“Only an act of true love can thaw a frozen heart.” OLAF 

 

By Karissa Hagemeister, EIC 

Melting a Frozen Heart 

Hello Beautiful, 
To care for another person is a very simple but overly complicated thing. Caring for someone else can be a small gesture, like getting the mail for them, or making them a meal. Too often, we are wrapped up in our excessively busy lives that we are not able to put aside just a few minutes to care for or help someone else. Philippians 2:4 tells us, ” do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” That is a nice way of saying, the world is not all about you, care for those around you. You have been given a special responsibility to love and care for those that have been placed in your life. They are a gift. 
This is especially true when it comes to taking care of our family. “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1 Timothy 5:8 tells us that if we cannot even take the time to care for our own family, then we are worse off than an unbeliever. Why is that? Well, caring and loving go hand in hand. And God is love. So if we say that we are a believer, than the God of love is living inside of us. His love is to be shown through us to the world around us. The first place we should start is our family, the people we live with. If we cannot even love and care for them, then we are lying to ourselves, saying that the God of love lives within us. 
This is a scary thing to lie to yourself about. If you tell yourself that you are a believer, a follower, of Christ but truly you are not, you will go through this life wrongfully believing that you will go to Heaven when you die. When that time comes, you will find yourself in a much different place than you expected. 
You see, you cannot just wear the name “Believer,” “Christian,” or “Follower of Jesus.” Your life must reflect that to be true. Matthew 7:16, Jesus says, ” You will know them (the true believers) by their fruit.” The fruits that Jesus is referring to are found in Galatians 5:22-23 “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control.” 
Caring is not listed in the fruits above but the definition of caring is to show kindness and concern for others. That falls into several of those categories. 
If we are too busy to care for others, if we are not producing the fruits of the spirit in our life, the consequences will be great. Proverbs 21:13 says, “He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be answered.” That could mean that your cry will not be answered on earth, or once you leave this earth. 
Those that are true followers of Christ have a heart that cares for others because they have allowed Christ to melt the hardness brought on by the world’s trouble. With a soft, gentle heart they reach the world around them because they care for others, and they use the fruits of the spirit to do us. 
I challenge you to examine your life, your heart and check for signs of caring or not caring. Where do you tend to lean more to? Take some time with Jesus and ask him to melt your heart so that you can be more like him to this hurting world. 
#BringBeautifulBack
 
XOXO, 
Karissa Hagemeister 
May 17, 2019

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Egg Bites Recipe

Ingredients:

6 raw eggs

1 cup of shredded cheese (your choice)

1 Tablespoon of Olive oil

Optional:

1 cup of fresh, chopped spinach

½ cup of chopped, raw onions

½ cup of cooked, chopped bacon

½ cup of raw, chopped peppers

Spices to taste: salt, pepper, garlic


Directions:

  1. Spread the olive oil evenly throughout a cupcake pan.
  2. Mix the raw eggs, cheese, optional ingredients and spices together in a mixing bowl.
  3. Distribute the mixture evenly in the cupcake pan.
  4. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until the tops get a golden brown tint to them. Check by poking or wiggling one to see if there is much jiggle to it. If it bounces a little, it is fine.
  5. Let it sit for about 2 minutes and enjoy.

Makes about 9 egg bites.

 

Below is a link to our youtube video on how to make these tasty treats. 

 

 

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  • WWJD? Be Dauntless by Arman Irani, EIC

WWJD??

BE DAUNTLESS

When you picture a Dauntless man, maybe you picture a man that is strong and has big gains from the gym. Maybe you picture a biker dude with a long beard and tats all over his body. How often would you picture Jesus Christ, the Son of God? He is our perfect example of how we are to live out our lives. When he walked this earth, he instructed those that were to become his disciples to “Follow Me.” (As seen in Matthew 4:19). That was not so that he could look cool with a posse of people following him around. He was showing them how they were to live dauntless lives here on earth.

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:12-14).  That is a cool way to go out if you ask me and what a caring friend/father “you may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it”. I know sometimes when I am just asking friends for help with things and I get 101 excuses back as why they can’t, but believing in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, following his laws, and loving others allows him to work great things for us… how awesome!

Jesus shared this with his twelve disciples as he was preparing them for his death and resurrection. He directed them and directs us still today that we are to do the works he did and even greater than he did. Jesus was the most Dauntless man to ever walk this planet (and most Dauntless in Heaven too). This is why he is to be our example. Jesus knew that he was being sent to earth to take on the sins of man. He did not try to run or hide from this purpose. He did not use his godly powers to destroy all those that were offering him up to be crucified, although he easily could have. He endured beatings to almost the point of death. He allowed them to shove thorns around his head, while they mocked him. He dies on the cross, having never sinned but bearing the weight of all my sins, your sins and the sins of the world.

He endured the excruciating pain, torture and embarrassment because he loves us. Because he cares for us. That was the main point of his whole life, his whole message while he was on this earth. Love. He cares for us all.

In return, as followers of Christ, we are called to care for all others too. That means Christians, non-Christians, homeless, hurting, sick, dieing … everyone. Dauntless is not just about being a tough guy, it is not about looking down on others. It is about caring for all others and loving as Jesus did. That statement, “What Would Jesus Do?” should be our life motto, always looking to our Dauntless leader for direction. You may have considered “caring” to be soft or weak,  according to worldly standards of what it is to be a man… but remember “the meek will inherit the earth” your life should be lived to please our Abba (Father), to love one another, and share the good news of the gospel with others. Jesus has given us many gifts to care for the hurting people of this world, use them. Use your talents for good & remember caring for another person doesn’t make you weak it makes you strong and shows a true quality of being a man which is a kind heart.

 

May 8, 2019, Wednesday

 

I CARE by Karissa Hagemeister, EIC & Author.”


 

  • She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” Proverbs 31:27-28

PROVERBS 31 SERIES CONTINUED 5


CARING

The modern day Proverbs 31 woman is a woman that cares for herself, her family and for others. The two verses that we are focusing on this month are verses 27 and 28:

Proverbs 31:27-28 NIV

She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.”

This first verse (verse 27) has a dual meaning in both sections of it. The first section, “She watches over the affairs of her household,” has the literal meaning of the Proverbs 31 woman paying attention to all of the goings on in her own home. She is aware of how everyone is behaving in school, she knows how well her family is doing financially, she knows the names of her workers and knows what they are dealing with.

From the next section of this verse and the ones to follow, we can imply that not only does she know, she is aware, but she also cares for the needs of the household.

  • “Her children arise and call her blessed,” this shows us that she is caring for the needs of her children. She takes care of them, their well-being, and she raises them to be respectful of her as their mother. They are thankful and bless her in return. She teaches her children and trains them up in the way that they are to live as respectable adults: able to communicate, work hard and make a living with their own hands, and to care for others. Part of caring for your kids is training them right from wrong and teaching them in life. The Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” I do not see a lot of training going on anymore. I see parents handing their babies iPads and iPhones and letting their brains become mush before they have even fully developed. The two youngest generations on this earth right now are running like a chicken with their heads cut off, following what celebrities do and what YouTube stars do. Why? Because their parents are not taking the time to care for them and train them in the way to go.
  • “Her husband also, and he praises her,” HE PRAISES HER!! Ladies! How many of you are tired of your husband not doing what he is asked or not helping you out? Does he even praise you?? Maybe, just maybe, you are not caring for him. As a wife, it is our duty to care for our husbands in all the ways that they need it. We are not to stop this once we have children. We are not to care for them until we marry them and then stop. Man and wife are to be a team. That is the way that God designed it. Each family unit is going to operate differently. As a team, you and your husband should work together to find out how best to work together to meet each others needs. I can guarantee you that if you are not meeting his needs, caring for him, he is going to go somewhere else to get his needs cared for. Play your role in the team and care for each other, and you will get that lovely, oh so sweet praise from your man (instead of him giving it to some homewrecker).

The second part of that first verse says, she “does not eat the bread of idleness.” Once again there are two meanings to this verse:

  • The first is, the modern day Proverbs 31 woman is not lazy. We have discussed this in almost every part of our Proverbs 31 study. She does not sit idly by wasting her time, or her life. As I have mentioned in previous stories, each person on this earth was given a purpose. We are not doing ourselves or others any good by sitting around, watching TV, or gossiping with other ladies.
  • Gossiping brings me to my next point. Idle chatter, or spreading gossip is not an act of a Proverbs 31 woman or a caring woman for that matter. Gossiping or listening to gossipers only leads to destruction for yourself and all the other parties involved. Protect your own reputation and that of others be refraining from and disassociating with those given to idleness and gossiping.

We have made t-shirts that say “I CARE” loud, bold and proud for you this month. Wear them as a reminder to care for others, spread the message of caring, and to let others know that you do care. There is not enough caring people anymore. I even find myself saying often, “I don’t care.” Well, even I need to care a little more. Take the initiative to start the change reaction of caring for others. Watch how you caring for someone will inspire them to care for someone else. It is a beautiful thing to see caring hearts spread throughout your community.

May 8, 2019, Wednesday

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