Archives for February 2009

Jewelry Winners!

fashion2The random drawing winners of the True Love Waits jewelry are Andrea V. and Megan D.  You should have an e-mail from Pierce My Heart in your inbox.  If not, please contact us to claim your prize.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this contest by giving article topic suggestions  – you are sure to see several of the topics covered throughout the upcoming months.  We’d also like to thank C28 and Factory 79 for their generosity in offering these prizes.

If you didn’t win this month, please try again in March, because we have a special book giveaway coming up!

Congratulations, Andrea and Megan!  We pray you’ll wear your jewelry well.

– Davonne Parks

Showing Affection

itw1Many people like to outwardly, physically show their affection for their significant other, and in February (the month of love) we’re actually encouraged to do so! This PDA (Public Display of Affection) has become widely accepted in our society, but it’s actually contrary to God’s word.

The problem

Even though PDA seems to be everywhere and is generally acceptable in the world’s eyes, it is not something that we, as Christians, should participate in. We are to be an example to others around us (Titus 2:7-8), and to not conform to what the world is doing (Romans 12:2). We’re also told in 1 Thessalonians 5:22 to “abstain from all appearance of evil,” and displaying affection in public can give an appearance of evil even if we don’t mean for it to.

If someone sees us being physically affectionate with our boyfriend at the mall or school, they may assume (and possibly rightfully so) that we are doing more than that when we’re not in public, which goes against what we’re told to do in 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5: “For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God.” Even if we’re not behaving inappropriately in private, displaying affection in public can give the appearance of immorality, and we need to make sure that we’re proper, pure examples to others around us.

The other problem with PDA is that it may cause others to stumble, which we’re warned against in 1 Corinthians 8:9-12. If someone sees us kissing our boyfriends in public, they may automatically assume it’s okay for them to kiss their boyfriend whenever they want, too. They may not see you exercise self-control when you’re not in public, and they may end up stumbling in that area because they’re not prepared for the temptations that come with kissing (which needs to be kept to a minimum anyway). Be careful not to place temptation in front of your boyfriend either by encouraging this display of affection, whether public or private.

gossips2bPDA can also lead to gossip. Even though gossip is sinful (Romans 1:28-32), if people see us displaying our affection, they may begin to gossip about us, which can start rumors, whether true or untrue. Rumors are impossible to retract, and they can tarnish our reputation as a Christian, even if we’re innocent. Although we can’t control others’ tendencies to gossip, we need to be careful not to participate in questionable activities that may fuel the fire of a gossiper!

Avoiding PDA

Avoiding affection in public is not always easy, especially since it seems to be accepted everywhere. One of the easiest ways to avoid PDA is to closely monitor physical contact. Allowing ourselves to get caught up in the moment is easy to do, but is important to remember to stay more focused on Christ than we are on our date (1 Corinthians 15:3).

It is also important to remember that just because other people may not be around, it doesn’t mean that it is appropriate Christian behavior. Whether others are there or not, God knows our innermost thoughts, and dwelling on impure thoughts and desires is sinful. “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). God knows when we’re giving away a small kiss to our boyfriend, and He also knows when we’re allowing ourselves to want more sexually.


How we conduct ourselves in public sets our reputation. We should want our reputation to be that of a godly, Christian one. We want people to see Christ through us (Colossians 3:15). If we are caught up in worldly activities such as PDA, that perception will not be achieved. The next time you are out, remember that pure thoughts and pure actions go hand in hand (Matthew 12:34-35), so make sure your actions reflect what should be in your heart.

By Sarah J. Ancheta

Others Before Self

jft11“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4). In school, I hear quite often these statements from peers: “It’s not my problem,” or, “Well she said that about me first, so I’m gonna talk about her!” However, a young Christian should strive to have a different attitude. We read that God commands us to be kind and to help others, even if they are not kind and helpful to us (Luke 6:27-36; Matthew 5:43-44).

The problem today, which is absolutely apparent in high school, is that the world tells us that if someone does wrong to us, that we should do the same! The world also teaches kids that we don’t owe anyone anything–especially if they haven’t done anything for us. Teenagers will so willingly jump to retaliate because the world says that’s okay! But how wrong that is! For one, we should not follow the world (Romans 12:2).

But even more importantly, our perfect Example, Jesus, was kind to even those who crucified Him–He prayed for them! (Luke 23:33-34). I know that as a Christian young adult, I should set the correct example for my friends, and be willing to help anyone in need. We are here to serve God and to serve others by showing His love, whether we think they deserve it or not. Even God’s Son came to serve: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). May we work each day to have the attitude of a servant, and show all those around us how truly kind and loving God is.

By Hannah Smith

A Healthy Resolve: Part Two-B

haf2Yesterday, we introduced idea of not dieting, and eating healthy amounts. Today we’re going to discuss how.

The non-diet

Be careful not to buy into the diet scheme (remember, people who create diet plans make a ton of money off the people who use their plans). Diets are generally meant to be short term in order to help a person reach their “magic” number, but once a person stops dieting, they will usually gain most, if not all, of their weight back. In order for weight loss to be permanent, a healthy lifestyle—and diet—must be maintained. Yes, weight loss is generally slower without a specific diet plan, but it is also healthier, and much more long term.

I have found that the easiest way to eat healthy is to simply get rid of junk food. Talk to your parents if you’re still living at home, and ask them to help you throw out the junk, or to at least stop buying it once it’s gone. If they’re unwilling to do this, talk to them about your favorite junk foods, and ask them to support your desire to be healthier by no longer buying your favorite treats. (If they really want to treat you to something, they can buy you nail polish or bubble bath!)

Your family could keep items such as brownie or cake mix (or make-from-scratch ingredients) in the cupboard, so you can bake if you really have a craving for something sweet. You’ll find that you’re probably much less likely to go to the work of baking something, than you would be to run to the cupboard and grab a pre-packaged cupcake or two. The extra work will make you really consider if it’s worth it, and you’ll soon find that it usually isn’t. Plus, homemade goodies give you another option – sharing! If you bake brownies, you can save a few for your family, then make a couple of plates to take to various neighbors. The same works for cookies or cakes too. You can bake a cake in two small pans instead of one large pan, and take the other pan to a working mom at your church who may not have time to make homemade treats for her family very often.

haf1If you have a craving for ice-cream, go out for a cone, or purchase a pint of ice cream instead of a half- gallon. The same goes for a candy bar – instead of buying a whole package, purchase one of the smaller bars at the checkout counter.

We tend to think about and want the things we are depriving ourselves of, so allow yourself an occasional sweet treat to curb the craving. When the urge hits to enjoy sweets, think creatively about how to enjoy them without being tempted by the extra calories for several days afterward.

If you must

If you are very overweight, and constantly struggling with your eating habits, you may need to go on a healthy diet for awhile that will help you learn how to be aware of your food. Diets such as Weight Watchers may be a good option, since they don’t cut out any of the food groups, and they teach dieters how to become conscious of their eating habits, plus the optional weekly meetings and weigh-ins help to keep each person accountable to themselves. Before beginning any diet program, however, talk to your doctor and make sure the diet plan you’re thinking of is safe for you. Remember that the main goal in dieting is not just to lose weight, but to learn to make lifestyle changes, which will help you stay healthy in the long run.

Food of the month: Roast beef

Low in carbs, and high in potassium and protein, roast beef is a great food on those cold winter nights (or any other time of year!). An entire meal centered around roast beef only takes minutes to create, and makes the house smell wonderful for hours.

To cook this meal, melt 1 tablespoon of Crisco Shortening in a pan, then brown both sides of the meat on medium.  After roast is browned, carefully pour a cup or two of cold water into the pan (meat will steam), then add peeled carrots and potatoes around and on top of the roast. Throw a sliced onion over that, add salt and pepper, then pour more water in the pan until it’s about halfway up the roast. Place in a 325 degree oven for three to four hours. The roast is done when the internal temperature is 160 degrees, or when the center is tender and no longer pink.

haf3Serve with dinner rolls and milk, and have canned peaches or fresh fruit with low-fat frozen yogurt for dessert. For the entire meal, allow 30 minutes prep time, plus four hours cooking time.

Bonus: You can turn this meal into vegetable soup! After dinner, while the food is still warm, cut up the meat, carrots, and potatoes before placing them in the fridge, along with a container of the broth (if you used the broth for gravy, you could use beef bullion cubes for the soup instead). The next evening, put the broth, meat, and any canned vegetables you want into the mix (my family likes peas and corn). Then add your favorite spices and let the soup simmer for at about 30 minutes on the stove, or as long as you’d like in a crock-pot. Serve with your favorite bread, milk, and some thawed frozen berries on the side. Allow fifteen minutes prep time for this meal, plus 30 minutes cooking time.

Coming up…

Next month, we’ll talk about healthy ways to exercise, but for now, if you’ve resolved to lose a certain amount of weight, or to diet, reconsider your resolution. Think about throwing out your scale (or at least asking your mom to hide it from you), and eating healthier foods without dieting. There are many ways to change bad habits into healthy habits without dieting or feeling deprived, so think creatively, get your family (or roommates) involved if possible, and strive to make this year a year full of healthful choices. Remember that weight should not be the goal – being healthy should be our goal. Forget about your “magic” number, because when we’re eating properly and working to be healthy, a better number on the (occasional) scale will naturally follow.

By Davonne Parks

A Healthy Resolve: Part Two-A

haf1In our quest to become healthier this year, and to encourage readers to do the same, we’re publishing a three-part series about different aspects of sensible health. Last month we discussed the un-magic numbers on the bathroom scale. This month we will talk about diets, or simply “diet.”

Before we begin, let’s take a moment to direct our focus. Jesus doesn’t condemn us by the foods we eat (Matthew 15:11), so we need to be careful not to condemn ourselves, either. Let’s remember that Christ loves us no matter what size jeans we wear! We should, however, want to take care of our bodies, because as we’re told in 1 Corinthians 6:19, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” Our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit, and we need to make sure to take care of that temple.

Just say no to diets

Now that you know that I’m against scales, you probably won’t be surprised to find that I’m also against dieting. This can also be a huge discouragement, as well as potentially very unhealthy. Many diets cut out certain food groups, which isn’t good for anyone, but especially not for young women whose bodies are still developing. In addition to the physical health risks, there are also emotional set-backs. Think about it. We start a diet, are excited for the first three days, then we see dessert. And we want it. So badly, in fact, that we eat not one, but three, slices of cake. Then what happens? We go weigh ourselves on the scale we should have thrown away, are depressed by the awful number, and go eat more cake! Then we spend the next four days gorging on junk food, just so we can start the vicious cycle over again on Monday (the “magic” diet-starting day). This is not healthy! Please keep in mind that if you do eat three slices of cake, you don’t have to gorge for the next several days (or weeks). Just recognize that you need to work on it, throw out the rest of the food to save yourself the temptation, and get back on track right away – don’t even wait until tomorrow!

Keep in mind that the first few weeks will be the most difficult when it comes to changing eating habits, so stick with it, and give your body time to adjust to healthier eating.

Too much, too little

haf2I have an idea that can be followed by anyone, no matter what your weight. Eat healthy and in moderation. Eat only when you’re hungry, and stop when you’re satisfied. Many people will eat for comfort, because they want to procrastinate on something they need to do, or because they want to keep their hands busy while watching TV. To help with self-awareness, try keeping a food journal to assist you in consciously recognizing your motives and food triggers; then learn to do something else instead of eating, such as scrap-booking or jewelry making.

On the flip side, make sure to eat enough. In a desperate attempt to reach the un-magic number on the scale, some people will stop eating enough food. They will limit the amount of food they eat each day, and learn to ignore their growling stomachs. This is also very unhealthy! A person who takes this route will lose weight to begin with, but if this regiment is continued long term, it will land him or her in the hospital or other treatment facility. Someone who starves themselves to a smaller weight will eventually have to begin eating normally again, or they will literally starve to death. When this person does begin to eat normal amounts of food, she will start gaining weight again, depressing her even more. The outcome of under-eating is never good!

To be continued

I think I’ve given you enough to think about for today, so we’ll pause here. Stay tuned, though, because tomorrow, we’ll discuss just how to be healthy without dieting!

By Davonne Parks

Love is in the Hair

beauty5Song of Solomon 7:5 “Your hair is like royal tapestry; the king is held captive by its tresses.”

It’s time to fall in love—with your hair. One of a girl’s biggest love/hate relationships is with her hair. It’s too straight, curly, thick, thin, stringy, frizzy, flat, or poufy. Whatever your feelings, whatever the trend, it’s time to mend your split-end relationship with your locks.

I’ve got thick, naturally curly hair—and I love it! However, my feelings have not always been so positive toward my hair. Do you know how many seasons have come where the trend is perfectly straight hair? A tough trend to follow for us curly-locked gals. At one point I was spending an hour every morning before classes straightening my hair, only to have it curl as I walked out the door. And then someone made the simple comment about how beautiful my hair was when I just left it alone. I think it finally hit me how much I was working against something that should be left as it is.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to experiment with our looks for the enjoyment of a new style. However, we need to be careful about the amount of time and energy we put into trying to change our looks. Not only should we love and care for the hair God has given us, but we should also love and be content with the hair God has given us. 1 Peter 3:3: “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.” So, as we take a look at how to love and care for our hair, let’s remember that we are God’s beautiful daughter, and love the body He created for us.

General Hair Care

  • DO NOT brush wet hair! This will only promote split ends, which will make your hair look frizzy and dry. Use a wide-toothed comb instead.
  • Do use as few chemical treatments as possible.
  • Don’t wash your hair until it’s “squeaky” clean. This means you have stripped the good oils that are naturally beauty6found in your hair.
  • When towel-drying hair, do not rub—this will cause your hair to break off. Pat dry just enough to stop the dripping.
  • After shampooing and conditioning, rinse your hair with cold water to seal the shaft and generate shine.

For Curly Hair

  • You do not need to wash your hair every day. Although you may shower and condition every day, using shampoo will dry your hair out faster, giving it a frizzy, not curly, look. Two or three times a week is usually enough.
  • If you must comb wet hair after a shower, use a wide-tooth comb. Hair is most fragile when it is wet, and harsh brushing will cause breakage.
  • Air dry, if possible. If you must blow dry, use a diffuser and only dry until damp.
  • Use minimal styling products. Mousse has a tendency to dry hair out, as does hairspray. I recommend using a styling gel, such as Scruples Smooth Out.
  • Leave it alone!!! The more you play with curly hair, the frizzier it will be. Dry it, style it, and keep your hands off it.
  • Don’t chemically straighten your hair, because that will damage your hair. If you want it straightened for a special occasion, find a good straightening iron at beauty supply store and do it yourself.

For Straight Hair

  • beauty7Use a shampoo that is made for your hair type. If you have thin hair, get a volumizing shampoo. Oily hair? Use a shampoo that specifies that.
  • Do not over-condition if your hair is thin or oily. This will only leave your hair limp and stringy. You only need a quarter-sized drop of conditioner.
  • Don’t over-style your hair. Keep your hair routine and products as simple as possible.
  • If you must do something to your hair, occasionally use a straightening iron for smoother looking hair in just a few minutes.
  • Spritz a small amount of flexible hold hair spray over any problem areas for all- day style.
  • Save the curling iron or hot rollers for special occasions. Constant use of these heat products will start to damage hair.
  • If you really want layers, start out with just one or two longer layers. Depending on your specific hair texture, face shape, and personal preference, layers can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Keep in mind that, generally, the more layers there are, the more styling time is required.

Recommended Products

beauty1Scruples Smooth Out Straightening Gel—although this says “straightening,” it is great for curly hair. It holds the curl but fights the frizz—and there are no “crunchy” curls as a result (a characteristic I’ve had a hard time finding in other products). Not the cheapest gel product out there, but it lasts awhile, and for the quality, I think it’s worth it.
*Note: This product comes in 8.5 oz. or 1 liter sizes. If you want to try it, get the smaller size; if you like beauty2what you get, the 1 liter size is the better deal.

Conair Mega Ceramic Vented Round Boar-Bristle Hair Brush – Large (Target). This brush is highly rated and is a good price for a natural-bristled brush. The vents allow air flow, which helps dry hair faster when blow-drying, and also helps to add soft curls; natural bristles are a stylist’s sign of a good brush.

beauty3Goody Ouchless Hair Elastics. These also come in bright, fun colors, or choose the natural colors to blend in with your hair. You can snag these for a few dollars at most grocery and retail stores. They are a great way to beauty4get the hair out of your face, while not breaking the strands.

Goody Rake Comb (Walmart, Target, and other retail and drug stores). An inexpensive wide-tooth comb for detangling wet hair without creating frizz.

There are many hair products out there, and that can often be overwhelming. Remember to stick with varieties that are made for your hair type––don’t be tempted to buy certain products just because they are popular. If needed, experiment with different brands until you find the one that works. Don’t hesitate to ask someone whose hair is similar to yours––and whose you like––what product they use; you may find your next favorite thing. And don’t forget––if all else fails, wear a ponytail!

By Lisa Grimenstein

Snow Creations

Snow creations are featured this month! Scroll down for information about next month’s item.

Snowman created by Catherine James and Diana Walker

Snowman created by Catherine, James, and Diana Walker

Snow angel created by Davonne Parks

Snow angel created by Davonne Parks

Snow angel created by Lily Parks

Snow angel created by Lily Parks

Snowman created by Davonne and Lily Parks

Snowman created by Davonne and Lily Parks

Snowcar created by Davonne and Lily Parks

Snowcar created by Davonne and Lily Parks

Future note

If you’d like to have your poetry published, please submit your poem by Wednesday, February 25 for possible use in our March article!

The Noahs of Today

blognoahbI’ve always liked the story of Noah. Ever since I was a little child, I have been taught about Noah’s Ark (Genesis 6, 7, 8).  (…which makes it all the more embarrassing and strange that I would have ended up saying Moses built the ark when I was in Bible class in 8th grade…) But Noah’s Ark appeals to me now, because it’s easy to relate to as a teen! I’m reading through Genesis right now, and a certain verse I read a few days ago is bold in my mind: “Then the Lord said to Noah, ‘Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.’” WOW. Wow! Listen to that…”I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation” (Genesis 7:1, emphasis added). See, God had become sorry He had made man, because there was so much wickedness in the world. But “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” (Gen. 6:5-7) Although it seemed like there was no good in the world, Noah and his family were righteous! The Lord commanded Noah to build an ark so that he and his family would be safe from the great, destructive flood.

While Noah built the ark as the Lord had said, it’s likely that Noah was probably pretty ridiculed during that time. Those who were wicked probably thought Noah was absolutely crazy for obeying this God! But, Noah obeyed GOD. He didn’t say, “But, God, what will everyone think when I begin to build this ark?” or, “Can’t you just save me and my family without me building that?” No. I believe Noah knew what a blessing it was for God Himself to recognize his family and their continuous obedience to Him, and allow them to be saved from the flood! I also think it’s amazing that 1) there had never been rain, and 2) it took him decades to build the ark—that’s a lot of time for ridicule and doubt!

blognoahaToday, how many times do Christians think, “What will all my friends think if I miss that basketball game to go to Bible study?” and, “There’s no fun at my church. I’m going to my friend’s church tonight for some real entertainment!” It’s an extremely important lesson to learn that, when it comes to obeying GOD, it doesn’t matter what people think! Won’t it make a greater impact if you say instead, “No, sorry, I’m going to our youth group’s Bible study! You should come with me!” and, “I’m looking forward to tonight’s sermon. I know worship is not for entertainment, and I’m glad I get to sing praises to Him, pray to Him, learn about Him, and be with my Christian family!”

Obeying GOD will come easily when we have a close relationship with Him. Others will see our total commitment to Him when we adamantly turn away the world’s ideas of “fun,” and find our true happiness in serving Him! One day, I want to see God look at me and say, “You were righteous in your generation…” Keep Genesis 7:1 in mind as you go through life.

Hannah Smith

Sharing Him: Part 2

stw1In our last article, we introduced the subject of personal evangelism.  I asked each Christian reading the article to make a resolution to try to teach one person about Jesus this year. We have much more to say on the subject, and in future articles we’re going to talk specifically about what we need to be telling people.

But for now, how do we begin?

Let’s start simply and take it from there.  If you are going to be involved in sharing Christ with others (and I hope you will!) then consider the following:

1.  Have an assurance of your relationship with God. It’s going to be impossible for you to positively and confidently speak to others about their relationship with God unless you have assurance of your own.  If you are not fully committed to God, determine that you will be.  Determine that now, and pray for God to help you.  Being a faithful, committed Christian doesn’t demand perfection or flawlessness; it does demand having our priorities in order (Matthew 6:33) and acknowledging God as our first love (Revelation 2:4) and personal Savior.

2.  Have a concern for the lost. Read carefully Romans 10:1-3 and note Paul’s heart-felt concern for his fleshly kinsmen who did not know Jesus.  Let us make sure we have a genuine concern for the lost.  Our motivation is not to win an argument, but to share Christ with others.  There are people all around us who are lost in sin – there is no shortage of people who need to hear the gospel.  Jesus said, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few” (Matthew 9:37).  See people as lost, and be concerned enough to want to do something about it.

3.  Have a working knowledge of scripture. We are to be ready always to answer others concerning our Christian hope (1 Peter 3:15).  We don’t have to know everything, but we should have a general knowledge of the Bible.  If you don’t, then now is the time to get started learning.  There is nothing wrong with saying “I don’t know” – there is something wrong if we continue to “not know” (2 Peter 3:18; Hebrews 5:12-14).  If you don’t know, pray about it and determine you’ll find out.  And remember – if you are a Christian, you know what God did for our salvation; telling others what Jesus has done for our sin and what the Bible requires is what sharing Him is all about.

dailybiblereading14.  Make a determined effort to speak to someone today. We all talk about many things during the course of our day – sports, politics, business, job, home, family, hobbies, interests, and so forth.  Decide you are going to discuss the Bible or you own personal walk with God with someone.  Where to start?  Consider some of the following as “opening questions” that can begin a conversation about spiritual matters:

  • “Do you go to church?”  If the answer is “yes,” you can ask the individual where they go, and something about his / her church.  This can lead to an opportunity to tell the friend about Jesus Christ, the Head of the church.  If one answers “no,” then you have the perfect opportunity to invite that person to attend with you.  There are many people who think about “starting to go to church,” they just need to begin.  And a simple invitation from someone they know may help them get started.  There are people waiting to be asked.
  • “Are you a Christian?”  This is a more straightforward question, but one that cuts right to the heart of the matter.  If one answers “yes,” you can ask them about their Christian walk, and what they did to become a Christian.  If one answers “no,” take a few minutes to explain what being a Christian means to you, why you consider it important, and why you like to talk about what God has done for you and in your life.
  • “Have you ever studied the Bible?”  You’ll be surprised how many will say “no, not really.”  Bible study has not generally been a very high priority with most people.  Yet there are many who would really like to know more about what the Bible actually says; they just don’t know how to begin.  So at this point, you might suggest, “How about we get together for some Bible study?”  If this is offered as something to do together, not in a threatening or belittling way, you can find some who are interested.  Set a definite date and time to get together, and keep it to no more than an hour.  You can begin in a very simple way (such as reading and discussing the gospel of John together).  Pray for wisdom in teaching them and that their heart will be open. Remember, God and His Word will do the work.

girlpray5. Make God a natural part of your everyday conversations. When we truly love God and are continually praying and studying His word, our conversations should naturally include God (Luke 6:45). If you find it difficult to talk about God in a natural way, make sure you are focusing on Him enough, and keep talking! Once your lips and heart become used to speaking good things, especially about God, you will find that what becomes unnatural is not including Him in conversation. When we talk about God like He’s our best friend, we often have a larger impact on other people’s thoughts than we realize.


As you ask these (or similar) questions, remember the goal is to share God with others, in hope that it will allow God to use you to teach them. Decide to tell them about God to open that door. There are many who are looking to find the answers that will satisfy the soul.

As a Christian, you have a message they need to hear.  In all your conversations, always try to leave a door open for another discussion.  We do people no good if we “run them off” and they don’t want to talk with us anymore.

If you are a Christian, more than likely, someone cared enough about you to make sure you knew the Gospel.  Let us all have the same concern for others.  We have some “good news” that’s much too good to keep to ourselves!

More to come…

By John M. Brown

Meditating Heart

Michelle Jane and Davonne Parks

Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.”

At the request of a good friend, I assisted in creating a poster with the above verse.

To fully grasp the meaning of the verse, I read the chapter surrounding it, and I especially appreciate the part about the meditation of my heart.  How often do we think we’re doing a great job as Christians, but still allow sinful thoughts to dwell in our hearts?

To truly be pleasing God, our hearts need to be meditating on, or thinking about, pure, godly things.

Let’s allow the message in those words to penetrate our minds, so that our hearts really will be acceptable to Him, because when our hearts are right, acceptable words will naturally follow (Luke 6:45).

– Davonne Parks