Do you know your ABCs? A - Admit that you are a sinner. B - Believe that Jesus is God's son and that He died on the cross for your sins. C - Confess your Faith in Jesus as your Savior and Lord!

“…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”                                                                                                               (Hebrews 12:1)

Have you ever watched a spider spin a web?  It is indeed one of the amazing abilities designed by our Creator.  Precise…Purposeful…Productive.

In contrast, many of us spend our days amidst the trappings of the world, pulled this way and that until most of our time…and patience…is depleted, leaving us yearning for the lost hours in a perpetual game of “catch-up”.

How different would our lives be if, instead of existing in the rat race life has become, we began to focus our energy toward the work God has given each of us?  It would be an exhausting task, right?  Maybe not…

God is neither limited by our actions nor hindered by our disobedience.  His plan proceeds regardless of our involvement.  But how exciting and wonderful an opportunity He has bestowed upon us:  We can actually be a part of His divine plan!  He has gifted each of us with the intelligence, the skills, and the energy necessary to contribute to His kingdom.  The key is finding our niche!  Once we place our focus on Him, the other pieces of our “life puzzle” with fall into place!

Let’s take a lesson, then, from the spider…who is always so intent upon its task:  Be precise in your actions…Stay committed to your purpose…And most importantly, be productive in the kingdom of God!

Have a blessed day!

Do you ever wonder why, just when things seem to be going well, you come upon a snag…or even run into a wall?  When facing difficult situations, it is hard to see the hand of God at work.  But guess what?  He’s there…pruning shears in hand!

What does that mean, you ask?  Jesus tell us that He is “the true vine, and [that] God is the vinedresser…” When we are saved, we become “branches” of the “vine” that is our Savior…Jesus.

“Every branch that bears fruit, [God] prunes it, that it may bear more fruit.” Jesus goes on to say, “He who abides in me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:1-6.)

So when you feel the “pinch” of the Holy Spirit speaking to your heart, take time to ask yourself:  Am I bearing fruit for my Savior, or could this situation in which I find myself simply be God’s way of taking me in hand…cutting away the dead weight…to make me more productive for His kingdom?

We already have the assurance that our foundation, our vine…Jesus…is healthy and secure.  Now it is up to us to do the work of a spiritually-healthy branch:  Accept the task of reaching the lost for Christ and get busy with the task at hand!

Seek His will…and let your life forever be fashioned by faith!

Many of us are caught in the advice-giving trap…the rollercoaster ramblings that some call offering “a shoulder to cry on.”  Unfortunately, some of us are content to play a passive role during times when our friends, more than at any other time, need sound counsel…godly wisdom.  We do our friends a disservice when we withhold Biblical truths.  Face the fact:  If we don’t bring God into these tenuous situations, who will?

None of us show true friendship when we gloss over sin with a pat on the back and a sympathetic word.  True friendship is being honest…loving our friends despite circumstances…but all the while, remaining faithful to our Christian beliefs.

Showing Christian maturity in our friendships is imperative!  The Bible tells us:  “As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves…but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow in all aspects of  Him” (Ephesians 4:14-15).

Let’s grow up, then!  Spiritual maturity means facing problems head-on…not backing away when things become difficult.  It is realizing that we have an advocate with the Father and grasping hold of the peace that comes with the knowledge that God is alway present and watching over us.  Most of all, it is having faith that if we approach situations with a heart of love and honesty and a reliance on His Word, we can accomplish great things…not only in our own lives, but in the lives of our friends, as well!

Many of us are bombarded with sin from our pasts.  It creeps up on us, many times, when we feel at our best…when things are going well, relationships are flourishing, and self-respect is high.  Score one for the devil?

Certainly not!  The Bible gives us assurance that our sins are forgiven…if we simply humble ourselves and ask our Heavenly Father.  “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature;  old things are passed away;  behold all things are become new”  (II Corinthians 5:17.)

When we submit our lives to God, we are new creatures.  Everyone who has lived on this earth, with the exception of our Lord, Jesus Christ, is a sinner.  All sins, great or small, cause division in our relationships (with God, with family, with friends);  however, when we ask for forgiveness, God is faithful to forgive.  The next step for us is stepping away from the sin…the temptations…and following God’s will.

Don’t let sin control you!  When we become Christians, God gets to work with a major spiritual “heart-cleaning”!  He makes us new creatures!  After that, our work begins.  It’s up to us to follow His example and get rid of the garbage hanging around in our lives!  Throw it out!  God has…so why not follow His lead?  Spread your wings and get busy with His work!  You will find that your life will be so much better…so blessed…for your obedience!

Stay strong and as always…have a faith-fashioned day!

“May He grant you your heart’s desire…” (Psalm 20:4)

Wishful thinking is a good thing…or is it?  How many of us have “Wish Lists”?  Places we want to visit.  Things we want for birthdays or Christmas.  Improvements for our homes.  And so on and so on…

On one hand, list-making is a good thing.  It gives each of us an agenda of sorts in order that we might save or organize resources of money, time, and energy in order to accomplish things.  The drawback is that we sometimes find ourselves wrapped up in the accumulation of things:  clothes, collectibles, vacations, etc.

The Bible tells us that God wants us, as His children, to be happy and prosperous.  Most importantly, though, God wants us to do His will!

Listen to the words of Paul:  “We have not ceased to pray for you to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God, strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience;  joyously giving thanks to the Father…” (Colossians 1:9-12)

So, you see? There’s nothing wrong with wishful thinking…as long as we please God in the process…and in the outcome!  God wants us to seek His guidance in our lives.  He wants us to “bear fruit”…to accomplish things for His kingdom.  He wants us to be diligent and patient in our service.  Most of all, He wants our thanks and our praise as He accomplishes great things in our lives.

So, where do we start?  As the song tells us, when we put Him first, when we “turn our eyes upon Jesus”, we will find that “the things of Earth will grow strangely dim…”  God is worthy of our time, our resources, and our talents.  So take a chance and add Him to the top of your List of Priorities.  You’ll be amazed how the other “wants” dwindle when you place God first!

Have a great day!

“…For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  (Matthew 6:21)

We love jewelry at our house.  Our latest interest is glass pendants, and we are even attempting to make those cool “Scrabble Tile” pendants that are everywhere on the net.

Despite our avid interest, though, we have to constantly remind ourselves to remember to put God first.  The Bible is very clear that worldly treasures are temporary.  “Moth and rust destroy…and thieves break in and steal (Matthew 6:19.)  The Bible also implores us in Mark to beware of worldly gain.  Jesus asks:  “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?”

It is great to have successful careers and varied interests, but ultimately, our hearts and minds should be focused on doing God’s will…on working to bring others to His kingdom.  It is so important that we strive to do our best with the resources (money, talents, spiritual gifts, time, etc.) that God has provided.  This is called stewardship…and God will ultimately ask us for an account of the work we did as His stewards.

So, let’s not get trapped in a world full of glitter when the gold is right in front of us…an Almighty God who desires a relationship with His children!  Re-discover your true treasure and let God do a wonderful work in you!

“…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (I Corinthians 10:31)

Do you ever wonder about your purpose in life?  Why did God create you?  What is His plan?  Many of us struggle with finding a niche in the world around us.  Do we fit in?  Are we productive citizens?  Are we actually worth anything at all?

Fortunately, God has a purpose for each of our lives.  First (and foremost), we are to bring glory to Him.  Once we begin to understand that life was created by Him…for Him…we can focus on being productive for His kingdom.

A great song by Bebo Norman entitled Disappear says, “I would rather be cast away, separated from the human race, if I don’t bring You glory!”  I love this song and its amazing message!

How wonderful would it be to bring God glory in everything!  So, why not try?  Bring Him the glory for a change.  Take a back seat to God.  Let Him rule your life…and bring Him the glory that He so richly deserves!

Have a faith-fashioned day!

“A joyful heart is good medicine.”  (Proverbs 17:22)

There are simply days when you wonder how you’ll make it through another minute.  Right?  Some might call it a “bad hair day.”  For others, their kids or their spouse may be driving them completely crazy!  Some may be facing more serious issues:  sickness, unemployment, or even the death of a loved one.

So, how do we cope?  How do we manage on days when we wonder where God has gone in the chaos of our lives?

It might be hard to do, but we simply seek Him out…find him in the midst of our day-to-day clutter.  God hasn’t gone anywhere…we’ve simply lost sight of Him.  He is always there for us.  We must keep ourselves grounded in God’s Word and have a constant prayer in our hearts.  We must rely on Him.  It might be hard to believe during troublesome times, but God is able to do anything!  He will bless us with unfathomable joy and see us through every imaginable situation.

So…grasp hold of your joy and have a faith-fashioned day!

When is the last time you gave God a “thank you” for something He did in your life?  The Bible tells us:  “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!  His mercy endures forever” (Psalm 118:1.)

Take a moment to think about your day…this very day.  Did you wake up?  Are you breathing?  Do you have food?  Clothing?  Shelter?  Am I making my point yet?

If we are truthful, most of us take God’s most basic blessings for granted.  But, FaithFashionistas, we must recognize this truth:  Each day is a gift from God…another opportunity to praise Him for His favor.  His goodness.  His abiding love for us.

We are taught from an early age to say “please” and “thank you”.  It amazes and delights me to hear those words…especially from little ones.  How pleased, then, must God feel to hear those same words uttered from our lips.  Conversely, imagine His disappointment when we freely accept His every act of grace, mercy, and kindness without a single utterance of thanks.  How rude we must seem!  Shame on us…what bad manners!  Praise God that He is merciful and forgives us when we fail Him, right?

Take time right now to thank Him for the gifts He’s given you.  He really is worthy of our thanks and praise…so tell him!

Have a Faith-Fashioned day…and “Thank You” for taking the time to visit!

Friendship is a hot commodity nowadays.  Networking communities are flourishing.  But what is a friend?  Not only that, but do any of your “friends” meet the requirements of true friendship?  Most importantly, do you?

The Bible tells us, “A friend loves at all times,” (Proverbs 17:17.)  This means that friends do you no harm.  Friends do not “backstab” or talk behind your back.  Friends do not find humor or joy during bad circumstances.  It also means that friends are honest with you…even when you don’t want to hear what they have to say.  They have a sincere interest in your welfare.

So, when you think about it, how many “friends” do you actually have…and to how many people are you an honest, true friend?

I would guess the number is a bit lower than you expected.  Fortunately, there’s nothing wrong with that!  Quite the opposite, in fact.  What is the benefit of having a million “pseudo-friends” when you only need one good shoulder to cry on?

My point?  There’s nothing wrong with having a busload of acquaintances…as long as you keep in mind that true friends are few and far between.  Don’t be a fickle friend…and expect the same love, honesty, and loyalty from those around you!