Friday, December 26, 2014

Blessed

With the year of our Lord, Two Thousand Fourteen, coming to a close I am overwhelmed with the multitude of blessings I've been showered with....  Thanks only to the Lord!

Blessings, overflowing, unending, abounding,
May-hap in little "Bless yous" murmured by strangers,
Or in nods of approval, they are about me, surmounting!

Like the endearment of a newborn babe I am privileged to hold,
I am so prized by a King, who yet came as this,
A tiny child, a blessing who's life needs be told and retold.

How he paid with his blood for all the sins of man kind,
To redeem all, the liar and slayer alike from the hell,
If they only believe on Jesus Christ the son of God who made, to see the blind.

The Lord Jesus is our only hope for eternal bliss.
Hell would be a torturous end for eternity
And this earth can guarantee no such happy ending bliss.
Just believe.


I've been so blessed to enjoy so many tiny little things, and some huge awesome fun trips!  :D  I have a precious life, thanks only to the LORD!  I don't live in bliss here, there is no 'bliss' here, and I don't live without problems, trials or trouble, but I have Jesus to hold onto.  Who will pick me up when I'm too tired to walk and will hold my hand guiding me everyday!

His blessed,
Faith



Here is a recipe (with my variation which are starred*) for
Gluten-Sugar Free Coconut Bars

Filling:
1/2 cup shredded coconut (*I used coconut flakes)
1/2 cup coconut milk (thick)
*1/4 cup coconut flour
*1/2 water
about 5 to 6 packets of Truvia (sweeten to taste, more if you need)

Coating:
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup cocoa powder
(I needed more so I doubled this)

Mix filling ingredients until thoroughly mixed and sweet enough for your taste.  Shape into a block, 4x5x1/4 to 1/2 inch thick use plastic wrap to help shape it, then wrap it tightly or place in bag; freeze about 2 hours, until completely solid.  Melt up your oil and cocoa in a pan.  Make sure pan is deep enough to dip in and make sure you have enough.  Set aside (but keep liquid).  Cut block into 3 to 5 'bars' depending on your preferred size.   Now come the messy part!  Dip frozen bars completely in and you're done (I found tongs are so much easier than anything else)!

Keep in fridge/freezer.

I want to put almonds in my next 'block' and make my homemade 'almond joy'! :D

* =additions I made!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Secure Surety

Hello again!

I am trying to get 'organized' now... so far so good. ;)  These blog posts are now every Friday at 12pm.

So in last week's we discussed setting fires for hell.  You know I, thank God, haven't now!  I am blessed beyond measure and am constantly awed by new gifts, joys, and blessings the Lord sees fit to send our way!

Its a choice of keeping one's tongue closed and remembering that the God of the Universe, of the millions of Galaxies (etc!) lives inside of me!  How wonderful he is!

I often forget this little fact.  And the fact that he is already winner over Satan.  This is where we crumble, to the unsettled.  I sure can't stand that uncertainty, and I no longer have to!  The certainty and fact in knowing Jesus is to me the most important.

We are created to need and desire order, and truth.  Without it what dim bliss, if it could be called such.   I've heard ignorance is bliss... what the foulest lie!  It is forever fearfulness and uncertainty of everything.  But in Jesus Ahh!  Just as the scripture says "There is no fear in love ('God is love' see verse 8): but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. ..." 1st John 4:18

Amazing!  So for this Christmas, I hope you have the surest surety in Christ Jesus.  The son of God, and Creator of the universe etc. and you.

This is why God's spirit made a mortal virgin pregnant, that the child would be both fully God and fully man.  Thereby able to die (as a mortal) for the sins of the world, and to be raised from the dead (as God) to defeat death and Satan, return and reign in heaven at the right hand of God!

God Bless you!
Merry Christmas,
Faith

Friday, December 12, 2014

Setting fires for Hell

When I wake up I think it'd be easy to go down stairs and have a happy morning.  But na, not when we stand for Christ!  Am I dreaming?  I guess so!  I often forget I do have a battle to wage everyday.
And when I forget that I attack my own side and I turn into a fire-starter for hell....

In the spiritual realm around my home, this is probably the most easiest job I could get.  And I often wake up and quickly apply for it!  This is VERY wrong and VERY scary.

I read 2nd Peter 2 this morning and was re-afeared of the Lord in the BEST WAY EVER!!!! PRAISE AND THANK GOD!!!!!

This verse stuck with me the most:  [2Pe 2:10 KJV] "But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous [are they], selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities."

I am often unafraid to talk evil of my authorities.  This is a VERY wrong thing.  And I am quitting this sin, that I was 'okaying' in my life and calling fine!

I have no right, adult or not, to talk evil of the authorities God put in place over me.  He wants us to obey them, he did put them in place for a reason!  Even Mr. Obama!!!  (Rom. 13:1)

And even as an adult in my parent's home I need to obey them and honor them.  [Heb 13:17 KJV] "Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that [is] unprofitable for you."  And even if my parents weren't Christians (Thank the Lord they are)!  [1Pe 2:18 KJV] "Servants, [be] subject to [your] masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward."

I am tired of being a fire starter at my house.  A fire starter for hell.  I'm sick of being a 'double agent' which in reality means I'd be in huge trouble with Jesus if I died!  :[  Here is the verse that re-awakened my fear of the Lord:
[Jas 3:6 KJV] "And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell."

And you know its better, though maybe a tad harder, to work for Jesus, but its awesome!
[Eph 6:11-12 KJV] "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.   For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]."


Check back next week for "My own Pilgrim's Progress",
His girl,
Faith Elizabeth Grubb

Friday, December 5, 2014

Crumbling Unsettled

James 1:3 "Knowing [this], that the trying of your faith worketh patience."

Proverbs 17:3 "The fining pot [is] for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts."

We've all been there once in that outer-space-like area where we feel miles, years and even worlds of control...
Where everything you've ever believed or trusted is being fried around you, to test its truth, strength, reality or not.  Its a scary and unnerving place, it feels like every inner conviction of yours is being unraveled out of you and you can't do anything to stop it, your deep rooted roots start snapping far underneath the ground of your skin and everything you've been raised to think was right starts to look all wrong, or at least not proven to be right...

This is the battle of life.  I've finally gotten here and its a tough, but interesting place.  Since our childhoods, whether children of Jesus or not, we've been seeing little glimpses of this battle since we were little kids.  We've even been battled when we were little but not so hard.
But I'm finally here being tried.  And we all are in our teens and early 20s.  Where will we stand concerning truth, hell, heaven, God, Satan, wickedness or righteousness?  The spiritual world wants to know and needs to.  So thus we are tried and tested.   Satan needs to know if he need bother with you, or are you believing his lies anyway?  Then no need.  And Christ needs to know, will you stick by him, and trust him in every area of your life?  Even when the very ground you're standing on crumbles under you?  

He has sent his very son to save us all, if we'll just believe but we tend to wait to decide.  We tend to relax and reach for the easiest route, thinking we have worlds of time to him-haw away.  But the truth is your's, mine all our lives are only vapours in the whole plan ([Jas 4:14 KJV] 14 Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.).

We don't have much time to plan for eternity which is never ending and timeless place after this life. 

God is real.  And you ask me how I know this.  He lives in me.  I know him.  Just like I know my family and friends.  He is so ready to get to know everyone of us.  We just have to ask to get to know him, like with any friend!   And he'll tell you about himself.  If we just listen.  If we cut off our friends or neighbors, they won't continue talking to us.

We are in a battle for life, over life.  God wants to know if you want life or not- eternally.  Ask him how to get this eternal life!  He will answer if you are truly seeking answers.  But he won't be mocked and answer a fool who asks for 'fun'.  Life isn't fun and games last I checked.  People die, people are born, people have issues, and yes people have fun and games, but not all day everyday of their life.  It will never be so.  And can never be in this life.

As I am a child of Jesus, I stand for him.   I am being 'tried' by the world now, or rather being laughed at and yelled at by the world.
[Jhn 15:19 KJV]  "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you."
Its all part of the battle and its awesome to see how today in our time, the black and white is getting clearer.  There used to be a big gray area but not now.  Are you for or against me?  Jesus wants to know.  Satan wants to know.




I can only tell you of my experience, but so far, this battle is about do I trust God or not?  In everything.  As I talked about the ground even crumbling under you.  Great, nice Christian leaders you've looked up to completely turning to Satan, family members choosing wrongly, friends turning to enemies.  But this is why we can't even trust our own spouse, or parent.  Jesus is the only one you can trust ever.  And when you start putting your trust in anything else, even things: being a singer, being a 'pretty' girl, being a 'Christian', being an American, you start to waver in your step and you even fall once or twice, or twenty times.  But its all worth getting up again for.  Just to see the Lord of Lords at the end of time... to even fall in death fighting for him would be worth it.  Worth all the love he's given me 'er I was dreamed of, while I was in my sin, while I was a wicked girl doing wrong and knowing it.   As this song ("His Kind of Love" by Group 1 Crew) says, his love was reckless for us, it'd be worth doing that for him in return!

Thank you Lord Jesus!  Glory forever and ever to you!
Your crazy girl,
Faith 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Christian Romance

Hello again!  I'm having a wonderful fall, I hope you are as well.
I have been offline for a while.  And plan to be off again, for a while.  Its given me time to think...

A few months ago our family got to visit a friend of ours and we got to talking.  Our subject: Christian Romance and Love.   The article that I shared with you all here a while back ("Always Ravished with Love") sorta spurred the conversation.  Anyway, from what I understand my friend believes two individuals must be all out 'in love' before they marry each other, for it to work.

I disagree.  Not totally, but I disagree that this is a must to get married.  In some cases I do find its a must for the two parties to be 'in love', but in others it isn't necessary at all.

For example, I know that throughout history (even up to the early-mid 1900s) many couples were arranged to marry.  They were either 'ordained' to marry so and so or their partner was picked when they were children, or they were told to marry such and such for their position in society.

Many of these couples married and remained happily married up until they died and they learned to love each other after marriage.   I'm don't deny it that some of these couples never learned to love their spouse, and rued the entire arranged marriage sadly till they died, utterly unhappy and ill-wed all their life.    But my point is that its not a guarantee (as the Ravished article seemed to say it is...) that if you are 'in-love' to begin with you will have a happy blessed marriage (this has been proven over and over in this modern era of the sex revolution where marriage='love' and 'romance' 24/7.  And if you don't find it the world tells you that its your 'right' to divorce).    

My friend, said he wants a love like Solomon's (in the book of Song of Solomon).  But this book, last I checked, is about a married couple and  is certainly not of how they met nor of the prior to marriage.  This is where I am in disagreement totally with him.  You will not always find your spouse with an instant revelation or spark of 'love at first' sight, most of the time actually you have to spend time together to let love grow (as it describes in the Ravished with Love article).
My sister for instance is now married and in love with a wonderful man!  They met in 2009 and never said a word to each other.  He actually talked with my other sister and I.  And then three years later he thought of Christina, who was nearer his age, so he contacted her.  They wrote each other and were soon in love and married!  They were in love before they married but not at first glance.  She actually thought she liked someone else at that time ;)

And another thing, God's plan for each couple is vastly different and never the same.  He created heaven and earth and we seem to beg and yearn to know his 'recipe' for finding a spouse and getting married, but to my knowledge he left us no such recipe.  And to me I don't think one exists!

He only left us a book of what a good person is like and what a bad one's like.  And he leaves it up for us to decide.  (I wrote more about this here).

I am just saying that one could marry without love if need be.  For instance in case of a man who's wife died and another lady came along that was good with children they could marry without love for the children's sake (like in the movie "Apple Dumpling Gang").   But I'm not saying marry someone you absolutely hate.  That would be a dumb mistake on your part (as you'd have to live with them the rest of your life).  I'm saying someone you know you could live with and you felt it was the path God was leading you to.  Not go out and marry a guy with kids.  God has rules and he loves us too much to let us end up in an unhappy marriage.  But I'm saying you could marry anyone whom you feel the Lord was leading you to marry regardless of your feeling in love or not.  There was a girl I read an article by.  She was in a courtship with a very Godly guy, whom she didn't really know.  And she knew God was leading them together and she felt it was his will for her.  So she (feeling it was too weird to marry without love) prayed and asked God to give her a love for the man before they got married.  Sure enough he did!   I just know I don't have to have love to marry a man if I knew he was the one God wanted me to marry.  And this 'love' business is just to glorified in this day and age and I'm sick of it sometimes.  Sorry for my crassness.

Just obey God no matter what.  The world swears we must have love to marry or just have it 'good'. But the Lord may call you to a marriage without knock-out sensual (worldly) love at first sight.  And He is all love himself and I know he loves to reward and give wonderful gifts of joy and peace to those who follow him, regardless.

Anyway this is just my take on the whole 'in love' issue.  It would be very nice, if I fell in love. And hopefully before marriage, but whatever my Lord wishes and he will direct me who to marry, whether he gives me love before or after "I do"! :)

The King's child,
Faith

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Give Thanks

Its been a nice Tuesday!  And Melody is 25 today!  And its a girl's party at my Memaw's tomorrow. So some free time, YAY!

So for about two years now I've been wondering what the will of God was for me personally.   Along with this (more recently about this last half year) I've been noticing thankfulness in the bible, thanksgiving, give thanks, with thanks etc.  Its mentioned quite often through out the bible its amazing.
Thus this past Sunday I heard a sermon this, about Thankfulness.  For thanksgiving! :D  Thus I've been learning to be thankful.  Seriously.
His sermon was about how thankfulness 'repairs' your heart, as in an heart disease, you take certain 'repair drugs' or surgeries to fix your heart.  And so spiritually thankfulness makes you spiritually grow, it makes your faith grow too, as in thankfulness you realize God has already provided everything! The verse he used for the whole thing was 1st Thessalonians 5:18.

1Thess 5:18 KJV "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

Its simple.  In growing up into adulthood, I tend to start thinking too seriously.  And thus I think EVERYTHING is too complicated!  But its not with Christ! :D   He's made it simple enough for a child to understand.  And its all FOR a reason.  He tells us NOT to worry, as its better for our hearts, minds, souls and bodies NOT to!  How awesome is he!
And he died for us and we still have to make life complicated!  Adulthood ain't that different, its just life, only you're in 'up to your neck'!  (to quote Gregory Peck in "Guns of Naverone").   We're still God's children and that's what's AWESOME we can become kids again and carelessly rest in our Daddy's lap, he's got it ALL under control! :D

Its just cool how he put it all together for me! :)  And what a study it'd be to look up thankfulness in the bible!

Thank you for reading and let me know what you're learning this Thanksgiving season!
His gal,
Faith



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Kindness at Home

My friends!  You all know how home life is, a bit too 'real' right?  Like waking up isn't a scene from It's a Wonderful Life where all the kids are so sweet and kind.

Its not as lovely as we would wish or like.  Home life is a battle as a Christian family.  Satan is there to whisper lies to everyone, and the angels of the Lord and he, is just sitting there to help, but we hardly ask we strive to do it on our own, by ourselves and we always fail.

I've been deceived by satan's lies and I'm tired of it all.  Its not fun trying to do it anymore.  Its work, useless work that we'll never win alone.

These are some lovely candles my dear friend Beth makes!
Its time to give up and let the Lord battle for us.  He can do it WAY better anyway.

I've been reading James.  And I love chapter 3.  But it also scares me.  As I with my mouth, having been setting afire the course of nature with fire from hell.

[James 3:1-18 KJV] "1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same [is] a perfect man, [and] able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 4 Behold also the ships, which though [they be] so great, and [are] driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6 And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8 But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet [water] and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so [can] no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. 13 Who [is] a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but [is] earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife [is], there [is] confusion and every evil work. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace."

Together as God's children we need to obey him, and yield to him.  No other.  And we NEED to continue to PRAY for each other.  Everyone, even that annoying sibling in Christ at church or at the last gathering.

I along with everyone could use prayer.  And also don't forget that as we are going through so much ourselves what about each one of our siblings and our future spouses?  They too are all Christians learning to trust the Lord completely and learning his will for us!

[Pro 17:1 KJV]
"Better [is] a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices [with] strife."
(All of Proverbs 17 is good, like verse 9)

His Girl,
Faith Elizabeth

Monday, November 3, 2014

Continue in Prayer...


"Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." - Luke 21:36 KJV


In the book "Preparing to be a Helpmeet" (which I wrote about here) I read one very important thing, which has helped and stuck out to me.  The author, Debi Pearl, encourages to pray for the men around us and for Christian men and Christians around the world.
Interestingly enough another Christian lady, yesterday, wrote a blog post about the same thing here.

As Christians we need to continue in prayer always.  We are urged to in the bible (below Rom. 12:12).  To start with I've learned to pray for my brothers, John and James, who will someday be heads of families and need to be even stronger men of God than they are now.  They need prayer to battle this rotten world.  Its a struggle everyday- for every one of us.  Its a battle and we're constantly on the battlefield warring against satan.
"10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]." - Eph 6:10-12 KJV

We all need to pray for our Christian siblings.  Married, single, struggling or prospering alike.  I like to pray for those around me.  And yes for those whom I'm attracted to as well.  
Pray that in all these different lives the Lord's will be done and that they seek the Lord in all they do.  And oh what joy it is to pray!  But we mustn't pray in the streets or on the roof tops shouting our prayers and bragging how much we do pray.

And also just, for us dreamy eyed folks... (men and women alike) I've learned its good to pray for those we're attracted to, but there is a huge snare if we aren't careful.  We can idolize someone very easily, and its okay to love someone, whom you're close to a courtship or relationship with, but even through 'praying for' someone we can turn them into a god, and thus defile ourselves before the Lord.  I still pray for those I'm attracted to, but if they are gaining WAY too much of my mind, and becoming an idol even over the Lord, then I stop for a while and remember to focus and pray for my future husband, whoever he is.  And also I try to pray for at least one unsaved person I know.  Or some struggling Christian sibling.  It keeps my eyes on higher things.  And reminds me that my ultimate home is in heaven.  :)  

I'm still learning the balance between idolizing and love... its tricky... And sorta hard when it only in one's head. ;)   I just keep my eyes on the father and continue to pray for those around me.

This is such a blessing:
"10 [Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality." - Rom 12:10-13 KJV

Jesus' little girl,
Faith

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Multiply the Crushes...

Some random thoughts... I just want to encourage you to keep yourself pure before God. Everyday, in everything you do. Especially between men and women.

I'm not gonna tell you what you should or shouldn't do.

I only wish to encourage you to examine every interaction you have with anyone. Examine each interaction and ask yourself "If Christ, my parents, my grandparents and all my church friends where standing, sitting here as I do 'blank' with whoever, would I be uncomfortable, would they? Or would they be horrified?"

Dude, its your life and everything has a consequence (good or bad) but I just wanted to remind you all that the Lord and everyone WILL -one day- be there viewing how you interacted and lived.
So do you want to cringe on judgment day? I SURE don't...


I'm not gonna lie we all have a crush or two, at the first.  We think its good to 'follow' our hearts.  And we think it'll be fine, but it SURE don't work that way.  I learned the hard way.  It not only gives you pain to follow your heart, but it also leaves you feeling dead, or pretty near.

Crushes aren't sinful, they are the most natural thing (I've talked of this in a previous post).  But how you handle it is EVERYTHING!   Today I was talking to some friends, I had mentioned the name of one guy I like.  And I went on to say how it really don't matter for us women whom we like or don't like.  For us that guy will come along and 'get' us... all the way to marriage! :D  Regardless whether he was the guy we sorta liked or not.   Another thing though I don't (and can't) 'like' just one guy anymore.  I used to and that was NOT healthy.  I would dream too much and focus all my waking hours on thoughts of him. 

This got me into some trouble and its a hard lesson I learned but I've found that you MUST NEVER have ONE crush, but 'several' at a time.  And there is NO 'one and only' until you're marrying him and he IS YOUR one and only! :D

Bad: Think about it, say I like 'Dick' only and have a crush on him, I only think of how cool our futures would be together, then I start telling all my girlfriends and pray only for him (forgetting to pray for my 'future man'.... and only for 'Dick'), then I start feeling that I "know" he's 'the one' for me!  Thus a mess ensues.... a bad, filthy, hurtful, and hard mess.  That you now have to live through, and face.

Good: Now on the other hand I like 'Charlie', 'Jim' and 'Danny'.  I do like them all equally.  And I KEEP it that way.  I like to keep them all in my prayers, along with my future husband (who might be one of them, or a completely different person)!  I also keep it 'light' and not too dreamy (if at all) about them.
And I am better honoring my future man, whomever he is and he will have a light heart knowing I was not 'head over heals in love' with anyone but him. :)

This is just my experience and I don't know all the answers.  But if you seek the Lord's guidance, in EVERY situation you will be good!

Take care and forever ask him about EVERYTHING!  He most of all wants to be your closest friend.  And for a healthy marriage he MUST be your closest friend, even closer than your spouse.  And in closer I mean talking EVERYTHING over with him first.  As my Mom told me, "You have to, as your man usually won't always want to talk everything over."

Bless the Lord, For he is worthy!

-Faith E. Grubb

Monday, September 15, 2014

Esty Store

Hello all!

I don't who all of you have noticed, but I sew and I like to. :)  I've been working on an etsy shop for a long time, and I finally opened it! :D

Check it out! And let me know what you think!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Suffering with Nothing to Whine About

I am loved.  Loved by the creator of all creation, the creator of life, morals, the universe, 'the world' and everything in it.   Being so loved, I should have nothing whatever to worry about, or even think of being worried about... AT ALL.  NOTHING.

"Though He slay me, yet will I trust him."  Job 13:15

Do we have the faith or love for God that Job had?  God is all so wise, as he is the one and only God, and maker of all.  This makes him the BEST leader, the most faithful boss, the gentlest ruler, the most patient teacher, the holiest king, the truest and closest of friends as well as sweetest and kindest of lovers.

For us today it is hard to conceive the idea of a 'bride price' sometimes.  But if you think about it long enough and study the multiple cultures and meaning of it etc you'll see that even among all the world, God paid the highest of 'Bride Prices'.   All for us his 'bride', he died and gave up EVERYTHING.  I don't know about you, but I know to me my life and I myself don't seem worth dying for.  Especially for the King and maker of the universe to die for.  But he did.  Jesus Christ himself, I am only thankful.

Thus back to my point, I should have nothing to whine about.  Ever.   But life happens, and as many of you know (and have experienced) suffering, pain, grief, rape, death, heartache, shame, sin, regret and tragedy hits us on occasion.  Sometimes it knocks the entire wind our of us and we feel we can never recover or overcome*.
So does this excuse our whining?  Or give us the right to get mad, self-pitying, upset, rude etc?  Of course not.  I don't care if my family all died tomorrow, as Job's did (God forbid it to happen).  That would still give me no right to slander or blame God, or so much as complain in bitterness.
Now when I mention complaining and anger, it can be done in a good biblical way, without sin.  "Be ye angry and sin not." (Eph. 4:26).  And I can complain to the Lord (read the definition here, if you would [I'm referring to the 1st one] let's say its the same as 'pray about something').  I can decide whether to complain with or without sin or wrong intentions/thoughts.  For example, in a good way we need to complain to the Lord that 'So and So' isn't saved yet and it really bothers us.  He wants us to bring our requests and petitions to him!  But he does NOT want us to be all 'poor pitiful me' in our complaining.
You may still think I'm a little 'out there' as far as not whining/complaining of when any of the above said issues come up.  I'm not making assumptions here, seriously this can and must be done when we are in any form of suffering, pain, grief, betrayal etc.

Some may ignore the pain, and 'bury' the entire 'event' (or circumstance) to best deal with the hurt. Some may talk of nothing else for their relief, to 'talk it out'.  But many others may start to blame the people involved around it, and the list of how people deal with 'issues' goes on!
How SHOULD we handle these though?  How must we deal with pain and grief?  I won't deny I've ran across a lot of my own, as I'm sure you have.   And I don't claim to have the all knowing answers, nor claim that I've handled every situation of life 'best'.  But I'll share with you what I've learned from experience.  I hope some of you can avoid some of the heartache I've gone through.
What I've learned, its all in the thoughts.  No matter if its pain from someone dyeing or pain from some betrayal.
See the picture for the grid of responses we should and shouldn't have.


Anyway.  The Lord need our 100% attention.  He said he doesn't want lukewarm, or mild.  He'll actually appreciate Ice Cold more so, although he'd really like everyone to be 'Boiling Hot' for him!
Even when good things happen he wants our attention.  In the ups and downs.  He wants to be our best friend, but if we don't share with him or let him be, then he can't be.  And when life  hurts us why don't we let him show us how to go through it?  He's the only one to hold our heads above the water in the storms.  And when life and how it turns out isn't up to us, why not go to him (who directs the foundations of the world) with everything we face?

All I can say is that I've learned that no matter what happens to me, whether I loose my voice, my home, my ability to write, or my sight, I still will follow my Lord.  Call it blind faith, dedication or crazy in the head, but I am his.  He paid the biggest Bride price.  He died and purchased me with his own blood.  And it wasn't only the blood of a man (that would be even special) but it was the blood of a perfect man, and the SON OF GOD himself!!!

His holy, free, white sheep, who has nothing to whine about,
~Faith Ellie

* In Revelation alone an overcomer is mentioned 8 times, and each time with a promise.
Rev. 2:7  Rev. 2:11  Rev. 2:17  Rev. 2:26  Rev. 3:5  Rev. 3:12  Rev. 3:21  and Rev. 21:7 "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son."

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The De-SEX-itization of this Culture

DeSEXitization is my version of "desensitization".

Plainly the title should get you in the 'mood', or what have you, for my say here.

First please read these for me. They are five goals from the 1958 book "The Naked Communist" (five of 45 communists goals that is):
17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
18. Gain control of all student newspapers. 

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."
27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a "religious crutch."

(Score is public domain here).
 
Now what do you think of these five?  Have they come to be?  I can say that 17 and 18 are not completely  done, but pretty close, at least they've nearly got all colleges.   25 is effectively complete, sadly.  But I will say that 27 is close behind to completion and 26 is just being introduced...

I am proud of America but when I see today I am no longer proud of what we've become and what we are becoming.  I see the creature being glorified and man, rather then the creator, Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 1:25).  It is harder for righteous, Christian Godly men to remain righteous.  The strange women lurk about every corner, and grocery store.  And their 'honeycomb' lips are poisoning souls (Prov. 5:3).   But not only strange women but strange men too... and it is very hard to wait, as a single woman (the one NOT hunting for a spouse) and see and hear the culture screaming at us to 'get a boyfriend' and 'have fun'.

As it says in Proverbs 5:8-10 and 20 "8 Remove thy way far from her (the strange woman, or the man), and come not nigh the door of her (his) house: 9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel: 10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger; 20 ...Why wilt thou... be ravished with a strange woman (or man), and embrace the bosom of a stranger?"

I've seen countless friends, and even some relatives embracing the bosom of strangers, due in part to this desensitization to sin and sex, and nearly everything else except Christ and what he stands for.  They will not hear about morals, purity, righteousness or justness.  They have been successfully de-SEX-itized.  No longer are they sensitive to the sacredness of sex and the glorious fruit it can bring forth.  You see babies are no longer sacred either, they're the 'by product' of 'fun' (sex) and a nuisance and bother!   But if ONLY life and the sex life (especially) were done the Lord's way what blessings they would receive, what treasures Christ will give and peace and health.  They will not heed warning.  But in the end (verse 11 and 12) they will realize their whole life is gone, their beauty, their money, their heart scared, their strength gone, their emotions 'raped' and they will wonder why they didn't listen to the Lord.  They will see their labors were given freely to strangers, their whole life, for a stranger (whom they never married, who can or has walked out on them for younger beauty, love and sex), and the money they worked for, for years was given to that or multiple strangers (boyfriends/girlfriends live-in partners). (Verse 9 and 10).

I pray for this world, that the Christian men marry and beget children and find joy in the wife of their youth, that they won't burn and eventually burn out!  And I pray they won't fall at the hands of her who's feet go down to hell.  Likewise that we women continue to seek the Lord's face and let earthly things fade in his light, and that we only focus on him, and trust him COMPLETELY with our futures (Matt.6:20-21)!  He did clothe the skys with stars and the fields with lilies, oh if we'd only trust the Lord and he said he will take care of us (Matt. 6:25-33)!  And he tells us NOT to worry about tomorrow, as today has enough evil to worry about (verse 34).  He's also promised us the desires of our hearts, and he shall bring them to past, if we only delight our self in him, trust and commit our ways (life) to him (Psalms 37:4-5)!

So folks, if you are in any attraction, relationship or friendship I urge you to read the Proverbs concerning this!  And I'll warn you that if you forced this relationship happen or start (in any tiny way), or that you know is not of God you'd better look out for some heartaches and lessons.  If you're a child of God's he wants to give you the BEST relationship, but if you're forcing it, it may NOT be his will for you.  His will is best for you, let go and let HIM work, when he works out the details everything ALWAYS fall perfectly into place!

For Gentlemen:
Read Proverbs 5, 7 and 31.  Line that girlfriend up with these chapters.  Is she a person you can safely trust (for years, for the rest of your life)?  Or has she cheated on another guy to be with you?  She'll do it again.  And don't obey Hollywood a thin waistline and big bust ISN'T a beautiful woman!  That will fade, you'll be left with her heart and soul in the long haul, is it that beautiful or is she a selfish ugly woman underneath?  Ask her family and friends how she is.  Is she just leading you on?  Is she pushy?  Jumping to the next step?  She's anxious and doesn't trust you, if she is.  Don't idolize her into a goddess, Jesus is REALLY jealous! Does she tell you her stolen waters are sweet, does she offer you sex?  FLEE her dude!!!  I've met several virtuous women- they're out there!  Girls who will value your opinion and leadership.  The sea is full of fish... both good and bad.  In this culture it just seems the bad are outnumbering the good!

The sea is full of fish... both good and bad.  In this culture
it just seems the bad are outnumbering the good.
For Ladies:
Also read Proverbs 5 and 7, but put man in the place of the strange woman.  A strange man is the same.  Does he line up?  Is he giving you temporary gifts (expensive dinners, romantic dates) in exchange for your body later?  How much is he sacrificing for you, is he REALLY putting in his 'long term' treasures or not?  Are you idolizing him?  Be very careful of that God is REALLY jealous and he WILL take men out of your life if he must, to teach you to NOT turn them into gods.  And don't get carried away by looks.  And read Proverbs 20: 6 and 7, is he a faithful man, who doesn't boast about himself and what he can do?  All of Proverbs is a guide of what a righteous man should be.   And DON'T be hopeless, girls I've met lots of AWESOME dudes around the country who are all in search of good, Godly virtuous women to marry. :) 


So men, women.  The Lord only gave us a guide of what a just person and a fool are.  Examine everyone, even those you call friends, your church friends, your classmates, but especially your 'spouse applicant'.  And lean on GOD's understanding NOT YOUR OWN (Proverbs 3:5)!   Our hearts are desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9)!  DO NOT follow your heart... did you know God says you're a fool if you do? (Proverbs 28:26)  And feelings can lead you astray.


Take care and do your fear the Lord?  He won't allow you to continue in sin, in wrong, or in a bad relationship you forced.  You're his kids, fear him, for he'll teach you a big lesson out of it if you continue in it, and those aren't fun.   Though communists (and other satan followers) have put his goals into action beware that the Lord will ultimately win and judge everyone for every tiny action (and thought) they've made in their entire life, that includes me.  So I want to do as many things as I can that will make him a proud father of me his gal, instead of a shameful Dad.   He's taught me he's my God and he wants my full attention. Not half.

And even if we find pleasure in others sinning we are partakers (Romans 1:32)!  So that's any movie with sex before marriage, or sex outside of marriage, you yourself are participating in fornication and adultery!

Bring every thought into captivity (2 Cor. 10:5)!  ('Every' includes 'what's for dinner', God cares.  And satan can even use that thought to cause wrong thoughts to occur.)

Jesus will bless your obedience and faithfulness to him!
Do NOT let the Lord down.  He died on Calvary for you.  If you haven't accepted his truth ask him and he will answer your sincere questions.  He knows your heart.

Forever his forgiven child,
Faith

Colorado

Here's a tiny update. :)   So we finally got home from Colorado!  It was all fun and busy, but it is good to be back. 


We had a very blessed trip.  I am learning that we are just tiny tools in God's big picture!  Its amazing how God can use us.  And I am amazed how we can just help others with our talents.  And we were able to relax too!  God really let me see many different walks of life, and I was able to learn more about the blessings God has given others.

So here are a few photos for you all.  :)


This is our friend's store where we spent most of our time.

This was lunch after one of the many churches we sang at.

The view from our new friend's home, up on the mountain!

Hiking on the 4th!!! So fun! And it was cool weather... C:

The view after we hiked up!

When we camped by the Colorado river Dad, Mom and I
took a walk while the kids (and Mel) were all shopping!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Uncomfortable Dreams

As I grow older and observe life around me, and around the world I've been learning somethings.  Also as I look forward to the new changes coming up soon (along with the dream of my future one true love {whenever I do run across him}),  I start to see one thing.  This life is actually nothing but pure vanity.   As Solomon's Ecclesiastes teaches us.

But its all 'vain' in that we live only (by nature) to find pleasure and serve ourselves and do what we want.  What 'feels' right.   Quite a bad plan when examined closer.   

The Lord first planned for us to all live with him in perfect harmony.  
Then we bummed up that plan by sinning (breaking the law) thus making death a factor of life (as death is the penalty for sin {sin being the crime}).
"But I can still use that." God may have said, as he did.
So he had to correct that error of Adam's with Jesus' perfect life and then his death on the cross, which was the only death able to pay for the crime of sin(s), as he was a perfect person.  
So now we live in the twenty-first century... He's made a way for us to eventually dwell with him in perfect harmony, but not yet.  So we still have a body of flesh... longing to fill ourselves with pleasure, sin, and be corrupt.     But thank the Lord, he's left us with the best 'road map'.  His Holy Word.

Wisdom should be bound about our necks and knowledge and understanding sought after:  "For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it."  Proverbs 8: 11.
Did you get that?  All things that may be desired...  Marriage.  Love.  A husband.  A family.  A baby... All of it.  Not to be compared to wisdom.  It made me marvel when I read that.  Sounds pretty much like ditch everything except wisdom.  And that includes, all our dreams and our desires...

Wow.  Yet its true.  The Lord and his Wisdom should be our only goal.  They are our only reliable navigating tools here in this world of vanity.  If you think there are others I'm concerned for your soul.  
That's like me bringing you to my home, where you've never been and you pick up a drawing of mine and believe its going to give you a better tour than I could... of my house.  God, Jesus Christ, created everything in this universe, beyond, in this time, and in anytime there ever was, he created time.  That's like my believing in an angel to guide me through life.  God created all the angels and spirits and let them all have a mind to choose (in the beginning), as he created you and I to have a mind to choose... Good or bad, right or wrong.  Holy or unholy.

And so there was the angel Lucifer who chose evil.  It is sad he did, for now he cannot enjoy the eternal pleasures we (who choose Christ and holiness) will get to enjoy thanks only the LORD himself!  And by the way the 'third' power of magic was made up by satan/lucifer so he could get you to think it was 'safe' but its HIS bad power, which will only lead you to an eternity in hell, the lake of fire. There's no such thing as good magic, sorry.  God's power is way better its Majestic!!! :)  And ALWAYS wins.  But with a high cost....


Which brings me back to my point... of life here and its uncertainty and how we must cling to wisdom and the Lord.   Its uncomfortable half the time.  

Funny how our flesh craves comfort...  Well our life with the Lord begins just beyond that... in the zone of discomfort!   We have to humble ourselves (WAY uncomfortable last time I checked) before Him (JUST WAAAYYYYYY uncomfortable... before the CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE!!!!!!!), and repent (turn from, change and feel sad) for our sins.   Um that's just the beginning.  
  
As I'm learning.  I'm here been saved a while and the Lord is teaching me how to remain in discomfort.  He trains us little by little to become the person he needs to take home to heaven.  I've noticed how the 'good people' usually die, in the family.  They're nearly 'perfect' Christians and then they die!!!  Well that's a no brainier!  The Lord gets them 'as best as possible' pretty much and then takes 'em home to enjoy their eternity.
And its amazing how he lifts us to new lessons, gently.  One step at a time.  


And though we really believe our dreams are the best, and wonderful and amazing He usually never fills those dreams perfectly.  They're usually just the type, color and style we wanted yet they end up way bigger and better and far more amazing than we ever expected or thought we would/could possibly get!!!!
They're just usually a size bigger (as it says) and boy, do they begin and remain (sometimes) WAY uncomfortable!   
So are you willing to give up your dreams for wisdom and in the end have your socks blessed off with bigger better Uncomfortable Dreams???

I pray you come to know our Lord yourself, 

Faith Grubb

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Robber's Cave Exploration!

Well since I got my new phone I've been busy taking photos and having fun with it! :)

I've also learned of Instagram... So fun! :D

We were on TV Thursday night, for the first time and recorded the show on Tuesday!

That was a very nice privilege and God truly worked it all out at the last minute.  We got the call Monday to be on the show.

The weekend right before that we had two gigs.  One in Bonham, TX. and the next in OK.  Like 40 minutes from Fort Smith, AR.
So ya, it was a needed little trip. We're so used to long and 'tiresome' ones (to me its more fun when they're long) that this was a nice vacation, and it was close enough we could relax!  And we didn't have to worry.   Also we found the Kaiamichi mountains there, and they're soo pretty!  Just like NC and CO rolled into one!   And so Mother teased us with, "Did you meet anyone there?  Its close enough!" :D

The mountains were just bumps along the flat lands, according to some of our family.  But it was lovely.  None the less.

We also found a 'robbers cave' state park there and that was beautiful!

Enjoy the photos.


God's beauty is just beyond words.  "He hideth my soul in cleft of the rock where rivers of pleasure I'll see!"

Thank Him,
Faith E. Grubb

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Scoby

So I've got that jar of pear sauce.
Its been growing kombutcha mushrooms (or scoby) on its own!  Here's one I 'caught' in the process!   It is soo amazing to see it grow and the reason I know it is a scoby, is the consitency and texture.  Those 'hard' white 'mounds' are the 'complete' part of the scoby.  But the other molds around it aren't as ready as they were.  :)

So to me, my conclusion is that scoby is made of tiny molds that form on top of whatever fruit you left out ;)  

And the amazing thing is that these wonderful scoby make the healthy kombutcha that works wonders!  Its #1 a great detox and we've found corn (GMO) gets Mel sick, but when she's sick kombutcha is the only thing that can help her go on... otherwise she's on the couch.  But needless to say she now avoids GMO stuff.   


Note the 'mound' just left of the center, and the bigger collection of 'mounds' to the top right corner.



Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Swamp Fox

Excerpt from "In God We Trust" Daily Devotional
by Dr. Richard G. Lee

Francis Marion (1732-1795), known as the "Swamp Fox", was the brigadier general serving in the South Carolina Militia during the Revolutionary War.  His volunteer force "Marion's Brigade" could assemble at a moment's notice, hit the British and Loyalist garrisons, and then disappear into the swamps, their base of operations.    After the war, Marion served in the South Carolina Senate for several terms.  Listen to this soldier's profound insight:

"Who can doubt that God created us to be happy, and thereto made us to love one another?  It is plainly written as the Gospel.  The heart is sometimes so embittered that nothing but Divine love can sweeten it, so enraged that devotion can only becalm it, and so broken down that it takes all the forces of heavenly hope to raise it.  In short, the religion of Jesus Christ is the only sure and controlling power over sin."

Thank God for men like this who stood up for God, their home, their state, our country and our freedom.  We are still enjoying the fruits of their hands, but if we don't do anything we will loose it.

His Girl,
Faith

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Coconut Cream Cake



This is basically a 'Busy Day Cake' recipe from my Great Aunt's 1940s Better Homes and Garden's cookbook.  And I put a whipped cream and coconut flack topping!
The whole family loved it, which surprised me as I put no coconut or coconut cream in the cake itself.

Here's the recipe.

Busy-Day Cake
375 degrees  30 minutes

4 tablespoons butter
1 3/4 cup flour
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 unbeaten egg
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Stir butter just to soften.  Sift in dry ingredients.  Add egg, 1/2 milk; mix till all flour is dampened.  Then beat vigorously 2 minutes.  Add remaining milk, vanilla; beat vigorously 2 minutes longer.

Bake in paper-lined pan in moderate oven (375') about 30 minutes.

I personally don't use wax paper.  So I heavily grease my pan (I usually use a pie pan) and forget the paper!


LET CAKE COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!  (About 30 to 40 minutes)

For the topping:
1 can of whipped cream
1 cup organic coconut flakes

In a desired pattern apply whipped cream all over top, cover it completely.  I did horizontal lines then one 'band' around the edge.
Then generously, yet evenly, sprinkle on coconut flakes.  You're done!

Cut and enjoy! GREAT with coffee, or hot tea.  Even in summer... or ice tea or wine if you're that type.


(Warning I DID make this cake way back at Christmas and haven't been able to post till now... sorry).



Friday, April 18, 2014

Pear & Grape Kombutcha!

Pear sauce scouby.
So hey, if you've followed this blog then you've seen the AWESOME discovery that Pear juice can make its own Kombutcha mushroom or scouby.  Well I made pear sauce (just like Apple sauce, and with some cinnamon and other spices) back in Nov, and so just this week we thawed some of the sauce and put it in a jar.  And forgot it and left it out....

Well its a COOL thing we did for today I found a scouby on top!!!! :D  Oh and we ate that 'missing part' of the complete circular scouby... it was a bit sour, but it tasted just like (because it IS) a scouby!


The next thing, I pulled another jar off the top of the fridge, where we left the Pear sauce out... and it was some old grapes, we'd blended up, they were about a year old... but I saw a white 'film' on top... and rather thick too.... You guessed it, it was another scouby but a GRAPE one this time!!!!!! SOO awesome! And it was just sour, but tasty and 'sweeter' as it was grapes ;) So amazing. And I saw that this scouby had created itself out of tiny fungus' grown one at a time, it was tiny 'rounds' put together to make one huge one, not sure if you can see it in the photos I got.
Grape scouby!
The underside of the Grape scouby.

Its so amazing how God made things to create a healthy 'fungus' for us to use and get better from!!!!!  He is so tender and sweet to add this to his lovely grapes for us to not only eat, but also make us better!  How lovely!

His Holy Child,
Faith Grubb

Friday, April 11, 2014

Freedom in Him

   Lately I've turned back (as some previous posts have told you) on my life.  Half of it is a mess of bad mistakes, choices, ideas, dreams etc.  The other is treasured memories, dreams accomplished, hopes for others to happen, and eagerness to see what God's will is in my life, which I am happy to say I am living in! :D
   The bumps, pains and trials, as I said helped me more then I realized, and the special times have found a tiny place to dwell in a 'memory' slot of my heart and brain ;)

All this is to say that most of all in looking back I see the beautiful beginning of a lovely quilt or tapestry, woven and sewn by the Lord himself, or for us writers, the first 3 to 5 chapters of an amazing novel about ME!  And yes aren't we prejudice about our own life stories eh? ;)

Thinking... 
This beautiful thing was revealed mainly this morning to me, in a complete sense of what my life has been so far, and what God wants it to be.  And all by the reading of Hebrews 10.

Oddly enough (we shouldn't be so surprised) satan tried to make me quit reading Hebrews these past weeks by telling me over and over how boring it is.  I've started reading Hebrews, back in mid March, and I'm finally on 10... you get the idea. :)   Anyway.  So I was reminded how boring Hebrews was, over and over, and it was a bit.  Going on about how Jesus is now our priest alone, and no longer are sacrifices needed etc.  And I understand all this is in there for a very good reason and needed for a purpose in there.  It is a good book and I am glad we have it!    But I made myself read the rest of chapter 10 today (yesterday I read only verses 1-5).  And what a reward!

Here are the verses that popped out to me from the whole chapter.

Hebrews 10:1 and 2  "For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrificed which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.   For would not they have ceased to be offered?  because that the worshippers once purged should have had no conscience of sins." 
(Also this made me realize once saved we should have no conscience of sin!)

Hebrews 10:10 "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body Jesus Christ once for all."

Hebrews 10:12 "But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;"

Hebrews 10:14 "For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified."

Hebrews 10:18 and 19 "For where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin, Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus."

Hebrews 10: 23-25 "Let us hold fast to the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another" and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."

Hebrews 10: 39 "But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul."  (saved soul!) :D


Anyway these helped me see my life in a new light and it is amazing!
God's word is that way! 

His Girl,
Faith Elizabeth

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Warning about Sex Trafficking

Sex Trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world.  It is nearly the first.    And not only young girls are involved here, but young men and women as well as young boys are locked into this degrading life.  From abduction these slaves only lasts 3 or 4 years in the night, after night, day after day abuse, beatings and use.   The horrors they experience only make them hate themselves, and blame themselves for the wrong that is done them. 
These things can happen here in our own backyard.  Its not only across the world in 3rd world countries!   
And today I have two 'home-front' stories for you.  Here right in the US.  And the first happened only
45 minutes from where I live.
I heard this second hand, but from a reliable score.  There was a mother and her daughter at a mall, and the mother, sent her 13, 14 year old daughter to the restroom, they agreed on a time for her to return, so the mother waited outside.  This was a down the hall restroom.  The time appointed came and went.  Her daughter didn't show up.  Then she went to check and saw two women holding her daughter under the arms, toward the exit.  The mother asked, "What's going on?"  The one woman answered, "Oh her friend just died, and she's drunk, she wants us to take her home."  They continued, the Mother said, "That's my daughter."  Luckily for both the girl and mother the two women dropped the girl and ran.  She was apparently drugged in the restroom.

This second one is from a friend of mine, who is willing to share with you her simple but potentially dangerous story.  Meet Erin, she's from the USA, but not TX. 

Hello Erin!  So to start off could you tell us your story. In the park next to us, I had a guy try to do a similar thing (as above). As I sat there watching my nephew playing on the playground a guy walked by. He had sunglasses on but I knew he was looking at me. He sauntered over to the pond and when I looked over to see where he had gone he signaled for me to come over. I just glared at him then turned away. After a few minutes I looked a again to see if I was just imagining things but sure enough he signaled again. By this time I was on alert. I nonchalantly got up and walked over to my 6' 4" navy brother in law, showed him the guy and told him what was going on. Needless to say, when the creep saw my brother in law he knew his game was over and left. We watched him walk all the way across the park, get in a car with another person and drive off. We reported it to the police but there is not much they can do after the fact. Learning to be a tough target is HUGE!!!! I have been taught these principles since I could understand and growing up NEVER was allowed to go anywhere without a trusted protector. Even now, I let people know where I am and when I should be home. Taking preventative steps is one of the best things a person (especially a girl) can do.


Wow.  What a story.  It is quite scarey to realize how even at the public park no one is safe anymore.  We also have run into weirdos that just sit in the park for a while, but with my brothers 'guarding' the park... they soon leave ;)  But tell me what was your first reaction when you realized he WAS signalling you? Were you angry or scared?  I was actually confused! At first I thought he had to be signaling someone behind me so I looked around and when I saw no one I looked at the guy again and sure enough he signaled to me again. When I realized he was trying to get ME to come to him I simply glared at him and began running through my escape options. I pretty much went into survival mode.

What would you have done if you were alone, with your nephew? If I was all alone with my nephew I would have told one of the moms there or asked for a phone to call my mom. I did not have a phone on me at the time which is a big no-no. I am actually sad I didn't just yell "There's a creep over there!!!!" at the top of my lungs. Thankfully my brother in law was there because it made my job SO much easier. The last thing I would have done would let my nephew be taken. If push came to shove I would have let myself be taken before my nephew.

Are there anythings you do now to watch better for this?  Yes!! I took a class called "Fight Like a Girl". Sounds girlie but it is the best class I have ever taken. I also make sure that I keep a phone on me and anywhere I go alone (which are very few places) I let my mom know and I always call or text her when I am on my way home. The best thing I do is make myself a tough target. If I feel threatened by ANYONE for ANY reason I get myself out of that situation ASAP!!! Also, I make sure I know my surroundings and that the people in my surroundings know I know they are there. 

Did you think of calling the police ever? Why or why not? Yes I did. But then I realized that I didn't have their number lol. That is another thing we should do. Have the police number(s) in our phones and remember our phones.

Thank you for sharing and answering our questions!  It is a great warning for us all!


And thank you for reading, this is serious business.  And we can't hide from or ignore this.  We must be on the alert and help all we can.  First we must pray, not only for the slaves, or the captives.  Sad as it is.  The way they are used. But also for the abusers or seller, those who abduct the children and traffic them to the hotels, and 'own' or 'keep' the slaves.  Also we must pray for the buyers (the end user), the men and women who purchase a child for their own pleasure.
This is the results of the sickness of pornography, as well as many other problems.
One thing you can do is very easy.  When at the grocery store, girls, grab those horrible magazines and turn them over, to show a 'safe' photo/add.  Sometimes those magazines have just as bad photos on the back, so I flip through and find a big photo of ice cream or something and then show it on the front! :D  This will not only help your brothers or Dad's but any men in the community.  And we've learned to do it discretely.  And yes, later the workers will flip them back right, but not usually.  And even better I get the southern living magazines and place those over the bad ones, its a GREAT way, cause you get to read a bit of the southern living magazine too ;)

Some other great resources, to help you get involved are at the following links:
http://thedefenderfoundation.org/
http://www.joy.org/

Thank you for reading and SHARE whatever you can about this problem!

God Bless you,
Faith Grubb


P.S. 
If you have any further questions for Erin, do ask in the comments and I'll be sure to ask her, and give you an answer!