Midweek Music: Artistic Guitar Playing

I love playing my guitar. I haven’t shared much about it on this blog, but it’s good to keep some things for surprises you know? So now you found out that I play guitar. ūüôā

I found some lovely guitar pieces on youtube. Listen to a very skilled guitar player bring to life an antique 1679 Antonio Stradivari guitar with a lively music piece. Hope it brightens your weekday!

Let me know how you enjoyed it by participating in the short poll below. Results are anonymous.

 

Midweek (weekend) Music XVII: Stand for Truth

Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 1 Cor 16:13

These past few weekends I’ve been at work¬†all the time, even Sundays. Not that I wanted to, but because that is how the situation was. There was little time to spend on other things. So this Monday will serve as a Saturday by God’s grace, and tomorrow I look forward to Sunday at church! It has been a busy and¬†blessed time. Also I have in plan a LOT of new things for this blog, and one of them is also transferring it to a new domain name that I have!¬†

Until then, I’m catching up on Midweek Music series. I want to share one of my favorite songs from the Wissmann family. It calls all believers to “stand for truth” to stand for what is Biblical, correct and God-pleasing even though it is hard. And let me tell you- these days it can be hard! You will¬†be ostracized, shunned,¬†feel friendless and alone,¬†but the reward will be great! And it is better to have enemies than not to be in line with God’s Word.¬†

Here are thoughts related to standing for truth (Song is at the end!) : 

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Practical Tips: How Not to Care About What People Think (PART 1)

 

I, like many other people, often find myself worrying about what others may think of me. This adds unnecessary stress and keeps me from being myself.

  • It¬†later leads to bitterness.
  • It keeps me from pleasing the Lord, being efficient in things that matter- like serving Christ and living my full potential¬†as He wants me to live it.
  • I can lose sight of His plan for my life by trying to please others.

Many people have this inner¬†struggle. It pops up occasionally in everyone’s life, whether we know it or not.¬†

Here are some practical tips to overcome the struggle.¬†Please read all the Bible verses because they are the most important, core tips! ūüôā¬†

Immersing yourself in the Word

If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, proving yourselves to be My disciples. (John 15:7-8)

Being in the Word and loving Christ more than anything or anybody¬†will keep you from worrying about other people. It is the right foundation, the right anchor. When you are preoccupied with His eternal Word, you will be so satisfied and happy you will not care of the opinion of people. You will have more wisdom and insight into life than worldly believers who do not spend time in God’s Word. God Himself will teach you and guide you how to live your life when you abide in Him.¬†

Knowing your value in Christ as a child of God

For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26, 28)

When you feel down, or start to¬†worry about how “adequate” you are- remember you are immensely valuable to God! And in the family of God there is no partiality, no differentiation, we all have the same status! Some may be more famous, richer, or more successful than you on earth, but ultimately we are all the same if we are in the family of God! And your eternal spiritual¬†status is all that matters!¬†

Don’t be a people pleaser

…for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God. (John 12:43)
The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe. (Proverbs 29:25)

Why should we strive to get appreciation from men, glory that is temporary? If we try to please people and model our life in the ways people tell us to, then we will become ensnaredРconstantly doing what others tell us and becoming bitter. Live a life of freedom in Christ- seeking to please only Him!

Recognizing your uniqueness

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:14)

You may not be the ¬†“-est”, ¬†like the¬†smartest, richest, strongest, most organized, most beautiful, most successful,¬†but you are the Only! You are unique. Your character is unique. Nobody will ever be you, or live¬†your life. I really like this quote:¬†“why try to fit in, when you were custom made?” Embrace your beautiful, unique, only self! And praise the Lord for giving you life!¬†

Claiming¬†God’s Promises

For I know the plans I have for you,‚ÄĚ declares the LORD, ‚Äúplans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Knowing God has amazing plans for your life will raise you up over the words of people, over their opinions, suggestions or judgmental attitudes. You will have peace and joy knowing your heavenly Father has made you exactly how He wants you to be, and placed you exactly where you are supposed to be,  and gave you exactly what you need to be you, if you trust in Him. 

Avoiding comparison

A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones. (Proverbs 14:30)
But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, (Galatians 6:4)

Comparing yourself to others will only ruin your Christian walk, steal your joy, make you bitter,¬†and may lead you to decisions that are not according to God’s will. You¬†will be pursuing different things (houses, cars, jobs, fashion, you-name-it), to compete with your neighbor.¬†Comparison¬†will make you ungrateful for what God has already given you.¬†

 

To be Continued…

Midweek Music: Willows Waltz

I very much enjoy listening to folksy, Irish-y and fiddle music. Lately I’ve been listening to this song and other Irish-y inspired songs while I am working on homework and it helps soothe my mind, ease stress, and sometimes even¬†work faster. ¬†ūüôā¬†

What kind of music do you listen to when you work? 

I like this quote I found on Pinterest one day: 

Art is how we decorate space. Music is how we decorate silence. 

3 Enjoyable Things About Being an Older Sister + 3 Challenging Things

 

Today we have a guest post from my friend Kelly-Anne from South Africa! She is the oldest of six girls and is expecting a baby brother soon. 

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I love being the eldest in my family of six girls, but this role is not without its challenges…

I pray that what I have to share will be a blessing to your heart and encourage you to pursue a deeper, lasting relationship with your siblings, whether they are older or younger than you, and ultimately bring glory to God by loving and esteeming those He has placed in your life.

 

Always Time for Love…

When I think of the many young ladies in this world so desperate for love, I am humbled that the Lord would see fit to give me a life of true love…
I have gained the love and devotion of five special girls, and not a day goes by without one, two or all my sisters coming to give me a hug or to tell me they love and appreciate me…this is something I’m especially thankful for!

 

A Special Place…

As the eldest, I have a definite place within our family.  This is a grave responsibility, but it is incredibly special too.  I know I’m needed, just as I need my sisters. My sisters accept me for who I am, pray that God would continue to work in my heart, and love me unconditionally.  I can’t describe the immense joy this gives me…

 

Always a Friend…

Could I ask for anything more wonderful than a friend around me each moment of the day? True, it isn‚Äôt always all sunshine and happiness, but despite the fact that my sisters are all younger than I am, we all get along very well and enjoy being around one another…¬† We are always striving to draw closer together.

 

Of course, there will always be challenges in every situation we find ourselves in during our lives.¬† But I firmly believe that when we stop and count our many blessings and shift our focus, we will realise that the things we struggle with are only temporary ‚Äď relationships last much longer‚Ķ

 

Responsibility…

The responsibility that comes with being an older sibling can be overwhelming at times. My sisters look up to and admire me, and I realise what a weight I carry on my shoulders РI am their role model, and how I live my life will greatly influence them in the choices they make.  This is not something I take lightly.

 

Practice Makes Patience…

Having younger children around is a wonderful way to develop the virtues you lack in your character…¬† For me, it is patience, and what better way to develop a gentle and quiet spirit than on a daily basis when confronted with situations that require the utmost patience!

 

Lose the Selfishness!

Most days I am available for anyone who should need me and I love this part of my life…but often it can be frustrating when sitting down to write or sew and a younger sister runs in to ask me to help her with something or other. In life there will always be interruptions, and I know that the sooner I accept and embrace this, the happier and more contented I will be in my calling.

I learn a vast deal from my sisters by simply interacting with them.  These experiences will greatly aid us in our lives as adults, and hopefully stand us in good stead in our future relationships. 

I pray that we will continue to draw closer to one another, build each other up and love unconditionally …

The joys far outweigh the challenges, and I couldn’t think of a more lasting, meaningful role I would rather be in.

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About Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood Blog

My name is Kelly-Anne, and I am a eighteen year old daughter of the Most High King; saved by His grace and captured by His love.
It is my ambition to lead a life that would bring glory and honour to His wondrous name, and testify to His amazing goodness.

I am a big sister to six sweet girls, happily home-educated and enjoying my life as a homemaker-in training and stay-at-home daughter.
Every day brings about new challenges for me to conquer and new situations in which I may grow in my walk with the Lord… I believe He is preparing me, just as He is preparing every young woman determined to serving Him in her girlhood years, for something more beautiful than I could ever hope to imagine…