At Home with the Hymns

🎼 I’ll always love the old hymns! I’m so happy that we still sing them at HBCIndy, my church, handing them down from generation to generation. The lyrics of the great hymns are rich and profound, straight and true and full of doctrine. Many were written from the deepest depths of trial and tribulation or at the tip top height of triumph. The words soothe my soul time and time again whether at the stove or my writing desk, in the laundry room or pushing my vacuum, rocking a child or in the pew. 🎶 I’ve often propped the hymn book right there next to the stove on the stand meant to hold my cookbook so I can sing all the verses while I’m chopping and stirring. The power of worship in the everyday mundane is transforming and beautiful.

Growing in grace,
Melissa Scott

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Becoming: attractively suitable, fitting, appropriate, good, lovely, right, modest

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We, who are women professing godliness, are a reflection of our beautiful Christ Who gave Himself for us. We are His. He is ours. We are bought with a price. What? Know ye not that your body is a temple?!

{See…Song of Solomon 2:16; First Timothy 2:9-10; First Corinthians 6:19-20}

“The way we dress IS a reflection of our heart. The way we dress can reflect wordliness or godliness.” ~Courtney @Women Living Well

Modesty is a timeless issue. It has been an issue from the beginning of time and it will be an increasingly important issue for followers of Jesus Christ until He returns. Today at Women Growing in Grace I am speaking a little bit about godly womanhood, our pure hearts and our appearance, offering practical advice that is a help in our own family. Modesty begins with a pure heart that wholly belongs to Jesus Christ. So, the first thing you and I can do is examine our hearts with a regular heart-check. Let’s ask ourselves some questions.

~Do I make excuses like these for how I dress?
….”I can wear what I want. It’s my business.”
…”They shouldn’t be looking anyway.”
…”I’m not a stumbling block. If they can’t handle it that’s their problem, not mine.”
…”This is what’s ‘in’.”
…”This is all you can find in the stores. I can’t find modest clothes that fit me.”

~Am I humbly walking with God or am I filled with pride?
~Do I want to be foolish or wise?
~Do I care most what pleases God or what pleases the flesh?
~Do I want others to notice my spirituality or my sexuality?
~Am I selfish and provocative in how I dress and conduct myself or am I careful to be discerning and pure in how I think and act? (Titus 2:3-5)

Maybe you’re not sure if you, in any way, ever dress or act immodestly. You can ask your husband, fiancee, or guy friends; ask your father, your uncle, or a trusted Christian man in your life. They often can tell you better than anyone. Or ask your mom, your grandma, your aunt, a Sunday School teacher, a mentor or your Christian girlfriends. And you can pray! God wants us to pray about everything! He wants to bless us!

I know it can be a huge challenge to go shopping and find appropriate clothes. Not only is it a task for myself, but we also have 8 daughters, currently between the ages of 7 and 15, to provide clothing for! One frustrating example is, the necklines are usually so low that we need a camisole or tank top under just. about. every. single. top. available. And even then, we still have to make sure the tank top is going to cover us up! It means we have to be persistent and creative sometimes, but, remember prayer works! God hears humble hearts who want to please Him! He is eager to help!

It can be easy for us to miss some things when we choose clothes. Here are some bold questions we can ask ourselves as we try on clothes…

~Am I showing any part of my breasts? Am I showing any cleavage?
~Could someone taller than me see down my top? When I lean over is this top going to keep me covered?
~Is this top see-through? Could I use some extra coverage like a camisole, or tank top?
~Is this top tight? Is it stretched so tight that it is pulling on the sides &/or the front?
~Is this blouse hard to button? Are the buttons pulling? Is the front gaping open in between the buttons?
~Are my bra straps or is my bra showing?
~Is this shirt so short that I’ll have to keep pulling it down to keep my waist covered?
~Is this top so low that I’ll need to constantly be pulling it up in the front to stay modest?
~Are these low rise pants going to show my back or bottom as I walk, or when I bend over? Ick!
~Do I need to wear a flowy tunic top or cute dress over these skinny jeans or leggings?
~Do these shorts come below the tips of my fingers when I stand up straight?
~Is this skirt or dress knee length? Does it cover my thighs all around, front and back? (Or you may even prefer that your knees not show at all.)

Dressing and behaving modestly protects our godly testimony and our fellowship with the Lord. A pure heart with modesty can protect our own marriage and even the relationships of others. Modesty shows our reverence for God, our regard for the souls and minds of men, single or married, younger and older and our desire to be a godly influence on the women and girls around us. Where possible, we want to build each other up spiritually. It is true that some people are going to choose evil regardless of our testimony, but my point is that we can always do our best to please The Lord, to be right with Him.

A godly woman can definitely dress nicely and modestly and at the same time look stunning and elegant. We CAN dress modestly and still be stylish, cute and pretty. It is worth the time it takes to make godly choices! God WILL bless our efforts! He will bless our pure, humble hearts!

What are some things that have helped you in your endeavor to be modest?

Growing in grace,
Melissa L. Scott

*Some passages for further study:
Proverbs 31
Psalm 19:8
Psalm 24:3-5
Psalm 119:9
Proverbs 29:23
Proverbs 30:12
Micah 6:8
Deuteronomy 6:5
Deuteronomy 7:6; 14:2
Matt 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27
Galatians 5:22-26
Philippians 4:4-9
James 4:6-10
1 Timothy 4:12
11 Timothy 2:22
1 Peter 1:13-25
Titus 2:11-15
11 Chronicles 7:14-22

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Once ~ Christ Bore the Sins of Many

Aren’t you over~joyed that Christ freely sacrificed His own precious blood to bear the sins of many?! And because His sacrificial offering was a once in a lifetime occurence that lasts through all eternity our sins are fully atoned.

Nothing else is needed to cleanse sin. Nothing else could ever do what His spotless, blemishless blood has already done. No other work can finish what Christ has already finished Himself. We can trust fully in the complete work of Jesus Christ to cleanse us from all sin for all time. Jesus’ blood was and is and forever will be enough. Christ the Saviour’s one time sacrifice was and is complete, so complete that His shed Blood has enough power to cleanse all sin for all time.

Scipture says Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. His one sacrifice of Himself was sufficient to put away sin. By His own blood He entered once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (from Hebrews 9)

Once we receive His free gift of salvation He will not need to offer His own blood again. Even though we have trusted in His blood to cleanse us we will sin in this life, in this body of flesh. God has provided for this. He knew it would happen so He made a plan. (I John 1:7-2:2) The blood of Christ would still forever be enough to wash away all sin.

When we sin, no matter how often, no matter how horribly or how lightly, Christ does not have to be crucified again…therefore once we have trusted in Jesus’ blood to save us we cannot let go of our own salvation, we cannot give it back, we are unable to give it up, set it aside nor does God remove salvation from us when we have been bad.

If it were up to us to keep our own salvation, how much sin or what particular sin has enough power over the spotless, precious blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God? I did not save myself and I cannot keep myself. That would be self-reliance. And that is pride.

Praise God! Nothing I have done or ever do could save me! Nothing I do keeps me! Praise Jesus, I don’t possess any power, apart from the Spirit of God Himself living in me, to walk in the Spirit, or to stay away from sin! Anything right and good in me is ALL HIM! May I never, EVER boast in ANYthing but the blood of Jesus Christ alone! HIS power and HIS grace is enough! Our only part is to say, “Yes!”.

Read Hebrews chapter 9. Read the books of John, Romans, and Ephesians! Learn the plain, simple, Glorious Truth of what Jesus did, what HE finished for you and me, for whosoever will! God’s Word manifests to us Who He is, but not only Who He is , but we also learn through His Word who we are…past, present, and future! Look into The Holy Scriptures to see God, to see His Son, His Holy Spirit, to see others and to see yourself. The Holy Bible is the only place to find and see Truth.

Thank You, Jesus, for the rest and assurance that your salvation gives to me. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit alive in me…Who never leaves me helpless or powerless; Who never leaves me to myself; Who never allows me to sin, even a speck, without repercussion; Who inspires me to love; Who empowers me to do good; Who stirs up in me deep gratitude for the precious grace I have received! His grace alone is enough to inspire me to pursue godly living, just because I love HIM. I love Him. I trust in Him fully, securely…HE is all I need.

Is He all you need? Do you fully rely on Jesus? Have you placed all your faith in the one time blood sacrifice of The Saviour, Jesus Christ? Do you know that you are saved by His grace? Do you know that Jesus is enough?

Growing in grace, Melissa

*For digging deeper I recommend reading…

Hebrews (chapter 9 sparked this post)
John
Romans
Ephesians

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~Are you looking for a home church that stands alone on the Word of God and is making a difference in their community, where men, women, children, teens, and families are growing in grace!?!

~Ladies, would you be blessed to meet together on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights with a group of praying women who thrive on studying God’s Word and encouraging each other!?!

Well then, if you live in the Indianapolis area or are ever passing through, I want to personally invite you to join us at Hope Baptist Church! Find us on the web @ http://www.hbcindy.com/.

Better is One Day in Your Courts

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Before Going To Church-Charles Bertrand D’Entraygues (1851 – 1914, French)

Sunday School! Sunday School!

It’s time to get ready for Sunday School…

set your clocks for the time change,

set your wake up alarm,

set out your clothes, and the kids’ outfits, too,

set out your Bible(s),

gas up your car,

pray for, invite & offer to bring your friend(s),

pray for the Lord’s peace to get you up & out the door,

pray for your Pastor(s) & teachers,

pray for pastors & missionaries worldwide,

pray for the lost & downtrodden to see Jesus!

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 10:25

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My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth
for the courts of the Lord:
my heart and my flesh crieth out
for the living God.
~Psalm 84:2

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For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand.
I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God,
than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
~Psalm 84:10

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Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name:
bring an offering, and come into his courts.
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness:
fear before him, all the earth.
~Psalm 96:8-9

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Ok, talk to you later, the Happy Scott Family has a “million” things to do today! 🙂 Lol!
*Hope you have a blessed LORD’s Day!

Love, Melissa….who is slowly growing in grace

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C.H. Spurgeon ~ A Message in Hebrews

Ladies,

I just had to pass on to you the link for Charles Spurgeon’s message on the first few verses of Hebrews chapter 1. I hope you will read it. He does a marvelous job breaking down the first few verses describing Who Jesus is, what Jesus did and what Jesus enjoys now. Reading commentaries and messages on Hebrews can be helpful resources and study aids as we keep notes and journals in our Bible study notebook.

Enjoy!

Growing in grace,
Melissa

I John 5

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Growing in Grace Bible Class,

We are slowly nearing the end of our S.O.A.P. study of First John. The “slowly” part is very good. We have enjoyed taking our good ole’ sweet time. We are in Week 11, but have been lengthening it over several weeks by taking at least a week to go through one day of study as outlined in our workbook. Does that make sense?

Last Sunday we discussed our study of I John 5:13-15. Tomorrow morning, November 4, we plan to dive into our personal notes on Chapter 5:16-17.

For me, I think I could not have come very far in my personal study of verses 16-17 without the assistance and wisdom of Matthew Henry. 🙂 I’m thankful for such Bible scholars whose works have been published to be passed down from generation to generation.

We invite you ladies who live in the Central Indiana area to join us in our GIG Womens’ Bible study class at HBC!
We are a close group. The ladies in this class are warm, friendly, and genuinely care about each other and others! You will be warmly welcomed!

Growing in grace,
Melissa

II Corinthians 9:8

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