Instructing our Daughters in the Way of the KING.

beauty“Listen, O daughter, give attention and incline you ear; Forget your people and your father’s house; then the King will desire your beauty. Because He is your Lord, bow down to Him.” Psalm 45:11

This verse is full of imperatives, “Listen, give attention, incline your ear, forget..” And as I read this verse, I couldn’t help but think of my daughter, and likewise all young girls.

We live in a world that says, impress your people, that says listen, give attention to what others think, what others say.

And if our daughters listen to the messages that bombard the media, they will hear messages which contradict God’s Word.

They will hear messages that say, “dress this way to get attention, use people to get what you want, use your body to manipulate.” They will hear messages that tell them they have to be a certain size, or a certain weight to be accepted. They must wear certain fashions to be popular.

I know, because I’ve been there. I heard these messages years ago, and fell for their traps. Something I want my daughter now to avoid.

Which is why I love these verses. This passage was written most likely describing the marriage of Solomon to Pharaoh’s daughter. And yet, the true King is the Lord, and as His children, we are His bride.

Thus the message is true for us as well.

God speaks to you ,to me, to our daughters, and He says,

“Listen, O daughter, give attention and incline your ear!” He wants us to hear and know this message. Three times He says listen….

Next, He tells us to forget our people and our father’s house. 

Basically He says, it matters not what your friends, the world, or even your family has to say. Forget it, forget the message they are pushing upon you. What they have to say is not what is important, it’s what I say, what I think of you that matters.

“Then the King will desire your beauty. Because He is your Lord, bow down to Him.”

When we care not for the opinion of others, when we care more for what our Lord has to say, we will realize it is He who desires us. We will recognize that we are beautiful in His sight, not because of what we look like on the outside, but for who we are on the inside.  We will understand that the Lord looks not at the outward appearance, He looks at the heart.

And when we grasp His great love for us, we will realize He is Lord, and we will worship Him.

The Lord He is God, it is His opinion that matters, not what the media has to say, not what our friends or even family has to say.

And our daughters need to hear this message.

They need to realize their beauty comes from within not from without. They must grasp that the opinion of man matters not, rather it is what God says that matters.

Girls have a deep desire to be loved, this is the way God made us.

And they will seek to find that love in all the wrong places, if they don’t realize this love can only be found in the Lord.

Colossians 3:12 says, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

We must teach our daughters that they should dress themselves not in the seductive dress of the world, rather they should dress themselves with compassion, kindness, gentleness, and patience.

These are the qualities which make them beautiful. This is what matters, not the size of their jeans.

Peter says it this way, Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God (I Peter 3:3-4).”

Obviously taking care of ourselves, looking our best is important, but as Peter says, this is not the end all. For he says, it is what is inside, the gentle and quiet spirit that make us beautiful to others and to the Lord.

It is up to us moms to teach our daughters these things, for if we fail to do so, they will only hear the messages of the world, and they will succumb to their traps.

Let us be faithful to point our daughters to the King who is enthralled with their beauty. And teach them that what truly makes them beautiful daughters of the King is not what is on the outside, but rather what comes from within.



My Great Big God and the Little Things…

You’d think I wouldn’t be so scared of such a small thing.

You’d think I’d remember I am far bigger than it is.

You’d think it is certainly more afraid of me than I am of it (though I beg to differ).

What is this thing you may ask? Mice!

Last night, as I was stirring a pan of Indonesian Spiced Rice on the stove top, I looked down to see a mouse run into my foot!!!!!! It then backtracked quickly from where it came from (behind the stove), leaving me screaming and slinging rice haphazardly on the floor, counter, etc.

Since I was home alone, I did what any sane person would do, I turned the stove off, and shut the doors to the kitchen. Then came to the living room to sit down (with my feet off the floor!), and waited for my husband to come home! 🙂

To his dismay when he arrived, I told him all about the mouse, and he went to check it out.

Of course, that scared mouse was far gone, or was hiding to save its life.

Since my husband was about to leave for a Bible Study, I went to the store to buy mouse poison. Tentatively, I went back into the kitchen, and placed it on the sides of the stove, behind the fridge, and behind the garbage can.

We never saw nor heard the mouse the rest of the night. I’m hoping it is long gone, but time will tell!

Yet, the funny thing is, as I sat with my feet off the floor, with the doors shut, waiting on my husband, I considered the situation. Then laughed at myself, when I realized, that I am so much bigger than that little mouse, why oh why am I afraid?

As I have reflected on this today, I was reminded of my great, big God! Far too often I fear such small, trivial things. Occasionally, there are big things as well which seem impossible.

Yet, regardless of the size of the problem that has me afraid.

My God is bigger and stronger! And He says, “Fear Not!”

Fear is a natural instinct, that occurs without thought. And it will certainly come.

The key however is what we do with it.

Much like anger, it is what we do with fear, how we handle it, that counts.

Do we give it to the Lord, trusting that He is greater than it?
Or, do we allow it to control us, overpowering us, keeping us from what God has?

The God we serve is mightier and stronger than any fear we have. The God we serve can be trusted with whatever comes our way. The God we serve will even fight on our behalf.

We simply must be still and know He is God. Trusting Him, believing Him, and resting in the peace found only in His presence!


Fixing our eyes on what is unseen….

himalayasThis morning as I was walking the kids to the bus stop, I caught a brief glimpse of the mountains, but then moments later they were no longer visible. When I got back to the house, I went up on the roof and there they were, just peeking out from above the clouds.

And I realized something.

The mountains are always there. They are.

But most of the time they are invisible to the human eye. Covered with smog and clouds. Yet they are there.

Then I was reminded that isn’t that just like God. He’s always there, but most times we can’t see Him because “life” covers Him up, kind of like the clouds.

Even more so His plans for our lives.

Every now and then He gives us a glimpse of what is next. Just a little view. Then when we can no longer see, He says follow Me.

Fifteen years ago had you told me when I married my husband, that we would move every couple of years, have children born in three different states, and live in two  different countries I would have told you that you were crazy.

If God had revealed all that to me then, I would have gone running in the opposite direction.

Which is why He is God and I’m not.

Which is why He only gives us a glimpse every now and then, but then desires that we just rest in Him and follow.

Along the way from there to here, then to now. There have been numerous bumps in the way, twisty paths, and curvy roads.

Here in Nepal to get anywhere, you have to wind around mountains, twisting, curvy roads. Sometimes it looks like you are going to go straight off the cliff, when all of a sudden, the road turns and up, up you go some more.

And this is the Christian life.

God doesn’t make the way clear, He doesn’t show us our final destination here on earth. He doesn’t tell us all the details. Yet, He is there with us.

When we struggle, when life doesn’t make sense, when we get discouraged, He gives us a glimpse of the mountains, a glimpse of what lies ahead.

Just enough to strengthen and encourage us. Just enough for us to take the next step of faith. Then He says “Follow Me, Trust Me.”

The Christian life is a journey of faith.

A journey that leads us places we never dreamed of going, leads us to do things we would never believed possible, and to be used of Him in ways unimaginable.

It is indeed the Great Adventure!

So remember when you’re in the valley, and you can’t see what is next. That God is there. You may not be able to see Him clearly or understand His Ways. Yet, He is there.

When you don’t understand, He will allow you to catch a glimpse of what He is doing, just Be still and Know He is God.

The beautiful Himalayas are always there, not always visible, yet there none the less.

Just as God is always there.

Rest in Him today!!


Because some days are hard…. but God is still good!

Our Mission to the Himalayas and Beyond

praise himIt has been a rough week, what am I saying, it has been a rough year. 🙂

Had I only known what all would take place as our family set out for Nepal, I think I might have gone running back to the car.

As we began our time here, we spent the first few months settling in, getting accustomed to life overseas. Just when we got into the groove of it all, our world was shaken, literally by two major earthquakes. Months were spent doing relief work, and striving to live without fear of another big quake.

As the tremors slowed down, rumors began to be dispersed of the borders between Nepal and India closing. And in a matter of days, the petrol and cooking gas were gone. This lasted for months on end, as we put our feet good use and did a lot of walking.

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My Strong Tower

strong tower“The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” – Proverbs 18:10 

Our journey to Chitwan was nothing short of exciting. Right before we started out, I took a motion sickness pill, hoping it would knock me out. (If you have ever ridden on the curvy, mountainous roads of Nepal, you understand 🙂 ) For me seeing where we are going or how big the drop off on the side of the road is, is too much.  And thankfully it worked, I dozed on and off until we were stopped in traffic. We knew road work was going on and that the bus was trying to get passed a section of the road before a certain time. However, we had just missed getting through and ended up sitting in traffic for about an hour, as we watched a bulldozer going up the mountain, carving through the dirt, and rocks falling down into the road. It looked like a landslide, and in one sense it was, but it was intentional. Yet, it gave a whole new meaning to the “watch for falling rocks” signs seen in the for falling rocks

This morning, we took a jeep safari into the Chitwan National Park, hoping to see the animals before they hid in the dark cool places, to wait out the heat of the day. We saw numerous types of birds, peacocks, rhinos, deer, monkeys, wild boars, and bison. It was great. We also saw watchtowers scattered throughout the park, where the military guys would stand on guard. These towers were pretty high up, giving the officers a good view of the park.

As we passed by these places, I couldn’t help but be reminded that God is my strong tower. He sets up high seeing and knows in advance what things will happen, He is on the lookout for predators lurking in a distance, and He knows how and when to step in to save the day.

When I’m feeling tossed and tempted by this world, He is my High Place to run to. To find shelter from the storms of life and to rest in His perfect arms. Which provide peace, safety and love.

Living in Nepal, where many believe in Karma, and in an endless cycle of death and rebirth. How blessed I am to know the truth. That Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. How blessed I am that the Lord has opened my eyes to these truth, and welcomed me into His family.

To know that in the storms of life, I can run to Him. To know that He is there watching over me and taking care of what happens daily in my life. To know that when I die, I will go on to be with Him.

Life in Nepal is far from certain, nothing is for sure.

Yet, My God is faithful. He is certain, He is for sure. And no matter what, I can count on Him.

Though I may fail Him, He never fails me!