Friday, May 8, 2015

Summer Opportunities

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Does summer always seem to fly by for you?  It's hard to believe that it's already May and school will be letting out soon.  For me, summertime always seems to speed by and the next thing I know, autumn is around the corner.   So this summer, I want to encourage you to take advantage of the extra free time that often comes along with the season.  While it's wonderful to be able to do things you enjoy like swimming, painting, or reading, don't let your activities rule your summer.  Take some time to share God's love in a powerful way by serving others.  You have the time, so get involved!  The following is a list of opportunities to consider:  

~ get involved in Vacation Bible School
~ help out in your local church
~ go on a mission trip
~ visit the elderly in a nursing home
~ help family and friends - clean the house, babysit, prepare a picnic
~ do random acts of kindness

Why not pick one or two (or come up with your own ideas) and use the time and gifts the Lord has given you to encourage and help others in His name?  It's definitely worth it because when we serve others, that means we're serving the Lord.  Scripture says in Colossians 3:23-24, "Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance.  It is the Lord Christ whom you serve."

Here at Bloom! we talk about how we're on a journey towards Biblical womanhood.  One of the ways to grow in this is to get out of your comfort zone and serve others.  Maybe you're a bit scared of doing Vacation Bible School or visiting a nursing home.  That's okay.  It's not just you that's serving anyway - it's Christ working through you!  So take courage, dear girls, and step out of your comfort zone.  Not only will others be blessed by your actions, but you'll be blessing the King of kings.  And that is something wonderful indeed!

So what are you waiting for?  Go share His love!

-- from the archives

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Footprints

Set Apart Girl Devotionals

If you're looking for a devotional that is going to encourage, refresh, and cheer you on as you walk with Jesus, check out the Set Apart Girl devotional here.  They're beautifully written by several of the Set Apart Girl Magazine staff and Leslie Ludy as well.

Deeper Christian

Are you longing to dig deeper into God's Word and yearning to know God deeper?  Then check out the Deeper Christian website!  Filled with articles that will point you to Christ and help you draw closer to Him, the site is also loaded with Scripture memorizing tips, Bible study ideas, amazing quotes and more.

God be with you, sisters!
Joanna, Krista, Megan, Emily & Victoria

Monday, April 20, 2015

Book Review: Choosing Gratitude

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Title: Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy

Author:  Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Genre:  Christian

Rating (1=lowest, 5=highest):

Synopsis:  God places pretty high importance on gratitude.  Skim through the Bible and you'll come up with dozens of commands to be grateful and to give thanks.  The thing is - gratitude doesn't always come naturally.  We must choose gratitude! 

Like: I love DeMoss' easy-to-read style and how much research she obviously put into this book.  She points the reader again and again to Jesus and to Scriptures and I love that.  She's theologically sound and really gets to the heart of the matter.  Her book really, really encouraged me during a difficult time in my life when I needed to lean on Jesus even more and I really appreciate her honesty, humility, and the grace with which she writes.  One thing that really stuck out to me was one part when she said (paraphrase) that in every circumstance, I always have two choices - I can choose to whine or I can choose to worship.  That's become my mantra these days!

Don't like:  I couldn't find anything I didn't like.

Conclusion: Choosing Gratitude is a worthy read.  It's Biblical, easy-to-read, and really encouraging.  Read it!