Introducing Passion and Purity: A Blog Series…

Good afternoon friends,

I want to take a moment to share something very exciting that has been in the works for a little while. I love to read and while going through some of my old books, I recently rediscovered the classic Christian book “Passion and Purity” by Elisabeth Elliot. I read the book for the first time about four years ago and while I enjoyed it, I didn’t understand it fully. I picked the book up about a month ago during a trip to a friend’s wedding and I was blown away by Elisabeth Elliot’s character, faith and dedication to not only her own purity, but that of her would-be husband, Jim. I decided then that the lessons in the book should be shared with as many people as possible.

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Just when I started to talk about it, one of my great Twitter followers @JaeDooks mentioned that he had read the book as well. After this, I knew that a series must happen! I’ve yet to see topics like purity, love and being obedient to God be explored from both a male and female perspective so I’m very excited to be teaming up with him on this project. Our first posts will be up on Wednesday, July 17th. My thoughts will be on Jovontae’s blog and his will be on mine. So that you don’t miss any of the action, be sure to follow both blogs by e-mail.

I hope that you’ll join us.

Brittany

New blog feature: Resource Library

Good afternoon friends,

I hope that you are all well. I wanted to write a short blurb about something that I’ve worked really hard on to be of service to you. When I’m looking up different topics and issues related to living as a Christian young adult, I come across many great resources. I find free e-books, sermons, videos, booklets, articles, blog posts, music and more. Some of the resources that I’ve come across online have been exactly what I needed to read at a particular time in life, and I feel that it’s only fitting to make these resources available to those who may come to my blog looking for insight on a particular topic.

So today, I formally welcome you to check out Where He Makes All Things Beautiful’s new resource library. Feel free to browse, explore and share. A friend of mine already started a book group from a great free resource she found there and it’s helping many of the women in a tremendous way. Also, if there is ever a particular topic you may be looking for Godly counsel or advice on, feel free to comment somewhere on the blog or use the Say Hello feature to ask me. More than likely, I know of something that can help.

God bless you and have an awesome day!

Brittany

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“He’s not good enough for you…”

Hey friends,

I hope that you’re all doing really well. I wanted to come share my thoughts on some things again. Right now, it’s 2:31am and I pulled out my iPad to write this so it’s clearly pretty important to me. Just like my last post, it won’t be well-written, but these are my raw thoughts.

What is it with man slander in the Christian community? Why is it so common and accepted? Granted, I believe that men should be Godly and pursue God, but what kind of men are some Christian people expecting women to marry? Do you ever notice that it’s always those that are already married leading the “don’t marry him if…” brigade too. But I digress…

I have thought about the conversations that I’ve had with friends about men.

He’s not spiritual enough.

He doesn’t pray that well.

He cares too much about other things.

I think I’m spiritually stronger than him.

What would people think about me if I was with him?

Am I the only one whose heard or said these things? These things sound ridiculous and they are.

All Christian women want to marry a guy who loves Jesus, can pray well, studies the Word, will provide, be a great father, respect her, honor her, work hard, etc, but think of the men you know who fit this description and consider their age.

I’m really guilty of looking at men who are well older than me and thinking, “wow, where are the men like that who are my age?” There may be some but they’re very few. Everyone needs time to develop spirutually, especially young adult men. Being a young adult man who strives to honor God right now? I would not want to trade places with them. I know it’s tough!

Also ladies, when we look at the men, are we considering our own spiritual state? Not even just spiritual state, but overall state. We think of ourselves as being more together and more righteous than we are, when in reality, we’re probably not that together and our righteousness is that of filthy, disgusting rags. We have high, lofty standards for a guy because we forget our own hang-ups. I create extremely high standards but I forget that I suck at budgeting money, hate to exercise, don’t always pray for everyone who asks or forgive people who wrong me. I forget that I still have a temper, buck up against God at times and even judge others. I forget these things when I’m telling God everything that a man that comes my way should be. How dare I be so demanding when I’m a sinner too? Here’s a real question.

Ladies, have we forgotten that we’re imperfect sinners?

If you have, here is your reminder. 😉

None of us are in a position to tell God what we deserve. NONE of us. We are deserving of death, but Christ gives us good things out of the abundance of His love. We can make requests to Him, but we should never tell Him what we think we deserve.

I’ve had people point out all the things that a Christian guy isn’t, but what about the things that he is?

Is he respectful?
Does he love and honor his parents?
Does he love The Lord?
Is he compassionate?
Does he serve?
Is he making a conscious effort to know Him?
Does he study and/or work hard?

Don’t these things count for something? Even if he isn’t tweeting scripture everyday and leading the Bible study, are these things not evidence that He loves The Lord, is pursuing Biblical manhood and is striving spiritually? Plus, who knows where he can be in a year, five or twenty-five? The Tim Kellers, John Pipers, Francis Chans, Carlton Byrds, Billy Grahams and Paul Washers of the world were not the men that they are today when they were my age.

Remember too, marriage is about holiness and happiness is a by-product. So essentially, our goal should be to link ourselves to another sinner who with their whole heart is dedicated to becoming more like Christ themselves and helping you to do the same.

Please don’t let people tell you everything that they guy you date should and should not be. What works for one couple may not work for another and God doesn’t write all of our love stories the same way. Also, don’t covet the guy that another woman is dating or married to. What God has for her is for her; what He has for you is for you.

At the core, this blog post is about grace. Grace that God gives and the grace that we should extend toward others. Please don’t think that I’m saying date and marry an unbeliever, or even a Christian who has no fruit…but please understand that we’ve got to have grace for those around us as it pertains to their Christian experience too. God moves in a mysterious way and you never know how He may be working in the life of that guy in your Bible study that you think is a joke. Because when it comes down to it, I really just want to spend my life with someone who is imperfect but who loves Jesus like crazy and can help me love Him more too.

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And if you don’t know, now you know…

Brittany

10 Great Posts on Christian Singleness, Love and Marriage

Hello friends,

I hope that you are all well. As you all know, I love to read and learn and I am interested in all things God. The Bible, its history, love, singleness, the institution of marriage, worship, character, spiritual gifts and so much more. I spend much of my free time exploring what Christian authors have to say about these topics. This post features 10 of my favorite blog posts and articles about singleness, love, courtship, dating and marriage. What I especially love about everything I’ve shared here is that they are God-centered, not emotion-based. Each writer has a Godly perspective on their work’s topic and to me, that is very important. Love is God, God is love and whenever we consider love and any of the institutions of it, God should always be at the center. Also, more than half of these articles were passed on to me by Jeida, so I couldn’t dare share them all without giving her a shout out lol. But anyway, I hope that you find everything here useful and thought-provoking. Ready…go! 🙂

Singleness

What If The One Never Comes by Sharona Drake at Paradime Women

I’m Saved, So Why Am I Single? by Jeida Storey at Destiny Collisions

Courtship/Dating/Marriage Preparation

We Can Be Friends by Mrs. Rich at The Good Life

True Love Does More Than Just Wait by Claire and Eli at Relevant Magazine

10 Ways to Be Marriable by Suzanne Hadley Gosselin at Boundless Webzine

Marriage

You Never Marry the Right Person by Timothy Keller at Relevant Magazine

The Story of Ian & Larissa by John Piper at Desiring God (be sure to watch the short video as well)

Five Things Every Successful Marriage Has To Have by Perry Noble at PerryNoble.com

Love

Settling by Scott Craft at Boundless Webzine

Man Enough To Love A Real Woman by Joshua Rogers at Boundless Webzine

I hope that these articles and blog posts get you thinking and are a blessing to you. If you want to talk about anything you read, feel free to comment below!

Also, below I’ve posted links to FREE books and booklets about the aforementioned topics. They are yours to download and learn from.

Resources

A Girl’s Guide to Marrying Well
A Guy’s Guide to Marrying Well
This Momentary Marriage
Preparing for Marriage: Help for Christian Couples
Sex and the Supremacy of Christ

Thanks for reading,

Brittany