Saturday, March 05, 2005

The Carnival of Beauty What is the Carnival of Beauty? Each week women from around the world write on a specially selected topic allowing them to reflect on the beauty of Christ in the world around us. The Carnival of Beauty was started by Sallie near the end of 2005. For over a year she sponsored the Carnival of Beauty which is hosted by a different Christian woman each week. In the spring of 2007, Sallie passed on the sponsorship of the Carnival of Beauty to me here at following an unknown path. Please join us as we seek to glorify Christ in our writing! What is the purpose of the Carnival of Beauty? 1. Encourage women by reflecting the beauty of Christ in our writing. 2. Meet women online who cherish the beauty of Christ that we might not have met otherwise. Who can participate? Any Christian woman can participate as long as she falls under these guidelines: Is in personal agreement with the following statement: I believe in the Godhead of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit as revealed in the Holy Bible. I believe that Jesus Christ is the only Son of God and my only means for the forgiveness of my sins and my salvation. My salvation is found in no one but Jesus Christ. Is not a Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness, or Seventh Day Adventist. Does not promote the emergent conversation/movement on her blog. Does not promote theological distinctives in her Carnival post so as to refrain from controversial debate. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ What do we write about? Past Carnivals (2005-2006) 2007 January 3: The Beauty of A New Year January 10: The Beauty of Christ January 17: The Beauty of Bread January 24: The Beauty of Mary and Martha January 31: The Beauty of Chariots of Fire February 7: The Beauty of Creativity February 14: The Beauty of Innocence February 21: The Beauty of Isaiah February 28: The Beauty of Red March 7: The Beauty of Saul/Paul March 14: The Beauty of Fragrance March 21: The Beauty of Photographs March 28: The Beauty of Being Made in the Image of God April 4: The Beauty of the Resurrection April 11: The Beauty of Femininity April 18: The Beauty of God’s Provision April 25: The Beauty of Patience May 2: The Beauty of Flowers May 9: The Beauty of the Holy Spirit May 16: The Beauty of Sunshine May 23: The Beauty of Sacrifice May 30: The Beauty of Esther June 6: The Beauty of Strong Men June 13: The Beauty of Truth June 20: The Beauty of Babies June 27: The Beauty of Humility July 6: The Beauty of . . . July 13: The Beauty of Summer July 20: The Beauty of Grace July 27: The Beauty of Play August 3: The Beauty of (free) August 10: The Beauty of The Lord's Day August 17: The Beauty of Prayer (a dusty frame) August 24: The Beauty of Change (Ashley @ August 31:The Beauty of...
my story When I was seven, I told my mother she could no longer love me. I told her I was a bad girl and that I was too bad to be loved again. Together, my mom and dad, took this opportunity to tell me of God's redeeming sacrifice through Jesus Christ. I then trusted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. My dad baptized me on Feb 1, 1986; ten years to the day after he was baptized. I have since sought to know and make known my incredible living God. The summer after my 15th birthday, I recommitted my life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ at a summer camp. At the time I believed that meant I was to enter career ministry. Surrendering to a career in ministry was not easy because I am a pastor's daughter and I know how draining and difficult being in the ministry can be. Nonetheless, after I made the decision, I began to think about my future. At the time, I thought that my career in ministry would be with apartment ministry and apartment churches in an urban area in America. I spent a summer ministering in inner-city Houston in 1995. Then in college, I spent two years ministering in downtown Dallas with an after-school program and an apartment church. I didn't want to be in "churchy" ministry. I longed to meet people's practical and felt needs in order to meet their real need. However, in 1997 a month long trip to Taiwan through my university changed everything. Although I experienced immense culture shock, I began to fall in love with the Taiwanese. I returned to the States and became active in making relationships with international students. Again, I was devoted to meeting practical and felt needs in order to meet their real need. However, this time instead of loafs of bread and after-school tutoring, I offered friendship and help with academic essays. I then spent my senior year in college as an exchange student in Taiwan. I loved it. When returning to finish my last semester of college, I struggled with how to return to Asia to live and serve my Lord and pay off my school loans as well. After much prayer and consultation with people I trusted, I decided to attend graduate school and work on my master's degree in teaching English as a foreign language. Now, I have graduated from UT Austin and live in Taiwan. I again hope to meet people's practical and felt needs in order to have the opportunity to meet their real need, which is why I am using the English language as a ministry tool. I serve an incredible God who has shaped my hopes, dreams, and experiences to give me joy and bring Him glory. What a wonderful combination!! Praise Him!! (See more on why I want to live in Taiwan.) (To read many more testimonies see the bloggy tour over at Lauren's blog.)

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