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About beautyforashes91

Not really very good with the whole blogging thing or introductions but here goes... I'm Becca. I'm a paediatric nurse who loves her job. I love Jesus and continually learn new things about how awesome He is. I have some amazing friends and family who help me along the way. I love music but don't play any instruments (I really need to learn!) When you first meet me I can come across as quiet but once you get to know me you wonder how you ever thought that about me. I'm sure there's loads more that I could say but I think I'll leave it at that for now. So enjoy my ramblings. I hope you find them interesting. :-)

Guard your heart

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Earlier I was having my quiet time and God brought me back to the verse in Proverbs where it says we should ‘Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life’. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭4‬:‭23‬)
I don’t know about you, but if you asked me, I would say I’m pretty good at guarding my heart. I’m not really one of those people who wears my heart on my sleeve. Or goes around expressing my thoughts and feelings about every little detail of my life. It can sometimes take a while for me to share my heart thoughts with good friends. So it seems like I’m guarding my heart right?

But God showed me that there’s so much more to guarding your heart than just being choosy with who you have feelings for.
It’s about filling out heart with thoughts of Him. Choosing to dwell in His presence. Seeking His kingdom. So much more.

It’s also about being careful with who we trust with the intricate details of who we are. And the only person truly worthy of this trust is Jesus. He knows our hearts. Our thoughts. Our dreams and hopes. He longs to be the desire of our hearts. And His love never fails. Never disappoints and is always faithful.

We don’t have to worry about whether we can trust Him or not. For He is who we base our definition of trust on. If only we would let him in. Let your guard down. Let Jesus in. And he will keep your heart more precious than anything.

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Killing Christian Hipster

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Maci Shingleton

unnamed (3)   Somewhere on the road of trying to find my identity in Christ I have been met with a dangerous temptation to find my identity in a new “Christian” stereotype. I’m a young adult, I live in Nashville, I sing, I’m a part of a church plant, and I think I have just enough Instagram followers to fit into this new trendy breed of believers (though I don’t have a Hebrew tattoo yet). As cliché as it may be, often my sweetest moments with Jesus are when I’m praying via Moleskin journal and hand-crafted coffee mug… all while Hillsong United and Elevation Worship blast from my iHome. Hear me out, followers of Jesus can drink good coffee and listen to good music and even have sick tattoos but if all of that was stripped away… would it change anything? I’m burdened to think that in many cases, it would. It…

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How do I sum up the last few days?!

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I think Peta summed up our last few days pretty well…

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So… On Monday, the most wonderful Becca and Donna (a.k.a. the Scottish-tachi) arrived in the sunny, beautiful, happy land of Sapporo.

Our reunion after a whole 4 months apart was a wonderful thing.

And the time since has been…. Amazing/hilarious/wonderful/beautiful/I-have-no-idea. Really.

I actually have no words to sum up the last few days.

In a 48 hour period we have….

1. Eaten a huge amount of breakfast food…

See those fried eggs? The girls ate them with chopsticks. It was one of the greatest moments I’ve ever witnessed. Proud. Peta.
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is our daily breakfast… Which is one reason among many that we might gain some serious weight in the next two weeks…

2. Been up Sapporo observatory…

Yep. This completely stunning city is the place I now call home, love completely, pray over and am so happy to share with some of the people I…

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Hello my name is church

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An interesting blog from a pastor which I thought was worth sharing…

Hello my name is church,

I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about me. I have no shortage of critics. Perhaps you have heard that I am…

Boring Shallow Cheap A waste of time

You’ve heard that I am full of:

Hypocrites Clowns Greedy people The self-righteous

Maybe you have visited me before and discovered:

Horrible music Passionless singing Dry preaching Rude congregants

Maybe you needed me and I was:

Too busy Too “righteous” Too broke Too blind

Maybe you joined me and found I was:

Distant Demanding Dull Preoccupied

Maybe you tried to serve in me but were caught off guard by:

Business meetings Committees Teams Bureaucracy

Maybe you left and were surprised that nobody:

Called Cared Noticed Invited you back

Perhaps your experience has driven you to:

Speak negatively of me Swear to never come back to me Proclaim that no one needs me Believe you’re better off without me

If this is true, I have something to say to you:

I’m sorry I was wrong I blew it I made a huge mistake

But remember, I never said my name was:

Perfect Flawless Complete Arrived

My name is church. I welcome the:

Hypocrite Dry Self-righteous Shallow

I welcome the

Sincere Passionate Forgiving Selfless

I cannot shut my doors to the people who make you:

Angry Uncomfortable Impatient Self-conscious

But I would remind you that we couldn’t always worship in the same room. In the Old Testament there was a division between the:

Gentile Jew Man Woman

In order for us to all worship in the same room Christ was:

Shamed Beaten Killed Resurrected

Which is far worse than being:

Bored Uncomfortable Embarrassed Ignored

So why not come back to church and let all of these messed up people:

Challenge you Sharpen you Strengthen you Humble you

I can’t promise you that the people will be great. This is church. It’s not:

Heaven Paradise Beulah Land The Celestial city

Come back.

God wants you here. The body needs you here. The world needs your witness here. You belong here.

Hello, my name is church.

I miss you.

I love you.

I’m sorry.

Can’t wait to see you.

Unusual hobbies make for interesting people

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So I was trying to think of something to blog about today and I couldn’t really think of anything. But I was discussing buying a new set of poi with my friends last night I realised that most people have never heard of them or seen how they work. So I thought hey, why not blog about poi?! 

So let’s start with what are poi? (I looked to good old mr wikipedia for this one)

Poi refers to both a style of performing art and the equipment used for engaging in poi performance. As a performance art, poi involves swinging tethered weights through a variety of rhythmical and geometric patterns. Poi artists may also sing or dance while swinging their poi. Poi can be made from various materials with different handles, weights, and effects (such as fire).

Poi originated with the Māori people of New Zealand, where it is still practiced today. Poi has also gained a following in many other countries. The expansion of poi culture has led to a significant evolution of the styles practiced, the tools used, and the definition of the word “poi.”

Make sense?

Maybe I should show you some people swinging some poi as it’ll be easier to picture what I mean.

I’m afraid this video isn’t very good but it’s the best I could find on YouTube so here you go. Enjoy 🙂

The Waste of Size

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Read an interesting blog today and thought it was worth posting for you all to read. So here it is:

Alright Ladies, this one is for you.

To be honest, I’m disgusted by the way our world treats you. It’s sad to say, but it’s almost as if our world purposely ignores the way we treat women. And Christian or not, the topic of weight and waist floats across the board of conversations. Not to mention how many women have struggled with weight issues in their past. The heartless conversations definitely don’t help.

The Church is supposed to be a place of freedom, acceptance and purity. But how many times have you found your insecurity level rise while in the presence of Christian men or women? Our conversation is supposed to encourage, not deter.

Ephesians 4:29 – Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

1 Samuel 16:7 – “For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”

If yes, why is that?

Now don’t get me wrong. I am not saying all Christian men/women are like this. But what I am saying is that it’s wrong and not of God. You are beautiful in the eyes or God, and until someone can look at you through His eyes, their sight is of the world and not of purity.

Continue to seek God, and do not let the opinion of men or women crush your foundation in Christ. Regardless if you weigh 50 lbs, 100 lbs, or 300 lbs. You have been made in HIS image, and don’t you ever forget that.

Ladies, your beauty is not defined by your waist size or weight, but by your heart and passion for Jesus Christ. And, if anyone says differently, I wouldn’t waste your time in their presence because they’re only going to bring you down.

A real man knows waist size is a waste. It’s a heart for God that counts.

Genesis 1:27 – So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

– Jarrid Wilson