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The Plan

So, “in the near future” turned into two months and six days. I apologize for that. I have decided to keep this blog and hopefully develop a system of regular posting, as the Lord helps me. However, I may not be able to post regularly; college is very time consuming! 🙂 I will post over Christmas break and see how it goes, though.

In the meantime… over the next few days, I’ll be sharing some of the things I have learned and experienced as a college freshman. This afternoon, I plan to post the first installment of a series of tips for new college freshmen. So, I’ll be back soon!

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Where am I?

I apologize that it has been months since I have posted. At the end of August, I started college (I know, I can’t believe it either!). I also apologize to those of you who made comments on previous posts that I just moderated. Thank you for your comments and for sharing your thoughts and wisdom.

Right now, I am praying about this blog. It is my hope that I can continue it and learn to balance all my other responsibilities along with “Created to be a Help.” However, we’ll see what God has in store. I hope to reach a decision in the next couple of days about whether to postpone posting for a while or continue. In the meantime, I hope to share a little bit about college so far. I also need to update this blog’s purpose page; I’ve had it written for so long and need to finish editing it.

I hope that you are all having a very blessed autumn.

In Christ,

Ella

Update: I finished the blog’s purpose page. I apologize for its lengthiness. I plan to make it more concise at some point in the near future. I just wanted it to be there so anyone interested may read it.

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Stay Tuned…

I hope to start posting regularly again by the end of this week. May God bless you!

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Sporadic Posting

Because of various summer things, I may post a little less frequently during the month of June. By July, I’ll hopefully have a more established routine. Thanks again for reading.

God bless your summer!

Ella

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Some Recommendations

Due to end-of-school-year-busyness, I thought I would post a few short CD/book recommendations today that I wrote not long ago. These are just some resources that have greatly encouraged me.

Valley of Vision CD

I know it’s been a while since the “Valley of Vision” CD was released by Sovereign Grace Ministries. Still, I want to recommend it to you- very highly. If you don’t know about it, this CD is a collection of 12 songs based on the book of Puritan prayers by the same title (an amazing book!). The songs range from the soft, quieter sounds of “In the Valley” to the more upbeat sounds of “Let Your Kingdom Come.” The vocals are clear and beautiful. The music is varied, yet uplifting. The thought-provoking lyrics are centered upon the Cross and very theologically sound, unlike many “Christian” songs out there today. This CD constantly helps me focus my mind and heart upon the Lord.

Elizabeth Prentiss ‘More Love to Thee’ by Sharon James

I’m probably breaking an important law of book-reviewing by talking about this book before I’ve finished it (only a few pages left- and I’m trying to savor them!). However, it was recently the Girltalk Bookclub Book, and their high praise of it encouraged me to check it out. To my delight, I’ve had trouble putting it down. This book is a biography of Elizabeth Prentiss, the writer of the classic book, Stepping Heavenward. Sharon James has done a riveting job in writing about Mrs. Prentiss’ life. I find myself lost in the story. I see things in Elizabeth Prentiss that I can relate to- she’s very human. And I am encouraged by her devotion to the Lord. I have been challenged greatly in my walk with the Lord by the biography of this great saint.

Stop Dating the Church by Josh Harris

Recently, I’ve been discouraged by the lack of love for the church that is so prevalent in our society (and all too often, in my own life). So many of my Christian friends greatly dislike church for various reasons. This book helped me see that the problem starts with our me-centered hearts. This book inspired me in devotion to the church. As with all his books, Josh Harris stays centered upon the Cross, writing with humility and bold truth. He gives practical insight for finding and committing to a local church, and he challenges us in the way we view Sundays.  There’s a lot of wisdom packed into this small book!

And if you enjoy encouraging, thought-provoking audio messages, I highly recommend Albert Mohler’s Radio Program and Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss. The speakers are very different from one another, but they are both Gospel-centered and have an evident love for the Word of God. Nancy Leigh DeMoss’s series, “The Power of Words,” challenged me more than anything else in the way I use my tongue.

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A Daughter Who Fears the Lord
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30

I’m sure you’ve read the account of the godly woman in Proverbs 31. She is a portrait of a woman who is following the Lord. This is the central aspect of her being, and it controls everything she is and does, including the way she uses her time, what comes out of her mouth, and what she buys. I think it’s safe to say that the woman talked of in Proverbs 31 did not become who she is overnight (and since she’s human, she is most definitely not perfect). Most likely, her training began as a young girl in her father’s house. She probably started off as a daughter and maybe as a sister, too.

In this series, I am going to talk about issues that pertain to being a daughter who fears the Lord. The central aspect is Christlikeness. The topics won’t be in a recognizable order, but they will be from Scripture and things that the Lord is teaching me. I hope that this series will encourage you and strengthen you as you grow in Christlikeness and as you serve Him in your role as a daughter (and really, wherever you are). It’s going to be highly practical at times, and often quite specific. But mainly, it should serve as a reminder and encouragement to you. It will find its basis in Scripture.

Before we begin, I want to make a couple of things clear.

First, as I have emphasized before on this blog, I am a sinner, but I am a redeemed sinner- a work in progress. I am far from perfect, but God, in His grace, has begun the sanctification process in me to grow me into the likeness of His Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ. I still must constantly lean upon His grace and forgiveness, as I fail often. So, when I write this, I am writing based on the standards of Scripture- not what I have attained, but what I hope to attain by the grace of God. Realize that our sanctification is by the grace of God alone and will not be completed on this side of Heaven. In a similar vein, I am no expert in this subject, which brings us to the second point.

Secondly, realize that I am indebted to many godly men and women as I work on this series. I will link to their posts, give you quotes from their writings, and reference them quite often. God has used numerous others to shape my life, and I am certain that He will continue to do so. In light of this, I want this series to provoke discussion. If you have anything to add to whatever I’ve written (whether a testimony, Bible verse, quote– anything!) feel free to email me (createdtobeahelp@gmail.com) or post a comment. I pray that we will encourage one another during this series. I dearly hope to learn from your insights, accomplishments, even mistakes, as I hope you will learn from mine.

May the Lord use my humble writings to His glory, and may He work through me to encourage you, as so many have encouraged me in my walk of faith!

Your sister in Christ,
Ella

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The Modesty Survey!

 

 

For a while now, many people (including myself) have been excitedly awaiting the results of The Rebelution’s Modesty Survey. Well, the wait is over. Today, this survey has been released. You now have access to the answers of over 1,600 Christian guys to every question on modesty that you can think of!

The Rebelution presents the results of the survey as a big St. Valentine’s Day gift from 1,600 Christian guys to all Christian girls—and I can’t think of a better one!

Go check it out!

And spread the word!

Guys, they are still accepting signatures for the Modesty Survey Petition, so this is an opportunity for you to still share your voice on the topic of modesty! And girls, please be sure and read the petition to get a better understanding of the purpose of this survey and all that it entails. May the Lord richly bless your Valentine’s Day. All glory be to Him.

 

 

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