Kept Faultless From Falling with Exceeding Joy {Jude}

Kept Faultless From Falling With Exceeding JOY!! {Jude} -  WholeHearted Home (GMG)

Good Morning Girls!!

Today, I am in the book of Jude. An A-M-A-Z-I-N-G little book of just one chapter that came alive for me as I read it over and over again until its truths began to sink into my heart in a fresh way. I hope you will stop and read it too and allow what I share to penetrate deep into your heart today.

1. God knows My Name!

God knows who I am and is able to keep me faultless and from falling with exceeding JOY!

God knows YOUR name TOO! He knows exactly what your innermost struggles are and what situations in your life are pulling you down.

God can absolutely:

  • Keep you faultless,

  • From falling,

  • And give you exceeding JOY!

Seriously, He can!

We all want to have a ‘good name’ and do not want to be confused with someone else. Jude was one of Jesus’ disciples and likely the author of this little book. You will remember another disciple, Judas, who betrayed Jesus. Jude is not to be confused – he had a ‘good’ name!!

2. Jude, Identifies Himself as a Servant of Jesus Christ.

Mamas? Do you identify yourself with Jesus Christ?

The book of Jude was written as an encouragement to Believers to ‘contend earnestly for the faith’ (vs. 3).

As mothers, we too are servants who are:

  1. Sanctified by God the Father (vs. 1)

  2. Preserved in Jesus Christ (vs. 1)

  3. Called

Did you ever think how as a mother you are sanctified, preserved, and Called to serve your families?

What a high calling!

Doesn’t that just give you purpose to your days so full of diaper changes, laundry, cleaning, and endless cooking?

These tasks are mundane and repetitive, especially in a society that doesn’t place any value in the home or family.

When you realize how important your job is in God’s eyes, there is a whole new spin on life.

3. The Book of Jude is Also a Warning

We are to be aware that there are people in our church fellowships that have crept in without our knowing it who are denying God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

There are some serious warnings of

  • What to look out for

  • And a call to action to examine our hearts

  • with the reassurance that God will keep us in the faith

Jude is telling Believers that this is really happening.

The astounding thing is that this is still happening more than ever today.

I challenge you to carefully read Jude (over and over like I did?) and to fully understand the careful description of the possibility of ungodly people who pose as godly people in our church communities.

4. How To Be Kept Faultless & From Falling with Exceeding Joy

  • Building up yourselves in your most holy faith (vs. 20) – You can build yourself up in your faith by keeping in God’s word daily. I like to read my Bible first thing in the morning but if you have littles, you may have to be creative.

  • Praying in the Holy Spirit (vs 20) – Don’t forget to pray!! Praying is important enough to find that balance between reading the Bible and time spent in alone with God in prayer.

  • Keep yourselves in the love of God (vs. 21) – Abiding is a word that shows me how to ‘keep’ myself in the love of God. You were given all of the Holy Spirit when you were saved, you just need to allow Him full control!!

  • Looking for mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life (vs. 21) – I like that we are to ‘look’ for mercy. Expect mercy. Look towards our future eternal life.

  • God is able to keep you from falling (vs. 23) – The book of Jude is meant to be an encouragement that you CAN be KEPT from falling. I have seen a terrible situation and God has proven to me that He can keep me in His arms of protection from falling.

  • God is able to keep you faultless (vs. 23) – Yes!! God can also keep you faultless. No we are not perfect but we can be kept faultless.

  • God is able to keep you in the presence of His glory with exceeding JOY (vs. 23) – Despite situations you might be facing, God can and will keep you in the presence of His glory and give you exceeding joy!! That is incredible!! Unbelievable!! But it is so true. I have totally seen it in my life and am here to say that God has given me exceeding joy along with mercy and peace (vs. 1).

Maybe you aren’t facing anything unusual in your life right now. Just tuck this away in case you ever need it. If you know exactly what I am sharing about, I hope you are encouraged today.

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding Joy. To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” ~Jude 1:24-25~

Are you contending earnestly for the faith? My thoughts on being kept faultless from falling from our faith in Jesus is not exhaustive, do you have anything to add to what I have shared?

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Multi-Level Homeschooling: The Early Years {Blessed At Home}

Multi-Level Homeschooling The Early Years {WholeHearted Home}

Multi-Level homeschooling during the early years can be quite the challenge if you follow traditional academic-rich methods. If you have four or five children of any age under 18, it can be daunting. Maybe you are the model homeschooler with all your children quietly working through their lessons independently in separate rooms, never bickering, and without any family issues to solve.

Our family wasn’t like that. If anything, we didn’t fit into the ‘norm’ as we were like a yellow shaped block trying to be forced into the wrong slot.

Once you are homeschooling your first child, you likely have at least another who is younger vying to be the center of attention.

Avoid Grade-Level Curriculum for the Early Years

Grade-Level curriculum sure is packaged attractively and looks like the easiest possibility. I found this worked well once my child was older and able to work semi-independently with occasional help from me. When they are in the early years (pre-school through maybe 5th or 6th grade) this will likely not be the best option when you have other children.

Why??

  • Say if you are teaching your oldest child 5 subjects, multiply that number by your other children and you will have anywhere from 10 or more subjects to teach!! Talk about burnout!! Can you keep up with that many lessons? It is an unusual child who can teach themselves in the early years.

  • If you are teaching your oldest child, your younger child might start doing things for attention. Like drawing on the walls like one of my children.

Family Unity in the Early Years

Whether you have two children or a bunch of younger children, keep family unity by learning together. We don’t have to model after the public schools but center our efforts around the home and unity of the family. This is especially important during the early years. There will come a time where independent learning will be the best option for your children to culture their interests and directions in life.

How??

  • Teach your children together

  • Read together

  • Do learning activities together

  • Have learning centers to culture their independent interests

  • Teach the same topics or subjects and have them draw, dictate or write about it. Why have each child on a different track when they are young, much like traditional school children? It is nearly impossible for you to prepare and you will be stretching yourself too thin!

So, if you have several children in the early years, double up and teach them together for the sake of your sanity, sibling unity, and you will have time left over for preparing supper or a little time to relax.

If you homeschool, do you teach two or more children together or do you have them on separate learning tracks?

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Generational Influence and Encouragement + WholeHearted Wednesday Linkup #110

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Generational Influence and Encouragment {WholeHearted Home}

Jehoshaphat was thirty and five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned not aside from it. ~1 Kings 22:42-43~

We can be a generational influence and encouragement to our children. In the business of raising children, we often forget that they will someday grow up. We get caught in the stress of the moment, forgetting that moments make up our life and stretch into the eternal.

I love reading through the story of the kings of Israel and Judah. It is a sad story because most of these men did not choose to walk in the ways of the Lord and led their country down a destructive path.

Jehoshaphat walked in the ways of Asa his father and did not turn aside from it. He paid attention to all the things that his father taught him. Asa influenced and encouraged him to walk with the Lord.

I can’t help but think that Jehoshaphat’s ‘Grampa David’ influenced and encouraged him to live faithfully for God.

Instilling Christ in Your Children

God’s Word never returns void and reading the Bible to your children daily is so very important. Busy moms, take the time to read the Bible to your children each morning right after breakfast. Have a little lesson before starting your day.

  1. Eat breakfast together at the table. It is so important to eat breakfast together with your children. No TV, no computer, or connecting on yours or their phones during breakfast. This is coveted time with your precious children. You can’t ever get it back!! What kind of influence will you have over the lives of your children once they are 12 and above if you have not laid the foundation? It is hard enough to keep them within boundaries if their heart is pulled by the world.

  2. Read the Bible before clearing the table. Once the table starts to be cleared it is easy to lose the attention of your children. It is human nature to resist God.

Praying for Your Children

Take the time to pray for your children each day. Write their names down on your To Do List and remember to pray over their lives. Pray for them as you fold their laundry and discipline yourself to pray as you interact with them.

I have found Stormie Omartian’s books on prayer to help me know how to pray better for my children.

Not Everyone Has the Benefits of a Christian Family

Many of you never grew up in a Christian family and don’t have the benefits of automatically knowing how to raise your children to follow God. I found that even though I have a wonderful godly heritage in my parents, I still had a sin nature that made war against my intentions to raise godly children.

Relying on God’s Strength

I can do all things in my own strength and so can you. Tapping into God’s resources personally by getting alone with Him is so important so that we are renewed daily in His strength instead of our failing strength. (Philippians 4:13)

Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.” ~Isaiah 40:28-29~

Younger Moms:

Be diligent in teaching your children about God and modeling Jesus before them.

Older Moms:

Take heart if not all of your children are following the Lord and keep praying for them and opportunities to be an influence and encouragement to the next generation.

What are you doing to be a generational influence and encouragement to your children? My thoughts are not exhaustive and I’d love to hear what you have to share!

Welcome to WholeHearted Wednesday Linkup #110!!

Back on July 8th, I shared about the importance of taking a blogging break. I thought it was so important to occasionally take a blogging break that I shared HOW to take a break HERE. If that weren’t enough, I shared about WHAT to DO on a blogging break HERE!!

I am on the kind of blogging break that keeps on blogging in auto-pilot!!

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Multi-Level Homeschooling: My Favorite Approaches

Multi-Level Homeschooling My Favorite Approaches {WholeHearted Home}

I homeschooled all seven of our children from start to finish and tried (what seemed like) all the methods out there at the time. I found what worked best for our family was a combination of several methods that were geared to multi-level homeschooling as there just wasn’t time in my day to teach 5 subjects to 7 different children (that’s 35 subjects!)

I don’t know what methods are available or popular now, I am just sharing what worked for us. Everyone has the ‘best’ curriculum and method and the new out-dates what was tried-and-true. Did you ever notice that?

What I am sharing can work no matter what curriculum you choose. All you have to do is adapt it to your family and style of teaching. For instance, if you like a third grade science book, you can read it aloud to a much younger child and they will enjoy and benefit from it.

Once you have been homeschooling for any length of time you will notice that grade-levels overlap and content repeats to the point of being annoying.

Once I was a seasoned homeschool teacher, I actually realized that a book didn’t necessarily have to be finished since the next year would start up with an incredible amount of review.

This is especially true when you homeschool-year-round and amnesia in your sweet children is minimized.

My Favorite Approaches

The first few years I homeschooled I tried to wade through Charlotte Mason’s wonderful original books on homeschooling. I would glean tidbits from her before falling asleep on the sofa, exhausted from a full day.

I was thrilled when Karen Andreola came out with the Charlotte Mason Companion. The Andreolas were the ones who discovered Charlotte Mason when they lived in England.

I was also influenced by Marilyn Howshall’s books on the Lifestyle of Learning. I am sure that you will find a flavor of these methods reflected in what I share as what I learned was grafted into my thoughts and methods of teaching our children.

Multi-Level Homeschooling is a Win-Win

For our homeschool, the mulit-level classroom was a win-win situation. I have the best memories of learning with my children during those years.

When you teach to the oldest child and include the younger child (or children), you are involving all of your children to a much greater degree. It is always so easy to loose the oldest or youngest child which only makes them bored or leads to trouble.

  • When I included my three year old, she no longer drew on the wall but on paper while I read out loud. I gave her an appropriate medium for her artistic bent.

  • Choosing several books on the same topic on differing levels captures the interest of varying ages of your children.

  • Activities are usually inclusive to multi-level homeschooling. What child doesn’t love a science experiment. Even when a couple of my children reached middle and high school, our younger children thoroughly enjoyed watching a frog dissection.

It was always amazing to see our younger children pick up concepts that I would have thought they were too young to comprehend. I remember walking through the woods with them talking about the ‘ecosystem’ – how cute is that?!

Each family is unique and there is rarely a one-size fits all; you must find a variation that works best for your particular situation.

In my next post, I will develop these concepts as I share more about Multi-Level Homeschooling.

If you homeschool, do you find multi-level homeschooling to be the easiest? What are your favorite approach?

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Preventive Maintenance in Marriage

Preventive Maintenance in Marriage {A Little R & R}My husband will repair the car before it totally breaks down and calls it ‘preventive maintenance.’

Too often we neglect the maintenance in our marriage and allow it to break down for lack of repair. What if we did a little preventive maintenance in marriage that will keep it greased and running smoothly?

Some couples have marriages that run along seemlessly without bumps or ruts in their journey. They are best friends and grow even more intimate as the years go by.

Most of us have to really work at our marriage. The problems faced by most couples are longer than life and getting along is just a dream.

It is easy to give up on your spouse but have you ever tried preventive meaintenance in your marriage? Follow me over to “A Little R & R” where I am guest posting today and see how you can give a little preventive boost in maintaining your marriage.

I’m HERE!!

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Living In The Light {1 John 1}

Living In The Light

Good Morning Girls!! 

We are in the book of 1 John and today I want to focus on 1 John 1 as it particularly spoke to my heart this week.

When the power suddenly goes off, I stumble around for a flashlight. We need light or we will easily trip and fall. It is dismal and depressing to live in a dark house and we tend to grope through the darkness to locate the power because living in the light illuminates our life.

Guided by the Holy Spirit, John penned the epistles of John as an old man looking back over his happy memories during the days he was with Jesus.

As we look at 1 John 1, lets make sure to illuminate every dark corner with the Light of Jesus and start fully ‘living in the Light.’

Entering into the Same Fellowship with Jesus

God wants us to enter into close fellowship with Him. The first way that we do this is to stay faithful in the Word of God each day.

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;” ~1 John 1:1~

No Impurity or Insincerity is Permissible

God wants us to offer Him a pure relationship with sincerity that overflows from our heart.

“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” ~1 John 1:3~

Unimpaired Walk with God Brings Joy

“And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” ~1 John 1:4~

Nothing should stop us from walking with God. Nothing.

We ought to have an unimpaired walk with God but ladies, that too often is just so far from true!!

If we are to have an unimpaired walk with God, we need to set our priorities straight. Instead of a steady diet of connections on social media first thing in the morning, intentionally set your heart and mind on God before breakfast and before the kids get up.

If you’ve been up all night and couldn’t get up before your kids, then read your Bible to them. Even a baby will often be calmed by your voice reading Scriptures.

When our walk with God is unimpaired we are ultimately blessed with JOY as we grow closer to Him.

Living In The Light With Jesus

Jesus is our source of power and He will light up the darkness we are surrounded with. When Jesus saves us, we are brought out of darkness and into the glorious light.

There are dark times in our Christian lives where we need a reminder to tap into the source of Power.

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” ~1 Peter 1:5-7~

Are you struggling? I have several areas in my life that I wish things had turned out differently. But they didn’t.

The good news is that you don’t have to struggle and neither do I!!

With your eyes fixed on Jesus, you can go forward, living in the light with Jesus.

Are you consistently walking in the light? You can slip when you’re not in the Light.

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Eight Reasons I Love Homeschooling {Blessed At Home}

I want to thank Meghan over at First Comes Love for contributing today for our Blessed At Home feature every Thursday here at WholeHearted Home. We are sharing about homeschooling during the month of September as we get back into our routines after a wonderful summer. I know you will be blessed by what Meghan shares.

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Isn’t it interesting to find an old list or journal entry and chuckle at your young, naïve self? I was browsing through old blog posts the other day and came across one from a couple of years ago about why my husband and I had decided to homeschool.

It turns out, though, that my only chuckling was about how our reasons still hold true today.

  1. Curriculum choices. The choices can be dizzying! But I like that because it means we all can find something that works for our particular circumstances.
  2. A positive social environment at home. The Mr. and I both had difficult social experiences as children in the public school system. In our home, there’s no bullying, snide remarks, or dissing.
  3. Schedule. In my husband’s position as college professor, his time off occurs only during the college breaks. Our local public school schedule and the Mr.’s schedule would never allow all of us to be off school at the same time except at Christmas. Homeschooling allows plenty of opportunity for family togetherness.
  4. Field trips. With homeschooling, we all go. Why should the school-age children have all the fun?
  5. Learning. My husband and I are learning addicts. As we homeschool, our love of learning is being transferred to our children.
  6. Interest-led learning. Since we choose the curriculum, each child can study what interests him, whether it be nutrition, clock-making, veterinary science, art, writing, computers.
  7. Time efficiency. When I was in school, I waited for the bus for five to ten minutes. I rode the bus for another thirty. I spent at least thirty minutes going to my locker and moving between classes. Nearly every class period I would finish my work early and then have to wait. (Maybe that’s why I love reading!) In our homeschool, there is no wasted time with transportation, walking the hallways, waiting for the teacher to explain the lesson again, waiting for the bell to ring.
  8. Cost efficiency. Homeschooling is cheaper. We re-use our curriculum, so once a child hits fourth grade, all we need to purchase are the consumable work-texts (the books in which they write). This costs about $50 per child. By staying at home, we avoid a lot of extra expenses in clothing, lunches, supplies, and transportation.

Homeschooling was a wonderful decision we made years ago, and we’ve never looked back.

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The Hurried Child + WholeHearted Wednesday Linkup #109

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The Hurried Child {WholeHearted Home}

There is a Hawaiian saying that I remember from when I lived on Oahu back in my teens. It was, “The more faster I go, the more behinder I get!!” We are rushing to teach our children even through homeschooling them – and the hurried child becomes the burned out child.

We can’t wait for our children to pass milestones from the time they are born. We post on Facebook or Instagram pictures depicting their new smile, latest tooth, and we rush ahead hurrying them to learn their letters and shapes.

Forgotten Books and Research

There used to be a plethora of books available that encouraged parents to delay teaching their children academics until they were ready. Books that shared how a child needs to experience life and explore nature first. It is much quicker for a child to learn to read and do math once their brain is ready.

Books gain popularity and quickly are replaced with other books, newer, younger authors. Why is it that we no longer value older writers and the tried and true? We constantly make the same mistakes over and over.

Slow Down, Don’t Hurry Your Child

A toddler doesn’t need to learn phonics and neither does a pre-schooler.

This is the time to spend teaching your child about Creation, giving them a strong foundation in Genesis and Old Testament Bible stories.

Slow down and take walks almost every day in parks, fields, along rivers and collecting in zip lock bags the treasures that they find.

Making a notebook in a 3-Ring Binder of their scribblings and ‘findings’ slipped into plastic protector sheets will give your child something to do while living slow.

The Hurried Child Becomes the Burned Out Child

When you hurry your child to activities (all good ones of course) from the time they are a toddler, you will eventually have a child that is stressed and possibly even burned out academically.

We start with play-dates from the time our child is a toddler and this turns into activity after activity. I am not saying these things are wrong. We need to guard our child’s time and limit their involvement. Family is much more important if we want to have our child’s heart in the long run.

Just as we rush around to activities, we rush to teach our children to read, often doing more damage than we realize when some children (often boys) are just not ready for academics yet.

So, take your time with your children and enjoy each day while they are young. Make your schoolroom the outdoors and spend lots of time cutting, gluing, and coloring which all prepare your child to read.

Are you rushing your child both academically and with too many involvements in activities? Do you agree or disagree?

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Welcome to WholeHearted Wednesday Linkup #109!!

Back on July 8th, I shared about the importance of taking a blogging break. I thought it was so important to occasionally take a blogging break that I shared HOW to take a break HERE. If that weren’t enough, I shared about WHAT to DO on a blogging break HERE!!

I am on the kind of blogging break that keeps on blogging in auto-pilot!!

Would you like to keep up with me? WholeHearted Home Happenings weekly newsletter will arrive in your inbox each week with a little note from me and a list of posts from the past week (or so.)

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How To Help a New Mother

How To Help a new MotherPutting Titus 2 to work by helping a new mother is a good thing for any woman to do whether younger or older. The way to become a godly woman is to start when you are young and perfect it by the time you are older.

If you are a mother, remembering back to the first hours and days after delivering your first sweet baby, you were tired and needed to recover from 9 months of pregnancy and labor. Meanwhile, you were finding that all that you had read about motherhood; had not completely prepared you for the reality of that tiny little bundle of joy and love.

It can be overwhelming in the middle of the blessing.

I have more to share about “How To Help a New Mother” but you will have to follow me over to ‘What Joy Is Mine’ where I am guest posting for Naomi today. 

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Living on the Next Level in the School of God

Living on the Next Level in the School of God {WholeHearted Home]

This week we finished up the book of Esther and have been reading 1 Peter 1-3 since Wednesday.

Life is like a school where we learn by our experiences.

Most of the time we get stuck on the same level of complacency, not paying much attention to whether we are growing closer to the challenges that God gives us to take life to the next level.

We are in the ‘school of God’ whether we are aware of it or not.

We should be living on the next level in the school of God, but too often we are stuck back in first grade!!

1. The Trial of Your Faith is More Precious than Gold

Are you struggling in your marriage, parenting, finances, patience, health, energy levels, emotions, or just simply struggling? What a comfort to read that the trial of your faith is more precious than gold in God’s eyes! That is just incredible to me!

“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” ~1 Peter 1:7~

Even when your faith is tried by fire, you are being refined in the school of God. If your mind and heart are engaged, you will be learning and growing. The whole purpose of the trials that we go through in life are so that praise, honor, and glory are given to God.

2. Girding Up, Sobering Up, and Hoping to the End = Grace

I love the word “girding” as it gives me a mental picture of tightening up my belt or rolling up my clothing so that I can get through the deep waters of life without getting too wet.

Life is serious business and what happens in this journey is often very sobering.

A fatal car accident, cancer, financial devastation, or just those little things that happen day-to-day can cause us to sober up and focus on Christ. At least, that ought to adjust our view.

“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;” ~ 1 Peter 1:13~

Troubles can weigh our minds down as we continually worry and fret. God wants us to gird up our minds. He wants us to hope until the end for GRACE. He wants to reveal Jesus Christ to us.

Just thinking on Jesus and grace will relieve so much of your pressures.

3. Talking Holy Because God is Holy

Living on the next level means that Every. Single. Word. that proceeds out of our mouth would be holy and honoring to God.

We are called to talk in a manner that reflects Jesus.

We are called to living holy lives on the next level. Are you finding yourself stuck in first grade?

God doesn’t want you there.

He wants you to be living on the next level.

You are in the school of God. What a wonderful place to be!

“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16. Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” ~1 Peter 1:15 & 16~
God is holy and He is calling you to be holy. You can be holy when you abide in Jesus moment by moment.

4. Love Fervently with a Pure Heart

“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart ferfently:” ~1 Peter 1:22~
Unfeigned: I love this word! It means to be genuine, sincere, real, wholehearted (just had to add that), true, honest, heartfelt, not a fake.
Sanctifying our life in the school of God is progressive as we start living on the next level.
For most of us, we don’t ‘arrive’ all at once when we get saved. If you have been saved, you made an about turn the day Jesus saved you, but there was still much that needed to be purged out of your life.
The Christian walk is a process of progressive sanctification. It all starts with purifying your soul as you obey the truth through the Holy Spirit.
When your soul is purified of all the gunk, it is much easier to love other believers fervently with an unfeigned heart.

5. Living on the Next Level with Jesus

1 Peter has so much more within its precious pages that will bring you to the next level in your school of God.
This journey is a lifestyle of holiness.

4 Steps to a Lifestyle of Holiness

Back to School!! {WholeHearted Home}
These four steps sums up living on the next level with Jesus in the school of God. When you pass your trials and tests maybe you can move to an even higher level.
  1. The trials of your faith is more precious than gold to God
  2. Girding Up, sobering Up, and hoping to the end = grace
  3. Talking holy because God is holy
  4. Love fervently with a pure heart

Has God taken you ‘back to school’ as with lessons you are learning in your ‘School of God?’ Are you stuck on the same level or moving to the next level?

You will be blessed to read what Courtney shares today over at Women Living Well: A Steady Diet of Beauty Magazines Will Starve Your Soul {1 Peter 3}

Photo Credit: By Stuart Miles, published on 26 September 2012
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Photo Credit #2: By stockimages, published on 28 April 2012
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