Gina Falcon

Hiding in Plain Sight

By September 21, 2018 Discipleship

Two times this week I’ve found my son hiding from me because he knew he was up to no good. He recognizes what it means to do something he shouldn’t and understands that hiding from me will possibly keep him from getting in trouble. The first time, he was eating toothpaste. The second time, he was biting the tips off of nerf gun darts. I can’t explain the logic of either but I do know they were both potentially harmful activities.

 

Does this sound familiar to you? Not the mischievous toddler part; the part about hiding dangerous things. I bet it does. Whether we know it or not, we’re pretty good at hiding our ugliness; from our spouse, our friends, our social media audience, our church family or dare I say, from God?

 

But the truth is, we’re not hiding from Him. He sees us. He knows our betrayals before we do. He sees us in the middle of our mistakes. He sees us try to shade ourselves in shame and disgust. He waits and He waits for us to stop the hurts we’re hiding and to just look up. Look up and face the Father and the consequences. He is such a merciful God. If I, in my flesh, can see my son deliberately doing wrong and yet offer forgiveness and gentle mercy, how much better can the most just King handle us, His children, with kindness and love?

 

“So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

 

Our sins lead to consequences. They’re not necessarily punishments from God. It’s just the way this world works. Just like my son threw up in the middle of the night from eating too much toothpaste, our sins will often cause icky outcomes. But coming to God as quickly as we can after we’ve messed up is the fastest way to get keep our mess from getting bigger. I could continue with the vomit analogy, but I’ll spare y’all!

 

Both times I found my son, I took the opportunity to use it as a faith talk to teach him about disobedience and sin. I calmly explained the dangers and why he didn’t need to hide from me. When I was done and told him it was ok, he immediately started crying and hugging me. He had been scared of disappointing me and was overwhelmingly relieved when I wasn’t angry.

 

Isn’t that just like the undeserved grace God’s waiting to give us? Just like I scooped my son up in a big hug, the Father’s arms are open wide. Forgiveness is on the other side. Don’t hide.

 

“And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:30‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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Legacy of Love

By August 29, 2018 Discipleship

I’ve been thinking a lot about my Daddy lately. For those of you that don’t know, he passed away when I was barely 7 years old. When you think about the time that you spend with your child from birth to the age of 7, you would think you have this unbreakable bond, layers of love and a foundation of memories that will surely not be quickly forgotten. But I’m here to tell you, that’s not true. So often I try to muster up memories that are my own, not precious pictures or heartwarming home videos. What do I honestly remember?

I can remember how my dad would agitate my mom by asking me to choose who I loved more. I always said him (which I could go back and whip myself for cause that’s just a mean game). I can remember riding around in his 1987 Ford F-150 listening to George Straight, Garth Brooks, etc. And that’s about it. Oh and he smelled like BRUT cologne. Not many other specific details really come to mind when I really really try. Except this:

He was oh so proud of me and I was his little girl that he loved wholeheartedly. That I never doubted or ever can forget. It still brings tears to my eyes.

Why do I tell y’all this? To make you have a pity party for me? Absolutely not. Like I’ve said before, I’m rarely an emotional person and in that rare moment that I am, the last thing I want is an audience for my ugly, awkward, cry face.

I tell y’all this for the sake of your sweet babies. What will they remember about you? I pray that each of your children have you their whole lives and that you live on to see their kids too. But, what if, God forbid, life gets cut shorter than you planned and you leave this life too soon? What will they remember?

Well from my experience, they remember how you and your spouse interacted. Love each other well. Love them in a way worth remembering.

They remember the mundane, day to day stuff like the music you listened to. Choose wisely.

Play with them. Play, play and play some more. I know it’s exhausting and sometimes mind-numbingly boring to watch the same movie 10 times in a day or to read the same book 6 times in a row. Do it anyway. This shows them their time is valuable to you.

Take pictures. Take home videos. Get proof of the parents that you were because heaven help them if their memories turn out anything like mine and that’s all you have to look back on. But please people, leave a legacy of love. Love those babies every second of every long day because it’s true what they say:

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Signs of a Struggle

By June 22, 2018 Uncategorized

Yesterday was National selfie day. Can you believe it? A day dedicated to snapping photos of yourself.


According to Wikipedia:

A selfie (/sɛlf/)[1] is a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a smartphone which may be held in the hand or supported by a selfie stick. Selfies are often shared on social networking services such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. They are for vanity, usually flattering, and are casual in nature (or made to appear casual). 


This is their definition, not mine. But it says it right there, “they are for vanity.” Oddly enough, vanity has two definitions that seem to opposing in nature. But when you think of it in reference to the selfie, it makes total sense.


Vanity:

1) excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements.

2)the quality of being worthless or futile.


More times than not, when someone posts a selfie, it is either in boastful, bragging, “look at me” manner, or it is an attempt to receive validation through the opinions of others in outer ‘cyber space” because they don’t feel good enough. Either way, I believe it stems from an inner struggle of not knowing one’s true worth, value, or purpose.


People’s pictures on social media may look perfect, but behind closed doors, they are nowhere close. For starters, almost every picture posted has been edited in some way with a flattering filter. It used to be that the models in magazines were the only ones portraying perfection with their airbrushed bodies, but now we hold the power to imitate flawlessness with the flick of a finger. But it’s not only the appearance that is deceiving. It’s the genuineness of joy that seems to be present. It’s fake.


And who is this helping? No one. It’s a temporary fix in every sense of the word. First, it momentarily, yet superficially hides our imperfections. Second, it gives a fleeting feeling of validation that will feel good for a split second until the enemy tells his next lie or until you see someone else’s post that makes their life appear better than yours. It’s an unsatisfying cycle that will continue if left unaddressed.


I believe we have a responsibility to reach out to those fishing for attention. They are crying out for help with each “happy” post they make. While your first instinct may be to unfollow them because their constant selfie taking is quite frankly annoying, let me invite you to switch your seats of perspective and to look at them with lenses of love like the Lord God does. And let me confess, I pretty much unfollow someone on a daily basis, so this post is as much a conviction for myself as it is to those of you that so kindly read my blogs.

These hurting hearts have very real needs and feelings that will never be solved by the shallow “likes, loves and comments” they receive. If you spot one of these habitual selfie takers, I invite and encourage you to start by taking a moment to pray for them. This may be the only action God ask you to take. And it may not. He may put it on your heart to pour into this person through morning coffee visits, weekly lunches or daily discipleship.

So the next time you’re scrolling, take a second to stop and pray for the people filling your newsfeeds. You never know the hurt hiding behind those smiling selfies.


“Don’t judge by his appearance or height….The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

1 Samuel 16:7 NLT

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Trained in Truth

By May 4, 2018 Discipleship

 

Who he sees depends on me. This picture says it perfectly. He’s looking at himself, but pointing at me.

 

Our children’s little minds are molded and shaped by the words we speak to them everyday. Their self esteem and self worth.

 

One day my son told me, “the mirror doesn’t like my handsome.” I’m really not exactly sure what that means, but somehow standing in front of the mirror, he felt his appearance was in question.

 

I went into the bathroom and fussed at the mirror and told the mirror to leave my baby alone. It got him giggling of course and we moved on.

 

But I know there will be times when I can’t run to my child’s immediate defense and he will have to stand secure in his identity. I want to be sure that I’ve built a firm foundation of love for him to fall back.

 

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.”

‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:11‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

 

Our children need to know who they are in Christ. They need to know that they’ve been made with a purpose even before the time they were in our belly’s. 

 

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:13-17‬ ‭NLT‬

 

We cannot let the worlds standards define the expectations we put on our children. Let’s look to the Word of God so that He can lead us to the purpose and plan He has for them. 

 

I now have specific prayer verses for both of my babies. I asked God to guide me in what I should be praying for each of them and these are what He gave me:

 

For Tripp:

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

 

For Faith:

“We can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we can become more and more like Him.”

2 Corinthians 3:18

 

I wrote these on my bathroom mirror with dry erase markers so that I will see them every day and pray them over my children. You may even be able to find a cute printout of the scriptures you choose to frame in your kids rooms. However you display it, don’t forget to pray it.

 

The words our children hear us say are almost as weighty as the words the words that we pray. So let’s be the cheerleaders of our children instead of another dose of doubt in their delicate minds. They are our tiny disciples and we want them to live victoriously!

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Clean like Momma

By January 24, 2018 Devotions

Please tell me I’m not alone when I say I hate moving stuff to clean? For instance: dusting, mopping, vacuuming, and raking. I absolutely loathe having to move something just to have to move it right back. I’d much rather just clean around it and pretend that whatever is under there isn’t there, you know what I mean? But the truth is, my job isn’t done unless I’ve truly cleaned every area thoroughly. It may appear to be to the naked eye, but there is still dust, leaves, crumbs and gunk up under there waiting and accumulating.

It’s the same for us and unconfessed sin. When we beat around the bush and dodge the problem areas we’d like to pretend aren’t there, we withhold complete cleanliness from Christ. It may seem easier and much more convenient to just let those things lie there in the darkness, out of sight and out of mind, but we all know if it’s still there, it has the potential to cause problems.

There is newness of life and freedom in completely letting go of our sinful nature and letting the Spirit of the Lord dwell. After all, momma always said, a job worth doing is, is worth doing well.

2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1

Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God and they will be my people. Therefore come out from among unbelievers and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. Don’t touch their filthy things and I will welcome you. And I will be your Father and you will be my sons and daughters says the LORD Almighty. Because we have these promises dear friends let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.

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Faith

By January 5, 2018 Seasons

When my husband and I decided to start trying to have another baby, I’ll be the first to admit I was leery.

We had been blessed with a beautiful and healthy baby boy about 2.5 years prior and he is an absolute joy and gift to our lives.

But for an entire year after he was born, I suffered from post-partum depression and it was some of the most miserable moments of my life. I had never felt more hopeless and out of control of my own feelings and emotions. Don’t get me wrong, I loved and adored my baby boy and was able to find happiness in the many milestones he made that year. But I was just a shadow of who I once was. It was frightening. And what’s worse is I didn’t really know it, until after it had passed.

And thankfully it did pass. I slowly regained my strength and clarity and faced life with a hopeful outlook again. My little boy seemed to get nothing but cuter, sweeter and smarter every day and I was absolutely smitten with him.

I finally started to feel like I had this mom life figured out. I started working out again, regaining some me time and felt like I was getting my groove back so the thought of starting all over again didn’t exactly excite me.

People naturally asked all the time when we were going to have another one and I openly told them I wasn’t sure if we would. I wasn’t sure I was capable of being a good wife and mother if we had another one, not to mention, I wasn’t in a hurry to risk going through that mental distress again.

And so began the prayers for Faith.

No I didn’t start praying for a baby girl. I didn’t even pray for another baby. I simply confessed to God my complete lack of confidence in myself and my complete trust in Him and His plan for my life. I flat out told Him that He made me and knew my life from beginning to end and that if He thought I could handle being a mom again, then He would need to make it happen, and convince me otherwise also.

I was completely content knowing that I was already blessed beyond measure with an incredible husband and an amazing son. If I never had another baby, I knew my heart was full and that this was God’s plan. I left it in His overwhelmingly capable hands.

Months go by and no baby. Meanwhile friends all around me are getting pregnant and I am genuinely thrilled for them. Each of them adding to their families in different ways at different stages that looked nothing like mine. That was God’s plan for them and there is nothing more beautiful than His plan and His timing.

In August, a horrific Hurricane smothered our area full of disaster. If your house wasn’t damaged, there was a guilt that you felt that wouldn’t go away. So you resort to doing anything you can to help those that were. For me, that was to rid my home of anything extra I had to give to those who had lost everything. Fortunately, a new friend of mine had the same mindset with bigger resources and I was able to team up with her in offering a free community garage sale. There is nothing like thinking of others to get your mind off of yourself.

When I tell you I got rid of stuff, I mean I got rid of years worth of baby clothes I had saved in case we had another boy along with a high chair, bumbo seat, etc. My mindset was, I wasn’t guaranteed another baby, much less another boy, so why not share with someone in need now.

And that’s exactly where God wanted me to be. He knew I wasn’t going to force something to happen if it wasn’t His will. He could tell that I had complete faith in Him and His plan and that my prayer was in fact genuine. And somewhere amidst those days of reaching out and recovery, baby Faith became a reality.

When we first found out, tears filled my eyes. If you know me, I am not a crier. I’m sure there’s something wrong with me, but let’s not go there today.

I cried because I was so humbled at the fact that God considered me trustworthy to raise another one of His precious children. It is not an honor I take lightly.

I have a tool that I have mentioned before, The Power of a Praying Parent by Stomie Omartian, that is invaluable to me. I have prayed these prayers since before Tripp was born and now began praying them over my new pregnancy. In the book, it gives you a space to fill in your child’s name into the prayer. I would pray for Tripp and baby Faith. Again, I wasn’t praying for a girl. This baby was a baby born out of my faith in God and His mutual faith in me as a mother. Therefore that would be the name I prayed until I knew what the baby’s name would actually be.

So when we found out it was a girl, there was really no question in my mind that that’s what her name would be. Thankfully, my husband loved it as well. And so here I am, almost halfway through carrying sweet baby Faith in my belly. She is a gift I know, but she will also always be a reminder to me to rely on God and His plan.

Parents need Jesus! We seriously cannot handle these little handfuls without Him. And He doesn’t want us to. So if you haven’t already purchased The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian, send me a message and I would love to buy it for you. It’s not the only godly resource you should use, but it is certainly my favorite.

And if you have or are currently struggling with post partum depression, I would love to pray for you and help in any way I can. It is nothing to be ashamed of and it is definitely worth discussing. You are not alone. You are a beautiful, daughter of God and He wants you to be your best you for Him and for the family He’s given you. Take care of yourself girls. God loves you and I do too.

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Santa Claus is coming to town…

By December 13, 2017 Seasons

Santa Claus is coming to town…

For decades parents have been using the fun and familiar children’s song to prepare their kids for the excitement of Santa and to bribe them into behaving so they get lots of toys.

“He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake!”

Santa Claus’ impending arrival causes a great stir and lots of commotion in households around the nation and world. But do we put forth the same effort and emotions in preparing for the Savior of the world’s return? And do we value His opinion of us more than good ole Saint Nick?

Psalm 139:1-6 tells us about the non-fiction, very real ways the LORD knows and loves every detail of us:

“O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!”

You see the LORD is often imitated but never duplicated. He alone makes the “list” that last for eternity. It is ultimately His thoughts towards us that define our worth.

And how comforting to know that He loves, understands and looks out for us, rather than critiquing our every move and counting the strikes against us to decide whether we’re naughty or nice. He’s already paid the price. Jesus Christ. And all we have to do is believe and receive!

Be sure your little ones know the real reason for the season. There are many fun and intentional ways to share the Biblical story of the very first Christmas, including an advent countdown kit from my sweet and talented friend, Katie. And it’s not too late! She has a 10 day balloon kit option or even the digital download option featured on her Etsy shop, Merry Little Hearts, that will get you in spirit and mindset to celebrate in creative ways just in time.

Whatever traditions you and your family find to do, I pray your holiday season is filled with love, laughter, and lasting joy that comes from up above. Merry Christmas y’all!

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Purpose Everyday

By November 13, 2017 Seasons

Some of you may feel like you don’t know God’s purpose for your life. Don’t be ashamed. It’s more common than you think. Maybe you’re not called to a specific position on your church staff or even gifted with a gorgeous singing voice but you are no less than those that are.

Psalm 138:8

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Are you a Christian? Then you’re purpose is to be a devoted follower of Jesus, getting to know Him more and more daily so that you can share that Good News with others.

Philippians 3:10

I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead.

Are you a workaholic? Keep in mind, your occupation is not your purpose, it is your mission field. Your purpose is to be like Jesus.

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.”

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:23-24‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Are you a husband or wife? Then your purpose is to love your spouse sacrificially so that your marriage is an example to the world around you of what it looks like to be holy and happy.

“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:2-4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Are you a parent? Then your purpose is to teach those tiny hearts how to be true disciples, sharing every day in every way how God is all around and always good.

“But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:14-17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Are you an empty nester? Then your purpose is to pour into the generation under you, giving them all the wisdom you have accrued through your beautiful journey of life.

“Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience. Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God. In the same way, encourage the young men to live wisely.”

‭‭Titus‬ ‭2:2-6‬ ‭NLT

God can and will use you in whatever season of life He has you in right this minute. Don’t wait for some high-powered position to validate the high calling on your life. Those who are faithful with what they have will be faithful with what’s to come. So, be faithful friend. Your time is now. ‬‬

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Shiny Shirley

By September 27, 2017 Discipleship

Exodus 34:29

When Moses came down Mount Sinai carrying the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, he wasn’t aware that his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the Lord.

I don’t know about you, but I glow with giddiness after I receive a fresh word from God. Each time a revelation occurs, the proverbial “light bulb” goes off over my head and I radiate with honor and joy that He speaks to me and that I have the freedom and ability to share it. There are few things that excite me more than when the word of God finds someone right where they are and rescues them.

I have a dear friend who has a nickname I’m envious of…Shiny Shirley. She is the precious and proud mother of our church Pastor. Though petite in size, she is big in personality and always dressed adorably, fashioning some sort of shiny adornment. If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting this sweet woman, you would most definitely have been welcomed with an endearing “darlin,” or “sugar,” or some other heart-warming term. It’s pretty hard to leave feeling unloved after you’ve talked to her. She has a way of making you feel known and cared for from the moment she meets you with no plans of quitting EVER! She just exudes a glow of love.

And I don’t believe that’s by accident. It comes from intentional time spent listening to and loving the LORD. Through every season of life, from times of lack to times of plenty, it is important to counsel the everlasting Counselor in every step we take.

Psalm 34:5 says:

Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy…

And I feel like I have witnessed this through my friend, “Shiny Shirley.” I teasingly tell her all the time that I want to be her when I grow up, but there’s some genuine truth behind it. While part of it is motivated by her outward appearance, the majority of it stems from the sincere spirit inside her. She’s a witness everywhere she goes, whether she realizes it or not.

This quote sums it up perfectly:

Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words.

-Francis of Assisi

If we gleam with joy that’s evident to all from being in the presence of our great God, then we will all be witnesses and live out the gospel, causing others to want more.

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Made to be Modest

By August 25, 2017 Discipleship

I was out running errands with my son today and had actually gotten myself dressed as opposed to my usual lounge/workout gear. I had my hair and makeup done, too. Woohoo!

As I was out and about, I was approached by an older man who at first seemed harmless but then proceeded to be a little creepy. He complimented me in a way that made me feel icky. It wasn’t his words so much as the way he said them. It left me feeling gross and skittish. I wasn’t dressed provocatively either, but it made me want to go home and put on a moomoo or sweatpants.

Some friends of mine and I have recently been having some serious discussions about modesty in our society today but particularly within the church, meaning Christian women.

Don’t get me wrong; this is a tough subject for me to talk about. I have a degree in fashion merchandising and have always appreciated the female form and what the fashion industry does to help us as women express our unique styles, but it’s come to my attention that when the world conflicts with the Word, action must be taken. Nowhere in the Bible does it tell us to “flaunt it if you’ve got it.” Quite the opposite!

“I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.”

‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭2:9-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭3:3-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:19-20

We may read some of these scriptures and think they’re a little strict, but you know the expression, “Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile.” Well, that’s what’s happened in the church today. We’ve taken what Christ did on the cross and the freedom that gives us and ran rampant with it. I say “ran” figuratively because to tell you the truth, it’s a slow fade into sin.

Satan is a sly fox like that and gradually gets us to let our guards down a little at a time so that by the time we are full fledged sinning, we don’t feel the slightest bit of shame or guilt. We are almost completely oblivious to any wrongdoing on our part but that doesn’t keep harm from being done.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:27-28‬ ‭NIV

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“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

‭‭1 John‬ ‭2:15-17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Just because we didn’t intend on sinning or causing anyone else to sin for that matter, doesn’t mean it’s excused. It is forgivable when recognized and repented of, but sin is still sin and causes repercussions.

So how do we keep our sin in check?

1) Daily prayer, counsel and repentance with the Lord who loves us and made us in His image.

2) Meaningful time in a study Bible along with a commentary so that you’re able to fully grasp God’s meaning behind the message.

3) Ask God to give you an accountability partner or mentor who can speak into your life, correct you with love in a way that lines up with the Word and that lives a life that is an example worth following.

“In the same way, older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to much wine. They are to teach what is good, so they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children, to be self-controlled, pure, homemakers, kind, and submissive to their husbands, so that God’s message will not be slandered.”

‭‭Titus‬ ‭2:3-5‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

Please know that I am a work in progress myself and that my goal is to be mindful daily of what I’m wearing and what I’m portraying. Just as a daughter wouldn’t want to disappoint or embarrass her dad, I don’t want to disappoint or dishonor my Heavenly Father, and I hope you don’t either. Let’s get better together, girls! We can be trendy without being trashy, I promise!

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