Another Terror Attack… You are NOT Alone!

I spent many restless nights after watching news of horrible things…  like 911.  I know the anxiety and the longing for someone to just hold me.   It’s in these times that you must reach out to friends and talk.  It is in these times that we hold on to our faith.  We have a father who will never abandon nor forsake us.  That is a promise!

I pass David’s words to his on onto you.  “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.”

He is with you.  We are told in over 100 places in the Bible to “fear not” or “be not afraid.”  How do we do that?  I know I was guilty of just letting my mind wander to the worst possible scenario happening.  What would I do if someone broke in my home?  Would I run?  Would I fight?  Would I be hurt?  What if there was a fire?  etc. etc.

But nothing beats prayer and going to our Abba Father, who loves us SO MUCH!  He can calm your fears.  So maybe before going to bed, pick up the Bible and read some Psalms.  Maybe go to sleep listening to Christian music.  Yes, there are so many types of Christian songs…  from pop to hip-hop to gospel to folk to country-western.   Listen to those words and put your faith out of the reach of the world and back into the our Father’s love.  #NiceAttack #GodlyWomen

Amen?

Be IN The World… but Not OF it?

What does it mean in John 15:18-19, 18 If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you19 “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.”

How can we, sisters-in-Christ, live in a world that says it’s OK to sleep with someone for the following reasons:

  • It’s fun
  • We’re sexual creatures, we NEED sex
  • He’ll leave you if you don’t
  • You’re a prude or a Bible thumper if you believe that God expects us to save sex for marriage
  • You’re divorced so it’s OK to have sex
  • You’ve already lived with someone, so it’s OK to have sex
  • There was rape or sexual immorality involved, so why not go ahead and have sex?

The list, of course, is longer, but you know where I’m going with this.  Let’s get back to the verse.  Though Jesus’ words are much deeper than just sex, for this blog, I’m sticking to this subject:

“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.”  The world killed Jesus.  It gave a him a very cruel, painful, humiliating and degrading death.  He knows your pain.  He understands humiliation of not fitting in.  If a man pushes you away because you refuse to have sex, how much worse did Jesus suffer?  If someone snubs you or ridicules you because you’re “holier than thou,” how much more was He humiliated when he was stripped and beaten?

“If you were of the world, the world would love its own;”  If you date a man who is not a Christ-follower, he will expect sex.  And he will expect you agreement that this is normal and taken for granted. In today’s world, we all know this.  If you surround yourself with “the world,” those in your life who are not Christ-followers, will encourage you to sleep with a good-looking guy, right?  And when you do, they’re high-fiving and you feel you belong.  (We won’t talk about the fact that this will probably be the very same guy who says he’ll call and then doesn’t.)  I pray that you surround yourself with like-minded friends and family who will encourage you to stand apart; to stand your ground.  If you need support, PM me!  I’m here.  I WILL encourage you!  It may not be really fast, but I promise to get back with you.

“…but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.”  It wasn’t more than 15 years ago when these words didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.  How could I be IN the world, but not OF world?  How did He choose me and I don’t FEEL hated!  But…  now?  In all the chaos of today’s world, Christians are becoming more and more of a target.  And if you tell someone that you won’t have sex outside of marriage, you’re looked at as if you’ve grown two heads!  How did Jesus choose us?  Every Christian has a story.  Mine is in my book, Godly Women Waiting for Godlly Men.  In my story, I knew the moment that I accepted Christ and felt His love.  He CHOSE to love me.  He CHOSE to die for me…  Me.  You.  He died for us and because we believe this, because we choose to follow Him; because we choose to either a) never have sex outside of marriage; or b) we’ve made a decisions to STOP having sex outside of marriage; we are turning away from the world.  Yes, we have to live in it.  But we don’t have to be of it.

Not too long ago, I went walking with a friend of mine.  I had on a t-shirt that said, “Not Ashamed.”  There was a Bible verse on the back (I can’t remember which one right now.”  I truly hadn’t even given the shirt a thought when I put it on.  As we were walking to our cars, a woman approached with a broad smile on her face.  She walked up to me, gave my friend (another woman) a knowing glance, and said, “What are you not ashamed of?”  She looked at me knowingly and I knew she was expecting me to say , “I’m gay.”  But instead, I said, “I’m a Christian and I make no apologies.”  I was not prepared for the anger that spread over her face.  Her eyes grew big and then narrowed in pure hatred.  She shook her finger at me and said, “You people…  You’ll get yours!”  I was so not prepared for this conversation.  I wish I could say that I stopped and talked to her with love, but to see such hatred…  it just blew my mind.  I don’t recall saying anything at all to her.  I do remember smiling, but that was it.  But the torment my Lord went through?  He confronted his haters with love always.

20 years ago, the easy road was being a Christian.  Christians fit in.  But that is no longer the case.  Christians are targets for cruelty.  We’re being slain in many countries.  We’re being humiliated and degraded in our own country.  But now that the going is getting tough, we MUST be obedient.  Now, the easy thing to do is go along with the world…  the world that Satan is ruling.

I leave you with this…  Matthew 7:13-14 says, Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.  14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

God bless you all, dear sisters-in-Christ!  #GodlyWomen

 

The Need to be Touched

After many years of being celebate, I remember driving 4 hours to a wedding. A young man whose mother is still a very dear friend, was getting married. I drove there alone. I went to the rehearsal dinner alone. I got up the next morning with about 6 hours to kill before the wedding. I ended up going to the mall to get a manicure/pedicure. I really couldn’t afford to do it, but they were running a special and I just REALLY wanted to treat myself.

So I was sitting in the chair, and the young woman was massaging my legs and then my arms. I started crying! I was HORRIFIED! She pretended not to notice and I got out of there as fast as I could. Once I got to my car, I sat there and tried to analyze what had just happened. I finally realized that I had not been touched by another human being for MONTHS!

Sisters, we need touch. With that being said, I’m not saying go out and let a man touch you! Sit back down! 🙂  You may not like what I have to say, but I don’t have a lot of popular views on God’s desires for your lives, do I?  I hope then that you realize that I only say what I truly feel needs to be said.

Ladies, we do need each other. We are nurturers. We need to be able to lean on each other. We need to be hugged. If you stand back and watch women talking to each other, you’ll see hugs, and hands reaching out in concern. You’ll see a woman tuck another woman’s label into the back of her blouse. We TOUCH!

I hope nobody is actually reading this in a sexual way. I am talking about biblically sound caring. Look at Ruth and Naomi.  Ladies, do not lose your friends over a man and do not push other women out of your life. At the time that I broke down in the nail salon, I had gone months without seeing any of my friends. I was bogged down with work, going through the empty-nest syndrome by myself, and the friends I did see, we just didn’t think too much about actually hugging. Don’t put yourself at risk by denying good, Godly women to be your friends. We need each other.

Ruth 1:16 NIV  New International Version But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.

Allowing Time To Heal

Many years ago, I was on my knees, crying to a God I wasn’t sure existed, “God, send me someone so that I can stop this hurt.  He hurt me so badly.  I love him so much!  Please send someone quickly to heal this hole.”

Boy, I was so lost.  I was so lonely.  I was so wrong.

  1. The hole I needed to be filled had nothing to do with a man, although I didn’t realize it at the time.  I was pretty sure of a Grand Designer, but I had absolutely no relationship with Jesus Christ.  That was the hole that truly needed filling.
  2. I was trying to cast my “healing” on someone else!  I was trying to make it their responsibility to make me happy.  How obtuse!  I was the one who had made the horrible mistake of sleeping with a man outside of marriage.  I was the one whose soul was torn.  I needed to take on that responsibility.  It was up to me to take the time to heal…  And ladies, I’m talking at least a year; maybe more.
  3. It was time for me to realize that there was more to dating.  It was time for me to start asking questions about God and His expectations of me.  And I did.  I started seeking answers.  I found sermons on the radio as a start.  I had to force myself to keep the radio tuned because I loved, loved, loved secular music.  Eventually the words started penetrating.

The rest of my testimony is in my book, but you get the message.  Don’t try to fill that broken heart with another relationship.  It will backfire to such an extent that you may not know how to handle it.

Most of my readers are mature Christians and this is a “duh” story.  But I know there are readers who are scratching their heads, you don’t understand fully.  You’re lonely, you’re searching for answers.  Send me a message.  I’d love to talk.  I’m not promising you’ll like the answers, because you will need change in your life and more than likely you don’t want to change.  But as Dr. Phil is famous for saying…  “How’s that working for ya?”

I can promise there is hope and joy waiting for you.  Ask questions.  Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  Knock, ladies…  Don’t hesitate to knock.  #Godlywomen

Contact Lens / Camera

This isn’t my usual post, but I saw this on the news and immediately thought of the godly women following my page.  Most of you know or are in the process of figuring out that God doesn’t want us having sex outside of marriage.

But there are some who want to push the limits; who don’t want to accept this.  I bring you one more reason that sex outside of marriage is a bad idea.

This is going to happen.  Someone will be on a date, things will get heated up and you’re going to have sex.  We’ve been hearing for the past few years of voyeurs with cameras who catch unsuspecting women in compromising acts…  But imagine:  a camera inside a contact lens.  Every time the person blinks, it snaps a picture.  I won’t go into details of the horror that could happen to an unsuspecting sexual partner.  You can let your imaginations take in the impact of this.

I just wanted you to know that this is on the horizon.  God bless and BE CAREFUL!

http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/sony-contact-lens-camera/2016/05/02/id/726749/

#godlywomen

 

 

 

Single Moms… Are you Ready to Get Married?

One important lesson I learned almost too late, was that my children had to come before any man.  That should be a no-brainer.  As a mother, I’m sure we all believe that we shouldn’t have to be told that.  But I have to say, that my desire to be with whatever man was in my life, made me make stupid choices.  I believed I was putting my children first, and if push came to shove, I would choose my child over any man; but I still  made stupid choices in order to be with someone I believed I loved.

 

 

This is important, you single moms out there.  This is important for every woman who may ever be a single mother for any reason.  When you are dating a man, your # 1 priority should be the welfare and happiness of your children.  When you are engaged, those priorities may shift a little, but your children still come first.  If you are blessed to find a man worthy of becoming a part of your family and you marry, then your husband comes first.  But until that day comes, if he is a man of God, he will understand and agree with your choices.  A man that you are dating should never, ever be placed over your child.  If he forces you to choose, I would suggest that you re-evaluate your choice in men.

 

As I’ve stressed over and over and over:  Go with what you know and not with what you feel.   Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?”  (New American Standard).  Our hearts can get us into so much trouble.  We listen to the world say, “Follow your heart.”  What we need to listen to is the Holy Spirit reminding us that Jesus says to follow Him.

 

One more valuable lesson that I learned before it was too late, was that I was forgiven.  Once I accepted the forgiveness of Jesus Christ, I went to my children and asked for their forgiveness.  I promised them that they would never see another boyfriend spend the night in our home.   I promised them that I would set the example and stand by God’s word and no longer condone sex outside of marriage.

I will admit to slipping from that promise about 7 years later, for a few weeks and I crawled back to God with a broken heart filled with repentance after my fall.  This time, I healed faster and held a newer resolve to stick with what I believed God wanted for me and was able to live a happy, full life; and when I met my Godly man six years later, I was honest about my past and what I believed.  He could have rejected such a woman with a past and I would have understood, but it would not have broken me because I had accepted God’s forgiveness.  I do thank God for the man I married and for his leadership and Godly counsel, but I could  not have appreciated such a man had I not accepted God’s forgiveness first.

 

We are women of God.  He LOVES us! So if you are in the middle of a relationship that is not worthy of a Godly Woman, pray and make some wise decisions.  It may mean breaking your heart, but do the right thing.  If you have made mistakes in your past and don’t believe that you are worthy of such a man, then it’s possible that you haven’t accepted the forgiveness that Jesus Christ offers.

 

Did you know that He prayed for you before you were born?  In John 17:20-23, He prays, My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved  them even as you have loved me.”

 

 

Hold your head high, my sisters.   How could anyone doubt such love as from the One Who died for us.  You are loved, my sisters!  You are SO loved!  Now my prayer is that you live like it! #GodlyWomen

Living out Loud: Are we a stumbling block or a living message?

‎1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity..

All through the Bible, we are told over and over again that living our lives can and should be a witness to others.  I think this is true for us as women, so that we can witness to younger women and to each other.  I also believe that we should also expect it from the men.

You know, sometimes I would meet someone that passed himself off as a Godly man, even a Bible study teacher, sometimes…  But he would still expect sex.  He lost his witness to me.  He had a chance to lead me, to strengthen my faith, but for all intents and purposes, he actually almost tripped me on my walk.

Romans 14:13 says, “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.”

We are all instructed not to cause our brother or sister to stumble.  So if a man is asking you for, or demanding from you, sex…  He might as well be sticking his foot out in front of you and causing you to fall.  Do you really want a husband that would intentionally hurt your walk with God?

Sisters, not only should we expect a man to “walk the walk”, but we need to hold each other accountable.  Are we living a life that is a witness to others?  Can our friends, our children, co-workers see something different in us?  Live out LOUD, ladies!  LIVE your LIFE!  You are a princess!  You are an heiress to a throne.  You are loved.  Always, you are loved.

A Must-Read

We tell young women to protect their virginity.  We pray that our college-aged young women will protect their virtue.  But who is talking to the divorced woman who doesn’t understand what God’s expectations are.  I am!  Every mistake, every mis-step that I took in my walk as a divorced woman is talked about in my book, “Godly Women Waiting for Godlly Men.”  You can download from Barnes & Noble or Amazon.  It’s available for purchase through either of these, or you can order from my website:  http://www.honeygilmer.com .

Does God have a word about your sex life, even if you are no longer a virgin?  Yes.  He does.

#GodlyWomen

Longing

It seems every woman is born with a longing heart.  When we’re babes, we long to be tall, like Mommy.  When we’re teenagers, we long for freedom, we long for a boyfriend, we long for the love our life!  We become young women and we long for a husband, then we long for a family.  As older women, even if we have a wonderful marriage, that longing is still there.  The family didn’t fill that empty spot.  The husband, good as he is, didn’t fill that empty spot.

And if you’re in an unhappy marriage, multiply the longing by 50%.  If you have kids, you can double it.  God made us women.  He gave us this “hole” in our heart…  to be filled with Him!

I’ll give the same scenario in different circumstances and let me know what you think:

Teenaged girl on a beach at sunset.

Oh the hormones are RAGING!  I want a boy to walk with me on the beach and hold my hand.  I’m so lonely.  Nobody understands me.  If I had a boyfriend, everything would be perfect.

Young married woman in a happy marriage on a beach at sunset:

This is nice!  The sunset is so pretty.  Why do I still feel so sad?  I have everything I want!  What’s missing?  Something’s missing.

Young married woman in an unhappy marriage on a beach at sunset:

I’m so unhappy!  Somewhere out there is a man who would treat me better.  If I were in a better marriage, I’d be so much happier and I wouldn’t feel so empty.

Mature Christian woman with or without a husband on a beach at sunset:

Look at the beauty of that sunset!  Thank you, Father, for such beauty!  How much you must love me, not only have you given me your son, you continually show Your love through the beauty of nature.  I am at peace.  I only long to see Your face, Father!

As women, we will always long…  but it’s WHO we are longing for that will determine our peace, our countenance, our sense of humor, and ultimately our joy.

#GodlyWomen