Greetings from a sister full of joy! I want to encourage you all who are going through a difficult time, a valley, in their spiritual and physical life. I have been battling many valleys lately, since the beginning of December and I haven’t been victorious. But, I praise my Lord and Saviour who has seen me through!! While I’m dissapointed over my failures I see that God has worked them out for my good!
Praise His name! I wanted to put three “valleys” which I have struggled with as of late and show you how the Lord has been there the whole time and the wonderful goodness He has to give!
Valley number 1: My Momma has been away. My Momma, who is part-time in the Air Guard, has been on a trip for a couple weeks. With her being gone I have been feeling very lonely…she is my best friend, my closest confidant. And with her being away I have been feeling anxious and depressed. Jesus has shown me that those feelings of anxiousness and emptiness are simply signs of Him needed to fill a hole in my life. But I was using my mom! And humans, no matter how dear to us, can never fill the hole in our lives. Only Jesus can! It’s like building my life upon the sand….a foolish choice because when the rain falls I will as well. ~Matt. 7:21-29
The sweetness of valley number 1 is that God helped me realize that He is enough to make me happy, to fill my heart! Besides that, He is the father of the fatherless [motherless] ~Psalms 68:5. I believe He becomes that Father even if my earthly father or mother is only temporarly away! He is that good! He is also the friend of the friendless. God is so good and if we were to only trust Him, He will fill us with joy, peace, and happiness.
So after this trial I simply want to bless and encourage my Mommy. I miss you, but Jesus can fill my heart and I hope you had a wonderful trip. And to my family at home, thank you for being there and being my friends. May I be a faithful and good servant, daughter, and sister to you all! I’m so thankful for my wonderful family!
Valley number 2: With moving away from Alaska it has been somewhat difficult to find and make friends. In the last several weeks, this has made me struggle alot with being blue or sad. Jesus again showed me that only He can fill my heart whether I have friends or not! Once again, He is the Friend of the friendless. The biggest point the Lord graciously showed me is that His ways and timing is perfect ~Ps. 18:30. It is He who has moved us here and woe be to me to grumble or complain ~Ps. 28:5. In His timing He will bring friends. Perhaps during this time He wants me to concentrate on learning to lean on and trust in Him, or maybe He wants me to use this time to allow Him to fill my heart entirely with Him ?! I don’t know! But I do know that His ways are perfect and He has only good planned for me
Valley number 3: This valley is similar to valley number 2. It is the valley of needing fellowship. We have found a Bible beliving church (praise the Lord!) and have been visiting there. But I have found it difficult to go through my days without close, truly like-minded fellowship. This has led to my being sad, upset, and anxious. But this is not what Jesus has intended for me! He has promised me peace and joy! So were is all of this joy and peace? I have been throwing it away for the sake of a pity-party and cheap thrills. Jesus wants me to be satisfied in Him and Him alone. When I realize that even large amounts of good, godly fellowship can’t bring me true happiness and that only Jesus can satisfy my hearts deepest longings, I begin to find joy and happiness. The lesson Jesus showed me is that, once again, He is enough. Jesus knows my deepest need and in His timing and way He will fill it. He is a good friend and will not leave us alone and anxious; instead He will give us peace and contentment when we finally rest in Him. He is so good!
This modesty survey was recommended to me by a couple of friends and I am so thankful for their recommendation!
The modesty survey was created by Alex and Brett Harris. Their website is called TheRebelution.com which is defined as “a teenage rebellion against low expectations.” This survey has really opened my eyes to what guys really think and how precious they view modestly dressed ladies. I was so blessed. With the huge amount of temptation to dress immodestly, we may feel like modest clothing is a “ball-and-chain” and a guarrentee to “old-maidhood” (at least that’s how I’ve felt sometimes) (and by the way, if God desires one of His children to remain unmarried it is a blessing!! Marriage is wonderful if it is in the Lord, but being single is a blessed opportunity to serve others and the Lord! It is a privilege! Imagine the blessings God pours on His single children). But, we must remember that the Lord calls for us to be modest. Let’s be willing to give up the world’s ideals so we can be obedient to our Father. And I promice God blesses those who obey! He has me!!
A little caution- this survey is a wonderful tool, but if you were raised dressing conservative and modest your whole life and have never dressed as the world (as I had for about 16), this survey could open your eyes to the world’s styles in ways that may not be profitable. You are able to choose what sections you want to read, but I caution you to make wise decisions so as not to bring undue burdens upon your heart.
Below I’ll paste the website’s message about the modesty survey. I hope this blesses and encourages you all as it did me!
TheRebelution.com has launched the results of their massive Modesty Survey! Over 1,600 Christian guys have answered questions on everything from glitter lotion and lip gloss to swimsuits and skirt slits! It’s everything girls have ever wanted to ask guys about modesty, but were afraid to ask! For guys, it’s really interesting to see what other Christian guys think!
Most importantly, the survey is presented as a resource to help Christian girls (and guys), not a list of legalistic rules, and it is accompanied by the Modesty Survey Petition (which tons of guys have signed) which encourage young women to focus on the heart, not the hemline, to honor their parents, etc.
The results were released on St. Valentine’s Day as a gift from 1,600 Christian guys to all Christian girls — and I can’t think of a better one! Now the survey is being endorsed by people like Shaunti Feldhahn (“For Women Only”) Nancy Leigh DeMoss (Revive Our Hearts), CJ Mahaney (Sovereign Grace Ministries) and Shannon Ethridge (“Every Woman’s Battle”)!
Go check it out: www.therebelution.com/modestysurvey
But also make sure you spread the word to all your friends. We want as many Christian girls (and guys) as possible to see this, so forward this email on!
Your (Excited) Friend,
P.S. Guys, they are still accepting signatures for the Modesty Survey Petition, so this is an opportunity for you to still share your voice on the topic of modesty!
THE MODESTY SURVEY
Dear sisters in Christ,
I was hoping to share a few encouragements on how to walk through the valleys of life. Lately, I’ve been struggling in some areas and the below points have encouraged me to look to Jesus and His Word.
1. Look to Jesus- When we begin to look at life’s issues we sink farther in to self-pity and ungratefulness. Jesus has paid for our salvation and it is safe to trust Him with our problems. Jesus cares for us!
2. Don’t rest in your feelings- The pain this has caused me! When I don’t feel like reading my Bible, when I feel like I can’t go on, or I feel like I can’t be forgiven I must realize my feelings are decieving me. God has given us feelings to help us be sensitive to sin and righteousness. But, God’s Word is what we should rely on during times of struggle.
I read once that God uses the valleys to test our faith. If we are being tested, be encouraged! that means you have faith.
God bless you all as you walk on in Him, Frannie
Right inside our front door is the living room. Recognize those couches?
Momma sitting in the living room- so pretty!
The rack that hangs over our kitchen counter.Our family room looking into the sunroom.
Our fireplace insert in the family room.There are a few pictures missing (like Allie’s and Dad & Mom’s bedroom). They’ll be here as soon as possible! 🙂