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Thanks for taking the time to stop by and visit our family blog.
This blog was originally created to post updates on our newborn daughter, which was 4 years ago. God has started using this blog as a ministry and outreach plus a way to record the journey that God is allowing our family to live.
To Our Lord, may He get the Glory and Honor!

Blessings from Shandee

Update: We have been led to further sharing our online journey with posts from the entire family. What started out as a simple blogging journey from a Mother & Wife's perspective has blossomed into a family journey. We now welcome you to The Childress Family Blog.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Her Sweet Smile


She's had this darling smile since the day she was born, it's like she is saying: Thanks for giving me life!


Saturday, July 11, 2009

She is...

A fresh breath from Heaven...

A new best friend to go with my others...

Joy to our family...

Pleasant...

Cute!...

The best gift we could have EVER given her sisters...



A sweet new princess to her Daddy...

Becoming one of the girls as she is learning to turn her head to watch them play and anticipate the moments she can run with them...

Sleeping right now...

Soft and cuddly...

Growing too fast, so fast my heart is already missing her newborn days...

A true gift to our family...

... Our Naomi

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Sharing a Very Important Letter to Godly-Women

Wow, what an inspiring letter I came across this week. After our last church visit last week, my heart became troubled and very disappointed and disturbed with what examples I saw of Godly women and how they were dressed, even at church. I left feeling disturbed that day.

This letter that God led me to inspired me and challenged me as a woman of God of how I must present myself to the world. It's very sensitive so be prepared as you read.

My prayer: Dear Lord, Let every eye that reads this post be transformed by your grace through it. Let every man and woman be challenged by it as our heart's desire is to live for you and honor you in it all with our actions and even the way we dress. Let our eyes be on you Lord! Thank for your mercy every day and help us to be more like You, Lord! Amen.

Blessings,
Shandee

A Godly Man Comments on Modesty

By: Anonymous

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The following is a heart-felt letter written by a godly single young man to his sisters in Christ. In it he shares his struggle with immodestly dressed women in church. Eye-opening for sure.

Dear Sisters in Christ,

I’m 34 years old and single. Up until I was 26, I shamelessly indulged in lust while I outwardly paraded myself around as an upstanding Christian man. But today, because of the blood of Jesus and deep repentance, I am able to say that I am no longer that man. And the work of God’s grace has not only taught me to deny the ungodliness of lustful thoughts, but to go one step further and truly seek to honor you as sisters in my thoughts.

I wish I could write to you and tell you I am able to walk into church without any fear of encountering the temptation to lust anymore; but I can’t. In fact, to be honest, in the past 8 years I’ve even decided not to go to church on more than one occasion because I knew I was too weak to face some of the women there.

As I type I can still remember a few times when I actually had to turn around and get on my knees during some of the worship services because I didn’t want to be more captivated with some of the girls on the worship team than with God. There have also been plenty of other times when I had to purposely look at the floor as I walked through the foyer in order to avoid the same thing. Did I not desire to put the ugliness of my past behind me, I would not go to such lengths. But honoring you and my God now means more to me than my own self-indulgence.

Therefore, I hope that what I am about to share will help those of you who dress without any consideration for these things.

You are beautiful; yes. That much I can see without you doing anything to convince me. But please do not entice me to notice you. Is it not enough that God endowed you with the beauty you possess? And that He has made you a gift to your present or future husband? Please help me to rejoice with him rather than tempt me to steal from him.

I understand that the fashion world is becoming more and more revealing, and that it’s increasingly difficult to find attractive clothing that’s modest. But have you considered my weakness as you look at yourself in the dressing room mirror? If you only knew how often the immodest outfits you wear accost me, perhaps you would see yourself differently.

“But you’re responsible for your thoughts, not me,” you might think. Yes, you are right. I must stand before God and own every one of them someday. And were you a woman of the world I would have no grounds on which to make my appeal. But you name the Name of Christ, as I do. And you call me your brother.

My desire is to honor you; yet there are times that you dress as if you wish I wouldn’t. I implore you; please consider these things. I have spoken openly and honestly. But I have endeavored to do so in love, not in criticism.

In loving sincerity,
Your brother in Christ