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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

An Amazing Safety Net!

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Psalm 121:3-4     He will not let your foot be moved (ESV).


I don't know about you, but it brings me great comfort that God "will not let my foot be moved."  I am terribly accident prone.  Almost weekly I stub one or more toes as I walk around the house; my husband says I should wear steel-toed boots!  I have fallen off the church platform before.  (Luckily, not while the service was going on.)  If someone is going to trip and fall over a crack in the sidewalk, it's going to be me.  That's just how it is.  In fact, at my own wedding rehearsal, it was suggested that the processional be changed from "Here Comes the Bride" to "What if I Stumble, What If I Fall?"

As embarrassing as it is to literally stumble, we often worry about stumbling socially or, as Christians, spiritually.  We have a reputation to uphold!  We want to appear collected, professional, and confident.  How mortifying to go against what's popular, or worse, be caught in sin while professing Christianity!  Sometimes the fear alone prevents us from following the direction God places on our hearts. 

That's why this verse brings such comfort.  While we see stumbling as something to dread, God sees it as growth!  God views our stepping out in faith just like a baby taking their first steps.  When my children took their first steps, I held my breath, stretched out my arms, and drank in every aspect of the moment.  I wanted to remember every detail.  In their cases, they took a few steps and then stumbled.  Did they actually fall to the ground?  No, because I was there, hovering all around, waiting to catch them.  Was I disappointed that they stumbled?  No!  I was thrilled that they tried something new, and reached a new milestone!  Shortly after the event, phone calls were made to every family member, and the child was praised and doted upon.

So, if God is directing you to step out of the mold and do something for His glory, don't be crippled by the fear of failure.  God is with you!  The last thing He's going to allow is His precious child, who is following His lead, to mess up.  He's right there next to you, providing the strength you need to take those steps, and He won't allow you to fall.  In fact, he won't even let your foot be moved!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

We Have Another Winner!



Philippians 4:8     Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things (NIV).


We were so excited to have another opportunity to offer Armed and Virtuous readers a chance to win Lilla Rose products!  The result of our second drawing is in, and the winner is. . . . Stefanie!  Congratulations!  We will be emailing you with the details of how to redeem your free flexi clip, or $15.00 in Lilla Rose products.

Again, thank you to all who entered our giveaway.  Your participation made this second drawing possible.  We have plans to introduce some Armed and Virtuous products in the near future, and we plan to do a giveaway of our own, so stay tuned!





What other "things" would you like to see highlighted on our weekend posts?  Drop us an email at suggestions@armedandvirtuous.org or leave a comment, and we'll discuss the things that interest you.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Great News!



What's better than one giveaway?  TWO giveaways!  Our first drawing was such a success that we're doing it again, so here's the deal:

If you entered before, you will be automatically entered for this second drawing.

If you have not entered, follow this link and complete the requirements for entry.  Each task counts as an entry, so you may enter up to three times.  Make sure that you leave a comment, either on this post, or the original post stating you have completed one or more of them, as we will draw from those who leave comments. 

We will announce the second winner on Saturday at 9:30 p.m.  Good luck!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

We Have A Winner!



The winner of our Lilla Rose drawing is: (drum roll please). . . .  Alicia!  Congratulations!  We will be emailing you with the details of redeeming your free flexi clip, or $15.00 of Lilla Rose products.

Thanks again to everyone who entered, you helped make this giveaway a success.  We plan to have other giveaways in the future, in fact, we hope to soon give away Armed and Virtuous products! 

Hope to see you then!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

What are You Banking On?

whole wide world, in his hands. Pictures, Images and Photos


Psalm 121:1-2     ...I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth (ESV).


This must be an important lesson in my life lately, because God has been actually singing this Psalm to my heart!  Have I been worrying?  Yes.  My family has done some major stepping out in faith lately and I'll freely admit, there are times I've felt ill-qualified for the task. 

Some of those steps involved leaving earthly securities behind.  In a way it seemed like we were forging a new trail, but what I'm learning through all this "newness" is that I've created a problem where none actually exists.

The source of my security is not a bank account.  It is not the food in our pantry.  It is not approval from other people.  My help comes from the Lord, the Almighty One who created heaven and earth. Because He is my Heavenly Father, I as His daughter am rich, because He will supply my every need and I am powerful through Him to complete anything He asks of me!

Should I expect my every little wish to be granted?  No, but my true needs will always be met, as will the needs of my loved ones.  God wants me to come to Him, because He longs to help me.  He loves me and desires to show me, over and over that He is the true source of my blessings.  The more I rely on Him, the more He will prove Himself faithful. 

So, where does your hope lie?  In a boyfriend?  In your social status?  In your grades or awards?  As a person who is still learning this lesson, I humbly challenge you to take a good look at what you're "banking" on.  If it's anything less than God Almighty, it's going to fail.

The ugly truth about worry is, it's a lack of faith.  It represents trusting in something other than God.  If He is truly the Lord of your life, then recognize that you really have no control.  If your help comes from the Maker of Heaven and Earth...what more can you possibly need?

May this bring you comfort this week, as it brings me, every time He sings it to my soul!