Feminine Farmgirl Challenge~ Day Three & Four

Greetings my sisters in Christ! Today has been a blessed and adventurous one for us Halberts. . .we worked in our garden! We haven’t done many gardens before and we are looking with great anticipation for the fruits of our labor. How exciting! We’ve battled roots, weeds, and just a moment ago Momma faced her most feared nemesis. . .a snake! πŸ™‚ I think it got away, but not without a few scars and scares (I’m sure we frightened it as much as it did us!) :o) It has been such a blessing to work in God’s creation and I want to thank and praise Him for His marvoulous handiwork. Truly, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” Psalms 19:1
 Well, my purpose for this post is to show my outfits for Feminine Farmgirl’s April challenge. Ever since I became convicted to wear modest clothes I’ve struggled between wearing practical and feminine clothes. (Momma’s been trying to tell me that!) I have found this challenge very helpful because it has reminded me that God desires us girls to be feminine. (I knew that, but was having a difficult time applying it :). I think this challenge has helped me become more mindful of how feminine and modest I can be. I’m excited as God takes me down this new path!

Day Three:
Yesterday I wore one of my favorite jumpers which Momma and I (mostly Momma πŸ™‚ made. It is a blue jumper with light blue flowered print and at the moment is pared with slippers :). Yesterday I spent alot of time studying and then both Momma and I went to two of our classes.
Day Four:
Today I wore a white blouse with light pink flowers which we bought from Dress Barn while visiting Pennsylvannia. Underneath the blouse I wore a pink shell. I was very blessed by finding this jean skirt which I didn’t think fit any more. Praise the Lord it does! I’m also wearing a  pair of leather sandals which I’ve deemed work shoes. Since I have worn jumpers and skirts I have rarely felt constricted or unable to do certain things. Today we worked in the garden and I found wearing a skirt did not hinder me at all, infact I think it may have kept me cooler!
I hope you all have a blessed night. Let’s keep pressing higher dear sisters!
 Because of Him,

Feminine Farmgirl Challenge~Day One & Two

Hello all! I joined Jenna at Feminine Farmgirl and Feelin Feminine  for the April challenge. . .the challenge of dressing femininly and modestly for one week! I’ve been wearing skirts and jumpers for about five years, pretty much since I became a Christian. I did not start out dressing modestly though. Before I became a Christian I tried to dress as immodestly as I could in order to gain attention from men. This is such a sad state to be in and I thank the Lord that He has helped me in dressing modestly and desiring to be a blessing~ not a hinderance ~to men and Christian brothers in Christ. I also cover my head. . .something for which I have gained many bessings from! So, I hope as I post my outfits for this week I may be a blessing and encouragement. Let’s rise to the highest, dear sisters, and glorify our Lord in our dress (which starts with our hearts!)  

Day One:
Here is the outfit I wore on Easter Sunday. Momma and I found our outfits while visiting Pennsylvannia last week. I’m wearing a paisly light pink and black skirt, a purple shell, and a light black sweater which I really like because it is feminine and modest. Momma is wearing a purple flowered skirt which buttons in the front and a purple blouse (very sweet).

Here’s Momma! So pretty!

I work at a Christian camp called Discovery Ministries as a cook. Because we had a group of campers over Easter weekend I had to go in on Sunday afternoon to make up a little meal. So, I quickly changed into a jumper, white shirt, my favorite white sneakers and bobbie socks (so cute:). I have found jumpers to a real blessing. They are feminine, practical, and because I am a little bigger they have proven to be one of the best ways to be modest. Please excuse the dying dandilions! πŸ™‚

  

Day Two:
Here I am on Monday afternoon. I’m wearing a white jumper with a blue and red flower print, a blue t-shirt, and a pair of sandals. Thank you Jeremiah for being such a willing and good photographer.

May the Lord bless your day sisters! By His grace,

Our Pennsylvannia Trip and Photos!

Greetings Friends! I hope you all are having a blessed Easter Day. I have a few things I wanted to write on so I’ll get started!
~Today is Easter Sunday and the day we celebrate Christ’s resurrection. Is it not amazing to think that because Jesus loves us he died and then rose again? Truly we serve an amazing God. I feel my heart becoming more in tune with His, yet growing in the Lord is so painful some times. Isn’t it amazing that the God who died for us is willing to help us? “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
~Last week I was priviledged (and blessed) to go with most of my family (Daddy had to work!) to Pennsylvannia. We spent five days near the Poconos where Allie and Jeremiah snowboarded at seventy-one degrees! (Since we’ve spent most of our lives in Alaska I’m sure you can imagine the fun and heat-related-exhaustion they experienced :). While at the Poconos we spent good time resting, visiting with each other, sight-seeing and town-seeing, and shopping. We enjoyed eating at authentic Chinese, Indian, and Bulgarian resturaunts. Near the end of the week we left for New York City and that was an experience! We had alot of fun walking on Time Square, eating a hotdog from a hotdog stand (isn’t that what New Yorkers do?), looking at the Statue of Liberty from the shoreline, walking little Chinatown, cruising through Macy’s, and riding double-decker buses. There are so many people it all seemed a little chaotic, but I enjoyed it and am thankful for the time Momma spent in taking us. : )   

A tremendous waterfall at Shawnee-on-Delaware.
Doesn’t Momma remind you of Maria from Sound of Music?
Indeed, New York is a big place. It is sad to think though, that many of the people are not saved.
It was a fun and relaxing trip and I haven’t even finished yet!
~Saturday morning we left for a wedding in Ephrata, PA (our main purpose for our trip). It was such a blessing to see two godly young people marry. I don’t think I’ve been to a wedding whose obvious and sole purpose was to glorify God (while marrying two who love each other). I was/am so blessed. This couple hadn’t even held hands until their wedding day and were marrying each other in complete purity. What a blessing. Let’s take encouragement, my fellow sisters in Christ–if we will submit ourselves to Christ He can make any relationship pure, holy, and blameless. I have not had many godly examples of courtship and boy/girl relationships, but because of this wedding I am striving foward to become the woman God desires me to be–married or single!  
~On our way home we were able to stop and see my momma’s younger sister and her family. You all are  such a blessing to us and it was alot of fun (and giggles) to be with family. We love you guys!
One extra blessing was that we were able to stop in at my dear friend Diane’s house. What a sweet blessing and encouragement to visit a friend’s home! Thank you Diane and your sweet family for your time, puppies :), coffee, and brownies! We loved seeing you all!  
This trip was a real blessing and time of refreshment (even though we missed you Daddy!) thank you Mommy and Daddy! We loved it! Have a blessed Easter Sunday my sisters and let’s keep pressing on to the Lord!
By His grace,

Peace Challenge

Greetings my dear sisters in Christ! Today is a lovely spring day and I am blessed to be alive.
 “Cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk: for I lift up my soul unto thee” Psalms 143:8
I’ve been blessed by this verse today. . .I’m to trust in Jesus’ loving kindness and He is kind! So often I mistake the loving God we serve as a God who wants to squish me for every wrong doing. But no, God is a kind and loving Father who has provided me the way to trust Him and to walk in His ways. His grace is sufficient for me! Praise God!

So my purpose for this post? I took up the Peace challenge given by Jenna at Feminine Farmgirl. I had been visiting Jenna’s blog and had noticed that she was giving challenges for girls to practice different godly virtues and I was so blessed and excited! So when March’s challenge was given I signed up with high hopes of attaining the peace of God. Unfortunatly, I must say that I did not follow this challenge faithfully. There were days when at night I would think- “Oh no! The day is done and I have not even thought of the peace challenge!” I often forgot to seek the peace of the Lord and tried to fix the problems I faced in my own strength. I have much to learn, but I thank Jesus for His patience with me! So here is my report of the peace of God in my last month and how this challenge has personally helped me.

This month has gone by so quickly. . .tests have loomed over my head, bedroom floor issues have moved Daddy and Momma out of their room and into mine (I am thankful they can use it. . .I tell them their renting from me! :), I’ve been making my bed in the living room, and I have been dealing with many struggles in my Christian walk. To put it simply–this month was not a month of natural peace for me! But I am thankful for Jenna’s challenge because it reminded me that I can seek the peace of God. Jesus wants to give me peace
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Tim. 1:7 What a lovely verse. . .God has given us sound minds. When I first became a Christian I strongly struggled with the fear of becoming insane, ( I know that sounds strange) but I was very afraid! Jesus showed me this verse and comforted me in that He wants and has given me a sound mind. He does not want me to be afraid, but to trust in Him and that leads to a sound mind. God is so good!

I had applied to College of the Ozarks (a Christian school three hours away that has a work program which allows students to be debt free). I was very excited and felt like I was going to be accepted (I had applied one time before and was rejected). The long-awaited day came when my supposed confirmation letter arrived in the mail. But, for some reason, God chose for me to remain at home. I struggled greatly with this. . .I had such high hopes and had been dreaming about the day I would be able to quickly pursue my education (with the blessing of my parents). I went into my room and remembering the peace challenge wrote in my journal and tried to give my trouble to the Lord. I found this very difficult and can say that I did not lay it all before the Lord,. . .but by looking up a few verses and showing the Lord my problem I was able to see that God had a plan. And he still does. I must say that lately I’ve been struggling with a feministic point-of-view (I’m ashamed to say). For the last five years I have wanted nothing else, but to marry (if God allowed me), have children, raise my children as a keeper of the home, and to walk in the grace of my Lord. But lately I have fallen in the trap of feminism, and it is a trap so contrary to God’s will. Since God did not allow me to attend College of the Ozarks He has been slowly changing my views of having a career, marriage, and godly womanhood away from the world and back to Him. (I bless Him because He is answering my prayer in that I knew I needed Him to change my view of womanhood). I say all of this because it was an instance where I needed the peace of God. God is still working on me–teaching me that His way is best and that He will never leave me nor forsake me. I have much to learn, but I feel like the peace challenge helped me focus on the Lord instead of my problems! Plus, I would like to join the April challenge which for the first week of April is self-control and dress. If you would like to join too you can find the details at Feminine Farmgirl. I’m excited!
May the Lord bless your day today dear sisters. Seek Him because He will give peace!
With love,

The Truth Project and Evolutionists

“Great is God our Lord, great is His power and there is no end to His wisdom. Praise Him you heavens, glorify Him, sun and moon and you planets. For out of Him and through Him, and in Him are all things….. We know, oh, so little. To Him be the praise, the honor and the glory from eternity to eternity.”- Johannes Kepler

Hello dear sisters in Christ! Daddy, Momma, and I are participating in the Truth Project- a very neat set of video lessons. This week and the last we covered the topic of evolution. I was very blessed by these topics and greatly appreciated the facts and quotes presented. I would love to talk about evolution and creationism, but since we’re heading out to Pennsylvania tonight I wanted to give a little introduction and leave some quotes for ya’ll to think about. Please know that I am learning about all of this. I wish I could explain different things about the below quotes. . .if any of you have something to add please do!  πŸ™‚

~”One has to only contemplate the magnitude of this task to concede that the spontaneous generation of a living organism is impossible. Yet we are here – as a result, I believe, of spontaneous generation.” – George Wald

~”Evolution is a fact amply demonstrated by the fossil record and contemporary molecular biology.”- Carl Sagan

~”An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satisfied to get it going.”-Francis Crick

“Biologists must constantly keep in mind that what they see was not designed, but rather evolved.”- Francis Crick

The above men are very smart (Mr. Francis Crick was co-discoverer of DNA), yet they refuse to believe in a Creator. Mr. George Wald believes in spontanious genertation–the thought that life could come from non-life. This was once a popular a popular idea until Louis Pasteur proved it wrong many years ago. Mr. Wald chooses to believe in the impossible because he does not want to believe that the world was created. Mr. Carl Sagan stated that evolution was a fact demonstrated by the fossil record and contemporary biology. One has only to look at the modern advances of biology to see that some how, some way every cell–a highly advanced creature–has been designed. Mr. Francis Crick, a brilliant man, had to remind himself that while he was gazing at life and all of its perfect order and design was evolved. It is so sad that these brilliant men would refuse to see that there is a Creator and refused the opportunity to enjoy exploring science through Heaven’s eyes. 

 ~”In the face of the enormous complexity that modern biochemistry has uncovered in the cell, the scientific community is paralyzed. No one at Harvard University, no one at the National Institutes of Health, no member of the National Academy of Sciences, no Nobel prize winner — no one at all can give a detailed account of how the cilium, or vision, or blood clotting, or any complex biochemical process might have developed in a Darwinian fashion.”-Michael Behe

~”In crossing a heath, suppose I pitched my foot against a stone, and were asked how the stone came to be there; I might possibly answer, that, for anything I knew to the contrary, it had lain there forever: nor would it perhaps be very easy to show the absurdity of this answer. But suppose I had found a watch upon the ground, and it should be inquired how the watch happened to be in that place; I should hardly think of the answer I had before given, that for anything I knew, the watch might have always been there. (…) There must have existed, at some time, and at some place or other, an artificer or artificers, who formed [the watch] for the purpose which we find it actually to answer; who comprehended its construction, and designed its use. (…) Every indication of contrivance, every manifestation of design, which existed in the watch, exists in the works of nature; with the difference, on the side of nature, of being greater or more, and that in a degree which exceeds all computation.”– William Paley, Natural Theology (1802)

I am just so interested in this all! May the Lord bless your weekend!