclusion that what really matters and deserves my time, thoughts, and energy is to seek God and His Righteousness and apply that to every area of my life. To live in such a way so as to encourage my husband and child(ren) to do the same.

Now that I had that reminder starring me in the face, I realized I need to let go of my worries and hand my problems over to God. Not to worry about what God would do, but to just forget them and rest in His Grace and Mercy and enjoy His Goodness. Sometimes it is hard to just stop worrying and give our lives over to the one who is directing our paths anyways.

"A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps."
-Proverbs 16:9

We say Lord you have my life do as you please... just please don't change anything unless it is going to be really great! I am guilty of this for sure! I have never said those exact words, but I show it in my attitude and actions towards God when things don't go as planned. I think as Christians, the reason why it is so hard for us to give our plans over to God without worry is because we don't like change because it can be brought about by painful trials. However, lets examine that fear by what we know the bible says about tribulations (or trials):

"And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly." -Romans 5:3-6

Although it may be hard to lay down our fears and worries it is definitely worth the fruit it produces in our lives. When we let God have control without grumbling and worrying about all the changes and trials we are going through and just trust Him, we will enjoy Him more and a load of stress will fall off of our plate!

We are going through a stormy road right now, and it was refreshing to examine my worries through a more biblical perspective. My life lately has been so consumed with worry, but I didn't even realize it. I guess I just called it obsessive planning for the future in my brain, and took out the bad word- worry. I know that worry is a sin. Fact. Proof:

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." -Matthew 6:34

When God tells you not to worry and you do, you are disobeying Him and disobedience is a sin. Worrying doesn't change our circumstances anyways it just stresses us out and can actually make us ill. God is caring for us by telling us not to worry. He wants to love us and take care of us and for us to trust Him when he says so!

"“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?"" -Matthew 6:25-27

In a desire to trust God and follow His word because I love Him, I am going to cry out to God for Mercy and ask that He strengthen me and forgive me for my sins- especially the sin of worry. I also want to ask that when the temptation arises to worry that I would trust Him and He would help me to be victorious over my sin. The road ahead is going to be hard (it already is hard), but I am going to pray and seek His face as a weapon to battle worry.



Warm Regards,
Ashley


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Getting to know you.... well me :)

30 Things You May or May Not Know About Me

While I don't think that learning little facts about me will strengthen your walk with Christ, I do think it will be fun for you to know a little more about the person behind the posts. So here it goes (in no particular order):

1. With both parents re-mar
ried and four siblings married I am one of 17 siblings originally one of 6.








2. I faked needing glasses in 4th grade because I didn't want to do my homework. Now I really need them.
3. Although I have attempted to play several instruments in my life and I was in band in high school for three years (percussion) I am not musically talented at all, despite the fact that most people in my family are!
4. I am really close to my mother's side of the family compared to my father's side (who I grew up within 30 min. of) that only really knows I exist.
5. Although I claimed Christ at the age of 4 on my parents bed one morning I don't think he gave me a new heart and opened my eyes to what He has done for me until my first semester at Bible College.
6. I attended Calvary Chapel Bible College (ccbc) as an alternative to joining the army (I already had a departure date for boot camp) courtesy of my brother and his wife. I can't thank them enough!









7. I only attended ccbc for 1 semester, but I lived there for 2.5 years.
8. I became reformed in doctrine and started to hold to the doctrines of grace while attending ccbc even though they are opposed to it.
9. The first day of bible college I told my room mates that I was going to marry Abraham Juliot, who I barely knew and only briefly spoken to twice before that. 8 months later we got married.












10. April 13, 2012 we will be celebrating 4 years of marriage!
11. We have a firm belief that birth control is in the hands of the Lord, and have never tried to take it into our own hands.
12. We have 3 children and only one living. Asaph John Juliot :)









13. I have been working on knitting a baby blanket for probably almost 3 years and I am still not done!
14. I don't have a drivers license.
15. I have worked at Kmart, Calvary Chapel Conference Center Twin Peaks, and volunteered at Springs of Life books store at ccbc.
16. I am allergic to bee stings (although I don't know how severe of a reaction I can have).
17. I can't tolerate spicy food, but I wish I could.
18. I love Mocha Almond Fudge ice cream.
19. I don't like coffee, and don't drink it.
20. Lord willing I am going to homeschool m children.
21. I am scared to fly on airplanes (not because of 9/11), and I am usually praying tons for safety while in cars.
22. I think it is fun to be girly and get cute for my husband, but I don't like dangly earrings- I feel like they slap my face when I turn my head.
23. I love nature and love being outside.
24. I think I like coloring and playing with blocks more then my son, and he thinks they are both pretty great!
25. Unfortunately I share my birthday with halloween.
26. I think dogs are better then cats.
27. My best friend (besides Abraham and Asaph) lives in South Carolina :(.
28. I prefer fruit over candy or sweets (for the most part).
29. I love to play board games with my family (except Catan- with which they are pretty much obsessed!)
30. I have never had a cavity or a broken bone. Thank you Jesus!

Congratulations if you have made it this far! I hope you feel like you know me a little more then before. Sorry I couldn't post more pictures I ran out of picture space!

Proverbs 18:24
"A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."

Warm Regards,
Ashley

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Seeking God in Chaos


"11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD,


but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake,


but the LORD was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire,



but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. " -1 Kings 19:11-12




Life gets chaotic. Let us remember that we need to daily take time to stop what we are doing and hear God's voice. Even if it means waking up earlier, going to bed later, or just waiting one more day to _____ (fill in the blank) so we can sit down with God, and hear what He desires to teach us. Sure we can pray without ceasing during our chaotic days- and we should, and yes the Lord is with us always, but if we don't take time to listen to His still small voice then we will surely been worn out more easily and we will go to bed with hungry spirits. Beloved let us remember who our hearts belong to, and why we are here anyways.

"Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him." -Psalm 2:12

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

But have not Love....

I Corinthians 13
For Wives

By Jim Fowler

If I exercise my freedom to speak my mind and say what I think,
but do not have love,
I am just a squeaky wheel or a dripping faucet.
If I know the mysteries of how to please a man
and the guidelines of a Proverbs 31 wife,
but do not have love,
I am just going through the motions.
If I submit myself to my husband in total availability,
and do not give myself in love,
I am but a pitiful marital martyr.

A wife's love is patient with all her husband's "big ideas,"
adaptable to his preferences,
and supportive of his leadership.

The love of a Christian wife does not nag;
does not keep a running list of all the times he has hurt her feelings.
It is not provoked when he does not pick up his own things,
does not come home when he says he will,
or wants to do something at inconvenient times.

In love for her husband a wife will keep herself attractive,
join him in his recreational pursuits,
and express her admiration for him often.

A wife's love bears all the insensitivities,
believes that God will mold the marriage and the man as He desires,
hopes that God will be glorified in what they do,
and endures the inevitable marital conflicts (OK - fights!).

All the feminist propaganda will disappear.
All the latest fashion styles will soon be old-fashioned.
All the material things will break down and deteriorate.

Now abides faith in God's sufficiency,
Hope for a marriage that glorifies God,
But the greatest of these is Love
that puts the other first so as to enjoy God's intent for marriage.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

What Defines a Virtuous Woman

Proverbs 31:10-31

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are many things a Christian woman ought to know and follow in order to be an example of a virtuous woman. A key passage on this topic is Proverbs 31. As I was listening to Read Through Desiring God with John Piper at the end of the second session on chapters 3 and 4 John Piper said something that sparked a light of encouragement (and a slight challenge) in me. It was on praising men and he gave the example of that by using

Proverbs 31:30, "Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised."


I have heard that passage many times, and desire to make it a part of my life, but to be honest many times I felt I could not measure up to the Proverbs 31 woman because I don't have the ability, resources, time, etc. to do half of the stuff she does. So often in my mind I associated her being praised because of all the "stuff" she does to be a help meet and mother, but today I realized I got it wrong. She is not praised because of the outward deeds she does in this temporal life, but because of her spiritual roots being founded in Christ- her fear of Him, and desire to love Him and be joyful in Him which overflows to obedience in Him. Sure she is not afraid of the snow because she has taken the precautionary measures to cloth her family (Proverbs 31:21) but more importantly she is not afraid because she is grounded in a God who is for her.

This was pretty monumental for me the thought that when trouble arises or when winter comes I don't need to worry or fear because I have God on my side (not saying everything will pan out the way I think it ought to). Also the fact that she is praised for her fear of God and not merely the things she does or how she does it.

So I mentioned that I felt a little bit of a challenge and the challenge was to be so rooted in God like in

Psalm 1: 2-3, "

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.",

that when trouble, adversity, change, or anything that would make me worry or fret arises I would be un-moveable in my steadfast love, trust, and confidence of God. That my children will remember who God is and what He has done in my life and that they could apply it to their own.

So today instead of thinking of all the ways you can go green, eat raw, exercise, live with less stuff, get back to the old ways of living, learning to sew and cook, or whatever it may be instead put forth your best in learning to fear God. Don't get me wrong I think being a wise help meet is very important and I don't think that I should be a sluggard with my time, but what matters most in life is God and I think that a lot of other things have become our idols- especially as woman.


Warm Regards,

Ashley


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