Happy Birthday Bronte!!

Tomorrow (May 3rd) is Bronte’s 16th birthday! There are 6 people that have graciously written Bronte encouraging words as she enters this milestone age. You will get just a small glimpse of God’s grace that radiates in her.

Dear Bronte- Happy birthday!! It is so exciting to see you turn 16…it is a great age! The reason why is not only because you are older but, because each year brings more growth in godliness and I cannot wait to continue to see this happen in your life! You are a HUGE example to me with your gentle and quiet spirit, your love for the Lord, your kindness to others, your heart to serve others, and countless other ways. God has used you when I fail and struggle and you encourage me with truth from the word. I could not ask for a better friend and dear sister in Christ. I love you very much! Grace and Peace to you!

Love, Becca (B 🙂

Happy Birthday Bronte! You are such a wonderful Godly young woman and I have been blessed as I have been getting to know you so much over the years! Thanks for your friendship and prayers! Love you!

~Lily Fluharty

Bronte, You are one of the most mature and godly girls I know. I love talking to you, because you’re willing to talk about things that really matter. Thanks for putting up with me for all these years! I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

-Stephanie Alderton (The Gatekeeper)

Happy Birthday Bronte!!! You are such a great friend and your always encouraging people in the Lord! THanks for being a great Godly influence! Love you!

-Jessa

Bronte it has been a joy to be your brother these past years, and now you’re 16!!! I can hardly believe it! Though sometimes it’s been rough at the end of the day you are great to be around, you are a great sister, and I cannot imagine life without you.

-Thaxton (Bronte’s brother)

Bronte–  I have known you for a long time now…about ten years I would guess and it has been a joy to watch you grow from a little girl into the young woman that you are now.  I have watched you play Pretty Pretty Princess with Mr. Whipple when we babysat you to watching you play games with my kids as you babysit them.  When I leave my children with you I know and trust that they are on very capable and loving hands, thank-you.  There are too many ways to count the ways you have serves and blessed me and my family but none the less I want to thank-you!!!!
You have grown and matured into a beautiful young woman and I love having you as a role model for my girls.
Turning 16 is a big deal…you are on the cusp of two eras…leaving childhood and entering womanhood… it’s a truly beautiful time.. make sure to stop and enjoy it over the next year.
May God grant you grace and wisdom as you mature showering His blessings upon you while causing His face to shine on you.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR BRONTE!!!
You are indeed a gift of God and an evidence of His unending grace!

blessings– Mrs. Whipple

Dear Bronte,
Happy Birthday! You are a beautiful Godly young woman. I am so blessed to have a friend like you! I really admire your walk with the Lord and you are such a wonderful example! The last part of this verse reminds me of you.  “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.”  You shine with the love of Jesus every day! You are a beautiful woman, inside and out! Have a fantastic birthday!! Love you!


Your sister in Christ,
Lindsey


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I Once Was Dead, But Now I’m ALIVE!!!

And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

-Colossians 1:21-23 (ESV)

I have grown up in a Christian home all of my life. I have known who Jesus was for as long as I can remember. At age four, I prayed to receive Christ into my life. I understood that Jesus died but, I didn’t really understand why I needed a Savior because I was blinded to my sin.

My parents had no reason to doubt that I was a Christian because I knew the answers to simple biblical questions, yet I didn’t believe what I preached to those around me.

Sinful patterns of rebellion where beginning to be planted into my heart during the very early teen years. I did not show it outwardly because I didn’t what people to think badly of me. In my heart I rejected God. I had no desire at all to attend church and would even volunteer to do nursery very often to skip the sermon. I was sinning and being content to live in my sin.

At age 13 (2005), God was beginning to draw my heart, yet I was not ready to follow Him. In early 2006, my eyes were slowly being opened to my sin. I didn’t talk to my parents about it because of my sin and my pride! I did whisper a prayer to God to change my life. Little did I know that I was in for a shock.

During this time God was working drastically in my parents. My Dad was feeling God calling Him to leave his 13 year job as a pastor in Iowa and be evaluated to become a pastor under Sovereign Grace. We as kids were somewhat aware of this and the possibility. On May 6th 2006 when my parents shared that we were moving to Minnesota, we were all in shock.

God continued to work in my life and in the life of our family during our last 4 months in Iowa. On September 3rd 2006, we headed up to Bloomington , Minnesota to move the first truck full of things into our new house. That Sunday was my first week visiting what would be our new church. I was amazed by how everyone cared for our family. That next weekend, we moved the rest of the stuff up. During our first months, we were blessed with gifts, prayers, meals, and God’s grace was very evident and continues to be!

God used the kindness of of our church, the faith of my parents, the passionate worshipping at church, and the convicting sermons to finally draw me to my knees in Fall of 2006. I was broken over my sin and finally was open to my need for a Savior.

That Savior is Jesus Christ. Even when I was against God he chose me and drew me close to Him. We as sinners are under the JUST wrath of God, but He sent Jesus to die for our sins in our place. We also get Jesus’ righteousness! So when God looks at us, He sees Jesus’ perfection! We will always struggle with our sin but, God has conqered it and it no longer has any hold on us. We are FORGIVEN! Praise God! If you trust in Jesus’ work on the cross and that it is enough to save you from your sin, you can be forgiven! As Christians we await Heaven!

God has worked in my life in so many ways. I have the grace I need to get through the day. God has convicted me of a particular sin that I struggle with and with His grace, and accountibility, I am being healed! This work is by God’s grace alone and without Him I would still be dead and blinded to sin!

My Dad is now a pastor at our church! I can’t express how thankful I am for God’s great faithfulness to us. Even though we often don’t trust Him, he is faithful and does everything for our good!

So remember that when Jesus was born, it was not a small thing! He has purchased our salvation and that is something to be joyful about this Christmas season!

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—

– Ephesians 2:1-5 (ESV)