My husband and I are friends with another couple. Recently, we noticed that they were dressing much more conservatively than before. The women (wife and 2 girls; one teenager and one pre-teen, I think) are now wearing head coverings and long dresses and the men (husband and teenage boy) are wearing pants, rather than shorts, and beards (if possible) J. My husband and I, being curious like most people and also being pastors, wondered what their thinking was behind the recent change.

Yesterday, we got to talk to the wife of the family. (I’m not naming them for their privacy. I don’t know if they would mind or not, so it’s better to stay safe.) She enlightened us. She told us that she had actually wanted to wear a head covering since they had returned from living overseas. But because of the situation they were in they decided that it would be wiser not to. I won’t go into the reasoning behind that, but in their case I agree with their decision. However, she told us that she had been wearing a large hair clip to signify a head covering and still be discreet. They said that when they came back from overseas, they were shocked at what people were wearing (or not wearing). They wanted to keep themselves holy. They have also stopped eating pork. They said that this was because while they don’t see anything wrong with eating pork, not eating pork was a good reminder to them to stay holy and clean. This is the case with the change in appearance, too. They are more careful of what they do and read and say because more people are watching them. (more…)

I just found out my grandma died this morning. It makes me very sad. I wasn’t really close to her, but I wish I had been closer. I should have prayed for her more. I don’t think she was saved. That’s what just devastates me. If she had been saved I would only be sad for my family and I’s loss. I would be happy for her gain. I wish I knew she had asked

Jesus into her heart at the last minute. And I knew I should call her the other day and I didn’t. Which makes me cry. Maybe I could have led her to the Lord! Maybe I missed my only opportunity.

God, if this is so, please forgive me. And please be with my aunt and uncles through this difficult time. Especially my aunt who will be lost without anyone to care for and no job. Please bring someone to her to help her through this and please help me to be a witness to my family somehow. Help me to listen better and do what you ask. Help me to know what I can do now that will comfort my aunt and uncles. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Grandma with Children

Please pray with me for my family. Thanks.

Thanks to my Aunt Christine Baker for the beautiful photos she had previously posted on the internet. The first picture is of my grandma as a child with her baby sister, Arline. (My grandma as a child.) Picture two is of my grandma, grandpa, Uncle Richard and Aunt Christine. (My grandma with children.) The third picture is my grandparents. (My grandma with grandchildren.)

Grandma with grandkids

Update: My mom seems to feel assurance from God that grandma is alright. My aunt, too believes my grandma was spiritual but only privately. I feel I must trust God. No matter what, I can’t do anything now. I know God is just and if she truly believed that God was Lord, even if she didn’t say so to anyone else, He will know.

I just found out my grandma died this morning. It makes me very sad. I wasn’t really close to her, but I wish I had been closer. I should have prayed for her more. I don’t think she was saved. That’s what just devastates me. If she had been saved I would only be sad for my family and I’s loss. I would be happy for her gain. I wish I knew she had asked

Jesus into her heart at the last minute. And I knew I should call her the other day and I didn’t. Which makes me cry. Maybe I could have led her to the Lord! Maybe I missed my only opportunity.

God, if this is so, please forgive me. And please be with my aunt and uncles through this difficult time. Especially my aunt who will be lost without anyone to care for and no job. Please bring someone to her to help her through this and please help me to be a witness to my family somehow. Help me to listen better and do what you ask. Help me to know what I can do now that will comfort my aunt and uncles. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Grandma with Children

Please pray with me for my family. Thanks.

Thanks to my Aunt Christine Baker for the beautiful photos she had previously posted on the internet. The first picture is of my grandma as a child with her baby sister, Arline. (My grandma as a child.) Picture two is of my grandma, grandpa, Uncle Richard and Aunt Christine. (My grandma with children.) The third picture is my grandparents. (My grandma with grandchildren.)

Grandma with grandkids

Update: My mom seems to feel assurance from God that grandma is alright. My aunt, too believes my grandma was spiritual but only privately. I feel I must trust God. No matter what, I can’t do anything now. I know God is just and if she truly believed that God was Lord, even if she didn’t say so to anyone else, He will know.