Quote of the week: The Beautiful Woman


The Beautiful Woman:

The beautiful woman is disciplined, chaste, discreet, deferring, gracious, controlled, “together”. This kind of woman God considers godly, which means she’s got His qualities, and she’s close to His heart.  This is “His kind of woman.” 
                                                                         ~Anne Ortulnd





My Writing Corner: The Master’s Op Orders

For I know the plans I have toward you, says the Lord.
They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11

In all my days of soldiering I must have heard hundreds of Operations Orders. The details of the plan were always meticulously spoken to soldiers ready and willing to carry out their mission. But we also have a saying ‘No OP Order ever survives the first round fired’.
In other words, as much as we think, prepare, and plan, there are too many unknowns, too many things that can go wrong. The plan usually ends up being salvaged with contingencies and ingenuity.
There is no such problem when it comes to the Master’s plan. There are no surprises for God. He is able to plan the intricate patterns of our lives with certainty. This can give us great confidence as we consider His great competence in guiding our lives. Charlie Mike!

From Swordpoint (p. 90) by Chaplain Chuck Wood

Quote of the week

Prayer is relationship. It is the intentional and deliberate effort to share our lives and longings, dreams and disappointments, highs and lows with the One who knows us better than we know ourselves. 
                                                   ~ John Fain




My Writing Corner: Leap of Faith

Currently I am writing several children’s stories which I hope to be able to illustrate in the (near) future. They are based on true stories- biographies. By God’s grace I want to be able to finish writing this series (and another one) this summer. I really hope these writing projects will be done by the time I start school- because once I get into the school routine writing stories is literally impossible to do, except probably a sentence a day. 🙂

So until then, I’ll share with you little stories from a nice book I have titled: Swordpoint, 90 Day Devotional for Warriors by a chaplain named Chuck Wood.  We found it amongst some old books our uncle had, and kept it. The book has short military stories for daily reading that are tied in with spiritual lessons.
Here is one lesson about faith that my family and I are learning and which is so true concerning our walk with the Lord:

Leap of Faith

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for He who comes to God must believe that He is
and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

As a paratrooper you learn the art of faith. You step up to an open door of an aircraft flying 120 knots at 800 ft. and then jump. Jumping out of an aircraft is not about the absence of fear. It’s not about the great pay you receive. It’s not about the wings or beret you wear. At the moment you exit the door, it boils down to one thing. It’s about believing your chute is going to open.
If you didn’t think it would open, all the bolo badges, money, and courage wouldn’t get you out the door. In our Christian walk, when we come to the edge of the spiritual jump platform, we are faced with the fact that we must trust God. We must step out and believe in Him. As a result, we please Him because we have placed our future in His hands. Stand in the Door!

My personal note: This lesson addresses faith in our walk with God and the lessons we learn along the way. It does not mean having blind “faith” in such things as stepping out and embracing some new form of religion, doctrinal teaching, or some kind of “spirituality”. In that case is not faith any longer, but apostasy or spiritual blindness. Just thought I would mention that, because some people equate embracing a new religion as “stepping out in faith”.